Bits and pieces

April 2012 | Bits and pieces

GXP supports USO in Germany

New computer monitors offer extended communication services to armed forces.

After attending the United States European Command (USECOM) Information, Innovation, Integration, and Technology (i3T) Conference and Exposition February 13 – 16 in Munich, Germany, GXP’s Rick Racine and Steve Lossman went above and beyond the call of duty to donate three 27” LCD flat-panel monitors to the USO office in Kaiserslautern Germany. The monitors were purchased for the i3T conference to demonstrate SOCET GXP and GXP Xplorer capabilities. Because of complex shipping and customs requirements, BAE Systems decided that donating the monitors to the local USO office would be a gesture well received by the local troops stationed in Germany. The monitors are being used to enable communications such as making travel arrangements and touching base with family members.

The USO office is very grateful, and we applaud Rick and Steve for their dedication to helping our troops, which epitomizes the GXP spirit!

Bits and pieces | September 2011

GXP eXtreme athletes compete in national triathlon

Team GXP eXtreme athletes, Darren Stelle, left, and Rick Racine.

Team GXP eXtreme athletes Darren Stelle, left, and Rick Racine.

Darren Stelle, running, and Rick Racine, riding, participated in the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington D.C. on September 11.

Team GXP placed an impressive 21st out of 149 teams! The 1.5K swim portion of the race, scheduled to take place in the Potomac River, was cancelled due to recent flooding in the area.

The Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) featured a course that meandered through Washington, D.C.’s monument corridor in the shadow of the nation’s best known memorials and national treasures. This International Distance triathlon, sanctioned by the USAT, included a 40K bike course through D.C., and a 10K run through the city’s historical landmarks.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds research to help find better treatments and cures for blood cancer. Over its 60-year history, LLS has contributed to the discovery of innovative treatments for blood cancers, many of which are used to treat a wide variety of other cancers and diseases. To learn more about LLS, or to donate, visit www.LLS.org/donate.

Bits and pieces | June 2010

BAE Systems presents awards for excellence in photogrammetry

BAE Systems Award
United States Military Academy, West Point

Dr. A. Stewart Walker presents BAE Systems Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry to West Point cadet Augustine Paulo.

Stewart Walker presents BAE Systems Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry to West Point cadet Augustine Paulo.

Stewart Walker, GXP Product initiatives director for BAE Systems, presented the company’s annual Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry to West Point cadet Augustine Paulo at the GIS graduation awards ceremony in May. Cadet Paulo, an incoming senior majoring in Geospatial Information Science, has earned an overall GPA through three years at the Academy of 4.13, based on a 4.0 grading scale, which means he has received an A+ in several courses.

The BAE Systems Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry is presented to one outstanding photogrammetry student from a pool of more than 50 cadets who participate in the Geospatial Information Sciences program at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

BAE Systems Award
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

Jaehong Oh, a doctoral student at Ohio State University, received the second annual BAE Systems Award, presented at the ASPRS conference to reward top-quality research and publication by young students at the master’s or doctoral level. The award is designed to encourage researchers to use the ASPRS annual conference as a vehicle to publish and present their findings. Oh’s paper, “Automatic georeferencing of aerial images using high-resolution stereo satellite images,” may be published in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, the official journal of ASPRS.

Bits and pieces | October 2009

Now available! SOCET GXP desktop wallpapers for download onto your PC

SOCET GXP desktop wallpapers for download onto your PC

Click here to view and download wallpaper.

Bits and pieces | March 2009

U.S. and South Korea use SOCET GXP® during joint military training exercise

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Military members at the Hardened Tactical Air Component Command operations floor at Osan AB, Korea, keep a watchful eye on simulated friendly and enemy air and ground forces during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 09. Through a series of computer networks and giant data walls, a joint team of Americans and Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts exercise their warfighting capabilities. The annual air and space portion of Key Resolve/Foal Eagle demonstrates U.S. resolve to support the Republic of Korea against external aggression while improving ROK-U.S. combat readiness and joint/combined interoperability. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek

SOCET GXP® product manager and U.S. Air Force Reserve senior non-commissioned officer Rob Stout traveled to OSAN Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), for a training exercise in mid-March with participants representing the U.S. Air Force and South Korea. More than 1,000 Airmen from around the world gathered on the Korean peninsula to execute operations for the annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009 joint military exercise. This command post exercise, which focuses on crisis management and warfighting operations, is the largest of its kind in the world.

“These exercises are designed to help teach, coach, and mentor military members from both the ROK and U.S., while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making capabilities,” said Gen. Walter Sharp, commander of the Combined Forces Command. “The primary goal is to ensure that the command is ready to defend the ROK in the event it becomes necessary.”

Training exercises included simulated before-and-after battle damage assessments using SOCET GXP’s two-color compare, porthole, and swiper tools. The pre- and post-strike analyses are used to determine effectiveness. Other SOCET GXP image comparison tools include three-color multiple views, merge, flicker, and side-by-side.

Rob Stout was selected as one of 10 top performers out of the 70 participants from the Air Operations Center (AOC) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division. His service was recognized with an award for outstanding performance. The battle damage assessment techniques used in this exercise were nominated as a “Best practice” to be implemented by other AOCs in future operating procedures.

Training exercises included simulated before-and-after battle damage assessments using SOCET GXP's two-color compare, porthole, and swiper tools.

Bits and pieces | December 2008

Nigel Lambton joins BAE Systems as director of sales and marketing for the EMEA region

Nigel Lambton, director sales and marketing, EMEA.

Nigel Lambton, director sales and marketing, EMEA.

In October 2008, BAE Systems announced the appointment of Nigel Lambton as the new director of GXP sales and marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

Nigel brings extensive global experience in strategic intelligence policies and training initiatives for the U.K. government and armed forces. His proven team-building and negotiation skills will be instrumental in providing leadership to the EMEA team and promoting the BAE Systems brand throughout the region.

Lambton had a successful 18-year career in the Royal Air Force, where he participated in a range of diverse activities including operations and mission planning, electronic warfare, air traffic control, and image analysis. Prior to joining BAE Systems, he worked most recently as senior training planning manager for the Defence College of Intelligence Training, and as senior ISTAR operations manager for the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre. In addition to his extensive military training, Lambton has a certificate in leadership and management from the Institute of Management.

Nigel has been busy getting acquainted with the global GXP staff, attending industry events, and visiting customers throughout the region. Please don’t hesitate to contact him directly regarding questions or issues. His direct line is: +44 (0) 1223 370023.

Bits and pieces | June 2008

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base selects SOCET GXP® for image analysis operations

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio has chosen SOCET GXP as their tool of choice to store graphics and features with their ground coordinates and attributes in a geodatabase for future retrieval and updating. WPAFB is the first Air Force unit to begin using SOCET GXP in conjunction with the ESRI geodatabase to perform analysis in a new way. WPAFB joins many other military commands in adopting SOCET GXP to complete complex image analysis tasks.

Bits and pieces | March 2008

Distributor training

The BAE Systems GXP EMEA team hosted an informative, week-long training event at Robinson College, Cambridge, UK, January 7 – 11, 2008 for the GXP distributor channel. Sessions covered functionality and workflows for SOCET SET and SOCET GXP, and included hands-on training at the workstations set up in the GXP EMEA offices. Distributors in attendance represented the Czech Republic (CCE), Israel (IIT), Lebanon (GIST), and Spain (Tragsatec).

Distributor training 

Bits and pieces | May 2007

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bicentennial

Ted Doyle,  NOAA Team Lead for the Remote Sensing Division's Applications Branch, presents to Kevin Malone and Dan London this 200th birthday commemorative metal disk, fabricated in the style of the ground survey markers used by NOAA in their geodetic work.

Ted Doyle, NOAA Team Lead for the Remote Sensing Division's Applications Branch, presents to Kevin Malone and Dan London this 200th birthday commemorative metal disk, fabricated in the style of the ground survey markers used by NOAA in their geodetic work.

Celebrating 200 years of science, service, and stewardship

During the 2007 GXP International User Conference in March, GXP paid tribute to NOAA. This year NOAA commemorates the 200th anniversary of the agency’s Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) division. Founded in 1807 (as the Survey of the Coast) by Thomas Jefferson, the agency provided nautical charts to the maritime community for safe passage into American ports and along the coastline. Its mission increased to include surveys of the interior as the nation expanded westward and it was renamed C&GS in 1878.

NOAA was formed in 1970 from three agencies: the Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS), the Weather Bureau, and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. The National Ocean Service was created as a line office of NOAA and the part responsible for geodetic functions was named the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). A long-time user of BAE Systems’ SOCET SET software, NGS is responsible for geodetic surveying, control networks, and other tasks that provide the fundamental framework for mapping.

Bits and pieces | February 2007

Award-winning paper published

January 2007 issue of PE&RS

January 2007 issue of PE&RS

ASPRS has published the paper that won the BAE Systems Award, presented at the 2006 ASPRS Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada in May 2006. Winning author Pravara Thanapura received the award from BAE Systems’ Director of Marketing, Stewart Walker. The paper, Mapping Urban Land Cover Using QuickBird NDVI and GIS Spatial Modeling for Runoff Coefficient Determination, was co-authored by Pravara Thanapura, Dennis
L. Helder, Suzette Burckhard, Mary O’Neill, and Dwight Galster, all of South Dakota State University, and Eric Warmath of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The paper appears in the January 2007 issue of Photogrammetric
Engineering & Remote Sensing
, vol. 73, issue 1, pgs.57 – 65.

Bits and pieces | September 2006

GXP appoints new sales manager for North America region

GXP has announced the appointment of Drew Fisher to the position of commercial sales manager for North America, representing the company’s GXP software products. Fisher replaces John Parker, who held the position previously, and will be based in our Tampa, Florida office.

Drew has gained considerable knowledge of the commercial geospatial hardware, software and imagery markets in the U.S. and Canada over the past 12 years through his employment with Applanix Corporation, Emerge, Space Imaging/EOSAT, and ERM South, Inc. Moreover, his experience spans many disciplines, including federal, state and local government agencies, utilities, telecommunications, environmental sciences and forestry.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s of science in geography and environmental planning from Towson State University. Fisher joined the GXP team on August 28.

Bits and pieces | September 2006

Scott Miller named Engineering Fellow

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Many readers will remember Scott Miller from his association with SOCET SET since the very early days, perhaps through his highly proficient, yet charismatic and practical, benchmarks, technical support and User Conference presentations. We are delighted that Scott has been named an Engineering Fellow at BAE Systems National Security Solutions for his nationally recognized expertise in photogrammetry and its applications. This is a great honor within the BAE Systems community–there are 59 Fellows amongst the 19,000 employees in the Electronics & Integrated Solutions Operating Group that constitutes the largest part of the company’s activities based in North America.

Scott received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a M.S. in photogrammetry from Purdue University. After his tenure with the Defense Mapping Agency (now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), he has had an impressive career at BAE Systems and its predecessor companies, including its Helava Associates subsidiary and LH Systems joint venture.

For over 25 years, Scott has been a key figure in advancing BAE Systems’ technical programs. In the 1980s, he developed the Automatic Terrain Extraction capability for the Defense Mapping Agency Data Extraction Segment, an important discriminator for BAE Systems which resulted in a significant program win that fueled BAE Systems’ growth in image and photogrammetric processing systems.

Following the development and deployment of the system, Scott led the successful competition for the Digital Stereo Photogrammetric Workstation. That project launched the development of the commercial photogrammetric software package, SOCET SET. As chief engineer for SOCET SET, Scott added capabilities into the software that allowed BAE Systems to sell the product worldwide for commercial applications. Today SOCET SET is established as the premier software package in photogrammetric mapping.

Scott has published several papers in automated photogrammetry and cartography. He is co-author of the Photogrammetric Products chapter in the Fifth Edition of the ASPRS Manual of Photogrammetry, and he was co-editor of a special issue of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing to commemorate the life of Uki Helava. Currently, Scott is chief engineer for GXP’s sister business area, Geospatial Intelligence Technologies. Some of the work going on there can be reviewed at http://www.socetgxp.com/content_products/special/index.htm. Scott is recognized as an expert in the field of photogrammetry within BAE Systems, the industry, the academic world and our customer community.

April 2006 | Bits and pieces

Sidney Jackson, VITec® developer, retires

Sidney Jackson, software development project lead for GXP’s VITec product, retired on March 31, 2006, after 20 years with BAE Systems and VITec.

Morgan Welch, Customer Integration Manager for SOCET GXP, reflects on Sid Jackson’s legacy with GXP:

“The time has come surprisingly fast. Sid was the primary designer and project lead for VITec. He was there when the first VITec CD-ROM rolled out on February 1, 1994. His support and development of open systems, configurable interfaces and simple interpreted API made VITec a darling with integrators of all sizes. He will be remembered for finding solutions that carried maximum value for the customer and the product. But more importantly, through his years of service, Sid was a true leader, who, together with the teams he mentored, built a successful product that has had a long and lasting presence in the industry.

Sid’s been a brilliant employee over the years, and never shied away from taking on some very tough assignments. He worked closely with internal customers, as well as customers external to the GXP team. In one of my recent trips to a customer site, one contractor asked about Sid specifically by name! His efforts were instrumental in VITec’s commercial success, and we should all salute that!

On behalf of the entire GXP team, a big thanks to Sid for all of his help and advice over the years. In his retirement, Sid and his wife LeAnn will enjoy many Hawaiian island sunsets together.
Picture that…beautiful! We wish Sid and LeAnn well.”

Bits and pieces | December 2005

GXP team outing

After a busy summer, the San Diego GXP team enjoyed a chance to relax during a group outing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Covering 1,800 acres, the San Diego Wild Animal Park offers visitors an up close and personal view of a myriad of animals as they might be seen in their native Asia and Africa. In the nearly 30-year history of the Park, hundreds of endangered species babies have been born in the park, and dozens of nearly-extinct species have been re-introduced into the wild.

The GXP team had a great time interacting with and feeding the animals —a fun time was had by all.