Intergraph

Intergraph

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Intergraph Corporation is an American software development and services company. It provides enterprise engineering and geospatially powered software to businesses, governments, and organizations around the world. Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). The company’s headquarters is in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
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Intergraph Corporation is an American software development and services company. It provides enterprise engineering and geospatially powered software to businesses, governments, and organizations around the world. Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). The company’s headquarters is in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. In 2008, Intergraph was one of the hundred largest software companies in the world. In 2010, Intergraph was acquired by Hexagon AB
Hexagon AB
Hexagon AB is a global technology group headquartered in Sweden. The operation is focused on precision measuring technologies and is divided into three business areas: Geospatial Measuring , Industrial Metrology and Technologies. The company markets its products and services under more than 35...

.

History


Intergraph was founded in 1969 as M&S Computing, Inc., by former IBM
IBM
International Business Machines Corporation or IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas...

 engineers who had been working with NASA
NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

 and the U.S. Army in developing systems that would apply digital computing to real-time missile guidance.

From this initial work, M&S Computing was among the pioneers in the development of interactive computer graphics
Computer graphics
Computer graphics are graphics created using computers and, more generally, the representation and manipulation of image data by a computer with help from specialized software and hardware....

 systems, which allowed engineers to display and interact with drawings and associated alphanumeric
Alphanumeric
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 information. The company changed its name to Intergraph Corporation in 1980 to reflect this activity.

In 2000, Intergraph exited the hardware business and became purely a software company. On July 21, 2000, it sold its Intense3D graphics accelerator division to 3DLabs
3Dlabs
3DLABS was the name of the fabless semiconductor company that originally developed the GLINT and PERMEDIA high-end graphics chip technology that was used on many of the worlds leading computer graphics cards in the CAD and DCC markets, including its own Wildcat and Oxygen cards.In 2006 the company...

, and its workstation
Workstation
A workstation is a high-end microcomputer designed for technical or scientific applications. Intended primarily to be used by one person at a time, they are commonly connected to a local area network and run multi-user operating systems...

 and server
Server (computing)
In the context of client-server architecture, a server is a computer program running to serve the requests of other programs, the "clients". Thus, the "server" performs some computational task on behalf of "clients"...

 division to Silicon Graphics
Silicon Graphics
Silicon Graphics, Inc. was a manufacturer of high-performance computing solutions, including computer hardware and software, founded in 1981 by Jim Clark...

.

From 2000 to 2006, Intergraph underwent a major transformation in its market strategy. In 2004, the company executed its three-phased business transformation plan called “Now,” “Next,” and “After-Next.” In the “Now” phase, Intergraph rebranded itself and more than doubled its operating income. The “Next” phase brought additional focus to Intergraph’s business, allowing the company to redeploy assets and resources to further invest in its differentiated capabilities and focus on the areas of business and technology that provided the greatest value. Intergraph consolidated its operations to be more closely aligned to its strategic plan. The company experienced its strongest annual revenue growth in more than ten years.

On November 29, 2006, Intergraph was acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman
Hellman & Friedman
Hellman & Friedman is a private equity firm, founded in 1984 by Warren Hellman and Tully Friedman, that makes investments primarily through leveraged buyouts and minority growth capital investments....

 LLC, and Texas Pacific Group
Texas Pacific Group
TPG Capital is one of the largest private equity investment firms globally, focused on leveraged buyout, growth capital and leveraged recapitalization investments in distressed companies and turnaround situations. TPG also manages investment funds specializing in growth capital, venture capital,...

 and JMI Equity
JMI Equity
JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software, internet, business services and healthcare IT companies. JMI provides capital for growth, recapitalizations, acquisitions and buyouts. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in more than 100 companies throughout North...

, making the company privately held. Now in the “After Next” phase, Intergraph is focused on growth. The company offers comprehensive enterprise engineering and geospatially powered software solutions for vertical industries, including public safety, security, defense and intelligence, utilities, communications, photogrammetry, government, transportation, process, power, and marine.

Most recently, on October 28, 2010, Intergraph was acquired by Hexagon AB
Hexagon AB
Hexagon AB is a global technology group headquartered in Sweden. The operation is focused on precision measuring technologies and is divided into three business areas: Geospatial Measuring , Industrial Metrology and Technologies. The company markets its products and services under more than 35...

. The transaction marks the return of Intergraph as part of a publicly traded company.

Process, Power & Marine (PP&M)


Intergraph PP&M develops enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, and operation of plants, ships, and offshore facilities. Its solutions serve engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms and owner operators.

Process


Intergraph’s plant design and engineering software is used by chemical, pharmaceutical, metals and mining, oil and gas, consumer goods, and other process plants. The company’s plant drawing software and design solutions provide 3D layout capabilities with support for collaboration throughout the enterprise.

Power


Intergraph's fossil and nuclear power plant layout software are used worldwide, including nuclear technology such as the pebble bed modular reactor design that will offer increased efficiency and operations safety. These solutions support nuclear plant construction and maintenance and provide engineers with the ability to create 3D plant models and interactive visualizations to meet nuclear plant requirements. The software is also able to maintain a comprehensive engineering database to track and manage components essential for projects such as nuclear plants that have long operational life cycles, and create new plant efficiency models before plant construction begins.

Marine and Offshore


Intergraph 3D and marine engineering design solutions for ship design, production, and overall life-cycle management are used for shipbuilding, as well as offshore applications. Intergraph’s SmartMarine 3D naval architecture and marine engineering software supports a multi-disciplined design environment and global concurrent engineering for any size shipbuilding project.

Safe Operations and Maintenance


SmartPlant Enterprise plant management software streamlines structural plant automation and planning, optimizes material flow, and supports workflow management. To address plant security issues, Intergraph’s plant safety and maintenance solutions use a plant’s current organizational HAZOP knowledge and apply it across the enterprise to aid in daily plant operations and protection.

Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I)


Intergraph SG&I develops geospatially powered software solutions for the defense and intelligence, public safety, security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries.

Defense


Intergraph offers command and control systems and mission planning software to help military, governments, and organizations maintain situational awareness, coordinate security planning measures, and execute predetermined response plans through a central common operating picture. The company’s critical infrastructure protection and national security software suite provides comprehensive information needed by first responders to make informed decisions. Intergraph also offers solutions to help fortify force protection systems and remote sensing applications that protect property, intelligence, and people.

The company’s geospatial intelligence solutions, based on the GeoMedia family of products, include tools to collect, measure, and quickly analyze tremendous amounts of interrelated actionable intelligence. The integrated surveillance fusion between Intergraph’s incident management systems and third-party cameras, alarms, and sensors provides spatial decision support to command and control operators by supplying them with video information about each event or alarm.

Government


Intergraph’s border security systems for military and government organizations use third-party video, sensor technology, and wide area surveillance equipment to enable users to locate and coordinate valuable assets and see potential threats. The company’s perimeter security systems bring together components that pinpoint current gaps in protection and add perimeter security in direct response to those gaps.

Intergraph also offers local, regional, and national government agencies comprehensive geospatial information systems for managing complex spatial data infrastructures. This geospatial technology is compliant with OpenGIS specifications as defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The company’s map and 3D terrain visualization systems are based on GeoMedia software and support the manipulation and maintenance of geospatial data related to property, parcel, easement, or cadastre. Intergraph’s terrain analysis software delivers extensive topographical and strategic information, providing preparatory support for mission planning systems and other applications.

Photogrammetry


From acquisition to exploitation to digital distribution, Intergraph’s aerial mapping and photogrammetry solutions provide complete systems for the production and management of maps, digital terrain models (DTMs), and other geographic data. Its Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) supports photogrammetric data acquisition for a broad range of mapping, GIS, and remote sensing applications.
Intergraph also provides integrated flight management systems that combine the capabilities of a traditional flight management system with sensor control modules (SCMs), allowing users to access and control a variety of sensors and peripherals. The company’s flight planning software for aviation planning and aerial survey procedures can access a wide variety of data, including vector mapping data and digital orthophotos, as well as any georeferenced raster backdrop.

Public Safety and Security


Intergraph’s emergency response management software provides public safety and government agencies with the technology and tools to achieve a common operational picture, which provides consistent and standardized information and geospatial intelligence to all relevant parties. This common operational picture also supports agencies in disaster planning, incident management, and police records management.

The core of Intergraph's public safety technology is its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) core system for controlling command and control or resources during incidents. These include police, fire, EMS and search and rescue. Integraph's CAD is used by the major cities in the world. 1 in 11 citizens in the world are protected by Intergraph CAD software. Another focus is mobile technology for emergency personnel in the field which include iMobile and field reporting. You usually see these running on laptops in fire trucks and police cars.

Intergraph’s emergency dispatch software provides an integrated emergency management system that addresses everything from call handling and dispatching to remote access and mobile data. In addition, Intergraph forensic video analysis and enhancement solutions provide law enforcement, military, and security agencies with tools for data capture, analysis, enhancement, and editing of raw surveillance video footage.

Transportation


Intergraph assists airports and transportation agencies in building intelligent transportation systems networks through its transportation GIS solutions, which include airport management systems, highway asset management systems, rail management systems, and more. Intergraph also provides integrated transportation security solutions for incident management, command and control, and infrastructure management.

Utilities & Communications


Intergraph offers a variety of software systems to help utility companies enhance their infrastructure through development of a more intelligent power grid, or smart grid. These utility GIS solutions include outage management tools that provide a single point of reference for equipment monitoring and mobile resource management.