Grant enables hands-on GIS experience for graduates before entering workforce.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions today announced that a GeoMedia education grant, valued at more than $1.1 million (U.S.), has been presented to Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory member George Mason University (GMU) in Washington, D.C. for the institution's Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences Program. Intergraph's GeoMedia and IntelliWhere technology will be used in support of geographic information systems (GIS) education and research in the School of Computational Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Information and Engineering.

The Intergraph software grant has been incorporated into a course named Distributed Geographic Information Systems by Dr. Chaowei Yang, Research Scientist, Center for Earth Observation and Space Research, George Mason University. The course examines different aspects of science and technology on distributed GIS. Areas of focus within the course include general GIS concepts, architecture, component design and development, and system integration, as well as specific topics such as interoperability of distributed GIS and agent-based distributed GIS. Students gain hands-on experience using distributed GIS, design and develop GIS GUI components and service components, integrate data from various sources, prototype GIS software, and create integrated distributed GIS applications.

"This generous software grant from Intergraph enables George Mason University to provide our students with the education and experience of using GIS prior to entering the workforce versus learning on the job, which is a tremendous advantage in today's market," said Dr. David Wong, Chairman, Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences, George Mason University. "This interdisciplinary approach to introducing and teaching GIS results in a distinct community of students who are well-suited for the technological challenges they will face upon graduation."

Source: Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, Aug. 28, 2003