Geospatial World 2005: 26-28 April 2005, Hilton, San Francisco, USA
“Do We live in a world of GIS or a geospatial world?” – That was the starting note by Preetha Pulusani, President of the Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, for the User Conference of Intergraph – the ‘Geospatial World 2005’. While the brand ‘Geospatial World’ as a conference couldn’t simply be ignored in the statement, the genuine intent of the query was also quite clear. Intergraph has been corroborating the fact that the geospatial community needs to come out of islands of GIS and have a wider view for some time. This year once again, Intergraph proved its huge popularity, acceptance, and customer loyalty and satisfaction with successful three-day conference with record attendance. Geospatial World 2005 was the fifth annual gathering of the Intergraph Geospatial users since its start in 2000. This year the conference had more than 1200 registered participants from 447 organisations and 59 countries and the number of exhibitors were 27.
Inaugural Keynote Sessions
The Inaugural Keynote Session started with Halsey Wise, President and CEO, Intergraph Corporation presenting the opening speech.
‘Now – Next – What after next?’
The tag line of Halsey Wise was an inspiring phrase where he mentioned the philosophy of ‘Now – Next – What after next?’ He talked about the growth of Intergraph over the years and specifically the last 12 months. He emphasized the need for understanding and capitalizing on the areas of potential within the company and working on the strengths. He mentioned that the revenue of Intergraph in 2004 has been to the tune of 551 million USD. The operating income of the company has risen by over 100% and the gross margins are at around 50% for 2004. He mentioned that the future geospatial market is huge and prospective. He spoke of carving out niche areas in the governance, defence, and enterprise sectors of our society as the long-term directive.
Halsey mentioned that there are three key strategies of Intergraph, which would lead it to be the more customer-focused and with relevance to common man’s daily lives. Firstly, it needs to reduce costs. Secondly, it has to improve its processes and finally, it has to bring value to its customers in each and every thing they do or produce.
“Enabling seamless geospatial computing”
Preetha Pulusani, President, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, spoke eloquently about the positioning of the company and gave a clear vision of how the industry is moving and how Intergraph is gearing up for the future. She mentioned that ‘seamless geospatial computing’ is the future for Intergraph and the industry. In the coming days, the role of geospatial applications would need to be real-time, openly networked and uninterrupted. Hence strategies have to be devised that can constantly update and integrate with multiple platforms.
Other issues were also touched upon. She also emphasized on the need to bring out GIS from its boxes and start thinking of it as a mainstream technology. Preetha then took her presentation all over the globe, in her style, picking up cases of Intergraph’s work in enabling solutions of complex situations. She spoke of cases from Italy, China, US Army, Polish Army, Netherlands, and many more.
Enabling the Spatial Enterprise with Intergraph Geospatial Solutions
This keynote session had three interlinked and coordinated speeches that captivated the hall in a unique style of presentation with multimedia and GIS visuals. The session summed up the position of Intergraph in the geospatial domain in terms of its services, products and updates of the last year. Dr Art Spencer, spoke at length emphasising on the three key corporate strategies of Intergraph and the role of geospatial sciences in its relation. He spoke of how the strategies of – minimizing cost, increasing productivity and improving processes, had its positive bearing on product development and product policies.
He showed some amazing examples on screen, of how Intergraph products tackle a water supply pipe burst in a busy locality and help coordinate between agencies to report the event and then issue work orders and finally get it attended. Another classic example was of how a busy traffic jammed highway was reported and subsequently re-routing of traffic was implemented within minutes through a geospatial platform.
Dr Umit Basoglu spoke on geospatial intelligence and its applications of data gathering, monitoring and its use in times of emergency. He said that operational costs are sensitive to the demands of the enterprise.
David D. Holmes, Intergraph’s director of worldwide product strategy, mentioned in brief about the product ranges available and the ones awaiting release in near future. He gave a clearer picture of the application areas where the products find right use. He also showcased the Return on Investments factor on geospatial initiation in any organization.
Thomas J Koulopoulos, President and co-founder of The Delphi Group presented an intriguing guest keynote speech. The theme of his presentation was how the government and industry is to survive in the modern age of perpetual change and innovation.
“What makes a vision?”
Thomas started with this important question for everybody. He mentioned that it is important to have a vision for every human as well as every organisation. He emphasized to have vision that is not only quantitative but also essentially qualitative. Thomas philosophized the fact that the way we see or comprehend our world actually has an impact on our immediate world and hence we actually make the way in which we want to live. In the same way, he emphasized that the use and application of the technology is to be properly understood.
“It is crisis that leverages opportunity”
He explained that even though actual ‘needs’ should drive the service and product development, there are cases where asking ‘what do you need’ may not help. And most leaps of growth in every walk of commerce had taken place during a crisis. He mentioned one to look at every crisis in the positive light. That shall not only reduce the potential development of any technical product but also its utilization.
The technical sessions took place in 16 different halls covering primarily 7 different application areas of Foundation, Government Solutions, Utilities and Communications Industries Solutions, Military and Intelligence Solutions, Transportation Industry Solutions, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Solutions and ‘Really Neat Stuff’. A special session on military and intelligence was of immense interest to many, as presentations exemplified different ways of data updating, capturing, easy data dissemination and data encryption.
Exhibition and Socials
The exhibition area with over 1000 sq m of space with 27 exhibitors and saw impressive surges of visitors estimated at over 700 per hour in the afternoon peak. The second day ended with an exotic evening programme on the San Francisco Bay Cruise – ‘Belly’ with dinner setting music, rhythm, fragrance and hues to the upbeat technical mood with a mix of the Fishermen’s Wharf in the air.
Ayon Tarafdar, [email protected]
|Geospatial World 2005 Awards|
| Hundred Percent Club
InService Cutover Club
Awards for Cartographic Excellence
Geospatial Achievements Awards