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Geospatial Software Offers 3D Capabilities

Intergraph has introduced new 3D capabilities for its GeoMedia product line, fully integrating advanced spatial analysis and data capture with the 3D ‘virtual earth’ style of presentation popular in today’s mainstream mapping applications. The combination delivers precise visualization of surface and environmental characteristics for increased insight, data accuracy and user productivity.

With GeoMedia 3D, users can navigate with full freedom of movement in all dimensions to completely evaluate geospatial assets and analytical results. The Intergraph GeoMedia product suite is a set of integrated applications that provide a wide range of geospatial processing capabilities. GeoMedia 3D is an add-on product for the desktop version of GeoMedia that extends the functionality of Intergraph’s geospatial solutions through an integrated 3D visualization and analysis environment. GeoMedia 3D provides the ability to visualize, navigate, analyze, manipulate and display 3D data natively in GeoMedia.

The ability to understand surroundings and visualize terrain assists in making better environment-based decisions and performing more effective real-world assessments. Examples of specific vertical applications include, among many others: 1) strengthening security and military assessment through realistic 3D simulations; 2) evaluating sub-terrain interference for utility lines; 3) creating hotspot maps for crimes and other statistical data; 4) providing visuals of a destination to assist dispatchers; 5) capturing elevation data in realistic 3D views for photogrammetry efforts; 6) assessing the community and environmental impact of government and transportation development projects; and 7) providing the public with project visualization.

Users can also dynamically integrate surfaces, imagery, feature data and vector data to create a 3D view of all data sources in a GeoMedia 3D map window, enabling rapid assessment of fast-changing conditions. GeoMedia 3D also allows users to import pre-built city models and other readily available 3D files from organizations like Google into their projects, as well as perform fly-throughs of areas of interest and save them as video files for viewing and distribution.

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