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Weekliii Round-Up: News on the Internet of Things, Oil and Gas Job Market, and More

If you have been keeping up with our #DailyBrainCandiii posts this week, then you know these articles have been bustling, bountiful, and buzzworthy...and even better, truly brain candiii worthy. If you haven't? Well, that's why we're here. Grab another cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and read on!

Article on using Internet of Things, IoT, in conjunction with fiber-optic cables across a university.

Internet of Things, or IoT, is one of those buzzwords that seems to be ever-growing the last few years with no sign of stopping. Essentially, the Internet of Things resonates the interconnection of everyday objects and the internet, allowing them to both send and receive data. Recently, a group has put another notch in the 'ole IoT belt by employing data gathered from fiber-optic cables to answer questions we may never have thought to ask. The Big Glass Microphone project is an online visualization of the acoustic vibrations picked up by a fiber-optic cable buried beneath a road at Stanford University.

It has been no secret that the Oil and Gas industry has seen its ups and downs over the last few years. Those who live in its hubs throughout North America may have felt it most during the downturn, but what about the impact outside of that? Just how much of our economy is reliant on this industry? This report shows just how many jobs within America are a result of the Oil and Gas industry, and it may be more than you thought.

The newest iteration of ArcGIS Pro was released last year, bringing 2.0 to the stage. With its release, comes a number of features that help to bring Pro up to speed with many geoprocessing capabilities previously only available within its ArcGIS Desktop component, ArcMap. Some features, of course, are completely new to the ArcGIS platform overall. Read up on how to employ some of these features to really reign in those geoprocessing workflows in this article we shared this week.

Article offering tutorials for using the Esri Business Analyst Web App for creating infographics.

Around here, we haven’t met an infographic application we didn’t like…Okay, so we haven’t met all of them. The ones we have used for this purpose – software like Tableau, for instance – have come in handy. This article talks about another than we may want to add to our list, especially considering it throws in a Geographic Information System (GIS) software component. Esri’s Business Analyst Web App (BA Web) has a stronghold on the infographic game, and the author is kind enough to provide a few tips on how to get the most out of its features.

It is fascinating to see technology evolve – and even more intriguing to witness the different ways we manage to use it to our advantage. In previous years, those scientists studying pollution were forced to do so based on models because of the availability of technology and appropriate sampling spots. Now, they have found a way to create static and roaming samplers in an effort to generate a grid to better help their research.

Article showcasing a map designed for the blind, offering a tactile component to the map surface.

This week’s pick for #MapOfTheDay is one unlike the rest. Whenever we think of maps, all of the thoughts that stream in on centered around what we perceive visually – everything from symbology, clear boundaries, etc. Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability to study maps this way. For those who are blind or must rely on more tactile references, readings maps may be nearly impossible. This map, developed primarily for the sight-impaired, uses a special ink to create bumps and ridges, melding those cartographic concepts we would use for visual products with those that might allow someone to easily understand them at the touch. Unfortunately, products like this are not widely available because they are so difficult to produce. However, here is to hoping that as cartographic standards like this continue to be researched and developed, so too will the ability to reproduce them.

Seismic Savant

Did you catch the Integrated Geodetics Toolkit - codename, GDX - post we shared this week? Learn more about this product for seismic and well data 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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