Cardinal: A Blucher Research Service

Earlier this year Conrad Blucher Institute and Spatial {Query} Lab released a new software: Cardinal. The software provides much needed support to the surveying community through surveyor-focused tools. Currently the software includes project management, billing, employee tracking, finance reporting, and GIS features.

However, the real benefit of Cardinal is the research aspect. Unlike most software options, Cardinal is intended to be a living tool, constantly evolving to better serve the surveying community. Based on client input/feedback, S{Q}L are able to utilize the unique experience of geospatial software developers at CBI to continue to explore new features and tools.

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New Horizons

The Spatial {Query} Lab’s software development team has been re-imagined with the return of the Map Scanning Veteran, Son Nguyen. For the first time in two years S{Q}L has a true software development team working on a multiple projects. Classic projects like BandoCat have paved the way for new works like Cardinal, which takes data management a step forward to aid survey companies in managing data and individual job tasks. A Cardinal sandbox-demo is set to release next week. Sam Allred, the most recent programming lead on BandoCat, is working on Weather… Read more »


Upcoming Features of BandoCat

We have been hard at work preparing to kick off three new initiatives in the {Map Scanning} project: Georectification of scanned maps Transcription of map indices Spatial search of scanned documents In order to get these initiatives off the ground, we needed to develop some new capabilities of BandoCat (BandoCat is our internally-developed map cataloging software). So, we have developed a new georectification tool, a new transcription tool, and a new spatial search tool. All three of these tools work within BandoCat and will soon be deployed to the S{Q}L staff so they can enrich the scanned documents with geospatial… Read more »