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How to Best Portray Your Geography Data to the World

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As most geospatial organizations need to use and distribute high volumes of geospatial data, disparate legacy information systems often hinder the ability to actually do this effectively.

As many of you know firsthand, various departments within an organization may use different geospatial software and data formats. Ultimately, this often results in data silos that form obstacles to effective collaboration within the enterprise.   These challenges are amplified when an organization attempts to share all this information to stakeholders outside the organization.

We recently hosted a webinar that showcases how Intergraph’s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) solution removes the obstacles associated with distributing and using copied data.  Customers throughout the world have embraced this solution, providing a means to truly share information to all interested stakeholders. Some of these organizations with public-facing websites include Clean Air for Europe, City of Chengdu China, and Nigeria Census Project.

In addition, Bilbao City Council has launched GeoBilbao, a portal serving map-based information and services using Intergraph’s SDI solution.  IGN Spain also uses Intergraph’s SDI solution to power SIGNA, the main viewer of IGN geographical data and also the entrance gate to the SDI node containing all the OGC services available.

During our webinar, we highlighted how adherence to industry standards, including INSPIRE, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), not only breaks down barriers, but also allows organizations to comply with government mandates.

With Intergraph’s Geospatial SDI and its powerful browser application, users can easily visualize and share accurate geospatial data to collaborate internally, and with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.

There are a number of organizations that can benefit from these solutions, which include national and regional government agencies, federal authorities – including cadaster, rail, civil police, forest, agriculture and geology organizations – local governments and infrastructure companies.

For geospatial data to be truly effective, it needs to be unlocked from the silos that are holding it back.  The industry’s best SDI solutions provide a vehicle for making this vision a reality — providing a seamless, cohesive experience for end-users.

Organizations Require Powerful GIS Data Production and Analysis

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Whether a large business, an international organization or a governmental body, most organizations need clear and actionable information for effective decision making.  Powerful GIS management packages are the foundation for this and allow organizations to achieve the maximum value of their geospatial resources.

The most effective solutions offer simultaneous access to geospatial data in almost any form, uniting them in a single map view for efficient processing, capture and maintenance, analysis, presentation, and sharing.

New solutions make this possible, which offer modern functionality for an improved user experience, enhanced performance and scalability for enterprise databases, and timesaving tools such as dynamic and static text placement and automated labeling.

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Streamlined Geospatial Technologies Enable Better Decision Making

Monday, August 27th, 2012

More than ever before, we can sense the real world around us – from space, the air, and the ground.  Organizations need the right solutions for managing this data influx to both make sense of the changing world and smarter decisions in the face of any challenge.

Often, geospatial professionals are required to work with disparate products that may not work well together.  The best way to manage this change is to leverage a portfolio of systems and solutions that integrate geospatial image processing and analysis, GIS, remote sensing, and photogrammetry.

Intergraph recently hosted a webinar that illustrated how our current solutions meet this need, as well as introduced new innovations that will be included in our upcoming release.

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Enhancing Crop Management with Geospatial Technologies

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.

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Aerial View of Dutch History Brought to Life Through ERDAS APOLLO

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.

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City of Edmonton: Tracking All Outdoor Park Assets with Combined Intergraph and Leica Geosystems Solutions

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.

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Hexagon 2012: Intergraph News from the Floor

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.

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Winners of the ERDAS IMAGINE – DigitalGlobe 2012 Geospatial Challenge

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.

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3D Takes Hold for Enhancing Geospatial Data Analysis for Urban Planning

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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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.

 

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