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.
February 16th, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
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.
February 3rd, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
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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January 9th, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
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.