We all need to use raster images for different purposes in our exploration and development projects, or other type of subsurface projects. Surface information sometimes may be an important part of our data integration efforts, i.e. QCing geographic references.

I would like to introduce one particular software to you today; SAS Planet.

“The SASGIS project of the SAS group is dedicated to creating and discussing ways of sharing information of cartographic nature published on the Internet. The main tool, created and developed by us, is the free distributed program SAS Planet, designed to unify the ability to download and view maps of a large number of cartographic on-line-services.”
Source: http://www.sasgis.org/

So, how it works?

– Download SAS Planet v.181221 (21 December 2018) the latest stable version here
– Unzip and install the program
– Choose the map layer from the top pull-down menu
– I usually use Bing Maps-Satellite or ArcGIS.Imagery
– There is a pretty long list of map layer sources and types, some of which may not be available in your project area. You need to check them depending on your map layer need
– Go to Operations > Selection Manager
– Select the area of your interest. There several options to do that. I use “Visible Area”
– As soon as an area selected, Selection Manager window pops up
– Go to the “Stitch” tab
– Select the GeoTIFF (Tagged Image File Format) as your output format
– Give an output file name
– Leave the current display as your input map layer
– You can adjust the zoom level. More you increase the zoom level, number of tiles will increase and you will eventually get better image, but on the other hand, the file size will get larger too. Therefore, you need to optimize the size for your IHS Kingdom project handling. By the way, I didn’t find any big gain in image quality above the zoom level 18.
– Select the projection which matches to your IHS Kingdom project. This is very important!!! Otherwise, the satellite image will be displayed in a wrong place. Just be very careful about it.
– Leave the tile format as “Auto”
– Set “Compression” to “None”, otherwise you get a narrow distorted image strip at the top
– Click “Start”

Once you created the GeoTIFF image, import it as a Culture Group into your IHS Kingdom project under Culture > Culture Group

Good luck!