GEOHORIZON 2005, Organised by the Society of GeoInformatics Engineers(SGE), a student body organization of Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), at College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, was inaugurated by R R Navalgund, Director, NRSA, Hyderabad on 30th of September 2004. GEOHORIZON is a National Level Technical Symposium on Geomatics for the students conducted by SGE. M Dharmaraj, Director, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Geospatial Data Centre, who presided over the event complimented the caption ‘Adding Spatial Dimensions’ saying that IRS truly adds spatial dimensions and released the Souvenir CD’s. S Elangovan, Head of Civil Engineering Department, inaugurated the function; K Venugopal, Director, IRS welcomed the gathering and D Thirumalaivasan, President SGE, delivered the vote of thanks.
The technical symposium had three major sessions encompassing two paper presentation sessions, a technical quiz and a poster presentation session. People from various latitudes and longitudes spanning across the country like Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics Pune, NIT Warrangal, NIT Trichy, VIT Vellore and many other reputed Institutions made their participation in the event making it further more special.
The event covered the most active topics in the field of Geomatics like, Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Natural Resource Management, Hydrology and Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, Disaster Management, Urban & Regional Planning, Transportation Engineering, Utilities Management, Location Based Services, Web GIS, Large Scale Mapping and Recent Advancements in Geomatic Industry. A Technical Quiz was also conducted under the above mentioned topics. The poster session comprised of many creative topics like Monitoring cultural heritage using close range Photogrammetry, Estimation of extent of damage caused by Tsunami using remote sensing and techniques, Decision support system for high way alignment using map objects and Urbanization effects on ground water potential
Some of major sponsors were ERDAS India, Hyderabad, Indian Geoinformatics Centre (India’s first ESRI authorized training centre), Chennai, Geofiny, Chennai, Lawrence and Mayo, Chennai, and IIC Technologies, Hyderabad; besides these many other companies co-sponsored the event.
Representatives from various organizations working the field of Geomatics participated actively by delivering presentations, setting up stalls and banners. Finacial and mental support by the Batch of 99 helped a major role in making the event a grand success.
R Ramaprabhu, Dean, College of Engineering, launched the website www.freespaces.com/geohorizon05 for the event. He also presided over the valedictory and gave away the prizes to the winners.
G Ehanthalingam, General Secretary, SGE, who had taken the major initiative for the initiation of such mega event expressd thanks for making the event a grand success and promised that further the society would work towards expanding the event to a three day event with workshops and Guest Lectures. He also told that the Geomatics field is a growing field. Job fairs could be organized in the forthcoming years.