GXP in the news

April 2012 | GXP in the news

BAE Systems delivers software to forward-deployed warfighters to expedite data searches

Software puts geospatial data easily at U.S. Army’s reach.

SAN DIEGO, CA. March 15, 2012 – The U.S. Army has procured BAE Systems’ commercial data management software, GXP Xplorer, to reduce the efforts required to rapidly search for and retrieve geospatial data from various legacy repositories. Under the terms of the contract, the U.S. Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Enabled Common Ground Station will deploy 50 GXP Xplorer enterprise server licenses starting in mid-2012.

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April 2012 | GXP in the news

Geosemble, BAE Systems strengthen product integration

Two companies integrate technology to deliver deeper understanding of geographic regions through database analysis and social media visualization.

Manhattan Beach, CA. Feb 21, 2012 – Geosemble Technologies, Inc., and BAE Systems have expanded their collaboration to integrate Geosemble’s GeoXray data-to-knowledge application and BAE Systems’ GXP Xplorer data discovery and retrieval software. Together, the system captures a wide range of organizational and Internet-based knowledge about a given geographic area while giving users control over tuning and filtering content of interest.

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April 2012 | GXP in the news

New York Times reporter visits BAE Systems

BAE Systems geospatial analyst shares his experience using SOCET GXP.

February 29, 2012 – The New York Times published a story highlighting Washington, D.C. community colleges and their increasing role in providing valuable professional training programs that prepare students for defense industry roles. New York Times reporter, Steven Greenhouse, interviewed BAE Systems’ Global Analysis Geospatial Analyst, Ian Sullivan, for the article. The interview examined Ian’s experience in the Northern Virginia Community College Geospatial Information Systems program and how his new skill set positioned him for a job at BAE Systems. Ian also shared his current use of SOCET GXP in his daily activities.

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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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GXP in the news | September 2011

U.S. Army increases Geospatial-Intelligence for Commands with SOCET GXP

The U.S. Army recently signed a multi-year agreement to add more than 500 new SOCET GXP licenses.

As the Army consolidates legacy systems into the Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) enterprise, the program must meet wide-ranging requirements for imagery and geospatial analysis. SOCET GXP v3.2 is optimized for handling large data sets and many layers of information derived from various sensors and geodatabases. Users exploit the data through collaborative video analysis and other tools, helping the Army visualize the battle space.

Additionally, existing SOCET GXP licenses for DCGS-Enabled Common Ground Station installations will be upgraded worldwide.

“BAE Systems has extensive experience in supporting the DoD,” said Dan London, vice president of sales, marketing and customer support for the GXP business. “We have the technologies and background to help the Army fully realize the capabilities needed for DCGS-A to support the command.”

GXP in the news | June 2011

BAE Systems expands presence in India

Lt Col. Rajnish Bhatia (Ret.)

Retired Lt Col. Rajnish Bhatia

BAE Systems has expanded its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) business in New Delhi, India to support escalating customer requirements for image analysis, data management and geospatial production tools throughout the region.

Retired Lt. Col. Rajnish Bhatia has joined the BAE Systems India office as the GXP regional manager.

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GXP in the news | March 2011

Photo and image analysis aids

Tactical ISR Technology

Tactical ISR Technology

As featured in TISR 2011 Volume: 1 Issue: 1 (March)

Excerpt from article…

Photo/Image Analysis Aids

Image analysis software can be used to exploit geospatial imagery for tactical purposes, such as assessing combatant movement and positions. The military has made progress using video to improve mission efficiency within ISR communities.

Geospatial Intelligence Tool

BAE Systems developed SOCET GXP, 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. more >>

GXP in the news | March 2011

Automatic extraction

Geospatial Intelligence Forum

Automatic extraction

As featured in GIF 2011 Volume: 9 Issue: 2 (March)

Excerpt from article…

Automatic Extraction

As the volume of imagery grows, analysts need software help in recognizing specific objects, from hills to roads, in digitized data.

Algorithm Issues

Algorithms that deal with only one invariant property (above the ground) are much simpler and therefore much more likely to be successful. At BAE Systems, engineers and scientists are taking this approach for automatic 3-D feature extraction. The company’s new automatic feature extraction functionality takes a digital surface model as input and automatically extracts 3-D buildings, houses and trees. more >>

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.”

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GXP in the news | June 2010

BAE Systems and Geosemble integrate geospatial technologies

Two companies demonstrate an integrated system that highlights BAE Systems’ high-quality image analytics while integrating Geosemble’s text visualization technology

Original press release issued April 12, 2010

Two companies demonstrate an integrated system that highlights BAE Systems’ high-quality image analytics while integrating Geosemble’s text visualization technology

EL SEGUNDO, California. April 12, 2010 — Geosemble Technologies, Inc., and BAE Systems announced today that they have integrated their respective technologies to bring users greater utility and efficiency in geospatial decision making. The companies will demonstrate the technology at the 2010 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange in San Diego, April 19 – 22. Geosemble has created a text visualization plug-in that can be used with BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP software.

SOCET GXP is a geospatial-intelligence tool that uses imagery from commercial, satellite, and tactical means to identify and analyze ground features. With SOCET GXP, users can automatically measure and store properties such as scale, elevation, latitude, and longitude in a series of images to expedite geospatial production, image analysis, and map creation. The data then can be used to perform before-and-after site comparisons, coordinate operational missions, assess navigation safety, and monitor changes over time.

Geosemble’s product is a geographic data visualization tool that automatically integrates various textual sources into aerial imagery. The system, known as GeoXray, allows users to click on buildings and locations and automatically see the events and activities associated with those locations. The GeoXray plug-in is targeted to enterprise customers and is currently being used by two U.S. federal government agencies and several municipalities.

When implementing GeoXray into SOCET GXP as a plug-in capability users gain the benefit of broad, contextual knowledge about geographic areas. The information can come from current, internet-based information sources as well as proprietary, internal data that an organization may have that relates to a geographic location.

Using the GeoXray plug-in with SOCET GXP offers greater interoperability among image analysts, geospatial production technicians, and decision-makers at all levels. The combined technology enables informed, geographic-based decisions earlier in the geospatial-intelligence lifecycle.

For more information or a demonstration of the integrated capability contact Geosemble Technologies, Inc.

About Geosemble

The company’s technology is used in a range of government agency and military applications, as well as by several municipalities. It also provides enterprises and vertical commercial markets with enhanced geographically-enabled business intelligence software. The company is a strategic Google Earth Enterprise Partner, developer in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, an In-Q-Tel portfolio company, and a DARPA Phase II contractor. Geosemble Technologies, Inc. is privately held. Learn more at http://www.geosemble.com.

GXP in the news | March 2010

Modern unmanned systems make their mark

Modern unmanned systems make their mark

As featured in the January 31, 2010 issue of Contingency Today

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are gaining popularity because of their versatility, persistence, and the minimized risk to operators involved in tactical military missions and civil operations. The development of adaptable platforms and sensors accelerates the need to transform motion imagery into intelligence.

BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP® Video Analysis tool reads and displays live video feeds or saved video files from airborne sensors. It is geospatially enabled to provide a highly accurate resource for analyzing video and uses the real-world geographic information embedded in many UAS and UAV streams — country, region, city, postal code, latitude, longitude.

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December 2009 | GXP in the news

Remote sensing by remote control: UAVs become invaluable assets

Excerpts from the article featured in Imaging Notes, Fall 2009, pages 27–32.

Matt Bower of BAE Systems discusses the benefits of using the new SOCET GXP® Video Analysis tool to analyze video feeds from unmanned aerial systems.

Today, the U.S. military deploys more than 5,000 UAVs, and daily UAV missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have nearly tripled in the past two years.

“Today, the U.S. military deploys more than 5,000 UAVs, and daily UAV missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have nearly tripled in the past two years.”

When Somali pirates hijacked the U.S. freighter Maersk Alabama and took Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in April, a U.S. Navy ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Boeing’s Insitu unit took video footage of the developing situation. Predator and Reaper UAVs have been in the news recently because the U.S. military has used them to launch missile strikes, such as the one that reportedly killed Osama Bin Laden’s son, against Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Less publicized is the extensive use of UAVs by the U.S. military for “dull, dirty, or dangerous” surveillance tasks for which they are better suited than piloted aircraft. Real-time images and videos are increasingly used for remote surveillance, intelligence gathering, situational awareness, and decision-making. “At the receiving end, the amount of data available is increasing exponentially,” says Kevin Kelleher, airborne integration lead for the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). By associating geospatial information with imagery intelligence, this airborne video surveillance (AVS) technology allows decision makers to view developing situations in their geographic context, track and visualize events as they unfold, and predict possible outcomes.

What UAVs are and what they do

Also known as remotely piloted aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, and simply drones, these remotely piloted fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and lighter-than-air and near-space systems are both armed and unarmed. They range in size from hand-launched models that look like toy planes and can weigh as little as 12 pounds to the jet-powered RQ-4 Global Hawk, built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, which has a 3,000-mile range and operates at about 60,000 feet, and the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, both built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

The Predator, which can fly at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet, performs surveillance and reconnaissance missions and carries two laser-guided anti-tank Hellfire missiles; it can stay in the air for about 40 hours. The Reaper is a larger and more capable aircraft that can fly at 50,000 feet, carrying up to 14 Hellfire missiles, and using infrared sensors to distinguish the heat signatures of rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns, and other firepower on the ground.

Today, the U.S. military deploys more than 5,000 UAVs, and daily UAV missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have nearly tripled in the past two years. Military applications include peering over hills or buildings, monitoring the seas, eavesdropping from high altitudes, and assisting in special operations. The U.S. military also uses UAVs to transmit live video from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Traditional roles for military airborne geo-intelligence, Kelleher says, include operational support, battle damage assessment, treaty/inspection monitoring, non-combatant evacuation operations, forensic analysis, and coalition operations; new roles include disaster relief, counter-terrorism/narcotics, and homeland defense.

Direct connection between UAVs and operators on the ground or on aircraft is limited to line-of-sight communication; however, communication relay nodes and satellites enable operators to control UAVs and download data from anywhere.

SOCET GXP video analysis software

SOCET GXP® Video Analysis active film roll window

Video analysis software

One of the most valuable products that UAVs can provide is streaming video, in real time or near real time. This product also poses one of the greatest challenges. “To be useful, this massive amount of data must be analyzed in near real time,” says Matt Bower of BAE Systems, a subject-matter expert for the company’s SOCET GXP® Video Analysis software tool. The very flexible and dynamic re-tasking of UAVs, he points out, requires analysts to quickly analyze the data stream, which can be part of live operations.

SOCET GXP, he explains, can take in video from UAVs—plus a stream of support data that includes such variables as the platform’s location, its look angle, the temperature, and the wind speed—and display the footprint of the camera’s field of vision on a map. The user can then move the frames of interest into SOCET GXP to create annotations, mark-ups, briefing products, terrain extraction, building extraction, and so on. “You now have all the SOCET GXP functionality in the video,” says Bower, “and can push the data through. You can fuse the video with other reference sources you might have and use it to drive other geospatial software, such as Google Earth.”

The latest version of SOCET GXP enables users to track moving objects they select on screen, as well as to push the video’s telemetery data into a sensor model and use it to extract the coordinates of the moving object and monitor its speed and heading.

These data streams raise concerns about processing power, says Bower. “If you have a video at 30 frames per second, any advanced computation on those frames—even something as simple as sharpening and dynamic range adjustment—could incur a very big CPU processing cost, because you have to re-do the operation for every new frame.” UAVs can employ various methods to reduce the amount of bandwidth needed to transmit video streams by several orders of magnitude. First, their on-board computers can disseminate only the most pertinent data. Second, they can recognize targets and transmit their coordinates rather than large imagery files. Finally, when they do need to transmit large volumes of data, they can use advanced data compression to reduce bandwidth requirements. Read the complete article >>

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December 2008 | GXP in the news

On My Mind
Maintaining the Technical Advantage

Vice Admiral, USN, Director, NGA

Vice Admiral, USN, Director, NGA

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.

Sensor Advantages

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.

Exploitation Advances

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
Director

The article is also available online:
www1.nga.mil/Newsroom/Pathfinder/0606/Pages/OnMyMind.aspx

GXP in the news | September 2008

Goodfellow Air Force Base chooses SOCET GXP®

Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX is a United States Air Force training installation.

Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX is a United States armed forces training installation.

Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX is a U.S. armed forces training installation, commonly referred to as an intelligence schoolhouse because of its focus on providing top-notch intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance training. Goodfellow’s chief mission is to develop and deliver training for U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel, and students from select allied countries and national agencies. Goodfellow recently selected SOCET GXP® software as the image analysis training tool of choice.

The growth of the image analysis field, especially within the Air Force, has led Goodfellow’s 17th Training Wing to recap all software and hardware at its facility. BAE Systems is assisting in the development of a new training program that includes SOCET GXP software. BAE Systems customer support, product management, engineering, and federal sales teams are all contributing to the comprehensive training plan.

The importance of this new development at the intelligence schoolhouse is twofold. First, new image analysts coming out of technical training have the opportunity to train on the same software they use in the field. Second, SOCET GXP’s flexibility and ease of use allows instructors to teach students more efficiently.

The greatest value, not reflected in a standard price list or formal brochure, is the level of support that the site will receive. BAE Systems prides itself on high-quality technical support for all customers.

“As a graduate from Goodfellow’s image analysis program in the late 1990s, I understand the importance of being able to ‘train as we fight.’ Many times analysts finish the six-to-seven month technical school and report to their first duty station only to find that they have to go through more training to learn the software that is used in the field. As an image analyst, I am pleased to see this development happening not only at Goodfellow, but at Fort Huachuca’s Army schoolhouse as well.”

GXP in the news | June 2008

BAE Systems’ Dan London featured in Military Geospatial Technology Industry Interview

Dan London

Q: What is the mission of your SOCET GXP software, and in what ways does it provide unique benefits to users?

A: We believe that the distinction between image analysis, geospatial analysis, mapping and photogrammetric tasks is diminishing such that the roles of many individual domains are merging. We have listened to existing and prospective users who must learn and operate several different software packages to build and finish products. Based on feedback collected during user conferences, workshops and focus groups, we have learned that individuals are responsible for a growing number of tasks that require a wide range of skills and rapid turnaround times. And organizations are looking for cost savings across the board.

In response to these issues, we have been developing a new product architecture over the last several years that is the foundation for a comprehensive application called SOCET GXP. We are combining SOCET SET (geospatial analysis, mapping and photogrammetric tools); MATRIX (image analysis tools); VITec ELT (image analysis and mapping tools); and Common Geopositioning Services (targeting tools) into a single software product architecture that allows users to perform multiple tasks from a single user interface. Moreover, HSI/MSI and advanced geospatial intelligence capabilities have been added as well. By providing all of the required functionality in one product with a single user interface, BAE Systems empowers organizations to consolidate resources and increase productivity. SOCET GXP is flexible, easy to learn, and helps users create accurate, high-quality products quickly and efficiently. Click here to read more…

GXP in the news | March 2008

BAE Systems’ Stewart Walker, Ph.D., featured in Earth Imaging Journal Industry Outlook feature

 Earth Imaging Journal Industry Outlook feature

Earth Imaging Journal Industry Outlook feature

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December 2007 | GXP in the news

BAE Systems provides intelligence software training to field analysts in Iraq and Afghanistan

Eric Bruce in a C-17 heading back to Qatar from Bagram Air Base.

Eric Bruce in a C-17 heading back to Qatar from Bagram Air Base.

BAE Systems GXP product specialists, Eric Bruce, Dennis Bryant, and Rob Stout, traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan recently to provide geospatial intelligence software training to field analysts.

The trip was part of BAE Systems formal partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) deployable systems upgrade team. In 2006, NGA purchased BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP software to support its customer, the Office of Global Support.

Rob Stout on board a C-130 in Afghanistan. Travel from site to site within Afghanistan required tactical capabilities of the C-130.

Rob Stout on board a C-130 in Afghanistan. Travel from site to site within Afghanistan required tactical capabilities of the C-130.

“The goal of the trip was to provide operational capability to use the tool,” said Dan London, BAE Systems vice president for Geospatial eXploitation Products. “At the same time, the information our team gathered in the field was invaluable, because seeing the product in-theater, and the issues analysts face, helps us refine the product.”

SOCET GXP is a geospatial intelligence tool that uses imagery from airborne and satellite sensors to identify ground features for improved situational awareness. Analysts in the field use maps and charts generated by SOCET GXP to perform before-and-after site comparisons and battle damage assessment, and to detect potential improvised explosive devices and ambush sites. The data can also be used to coordinate troop maneuvers, helicopter landings, and land-vehicle routes.

Dennis Bryant at former Saddam palace, Al Faw in Baghdad, now an operations center for U.S.commanders.

Dennis Bryant at former Saddam palace, Al Faw in Baghdad, now an operations center for U.S.commanders.

“The analysts were very attentive and interested in what we were talking about. Because they’re in an operational environment, they know once we leave, they are going to have to put that knowledge to use,” said Eric Bruce, one of BAE Systems product specialists deployed in the field.

As part of an overall software upgrade, SOCET GXP was installed for the first time on the rugged portable computers used by analysts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The software processes data from a variety of image sources and creates image products that can be compressed, saved in multiple formats, and shared over secure networks. Data and reports can be immediately e-mailed and accessed from mobile laptop computers, relay stations, and ground control centers.

For the complete article and related webinar, Tales from the Warfront — Warfighters Receive Onsite Geospatial Training, GeoWorld Magazine, October, 2007, please visit:

GXP in the news | May 2007

Congratulations to Dr. Bingcai Zhang

Dr. Bingcai Zhang accepts plaque honoring his induction as BAE Systems Engineering Fellow

Dr. Bingcai Zhang accepts plaque honoring his induction as BAE Systems Engineering Fellow

Dr. Bingcai Zhang, Lead Engineer and Manager of R&D, BAE Systems GXP, was named BAE Systems Engineering Fellow at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet on April 12, 2007 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Dr. Zhang is recognized for his expertise in software development for photogrammetry, image processing, and geospatial information systems. For over 12 years, he has made significant contributions to BAE Systems’ world class applications, including SOCET SET and SOCET GXP, and has published numerous professional papers in the photogrammetric mapping field. His most recent contributions include the SOCET for ArcGIS and NGATE modules for SOCET SET.

This distinguished recognition is reserved for a select subset of engineers and scientists who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary technical expertise, creativity, and contributions within their technical discipline, and have shown the ability and willingness to collaborate with all levels of the organization. The BAE Systems Engineering Fellows program is an honor bestowed on only 1% of the company’s engineers.

For over 20 years, Bingcai has been making excellent contributions in this field and in the last decade has made world class innovations for BAE Systems with direct benefits to customers around the world. Bingcai continues to develop and lead others in the development of key applications in the mapping field. His expertise in software development techniques has been applied to achieve superior technical and application productivity.

Recently, Bingcai was also appointed co-chair of the ASPRS Softcopy Photogrammetry Committee (SPC). SPC assists ASPRS members in understanding and practicing softcopy photogrammetry, maintains guidelines and standards for the profession, and provides a forum for professionals to share and exchange industry knowledge and experience. It tracks emerging technologies related to the advancement of softcopy photogrammetry and offers educational opportunities for the understanding of scientific and technical advancements in the field.

GXP in the news | May 2007

BAE Systems Sponsors Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry

Dr. John Brockhaus (center), with two West Point instructors, Maj. Christopher Oxendine and Maj. Allison Day, at the 2007 BAE SYSTEMS GXP International User Conference.

Dr. John Brockhaus (center), with two West Point instructors, Maj. Christopher Oxendine and Maj. Allison Day, at the 2007 BAE SYSTEMS GXP International User Conference.

The BAE Systems Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry will be presented to an outstanding student from the Geospatial Information Sciences program, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. BAE Systems’ sponsorship of the Award, which will be presented at West Point’s GIS graduation awards ceremony on May 24, 2007, was announced at the 2007 GXP International User Conference in San Diego, California on March 29, 2007, in an address by Dr. John Brockhaus, Professor and Program Director, Geospatial Information Sciences program.

GXP in the news | September 2006

BAE Systems software selected for large airport mapping project

GeoEye, the world’s largest commercial remote sensing imaging company, has selected BAE Systems’ SOCET SET and ClearFlite® software for a project that will create three-dimensional maps for hundreds of airports worldwide. Pilots and air traffic controllers will use the new maps to guide aircraft into and out of airports.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded GeoEye a $3.7 million contract in June to complete the 3D mapping project, which involves the creation of airport mapping databases for 365 airports by June 2007. NGA and other international standards organizations define the database specifications for airport authorities. GeoEye will combine the 3D capability of its IKONOS® and OrbView-3 stereo imagery with BAE Systems’ SOCET SET and ClearFlite software to create the detailed maps.

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April 2006 | GXP in the news

SOCET SET ClearFlite Module Wins Top Industry Award!

SOCET SET ClearFlite Module Wins Top Industry Award!

SOCET SET ClearFlite Module Wins Top Industry Award!

On February 14, 2006, ClearFlite®, a module developed by BAE Systems for SOCET SET®, won the prestigious 2006 ATC Maastricht Industry Award, which recognizes excellence in air traffic safety. ClearFlite was nominated for the award by David Rider of Jane’s, who saw a ClearFlite demo, given by Curt Lima, at the ACI show in Auckland, New Zealand last year. The ACI event attracted airport executives and aviation business partners from 58 countries around the world. Each year six awards are given out at ATC Maastricht. The winners are selected by a panel of judges from 20 to 30 submissions. All nominations are listed in Jane’s Airport Review. The awards are designed to recognize contributions to air traffic management safety and capacity.
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What is ClearFlite?

ClearFlite is a digital mapping tool developed for the aviation industry to help users identify airfield and runway obstructions; export data to third-party geographic information system (GIS) and 3D visualization applications; automatically generate models for single and multiple runways; and view 3D stereo images of runways and airfields. Analysts use ClearFlite to collect dynamic features such as buildings, hangars, vegetation growth, and the towers and antennae that accompany today’s explosion in cell phone growth. Such information is used to generate complex FAA, ANA, RBAI and PANS-OPS surface models automatically. Paper maps and charts are being phased out in favor of more precise, digital readouts that can be updated easily and shared via cockpit displays, laptops and personal digital assistants. In addition, using ClearFlite saves fuel costs and time. The obstruction surfaces of more than 800 airports around the world have been collected accurately using ClearFlite.

On April 3, 1996 U.S Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 30 other passengers and crew were killed when their aircraft hit the side of a mountain in Croatia. In addition to gross pilot error and mediocre navigational equipment, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Air Force determined that the aeronautical charts and cartographic data in and around the airfield were outdated or did not exist. On behalf of aviation safety, the U.S. Congress funded the Ron Brown Airfield Initiative (RBAI), and BAE SYSTEMS developed ClearFlite in response to this effort.

The goal of the RBAI is to produce the safest possible Terminal Procedures, or “TERPS”, for some of the world’s busiest airports. TERPS contain detailed information about airfields, runways and vertical obstructions. The RBAI consists of all military and civilian airports where U.S. Department of Defense passenger aircraft are anticipated to land three or more times per year. This includes over 2,000 airfields all over the world. NGA was tasked to develop a database of these airfields containing the airfield survey data, airfield features, vertical obstructions and airfield elevation models. Agencies worldwide share this concern for airfield safety as well, and are actively working to improve transportation infrastructure and to update airfield data and procedures.

More on ClearFlite: http://www.socetgxp.com/products/modules/module_clearflite.htm, or contact Curt Lima, ClearFlite Product Manager, curt.lima@baesystems.com, 303 220 0265.

December 2005 | GXP in the news

SOCET GXP to the rescue

The BAE Systems GXP team was contacted by the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) to assist in gathering and analyzing up-to-date intelligence data to aid with Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. This screenshot illustrates how the Multiport window in SOCET GXP is used to display Supervised Classification results to detect water in New Orleans using IKONOS® multispectral imagery, and insert these in a PowerPoint or other product to be used by rescue workers.