Asia Geospatial Forum, organised by Geospatial Media & Communications, was successfully held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17-19 October 2011. This year’s edition marked a decade of the conference, previously known as Map Asia.
In his welcome address, Dr. Asep Karsidi, Head of BAKOSURTANAL announced the launch of Indonesia geoportal (INASDI) and soft-launch of their new name “Badan Informasi Geospatial – BIG” (Geospatial Information Agency). According to him, geospatial technology has important role to play in the country in addressing regional inequalities, utilisation of natural resources and climate change.
In his inaugural address, Drs.Suharna Surapranata, M.T., State Minister of Research and Technology stressed on strengthening national innovation system. As it adopts geospatial solutions offered by various companies from across the world, it also needs to come up with its own technology for addressing various issues. Drs.Surapranata was represented by Dr.Idwan Suardi, Deputy Minister for Science & Technology Utilisation, Indonesia. Dr.Suryo Adiwibowo, Special Deputy Head of National Land Agency, speaking on behalf of Dr. Joyo Winoto, Head of National Land Agency, informed that the present mandate of the Agency (since 2006) is fostering the realisation of land for justice and prosperity.
Dr. Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia informed the audience about the national development programme MP3EI (Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia Economic Development) that is estimated to see investments of USD 400 billion over the next four years and includes the development of six economic corridors in different parts of Indonesia, and expressed that its success will depend on transport connectivity.
In the keynote address, John Graham, President – Security, Government and Infrastructure, Intergraph Corp., dwelled upon the importance of integrated geospatial solutions in various applications, including smart governance, smart grid, safe cities, and safeguarding the nation. In the other keynote address, Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery, Esri, observed that intelligent web maps are the new medium for integrated services.
The plenary sessions on the inaugural day dwelled upon the role of geospatial technology in nation building and various other applications. Eminent speakers from the Government of Indonesia highlighted the importance of public participation in monitoring development programmes and the role of geospatial technologies in the process; the necessity of detailed geospatial data and information in ensuring sustainability of the six economic corridors that are being developed across Indonesia; the role of geospatial data in supporting transport services and the use of spatial knowledge in forestry management in the country. Speakers from other countries in the region too shared geospatial initiatives in their respective countries. The audience got enlightened about developments in space technology in Thailand, investments by the Government of the Philippines towards agrarian reforms; development of a 3D cadastre in Singapore and initiatives taken in Malaysia towards spatial enablement of the nation.
Speakers from the industry stressed upon the need for surveyors to move from being data centric to process and industry centric as industries vertically integrate, benefits of cloud free imagery and elevation data and how 3D models of cities can be used to demonstrate the impact that a new piece of infrastructure will have on its surrounding environment. The academia was of the view that where the IT and GIS pyramid is concerned, all levels (from data collection to adding value) should have equal money making opportunities and business should be created out of it.