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Forum highlights increasing use of geospatial technology

Doha, Qatar: The 2013 Middle East Geospatial Forum kicked off here on Wednesday with geospatial experts from the industry and government organisations highlighting the increasing role that geospatial technology is playing in various spheres of our lives.

Presenting an overview of how geospatial information is being integrated into the overall project management, Chris Gibson, Vice President, Executive Committee Member, Trimble, cited several examples of how some of the major infrastructural projects from around the world have used geospatial technology to minimise errors, cut down costs and improve their overall functioning.

Rafael Lucero, Senior GIS Specialist, Strategic Program Management, Qatar Rail Development Program, described how one of the most ambitious infrastructural projects in the world, the Qatar Rail, relies heavily on GIS for data dissemination and raising general project awareness among staff and stakeholders. The presentation showed how GIS is being used extensively at all levels in the company and also looked at Qatar Rail’s future vision in terms of implementing GIS and geospatially enabled technology.

Yousuf Al Jaidah, Manager, Electricity Network Planning, KAHRAMAA, highlighted the tremendous need for application of geospatial technology in the electricity sector. The presentation discussed the need for tracking and maintaining service information for the assets of an electricity company, which results in better efficiency of the system and reduced equipment failure.

Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google, described how Google creates maps that are used by a billion people from around the world. Citing examples from various facets of our lives, he showed how accessibility to geospatial data has massive benefits in terms of reduced costs, better efficiency and saving of lives.

Dr. Eng. Khaled Al Nabbout from FARO Europe described how terrestrial laser scan technology can be used for geospatial information management. The presentation summed up the advantages of terrestrial laser scan technology and also cited some real life examples to highlight its utility in urban projects.

Subsequently, Heegu Park, Business Development manager at Gaia3D, showed how mobile mapping systems have been used efficiently during recent times to acquire data for generating 3D navigation maps. The presentation also informed about the recently released LiDAR processing software which improves the accuracy of 3D road maps by removing existing obstacles on the road.

Apart from the plenary presentations, the Middle East Geospatial Forum also boasts of an exhibition area. The exhibition at MEG is spread over a huge area and boasts of exhibitors like Trimble, Kahramaa, Esri|Mannai Corporation, Idea Solutions, Qatar University, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute etc.

With its theme as ‘Towards Geo Driven Growth’ the two-day event attempts to bring to the fore the crucial role that geospatial technology plays in the overall economic development of the Middle East region. Being held at the Qatar National Convention Centre during 13th and 14th March, the conference and exhibition event is being organised by Geospatial Media and Communications in association with the Centre for GIS, MMUP, State of Qatar.

Source: Our Correspondent