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Blue Marble Geographics receives award for groundbreaking functionality for training custom automatic point cloud classifications
Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce that Global Mapper's Custom Point Cloud Classification Training Tool has been selected by the team at GeoWeek and LIDAR Magazine for the 2024 Outstanding Innovation in Lidar Award. This award was awarded to Blue Marble Geographics for developing a groundbreaking new functionality for training custom automatic point cloud classifications. This new tool became available to users in version 25 of Global Mapper Pro, and it has been further expanded in version 25.1.
Global Mapper Mobile invaluable tool in diamond exploration
Global Mapper Mobile (GMM) Pro proved to be an invaluable tool in diamond exploration. Templates containing satellite imagery or cadastral maps as backdrops can be created in Global Mapper - it can be forwarded to any mobile device and opened in GMM. These templates can be used without any internet service. Vector data containing information about sample points, transects to be surveyed as well as infrastructure (e.g. roads and farm boundaries) provide useful information as overlays on the imagery or other maps. Data can also be captured during field surveys through the created template. Synchronizing the field data with Global Mapper projects is handled through a Mobile Data Management tool.
SMC Synergy became an Organisational Member of WOCAT
SMC SYnergy has been accepted in 2023 as an Organisational Member of the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Programme. The Organizational Members are collective and recognized entities meaningfully engaged in SLM. They constitute the WOCAT Global Network and available in their institutional capacity to engage with WOCAT initiatives and developments at global, regional or local level. A distinguished Organizational Member may connect with or be requested to partake in the WOCAT Regional Clusters.
SMC Synergy acquired and evaluating DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral
SMC Synergy recently acquired a DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral UAV for research and evaluation purposes. The processing of the multi-spectral data in Global Mapper is currently being evaluated. It is envisaged that the inclusion of the near-infrared and red-edge spectral bands will improve the vegetation mapping capabilities.
SMC Synergy tested the EOS Arrow Gold with Global Mapper Mobile Pro
During our visit to Intergeo in Berlin during October we were introduced to the EOS positioning systems by Satyam Dave from EOS Positioning Systems. Satyam arranged a demonstration model from Terry Odgers (Red Dog Scientific Services) who is the distributor in South Africa. The main objective was to see how well the EOS Arrow integrated with Global Mapper Mobile Pro (GMMP) and the accuracy that could be obtained. The integration with GMMP went smoothly and the accuracy in the horizontal as well as the vertical was below 0,5m. Any enquiries can be directed to Terry at RDSS.
Affordable 2 m DEM data available for South Africa
SMC Synergy evaluated very affordable Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data with 2 m resolution (50 cm vertical accuracy) available from GeoSmart. GeoSmart was founded by Prof Adriaan van Niekerk and is a spin-off company of Stellenbosch University. The 2 m DEM proved extremely useful for water management planning on agricultural fields as well as general watershed modelling (stream flow and flow accumulation). Global Mapper users can contact SMC Synergy for more information on how to acquire the DEM data and possible applications.

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Renier Balt and Dirk Pretorius attended Intergeo in Berlin during October 23
Renier Balt and Dirk Pretorius attended the Intergeo trade fair and conference in Berlin (Germany) during October 23. This was also a good opportunity to link up with Kris Berglund and his team from ...


Dirk Pretorius visited Sensys Magnetometers and Survey Solutions
Dirk Pretorius visited Sensys Magnetometers and Survey Solutions (Markus Schikorra) in Bad Saarow (Germany) during October 23. Sensys is one of the most advanced and experienced companies in the ...


Global Mapper used in the South African Bird Atlas Project
Accurate maps of bird distributions requires survey inputs from knowledgeable birders, mostly volunteer citizen scientists. The South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) started in 2007, and more ...


Release of Global Mapper v25.0
Global Mapper v25.0 was released on September 26, 2023 - new functionality includes:
- Image painting tool
- Python script builder
- Auto styling for vector data
- Tree cover polygon ...


Global Mapper training - Community Development project
Renier Balt presented a Global Mapper training course as part of a Community Development project near Touwsrivier in the Western Cape on the Lettas Kraal Private Nature Reserve during June 2023. ...


Tools in Global Mapper Pro to improve the vertical accuracy of point clouds and DEMs
The Quality Control (QC) tool of Global Mapper Pro is easy to use and improves the vertical accuracy of point clouds and digital elevation models (DEMs) or grids dramatically. In this screen copy ...


SMC Synergy is finalising the EcoRestore information system in BEIMS with the NWU
SMC Synergy is finalising the EcoRestore Bush Restoration Information System in collaboration with the North West University (NWU). The system provides information on bush restoration projects and ...


SMC Synergy/MBV Ubumbano receives Achievement Award from Blue Marble Geographics (BMG)
During March 2023 SMC Synergy (with MBV Ubumbano as partner) received a reseller achievement award from BMG


Global Mapper training at the North West University
SMC Synergy provided Global Mapper training for students and interns of the North West University on 8 March 2023. The training focused on the functionality of Global Mapper as well as workflows ...


SMC Synergy assisting the NWU with the development of BEIMS
SMC Synergy and the North West University is finalising the Bush Expert Information Management System (BEIMS). The location of all EcoRestore case studies will be evaluated and where necessary ...


Using the View shed tool in Global Mapper in estate security analysis
Global Mapper Pro was used during December 2022 to process around 600 drone images to create a point cloud for a Country Estate in the Southern Cape. A digital terrain model was compiled from the ...


SMC Synergy assisted DFFE to capture land degradation information in the catchments draining into the Mount Fletcher dam
SMC Synergy has been appointed as an independent service provider for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and assisted the NRM Programme of the Department to capture land ...


Groen Sebenza WOCAT and GIS training
SMC Synergy presented a training seminar on the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) programme and GIS for the Groen Sebenza interns of the Department of Forestry, ...


SMC Synergy is assisting DFFE to capture Knysna fire restoration in the WOCAT Knowledge database
SMC Synergy is assisting the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Environment (DFFE) to capture restoration projects implemented after the destructive fires around Knysna during 2017 in the World ...


Global Mapper training during the lock-down
Global Mapper training during the Covid Pandemic provided some challenges, but also many opportunities.

SMC continued to provide professional and practical training throughout this ...


The wait is over - Global Mapper Pro is here
Global Mapper Pro®, the newest addition to the Global ...


SMC Synergy assist UNDP to evaluate bathymetric survey of silted dams
Dirk Pretorius from SMC Synergy assisted officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to evaluate the use of low cost sonar equipment and existing digital terrain data in a GIS ...


SMC Synergy and UAV Technologies testing drone magnetometer
During the week of 15 October 2020 SMC Synergy and UAV Technologies tested a drone based magnetometer at a test site near Pretoria. Results of this survey will be evaluated through a comparison with ...


Mount Fletcher dam - UAV survey
SMC Synergy and UAV Technologies conducted a UAV survey (including LiDAR) of the Mount Fletcher dam area during March 2020 as part of a project for DEFF NRM.

The UAV survey had the following ...


SMC Synergy attends the LifeWatch ERIC meeting in Rome, Italy
During February 2020 Dirk Pretorius of SMC Synergy was requested by Dr. Christo Marais (Chief Director NRM Programmes) to attend the LifeWatch ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) ...


SMC Synergy partners with UAV Technologies
SMC Synergy today signed a partnership agreement with UAV Technologies, a SACAA registered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) service provider. This partnership will expand SMC Synergy's services ...


SMC Synergy delivers the upgraded Bush Expert Information Management System
SMC Synergy was contracted by the North West University (funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries) to upgrade the first version of the Bush Expert Information ...


Global Mapper exhibits at AfricaGIS 2019 in Kigali
SMC Synergy in collaboration with Blue Marble Geographics will be exhibiting Global Mapper GIS software at AfricaGIS in Kigali, Rwanda from 18 - 22 November 2019. AfricaGIS is the largest Geospatial, ...


Almost Real-time weather data in Global Mapper
EUMETSAT's almost realtime weather data is freely available through a Web Map Service (WMS) in Global Mapper. The link to the WMS can be added in GM through the "Connect to ...


Global Mapper v21 release
Blue Marble Geographics released Global Mapper 21 this week. Some of the new functionality:


  •  The Global Mapper MangoMap Extension for publishing maps directly to a ...


Biomass Expo Otjiwarongo Namibia - August 2019
Renier Balt and Dirk Pretorius attended the Biomass Technology Expo on August 9, 2019 in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. The Expo was arranged by the Namibian Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG). SMC Synergy ...


WOCAT - TerrAfrica publication on Sustainable Rangeland Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
WOCAT and TerrAfrica released a digital version of guidelines on Sustainable Rangeland Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. SMC Synergy was involved in the logistical arrangements of the Writeshop in ...


Got a Drone? Now What? — Using Global Mapper with Your UAV
The rapid growth of UAV ownership has resulted in an interesting dilemma for some would-be pilots. Having purchased the hardware and collected some data, many are often unclear as to what exactly ...


SMC Synergy visit Blue Marble Geographics in Hallowell, Maine, USA
Renier Balt from SMC Synergy recently visited the mapping software company Blue Marble Geographics (BMG) in Hollowell, USA. Apart from the excellent social interaction with the BMG team Renier also ...


Where in the World? - The Monthly Blue Marble Geo-Challenge
Think you know your way around the world? Why not take the Blue Marble Geo-Challenge. Each month they provide five images captured in Global Mapper showing a city, country, or some other geographic ...


SMC Synergy visit Blue Marble Geographics at Intergeo in Frankfurt
Dirk Pretorius from SMC Synergy attended the Intergeo Trade Fair in Frankfurt, Germany during October 2018. Some of the highlights include:

  •  Visit the Blue Marble Geographics ...


LiDARUSA uses Global Mapper on Expedition Unknown
Did you catch Global Mapper on television over the summer? In an episode of the Travel Channel show, “Expedition Unknown,” the production crew visited Guatemala in search of Mayan ruins. A team ...


Global Mapper Advanced Training - 28 to 29 August 2018
During August 2018 a Global Mapper advanced training course (including LiDAR data processing) was presented to Birane Dia from Senegal (SMC Synergy GlobalMapper reseller partner in Senegal), various ...


SMC Synergy collaboration with the North-West University
SMC Synergy is currently collaborating with the North-West University (NWU - School of Biological Sciences) on a bush encroachment project (funded by DEA NRM) as well as training of students in the ...


Global Mapper Training - 23 to 27 April - ACGT from the Congo
Another successful Global Mapper advanced training event was hosted by SMC Synergy at the City Lodge Hotel (Lynnwood Bridge) in Pretoria. The training course presented by Renier Balt included an ...


New SMC Office in George
SMC Synergy moved one of our offices from the Northwest Province to George in the southern Cape. We will be able to service our clients in this area more directly, in addition to the online support ...