GIS plays crucial role in our life: Esri India

GIS plays crucial role in our life: Esri India


New Delhi, India: “Today 80 percent of our decisions have geographic dimensions.  GIS is playing a crucial role in every aspect of our life,” said Rajesh C Mathur, Vice-Chairman, Esri India. He was speaking at the Esri India GeoVision Seminar Series, a 13-city Seminar across India to evangelise the use of Geospatial Tools in Project Planning, Execution and Monitoring. He then explained how geospatial technology can help a company’s sales team and traffic police to manage traffic. He also talked about  co-relation of naxalism in India with education/development.

In his welcome speech, Mathur said, “Development is putting a lot of pressure on infrastructure. Security also continues to be an issue. Most of the issues are unique, something we have not faced earlier. And, GIS provides us a comprehensive approach in planning and decision making.” He also explained how Esri GIS helped during Kuchh-earthquake in Gujarat and how the same technology could be used effectively for Koshi-flood situation in Bihar.

Dr Jack Dangermond, President, Esri, who addressed the gathering through a video, talked about the evolution of GIS. It is no longer a mere desktop tool but has become an integral part of social networking websites, mobile, location based services and cloud computing. Further, he explained how ArcGIS 10 can play a crucial role in all these activities. Later, during technical session, Esri India’s technical team demonstrated its capabilities in 3D editing, location/allocation feature and shadow feature.

Prof. A K. Gosain, Head, Civil Engineering Department, IIT Delhi, joined the seminar as a guest speaker. He talked about ArcGIS-based Hydrological Information System (NATCOM). He then presented the demonstration of the capabilities of the system. He prominently stressed that an academician can demonstrate the technology and how to get the best from it is upto decision makers and industry.

Incidentally, GeoVision Seminar Series coincided with the 15th anniversary of the Esri India. NIIT India associated with Esri in 1985 and in 1996 it became NIIT GIS or Esri India.

Source: Our Correspondent