Global Mapper Overview

Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who works with maps or spatial data.

  • Low-cost and easy-to-use GIS
  • Supports over 250 spatial data formats
  • Optional LiDAR Module for powerful point cloud processing
  • Advanced projection management using GeoCalc library*
  • Unmatched and complimentary technical support

*Requires current Geographic Calculator license

Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it offers a surprisingly extensive collection of analysis and data processing tools in a truly affordable package. Providing support for virtually every known spatial file format as well as direct access to common spatial databases, this remarkable application can read, write, and analyze all of your current data.

Terrain Analysis and 3D Data Processing

With a particular emphasis on terrain and 3D data processing, Global Mapper’s out-of-the-box analysis functions include view shed and line-of site modeling, watershed delineation, volume measurement and cut and fill optimization, raster calculation, customized gridding and terrain creation, contour generation, and much more.

 

A Low-Cost GIS Alternative

By providing a complete GIS translation solution out-of-the-box, Global Mapper simplifies the deployment of spatial technology in your company or organization. There’s no need to juggle extensions or costly add-ons to gain access to the functionality that you need. Global Mapper’s aggressive development and release cycle ensures that the product grows with you as your needs and requirements change. Now you can unblock the GIS dataflow logjam by providing a workable GIS software tool for everyone who needs access to this critical data.

Global Energy Mapper®

Great News! All Global Energy Mapper (GEM) functionality is now included in the base product of Global Mapper. Now users can take advantage of this powerful functionality without having to install more software or activate a module. This update is available with Global Mapper versions 16 and higher.

  • Energy Specific Symbols
  • Direct Access Spatial on Demand Imagery
  • Site Pad Placement Tool
  • Volumetric Calculations
  • Whisker Line Creation for Seismic Surveys
  • Geographic Calculator Integration

 

Feature Extension Plugin Support

These allow 3rd-parties and customers to create add-ins to Global Mapper to extend the functionality through their own toolbars and/or menu items. The feature extensions will have access to all data loaded in the Global Mapper application instance through the same API used by the Global Mapper SDK. There is an item under the Help menu for managing the installation and registration of feature extension plugins and add-in modules. For more information on how to write and publish an extension contact your Blue Marble sales representative ([email protected])

3D Data

Global Mapper works as easily with 3D data as it does 2D data. It supports several 3D formats such as 3D PDF, Collada, Wavefront, 3DS Max and more. The user has the ability to link the 2D and 3D viewer so panning, zooming, and adding vector features will automatically replicate in both windows. This powerful functionality also includes the ability to select and measure features in the 3D viewer. These tools are initiated by selecting the Digitizer tool or Measure tool on the 3D viewer toolbar. Any selections are shared by both the 2D and 3D viewer, and the right-click menu allows you to perform many Digitizer operations on the selection.

There is a toolbar and support for setting up and recording HD 3D fly-through videos of your 3D projects. Additional fly-through features include a handy setting for UAV or Aerial tracking playback option to display a video file synced to any line feature with per-vertex times. Support has been added for features such as draping vector data, GPS tracking and Skyboxes for rendering a sky simulation in 3D. Support has also been added for 3D textures and meshes in GMP files. When recording a fly-through video file, the video file will automatically be associated with the fly-through feature so you can easily play it back from the Feature Info or Digitizer Tool.

There is now a new 3D navigational aid, the pivot axis, which shows the scene rotation pivot location. This may be toggled on or off using the 3D right-click context menu or by using the Ctrl+Shift+P hotkey.

Spatial Database Support

Import and export data from your spatial databases. Global Mapper includes support for the following spatial databases:

  • Esri ArcSDE (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri File Geodatabase (includes raster and grid and all versions of file geodatabses, requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri Personal Geodatabase (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • MS SQL Server
  • MySQL Spatial
  • Oracle Spatial
  • PostGIS/PostgreSQL
  • SpatiaLite/SQLite

LiDAR Point Clouds

View and process point files with a billion points or more. A dramatic increase in LiDAR processing and display speed is beneficial for previewing the data before creating a gridded surface model and includes several options for filtering the data during import and for rendering the point cloud to reflect return type or intensity. Metadata access provides a detailed statistical breakdown of the point cloud and customizable point size improves on-screen display. Global Mapper Package (.GMP) files are able to store LiDAR point clouds in a special compressed format, much smaller than uncompressed LAS data and on par with the best compression available today. This allows LiDAR data to be efficiently archived or shared with other Global Mapper users. The latest version of Global Mapper includes searching by elevations, a point loading slider bar, reporting tools for point cloud density and improved import and export options including point cloud to DXF/DWG. For those interested in adding more advance LiDAR processing functions, faster gridding and powerful path profile editing the Global Mapper LiDAR Module is an additional optional purchase that is still a very affordable price compared to equivalent technology.