Special Issue for India Geospatial Forum 2014



Gearing towards "Geo-Informed" Management!

In an environment when enterprise applications are now "bet-your-business" systems, providing key inputs for critical decision making, all technology initiatives are gearing towards a blend of analytics and intelligence.

"Geographic" intelligence, when teamed with business analytics, has the power to both provide distinctive insights as well as open up new vistas and opportunities for enterprises. Adding geographic knowledge to dispersed information pertaining to any business helps in building the right connect between all the aspects of a large enterprise, right from resource planning to maintaining and managing these across the locations they reside in.

Business analytic systems have been acknowledged to fundamentally transform the data of any enterprise into "actionable" information, since these not only discover, but also build patterns as well as trends and relationships between disparate tabular data and relevant action points.

Geo-powered information, therefore, adds an edge for enterprises to analyze various aspects of the business processes by adding the additional component of "where".

For any enterprise it is the intelligence gleaned from structured systems that becomes a fundamental resource for maintaining a competitive edge. It is also important that the information sets of these systems interact with each other. Geographic information can seamlessly bridge barriers on technology, people and process fronts in an organization.

Enterprises globally today are increasing their reliance on geographic information for decision making . Aided by increased sophistication of instruments that can capture, process and display a true image of reality through spatial representation of its characteristics, thereby reflecting a true image of the on-the-ground reality by assimilating huge volumes of data and information. This makes possible both the actions as

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well as the ability to accord the right priority to each.
With enterprises today, both public as well as private, becoming increasingly aware of geospatial possibilities, both at an organized enterprise level as well as an informal part of everyday life, acceptance of the potential that these technologies offer has also been increasing day by day. AGI, through our various endeavours, are working to usher the power of geospatial across different sectors and applications in both public and private domains.


In keeping with our objectives of both creating awareness of the latest trends, as well as their practical deployment, in specific context to India and her ambitious large scale national programs, AGI's efforts are directed towards helping build a holistic vision for the country.

In our efforts to further transparency, professionalism, collaboration and high standards in industry, AGI has, in the last quarter, adopted a Code of Ethics and

Conduct which is endorsed by its members. This will help all stakeholders benefit from the collective expertise of the industry.

Standards and interoperability have also, long been a bane for the industry, both among users as well as the service providers community. In order to bring a cohesive solution-oriented approach by industry, AGI and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)   have   entered   into   a    path    breaking     Memorandum    of

Understanding (MoU) to jointly propagate the best practices in these for incorporation in leading geospatial projects in India.

Further, in this newsletter, some of the key initiatives by the Government at Centre as well as State levels are also outlined.

We hope to continue our forays in these and look for your continued suggestions and views.

AGI Secretariat Initiatives

Participants at AGI Roundtable on Education and Capacity Building

In the wake of the Government of India’s strategy to concurrently launch nation-wide flagship initiatives for management and monitoring of critical areas, with adoption and deployment of geospatial technologies as an integral part, AGI Secretariat’s role has also assumed a new dimension in this year. In particular, the last three to four months have seen AGI’s focus deepen to engage with key stakeholders. The Secretariat activities now address Policy Advocacy, Outreach, Ethics, Business Development and Advisory Services in a holistic manner in all initiatives. AGI’s recent initiatives, aligning with the above aspects, are presented as follows:

Policy Advocacy

AGI has always stressed the need for standards and inter-operability to be incorporated in the solutions being planned for implementation in the Government’s flagship programs. Over the last few months, AGI has also participated in multiple policy forums where this message

Participants at AGI Roundtable on Education and Capacity Building

has been delivered. Further, AGI contributed towards the in-depth discussions on proposed standards for their adoption by the geospatial community during the recently held OGC Planning Committee/Technical Committee Meeting and the 2013 OGC Asia Forum Summit in Mumbai in December 2013.

A significant accomplishment that will give impetus to this initiative is the landmark signing of an Memorandum of Understandi
-ng (MoU) between AGI and Open Geospatial Consortium. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 473 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.


This partnering is will enable AGI to help industry and users in India to understand and adhere to global standards and practices, thereby bringing in standardization of the platforms as well as application and also enabling interoperability with non-spatial applications.

Over last 2 years, AGI has been involved in advising the Ministry of Power on use of Geospatial Technologies in the R-APDRP project.

In December 2013, AGI was invited by Ministry of Power to submit recommendations on the applicability and benefits of geospatial technologies to achieve the objective of the R-APRDP project from the Post-Go Live stage onwards. Based on the recommendations submitted, AGI was invited to participate in a workshop organized jointly by Ministry of Power and Power Finance Corporation, (the nodal agency for operationalizing the scheme), where AGI’s suggestions were included as part of the "Beyond R-APDRP” strategy and “Post Go-Live” Whitepapers.

During the workshop, AGI further added towards evolving a roadmap for the various strategies beyond R-APDRP and in Post Go-Live scenario. These recommendations were then complied and submitted for inclusion by PFC in the Post R-APDRP strategy. Further details on this are provided in the Energy Committee update given below.

AGI’s footprint is now seen in several key initiatives both in Government as well as Private Sector. This is evident from the key role assigned to AGI at critical platforms such as OGC Meet, NSDI 2013, GeoBuild INFRA 2013 Conference, Ministry of Power Workshop on Post R-APDRP, Online

Mutation Workshop in Jharkhand etc., to name a few. AGI has been invited to both partner and/or present at these key events.

President AGI was also invited at the prestigious NSDI 2013 in Mumbai on 29th – 30th November 2013, to share AGI’s vision for a national level geospatial information infrastructure. NSDI 2013, designed around the theme ‘Maps to Apps’ saw active participation from a wide spectrum drawing from Government departments, academia, industry and international experts.

Geospatial industry, unlike many other technology driven industries combines diverse technologies, products, platforms and services, with each one enjoying a different engagement and business model.

AGI, as an industry body has, over the last few years, been working towards developing a common Code of Ethics and Conduct for the geospatial industry to which all AGI members would commit while conducting their businesses in India. In order that “Code of Ethics and Conduct” would be meaningful for each of its members, AGI constituted a dedicated Committee for the same.

After intense deliberations, a clear and strong Code of Ethics and Conduct has been drawn up and also signed by its members.

This is a path-breaking achievement and will pave the way for a cohesive and well-structured business engagement model across the entire spectrum of geospatial industry.

Further details are provided in the Code of Conduct Committee section of this newsletter.


Participants at Strategy Workshop for IWMP

Business Development
In its bid to pursue and identify potential growth areas to foster business opportunities for geospatial industry AGI has actively participated and represented the industry viewpoint in different sectoral events. AGI was recently invited at GeoBuild INFRASTRUCTURE 2013 Conference where it shared with the forum some experiences of the convergence of Geospatial Technologies with Building Information Modeling for the Infrastructure Life Cycle with special focus on the Road Infrastructure segment.

Advisory Services
In this regard AGI has adopted a collaborative approach, bringing together stakeholders at the conceptual and planning stage itself so that each of the related areas can be addressed in tandem and in synergy for successful implementation. As a key contributor for success, Capacity Building has been identified as a key and undisputed make-or-break factor. Since this impacts all projects, AGI has taken this on priority and, for the first time, organized a pioneering Round Table Conference between industry and Academic Institutions specializing in higher education for geospatial technologies.

This One day Roundtable Conference on Geospatial Education and Capacity Building in New Delhi, organized on 24th October 2013, provided a common platform to discuss, deliberate and evolve a Roadmap for Building Human Resource Capacity and Capability, on a sustained basis, which is in line with the requirements of the industry as well as the expectations of users of geospatial technology in India.

This is a significant first step since, hitherto, with little interaction on a structured basis between the technology and solution providers, the users and the academia have restricted their focus primarily on geospatial technology and applications from an education perspective. This has led to some to some degree in a mismatch between the industry requirements and the courseware.

Participants at Strategy Workshop On Modern Survay Technologies at Ranchi

During the Roundtable, some specific areas for immediate focus to cater to the current requirements of skilled geospatial resources were identified. Both academia and the industry agreed that the need going forward was for active engagement and collaboration between them to understand and evaluate the immediate a well as long term requirements of the country vis-à-vis the availability of trained resources.

Roundtable Recommendations
Amend the courseware to include:
>More of Information Technology (IT) content       to meet the needs of current technology trends in geospatial technology.
>Include Project Management, Processes,Standards etc. in Curriculum
>Interdisciplinary Program in order to expose students from different domains to geospatial technology.
Introduce short term awareness courses for senior officials of user community.
Refresher programs for technical staff of geospatial industries and user organisations to expose them to current technology trends
Internship: Introduce one semester internship (6 months) with Industry
Active Collaborationbetween Industry and Academia
>To jointly develop course curriculum keeping in mind technology directions and user requirements
>To hold joint events
>To undertake joint consulting programs
Invite Experts from Industry as Visiting Faculty to expose faculty and students to current technology trends


Events: AGI Organised

Strategy Workshop on Geospatial Technologies for Integrated Watershed Management
Participants at Strategy Workshop for Integrated Watershed Management Program

Brainstorming Session with Survey of India
Participants at Brainstorming Session with Survey of India

Roundtable on Education and Capacity Building in Geospatial Technologies
Participants at AGI Roundtable on Education and Capacity Building
Events AGI Participated

Strategy Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies in Ranchi, Jharkhand
Participants at Strategy Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies in Ranchi, Jharkhand

GeoBuild Infra Conference
Ms. Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, AGI at GeoBuild INFRA 2013 Conference Participants at GeoBuild INFRA 2013 Conference

OGC Meeting
Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty, Treasurer AGI at OGC Meeting
Events AGI Participated

NSDI 2013

"Vision Beyond R-APDRP"- Workshop by PFC and Ministry of Power
Ministry of Power and PFC Workshop AGI at Ministry of Power and PFC Workshop

AGI Committees

AGI is working with various user segments in building up geospatial systems catering to their requirements. Considering that Infrastructure, Energy, Natural Resources and Governance are key sectors for the economy of any country AGI through its Energy, Infrastructure and E-Governance committees is focusing on the geospatial needs of the sector.

Energy Committee
Ministry of Power and PFC Workshop AGI at Ministry of Power and PFC Workshop

AGI Energy Committee's mandate is to enable the Users in the Energy Sector derive benefit from Geospatial Technology, thereby also creating business opportunities for the industry. The Committee is currently working on the following initiatives:

  • R-APDRP project,
  • Smart GRID Initiatives
  • Use of Geospatial Technologies in Hydroelectric Power Generation.

AGI is also helping Ministry of Power in formulating guidelines and best practices for GIS activities in R-APDRP project. The Ministry has further recently requested AGI to also submit detailed recommendations that will act as guiding principles to streamline the geospatial implementation for R-APDRP II project. AGI has presented recommendations which address:

  • Formulation of Common Data Model and Symbology.
  • Finalization of Optimum level of GCPs and Landmarks based on available benchmark at National/ International level
  • Formulation of Common List of Attributes to be used during survey and to streamline the process of updation of GIS delta data changes.

AGI Energy Committee is also working on a White Paper on 'Use of Geospatial Technologies for Hydroelectric Power Generation.' This White Paper will focus on geospatial applications that are vital to the life-cycle of Hydroelectric Power Generation as well as explore how they can be leveraged for the sector.

The White Paper is designed to provide insights as to how the geospatial workflow and the hydroelectric power generation work flow integrate to Plan, Design, Build, Manage and Operate a cost effective, environmentally sustainable and robust hydroelectric power generation plant. The White Paper is scheduled for release in early 2014.

In December 2013, AGI was invited by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Ministry of Power to attend its Workshop on Post Go Live Requirements and Vision beyond R-APDRP. AGI actively contributed in the workshop and presented thought provoking and ingenious approaches Post Go Live. The key recommendations proposed by AGI are:

  • Create a Single Window Dashboard with Geospatial at the front end for all Operation and Maintenance related activities of Distribution Network. Integrate geospatial with other systems at the back end.

  • The current organisation structure needs to be revamped and a dedicated Program Management Office for IT and Geospatial Implementation need to be created in each Utility at State level.

  • Develop the mechanisms to internalize the changes by aligning the IT and Geospatial activities with the regular Operations and Maintenance work. Accordingly assign the responsibilities to field staff as well as office staff for any change/ modification in the existing network information.

Infrastructure Committee

AGI Energy Committee is also working on a White Paper on 'Use of Geospatial Technologies for Hydroelectric Power Generation.' This White Paper will focus on geospatial applications that are vital to the life-cycle of Hydroelectric Power Generation as well as explore how they can be leveraged for the sector.

  • Roadways
  • Railways
  • Urban Transport Infrastructure

AGI Infrastructure Committee is in dialogue with Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for helping them create Policy Guidelines for Inclusion of Geospatial Technology across Road Infrastructure Life Cycle Management. In this regard AGI has submitted the Guidelines to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways which were derived after detailed discussions with them. New Initiatives planned by the Committee will focus on study of how geospatial is critical to Railways and Urban Transport Infrastructure segments.

E-Governance Committee
Mr. Shibu Soren, Chief Minister Jharkhand at Strategy Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies in Ranchi, Jharkhand Dignitaries at Strategy Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies in Ranchi, Jharkhand

The charter of AGI's E-Governance Committee of AGI is extensive with several flagship programs of Government of India such as Department of Land Resources (DoLR's) National Land Records Modernisation Program (NLRMP) and Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP), Survey of India's (SOI's) 1:10,000 Scale Mapping Project and Department of Science and Technology's (DST's) National GIS, all coming under its purview. Some of the activities in the last quarter for each initiative are highlighted as follows:
AGI is providing technical advisoroy services to Department of Land Resources at Centre for Geospatial Technologies that are integral components of the NLRMP project. It is also advisor to Government of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Government of Jharkhand for NLRMP project as well as for Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System envisaged for each of these states.
Dignitaries at Strategy Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies in Ranchi, Jharkhand

It is also helping in building a State Vision of an Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System for Government of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Government of Jharkhand for NLRMP project as well as for Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System envisaged for each of these states.

Recently, AGI in collaboration with the Revenue and Land Records Department as well as Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad, has conducted a One-day Workshop on Modern Survey Technologies, on 19th October 2013 at Ranchi. This workshop was inaugurated by Hon. Chief Minister Mr. Hemant Soren who shared his vision for Modern Land Records System.

Mr. B. B. Srivastava, Secretary Department of Land Resources, Government of India and Chief Secretary Jharkhand Government Mr. R S Sharma were the other dignitaries who shared their thoughts and vision on modernized land management and information system for the state.

AGI and its members presented the Vision and the Framework of an Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System for the state. They also presented the Critical Success Factors for large scale Geospatial Enablement of the system and the details on latest technologies in land surveying and their relevance in modernisation of cadastral database of Jharkhand State.

Integrated Watershed Management Program is another extremely critical and a key flagship program of Department of Land Resources. AGI E-Governance Committee is closely working with the Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development in this regard. In its endeavor to strengthen the technical knowhow for geospatial technologies in watershed management, AGI and Department of Land Resources

jointly organized a Workshop on 13th August 2013. Strategy Workshop for Innovative Geospatial Solutions for Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP).

This workshop was attended by State and Centre level Watershed Management Nodal Agencies as well as the geospatial industry.

As a follow up to this workshop, AGI is currently working on a Report that will provide a detailed framework for Geospatially Enabled Integrated Watershed Management and Information System (IWMIS) for the country. The report will also provide a comprehensive action plan to build this IWMIS with clearly articulated the timelines, schedules, roles and responsibilities, infrastructure requirements (both IT and non-IT), security and overall management of the system.

National GIS - 1:10,000 Scale Mapping
AGI Committee on E-Governance is providing advisory service to Department of Science and Technology and Survey of India for National GIS and 1:10,000 Scale Mapping Projects. To understand and deliberate on this AGI organized a brainstorming session with the Surveyor General of India, Dr. S Subba Rao on 23rd August 2013 and its members to discuss the various methodologies and approaches for the 1:10,000 Scale Mapping Project. During this session AGI members had candid discussions with Surveyor General on the desired output of the mapping project and various methodologies to achieve the goal of the project.

AGI has recently constituted a Technical Committee for the 1:10,000 Scale Mapping Project based on the outcome of the brainstorming session. This committee will prepare a comprehensive report based on the experiences of AGI Member companies (from India as well as Global) on suggested topographic surveying and mapping techniques using state-of-the-art technologies for realizing the above project.

Dignitaries at Strategy Workshop on Integrated Watershed Management Program at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi Dignitaries at Brainstorming Session with Survey of India

Code of Conduct Committee

AGI Code of Conduct Committee has finalized and tabled Code of Ethics and Conduct for AGI Members at the Governing Council meeting held on 11th November 2013. The Code of Ethics and Conduct has been approved and signed by all the Governing Council Members. After approval the Code of Ethics and Conduct had been circulated to all the AGI members who have signed the same. AGI Code of Ethics and Conduct is presented here.

AGI Members who have signed the Code of Ethics and Conduct are:

  • Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd
  • ADCC Infocad Pvt. Ltd
  • AKS Software Limited
  • Avineon
  • Bentley Systems
  • COWI India Pvt. Ltd
  • Elcome Technologies
  • Geospatial Media & Communications Pvt. Ltd.
  • IIC Technologies
  • Intergraph SG&I India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ridings Consulting Engineers India Pvt. Ltd
  • Rolta India Ltd.
  • RMSI Pvt. Ltd
  • SECon Pvt. Ltd.
  • Stesalit Ltd.
  • TomTom
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