World-Class Photogrammetric Workstation
  • Product Description +

    Summit Evolution is a human-interface system that occupies the confluence of vector and raster data types. Far more than a routine digitizing tool, Summit is designed with the user in mind, and so provides a set of logical, intuitive, yet powerful tools for extracting information from data. Tools for viewing, analyzing, manipulating, and processing 3-dimensional geodata, all designed with the goal of helping to understand and model the shape and content of the earth’s surface.

    Among the Terrain Processing tools is Follow Terrain, which uses a pre-existing DTM to direct vertical movement of the Summit cursor, thereby simplifying and speeding 3D feature collection and editing. Similarly, the Elevate Layers tool can create 3D vectors from 2D. Terrain Visualizer gives real-time graphic feedback on the effects of edits to a terrain model, and sending the results to Contour Creator builds the cartographic-quality CAD elements. Point Translator contains a wealth of tools for accurately, easily manipulating a wide assortment of terrain models, drag-and-drop image management and machine-assisted fiducial and control-point location; fast automatic loading of adjacent models; auto localized histogram adjustment.

    The system provides for easy management of an unlimited number of stereomodels, along with their associated camera and control files, in a project-based environment. Summit Evolution leverages additional capabilities of the companion software, if available, such as vector databases and imagery services.
  • Key Features +

    —Supported image sources include digital and scanned aerial film imagery, matrix and push-broom digital airborne sensors, small- and medium-format metric cameras, close-range imagery, orthophotos, LiDAR, synthetic aperture radar, and satellites.

    —Supports monochromatic, panchromatic, three-channel and multi-channel multispectral imagery and provides channel mapping so you can view any image band combination.

    —Digitizes 3D vectors directly into AutoCAD, MicroStation, or ArcGIS using DAT/EM’s robust, world-class Capture interface.

    —Unlimited zoom levels, fast pan, and automatic loading of adjacent stereo models, with superimposition of CAD and GIS vectors over the image view.

    —Essential tools such as Terrain Visualization to check point and vector accuracy, Contour Creator to create elevation contours and TINs, and Point Translator prepare large point files.

    —DAT/EM Ortho+Mosaic™ module for easy and precise creation of orthophotos and orthophoto mosaics.
  • Summit Evolution Mobile +

    Coming soon... With the power of Summit Evolution Mobile, 3D Stereo can be utilized right in the palm of your hand. This is the perfect solution for emergency situations or professions that require a high percentage of fieldwork, like Forestry. 

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  • Software Abilities +

    Project Management

    Summit Evolution 's project-based information management employs Microsoft-compliant windows and dialogue boxes that provide easy access to any location on any model. Summit Evolution provides the user with tools to manage large bundle-adjusted projects as well as smaller projects consisting of single stereo pairs. Users can roam seamlessly throughout an entire bundle-adjusted project as well as a single stereo model.


    Summit Evolution supports the standard orientation method of interior, relative, and absolute. It also provides exterior orientation, on-the-fly epipolar adjustments, importing aerotriangulation, and z indexing. Summit Evolution supports the following aerotriangulation packages: Albany, PATB, Aerosys, Phorex, BLUH and BINGO. In addtion, aerial, Leica ADS40/80 Airborne sensor, Z/I's DMC (Digital Mapping Camera), Satellite RPC (Rational Polynomial Coefficient), IFSAR (Inter Ferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor, close range, and orthophoto projects are supported. The availability of interior, relative, and absolute orientation allows the easy transition of analytical stereoplotter operators to the digital photogrammetric workstation.

    Interior Orientation:

    Interior orientation transforms scanned pixel coordinates into photo coordinates. Summit Evolution includes the option to perform either manual or automatic interior orientation. With automatic interior, a fiducial patch may only be measured one time per camera. This means that if all of your projects use the same camera, you'll never have to measure the fiducial patch again. Simply open the project and process with one click in the auto interior dialogue box.

    Relative Orientation:

    Relative orientation aligns the two images of a stereo pair so that they can be viewed in stereo. This can be done with either manual or automatic relative orientation. The manual procedure is simple and easy to use, featuring an auto align command and other options that makes even the manual relative orientation into a semiautomatic process.

    Absolute Orientation:

    Absolute orientation creates three-dimensional ground coordinates within relatively oriented stereo pairs.

    Exterior Orientation:

    Exterior orientation creates three dimensional ground coordinates without the need to perform relative and absolute orientations. Exterior orientation works by importing exterior orientation parameters (X,Y,Z, omega, phi, kappa) from files such as those derived from the Applanix POS/AV system or from aerotriangulation packages.An import wizard provides easy access to a multitude of file formats.


    Summit Evolution improves vector data accuracy by removing pixel limitations. The system provides subpixel viewing functionality for measuring, dynamic zooming, and movement within pixels.

  • Imagery +

    Image Sources

    The Summit Evolution system allows for easy management of multiple model images along with their appropriate camera and control files in a project-based environment. Quick and efficient stereoscopic orientation of the models is performed using either interior, relative, and absolute orientation or by employing exterior orientation data.

    Summit projects may be created from virtually any source of stereo imagery: Scanned Aerial Film, Matrix and Push-Broom Digital Airborne Sensors, Small- and Medium-Format Metric Cameras, Close-Range Terrestrial Digital and Scanned Film Sensors, Synthetic Stereo from Orthophoto and DEM, Synthetic Aperture Radar, LiDAR, and Satellite sources. Projects from third-party systems may be imported and used directly as Summit Evolution projects.

    Image Manipulation

    Image tiling is extremely quick, with real-time panning and zooming. With its ability to load only the parts of the image that are currently being viewed, Summit Evolution provides the same level of performance regardless of image size. Summit Evolution also has the same memory requirements regardless of how large an image (with images up to 2GB per file).

    Additionally, Summit Evolution offers on-the-fly image adjustments and histogram equalization. Summit Evolution can use the following file formats, either directly or by converting them to a tiled GeoTif file format:

    —Multi-image-tiled TIF and other TIF files
    —ADS40/80 TIF
    —DMC TIF
    —SMTI format

    GUI ElementsSummit Evolution features customizable toolbars, menus, dockable bird's-eye and close-up views for quick reference of location within a model, and an easy-to-use project management window and project overview tool.

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