Rotterdam: The future of geospatial technology is design technology, said Amar Hanspal, Vice President, IPG product Group, Autodesk. Speaking at the opening plenary session of the Geospatial World Forum 2013 on Tuesday, Hanspal said there is a growing need for the current generation of GIS to evolve.
The world needs $60-trillion in infrastructure but the current capabilities have been estimated to be around $24 billion. While much of this demand-supply gap is owing to various reasons like legislations, environment, capacity, technology has also fallen short in keeping up with the challenges. “The current stage of GIS is expertise to put in place and even to operate. Information is not available freely. The fact that companies have GIS departments to run the show means the technology has not permeated into the every layer. In the same way imagine having a GPS on your car or phone and everytime getting an expert to operate it!”
Hanspal was critical of the current GIS experts saying people who are putting in place these systems are divorced from reality and the normal work people are not equipped to do the reality check. “Only once the whole is put in place one realises, there are clashes with legislations or environment or the local people. And this is what is contributing largely to the demand-supply gap for global infrastructure,” he said.
The other challenge is dependency on CPU limits even when projects are getting bigger and more complex. “Computing power is moving to the cloud and we must look at that direction,” he said.
According to Hanspal the answer lies in combining GIS, design, point clouds and social information and putting all that in real-time modelling, which he called BIM for infrastructure or a model and information-centric process enabled by technology such as cloud, mobile and social network.
Source: Our Correspondent