Mexico City: A unique opportunity for geospatial professionals in Latin America was unveiled in Mexico City recently. The three-day Latin America Geospatial Forum was inaugurated at Hotel Hilton Reforma. The occasion also brought three other conferences together – Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Plenary, annual meetings of UN-GGIM Americas and Mexican Society of Engineers. This unique occasion brought 1250 professionals together from 100 countries from across the world.
Rosario Robles, Minister of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) of Mexico inaugurated the conference. Giving the guest address, Dr Kathryn D Sulivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator said that we are the first generation human beings to look at the environment like never before. NOAA is seizing the opportunity by providing environmental intelligence that is timely and action-based. This is important to foster resilience among societies and businesses by preparing them to face weather changes effectively.
Chris Gibson, Vice President, Trimble discussed the technology trends shaping the geospatial industry and how those trends are being applied to multiple industries. He said geospatial information is increasingly found at the heart of an evolving ecosystem for several industries. Citing an example, he said that geospatial information enables 30% reduction in construction costs. With increasing percolation of geospatial information, the boundaries of geospatial professionals are getting blurred. They are more engaged in industry processes and demonstrating where they can provide value in that process.
Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape, President, INEGI enumerated the evolving structure of INEGI and the contributions of the national mapping organization to Mexican society and economy.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Geospatial Media & Communications, said the worldwide geospatial industry is valued at $500 billion and is finding utility in every economic sector. Highlighting the global leaders’ views on the significance and value of geospatial technology, Sanjay said the benefits from using geospatial technology include increased efficiency, productivity, safety and effective decision-making.
The event was organized by Geospatial Media & Communications and sponsored strategically by Trimble. It was co-sponsored by Oracle, Leica Geosystems and ADCC. Several Mexican government and institutional partners including INEGI, SIAP, SEDATU, SAGARPA, OGC, INAH, CENTRO GEO, UNAM, IG, and UAEM supported the event.
Source: Our correspondent