GITA Adds Intergraph® Executive to Board of Directors


HUNTSVILLE, Ala., January 27, 2011 -- The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) and Intergraph® Corp. have extended their long-standing relationship through a new executive appointment to the association’s board of directors. Kecia M. Pierce, program manager for Intergraph’s utilities and communications unit, has been appointed to GITA’s board.

“The coming year will be a critical time for GITA as well as the geospatial industry,” said Bob Samborski, executive director at GITA. “We need to be responsive to changes in the industry and in our membership and I know that Kecia’s presence on our Board of Directors will add a great deal of industry knowledge and expertise, as well as a longstanding familiarity with GITA and its educational mission.

“Intergraph and GITA share a strong commitment to using geospatial technology to address our serious infrastructure issues. Kecia will present her research on the benefits of utilizing geospatial technology to implement vegetation management solutions at GITA’s Geospatial Solutions Conference, April 10-14, in Grapevine, Texas. Having Kecia Pierce at the highest level of association leadership will reflect extremely well on both GITA and Intergraph.” 

Pierce has been involved with GITA since 1994 supporting conferences, technical sessions, and continuing education seminars. She worked on the GITA Geospatial Solutions Conference planning committee from 2004 to 2009, and served as the conference co-chair for 2008 and the conference chair for 2009.  She has worked in the technology sector for more than 20 years, with 18 of those being dedicated to geospatial solutions for the utilities and communications industries. During her work with GITA, Pierce has been instrumental to the program’s inclusion of some of the most critical and key issues facing our industry today, such as aging infrastructure, renewable energy, smart grid, agency interdependency collaboration, field automation, and emergency response. 

“The GITA association has always provided such unique opportunities for addressing all geospatial infrastructure aspects for those that design, build, own, maintain, operate, protect, and restore the world's infrastructure – gas, water, wastewater, electric, pipeline, communications, and transportation,” said Pierce. “During such difficult economic times, I look forward to helping the association find new and innovative ways to get geospatial professionals involved and provide additional educational and technology advancement opportunities for those in the industries that we serve.”

GITA is one of the largest educational associations serving the global geospatial community. Through a series of events, publications and other resources, GITA aims to bring together the nation’s top geospatial professionals to foster information sharing and industry advancement.

Additional Intergraph professionals involved with GITA include Richard Adase, senior system consultant; John Bourguignon, account executive; Volker Elste, business development; and Kurt Nolte, account executive.

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About GITA
The mission of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is to provide excellence in education, information exchange and applied research on the use and benefits of geospatial information and technology in infrastructure applications worldwide. Visit GITA on the Web at www.gita.org.

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 to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company’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, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I’s U.S. federal and classified business.

Intergraph is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB, (Nordic exchange: HEXA B) and (Swiss exchange: HEXN). For more information, visit www.intergraph.com and www.hexagon.se.

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wayne.smith@intergraph.com

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