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    FME 2009 Magellan ProMark 500 The OpenGeo Stack Cyclomedia Kalypso Open Source

    M a g a z i n e f o r S u r v e y i n g , M a p p i n g & G I S P r o f e s s i o n a l sMarch 2009 Volume 12




  • Creating Opportunities instead of Problems

    This editorial will be not be about the economic crisis. Well, maybe a little bit. The crisis is

    also affecting the geospatial industry, but I prefer to talk about the opportunities this creates

    rather than all the negative effects that fill the papers and news broadcasts 24-7. In this

    issue you can read about innovative, successful initiatives undertaken by companies, user

    communities, scientists and more: people who are determined to get the best out of their

    products and data and are looking for new opportunities if present solutions fall short. The

    articles we present here give a broad overview of how the industry is on the move,

    everywhere and all the time.

    For the first time we are presenting a series of articles on Open Source GIS solutions. Its

    success didnt come overnight, but was in most cases the result of years and years of

    development. The advantages of open source software are clear: free source code and free

    distribution. In a time when you need to cut back on expenses, free software is tempting.

    But lets not hurry things too much: software can be free but this does not mean your

    problems are solved.

    However, we believe we need to inform you about new initiatives in the open source

    landscape. Last year we presented an interview with open source guru Paul Ramsey, and

    with this issue we offer you a series of articles on open source software initiatives such as

    QGIS, Kalypso and OpenGeo Stack. These three articles represent just the tip of the open

    source iceberg and Im very proud the authors wanted to share their experiences with open

    source software in GeoInformatics. Also, the efforts of Fugro Aerial Mapping and Cyclomedia

    should be mentioned when it comes to innovative new products. Spatial data experts will be

    happy to find an interview with Safe Software, which just released FME 2009. In the

    surveying, mapping and photogrammetric contributions I find the same innovative approach

    as in the articles Ive mentioned, so I can safely say that this issue will give the reader a lot

    of inspiration for creating opportunities in his or her daily work.

    Enjoy your reading,

    Eric van Rees

    March 20093

    GeoInformatics provides coverage, analysis and commentary with respect to the international surveying,mapping and GIS industry.

    PublisherRuud Groothuis

    Editor-in-chiefEric van Rees

    EditorsFrank Arts fartes@geoinformatics.comFlorian Fischer ffischer@geoinformatics.comJob van Haaften jvanhaaften@geoinformatics.comHuibert-Jan Lekkerkerkhlekkerkerk@geoinformatics.comRemco Takken rtakken@geoinformatics.comJoc Triglav

    ColumnistJames Fee

    Contributing WritersFlorian FischerGordon PetrieJoc TriglavRemco TakkenHuibert-Jan LekkerkerkGernot BelgerMichael HaaseThomas JungKaj LippertSebastian BenthallOtto DassauGary ShermanTim SuttonMarco HugentoblerPaolo CavalliniRebecca Peck

    Account ManagerWilfred Westerhof

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  • Cyclomedias large scale VisualisationsDutch company Cyclomedia specializes in creating large amounts of

    panoramic spherical imagery. These visualizations are finding their way

    to a broad range of costumers and different work fields. To maintain a

    lead in the market, research and development of the system connected

    to capturing the imagery is indispensible. CSO Sander Jongeleen explains

    all about the companys main product, recent projects and R&D activi-


    C o n t e n t

    March 2009

    ArticlesHigher Accuracies with FLI-MAP 400 6Innovation Project strengthens Fugro Aerial Mappings Market Position

    Enterprise Mash-ups 14Spatial Business Intelligence the Way You want It

    The Reykjavik Graffiti Project 30Handheld Computers with Built-In GPS Capabilities help to clean up Graffiti

    GNSS Update 34GLONASS Glory

    Kalypso Open Source 36A GIS-based Platform for Environmental and Water Resources Modeling

    The OpenGeo Stack 40An Open Source Web GIS Solution

    Quantum GIS 1.0 44A Testimony to the Power of Open Source

    A Profile of the ScanEx Company 54A Russian Commercial Remote Sensing Success Story

    Product ReviewMagellan ProMark 500 18Back to the Future

    InterviewsFME 2009 10Improving Performance in handling Spatial Data

    Cyclomedias large scale Visualisations 22Creating up-to-date Panoramic Spherical Imagery

    Geoserve 26Adding Value to the Distribution

    Chain of Satellite Imagery

    An Interview with Pitney Bowes James Buckley 48New Software, New Division

    Page 22

    FME 2009In January 2009, Safe Software

    released FME 2009. Joc Triglav

    had an interview with Safe

    Softwares co-founders Don

    Murray and Dale Lutz and asked

    them all about the improve-

    ments of this new soft-

    ware, its new data trans-

    formers, FME Server,

    support for 3D data

    and more.

    Page 10

  • Latest News? Visit www.geoinformatics.com5

    March 2009

    On the Cover:

    Satellite image of Bandar Abbas, a port city in the south of Iran.

    Image owned by Digital Globe. See the article on page 26.

    Enterprise Mash-upsMash-ups have become very popular in the domain of neogeography and

    big players like Microsoft, Intel and IBM have developed incredibly easy-

    to-use mash-up tools. Florian Fischer has a look at these tools and exam-

    ines how mash-ups could make their way into enterprises to make busi-

    ness intelligence tools more spatially aware.

    Page 26

    The OpenGeo Stack The OpenGeo software stack provides a way to connect people with geo-

    graphic information through the web, but with a difference: it is entirely

    open source. The stack includes PostGIS, a spatial database; GeoServer, a

    server for geospatial data; GeoWebCache, a tile caching proxy; and

    OpenLayers, a map viewing library. They can be used individually and with

    a variety of other projects. But OpenGeo's comprehensive support makes

    it especially easy to combine them all into a complete and customizable

    web GIS solution.

    Page 40

    ColumnPutting Spatial Analysis in Front of Users p.35By James Fee

    EventsPanasonic Toughbooks, the Seventh Generation 52Advancements in LED, Touch Screen and Connectivity

    Calendar 58

    Advertisers Index 58

    Page 14

  • Higher Accuracieswith

    FLI-MAP 400A Dutch innovation project for the Ministry of Transport

    (Rijkswaterstaat) with very demanding accuracy

    requirements contributed to a further refining of the

    FLI-MAP system. Through the use of so-called LiDAR

    marker boards, higher accuracies can now be achieved

    when surveying roads, rail roads and DTM-design

    projects. These successes can be used as input for

    comparable projects abroad. Huug Haasnoot, Managing

    Director of Fugro Aerial Mapping B.V. explains how such

    high accuracies of better than 20mm can be reached and

    what this means for Fugros market position.

    By Eric van Rees

    How has FLI-MAP been developed into the system youhave now with such a high accuracy?

    We started with FLI-MAP 10 years ago and since then it has under-

    gone an enormous amount of development. Two years ago we intro-

    duced much more accurate lasers onto the market, which allowed sur-

    vey ranges to be measured within 1 centimetre. This presented us with

    the challenge to increase the total accuracy of the LiDAR point cloud

    by defining the position and attitude of the helicopter as precisely as

    possible. The solution was reached by minimalizing the error in the

    positions through the use of LiDAR marking points.

    Back in 2003, we carried out a test with the Dutch Ministry of Transport

    to define the accuracy of FLI-MAP and to see if all road-side details

    could be recorded. The conclusion was that this system was just not

    accurate enough and did not record small features such as hectometre

    poles: the resolution for this was not sufficient.

    When we introduced our new FLI-MAP 400 system onto the market,

    there was also a tender for an innovation project just released by the

    Ministry of Transport, Public Work and Water Management (also known

    as Rijkswaterstaat). The ministry wanted to r