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July 29th, 2008
ERDAS Solutions Support Wenchuan (China) Following Earthquake

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PR – The
China Earthquake Administration has implemented several ERDAS’ solutions
to process and analyze images of the altered landscape, following the
devastating earthquake in China
earlier this year.

On May
12, 2008, an earthquake struck

Wenchuan County, Sichuan, China,
measuring at 8.0 Ms and 8.3 Mw, according
to China Earthquake Administration. The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing
(932 mi away) and Shanghai (1,056 mi away), where office buildings
swayed from the tremor.


Immediately after the earthquake, Beijing
Digital LandView Technology Company (Beijing LandView), the authorized ERDAS distributor
in China,
provided technical support to the China Earthquake Administration. ERDAS
software was selected to handle the image data collected from the Wenchuan
disaster area. ERDAS IMAGINE®, the geospatial industry’s leading and most complete collection of
software tools designed to manipulate, process and understand imagery was the
primary solution used in this project.
In addition, IMAGINE Vector™, IMAGINE
Easytrace™, IMAGINE AutoSync™ and ERDAS MosaicPro provided the
additional processing, registration and mosaicking required.


With support from ERDAS’ solutions, the China
Earthquake Administration processed and analyzed the remote sensing images of
the disaster area, capturing the collapsing houses, landslide, ground crack, quake
lakes and damaged bridges. Many of the remote sensing and aerial images processed
were more than 300GB in size.


“The information attained from these images provided
support for the government, vital to their decision-making processes,”
said Guy Perkins, Senior Vice President Asia
and Pacific, ERDAS. “This
tragedy required the most advanced technology to analyze the captured images,
and thereby understand the altered landscape – we are humbled to have
assisted these emergency response efforts.

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