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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.