What’s New in ERDAS IMAGINE 2016

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At HxGN LIVE in Anaheim, Hexagon Geospatial President Mladen Stojic officially announced the release of the Power Portfolio 2016. This included updates to all of our product lines. Here’s a look at what’s new in ERDAS IMAGINE 2016.

IMAGINE Spatial Modeler increases capabilities by 44%

One of the major themes of ERDAS IMAGINE 2016 has been the augmentation of the Spatial Modeler operator library. With the IMAGINE Spatial Modeler, you can build streamlined workflows that allow you to string geospatial operations together into a concise, repeatable model. This model can then be run repeatedly, including in batch mode, saving time and effort.

With IMAGINE 2016, we sought to fill functional gaps in many widely-used workflows. We added 129 new spatial operators to the existing 293 operators. For example, we added operators to help with Anomaly detection, perform Coordinate Transformation, create RSETs, input Date/Time, and Image to Ground.

To improve the ease of use, we renamed 19 operators. Buffer changed to Buffer Zones, Vector Input is now Features Input, Rasterize became Convert to Raster.

New operators created are grouped into these major areas –

Spatial Model Operators

New Spatial Modeler Operator Highlights

Render Map Composition

The Render Map Composition allows you to use a map composition (.map) file as an input for your spatial model.

Render Map Composition

Next Generation PDF

Sometimes you need to output your dataset as a portable document. The Create Geospatial PDF operator lets you do this, using input imagery and vector overlays as independent layers in a Geospatial PDF.

Next Generation PDF

Terrain Bulldozer

We have also added operators that let you edit your terrain files in the Spatial Modeler. This automatically bulldozes a raster terrain based on a breakline, interpolation distance, and geomorphic edit type. You have several options for the shape of the edit: Bulldozer, V Shape, U Shape, Uniform Slope, and Hedge Trimmer.

Terrain Bulldoze

Third Party Integrations

Many of our partners have created powerful tools to extend the utility of ERDAS IMAGINE. We have agreed to include some of these tools into the software.

IMAGINE UAV workflow is a new application designed to automatically process UAV data within ERDAS IMAGINE. It is based on Spatial Modeler operators that embed suitable photogrammetric algorithms.
The IMAGINE UAV workflow produces ortho-mosaics, point clouds, and digital surface models. Developed by GEOSYSTEMS GmbH.

IMAGINE now integrates with Fuze Go MS Sharp. This integration helps in adding color to black and white image data with faster processing of data.

Integration with ATCOR helps every user of satellite data, no matter whether the aim is to produce a brilliant image with reduced haze content or whether you have to analyze the real reflectance values of the surface.

Integration with LAStools rapidlasso GmbH provides tools to classify, tile, convert, filter, raster, triangulate, contour, clip, and polygonize LiDAR data.

New Sensor Model Support

Sentinel-1 is the European Radar Observatory, representing the first new space component of the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) satellite family, designed and developed by ESA and funded by the EC (European Commission). Ability to read Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 raster format data.

New Sensor Model Support

La Réunion Island via laser captured by Sentinel-1. Copyright Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA.

Support for satellite data from Göktürk-2 and Göktürk RPC and RASAT RPC. Turkey’s first high resolution electro-optical satellite Göktürk -2, has been designed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and TÜBİTAK Space cooperation. RASAT is the first Earth-observation satellite designed and manufactured in Turkey.

Also support is provided to KazEOSat-1 and 2 raster formats. KazEOSat-1, sometimes referred to as DZZ-HR, is a high resolution Earth Observation Satellite build by Airbus Defence & Space (Astrium) and French contractor SAS for operation by the National Company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS) on behalf of the Kazakhstan National Space Agency.

More Improvements

New resampling technique – LaGrange

Interoperability with M.App Studio

3D measurement in the Point Cloud

WCS / WMS re-write (remove Java dependency) for thread safety

Access web services without using Geospatial Explorer (GSX)

Float data now defaults to 32767 bins (for improved display quality)

NITF format updates

Zonal Change Enhancements

Converted Zonal Change process to be 64 bit

Added ability to filter out changes based on vegetation

Added ability to create change detection report as a Shapefile

More Stability

Resolved over 300 issues, including improvements to 2D View, Data Exchange, MosaicPro, Projections, and Spatial Modeler.

For former release notes, and information about issues resolved and system requirements, view the complete ERDAS IMAGINE 2016 Release Guide.

Feature image credits: Via ESA – Europe’s Space Data Highway Relays First Sentinal-1 Images via Laser 

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Zaiyong Gou

A veteran of ERDAS IMAGINE development, Zaiyong has been the head of its engineering team for 14 years. Graduated with a Ph.D. in GIS from the Ohio State University, he joined ERDAS in 1993 and has fought in the front line ever since.

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