ERDAS Imagine

The goal of the ERDAS Imagine Desktop Educational Program is to ensure that image processing technology is available for research and teaching at the University of Kansas (KU). This is accomplished by providing faculty, staff, and students with cost-effective access to a broad array of image processing technology, including the industry standard ERDAS Imagine software, under the Hexagon Geospation Desktop Educational Program.

What is the Hexagon Geospation Desktop Educational Program?

The Hexagon Geospatial Desktop Educational Program is a contractual agreement between The University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR) and Hexagon Geospatial under which access to ERDAS Imagine image processing software is provided to KU in exchange for an annual maintenance fee that is based on the number of licenses purchased. The Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program serves to coordinate distribution of software and license files under the site license. Billing is handled by the Engineering, Technology & Environment SSC.

Who Can Participate?

Faculty and Staff
Participation in the Hexagon Geospatial Education program is available either for individuals at KU (e.g., individual researchers or teachers) or for KU administrative units (e.g., departments or research programs). The site license only allows use of the software on university owned computers.

Students may install ERDAS Imagine on their personal computers. A one year license is free. Please contact Jerry Whistler to obtain a student license.

What is Remote Sensing and Image Processing?

Remote sensing, in the broadest sense, is the process of observing objects from a distance. More specifically, remote involves data gathering from airborne and spaceborne cameras and imaging instruments. Image processing refers to the extensive array of software tools for enhancing, classifying (mapping), and managing geo-referenced image data. Applications of remote sensing are many and varied, and can be found in virtually every academic subject. Visit the website The Remote Sensing Core Curriculum for more information about remote sensing and image processing.

Why ERDAS Imagine?

Teaching and training in image processing techniques at KU have been conducted with ERDAS Imagine software since the early 1980s. ERDAS, Inc. is recognized as a world leader in image processing and its products have become an industry standard. ERDAS' flagship product, ERDAS Imagine, is widely recognized as a powerful and complete image processing package. Visit the Hexagon Geospatial website for more information about image processing, ERDAS Imagine, and ERDAS Imagine add-on products.

Licence Fees

The ERDAS Imagine Desktop Educational Program provides a one-year licensing of ERDAS Imagine Professional and ER Mapper software. Licenses are purchased in bundles of 15 seats for an annual fee of $3,500 per bundle. Currently, KU purchases two bundles, or 30 seats. Contact the campus program administrator for current availability and pricing.

Software included under the program include:

  • Image Professional which includes: Viewer, Import/Export, Raster Editor, Map Composer, Mosaic, Image Interpreter, Spatial Modeler, Model Maker, Classification, Rectification, Image Catalog, Radar Interpreter, and On-line Documentation
  • Imagine Photogrammetry
  • Imagine Terrain Editor
  • ER Mapper

What's Covered

Assessed fees cover access to software, all upgrades, and online documentation. Distribution of media is done via download from Hexagon Geospatial.  Users will need to create an account to download software.

Support for ERDAS Imagine software is coordinated by the campus program administrator. Support questions are initially sent (email preferred) to the program administrator who forwards the questions to Hexagon Geospatial. Hexagon Geospatial tech support will then contact the unit/individual requesting support to resolve the problem.

Program Contact Information

Please send inquires concerning participation in the ERDAS HEAK program or technical questions to the campus Program Administrator:

Jerry Whistler
Research Associate
Kansas Applied Remote Sensing
phone: 785-864-1513
fax: 785-864-1534