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UPC receives top GeoMaturity assessment rating

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Urban Planning Council (UPC) in Abu Dhabi has been rewarded with one of the highest possible ratings in the “2010 Abu Dhabi Stakeholder GeoMaturity Assessment” program for its success in implementing the latest, state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in all of its urban planning processes. The GeoMaturity Assessment program was reported by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC).

ADSIC’s GeoMaturity assessment was conducted among all relevant entities within the Abu Dhabi Emirate with the aim of determining how the high-tech capabilities of Geospatial Information, Technology and Services (GITS) are being leveraged by those entities to enhance their central business activities.

Commenting on receiving this rating, Eng. Amer Al Hammadi, Director of Planning Policies and Infrastructure at the UPC, said: “This achievement reflects the key importance that we at the UPC place on the use of ground-breaking technology to facilitate the urban planning process. Such technologically advanced capabilities empower us with smart, interactive and real-time effective decision-making tools that are crucial to supporting and realising the principles of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”

The UPC’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department has developed a number of tools based on GIS including GeoPlanner, a web based system that enables the UPC’s planners to easily identify masterplans, planning policies and regulations for any location or area and to visually track the development proposal review and approval process. It is used throughout the UPC’s planning departments including planning policy, development review, Estidama and corporate communications.

As part of the evaluation by the ADSIC GeoMaturity assessment team, the UPC’s GIS tools and processes were assessed as being at the “Integrated Level” on the GeoMaturity scale. This implies that Geospatial Information, Technology and Services (GITS) are integrated into all the relevant core business processes at the Council. A plan is in place for the UPC to further improve its processes to move to the highest level of Geomaturity – “Enterprise.”

Source: AME Info