Industry Briefs

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Sheboygan, Wis., added a Piper Navajo Chieftain to its fleet as part of its continued technology renewal and expansion strategy to support projects nationwide. In addition, the company announced it ranked 83rd among top engineering companies on the Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. AeroMetric also announced it used helicopter-based LiDAR technology to complete 36 miles of high-accuracy mapping along I-88 for the Illinois Tollway.


Altus Positioning Systems
(, Torrance, Calif., signed a value-added reseller agreement with Surveylab to offer ikeGPS multisensor data acquisition devices as part of its product portfolio. The ikeGPS combines a Global Positioning System receiver, laser rangefinder, 3-D compass and digital camera in a single ruggedized handheld device for geospatial data acquisition.


Aurora Flight Sciences
(,Bridgeport,W.Va., was recognized by Northrop Grumman Corp. for its outstanding support as a key supplier on the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk program and the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program. Aurora’s performance on the Global Hawk and BAMS programs has achieved Northrop Grumman’s objectives for quality, on-time delivery and affordability.


Avenza Systems
(, Toronto, received the Best Use of New Technology and New Media Award at the International Map Trade Association (IMTA) Americas conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Avenza won the award for its popular PDF Maps app for Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.


BAE Systems
(, San Diego, Calif., announced the U.S. Army signed a multiyear agreement to add more than 500 new licenses of the company’s geospatial-intelligence analysis software, SOCETGXP. The software is optimized for handling large data sets and many layers of information derived from various sensors and geodatabases. In addition, BAE Systems Australia, Neustadt, Australia, announced it’s enhancing its airborne surveillance capabilities with a TecnamMMA in spring 2012. The multisensor TecnamMMA, developed by Airborne Technologies, will give BAE Systems Australia the opportunity to support specialized airborne surveillance tasks, including homeland security and law enforcement missions, as well as bush and urban fire suppression survey flights.

 Blue Marble Geographics announced it’s an approved General Services Administration vendor. Geographic information system analysts worldwide use the company’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions.


Clark Labs
(, Worcester, Mass., received a two-year grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a decision-support software application for land management. The new software suite will be built on the company’s Land Change Modeler application.


Digital Data Services
(, Lakewood, Colo., announced it was awarded a contract with the State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources-Colorado Geological Survey for data conversion and geographic information system data delivery. The company will convert historic drawings of 376 abandoned coal mines (649 maps) into an intelligent computerized map format.


DMC International Imaging
(, Guildford, United Kingdom, signed a three-year agreement with Russia’s ScanEx Research and Development Center to provide 22-meter data reception from the UK-DMC2 satellite to ScanEx ground stations. The new rapid delivery system is particularly suited to agricultural planning and forest-fire monitoring.


East View Cartographic
(, Minneapolis, fulfilled the University of Arizona’s Map Library andGIS Department’s request to procure, structure, translate and host several gigabytes of Mexican-created geospatial vector data. By providing access to the data through East View Cartographic’s geospatial Web services, the university didn’t need to expend hardware, software or staff resources to create its own service.


(, Redlands, Calif., acquired SpotOn Systems, maker of products such as SpotOn Vantage Maps. SpotOn brings interactive mapping toIBM Cognos business intelligence applications. In addition, Esri announced geospatial technology and spatial data types from the company soon will be integrated into theIBM Netezza analytics appliances to query and geospatially analyze enormous datasets at fast speeds; The Dutch Kadaster, the organization in the Netherlands responsible for the registration of real estate and geographic information, contributed data from one of its major databases to Esri’s World Topographic Map; and the City of Paris signed an enterprise license agreement with Esri France, making ArcGIS software available throughout the city to increase efficiency and improve services.


Cambridge,Ontario,Canada, surpassed the 3 billion mark for maritime vessel location messages delivered to its customers in 2011. With a growing satellite constellation, coupled with a dedicated data processing center in Toronto, exactEarth delivers Satellite Automatic Identification System capability for maritime vessel monitoring.


(, Herndon, Va., signed a multiyear agreement with Google to license access to Google Earth Builder, Google’s cloud-based map publishing platform. GeoEye will use Google Earth Builder to deliver a new set of imagery services that will make it easy for any Google Earth or Google Maps user to access high-resolution satellite imagery across GeoEye’s archive.


Merrick & Company
 (, Aurora, Colo., announced it was awarded a contract with Henrico County, Va., to collect and process digital orthophototography, planimetric mapping, and topographic products and services. The work will include capturing aerial digital oblique imagery of a 244-square-mile area.


Orbit Logic
(, Greenbelt, Md., delivered an updated version of its collection planning software to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in Canada.  The software was configured by Orbit Logic to support imagery collection planning by multiple satellites and will be integrated byMDA engineers into a ground station being delivered byMDA to a customer in 2012.


PCI Geomatics (, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, announced it was awarded a contract and successfully delivered a GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL)-Satellite processing system to RapidEye in Germany. The GXL system includes support for the automated orthorectification and mosaicking of the imagery collected by the RapidEye satellite constellation.


Perceptive Pixel (, New York, N.Y., joined the Esri Partner Network, a worldwide community of companies that develop and deliver geospatial solutions and services based on Esri technology. The two companies will develop new geographic information system solutions that leverage Perceptive Pixel’s multitouch technology to present complex geospatial information.


 (, Brandenburg/Havel,Germany, secured a multimillion euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver 39 full country coverages overEurope in varying resolutions. The project’s time line calls for one-third of Europe by November this year and complete delivery by the end of 2012. In addition, RapidEye USA announced it was awarded a contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for satellite imagery and remote sensing-based services. The 18-month contract is valid through December 2012 and has a maximum ordering ceiling of $4.6 million.


Riegl USA
(, Orlando, Fla., announced Surveying Solutions, Inc. (SSI) as a new mobile mapping user. SSI will use the Riegl VMX-250 mobile scanning system with a CS6 camera system to collect detailed topography, asset management and precision survey data at near highway speeds.


SimActive (, Montreal, announced that the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan purchased its Correlator3D product. The product was selected for its ability to produce precise digital surface models, digital terrain models and orthomosaics.


Spatial Energy (, Boulder, Colo., extended its relationship with Astrium GEO-Information Services to provide Astrium’s TerraSAR-X high-resolution radar imagery and elevation data, including digital surface models and digital terrain models derived from TerraSAR-X data, to energy companies in North America. Spatial Energy also offersSPOT satellite imagery and SPOTMaps products.


Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
(, Guildford, United Kingdom, completed the development phase of its new low-cost synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite system. Called NovaSAR-S, the system offers customers coverage of any spot on Earth in all conditions, seeing through cloud cover in day and night.


(, Missoula, Mont., announced it was featured in a four-part podcast available online in Esri’s Defense and Intelligence Showcase. In the
podcast, TerraEchosCEO Dr. Alex Philp discusses how the Adelos S4 solution leverages streaming technologies to collect, process, analyze and transmit massive volumes of high-velocity data in milliseconds for surveillance and intelligence solutions.


(, Dayton, Ohio, signed a joint marketing agreement with VisionMap to sell MIST military mapping and reconnaissance camera systems in the United States. Leading up to the agreement, Woolpert signed a purchase order to test and procure two MIST systems.

 (, Sheboygan, Wis., hired D. Michael Emanuel, Jr., as a project manager. He holds certifications as a geographic information system (GIS) pro-fessional and in project management, and has more than 20 years’ experience inGIS consulting.


Aurora Flight Sciences
(,Cambridge,Mass., announced that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor David Mindell will be a scholar-in-residence atAurora during the next year. Mindell will work on several research projects at Aurora during his sabbatical from MIT.


eMap International
(, Palmetto,Fla., welcomed Jen Dubrow to its team. Her focus will be on customer support, finding the best imagery and geospatial products to meet customers’ needs.


(, Redlands, Calif., announced conservationist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, presented Esri President Jack Dangermond the Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Conservation Science. A leader in geographic information system  technology, Esri works with organizations throughout the world by supporting conservation research, education, policy development and sustainable practices.


Leica Geosystems
(, Norcross, Ga., appointed Mauricio Jaimes as its newGIS business development manager. Jaimes has more than 19 years of experience in business development and international sales management for geospatial technologies.


Microsoft’s Photogrammetry Division
(, Graz, Austria, announced winners of its image contest. The competition invited UltraCam customers to submit their most impressive aerial photos, captured with any UltraCam sensor model.


(, Colorado Springs, Colo., added Learon Dalby as vice president of Geolocation Solutions. In his past role in the Arkansas Geographic Information office, Dalby became a recognized leader in facilitating, managing and advising regional and statewide geospatial efforts.




Clark Labs
(, Worcester, Mass., added two new tutorials to the video series on its website. Both videos highlight functionality within its IDRISI software’s modeling applications: Land Change Modeler and Earth Trends Modeler.


 (, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada, released GO Mobile an app for mobile devices that lets users access geospatial data and services through secure wireless communications to the cloud. With GO Mobile, an iOS or Android device can become a “sensor,” capturing and sharing situational intelligence.


DigitalGlobe (, Longmont, Colo., launched two new geospatial intelligence services that take advantage of the company’s high-resolution Earth imagery products. DigitalGlobe FirstWatch is a rapid analysis and reporting service designed to help users more quickly assess and formulate response strategies following natural and man-made disasters. The company also unveiled, with partner CACI International, its Diplomatic Facilities Support Package, which is designed to help governments more quickly and effectively respond to threats to diplomatic facilities and citizens abroad.


ERDAS (, Norcross, Ga., released ECW for ArcGIS Server version 11.0.2. The product allows Esri’s ArcGIS Server to support ERDAS-patented Enhanced Compression Wavelet (ECW) format imagery for fast decompression.


Esri (, Redlands, Calif., announced Esri Community Analyst now is available to qualified nonprofit organizations located in the United States for 50 percent off the regular subscription fee. The company also announced an Aeronautical Solution—AirportsGIS Package license now is offered under special introductory bundled pricing to qualified customers.


GeoCue (, announced the most recent release of its geospatial production management software, GeoCue 2011.1. Enhancements include native support for 64-bit Windows platforms and enhanced coordinate reference system and datum support.


(, Rochester, N.Y., released JAGWIRE, a product that combines the capabilities ofITT’s adLib software with its Enhanced AGILE Access solution. This gives warfighters one seamless user interface to search, discover and exploit still imagery, wide-area motion imagery and full-motion video.


Leica Geosystems
(, Norcross, Ga., announced Leica Cyclone 7.2 software, which improves office processing and use of “as-built” point cloud data. New features that reduce processing time include up to 10-x improvement in rendering (vs. Cyclone 7.1) as a user moves or navigates through scan data sets and greater CPU availability for converting point clouds into models.


(, Seattle, released version 8.5 of its GeoExpress software. The software allows geospatial professionals to compress and manipulate satellite and aerial imagery, offering new features such as per-band compression ratios.


Magellan (, Santa Clara, Calif., introduced a new series of worldwide satellite and aerial imagery-enhanced maps for its Magellan eXplorist and Magellan Triton handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The new maps provide Magellan handheldGPS users with high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery from DigitalGlobe.


Optech (, Toronto, added theALTM Orion M/C 300 to its line of airborne laser terrain mappers. Available in two models, the Orion M300 and C300 are specifically designed for mid-altitude engineering and low-altitude corridor applications, respectively.


Orbit Logic (,Greenbelt,Md., announced Sibyl, a mobile satellite tasking app for Android. The app allows users to define a target for imaging, review upcoming imaging satellite overflights that can meet target-tasking constraints, and lets users select a specific satellite opportunity for tasking. 


(, Austin, Texas, released RemoteView Pro 3.2.2, the latest version of its imagery and geospatial analysis software with enhancements that better integrate intelligence data and improve the intelligence workflow. RemoteView Pro Version 3.2.2 is now available for the Windows 7 operating system, and a new ImageStack toolset upgrades the software’s Research and Negation capabilities into one unified interface for reviewing multiple images simultaneously.

PCI Geomatics
(, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, released Geomatica 2012, the latest version of the company’s desktop image processing software, featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. Usability improvements, such as on-the-fly image enhancements and drag-and-drop file handling, combine with new functionalities, including Optical and Coherent Change Detection, to make Geomatica 2012 the most advanced Geomatica software release to date.


( released its next generation of Trimble TerraSync software for enterprise geographic information system data collection and asset management projects. Key updates include QuickPoint data collection mode for one-click data capture and Trimble LaserAce 1000 rangefinder integration.