Pliable Display Technology
for the GIS, Remote Sensing
and Photogrammetry Industries
As GIS and Remote Sensing Data Sets Continue to Grow and Become more Complex...
The GIS industry has seen dramatic increases in the size and complexity of maps, 3D models and large data sets
being viewed by GIS technicians and photogrammetry professionals. These changes are the result of improved sensor
technologies, enhanced satellites and reconnaissance systems, the growth of the Internet, and the increase in
computing power available to the average user.
Display Space is Becoming Smaller...
Although these technological advancements have enabled larger, more detailed maps to be produced, the size
and resolution of computer monitors used in the GIS/Remote Sensing industry have not increased at the same rate.
In many cases, screen displays are actually shrinking in size due to user demands for portability. A key
question emerging in user-interface design is how to best use the available display space.
Existing Tools are Becoming Inadequate and Ineffective...
As data sets continue to grow and display space becomes smaller, existing viewing and editing tools are
becoming inefficient and inadequate. Existing zoom, pan, and separate views do little to address the
longstanding need of GIS users to analyze a detailed region of interest on a map and understand how this detail
relates to the context of the surrounding image. Standard inset views are also highly problematic in that they
hide information and break visual continuity with the surrounding context outside the area of interest. It is
extremely difficult, if not impossible without prior knowledge of the information space, to integrate the two
views into a complete understanding of the information.
In Order to Remain Competitive, Companies Need to Look at New Ways of Becoming More Efficient ...
Current labour-intensive processes such as vector collection and quality control tasks often result in long
implementation schedules and generally prohibit cost savings, quality and service results from being realized by
customers. In order to remain competitive, companies must streamline their approach and look for new ways to
reduce the work redundancy of their specialists and shorten the production procedures involved within current
Introducing PDT - A Lensing Technology by IDELIX
IDELIX Software Inc has developed a practical integration solution that enables faster and easier comprehension
of information. Pliable Display Technology (PDT), a patents-pending virtual lens technology developed by IDELIX,
has the potential to change the way in which GIS users view and value information.
PDT: The Right Choice for Viewing and Interacting With 2D and 3D Data
The PDT lens addresses the challenge of viewing high-density data sets and images on a limited size screen
display. Whether you are an Image Analyst, Engineer, Surveyor, Planner or Land Developer working in the Defense,
Utilities, Forestry, Transportation or various Government Sectors, PDT can be integrated into your workflow
processes to make you more efficient. Application areas include visualization, photogrammetry, digital mapping,
quality control, spatial analysis, network analysis, and data integration.
PDT enables GIS specialists to perform key tasks more efficiently. By creating a magnified portion of the
imagery under the lens in real-time, the user will have the power of collaboration, image analysis, measurement,
annotation, quality control and vector collection within the lens. This close-up view of imagery beneath the
lens with the connected overview of imagery surrounding the lens facilitates navigation and editing within the
data set without the need for zooming in and out. It is applicable to both local and online presentation of
high density data such as GIS/RS images.
PDT is also applicable in cases where the viewer's path of sight to inner layers in a 3D model may be obstructed
by the outer opaque layers. PDT 3d is IDELIX's technology for occlusion reduction providing detail-in-context
viewing of 3D information. It is a new, patents-pending application of Pliable Display Technology that acts as
a powerful tool for providing non-occluded views in a 3D setting with minimal adjustment of the original structure.
PDT 3d provides an alternative to cutting planes, transparency, or information filtering.
Find out more
For a list of the Features and Benefits of PDT and PDT 3d, see the
PDT Product Sheets
For more technical detail on PDT, read our