The new Google Earth capability will give gINT users the ability to present their data in an impressive and informative visual format on the Web, enabling their clients to gain easy access to the information.
Beyond the basic display of boreholes on the Google Earth interface, gINT can also be set up to automatically display any data or calculations from gINT projects using the “gINT Rules” programming feature, which allows users to write their own custom routines. For example, users could display the depth and elevation of bedrock or water level for each borehole, or automatically display images or PDFs related to the boreholes. Users can also set up features to display in separate layers, which can be turned on or off by the viewer. The highly flexible capabilities of gINT allow the user a virtually unlimited range of design options for automating the content of the Google Earth information window.
“gINT 8.2’s new Google Earth capability is very exciting,” said Salvatore Caronna, president of gINT Software. “Google’s powerful visual communication tool is the perfect medium for gINT users to communicate their valuable data to their clients. In this case, a picture is worth at least a thousand words.”
Publishing basic gINT data to Google Earth—borehole locations, images, logs, etc.—can be easily done by any gINT user via the new Google Earth Setup dialog box in the new version 8.2. To automate the publishing of large amounts of data to Google Earth, or to include calculations or filters, users may write gINT Rules programming code themselves using tools within gINT. gINT Software’s Technical Services Department can also provide this automation-code writing service, as they specialize in delivering specialized programming code based on customer specifications.
Information about the Version 8.2 upgrade with Google Earth capability is available at http://www.gintsoftware.com/upgrades.html.
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Randy, this is pretty neat. Quite a useful feature. I look forward to trying it out. I am test driving (so to speak) gINT on-demand through cetrus.com. For as little as I use it now, this appears to be a good fit for us. Only time will tell how well it works out.
I look forward to using the Google Earth application. One thing I have noticed about GE, they don’t necessarily have up to date imagery. The photos for my current home (Montgomery, AL) are at least 6 years old since much of the new development around town is not on there.
I had never heard of Cetrus.com, sounds like an interesting concept.
It’s surprising that the imagery is that far out of date. Sites like the [url=http://www.gearthblog.com]Google Earth Blog[/url] (unofficial) are always having posts about new imagery updates. But I guess the world is a pretty big place!
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The outdated image problem on GE can be a significant one for engineers. We will be adding the capability in gINT to specify a “ground overlay” which will allow placement of a more recent image, if you can find one, over your site.
I have been having a good fiddle with this for a little while now. It opens up a world of opportunities (excuse the bad pun) I am about to start messing with the gINT Rules side of things, now that I am clued up about the already built in funcionality. This has the opportunity for other things as well as posting point info. I’m thinking site outlines and points of interest as well as site photos etc As to outdated images, the area I live in has only just been updated, we have lived there for 4 years and it was only a couple of months ago that the correct car showed up in the driveway 🙂
The problem is that the accuracy of the projections and transformations for Google Earth is quite poor. Any knowledgeable GIS user would never consider using it.
I’m not a GIS guy, but I can appreciate the comment about projections and transformations as it relates to positional accuracy in Google Earth. And if you have access to expensive GIS software, great, you probably don’t need Google Earth. But for engineers and geologists who aren’t GIS professionals, we use whatever tools are at our disposal and can help us get the job done, and I think Google Earth and now gINT output in Google Earth is a pretty nice tool to have in the toolbox.