Munich, 18 November 2006 – GAF AG has completed the main phase of a technical assistance project in establishing the Geoscience and Mining Information Centre in Madagascar BPGRM (Base de données pour la Promotion et la Gouvernance des Ressources Minérales), under the “Projet de Gouvernance des Ressources Minérales” (PGRM).
The works have been performed for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Antananarivo, Madagascar, and are funded by the World Bank / International Development Association (IDA) and the Government of Madagascar. The Information Centre has been officially launched by the Ministry of Energy and Mines September 29th and is a key achievement for the promotion of the mining sector and the attraction of foreign investment
BPGRM (www3.gaf.de/bpgrm) is currently the most comprehensive and complete one-stop-service for geological, geoscientific and mining information, covering the whole of Madagascar. BPGRM offers a full suite of products and services for mining operators, exploration companies, investors, academic researchers and the general prospectors.
The portfolio comprises maps, satellite data, publications and bibliography, GIS data as well as the results of ongoing PGRM geophysical survey and geological cartography, but also information about the legal framework and investment environment. Cadastral information from the “Bureau de Cadastre Minier de Madagascar” can also be consulted.
The centre’s experts offer data handling, integration and analysis services including the preparation of multi-thematic data kits, compilation datasets and maps, interpreted geophysical and remote sensing maps, and mineral potential maps derived from existing geological, mining and geophysical information.
The centre is conceived as a nationwide information system for the interpretation, analysis and exploitation of all existing and future geoscientific and mining information of Madagascar. It is equipped with state-of-the art GIS software, image processing, database management systems, webtools and geophysical data processing. The BPGRM staff consists of a number of geo- and IT experts with dedicated training by reknown international experts.
BPGRM can be accessed locally and worldwide. In Antananarivo, Madagascar the service and sales counter of the center is open during office hours and is supported by 5 public consultation stations with interactive and free-of-charge access to the catalogue system and BPGRM website. Worldwide access is supported by the BPGRM internet site (www2.gaf.de/bpgrm) accessible around the clock and offering all key information, product and price lists, a catalogue as well as interactive maps.
GAF AG has been responsible for the design, set-up and implementation of BPGRM. It enters now the project maintenance phase, where it offers continued technical assistance and support, consultancy and further training.
– About GAF AG
GAF AG, located in Munich, Germany, is a company with expertise in applied remote sensing and spatial information systems. GAF AG offers a comprehensive portfolio of services ranging from supply of geo-data (e.g. satellite and aerial imagery, digital elevation models), and geoservices (e.g. image processing, thematic mapping, GIS/DBMS applications and software development).