Jeddah forum to focus on GIS technology

Jeddah forum to focus on GIS technology


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 07, 2007: The Jeddah Municipality is organizing a forum on the role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in municipality services on November 14.

Al-Harthi, head of the GIS centre at the Jeddah Municipality, said that the municipality has invited officials from across the Kingdom, government firms and GIS-related companies to attend the one-day forum.

A number of seminars are to be held at the forum for participants to exchange experience and share future developments related to GIS in both the local and private sectors, said Al-Harthi, adding that the event would take place at the Westin Hotel.

According to Al-Harthi, GIS would help develop the work that municipalities do, especially in civil planning and environmental studies. It has given a new dimension to digital information databanks, especially with the availability of satellite monitoring technologies, which provide high-quality footage that is essential for building GIS information, he said.