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Blue Marble Releases Global Energy Mapper Version 14.1 with New Additions to Site Planning Tool
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Hallowell, Maine - February 14th, 2013 - Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce the release of Global Energy Mapper 14.1 today, making available a variety of enhancements in the most affordable yet powerful GIS tool available for energy professionals. This update to the company's popular desktop GIS software offers many new and improved features and functions including a significant improvement in the ability to process massive amounts of LiDAR point cloud data, jumping from tens of millions of points to hundreds of millions. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

Global Energy Mapper 14.1 provides a dramatic increase in LiDAR processing and display speed and the ability to view and process point files in the hundreds of millions range. This is beneficial for previewing the data before creating a gridded surface model and includes several options for filtering the data during import and for rendering the point cloud to reflect return type or intensity. Improved metadata access provides a detailed statistical breakdown of the point cloud and customizable point size improves on-screen display. Global Mapper Package (.GMP) files are now able to store LiDAR point clouds in a special compressed format, much smaller than uncompressed LAS data and on par with the best compression available today. This allows LiDAR data to be efficiently archived or shared with other Global Mapper users.

Global Energy Mapper 14.1 also provides a new tool for creating whisker lines emanating from a selected point or points, useful for seismic survey coverage.  Whisker lines are often used to estimate coverage from selected points to see if a point in a seismic survey covers what is needed.  There is also a new digitizer tool for easily subdividing an existing area into four separate areas that is useful for subdividing parcels or properties.   Version 14.1 includes an enhancement to the popular Site Pad Placement tool so users can create a site pad for a non-level surface.  There are also speed improvements when accessing Spatial On Demand data from our partner Spatial Energy, along with new built in point types for oil and gas symbology.  Additionally USB dongle licensing is now available for GEM with this release.

"We are excited to be offering this significant upgrade to our Global Energy Mapper customers," stated Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham.  “We are confident our users in the oil and gas and other energy sectors will be impressed with the improvements in processing LiDAR point clouds along with the new energy specific tools.”

About Blue Marble Geographics

Blue Marble Geographics of Hallowell, ME is a leading developer and provider of software products and services for highly accurate geospatial data conversion solutions. Blue Marble is known for their coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, Global Energy Mapper, and Global Mapper SDK. The company has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for twenty years and currently serves hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.




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