BKS Surveys Selects Intergraph to Support Expansion into European Digital Airborne Data Collection and Processing Market

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Intergraph Digital Mapping Camera system to deliver fast, accurate information and increased productivity.

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The 2008 flying season will mark the beginning of a new era for BKS. This purchase now means we possess the most modern remote sensing applications and technology on the market. Improved image quality, geometric precision and quick processing turnaround will enable BKS to meet the increasing demand for both quality and speed.

BKS Surveys Ltd., a leading supplier of geographic information products and services, has purchased a complete Intergraph Z/I Imaging® DMC® Digital Mapping Camera airborne and ground processing system to support its continued growth and expansion in the acquisition of digital imagery and airborne LiDAR throughout Europe.

As well as adding a second survey aircraft, Coleraine, Northern Ireland-based BKS' capacity will be increased by the Intergraph DMC's ability to operate effectively in a wider range of light conditions and lower processing overheads compared with conventional systems.

Lynn Neill, BKS managing director, said, "The 2008 flying season will mark the beginning of a new era for BKS. This purchase now means we possess the most modern remote sensing applications and technology on the market. Improved image quality, geometric precision and quick processing turnaround will enable BKS to meet the increasing demand for both quality and speed."

BKS Production Director Alan Campbell added, "The DMC is an important acquisition for BKS and completes our digital flowline from data acquisition to product creation. It will enable us to be competitive in European markets, as the productivity benefits will ensure the efficiencies are translated into competitively priced projects. Our technical team carried out an evaluation of all the major digital camera systems currently on the market and we concluded that the DMC and Intergraph best fulfilled our requirements in terms of capability, support and cost. This is an exciting development for BKS and we look forward to taking delivery of the camera later this month."

As an existing user of Intergraph's ImageStation photogrammetry system, BKS will realise efficiency gains from a seamless digital workflow spanning image data acquisition, office-based capture and processing systems and final product generation, supported by industry-leading integrated data processing, back-up and recovery capabilities.

"BKS' selection reaffirms the DMC's position as the leading large-frame digital aerial camera system," said Howard Papworth, director for Western Europe at Intergraph. "Our continued investment in developing specialist airborne acquisition systems keep us at the forefront of the market and ensures that our customers can choose the highest quality solution. We are especially delighted to welcome BKS Surveys to the growing ranks of our DMC user community."

The DMC is part of Intergraph's comprehensive, industry-leading suite of digital photogrammetry solutions.

About BKS Surveys Ltd
BKS Surveys Ltd is a major supplier of geo-spatial data services to government and private sector businesses throughout Europe. From its headquarters in Coleraine, the company provides a range of topographical and terrain surveying services using land and aerial techniques. Customised 2D and 3D geo-spatial information can be provided for a wide range of applications: e.g. planning, water engineering, transportation, power transmission, utilities, land management, architecture, visualisations, environmental impact studies, etc. An ISO 9001:2000 approved company, BKS assists clients with the development and integration of their geospatial data into a functional Geographical Information System or specific software application. More information can be found at http://www.bks.co.uk/

About Intergraph
Intergraph Corp. is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organisations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organise vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit Intergraph.com

© 2008 Intergraph Corp. All rights reserved. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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