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Interview of Jan F. Jørgensen, founder and CEO of Image Metrology

November 14, 2018

Digital Surf and Image Metrology joined forces in July 2014. Image Metrology has been supplying SPIP™ data analysis software for scanning probe microscopy to scientists in academia and industry for the last two decades. The company founder and CEO, Jan F. Jørgensen, tells us more.

Can you introduce yourself & Image Metrology to our readers?

After a degree in biomedical engineering, I worked as a software engineer for hi-tech analytical companies. I completed a PhD in cooperation with IBM and the Danish National Metrology Institute (DFM), where I worked on fundamental metrology, standards and technology.  I founded Image Metrology in 1998 with SPIP™ as its primary product. The development of SPIP™ started as part of my PhD project. Our focus has always been on providing intelligent image processing techniques that facilitate the measurement and analysis of SPM images in a way that is as accurate as possible whilst being user-friendly.

With the merge of SPIP™ & Mountains® what are the benefits for SPIP™ users?

SPIP™ users are set to gain significantly in productivity. MountainsSPIP® allows users to save, close and reopen their work at any time. There are many tools for automating repetitive work and speeding up analysis processes. I also think many users will appreciate being able to export data as a report in PDF format at any time.

Which SPIP™ features will Mountains® users benefit from?

In addition to improved interactivity I would highlight three features.

  • Particle analysis is of great interest for most microscopists and they can now take advantage of the unique particle analysis tools coming from SPIP™.
  • State-of-the-art calibration tools used by top-level metrology institutes will now be available for quality assurance and users requiring a very high level of accuracy.
  • SPIP™ force spectroscopy analysis tools, regarded as the reference in this domain, will be of great benefit for frontier researchers working in material and life sciences.

Do you have a message for current SPIP™ users?

During the upcoming year, we will be 100% committed to accompanying each SPIP™ customer in their first steps with MountainsSPIP®. The interface and features of MountainsSPIP® are closer to the current versions of MountainsMap®, so to help SPIP™ customers make the transition, we are compiling a series of tutorials and examples that we will soon make available to them.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind SPIP™ users that customers who have an active maintenance service at the time of the MountainsSPIP® 8 release will be entitled to an upgrade to this new product, absolutely free of charge. So, it is important to make sure your SPIP™ maintenance service is renewed, even if it expired a long time ago. We would be happy to answer any questions, so please feel free to contact


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