Kavala Institute of Technology Enhances Disaster Management in Greece

Educational institution leverages ERDAS APOLLO 2013 for developing digital atlas of natural disasters.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 29, 2013

The Kavala Institute of Technology's Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment is using Intergraph's ERDAS APOLLO 2013 for the management, analysis and delivery of geospatial data for disaster response in Greece.

Working closely with Intergraph's channel partner in Greece, Geosystems Hellas, the Kavala Institute is collecting and cataloging digital material in a spatial infrastructure to support the detection, prevention and management of natural disasters. It is also leveraging the exploitation and visualization capabilities of free web services from international certified organizations.

"ERDAS APOLLO gives our students the opportunity of digital lessons for disaster management via digital maps and unstructured historical information for floods, fires and earthquakes in the Balkan Region," said Dimitrios Emmanouloudis, vice-president of European and, International Affairs, University of Kavala Institute of Technology. "One of the most impressive things about ERDAS APOLLO is the convenience to cover the whole production cycle - gathering of data, creation of web services and visualization - then seamlessly integrating with external data sources through a user friendly web client."

Powered by ERDAS APOLLO, the application enables teachers and students to access both archival and near real-time information for worldwide and local natural disasters. The students are able to make multi-criteria queries about the disaster phenomena and create "behavior codes" for effective management and protection against risks of various kinds of natural disasters.

With the vision of creating an electronic archive of natural disasters in Greece, the Kavala Institute is also developing a digital atlas of natural disasters, which integrates key global scientific reports and other data.

"Educational institutions around the globe are embracing the right geospatial solutions for compiling and managing data on disasters to help aid in future response efforts," said Horst Harbauer, vice president of EMEA, Intergraph. "By using ERDAS APOLLO, the Kavala Institute' s Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment is able to effectively manage this data in ways that will provide the insights to ultimately save lives and support reconstruction efforts."

ERDAS APOLLO 2013 is a comprehensive data management, analysis and delivery system allowing organizations to easily catalog, search, discover, process, and securely disseminate massive volumes of both file-based and web-enabled data. The 2013 version also provides server-side geoprocessing of data from thin clients, and powerful new efficiencies in robust data management and broad data dissemination capabilities.

The Kavala Institute plans to develop programs for sharing this data with local governmental organizations in Greece. The Kavala Institute participates in Intergraph U, Intergraph's global education program.

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