Week in Review
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BAE Systems launched SOCET GXP, a software application designed to meet the production needs of image analysts, geospatial analysts, and photogrammetrists worldwide. SOCET GXP replaces BAE Systems VITec PC product for image analysis, and provides some additional functionality found in the VITec ELT package. In December 2004, SOCET GXP will be available as a complete replacement for MATRIX, VITec PC, and VITec ELT. All current customers will be able to transition to SOCET GXP at no charge for similar functionality. In 2005, the functionality contained in BAE Systems SOCET SET photogrammetric software
suite will be added to SOCET GXP.
LizardTech announced GeoExpress 4.1 with MrSID at GEOINT 2004 Symposium in New Orleans, Oct. 12-14, which now supports encoding to JPEG 2000. GeoExpress 4.1 includes easy-to-use image profiles that simplify the creation of JPEG 2000 imagery in U.S. Department of Defense standards such as NPJE and EPJE formats. The company states that GeoExpress 4.1 is the first commercial JPEG 2000 application geared specifically towards large geospatial imaging implementations.
Harris Corporation will directly maintain, support, distribute, and enhance its MET multi-image exploitation tool and any derivative products beginning January 1, 2005. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced that after the end of 2004 it will no longer provide MET under Special Purpose Rights licenses at no cost to image exploitation users and analysts. Harris plans to release METv3.0 during the spring of 2005 on both the Solaris and Windows platforms. Harris also announced InReality Analyst Edition -- the newest version of its line of InReality visualization software modules. Analyst Edition offers users a more powerful viewing application and enhances the value of 3-D models by expanding their use across a variety of applications.
Intergraph introduced GeoMedia Image Scout, a new product for advanced image exploitation that analyzes and intensifies multi-source geospatial data. Available immediately, GeoMedia Image Scout enables quick and accurate broad area search operations of digital imagery using geospatial fusion.
IDELIX Software Inc. and RSI (Research Systems, Inc.) announced that the Special Projects Office of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Enterprise Directorate has funded the integration of Pliable Display Technology (PDT) by IDELIX into the client software applications of RSI's Image Access Solutions (IAS).
SRC LLC has licensed GlobeXplorer's online aerial and satellite photo library featuring high-resolution images from AirPhotoUSA and others. The subscription-based library of nationwide photos will be available immediately to SRC's DemographicsNow.com and DemographicsNow Professional subscribers via the company's website. Someday will I be able to integrate whatever data I want together and not have to wait for companies to have agreements?
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) added the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and USA ERDC Topographic Engineering as sustaining members. Membership is now at 47.
UCLID Software announced that it now provides GIS services including data conversion, geodatabase implementation, and GIS training.
ESRI and Trimble announced the winners of the 2004 ESRI and Trimble Mobile Government Grant Series.
Raytheon Co. acquired Photon Research Associates Inc. of San Diego, Raytheon officials announced last week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PRA will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon, reporting to Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems.
RMSI has become an Oracle Technology Partner.
Mircea Baduts, a GIS/CAD consulting engineer in Romania, has a new book, GIS - Practical Fundaments which was recently published in Romanian.
Tripod Data Systems (TDS) will provide a complimentary copy of its TDS COGO for Pocket PC surveying software-a $99 value-through the TDS website. The product can be downloaded after some registration information is provided.
Ordnance Survey is to launch an enhancement to its detailed digital height data defining the physical landscape of Britain.
The national mapping agency is extending its Land-Form PROFILE product to include enriched digital terrain model (DTM) data for a selection of urban areas and flood plains. Land-Form PROFILE Plus will enable nationally consistent 3D modeling applications for activities such as flood risk insurance assessment, highway and pipeline planning, and environmental impact analysis. Um, didn't Intermap already do a product for insurance funded in part by the industry? NextMap Britain?
ESRI and Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat) announced that ESRI is a reseller of EarthSat's NaturalVue and GeoCover 15-meter (0.5 arcsecond) pixel resolution data sets.
Laser-Scan announced that KOREM has signed an official reseller agreement that enables them to resell Radius Topology in Canada.
The Surveying Special Interest Group (S-SIG) gives surveyors, geographic information system (GIS) professionals, and those with a general interest in a survey-related field the opportunity to work together toward integrating surveying and GIS technology.
Contracts and Sales
GE Energy has signed a five-year contract with San Diego Data Processing Corporation (DPC) to provide software services for the City of San Diego Water Department and the Metro Wastewater Department. As part of the contract, GE Energy will provide software upgrades of its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology(tm) product to support San Diego Water's and Metro Wastewater's System Planning and Locator Application for Sewer and Hydrographics (SPLASH) application. The contract also includes onsite and remote, day-to-day, IT operations, and support staff.
MWH Soft, Inc., a provider of water resources applications software, announced that the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) has deployed multiple licenses of MWH Soft's H2OMAP Water Suite software to drive its comprehensive water facilities master plan.
Bentley Systems announced that ACCIngenieria, a Colombia-based civil engineering firm, has selected Bentley's Haestad WaterGEMS hydraulic modeling software for application in major water distribution projects in Colombia.
Vexcel Corporation has been awarded a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to demonstrate volumetric imaging through tomographic SAR technologies. Widely considered to be the next step in the evolution of radar imaging, SAR tomography offers the promise of accurate 3D earth imagery as well as the ability to penetrate forest canopies to characterize both the foliage and the underlying terrain.
Pictometry will provide new imagery of the city of Philadelphia in the spring of 2005. The city has renewed its license.
ESRI announced that ArcGIS Data Interoperability is now available. It's an extension, but that term is not in its name. Why? Maybe because ESRI already has a product called "Interoperability Extension for ArcExplorer-Java Edition." I know I was getting confused between ESRI's code for OGC interoperability and Safe Software's tools.
New versions of the Pliable Display Technology (PDT) Software Development Kits are available from IDELIX Software Inc. They include developer tools: PDT C++ SDK 3.1 and PDT Java 2.0.
Sensor Systems released RemoteView Professional version 2.4.1 for Windows. RemoteView version 2.4.1 increases analytical capability to rapidly create situation awareness over broad areas incorporating vast amounts of image data.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of LandScan 2003 Global Population Database. The LandScan data set is a worldwide population database compiled on a 30" X 30" latitude/longitude grid. Census counts (at sub-national level) were apportioned to each grid cell based on likelihood coefficients, which are based on proximity to roads, slope, land cover, nighttime lights, and other data sets. LandScan has been developed as part of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Global Population Project for estimating ambient populations at risk. The LandScan files are available via the internet in ESRI grid format by continent and for the world, and in ESRI raster binary format for the world. This version of LandScan represents the fifth version of LandScan and succeeds the previous versions. LandScan 2003 is free of charge to Federal Government institutions, educational institutions, and global organizations including the United Nations. All other organizations and companies must license LandScan 2003 directly from ORNL.
eNeighborhoods, the nation's premier compiler of home and neighborhood information, has unveiled the newest feature addition to its line of Internet real estate marketing solutions: instant aerial and satellite photos from GlobeXplorer.
AASHTO (American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials) has released the call for presentations for the 18th Annual GIS-T (GIS for Transportation) Symposium. Scheduled for April 3-6, 2005 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Symposium is being hosted by the Nebraska Department of Roads.
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association's (GITA) announced that its 2004 GIS for Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition broke several significant records during the three-day event, held Sept. 20-22, 2004, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas. The 13th annual conference attracted a total of 659 attendees, breaking the event's attendance record set in 2002 by more than 12 percent. Registrations by user attendees, totaling 249, increased dramatically-by nearly 53 percent-over the record set in 2003. Finally, the exhibit hall was host to a record 55 companies. Consider this: a focused show gets larger, while more general conferences are, in general, getting smaller. Hmmm.
All six New England states and New York will participate in GIS Day on November 17, 2004.
Debating issues around the mass-market consumer adoption of location-based services (LBS) is the focus of a free one-day seminar at Ordnance Survey's Southampton Business Centre. It's November 2 in Southampton.
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) will present its 28th annual conference, Crossing Boundaries, March 6-9, 2004 at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. (That's the same week as ASPRS in Baltimore.)
There are some upcoming classes on MapTech's products in the Pacific Northwest.
Chris Holcroft who has been a mainstay of marketing at Cadcorp for many years has taken a position with Ordnance Survey GB. Best of luck Chris!
Image Africa Ltd, a UK founded satellite imaging company, has set up its head office in Nairobi, Kenya and has been welcomed as a new investor in Kenya.
GeoDecisions named Jason L. Gleason geographic information systems (GIS) analyst for the firm's Pittsburgh office.
Daratech announced the hiring of Harvey Kaplowitz as Executive Director of Conference Productions where he is responsible for designing, developing, and producing Daratech's executive-level conferences addressing PLM challenges in discrete manufacturing and the process & power industries.
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