I arrived in Nuremberg last night for the Intergeo conference. After checking in at the hotel at 6 PM, had a dinner of sausages and sauerkraut, went to sleep at a respectable 8:30 PM — only to be wide awake at 4 AM due to jetlag. I decided to take a stroll along the adjacent lake. I was stunned by the continuous bullet-like cracking sounds. My taxi driver from the airport had assured me that Nuremberg was an extremely safe city with only 100 murders per year compared to 1,000+ in Cologne, the host of Intergeo 2010. On a closer inspection, to my relief, I discovered the sound was caused by the raining acorns from the oak trees around the lake.
The Raining Acorns
GISCafe is recording more than 20 video interviews at the Intergeo conference and also hosting two panels on the following topics:
Aggregating Geospatial, Social media, and Authoritative Source Information (Panel moderated by GISCafe) — Wednesday, Sep 28 – 3:20 – 3:40 PM
Integrating Geospatial and Architectural Design Data for Future Cities & Communities (Panel moderated by GISCafe) — Thursday, Sep 29 – 2:40 – 3:00 PM
The panels will be broadcast live on Intergeo TV and available on GISCafe a week after the show. Here are some of the companies interviewing with GISCafe :
RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH
Intergraph Z/I Deutschland GmbH
Topcon EUROPE Positioning B.V.
Safe Software Inc.
ESRI Deutschland GmbH
Juniper Systems, Inc.
Leica Geosystems GmbH
Laser Technology, Inc.
Pitney Bowes Software GmbH
The interviews will be posted in the GISCafe -> Videos section after the event. Feel free to contact me if you want to participate in the panels or schedule an interview.
September 23, 2011 — Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), a Colorado-based laser designer and manufacturer, announces the new LaserGIS version 1.0.1 for ArcPad®, a toolbar extension that greatly enhances the data collection workflow by making the process quicker and easier. The new version 1.0.1 is also available in German and French with a localization toolkit now being offered for other international markets.
All ArcPad® users have a huge advantage in receiving the quickest return on their investment because LaserGIS is built on ArcPad’s underlying structure. This simply equates to an extremely short learning curve because they do not need to invest a bunch of time and training on a completely new software program. LaserGIS simply streamlines the workflow when using an LTI TruPulse® measurement and mapping laser. The TruPulse 360 compass laser eliminates the need to occupy a feature’s location and it allows you to remotely measure heights, spans and elevation just by taking a few shots. LaserGIS expedites the process of storing the laser’s positioning and measurements right into ArcPad® with fewer steps and a clear understanding and control as to how you want to manage your data collection.
You can map in multiple objects from one location, with or without GPS, or do a traverse by occupying the location of your last shot. From syncing up your Bluetooth® connection to toggling specific laser preferences, the LaserGIS extension is extremely helpful and will make the entire data collection process easy. Version 1.0.1 also stores and displays additional raw data attributes for magnetic declination, target height and instrument height.
“New technology and software enhancements are great, but if it requires extensive training, the ROI never seems to come quick enough,” says Steve Colburn, Laser Technology National Sales Director. “Some companies are hesitant in adopting anything new because it’s hard enough to capitalize on what they already invested in, so they are discouraged in trying something new. After ArcPad users witness how easy the transition is in using the LaserGIS extension, it will quickly become apparent as to how much time and energy can be saved when collecting field data.”
One of the more useful features in LaserGIS is the ability to quickly map and measure the same type of targets that are all within your sight, such as utility poles or trees. You simply toggle on the auto-accept features and measurement button and just aim and shoot the laser. All the collected data is being automatically stored without ever touching the software. This upgraded version is free to all existing LaserGIS users.
Anyone can watch a 20 minute YouTube video below and learn how to collect reliable field data using the TruPulse 360 compass laser. ArcPad® users can lasertech.com and download a free demo version of LaserGIS and watch a recorded tech session to learn the basics. For more information and special bundle pricing for the LaserGIS extension and a TruPulse laser, ask your local LTI Authorized Dealer.
John Lucier, Senior Project Manager, DigitalGlobe gives us his insight on current and future trends in geospatial intelligence. The video was filmed at the Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2011- Europe’s largest and most international annual gathering dedicated to the high-level discussion of the importance and the major challenges of the use of geospatial intelligence in both defence and national security operations.
Col. John D. Kedar was the Guest Closing Speaker at Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2011. GIS — Looking Back 20 Years — Development, Strategies & Real Life.
Colonel John Kedar has been one of the DGI’s most popular guest speakers for several years. He delivered an overview to the key developments in the geo community, looking back at the very start of the community and projecting future growth, developments and goals. Watch this closing presentation for a historic insight and a look into the future.
Learn how to use FlexLM for Autodesk, Solidworks, SmartBIM, ArcGIS, and many other software vendors. This video explains how you can consolidate your license servers by running multiple license server SERVICES, each server it’s own vendor without having multiple actual servers, physical or virtual.
Geomatica 2012 enables geospatial professionals to solve real-world problems faster and more cost-effectively.
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—September 15, 2011: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces the release of Geomatica 2012; the latest version of the company’s complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more.
“Today’s geospatial professionals need tools that allow them to complete their work faster, with data availability and volumes on the rise,” said Peter Hazlett, Product Manager at PCI. “Geomatica 2012 provides leading edge automation, performance and innovation, leveraging the power of multi-core, multi-processor desktop systems to complete image processing tasks in record time.”
Usability improvements such as on-the-fly image enhancements and drag-and-drop file handling combine with new functionalities such as Optical and Coherent Change Detection to make Geomatica 2012 the most advanced Geomatica software release to date.
“This is an exciting release for PCI Geomatics and its customers,” said Terry Moloney, President and CEO at PCI. “This latest version improves upon our world-leading orthorectification algorithms, adds the features and functions the industry needs, and increases performance across the board using 64-bit architecture and innovative multi-threaded processing.”
Geomatica 2012 is available for 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Server 2003/Server 2008) and Linux (Kernel version 2.6.27, glibc version 2.9, gcc 4.3). For more information on Geomatica 2012, please visit www.pcigeomatics.com/geomatica.
About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world leading developer of software and systems for geo‐imaging solutions. Since 1982, we have specialized in remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, spatial analysis, cartographic production, automated production systems, image management and on demand mapping solutions. PCI Geomatics’ advanced software systems address a wide variety of industry applications including the environment, agriculture, security and intelligence, aerospace & defense, and satellite receiving stations. We have the expertise and know‐how to turn images into useful information. For more information, visit www.pcigeomatics.com.
SAR – Coherent Change Detection – Developed through contracts with the Canadian Government, the PCI CCD functionality is second to none, allowing users to detect and analyse changes extracted from a user-specified test and reference SAR image pair.
Automated Change Detection – Change detection algorithms that can be applied to any imagery in your stack to identify not only the change, but the magnitude of the changes.
Manual Mosaicking – Upgrades allow users to manually visualize their mosaic prior to actually running the process. Masking, color balancing, and cutline editing have been greatly improved
Physical Modeling – Orthorectification of ADS40/ADS80 level 1 images now uses a physical sensor model, giving greater accuracy to the results of this process. Also available in this version is the ability to stitch multiple raster components into a single file for ease of processing.
TPS Mosaic Improvement Tool – A new project type in OrthoEngine help users improve mosaics and avoid DEM overlap issues.
Automated Processing – Automated GCP collection uses a using a new methodology for Image to Image matching.
Online Data Provider Support
In addition to online services such as Google and ESRI. Users will now be able to access Bing imagery as a backdrop in Geomatica Focus, and also as a potential GCP source or elevation dataset in OrthoEngine workflows.
PCI Geomatics is proud to be consistently first-to-market with new format and sensor support. In Geomatica 2012, adds support for the following:
PALSAR support – The ERSDAC variety of this sensor is now supported for use in the SAR Polarimetry Workstation functions.
KompSat – The DIMAP variety of this sensor is now supported.
64-bit support for Oracle 11G
ESRI Geodatabase support
Pyramid file support for ENVI and Erdas image formats
Geomatica Focus is now Open-MP enabled, which will revolutionize the performance of every day tasks like the loading, paning and zooming of imagery.
“On-the-fly” automatic image enhancements. As one roams around large volumes of data, the visual appearance will update to reveal the most information.
Enhance all images tool – Geomatica Focus now allows users to enhance multiple images in a single click.
Geomatica Focus now includes the ability to visualize ground control points (GCPs) collected in the orthorectification process.
The Corridor Solids Technology Preview for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 software provides functionality to create AutoCAD® solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D Subassembly shapes that are contained in an AutoCAD Civil 3D Corridor Model. By creating solids from subassembly shapes, representative real-world objects such as tunnels, retaining walls, and pavement layers can be more easily used for visual analysis, design verification, and construction coordination through enhanced model sharing between various project team members who are using applications such as Autodesk® Navisworks® 2012 products, Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2012, Autodesk® 3ds® Max Design 2012, and the new Autodesk® Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software.
The two videos below give a good overview of the Corridor Solids technology.
Jim Geringer was elected as Wyoming’s 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. His advocacy for technology in government has centered on the end result of using technology to enhance citizen services. That advocacy has led Jim to join in a full-time capacity with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) the top provider of geographic information systems software.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
In this video, Jim talks about use of GIS for oil spills:
Watch this hands-on demonstration of Sivan Design’s “3D-GIS in the Cloud” iPad App that provides views and analysis tools of spatial information in 3D. Infrastructure, cadastre and city planning GIS in 3D enable data analysis in detail and precision that cannot be achieved in 2D. The app enables real world views that improve user orientation and increase ability to perform tasks and manage city planning, infrastructures and cadastral information.