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Economic Survey 2013 of India: Emphasis on Mines mapping

A detailed assessment of the country’s mineral resources is required before mines are put up for bidding with the aim of revenue maximisation, said the Economic Survey. “In order to meet the objective of revenue maximisation in an open, transparent and competitive manner, this should be preceded by detailed geological mapping of the mineral wealth of the country,” said the Economic Survey 2012-13, tabled in Parliament. http://

CSU, Butuan city govt to update comprehensive land use plan

The city government and Caraga State University (CSU) in Philipines, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the conduct of the Comprehensive Land Administration and Information Management of the city of Butuan using GIS. The output will be needed in updating the Comprehansive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the city.

Remote sensing database to upgrade planning in Kashmir

Underlining the harmonization of collection and reflection of real-time database essentially important for effective planning and better decision making, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of J&K highlighted the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) this regard in a State like Jammu and Kashmir presenting mosaic of geographical diversity, remoteness of areas and hilly terrains. He recently launched the State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) project.

UN agencies promotes use of GIS in disaster preparedness

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is working together with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in helping public sector organisations in the Asia Pacific region leverage geospatial information, GIS and satellite derived imagery in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergencyresponse. Under the Memorandum of Agreement, both UN agencies will focus their joint collaboration efforts on the priority areas of capacity development in space applications and ensuring optimal provision and dissemination of UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) products and services.

India clears Rs 12k crore plan for police modernization

Sensing the urgency to strengthen police infrastructure across the country to meet day-to-day law and order challenges, the government of India has approved continuation of special schemes to modernize police forces in states worth over Rs 12,000 crore and earmarked nearly 20% additional funds for its ongoing ‘Mega City Policing’ plan for Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Nearly Rs 432 crore of this will go exclusively to seven metropolitan cities under the ‘Mega City Policing’ (MCP) plan. The fund will be used by these cities to procure modern equipment like GPS/GIS for ‘Dial 100’ systems and patrol cars, CCTV systems, vehicle scanners, vehicle number plate identification systems, cyber patrol and communication monitoring systems and integrated GIS based automated vehicle tracking and management systems. http://

DSME selects Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company Limited (DSME) has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions for operations and maintenance data handover of the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project in Australia. The integrated suite of SmartPlant Enterprise solutions will ensure consistency between design tools and enable DSME to provide accurate, highquality engineering data to INPEX. SmartPlant Enterprise will also help to facilitate the data handover process for smoother operations and maintenance when the vessel is delivered to the operator.

Cultural heritage maps and a “Heritage Passport” of Mali

In response to the conflict taking place in the northern regions of Mali since April 2012, UNESCO, in collaboration with the National Directorate of Cultural Heritage in Mali and the International Centre for Earthen Architecture (CRAterre), has produced two publications on the cultural heritage of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal. The first is an illustrated map with detailed texts. The second is a brochure entitled “Passeport pour le patrimoine” (Heritage Passport).

Rolta bags USD 11 mn contracts from Northern Powergrid

Rolta UK has bagged two orders by Northen Powergrid worth nearly Euro 7 million (approx USD 11 million). The first is to implement a fully integrated asset management system with comprehensive geospatial functionality. The second is to provide data management and quality assurance service relating to asset records.

Cadcorp launches location intelligence product for the insurance sector

Cadcorp, has announced the availability of Web Map Layers for Insurance. The product brings together the location of both assets and hazards into a single GIS, and provides location intelligence in support of multiple business activities in insurance, notably sales, underwriting, customer service, and claims investigation.

Global Energy Mapper v 14.1 by Blue Marble

Blue Marble Geographics has released Global Energy Mapper 14.1, making available a variety of enhancements for energy professionals. This update to the company’s desktop GIS software offers many new and improved features and functions including a significant improvement in the ability to process massive amounts of LiDAR point cloud data, jumping from tens of millions of points to hundreds of millions.

Database to provide tailored geographic data & modeling solutions

Have you ever wondered what the total length of all the rivers in Cambodia is? Or, how many people live within 5km of a road in Bangladesh? Or, how about the number of impoverished people in Zambia? This kind of detailed information is essential for researchers and scientists around the world working in all food production systems. To support those seeking such geographic and spatial information, the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and WorldFish will launch an online database portal that will store ecological and socio-economic data, providing upto- date spatial information and data on all kinds of important factors such as river systems, climate, distributions of fisheries, poverty levels, food security, and nutrition. The GIS database will provide custom information for scientists and researchers from WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). All software used by the project will be Open Source, and it is hoped that the scripts for populating the database and performing the queries will be written in SQL. The database will be managed under a subversion control system to ensure complete reproducibility.

Esri India introduces Cloud Based GIS Platform

Esri India has launched ArcGIS Online (AGOL), a cloud based GIS platform. It provides intuitive tools to create and publish maps and applications on demand for visualizing and sharing geospatial information. It provides open GIS capabilities to any user allowing access to any application, anywhere, anytime on any device. It facilitates sharing and use of geospatial content within groups of an organization, as well as between organizations and the public, providing a pervasive platform for services.

Karnataka to establish GIS for online mining applications

To facilitate the online processing of mining applications, the Department of Mines and Geology and the Government of Karnataka is going to establish a GIS based geo database system. According to the Department of Mines and Geology , the main objective of the project is to delineate the mineral belts on various potential zones in the state by adopting remote sensing techniques marking the free hold areas for the benefit of all stakeholders involved.

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