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Speakers captivate Mumbai at Geospatial Technology Caravan

Mumbai, India: “Limitation is our imagination and application but possibilities are endless,” with this statement Dr. Hrishikesh Samant, Senior Associate Editor, Geospatial World, set the direction of discussion during the Geospatial Technology Caravan in Mumbai, India. He recalled that people know Roger Tomlinson as the ‘father of GIS’ but it was the discovery of Bedolina Map in Italy that led to a commoner realising the power of cartography and maps. He also talked about cartography of a map, discovered on Mumbai – Goa highway (in Ratnagiri District), by Anita Rane from Ancient Indian Culture, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He added that the real power of geospatial technology lies in maps and subsequently talked about the evolution of maps and their applications.

The Geospatial Technology caravan, which is being held in ten cities across the country, reached Mumbai on Wednesday and saw the participation of a large number of delegates from the public and private sector. The seminar is being organised by Geospatial Media & Communications in association with the Department of Information Technology and aims to provide an exclusive and comprehensive update on various aspects of technological developments in the field of geospatial.

Taking the proceedings forward, S S Shinde, Joint Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), brought forth the poor situation of governance and raised the question of how geospatial technology can come to the rescue. He cited the examples of illegal mining, false number of students in schools, etc.

Vinod M Bothale, Director, Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC) proudly said that MRSAC was amongst the first users of GIS in India. He observed that during the last five years, GIS has witnessed a boom in India and the coming years are extremely promising. With technical demonstration, he showed how GIS works and how its tremendous capabilities.

Dr. Smita Sengupta, Research Scientist, IIT Mumbai, talked about relationship between computer science engineering and GIS. She observed that to deal with geospatial database is one of the toughest tasks for computer science students. Other problems are data structure and data modelling of geospatial data. Citing the example of the recent earthquake in Gangtok, she said that it took approximately 48 hours to locate the epicentre of the earthquake and the reason for the delay was unorganised database. She added that computer science students are more inclined towards spatio-temporal data which include processes like algorithm development, data processing etc. She observed that the GIS lab in IIT Mumbai is presently working on Prakasam Geoportal in Andhra Pradesh and Ganga River Basin Management Project.

Uday R Patankar, Senior Geologist, Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA), Maharashtra, informed that three World Bank projects and two central government projects are currently on. However, he did not provide detailed information about these projects. One of the key objectives of GSDA is to carry out detailed hydrogeological survey of the state.

Source: Our Correspondent