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Building a nation with g-tech

Indonesia: Asia Geospatial Forum, proudly celebrating a decade this year, got to a start today in Jakarta, the capital city of the archipelagic nation of Indonesia.  

In his welcome address, Dr. Asep Karsidi, Head – BAKOSURTANAL (now BIG) informed that the conference has coincided with the launch of Indonesia geoportal. BAKOSURTANAL has also been renamed to BIG (Badan Informasi Geospatial). BAKOSURTANAL is the host organiser for Asia Geospatial Forum. The name change further strengthens its role and commitment to growing the use of geospatial technology in the country. Dr. Asep stressed on the standards criteria that Act No 4, 2011 mandates and assured about the organisation’s commitment to resolve various differences into one solution to maximise the use of geospatial information for the nation. According to him, geospatial technology has important role to play in the country in addressing regional inequalities, utilization of natural resources and climate change.

In his introductory remarks, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media & Communications, congratulated the country on taking leadership in establishing the Geospatial Act. Analysing the trends in the geospatial industry, he observed that the technologies that have evolved over the last five years would be the real drivers for the industry.

In his inaugural address, Drs. Suharna Surapranata, M.T.,  State Minister of Research and Technology stressed on strengthening national innovation system. He asserted that the country needs to be more innovative in geospatial technology. As it adopts geospatial solutions offered by various companies from across the world, it also needs to needs to come up with its own technology for addressing various issues. He also emphasised that utilisation of geospatial technology needs to be increased across various segments, observing that most people are not used to using maps in their daily life and decision makers also need to understand benefits of the technology. Drs. Surapranata was represented by Dr. Idwan Suardi, Deputy Minister for Science & Technology Utilisation, Indonesia.

Dr. Suryo Adiwibowo, Special Deputy Head of National Land Agency, spoke on the role of geospatial information to support land for justice and prosperity. He was representing Dr. Joyo Winoto, Head, National Land Agency, Indonesia. Dr. Suryo informed that the present mandate of the Agency (since 2006) is fostering the realization of land for justice and prosperity. A major mandated programme for the Agency includes agrarian reforms. According to him, a key condition for successful agrarian reforms includes sufficient data and information, implying an integrated geospatial information system.   

Dr. Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister, Ministry of Transport, Indonesia deliberated upon the role and support of GIS for the development of national connectivity. Informing the audience about the national development programme MP3EI (Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia Economic Development) that is estimated to see investments of USD 400 billion over the next four years and includes the development of six economic corridors in different parts of Indonesia, he expressed that its success will depend on transport connectivity. Hence it is very important to strengthen domestic connectivity. Geospatial technology gives a chance to address these issues, he said.   

In the keynote address, John Graham, President – Security, Government and Infrastructure, Intergraph Corp., focused on the need for evolving technology to adapt to challenges. Also according to him, explosion of data is one of the biggest challenges. John dwelled upon the importance of integrated geospatial solutions various applications, including smart governance, smart grid, safe cities, and safeguarding the nation. He highlighted instances of successful implementation of the same. He concluded by remarking that Intergraph solutions are about finding a smarter way to enable your world.

In the other keynote address, Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery, Esri, discussed trends and challenges in geospatial technologies. He observed that many forces are converging , enabling a pervasive geospatial platform. According to him, intelligent web maps are the new medium for integrated services. He also shared that GIS is moving into online environment, making accessibility easier.

Plenary sessions
The plenary sessions on the inaugural day dwelled upon the role of geospatial technology in nation building and various other applications.

Dr. Ir. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head- Presidential Working Unit for Supervision and Management (UKP4), discussed the role of geospatial technologies in monitoring the development programmes, with emphasis on governance reform and public participation. He candidly admitted that Indonesia has been amongst one of the world’s most corrupt countries. This called for the need for a very transparent process, and that involves the use of geospatial technology. He highlighted its particular relevance in disaster management. Often hit by natural disasters of huge magnitude, the country receives significant amount of funds from all parts of the world. The need is to make use of it efficiently and with integrity. Destroying walls of challenges requires use of reliable geospatial information, maps and as well as involving public participation. He informed about the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) that has been set up to monitor all projects. Through the online platform Layanam Pengaduan Online Rakyat (LAPOR), citizens can see, check and submit geospatially induced monitoring reports on various development activities, taking away the chance for the bureaucracy to lie.

Dr. Ir. Max Hasudungan Pohan, Deputy of Regional Development and Local Authority, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENNAS), Indonesia, said that laws mandate the use of geospatial technology for development activities in Indonesia. He informed that six economic corridors are being developed across the country to promoting new growth centres outside Java, under the MP3EI scheme for acceleration and expansion of economic growth, and detailed geospatial data and information is a necessary condition in developing detailed spatial plans and sustainability of these corridors. He opined that communication between government and geospatial community should be intensified to improve effective, efficient geospatial data & information utilisation.

Bambang Soepijanto, Director General of Forestry Planning, Ministry of Indonesia informed that forests cover about 70 percent land area of Indonesia, therefore spatial knowledge is a prerequisite in decision making. He opined that a new approach is needed to organize data. He also asserted that the forestry department is committed to supporting the Indonesia SDI. Charnchai Peanvijarnpong, Deputy Executive Director, GEO-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand shared GISTDA’s vision and initiatives for 2012-16 and informed the audience about the country’s plans to launch THEOS-2 and the concept of Krenovation Park. He informed about the paradigm shift in GISTDA’s focus from being a data provider to being a solutions provider.

In the other plenary session of the day, Ir. Avelino L. San Buenaventura, President of the Philippine Geodetic Engineering & Geomatics Society and Past President of the Geodetic Engineers Development Foundation represented Narciso B. Nieto, Undersecretary, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippines. He informed that the Philippine government has allocated USD 3.5 billion towards implementing and enforcing agrarian reform programme that it has scheduled to complete by mid 2014, with the survey works being completed by 2013. A key component in achieving this target is designing and developing digital maps, and applying reasonable geospatial technology at all levels.

Soh Kheng Peng, Chief Surveyor, Singapore discussed initiatives in cadastral survey system in the nation. He shared Singapore Land Authority’s new vision of “Limited Land, Unlimited Space.” The key components of the modern cadastral system (1992-2011) are GPS technology / infrastructure, co-ordinates cadastre, information/GIS technology, and regulations. Looking forward, the country is moving towards developing the 3D cadastre. Ronald van Coevorden, Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Survey Division, Trimble Thailand focused on sustainability and productivity in surveying through innovation. He observed that as the ability to acquire and generate geospatial data has and will continue to increase exponentially, surveyors need to move from being data centric to process and industry centric as industries vertically integrate.

David Cunningham, Senior Vice President Sales, Intermap Technologies, informed the audience about the offerings from the company for the Asia Pacific region with cloud free imagery and elevation data. The non-licensed products from the company support many of users’ unique geospatial requirements including custom contours, terrain-derived hydrology, terrain-derived coastlines, slope and aspect maps and road and trail networks. David informed that Intermap’s 3D terrain data enables various commercial, government, and national defence mapping applications including engineering and infrastructure, water resource management, flood plain management, risk management, telecommunications, natural resource exploration, development, management, pipeline routing (utilities, oil/gas, water), defence and national security and emergency response.

Source: Our correspondent