Lissa Rukmi Utari
pt. waindo specterra
arpindo sejahtera pt
pt. exsa international
Representatives of private sector in the field of geomatics in Indonesia share their views on present scenario, issues and challenges, government policies, public-private partnerships and access to spatial information
What is the scenario of geomatics in Indonesia?
Lissa: Geomatics in Indonesia is growing very fast. Many institutions now realize that digital map is important. They provide a special budget for its preparation as it makes the geomatics bussiness very good for the future.
Indonesia is very rich in natural resources such as forestry, coastal, mining etc, hence the government needs geomatics sector to provide natural resources thematic maps. Geomatics is not only growing in the government sector, but also in the private sector such as telecom industry, gis marketing analysis etc.
Antonius: We are now going to the digital era in mapping industry. Most of the government sector companies that don’t have the capabilities do considerably rely on private companies for the technology and experts in delivery of geomatics services such as photography, survey, and map processing.
Eventually this has led most companies in private sector to always refer to the government in providing services. In the last ten years, I think it is the government who drives the mapping industry and geomatics development in Indonesia. Some policies and regulations have been carefully planned to encourage both the public and the private sector, but they have not been yet implemented.
Ariffin: Geomatics was introduced in Indonesia about 7 – 8 years ago, a Council of Geomatic was established. The Chairman of the council is Professor Junil Kahar, who was formerly the Chairman of Bakosurtanal. The task of this Council to disseminsate information about geomatics in Indonesia.
The Council of Geomatic has a plan to issue professional certificates to the persons who have capabilities in certain professional business such as surveying, mapping, remote sensing, Geographic Information System etc. The reference of professional certificate will be used as the international standard certificate.
“There are two major challenges. First is skilled human resources and the second is of building of a single metadata file system. This is important as many institutions have different projection systems” Lissa Rukmi Utari
What are the key issues and challenges regarding this?
Lissa: The first issue is human resources – we do need such kind of a good HR to support. A creditable certificate of expertise is also needed to prove our quality in geomatics.
The second issue is a ISDN (Infra-structure Spatial Database National), we have some institutions who make the basemap and the thematic map, some of institution have their own budget to make the map. Because of this reason, some of the institutions have different projection system and different spatial database. Bakosurtanal, as a mapping agency in Indonesia have the ISDN project to build a single metadata file system and will coordinate for the spatial database design.
Antonius: Some private companies in Indonesia realize that the geomatics development should not be dependent only to government. Many of us are now are seeking opportunities outside the government.
There are companies in Indonesia which already have affiliation with some overseas companies from Canada, Norway, and Japan. The partnerships with some major names in the industry have brought new insights to geomatics development in Indonesia thus open new opportunities of knowledge and technology transfer to the companies. The other important issue regarding geomatics development in Indonesia is the access for the private sector to get updated large scale digital images with lower cost. The updated large scale digital images with lower cost will help us reducing production cost thus improving our quality of the works.
Ariffin: There are many challenges to run the programme of Geomatic Council, supporting from the related government agency such as Ministry of Education is needed to issue the professional certificate, and also financial. The financial support is very important to run the geomatic program, without this the program result will not be achieved.
“Private sector is involved in almost every areas of application of geomatic like photography, survey, and map processing. The area that the competition is tight for the private sector is in map processing. There are many companies in Indonesia that provide services in map processing” Antonius Soetanto