Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 12, 2010
TerraGo Technologies®, a leading provider of geospatial collaboration software solutions, announced the general availability of TerraGo 3D Composer™, which enables users to publish portable, actionable 3D GeoPDF® maps and imagery from various elevation data sources. TerraGo has also released a new version of the free TerraGo Toolbar™, which gives users the power to view and interact with 3D GeoPDF files. TerraGo will demonstrate the new solutions at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego this week.
Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense and currently in use with several government agencies, TerraGo 3D Composer gives GIS experts the ability to extend the value and application of their extensive libraries of elevation data. The new TerraGo Toolbar provides users, even those with no geospatial training, access to mission-critical data as easy-to-use GeoPDF files. With TerraGo 3D GeoPDF files, users can view geographic coordinates, measure length and distance, and geo-locate a point on the 3D map.
“Traditionally, the sharing of LiDAR data has been hindered by extremely large file sizes and complex viewers required to navigate and analyze the data,” said Chris Watson, vice president of marketing and business development for TerraGo. “Now, with TerraGo 3D GeoPDF files, organizations are able to provide easy access to highly compressed, interactive PDF-based maps and imagery that maintain the integrity of the data while being portable and actionable.”
As the inventor of GeoPDF maps, TerraGo has a strong record of accomplishment helping organizations provide non-GIS users with access to complex GIS data through a simple, easy-to-use, easy-to-access format. With the invention of the 3D GeoPDF file, TerraGo extends that value proposition further to those government agencies and private sector companies that require access to 3D data in the field for better situational awareness and improved decision-making.
Key features of TerraGo 3D Composer include the following:
- With TerraGo 3D Composer software, users can convert output from industry standard GIS visualization products to 3D GeoPDF files using both LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) point clouds and other traditional DEM data.
- TerraGo 3D Composer enables users to convert existing 3D PDF models created from other 3D production software to geo-registered 3D GeoPDF maps, which can then be used for coordinate display and measurement in Adobe Reader.
- TerraGo 3D GeoPDF maps created through the software contain geographic coordinates dynamically displayed in the document in addition to elevation data. The files can contain layers that have color and transparency for easy analysis.
- TerraGo 3D Composer uses advanced technology to create high-quality compressed files that can be easily distributed and shared with non-technical geospatial consumers.
TerraGo GeoPDF maps and imagery are the standard across defense and intelligence, civilian government, and commercial organizations for enabling both technical GIS users and non-GIS savvy personnel to distribute, reference, enhance, and share geospatial information. Organizations such as the U.S. Army, the U.S. Geological Survey, FEMA, and many other organizations create, use, and disseminate GeoPDF maps in support of critical operations around the world. The 3D GeoPDF solution is the latest geospatial innovation from TerraGo that extends the access and application of maps and imagery throughout organizations’ entire enterprises and enables multiple organizations to easily share valuable geospatial intelligence.
For more information or a demonstration of TerraGo 3D Composer and 3D GeoPDF maps, contact sales (at) terragotech (dot) com or visit http://www.terragotech.com/composer.
About TerraGo Technologies
TerraGo Technologies delivers software applications that extend the access and application of maps and images for non-GIS users and customers. More than 850 organizations, including many defense and intelligence agencies, utility companies, public safety departments and environmental engineering teams, depend on TerraGo software. The TerraGo Publisher® Suite allows organizations to consume and optimize data from any source and create a geo-enabled PDF, also known as a GeoPDF® file. The TerraGo Collaboration® Suite offers desktop, Web-based and mobile software applications that automate geospatial collaboration and information gathering. When used in conjunction with TerraGo Composer®, customers are able to configure easy-to-use maps, images and digital mapbooks while embedding relevant business context, forms and workflows. With a strong ecosystem of partners, including Adobe, ESRI, ERDAS, Intergraph, BAE Systems and Trimble, millions of professionals use geospatial data that has been enabled by TerraGo in order to be more productive, improve quality and make better decisions. For more information, visit http://www.terragotech.com.
TerraGo Technologies® and GeoPDF® are registered trademarks of TerraGo Technologies, Inc.