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Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Ecosystem Monitoring Around Wind Farm Development

March 6th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

The environmental impacts of wind farm development are always a major consideration when countries are exploring these alternative energy sources.  Wind farms tend to be ideally suited for expansive regions and coastlines where wildlife is abundant. While a good alternative source of energy, they are not without their impacts to the animal populations in those areas.

The United Kingdom is currently the world leader in offshore wind power generation.  Many UK organizations are already using geospatial solutions and imagery analysis for ecosystem monitoring.  Understanding environmental impacts on any change is a vital step in moving forward with energy solutions. For one such project, a leading environmental consultancy in the UK is monitoring bird populations living in areas developed for wind power generation. This organization specializes in freshwater and marine ecology assessment.

Using a proprietary algorithm for identifying and enumerating birds from aerial photographs, the organization has already collected tens of thousands of images in a single project survey.   Thus far, they have amassed over 87 terabytes of aerial photography.

For this use case, core management and delivery capabilities are needed for a massive repository of imagery. ERDAS APOLLO enables the organization to organize and disseminate data to the technical analysts who are examining and counting birds captured in every image.  ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS are also used for data authoring and generating terrain models of bird habitat.

Using these products, the organization is able to understand and process massive amounts of aerial data required for supporting the planning and development of wind farms in this region.

On March 12th, Intergraph is hosting a webinar that will illustrate how geospatial solutions are being used in the UK to provide valuable functionality for preparing, analyzing, and managing such data for environmental monitoring. The webinar will showcase more insights regarding the wind farm development case study, as well as examine effective Intergraph product usage by APEM, Natural England, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Forestry Commission.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about how the right geospatial solutions enable smarter decision-making when it comes to environmental monitoring.   Click here to register.

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