December 2011

December 2011

Happy holidays from your friends at GXP!

Happy holidays from your friends at GXP!

December 2011 | Executive compass

A historical perspective on GXP’s international business

Stewart Walker

Stewart Walker
Director, product initiatives

GXP distributor network expands

GXP has a long history of international sales. For twelve years, SOCET SET was sold by the Swiss company Leica and the GDE/Leica joint venture LH Systems, into around 80 countries. After these relationships ended in the early 2000s, GXP built up its own network. By the middle of the decade, there were around 15 distributors, plus GXP offices in Cambridge (U.K.) and Canberra (Australia), covering the Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Asia, Australia, and Pacific Rim regions.

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December 2011 | GXP in the news

Processing Point Clouds

Bingcai Zhang

Bingcai Zhang

3D Data Update

Excerpts from article: Imaging Notes, fall 2011, Volume 26 Number 4

Like raster and vector data many years ago, 3D clouds of billions of LiDAR points — which can be colored and very realistic — are an exciting new data type. However, they pose many software challenges, and software vendors are working hard to develop new software to manage, process, visualize, and extract features from point clouds.

“We have many tools to make 3D measurements from imagery that can be applied to make 3D measurements from point cloud data,” says Zhang. “That is our legacy and our competitive advantage.”

…SOCET GXP v4.0, which BAE Systems plans to release in early 2012, will include automatic feature extraction. To increase efficiency and reduce manual entry for end users, the underlying algorithm will automatically compute the dimensional attributes of a 3D object, for about 20 attributes. This capability builds on the company’s 16 years of experience in developing photogrammetric algorithms for SOCET SET and SOCET GXP.

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December 2011 | Q & A

Creating custom shapefiles in SOCET GXP

Casey Lossman

Casey Lossman

How do I create custom shapefiles in SOCET GXP?

SOCET GXP has functionality for creating both standard and custom, user-defined shapefiles.

In SOCET GXP v3.1.1 and beyond a shapefile is defined by a Specification File, the backbone or structure of the shapefile, and a Style Sheet, the symbology or graphics properties of the shapefile. SOCET GXP includes a default Specification File and a default Style Sheet. Both of these default values, configured in the Preferences file, can be customized and saved as new default values for an individual project.

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December 2011 | Tips and tricks

GXP Xplorer Web interface shortcut

In the GXP Xplorer Web interface, are there any shortcuts to adjust the panels?

Yes. If you double-click the vertical split bar, the Preview Panel and Details Table will automatically be minimized.

GXP Xplorer Web interface

GXP Xplorer Web interface

December 2011 | Destinations

GXP Road Show 2012

Want to see the latest GXP Xplorer and SOCET GXP technology?

Check out the 2012 schedule of regional, user-focused events:

  • Sacramento, Ca. – Q1: ASPRS User Group Meeting
  • Washington, D.C. – Q1: GXP Federal User Conference
  • St. Louis, Mo. – Q1: GXP Open House
  • Tampa, Fla. – Q1: GXP Regional User Conference
  • Melbourne, Australia – Q3: 2012: GXP Open House
  • Cambridge, U.K. – Q3: GXP Regional User Conference

Watch for details and dates:
www.socetgxp.com/content/events/calendar

December 2011 | Destinations

2011 GXP User Conference highlights new technology

New SOCET GXP volumetric modeling tools

New SOCET GXP volumetric modeling tools

New SOCET GXP planimetric feature extraction capabilities include drawing toolbox and cue cards

New SOCET GXP planimetric feature extraction capabilities include drawing toolbox and cue cards

GXP Xplorer Mobile app brings GEOINT to the hands of users

GXP Xplorer Mobile app brings GEOINT
to the hands of users

BAE Systems partners with customers and industry to offer advanced geospatial software.

2011 GXP User Conference opening session

2011 GXP User Conference opening session

More than 300 participants from around the world attended the 2011 GXP User Conference, held in Chantilly, VA this year at the Westfields Marriott, Sept 19 – 22. Attendees discussed topics ranging from homeland security, to photogrammetry UAVs and high-accuracy helicopter LiDAR.

The week began with GXP Boot Camp, a pre-conference session focused on giving software customers a strong educational foundation from which to build on for the remainder of the week. The GXP team reviewed current SOCET GXP workflows, introduced GXP Xplorer, a new data management application, and illustrated how the tools work together to deliver GEOINT on-demand.

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December 2011 | Destinations

New 2011 XA Cup champion announced at the GXP User Conference

During the closing session on Thursday, September 22, the 2011 XA Cup trophy and the title of “2011 eXtreme Analyst of the Year” was awarded to Dave Tilman, Geospatial Analyst for the Naval Special Warfare/Mission Support Center. NGA Imagery Analyst, “Dev” Mahajan, took second place.

More than 50 contestants participated in the competition. The last two standing faced off in an exciting final round to close out the 2011 GXP User Conference.

Congratulations to all who participated, and a special shout out goes to the Round one leader board semifinalists:

Mark Sarojak, Director, global sales and marketing, GXP, congratulates David Tilman, 2011 eXtreme Analyst of the Year.

Mark Sarojak, Director, global sales and marketing, GXP,
congratulates David Tilman, 2011 eXtreme Analyst of the Year.

  1. Dave Tilman, Naval Special Warfare/Mission Support Center
  2. Dev Mahajan, NGA
  3. Paul Rabatin, NGA
  4. Annie Howington-Kraus, U.S. Geological Survey/Astrogeology
  5. Craig Brower, SAIC
  6. Brent Guttmann, U.S. Army
  7. Steven Tardiff, NGA
  8. Lisa Brimhall, NGA
  9. David Cunningham, Jacobs Technology/Qualis Corporation
  10. Johan Jakobsson, Swedish Armed Forces

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December 2011 | Resolutions

SOCET GXP courses at NGA College St. Louis

BAE Systems offers monthly SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis training at NGA College in St. Louis.

The current two-day eXtreme Analysis course covers SOCET GXP v3.1.1. In 2012 there will be a new three-day SOCET GXP v3.2 eXtreme Analysis class.

The curriculum mirrors content taught in GXP regional training centers, customized with an NGA focus. NGA employees who are interested in attending the free hands-on class can register through the NGA College website. Participants who complete the class receive credit for SOCET GXP: eXtreme Analysis course 022539.

Forthcoming SOCET GXP: eXtreme Analysis course dates:

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December 2011 | Resolutions

GXP customer portal

GXP customer portal

The new GXP customer portal is now accessible with a shorter address — mygxp.com.

The longer address, myGXP.socetgxp.com will still get you there. However, mygxp.com is easier to remember!

Be sure to log in to your account or register today to see the latest GXP product updates and review the FAQ knowledgebase. myGXP is your one-stop resource for all things GXP.

December 2011 | GXP Xplorer | Software update

A new GXP Xplorer v2.0.1 patch is available

With this patch, the GXP Xplorer Server can process ordered data, such as creating reduced resolution data sets, reformatting image files, and supporting FTP data transfers.

The following list includes new items in the 2.0.1.20111116 EXPORT patch:

  • Faster cataloging, with event-driven updates
  • Improved query performance
  • Faster search results
  • Better map zooming behavior
  • Added security features
  • Reworked Advanced search fields
  • Updated Details table
  • Display of the File Path and File Size in the Details Table
  • Additional bug fixes

In addition, the patch offers the capability to integrate or “mash up” with GeoXray or MarkLogic servers, where available. GeoXray, a data-to-knowledge application from Geosemble Technologies, Inc., monitors news websites, Twitter tweets, and Facebook posts. It geotags the information drawn from social media so it can be detected on a map.

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December 2011 | SOCET GXP | Software update

SOCET GXP v3.1.1 EXPORT patch

A new SOCET GXP v3.1.1 EXPORT patch has been added to myGXP, the BAE Systems GXP Customer Portal.

Click here to download.

The following list includes new items in the 201111 EXPORT patch:

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December 2011 | SOCET GXP | Software update

Using the SOCET GXP API Tester

Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

SOCET GXP comes with an auxiliary program, the API Tester, to help SOCET GXP API developers interface with other applications.

Developers use the powerful API Tester to experiment with different API commands and options to discover how they function prior to coding. In addition to testing commands, the API Tester monitors API events in real time. This capability can greatly reduce the time it takes to debug complex event handling errors in client applications.

The API tester can be launched by either adding the executable, gxpapitest.exe, to the Workspace Manager as a custom menu item or from the command line with the command:

start_gxp.bat –exename gxpapitest.exe

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December 2011 | SOCET SET | Software update

SOCET SET v5.5 EXPORT patch

A new SOCET SET v5.5 EXPORT patch has been added to the BAE Systems GXP Customer Portal.

Click here to download.

The following list includes new items in the cumulative 201111.1 EXPORT patch:

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December 2011 | SOCET SET | Software update

SOCET SET v5.6 EXPORT patch

A new SOCET SET v5.6 EXPORT patch has been added to the BAE Systems GXP Customer Portal.

Click here to download.

Highlights from the 201111.3 patch:

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December 2011 | What's the buzz?

Stewart Walker runs for ASPRS president

Dr. A. Stewart Walker, Director, product initiatives for the GXP business, is running for President, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Many in the photogrammetric and GIS communities are familiar with Stewart’s background and body of work. He has M.A., M.S.c.E., and Ph.D. degrees in geography and geomatics from the universities of Glasgow, New Brunswick, and Bristol, an M.B.A. from Heriot-Watt, and has authored approximately 200 technical papers.

Stewart is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and a chartered land surveyor (U.K.). In 1977 he switched from academic life at the University of East London to the private sector, where he has held positions in sales, product management, and business development, for Surveying and General Instrument Company, Kern, Leica, LH Systems, and Leica Geosystems, in England, Switzerland, and the U.S. He became product manager for SOCET SET in 1991, when Leica undertook worldwide distribution, joined BAE Systems in 2004 and is responsible for new directions in the development of SOCET GXP and enterprise software products.

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December 2011 | GXP Communiqué

2011 BAE Systems 2011 Chairman’s Awards Competition recognizes GXP innovation

BAE Systems Chairman's Award

The GXP business received two bronze awards during BAE Systems’ annual Chairman’s Awards ceremony in October.

Congratulations to two GXP teams whose progressive ideas captured bronze awards during the company’s 2011 Chairman’s Awards competition.

Nearly two thousand nominations were submitted this year across the company in four award categories: Innovation, Transferring Best Practice, Enhancing Customer Performance and Supporting Our Total Performance Culture.

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