GISCafe Weekly Review January 31st, 2013

Trimble DSS 500: Flexible and Efficient Mapping Solution
January 31, 2013  by Matthew Langan

In October 2012, Trimble announced that launch of its DSS 500, which is the company’s latest medium-format, directly georeferenced aerial imaging system.

Capable of producing full-resolution, ortho-rectified imagery in real time with In-FlightOrtho™ technology, the Trimble Digital Sensor System (DSS) is designed as a high-productivity, mapping-grade solution for color orthophoto and vertical mapping applications.

“The DSS 500 with In-FlightOrtho pushes the limits of efficiency like no other medium-format aerial mapping system,” said Joe Hutton, director of Airborne Products at Applanix, a Trimble Company, in the press release launching the new product.  “The DSS 500’s ability to produce full-resolution, orthorectified imagery as it is captured makes it an ideal solution for air-to-ground quality control and time-critical mapping. Watching the orthos produced in real time gives users extremely high levels of confidence in their data collection. And now with significantly smaller, lighter, lower power and less complex hardware—just three cables are required for most installations—aerial mapping has never been easier, faster or more efficient. It is the most advanced Digital Sensor System that we have ever produced.”

Be sure to check out this video all about the DSS 500.


Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day Two
January 30, 2013  by Susan Smith

Geodesign is a set of techniques and enabling technologies for planning built and natural environments in an integrated process, including project conceptualization, analysis, design specification, stakeholder participation and collaboration, design creation, simulation, and evaluation (among other stages). “Geodesign is a design and planning method which tightly couples the creation of design proposals with impact simulations informed by geographic contexts.”[1]Wikipedia

Most organizations require access to the right geospatial solutions in near real-time to make critical decisions.  As geospatial data is the foundation for driving all decision-making – especially for the defense and intelligence arenas – it is critical to use the right technologies that can aid in this speed of deployment.

Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (TST) is a next-generation organization that takes a “Silicon Valley”-like approach to developing web-based geospatial capabilities to help meet this critical industry and government need.  The company’s forward-thinking approach to product development has allowed it to bring emerging technologies to its customers in ways that enhances organizational performance.

TST’s iSpatial solution is a Web-based geospatial framework that allows for rapid development/integration of applications on the Google Earth™ API.  Designed to reduce both cost and time to deploy a custom geospatial solution, this solution integrates with and leverages existing data sources to promote powerful visualization and knowledge fusion opportunities.

iSpatial provides pre-built tools that can be quickly adopted to specific use cases and delivers the best that Google Earth has to offer combined with capabilities developed by trained geospatial engineers.

Be sure to check out this product demonstration of iSpatial:

Article Source: Leica GeoSystems

Leica Geosystems is excited to announce three  new educational movies about laser scanning. The movies  provide an easy-to-understand introduction to 3D laser scanning (also known as High-Definition Surveying™ or HDS™) for the rapidly growing number of people researching it for the first time.

Chapter 1 – “The Basics” is an overview with film footage of scanning in the field and processing “point clouds” in the office into drawings, models, etc. It also describes common mapping and as-built survey applications, benefits, types of deliverables, and options that users have for taking advantage of the technology.

ArcGIS Online Brings Simplicity
January 28, 2013  by Matt Sheehan

 

We’ve spent some time on this blog discussing ArcGIS Online. As we have said, we see this new mapping platform as a major step forward. But detailed discussion of the advantages misses the most central point; ArcGIS Online brings simplicity. Users, organisations, developers all will benefit. We thought is worthwhile discussing areas we see ArcGIS Online simplifying:

Organizing, Administering and Sharing Geo-Data with ArcGIS Online within Organizations

1) Groups and users – Online offers a slew of ways to organise data into groups, and share with a specific group of users. If your data is confidential, then host Online behind your firewall.

2) Data Conversion – We are often approached with questions around mobile apps which allow both access to and editing of shapefiles. Sure it can be done, but there is much time and effort needed to achieve, what we often think is a less than perfect solution. With ArcGIS Online shapefiles are converted to interactive feature layers. If these are generated as hosted feature layers, editing is now possible.

Intergraph LPS 2013: Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing Integrated
January 28, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Let’s face it: photogrammetric systems are not known for being user-friendly.  As a result, trained professionals are often required to manage the full spectrum of a photogrammetry system’s capabilities. Fostering a silo within organizations, this can limit the power of this type of data, and its ability to be leveraged easily in other geospatial genres.  Recognizing the power of photogrammetry, more organizations are now analyzing airborne, satellite imagery as well as UAV and oblique imagery for smarter decision-making.

Fortunately, as part of the new Intergraph Geospatial Portfolio 2013, we have launched LPS 2013, a powerful and modern photogrammetry system. With its tight integration with ERDAS IMAGINE® 2013, LPS 2013 enables users to access photogrammetry and remote sensing tools easily. LPS 2013 is well suited for projects involving varied types of data and further processing and analysis of airborne and satellite imagery.

Intergraph
Apollo Mapping
Optech
Integrated Geospatial Solutions – the Future of Information Technologies


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