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Using the Human Senses to Fully Understand the Geospatial Sector

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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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Cloud-Based Geospatial Data Management Solution Helps Map Entire Country of Germany

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Leveraging geospatial data for various purposes across large, disparate organizations that span an entire country is a tremendous challenge especially when geospatial data ownership is decentralized across states.   Along with understanding how to share the data effectively, different departments within different agencies need to access and process data in a variety of ways.   Organizing and keeping data up-to-date across jurisdictions, while delivering that data in a common way and timely manner are all crucial factors in enabling national agencies and departments to make smarter decisions.

Intergraph was recently awarded a project to help one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies to organize and manage geospatial data for the entire country of Germany.  Data covering more than 365,000 km² of land area is managed by this program and project specifications required keeping all mapping data up-to-date along with rapid delivery of the data to a variety of regional organizations.

Other important project requirements included:

  • Usage of geospatial data services in low-bandwidth and offline networks to meet local and third party needs
  • Reliability of the services to meet 24×7 demand
  • Ability to serve a heterogeneous GIS environment with multiple end-user systems

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Removing Barriers to Effective Geoportal Creation

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Over the past several years, we have seen a rising demand for spatial data infrastructure (SDI) services, which has also been fueled by legislation mandating that public bodies publish geospatial data for enhanced collaboration with partners and customers.

Web applications provide a means for making geospatial data available for public consumption. These applications act as clients for SDI services, which are also used for developing more advanced enterprise portal.   To meet this need, Intergraph Geospatial Portfolio 2013 includes Geospatial Portal 2013.

Geospatial Portal 2013 removes the barriers associated with typical geoportal creation. Its powerful browser application allows users to visualize and share accurate geospatial data to collaborate with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.

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Finally, a Complete Geospatial Server

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Effectively sharing geospatial data inside and outside an organization seems like an easy task given the vast number of offerings that exist today. However, truly leveraging the best of breed information technologies, integrating different genres of geospatial, while leveraging powerful desktop applications continues to be a challenge. Many of today’s offerings hone in one area of expertise, while neglecting other user requirements, thereby failing to provide a cohesive, holistic geospatial server solution. The end result may then alienate or frustrate some stakeholders, ultimately prolonging or even impeding decision-making capabilities.

With the upcoming launch of Intergraph Geospatial 2013, we will help organizations break down the walls that have prevented open and secure sharing of data and web services. Organizations will be able to optimize workflows and get information into the hands of those that need it.

Recently, we announced that Intergraph Geospatial 2013 provides a complete and powerful server portfolio for managing data, delivering web services, web mapping, on-demand geo-processing and workflow development and deployment.

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Modern Look and Real Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Integration

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Finally, users can look to one provider for a truly integrated and connected photogrammetry and remote sensing experience.  With synchronized releases, users access the new products at the same time in a seamless environment, combining all the power of these two geospatial genres.

By offering users this consolidated system, they can discover and exploit the wealth of information contained in data from any source, share it rapidly (and securely), and deliver it on demand as reliable and actionable information to drive smarter decisions.

In Intergraph Geospatial Portfolio 2013, ERDAS IMAGINE  includes all of the LPS tools within the ERDAS IMAGINE ribbon.  Offering more simplified workflows for photogrammetry users who work with smaller quantities of raw data, this tighter integration between LPS and ERDAS IMAGINE will significantly enhance overall change detection and image classification capabilities.

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Introducing ERDAS IMAGINE 2013

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

We live in a world that requires organizations to have a real sense of the world around them – from air, space and on the ground.   As such, geospatial data has become the backbone for driving fundamental decisions that ensure organizational success, as well as for supporting government program missions.

Later this year, we are launching Intergraph Geospatial 2013, offering the full spectrum of geospatial technology in a united release. With a fresh approach, this technology enables organizations to discover and exploit the wealth of information contained in data from any source, share it rapidly and deliver it on demand to drive smarter decisions.

Recently, we hosted a webinar that showcased one of the products included in this release, highlighting how ERDAS IMAGINE 2013 expands on its proven technology.  With a host of usability enhancements and new features, users can do more with multiple types of data.

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National Irish Electrical Network Extends GIS Workflows into Business Systems

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Utility providers are challenged with the complex process of managing all of their field assets, which are subject to weather-related damages and vegetation growth.  In addition, electrical distribution networks are often very vast and serve large populations that expect reliable services at all times.

Geospatial solutions have become the backbone for enabling and automating plots and network diagrams for fast and effective decision making.  Today, many GIS technologies now interface with other business and operational management systems, which extend and integrate workflows with other business critical systems.

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Organizations Can Now Maximize the Power of Point Clouds

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Point clouds provide a wealth of geospatial information required for fast and effective decision-making.  Though the process of extracting the data can be cumbersome and time consuming, often resulting in the data being unused or irrelevant.

With data essentially overflowing, it is becoming more difficult for end-users to manage, distribute, exploit, and visualize their point data from the desktop through to the server and over to the world.

As such, organizations require the right tools for truly unlocking the power of their point clouds.  Fortunately, new point cloud analysis technology can help organizations leverage LiDAR and software-synthesized point clouds, which is ideal for forestry management, power corridor monitoring, and flood planning.

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Today’s World Requires Smarter GIS Capabilities

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Most large organizations are comprised of multi-disciplinary environments with many departments, roles and geographic jurisdictions.  As such, conventional GIS solutions often cannot fully meet the complex requirements that are needed for making geospatial data actionable.

In fact, user access is often one of the driving challenges.  While all users in an organization may require access to common data, access to specific records may vary depending on department, role, or geographic jurisdiction.  In addition, as project lifecycles change, user access requirements may also vary.

Recently, Aurora Energy in Australia made a decision to simplify their workflows and streamline communication. Aurora Energy, and many other diverse organizations worldwide, have discovered and implemented GeoMedia Smart Client. At GeoMedia Smart Client’s core is a highly configurable rules and workflow engine that enables organizations to implement dynamic life-cycle workflows, feature-level access control, data validation and behavior, and integration to other systems.

We recently hosted a webinar that provided an overview of this unique solution.  In addition, we demonstrated how Intergraph’s software provides a powerful, web-based smart client that supports high-end functionality, including vector data capture and editing.

GeoMedia Smart Client meets a unique need in the marketplace.  Between those working with a rigid and technically demanding desktop GIS and a static, lightweight browser-based GIS, there exists a large potential user base. This solutions equips this broader audience of users, providing a new means for them to access and use rich geospatial data in their business processes.  In addition, organizations can create a single deployment that can be configured for an unlimited number of applications.

From municipalities and transportation and utility infrastructure operators to government emergency management agencies, there is a wide range of organizations that have effectively deployed this solution.

As today’s geospatial needs are becoming more complex, I highly recommend viewing our webinar to learn more about this unique solution for a smarter GIS.

 

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