The use and application of geospatial tools and technologies has rapidly expanded throughout Asia recently. Major events in Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand and China have given rise to a growing awareness that geospatial and geomatics technologies can play a significant role, helping to alert, mitigate and understand earthquakes. GNSS networks are now in place in several countries, providing national networks for monitoring the earth's physical properties.
The government of New Zealand has announced a research programme today to use satellite imagery and geospatial mapping to map forests, pastures, rivers and cities across the country. The four-year Land Cover Research Programme was launched with a joint announcement by Environment Minister Nick Smith and Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp. The programme will receive $1 million a year over the next four years for the application of "the best in modern technology" to be applied to the mapping of New Zealand's changing land.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides many benefits. An increasing number of projects are now demanding BIM inclusion as the advent of new modeling and design technologies are coupling survey quality data into them, often providing 3D capabilities. Point cloud based surveys enable significant amounts of existing infrastructure to be coupled into BIM models readily, while new project work can include improved GNSS and field processing tools.
Land use planning forms the basis for sustainability and development. Several locations throughout Asia are involved in developing land use plans across local to national scales. Participation in these plans is a key aspect for improving their success. In addition, long-range strategies that include land use planning support more sustainable solutions.
India has embraced information technology for the past 30 years in their quest to bypass the industrial revolution for the betterment of their people. GIS has played a very important role in this transformation, according to Rajendra S. Pawar, founder and chairman, NIIT Group and Indian National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) in his talk at the Senior Executive Seminar at the recent Esri International User Conference. Pawar related that instead of partitioning knowledge in separate disciplines, we are now seeing a steady reversal of this trend and are moving more toward knowledge synthesis. The integrative power of geospatial technology plays a vital role in this synthesis, and the Indian Remote Sensing Program been instrumental in applying geospatial knowledge across domains.