Intergraph and DigitalGlobe Announce Geospatial Challenge 2012 Winners

Projects will be Presented at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2012 Annual Conference

Huntsville, Ala., March 6, 2012 – Intergraph® and DigitalGlobe proudly announce that Priyanka Mehta and Allison Howard are the official winners of the Geospatial Challenge. This contest received more than 115 proposals from individuals with project plans to leverage the power and flexibility of ERDAS IMAGINE® to exploit DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 imagery.

ERDAS IMAGINE allows users to work with WorldView-2’s rich set of spectral information, from an easy-to-use set of pre-defined band combinations for deciding on the best way to display the data, to the flexibility offered by the graphical Model Maker environment for designing and sharing new image analysis algorithms. ERDAS IMAGINE provides advanced image classification algorithms such as Spectral Angle, Spectral Correlation, Subpixel Classification and Object Oriented Image Analysis.

Mehta’s winning paper is Urban Temperature Profiling Using WorldView-2 8 Band Imagery and ERDAS IMAGINE. This project sought to classify urban land use and land cover to visualize temperature profiles and heat island effects as functions of urban development. The extra four bands of eight-band imagery from WorldView-2 provide increased opportunities for visualization and extraction of intricate features present in data.

Howard’s winning paper is A Maximum Entropy and Least Cost Path Model of Bearded Capuchin Monkey Movement in Northeastern Brazil Incorporating ERDAS Subpixel Classification Analysis of WorldView-2 Imagery. Howard’s work has implications for predicting daily movement patterns of all mobile animals, as high-resolution imagery and subpixel analysis in conjunction with habitat modeling represent significant improvements to previous attempts to link species occurrence or animal behavior with environmental variables.

“The response to the Geospatial Challenge was absolutely phenomenal, reinforcing that ERDAS IMAGINE is the ideal tool for working with WorldView-2’s rich set of spectral information,” said Mladen Stojic, Vice President, Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I. “It was exciting to see all the submissions from the very avid community of ERDAS IMAGINE users who truly know how to exploit WorldView-2 imagery.”

“This Geospatial Challenge is only scratching the surface regarding what can be done using ERDAS IMAGINE’s powerful set of tools and our information rich WorldView-2 data” said Michael Oberg, Technical Product Manager at DigitalGlobe. “We were very pleased with the level of interest in the user community. There was a lot of outstanding work submitted, which definitely made the selection process difficult.”

Priyanka Mehta and Allison Howard will present their papers on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the ASPRS Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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 including ERDAS technologies 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 and