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The Spatial {Query} Lab has survived the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. Some of us that were around after the storm were able to aid Port Aransas, which suffered devastating levels of destruction. As with any major event, recovery can seem impossible from the perspective of a single victim. However, when communities band together, the impossible tasks become possible once again. During our time volunteering in Port Aransas, we were able to assist 12 homes by completely emptying them, getting bare floors treated for mold and mildew, and begin the demolition process of removing sheet rock and wet insulation…. Read more »


Visualization vs Transparency

Spatial analysis and CAD-based-cartography sure have come a long way since 1897. Just like with any new technology, the seasoned professionals in a field aren’t going to embrace the new way of doing things. Cartographers are no exception here. Many cartographers will publicize their disdain for computer-based-map making, just like many fans of static maps are disapproving of interactive maps, and just like every industry before, the power of the future has pushed many of the Nay-Sayers out of industry. Luckily there are groups (Spatial {Query} Lab, for instance) that recognize the importance of historical documents. My time in… Read more »


Got Milk?

When Mr. Blucher was conducting the surveys for the new Borden plant in 1951 I’m sure an ice cold glass of milk was on his mind. Borden came to the city back in 1926 with 15 employees and 5 trucks, by 1951 both of these numbers had broken a hundred and Borden was inputting over $5 million into the Coastal Bend Community. This plat serves as a reminder that surveying is an integral part of growing communities and economic development. So don’t forget to point out that surveyor working on the side of the road to your kids. Explain to them… Read more »


Dr. Smith to Speak at URISA Texas Monthly Speaker Series – Digital Mapping in a Disaster Response Environment

Dr. Smith, Director of the Spatial {Query} Lab, will be presenting on the topic of ‘Digital Mapping in a Disaster Response Environment’ on Tuesday, October 25th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Central Time). URISA Texas is hosting the presentation online. Learn more about the presentation by visiting the event page at: http://urisatexas.org/event-2353872 or read below.

Presentation outline: 

Mapping is an integral part of a disaster response. Whether the maps are paper or digital, getting useful information to the right people at the right time is critical…and hard. Luckily, the rapid development of technology, in terms of… Read more »


Mirrored Image – Find of the Week

Before computers and printers were widely available, the process of making multiple copies of one document was often much more time consuming than it is today. This mirror image map is just one step in a process that allowed for multiple copies of the original map to be made. This map, made in 1938, is from the Green Collection and shows a portion of a subdivision in Port Aransas, Texas. The artistic detail at the top of this map also a unique find.