Vancouver B.C.- Safe Software and Blue Marble Geographics announced that they have teamed up to bring the best of both of their products together in one authoring environment to increase the possibilities of what can be achieved in the use and distribution of spatial data. With the release of the GeoCalc Extension for FME, in addition to FME's industry-leading format support and flexible transformation capabilities, users can have access to Blue Marble's highly accurate coordinate transformations directly through FME Workbench.
The GeoCalc Extension for FME
allows those relying on GeoCalc's coordinate transformations to bring them into
FME's intuitive graphical user interface where they have access to FME's
unparalleled format support and data transformation capabilities.
"GeoCalc and FME are highly
complementary products," says Patrick Cunningham, president of Blue Marble
Geographics. "By integrating the two, our users can take advantage of FME's
excellent data transformation authoring environment, while directly accessing
the highly accurate coordinate transformations they rely on in GeoCalc."
For FME users, access to the Blue
Marble coordinate engine means more choice in coordinate transformations, and
increased vertical height conversion accuracy and flexibility.
"We are very excited about
how this integration will increase the possibilities of what users can achieve
with FME," says Dale Lutz, vice president of development at Safe Software.
"For example, we are seeing an explosion in the use of 3D data,
particularly LiDAR, and GeoCalc's superior geoid selection means more accurate
With the GeoCalc Extension, FME
users with a valid Blue Marble Desktop GeoCalc license can select the GeoCalc
datasource for use in coordinate transformations directly from FME Workbench.
Through the Blue Marble Desktop administrative tools, they can also guide end
users to preferred coordinate systems and transformations by specifying which
GeoCalc systems and geodetic objects are available for import into FME.
The integration also provides
access to fine datum shift control, including the option of processing shifts
with late binding transformations or direct datum transformations, avoiding the
potential loss introduced by using an interim WGS84 datum shift.
The GeoCalc Extension for FME is
currently in beta and will soon be available from Blue Marble Geographics.
Those interested in more information email Blue Marble at
Safe Software and Blue Marble Geographics Announce Partnership
May 1, 2012