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Message from the President: May 2018

Author: Lewis Graham, May 24, 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 issue of GeoCue Group News.

A few months ago, I mentioned that we started a new development round on our AirGon Reckon data hosting system. Reckon is a secure portal, hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is primarily intended as a repository and viewing portal for project-oriented point cloud and imagery data.  Its primary user base is mining companies who use Reckon to manage multiple data acquisitions (“temporal” slices) over multiple sites.  For example, a mining company who collect quarterly aerial data over 20 sites can log in to Reckon, visit the site of interest and then select from among all the missions that have been collected over time for that site.

We have just added 3D visualization to Reckon. With this capability, clients can now browse to a site, select the time slice of interest and then view the site in a rich WebGL powered visualization session. This 3D visualization functions with both point clouds from imagery (“Structure from Motion”, SfM) as well as LIDAR data. Not only does the view look super cool but it has the practical use of proving a 3D synoptic view of the site. In addition, profile views and basic 3D measurement tools are available. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on the latest additions to Reckon.

We have released new versions of Terrasolid and LP360 for 2018.  If you are not up on the latest versions, please contact us on [email protected]  Both Terrasolid and LP360 have quite a number of performance improvements and new features that will help improve your productivity.

Speaking of LP360, I was recently engaged with a company who had migrated from a web-based volumetric extraction tool to LP360.  The change was necessitated by a need to perform more accurate data extractions. The person with whom I was speaking commented that moving to LP360 has saved them many hours of time and significantly reduced ambiguity on each extraction project. We are currently working on new feature tools in LP360 that will release in a series of experimental releases and then a new “certified” release in the 2018.2 version.

Our large AWS image processing and management system, Earth Sensor Portal (ESP) have made great strides in the past year. This is a parallel development with our work on the International Space Station-based hyperspectral image processing system we are building for Teledyne Technologies. ESP is designed from the ground up to manage very large repositories of image and LIDAR data. We have been working with a few agencies to test the waters on enterprise level LIDAR data management and distribution. You will be hearing more about this project over the next few months. If you have been considering moving data from local servers to the “cloud”, please let us know. We have gained a tremendous amount of domain expertise with our AWS-based projects.

Finally, we have been doing quite a bit of experimentation with LIDAR on drones. Our focus has been on high accuracy vertical mapping where vegetation precludes the accurate use of SfM. Results thus far are quite promising; we will publish a paper on our findings in the next few months.

As you can see, technology advancements never sleep!  Please let us know any specific needs you have where we might be of assistance.

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