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“Being Customer Centric.” Hear how an Intergraph leader is making that the top priority.

In this podcast, Intergraph’s Laura Beth Ezzell talks with David McDonald about his new role as the vice president and general manager of public safety in the Americas with Intergraph. Hear how his former career as a deputy chief in D.C. and now experience working for Intergraph helps make sure Intergraph customers are the central focus. http://traffic.libsyn.com/intergraph/DavidMcDonald_podcast14.mp3 Laura ...

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Geospatial Information Aids in Managing Natural Disasters

Geospatial data is imperative to effective disaster management and preventative planning. New Zealand can attest to this truth after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the second-largest city in the country – Christchurch. During both the initial emergency responses and the aftermath recovery, Christchurch officials depended heavily on geospatial data. The city was able to rapidly author, fuse, analyze, mana ...

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Transforming into a “Smart City” in 5 Steps

Urban theorist Jane Jacobs called cities “problems in organized complexity.” Consider Jacobs’s example of a public park: a park’s use depends on its design, its design depends on potential use, and its potential use, in turn, depends on access and other factors outside the park. The relationships are complex and interconnected, and a change to one ultimately affects all. Cities are, essentially, a system of ...

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Leveraging Geospatial Data to Save Millions

The City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is striving to become a “Smart City,” centralizing spatial information for multi-department use and investing time in planning for the future. Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) was formed in 2006 as the first municipal office of its kind in North America. On average, Edmonton experiences 25,000 traffic collisions each year, which cost more than C$500 million an ...

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Thoughts on DistribuTECH and the role of GIS in DMS

Last week, the leading annual smart grid conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Now in its 24th year, DistribuTECH had its largest attendance ever, topping out at more than 10,000 attendees, according to an Electric Light & Power report. This included representatives from 300 utilities spanning 66 countries worldwide. This year, I received the honor of bei ...

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Geospatial Intelligence Central to Military Operations

With a background as former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples contributes his expertise on geospatial intelligence in military applications in the current issue of Perspectives magazine.  Maples explains that change is really what drives the growing importance of geospatial intelligence in military and counter-terrorism operations: “Our world is changing.  We see c ...

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DistribuTECH Showcases GIS Technology at 2014 Conference

GIS has been the forefront of technology and a hot topic for the past few years, this year gaining its own track at DistribuTECH, GIS and Mobile Solutions, allowing for more emphasis on each of these areas. Utility companies are looking for ways to better manage infrastructure, enhance dynamic generation for utility and communication network models for better visualization and analysis,  and improve work ma ...

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Advances in GIS Improve Electricity Distribution Management

Geospatial technology has continued to advance over the last several years, greatly impacting the utility industry. Smart grid deployments and the added data they provide have created the need for more robust utility-specific GIS solutions. Hank DiPietro, vice president for utilities and communications at Intergraph, spoke with Smart Grid Today about this emerging need: When the facilities management office ...

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Intergraph’s GeoMedia Ribbon Gets an Upgrade with Geospatial 2014 Release

GeoMedia 2013 marked a new beginning for the software platform with radical changes on all fronts – a new ribbon based user interface, client side caching for performance gains, and several other enhancements. Now, GeoMedia 2014 builds on these enhancements provided more power for the GeoMedia user fraternity. With the release of GeoMedia 2014 we have said goodbye to the classic interface of the past.  The ...

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3 Trends Drive Geospatial Industry to Go Mobile

With mobile technologies dominating trends across the globe, industries must respond accordingly and leverage mobile solutions.  Three trends in particular are driving the geospatial industry to go mobile: the eruption of spatial awareness and thus, the demand for data; the rapid increase of image data generation, particularly due to improved sensor technology; and the endless opportunities available with t ...

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