Sophisticated geospatially enabled data management solutions
Often overlooked when an enterprise is collecting and purchasing geospatial assets is the need to invest in a sophisticated geospatially enabled data management solution. Effective data management is crucial for geospatial assets. The size and volume of geospatial data can quickly overcome any manual management scheme. Without the ability to index and access data, it can often end up creating an unsortable mess of data that cannot be easily retrieved. GeoCue has worked on many projects to help organizations overcome this obstacle.
Teledyne Technologies MUSES
Earth Sensor Portal is a technology developed by GeoCue under contract to Teledyne Technologies for the Multi User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES). MUSES is responsible for ingesting, processing, cataloging, and disseminating hyperspectral imagery collected by the DESIS-30 camera. This camera was developed by the German Space Agency (DLR) and is mounted on a sensor platform developed by Teledyne Technologies which in turn is mounted on the International Space Station. ESP provides the technology that enables users to task the camera to collect 256 band imagery from any place on the planet, downlink the imagery, process to any of four levels of processing, catalog it in a geospatial database, and disseminate it to registered users through a full-fledged ordering system. Primary consumers of this data are scientists at NASA and the DLR as well as numerous universities around the globe. Scientific studies related to vegetation and climate change are just some of the applications supported by this data.
USDA LIDAR Technical Services
Our production services group provides LIDAR data management and value-added enhancement of LIDAR elevation products to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is pursuing a national strategy to acquire, integrate, value-add, provision, publish, and deliver high-quality elevation data in point cloud format to all USDA stakeholders. The USDA LIDAR data archive is a collection of airborne LIDAR mapping projects conducted for US federal, state, and local governments supplemented with projects acquired via USDA direct collects, USGS 3DEP partnerships and other public LIDAR data sources. Of historical note, it includes the legacy CLICK LIDAR data archive previously compiled and managed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with LIDAR projects dating back over 20 years. It represents an important and valuable historical record of LIDAR data collection in the United States.
USDA has contracted GeoCue Group to work on the design and implementation of a streamlined production workflow to enable the entire USDA LIDAR catalog to be reviewed, updated to modern standards, value-added, and published via GeoCue’s LIDAR Server web portal for convenient accessibility for all USDA stakeholders. The services team has built a streamlined value-add workflow that allows them to process multiple terabytes (TB) of LIDAR data each month for USDA and publish via LIDAR Server for USDA stakeholders. This is supported by an education and training program for USDA staff that allows them to quickly and easily use the LIDAR data catalog in their day-to-day operations.