Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29, 2008

Since I'm the only one who seems to be keeping up with their blog, I'm feeling a bit unmotivated today. The Geodatabase, short for geographic database, is a central repository for storing geographic data. It can be created, managed, and edited with Arc Catalog, ArcToolbox, and arcMap. It is stored in a file based system or Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and the higher levels of the geodatabase require a DataBase Administrator (DBA). Some benefits of the Geodatabase include scaleable, multi-user editing, feature linked annotation, rule based topology, and continuous set of features.
Herb and I bought pumpkins this weekend, mostly from the West Asheville Farmer's Market. If anyone is in the neighborhood, swing by the house and take a look. The big Atlantic Giant barely fit in the car, and it was so large we had to roll it across the lawn.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September 24, 2008

I survived the test, although it didn't focus on the areas I expected. More questions on CAD files than I expected. Afterwards, had lots of fun continuing the ESRI tutorials. I posted a map illustrating the waterlines and annotation created during the one exercise. Not too much else going on. Just anticipating next week's lecture on geodatabases.

September 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

September 22, 2008

It seems as though Pete has quite a busy schedule, as he had a 14 hour flight and then an early morning meeting. I am also disappointed to learn the highlight of the flight was the GPS tracking as opposed to the in-flight movies or the delicious food. I assume they still serve something to eat and drink on international flights. But onto the topic at hand.
It must be extremely interesting to attend meetings with the managers and chiefs of the various business entities. And it is exciting to hear how much involvement they have with the education of the country. I am surprised by how large and widespread the university is in India, as well as the other countries. The progress of the program is amazing and the collaboration with ABTech will serve both university's well.
Since we didn't have the test today, I spent class working on the ESRI tutorial about geodatabases. The exercises are fairly clear; however, I am confused how the subtypes and relationship classes actually work in a map. It's hard to relate an exercise to a real life example when you are just following the steps. Maybe your presentation will clarify this for me and the others.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September 15, 2008

I was spending a lot of time creating a parking lot and road layer for the ABTech Campus, when it occurred to me I should be studying for the exam next week. I think I've at least removed the lots located on buildings. The impervious surface layer from the City of Asheville was very helpful, despite a few incorrect polygons. So the map below isn't quite up to my standards, but it's close.
In other news, the 16th is my second wedding anniversary. It seems much longer since Herb and I have been together for over 8 years. We don't have anything exciting planned, spent too much money remodeling the bathroom. Maybe Herb will surprise me with something.

September 15, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 10, 2008

Since I've been bored, I finished creating a layer of building footprints. There are 96 polygons in total, which originated from the CAD polylines. Unfortunately, I was not thinking ahead and did not make a copy of the polygon layer created using the ArcToolbox function of Feature to Polygon. Since I don't have an ArcInfo license at the office, I'm unable to perform this function again. Consequently the map below shows the original CAD polylines in comparison to the polygon layer I compiled in a geodatabase. I would have preferred to compare the two polygon layers, but I can't do anything about that now.
We are still having car troubles with the Mazda. The dealer was unable to diagnose a problem and of course the car started right away for them. I finally convinced Herb we should have someone else look at it, and they are finding lots of parts to repair/replace. Of course, I don't think anything has fixed the starting issue. Hopefully it won't cost too much in the end.
Yoga has also started again, so maybe that will help to relax me.

September 10, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September 3, 2008

I spent some time in class looking at Microsoft's Virtual Earth gathering some building height information. Pete finally helped me convert the polyline layer to a polygon layer, which was actually very simple if you know the correct tool to use in ArcToolbox. Once this was finished, I was able to edit the attribute table by adding a field for building names. Sadly, it was not too exciting and didn't produce a new map just yet.
Herb's car died yesterday, so I'm waiting to here what the problem is....we think it could be the fuel pump. This on top of more trouble with the rental property in Philly, which we learned about last week before vacation. Apparently the wall is crumbling and needs to be repaired for several thousand. I'm waiting to see what the third piece of bad news might be.