ANDestablished as an advanced and comprehensive geospatial software, Global Mapper Pro excels in terrain analysis, point cloud editing, drone-collected image processing, and much more. Recent versions of the program have broadened its functionality to include Python programming language integration, assisted manual classification with Point Cloud Segmentation, and manual elevation grid editing with Terrain Painting. Version 24 of Global Mapper Pro continues this work by expanding workflow optimization methods, the lidar analysis toolset, and vector and point cloud advanced analysis and data creation methods. Check out the top new and exciting features in Global Mapper v24 below.
Global Mapper Script, a proprietary and text-based method to automate workflows, is not new to Global Mapper. However, in Global Mapper Pro v24, a new Script Builder tool makes the creation of workflow scripts more accessible.
By recording actions taken in the Global Mapper Pro user interface, the Script Builder helps create a Global Mapper script for a workflow.
Enabled from the File Menu, the Script Builder transforms movements and tool setups from the program user interface into Global Mapper Script. Each command recorded by the builder appears as a line in the tool interface and provides the user with options to edit individual parameters or open a sequence of commands in the Script Editor for manual editing and saving.
Along with the new tool for Global Mapper Script building comes a button option to Copy Script now appearing in many analysis tool dialog boxes. This new option, separate from the Script Builder, allows users to copy the script command with parameters and values that mirror the tool setup applied in the user interface. This new option dispersed throughout the Global Mapper Pro analysis tools again increases the ease with which users can begin using Global Mapper Script to optimize workflows.
Variography and Kriging
An advanced method for data densification and prediction, the Variography and Kriging tool in Global Mapper Pro v24 is opened from the Analysis Menu. Consisting of multiple windows, the Variography and Kriging tool first displays an empirical variogram for the input vector point or point cloud data, allowing the user to select the input attribute used in the analysis as well as granting full control over the variogram plot through the tool settings.
The Variography and Kriging tool in Global Mapper Pro accepts point cloud or vector point data as an input.
Moving toward the kriging process and data creation, a number of theoretical models are then fitted to the data-driven empirical variogram plot, and users can compare the calculated values and formulas to determine the best fitting theoretical model to use in generating krige estimates. Using the selected theoretical data model, a kriged prediction layer is created in the workspace containing the estimates alongside an uncertainty measure for each point. With the output layers generated, the estimated values, referred to as generic values, and uncertainty can be visualized through the use of specialized Lidar Daw Modes.
Mobile Data Merging
Blue Marble’s mobile app, Global Mapper Mobile (available on Android and iOS), is designed to view and collect new data in the field. In a previous release of Global Mapper, a new Mobile Data Management tool took great stride in streamlining the integration between Global Mapper desktop and Global Mapper Mobile with support for wireless data package transfer. Global Mapper Pro v24 takes this tool even further, introducing a data merging component that assists users in combining collected data from multiple Global Mapper Mobile Package (*.gmmp) files.
Designed as a data merging tool, the Package File Import tab of the Mobile Data Management tool in Global Mapper Pro prompts the user for two files, one to pull data from and the other to merge data to. With the files selected, a table view shows users the differences between the designated FROM and TO files tracked by unique GMMID values generated in saved package files from Global Mapper v24 and the latest version of Global Mapper Mobile. Users can then choose which items to keep and ultimately merge the data by exporting a new Global Mapper Mobile Package (*.gmmp) file.
A new Package File Import tab in the Mobile Data Management tool allows users to more easily merge data from two different package files.
Providing users at all skill levels with advanced tools, Global Mapper Pro continues to be an affordable all-in-one GIS software solution. As a program used throughout many industries, the new tools available in version 24 are sure to increase the indispensability of Global Mapper Pro as a tool for teams worldwide.
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