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Geospatial technology for tracking project progress

With the economy of UAE getting back to the pre-recession era, construction projects across the country have picked up a great deal. The Project Tracking System developed by the Emirate of Sharjah helps decision makers to track the progress of various projects and thus take informed decisions

While it’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi that hog the limelight with their ultra-modern infrastructure projects, when we talk of UAE, the Emirate of Sharjah has also carved its own name with a number of fascinating projects that attract millions of visitors every year. The Emirate today boasts of one of the fastest growing tourism market in the world with world class tourism infrastructure and services, which contribute a great deal to the overall growth and development of the country’s economy.

Apart from the present infrastructure, the Emirate also has ambitious plans to construct several new projects, which include world-class luxury hotels, beach resorts, business tourism facilities, residential facilities etc.

In order to streamline the process of construction of these projects and ensure adequate project progress tracking, the Sharjah GIS Centre (SGC) launched an innovative application known as the Project Tracking System, which makes it easy to track the progress of various construction projects in the Emirate. The system, which is being widely used by the Sharjah Municipality and the Department of Public Works, offers the option to follow-up on various construction projects, using geospatial technology.

The system shows the importance of geographic information systems for decision-makers as it helps the decision-makers to access the construction projects and view their stages on a single map of the city in order to take informed decisions accordingly. The system shows existing, delayed or terminated projects according to their geographical location along with the name of project executing agency etc.

Sharjah Projects Tracking

Sharjah Projects Tracking

The system also allows the user to view related details about each project such as schemes, contracts and documents. The user can control and monitor the progress of construction projects from roads, buildings and services and display them on a map or aerial photo. Apart from this, the proposed projects can also be displayed on a map, which will help the decision-makers to take appropriate decisions by approving or rejecting the project according to the state of other projects in and around the same location.

The project, which began back in 2013, is an ongoing project intended to be applied widely to ensure planned growth and development of Sharjah Emirate during the next few years.