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Geospatial for sustainable infrastructure

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Several parallel sessions on a wide range of technologies and verticals and meaningful interaction with exhibitors kept the delegates and visitors busy throughout on the second day of Map Asia 2010 and ISG 2010 here today.

The India Technology Summit, organised in association with the High Commission of India in Malaysia and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India, brought together a spectrum of technologists and industry personnel to demonstrate the commitment of the Indian government to the Asian community and help them develop and grow in terms of their geospatial capabilities. Welcoming the delegates, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, GIS Development said the Indian geospatial industry is recognised worldwide not just as a service provider but as a solution partner and technology partner to resolve complex problems of the world.

Opening the summit, HE Vijay Gokhale, High Commissioner of India in Malaysia said he could understand the potential of geospatial technology though quite new to the field. In the backdrop of unprecedented economic growth India is witnessing, high quality maps are required to build sustainable infrastructure to support the growth. He also commented that both India and Malaysia are at an interesting phase of bilateral relationships and the geospatial industry should capitalise on the same.

Detailing the evolution of GIS in India, Rajesh C Mathur, Vice-Chairman, NIIT GIS, said that geospatial technology has its roots in India in the late 1980s with the launch of several pilot projects. It then moved into a consolidation phase with several projects of national interest. Listing the technology trends, Rajesh said that as geospatial is getting integrated with other IT subsystems like ERP and CRM, it is witnessing a shift towards service-oriented architecture and use of Web and cloud platforms. Though started with data conversion services, the industry moved up the value chain in client engagement and is in a strong advantageous position today.

Dr KM Mrityunjaya Reddy, Director General, Andhra Pradesh State Remote Sensing and Application Centre, India, discussed the remote sensing capabilities of his centre and enumerated it with a few success stories. Introducing the activities and capacities of Survey of India, Swarna Subba Rao, Director, Andra Pradesh GDC, listed out the latest projects being undertaken by Survey of India.

The summit called upon the Asian community to take advantage of the infrastructure and technology capacities developed by India in surveying, remote sensing and solutions and services delivery.    

Utilities and infrastructure: Another theme which was of much interest to the geospatial community of the region was utilities and infrastructure. Informative presentations, inquisitive audience and a packed hall made this session interesting to one and all. The interest of the audience in the potential of the subject was substantiated by the facts and figures doled by Geoff Zeiss, Director of Technology, Autodesk. Geoff said an estimated 41 trillion USD is being pumped into building infrastructure across the world by 2030. As advanced economies are shrinking workforces, it is imperative to use intelligent technology to build sustainable infrastructure. To this effect, several countries are investing in smart grids. But smart grids require 1000 times more and better spatial data, he said. He then listed out building information modeling (BIM), gaming and 3D visualisation techniques, model-based design and convergence of technologies as being the future technologies to build sustainable infrastructure. Abu Bakar Hashim, Director-IT, Malaysian Highway Authority enumerated the initiatives taken by his organisation in expanding the use of GIS in the planning of highways in Malaysia. The session discussed several organisational initiatives by Bintulu Port, Gas Malaysia and Indah Water Konsortium.

Source: Our correspondent