Steep’s development is led by the competence center for Spatial Information Management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Darmstadt, Germany. Fraunhofer IGD is the international leading research institution for applied visual computing. The competence center for Spatial Information Management offers expertise and innovative technologies that enable successful communication and efficient cooperation with the help of geographic information.
Steep was initially developed within the research project “IQmulus” (A High-volume Fusion and Analysis Platform for Geospatial Point Clouds, Coverages and Volumetric Data Sets) funded from the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, call identifier FP7-ICT-2011-8, under the Grant agreement no. 318787 from 2012 to 2016. It was previously called the ‘IQmulus JobManager’ or just the ‘JobManager’.