The EVC Scope - Geospatial Newsletter, January 2011

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The EVC Scope 
East View Cartographic Geospatial Newsletter
January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1

SOUTH AFRICA - 1:50K GIS Vector Data

A recent exhibition at a tradeshow in South Africa brought us an unexpected dataset, complete 1:50,000 vector coverage of the entire Republic of South Africa.  Produced by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, digital topographic information has been captured from the department's 1:500K and 1:50K map series.  This information has been topologically structured and stored as features (such as all roads, railways, built-up areas, rivers and contours) of the entire 1:50,000 national series (1913 sheets).  

Johannesburg, RSA - 50K Vector Data (32 feature layers in ArcGIS)

This acquisition is a benefit of EVC's wide-ranging relationships with National Mapping Agencies around the world.  Now the opportunity is present for our customers to benefit as well.

For more information and pricing details please contact us.


South Africa 50K Vector Data Index Map

RapidEye - Now An Official EVC Partner 

RapidEye Logo

RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, is now an official partner of East View Cartographic.  In early January, EVC signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye making us an official reseller and member of its international distribution team.  The addition of RapidEye brings a very flexible medium-resolution imagery option with quick order fulfillment and the ability to cover very large areas of interest.  Joining the RapidEye distribution team was a 2010 priority for EVC and we are pleased to formally be able to offer this option to our customers.

RapidEye - Alberta, Canada
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada - August 26, 2010

RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the satellite system - a constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data - allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 130 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye.


RapidEye - Afghanistan
Afghanistan - January 1, 2010

For more information about RapidEye, our relationship with RapidEye and the purchasing of RapidEye imagery, please contact us.

ImageSat International - An EVC Imagery Partner With Top-Notch Tasking Ability

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As you may already know, EVC supplies satellite imagery to a wide variety of industries.  In order to be successful with this "Jack-of-all-trades" approach, we must know the satellite imagery industry in and out and fortunately, we do.  Each provider tends to have a niche and our job is to connect our customers with the imagery that suits them best.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China - EROS B
Forbidden City, Beijing, China - EROS B

EVC has been an official reseller for ImageSat International for well over a year after a fruitful visit to ImageSat's office in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Among its many distinguishing qualities, ImageSat's quick image acquisition delivery is second to none.  Their

earth remote observation satellites (EROS A: 2.4m and EROS B: 0.7m) offer autonomous high-resolution panchromatic imagery that is perfect for companies that need prompt turn-around time with imagery collections.  This is especially true for the oil and gas world where panchromatic products make ends meet seamlessly.  This swift turn-around time is accompanied by very competitive prices making ImageSat's EROS imagery a fine choice for any imagery-based project.  The trend is for faster imagery collection in the geospatial arena and ImageSat is a leader by offering turn-around times for new imagery collection of 24-48 hours, under favorable environmental conditions.


Chaitén  Volcano,  Chile  -  EROS  B
Chaitén Volcano, Chile - EROS B

ImageSat provides its services through various exclusive license programs.  EVC is well attuned to these programs and is happy to set you up with the program that works best for you.  In addition, ImageSat maintains an expanding imagery archive, which contains various images sent by its earth remote observation satellites.  The company offers its services to governments and their defense forces, as well as to civilian government and commercial clients for geospatial information, infrastructure, mapping, and environment and disaster control applications. The company was formerly known as West Indian Space Ltd. and changed its name to ImageSat International N.V. in June, 2000. ImageSat International N.V. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus with an additional office in Tel Aviv, Israel.  

For more information about ImageSat, our relationship with ImageSat and the purchasing of ImageSat imagery, please contact us.

Map Link Purchased By East View


East View is pleased to announce it has purchased Map Link and relocated its operation from Santa Barbara, California to Minnetonka, Minnesota.  The leading supplier of worldwide travel and adventure maps, East View Map Link (EVML) is the integral link between publishers, resellers and retail customers.  A new website has been created at .  

EVML  Gizi  Maps

East View Map Link started as a retail travel shop in Santa Barbara in 1984. From the beginning, its incomparable selection was the special draw that made Map Link unique, and the owners traveled the globe to have the broadest assortment of maps possible. Today, everyone expects the best information possible. The best maps can be hard to find but East View Map Link exists to source these hard to find resources. Maps are gathered from around the world from hundreds of local publishers that really know the area they cover. East View Map Link travels the globe seeking out new and exciting maps and atlases to offer. Often, in many places dealing in a cash economy, they must bring maps back in their luggage. Only through this extra effort can East View Map Link offer the most complete assortment of maps found anywhere in the world.

EVML  Rolled  Maps EVML  Gizi  Maps

Welcome our new member to the East View family!

East View Cartographic (EVC)     East View Information Services (EVIS)

East View Map Link (EVML)  

Please contact us for more information on East View Map Link.

USGIF New Member Podcast: East View Cartographic

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Last fall, EVC became an official member of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).  As a means for others to get to know us, our Chief Marketing Officer, Rodney Buhrsmith,  recently did a podcast interview with Matt Langan on behalf of USGIF.  This podcast is a part of USGIF's "got geoint?" blog.  


EVC Podcast Interview

Please take a moment and head over to "got geoint?" and listen to Rodney's interview.  If you have already read about us, this is a chance to sit back and listen to one of our fearless leaders speak about who we are and what we do.  It is only a few minutes long.  Enjoy.

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East View Cartographic (EVC) is a leading provider of authoritative maps and geospatial data from around the world. Products are available through our web site and our staff can skillfully assist customers with detailed data requests.

EVC specializes in custom GIS data production using data from a variety of in-house or client sources. EVC is the leading provider of global outsourcing management services, helping clients find and manage the right mapping and GIS data production resources for each project. EVC offers a broad range of geospatial raster and vector data from high-resolution DEMs to full vector GIS datasets .

Technical Bullet   

  How'd they do that?

Geological Vector Data Extracted From Geological Maps

A great thing about EVC is the wide variety of clients we serve along with their wide variety of geospatial needs.  This keeps us on our toes and ready for new challenges.  This month's Technical Bullet arises from our desire to keep up with needs of our Oil, Gas & Mining customers.



Geological Vector Data Extracted From 1:24,000 USGS Geological Maps

Knowing what is in the ground before digging is an obvious necessity.  Therefore, maps providing this knowledge are a must.  GIS vector data providing this knowledge is even better.  With geological vector data, a geologist can begin exploring for resources right from the office by performing analysis on multiple layers within a GIS.   

A large minerals exploration company came to us in November with a 1:24K USGS geological map over an area in the southwest United States.  They had been using a raster version for exploration and needed a GIS compatible version.  We estimated this geological feature extraction job to take four weeks and met our goal by delivering the solution less than a month later.


Geological  Extraction  Source

Geological Vector Extraction Source Material



The trend for digitizing geological mapping is coming on strong.  In the past year, we have seen opportunities for this jump exponentially.  This trend will continue to increase as more and more mineral exploration companies realize the benefits of this type of GIS data.


Traditionally, most geological mapping is provided by various government agencies.  EVC has taken on the digitizing and attribution of the maps and the end product is simply stunning.  How do we do this?  Keep reading.


EVC has the source materials to create this data for many Oil, Gas & Mining hot spots around the world. 
Customer-supplied maps for specific AOI's, as in this case, are also welcome as source material.

Geological  Extraction  Vector

Geological Vector Extraction Final Product


From colors on paper to analytical stratigraphy, here are the steps of bringing geological raster data to metadata supported vector data:

1. Source geological map is scanned and georeferenced into UTMz12N/NAD27 projection.

2. All features present on the map (including all cultural, topographic and geological objects) are vectorized using heads-up digitization.

3. Data is stored in geodatabase and fully attributed in accordance to the map legend.

4. QC/QA is performed to assure that the dataset is complete, consistent, topologically clean, correctly extracted and attributed.

5. Data is symbolized in GIS software in order to visually represent the dataset.


Utilizing our geospatial skill set and toolbox to find cost-effective solutions for our clients is what we do.  We are happy to tackle new opportunities that keep us on the leading edge of the ever-changing geospatial industry.



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Commercial Satellite Imagery

EVC is an authorized reseller of the major commercial providers:

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...and others


Please contact us to discuss your unique imagery project!


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