Lockheed Martin and Cogent3D, Inc., Launch GeoSketch Modeling Technology
DALLAS, TX, 10/21/2009 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Cogent3D, Inc., today announced the launch of TacForgeTM GeoSketchTM, a military imagery, video and OpenFlight plug-in for Google Sketchup Pro that quickly creates photo-realistic 3-D models. GeoSketch was announced at the GEOINT 2009 Conference in San Antonio, TX.
GeoSketch makes Google Sketchup Pro an affordable and highly capable tool for creating quick and accurate geospecific 3-D models. With GeoSketch, Google Sketchup Pro can now support military and commercial UAV video, oblique imagery and photo sources both with and without camera model information. GeoSketch's unique process leverages Google Sketchup Pro's push-pull interface and camera model information to create automatically textured 3D models quickly.
"TacForge GeoSketch is a seamless tool that quickly delivers imagery from a variety of sources for better situation awareness and more realistic 3-D models," said Glenn Miller, vice president of Technical Operations and Applied Research at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This technology allows hundreds of images and a variety of video streams to be quickly incorporated into 3-D environments in near-real time."
GeoSketch also adds new military modeling and simulation output formats to those already available from Google Sketchup Pro, such as OpenFlight. GeoSketch enables Google Sketchup Pro to produce models for both Google Earth and high fidelity 3-D mission rehearsal systems at the same time, without the need for external conversion.
"We are bringing highly advanced capability to commercial off-the-shelf technology, and that makes this an affordable, yet extremely capable, product," said Aaron Hutchinson, president of Cogent3D. "Our goal is to provide Warfighters with significantly improved situational awareness at a very affordable price."
The GeoSketch extension module is available standalone and also comes bundled with Lockheed Martin's TacForgeTM Deployable, both available from Cogent3D, Inc.
Cogent3D, Inc. is a privately held small business of modeling and simulation sales, marketing and engineering professionals created to distribute some of the world's most technically advanced 3-D terrain products. Please visit http://www.cogent3d.com/.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.