Google Earth: A Great GIS for Beginners

November 24, 2008
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Posted By Steve Adams on 11/23/2008 at 2:37 PM

How do we find the work that we have done?

You can use brain memory, index cards, databases, etc

For me, the easiest way is to have a graphical way to find them. Very easy, involves no thinking!

I don't have the time, money, or really even the inclination to use real GIS. But I still wanted a GIS.

So I am just using the Placemark system in GE. Just add a Placmark and a label for the work. You can use different symbols for differnet kinds of jobs. You can put different types of jobs in different folders, to control display.

You can rt-click on the Placemark and access a Properties dialog box which contains a Description edit box, where you can place hyperlinks to pdfs, directories, rw5's, etc.

Say I am doing a map showing proposed utility esmts, and I want to use some boilerplate from a similar job. I just open GE and go to the vicinity:

then I can zoom in on the exact parcel:

then I rt-click on the Placemark I want, and pick Properties:

if the hyperlinked files are on the web, it will open that doc. Mine are just on my disk, so I have to copy the link and paste it into a dos prompt:

this opens up an html version of a job card I created in Access.

It contains hyperlinks that will open on my computer. Instead of a job card, you could just link pdf, dwg files, etc in the Description portion of the GE Properties window.

To me this is much easier than searching in a textual database.

Hoping some will try this, or offer suggestions how to make this even better.

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