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Tracking Environmental Change in Europe

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Major advances involving the use of geographic solutions to enhance environmental management are occurring.  More than ever, modern technologies and applications in remote sensing enable even deeper levels of information to be extracted and exploited.  Intergraph provides modern and effective tools to reveal information that is crucial to managing the environment, and also robust systems for the management and dissemination of that information.

Earlier this year, Intergraph, along with Greek channel partner Geosystems Hellas S.A., participated in the First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment.  This conference brought together scientists, researchers, industry members and students to discuss emerging issues in remote sensing and geo-information of the environment.

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Rise in Geospatial ‘Big Data’ Calls for Solutions for Managing Information Overload

Friday, September 13th, 2013

As an industry buzzword, ‘Big Data’ has reached near ubiquity in nearly every sector, which is completely justified because large amounts of data have become a driving force for any large enterprise.

But just how big is ‘Big Data’?  If we look at the numbers, it can be quite astounding – reinforcing both the challenge and value of leveraging data.

For example, there are 2.7 Zetabytes of data exist in the digital universe today.  In one month, the Library of Congress collected 35 Terabytes of data. Consumer technology giants like Facebook store, accesses, and analyze 30+ Petabytes of user-generated data.  In addition, IDC estimates that by 2020, business transactions on the Internet will reach 450 billion per day.

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Geospatial Solutions for Natural Resources

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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

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

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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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