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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.

Geospatial Solutions for Natural Resources

 
August 19th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Natural resource companies face the significant challenge of successfully prospecting, evaluating, and extracting materials and resources from the earth through mining and drilling.

From mineral exploration to discovering where oil drilling may disturb critical habitats, these companies need to collect and manage massive amounts of data. Often, this data can be difficult to access, prolonging or complicating their ability to derive valuable insights for smarter decision making.

Once the appropriate data is accessed, Geoscientists use powerful algorithms and processing capabilities to perform rapid “what-if” scenarios on huge and complex datasets. In addition, with the demand for localized resources like fossil fuels, minerals, and ores on the rise, these companies need a unique set of assessment tools for enhancing efficiencies and overall effectiveness.

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Developing a Digital Atlas of All Natural Disasters in Greece

 
August 8th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Educational institutions often play a key role in developing the GIS research and insights for allowing any nation to be better prepared to handle natural disasters.

In addition, with natural disasters on the rise, many countries are looking to both enhance their overall planning efforts, as well as better leverage geospatial technologies in ways that increase overall response efforts – with the ultimate goal being more lives saved.

Intergraph recently announced that Kavala Institute of Technology’s Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment is doing precisely this for the country of Greece.

The educational institution is using Intergraph®’s ERDAS APOLLO 2013 for the management, analysis and delivery of geospatial data for disaster response in Greece.

Working closely with Intergraph’s channel partner in Greece, Geosystems Hellas, the Kavala Institute is collecting and cataloguing digital material in a spatial data infrastructure to support the detection, prevention and management of natural disasters. It is also leveraging the exploitation and visualization capabilities of free web services from international certified organizations.

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Leverage the Value of Your Geospatial Content with eCommerce

 
July 22nd, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Last year, we showcased a story of how the Netherlands-based, Dotka Data maintains a large and growing collection of historical aerial photography and maps, reflecting more than 200 years of history, and how it had selected ERDAS APOLLO to manage this data in conjunction with an exciting new e-commerce project.

Through this partnership, Dotka is working with the Dutch newspaper AD to offer its readers an opportunity to view current and 50-year old aerial photographs of their own homes.

As such, customers who maintain a subscription or purchase three newspapers have been granted access to a website enabling them to geocode their addresses to locate the relevant imagery, zoom in and out to view the details of their home and surrounding geography and order a free set of aerial images of their homes from 1960 and 2011.

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Enhancing Efficiency of Rail Through Geospatial Infrastructure Management Solutions

 
July 11th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Rail infrastructure is arguably the most complex and demanding network to operate.  With the combination of engineering, multiple utility networks, as well as extensive real estate and property assets, effectively maintaining all rail assets can be incredibly daunting.

In addition, as many rail lines are designed to help major companies transport products and raw materials as well as passengers, keeping all assets in top operational shape is imperative.  Better asset condition improves service quality and helps trains run at higher speeds, increasing efficiencies and enhancing revenue.

Intergraph recently hosted a webinar that provided key insights into maintaining rail assets and increasing operational efficiency.  The webinar also explored several Intergraph customer implementations that span asset management, capture, operation, planning, environmental management, and safety.

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A Unique Challenge for All Future Geospatial Leaders

 
June 25th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

The geospatial sector is comprised of some of the most innovative thinkers, solving the most pressing governmental and businesses challenges. A key part of nurturing this culture of ingenuity is teaching and inspiring the next generation of geospatial leaders.

Intergraph is embarking on an ambitious effort to cultivate creativity amongst students with our inaugural Geospatial Challenge.  The challenge will allow students to flex their problem solving skills using Intergraph’s innovations.

As such, we are calling on students who are participating in Intergraph’s Global Education Program, Intergraph U, to submit an abstract describing the scope of a problem, their geographical area of interest, and the dataset(s) and Intergraph solution(s) used.

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Using the Human Senses to Fully Understand the Geospatial Sector

 
June 20th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

As we headed into HxGN Live 2013 two weeks ago, I was reminded of how many people don’t really understand what we do for a living.  To the layman, the geospatial sector can seem very complicated, and when you mention geospatial data processing, image compression or photogrammetry, people’s eyes tend to glaze over.

I believe there are better ways to communicate the power of geospatial solutions, and it comes down to thinking about our human senses and we use them on a day to day basis – something we all fully understand.

As humans, we continually take in information through all of our five senses. Our senses continually collect information about the change we experience. This sensory information is processed by our perception in ways that allow us to decide and act.  Our perception identifies, organizes and interprets the information our senses collect. For example, if you are crossing a road and your eyes sense that a truck is bearing down on you, your brain will process the information very quickly and tell you to act (i.e., jump back on the street curb).

By having the ability to process data through our senses, we are able to make smarter decisions that will keep us safer.   At Intergraph, along with the other Hexagon companies, this is precisely what we do:  help organizations see, process and act upon information for smarter decision-making.

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Count Down to HxGN LIVE 2013: Podcast Preview of What’s to Come

 
May 29th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Next week, more than 4,000 Hexagon users will convene in Las Vegas for HxGN LIVE 2013 — Hexagon International Conference.  The event will provide tremendous opportunity for our users to network, gain key training insights into our Intergraph Geospatial 2013 portfolio and much more.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by got geoint?, the official blog for the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) for a podcast that offers a detailed preview of what is to come next week.

In addition, Rob Mott, Vice President of Geospatial solutions for Intergraph Government Solutions, joined me for this interview and provided insights into our solutions for government, defense and intelligence.

Below is the full podcast.

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USGIF Technology Day Hands-On Training: More Effective Use of Geospatial Intelligence Workflows in Disaster Relief Efforts

 
May 20th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Following is a guest post from Rob Mott, Vice President, Geospatial Solutions for Intergraph Government Solutions.

Each year, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) hosts its GEOINT Community Week, which brings together members of the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and geospatial communities for a week of briefings, educational sessions, workshops, and much more.

This year, Intergraph will be playing an instrumental role by hosting a unique training workshop that focuses on the effective use of geospatial intelligence workflows for disaster relief efforts.

On May 23rd at 8:30 a.m., Andrew Pursch, Technical Staff Consultant for Intergraph Government Solutions, will be highlighting how key geospatial solutions can help government agencies better respond to and mitigate natural disasters, which globally affects thousands of people and destroy billions of dollars in property every year.

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HxGN Live2013: Geospatial Vision and Strategy for Making Smarter Decisions

 
May 13th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

While many of the sessions at HxGN Live 2013 will focus on training to help better maximize Intergraph Geospatial’s solutions, there will also be tremendous opportunities to learn about today’s most dynamic geospatial solutions and noteworthy customer implementations.

Since launching Intergraph Geospatial 2013, users have experienced how geospatial solutions can truly drive smarter decisions and support their configurable workflows.   We have held world tour events worldwide to communicate and showcase this story locally since January 2013.

On Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, we will be hosting our Geospatial Vision & Strategy session at HxGN Live, inspiring our users to think creatively about how they can use our solutions to solve the most challenging situations, as well as enhance business decisions and processes.

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Demystify the Point Cloud – So Much More Than a Surface Model

 
May 7th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

The annual Hexagon conference provides the unique opportunity to showcase our latest innovations to nearly 4,000 users.  While many of our sessions focus on product training, we also provide key insights into new innovations and unlock key secrets that allow our users to fully leverage geospatial data.

While there is increasing adoption of point cloud data, many users struggle to fully integrate this new content in their workflows. An important realization is that point clouds are much more than simple surface models – and should be treated as such. The difficulty lies in fully exploiting the depth of information that can be derived from point cloud content.

On Monday, June 3rd during HxGN LIVE 2013, we will be providing a unique training session that will offer more clarity around how to best leverage point clouds:

Demystifying the Point Cloud: So Much More Than a Surface Model (4 hrs)

For years, the adoption of point cloud data has grown tremendously. This course is designed to take you beyond the basics of point cloud data and teach you how to get the most out of this incredibly rich data source. Learn about the various types of point cloud data created and exploited by Hexagon products – from traditional airborne LiDAR, to the growing power of terrestrial laser scanners from Leica Geosystems, to the photogrammetric true ortho point clouds created by Semi-Global Matching in ImageStation®. We will demonstrate 3D and profile visualization and measurement of all these point cloud data types, as well as perform editing, classification, and exploitation of point cloud data in GIS and remote sensing software like GeoMedia® and ERDAS IMAGINE.

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