June 05, 2009 -- IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight, today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Valtus Imagery Services to provide direct online access to the company’s U.S. ortho-rectified imagery via IHS and 3rd party WMS-enabled applications, including IHS PETRA®. The enhanced product offering provides a real-world view of the field directly from the desktop.
“IHS has enjoyed a long-standing and successful relationship with Valtus in the Canadian energy sector, and we are excited to expand the offering of their scalable, high-resolution, true color photographic images into the U.S. E&P workflow,” said IHS Vice President Tim Hopkins. “Now American customers can receive the benefits that seamless integration of this imagery with other IHS E&P datasets has been providing to Canadian customers for many years.”
Valtus Ortho Imagery contains seamless, high-resolution, 0.5 metre (~20 inch) and 1 metre (~39 inch) true color ortho-rectified images that offer a detailed topographic understanding of an area of interest. Unlike other imagery providers, Valtus directly addresses the needs of the oil and gas business — acquiring imagery in more remote areas and continuing to expand coverage based on drilling needs. Valtus Ortho Imagery is fully rectified to the terrain surface model, giving the images a uniform scale to allow for accurate measurements, and the images are not subject to the same displacements – cloud cover, nadir angle, poor resolution – as typical surface imagery. The company’s imagery aids in play development, health and safety requirements and transportation and infrastructure issues relating to the oil and gas industry.
“We are both pleased and excited to be expanding our seven-year relationship with IHS through our efforts into the U.S. energy market”, said Valtus Vice President and General Manager Tim Crago. “Not only will this bring the best available imagery to those using the IHS PETRA application, but as with our existing business model in Canada, under the same imagery subscription users will be able to access the imagery in any of their other WMS enabled GIS applications. This new offering is being supported and delivered by Valtus’ renowned proprietary, best-in-class system.”
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About IHS ( www.ihs.com)
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is a leading global source of critical information and insight, dedicated to providing the most complete and trusted information and expertise. IHS product and service solutions span four areas of information that encompass the most important concerns facing global business today: Energy, Product Lifecycle, Security, and Environment, all supported by Macroeconomics. By focusing on customers first, IHS enables innovative and successful decision-making for customers ranging from governments and multinational companies to smaller companies and technical professionals in more than 180 countries. IHS is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009 and employs approximately 3,800 people in 20 countries.
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About Valtus Imagery Services
Valtus Imagery Services is a Geospatial Storage Service Provider, hosting and delivering imagery and LiDAR data from our large online library acquired through leading aerial and satellite providers. Valtus specializes in integrating our customers existing imagery holdings with our off-the-shelf library. The Valtus technology utilizes open GIS protocols to allow high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery to be stored, managed and viewed instantly through a wide range of industry standard web-mapping products and desktop applications. Valtus currently serves over 300 companies in North America.
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