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: www.solidterrainmodeling.com/data-collection.

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 www.esri.com/events/user-conference.

 

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 www.solidterrainmodeling.com.

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How to use Google Earth to define your Points of Interest

 

Once the model area has been defined, it is time to add some features to the model.  A common feature to add is a Point of Interest (POI).  Often times we come across POIs that have not been previously mapped.  This is very easy to accomplish in Google Earth, and will aid in the design of the model tremendously.

This initial design step will help to define location of your POIs, which can later be stylized and/or labeled as you see fit.  At this stage it is more important to accurately locate the POI then it is to get the look just right in Google Earth.

After opening Google Earth, locate the “Places” menu bar on the left side of the screen.

Places

Right Click on “My Places”, hoover over “Add”, then click “Folder”. Name your project folder.

PlacesSave

You can then add subfolders for different categories of POIs (i.e. “Schools”, “Hospitals”, Shopping”).  It is good to keep your POIs very organized, as it will make adding style to them easier if they are in there appropriate groups.

Places_Location

Once you have located your subject area we can begin to add our POIs.  There are a couple of methods of locating the POI; you can search for the point in the search bar, or if you are familiar with the area you can visually locate it on screen by zooming in.

Search

Once you have located where the POI is, click on the “Add Placemark” button located at the top of the screen (it looks like a yellow thumbtack).  You can also right click on the folder it is to be placed in,  then “Add”, then “Placemark”.

AddPlaceMark

By default the thumbtack is placed at the center of the screen, and the crosshairs should be flashing.  To more accurately place the POI, click and drag the flashing placemark to its exact location.

Placemark

When you click on the “Add Placemark” button, a dialog box will pop up.  This is where you can name your POI, add any description of the POI.

SavePlaceMark

Once you are satisfied with the location and name of the POI, click “OK” in the dialog box.  Notice that your shape was added to the “Places” menu, under whichever folder you placed it in.  Next, right click on the project folder, or category folder, and click “Save Place As”.  Save as a KMZ, in a location easy to find.

Send the KMZ, or multiple KMZs to us here at Solid Terrain Modeling, and we will be well on our way to making your project a reality.

How to use Google Earth to define your model scene

by: GIS / Cartographer: Jeff Klittich

 

One of the most important decisions to be made when designing a Solid Terrain Model is determining the scene or the Area of Interest (AOI).  When choosing your AOI you will definitely want to include your subject area, be it a park, land development, or city boundary.  You will also want to include any surrounding areas which provide context for the story you telling with the model.

Google Earth is an excellent tool to visualize and define your model extents.  This preliminary step will help to define the size shape and scale of the model to be produced.

For this example I will use YosemiteNational Park as my subject area.

After opening Google Earth, search for the area to be modeled.

GE-AOI-Search  GE-AOI-Yosemite

 

Once you have located your subject area click on the “Add Polygon” button located at the top of the screen. GE-AOI-Polygon

 

This tool will allow you to draw any shape you please by clicking where you want to place corner points.

When you click on the “Add Polygon” button, a dialog box will pop up.  This is where you can name your project, add any description of the project, and define the appearance of the polygon.

GE-AOI-Polygon_Properties

 

The next step is to draw the polygon, to define the AOI.  Simply click at the four corners of the approximate location of where you would want the AOI to be placed.

GE-AOI-Yosemite-AOI

 

Don’t worry if the shape isn’t exactly even, this is only a preliminary sketch.  If you are not satisfied with the placement of the points, right clicking on them will delete the last point added.

Once you are satisfied with your sketch, click “OK” in the dialog box.  Notice that your shape was added to the “Places” menu, under “My Places”.

GE-AOI-My_Places

 

Next, right click on the shape name in the “Places” menu, and click “Save Place As”.  Save the shape as a KMZ, in a location easy to find.

GE-AOI-Save_As

 

Send the KMZ to us here at Solid Terrain Modeling, and we will be well on our way to making your project a reality.