Garrett Cronin, National Account Manager IMGS

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Can you describe your role at IMGS ?

My job is to ensure our customers have the right tools, support and training to achieve their goals.

 

How long have you worked here?

Three years this coming January.

 

Before working at IMGS, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I spent over a decade working in retail telecoms so fairly normal stuff, but when I was 18 I sold Eircom phone-watch alarms door to door.  Needless to say I met a lot of interesting characters doing this job.

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

My weekend routine is very mundane, in the morning I go for breakfast with friends, in the afternoon I spend some time with my three crazy nieces and nephews, and if I’m lucky I’ll get to have a beer or two in the evening in my local.

 

What’s your favourite App?

This is a tough question. On the social side, I like Instagram and Youtube but I have a love for cars. I’m always checking Car Zone & Done Deal for a bargain on a nice classic car.

 

What’s on your bucket list?

I have been fortunate enough to have ticked a few things off my list already, things like seeing the Pyramids and swimming with dolphins. In saying that I still have a lot on the list to do, things like sky diving and to swim in every Ocean.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

I really enjoy my job, I think we have a great team here in IMGS so this definitely is up there along with our coffee machine but it has to be our customers. Every week I meet someone new with an interesting idea or project they’d like us to support them with.  It keeps the job fresh and interesting.

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Staff Profile – Polyanne Aguiar, GIS Analyst IMGS

 

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Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I am a GIS Analyst with IMGS, focusing primarily on the implementation of Photogrammetry Systems for government land agencies.

 

How long have you worked here?

Almost 5 months

 

Before working at IMGS, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I am a biologist and ecologist from Brazil, and when I was in College I worked with monkeys and cave environments.  I used GIS tools to develop and improve my research work.

 

What do you like to do on the weekends?

I like going to the cinema, eating out, and when the weather is good heading to the park/beach.

 

What’s your favourite blog?

I really like Brazilian blogs, especially comedy blogs. Brazilians are very creative!

 

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

I would go to Asia, as I think the continent, food and people are very different.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

The team at IMGS! I love the people that work here, everyone is super friendly.  Plus the great coffee machine!

 

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Staff Profile -Ryan Bannon, Applications Engineer IMGS

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Can you describe your role at IMGS ?

I’m an Applications Engineer here in IMGS, so my role mainly consists of developing solutions and improvements to the GIS software and systems of our customers.

 

How long have you worked here?

I started here in June this year after graduating from college.

 

What are you passionate about outside work?

I play Gaelic football with my local GAA club which I’m passionate about. I train 4-5 times a week and love the great sense of community that surrounds our native games.

 

What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but have yet to use?

I downloaded the Ryanair app to book flights, but with the havoc with strikes, I am yet to use it. Maybe I’ll delete it and download the Aer Lingus app…

 

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

I’d love to instantly know a different language, but I would definitely go with being able to cook. Unfortunately my cooking skills are stretched at scrambled eggs on toast.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

The environment and people I work with for sure. Everyone is extremely goal orientated, driven and friendly.

Staff Profile of the Week – Lisa Nolan, Project Manager IMGS

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Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I am the Project Manager for the deployment of GIS systems to our utility customers.

 

How long have you worked here?

Since April 2018.

 

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to spend as much time outdoors as possible with my family and our dogs exploring and then enjoying good food and wine after all the adventures.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island what piece of tech could you not live without?

Obvious answer but sadly true would be…. my iPhone so I could listen to music and hopefully call for help 😊

 

Do you have any hidden talents?

With my love of all things outdoors, I really enjoy taking part in adventure races and survived Hell and Back and completed the Achill Triathlon along with some other crazy mud filled races! I try to set myself a challenge every year to learn a new skill or complete a new adventure much to my family and friends amusement!

 

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

The people and the working atmosphere for sure.  Everyone here is 100% customer focused to bring their best work daily to meet what their customers’ requirements are.

Staff Profile of the Week – Mark Gordon, Business Development Manager IMGS

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Can you describe your role at IMGS?  

As the Business Development Manager for IMGS my role is primarily to enable our customers to gain competitive advantages through our big data and location intelligent solutions.

How long have you worked here?  

I’ve been involved with Intergraph/Hexagon channel for over 10 years in various incarnations; 5 years as a partner in Belfast, 2 years with Intergraph Ireland and then 3 years with IMGS back in the early 2000’s and I returned in April this year after a 13 year break.  I liked it so much, I came back!

What do you like to do outside of work?  

Lifting heavy stuff and putting it back down again, swimming in Dundalk Bay (I live on the coast) and spending quality time with my little lad.

If you were stranded on a desert island what piece of tech could you not live without?  

A magnesium fire starter, or waterproof matches.

Do you have any hidden talents?  

I’m a reasonable cook, my boy loves my pan fried salmon.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?  

I love working with people smarter than me.

 

HxGN Live

Author: Ciaran Kirk, General Manager IMGS

Once again, the annual Hexagon conference “HxGN LIVE” took place in Las Vegas and the IMGS team attended to see the latest developments from the Hexagon family.

The conference is centred around the theme of Shaping Smart Change in 2018 and beyond, and this year (as ever) the conference didn’t disappoint with a range of exciting developments that will change the geospatial industry.

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A highlight of HxGN live for me, is attending the keynote presentations from each of the divisions.  At the keynotes, each division’s president outlines their vision for their industry and unveils some new toys as well!

At the Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Keynote, Stephen Cost spoke on how Hexagon are powering Safe Cities through lightning fast sensor integration to make faster more informed decisions. Safety & Infrastructure are doing this by enhancing their command and control solutions to take advantage of Hexagon Xalt.

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Hexagon Xalt

Hexagon Xalt collects and analyses IoT and sensor data at the edge of a customer’s network – i.e. at the source of the input data – and puts it to work with artificial intelligence (AI) to create autonomous connected systems (ACE). For blue light organisations, this will enable those first responders to deliver smart procedures that can be deployed to better analyse, diagnose, and act on an incident and in the end save lives through faster more informed decisions.

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Building on the Smart theme Hexagon Geospatial’s Keynote from Mladen Stojic focused on Bridging the Divide to a Smart Digital Reality through an integrated 5D platform. We are all used to 1,2 and 3D but through the acquisition of Luciad, the Hexagon Smart M.App platform will support 4D (real-time sensor feed integration) and 5D (dynamic analytics) to provide true location intelligence.  The merger of Luciad and Hexagon Geospatial really is a game changer and remember I mentioned toys!

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Well the 2018 Luciad release provides fantastic support for viewing point cloud data by enabling the streaming of highly detailed point cloud data to both the desktop and the browser. What also impressed me about the Luciad solution, was how it could easily update data without needing to run a big caching process!  We are so excited about what we can do with this fantastic platform, so watch this space over the coming months.

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And the final keynote I attended was from Juergen Dold of Hexagon’s Geosystem (or Leica to you and me).  Juergen’s keynote never disappoints when it comes to game changing new technologies (toys!) and this year was no different.

The highlight, from an array of great new products, was the Leica BLK3D. The BLK3D

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Leica BLK3D

captures images and places precise measurements at your fingertips and it’s the size of an iPhone!  Just by taking a photograph you can accurately measure anything and then easily share the images and measurements in multiple formats.

Following on from last year’s award winning BLK360, which put laser scanning in the palm of your hand, Geosystems continue their drive to making it easier and easier to capture the digital reality through portable measurement tools.

 

 

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So, we left Vegas with plenty of things to think about, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event!

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Registration for HxGN Live 2019 is already open, avail of the early bird rate now and join me in Vegas next year: Click to Register

FME 2018

Author: Garrett Cronin, Account Manager IMGS

I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Safe Software team in Vancouver last month. I was there for our annual partner summit plus the Kick off of the FME World Tour 2018. The partner summit was opened by Don & Dale, and they spoke about the exciting new innovations Safe Software are currently working on, and their plans to grow the Safe team over the coming year. I can’t give much away, but there are some very exciting functionality updates coming down the line. I also got a chance to view the new building, Safe Software are moving to later this year.

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Don & Dale have secured the top three floors plus a roof top garden space for the Safeer’s with 360-degree views of Surrey. It was an amazing four days in total and the FME World Tour event was the highlight of the trip.

The new version of FME Desktop & Server was heavily discussed over the course of the few days, and I’m happy to say the team at Safe Software have done it again! They have listened to all the global feedback, and FME Desktop & FME Server 2018 are packed with new and useful features to help you wrangle your data.

With the list of supported formats up to 400 with this latest release, I wanted to do a quick top 10 post on some of the new functionality ahead of our FME World Tour 2018 event in Dublin this May 17th.

I’ll leave links below to the full list of updates in FME Desktop & FME Server 2018 plus how to register for the FME World Tour event. If you’d like to upgrade to FME 2018, you can do so HERE.

 

  1. Top New Format Reader/Writers
  • Microsoft PowerPoint WriterWord Image
  • QlickviewimageMicrosoft Word Writer
  • PDF Reader (2D/Raster/Text)
  • Esri Geodatabase Mosaic Dataset Writer
  • Esri Indexed 3D Scene Layer Writer (i3S)
  • Apple Venue Format Reader & WriterPowerpointimage
  • Qlik Writer

 

  1. Top New Transformers
  • MSWordStyler
  • PowerPointStyler
  • AreaGapAndOverlapCleaner
  • Saleforceconnector
  • HDFSConnector (for moving files into and out of Hadoop)
  • FeatureJoiner
  • MeshSimplifier
  • ProjectWiseConnector
  • SurfaceDissolver

 

 

  1. PDF Reading

It has often been said, PDF is where data goes to die. Despite this, it is still a go-to format for most organisations. In FME 2018, a new PDF Reader means you can extract rasters, vector data, and text from PDF documents. In the below example, the image on the left is PDF data viewed in the FME Data Inspector. On the right PDF data viewed in Adobe Reader.

 

  1. Indoor Mapping

I’m very excited about the future of indoor mapping. Now organisations have the ability to create indoor maps for venues like shopping centres, campuses, airports and events. No longer will we be losing our friends at concerts or large events.

With FME 2018 you can move data into Apple Venue Format from applications like AutoCAD, Revit and Tririga. Below is an indoor map of YVR airport, viewed in the FME Data Inspector. If you are interested in indoor mapping and would like to learn more, Safe Software recently did a pod cast on indoor mapping you can listen to HERE.

 

 

  1. Generate Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint

I know this will be one of the most popular functions in FME 2018 for most users. The ability to push out data in a friendly styled format like Word or Excel, and enrich it geospatial data will be a huge wow factor for many people.

The new transformers let you style and output your data for Excel spreadsheets, Word pages, and PowerPoint slides. The example below is a map of Canada written to PowerPoint with FME. Each province is its own polygon with a label. The image to the left is a styled Excel sheet, I have also seen the below produced with geotagged images.

 

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  1. Create 3D Web Visualizations

It should come as no surprise that 3D is making a comeback. In fact, I was in a meeting recently and we were discussing 5D, due to Hexagon Geospatial’s recent acquisition of Luciad. Luciad’s visualisation technologies support live connections to dynamic sensor feeds in a 3D environment. The result is a 5D digital reality which allows the user to visualise and analyse real-time geospatial information. It is as amazing as it sounds, like it was from a Marvel movie! Regardless of the amount of D’s you have, these technologies benefit all kinds of applications from public safety to smart cities to defence and intelligence.

Empowering individuals or groups, with the ability to spatially understand an area of interest in all three dimensions, is very powerful. It allows for superior visual analysis and informed decision making. With this latest update, you can create 3D visualisations that anyone can view in a web browser, with new support for Esri I3S and glTF for Cesium. In the below example, you’ll see on the left every building in NYC loaded as Cesium 3D Tiles, and on the right with textures added, written to I3S and loaded in ArcGIS Earth via FME.


 

  1. Partial Workspace Runs (Tech Preview)

I see this as a very useful new feature, you’ll save so much time when authoring workflows with this new functionality that enables users to run selected parts using cached data. You can now get immediate feedback when authoring FME Workspaces by running only the portion of the workspace you’re focused on.

  1. FME Python API

With the success of the FME & Python training course last year, I wanted to call out this update – a documentation overhaul now makes the FME Python API much easier to navigate and learn from.


 

  1. Workspace Viewing in FME Server (Tech Preview)

You can now view your workspaces directly in the FME Server interface, I see this functionality growing over the coming years to make FME Server a standalone product for creating, editing and publishing workspaces.

 

  1. Dark Mode

I know this is only a cosmetic change, but I really like the look of FME Server in Dark Mode. In Safe Software the office has been divided into the “Light & Dark Side of FME”.

 

I have only scratched the surface of all the new features and functions of FME 2018. If you would like to see more information on the update you can click on the links below or better yet join us at the FME World Tour in May.

  • Unveiling FME 2018 Webinar – LINK
  • Deep Drive into FME Desktop 2018 Webinar – LINK
  • Deep Dive into FME Server 2018 Webinar – LINK
  • FME World Tour 2018 Registration Page – LINK