Hexagon Geospatial technology helps provide the form to design, develop and deliver solutions that solve complex real-world challenges. This year at HxGN LIVE, experts in our Platform Evolution sub-track describe how our products continue to innovate, whether it’s fully utilizing the tools in our world-class technology or embracing a fundamental shift from static information delivery to dynamic information services. Here’s a quick look at sessions from the Platform Evolution sub-track at the conference.
Platform Evolution Sub-Track
3001: What’s New in Producer Suite
The Producer Suite of the Power Portfolio – GeoMedia, ImageStation, ERDAS IMAGINE, and IMAGINE Photogrammetry – empowers you to collect, process, analyze and understand raw geospatial data. See all the new features we delivered in 16.1 and 16.2, plus get a sneak peek at what will be coming in Producer Suite 2018. Find out how you will be able to perform real-time analytics with automated image processing and feature analysis. Learn how the turbocharged and expanded Spatial Modeler for GeoMedia and ERDAS IMAGINE will let you extract even more valuable information from your geospatial big data. Discover how to exploit the world’s ever-expanding library of satellite, radar, and UAV data sources so you can excel in fast-moving markets, and how to bring professional quality to your UAV data processing. Attend this session to discover the full value available to you!
3002: What’s New in Hexagon Smart M.Apps
Creating and using data with Hexagon Smart M.Apps just got easier! M.App Studio expands the power of dynamic analytics with powerful widgets in BI Wizard – You can now decide on using multiple geometries in your BI Map to visualize advanced analytics of observed phenomena at several spatial scales or even in a different spatial context. The Spatial Workshop component of M.App Studio turns the process of creating a spatial recipe into a “blocks-like” game – Benefit from the extended list of over 400 available operators to develop the spatial recipe from the scratch or – if applicable – reuse some of 150 included samples to compose powerful geo-processes. M.App Reader and M.App Chest now support open access to 3rd Party Content – Use these apps to discover and order free data from Landsat or Sentinel. You can also search for paid Airbus data if you are an HGDN Partner with an Airbus Developer Kit subscription. Then, just apply geoprocessing to the data you ordered! Attend this informative session for all of the Smart M.Apps updates.
3003: What’s New in Provider Suite
The Provider Suite of the Power Portfolio allows you to easily store, discover, manage and deliver your data across desktop, web and mobile applications. The Provider Suite includes ERDAS APOLLO, GeoCompressor and ECW technologies; powerful solutions that let you optimize and organize all of your geospatial and business data across the enterprise. In this session, take a sneak peek at Provider Suite 2018 and discover how you will be able to save days, or even weeks, compressing large datasets with our faster mosaicking processing pipeline. Find out how to more easily integrate ERDAS APOLLO with Single Sign-on (SSO) directories. Plus, see how the new RESTful APIs introduced in 16.3 Update will let you quickly and easily build custom applications on top of our geospatial data management framework. Learn all of this and much more in our exciting Provider Suite presentation!
3004: What’s New in Platform Suite
The Platform Suite of the Power Portfolio enables you to create your own unique application on top of a solid foundation of powerful geospatial functionality. The Platform Suite includes the following products: GeoMedia Smart Client, GeoMedia WebMap, Geospatial SDI, Geospatial Portal, Mobile MapWorks and Mobile Alert. In this session, get a sneak peek of Platform Suite 2018 and see how updates in the WebGIS Consumer layout let you do more than just look at your data. Find out how to add OpenStreetMap to your GeoMedia Smart Client applications. See how to easily create device-responsive applications in the Mobile, WebGIS, Hexagon Smart M.App, and M.App Enterprise platforms. Discover how the Platform Suite enables you to build custom web, mobile, and other smart enterprise solutions that suit your unique business needs.
3005: Sentinel – Burden or Blessing?
ESA Sentinel is now in operation and provides a new source of information. But accessing the data library at ESA and getting the data you need can be quite cumbersome. How can you overcome these obstacles? The state survey agency in Germany has the solution. Sentinel Made Simple is the fully-automated processing engine that can run all needed pre-processing steps without a lot of in-depth knowledge. Using this engine, the customer can perform data preparation like selecting an ROI, creating a cloud-reduced mosaic, selecting relevant bands. It can also perform value-added functions like de-hazing and change detection for new landcover classes. It’s not magic, it’s a smart data access service and the new Spatial Modeler.
3006: Automated Change Detection of Urban Objects and Development of a Web Application
The Delta Municipality in the Kalochori region in Northern Greece needed a way to automatically detect significant changes of urban objects. Using advanced remote sensing techniques on high-resolution aerial (RGB and CIR) and multispectral satellite images as well as DSMs extracted by LIDAR and Dense Image Matching (DIM) point clouds. Once the DTMs were extracted by filtering the ground points, the corresponding orthoimages were generated. The resulting orthoimages were fed into ERDAS IMAGINE to extract the corresponding change maps on the area of interest. A point-cloud-to-point-cloud comparison validated the results. Finally, building detection processes using the LIDAR and the DIM point clouds were performed using 3D modeling applications. All this information is organized and disseminated through the Web GIS platform which was implemented using ERDAS APOLLO.
3007: Geospatial Intelligence by Subscription: AllSource Analysis
Customers around the world are increasingly expecting more for their geospatial content. New users are focused on gaining actionable insight from data – not just a bunch of statistics. AllSource Analysis has cultivated a global network of professional geospatial analysts to bring experience and expertise to commercial and government customers. With over 100 analysts already collaborating in their network, their customers can subscribe to ongoing analysis channels or order discrete reports over key locations to better understand the situation on the ground.
AllSource needed a fast and flexible portal to allow both their customers and analysts to share data, visualize results and download data to use in other workflows or desktop applications. AllSource leveraged Incident Analyzer and the M.App Exchange to deploy their portal in less than two months. In addition, AllSource leverages M.App Chest to provide access to key content to their customers and analysts.
3008: Powerful Content for Smart Change
From imagery and data to knowledge and decision-making: Airbus Defence and Space provides optical and radar satellite imagery, services, and solutions that empower commercial companies and government agencies worldwide to make well-informed decisions. Industries such as Agriculture, Defense, Civil Engineering, Land Administration, Maritime and Oil, Gas and Mining, rely on accurate geospatial information to manage the challenges of a growing population, including increased use of natural resources, heightened safety and security concerns, and significant overall impacts on our environment. Utilizing an extensive satellite imagery archive, new imagery collection capabilities, and Hexagon’s Smart M.App platform, users now have the tools they need to face these challenges and quickly implement smart change. This session will include an overview of the Airbus imagery portfolio, a demo of how to leverage this content to build your own Smart M.App, and an open discussion about other Airbus capabilities Hexagon users can leverage.
3009: Situational Awareness in Disaster Areas Using Spaceborne, Airborne and Heliborne Images
While Japan is blessed with a rich natural environment, it is constantly under threat from the natural disasters. The effective response to a disaster includes timely information collection and provision of support for the prevention of secondary disasters and the prompt formulation of recovery activity plans. Our efforts in this area should involve considering the scale of the disaster, the region that it has struck in, the weather conditions in the affected region, and other factors, and then understanding the situation quickly using the optimal method. PASCO’s approaches consist of observing wide area information and 3D data creation (for a narrow area with high accuracy), quick analysis of the acquired data from various sensing systems, their visualization & provision, data transmission and immediate processing functions in the areas after the occurrence of a disaster. In the presentation, PASCO explains about the disaster response for damaging floods in the wide areas caused by torrential rain triggered by two typhoons in the Kanto/Tohoku region (north of Tokyo) in 2015, Kumamoto earthquakes in 2016 and damages caused by powerful Typhoon No. 10 (Lionrock) in 2016.
3010: Innovating the Use of LiDAR for Estimating Biomass of Urban Forests in Milan, Italy (EDU Contest Winner)
The EDU Contest winner: Vincenzo Giannico (Ph.D. Student) and his Advisor Prof. Raffaele Lafortezza from the University of Bari, Italy, in cooperation with Michigan State University, for their research in biomass estimation in urban areas from LiDAR. This group of researchers developed an innovative methodology for the biomass estimation in urban areas from LiDAR (laser scanner) data and the results were published in the Remote Sensing (April 2016) magazine. The study was made over an urban forest plantation located in the metropolitan area of Milan, Northern Italy: Parco Nord Milano. The analysis processes were conducted using Hexagon Geospatial software. The methodology developed includes two main steps: data production and modeling. LiDAR classification, orthorectification of multispectral imagery, DTM extraction, and quality control were some of the functionalities used in ERDAS IMAGINE. Statistics from the results of ERDAS IMAGINE were used in conjunction with statistical analysis open source software to derive the results. Through the development of ad hoc mathematical models, it was possible to estimate the amount of biomass present in the study area. This study has great potential for future applications in the estimation of carbon sinks in urban areas