Industry Briefs May-June

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AeroMetric (, Sheboygan, Wis., upgraded two of its Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera sensors. The upgrades replace the sensors’ original hard drives with a state-of-the-art solid state system, enhancing reliability and portability.

Astrium GEO-Information Services (, Toulouse, France, extended its license and maintenance contract with PASCO Corp. for the three Pixel Factory systems owned by PASCO. The systems allow PASCO to produce high-end cartographic databases based on its own aerial sensors as well as on several satellite sensors. In addition, Astrium, in partnership with IGN France International, recently finished deploying a complete IT infrastructure for Serbia that comprises topographic and thematic map production lines built around a host structure designed to enable operators to share and compile a broad spectrum of geospatial data.

BAE Systems (, San Diego, announced the U.S. Army procured BAE Systems’ commercial data management software,GXP Xplorer, to reduce the efforts required to rapidly search for and retrieve geospatial data from various legacy repositories. Under the terms of the contract, the U.S. Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Enabled Common Ground Station will deploy 50GXP Xplorer enterprise server licenses starting in mid-2012.

Clark Labs (, Worcester, Mass., teamed with the Wildlife Conservation Society to provide a research seminar geared specifically for real-world conservation projects. The seminar, entitled “Wildlife Conservation Research Seminar,” will explore various remote sensing techniques and spatial analytical tools for different patterns of environmental degradation in different landscapes.

DMC International Imaging (, Guildford, United Kingdom, signed a contract with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to deliver near real-time satellite imagery to monitor forest clearing in the Amazon rainforest and target illegal logging as it happens. INPE is leading the world in the use of satellite imagery to monitor deforestation, providing information central to Brazil’s war on deforestation that has cut deforestation rates by 78 percent since 2004.

e-GEOS  (,Rome, won two tenders launched by the European Commission worth a total of EUR 9.6 million, as part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The company will provide geospatial information and satellite maps of areas affected by emergencies to the European Commission, which then will be able to make the data necessary to manage disasters available to the civil protection services and competent authorities of European Union countries.

Esri  (, Redlands, Calif., announced Esri users now can access ArcGIS data and mapping capabilities on Amazon’s popular Android tablet, Kindle Fire; Woods Hole Research Center is using Esri’s ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world; and Esri ArcGIS software now can be used to visualize S-57 data with the symbology that the International Hydrographic Organization requires.

GeoEye  (,Herndon,Va., received a multiyear, multimillion dollar contract from GE Aviation. Under the contract, GeoEye will produce aviation reference data to serve hundreds of the world’s busiest airports. In addition, GeoEye signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner with Rolta. With the new partnership, Rolta gains access to GeoEye’s high-resolution satellite imagery, services and expertise to develop geospatial products and services.

ITTExelis Geospatial Systems ( Rochester, N.Y., delivered GeoEye’s next-generation commercial imaging system for the GeoEye-2 satellite to Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The imaging payload includes a telescope, sensor subsystem and outer barrel assembly, and has the potential to capture panchromatic ground sample distance imagery of Earth’s surface at 0.34-meter ground resolution.

James W. Sewall Co. (, Old Town, Maine, announced six counties in southern Mississippi launched a cost-savings project to capture the first comprehensive post-Katrina imagery of the Mississippi coastal region. The counties selected James W. Sewall Co. to fly the 3,700-square-mile project area and deliver composite 0.5-foot and 1-foot-pixel digital orthophotography.

LizardTech (, Seattle, integrated its MrSID Generation 4 Decode SDK into ClueTrust’s CartoMobile version 1.2 for iOS. Now CartoMobile customers will have the ability to view MrSID-formatted imagery on iOS devices without any external conversion prior to loading.

Merrick & Company  (, Aurora, Colo., announced its geospatial solutions group, in conjunction with HDR Engineering, is providing LiDAR surveying and engineering services in North Dakota and South Dakota. Merrick is using its helicopter sensor platform for data collection and providing PLS-CADD-ready classified LiDAR data, color ortho imagery, and high-resolution color forward and aft oblique structure imagery. Merrick also announced it is using LiDAR technology to provide high-resolution digital elevation data of various watersheds in Oklahoma for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The data will be used to generate digital elevation models and contours for a wide variety of conservation practices, including erosion control, wetland restoration and flood control

Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit  (, Graz, Austria, in conjunction with subsidiary Vexcel Imaging, contracted with Aerial Imaging, a Canadian imaging services firm, to purchase an UltraCamXp digital aerial photogrammetric camera. The unit also contracted with Helica, a remote sensing firm based in Italy, to purchase an UltraCam Eagle “ultra-large” format digital aerial camera system.

North West Geomatics  (, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, formalized its plan to acquire high-resolution aerial imagery of Alberta. The plan will result in complete provincewide coverage of 40-cm, 4-band digital imagery.

PCI Geomatics (, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, announced it was the co-recipient of the Synergy Award for Innovation for 2011, along with the University of New Brunswick. The Synergy Awards for Innovation were launched in 1995 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to recognize partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development between universities and Canadian industry.

RapidEye (, Brandenburg/Havel, Germany, announced its imagery is being used by the MALAREO project to assist with malaria control programs in countries in southern Africa. Approximately 25,000 square kilometers of RapidEye data were provided, covering the MALAREO study area in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.

The SI Organization (, Chantilly, Va., reached a definitive agreement to acquire PhaseOne Communications. PhaseOne adds refined strategic communications and targeted messaging expertise, as well as a high-value methodology for understanding target audiences, to the SI’s system acquisition and intelligence operations capabilities.

Trimble (, Sunnyvale, Calif., acquired Gatewing, Gent, Belgium, a provider of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications. The acquisition broadens Trimble’s platforms for surveying solutions.


AeroMetric (, Sheboygan, Wis., announced Anthony (Tony) Follett was elected to the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference’s Hall of Fame for his “exemplary contributions of surveying and mapping” in the state of Alaska. Follett is the sixth AeroMetric employee to receive the award. In addition, AeroMetric announced John Ellis retired after 41 years in the photogrammetry and mapping profession. Ellis has been a certified photogrammetrist since 1980 and joined AeroMetric in 1971.

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (, Bethesda, Md., announced Stewart Walker, director, Product Initiatives for the Geospatial eXploitation Products business area of BAE Systems, won the society’s 2012 election to become ASPRS vice president for 2012. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March 2012, Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski moves into the position of president, Stephen D. DeGloria becomes president-elect and Gary
Florence becomes past president.

Esri  (, Redlands, Calif., announced its chief scientist, Dawn J. Wright, received the Association of American Geographers Presidential Achievement Award. The award recognizes Wright’s outstanding work as a scientist, researcher, author and advocate for marine conservation, as well as for her contributions to geographic science.

European LiDAR Mapping Forum (, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, announced a Call for Papers for its conference in Salzburg, Austria, Dec. 4-5, 2012. Organizers invite interested parties to submit their abstracts online at
byJuly 25, 2012.

Intergraph, Huntsville, Ala., and DigitalGlobe (, Longmont, Colo., announced that Priyanka Mehta and Allison Howard are the official winners of the Geospatial Challenge. The contest received more than 115 proposals from individuals with project plans to leverage Intergraph’s ERDAS IMAGINE to exploit DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 imagery.

John M. Palatiello & Associates (, Reston, Va., the management firm for the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), promoted Nick Palatiello from marketing communications manager to vice president for external affairs. He will develop and implement strategies to promote membership of private-sector geospatial firms in MAPPS.


Altus Positioning Systems (, Torrance, Calif., introduced a new Global Positioning System (GPS)-based data acquisition system for seismic applications. The new package includes an ikeGPS multisensor data acquisition system integrated with Seismic Surveyor custom software from MicroSurvey to allows users to stake hundreds of points each day and quickly compute positions of target items.

Astrium GEO-Information Services (, Toulouse, France, announced Go Monitor, a service based on satellite imagery, as well as standard and advanced image analysis, processing and interpretation. Go Monitor provides high-quality change information for any area of interest worldwide on a reliable and cost-effective basis.

Avenza Systems Inc. (, Toronto, announced it won the Geospatial World Innovation award for Mobile Mapping with its PDF Maps app and digital map store solution for the iOS platform. The PDF Maps app provides constant access to geographic locations and points of interest without the risk of losing reception due to cell tower proximity. Avenza Systems also announced it released Geographic Imager 3.5 for Adobe Photoshop. The release offers new support for importing and exporting spatial imagery formats.

Blue Marble Geographics (, Gardiner, Maine, released Global Mapper version 13.1. The update features new network licensing and enhanced geospatial PDF support. The company also released Global Mapper Software Developer Toolkit version 13.1, which features new drawing and analysis tools, along with enhanced geospatial PDF and LAS 1.4 support. In addition, the company released the latest version of Blue Marble Desktop v2.4, which introduces the Seismic Survey Conversion Tool to support native seismic data formats.

Clark Labs  (, Worcester, Mass., added a new video to the video series on its website. The latest video, entitled REDD Deforestation Modeling with Land Change Modeler in IDRISI, introduces the new REDD modeling feature tool included in the latest release of IDRISI, the Selva Edition.

earthmine  (,Berkely,Calif., a leader in 3-D street-level imagery, launched a new video program called the earthmine Feature Series. Each week, the company will issue several short videos highlighting interesting and new functionality in its software solutions.

eMap International (, Ocala, Fla., announced it can deliver a combination of new 30-cm high-resolution orthorectified aerial imagery and current property parcel data to assist in energy exploration within the entire Marcellus Region, covering all of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Kentucky.

Eternix (, Tel Aviv, Israel, announced its newly released version of Blaze Terra supports visualization and processing of multiband imagery. The new capability allows real-time presentation and manipulation of up to thousands of color bands.

GeoCue (, Huntsville, Ala., added support for Point Grey Research’s Ladybug camera technology to the GeoCue Mobile Mapping System CuePac. The Ladybug series is one of the most prevalent spherical camera systems for high-performance mobile mapping applications.

i-cubed (,Fort Collins,Colo., released GAME for the electric utility industry. GAME, a cloud-based geospatial application, changes the way companies manage their right-of-way patrols and transmission and distribution asset inspections.

Leica Geosystems (, Heerbrugg, Switzerland, released its new mission planning software, Leica MissionPro. The software provides mission planning capability for all airborne sensors, including LiDAR, line and frame sensors, and is fully integrated into existing Z/I Imaging and Leica Geosystems workflows.

Optech (, Toronto, released its new CS-15000 and CS-10000 aerial camera systems. Both systems include patented field-replaceable shutter and Forward Motion Compensation technologies. In addition, the company released a new flight management system, OptechFMS, for its line ofALTM airborne laser terrain mappers and digital mapping cameras.

PCI Geomatics (, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, announced the GXL Cloud system it deployed for Esri in 2011 has been used to process large volumes of 1-meter pan-sharpened Ikonos imagery from GeoEye. Imagery processed through the use of the GXL Cloud system is available for free through ArcGIS Online. In addition, PCI announced it is offering online courses for its desktop image processing software, Geomatica. According to PCI, the company has observed a shift toward offering training online because of the convenience it offers.

QCoherent Software (, Colorado Springs, Colo., a subsidiary of GeoCue Corp., announced a new strategy for releasing updates to its flagship product, LP360 for ArcGIS. Customers who own LP360 version 2011.1 or later and are on current maintenance will be able to receive updates via the “Check for LP360 Updates” function built in to all versions of the LP360 product (LP360 for ArcGIS, LP360 and LP360 x64).

TerraGo Technologies, Atlanta, introduced new collaboration capabilities with its new v.6 software release. For example, all TerraGo GeoPDF applications produced by Publisher for ArcGIS and Composer for Adobe Acrobat v.6 software now are automatically enabled for dynamic updates and sharing by anyone, anywhere using TerraGo Toolbar and Adobe Reader.