STK supports the GIS community through interfaces to vector, raster and terrain datasets and file formats, along with the native reading and writing of shapefiles. STK natively supports interoperability with KML, and can consume WMS and WMTS services. STK leverages Esri’s ArcGIS™ for interoperability with any ArcGIS-supported format. Through the use of shapefiles, ArcGIS, KML and WMS/WMTS, you can analytically and visually leverage common GIS formats to enhance STK capability and participate within the broader GeoINT ecosystem.
STK natively supports the reading and writing of shapefiles through STK’s integration with the GDAL library. You can import places, targets, facilities and area targets from shapefile sources and, alternately, export sensor footprints, sensor swaths, vehicle trajectories and targets as shapefiles. Through GDAL integration, STK natively supports many raster terrain and imagery formats.
If you have ArcGIS for desktop or the ArcGIS runtime engine software installed on the same machine as STK, you can take advantage of STK’s native integration with Esri ArcGIS.
Simply drag and drop .mxd, .lyr, .mxt or .pmf files on the STK 3D View to bring the following ArcGIS graphical settings to STK:
Keep information up-to-date and available to many users simultaneously. STK supports:
The "GetInfo Tool" is similar to the Identify Tool found in Esri ArcMap, which allows you to make rubber band-style spatial sections, filter and return information about each layer.
One or more layers can be selected and then imported into the STK scenario as analysis objects.
STK performs temporal physics-based analysis. This is done on a spinning globe that uses the WGS84 datum. If necessary, the data contained in a map document is automatically un-projected.
STK can natively ingest KML, an OGC-compliant spatial data format. Simply by dragging and dropping any KML or KMZ file on the STK 3D View, you can load KML into your scenario. Managing the KML can be done through the globe manager where you can also show, hide, add or delete KML.
From the globe manager, you can right-click on a KML feature and promote it to an STK object. This process enables you to extend KML from simple visualization features to objects that can be used for further analysis. Objects can include point, line and area target or even vehicles.
Using the installed HTML KML export utility, you can convert STK analysis into KML data. By opening the tool in STK’s HTML window, just select from the objects present in a loaded STK scenario and output static KML files using vehicle, sensor, location and analytical objects for display in: