Microsoft was out in numbers at the IGTF 2015 conference (ASPRS Annual Conference and co-located JACIE Workshop) in Tampa, Florida. In our exhibit booth we were showing off the Osprey Prime nadir/oblique digital aerial camera and we announced the release of version 3.9 of our UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software.
The North America UltraCam team was joined by several of our colleagues from the Graz, Austria office who brought along a copy of UltraMap 3.9. This software just keeps getting cooler all the time! What I really like about new UltraMap releases is how each responds to requests from our customers for specific features or enhancements. A perfect example of this in UltraMap 3.9 is the capability to edit DSMs automatically generated in UltraMap. Watching this demonstrated in our exhibition booth was like watching magic being performed! Artifacts are easily removed, building walls and edges are rapidly restored and smoothed, and then the DSM-based ortho image can be quickly and efficiently reprocessed based on the DSM edits. Take a look at this quick video.
Another very cool UltraMap 3.9 update is our new AT module. Typically there is nothing terribly exciting about watching an AT demo but UltraMap 3.9 just changed that by introducing Visual Analytics that provide a 3D AT work environment. With this release, users can now better visualize camera trigger events represented by what I am going to call pyramids–which are color coded to identify different flight missions–as well as the correspondence of those trigger events to common tie-points within the mission images, and the health of the linkage between the images. This video says it better than I can.
If you want to learn more about UltraMap 3.9, see a demo or get your hands on a trial version, contact your UltraCam representative for your region. The release is scheduled to be available to customers July 1, 2015 through either purchase or the recently established UltraMap subscription plan.
Another significant happening at the conference is that our Tom Barclay was awarded the ASPRS 2015 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for his work on the Microsoft TerraServer. Redubbed Microsoft Research Maps in 2010, TerraServer was the precursor to today’s mapping websites (such as Bing Maps) that provide geospatial professionals and the general public with on-line access to traditional maps, satellite, aerial and street-view imagery using common browsers on personal computers and mobile devices. Tom, who has been with Microsoft since 1994 (and pictured here holding his award), was the lead researcher on the project. The Microsoft Bing Maps and UltraCam teams are very proud of Tom for this achievement!
All for now!
-Jerry Skaw, Microsoft UltraCam Team