This bridge has been out for some time now. The attached link is an
article describing how NASA used SAS to predict the Columbia debris field
and using the bridge. linked to the ESRI gis product to produce maps.
The first part of the article reads
ESRI, SAS Aid Shuttle Recovery Effort
Accurately Predicting the Debris Path Helped Search Crews
Software developed by ESRI, the leader in geographic information system
(GIS) and SAS, the leader in business intelligence, helped guide the
search for debris from the space shuttle Columbia after it broke apart on
1 February over the western United States.
The software - ArcGIS, SAS Bridge for ESRI, and SAS Enterprise
Guide-helped the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
define and map the shuttle debris path that emergency management teams
searched after the disaster. The combination of SAS and ESRI software
enabled the team to quickly predict key debris lines for the shuttle's
materials, as well as the areas surrounding the predicted path, providing
accurate and reliable results for the search crews. These results were
projected onto the surface of the earth and used in the $300 million
search effort led by NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
"We hadn't used SAS in an emergency field situation before, but it was
easy, and within five minutes we were generating locational predictions of
where debris fell," said Gerco Hoogeweg, project manager at ESRI. "We used
SAS because we needed more advanced analysis tools than a spreadsheet
program could provide us. Combining ArcGIS software's data visualisation
techniques with SAS enabled fast, efficient analysis and aided in the
entire GIS project. Integration of the SAS and ESRI platforms provided us
with significant advancement in the statistical analysis of spatial data."
"Expediting accurate results in the field has been critical to getting
answers associated with this tragedy," said Fiona McNeill, technology
strategist at SAS. "The combination of SAS and ESRI capabilities enabled
the search teams to quickly determine where to focus their efforts, saving
both time and money. We are grateful that we were able to help the
emergency response teams in their efforts." The need to consider spatial
relationships as a factor in the intelligence generation process prompted
SAS and ESRI to work together to build the SAS Bridge for ESRI-a product
the companies co developed
I don't use GIS so I have no experience with the product.
Hope all is going well.
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Some time ago i met an ESRI rep who was telling me that they were in
talks with sas to develop some sort of sas-esri bridge to take
advantage of the data management power of sas and the ease of map
making using esri..Does anyone know what the status of this is..has
anyone used it?
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