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Weekliii Round-Up: News on Oil and Gas Bidding Rounds, Open Data Resources, and More

Did you happen to catch all of our #DailyBrainCandiii posts of the week? If not, here they all are lined up in a row. Take a second to sit back, relax, and find a few cool fun facts to share with friends and enemies. Enjoy!

Earlier this year, the 14th Round of Bids for blocks for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Brazil was announced. This article lists those basins – both onshore and offshore – of which these 287 blocks consist. More details about these Bidding Rounds can be found online.

Smart Cartography - Six Examples of How Old-Fashioned Navigation Aids Have Been Transformed Into Today's Smart Maps

We like smart maps, and we cannot lie. This article provides a few – okay, six – insights into aspects of this new approach to cartography that we appreciate so much. It also provides some interesting examples, everything from finding the perfect bike route to finding the smelliest streets.

Karstic – or limestone – caves are an important resource for acquiring paleoclimate information about an area. Finding these caves, however, can be a feat. Fortunately, Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and remote sensing may be used in regions dense with limestone mountains to aid in predicting those areas where caves may be found. This article details the approach to multi-component model designed for hunting down limestone, stalagmites, and creepy bats alike.

As the population and infrastructure of cities both rise, so too do the ideas that their planning and management should be based around their data. This article provides a large selection of open data projects underway as well as ways in which they service the industry, including transportation, resilient city planning, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Georeferenced Video, an Alternative to Photogrammetry

Although we are all aware of the benefits of aerial photogrammetry, none of us can deny it can be a costly asset – with the cost sometimes being too great for some industries, like local municipalities, to bear. This article details how many organizations within this industry have tried their hand at the integration of georeferenced video via UAV surveying and mapping technologies to gather similar information at a fraction of the cost.

One of the most creative maps we have ever selected for #MapOfTheDay, this map is a puzzle in itself. Created with the topologist in mind, this map of the 48 contiguous Unites States looks more like your elementary games of tessellations or that abstract painting down the hall than it does a collection of states. To a topologist, two shapes are the same if one can be distorted into the other shape without breaking it. Topological equivalency allows for the difference in shape, angle, size, distance, and position. Weird, right? To avoid some funky results, there are actually 49 polygons in this map – with Lake Michigan included as a single polygon in addition to the state of Michigan. If you’d like an idea of which states are where, find the solution here.


#DailyBrainCandiii and #WeekliiiRoundUp are inspired by brain candiii, a division of Integrated Informatics that develops Geographic Information System (GIS) training for Energy and Natural Resources professionals.


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