Middle East Geospatial Forum kicks off in Dubai

Middle East Geospatial Forum kicks off in Dubai


Dubai: The 2014 Middle East Geospatial Forum kicked off here on Monday with geospatial experts from the industry and government organisations highlighting the increasing role that the technology is playing towards building a geosmart government. H.E. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality elaborated on various smart city initiatives undertaken by the Municipality in his inaugural address. He talked in detail about the municipality’s street addressing project which aims to provide a geocode to every street in the city. He also talked about the municipality’s project which aims to map the underground facilities of the city and the 3D project which envisions creating a 3D model of the entire city.

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H.E. Dr Abdullah Al Ghareeb, Executive Director, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi explained how the world around us is constantly changing and evolving. Highlighting the goal of his organisation he said, “Our vision is to deliver an efficient and world-class municipal system.” He described how the municipality is working with Abu Dhabi Police, transport department and many other organisations to build a geosmart city.

Abdul Hakim Abdul Karim Malik, Director, GIS, Dubai Municipality talked in detail about newly developed Makani app which provides a 10-digit number, based on MGRS coordinate system, to give location of the entrances of all building in Dubai with an accuracy of one metre. “Under this system each building is given a unique number,” he said. He explained how this system complements the traditional addressing system.

That's how your building in Dubai will be represented as soon as 16 Feb. #MEGF2014 pic.twitter.com/HbAofJfkfq

— Gaurav Sharma (@geodreams) February 3, 2014

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems talked about the various software solutions and services of the company which aids in development of a smart city. “The main goal of a geosmart government should be to accelerate infrastructure delivery, mitigate project risk and nurture world class innovation,” he said. He also explained how Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help in delivering better performing assets and projects.

Always a pleasure to listen to Greg @BentleySystems Keynote at #MEGF2014 pic.twitter.com/HQ1Tz61NRd

— Gaurav Sharma (@geodreams) February 3, 2014

Dr Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, UK revealed that the geographic information has become pervasive in an individual’s life. She highlighted various initiatives undertaken by the Ordnance Survey like the Geovation Challenge to promote the creation of new technology.

Source: Our Correspondent