In 2015, Hexagon Geospatial and Navgeocom, now Hexagon Geosystems Russia, began brainstorming ways to promote the Hexagon Geospatial U program in Russian territories. Hexagon Geospatial U is a part of the global Intergraph U program. Despite the low cost of software for higher education institutions, only a few universities could afford to purchase professional licenses. Out of twelve universities, only three of them could afford to buy Professional licenses. To help break this pattern and encourage universities to join, we decided to launch a special program for Russian universities.
We decided to provide twenty universities with five Professional licenses, both ERDAS IMAGINE and GeoMedia, at no cost for one year. To participate in the program, universities needed to complete an application and provide their project topics. As a result, thirty universities from all over the country submitted a total of seventy-three project topics. The topics ranged from simple to complex, such as studying the basic functionality of software products, to the development of techniques and their approbation.
The universities were eager to participate in the program and to learn, so Hexagon Geospatial decided to provide twenty-three sets of professional licenses and include all of the universities that applied for the Hexagon Geospatial U program for Russia. In addition to providing free licenses, a competition was announced to support students interested in studying software products. The competition prize was free admission to INTERGEO 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
An additional condition for participation in the program was the translation of educational documentation for software in Russian. This was very important, as it opened opportunities for all universities in Russian-speaking countries to join the program and independently master the software.
Results of Hexagon Geospatial U Student Contest in Russia
The program included twenty-five new universities that had not previously used the software for education. Seventy percent of educational materials for major software products has been translated into Russian. In total, seventy-three Professional licenses and 3,575 Essentials licenses were used.
Nine universities from the original thirty participated in the student contest with twelve different projects. Twenty students and fifteen teachers took part in the competition.
|Novosibirsk College of Geodesy and Cartography||The Analysis of possibilities of computer interpretation of remote sensing images on example of agricultural Land cadaster.
Implementation of GIS technology for demographic data on the territory of the Novosibirsk region.
|Perm National Research Polytechnic University||Creating of digital elevation model and orthophoto by using remote sensing data from unmanned aircraft into the territory of oil field.|
|Dagestan State Technical University||The creation of the information base for analysis of the negative consequences and the definition of flood zones by the high water in the lower reaches of the Terek river.|
|Gubkin Russian State University Oil and Gas||Interpretation of indicators of geodynamic processes on oil fields and gas on aerospace images based on ERDAS IMAGINE Professional.
Development of the Geoinformation Framework of Landscapes of Pipelines Right-of-Way Based on ERDAS and GEOMEDIA Software.
|Universities related to Military Academy of Logistics Army Gen A V Khruleva||Development administration – economic and historical geographic information systems educational base of the Academy, located on the Karelian isthmus.|
|State University of Land Use Planning||Development of local monitoring methodology of negative processes on agricultural lands using multi temporal satellite images with different spatial resolution.
Analysis of changes in the parameters of forest vegetation and processes of desertification on areas of Western Iran under the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors by the remote sensing of the Earth.
|Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering||Geoinformation technologies in negative natural processes monitoring in the Middle Volga basin.|
|Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University||Analysis of flood zones in the Selekcja river basin under rainfalls.|
|Far Eastern Federal University||Creation of an image based on the product of the standard processing of the level 1A1 information obtained by the Geoton apparatus of Resource-P No.1.|
Hexagon Geospatial software experts were invited to evaluate the projects, including former employees of Intergraph Russia, university professors, and partner company experts.
The program ended on March 1, 2017. The evaluation of the projects concluded on July 3, 2017 and the winner was announced.
The winner of the contest is a project called “Development of the Geoinformation Framework of Landscapes of Pipelines Right-of-Way Based on ERDAS and GEOMEDIA Software,” implemented by Vladimir S. Baranchukov, a student of the Gubkin Russian State University Oil and Gas under the guidance of the professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences Victor Gennadyevich Akovetsky.
On July 25 a ceremony was held for the winners and they received their certificates for INTERGEO 2017.