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Makai Voyager 3D / 4D Visualization Software Web Application

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Makai Ocean Engineering

This video demonstrates a fully interactive visualization system that operates within a standard desktop web browser. This system is built around the Makai Voyager visualization software, and can be used collaboratively and remotely over the internet via a web browser. A visualization server streams rendered images to a lightweight client of bringing scientific visualization to a low-powered laptop or tablet with limited graphic computing power (e.g., the Apple iPad), regardless of the size of data being visualised. This feature will allow a user to access the highest caliber 3D models and geospatial data available interactively from anywhere in the world.

In the video, the window on the right side of the screen shows a client application that is opened in a web browser (Apple’s Safari in this case). This client application is operating through the web to control the visualization server, which in this case happens to be running on the same computer, and is shown on the left side of the screen. The program can be controlled from either the server side or the client side.

The new Demo 1.1 release is available at http://voyager.makai.com, and features Makai Voyager’s advanced volumetric data visualization and analysis capabilities.

More about Makai Voyager:
Makai Voyager provides an intuitive way to process, analyze, fuse, and display vast amounts of time-varying operational, scientific and GIS data in real time using basic hardware.

The software has application in LIDAR surveying, meteorology, oceanography, military, and others requiring a dynamic, immersive 3D platform for fusing and visualizing a wide range of geospatial and scientific information. It has the ability to provide real-time situational awareness for field units by synthesizing all model, sensor, and GIS data in one interactive 3D viewer. If you have an application that requires speed and flexibility, we’d love for you to download the demo and give us your feedback! We are open to customizing the software for specific applications.

The 1.1 release includes new features:

– Volume rendering of large 4D (3D + time) data models;
– Display of dynamic data on the ocean surface;
– Customizable graphs of scientific data; and,
– Faster streaming and improved WMS support.

The downloadable demo contains many of the scientific visualization capabilities of the Makai Voyager software platform. The full version of Makai Voyager will contain a wide variety of data import and fusion tools to import and process GIS and scientific data, and provide users with access to add-on modules for specific tasks (e.g., LIDAR analysis). Makai Voyager is cross-platform software, and runs on Windows (32- and 64-bit), Linux, and Mac OS X. The software is web-enabled and can be accessed from a remote device (e.g., smart phone or Apple iPad) allowing for remote, interactive access to the most comprehensive situational models. Please contact us about your application!

Reading Historical Maps Digitally: How Spatial Technologies Can Enable Close, Distant and Dynamic Interpretations.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: davidrumsey.com

This is the opening keynote given by David Rumsey at the Digital Humanities 2011 (DH 11) conference on June 19th at the Stanford University.

The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 25 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1700 to 1950s.

Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 27,000 items online, with new additions added regularly. The site is free and open to the public. Here viewers have access not only to high resolution images of maps that are extensively cataloged, but also to a variety of tools that allow to users to compare, analyze, and view items in new and experimental ways.

Maps are uniquely suited to high-resolution scanning because of the large amount of detailed information they contain. In their original form, maps and atlases can be large, delicate, and unwieldy. Digitization increases their accessibility, and when combined with online catalogs, they can be searched in a variety of ways. The site allows public access to rare maps that have been hidden or available only to a few.

With Luna Imaging’s Insight® software, the maps are experienced in a revolutionary way. Multiple maps from different time periods can be viewed side-by-side. Viewers can also create their own collections of maps that hold particular interest by saving groups of images. Complete cataloging data accompany each image, enabling in-depth searches of the collection.

Materials created in America and that illustrate the evolution of the country’s history, culture, and population distinguish the collection. Close inspection of the maps often reveals the growth and decline of towns, mining excavations, the unfolding of the railroads, and the “discovery” of the American West by European explorers. The collection also includes European imprints containing maps of the Americas that were influential to American cartographers, as well as maps of other parts of the world distinguished by great craftsmanship, significance, and beauty.

A more detailed description of the evolution of the physical collection into the online collection can be found in “State of the Art“, an article that originally appeared in Mercator’s World Magazine.

About the technology

The collection on the Internet brings together the finest optical equipment and digital scanners, cutting edge viewing technology, the latest image processing software, powerful wavelet compression, and reliable long-term storage of digital images. The digitized maps are very high resolution images scanned at at least 300 pixels per inch, as measured against the original map’s dimensions. The larger maps generate files frequently approaching two gigabytes in size; the average file size of images in the collection is 200 megabytes.

The following hardware and software is used in the process of creating and distributing the images over the Internet:

  • Insight client/server and browser software by Luna Imaging, Inc.
  • PhaseOne Powerphase 4×5 digital scanning camera back (150 megabyte capture)
  • PhaseOne PowerphaseFX 4×5 digital scanning camera back (380 megabyte capture)
  • PhaseOne image-capture software
  • Sinar X 4×5 view camera
  • Rodenstock lenses
  • Kaiser RePro copy stand with Videssence Icelites
  • Adobe PhotoShop CS4 and CS5
  • MrSid image compression software by LizardTech
  • Maplicity and MapImager GIS software from Telemorphic (archived website)
  • ArcView and ArcIms GIS software from ESRI
  • Global Mapper GIS mapping software

Computer Network:

  • Apple Mac Pro, Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core, 12 gigabytes RAM
  • Apple G5 Dual, 2.5 GHz, 8 gigabytes RAM
  • Apple G4 Dual, 1 GHz, 1.5 gigabytes RAM
  • Dell Precision T7500 Workstation, Two 3.60GHz Quad-Core, 24 gigabytes RAM
  • DVD  4.2 gigabyte storage discs

 

HP announces e-print and share service for AutoCAD WS

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I interviewed Emre Ozguc, the worldwide Designjet Marketing Director at HP at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas last month. Here is a summary of the interview.

Sanjay: What are you showing here at your booth?

Emre: We are featuring the web connected e-printer line up. We think this is one of our biggest innovations that we have brought to the market in a long time. The real news this week is that we are sharing two things. One is that we have a new mobile app that allows architects, engineers, and designers to access their drawings from the cloud and print directly anything they have stored in the cloud.

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Peter Batty – The Geospatial Revolution

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Peter Batty’s keynote speech at The Google Geospatial Awareness Day event.

Peter Batty is VP of geospatial technology at Ubisense.  He has worked in the geospatial industry for 20 years and has served as CTO for two leading companies in the industry (and two of the world’s top 200 software companies), Intergraph and Smallworld (now part of GE Energy), as well as a being a founder and CTO of Ten Sails, who provided early stage funding to and later merged with Ubisense. He serves on the Advisory Board of FortiusOne.  See  here for a more detailed bio. You can email Peter at peter@ebatty.com, and can see videos of some of his conference presentations here.

 

“What’s Next for Esri ” by Jack Dangermond

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Jack Dangermond shares information on various Esri initiatives including software development, training, Esri Press, the Esri Technical Certification Program, the Esri Partner Network, and the Esri Nonprofit Organization Program. He also talks about Esri’s goals and status. This presentation was given on August 12, 2011.

 

2011 GIS in Public Agencies Conference Keynote by Doug Abramson

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“The Geospatial Revolution – Past, Present and Future” by Doug Abramson, P.E., Senior Vice President, RBF Consulting, A Company of Michael Baker Corporation. Recorded live at the 13th Annual GIS in Public Agencies conference at the Cypress Community Center in the City of Cypress on September 21st, 2011 – sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)


 

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