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Atkins uses mapping software to set up planning office in Qatar

Qatar: Engineering consultancy Atkins has helped establish a new government office in the 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation of Qatar. The Qatari Central Planning Office (CPO) has been set up to help the country cost-effectively coordinate and plan for infrastructure projects that will facilitate major events, such as the FIFA World Cup and Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which is a long-term goal for Qatar to become an ‘advanced’ country with features including improved, multiple transport links.

Due to space constraints in Doha, Qatar’s largest city, planning was essential to enable the country to identify potential challenges with introducing large infrastructure changes. Technology was an important part of solving the problem,” said Daniel Monk, Atkins associate GIS consultant. The Esri-based planning systems that Atkins developed had both spatial and non-spatial data loaded into them. Atkins used SharePoint 2010 in a SharePoint farm, an FME Server 2012 and Esri’s ArcGIS 10.1 software. “This dealt with the spatial problem. It enabled us to provide a spatial database, to plot spatial information and to publish our services,” added Monk.

Source: Computer world