SOCET for ArcGIS and SEE modules support the development and analysis of GEOINT products
Photogrammetry and image analysis are used to store information in a GIS database using ground coordinates and attributes, then the power of GIS is unleashed to give the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) community capabilities that were not readily available before this combination became a reality. BAE Systems’ Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) business has built two products to meet the rather different requirements of geospatial analysts (GAs) and image analysts (IAs).
SOCET for ArcGIS
Furthermore, as new imagery is collected, map updates and edits can easily be compiled by loading the appropriate geodatabase and using either SOCET SET Feature Extraction or ArcMap drawing tools to add, modify or edit features. Another key advantage in using SOCET for ArcGIS is the ability for GAs to use a large variety of remotely sensed satellite and airborne imagery to extract and update features from the most current, detailed and accurate sources available. The combined SOCET for ArcGIS and ArcMap toolkit enables GAs to work in a seamless photogrammetric and GIS environment to compile and maintain GEOINT geodatabases efficiently. From tentative connections between analog and analytical photogrammetric workstations with digital mapping and GIS systems, first attempted 30 years ago, to today’s fusion of digital photogrammetry and GIS technologies has been a remarkable progression. Currently, a large number of prime and sub contractors working on NGA’s Global Geospatial Intelligence (GGI) program have added the SOCET for ArcGIS module into their data production workflow to support the extraction and creation of geodatabases for Regional Line (RLD) and Urban Feature Databases (UFD). The workflow enables the smooth transition from photogrammetric collection of features from stereo imagery to a finished, topologically structured and attributed geodatabase.
SOCET for ArcGIS is available now in SOCET SET® v5.4.1, and in the near future in SOCET GXP® v3.0.
View and edit feature layers using SOCET GXP's SEE functionality
Spatially Enabled Exploitation (SEE), an add-on module for SOCET GXP, is designed for IAs. It is easy to use and provides straightforward tools suited to IAs with little or no experience of photogrammetry or ESRI products. SEE allows IAs - for the first-time ever - to populate the ESRI geodatabase and answer critical questions using temporal, spatial, and attribute queries. Moreover, routine IA graphics drawn by users automatically populate the ESRI geodatabase instead of being exported to a shapefile. With this direct connection to the ESRI geodatabase, IAs can compare features across multiple images for accurate and efficient change detection, a critical IA requirement.