Experts discuss business directions of the geospatial industry

Experts discuss business directions of the geospatial industry

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Hyderabad, India: Over 1400 people from geospatial community along with technology providers, array of users, policy makers and academicians congregated in Hyderabad for the India Geospatial Forum 2014. Maj Gen (Dr) R Siva Kumar, CEO, National Spatial Data Infrastructure, India chaired the first plenary on ‘Defining Business Directions of Geospatial Industry’ at the Forum. Dr Siva Kumar revealed that huge strides have been made by the Government of India (GoI) in the geospatial sector. He said that the government is contemplating to invest around Rs 3,000 crore to establish the National Geospatial Information System (NGIS) for the country.

Gopal Singh, CMD of Central Coalfields Limited on challenge of #Coal #mining in #India #IGF2014 #energy pic.twitter.com/kcwXFQ1jUa

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Gopal Singh, Chairman & MD, Central Coalfields Limited, gave a presentation on ‘Geospatial Technology in the Mining Sector: An Attempt for Integration’. He said that there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of coal in the country and around 54% of electricity generation in India is based on coal. Keeping this in mind he advocated the use of geospatial technology in the mining sector. He gave examples of how GIS can be used for mine planning and topographical survey, exploration, mining operation, infrastructure development, site selection for thermal power projects, route alignment etc. “To create an environment for technology adoption we adopted Kayakalp model which is based on three principles of philanthropy, ethics and transparency. This model helped us in carrying sustainable operations,” he said.

All that #BigData you need is there but on silos – Pradeep Nair @Autodesk pic.twitter.com/5JlphFqhKD

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Pradeep Nair, MD, India and SAARC, Autodesk talked about the future of geo-enabled design technology. He stated that there is a huge gap between infrastructure demand and supply. “Almost 60% of major projects fail to meet the cost and schedule deadlines,” he said. This however, can be overcome by the use of geospatial and building information technology (BIM). “BIM allows planners and engineers to design in the context of real-world data and run simulations which can help them in anticipating and solving problems,” he said.

30 years in business towards building sustainable #infrastructureBhupinder Singh @BentleySystems #IGF2014 pic.twitter.com/dXqoJH99UZ

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Bhupinder Singh, Senior Vice President, Bentley Systems, USA talked about the importance of sustainable infrastructure which can only be achieved by GIS. He explained how sustainable infrastructure can promote a qualitative life. “By combing infrastructure processes with GIS one can merge CAD and GIS, support open standards, turn digital landfills data to digital goldmines and promote sustainability,” he said.

#GIS for all .. perspective from @googlemaps India team at #IGF2014 pic.twitter.com/IiJyGB59Ji

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“GIS technology should be available for all,” said Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps Content Operations & Product Manager, India Maps. He described how the technology is getting democratised and is no longer restricted to just the big industries. He noted that a new set of enterprises like emergency services, delivery services, banks etc. are increasingly using GIS. “Around 45-50% of small and medium businesses are interested in using GIS,” he said. However, the challenges of talent, affordability, awareness still serve as a hindrance.

Source: Our Correspondent