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Create Accurate Raster Datasets with the New Raster Tools Add-in for Esri ArcMap

Today is an exciting day with the release of our newest product, Raster Tools! Raster Tools is a powerful add-in to Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) software which creates accurate raster datasets. With Raster Tools, users have access to twelve advanced interpolation methods and control over all interpolation parameters.

Transform regularly or irregularly spaced data into accurate raster datasets.

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Tyson Foods using ice cream parlor locations to expand market to India

I read an interesting article recently in The Denver Post about how Tyson Foods, maker of various meat products, is expanding their market into China and India. Since consumers there are more accustomed to buying fresh (i.e. still warm) meat at the local market, Tyson is adding QR codes to their packing to tell consumers where the meat was processed and when it arrived in the store cooler, to give more trust in their product. Because Tyson requires refrigeration for their products, the article mentioned that Tyson is investigating locations in India that have ice cream shops. The cold-storage capacity that these sites offer, which is apparently difficult to find, would make the site a potential expansion site for Tyson.

I thought this was a very interesting idea, and thought that combining these locations with population information would present the clearest picture of good market locations. It turns out there are more ice cream shops in India than I had guessed there would be, but I have created such a map for the southern tip of the country. This contour map created in MapViewer 8 uses colors to show population and points to show ice cream shop locations.

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Graphing America’s Favorite Pastime

Graphing America’s Favorite Pastime

Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. The game has experienced very few changes since its inception in 1845 and is filled with numerous traditions. No game is complete without the staples of peanuts, hot dogs, and beer, and it’s expected even the most tone-deaf of viewers will sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. I get goosebumps just thinking of it!

Today is a special day for Colorado Rockies fans as it’s our home opener. Opening Day, an unofficial holiday, is a wildly celebrated event for baseball fans across the states. This day is celebrated with parades, tailgate parties, and numerous special events at local bars and pubs.

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Golden Software Celebrates National Beer Day

As I sat thinking last night, having a beer on New Beer’s Eve, about what to write my next blog about; it struck me, April 7th is National Beer Day and would be a great oppurtunity to discuss beer. National Beer Day celebrates the modification of the Volstead Act, which raised the legal alcohol level of beverages that can be consumed from .05 percent to 3.2 percent. On April 7th, 1933, President FDR took the initial leap towards ending Prohibition where he signed the act which allowed beer champions to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. After modifying the act, Americans consumed over 1.5 million barrels of beer! National Beer day was founded by beer enthusiasts Justin Smith and Mike Connolly in 2009 and has taken the nation by storm.

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Gridding and Contouring Airborne Geophysical Survey Data

Golden Software recently hosted a training class on gridding and interpolating data in Surfer. Before the class was held, a user asked if we’d specifically cover the best options for gridding airborne geophysical data. At the time, it was not in the schedule, but as I looked at the data I thought this type of data could be very common and would make a great example. In this type of data, the data is taken in lines, where the data points along the lines are much closer together than the spacing between the lines.  Users generally want to interpolate the data to create a smooth color-filled image map while maintaining the data at sufficient resolution to show important anomalies.

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Kari Dickenson
You are correct that one degree of latitude is not the same as one degree of longitude. As you say, you could do the conversion ... Read More
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Jennifer Woodson
Thanks for commenting, Pascual! You're absolutely correct that degrees of latitude and longitude are not equal, and Surfer does no... Read More
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