Archive for 2012
Monday, September 24th, 2012
Point clouds provide a wealth of geospatial information required for fast and effective decision-making. Though the process of extracting the data can be cumbersome and time consuming, often resulting in the data being unused or irrelevant.
With data essentially overflowing, it is becoming more difficult for end-users to manage, distribute, exploit, and visualize their point data from the desktop through to the server and over to the world.
As such, organizations require the right tools for truly unlocking the power of their point clouds. Fortunately, new point cloud analysis technology can help organizations leverage LiDAR and software-synthesized point clouds, which is ideal for forestry management, power corridor monitoring, and flood planning.
Monday, September 17th, 2012
Most large organizations are comprised of multi-disciplinary environments with many departments, roles and geographic jurisdictions. As such, conventional GIS solutions often cannot fully meet the complex requirements that are needed for making geospatial data actionable.
In fact, user access is often one of the driving challenges. While all users in an organization may require access to common data, access to specific records may vary depending on department, role, or geographic jurisdiction. In addition, as project lifecycles change, user access requirements may also vary.
Recently, Aurora Energy in Australia made a decision to simplify their workflows and streamline communication. Aurora Energy, and many other diverse organizations worldwide, have discovered and implemented GeoMedia Smart Client. At GeoMedia Smart Client’s core is a highly configurable rules and workflow engine that enables organizations to implement dynamic life-cycle workflows, feature-level access control, data validation and behavior, and integration to other systems.
We recently hosted a webinar that provided an overview of this unique solution. In addition, we demonstrated how Intergraph’s software provides a powerful, web-based smart client that supports high-end functionality, including vector data capture and editing.
GeoMedia Smart Client meets a unique need in the marketplace. Between those working with a rigid and technically demanding desktop GIS and a static, lightweight browser-based GIS, there exists a large potential user base. This solutions equips this broader audience of users, providing a new means for them to access and use rich geospatial data in their business processes. In addition, organizations can create a single deployment that can be configured for an unlimited number of applications.
From municipalities and transportation and utility infrastructure operators to government emergency management agencies, there is a wide range of organizations that have effectively deployed this solution.
As today’s geospatial needs are becoming more complex, I highly recommend viewing our webinar to learn more about this unique solution for a smarter GIS.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
As most geospatial organizations need to use and distribute high volumes of geospatial data, disparate legacy information systems often hinder the ability to actually do this effectively.
As many of you know firsthand, various departments within an organization may use different geospatial software and data formats. Ultimately, this often results in data silos that form obstacles to effective collaboration within the enterprise. These challenges are amplified when an organization attempts to share all this information to stakeholders outside the organization.
We recently hosted a webinar that showcases how Intergraph’s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) solution removes the obstacles associated with distributing and using copied data. Customers throughout the world have embraced this solution, providing a means to truly share information to all interested stakeholders. Some of these organizations with public-facing websites include Clean Air for Europe, City of Chengdu China, and Nigeria Census Project.
In addition, Bilbao City Council has launched GeoBilbao, a portal serving map-based information and services using Intergraph’s SDI solution. IGN Spain also uses Intergraph’s SDI solution to power SIGNA, the main viewer of IGN geographical data and also the entrance gate to the SDI node containing all the OGC services available.
During our webinar, we highlighted how adherence to industry standards, including INSPIRE, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), not only breaks down barriers, but also allows organizations to comply with government mandates.
With Intergraph’s Geospatial SDI and its powerful browser application, users can easily visualize and share accurate geospatial data to collaborate internally, and with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.
There are a number of organizations that can benefit from these solutions, which include national and regional government agencies, federal authorities – including cadaster, rail, civil police, forest, agriculture and geology organizations – local governments and infrastructure companies.
For geospatial data to be truly effective, it needs to be unlocked from the silos that are holding it back. The industry’s best SDI solutions provide a vehicle for making this vision a reality — providing a seamless, cohesive experience for end-users.
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Whether a large business, an international organization or a governmental body, most organizations need clear and actionable information for effective decision making. Powerful GIS management packages are the foundation for this and allow organizations to achieve the maximum value of their geospatial resources.
The most effective solutions offer simultaneous access to geospatial data in almost any form, uniting them in a single map view for efficient processing, capture and maintenance, analysis, presentation, and sharing.
New solutions make this possible, which offer modern functionality for an improved user experience, enhanced performance and scalability for enterprise databases, and timesaving tools such as dynamic and static text placement and automated labeling.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Understanding our world requires us to model and interpret the spatial relationships between human, social and physical geography. We live in a connected world of spatial and non-spatial relationships, and it is essential that we be conscious of these relationships, as this helps us to grasp the impact of our decisions on our daily lives.
Because we live in a world where human, social and physical geography is always changing, we need a way to dynamically understand our changing world. A change requires us to assess the effect that event has had on the geography. Many times, this involves simulating, predicting, preventing and even influencing positive change.
Spatial modeling tools are a prerequisite to dynamically modeling and understanding our changing earth. Spatial modeling is the process of using spatial operators on a variety of geospatial datasets (for example, imagery, terrain and features) to create an information product. This involves using a set of procedures that simulates real-world conditions within a geospatial application, using the spatial relationships of geographic features and their attributes. From these created models, you can perform spatial analysis to derive information from data, such as distributions or patterns, using the spatial context of the problem. Actionable decisions require real information – not just data – and spatial modeling is key in driving these decisions.
Monday, August 27th, 2012
More than ever before, we can sense the real world around us – from space, the air, and the ground. Organizations need the right solutions for managing this data influx to both make sense of the changing world and smarter decisions in the face of any challenge.
Often, geospatial professionals are required to work with disparate products that may not work well together. The best way to manage this change is to leverage a portfolio of systems and solutions that integrate geospatial image processing and analysis, GIS, remote sensing, and photogrammetry.
Intergraph recently hosted a webinar that illustrated how our current solutions meet this need, as well as introduced new innovations that will be included in our upcoming release.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
It is estimated that 29.6 percent of the Earth’s surface is comprised of forests. In addition, there are approximately one trillion canopy trees on the globe and nearly two-thirds of land-dwelling creatures inhabit our forests. Some researchers believe that the way we treat our forests will impact the future of our earth.
Without a doubt, preserving our forests is of paramount importance to the future of our ecosystem. Geospatial solutions play a critical role in gaining the insights we need to preserve our natural environment for future generations.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
As we all know, the right geospatial solutions can be used for virtually any industry sector that needs spatial data for enhanced decision making. However, many of us in the geospatial industry often focus on only a few core markets.
Recently, Intergraph hosted a webinar about the use of geospatial technologies for better crop management. The response was overwhelming. Clearly, there is a significant demand for spatial data in the agriculture sector.
Using remotely-sensed data in agriculture analysis enables organizations to make critical decisions to correct issues with the seasonal crop. Crop analysis such as characteristic definition, health and stress detection, change detection and understanding the effects of environmental factors can all be used to make efficient and valuable decisions in a timely manner.
Friday, June 29th, 2012
Most nations warehouse a treasure trove of historic aerial photography and maps that provide the foundation for tracking significant changes over time. In addition to providing a historical perspective on land and development changes, this data is also very relevant for citizens who want to see how their places of residence have changed over time.
In the Netherlands, Dotka Data maintains a large and growing collection of historical aerial photography and maps, reflecting more than 200 years of history. The collection includes topographic maps from as far back as 1798, and aerial photographs taken for topological purposes from 1932 to current day.
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
For many cities with sprawling outdoor parks, the ability to track the condition of all park-related assets can be a tremendous challenge. However, the City of Edmonton, Canada, met this challenge head on with a recent pilot program that uses Intergraph and Leica Geosystems combined products.
With more than 460 parks, as well as the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America with its North Saskatchewan River Valley parks, the City of Edmonton’s Park Branch required a robust solution that was flexible, easy to use and could leverage its existing park asset data.
For the pilot program, the Park Branch is utilizing the Leica CS25 ultra rugged tablet and the GG02+ GNSS Smart Antenna in conjunction with Intergraph’s GeoMedia®, a powerful GIS management and analysis product. As we saw at Hexagon 2012, Intergraph and Leica Geosystems contribute to Hexagon’s comprehensive portfolio, addressing all aspects of the geospatial life cycle – from capture to delivery.