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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.
Industry leaders open conference
John M. Custer Major General, (Retired), Director of Federal Mission and Programs, EMC Corporation, kicked off the conference with a powerful speech focused on managing data. He pointed out that more data was generated in 2010 than in the history of the world, and said “video is the killer app.” Dr. Ann M. Carbonell, Director, National System for Geospatial-Intelligence Open IT Architecture Initiative Office of the Director, NGA, discussed NGA’s open IT initiative during the afternoon keynote.
Conference at a glance
Software users and decision-makers from across the DoD and intelligence communities; state and local governments; global armed forces; and the private sector attended the annual event to see ground-breaking technology from BAE Systems. Research and development, an important component of the GXP business, was reflected in many of the new automated software tools shown at this year’s conference, such as automatic feature extraction from LiDAR and volumetric modeling tools. The comprehensive program included software workshops, keynote presentations, customer case studies, and an exhibition showcasing new technology.
The conference provided a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with industry colleagues and cultivate relationships and business outside of ordinary channels. It was the perfect balance of education and networking, with professional exchange sessions that encouraged a dialog among GIS executives, analysts, industry partners, and others interested in learning and sharing information about emerging geospatial-intelligence trends and technology. Classified focus groups catered to the U.S. Navy and targeting community, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Special Operations Forces, U.S. Air Force, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. During these interactive sessions, participants shared thoughts on current products and offered ideas for future developments. Many software enhancements and operational workflows are based on customer feedback from previous user conferences.
A strong technical program for classified and unclassified attendees was complemented by evening networking events where all participants mingled and discussed the latest industry trends. In addition, customers across many geospatial disciplines delivered a range of insightful presentations: Photogrammetric evaluations of commercial imagery, Army geospatial intelligence cells, High-accuracy helicopter LiDAR, Activity-based Intelligence, and High-precision, automated sensor-model refinement tools.
GXP software presentations offered guidelines for moving current SOCET SET workflows to SOCET GXP to increase efficiency; illustrated forthcoming SOCET GXP and GXP Xplorer functionality; and presented new capabilities and products currently in development. Demonstrations included: video analysis; geospatial analysis and photogrammetric workflows; terrain analysis and editing tools, including a new drawing toolbox and cue cards; creating and displaying a TIN terrain file; feature extraction and 3-D visualization; hyperspectral and multispectral analysis; SOCET for ArcGIS and Spatially-Enabled Exploitation, automatic feature extraction from LiDAR or digital surface models; API and Job Service; terrain analysis; and software tips and tricks.
GXP Xplorer — the new tool everyone was talking about
Another conference highlight was GXP Xplorer, the new data management and discovery tool that offers a revolutionary way to access data from a mobile device, desktop, or across an enterprise. A single query searches for geospatial data and product libraries — images, maps, videos, terrain, PowerPoint and GeoPDF files, text documents, and numerous other data sources — without logging on to multiple systems. Cataloging and search tools assist in building a common data environment, making GXP Xplorer an attractive solution for tracking and managing data.
Tribute to Art Gunn
In memoriam of the passing of esteemed colleague, Arthur C. Gunn in 2010, the GXP team held the second annual BAE Systems Arthur C. Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament. Many in the geospatial-intelligence community are proud to have called Art a good friend. His enthusiasm and professional perspective always were a welcome addition to the annual GXP User Conference. As a tribute to Art Gunn, the GXP team conducted a silent auction, with golf theme, including paraphernalia such as Westfields Golf Club flags autographed and donated by Westfields Golf Course designer and professional golfer, Fred Couples. Proceeds from the silent auction were given to the ZERO Foundation in Art’s name.
Learn more about the GXP User Conference and other GXP regional user-focused events around the world: www.baesystems.com/gxp