Dubai, UAE: The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) unveiled two new GIS software, GeoPlanner Version 2 and GeoPad. According to the UPC’s press statement, GeoPlanner Version 2 is an updated addition of the Council’s hugely successful GeoPlanner technology while the second, GeoPad, comprises state-of-the-art planning software especially for use on the iPad.
Through such GIS products, the UPC aims to employ the latest, ground-breaking technology to facilitate the urban planning process in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The launch of these latest technologies coincides with World GIS Day, the international forum that sees users of GIS technology around the world demonstrate how real-world applications are making a difference to society.
These GIS tools are highly valuable components of all business activities of the UPC and aligned with the guiding principles of Vision 2030. Eng. Amer Al Hammadi, Director of Planning and Infrastructure at the UPC explained, “The UPC regards GIS technologies as an essential element of the planning process and we therefore continue to drive forward in ensuring that we have the latest capabilities and tools at our finger tips. These latest initiatives take our GIS abilities to a new level and they will be of benefit not only to our internal team here at the UPC but to all our key stakeholders as well.”
GeoPlanner is an internal web portal, developed by the UPC’s Spatial Data Department. It enables the Council’s planners to easily identify master plans, planning policies and regulations for any location or area and to visually track the development proposal review and approval process. Used throughout the UPC’s planning departments, including Planning Policy, Development Review, Estidama and Corporate Communications, it is the most popular planning support development tool at the UPC. The latest version, GeoPlanner 2, comprises a number of value-added components that facilitate planning needs and the lively and attractive new interface brings a higher performance rating.
The just-launched iPad app, GeoPad, has been developed by the UPC’s Spatial Data Department to allow managers and planners to easily view projects, plans and maps on their iPad device. Through online synchronisation with the UPC’s spatial database, the app allows users to access such updated data from anywhere and at anytime.
Moreover, last month these tools received one of the highest ratings in the “2010 Abu Dhabi Stakeholder GeoMaturity Assessment” reported by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) from the Executive Council while last year, – at the GISWORX fifth annual conference – they received the “2010 Excellence in GIS Award.”