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Hexagon 2012: Intergraph News from the Floor

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


Without a doubt, the Hexagon conference is the biggest annual event for Intergraph and all of the other companies that fall under the Hexagon umbrella.  It is a truly exciting time for us to preview our latest technology and innovations, as well as share our vision for how our combined offerings help manage any global situation that requires real-time intelligence for fast and effective decision-making.

Each year, the international conference also offers the chance for our users to attend presentations by industry experts, participate in targeted tracks, break-out sessions, as well as hear inspiring keynotes from a wide range of industry thought leaders.

For Intergraph, this is the ideal platform for us to make a series of new announcements.  And, while all the news generated from the conference can often get lost in the shuffle – especially for busy attendees – I wanted to take moment to highlight our news from the show last week:

GeoMedia Smart Client Star of Show!

Intergraph’s GeoMedia Smart Client took a starring role at Hexagon 2012, with a number of new hands-on training classes being introduced, as well as break-out sessions and a variety of new vertical market workflow demonstrations.


Geospatial Data Management and Exploitation for the Utilities Industry

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


Utility companies work with many kinds of geospatial data including LiDAR and imagery, and must efficiently manage and update asset information as well as their land base.  In addition, these companies are faced with environmental and safety mandates, which results in volumes of land use inspections, photos, field analysis and surveys that also need to be managed along with geospatial data.

Utilities companies need to be able to create value added data products, manage this information and get access to it when needed – for real-time decision-making.  Many utility providers have highly complex business models with a variety of field assets and large workforces, requiring a suite of industry specific solutions to address work design, network asset management, outage management, and integrated mobile work force management.


Small and Medium Sized Geospatial Enterprises Critical to the Value Chain

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


In the geospatial sector, small and medium sized enterprises (SME) are the backbone of innovation, creating specialized offerings that have made the industry what it is today.  Whether providing a solution that integrates into a larger organization’s offering, or creating new markets with completely unique products, it is safe to say that SMEs are one of the key reasons we have had such tremendous growth over the past decade.

I was recently asked to offer comment for an article on the value of SMEs in Geospatial World Magazine, and wanted to use this post as a platform to further elaborate on this topic.


The Geospatial Sector Faces the Music

Monday, April 16th, 2012

When thinking about the music business thirty years ago, only a handful of musical genres could be purchased as vinyl records or 8-track cassettes at the “record store.”  The platform quickly progressed from cassette tapes to compact discs and ultimately to the digital files, and the brick and mortar store has ultimately been replaced by e-commerce.  In terms of genres, we have so many variations of music that it’s virtually impossible to truly categorize all types.

Not only have music deliverables, varieties, and accessibility rapidly progressed, but also the industry itself – transitioning from a hierarchy of those recorded and promoted to a truly DIY approach, with intuitive tools for capturing music and endless vehicles for self-promotion courtesy of social media.  While many in the music industry balked at the rapid radical changes (fearing lost revenue), demand sparked innovation, enabling the masses to embrace and utilize technology as it emerged.


GeoMedia Smart Client in Action: Australian’s Central Goldfields Shire Council

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Mladen Stojic, Vice President, and Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I

As we recently highlighted on GIS Café, stakeholders across most organizations know the value of geographic information, but often lack the expertise to run a traditional desktop GIS.  In addition, there is a large potential user base between those working with a rigid and technically demanding desktop GIS and a static lightweight browser based GIS.

To bridge this gap, last month we launched GeoMedia Smart Client, which is an enterprise-wide solution that essentially obliterates the growing disparity between static GIS products and the needs of today’s geospatial contributors.

Now, we are excited to showcase an example of GeoMedia Smart Client coming to life.  We just announced that Australia’s Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) recently migrated from an older GIS system to GeoMedia.


Winners of the ERDAS IMAGINE – DigitalGlobe 2012 Geospatial Challenge

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Mladen Stojic, Vice President, and Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I

As many avid users know, ERDAS IMAGINE is the ideal tool for working with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2’s rich set of spectral information.

From an easy to use set of pre-defined band combinations for displaying the robust data, to the flexibility offered by the graphical Model Maker environment for designing and sharing new image analysis algorithms, ERDAS IMAGINE enables users to fully exploit and uncover all the information inherent in WorldView-2 imagery.

This year, Intergraph partnered with DigitalGlobe to launch the ERDAS IMAGINE – Digital Globe 2012 Geospatial Challenge, which provides the winner five WorldView-2 scenes of their choice anywhere across the globe from the DigitalGlobe archives.


GeoMedia Smart Client Obliterates Growing Disparity between Antiquated GIS Products and the Needs of Today’s Geospatial Contributors, Movers and Shakers

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Today, stakeholders across your organization know the value of geographic information, but often lack the expertise to run a traditional desktop GIS.  Online maps delivered by a web GIS are helpful, but these implementations often do not support the technical geospatial functions or flavored workflows required. Today, users need the power of GIS, not as a horizontal technology, but delivered in vertical market focused workflows.


3D Takes Hold for Enhancing Geospatial Data Analysis for Urban Planning

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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In the urban planning world, 3D technologies now play a major role in enhancing decision-making and information sharing.  By creating a compelling geospatial visual connection with internal stakeholders and the public, urban planners are able to provide clear and realistic project information, extending far beyond traditional disconnected model-based details.

In addition, as geospatial solutions are being embraced more in the urban planning arena, 3D enables organizations to better exploit the precision and power of their geospatial data, leading to quicker, more confident decision-making and visual communication in support of location-centric tasks.

We recently announced that the City of Virginia Beach, the most populous city in Virginia, has taken some unique steps to use Intergraph’s GeoMedia 3D to produce more intuitive 3D appraisal maps — showing the location, dimensions and other information pertaining to a parcel of land subject to property taxes — as well as maps requested by other city departments. South Carolina Department of Transportation is another recent GeoMedia 3D announcement.

With integrated 3D solutions, governments, businesses and other organizations can gain a clearer understanding of all of their visual and map data. With such a holistic picture, they are able to reduce errors that can arise from the misinterpretation of images – ultimately enhancing infrastructure management and land information management.

Intergraph continues to be a leader in this space with regular product updates. In fact, we just announced the release of GeoMedia 3D 6.1.1, enabling users to represent existing geospatial datasets in three dimensions through a new 3D map window. Users can also leverage the Live Link capability with this release, connecting the GeoMedia 3D map window to ERDAS IMAGINE®. This enhances the 3D view with ERDAS IMAGINE’s rich raster capabilities to support synchronized data sharing, viewing, editing, updating and analysis. Users can leverage these products together, integrating accurately processed imagery and terrain data from ERDAS IMAGINE.

The City of Virginia Beach and South Carolina Department of Transportation are just two recently announced examples of how governmental organizations can better enhance their overall urban planning with 3D geospatial data processing solutions.  As many local governments are dealing with budgetary challenges, it makes complete fiscal sense to implement solutions that fully unleash the efficiency and power of their geospatial data investments.


Breaking Down “Data Silos” for More Effective Geospatial Collaboration

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Mladen Stojic, Vice President, Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I

Geospatial organizations need to use and distribute volumes of geospatial data. Often, disparate legacy information systems hinder data sharing, collaboration and effective use of geo-information.  When departments use different geospatial software and data formats, data silos emerge that form obstacles to effective collaboration within the enterprise.  Add proprietary and black-box systems into the mix, and we are left with disconnected, fragmented and ‘static’ deployments of GIS. This becomes even more problematic when trying to share data with outside users and organizations. In this new generation of “I want it now,” we need to break down the traditional geospatial walls that have been built up inside organizations.

In order to break down these “data silos,” organizations need to implement tools and strategies that help with distributing geospatial data and functionality within the organization and beyond.   In addition, adherence to industry standards, including INSPIRE, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), not only help break down barriers, but also allows organizations to comply with government mandates.

Historically, the most significant data silos existed in the U.S. Intelligence Community, which struggled to enhance data in real-time with the warfighter in the post 9/11 world.  As the use of geospatial technologies has expanded to multiple vertical industries (including emergency management, disaster planning, utilities as well as agriculture), the same need to share vital information and manage assets through the use of geospatial data has emerged – as do the same challenges.

Fortunately, there are industry solutions that make it possible to break down these silos, allowing for organizations to fully maximize geospatial data. With ERDAS APOLLO and GeoMedia SDI Portal, organizations can easily manage, visualize and share accurate geospatial data and information to collaborate internally, as well as with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.

Being able to collaborate with professionals who are not trained in GIS has also long-been a challenge.  Along these lines, the Intergraph geospatial portfolio addresses the unmet demand for geospatial information and services among non-GIS experts, as well as enables the direct access to geospatial data from its source without the need for translation.

Geospatial data is only valuable if it can be shared and ultimately becomes actionable – whether it is for the warfighter or for a utility company.   Members of industry have made tremendous strides in providing the tools needed to bring geospatial data to life, which provides business and operational results that were previously well out of reach.

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Geospatial Solutions Address Urgent Need for Real-Time Intelligence for any Global Situation

Monday, January 9th, 2012

As we saw in 2011, the world is changing at a rapid pace.  From drastic population expansion to unprecedented levels of natural and man-made disasters, we are dealing with confounding global uncertainties that need to be addressed swiftly and precisely.

As we embrace this new global frontier, geospatial technologies and solutions are clearly the foundation for addressing these issues, managing change and ensuring that we have a safe future for our planet.  With the world continuing to be very tumultuous, it is obvious that decision-makers need to access new and highly relevant information through continual, accurate and timely updates to geospatial data.

One of the challenges of dealing with these urgent needs is that there are many silos that exist within large organizations, making the real-time sharing of geospatial information highly difficult.

The key is finding solutions providers who offer capabilities through the whole life-cycle of geospatial information management.  This includes content capture to on-demand geo-processing to delivering this actionable data to users whether they are on a desk top or mobile device.

By creating synergies and streamlining workflows, we can actually make geospatial solutions work in a way that will help us better respond to urgent needs.  The key is to combine all of the ingredients, which includes having GPS, airborne and laser-scanning sensors provide the data, then feeding it through photogrammetric, GIS and remote-sensing mapping systems.  This lifecycle ultimately provides decision-makers, first-responders, field experts and others to be able to make the right decisions at the right time.

Dealing with global uncertainties has been one of the biggest challenges throughout the ages.  Thankfully by providing access to the right geospatial information in real-time, we will be able to better respond to natural disasters and manage the ever-changing world we inhabit.

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