Matrox Graphics Inc., announced that the Matrox Parhelia graphics card powered advanced visualizations of the recent blackout in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. These images were created by Vector One, a GIS and visualization services provider based in Germany, using the following GIS and visualization software: Visual Nature Studio and Ultimate Earth, by 3D Nature and GeoMedia Professional, by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. The Matrox Parhelia graphics card used with GIS applications, supposedly enhances the rendering speed greatly, which is important where geospatial data files, such as the blackout maps, are not simple pictures but are true digital elevation models (DEM), with enhanced satellite imagery.
The blackout, which occurred the afternoon of August 14, 2003, covered an area of 25,000 sq. km., and affected over 50 million people. The images created by Vector One GIS and Visualization depict the area and the events, as they are currently known, that contributed to the blackout the largest ever experienced in North America.
The images created are available on Vector One’s website at: https://www.vectorone.info/power.htm