Norcross, Georgia, USA —
July 29, 2008 — The China Earthquake Administration has implemented several ERDAS’ solutions to process and analyze images of the altered landscape, following the devastating earthquake in China earlier this year.
On May 12, 2008, an earthquake struck Wenchuan County , Sichuan , China , measuring at 8.0 Ms and 8.3 Mw, according to China Earthquake Administration. The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing (932 mi away) and Shanghai (1,056 mi away), where office buildings swayed from the tremor.
Immediately after the earthquake, Beijing Digital LandView Technology Company (Beijing LandView), the authorized ERDAS distributor in China , provided technical support to the China Earthquake Administration. ERDAS software was selected to handle the image data collected from the Wenchuan disaster area. ERDAS IMAGINE®, the geospatial industry’s leading and most complete collection of software tools designed to manipulate, process and understand imagery was the primary solution used in this project. In addition, IMAGINE Vector™, IMAGINE Easytrace™, IMAGINE AutoSync™ and ERDAS MosaicPro provided the additional processing, registration and mosaicking required.
With support from ERDAS’ solutions, the China Earthquake Administration processed and analyzed the remote sensing images of the disaster area, capturing the collapsing houses, landslide, ground crack, quake lakes and damaged bridges. Many of the remote sensing and aerial images processed were more than 300GB in size.
“The information attained from these images provided support for the government, vital to their decision-making processes,” said Guy Perkins, Senior Vice President Asia and Pacific, ERDAS. “This tragedy required the most advanced technology to analyze the captured images, and thereby understand the altered landscape – we are humbled to have assisted these emergency response efforts.”
ERDAS – The Earth to Business Company – helps organizations harness the information of the changing earth for greater advantage.
ERDAS creates geospatial business systems that transform our earth’s data into business information, enabling individuals, businesses and public agencies to quickly access, manage, process and share that information from anywhere.
Using secure geospatial information, ERDAS solutions improve employee, customer and partner visibility to information, enabling them to respond faster and collaborate better. It also means better decision-making, increased productivity and new revenue streams.
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