Dynamic Panoramic

Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Winners of the ERDAS IMAGINE – DigitalGlobe 2012 Geospatial Challenge

 
March 7th, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Mladen Stojic, Vice President, and Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I

As many avid users know, ERDAS IMAGINE is the ideal tool for working with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2′s rich set of spectral information.

From an easy to use set of pre-defined band combinations for displaying the robust data, to the flexibility offered by the graphical Model Maker environment for designing and sharing new image analysis algorithms, ERDAS IMAGINE enables users to fully exploit and uncover all the information inherent in WorldView-2 imagery.

This year, Intergraph partnered with DigitalGlobe to launch the ERDAS IMAGINE – Digital Globe 2012 Geospatial Challenge, which provides the winner five WorldView-2 scenes of their choice anywhere across the globe from the DigitalGlobe archives.

With over 100 proposals from around the world, we had tremendous interest in this contest. After our panel of experts reviewed these submissions, we are excited to announce (Press Release) that Priyanka Mehta and Allison Howard are the official winners of the Geospatial Challenge.  Mehta and Howard utilized the 8-band imagery for exploiting WorldView-2 imagery with ERDAS IMAGINE for Spatial Modeling and Analysis, Image Visualization, Image Processing and much more.

Mehta’s winning paper is Urban Temperature Profiling using WorldView-2 8 Band Imagery and ERDAS IMAGINE.  This project sought to classify urban land use and land cover to visualize temperature profiles and heat island effects as functions of urban development. The extra 4 bands of 8-band imagery from WorldView-2 provide increased opportunities for visualization and extraction of intricate features present in data.

Howard’s winning paper is A Maximum Entropy and Least Cost Path Model of Bearded Capuchin Monkey Movement in Northeastern Brazil Incorporating ERDAS Subpixel Classification Analysis of WorldView-2 Imagery. Howard’s work has implications for predicting daily movement patterns of all mobile animals, as high-resolution imagery and subpixel analysis in conjunction with habitat modeling represent significant improvements to previous attempts to link species occurrence or animal behavior with environmental variables.

Priyanka Mehta and Allison Howard will have the opportunity to present at ASPRS in Sacramento, CA March 21-23, 2012.

Congratulations to our winners – and all our participants for the interesting projects they shared!  You all showcased the true power of ERDAS IMAGINE and WorldView-2 imagery!

 

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