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Spatial Data Infrastructure Technology Simplifies Geospatial Data Collaboration

Intergraph is expanding its utilities infrastructure management solutions with new, open standards-based spatial data infrastructure (SDI) capabilities to foster greater interoperability. Intergraph SDI capabilities enable secure, fast and seamless access to geospatial data published by different organizations, improving collaboration for emergency response and incident management, and increasing productivity for utility network planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations.

Intergraph's G/Technology infrastructure management solution is an open and scalable geospatial application platform designed to meet the unique needs of utilities and communications companies. The newest version, G/Technology 10.1, supports the use of data published via the Web using the standard OGC Web service interfaces, Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Map Service (WMS). This can be data related to weather, utility structure, flood plains, environmental restrictions, parcel maps or any other geospatial data originating from a GIS system that conforms to OGC standards.

"Utility networks are becoming more advanced and additional real-time information is being made available each day," said Dorthe Kroyer, GIS manager for HMN Naturgas, a natural gas provider in Denmark. "We therefore require a new means of bringing all of the data sets together and distributing them in an efficient and flexible manner."

For utilities, SDI maximizes the ability to securely and efficiently communicate and collaborate with government and other entities. For example, in the case of an emergency, utilities must quickly supply local governments with updated information on the location of all utility lines, poles, meters and other assets for effective response.

In addition to G/Technology, Intergraph's GeoMedia serves as a powerful platform for building an SDI by enabling users to bring spatial data from disparate databases into a single environment for viewing, analysis and presentation. By providing simple access to data from G/Technology and third-party GIS platforms, GeoMedia makes it easy to share and distribute critical spatial information via both desktop and simple Web clients. Users can also upgrade to GeoMedia SDI Pro, which provides additional services for secure, high-performance SDI capabilities. With G/Technology and GeoMedia, utilities can achieve comprehensive SDI implementations for flexible, cost-effective data sharing.

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