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Building sustainable infrastructure through geospatial technologies

Infrastructure that is durable, resilient and can withstand disasters is the first step towards designing urban spheres of the future. Geospatial technologies are playing a crucial role in smart constructions and streamlining workflows. They offer solutions that are safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The conference on the ‘Role of Geospatial Technologies development in the North East’, jointly organized by AGI(Association of Geospatial Industries) and NEHU(North-Eastern Hill University) explores the potential of geospatial in sustainable infrastructure.

Proper contextualization

“In the digital era geospatial technologies are widely used and providing timely delivery.  However, Questions that arise is of the roots and the areas particularly affected by calamities and understanding citizen needs”, says  Anant Jain, Ceinsys Tech – Business Manager, Transportation & Engineering.

He further adds that the answers to these questions lie in looking at them in a geospatial context.

When it comes to survey design and construction, land acquisition is still fraught with difficulties. There are also problems related to upgradation. Geospatial has the answers to these solutions in a planned and systematic manner.

Establishment of a command and control centre and imparting training to government officials for better optimization and improving the project lifecycle is the way to go.

Common framework

“A consolidated common data environment for the process, as and when the changes are happening, is needed. Everything will be mapped and once the work is done, authorities can constantly monitor it”, he adds.

All the offerings should be scalable and there should be enhanced data sharing for datasets made available through a single-window platform.

Geodesy helps in positioning which can greatly benefit construction sector. “Geodesy should play a leading role in geospatial industry and science, and open up opportunities for design and system integration”, says Deepak Kumar, DSS, Geodetic & Research Branch, Survey of India.

The New India vision aspires to make India vibrant and gave impetus to entrepreneurship through the approach of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.

“India should be transformed into a digitally empowered society. The mandate of NIC includes the use of IoT, sensors, Big data and overall end-to-end ecosystems deploying and tech integration”, adds Dhrub Jyoti Sharma, Principal Systems Analyst, Remote Sensing & GIS, NIC.

There are various stakeholders in the process and geospatial data and geocoding process are interconnected.

Various applications are being integrated. For urban areas and Industry we have 10,000 – 30,000 scale data. Scales that are good at obtaining data transfer. There are around10k street maps. Digitizing the data at a service layer, Cadastral map integration and GIS integration as a service should be provided. There is also a need of extensively offering Spatial data as a service.