IVS 3D Announces Free FM Geocoder Upgrade with Upcoming Release

FM Geocoder to be Included in FM Pro Bundle, Existing Clients Upgraded Free.

Portsmouth, NH, April 25, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The upcoming release of IVS 3D’s Fledermaus software includes FM Geocoder, available both as a standalone module and as part of the FM Habitat and FM Pro bundles. Existing Fledermaus Professional license holders under a support and maintenance agreement will receive a no-cost upgrade to the new Version 7 FM Pro bundle that will include FM Geocoder.

FM Geocoder provides the very latest in multibeam backscatter processing and analysis. The software originated from research at the Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, and has been integrated into the Fledermaus software suite. It will provide significant benefit to users involved in habitat mapping, site investigation, and geologic surveys, who need to generate fully corrected backscatter mosaics and statistics, as well as characterize the seabed based on returns from multibeam sonars.

Mark Paton, IVS 3D CTO, notes, "It was important to provide a seabed characterization module that was integrated with the Fledermaus core modules in order to allow the most efficient analysis of the seabed from the combined backscatter imagery and the bathymetry. The other important aspect was that the critical radiometric and geometric corrections were well integrated; as it is only after these corrections have been made that the seabed characterization can be done properly."

Bill McKernan, VP of Sales and Marketing for IVS 3D, commented, "Based on feedback from our clients, we considered it important to provide this new module as part of the FM Habitat and FM Pro bundles, in addition to being a stand alone application. Our existing Pro users will be upgraded to the new Version 7 FM Pro bundle at no cost, and will benefit from the addition of FM Geocoder plus all the new features included in the latest release.

Interactive Visualization Systems' (IVS3D) was founded in 1995 as the developer of the Fledermaus 3D visualization and analysis software suite. The software is used internationally by government, commercial and academic clients in all areas of ocean mapping.

The Fledermaus software stands apart in providing scientists and engineers with interactive and intuitive tools for processing, quality control and analysis of multibeam sonar and related data. Its use significantly improves efficiencies in areas such as: nautical charting, geologic interpretation, the assessment of seabed habitats, planning routes for pipelines and cables, and the identification of geohazards during engineering development.

The company has offices in Canada, USA, and the UK, and a worldwide distribution network.

Carole Mahoney