Custom mapping services firm will provide data for customized 3-D solid terrain models

FILLMORE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2002 – Solid Terrain Modeling (STM), the inventor of full-color, 3-D solid terrain models, has appointed International Mapping Associates (IMA), a custom mapping services firm, as a value-added reseller of STM solid terrain models and services.

STM solid terrain models are the world’s most accurate physical models of geographic terrain, the company said. Under the agreement, IMA will provide STM with customized digital elevation and photometric data. STM will use the data to produce state-of-the-art solid terrain models specific to IMA’s markets.

“IMA has purchased several of our models in the past and had a great response from their clients. This alliance allows them to expand their custom mapping offerings,” said Lawrence Faulkner, president of STM. “IMA’s clients have some very interesting applications, and we see this as a great opportunity for both companies to increase their revenues.”

“STM’s technology and manufacturing process represent a quantum leap in the evolution of model construction. Their models literally take your breath away. This agreement allows us to offer their models across all of the markets that IMA serves,” stated Scott Edmonds, president of IMA. “STM’s new manufacturing process uses digital elevation data to control highly-calibrated cutting and printing machines that produce precise 3-D models. The models are cut into high-density foam and then printed with detailed color raster images, producing lifelike replicas of the earth that were previously impossible to achieve. These models are as aesthetically pleasing as they are accurate in detail.”

About IMA
Ellicott City, Maryland-based IMA was founded in October of 2000 to provide clients with a single source for all their custom mapping needs. IMA has assembled a team of highly experienced cartographers and graphic designers who possess the collective expertise to assist clients across a broad range of mapping needs.

The acquisition strengthened IMA’s design and production capabilities in key areas of map design, terrain modeling, and graphic animation. Visit

About Solid Terrain Modeling Inc.
Solid Terrain Mapping uses digital elevation and photometric data to produce precise, full-color, 3-D solid scale models of geographic terrain.

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