GRASF & MEGF 2015 conference concludes on a successful note

GRASF & MEGF 2015 conference concludes on a successful note


Dubai, UAE: The third and final day of the GRASF & MEGF 2015 conference started with the GRASF plenary session, which saw presentations by representatives from academia and the industry. The presentation by Prof. Martin Breunig titled 3D Geoinformation Science: State of the art and perspective for the gulf region emphasised on the use of 3D modelling for building smart and sustainable cities in the Middle East.

In another presentation, Prof. Christian Heipke, Secretary General for ISPRS, (International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) Germany spoke on the research trends in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GI Science and the role of ISPRS in shaping and promoting this technology and obtaining reliable data about the Earth & Environment.

Dr. Sisi Zlatanova from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands spoke on the topic of 3D indoor navigation. She also touched upon various other topics such as the conversion between IFC and CityGML, indoor partitioning for localisation, 3D web visualization, 3D data integration of objects above and below ground, voxels representations, 3D management and visualization of line objects (pipelines) and 3D spatial analysis (cross section and profiles). Lena Halounova, Congress Director, Prague gave a presentation on Geoinfostrategy in the Czech Republic.

Dr. Arpad Barsi, Head of Department of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics at the Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Hungary spoke on the topic of Indoor GIS data capture: current status and perspectives. He explained how to effectively handle ill-conditioned photogrammetric equation systems resulted by imperfect image capturing constellations.

Technical Sessions

Presenting at the GI-Science program, Dr. M. M. Yagoub, Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS, UAE University spoke on the topic of Perception of the Public to Volunteer Geographic Information using the case study of UAE region.

Maitha Alnuaimi, GIS Engineer from Abu Dhabi City Municipality spoke on the topic of how to improve government services through Custom GIS applications. She also explained some of the tools that the Abu Dhabi government is already using effectively to serve the community better with much faster results. In another presentation, Carsten Roensdorf, Head of Advisory Services Middle East, Ordnance Survey International, UAE spoke on the topic of Smart Dubai and use of geospatial technology for collaborating different resources for effective city planning.

Speaking at the GeoInfra program, Vivek Kale, solutions director, Bentley systems spoke on 3D city GIS for sustaining city infrastructure. He also gave a few examples on how Bentley software has been effectively used for environment friendly and sustainable infrastructure development. Dr. Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse, Senior Principal consultant – Spatial & IT, GHD Pty Ltd & Advisor for Industry Liasion (International), Cooperative Research Center for Spatial Information, Australia gave a presentation titled Spatial Enablement of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

During the Spatial Governments program Andy Wilson from Ordnance Survey said that the best policy decisions come from spatially connected governments. He emphasised on the fact that an informed decision can be made by the planning department and the by decision makers with the help of geospatial technology.

Prashant Marpu from Madsar Institute spoke on the topic of kernel principle components ensembles for efficient classification of large dimensional data. He emphasised on how spatialized algorithms are required to classify Hyperspectral and thermal images to increase the accuracy in data extraction and advance image analysis. In his presentation, Dr. Mohammed Mostafa, President, Navmatica spoke on the topic of GNSS geodetic network establishment in practice.

The three-day conference and exhibition concluded on a successful note with the participation of over 800 delegates and visitors from more than 30 countries around the world. The exhibition area had more than 23 exhibitors displaying the latest developments in the field of geospatial technology.

Source: Our Correspondent