October 12, 2015: Quick Terrain Modeler Version 8.0.5 is now available! This release will have a little something for everyone, but the general themes are:
Surface Model (DEM/DSM/DTM) and Point Cloud Editing: Quick Terrain Modeler v8.0.5 brings all of our point cloud and DEM editing tools together in a new “Edit Mode” and consolidated, floating Edit Toolbar. Point cloud cleanup (removing noise, reclassifying points) and/or DEM editing (spike removal, smoothing water) will be faster and easier than ever. “UNDO” has improved, too – it now undoes up to 10 edits and applies to smoothing and flattening.
Coordinate Conversion: Coordinate conversion will be extremely easy in v8.0.5. Data with mismatched coordinate systems can be converted upon loading the data, entire projects can be converted to a new coordinate system and/or vertical datum, and the status bar can display elevations based on WGS84, EGM96, EGM08, MSL, or NAVD88 – no matter what vertical datum the original data used. All of these tools enable the user to easily load multiple, varied data sets into the same scene, and “speak” the coordinate system and/or vertical datum language of any downstream customers.
Route Planning: Route planning and analysis continues to get easier and faster in v8.0.5, with automated check point generation, faster ways to edit routes, an enhanced Travel Route Analysis Tool (TRAT), more route information, and the addition of 3D threat domes.
Search: QT Modeler’s powerful search tool just got better. It now searches 3D data (point clouds, DEM’s), 2D imagery, and vector data all at the same time, allows users to sort the search results many ways, and loads the data into the 3D scene all at once. Government users should inquire about a GOTS plugin called “GQ” that also enables searching and loading data from the GRID LiDAR data portal from QT Modeler’s search interface.
NITF Imagery: QT Modeler is now capable of extracting and interpreting RPC projection information from NITF, GEOTIFF, and other formats which support it. Where possible QT will use the RPC to extract a full projection matrix rather than using an orthorectified approximation. This means users can project off-nadir NITF imagery onto a 3D DEM or point cloud as easily as loading an ortho image.
Rendering: QT Modeler v8.0.5 will have more responsive rendering, particularly for very large DEM’s. Overlaying imagery on point clouds will likely be much sharper. And v8.0.5 will have better support for very large (1 Billion +) point clouds.
Thanks for all of your suggestions and feedback. Please keep your great ideas coming and let us know what you think of Quick terrain Modeler v8.0.5!
The Applied Imagery Team
Please read our “What’s New in Quick Terrain Modeler v8.0.5” information sheet or Watch the What’s New v8.0.5 Video for more details. As always, we appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions. Please keep the great ideas coming!