Wayland, Massachusetts, USA July 12, 1996 – The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announces that Larry Ayers, Executive Vice President, Intergraph Corporation, has joined OGC’s Board of Directors. Mr. Ayers was nominated by the board and elected by the OGC Management Committee, which oversees implementation of the OGC technical and business initiatives in accordance with strategic directions set by the Board.”Larry Ayers’ election to the OGC Board is an affirmation of his personal qualities and vision, as well as a recognition of his career achievement as a leader of the international geographic information community,” said David Schell, OGC’s president. “Our membership has been impressed, in particular, by the work he has done in recent years to create open system technology options for geoprocessing. We look forward to his involvement in OGC activities, and to his making a substantial contribution to our strategic and business planning activities.”Mr. Ayers said, “The viability of our industry’s Internet/Intranet commerce depends on our ability to create a world where commercial geoprocessing applications not only plug-and-play together; they can also access in real-time any database they generate. I am pleased to be a part of the Open GIS Consortium Board of Directors to help chart this course for the future.”Mr. Ayers career spans 32 years in the Defense Mapping Agency where he became the Senior Civilian Director and nine years with Intergraph Corporation where he directed the Infrastructure Product Center. In addition, he is co-chair of the Mapping Science Committee of NAS, and a board member of NCGIA of NSF.About OGCOGC, a consortium of more than sixty corporations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and universities, manages a consensus process to develop new technical and business approaches that will give computer users unimpeded access to heterogeneous spatial data and spatial processing resources in networked computing environments.About IntergraphA member of the fortune 1000, Intergraph Corporation is the world’s largest company dedicated to supplying interactive computer graphics systems. Products range from point solutions, meeting individual and departmental needs, to integrated, enterprisewide systems.– end –“