Doha, Qatar: During Planery II of Map Middle East 2011 organised by GIS Development, Mathias Motz, Sales Manager – Airborne Sensors, EMEA, Leica Geosystems, said, “A large part of our profitability comes not only from data acquisition but a complete solution that delivers ready-made data or information to the end-customers. As we see economic pressures in many parts of the world, customers are increasingly asking the question: what other data can I collect with my sensor?“ Elaborating on his company’s focus areas, Mathias stated, “Hexagon Geosystems focuses on the macro market and aims at providing solutions that help governments and businesses to make faster and better decisions and to improve the efficiency of the process.” About Qatar, he prominently mentioned that the country has bagged the honour of hosting the world’s most prestigious tournament that will come to Qatar in 2022 and that will not only require preparation and planning, but also measurement of progress. So, the company is ready to offer the solutions, he added.
Dr Abu-Bakr Hassan Abdelzaher, Head of Data Center, Qatar Petroleum, State of Qatar, said, “Traditionally, oil and gas companies have used GIS to decide where to drill a well, route a pipeline and build a plant or a refinery. But now, they use GIS to get solutions throughout the petroleum life cycle from exploration to production operations.” Dr Abdelzaher added, “Examples of GIS applications in Qatar Petroleum are automated vehicle locating system (AVLS), pipeline maintenance management system (PMMS), pipeline integrity management system (PIMS), pipeline management system (PMS – leak detection), integrated production management system (IPMS), ground water monitoring system and GIS-based master plans.
Dr Gottfried Konecny, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Photogrammetry & Geoinformation, University of Hannover, Germany, demonstrated changing mapping trends. He showcased some examples like Apian’s Map of Bavaria of 1570, Cadastral Map 1:2880 of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 18th and 19th century, and early 19th century topographic mapping based on Triangulation Networks and Plane Table Surveying. Dr Konecny explained, “Cadastral mapping required intensive labour so it was successful only in Europe. Nevertheless, it took nearly 100 years to complete a cadastral system. It was generally georeferenced to a triangulation network. The cadastral system was updatable in near real time.”
Dr. Konecny elaborated revolution in mapping by Google Earth and ended his presentation with a question which was earlier raised by Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General & CEO, Ordnance Survey, Great Britain, in the year 2005, “Is the map dead?” Shafik Jiwani, Executive Vice President, Orion Technology, Canada, eloquently highlighted different geospatial practices from different part of the world including traffic volume information system in Ontario, Canada; e-land management system in Jamaica and enterprise asset management system by Ministry of Works in the State of Qatar.
Source: Our correspondent