Model Your Town in 3D

November 28, 2011

Contributed by Gary Smith, Green Mountain Geographics, LLC

The latest “Model Your Town” competition being sponsored by Google: The winning Town will get $10,000 for their school. Teams of up to 6 people have between now and March 1, 2012 to model their community. To learn more, point your browser to . Know that you do not have to model every building.

There is no software to purchase. Modelers can use the free SketchUp to draw their buildings. Completed models are uploaded to the Google 3D Warehouse, where Google staff will review each model. If accepted, they will add them to the Google Earth 3D layer for all to see. Even if you do not win, your work will remain in Google Earth where it can be used in visualization/planning projects. Models made in SketchUp can also be used in ArcGIS. See to see how to convert your SketchUp created building model for use in ArcGIS.

Beautiful Volcanoes

November 28, 2011

Contributed by Jonathan Frishtick

Beautiful Destruction: 11 Gorgeous Geological Maps of Volcanoes from Wired Science

“It’s not always obvious what it is that scientists find beautiful about a graph, microscope slide, soil sample or some other aspect of their work. It just looks like numbers, blobs or dirt to the rest of us. But sometimes a scientific result or product is so visually appealing, anyone would want to hang it on their wall as art.

Geological maps are often in this category. And some of the most beautiful geological maps are of volcanoes.”

2011 Town Highway Maps Complete

November 17, 2011

Sara Moulton, VTrans

The Year 2011 Town Highway Maps have been completed.  There are 94 new maps.  We generated new maps only for the towns that reported changes during the 2011 Mileage Certificate process.  The maps from the years 2003-2010 are still valid for the towns that did not have changes.

The PDF version of these new maps can be accessed through the Mapping Unit website at:

The changes incorporated into the maps are detailed in the “2011_AllChanges” document located at:

FOR GIS FOLKS: The VTrans road centerline data layer (TransRoad_RDS)  that was posted at the VGIS Data Warehouse ( in August 2011 reflects the changes incorporated in this year’s town highway maps.

Questions? Contact me at 802-828-2109 or Sara.Moulton@STATE.VT.US

What Your Favorite Map Projection Says About You…

November 17, 2011

Thank you to Jonathan Frishtick for passing this along!

This comic is one of many created by Randall Munroe on the topics of “romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”  Check out the web page here: