Monday, January 26, 2009

MS2525 Military Symbology

TITAN is fully capable of displaying and even sharing attribute based symbology for point files. To sweeten the pot even further, we now have the ability to easily create complete Order of Battle overlays based on MS2525 symbology within the TITAN Viewer.

See the (very faked up) example below that shows the (very real) utility of MS2525 symbology. No war in Boise though...:)

Friday, January 16, 2009

OpenStreetMap - State of the Map Conference

This is a shout out for the OpenStreetMap conference "The State of the Map," to be held this summer, July 10-12, 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. My favorite stat from an announcement: that OSM is "a worldwide movement of over 80,000 volunteers who are making a new map of the world." That's a lot of community cartographers that make updates to this unique open source map project.

ERDAS has received a good deal of praise for integrating OSM as the default basemap in the TITAN Viewer.

There is a conference schedule available at the State of the Map website. Here is some more information from OSM about the State of the Map conference:

The State of the Map is the conference of OpenStreetMap - the worldwide movement of over 80,000 volunteers who are making a new map of the world.

Over three days in July 2009, the worldwide OpenStreetMap community will be meeting to share ideas and stories as they continue their re-mapping of the world.

Have you ever looked at Google Maps and wondered what's going on in there? Were you shocked by the price of the last map you bought for your TomTom? The answer to all these questions, and more is waiting for you at the State of the Map.

For newcomers to the project, the event is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the leading example of crowd sourcing in the world.

Experienced OSMers will enjoy the opportunity to catch up with old friends, put faces to email addresses and share stories of mapping missions gone awry.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Historical ads

It's fun to look through old volumes of industry journals that you've kept around for years and years. For one, you marvel at how far things have come. Looking at PE&RS journals all the way back to the mid 80s you see names like Wild, Kern, Kodak and ERDAS of course! Paul at the Field Guide scanned a few of the very first ERDAS ads and now has a history of ERDAS ads running down the right column of the blog.

Here's a great old ad featuring a Stereo Facet Plotter from OMI (Otto Meccanica Italiana) from 1985. Wow those are some lights!!

Here's one of our own from Wild, also from 1985. (Wild-Leitz merged with Cambridge Instruments to form Leica back in 1990):

If you're into old photogrammetry tools Ryan was just at Leica Geosystems headquarters in Heerbrugg last week and took some pictures.