OGC - Geospatial Catalog Application Profile

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) (MD, USA) has released a Request for Comment on a new candidate OGC standard: OpenGIS Catalogue Services Specification 2.0.1 - ISO Metadata Application Profile. This document specifies a catalogue application profile based on ISO19115:2003/ISO19119:2005 metadata with support for XML encoding per ISO/CD TS 19139 and HTTP protocol binding. Catalogue services are the key technology for locating, managing and maintaining distributed geo-resources (i.e. geospatial data, applications and services). With OGC catalogue services, client applications are capable of searching for geo-resources in a standardised way (i.e. through standardised interfaces and operations) and, ideally, they are based... (read more)
2006-04-24 12:00:00

OGC Aims to Add Earth Observation Working Group

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC, USA) is seeking comments on the charter for a proposed OGC Standards Working Group (SWG). The new SWG will revise the Earth Observation Metadata profile of Observations & Measurements, an existing OGC standard for documenting Earth Observation (EO) product metadata. It will also develop a new, related standard to extend the use of OpenSearch for discovery of EO products. The SWG will consider change requests for the charter that have been posted up to 16 August 2013. The OGC is an international consortium of more than 480 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating... (read more)
2013-07-18 10:56:35

Phase One and SimActive Launch Integrated Software Solution

Phase One Industrial, manufacturer and provider of medium-format aerial and industrial digital photography equipment, and SimActive, developer of photogrammetry software, have announced an integrated software solution for aerial photogrammetry projects. SimActive’s Correlator3D version 6.1 software can read and process both the GPS and IMU information directly from Phase One Industrial cameras’ image files as well as system information such as the sensor pixel size and lens focal length. Since such metadata is carried with the images, there is no need for further processing of files. With the integrated solution, users can take images directly from the Phase One system and... (read more)
2015-04-22 10:30:30

LizardTech Releases Express Server 6

LizardTech (WA, USA) has released Express Server 6 for distribution of massive geospatial image datasets via the Internet. Express Server 6 advances GIS interoperability with new features such as Oracle integration, Geography Markup Language (GML) metadata for JPEG 2000 (JP2) and updated and newly added sample Web applications. Server 6 is now further integrated with products from both LizardTech and other third parties such as Oracle. With the Oracle integration, Express Server 6 acts as an intermediary between Oracle and other applications.  Express Server 6 makes it easy to distribute imagery stored in Oracle databases running Spatial Express, LizardTech's database... (read more)
2007-06-12 03:47:49

GeoExpress 6.1

LizardTech (WA, USA) has released GeoExpress 6.1. This updated version comes equipped with non-uniform colour balancing, geography mark-up language (GML) for JPEG 2000 (JP2) support and enables users to easily load imagery directly into Oracle Spatial via the GeoExpress Graphical User Interface (GUI). As part of the current workflow, automatic or manual adjustments for colour balancing allow customers to control brightness, contrast and histograms for each colour band within an image. In mosaics of tiled images, in addition to applying corrections uniformly across a tile, GeoExpress 6.1 adds the option of making non-uniform corrections within tiles such as for tilt... (read more)
2006-08-21 12:00:00

Replacing 8,000 Maps Destroyed in Flood

East View Cartographic (EVC) was recently chosen by the University of Hawaii to replace more than 8,000 items lost in the flash flood of 2004 and recently shipped the University's library the first set of 367 maps and basic metadata.     On 30th October 2004 a severe thunderstorm dumped more than ten inches of rain in just 12 hours, resulting in a flash flood that tore through the Manoa Valley, including the campus of the University of Hawaii. Disaster recovery at the library's Map and Aerial Photo collection (Manoa MAGIS) involved painstaking work not unlike cleanup efforts following Hurricane... (read more)
2008-12-12 01:25:42

Small Investment Delivering SDI Returns

Since its launch in 2003, the GSDI Association Small Grants Program has provided support to more than 110 projects across the globe. Three types of awards are available: a cash award of up to USD2,500 per project; SDI/GIS consulting services up to the value of USD2,500; or a combination of cash award and SDI/GIS consulting services. The consulting services are offered through the GISCorps. GSDI set up the small grant approach in part based on success of the United States Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Cooperative Agreement Program (FGDC CAP). A study of the FGDC CAP programme suggested that smaller grants... (read more)
2016-08-16 11:21:14

Bringing BIM Down to Earth

‘BIM’ is a hot topic in the industry, receiving regular coverage at many conferences, seminars and webinars. A lot of companies predict that it is one of the ‘next big things’ for the future, and a not inconsiderable number of companies are already working with BIM today. And that’s a good thing! But it is perhaps wise to look past the hype and keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tomas Sandström from Adtollo brings some nuance into the BIM discussion in this column. BIM stands for ‘building information modelling’, or perhaps ‘building information management’. The best thing about BIM... (read more)
2019-01-24 02:20:34

China Increases Urban Planning Efficiency

The China Academy of Urban Planning & Design (CAUPD) recently selected ERDAS APOLLO to manage and deliver its massive amounts of vector and raster data. CAUPD is a scientific research institution under the Ministry of Construction of the People's Republic of China. To conduct its urban and rural planning research, CAUPD requires a vast collection of images displaying urban agglomerations, or large, continuous areas of urban development. This collection consists of terabytes of both raw and processed ALOS and SPOT data. Beijing Digital LandView Company Limited, the authorised ERDAS distributor in China, introduced ERDAS APOLLO to CAUPD.Beijing Digital LandView Company... (read more)
2010-08-10 09:56:59

Erdas Apollo Supports SQL Server

Erdas Apollo 2010, Version 10.1 supports Microsoft SQL Server. Microsoft SQL Server provides an intelligent data platform for running mission-critical applications, reducing time, cost of development and management of applications. The solution enables users to store data from structured, semi-structured and unstructured documents and images, delivering a rich set of integrated services that maximise the power of data. "We are excited to add support for data stored in Microsoft SQL Server in Erdas Apollo 2010, Version 10.1," said Mladen Stojic, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, ERDAS. "With true interoperability, Erdas Apollo simplifies the complexity of geospatial data, making... (read more)
2010-05-06 02:51:17
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