Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PCI Geomatics is rolling out the Geomatica 2014 Roadshow

Find out more at GetGeomatica.com

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—August 27, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today a series of online and live events focused on the Geomatica 2014 software release. The Geomatica 2014 Roadshow will provide an opportunity for customers, partners, and interested end-users to engage with PCI Geomatics staff as they provide information on the new capabilities of Geomatica 2014. A full schedule and information about the events can be found at GetGeomatica.com.

New features in Geomatica 2014 include: Live DEM Editing, which lets users see and edit DTM errors on an automatically updated, live ortho-preview; Smart GeoFill, which facilitates the retouching of ortho-mosaics while maintaining full geo-referencing, channel combinations and bit-depth; and Python scripting, which allows customized code that combines image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications.

The Geomatica 2014 Roadshow kicked off on June 19th with the official software release and launch event hosted by PCI Geomatics in the Ottawa region – details and photos of which can be viewed at GoGeomatics.ca. The full list of Geomatica 2014 Roadshow events can be found below, with more details available on GetGeomatica.com.

Live Events
Location
Dates
Geomatica 2014 Launch Event
Ottawa, Canada
Jun 19th, 2014
AfricaGEO
Capetown, South Africa
Jul 1-3, 2014
IGARSS 2014
Quebec City, Canada
Jul 13-18, 2014
Esri User Conference
San Diego, USA
Jul 14-18, 2014
Smart Korea
Seoul, South Korea
Aug 25-27, 2014
Latin America Geospatial Forum
Mexico City, Mexico
Sep 22-25, 2014
Selper Remote Sensing Conference
Medellin, Columbia
Sep 29-Oct 03, 2014
Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications
Toronto, Canada
Oct 6-8, 2014
InterGeo
Berlin, Germany
Oct 7-9, 2014
Italian Geomatica User Group Meeting
Rome, Italy
Oct 10, 2014
PCI International Reseller Meeting
Toronto, Canada
Oct 20-23, 2014
Asian Conference on Remote Sensing
Mau Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Oct 27-31, 2014


Webinars
Dates
Get More from Imagery – Geomatica 2014 overview Webinar
Recorded Jul 23, 2014 
Live DEM Editing with Geomatica 2014 (watch recording)
Recorded Aug 5, 2014 
Geomatica 2014 and ArcGIS - Overview on deriving information from imagery
Sep 4, 2014
Geomatica 2014 and ArcGIS - Mining applications with imagery
Sep 10, 2014
Geomatica 2014 and ArcGIS - Agriculture applications with imagery
Sep 17, 2014
Urban / City Modeling & Capabilities using Geomatica and 3D FeatureXtract
Sep 18, 2014
Geomatica 2014 and ArcGIS - Disaster response mapping with SAR imagery
Oct 1, 2014
Geomatica 2014 – now including free data discovery and search module, Discover
Oct 2, 2014
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) tools & capabilities in Geomatica 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 Python capability in Geomatica 2014 - Developer tools for custom workflows
Oct 23, 2014



About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry.  With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing both satellite and aerial imagery.  PCI has installed more than 30 thousand licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide. Find out more about PCI Geomatics at www.pcigeomatics.com.

Press Contact
Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
T: 819-770-0022 x 214
E:
jones@pcigeomatics.com
Web:
www.pcigeomatics.com

Twitter: @pcigeomatics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PCI Geomatics to Host International Reseller and Business Partner Meeting, October 20-23, 2014

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—August 19, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, will be hosting its annual International Reseller and Business Partner Meeting in the Toronto region from October 20-23, 2014 – preparation for the meeting has been underway since early in 2014.

The focus of the this year’s event will be Get More from Imagery, a theme which explores the benefits of working with and developing solutions using PCI’s innovative, high speed, and accurate image processing software suite that includes Geomatica and the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL). International resellers, business partners, and PCI staff will be in attendance to discuss how to best position their respective businesses for success in this exciting time in the geospatial industry which has seen a steady increase in the collection of geospatial imagery. The increase has been driven by business requirements around the world for timely, high-resolution information derived from geospatial imagery.

Discussions and case studies on leveraging Geomatica as a platform will also be included in the main program. PCI recently introduced a Python API capability within Geomatica 2014, which has already been leveraged by business partners and customers to automate processes, integrate with other tools, and customize workflows.

Jennifer Nix, Senior Manager, Advanced Products Generation at Digital Globe presented at the 2013 Reseller Meeting how Geomatica is used within Digital Globe’s image processing chain to deliver accurate, high quality products to end customers. “Attending PCI’s 2013 Reseller meeting was very beneficial for me and Digital Globe,” explained Nix. “I was able to learn about exciting new capability being developed for ortho-mosaicking that have greatly enhanced our processing approach.”

The International Reseller and Business Partner Meeting will be held near Toronto, at the Kingbridge Conference Centre. It will feature guest presentations, product demonstrations, networking events, and training opportunities to learn about PCI’s technology. In addition, PCI Geomatics will be putting additional emphasis on offering some sessions in Spanish, given the large contingent of business partners and resellers who will be in attendance from the Latin American region.

Parties interested in attending or presenting at the upcoming PCI Geomatics International Reseller and Business Partner Meeting can visit www.pcigeomatics.com/2014-Reseller-Meeting for more information. Or, contact PCI’s Sales and Marketing team at marketing@pcigeomatics.com.

About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry.  With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing both satellite and aerial imagery.  PCI has installed more than 30 thousand licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide. Find out more about PCI Geomatics at www.pcigeomatics.com.

Press Contact
Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
T: 819-770-0022 x 214
E:
jones@pcigeomatics.com
Web:
www.pcigeomatics.com

Twitter: @pcigeomatics

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PCI Geomatics Releases Linux Versions of Geomatica 2014

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—August 7, 2014:  PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces the release of three Linux versions of Geomatica 2014, the latest version of the company’s complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. This release follows the Windows version released last month.

“We are pleased to bring the functionality of Geomatica 2014 to an important segment of our user base,” said David Piekny, Product Marketing Manager at PCI Geomatics. “Linux users can now use new Geomatica features like Live DEM Editing, Smart GeoFill and Python scripting in their native environment.” A list of highlights and new capabilities now available to Linux users can be found at www.pcigeomatics.com/pressnews/2014_PCI_Geomatica_2014.pdf.

Geomatica 2014 is available for the Linux Versions that include SUSE 11, Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04, and CentOS 6.1 as well as multiple versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows XP/Windows 7/Server 2003/Server 2008). A fully functioning 15-day evaluation license for all versions of Geomatica can be found at www.GetGeomatica.com. For more information on Geomatica 2014, please visit www.pcigeomatics.com/geomatica.

About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry.  With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing satellite and aerial imagery.  There are more than 30,000 PCI licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide. Find out more about PCI Geomatics at www.pcigeomatics.com.

Press Contact
Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
T: 819-770-0022 x 214
E:
jones@pcigeomatics.com
Web:
www.pcigeomatics.com

Twitter: @pcigeomatics

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PCI Geomatics Announces Release of Geomatica 2014

GATINEAU, Quebec, Canada—June 19, 2014:  PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces the release of Geomatica 2014; the latest version of the company’s complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. The release was announced at an exclusive meet and greet that featured presentations and demonstrations of the latest features of the software.

“This release of Geomatica shows PCI’s continued commitment to tools that further simplify a user’s workflow,” said David Piekny, Product Marketing Manager at PCI Geomatics. “It is not uncommon in this industry for users to rely on multiple software packages to complete everyday tasks. New features in Geomatica are designed to allow operators to complete these tasks without leaving the software and interface they are comfortable with, saving time and frustration.”

New features in Geomatica 2014 include: Live DEM Editing, which lets users to see and edit DTM errors on an automatically updated live ortho preview; Smart Geo-fill, which facilitates the retouching of ortho-mosaics while maintaining full geo-referencing, channel combinations and bit-depth; and Python Scripting, which allows for customizable scripting to combine image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications.

“Geomatica 2014 is an ambitious release, and I expect customers to be very happy with the updates we’ve made,” said Peter Hazlett, Technical Product Manager at PCI Geomatics. “In addition to new tools and functions, we’ve made improvements to key algorithms, added new wizards, and expanded our industry-leading sensor support.” 

Geomatica 2014 is available for 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows XP/Windows 7/Windows 8/Server 2003/Server 2008/Server 2012) starting today. A Linux version will follow shortly thereafter. For more information on Geomatica 2014, please visit www.pcigeomatics.com/geomatica.

About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems for remote sensing, imagery processing, and photogrammetry.  With more than 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry, PCI is recognized globally for its excellence in providing software for accurately and rapidly processing satellite and aerial imagery.  There are more than 30,000 PCI licenses, in over 150 countries worldwide. Find out more about PCI Geomatics at www.pcigeomatics.com.

Press Contact
Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
T: 819-770-0022 x 214
E:
jones@pcigeomatics.com
Web:
www.pcigeomatics.com
Twitter: @pcigeomatics

Highlights in Geomatica 2014

GEOMATICA FOCUS
For Geomatica 2014 there have been many updates made to the technology inside Geomatica Focus.  These include:

NEW & INNOVATIVE live DEM Editing technology:
The new tool is simple and less expensive/more efficient way to produce terrain models for ortho-mosaics.
·         Simple operations to solve many terrain editing issues
·         Flat and rough terrain filters
·         Pit removal
·         Specific filters for linear feature editing
·         Quick Ortho update process

NEW & INNOVATIVE Smart GeoFill tool:
This tool provides users with and advanced copy/paste like tool for imagery
·         Geographically smart
·         Reproject on-the-fly
·         Multi-channel, full bit-depth
·         Blending and colour balancing
·         Enhancement options
·         There are many applications for this tool:
·         Editing elevation data
·         Eliminating cloud cover areas
·         Covering up sensitive areas

NEW Python Scripting Panel
Users can modify and execute PYTHON command files in the Geomatica Focus PYTHON scripting panel.
·         Tools include: open, new, save, save as, execute, cut, copy, paste, and clear.
·         Improved performance
·         PCI is always looking to improve performance and quality of Geomatica tools.  For 2014, we have worked on improving the following in Focus:
·         Visualization – Focus Pan/Zoom
·         Smoother appearance
·         Improved performance

Atmospheric Correction
The Atmospheric correction capabilities in Geomatica Focus were improved in Geomatica 2014 with the following changes:
·         Automatic DEM Clipping
·         Improved Top-of-the-Atmosphere algorithm
·         Improve progress monitoring
·         Improve Haze and Cloud masking GUI

NEW: Change Detection
·         New wizard to simplify and add valuable output
·         Filter out change based on spatial size and shape
·         Automatically vectorize change areas

ORTHOENGINE
2013 focus was on improving productivity, this work continued in Geomatica 2014, adding more capabilities to ensure smooth user workflow
DSM Extraction improvements
PCI has always known for excellent low-mid resolution results, but has spent time in the 2014 release improving the following:
·         Smoother workflow for extracting a DSM from each stereo pair in large projects
o    Elevation calculated from intersection of viewing rays between the stereo pairs for a given point
o    Dense points (45cm)
o    Mosaics the individual DSMs together producing a single DSM of the entire project area
·         Improved DEM extraction results from:
o    High resolution Satellite data
o    Aerial data
·         Improved DSM to DTM filtering capabilities
·         Linkage to NEW DEM Editing capabilities in Geomatica Focus
Project overview window (added in G2013)
·         Upgraded user control
o    Treelist control for images in project
·         Greater connectivity to point-collection tools
Mosaicking
Continual need to improve the mosaic process as more data is used there are always better methods needed.  PCI continues to stay at the forefront of the technology with additional methodologies in Geomatica 2014.
·         Cutline selection
o    Minimum square difference algorithm
·         Color balancing
o    Local Adaptive Enhancement functions
§  Method maintains local colour and contrast variations, or can enhance them…
Other Improvements
·         Geomatica 2014 now includes support for Import and Export of projects from/to BINGO and PatB
·         Menu clean-up, including:
o    NEW - Options panel
o    Rename/Remove panel redesign
·         True Orthorectifcation
o    Removal of building lean and shadow utilizing overlapping imagery
·         Improved Rigorous Satellite Modeling
o    Better accuracy
o    Improved performance (up to 10x faster)

DATA INTERCHANGE
GDB Improvements
QuickBird/WV1/WV2 format (CDQB)
Ikonos/GeoEye format (CDIKONOS)
Landsat format (CDLAND7)
SPOT-5 (CDSPOT5)
Old Landsat data in new style (4236-38)
CBERS 2B

Sensor support updates: (since Geomatica 2013 release)
·         Spot 6 (2013 SP2)
·         RASAT (2013 SP1)
·         Kompsat 3
·         TH-1 (China)
·         Landsat 8
·         Gokturk2
·         HJ-A/B/C
·         ZY-3
·         GF1
·         GF2
·         YG2
·         YG8
·         YG14
·         SJ9

Metadata handling
Improved metadata reading when importing satellite date
NEW FUNCTIONS
LAEPREP
LAEFILT
LAERUN
PSCONF
PSFARA
PSG4U2
PSQINTERP
PSKROG
PSPHDW
PSS2C
PSYAMA
PYRINT
TRUEORTHO

UPGRADED FUNCTIONS
DN2TOA – replaces DN2REF
DSM2DTM
MODEL2RPC
BIT2POLY
LINE2POLY
LINE2PNT
POLY2LINE
RAS2LINE
RAS2POLY
LINE2RAS

GEOMATICA INTERFACE
·         Effort was made to “modernize” the look of Focus
·         Allow users customizable control – more flexible environment

SCRIPTING
The Geomatica product offers support for scripting of processing algorithms in the PYTHON language.  PYTHON scripting is offered as an alternative to the Geomatica EASI scripting environment.  All of the processing algorithms in EASI are available in PYTHON. The processing algorithms can be accessed from the PYTHON command line interface or from the Geomatica Focus PYTHON scripting panel accessed from the Tools/PYTHON Scripting menu bar.
·         Integrates with other standard PYTHON packages and third party PYTHON tools.
·         Support for PYTHON Unicode string parameters for use on non-English operating systems.
·         No limitation on the length of parameter strings.
·         Uses standard PYTHON exception handling.
·         Offered on both Windows and LINUX operating systems.
·         Support for PYTHON 2.7.

SAR POLARIMETRY WORKSTATION
·         Extended Complex Data Support
·         Visualization in Geomatica Focus
·         Complex data types
·         Improved metadata ingest and a full review of all metadata tags

·         New PPFs (SAR decomposition and analysis)