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Technologies and applications take centrestage at Map Asia 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The last day of Map Asia 2010 and ISG 2010 witnessed a plethora of technologies and application verticals discussed in packed halls. While the ISG seminars discussed core technologies like GPS, GNSS and GIS with several interesting papers from the region, Map Asia seminars took up issues pertinent to the region like ocean information services, urban planning and development, geospatial for development sector, SDI and last but not the least a discussion forum on capacity building.

Opening the seminar on Ocean Information Services, Dong Young Lee, GSSC Vice-Chair, Maritime and Ocean Engineering Research Institute, Korea discussed the integrated coastal information system developed by Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI). According to Lee, this facilitates 3D ocean circulation prediction and application and global ocean prediction. This information can be used as input data for developing coastal models, he said and opined that there is an urgent need to exchange real time data so that the numerical models are more precise. Mohd. Fadhil Sayuti, Senior Director, ATSB discussed the warning system developed for tsunami prediction in Malaysia. Giving introduction to marine science, Razak Zakariya, Lecturer, Marine Science Department, University Malaysia Terengganu (UTM), Malaysia, described the UMT’s experience of using GIS and RS in marine applications.

Another round of interesting presentations caught the attention of the delegates in Urban Planning and Development session. Anandan Karunakran, Senior Urban Planner, Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd, Singapore presented the advanced techniques in simulating urban density. Kilian Ulm, Sales Manager, Geodata, COWI A/S, Switzerland talked about the visual and GIS-suitable 3D city models for sustainable planning and spatial data infrastructures. Kilian highlighted the return on investment one would get by following these latest techniques. Kris Sunarto, Researcher, National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping (Bakosurtanal), Indonesia discussed the application of geomatics in determining the suitability level of integrated waste management location in Jakarta. Noordini Bindi Che Man, a PhD student from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands too discussed the economic growth associated with the urban land use modelling. Tn Hj Nur Sallehi Kassim, Senior Town Planner, Department of Town and Country Planning, Malaysia, who chaired the session, made it quite interesting for the delegates with informative snippets and queries to the speakers.

The 2010 edition of Map Asia witnessed about 186 paper presentations and several poster presentations. The exhibition too witnessed visitors throughout understanding the latest technologies available for them. The best exhibitor awards were bagged by Fugro and Getac, DigitalGlobe and ESRI.   

Source: Our Correspondent