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Commercial GIS extension for visualization of large unstructured geospatial data

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
1000 Technology Drive Suite 3140 Fairmont, WV 26554
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Commercial GIS extension for visualization of large unstructured geospatial data
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS5-03032
Award Amount: $69,919.00


The proposed innovation is new technology to enable the visualization of large unstructured geospatial datasets, such as LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) data, within a commercial desktop Geographic Information System (GIS). The proposed architecture uses a high performance computing (HPC) platform to process the datasets and create visualization models, and then integrates 3D visualization into a GIS environment. For this research, cluster computing (a collection of interconnected commodity PCs implementing parallel processing techniques) will serve as the ?back-end?, with visualization and GIS integration provided through an extension to the ArcGIS system. The significance of the innovation is that it would: * Provide users new ability to visualize large datasets at their full resolution at varying scales;* Be implemented as a commercial GIS software extension, thus: - leveraging geospatial data and geoprocessing techniques supported by GIS systems - extending capability without requiring users to learn a new software interface;* Enable users to process the data faster and more efficiently, using real-time data browse within the GIS?s display window;* Incorporate the necessary computing power to process the large unstructured datasets for visualization (for now, through the use of cluster computing?future hardware improvements would provide additional high-performance computing platforms).

Principal Investigator:

Chetan Desai
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Ken Snyder
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

ProLogic, Inc.
1000 Technology Drive Fairmont, WV 26554

EIN/Tax ID: 550746190
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No