Laser-Scan & Star Informatic collaborate to visualise AdV Model Generalisation output

Cambridge, 21st July 2005. Laser-Scan and Star Informatic are pleased to announce that their partnership has now been extended to cover the visualisation of AdV Model generalised data (AdV = Working Committee of the Surveying Authorities of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany). The proof of concept was shown at the ICC Conference (held 9th –16th July 2005 in La Coruña, Spain), where it has generated significant interest. This collaboration builds on the successful implementation of this solution at Institut Géraphique National, France for their current cartographic flowlines. The demonstration featured datasets from Landesvermessungsamt Baden-Württemberg. This institute currently uses both Laser-Scan generalisation tools and Star Informatic’s cartographic publishing solution Mercator.

Taking the EDBS output format after generalisation, the data is structured via object types (Objektart). Whenever an object type needs to be displayed in the 1:50,000 map series, one or multiple symbol codes (Signaturennummer) are given. In the case of multiple symbol codes, the sub-classification is determined by specific attribute values (Attributwerte). Mercator provides all tools required to use these specifications and to interpret, per map sheet, the data in an automated way. Afterwards, the data is symbolized (also automatically) into a map. In this process the system fully takes into account the ATKIS SK50 specifications of AdV. In addition, in Mercator you may also define the incorporation of grid info, legends, hillshading or other graphics. Finally the resulting cartographic document can be published as PDF v1.4 (vector or raster!), TIFF-CMYK, TIFF RGB or screened or unscreened TIFF separations.

Richard Buijsman, Mercator Account Manager, who presented the demonstrations at La Coruña said:

"The ATKIS SK50 representation rules have been respected fully, and we can state that we can comply 100%. Equally exciting; the data quality proves to be good enough to allow a full automation of the cartographic publishing workflow involved."

Richard Heap, Generalisation Account Manager, said:

"This is an exciting development as it is based on tools currently used by a number of our National Mapping Agency customers. It offers excellent opportunities to rapidly visualise the output modes that can be derived from a generalised dataset. With our collaborative approach, the building of a European solution for all aspects of generalisation is within reach."

The next opportunity to see the solution will be at Intergeo in Düsseldorf, 4-6 October 2005.

For more information please contact
At Laser-Scan: Abbie Beckford
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420414
Fax : +44 (0)1223 420044
Email :

At Star Informatic: Richard Buijsman
Tel: +32 (0)9 240 99 82
Fax : +32 (0)9 240 99 88
Email :

About Laser-Scan
Laser-Scan (UK) delivers world-class, innovative business solutions for geographic information. Our technology is the result of over 35 years experience in the development of market-leading database products. Laser-Scan offers a new approach to exploiting location data in enterprise information architectures.

About Star Informatic
Star Informatic (Belgium) is committed to be the largest European developer and vendor of general GIS software packages and specialized applications for utility companies, power and water distribution companies, local authorities, public administrations, cartographic publishers, etc.

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