Monday, 17 November 2008 03:24

New Encom Software Solution Provides a Boost to 3D Visualisation

Encom, a Pitney Bowes company and a leading Australian innovator and supplier of specialist software, data and services has launched Engage3D 4.0.  

Engage3D 4.0 delivers an impressive new range of capabilities to MapInfo Professional users while enhancing the powerful set of 3D visualisation and analysis tools that already exist in the Engage Suite.  

Specific new features include: the ability to render huge grid files, new grid utilities, additional table, analytical and map window tools, accurate 3D digitising, and tools to manipulate and edit 3D solid models. The performance of many data processing tools has also been improved by up to 30 per cent.

Support for devices that can help users with the navigation and visualisation of 3D data has also been added with this release.  Smooth and intuitive 3D navigation is now possible in Engage3D with support for the 3D Connexion SpaceNavigator™ controller.

In addition, Engage3D can now drive full colour 3D stereo projection systems to provide users with a semi-immersive 3D visualisation environment. This allows the detection of very subtle geometric relationships that are often overlooked in conventional 3D views.

Justin Con Foo, GIS Coordinator, Surf Coast Shire Council, said, “On several occasions recently the Surf Coast Shire has been asked to prepare an advanced mapping display.  The capacity of this new system will give us far greater visual interpretation of trail routes so that we can present better quality images to support existing trail users and encourage additional trail users.”

“The Surf Coast Shire is also currently seeking external funding for trail projects and will adopt the Engage Suite to present quality applications that will have a greater chance of attracting the state and federal funding required.   On a local scale, pathway investigation and community consultation on proposed pathways will also be enhanced through this system,” he concludes.

Enhancements for Boosting User Engagement

GIS professionals are being required to work with increasing large datasets and, as a consequence, version 4.0 of the Engage suite adds import and visualisation support for grid files in excess of one gigabyte.  

Engage 4.0 can now access virtually unlimited grid files such as continental scale digital elevation models. If data processing of large grids is required, extensive grids can now be cut into smaller tiles allowing them to be efficiently processed by the various surfaces manipulation tools.

Engage 4.0 also adds support for more grid file formats, additional grid utilities (Cut/Fill, Outline, Surface Area), a new grid profiler tool, and an extra grid filter to its surfaces toolset. A new contour label positioner allows high-quality cartographic output to be achieved with contoured data.

Engage 4.0 further extends the existing toolset that enable MapInfo Professional users to process data and generate cartographic output more efficiently. A new tool has been added to allow users to update multiple columns in a table simultaneously, and users can find their favourite projections, tables or macros faster with an improved quick access favourites dialogue.

“Using Engage3D Pro v4.0 it is now possible to more accurately delineate volumes or solids when digitising features in 3D,” said Owen Parfrey, Chief Architect, Encom.   “Users now have the ability to snap 3D feature object nodes (defining an aquatic species habitat, for example) to observational data (such as depth sounding measurements of temperature and salinity) ensuring that the interpretation is correctly aligned with the known data.”

Mr Parfrey  adds, “Manipulating and editing 3D solid models, such as those used to indicate buildings, tunnels, smoke plumes is now possible with a range of powerful new feature editing tools. For example, the volume of flood water entering a building can be calculated and visualised using the new toolset.”

Version 4 of the Engage Suite is available immediately.  

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