The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor joins the Intergraph® global education program

Faculty in Slovenia to use GeoMedia® product suite

Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, June 16, 2009 – Intergraph®, in partnership with The Geoindicators Initiative (GEOIN) in Slovenia, today announced that the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science atthe University of Maribor has joined Intergraph’s Registered Research Laboratory (RRL) program.

The Intergraph RRL program is available worldwide to qualifying universities, laboratories and institutions of higher education. The program provides students, educators and researchers with the leading-edge technology and development support needed for applied research activities. With Intergraph solutions, researchers have the freedom to explore new possibilities and the power to make an impact within their industry.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been selected to receive a suite of software licenses from Intergraph, including GeoMedia Professional, GeoMedia Terrain, GeoMedia Grid and GeoMedia WebMap Professional.

The GeoMedia product suite is a set of well-integrated applications that provides a full breadth of geospatial processing capabilities needed by industries such as government and transportation for map production, infrastructure management and land management.

The main objective of the research conducted by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will be focused on various aspects of processing LiDAR data including compression, filtering, classification, triangulation, smoothing and point-based rendering.

LiDAR has emerged as one of the most effective technologies for capturing spatial data. The technology enables precise scanning of terrain together with vegetation and all other objects present on the ground at the time of scanning. The down side to LiDAR’s ability to rapidly capture detailed information covering large areas is the huge volumes of data it generates - literally billions of points – which present serious challenges even for well-equipped, specialized providers of spatial data.

"With the help of Intergraph’s GeoMedia product suite we will be able to classify Digital Evaluation Models of the scanned terrain with intensive vegetation and other objects lying on the terrain” said Borut Žalik, head of the Geometric Modeling and Multimedia Algorithms Laboratory and vice-dean at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor. “This is an important tool for our research regarding LiDAR technology and we are very enthusiastic about this collaboration.”

"GEOIN recommended the University of Maribor’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to Intergraph because we had a lot of good experiences with Intergraph’s products. We are also very pleased with Intergraph’s employees and their business ethic,” said Blaž Supej, general manager at GEOIN. “For these reasons, we will work on having more faculties in Slovenia using Intergraph’s software.”

"Intergraph’s Global Education Grant program strives to ensure that the geospatial intelligence professionals of tomorrow are well-versed in the latest technologies, and we are honored to support our first faculty in Slovenia,” said Johann Jessenk, global industry manager for Government & Transportation at Intergraph.

Intergraph offers a complete range of geospatial and enterprise engineering education grants. Nearly 400 universities and academic organizations, as well as professional industry groups and associations worldwide, participate in the Intergraph Education Grant and RRL programs for qualified universities, laboratories and institutions of higher education.

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About the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is the largest faculty at the University of Maribor with over 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Institute of Computer Science carries out research and education activities for students enrolled in computer science study. The Laboratory for Geometric Modeling and Multimedia Algorithms was founded in 2000 and is one of seven laboratories of the Institute for Computer Science. The main research areas of the laboratory are: computational geometry, geometric modeling, GIS, scientific visualization and geometric data compression. The laboratory has been enrolled in several different research projects including fundamental research granted by the Slovene National Research Agency, applied research projects for the Slovene Army, international research projects (bilateral projects funded by European Union) and industrial projects.

About The Geoindicators Initiative (GEOIN) in Slovenia
GEOIN was founded by Blaž Supej in 1989. Starting with a small mapping project, the company soon developed into a leading surveying and mapping provider in Slovenia. For more information, visit www.geoin.si.

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 www.intergraph.com.

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