‘Geospatial technology key to Middle East’s growth’

‘Geospatial technology key to Middle East’s growth’


Dubai, UAE: The inaugural day of Dubai Municipality’s GRASF (GIS & Remote Sensing Annual Scientific Forum) and Middle East Geospatial Forum 2015 (organized by Geospatial Media and Communications was held on Monday at Hotel Al Bustan Rotana. Addressing the attendees during his welcome address, H.E. Eng Abdulla Rafia, Asst. Director General, Dubai Municipality described how various cities across the Middle East region have been making rapid progress in terms of cresting new infrastructure.

He further emphasized that geospatial technology has been at the forefront of this development story and has been instrumental in their efforts to create smart and sustainable infrastructure. Eng. Abdulhakim Abdulkarim Malik gave a presentation on the use of Geospatial technology for sustainable development and creation of smart cities. He further added how Dubai Municipality is using modern technologies to solve complex issues related to rapid growth in Dubai related to Infrastructure and utility management. He presented case studies on soil mapping, 3D mapping and utilities management for Dubai. He also mentioned the success of project Makani where more than 1,00,000 buildings were mapped digitally with accurate GPS coordinates.

In her presentation, Bhanu Rekha, Managing Editor GeoBUIZ, Geospatial Media & Communications spoke on varied topics such as the use of geospatial technology in smart & sustainable development, changing dynamics of geospatial technology in agriculture and electricity domains for Middle East Region. The inaugural session was followed by official exhibition inauguration.

The MEGF plenary began with a presentation on Spatial Data Infrastructures & Interaction Paradigms by Prof. Josef Strobl from University of Salzburg. He explained the concepts of SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) & GSDI (Global Spatial Data Infrastructure). He also explained and compared how actual and digital data (& Infrastructure) is related by relating Real world with Virtual world, Earth & Model, Convergence & Overlap etc.

In her presentation, Anne Kemp from Akins – UK spoke on BIM (Building Information Modeling). She explained briefly how BIM model is successfully used by UK government for Smart City Planning and how it has been made mandatory for all urban planning projects. Further, she spoke how planning for a project required the clear identification of expected results. She said that the core principle is data and not just document and model, and integrating technologies like BIM, GIS & CAD. She also covered topics like life cycle of BIM and BEM (BIM Execution Plan), intelligent infrastructure, and future collaboration of data, information, decision making tools, strategic framework to achieve one shared version of truth. She explained this using case studies of MAWP (Mayor’s Aviation Work Program) & Etihad Rail.

Richard Budden, Business Development Manager at ESRI Middle East spoke on the topic Sustainable Development for Smart Cities – A Geospatial Approach. He spoke on real life challenges for data collection, ever increasing population and migration to big cities & how to tackle these issues by smart and sustainable city development. He spoke on alternative energy sources to meet the demand and Role of GIS using Smart Grid, Routing & Logistics with a real life example of Madsar city in Abu Dhabi.

Cambell Brooke, World Wide Sales Director for Geospatial Trimble Navigation gave his presentation on topics like Geospatial information, Integrated Mobile Mapping, Use of High Precision 3D geospatial information & Enterprise application. He explained this using a case of Oil palm mapping.

Claudio Mingrino, V. P & Executive Director, EMEA, Hexagon Geospatial spoke on market trends in technology & Business. He also talked about Neogeography & VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information), open data and global trends in cloud computing.


The first presentation during the session on LiDAR and Remote Sensingwas given by Richard Flemings of Proteus. He spoke on Use of Satellite imagery and Change detection technique to study the Abu Dhabi Marine Life & Environmental hazard assessment & solutions using Geospatial technology.

Dr. Prashant Marpu from Madsar Institute spoke about object based fusion of high resolution optical images for classification of urban areas. He spoke on use of Hyperspectral imaging and object based image analysis for raster image classification.

Dr. Hussein Harahsheh talked about hyperspectral and thermal mapping application in arid areas. He covered topics like advantages of hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral imaging processing & analysis, image enhancements and hyperspectral mapping methods. He explained these methods by presenting case studies of CASI Chile data on Vegetation application by using Hyperspectral imaging, thermal imaging and 3D laser scanning.

Source: Our Correspondent