MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER



Wayne's World

Geoimage offers relief for EOFY


Welcome all our clients and readers to the Geoimage End of Financial Year Newsletter.

It’s been a fantastic journey for the business over the past few months during the move and integration into the Jensen Bowers Group.  As you are all aware now, we have maintained our full team of satellite specialists and our trusted and respected name and brand.  We have now started visiting some of clients to discuss the full range of Jensen Bowers Group services; from traditional detailed surveying all the way through to satellite imagery.

There is some exciting news regarding new satellite imagery, DEMs and software releases from five of our major vendors.  There is a lot to digest.  If you have any questions at all or would like further information please make contact with our sales team directly, or via the website where all the latest information is available.

We often see clients looking to purchase imagery and products towards the end of the financial year, and also wanting information to assist with next financial year budgets.  We are able to very quickly review options with you and provide advice or recommendations to assist.

For many of you, and in particular those in WA, you will have met, spoken with or dealt with Natalie Dalgleish (nee Ladner) in our Perth Office.  Nat and husband Jeff are expecting their first child in early July and so we farewell Nat, for a while, at the end of May.  Our congratulations and best wishes go to them both.  We are making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that all Nat’s clients are kept informed and that we are able to provide the same level of support over the coming months.

Hope you enjoy the read.

Regards,

Wayne


GEOIMAGE


Satellite imagery often provides the most cost effective solution to acquiring a Digital Elevation Model over your area of interest. Until the end of June, Geoimage is offering a special price on the AW3D product from ALOS.

This product is created from the ALOS PRISM data and is a 5m DEM which is ideal for large area coverage. The AW3D product offers high geolocation accuracy without any ground control points required. Some of the many uses include:

  • Developing base maps
  • Construction planning for infrastructure facilities
  • Development plan for agricultural irrigation
  • Identifying areas at risk of disasters, including flooding, landslides & bushfires
  • The identification of promising areas for natural resource investigations
  • Route selection 
Geoimage are experts in creating all types of digital elevation models from satellite imagery. Whether you require contours, modelling or visualisation, we believe we have the proven knowledge and experience to cover all your elevation needs. 

Relief can be defined as: the easing of a burden or distress or it can be defined as the variation in elevation over an area of the Earth's surface. At Geoimage we aim to provide both, so let us help you solve your digital elevation needs and contact us now for further information.


Please contact us for further details or a quote.


 


Have you seen our website recently?

 

30cm satellite data now a reality

GEOIMAGE


Given the increased queries we are receiving for Digital Elevation Models, we have created a special section on our website dedicated to DEMs. This discusses all the different DEMs created by satellite imagery that are currently available in the marketplace.

We also have some new articles in the following sections:

  • Videos - Found under our Media section. See what Dr. Kumar Navulur - Director of DigitalGlobe's NextGen products - has to say about nano satellites, UAVs, videos from satellites, cloud computing and mobile technology. Interesting to see how one of the leading satellite companies views the future. Click here to view this video
  • Also see a quick product demonstration of DigitalGlobe's Basemap product presented by Geoimage's Shona Chisholm - these can be found under the Media section.  Click here to view this video
  • New case studies - Click here
  • New ERDAS IMAGINE free trial
  • All about Jensen Bowers. Click here


DIGITALGLOBE


30cm imagery brings new value to a variety of use cases and market segments. This new level of detail means better operational efficiency and cost management, more effective disaster planning and recovery, a better customer experience in map-centric market segments, and more efficient humanitarian assistance. 

As an introductory offer, any new capture requests for 30cm data, will have a 20% discount off the RRP applied.
DON'T MISS OUT!

DigitalGlobe's Basemap product:
Access imagery over your region or globally on an annual subscription basis. View DigitalGlobe's vast catalogue of Basemap imagery in an online portal or within your GIS environment.

Geoimage has created a demonstration video which shows how easy it is to access the latest data.




 

We say farewell to QuickBird, IKONOS & SPOT-5

Sharing some insights from our Industry Partner

DIGITALGLOBE & AIRBUS

It is with a sad heart that we at Geoimage say farewell to these 3 work horses - QuickBird, IKONOS & SPOT-5 satellites.These satellites have all been trailblazers during their lifetime.

QuickBird: After 13 years of excellent performance, QuickBird satellite approached its end of mission smoothly and re-entered the Earth's atmosphere above the South Atlantic Ocean near southern Brazil. The satellite made over 70,000 trips around the Earth, capturing at 60cm resolution and contributing substantially to DigitalGlobe's imagery catalogue. It also enhanced our understanding of our ever changing planet. 



IKONOS: Launched into space on September 1999, IKONOS surpassed its life expectancy by nearly ten years. During its nearly 15 years in service, IKONOS collected 599,754 images with 80cm panchromatic and 3.2m multispectral resolution, amassing more than 408 million square kilometres of coverage. Currently there is a suspension of all IKONOS archive orders which is expected to last at least several months. Geoimage will advise when/if sales of IKONOS archive data recommences.



SPOT-5: After 13 years of loyal service, SPOT-5 ceased commercial operations on March 31st, 2015. SPOT-5 imagery was used to create the popular SPOTMaps 2.5m series, and the stereo data is used for the Elevation 30 digital elevation model products. Geoimage has had great experience utilising this data for large regional projects such as the statewide coverage of NSW.







Senegal River - Mauritania - acquired by SPOT-5

DR ANDREW ROBSON

 
Remote sensing based applications are continuously being developed to detect crop damage caused by pests, disease and/or insufficient nutrition, as well as yield prediction over growing seasons.  A leading pioneer in this field, Dr. Andrew Robson has been an industry partner of Geoimage's for many years, so we asked him about his research.

Dr. Andrew Robson has been involved in agricultural research since 1996. For the last 13 years, Andrew has been employed as a research scientist with Qld. Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and since February 2014 as a research fellow for the University of New England, developing remote sensing/GIS applications across a number of cropping systems both nationally and internationally. This research has included peanut, sugar cane, grains, tree crops, rice and pastures and has incorporated satellite, airborne and field based spectral technologies. This research has seen a great degree of adoption, particularly for the sugar and peanut industries where it is being used for yield forecasting at the crop, farm and regional level.

Andrew was happy to share with us a bit about how he uses satellite imagery and also the different applications he uses it for.

Satellite imagery can improve understanding of on-farm variability. By using vegetation indices, we can measure crop reflectance and the results can be converted into accurate predictions of yield, nutrition and a range of crop quality parameters.

Research applications for remote sensing technologies include:

  • Sugarcane - Developing applications to predict yield and foliar nitrogen uptake at block, farm and regional levels and to detect disease such as (Yellow Canopy Syndrome) as well as pest incursions (cane grub). This project was funded by Sugar Research Australia.
  • Peanut - Research in developing interactive maps incorporating satellite imagery and real-time data (such as pest, irrigation and nutrient conditions) to analyse the health and maturity level of crops and predict yield at the individual crop and regional levels. This project has been funded by the Peanut Company of Australia.

  • Avocado - Preliminary research funded by Horticulture Australia and Avocado Australia has found that very high-resolution satellite imagery combined with GIS and GoogleEarth are accurate tools for identifying trees affected by the pathogen Phytophora, predicting fruit quality, and for tree auditing. This result has led to the funding of a $7 million national tree project under the Federal governments' R & D for Profit Scheme. The project will integrate the latest imaging and robotics technologies to provide mango, avocado, macadamia and banana farmers with decision support tools to help improve production and profit and will include leading tree-crop producers and industry groups, University of New England, University of Sydney, University of Queensland and Central Queensland University, AGTRIX, QDAFF and DSITIA.
  • Pastures - Research evaluating the ability of active sensors to accurately predict pasture biomass across a range of species and geographical locations. This project has been funded by Meat and Livestock Australia and the CRC for Spatial Information.

Dr. Andrew Robson

To view some of Andrew's case studies, click here:

 

Hexagon Geospatial News 

 

Don't miss our webinar with ERDAS IMAGINE and imagery



HEXAGON GEOSPATIAL


2015 has been a huge year for our Australian partner Hexagon Geospatial. They have made some fantastic technological advancements in their solutions, which we are happy to be able to provide.

Most people know about ECW format, which is a format that was designed specifically for our industry by an Australian company. Hexagon Geospatial are still doing a lot of work on this to assure it's the fastest way people can view and stream geospatial imagery while saving large amounts of space on their infrastructure. With a much higher percentage of implementations being deployed on the cloud this is more and more important for customers.

Another buzz word is Point Cloud data, this is a set of data points in a 3 dimensional coordinate system, defined by X,Y and Z. Hexagon Geospatial has again utilised some great technology born in Australia and has created what they call Hexagon Point Cloud Format, a format that is 10% the size of .las files and a format that they can stream as point clouds within their ECWP streaming protocol. The first solution they have released that can read this is ERDAS IMAGINE, and now you can also undertake volumetric analysis with point clouds in IMAGINE.

We at Geoimage are so convinced that you will love the latest version of ERDAS IMAGINE and all that it is capable of doing, that we are offering a 30 day trial offer.

For further information, call Simon Greig on 07 3319 4990 or email Simon: simon@geoimage.com.au

GEOIMAGE & HEXAGON GEOSPATIAL


During the life of a mine, continual evidence based monitoring and assessment are needed to comply with government legislation for all mining leases. Satellite derived spatial datasets can assist in identifying and quantifying areas, regions of success and stress, and be used to assess change throughout the project areas. Summaries of these compliance monitoring activities are then able to be combined with the evidence and support the completion of mining compliance reports in a timely manner.

Geoimage and Hexagon Geospatial invite you to attend a free webinar to show you how easily this can be achieved by using satellite data and ERDAS IMAGINE.

Topics covered include:

  • Monitoring plans - construction around mine sites, infrastructure & development and how monthly captures can help save money and assist you in  tracking & reporting
  • Vegetation change - compliance, endangered species, clearing and disturbances
  • Mine Disturbance - Pit changes, Stock Piles, Batch processing, NDVI, maps for reports
  • ENVI - what, where, changed & rehab, long term effects, historical pics and digital proofs.
  • ERDAS IMAGINE - capabilities for change detection, extract elevation stereo data, point cloud data, batch processing, NDVI to mention but a few.

When? Wednesday 10th June 2015
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope you can make it.

 Our Brisbane office has moved!


Bowen Basin Symposium is on


GEOIMAGE


As part of us joining the Jensen Bowers Group, our Brisbane office has said farewell to the Taringa premises and moved to our new office location in Fortitude Valley.

Our new address:
72 Costin Street
Fortitude Valley  QLD  4006
Tel: 07 3871 0088 or 07 3319 4990

Postal address:
PO Box 799
Spring Hill  QLD  4004


Being under new management has also meant a change in ABN and bank account details. Geoimage would appreciate you advising your Accounts Payable Departments of these changes. New bank details will appear on our invoices. Alternatively you can email accounts@geoimage.com.au for a pdf of these changes.

New ABN: 91 603 077 185


CONFERENCES


The Bowen Basin Symposium brought to you by the Bowen Basin Geologist Group is held once every 5 years and has been a resounding success since its inception in 1985. This year it will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from the 7-9 October, 2015. The symposium aims to foster the exchange of ideas for the solution of common problems and challenges and to maintain an awareness of new technologies provided through formal presentations and trade displays.

This year's theme is "Bowen Basin and Beyond" - the symposium will extend its focus beyond the Bowen Basin to other coal basins throughout Queensland and Northern NSW whilst placing a strong emphasis on both the coal mining and coal seam gas industries.


Some of the Themes for this year's papers include:
  • New projects/Exploration
  • Structural Geology
  • Global Demand (India/China)
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Safety
  • Coal Resource/JORC
  • Geophysics
  • New Technologies
  • Environmental Management
  • Native Title/Cultural Heritage
Geoimage will be exhibiting at this conference, displaying the latest and greatest that technology has to offer - so drop by our booth and see what we have to offer.
For further information about the conference: click here

 


 

Wayne's World


Special Pricing for WorldView-2

 



What’s happening?  We’ve had the Melbourne Cup, the shops are filling with Christmas decorations and there’s plans being made for the holidays.  Do the years just get shorter as you get older?

In protest, our latest Newsletter is not packed with festive messages or end of year specials, there’s time left for that; rather we continue to bring news of what we have been up to, what some of our clients and partners have been working on and the usual informative updates and industry news.

I’ve recently returned from a six week outback adventure through eastern Australia with my family; 12,000 kms from rainforest to desert to snow,  form coal to gold to opal mines, from cattle to sheep and wheat to vineyards and orchards and from -15m to 2015m AHD.  The common theme along the entire trip was the “Aussie Battler”. Whether it be corporate Australia battling with weakened exports and a high dollar, farmers battling with extreme conditions and cautious banks, the tourism industry battling with falling patronage and fuel prices  or small businesses battling with maintaining sales, red-tape and escalating costs; the Aussie spirit remains hopeful, strong and determined.

And so are we at Geoimage.

We have stuck firmly to our core business and passion; being “The Specialists in Satellite Imagery”, and strive every day to add more value and deliver efficiently for our clients.

As we gather speed to the end of another year let’s maintain our collective hope, strength and determination.  Hope you enjoy the read.

Cheers,

 

Reduced Pricing WorldView-2 / WorldView-3 8-band Bundles:

With the introduction of WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe have reduced their pricing on 50cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery, from US$38/sq km down to US$31.50/sq km. It is also worth noting that 40cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery is priced at US$34.50, also below the previous new capture 50cm pricing.

DigitalGlobe are having a special 50/50 introductory offer on WorldView-3 imagery for the rest of 2014.  

Throughout November and December 2014, WorldView-3 40 cm imagery is 50% off list price.  This brings the US$58/sq km price down to US$29 (just one dollar more than the standard US$28 multi-satellite 40 cm order). Please note pricing may vary depending on region.

Furthermore, any order for WorldView-3 40 cm imagery placed before February 25th, 2015 will be eligible for a re-delivery of that same data at 30 cm at a special +50% upgrade price.

Please contact us for further details or a quote.


 

 

Wayne's World


Special Pricing for WorldView-2

 



What’s happening?  We’ve had the Melbourne Cup, the shops are filling with Christmas decorations and there’s plans being made for the holidays.  Do the years just get shorter as you get older?

In protest, our latest Newsletter is not packed with festive messages or end of year specials, there’s time left for that; rather we continue to bring news of what we have been up to, what some of our clients and partners have been working on and the usual informative updates and industry news.

I’ve recently returned from a six week outback adventure through eastern Australia with my family; 12,000 kms from rainforest to desert to snow,  form coal to gold to opal mines, from cattle to sheep and wheat to vineyards and orchards and from -15m to 2015m AHD.  The common theme along the entire trip was the “Aussie Battler”. Whether it be corporate Australia battling with weakened exports and a high dollar, farmers battling with extreme conditions and cautious banks, the tourism industry battling with falling patronage and fuel prices  or small businesses battling with maintaining sales, red-tape and escalating costs; the Aussie spirit remains hopeful, strong and determined.

And so are we at Geoimage.

We have stuck firmly to our core business and passion; being “The Specialists in Satellite Imagery”, and strive every day to add more value and deliver efficiently for our clients.

As we gather speed to the end of another year let’s maintain our collective hope, strength and determination.  Hope you enjoy the read.

Cheers,


 

Wayne's World


Special Pricing for WorldView-2

 



What’s happening?  We’ve had the Melbourne Cup, the shops are filling with Christmas decorations and there’s plans being made for the holidays.  Do the years just get shorter as you get older?

In protest, our latest Newsletter is not packed with festive messages or end of year specials, there’s time left for that; rather we continue to bring news of what we have been up to, what some of our clients and partners have been working on and the usual informative updates and industry news.

I’ve recently returned from a six week outback adventure through eastern Australia with my family; 12,000 kms from rainforest to desert to snow,  form coal to gold to opal mines, from cattle to sheep and wheat to vineyards and orchards and from -15m to 2015m AHD.  The common theme along the entire trip was the “Aussie Battler”. Whether it be corporate Australia battling with weakened exports and a high dollar, farmers battling with extreme conditions and cautious banks, the tourism industry battling with falling patronage and fuel prices  or small businesses battling with maintaining sales, red-tape and escalating costs; the Aussie spirit remains hopeful, strong and determined.

And so are we at Geoimage.

We have stuck firmly to our core business and passion; being “The Specialists in Satellite Imagery”, and strive every day to add more value and deliver efficiently for our clients.

As we gather speed to the end of another year let’s maintain our collective hope, strength and determination.  Hope you enjoy the read.

Cheers,

 

Reduced Pricing WorldView-2 / WorldView-3 8-band Bundles:

With the introduction of WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe have reduced their pricing on 50cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery, from US$38/sq km down to US$31.50/sq km. It is also worth noting that 40cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery is priced at US$34.50, also below the previous new capture 50cm pricing.

DigitalGlobe are having a special 50/50 introductory offer on WorldView-3 imagery for the rest of 2014.  

Throughout November and December 2014, WorldView-3 40 cm imagery is 50% off list price.  This brings the US$58/sq km price down to US$29 (just one dollar more than the standard US$28 multi-satellite 40 cm order). Please note pricing may vary depending on region.

Furthermore, any order for WorldView-3 40 cm imagery placed before February 25th, 2015 will be eligible for a re-delivery of that same data at 30 cm at a special +50% upgrade price.

Please contact us for further details or a quote.


 





 

Wayne's World


Special Pricing for WorldView-2

 



What’s happening?  We’ve had the Melbourne Cup, the shops are filling with Christmas decorations and there’s plans being made for the holidays.  Do the years just get shorter as you get older?

In protest, our latest Newsletter is not packed with festive messages or end of year specials, there’s time left for that; rather we continue to bring news of what we have been up to, what some of our clients and partners have been working on and the usual informative updates and industry news.

I’ve recently returned from a six week outback adventure through eastern Australia with my family; 12,000 kms from rainforest to desert to snow,  form coal to gold to opal mines, from cattle to sheep and wheat to vineyards and orchards and from -15m to 2015m AHD.  The common theme along the entire trip was the “Aussie Battler”. Whether it be corporate Australia battling with weakened exports and a high dollar, farmers battling with extreme conditions and cautious banks, the tourism industry battling with falling patronage and fuel prices  or small businesses battling with maintaining sales, red-tape and escalating costs; the Aussie spirit remains hopeful, strong and determined.

And so are we at Geoimage.

We have stuck firmly to our core business and passion; being “The Specialists in Satellite Imagery”, and strive every day to add more value and deliver efficiently for our clients.

As we gather speed to the end of another year let’s maintain our collective hope, strength and determination.  Hope you enjoy the read.

Cheers,

 

Reduced Pricing WorldView-2 / WorldView-3 8-band Bundles:

With the introduction of WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe have reduced their pricing on 50cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery, from US$38/sq km down to US$31.50/sq km. It is also worth noting that 40cm 8-band bundle select tasking imagery is priced at US$34.50, also below the previous new capture 50cm pricing.

DigitalGlobe are having a special 50/50 introductory offer on WorldView-3 imagery for the rest of 2014.  

Throughout November and December 2014, WorldView-3 40 cm imagery is 50% off list price.  This brings the US$58/sq km price down to US$29 (just one dollar more than the standard US$28 multi-satellite 40 cm order). Please note pricing may vary depending on region.

Furthermore, any order for WorldView-3 40 cm imagery placed before February 25th, 2015 will be eligible for a re-delivery of that same data at 30 cm at a special +50% upgrade price.

Please contact us for further details or a quote.


 

 

Innovative ways of using satellite imagery

   
 

 

Innovative ways of using satellite imagery

Interactive Learning in Remote Sensing

Virtual Eye is a world leader in real-time 3D Sports Graphics on land, sea and in the air.

Virtual Eye, the Sports division of New Zealand based Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has completely revolutionised the sports of Sailing, Cricket & Motorsports to name but a few, from being difficult to watch and understand into a multi-device spectator sport. 

Currently, Virtual Eye is contracted to provide the Formula1 series graphics for the BBC and the recent Sochi event proved no exception. The graphics included a detailed 3D depiction of the track and as the series progressed, graphics showing lines the drivers took; where they accelerated, braked, their speed and gear choices. As well, commentators were able to "drive" the virtual cars during analysis before or after race coverage, choosing the lines they would take into corners and how they might have dealt with crashes.

To see more of their amazing work, view their showreel by clicking here:

 
To view a larger version of the thumbnail click on the image.
Dr Karen Joyce, a Senior Lecturer of Remote Sensing at Charles Darwin University and regular client of Geoimage has written and created an interactive remote sensing lesson on mass coral bleaching.

Karen graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland. Her focus was on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using her remote sensing expertise for a variety of applications, she has since worked as a Geomatic Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models for spatially explicit mapping of recreation opportunities across New Zealand's conservation estate and developed techniques for integrating remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle.

Her primary area of interest is in the application and automation of remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems. Some of her current projects include:

  • Creating Interactive Learning in Remote Sensing
  • Assessing Vegetation changes with in-situ time lapse photography
  • Marine Habitats of the Southern Great Barrier Reef
  • Change in Woody Vegetation at Kidman Springs
  • Developing an Unmanned Airborne System at CDU

Click here to view her interactive lesson on mass coral bleaching:

   


Wayne's World


Geoimage offers relief for EOFY



Welcome to all our clients and readers to the Geoimage End of Financial Year Newsletter.

It’s been a fantastic journey for the business over the past few months during the move and integration into the Jensen Bowers Group.  As you are all aware now, we have maintained our full team of satellite specialists and our trusted and respected name and brand.  We have now started visiting some of clients to discuss the full range of Jensen Bowers Group services; from traditional detailed surveying all the way through to satellite imagery.

There is some exciting news regarding new satellite imagery, DEMs and software releases from five of our major vendors.  There’s a lot to digest.  If you have any questions at all or would like further information please make contact with our sales team or via the website where all the latest information is available.

We often see clients looking to purchase imagery and products towards the end of the financial year and also wanting information to assist with next financial year budgets.  We are able to very quickly review options with you and provide advice or recommendations to assist.

For many of you, and in particular those in WA, you will have met, spoken with or dealt with Natalie Ladner in our Perth Office.  Nat and husband Jeff are expecting their first child in early July and so we farewell Nat, for a while, at the end of May.  Our congratulations and best wishes go to them both.  We are making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that all Nat’s clients are kept informed and that we are able to provide the same level of support over the coming months.

Hope you enjoy the read.

Regards,

Wayne


Satellite imagery often provides the most cost effective solution to acquiring a Digital Elevation Model over your area of interest. Until the end of June, Geoimage is offering a special price on the AW3D product from ALOS.

This product is created from the ALOS PRISM data and is a 5m DEM which is ideal for large area coverage. The AW3D product offers high geolocation accuracy without any ground control points required. Some of the many uses include:
  • Developing base maps
  • Construction planning for infrastructure facilities
  • Development plan for agricultural irrigation
  • Identifying areas at risk of disasters, including flooding, landslides & bushfires
  • The identification of promising areas for natural resource investigations
  • Route selection 
Geoimage are experts in creating all types of digital elevation models from satellite imagery. Whether you require contours, modelling or visualisation, we believe we have the proven knowledge and experience to cover all your elevation needs. 

Relief can be defined as: the easing of a burden or distress or it can be defined as the variation in elevation over an area of the Earth's surface. At Geoimage we aim to provide both, so let us help you solve your digital elevation needs and contact us now for further information.


Please contact us for further details or a quote.



 

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