Plenary explores optimum usage of geospatial technologies

Plenary explores optimum usage of geospatial technologies


Hyderabad, India: Collaboration with geospatial technologies is enabling to deal with various challenging areas including environment, economic as well as social challenges, observed Jill Smith, Chief Executive Officer, DigitalGlobe. Smith was addressing plenary session on the first day of Geospatial World Forum 2011, organised by GIS Development in Hyderabad, India.  

The session was chaired by Lt. Gen. N. B. Singh, VSM, Director General of Information System (DGIS), India. Talking about geospatial database, Lt. Gen. Singh said it is a tool to develop interactive maps that can be manipulated digitally for real-time situational awareness. About GIS, he said it has a very significant role in infrastructure development. He reiterated capabilities of GIS in telecommunication, mapping of boundaries, flood-prone areas and other topographical and topological properties.

Followed by the address of Lt. Gen. Singh, Smith defined sustainability in two different ways. According to her, sustainability is the capacity to endure. In addition, in human context, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which has environmental, economic and social dimensions. She showed a satellite image of New Delhi Flood 2010 and demonstrated how collaboration with geospatial technology was capable to deal with that disaster.  Explaining capabilities of constellation of DigitalGlobe satellites, she claimed that they can cover 1,500,000 square kilometer of India per day. She precisely stressed on the power and benefits of 8-bands images in vegetative and carbon analysis which make decision making faster and effective.

Bryn A Fosburgh, Sector President –Engineering & Construction Emerging Markets, Trimble, talked about Construction – The Five Dimensional World. According to Fosburgh, additional two dimensions of construction are cost and time. He precisely talked about Building Information Modeling (BIM) and aid of Trimble technologies in getting the optimum output. He said that the these five dimensions have not changed over time, however, method of modeling, collecting, measuring and managing of the construction work has changed dramatically. In supporting his statement, he explained the architecture of China Pavilion of Shanghai EXPO.  He also counted the significant contribution of Autodesk and Bentley in introducing Chinese Revit and Navisworks in 2009 and introducing V8i – modeling software in 2009 respectively.

Fosburgh recalled McGraw-Hill’s study “Green Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change.” Some of the highlights of the study include:
– “As much as 50% of construction in the commercial and industrial sectors will be existing buildings by 2010.”
– “Green” building market is accelerating at a dramatic rate – the value of “Green” starts grew dramatically from 2005 to 2008.
– Drivers – public awareness, increase in government regulations, and recognition of ROI (lower operating costs, higher revenues due to “green” premium).
– Green trends will touch every building and deeply involve all trades that will reposition existing buildings.

Rajesh V Mathur, Vice Chairman, NIIT GIS, India talked about a new emerging trend on the horizon of geospatial technology, Geodesign – intersection of geography and design. Through an interactive presentation, Mathur demonstrated how GIS will remain in the center of the core practice of geodesign.  He said that design is all about geographic planning and decision making. In addition, Mathur talked about other market driven geospatial practices like Web GIS and location intelligence.