Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PCI Geomatics Expands Training Program by Providing Free Access to Online Coursebooks

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—May 14, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that the company is making its training textbooks available to the general public for non-commercial use.

“PCI’s extensive training program is one of the most flexible around,” said Kevin Jones, Director of Marketing at PCI Geomatics. “Last year, we supplemented our classroom training programs with a convenient, online program to further ease the learning process. Making our textbooks available, free of charge, to anyone hoping to learn more about our software, and image processing in general, is the natural next step our educational initiative.” 

PCI Geomatics’ instructor-led training courses cover a wide range of topics for users of all skill and experience levels. In Geomatica I, students learn about viewing geospatial imagery in Geomatica Focus and the basics of geospatial data processing. Geomatica II introduces advanced concepts such as imagery classification, atmospheric correction, and spatial analysis. The Geomatica OrthoEngine two-day program takes users on an in-depth tour of the most popular module in Geomatica by teaching orthorectification, DEM extraction, mosaicking, and the company’s award-winning pansharpening tool.

Due to popular demand, PCI Geomatics recently introduced a fourth course to its online training program – Geomatica Radar. Continuing its role as a leader in the field of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image analysis, the company delivers a course detailing the orthorectification, calibration, polarimetric analysis and classification of SAR imagery.

Until now, the textbooks were only available as part of a complete training program. The information contained is the training textbooks can be easily adapted, and contains a great deal of information to help teach basic and advanced remote sensing concepts. PCI Geomatics hopes that Universities, colleges and other educational institutions can leverage these resources to enrich their curriculum.

For more information about PCI Geomatics’ training programs, visit www.pcigeomatics.com/training. To download a copy of the textbooks, visit www.pcigeomatics.com/education.

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.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

PCI Geomatics Continues Tradition of Supporting Higher Education with the Centre of Geographic Sciences

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—April 30, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, as part of its education initiative, recently visited with students and faculty at the Annapolis Valley Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). The campus is home to the Centre of Geographic Sciences where students are using Geomatica software to learn about the science and technology used in acquiring, managing, analyzing, presenting and the delivery of geographic information.

“The Centre of Geographic Sciences is a very hands-on, practical, technical institute,” said Dr. Tim Webster, Professor at the NSCC. “We use Geomatica to teach the fundamentals of remote sensing where students learn about various satellite platforms, how to geometrically correct data, classify it, and of course, integrate it with GIS software programs such as Esri’s ArcGIS.”

PCI Geomatics’ education initiative promotes cooperation and knowledge exchange to create strong reciprocal relationships with educational institutions. The company aims to foster communication between institutes of higher learning and PCI scientists, while providing an outlet to the commercial world by highlighting the work conducted at the school using PCI Geomatics software. PCI Geomatics and the NSCC have had a long standing relationship, with the company providing an annual $500 scholarship to the top student in the Advanced Digital Imaging course. This year’s award will be announced at a ceremony on May 2, 2014.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to see how schools are using our technology,” said Kevin Jones, Director – Marketing at PCI Geomatics. “Receiving feedback from faculty about how our software fits into their research goals and seeing the successes the students are having first hand in their studies is evidence that our education initiatives are paying off.”

The program is also paying off for students, as Daniel Vanesse, student in the Advanced Geographic Sciences program at the Centre, explains.

“The program is quite demanding and the use of PCI software has been extremely rewarding,” said Vanesse. “Six months into my studies a group of us already found employment in a private company’s remote sensing department. I’m excited to head into the workforce as soon as my studies are completed.”

PCI Geomatics’ visit to Nova Scotia is the latest in a series of meetings the company has had with colleges and universities across the globe, including Northeastern University in Boston, Carleton University in Ottawa, and Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. For more information about PCI Geomatics education initiative and its education packages, including videos highlighting the company’s visits to Nova Scotia, Carleton University, and Northeastern University, click here: http://www.pcigeomatics.com/education

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

PCI Geomatics Delivers High-Speed and Automated Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) System to Nationwide Environmental Title Research (NETR)

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—April 10, 2014:  PCI Geomatics has successfully delivered its high speed and automated Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) system to Nationwide Environmental Title Research (NETR).

“The HAP system has really reduced our project turnaround time,” said Brett Perry, President of NETR. “Our operations have become more streamlined, while we increase productivity at a reduced expense.”

Founded in 1993, NETR provides real estate research and information services nationwide and is the owner of the HistoricAerials.com website. HistoricAerials.com has acquired over 1000 terabytes of aerial photography and created a proprietary database of orthorectified imagery displaying historical aerial imagery of land and buildings throughout the United States.  The distinction of this website and its technology is to provide remote sensing capabilities to position a given location through time on orthophotography and orthorectified maps.  This allows for analysis, comparison, change detection, as well as identification, measurement, property layout, and obtaining geospatial coordinates of features that no longer exist.

The HAP workflow leverages multi-pass processing and automated ground control and tie point collection, producing an accurate math model that can be used to produce seamless ortho-mosaics from hundreds or thousands of airphotos; even without camera calibration files. The system is built with PCI’s proven Geomatica technology and can be scaled to meet all requirements for historical airphoto correction.

“It doesn’t matter if we are working with 10 or 10,000 images, our workflow remains consistent and the results are excellent,” said Jeff Teasley, Director of HistoricAerials.com. “Using the HAP system has allowed us to grow our online repository of historical imagery to stay ahead of demand and better serve our clients.”

Learn more about PCI’s Historical Airphoto Processing at www.pcigeomatics.com/HAP.

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.

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Kevin R. Jones
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Monday, March 31, 2014

PCI Geomatics Announces Participation at GISWORX 2014

PCI Geomatics Announces Participation at GISWORX 2014
 
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—March 31, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces the company will be exhibiting and speaking at the upcoming GISWORX conference in Dubai, April 14-18. The Conference offers hundreds of GIS user presentations, technical workshops and User Group Meetings.

The GISWORX event, and the third annual PCI Geomatics User Group Meeting is presented by GISTEC, a professional GIS services company specializing in the development of intelligent, enterprise wide geospatial solutions for clients in a variety of disciplines and industries. The company has been a Master Distributor for PCI Geomatics in the Middle East since 2010. The User Group Meeting will be held at the Rashidiya Ballroom of the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai, prior to the official opening of GISWORX ‘14.

Since the first Geomatica User Group Meeting, use of Geomatica software in the Middle East has grown significantly. The 2014 User Group Meeting will provide an update about the developments, innovations and roadmap for Geomatica software and the remote sensing industry. The meeting will also provide a forum to hear about success stories of Geomatica users.

 “We are happy to be participating at the GISWORX event again this year,” said Kevin Jones, Director of Marketing and Communications at PCI Geomatics. “GISTEC has done a remarkable job developing solutions for its customers in this region over the years, as evidenced by the year-over-year growth of the event as well as the Geomatica User Group Meeting.”

GISWORX ‘14 will be held from April 14 - 17 at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. This year’s event boasts over 1200 registrants, 40 exhibits and over 50 workshops. For more information about the event, visit www.gisworx.ae. To learn about, and to register for, the Geomatica User Group Meeting, visit www.gisworx.ae/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.

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Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
T: 819-770-0022 x 214
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Web: www.pcigeomatics.com
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

PCI Geomatics Signs Education Alliance Agreement with Arabian Gulf University

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—March 6, 2014:  PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, today announces that it has signed an Education Alliance agreement with Arabian Gulf University in Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in late 2013 with the cooperation of GISTEC, PCI Geomatics’ exclusive reseller in the region. Under the terms of the agreement, PCI Geomatics will provide software licenses to support teaching and research conducted at the university.

The agreement formally declares Arabian Gulf University as a center of excellence in training and education in the fields of remote sensing and geomatics, while establishing the university as a regional center for training in these areas.

“This agreement is an important step in a series of strategic partnerships with the private sector and government bodies driven by the increased interest in GIS and remote sensing,” said Dr. Ali Batai, Assistant Professor in remote sensing and geomatics at Arabian Gulf University. “Science and technology has become one of the foundations of geomatics development and a mainstay in the decision-making process in the production, organization and management of spatial infrastructure.”

The University, in cooperation with PCI Geomatics, and GISTEC, will be hosting its first workshop from March 10-12, 2014. The workshop will focus on the basics satellite image processing, orthorectification, mosaicking and atmospheric correction, as well as spatial analysis, data visualization, and classification of multispectral data, using Geomatica software.

“This agreement marks a significant commitment by Arabian Gulf University to advancing the awareness and knowledge of remote sensing science and its applications,” said Arnold Hougham, VP of Sales and Marketing at PCI Geomatics. “PCI is pleased to partner with the university in this endeavor and we look forward to seeing the results of Arabian Gulf University teaching remote sensing and geomatics students using Geomatica, and of the innovative research to be conducted.”

A photograph of members of PCI Geomatics, GISTEC, and Arabian Gulf University at the signing ceremony can be found at: www.pcigeomatics.com/pressnews/photos/AGU-GT-PCI.jpg

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.

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Kevin R. Jones
Director, Marketing and Communications
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Monday, February 24, 2014

PCI Geomatics Announces Support for Skybox Imaging’s Imagery in Geomatica 2013 SP3

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—February 24, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today it supports data analysis of images from SkySat-1, the first in a planned constellation of 24 satellites from Skybox Imaging. Support for SkySat-1 is currently available in the company’s new software, Geomatica 2013 (Service Pack 3 – SP3).

SkySat-1 is a high-performance satellite capable of providing 4-band, high-resolution sub-meter class imagery. Operating in a sun-synchronous orbit of 600 km, SkySat-1 also provides the first commercial high-resolution, full-motion video from space at 30 frames per second.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with PCI Geomatics to ensure that our imagery products are seamlessly incorporated into user’s workflows,” said Matt Wood, Skybox Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions. “It is important that our imagery is easily accessible and can be used to derive information in a timely, operational manner. We’ve worked closely with PCI Geomatics to ensure speedy correction is possible in a way that is both highly accurate and automated.”

“Our customers have come to expect Geomatica to support new sensors as imagery becomes available, and Skybox is no exception,” said Terry Moloney, President and CEO of PCI Geomatics. “SkySat-1 and other future sensors that will make up Skybox’s constellation will open new and exciting possibilities for the operational use of imagery. We are pleased to be able to offer support very early on in this exciting new era of commercial earth observation where pervasive coverage and imaging is becoming increasingly possible.”

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.




About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging empowers global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. By combining the power of web technologies and a constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites, Skybox is generating a unique data source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible, sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Founded in 2009, Skybox Imaging is backed by leading venture firms and comprised of Internet and aerospace professionals. For more information, visit www.skybox.com.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

PCI Geomatics Delivers Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) System to USDA Forest Service

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—February 6, 2014: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, announced today that it has successfully delivered its high-speed and automated Historical Airphoto Processing (HAP) system to the USDA’s Forest Service office in Region 5 (California and Pacific Islands).

“Having orthorectified historic imagery will allow us to better understand how ecological processes and disturbance patterns have shaped the ecosystems we manage,” said Carlos Ramirez, Team Leader of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at USDA Forest Service’s Region 5. Nathan Amboy, an analyst at the lab, states that “Using HAP, we plan to generate digitally mosaicked datasets from the archived historical imagery that can be used to conduct change detection and analysis. In our archives, we have access to imagery dating back to the 1930’s that can analyzed; the first steps to make this possible include scanning, correcting and orthorectifying the historical imagery to ensure that the information extracted is accurate and can be used for change detection.”

“The HAP system automates what used to be a very manual process, providing typical processing capability on the order to 1,000 to 1,500 orthos per operator, per week,” said Clark Selby, US Regional Solutions Manager for PCI Geomatics. “Our HAP system is increasingly being adopted since it provides a viable method to process historical imagery and bring it into modern day geospatial systems.”

In recent years, the Forest Service has seen an increasing demand for historical imagery from local Forest Service offices, as well as internal and University based forest researchers. Historical imagery is currently stored on hardcopy prints within the Forest Service’s facilities. Local officials and researchers are limited to accessing and analyzing historical information on the physical prints, which greatly restricts their utility. The historical imagery provides a record of the changes which the Forest Service can use to better understand the delicate balance between naturally occurring changes and the anthropogenic forces that are having an impact on the landscape. Fire frequency and intensity have been on the rise in the last decade, which scientists believe is linked to fire suppression activities that have interrupted natural forest regeneration cycles.

Region 5’s GIS and Remote Sensing professionals are greatly improving access to the valuable historical imagery across the organization. Through the use of the HAP within their facility, they are making the hardcopy prints more readily accessible to internal and external parties who have expressed a need to work with the imagery.

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
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jones@pcigeomatics.com
Web:
www.pcigeomatics.com
Twitter: @pcigeomatics