World-Class Photogrammetric Workstation
  • Product Description +

    Summit Evolution takes 3D stereo vector digitizing to a new level with its integration of digital stereoplotter, CAD and GIS interfaces, 3D stereo vector superimposition, automated feature editing and contour generation. Through its unique and customizable Capture interface, image features from a Summit Evolution project are digitized directly into AutoCAD®, MicroStation® or ArcGIS®. New to Summit 7.1, the Global Mapper® extension enables Summit Evolution to be a 3D digitizing device for Global Mapper and allows Global Mapper projects to utilize the tools of Summit Evolution.


    DAT/EM SuperImposition™ is built into every Summit Evolution system, which is offered in three different product level packages as well as a new Summit Evolution Mobile option. Additionally, integration with the LandScape™ point cloud editing toolkit is standard.

  • 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 RPC 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.

    —New Summit Evolution extension for Global Mapper which enables Summit Evolution to be a 3D digitizing device for Global Mapper and allows Global Mapper projects to utilize the tools of Summit Evolution. The second generation beta is included with the Global Mapper Version 16 or higher and Summit 7.1 or higher.

    —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 package available which runs on touch screen tablets with Windows 8 in the Summit anaglyph stereo mode.

    —64-bit and 32-bit applications available.


  • Summit Evolution Mobile +

    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 Elements

    Summit 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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