Category: "Geospatial"

Dieser Blog ist umgezogen // This Blog has moved:

Liebe Leser
dieser Blog ist hiermit nur noch „Archiv“ und wird nicht mehr weiter gepflegt.
Seit August 2017 finden sich neue Artikel ausschließlich unter der neuen URL:

Dear Readers
this blog is now merely an „archive“ and no longer being updated.
Since August 2017 new articles are exclusively available under the new URL:

Die aufwändige Mehrsprachigkeit (Deutsch und Englisch professionell manuell übersetzt) wird beibehalten – aber Layout-technisch anders gelöst. Damit dürfte ich immer noch den einzigen mehrsprachigen IT-Blog weltweit betreiben.
Ich hoffe, das neue Design gefällt Ihnen.

The complex multilingualism (German and English professionally manually translated) is being continued – but solved differently in terms of layout. With that I most likely still operate the only multilingual IT-Blog worldwide.
I hope you like the new design.



Mein aktueller Artikel, der erstmalig ausschließlich auf der neuen Website zu finden ist, lautet: Optimieren von Workflows mit In-Memory und nativ kompilierten Objekten - oder wie es nicht funktioniert

My currently last article, which is exclusively available at the new website for the first time, is Optimizing workflows with In-Memory and Natively Compiled Objects - or how it does not work


Cu at my new Blog


Addresses for geographical Data, ESRI-Shapefiles and other SQL Server geographical related stuff

SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services supports the visualization of geographical data in 3 ways.

  • Datasets, based on the built-in .Net System-datatypes “geography” and “geometry”, which have been around since SQL Server 2008
  • via built-in maps – but only for the United States
  • via ESRI-Shapefiles, which one has to provide on his own

Now, where can you get those Shape-files?

Other, than in the USA where gathered data belongs to the people, with no cost (Census Bureau Geography), in other countries, such as in Germany, it is by far not easy, to even get such datat all.

In the following, I am collecting internet-sites, where one can find geographical data. I'd be happy to include more URLs, if you found a good one, to share.

Spatial Data at MIT

several links to other map-data, even outside US

free maps from around the world. political as well as physical, some even down to street-/building-level

Natural Earth

several maps of the world with borders and physical structure


maps of German "Wahlkreise", nice to play around with. They even include votes per area

various kinds of  datasets, also geographical, mainly German – mostly for a fee, but some is also free

Cities of the world database donated by

GeoLite Free Downloadable Databases

A shapefile of the TZ timezones of the world

Time Zone and Local Time - This service responds with the time zone and local time at the given latitude and longitude.




spatial datatype-extension for SQL Server 2005

Spatial Tools with Shapefile Uploader

Tools for importing ESRI-Shapefiles into SQL Server as well as for looking at the data


The other option to show geospatial data in Reports, is to just use plain geometry/geography data. Here are some resources that help in getting access to such and/or converting/”geocoding” data:

The Google Geocoding API

Rob Farley shows how you can geocode you address-data using bing-maps and powershell:

A nice walk-through in geocoding using SSIS and Google Geocoding API by Jeffrey Verheul:

Discussion on Mapping From City Name to Latitude and Longitude & Mapping From Latitude and Longitude to City with further links:



Further good articles concerning geographical data and SQL Server:

Creating your own SSRS map using Visio

Using Visio and SSRS Map Reports for Store Layouts etc.

Using ESRI ShapeFiles with SSI

For importing shape-files into SQL Server, see this blog-post at MSDN:

Achieve Spatial Data Support in SSIS:

Bridge The Gap between Bing and Google Maps using SSIS 

Heat Maps as Reports

Stacia Misner shows in her blog, how to include your maps in the Map-Gallery for the Map-Builder-Wizard:

If you are working with Polygons & Multpolygons, you should know how to check and correct an instance of geometry data for validity with .STValid() and .MakeValid() ad Jeffrey Verheul is showing is his post here:

Have fun with Reporting Services 2008 R2



Sarpedon Quality Lab

SQLCon Session “Anspruchsvollere Berichte mit Reporting Services 2008”

Auf der diesjährigen SQLCon in Mainz hielt ich die Session Anspruchsvollere Berichte mit Reporting Services 2008.


Themen waren:


–Mehrere Gruppen auf einer Achse
–Static Header – wie geht das jetzt?
–Listen (gruppieren)



–Dynamisches Wachstum
–Trendlines einbauen, Pareto-Charts
–Multiple Charts




–Varianten und Customizing



–Charts und Gauges innerhalb von Tablix (Microcharts)


Weitere „Angenehmlichkeiten“

–Felder in Page Header & Footer

Hinweise auf Weitere interessante Neuerungen

Ausblick SQL Server 2008 R2

–Map Control
–Componentizing Reports



bis zum Nächsten mal,


Andreas Wolter


Sarpedon Quality Lab