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)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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