Qatar to introduce 4D mapping features in GIS

Jan 23, 2018

The Center for Geographic Information Systems(CGIS) under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment is working on a cutting-edge technology to develop 4D mapping features in GIS which will further help in urban planning as well as many other applications in the country.

This was revealed by Manaf Ahmed Al Sada, Director of CGIS at an event held on the occasion of the World GIS Day (November 15). Qatar marked the ‘GIS Day 2017’ celebrations recently, which was attended by large number of GIS experts from the local and international organisations.

The annual get-together of all GIS professionals in Qatar was hosted by The Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS), Qatar under The Ministry of Municipality and Environment in collaboration with Mannai Trading Co and Esri from the United States.

More than 130 GIS, IT & Engineering professionals from various government, semi-government and private bodies and organisations participated in the event.

The CGIS Director said: “The growth rate of Qatar has truly been phenomenal and a lot of the success is owing to our ability to adapt to new technologies that aid in improving infrastructure, logistics and customer satisfaction. Agencies and organisations throughout the world use GIS to incur minimal transportation complexities while empowering users to connect with dynamic environments in new and creative ways.”

Manaf Al Sada, presented a keynote and discussed changing trends in the GIS technology and how the user base is becoming much wider with the increasing availability of GIS tools and services to government agencies and the general public. He stressed on the importance of data sharing among all agencies and the continuous update of data.

Anwar Hassan, Head of GIS at Mannai Infotech, highlighted how geography and location play a pivotal role in nationwide decision making.

Ian Jackson, former Chief of Operations at the British Geological Survey and an independent consultant in the field of geo-science information strategy, development of spatial data infrastructures, and communication of science presented aspects pertaining to use of GIS in various fields and focused on geo-hazards.

Ian shared his experience in planning and delivering successful GIS projects. Apart from the traditional proceedings of the event, the platform embraced the true spirit of knowledge sharing and enrichment by showcasing the results of all the participants’ years of investment in the GIS domain.

Representatives from Ashghal, Health Planning and Assessment, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Meteorology Department from Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Municipality and Environment and ‘Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs’ presented case studies and spoke about the key benefits of GIS in day to day business decisions.

The presentations were judged by a panel of judges and the results had Ashghal, Health Planning and Assessment (MOPH) and CGIS in the top three positions respectively, while the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy bagged the Special Award – Application of Geospatial Technology at the National Level.

Mannai Trading Co has been working diligently over the last few years to strategically lay out an extensive network to provide state-of-the-art geospatial solutions.

“Most of the time, people fail to fathom the impact that GIS can have on daily lives. GIS is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present a variety of spatial and geographical data,” added Anwar, Head of GIS at Mannai InfoTech.