Merrick & Company Announces Support of Remote Sensing Research at Rochester Institute of Technology

Aurora, Colorado, October 1, 2007 – Merrick & Company, a world leader in LiDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping is pleased to announce the support of remote sensing research at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science by the provision of its MARS® Explorer software and related technical support at a reduced academic price.

Dr. Harvey Rhody, a professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science noted, “We evaluated several tools for LiDAR data processing and found MARS® Explorer to be best suited to our needs because of its ease of use, advanced processing capabilities and exceptional display. We are particularly interested in integrating LiDAR and aerial imagery, and this provides us with the necessary tools for the rapid exploration of different approaches to processing our LiDAR data.”

MARS® Explorer will be used in the development of computer vision tools for the integration of LiDAR and airborne imagery gathered by RIT for the purpose of building radiometrically accurate scene models for its synthetic scene generation tool called DIRSIG. These tools will subsequently be used for sensor development and algorithm evaluation in the remote sensing community.

Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS®) software is developed and sold by Merrick & Company, a full-service engineering firm headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. MARS® is a production-quality Windows application specifically designed for processing, analyzing and managing terrain data. MARS® provides unparalleled application and visualization performance for massive LiDAR datasets and includes a modular tool suite that is used to manage field collection, data analysis, quality assurance, production, and client deliverable workflows.

About Merrick & Company
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