I am addicted to collecting GIS data. In addition to the collection habit, the DEMs, land cover datasets, growth forecasting and suitability models seem to overwhelm whatever new absurdly large storage mechanism acquired. Enter GetFolderSize-a great little application that mimics what XP used to be able to do. It scans folders so that you know where the largest data is. And it works in Windows 7.
This article from Esri outlines how to use Python to assign sequential numbers to a field. I use this to create unique IDs for feature classes.
Ever wanted a quick and easy way to design visually pleasing cross sections? Streetmix allows you to do just that. You can specify a right-of-way width and add travel lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks and medians as you see fit. Here is an example output:
Are you tired of hunting for a projection when creating feature datasets or reprojecting data in ArcGIS? Well you don’t have to hunt. Just copy the .prj file from the subfolder in the Projected Coordinate Systems folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Coordinate Systems\Projected Coordinate Systems) and place it in Coordinate Systems folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.0\Coordinate Systems).
Now when you are prompted to select a coordinate system you do not need to hunt for it, it is available immediately in the first dialog. Store copies of all of your “favorite” projections here and it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Esri’s Mapping Center does a good job of reminding us that ArcGIS is getting better and better at cartography. This blog explains how to add a drop shadow to a polygon. It works great for study area maps like the one below.
“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her”
-G. K. Chesterton
American Rivers recently released Permitting Green Infrastructure, where shortcomings of current stormwater regulations are pointed out and solutions are offered. This is a must read for anyone interested in best practices to manage stormwater.
Interesting report from 1000 Friends of Oregon on how infrastructure to support sprawl will bankrupt the state.