Geospatial World Forum concludes on promising note

Geospatial World Forum concludes on promising note

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Hyderabad, India: ‘The announcement of geospatial park by Gujarat State government is just a beginning, many such announcements are about to come.’ With this note of M Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, India, Geospatial World Forum 2011 was signed off.

In the valedictory session, Reddy reiterated how important geospatial technology is in dealing with the vulnerable geophysical condition of India and the significant role it can play in ensuring disciplined urbanisation. He said that 58.6 percent of India’s landmass is vulnerable to earthquakes, 12 percent of area is vulnerable to floods and 5700 km of coastline is vulnerable to cyclones. There are other vulnerability factors as well like landslides and avalanches.

Reddy observed that geospatial technology has a very crucial role to play in every development activity. He discussed 1:10,000 scale mapping initiative for establishment of National Urban Information System (NUIS) in next three years. In addition, Reddy proposed GIS-based mapping of around 2225 cities in next five years. Recalling the role of Hyderabad in promoting the information technology revolution in India, the minister said that now the city should think about geospatial technology.

Earlier, Dr Vanessa Lawrence, Director-General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey (UK), while expressing her experience at Geospatial World Forum 2011, exclaimed “Wow! What a great week we have had. I thank GIS Development. I am impressed with seminar guests who shared quality information and announcement made by policy makers.” She appreciated the statement of Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister for HRD, Telecom, Science & Technology and Earth Science, Government of India (GOI), that map policy is important to empower the country and the announcement of geospatial park by Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, India.

Other stalwarts also came forward to express their experiences about the conference, including Emeritus Prof. Fraser Taylor, Chairman, UN International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGMA), Dr. Derek Clarke, Chief Director, Survey & Mapping, Department of Rural Development & Land Reforms, South Africa and Achyut Rao, Regional Sales Manager (SAARC) at DigitalGlobe.

During the session, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, GIS Development, conveyed his thanks to all delegates, speakers and visitors for the grand success of the forum. He explained the need of such forums for networking, connecting with users, positioning of geospatial industry and facilitating the growth of geospatial industry. He informed the audience that a total of 2266 delegates, 55 exhibitors, 364 speakers and representatives from 81 countries attended the Forum.

The session also witnessed several awards being presented. The awards for best speakers were presented to A K Chaturvedi, Scientist H & Head Airborne Survey, Remote Sensing Group, Atomic Mineral Directorate for Exploration & Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India (GOI); Raghuram Narasimhan, Faculty Research Assistant, Global Land Cover Facility, University of Maryland, USA; Prabuddha Ghosh, Technical Specialist, RMSI Private Limited India; and S Manthira Moorthi, Scientists/Engineer-‘SF,’ Space Applications Centre, ISRO, India. Awards for best exhibitors went to esri India, NSG Global Group and Trimble. In addition, Tilottama Ghosh, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, USA, won the best poster award.

Source: Our Correspondent