Spain is a country known for its diverse cuisine, beautiful architecture, fanatical football (known as soccer in the US), and world-famous Flamenco. Spain flourishes within the automotive, metalworking and tourism industries, and is at the forefront of the geospatial industry, one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world.
In 1982, in an effort to support geodesy, cartography, geology and geophysics efforts, Catalonia created the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC). Since its inception, this organization has utilized Hexagon Geospatial and Intergraph products to develop photogrammetric data capture workflows and update topographic databases.
Originally, Intergraph’s Interactive Graphics Design Software, and later Intergraph’s MicroStation, were used to collect vector data. Recently, in order to harness the increasingly complex data models and optimize data exploitation workflows, the ICGC adopted Hexagon Geospatial’s GeoMedia® and ImageStation® Stereo for GeoMedia (ISSG).
This past year, ICGC implemented a complete data capture and 3D production system based on GeoMedia. This end-to-end solution uses ISSG to power the photogrammetric workflow, Oracle Spatial as the Data Base Management System, and GeoMedia as the full-featured GIS. After only one year of implementation, this solution has improved both the efficiency and accuracy of 3D data capture.
In other news pertaining to Spain, a conference, dubbed “Intergraph Day,” was held on April 15, 2015 at the Royal Observatory in Madrid. At the conference, Hexagon Geospatial, together with Intergraph, introduced the new interfaces and powerful automated workflows of the 2015 Power Portfolio. There were over one hundred attendees, ranging from representatives of public agencies to independent users interested in learning about the new technology.
Some of the advances highlighted during Intergraph Day included public safety management systems, emergency response and defense solutions, as well as remote sensing, GIS and photogrammetry demonstrations. Other exhibitions at the conference included a live demo of Aibot X6, presented by Leica Geosystems, and a presentation by Hewlett-Packard (HP) on solutions for mobility and productivity. The conference proved to be a great success, with several partners and customers exchanging information and sharing experiences from the day.
We are excited about all of these geospatial endeavors in Spain, and we eagerly anticipate working with our Spanish customers to continue pushing the boundaries of the geospatial industry.