Press Release – Solid Terrain Modeling, Airbus Defense & Space, Highlight New Data Collection Technology at Esri® Conference

Press Release


Solid Terrain Modeling, Airbus Defense and Space, to Highlight  New Data Collection  Technology at Esri® Conference

 Fillmore, CA


Solid Terrain Modeling Inc. (STM), in partnership with Airbus Defense and Space, will demonstrate the latest in data collection technology along with a new type of digital elevation model (DEM) at the 2014 Esri® User Conference in San Diego, California from July 14 – 18.

Solid Terrain Modeling’s special display showcases three-dimensional, physical terrain models produced using Airbus Defense and Space’s WorldDEM™ and Pleiades imagery to demonstrate the incredible detail these new data collection processes can achieve.

The Pléiades optical observation system consists of two identical satellites that deliver 50 cm color imagery. Operating on a phased orbit, the Pléiades system affords daily revisit capability on any point of the globe, to better address civilian and military requirements. Paired with the 12m pole-to-pole coverage of the WorldDEM™ collection process, there is a new unparalleled level of accuracy.

The Solid Terrain Models provide a strong visual understanding of just how precise and compelling these new data collection technologies are for all GIS-based projects. CEO of Solid Terrain Modeling, Mark Fisher, commented, “It’s exciting to work with technology that constantly pushes new boundaries. Doing what we do, enables STM to take part in bringing these new technologies to life; and partnering with Airbus Defense and Space on this project allows us to demonstrate how spectacular the latest data collection techniques have become.”

Accurate geographic maps and terrain models of the earth’s surface have many important applications for business, defense, government, emergency aid and other industries. Designed to be the most homogeneous and accurate elevation data  ever produced on a global scale, the new digital elevation model – called WorldDEM – promises to bring unequaled detail, resolution and clarity to a wide variety of geospatial applications. .

Offering a reliable and precise reference layer to enhance a wide range of applications, WorldDEM uses synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping technology to collect digital elevation data in unprecedented detail. This data is then used in the production of elevation maps, terrain models, and other digital products requiring precise geospatial detail. In addition to demonstrating the latest in digital elevation model technology, high resolution imagery will be used to highlight the remarkable precision of today’s data capturing capabilities.  For more details about the Data Collection Special Display, visit:

The Esri Map Gallery, located in the Sail Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center, is home to this year’s Special Displays. For more information on the Esri User conference, visit


About Solid Terrain Modeling

Solid Terrain Modeling makes geospatially accurate 3D terrain models that can be held and touched. These GIS based, custom models are designed to highlight any geographic area on earth by integrating a combination of aerial or satellite imagery, maps, photos, graphics and text. Solid Terrain Modeling uses patented

technology and proprietary execution to print these graphics and features onto a three dimensional model with unprecedented accuracy, realism and beauty. View our products and solutions at


At home in Seattle


by: Sales & Marketing’s: Rémy Frank

Solid Terrain Modeling recently exhibited at the American Alliance of Museums Conference (AAM 2014) in Seattle. Conferences are always hectic, demanding, and one of the things I love most about my job. I get the opportunity to interface with our museum clients and exhibit design firm partners, learn about their upcoming projects and objectives, and participate in some of the best networking events ever hosted by a conference…

By day, the expo floor is filled with an eclectic bunch of museum professionals, and since I typically manage our booth solo, I had a constant stream of visitors throughout the three days – making it a great time to hear about so many interesting projects!

The AAM hosted evening events at the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, the MOG, Seattle Center, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden, Foss Waterway Seaport and more. There were so many great events, it was almost impossible to choose where to go. From glass blowing, to a boat ride, to beetles cleaning bones, to the Miro exhibit. All while getting to meet great new people and reconnect with others.

One great reconnect, was with the folks of I had met some of their team last year during AAM in Baltimore, and while planning our exhibit for this year’s conference I realized that we would be displaying a model of the Seattle area. It occurred to me that since we like to change up our exhibit displays to keep things fresh, it was about time to “retire” our terrain model of Seattle. Geeks that we are, it is always with some angst that we part with the unique locations we create in 3D. And this model was no different, except for the fact that we might be able to find it a place to call home – in Seattle. We reached out to the VisitSeattle folks and viola! they were thrilled to give our bumpy masterpiece, complete with Mount Rainier, a home in their offices!

Angst resolved, the STM team is super excited to know that the terrain model of Seattle will live on – among true Seattle-ite friends. We hand walked the model to their office right after the close of the AAM 2014 Conference. Mission accomplished, I packed up our booth and headed for home. (I’ve included some photos from the trip, in case you’d like to see what we were up to!) 

Boisset Shares the Science Behind Spectacular Wine

Flamboyant. Outrageous. Superb. Bodacious.

All words that describe Jean-Charles Boisset and his Boisset Family Estate wines. You may think I’m just slinging crazy words around, and your right. But, if the words fit… At the root of the Boisset Family Estates are some extremely tasty wines, produced by a true (and eccentric) master.

Every one of the family estate wineries – there are more than 10 in California alone – produce exceptional varietals based on some of the world’s most prestigious terroirs, climate and of course their family winemaking heritage. Spanning regions from Burgundy to the South of France to California’s Napa Valley and Russian River Valley, Boisset offers an amazing experience that fits perfectly with their wine maker’s personality.

In line with Jean-Charles’ unconventional style, he has designed the tasting experience at his wineries to be exceptionally fun, delicious and educational. (Yep, believe it or not, delicious can be educational.) As part of the experience, each winery shares details about their location and what makes their soil, air, and climate optimal for growing the “perfect” fruit. That fruit is then harvested and processed under specific guidelines to produce the very best vintages possible.

To make the tasting experience complete, newly released vintages are shared, and depending on which Boisset winery you are visiting, these wines may be shared around a Solid Terrain Model. Why would a winery care about displaying their wine region on a 3D topographical model? Because there is no easier way to communicate the technical side of growing great fruit – hillsides, valleys, mountain ranges, are just that – visually appealing and touchable hillsides, valleys, and mountain ranges. Even without viticulture knowledge, the terrain-specific wind currents and upwelling, dry regions vs. cool regions, all become self-explanatory when folks gather around a Solid Terrain Model.

We are honored to have been selected to help provide the distinct and over-the-top experience that the Boisset crew insists on delivering. Stop by and check out the bodacious experience for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! And, if you’d like to enjoy a glass of Boisset crafted wine alongside one of our Solid Terrain Models, visit:

The Raymond Vineyards Rutherford Room, and enjoy a sneak peak at Raymond Vineyards Installing the Napa Valley Model.

DeLoach Vineyards – you’ll find a model of Sonoma Valley in their Appellation Room.