News – How It’s Made TV Show, highlights Solid Terrain Modeling

by: Sales & Marketing’s: Rémy Frank

As many of you know, Solid Terrain Modeling was recently highlighted on the TV show, How It’s Made.

Since How It’s Made is one of our favorite shows, it was an incredible experience for us STM dorks to work with the HIM film crew and their production company staff. Besides being totally dedicated to “getting it right,” they were a fun-loving bunch of Canadians who obviously love going on long road trips, working long days, and constantly being deprived of sleep.

If you haven’t had a chance to see how we make our Solid Terrain Models, we promised to share the link to our How It’s Made episode once it became available – here it is.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed being part of the film making process. And, in case you’d like to find more episodes on How It’s Made, we’re including links to their sites for your reference:

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/how-its-made

http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-its-made

 

 

Press Release – Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. and Simthetiq Inc., Fusing the Best of Both Worlds with SolidSim©

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Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. and Simthetiq Inc., Fusing the Best of Both Worlds with SolidSim©

December 2, 2013

 Fillmore, CA USA  |  Montreal QC, Canada

 

Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. and Simthetiq Inc. today announced the release of their new collaborative product – SolidSim©. Designed to bring together the power of physical terrain modeling with the flexibility of a virtual terrain database, SolidSim© provides both military and non-military operators with a communications tool for improved training,  operational analysis, and planning.

 

By integrating their expertise and the strengths of their technologies, Solid Terrain Modeling and Simthetiq have enabled the projection of Simthetiq’s accurate and dynamic data – such as object location based on real-time positioning technologies, wind patterns or rich terrain data – onto a physical Solid Terrain Model for improved awareness and decision making.

 

SolidSim© offers data-fusion and display for any number of training and operational requirements – scaling complex virtual terrains onto an accurate visual cue, distilling complex environmental data and providing greater context and capacity for analysis.

 

Simthetiq CEO, Vincent Cloutier, said at the announcement: “Our collaboration with STM offers something different to all our clients – we can expand the value of training beyond the virtual world and offer an end-to-end solution that is just as easy to exploit for operations as it is for exercises.” He added: “Simthetiq is very keen to see where this collaboration takes us and the state of modern training and simulation.”

 

“Because both companies offer best-in-class solutions that cross shared industries, developing SolidSim© was a natural alliance,” said Mark Fisher, CEO of Solid Terrain Modeling. “We’re thrilled to be working alongside Simthetiq on the continuing development of this new product and look forward to pushing the technology forward.”

 

SolidSim© will be on display at booth #764 during I/ITSEC 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from 2-5 December. For more information, contact SolidSim@simthetiq.com.

 

About Solid Terrain Modeling

Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. designs and manufactures large-format 3D terrain models with unprecedented accuracy, realism and beauty. These geospatially accurate models can be held and touched, bringing the terrain to life for planners, educators, government officials, and others who make critical land-use decisions. These GIS-based custom models can highlight any geographic area on earth by integrating a combination of aerial or satellite imagery, maps, photos, graphics and text. They are utilized worldwide by a broad scope of industries including mining, museums, parks, law firms, emergency response, land management offices, developers, transportation agencies, utilities, architects, military, and federal, state and municipal agencies. View our products and solutions at: www.solidterrainmodeling.com.

 

About Simthetiq

Founded in 2005 to meet the needs of modern training and simulation applications, Simthetiq develops advanced 3D solutions for customers in defence, security, aerospace, research and gaming. With a vast library of high-resolution, cross-platform models and geo-specific environments, and a range of services fine-tuned to mission-critical operational demands, Simthetiq creates some of the most immersive simulation solutions available. Discover the various cost-effective 3D solutions offered at:http://www.simthetiq.com

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Here we are! (and phew…)

by: Sales & Marketing’s: Rémy Frank

So, we just finished launching our new Solid Terrain Modeling website. We were on a mission to get it prepped and launched in time for our company appearance on the Discovery Science Channel’s TV show called “How It’s Made.”

As anyone can guess, the project has involved more than a few late nights, for more than a few team members and partners. Yet, while bleary eyed and dazed, the site is up and looking good! We even fit in the release of a new product line… a ready-to-order series of 3D Solid Terrain Models. We can’t wait to hear how people like them! Please let us know.

I want to share a HUGE thanks to the gang at DCG for helping get the site off the ground and running. I also want to thank our GIS/designer “dude,” Jeff Klittich, for the quick turn on deliverables, as well as the rest of the STM team who covered for me while we banged this out. Fine-tuning to follow… as websites are never actually done. :-]

So to wrap this up, it’s time to celebrate! – with an STM team viewing of our How It’s Made episode tonight at 6:00pm PT. We’re excited to share the news, and hope folks out there decide to tune in and see how Solid Terrain Models are made.

Cheers!

 

Press Release – Technology Meets Tradition in Navajo Housing Authority Floodplain Project

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Technology Meets Tradition in NHA Floodplain Project

June 27, 2013

Fillmore, CA

 

When the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) wanted to more efficiently plan for the construction of homes on its 27,000 square mile territory, it looked to the past and the future. Blending traditional Navajo values with state-of-the-art satellite imaging, database, and terrain modeling technologies, the NHA conducted an innovative floodplain mapping project. The results from this study will help determine feasible locations for new homes, infrastructure, and fulfill HUD requirements while protecting lives and property in the future.

 

“NHA is committed to building sustainable quality homes that encompass the Navajo traditional values of family, growth, strength and beauty as is the premise in our Vision and Mission Statement,” says Aneva Yazzie, Chief Executive Officer of Navajo Housing Authority in Window Rock, Arizona, “The land information management system stemmed from the genius thinking of my realty staff, Mr. Michael Paisano, who shared this vision in 2008 which I supported wholeheartedly, and made sense from a strategic planning perspective for the benefit of our People.”

According to Nadine Clah, IT Analyst/GIS Coordinator for the NHA – who brings 14 years of GIS and IT experience from the Gila River Indian Community headquartered in Sacaton, Arizona – three different technology organizations are playing critical roles in the ongoing project:

 

URS Corporation. A leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services, URS conducted the floodplain analysis project. As part of this project, URS developed an Esri© ArcGIS Online application to provide NHA stakeholders updated information regarding the project.

 

AeroMetric. A full-service geospatial solutions company, AeroMetric performed the aerial photography and digital imaging for the project. This data, which includes detailed digital elevation data and four-band orthoimagery, was used to create a comprehensive digital land base for NHA’s GIS database. AeroMetric’s outstanding work on this project earned them a MAPPS Geospatial Services Excellence Grand Award.

 

Solid Terrain Modeling. Using the imagery captured by AeroMetric, Solid Terrain Modeling created 6’ x 8’ three-dimensional geospatially accurate terrain models of the entire Navajo land area. By physically reproducing the characteristics of the Navajo land formations, these models show NHA and Navajo Council members exact land features and associated hazards that potentially affect the Navajo People. This visual interpretation of their data clearly communicates the importance of the NHA’s ongoing project, giving everyone a better understanding of how to use the nation’s resources more effectively.

 

“Although the Navajo Nation is very large, approximately 60% of the land is not buildable,” says Clah. “Part of what we’re doing with this project is educating our people to the fact that we can’t just build anywhere. In particular, the 3D models from Solid Terrain Modeling allow us to visually show our Navajo council members what the land looks like and where we can feasibly build.”

The NHA is also working in collaboration with other Navajo Nation entities to bring together existing mapping technology to help locate electrical lines, water, economic areas, roads and other important information.

 

Solid Terrain Modeling will showcase the NHA models at the Esri© Int’l User Conference, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, July 8–11, 2013. Learn more at: www.solidterrainmodeling.com/navajo_housing_authority.htm.

Nadine Clah, IT Analyst/GIS Coordinator for the NHA, will be presenting with Dave Turk of URS at the Esri© Survey Summit being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego on July 7, 2013.

 

About NHA

The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) is the Navajo Nation Tribally Designated Housing Entity pursuant to the requirements of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996. NHA is the largest Indian housing authority in the country, and is approximately the tenth largest public housing authority in the country. The residential units are dispersed across three states – Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – under the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation. Fifteen field offices are managed by the Navajo to deliver service to tribal members residing within 110 Chapters and their surrounding communities. The NHA is committed to building sustainable quality homes, promoting economic self-sufficiency, and providing the Navajo Nation with exemplary services through professionalism, leadership and respect.

 

About Solid Terrain Modeling

Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. designs and manufactures large-format 3D terrain models with unprecedented accuracy, realism and beauty. These geospatially accurate models can be held and touched, bringing the terrain to life for planners, educators, government officials, and others who make critical land-use decisions. These GIS-based custom models can highlight any geographic area on earth by integrating a combination of aerial or satellite imagery, maps, photos, graphics and text. They are utilized worldwide by a broad scope of industries including mining, museums, parks, law firms, emergency response, land management offices, developers, transportation agencies, utilities, architects, military, and federal, state and municipal agencies.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – WORLD’S LARGEST PHYSICAL TERRAIN MODEL IS CENTERPIECE OF NEW “BC EXPERIENCE”

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WORLD’S LARGEST PHYSICAL TERRAIN MODEL IS CENTERPIECE OF NEW “BC EXPERIENCE” GEOGRAPHIC DISCOVERY CENTER IN VICTORIA’S HISTORIC CRYSTAL GARDEN

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