Cartographers aim to map Susquehanna digitally

A unique pontoon boat took to the waters of Goodyear and Otsego Lakes on Wednesday for a project that organizers hope will help the Susquehanna River.

Terrain360, based in Richmond, Va., is working with the Chesapeake Conservancy, based in Annapolis, Md. on the effort to produce a digital map of the entire river. When completed it will allow viewers to go on a virtual tour and see first hand what a paddler experiences, according to a media release. Continue reading Cartographers aim to map Susquehanna digitally

Creating a virtual tour of Susquehanna River

A unique custom-made boat equipped with six state-of-the-art digital cameras has been deployed from Cooperstown to document a virtual tour of the Susquehanna River, all the way to Chesapeake Bay.

High-resolution, 360-degree images are taken every 50 feet by six cameras mounted on the vessel 10 feet above the water’s surface. The images will be stitched together to create a digital image map of the entire Susquehanna River. Continue reading Creating a virtual tour of Susquehanna River


Thanks to Michael Raphael for the heads up on this very interesting use of outdoor imagery. It’s not lidar, at least not yet, but it is a very cool use of panoramic photography. is your interactive trail companion providing 360 degree panoramic tours of some of the most beautiful terrain in and around Virginia. After an incredible day of hiking and kayaking down one of Virginia’s finest waterways, the founding partners of beached themselves on an island and began brainstorming over what would soon become the most innovative trail mapping software to date. Continue reading Terrain360

Streetview for Trails: Online Mapping with Terrain360

This week in the SAL, we continued working with Ryan Abrahamsen from Terrain360.  Last week we modified visual hierarchies on basemaps to make them more aesthetically pleasing.  To do this, we used the open source program called Mapbox. Mapbox required us to code in CSS, something none of us had ever actually done.  While most of us had coded in some regard in the past, it was either a new language to learn or a new experience altogether.  The basemaps we created and visually modified are used to house the trails and panoramas mapping them. Continue reading Streetview for Trails: Online Mapping with Terrain360

Nation’s First 360-Degree Map of an Entire River Charting Right Now on the James River

Oh, the mighty James River. It’s America’s Founding River, an RVA lifeline and our community’s anchor. And for the first time in history, the James is being captured in a 360-degrees view of all its flowing glory! Thanks to local organizations James River Association (a Rocketts Landing–based organization), and Terrain360, the entire 348-miles-long James River is currently being mapped with 3D panoramic pictures — which is a first for any river in the United States. The project traveled right along Rocketts Landing, and intrigued with their story, we had to find out more! Continue reading Nation’s First 360-Degree Map of an Entire River Charting Right Now on the James River

Outdoors Notes: 360 Tours of the James River Coming

I got a quick taste of what it was like to be a part of a 360 tour photo project — you know, like you’d see on your favorite search website’s street mapping tool — only it was done by a local company and there were no streets. They are mapping the James River.

This summer, Richmond-based Outside Ventures, LLC and the James River Association is working on a groundbreaking project to capture the scenery of the James River in a completely new way allowing online viewers to explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. They said the “Tour of the James” will be the first comprehensive photo documentary of an entire river and will allow the viewer to travel from the headwaters of the James River to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.

Six cameras mounted on a stainless steel housing 10 feet above the water’s surface will capture panoramic photos every 30 feet from a custom-made pontoon raft floating down river (see the photos, linked at left). These high-resolution photos will then be stitched together to create a 360-degree augmented reality map of the river corridor. For examples of other 360-degree tours,

The Tour of the James was initiated as a result of Envision the James, a collaborative effort between National Geographic, the Chesapeake Conservancy and JRA. It is the hope that the Tour of the James will share the river experience with a wider audience; empowering Virginians to further explore the wild beauty of the James River. The project will include a virtual and interactive interpretation of natural, recreational and historic features in the river corridor, such as notable rapids, boat ramps and Civil War sites.

RVA No. 10: Terrain 360

If you haven’t seen the Terrain 360 bumper stickers riding around the Commonwealth, perhaps you’ve missed the latest breakthrough in trail technology. brings users an interactive, virtual platform for navigating Virginia’s hiking trails and mountain biking trails, along with many of Virginia’s waterways and race terrain. Available on PCs and mobile devices, Terrain 360 allows users to explore Virginia’s trail systems from an entirely new perspective with 360 degree panoramic photography. Continue reading RVA No. 10: Terrain 360