Intergraph® to Present at GSDI 11 World Conference


Leading geospatial software provider to share best practices
and discuss the future of SDI programs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 9, 2009 – Geospatial software industry leader Intergraph® will present in three sessions on spatial data infrastructure (SDI) at the GSDI 11 World Conference to be held on June 15-19, 2009 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Intergraph has a long history in SDI and in helping organizations develop effective spatial data sharing programs. At GSDI 11, Intergraph experts will share their years of experience to address how to maximize the value of metadata in conjunction with the INSPIRE initiative, how to plan for successful SDI participation and how to achieve multi-national interoperability for spatial data sharing.

"Intergraph has been a leader in the development of industry standards and in enabling governments and corporations to effectively store, manage and share spatial data for more than 40 years,” said Johann Jessenk, global industry manager for Government & Transportation at Intergraph. “In recent years, we have been heavily involved in SDI and INSPIRE initiatives through our work with organizations like GSDI and EUROGI, by helping customers develop their SDI programs and by assisting in government-funded SDI research projects in Europe. Our participation in GSDI 11 is a natural extension and key component of our leadership in the industry.”

Intergraph presentations at GSDI 11 will include:

Session 2.3 – Wednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:30 pm - Bruce Westcott, Intergraph
Metadata Cost-Benefit Analysis: Ideas for Maximizing Value and Minimizing Risks of Data Producers
Abstract: Data producers see limited incentives and rewards for providing high-quality geospatial metadata to the public. Government mandates most often require the dissemination of only skeletal metadata content and place few requirements on the quality of that information. The goal of this presentation is to help information managers and metadata producers envision how supplemental metadata content can enable efficient deployment

Session 2.7 - Wednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:30 pm - Claudio Mingrino and Marek Brylski, Intergraph
Participate Successfully in SDI/INSPIRE
Abstract: This session will examine how organizations ranging from local and national governments to private organizations can prepare for successful participation in SDI programs. It will focus on required preparation work, initial implementations, advanced applications and sample case studies.

Session 3.4 – Wednesday, June 17, 4:00-5:30 pm - Bruce Westcott, Intergraph
Implementing Multi-National Interoperability and Multilingual Metadata - Experiences in Developing the North American Profile of ISO-19115/19119
Abstract: This session will discuss the harmonization of spatial data standards across the United States and Canada covering the institutional and procedural hurdles to developing a bilingual, multi-national standard.

In addition to sharing best practices with conference attendees, Intergraph will demonstrate its SDI technology at GSDI 11, and will sponsor the Geo Youth Capital program, an educational component of the GSDI conference developed for high school and college students interested in geo-information careers. More information on GSDI 11 can be found at:

Organizers of GSDI 11 include the GSDI Association, Geonovum, Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, EUROGI, Space for Geoinformation Innovation Program (RGI) and Delft University of Technology.

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About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).  Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit

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