Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Future of Spatial Analysis Through Intergraph and ERDAS

With Hexagon 2011 under way, ERDAS and Intergraph are detailing their plans to leverage their combined strengths in raster and vector processing through a new spatial modeling framework. At the Hexagon 2011 Conference, this technology is being showcased in the TechExpo Hall, as well as through various breakout sessions and keynotes. The new spatial modeling framework catapults each organization's existing geospatial strengths, providing a model for future integrated technological developments.

The new spatial modeling framework is based on the strong raster analysis capabilities of ERDAS IMAGINE® and the powerful vector analysis capabilities of Intergraph® GeoMedia®. Integrated within a new graphical user interface and extensible through third-party scripting environments, the next-generation spatial modeling solution will support desktop and on-demand enterprise geo-processing. This technology will also enable users in a broad variety of disciplines, such as agriculture management, disaster recovery, civil engineering, property assessment, and others, to create spatial analysis and processing programs within a command-line environment, simultaneously leveraging GeoMedia's powerful vector handling capabilities and ERDAS IMAGINE's raster prowess.

"The synergies between Intergraph and ERDAS will allow us to evolve a completely integrated and interoperable set of geospatial products," said David Glenn, Executive Product Manager, Intergraph Corporation. "This will enable unprecedented workflow efficiency at every stage of the geospatial value chain."

ERDAS IMAGINE incorporates geospatial image processing, analysis and remote sensing into a convenient package. The spatial modeling in ERDAS IMAGINE enables users to graphically model raster image processing workflows to create an automated process that can be executed by those with less domain knowledge. Integrating this technology with Intergraph's vector modeling capabilities in GeoMedia enables users to create their own custom, workflows that are extensible and interoperable with other geospatial software systems.

"With this new spatial modeling framework, organizations can combine the best of both raster and vector worlds to offer customers a complete spatial modeling framework for building custom solutions either graphically or programmatically," said Mladen Stojic, SVP Product Management & Marketing, ERDAS.

The new solution building framework offers the option of creating models graphically using drag and drop components or through widely-used Python scripting. A third option provides users the flexibility of combining these two capabilities.

At the conference, recorded breakout sessions highlighting this technology include ERDAS & Intergraph SG&I's Product Integration Plans: Today and Tomorrow and Solution Builder to Spatial Modeling.

The next generation spatial modeling framework is a valuable emerging technology within the processing component of Hexagon's Dynamic GIS, an integrated geospatial system capable of translating change, on the fly, into actionable information. The Dynamic GIS supports the complete geospatial information lifecycle: capturing geospatial imagery using sensor technology; processing vector, raster and terrain data into actionable information; managing, fusing, and sharing geospatial data across departments and regions; and finally, rapidly and securely delivering integrated information products, ensuring the right individuals can make timely decisions.


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