December 2010

December 2010 | Holiday greetings

Happy holidays from your friends at GXP!

December 2010 | Executive compass

GXP training goes global

Chris Higgins, Director, customer support

Chris Higgins,
Director, customer support

As we augment GXP functionality and our customer base grows, we continue to expand product support and training resources accordingly. BAE Systems now offers several GXP software classes on a rotating basis, with class duration ranging from two-to-four days. While classes follow a basic agenda, we are always open to modifying the schedule to fulfill attendees’ workflow requirements or particular areas of interest. In addition, we routinely gather course evaluations to fine-tune future course offerings.

Based on customer feedback, we will implement the following changes in 2011:

  • Nikki Spirakis, GXP training manager, is taking the lead to redesign the training program for SOCET GXP v3.2
  • Brian Roberts, deputy director, customer support, rewrote the entire SOCET SET training course
  • Due to increased demand, we are evaluating options for relocating the Reston, VA office to increase training capacity

To accommodate the global customer community, a new training center is scheduled to open in January at our Cambridge, U.K. office to serve the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region. All GXP software customers with active Upgrade Entitlement plans in place are entitled to free training at any GXP regional training center. We also extend this offer to prospective customers.

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us. Our goal has always been to deliver top-notch training and technical support to ensure that each customer receives the optimal return on their software investment. We encourage customer feedback because ultimately, understanding your issues helps us build a better product. Many software functionality enhancements are the direct result of customer suggestions, and we apply the same guidelines to our training program.

Courses are hands-on using real-world scenarios because we know that users are likely to be in the classroom one week and in an operational environment the next. Instructors cover tips, shortcuts and troubleshooting techniques designed to expedite product creation and report generation. At the end of each class, students generate image and map products that can be exported to GeoPDF format, a PowerPoint briefing, geo-tagged maps and other shared resources.

Whether you need to get up and running quickly, or desire refresher training to learn new tools and maximize productivity, we stand by one of our core company values — delivering responsive support and training to all of our valued customers.

To learn more about GXP training centers, visit the GXP Web site:
http://www.socetgxp.com/content/events/training-courses

Sincerely,
Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins
Director, customer support
Geospatial eXploitation Products

December 2010 | Destinations

Save the date: Free GXP Open House

BAE Systems GXP Open House
GXP Xplorer and SOCET GXP — Organize. Analyze. Deliver.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 4:30 pm
BAE Systems auditorium, Reston, Virginia

BAE Systems is hosting a free open house to preview GXP Xplorer v2.0, the revolutionary new data management application, and to demonstrate new functionality for SOCET GXP v3.2, the analyst’s tool of choice for data fusion, analysis and geospatial-intelligence reporting.

Two identical sessions are offered — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The briefings present an overview of key software capabilities and insight into how the tools work together. Both half-day presentations are unclassified, and lunch is provided. The GXP Open House is open to U.S. citizens only. Photo identification is required for entry into the BAE Systems facility.

Preliminary schedule:

Morning session
8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Opening remarks and introduction to SOCET GXP v3.2: IA + GA = XA
8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.2

  • SOCET GXP for the Image Analyst (IA)
  • Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.2 full-motion video
  • SOCET GXP for the Geospatial Analyst (GA)
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Demonstration: SOCET GXP v4.0 preview with Q&A
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Demonstration: GXP Xplorer v2.0
Join us for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon session
1 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Opening remarks and introduction to SOCET GXP v3.2: IA + GA = XA
1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.2

  • SOCET GXP for the Image Analyst (IA)
  • Demonstration: SOCET GXP v3.2 full-motion video
  • SOCET GXP for the Geospatial Analyst (GA)
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Demonstration: SOCET GXP v4.0 preview with Q&A
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Demonstration: GXP Xplorer v2.0

Advance registration is required. To register, please visit our Web site after
December 13, 2010.

December 2010 | Destinations

2011 GXP User Conference moves to East Coast


Join us next fall on the East Coast

2011 GXP User Conference
discover. learn. advance.
September 19 – 22, 2011
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Chantilly, Virginia

The annual GXP User Conference will move to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area next year. BAE Systems has secured a venue that is accessible to our global customer base, conveniently located seven miles from Dulles International Airport. As we prepare to roll out SOCET GXP v4.0 next year, we anticipate record attendance at the 2011 conference. Therefore we want to provide ample space and a convenient location for customers and industry professionals who are traveling from around the world to advance their GXP product knowledge. Our goal is to make the logistics of the event as easy as possible to accommodate all attendees, including those who may only be able to participate for one or two days.

2011 GXP User Conference at a glance

Attendees can expect a conference program similar to past years with improvements based on user surveys and customer feedback. The week commences with a welcome reception to interact with industry peers, followed by a rich technical program that includes a variety of in-depth product demonstrations, as well as guest speakers and customer presentations from a broad range of geospatial-intelligence communities.

discover

  • New SOCET GXP v4.0 eXtreme Analysis functionality
  • GXP Xplorer v2.0: Take command of your data universe
  • Full-motion video and video analysis tools for operators and analysts
  • Guidelines for a smooth transition from SOCET SET to SOCET GXP
  • Targeting with SOCET GXP and CGS

learn

  • SOCET GXP boot camp
  • Product demonstrations, seminars and hands-on workshops
  • Customer case studies
  • Exhibits showcasing new technology

advance

  • Professional exchange — share ideas with GEOINT executives, GIS industry partners and practitioners
  • GXP software clinic dedicated to one-on-one sessions with customer support engineers
  • Classified discussions such as using SOCET GXP with MSP and CGS
  • Interact with software developers, product specialists and executives

Get the most from your SOCET SET, SOCET GXP or GXP Xplorer investment by attending this annual event where you will be among the first to see new product features, rub shoulders with the GXP team and see what’s coming in future releases.

Stay tuned for more information!

December 2010 | What's the buzz?

GEOINT Symposium 2010: GXP Xplorer — Take command of your data universe

Recorded during the GEOINT 2010 Symposium last month, Dan London, vice president of sales, marketing and support for the Geospatial eXploitation Products business, discusses GXP Xplorer, a new data discovery and retrieval application from BAE Systems.

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He explains how GXP Xplorer is different from other products on the market today that require users to access multiple data stores. “Most systems out there are looking at building a super data store, and we all know that’s not realistic. There are multiple data stores that exist in the marketplace today, and it’s never going to happen where they’re all eliminated into one super data store” London says. “The product we built allows you to leave the imagery where it is, leave the data stores where they are and we simply catalog the data where it is so that the users can hit multiple data stores with one query.”

GXP Xplorer is ideal for military, DoD, intelligence and commercial customers, including map builders or others who have a large repository of maps, imagery, document files and other data.

Learn more about GXP Xplorer >>

GXP Xplorer

December 2010 | GXP in the news

Geospatial TTPs contribute to cyber security

Jim Youker

Jim Youker, BAE Systems

Feature article published in Geospatial Intelligence Forum,
October 2010

The geospatial tradecraft has benefited from the development of tools, techniques, and procedures (TTP) that play a major role in combating terrorism in the 21st century. These TTPs have improved the situational awareness of the operational environment, which is vital to understanding and mitigating threats. The cyber environment provides a new haven for those intending to act against U.S. national security interests but threats can be reduced by using geospatial TTPs. A geospatial perspective of the cyber environment increases situational awareness of computer network attacks and intelligence gathered from targeted hosts against command, control, computers, and communications that drive intelligence, surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). Geospatial TTPs will once again prove their value in helping to define and reduce the threat to critical infrastructure and operating systems that support C4ISR. Read more >>

December 2010 | GXP in the news

Rich Basket of Tool Kits: Industry players are continually updating their geospatial exploitation tool kits to meet ongoing challenges

Mark Sarojak

Mark Sarojak

Excerpts from feature article published in Geospatial Intelligence Forum, September 2010

“In our world, analysts have traditionally used the desktop,” said Mark Sarojak, BAE Systems’ director of global sales and marketing for SOCET GXP. “It was the best and only environment to do heavy number crunching. Now we see more enterprise applications where operations can be handled on a centralized server while the analyst sits at a desktop.”

The non-stop forward march of technology has created new horizons for the collection, analysis and exploitation of geospatial intelligence. The availability of full motion video, persistent surveillance data, satellite imagery, LiDAR and other new data types is providing analysts with the potential for unparalleled richness and accuracy to the images and information they are dissecting.

But perhaps the most important drivers to the innovations being fostered in geospatial exploitation are the needs of warfighters in current U.S. military areas of operation. More than ever, geospatial intelligence is being brought to bear in support of tactical operations, and this has challenged providers of geospatial exploitation tool kits to catch up.

From these facts flow the other major trends to be found in the development of geospatial exploitation technology. New types of data to be exploited lead to the desire to fuse that information by layering one set of data on top of another accurately and robustly. This in turn has accelerated the drive toward the development and adoption of data standards to make that happen, as well as the move toward taking an enterprise, as opposed to a desktop, approach to geospatial data and applications.

… BAE Systems recently introduced GXP Xplorer, which addresses the first step in analyzing geospatial intelligence—finding the data. “If they can’t find data, analysts can’t do their jobs,” said Sarojak. “Once they find it they want to fuse it. Each data type has its strengths and weaknesses.” GXP Xplorer enables analysts to search not only their local catalogs but also other sources of available data, such as those stored on enterprise applications or on network accessible libraries, by enabling federated queries across multiple sources.

“Another new feature of BAE System’s offering is spatially enabled exploitation. This feature essentially digitizes and stores analysts’ markups of imagery by geolocation, data and time so that they can be retrieved and exploited at some future date. “Spatially enabled exploitation is new in the analysts’ world,” said Sarojak. “It takes analysis to next level. That is real knowledge and content management.”

Video exploitation is now available in SOCET GXP, but will receive greater emphasis, together with fusion of multiple data types, in SOCET GXP’s upcoming v3.2 release. “Analysts are faced with more and more data every year,” said Sarojak. “We are working hard to produce tools that enable them to find data locally and on other sources to help them accomplish their jobs.”

Read the full article >>
Learn more about GXP Xplorer >>

December 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

Using the Flip Tool in SOCET GXP

Working with multiple graphics in a SOCET GXP Multiport panel may require sorting through densely populated feature or annotation graphic data sets that may be cluttered after dense collects. Selecting individual nodes within these data sets can be tricky. The Flip Tool provides a quick visual way to browse through adjacent and overlapping graphics, eliminating the need to search, zoom and precisely click to select a graphic. The Flip Tool appears only when working with multiple graphics and displays a Selection mini bar and a Flip Tool viewer. The viewer displays with a green background and has no preferences. It is not an editing tool, but it helps identity graphics for future editing.

How to use the Flip Tool

  1. Display imagery in a Multiport panel.
  2. Connect to a feature database or display annotations over the same geographic location.
  3. Click a point that multiple graphics share. The Selection mini bar appears next to the system cursor. Use one of the following options to toggle through the graphics:
    1. Click the Flip Tool arrow buttons. The arrows cycle through the previous or next graphic. The graphics available for selection are all of the features or annotations that the mouse-click touches (within a threshold).
    2. Click the Flip Tool button to see all graphics that share the same point. The Flip Tool viewer displays the graphics.
  4. Sort through the graphics in the Flip Tool. Choose one of the following options:
    1. Rotate the middle mouse wheel. The graphic in the viewer and the graphic selected in the Multiport stay in sync during the rotation.
    2. Rotate the middle mouse wheel with either the Previous Graphic or Next Graphic arrow on the Selection mini bar.
  5. Click inside the Multiport panel to exit the Flip Tool. The graphic selected is ready for editing.

The Flip Tool also can be used to select multiple graphics:

  1. Sort through graphics using the Flip Tool. Press and hold the SHIFT key (always additive) or the CONTROL key
    (toggles selection).
  2. Click in the Multiport panel to select a graphic. Selected graphics are identified with a blue border. Continue to select additional graphics for editing.

    Selected graphics are identified with a blue border
  3. Release the SHIFT or CONTROL key and click inside the Multiport panel to exit the Flip Tool. The graphics displayed in the Flip Tool Viewer are ready for editing.
    The graphics displayed in the Flip Tool viewer are ready for editing

December 2010 | Resolutions

New GXP training center set to open in Cambridge, U.K.

The BAE Systems GXP Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) office in Cambridge, U.K. is opening a new software training center in January 2011. EMEA training center courses include SOCET GXP for the eXtreme Analyst, Photogrammetric workflows and SOCET SET.

BAE Systems GXP Europe EMEA training center

GXP EMEA training center contact information

Sheraton House, Castle Park
Cambridge, U.K. CB3 OAX
Steve Foster
office: +44 (0) 1223 370028
cell: +44 (0) 779 3422 534
stephen.foster@baesystems.com

To view the current SOCET GXP and SOCET SET training calendar, review and download a course syllabus or to sign up for a course in the EMEA region or any other location, visit the GXP Web site: http://www.socetgxp.com/content/events/training-courses.

2011 SOCET GXP and SOCET SET training courses:

Please note: all scheduled SOCET GXP and SOCET SET training courses held in our regional training centers are now FREE for current and prospective customers. Classroom seating is limited, so please register online in advance to secure your space! We regret that we cannot accept walk-in registrations.

December 2010 | GXP Xplorer | Software update

GXP Xplorer v2.0 preview

GXP Xplorer is a revolutionary data management application that makes it easy to locate, retrieve, and share geospatial data on a local network or across an enterprise

GXP Xplorer is a revolutionary data management application that makes it easy to locate, retrieve and share geospatial data on a local network or across an enterprise.

BAE Systems designed the software to provide a convenient way to access images, terrain, features, videos, documents, PowerPoint files and numerous other data sources with a single query — geospatial, temporal, free text or advanced details search — without logging on to multiple systems. Using powerful search techniques, the crawler scans for files across existing external data systems, on shared network drives and in an analyst’s local shoe box. It quickly locates files and builds an online catalog for easy retrieval. GXP Xplorer keeps track of all available data by file type, and displays geotagged search results graphically on a map with supporting text and thumbnail images. With the push of a button data can be downloaded, chipped, exported to PowerPoint or automatically loaded into SOCET GXP for further exploitation.

The GXP Xplorer application and catalog are available offline as well to support disconnected operations.

What advantages does GXP Xplorer offer compared to similar products?

  • Comprehensive data management — automated search, discovery, catalog, display, storage and sharing in one system
  • Connects to and crawls existing data stores, such as GIS feature databases, product and national libraries, map and chart libraries, tactical data stores and other intelligence data sources
  • Performs federated searches simultaneously on geographically dispersed data, and systematically stores data details in shared locations to facilitate collaboration across an enterprise
  • Data discovered is available offline
  • Data integrity is managed through user roles
  • Options for creating private and shared catalogs
  • Built-in geotagging; text inside of any data file is searchable
  • Out-of-the-box integration into current system
  • Dynamic data discovery
  • Notifies users through GeoRSS and KML queries for Google Earth
  • Recognizes file type and launches the associated application
  • Provides a common operating picture for visualizing multiple data types
  • Displays the geospatial and temporal relationship between different data types to assist in intelligence analysis

GXP Xplorer v2.0 will be available in early 2011. To learn more, download the GXP Xplorer brochure.

December 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

SOCET GXP v3.2

SOCET GXP v3.2 is scheduled for release later this month. Software shipments commence in January 2011.

In addition to an enhanced user experience, new features and time-saving performance improvements for image loading, the Video Analysis tool has been significantly enhanced to mimic the look and feel of the Multiport Ribbon interface. 3-D flythrough capabilities are more robust with the addition of a gaming engine, and flythrough annotations are now easier to apply with a simple button click. Additional highlights of the new release include:

  • Easy-to-use frame import process
  • Redesigned video dashboard and new video collaboration capabilities
  • New Video Editor tool for more complex video product creation
  • Live previews and galleries added to the Multiport
  • Improved terrain analysis for improved situational awareness and change detection
  • Results from raster analysis can be converted to vector products with automatic attribution in shapefile or feature database format
  • 3-D height tool improves visualization and reduces the need to use stereo, Ruler and MSP for simple monoscopic image measurement
  • Grid reference graphic tool creates customized grids for mission planning; create products with overprinted grid
  • New hyperspectral and multispectral image processing tools for increased image classification capabilities
  • Up-to-three times performance improvement for RSET generation
  • Support for SAR analysis and the new SICD format for complex data processing
SOCET GXP v3.2 Video Editor

SOCET GXP v3.2 Video Editor

December 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

Highlights from the cumulative SOCET GXP v3.1.1 201011.3 EXPORT patch

  • GXP00021734: Fixed Find In Scene sample selection for various zoom levels
  • GXP00022307: Fixed aborting edit of tree node text in Panel Data Manager window
  • GXP00022578: Fixed crash retrieving auto attributes that are not available from image
  • GXP00022642: Corrected NGATE post issue with a good FOM and a bad precision value
  • GXP00022767: Fixed crash removing grouped graphic from Panel Data Manager
  • GXP00021365: Fixed NGATE crash when generating bare-earth DEM with large dataset
  • GXP00021473: Fixed memory error with DPPDB SMF control
  • GXP00021683: Set the blunders to be measured in the Image Table of the IPM window
  • GXP00021721: Fixed crash when roaming, zooming or launching Flythrough on pan-sharpened image
  • GXP00021726: Fixed crash when loading images in stereo with NITF CCS Mosaic preference

FTP site access

To ensure that all software transactions are secure, BAE Systems has implemented a new system for accessing SOCET GXP software and patches. A username and password are now required. For a comprehensive list of all patch line items and instructions on how to access the patches from the GXP FTP site, visit our Web site:
http://www.socetgxp.com/content/category/support/software-patch-updates

December 2010 | SOCET SET | Software update

Highlights from the cumulative SOCET SET v5.5 550.20101 EXPORT patch

  • GXP00016674: Compute updated Exterior Orientation parameters
  • GXP00019035: Feature Extraction not selecting all features
  • GXP00021213: Fixed some ITE issues with TIN Edit mode for Grid DTMs
  • GXP00021449: Fixed TIN breakline editing corruption and memory usage
  • GXP00021536: SOCET for ArcGIS now supports definition queries and multiple layers with the same name
  • GXP00021720: Fixed NGATE when using the low-signal power strategy
  • GXP00021738: Speed up for mosaic with JPEG 2000 input
  • GXP00021864: Fixed memory consumption for LIDAR LAS import when generating intensity ortho images
  • GXP00021974: Fixed various issues with using CAS files with DTM Feature Merge

DataThruWay and SOCET SET DOMESTIC patches are now combined in a single classified installation, and must be shipped to customers.

To request the latest classified SOCET SET and DataThruWay patch, please complete the online form: www.socetgxp.com/content/support/request-media

If you have further question regarding patches, please feel free to contact a customer support representative: vipsupport@baesystems.com

FTP site access

To ensure that all software transactions are secure, BAE Systems implemented a new system for accessing SOCET GXP software and patches. A username and password are now required. For a comprehensive list of all patch line items and instructions on how to access the patches from the GXP FTP site, visit our Web site:
http://www.socetgxp.com/content/category/support/software-patch-updates