Jakarta, Indonesia: The second day of Asia Geospatial Forum saw Y.Bhg. Datuk Prof. Sr Dr. Abdul Kadir Bin Taib, Surveyor General, Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia being conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary contribution to the geospatial industry. The Forum is organised by Geospatial Media & Communications Pvt. Ltd. A champion of the mapping sciences and geospatial industry in not only Malaysia but the entire Asian region, Dr. Abdul Kadir has demonstrated tremendous insight into the scope of geospatial technology and its potential for nation building.
Dr. Kadir also opened the plenary session of the day with his note on spatial enablement in Malaysia. According to him, one of the main objectives of Spatial Enablement in Malaysia is to enable more effective and more transparent coordination, where people are able to access the spatial information they require to evaluate the choices made by the elected government. Tracing the history of geospatial in Malaysia, he identified government initiatives under Vision 2020 that would significantly promote the use of geospatial technology. These are: One Malaysia (announced in 2009); Government Transformation Programme (January 2010); Economic Transformation Programme (March 2010) and 10th Malaysia Plan (June 2010). He also informed the audience about the proposed National Geospatial Act that according to him is necessary to advance policies concerning the geospatial activities in a comprehensive and well-planned manner.
Ir. Budhy Andono Soenhadi, Executive Secretary, BAKOSURTANAL focused on the role of geospatial information to support economic development in Indonesia. He stressed that given Indonesia’s huge size and population and prosperity of natural resources both flora and fauna, it is important that information from all these resources should be taken into account. A big question for the country is how to obtain information for sustainable and equal development, and the answer is, by using geospatial information. He opined that geospatial information is essential for spatial-based regional economic development. Ir. Mohammad Iksan Tatang, Secretary General, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia highlighted the role of geospatial data in supporting transport services, through Integrated GIS. He shared initiatives for Integrated GIS in various departments of the Ministry – land, sea, air and rail transport. He also informed the Ministry is establishing Trans SDI (Transportation Spatial Data Infrastructure) that would support Ina-SDI.
Prof. Dr. Ir. A. (Tom) Veldkamp, Rector/Dean, ITC, The Netherlands addressed various issues related to capacity building for food and water security. Touching upon the Millennium Development Goal s, he observed that analyzing progress on the achievements of these goals involves data that is often questionable or incomplete, depending on the sources. According to him, the UN is ignoring the spatial dimension of sustainable development therefore there is a need to work towards providing this geospatial dimension. He then shared the initiatives of ITC in this direction, informing that ITC aims to make countries self-sufficient in using GEO-ICT. Where the IT and GIS pyramid is concerned, all the levels (from data collection to adding value) should have equal money making opportunities and business should be created out of it. Focus should be on being information oriented rather than being map oriented. Robert Marigliani, Industry Sales Director – Geospatial / SEAPAC, Bentley Systems, Australia, briefed the audience about the concept of Semantic 3D City GIS. According to him, 3D models of cities can be used to demonstrate the impact that a new piece of infrastructure will have on its surrounding environment. Describing a “semantic city,” a semantic city model can be seen as a federated “web of information” that associates and links the structures, systems and networks that comprise a city. It involves data integration from various sources that can find benefits in urban planning, land management (3D cadastre), engineering projects and utilities.
The day also witnessed several sessions on various applications and trends in geospatial technology. The Symposium on Disaster Management witnessed the role of geospatial technology in various aspects related to disasters. Dr. Surono, Head – Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Geological Agency, Indonesia, demonstrated the role of remote sensing data in geological hazard mitigation through case study on Merapi Volcano disaster. In addition to volcanoes, he also highlighted instances involving the role of geospatial information in landslide susceptibility mapping, developing early warning systems, earthquake hazard mitigation and preparing tsunami hazard maps. David Hisdal, VP Asia and Australia, Intermap Technologies presented instances of two devastating tsunamis within a decade, one in Indonesia in 2004, and other in Japan in 2011, both were of similar magnitude. While over 250,000 people died in Indonesia, the loss of life in Japan was less than 25,000 people. According to David, much of the reduction in loss of life can directly be attributed to preparedness. One requirement for the preparedness is high quality elevation model that shows sufficient surface details, and 3D models that can help create safety zones. Ridwan Yunus of National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shared initiatives of the organisation in providing geospatial information related to disasters, including the recently established geospatial webite, geospasial.bnpb.go.id; a map gallery which offers nearly 1000 maps available for downloading, and preparedness and disaster risk reduction Web GIS. The information is also available via mobile. Craig Piman, Technical Advisor – APAC, Esri, demonstrated the use of GIS in addressing issues like identifying locations for refugee camps in case of disasters, by referring to flooding in Pakistan. Randolf S. Vicente, President, RSV Geo-consulting and Management Services, Philippines, stressed on the role of fundamental spatial datasets in disaster risk reduction management and the role of good governance in the process.
In the session on Cloud Computing and Open Source, Dr. Chih Hong Sun, Director, Taiwan GIS Center informed about MAKOCI GIS, a new web portal for geographic information in the cloud era. He observed that experience in Taiwan shows that cloud computing era for geospatial industry is coming. Prof. Andre Economou, Solutions Architect, Digital Publishing & Large Format Printing, HP Imaging and Printing Group, Asia Pacific and Japan, informed about printing and sharing options for files on the cloud and the company’s solutions for the same. Kurnia Wahudi, Country Cloud Leader, IBM Indonesia said that cloud can be leveraged for geospatial applications through platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. Arnulf Christi, CEO, Metaspatial, Germany, advocated the use of open source software over proprietary software, by highlighting its merits. Vanessa Ann D. Macaspac, GIS Research Engineer, Public Assessment of Water Services, University of the Philippines, demonstrated the synergized use of open source and proprietary GIS software in their projects.
Asian Geospatial Excellence Awards
Under the auspices of Asia Geospatial Forum 2011, Geospatial Media & Communications announced the ‘Asian Geospatial Excellence Awards’ for innovations, applications, policies and programmes. These are premier private awards, commemorating the excellence and advancement in the field of geospatial technology.
|Governance||Singapore Land Authority, Singapore|
|Web GIS||Japan Society of Promotion of Science and Technology, Japan|
|Civic Administration||Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance|
|Utilities Management||Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia|
|Transportation Management||Institute of Transportation, Taiwan|
|Environment Management||Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australia|
|Disaster Management||IOM, Indonesia|
|Forest Management||Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia|
|GNSS||National Land Agency Indonesia|
|Geospatial Policy||BAKOSURTANAL, Indonesia|
Source: our Correspondent