‘Geospatial technology is critical for India’s dream infrastructure’

‘Geospatial technology is critical for India’s dream infrastructure’

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New Delhi: The second plenary of the day held deliberations on geospatial engineering for the infrastructure. Alex Winchester, Head, Property Division, WS Atkins said that BIM is a philosophy whereby all data is gathered and pressed into the service of design and infrastructure. He gave various examples of the company’s recent projects in China where BIM was used. “BIM not only helps in visualising the current state of a particular project, but also how will the project change in future”, he said. BIM is also useful for any urban authority which wants to make its transport system efficient. According to survey by RICS, North America is the most active taker of BIM, EU countries are at half way and India is at 22% of BIM adoption. He concluded by saying that the world of BIM and geospatial technologies offer unlimited opportunities to India. “With 100 smart cities coming up, India should immediately adopt BIM.”

Balaji Nagarajan, CEO, Geokno talked about the evolution of infrastructure industry and how geospatial technologies play a role in it. He gave a brief history of LiDAR technology and revealed how the technology is important for the infrastructure industry by highlighting its various applications. He also revealed various benefits of LiDAR (airborne, terrestrial and mobile) and said that it will play a major role in nation building.

KK Gupta, ED Rites/CEO – RISL, talked about the Yamuna Expressway project and how geospatial technologies played a major role in overcoming the challenges in this project.

A panel discussion on the ‘Road ahead for India’s dream infrastructure’ was also held at the first day of Geo Build Infrastructure 2014. The session was chaired by Lt Gen S Ravi Shankar, PVSM, VSM, President, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats. Eminent speakers in the panel discussion include: Maj Gen MA Naik, SM and Arjuna Awardee, Senior Advisor, L&T Infrastructure; Dr Vivek Kale, Head Geospatial, Kalyani Global; Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, AGI; and Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Principal Consultant, GHD, Australia. The panelists said that India has tremendous potential to implement geospatial technology but it is not utilising the technology optimally due to lack of awareness and education. However, the panel believed that the change has to come internally from the geospatial community, rather than externally. “Skills and capacity building which comes with research and innovation are critical for India to realise its dream infrastructure,” said the panelists. Problems of data sharing and a common policy framework were also highlighted at the discussion.

Source: Our Correspondent