eNewsletter November 2011
GeoDigital Acquires Powel, Inc.
Powel AS sold the assets of its U.S. subsidiary Powel, Inc., on Dec. 1,
2011 to GeoDigital International Inc., a digital mapping, imaging and
data acquisition services firm. The deal provides GeoDigital with the
ability to provide customers with end-to-end solutions, including
software to create actionable information from the lidar data.
GeoDigital is a major player in distributed infrastructure management
solutions and in the fast-growing utility vegetation management and
Transmission Line Re-rating marketplace.
Merrick Names David G. Huelskamp as President
Board of Directors of Merrick & Company selected David G. Huelskamp
as president of the firm, effective January 3, 2012. Merrick &
Company is a global, employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional
services firm specializing in the energy, national security, life
sciences, and sustainable infrastructure markets. It provides
engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, and geospatial
technologies services, through ten offices in the United States, as well
as offices in Canada, Mexico, and the U.K.
Huelskamp will report to Ralph W. Christie, Jr., PE, who has been
Merrick’s chairman, president, and CEO for nearly 15 years and will
continue as chairman and CEO. As president, Mr. Huelskamp will be
responsible for the operations of the company and several corporate
support functions within the organization. He has been with Merrick for
more than 15 years and most recently held the role of senior vice
president for business development. He holds an engineering degree from
the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from Arizona State University. URL: www.merrick.com
ITT Visual Information Solutions Renamed Exelis Visual Information Solutions
October 31, 2011, ITT Corporation spun off its three business units —
the parent company, which supplies highly engineered solutions in the
aerospace, transportation, energy, and industrial markets; its water
technology subsidiary; and its defense segment — and formed three
stand-alone, publicly-traded companies. The parent company, ITT Defense
& Information Solutions, became Exelis, Inc.
It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “XLS” and
established its new corporate headquarters in Fairfax County, Virginia.
It will continue to specialize in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, air traffic management, and
information systems — supplying military, government, and commercial
customers in the United States and globally. Exelis (ik-'sel-əss) is
derived from the word “excel,” which is rooted in “ex,” meaning “out in
front” or “beyond.”
Visual Information Solutions became Exelis Visual Information Solutions
and remains a subsidiary of the parent company. It will continue to
develop ENVI, IAS, IDL, E3De, and its line of complementary geospatial
products, as well as a suite of training, support, and consulting
services. The water company was named Xylem.
ITT shareholders now own shares in all three corporations. ITT
Corporation will retain the current corporate name, logo, and
“Engineered for Life” company tagline and will continue to trade on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ITT.” It will continue to
specialize in the engineering and manufacturing of components in niche
markets such as harsh-environment connectors, aerospace actuation and
valves, friction brake pads, railway equipment, and industrial process
applications. URL: www.exelisvis.com
AutoCAD Map 3D Users Connect with Pictometry’s High Resolution Aerial Oblique Image Library and Tools
International Corp. announces the launch of Pictometry Integration for
AutoCAD Map 3D 2012. This powerful new integration connects users of
Autodesk’s AutoCAD Map 3D with access to Pictometry’s library of
Intelligent Images, while working within the Map 3D environment.
AutoCAD Map 3D users can quickly and easily bring high resolution
real-world oblique and orthogonal imagery of field locations and
corresponding geospatial data into their day-to-day workflow. As a
result, pipes, manholes, power lines and other Map 3D CAD and GIS
infrastructure data can be accurately displayed on top of Pictometry’s
patented geo-referenced imagery. Users can then measure on imagery and
calculate area, distance, height, elevation without ever leaving the
are excited to welcome Pictometry as an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner
and to have them make their imagery and analytics tools available as
part of the Map 3D user experience,” said Paul McRoberts, vice
president, infrastructure product line group, AEC solutions, Autodesk.
“Autodesk offers a broad portfolio of solutions – including the new
Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, which includes AutoCAD Map 3D
2012 – to help consultants and owners plan, design, build, and manage
more sustainable infrastructure. The integration with Pictometry will
help to enhance that workflow for our users.” To learn more or download
the integration online, visit www.pictometry.com.
First Global Orbital Observation Program Proposed
consortium of scientists led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins
University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has proposed taking
advantage of a new generation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to
create a global network of sensors. It would continuously gather
critical data on climate, the atmosphere, the oceans, gravity, space
weather, and other geoscience topics to benefit students, scientists,
policy makers, and the public.
GEOScan, the program would piggyback on the Iridium NEXT constellation –
a new generation of low-Earth orbiting polar communication satellites
to be launched in 2015-2017 – and use its real-time data link, creating
the first globally networked orbital observation facility.
By placing low-cost payloads, made possible by economies of scale, on
satellites already headed to space, the program would dramatically
reduce the cost of collecting, transmitting, and distributing important
scientific information about Earth and help answer critical global
science questions that require real-time measurements.
feasibility study of the GEOScan concept was conducted with support
from the National Science Foundation. On each of the 66-plus NEXT
communications satellites, it would use a single “SensorPOD” slot – only
about the size of a shoebox but filled with instruments to image Earth
and characterize the space environment. These units would also measure
reflected sunlight and infrared radiation to provide the most precise
measurements yet for climate models – as well as enable improved
disaster relief and humanitarian assistance efforts by providing
affordable real-time imagery. In addition, by providing a continuous set
of globally-distributed gravity measurements, GeoSCAN would offer a new
look at Earth’s global gravity field, including data on ocean currents,
sea level change, atmospheric variations, movements of solid Earth, and
the melting of polar ice and glaciers.
GEOScan proposal includes a “Hosted Sensor” program that would provide
an opportunity for university researchers and students, as well as small
businesses, to address novel science topics and test new instruments
and technologies in space at a low cost.
Communications Inc. – the only mobile satellite services provider
offering 100 percent worldwide coverage – designed its new satellites to
accommodate a standard payload, which provides a unique capability to
host scientific sensors with 24/7 real-time visibility over the entire
Earth's surface and atmosphere. URL: geoscan.jhuapl.edu
New Public Online Mapping Platform
federal government and its geospatial partners have unveiled Geospatial
Platform, a prototype Website providing an initial view of the future
of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common
geographic maps. This version combines map-based data and tools with the
latest Internet technologies to deliver geospatial information in a
simple, understandable package to provide a user-friendly ‘one-stop
shop’ for reliable place-based data and the tools to display it on a map
platform. Users – including the public, federal agencies, and their
partners – can easily find federally maintained geospatial data,
services and applications, as well as access data from partner agencies
across state, tribal, regional, and local governments.
the Website and without having to install software on their own
computers, users can create maps by combining their data with public
domain data and collaborate in public and private groups with others who
share their interests. They can share maps they assembled through the
platform using Web browsers and mobile technologies.
Geospatial Platform has been developed as a partnership among the
member agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), an
interagency committee composed of representatives from the Executive
Office of the President, and Cabinet-level and independent federal
agencies including Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The FGDC
promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination
of geospatial data on a national basis. The platform is a key driver for
FGDC member agencies to improve the quality and access of their unique
geospatial assets. It enhances and complements efforts that are underway
to develop mission-specific geospatial applications in agencies such as
NOAA, EPA, Interior, and Agriculture.
of the information available on the initial version of the Geospatial
Platform include environmental clean-up data from EPA and coastal
environmental sensitivity data and historic hurricane data from NOAA.
These datasets could be combined on a topographic map from Interior to
assess hurricane vulnerability in coastal areas.
launch of the Geospatial Platform improves the availability and
usability of geospatial information from all federal agencies. The
platform will also integrate and display the geospatial information on
Data.gov. It is a work in progress that will continue to be refined,
updated, and refreshed over the next several months with additional
data, services, and tools, based on user feedback and partner inputs. URLs: www.geoplatform.gov, www.fgdc.gov
ILMF Returns to Denver
The International LiDAR Mapping Forum is taking place in Denver January 23-25, 2012. Highlights include:
A three day world class Technical Conference reporting
on latest technology advances and recent projects, highlighting actual
experiences and lessons learned in airborne and bathymetric LIDAR with a
focus on mobile mapping.
More than 50 leading companies exhibiting new LIDAR products and a wide range of new technologies and services.
Mobile mapping vehicles onsite offering delegates the opportunity to learn more about their full survey capabilities by taking a drive in one of the vehicles.
Entry-level workshop sessions teaching
the basic principles and fundamental benefits of LIDAR whilst providing
up-to-date information on current developments.
The International LiDAR Mapping Forum is being held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Book before December 16, 2011 to receive a discounted rate: http://www.lidarmap.org/accommodation/Default.aspx.
Imaging Notes Fall 2011 Digital Issue
has always provided our full pdf of each issue online. The Fall issue
includes features on human geo, radar update, lidar processing, open
source software for NGA, and meteors. Click here to go to the full
Index of eNewsletters
- #43 - Announcing Apogeo Spatial! News from Hexagon’s Leica and Intergraph, LBx Journal, and Sensors & Systems
- #42 - Top News of 2012, Predictions for 2013, New Issue of LBx Journal: Business Cases
- #41 - News via Sensors & Systems from LizardTech, Valtus, Astrium, and Forbes.com
- #40 - Earth Observing from ISS and China, Privacy Issues, Announcements
- #39 - News from GeoDigital, ITT (Exelis), Pictometry, Merrick, ILMF
- #38 - Astrium Launches GEO Elevation Product Suite, News from Esri and Hexagon User Conferences
- #37 - Watch for LBx Journal Newsletter Signup, RapidEye Restructures, MDA Monitors Ice
- #36 - Live Midwest Flood Map, 20 3D Cities on Ovi Maps, Maps of Japan, News from Merrick, MAPPS, Woolpert, Microsoft, Esri, Fugro
- #35 - DigitalGlobe Names CEO, ILMF Summary, News from RapidEye, MetaCarta, Merrick, Hexagon, Aerometric & Tuck Mapping, GeoCue & LizardTech
- #34 - Implications of Privacy Laws for Geolocation Companies, DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Results, George Clooney Satellite Project for Sudan
- #33 - News about Solar Maps, CompassData, SPADAC, Astrium, Environmental Monitoring, LizardTech
- #32 - Jim Crocker of Lockheed Martin Speaks, GeoInt News, Colorado Companies to Watch Awards
- #31 - GeoInt Symposium and Fall Issue Previews
- #30 - IGARSS Summary, News from NGA, ITT, Merrick, ERDAS
- #29 - Hexagon buys Intergraph; News from ESRI, Intermap, ITT, PCI Geomatics, Pictometry
- #28 - Trimble Acquires Definiens, Infoterra's TanDEM-X Launches, News from Merrick, MapMart, EarthData, Intergraph
- #27 - Obama's CTO to Keynote IGARSS, News from InfoTerra, Intermap, ERDAS, RapidEye
- #26 - Space Data Center Formed for SSA; Vexcel and ERDAS News; Join the Forum for EO in June
- #25 - News from Intermap, MDA, Merrick, and Reports on Haiti's Disaster Relief
- #24 - Director Announcement, Updates on Haiti, and More Imaging News
- #23 - Imagery focuses on Haiti + Deforestation Tool, NGA SAR Contracts
- #22 - Climate News from Copenhagen
- #21 - News Roundup from GeoInt Symposium Intergraph, ERDAS, DigitalGlobe, Appistry & NJVC
- #20 - Iranian Nuclear Facility Image
- #19 - Remote Sensing GIS Summit Summary from ESRI U.C.
- #18 - ESRI User Conference News Roundup
- #17 - Intermap's AccuTerra Wins Apple Design Award
- #16 - Reports on 3 Conferences: NSS, GITA and SPAR
- #15 - RapidEye First Image and Conference Deadlines
- #14 - Northrop Grumman Buys 3001; National Geographic Closes MetaLens; GeoEye-1 Launches
- #13 - Climate Change Implications for National Security
- #12 - LiDAR Advances and Challenges
- #11 - ASAT Missile Hits Satellite Target
- #10 - Launch of RADARSAT-2 and Ball’s Opticks Open Source Software
- #9 - United Nations, Google and Cisco Partner to Monitor Progress on UN Millennium Development Goals
- #8 - ESRI and Spot Image Are Co-founders of Planet Action
- #7 - WorldView-1 Launch & Digital Earth Final Overview
- #6 - Google Earth Enterprise Announcements & Digital Earth Technical Advances
- #5 - Senate Committee Hears Remarks on Earth Science Research
- #4 - The Weather Channel's Use of Satellite Imagery
- #3 - Earth Observations Decadal Study Released
- #2 - MicroSatellite Successfully Launched for U.S. Air Force
- #1 - Microsoft Virtual Earth™ 3D Releasing Tuesday