September 2010

Executive compass | September 2010

SOCET GXP comes of age

Dr. A. Stewart Walker, Director of Product Initiatives

Dr. A. Stewart Walker, Director, product Initiatives

Experienced SOCET SET users have been looking forward to the advantages of SOCET GXP for some time — the multiple capabilities from a single user interface, the easy-to-use Ribbon, the simple, ergonomic manipulation of imagery, Glove Align, Ortho On-the-Fly, analysis of hyperspectral and multispectral (HSI and MSI) imagery, the rapid creation of simple image-based products, and many others.

Nevertheless, for years there has been an insurmountable obstacle: SOCET GXP has not included a sensor model for frame cameras, i.e., the film and digital airborne sensors that are the primary data sources for most of these users. However, the requirement was never far from the minds of the sales team and product managers.

Now SOCET GXP is ready. The well-known SOCET SET Frame-Advanced sensor model was integrated into SOCET SET v5.5 as a precursor to the implementation into SOCET GXP. It is now part of SOCET GXP v3.2, and is used in the geospatial production process from frame import through triangulation. The Frame-Advanced sensor model is based on collinearity equations with 43 adjustable parameters, comprising six independent exterior orientation parameters per image, 12 constrained exterior orientation parameters per strip (GPS/IMU), and 25 constrained interior orientation parameters per block. Moreover, the Frame import capability makes it easy to define blocks, and the Ribbon user interface comes into its own for triangulation, ensuring faster learning and higher productivity.

SOCET GXP user interface for importing and working with Frame images. LEFT: A small strip of images with the Frame Block Setup window open, ready for editing; RIGHT: The Input/Output panel used in the Frame Import process.

SOCET GXP user interface for importing and working with Frame images. LEFT: A small strip of images with the Frame Block Setup window open, ready for editing; RIGHT: The Input/Output panel used in the Frame Import process.

Before-and-after screens showing the Frame Block Setup process in SOCET GXP.

Before-and-after screens showing the Frame Block Setup process in SOCET GXP. Images courtesy of NOAA/NGS.

Photogrammetric functionality in SOCET GXP has been available for some time, such as the Next-Generation Automatic Terrain Extraction (NGATE) module, orthorectification, and mosaicking, but again the streamlined interface and optimized workflows offer SOCET SET users worthwhile improvements, such as greatly enhanced seamline editing against an orthorectified image background that changes as the seamline is moved. SOCET GXP v3.2 extends the terrain analysis capabilities from v3.1 — on-the-fly line of sight, shaded relief, slope and aspect maps — to include change detection, volume analysis, and registration.

There are further enhancements to remote sensing functionality, which combined with the rigorous photogrammetry, makes SOCET GXP v3.2 a comprehensive and versatile image exploitation tool. Atmospheric correction and spectral libraries are two new additions to the HSI and MSI tool set, considerably increasing image classification capabilities. SOCET GXP v3.2 supports SAR analysis, and the new SICD format for complex data processing provides another element to the already capable electro-optical imagery SOCET GXP tool set.

Thus many SOCET SET customers can transition to SOCET GXP v3.2 in December 2010 and immediately enjoy improved productivity and optimized workflows. The Frame-Advanced sensor model is the key! The GXP team is standing ready to help you make the smoothest possible transition.

Sincerely,
Stewart Walker
Dr. A. Stewart Walker
Director, product initiatives
Geospatial eXploitation Products

Destinations | September 2010

2010 BAE Systems GXP EMEA User Conference attracts regional users

Mark Sarojak, director of global sales and marketing for the GXP business, congratulates Air Commodore Ian Wood, OBE MA BA (Hons) RAF, former head of JARIC, on his new post in London

Mark Sarojak, director of global sales and marketing for the GXP business, congratulates Air Commodore Ian Wood, OBE MA BA (Hons) RAF, former head of JARIC, on his new post in London. The GXP team hosted a networking reception at the Imperial War Museum Duxford during the 2010 BAE Systems GXP EMEA User Conference in Cambridge, U.K.

More than 80 GXP customers attended the third biennial regional user conference in Cambridge, U.K., September 13 – 15. The conference is designed for GXP software users in the Europe, Middle-East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Conference attendees had the opportunity to meet with BAE Systems engineers, product managers, and support technicians, and mingle with fellow software users. Despite the rainy weather, the opening night reception and punting on the River Cam offered an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with industry colleagues.

Air Commodore Ian Wood

Air Commodore Ian Wood

The event featured keynote speeches from senior military and commercial dignitaries and guest presentations from the Norwegian Polar Institute, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, The National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Royal School of Artillery, and the Swedish Air Force.

The honorable Air Commodore Ian Wood, OBE MA BA (Hons) RAF, Officer Commanding the National Imagery Exploitation Centre (JARIC) delivered the keynote address, U.K. GEOINT to 2015, on Monday, September 13. He explored the roots of his unit and the challenges he has overcome to move from a single-source intelligence agency to a true Geospatial Intelligence Unit. His speech addressed the current opportunity to evolve his unit into a multi-discipline, multi-source intelligence production centre.

Peter Woodsford

Peter Woodsford

In his keynote address, Imagery and Modern Data Management Environments, on Tuesday, September, 14, Peter Woodsford, Member of the Order of the British Empire, touched on the challenges and opportunities facing National Mapping Agencies, orchestration and formal workflow management, and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

Mr. Woodsford has more than 40 years of experience in the computer graphics and geographic information industries and has written extensively on these subjects. He has been instrumental in the development of geospatial standards and has served on the advisory board of OGC Europe.

The EMEA conference covered the latest GXP software advancements for SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis workflows, including new SOCET GXP v3.2 functionality:

  • Easy-to-use Frame-Advanced import process
  • Automated photogrammetric workflows for streamlined geospatial analysis
  • New image analysis tools, including the Simple Building tool for 3-D visualization
  • Video Analysis tool with new functionality designed to collaborate with users in the field

Destinations | September 2010

Join us next fall on the East Coast!

Join us next fall on the East Coast!

2011 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference
and Professional Exchange
discover. learn. advance.
September 19 – 23, 2011
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Chantilly, Virginia

September 2010 | What's the buzz?

Rob Lacey joins BAE Systems as sales director for Asia, Australia, and
Pacific Rim

Rob Lacey

Rob Lacey

In August 2010, BAE Systems announced the appointment of Rob Lacey as the new GXP sales director for the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Rim (APAC) region, representing the GXP line of business.

Rob has an impressive geospatial-intelligence background working as a geospatial analyst and strategist for the Australian government. Early in his career, he was a GIS officer for Geoscience Australia where he developed natural disaster models in support of a disaster management program. Following his tenure at Geoscience Australia, Rob accepted a position with the Australian Department of Defence, Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO). At DIGO, Rob conducted geospatial analysis for defense customers before assuming the role of Assistant Director of Data Management, where he established an enterprise-wide geospatial database to streamline internal business processes.

Subsequently, Rob was posted to Washington D.C. as the DIGO Technical Liaison working closely with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on improving collaboration between DIGO and NGA.

Upon returning to Australia, Rob defined a DIGO geospatial strategy and future business model based on modernized Web-based architectural principles to improve the visibility and dissemination of geospatial information to DIGO customers. This work defined the future DIGO business model that will be implemented over the coming years.

Rob grew up in Canberra, Australia, where he received a Geology degree with Honors from the Australian National University. After further studies, he majored in Information Management and earned a graduate degree in Information Systems.

Rob has been busy attending industry events and meeting GXP customers in the APAC region. He can be contacted at Rob.Lacey@baesystems.com or +61 2 6229 1665.

September 2010 | What's the buzz?

New GXP customer portal set to debut in December

BAE Systems is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of myGXP, the new GXP Customer Portal.

The self-service customer portal is an additional resource designed to provide GXP customers (with current upgrade entitlement) 24/7 access to GXP software account information. The BAE Systems GXP team developed the new site to optimize GXP customer support services. Using myGXP, you can:

  • Create and manage support requests
  • Download product literature
  • View and update contact information
  • Download exportable patches
  • Request software and licenses

Watch for your invitation and logon instructions coming soon!

September 2010 | Tips and tricks

Using the Jump to Coordinate tool in SOCET GXP

Use the Jump to Coordinate tool in SOCET GXP to navigate quickly from one location to another on a georeferenced image or map. Simply type (or copy and paste) known coordinates into the Jump to Coordinate: box — there is no need to specify the coordinate system or format type. SOCET GXP identifies the coordinate format based on the input and re-locates to the coordinates.

SOCET GXP Jump to Coordinate tool

SOCET GXP Jump to Coordinate tool

How to use the Jump to Coordinate tool

  1. Copy a coordinate, using one of the recognized formats, into the Jump to Coordinate: box. For example the coordinate,
    Zone 11N 479054.791139155920E3616167.689144271900N, matches the
    UTM format, Zone ##N ######E######N.
  2. Click the Go button, or press ENTER.
  3. The cursor location jumps to, and re-centers on that geocoordinate.

The Jump to Coordinate tool recognizes the following formats

Coordinate format Order Sample format
Geographic
  • Must be in latitude, longitude
  • The format must specify if coordinates are in the Northern, Southern, Western, or Eastern hemisphere. For example, latitude of 40.0 degrees is treated as 40.0 degrees North of the equator, while a latitude of -40.0 is treated as 40.0 degrees South of the equator. A longitude of 113.6 is treated as 113.6 East of Greenwich, while a longitude of -113.6 is treated as 113.6 West of Greenwich.

Decimal Degrees
DD.nnnnnn DDD.nnnnnn
DD.nnnnN DDD.nnnnW

Decimal Minutes
DD MM.nnn DDD MM.nnn
DDMM.nnnN DDDMM.nnnW
DD MM.nnnN DDD MM.nnnW

Degrees Minutes Seconds
DD MM SS.nnn DDD MM SS.nnn
DD MM SS.nnnN DDD MM SS.nnnW
DDMMSS.nnnN DDDMMSS.nnnW
DDMMSS.nnnNDDDMMSS.nnnW
DD MM’ SS.nnn”N DDD MM’ SS.nnn”W

UTM Must be Easting, Northing, and in meters ###### E ###### N Zone ##N
######E######N Zone ##N
##N ###### ######
##N############
Zone ##N ###### E ###### N
Zone ##N ######E######N
###### ###### ##N
## ## ##N
MGRS Must be Easting, Northing ##AAA########## (1-meter square)
##AAA ##### ##### (1-meter square)
Other types Order must be X, Y  

Note: You can add an elevation value after the X and Y coordinates. After the Jump to Coordinate tool re-positions the cursor to the geocoordinates, the elevation appears in the Multiport Status bar. For example:
Zone 11N 479054.791139155920E3616167.689144271900N 22 (22 being the elevation value)

Resolutions | September 2010

New GXP training classes planned

BAE Systems will add new training classes to coincide with the SOCET GXP v3.2 release early next year. In addition to updated content, class format, presentations, and teaching methods will be refreshed so that students gain maximum benefit from each course. The following SOCET GXP and SOCET SET training classes are planned for early 2011.

SOCET GXP: eXtreme Analysis

  • Getting started: Launch Manager, Workspace Manager
  • Customizing the look and feel using preferences and Ribbon tools
  • Working with data: VCT and GXP Xplorer, navigation, comparison tools, mensuration
  • Creating image products: graphics, HSI and MSI functionality using the Xport, templates, finishing tool
  • Terrain and features: terrain visualization, Line of Sight, terrain compare, terrain volume, SEE
  • Improving image accuracy: image registration and Ortho-On-the-Fly
  • Add-ins: Google Earth, GeoPDF
  • Video analysis capabilities

SOCET GXP: Photogrammetric workflows

  • Getting started: Launch Manager, Workspace Manager
  • Customizing the look and feel using preferences and Ribbon tools
  • Triangulation workflows for satellite and Frame imagery
  • Terrain generation and editing
  • Ortho products
  • Extracting features: SOCET GXP feature databases and SOCET for ArcGIS

GXP products for System Administrators

  • Software overview: SOCET SET, SOCET GXP, GXP Xplorer
  • Software installation, licensing, and troubleshooting
  • System Administrator support

SOCET SET

  • Geospatial production processes
  • Creating image products: orthophotos, true orthophotos, image chips, mosaics, and terrain models
  • Extracting features from stereo imagery
  • Triangulation for improved accuracy
  • Updating geodatabases with 2-D and 3-D features
  • Importing images from multiple sensors

SOCET for ArcGIS using SOCET SET

  • Loading a SOCET SET project
  • Importing images
  • Using SOCET for ArcGIS with ESRI tools
  • GGI extraction methods
  • Attributing features
  • Using GAIT to find errors and edit collected features

September 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

SOCET GXP v3.1.1 201009 export patch highlights

  • GXP00018723 – Fixed intermittent crash when applying Band Math
  • GXP00018841 – Fixed master and active image settings on workspace restore
  • GXP00019002 GXP00020537 – Expanded chain config file to identify additional QuickBird and WorldView-2 cases
  • GXP00019351 – SEE: added custom auto attribution for ONI and ArcGIS 10.0 support
  • GXP00019847 GXP00019842 – The application no longer crashes when converting graphics to ESRI features
  • GXP00020240 – Fixed a bug in Bare-earth Profile tool
  • GXP00021086 – Clear undo redo history when a graphic file is unloaded to release memory

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

September 2010 | SOCET SET | Software update

Next-Generation Automatic Terrain Extraction (NGATE) enhancements for low-contrast imagery

SOCET GXP Jump to Coordinate tool

Original low-contrast strategy (left) versus new low-contrast strategy (right)

NGATE, an image processing innovation developed by BAE Systems, uses a hybrid matching process to create precise elevation data for 3-D terrain and surface models. Its unique combination of image matching techniques offer clear improvements over earlier digital photogrammetric mapping procedures for generating elevation data from imagery.

NGATE is particularly useful for mapping urban areas, large geographic landscapes, mountainous or rough terrain, and areas with little contrast, such as road surfaces on large scale imagery and vast deserts. It is extremely accurate when compared to other automated algorithms, can decrease manual editing time by more than 30%, and streamlines production workflows.

The following NGATE enhancements for low-contrast imagery were patched into SOCET SET v5.5, and will be available in SOCET GXP v3.2.

NGATE enhancements for low-contrast strategy

  • In extreme low-contrast imagery of snow-covered areas, desert areas, and even swamps, NGATE may have difficulty matching sufficient pixels to form an accurate DSM
  • The same is true for featureless rooftops
  • Added new logic for better matching with low-contrast imagery
  • Quick way to test if image is low contrast is by pressing the Auto Brightness and Contrast button in SOCET SET; if stereo viewing is low quality before turning this on, but high quality after turning it on, the new logic in NGATE can do remarkably better

Limitations of the stretching process in low-contrast strategy

  • Signal-to-noise ratio has to be good
  • There is a problem if the image contains areas of low and high contrast — it does damage in areas of high contrast — NGATE runs matching in both (with and without image stretching) and combines the results; it runs on the stretched and original images

Sample images provided by Norwegian Polar Institute show snow-covered imagery

  • Snow-covered stereo pairs of Svalbard archipelago in Norway
  • High-resolution, 16-bit digital UltraCam-X image data
  • Examples show improved correlation accuracy after using the new low-contrast strategy

September 2010 | SOCET SET | Software update

A new SOCET SET and DataThruWay version v5.5 patch is available

The following list includes new items in the cumulative 201009 patch:

  • GXP00019035 – Feature Extraction not selecting all features
  • GXP00021131 – Fix miscellaneous memory problems in various SOCET SET libraries and applications
  • GXP00021237 – Add menu selection for Import Geopositioning Job to Export release
  • GXP00021238 – Fix for hang and crash of Import Geopositioning Job when used with DPPDB-like production
  • GXP00021252 – Fix for Import Geopositioning Job for CIB-like case to force stereo mate selection before starting import
  • GXP00021359 – Fix one pixel discrepancy in SMF support files (DataThruWay only)

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 any further question please feel free to contact customer support:
vipsupport@baesystems.com.

September 2010 | SOCET SET | Software update

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

The following list includes new items in the cumulative 201009 EXPORT patch:

  • GXP00019035 Feature Extraction not selecting all features
  • GXP00021131 Fix miscellaneous memory problems in various SOCET SET libraries and applications
  • GXP00021237 Add menu selection for Import Geopositioning Job to Export release
  • GXP00021238 Fix for hang and crash of Import Geopositioning Job when used with DPPDB-like production
  • GXP00021252 Fix for Import Geopositioning Job for CIB-like case to force stereo mate selection before starting import

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

GXP Communiqué | September 2010

2010 BAE Systems Chairman’s Award honors

BAE Systems’ prestigious Chairman’s Awards annually recognize employees, partners, and customers for outstanding effort and achievement. The program honors innovative ideas, actions, and behaviors that further the company’s values while delivering benchmark performance.

Congratulations to the following team members who were presented with 2010 Bronze Chairman’s Award honors.

Category: Innovation

GXP Open Source Software Integration Process
Nominated by Jeff Allen
Dave Miller, Dave Johnson, Jeff Peterson, Maureen Regan, Peter Harmata, and Ryan Thoma

Ortho On-the-Fly
Nominated by Kurt de Venecia
Chris McCullough, Justin Holzer, and Kevin Bessey

The Metric Information Network (MIN)
Nominated by Scott Miller
Reuben Settergren, Allen Adams, Greg Crawford, John Mitchell, Michelle Iiyama, and Shannon McDonald

Xport
Nominated by Stewart Walker
Morgan Welch, Julia Adams, Justin Holzer, and Kevin Bessey

Category: Supporting our Total Performance Culture

GXP Commercial Business Growth
Nominated by Dennis Lambell
Kevin Malone, Chris Hennes, Chris Higgins, Dan London, Deena Merrill, Kurt de Venecia, Linda Souerbry, Mark Sarojak, and Ruth Contino