As the year comes to a close, I am encouraged by our progress. The recent release of SOCET GXP v3.0® represents the achievement of a milestone. BAE Systems has developed a single application with a wealth of automated image analysis and geospatial production tools in one product. The response from customers has been overwhelming, proving that we have the right product to offer at the right time.
I am very proud of the GXP team for their commitment to achieving the vision set forth just five years ago to transform our industry. We have integrated image analysis (IA) and geospatial analysis (GA) workflows into one intuitive product that facilitates analysis, production, collaboration, and data sharing. Our team is constantly pushing the envelope to implement technologically advanced capabilities into GXP products, and our customers are a big part of the equation. The more we know about operational workflows, the better positioned we are to build smart tools to accommodate users in different environments. We hope you’ll continue to provide the valuable feedback that contributes to our success.
I look forward to greater achievements in 2009 and beyond. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Free SOCET GXP® open house: learn about the product that created a buzz at this year’s GEOINT conference
BAE Systems is hosting a free open house to introduce the new eXtreme Analysis™ (XA) workflows available in SOCET GXP® v3.0. XA empowers users to satisfy analysis and mapping tasks quickly and efficiently, reducing the dependency on multiple tools. Real-time image analysis, triangulation, terrain model generation, orthorectification, and mosaicking can be accomplished using SOCET GXP’s pushbutton functionality.
BAE Systems SOCET GXP® open house
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
BAE Systems auditorium
11487 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Virginia 20910
Photo identification is required for entry into the BAE Systems facility. Foreign visitors will be approved for entrance with photo identification and completion of additional paperwork upon arrival.
The day will be divided into two identical sessions. The briefings present an overview of key software capabilities and insight into how to implement SOCET GXP in the work environment. All presentations are unclassified and lunch is provided.
Morning session: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
8 to 8:30 | Opening remarks and introduction to SOCET GXP v3.0
8:30 to 9:15 | Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.0 for the IA
9:15 to 9:30 | 15-minute break
9:30 to 10:15 | Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.0 for the GA
10:15 to 10:30 | Demonstration: ArcGIS® connectivity
10:30 to 10:45 | 15-minute break
10:45 to 11 | Demonstration: Web feature and map services
11 to 11:30 | Preview of SOCET GXP v3.1 with Q&A
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1 to 1:30 | Opening remarks and introduction to SOCET GXP v3.0
1:30 to 2:15 | Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.0 for the IA
2:15 to 2:30 | 15-minute break
2:30 to 3:15 | Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.0 for the GA
3:15 to 3:30 | Demonstration: ArcGIS® connectivity
3:30 to 3:45 | 15-minute break
3:45 to 4 | Demonstration: Web feature and map services
4 to 4:30 | Preview: SOCET GXP v3.1 with Q&A
Directions to the SOCET GXP Open House:
The following article is provided courtesy of The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Pathfinder magazine, November/December 2008.
In offices, labs and forward-operating bases, talented members of the NGA team are developing innovative and effective ways to produce the highest-quality geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) necessary for the problem at hand. Technology is often given credit for revolutionizing a process, but the real credit goes to the people behind the technology. They innovate, build and operate the tools and techniques to give our warfighters and policymakers the information they need to do their jobs. But there are many factors that influence how NGA approaches technology development.
Asymmetric threats, adversarial nations and rapidly expanding technologies require NGA to adapt and think systematically about what we are doing now, what we should be doing and how we will do so in the future. In the recently released Vision 2015: A Globally Networked and Integrated Intelligence Enterprise, the Director of National Intelligence reiterates our need for multiple, integrated collection systems, for integrated processing, exploitation and dissemination architecture, and for collaborative analysis. The key design principles of Vision 2015 are adaptability, alignment and agility; these principles are guiding NGA’s technology priorities. Incorporating multiple sensors into our architecture and analysis and improving exploitation tools and techniques are two examples of how technology is improving our operations.
Over the last several years, combat operations have demonstrated what full motion video (FMV) brings to the fight. As airborne reconnaissance advances, wide-area surveillance (WAS) enables a better view of the battlefield and multiplies the effectiveness of each mission. The added value that airborne imagery brings to a large number of missions and operations reinforces our need to fully support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) efforts.
Additionally, NGA and our mission partners are leveraging existing capabilities and adapting them to new applications. Hyperspectral imagery, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and advanced radar applications are providing high-resolution terrain information that promises feature detection, extraction and attribution. In Afghanistan, we have seen firsthand the impact of these new applications in a collaborative coalition effort. NGA and numerous partners used hyperspectral imagery to gain a better understanding of the terrain of Afghanistan, creating foundation data that assisted in a variety of mission sets. These valuable, dynamic capabilities produce exponentially more data that require significant storage and exploitation space and appropriate extraction tools that make sure it is used effectively.
Improving our sources and fusing national technical means (NTM) with commercial and airborne assets adds significant value to our capabilities. Still, our real power resides in our ability to perform geospatial analysis and work with our U.S. and allied counterparts. Our analysts require tools that enable them to discover, exploit and share existing imagery and data. Tools like Consolidated Analytic Spatial initiative (CASi) and GEOINT Online (GO) allow for quick retrieval of vast quantities of data in a user-friendly format. NGA is looking outward for other tools to aid in exploitation, like SOCET GXP®, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Virtual Earth™, ESRI Arc Explorer™ and Google™ Earth. Our analysts continue to seek out more collaborative tools as they see the power to intuitively find the imagery and geospatial information that they need to produce accurate, relevant and timely GEOINT.
To maintain our technical advantage, NGA continues to develop a diverse array of GEOINT sources, tools and techniques. Technology has played a major role at NGA and will continue to do so, particularly as we focus outward and work more closely with Defense and Intelligence Community partners every day. And at the end of the day, we must all remember that our people drive our analysis, innovation, creativity and progress.
Robert B. Murrett
Vice Admiral, USN
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2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange
May 4 – 8, 2009
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego, California
In 2009, BAE Systems is expanding the scope of the annual GXP User Conference to include the new GXP Professional Exchange.
GXP User Conference
The GXP User Conference offers a full range of seminars, product demonstrations, new functionality, training sessions, and workshops focused on SOCET GXP® and SOCET SET® workflows. BAE Systems’ technical staff host these comprehensive sessions, designed for GXP software users from novice to expert.
GXP Professional Exchange
The GXP Professional Exchange is a new component in 2009 open to the global geospatial community — not just current GXP software customers. It is a forum designed to support the exchange of ideas from GIS executives, geospatial and image analysts, and others interested in learning and sharing information about trends and technology, from industry partners to industry partners.
A list of possible topics for discussion and collaboration include:
- Image analysis
- Geospatial analysis
- 3-D modeling
- Airfield obstruction analysis
- Oil and gas, energy, and utilities infrastructure
- Remote sensing
- Multispectral and hyperspectral processing
- Geospatial-intelligence training
- GGI production
- Other ideas welcome
If you are interested in delivering a presentation during the GXP Professional Exchange, please submit a 50-word abstract for consideration to Rachel Snyder by January 30, 2009.
Phone: 858 675 2850
Fax: 858 592 5309
More information will be available on the Conference Web site in early 2009:
DGI Europe 2009
January 19 – 22, 2009
QEII Conference Centre
Westminster, London, England
BAE Systems booth 24
DGI 2009 represents one of the most significant opportunities in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to come together and shape the future, with integration, collaboration, and interoperability. Be sure to visit BAE Systems at booth 24 for a SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis™ demonstration, and to meet Nigel Lambton, the new director of sales and marketing, EMEA. We look forward to seeing you in London!
The Spatially Enabled Exploitation (SEE) module for SOCET GXP lets analysts capture daily collects directly into the ESRI® geodatabase using the SOCET GXP Multiport viewing window. Users can delineate objects and areas of interest visible in imagery with vector graphics, create new feature databases, or connect to existing feature databases; both are defined by specification files.
Analysts connect to multiple geodatabases from different sources and interact with them individually or collectively in one Multiport. Databases supported are ESRI multi-user and personal geodatabases, and the SOCET GXP feature database. Functionality includes capabilities for creating spatial, temporal, and attribute queries, populating feature attributes, creating feature style sheets; copying features between databases; importing and exporting shapefiles; and animating feature layers.
Follow the steps outlined below to use the SOCET GXP SEE module to connect to and display an existing feature database.
- From the Workspace Manager, select File > Database Connect.
- In the Feature Database Connect window, select the feature database type then select the database. Click the Connect button.
- Load an image to the Workspace Manager that geographically corresponds with the feature database.
- Click on the expand indicator next to the feature database to view and select specific feature classes.
- Select image data and feature classes, then right-click and select Open > All in One.
From the Workspace (Data view), double-click on the loaded feature database to query the database and create display layers.
When creating a feature, press the BACKSPACE key to delete the last vertex created and the ENTER key to drop the last point and finalize the feature.
More information about the SEE module for SOCET GXP:
BAE Systems released SOCET GXP® v3.0 in October 2008. The update provides new functionality that allows users to reduce the dependency on multiple tools to record and analyze ground features. Today, image analysis (IA) and geospatial analysis (GA) production, which include second-phase product generation, are becoming integrated. SOCET GXP v3.0 combines image analysis and geospatial analysis in one software package for eXtreme Analysis™ (XA™). With SOCET GXP, the XA is empowered to complete IA and GA tasks using a single application. Accurate products can be created quickly with automated tools.
What is SOCET GXP?
SOCET GXP is a versatile geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) tool that uses imagery from commercial, satellite, and tactical sources to identify and analyze ground features. With SOCET GXP, users can automatically measure, annotate, store, and retrieve ground features in a series of images to expedite geospatial production, image analysis, and map creation. The data can be used to monitor changes over time, manage utilities and communications networks, facilitate infrastructure design and development, and coordinate operational missions.
“First responders and deployed forces generally have about 30 minutes to build detailed GEOINT products such as topographic image maps and target charts,” said Rob Stout, geospatial exploitation product manager for BAE Systems in San Diego. “Integrating image and geospatial analysis into one comprehensive system reduces equipment, training, operating, and maintenance costs, making SOCET GXP extremely user-friendly.”
The software currently is used on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan, and systems integrators
working on National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency programs are using it to produce GEOINT products. The U.S. Army has procured SOCET GXP for Army-wide implementation into its Imagery Workstation baseline for operational units, establishing the software as its primary GEOINT exploitation tool.
SOCET GXP v3.0 is available on Microsoft Windows and UNIX® Solaris™ 8, 9, and 10 operating systems.
SOCET GXP at a glance
SOCET GXP is the next generation of true geospatial-intelligence production technology, enabling interoperability among users and decision-makers at all levels. Its intuitive, customizable interface provides a suite of automated analysis and production tools, and direct access to shared databases and extended capabilities within the software. Information generated from SOCET GXP can be used to satisfy long-term operating and maintenance requirements. By providing all of this rich functionality in one intuitive product, BAE Systems empowers organizations and commands to consolidate resources, increase productivity, and save money.
SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis™ capabilities:
- Access Google Earth™ for dynamic viewing and 3-D color visualization.
- Connect to the ESRI® geodatabases to create, store, and share geographic information.
- Use common databases to query previously exploited information.
- Complete complex workflows with automated geospatial production tools for orthorectification, triangulation, and digital terrain model creation.
- Create finished map products and output results to PowerPoint® or GeoPDF® formats.
More information on SOCET GXP v3.0:
SOCET SET® v5.4.1 was released one year ago. Following the November 2007 release, several patches have been posted for download, which include bug fixes and enhancements. Over the next few months, SOCET SET v5.4.1 will continue to be patched. Some of the most substantial patches to date are listed below.
- NVIDA driver version 178 supports Microsoft® Vista for stereo. Initial testing results with SOCET SET v5.4.1 look promising. Check the BAE Systems GXP Web site, www.baesystems.com/gxp, for further updates and news regarding hardware supported.
- Import WorldView-1 and GeoEye®-1 imagery in NCDRD format; WorldView-1 launched September 2007 and GeoEye-1 in September 2008, both with a spatial resolution of approximately 0.5 m.
- Import Radarsat-2 for RPC and rigorous sensor modeling; launched December 2007 with a spatial resolution of 3 to 100 meters.
- Import TerraSAR-X; launched June 2007 with a spatial resolution 1 to 18 meters.
- Import orthos with MAPLOB/GEOLOB metadata.
- Numerous bug fixes and enhancements for the FPE replacement.
- CIB-like* and DPPDB-like* product certification by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) for NITF 2.0.
* SOCET SET Digital Point Positioning Data Base (DPPDB) format production module [which uses MIL-PRF-89034, March 1999 format specifications] and SOCET SET Controlled Image Base® (CIB) format production module [which uses MIL-PRF-89041, May 15, 1999, format specifications].
The SOCET SET v5.5 release is planned for April 2009. New functionality scheduled for this release includes:
- Capability to import COSMO-SkyMed constellation data. Satellites were launched in June and December 2007, and October 2008, all with a spatial resolution less than one meter.
- New frame sensor model for ingest of exterior orientation data into non-LSR grid coordinate systems.
- Improved self-calibration and IMU/GPS constraints for frame imagery in Multi-sensor Triangulation module.
- Interface to GAIT (Geospatial Analysis Integrity Tool) for quality assurance and validation of collected feature vectors.
- Integration with the USB version of the Leica TopoMouse™.
NOAA NGS has updated the FAA surface model library to include the new AC18 surface. Therefore, BAE Systems has implemented the new source code into the SOCET SET® ClearFlite® module, and the changes are included in the 2008_1015 patch.
BINGO is compatible with SOCET SET® v5.4.1, and new BINGO dongles were issued for BINGO v5.5. This version includes a new software protection module and requires new dongles for all BINGO users who wish to upgrade. New dongles have been distributed to customers with active Upgrade Entitlement (UE) status. However, to fully convert the permanent BINGO licenses to the new dongles, UE customers must return old dongles to BAE Systems GXP and Dr. Erwin Kruck.
For a BINGO user who is not covered by a current UE agreement and finds that an old-style dongle has become inoperable, BAE Systems can replace that dongle with another old-style dongle from inventory. Erwin supports the old dongles and will generate license files for approximately two more years to fulfill warranty obligations. At the end of the two-year period (approximately June 2010), old-style dongles that are broken or damaged will not be replaced.
Cardinal Systems has built VrOne® v3.6.00 for SOCET SET v5.4.1. This update is now available to SOCET SET® VrOne users with current UE status.
BAE Systems discovered that VrOne for SOCET SET must be installed and executed on a Windows® XP English system. It runs without problems if language localization is activated, but odd behavior occurs with VrOne for SOCET SET on Windows XP systems that have used the native language installation rather than the localization. This problem appears to the related to the use of the two-byte character set common with Asian languages, so it may not be an issue with other one-byte, non-English character sets (for example, German, French, and Spanish).
It’s possible that the problem resides within VrOne, SOCET SET, QT, or Windows XP Korean. The “Windows XP English with Korean Localization” configuration eliminates the problem. However, it is still documented as an outstanding issue to resolve.
Submitted by Dr. Bingcai Zhang, Engineering Fellow
NGATE can generate an accurate and dense digital surface model (DSM) that includes buildings, houses, trees, etc. from stereo images. In many applications, a digital elevation model (DEM) or bare-earth model is required. Transforming a DSM to a DEM is an expensive manual operation. In SOCET SET® v5.4.1, a number of new bare-earth tools were developed to speed up the DSM to DEM transformation. However, each tool is designed for a specific type of DSM and usually for a small area. Users still need to digitize a polygon to define an area. Most new bare-earth tools require a set of parameters and they are sensitive to these parameters. As a result, users may still need significant training and additional manual intervention for ideal results. In previous versions of NGATE, the “Eliminate Trees/Buildings/Other” option did not perform well.
Future development plans for NGATE in SOCET SET v5.5 and SOCET GXP v3.1 include capabilities for generating a DSM and DEM simultaneously. Initial tests based on three production projects indicate that the DSM is more accurate than the DSM generated with NGATE v5.4.1. Testing the NGATE v5.5 DEM shows that very few houses, buildings, and trees remained in the DEM while bare ground is preserved with high-quality and high-resolution images. The first project has 106 color images, 13824 by 7680 pixels, with a GSD of 0.248 feet. The project covers suburban areas of moderate terrain with many houses. Most houses and trees are removed from the DEM, while the DSM is more accurate than the DSM from v5.4.1 NGATE. The second project has 329 4-band images, 13824 by 7680 pixels, with a GSD of 0.2 meter. The project covers rural areas with many trees. Most of the trees are removed from the DEM while preserving the bare ground, even in very steep areas. The third project has 21 scanned color images, 19000 by 19000 pixels, with a GSD of 0.76 feet. It covers steep suburban areas with many buildings and houses. These are considered difficult areas for the DSM to DEM transformation.
Viewing these 3-D images requires red and blue anaglyph 3-D glasses. Cardboard anaglyph glasses can be purchased for about thirty cents from the following Web site: www.rainbowsymphony.com/freestuff.html
In October 2008, TerraGo® Technologies and BAE Systems announced a collaborative agreement that allows SOCET GXP® customers to provide remote personnel access to large format images using TerraGo software. BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP v3.0 customers can now easily create, mark up, and export geographically rich image data and maps to a GeoPDF® file directly from the SOCET GXP workspace. In addition, customers can purchase the Map2PDF for SOCET GXP software module that is used to create GeoPDF files directly from SOCET GXP.
One of the biggest challenges our industry faces is the ability to efficiently provide access to critical geospatial information among non-GIS users in the field, where receiving large data files can be difficult. By providing a means to create GeoPDF files that can then be used for advanced collaboration in the field with virtually anyone, BAE Systems is helping customers to extend the use and utility of their SOCET GXP investment.
The TerraGo Map2PDF for SOCET GXP solution will allow for anyone with access to Adobe Reader® to view, mark up, or configure geographic attributes (GeoMarks) contained in the image or map from a desktop computer. The PDF document maintains predominant features and coordinates, yet compresses the file to a size suitable for transmission via email, portable drive or shared network.
“We are pleased to join forces with BAE Systems, one of the recognized leaders in image and geospatial analysis software,” said Rick Cobb, president and CEO of TerraGo Technologies. “Many of our joint defense and intelligence customers will now be able to seamlessly share their geospatial assets with users in the field, regardless of their physical location and technology constraints.”
Government and commercial analysts use SOCET GXP to produce and deliver highly accurate mapping and intelligence data to the field for mission planning, disaster relief, land-use management, and transportation planning.
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.