Useful Mapping Software and Applications for Land Surveyors At No Cost

Below you will find a few pieces of software that I've run across and thought could be helpful to our land surveying members. They're all free! Comment if you have any questions whatsoever.

MapInfo Professional 10 FULL
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MapInfo Professional is a powerful Microsoft Windows-based mapping and geographic analysis application from the experts in location intelligence. Designed to easily visualize the relationships between data and geography, MapInfo Professional helps business analysts, planners, GIS professionals ??“ even non-GIS users ??“ gain new insights into their markets, share information-rich maps and graphs and improve strategic decision-making

MapInfo Professional expands location intelligence:
See your business data in powerful new ways
-Discover trends hidden in spreadsheets and charts
-Gain new understanding of your customers and markets
-Perform powerful data analysis and calculations
-Create custom maps and content for analysis
Use geographic insights to innovate business processes
-Manage location-based assets, people and property
-Optimize service and sales territories for greater efficiencies
-Deploy networks, infrastructure and utilities with confidence
-Map resources, plan logistics and prepare for emergencies
Works and plays well with existing IT infrastructure
-Designed and tested with Windows operating systems
-Imports and exports data in a wide variety of formats
-Easily customized to meet your specific needs
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Open Source GIS Tools and Software:
Desktop GIS
The following open source desktop GIS projects are introduced in Steiniger and Bocher (2008/9)

  • GRASS – Originally developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, open source: a complete GIS
  • SAGA GIS – System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses- a hybrid GIS software. SAGA has a unique Application Programming Interface (API) and a fast growing set of geoscientifc methods, bundled in exchangeable Module Libraries.
  • Quantum GIS – QGIS is a user friendly Open Source GIS that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows.
  • MapWindow GIS – Free, open source GIS desktop application and programming component.
  • ILWIS – ILWIS (Integrated Land and Water Information System) integrates image, vector and thematic data.
  • uDig
  • gvSIG – Open source GIS written in Java.
  • JUMP GIS / OpenJUMP – (Open) Java Unified Mapping Platform (the desktop GIS OpenJUMP, SkyJUMP, deeJUMP and Kosmo emerged from JUMP; see

  • Kalypso (software) – Kalypso is an Open Source GIS (Java, GML3) and focuses mainly on numerical simulations in water management.
  • TerraView – GIS desktop that handles vector and raster data stored in a relational or geo-relational database, i.e. a frontend for TerraLib.

Other GIS tools - classified Note, for different categories of GIS tools see GIS software and

WebMap Server
  • MapServer – Web-based mapping server, developed by the University of Minnesota.
  • GeoServer
Spatial Database Management Systems
Software Development Frameworks and Libraries (non-web)
  • GeoTools – Open source GIS toolkit written in Java, using Open Geospatial Consortium specifications.
  • OpenMap
  • GDAL / OGR
  • Proj.4
Software Development Frameworks and Libraries (for web applications)
  • MapFish A web 2.0 mapping development framework.
  • OpenLayers – open source AJAX library for accessing geographic data layers of all kinds, originally developed and sponsored by MetaCarta
  • Geomajas – Open source web toolkit with full vectorial and attribute editing capabilities and support for complex relation models (1 to n, n to 1, inheritance, ...). Built on top of the Dojo AJAX framework.
Other GIS tools - unclassified
  • FIST – FIST (Flexible Internet Spatial Template)is a MapServer/PHP framework with several advanced functions, optionally use PostGIS in the backend so your users can edit and save shapes and attributes.
  • Chameleon – Environments for building applications with MapServer.
  • GeoNetwork opensource – A catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources
  • OpenMap
  • MapGuide Open Source – Web-based mapping server.
  • Xastir A special purpose Open Source GIS application used as an APRS client by Amateur radio operators, written in C for X Window environments.


Google Satellites Maps Downloader
It is a cute tool that help you to get small tile satellite images from google maps. All downloaded small satellite images are saved on the disk. You can view downloaded satellite maps by Satellite Map Viewer. And you can combine them into a big BMP satellite map.

How to download?

See the screenshot. It is very easy to use.

Firstly, enter a project name, such like "Mytask.gmid". All project files are saved as *.gmid. If you want to continue a old project, click button "Open project".

There are 4 parameters (Left Longitude, Right Longitude, Top Latitude, Bottom Latitude) to define the area scope of images that you want to download.

The zoom parameter define the image precision.

And you can define how many threads you want to start to download at the same time.

Select a path to save the project and downloaded images, then click button "Download", OK, start downloading now ... !

When downloading, the log window will display the downloading process. When finished, the log will be saved to a file.

Parameters explainment:

1. Left Longitude: -180<180,><180,><90,for><90,for>"Satellite Images Viewer".

Then open a project from menu "File"->"Open project..." to view the map.

How to combine small images into one big image?

After downloading, all small images are saved on your disk. Then you can combine them into one big image map.

We provide a tool : Combine.exe. You can run it from menu "Tools"->"Combine images... ".

The output big image is in BMP format. You can convert it to other format by yourself using some image tools such like PhotoShop.

How to know the longitude and latitude of each image

There are two methods to know the longitude and latitude of every downloaded image.

1. After downloading, the software will create a text file named as "projectname_list.txt" in your project path. In this file all the images' longigude and latitude information are saved.

The file looks like:

ImageFileName Left_Edge_Longitude Right_Edge_Longitude Top_Edge_Latitude Bottom_Edge_Latitude
132778_171956.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85477632011322 48.85387272790248
132778_171957.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85567989601490 48.85477632011322
132778_171958.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85658345560757 48.85567989601490
132778_171959.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85748699889132 48.85658345560757
132778_171960.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85839052586622 48.85748699889132
132778_171961.jpg: 2.34283447265625 2.34420776367188 48.85929403653233 48.85839052586622

2. When you view map in Satellite Viewer, the longitude and latitude will be displayed in the statusbar.

And in the log file, the exactly longitude and latitude of the downloaded area are saved as Left Longitude download.., etc.. see the followed example.

An example of log file:

Project: C:\Downloads\paris18.gmid
Log begin...
Now time is:2007-5-4 14:38:41

Left Longitude input= 2.344152
Right Longitude input= 2.355540
Top Latitude input= 48.858895
Bottom Latitude input= 48.854270

MinX = 132778
MinY = 171956
MaxX = 132787
MaxY = 171961

Left Longitude download=2.34283447265625
Right Longitude download=2.3565673828125
Top Latitude download=48.8592940365323
Bottom Latitude download=48.8538727279025

All images' scope information are saved to C:\Downloads\paris18_list.txt

Total count of images would be downloaded: 60

Download threads count: 4

Zoom level: 18

path: C:\Downloads\

Start downloading...
Thread1:seq=4, file=132778-171959.jpg ->ok!
Thread4:seq=3, file=132778-171958.jpg ->ok!
Thread3:seq=2, file=132778-171957.jpg ->ok!
Thread2:seq=1, file=132778-171956.jpg ->ok!

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Reply by Arnel M. Domag on June 18, 2011 at 9:50am
Mapinfo is a very powerful GIS product. This is nice. Thanks for sharing... :)
Reply by ETTAQY Elmakky on January 17, 2010 at 7:21am
Thanks for the good job!

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