Geospatial Technology to Propal Mega Projects
With the new Government taking charge, there is a heightened air of anticipation as, across Ministries and Departments, nation-wide programs aimed at Infrastructural and Governance Transformation are being given an impetus.

In this scenario, where Mega Projects are being rolled out in parallel, on an unprecedented scale, it is critical to also consider the points of intersection and interdependencies across the federated structure, at both State as well as Centre levels.

One underlying principle running across all programs is of "Inclusiveness". Therefore, it is an imperative to formulate the strategy of how to best address the varying requirements of different stakeholders drawing from

Governance, Enterprise and Citizens, while designing the program blueprint. This transformed environment is, therefore, ushering in Service delivery as an integral objective of these projects, with Technology becoming a critical game changer.

An essential for these Mega Projects is to create a Vision which sets the direction and requirements for the whole project and then implement in stages with clearly articulated miles tones and measurable deliverables.

A challenge common to all such initiatives is the long timeframes, in some instances spanning decades. This, therefore, necessitates that the overall architecture as well as the Project management needs to be meticulously planned atthe outset.

One feature cutting across all such projects is the increasing relevance of location being integrated into the workflow.

Thus longevity and sustainability of the program as well as ease of implementation and use, must be blended to ensure that an integrated spatial and non-spatial context become a part of the new fabric of governance and citizen life.

In line with this, some ofthe key path-

breaking programs announced - Digital India, Smart Cities, AMRUT, IWMP, Swachh Bharat, Ganga Cleaning, to name a few, all require, at their core, a robust and scalable architecture. This must leverage innovative technology-driven program management, integrating all relevant information to support both operational and critical decision making, in a spatial context.

India is fortunate in that, as we embark on these ambitious programs, we have an opportunity to leapfrog technological advancement

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and adopt user best practices, leveraging on the experiences, both globallyand within India.

To ensure that these programs are executed with minimal slippages, it is essential that all contributors - Government, Industry and Domain experts - collaborate to create the blue print as well as the implementation plan. Schedules, timelines as well as associated demarcation of roles, responsibilities, activities, and fund allocation, with the short and medium term perspective, aligned with the long term vision, will need to be laid down at the outset.

As with all large, complex and long gestation cycle initiatives, there always lurks the pitfall of fatigue and disillusionment setting in and hence, the framework must ensure quick wins. These will help garner the buy-in and support of all stakeholders, while, at the same time, testing the waters before embarking on a path of no return.

There have been several such initiatives in the past as well, such as in the telecom sector, where a similar approach on nation-wide basis has successfully brought India at par with global leaders, providing world class services and maintaining currency of technology.

Geospatial Technologies, with its unique ability to integrate spatial and non-spatial information, holds the promise of a platform which can provide a single window, integrated, end to end view tailored to the User perspective.

The best practices of program management will be called upon to ensure that across users, technologies, applications and locations, the progress of the program is in tandem with expected outcomes.

AGI is taking a lead in working with Government, Industry and User organizations, providing inputs and knowledge to help in conducive policy formulation, to embed the right

technologies in the process and workflow, to create the mechanism for capacity development and methodologies for constant review to ensure sustained value.

Under the emerging scenario, it is of paramount importance for even closer engagement between industry and Government in all aspects and at all stages - from designing and architecting the solutions, to collating and integrating diverse information sources, building platforms and applications for multi-modal and appropriate service delivery on a sustainable basis and ensuring that the system can abreast of the increasing and changing user demands, as well as, leverages the technology innovations.

AGI looks forward to playing a pivotal role in India's successful rollout of the flagship programs by participating as a Knowledge Partner with the Government as well as other Industry Bodies.

                    Editor Bharti Sinha
Policy Advocacy 
Mapping Policy and the Road Ahead
National Map Policy - Road Ahead, a workshop by Directions India, was organized on 20th November 2014 with the participation of over 40 senior members from government, academia and industry. Ms. Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, AGI was invited atthe event as the part of the August panel.
Geospatial Industry Market Research
Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) has engaged Feedback Business Consulting Services to conduct a First Time ever Market Study for sizing the Geospatial Industry in India. The study cuts across all users, verticals and technologies, and is aimed towards estimating the market size, future market estimate, growth drivers, barriers & challenges in geospatial technology adoption in India.

This report addresses the long pending demand for authentic reliable information covering all the technologies and services across all stages of a geospatial workflow. The study, to be based on exhaustive primary and secondary research, detailed interviews of all contributors and stakeholders will span a 5 month period and is set for release in February 2015.
The study is geared towards helping AGI member companies, to build their strategies and offerings in line with the current and emerging requirements of the Indian market.

Business Development
The 2014 edition ofthe GeoBuild Infrastructure Conference for India, an event dedicated exclusively to highlight the country's year on year progress in the Infrastructure sector focusing on the adoption and embedment of modern geospatial technologies.

Panalist at GeoBuild Infrastructure 2014
GeoBuild Infrastructure 2014 opened with the aim of promoting Geospatial Convergence with Infrastructure
Construction business methodologies, practices, and processes. Through the two day proceedings, the same was reiterated across the various sessions and it finally culminated with a firm validation of this convergence as way forward for the growth of both Geospatial and Infrastructure Industries.

A panel discussion on the 'Road Ahead for India's Dream Infrastructure' was of key interest on the first day of Geo Build Infrastructure 2014 where AGI Executive Director, Ms. Bharti Sinha was among the eminent panellists. The session was chaired by LtGen S Ravi Shankar, PVSM, VSM, President, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats and include other speakers such as Maj Gen MA Naik, SM and Arjuna Awardee, Senior Advisor, L&T Infrastructure; Dr Vivek Kale, Head Geospatial, Kalyani Global; and Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Principal Consultant, GHD, Australia.
Advisory Services
AGI, continued to actively engage with Government Departments and Ministries to render advisory inputs for effective adoption Geospatial Technology in several key initiatives and flagship programs. In order that these programs can be successfully implemented, AGI has shared appropriate inputs on technology as well as best practices consistently. AGI has prepared on request for Ministry ofUrban Development a Concept Paper on Role of Geospatial Technologies for their flagship program on Urban Renewal. AGI is currently involved providing knowledge inputs for several flagship programs of GoI such asSmart Cities, Digital India, NLRMP, IWMP, to name a few.
AGI Workshop on New Paradigms of Spatial Data Production and Dissemination

Mr. Rajesh Mathor at AGI Workshop

Dr. Vanadana Sharma at AGI Workshop

Mr. Shinibas Patnaik at AGI Workshop
GeoBuild Infrastructure 2014
Land and Mapping Agencies (LMA)
With the paradigm shift in user requirements, demanding for "Smart Maps" which are more content specific, Government as well as industry are now embarking, as never before, on several national programs requiring good and relevant spatial data sets at the core. This provides an appropriate backdrop for the emerging trend and methodologies in spatial data production and dissemination to be assessed.
Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI), as a not-for-profit, premier body of the Geospatial Industries in India, with an aim to educate and share the new global developments, conducted a One-day Workshop to present the New Paradigms in Spatial Data Production and Dissemination.

The workshop, attended by most of the leading National Mapping organizations and industry leaders, provided a forum to discuss and deliberate on the options relevant for India, and the way forward for building a comprehensive workflow to organise, store and manage the entire geospatial database for use in national enterprise programsofthe country.

The key National Mapping agencies such as Survey of India, Census, National Informatics Centre, National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Jharkhand Space Applications Centre and key industry members of GeospatialIndustry, were presentatthe event.

The workshop commenced with the President AGI, Mr. Rajesh Mathur, welcoming the participants as he outlined the objective of the workshop. He also thanked Surveyor General Dr. Swarna Subba Rao and Deputy Director General, NIC, Dr. Vandana Sharma for taking time out to participate and address this pioneering initiative. He predicted that the future need would call for National
Mapping Agenciesand State Space Application Centresas well as geospatial technology and services providers to collaborate and adopt an integrated approach as a key to providing an end-to-end perspective for spatial data usage in mainstream applications.

Mr. Mathur elaborated on the AGI member composition, which draws from across the entire spectrum of geospatial technologies and thereby represents the integrated approach to implementation of geospatial technologies. AGI, through his workshop, was therefore able to both educate the participants on the new and emerging trends, as well as share the collective knowledge and experience of the industry with them. He further highlighted that spatial data creation would move towards becoming a key provider of geospatially enabled services which would align with the user demands. He shared the global trend where the paradigm is now shifting from delivery of spatial data to delivery of geospatialinformation services.

The workshop was especially topical as the example for Smart City served as the use case across all stages of the Geospatial workflow.

Surveyor General of India, Dr. Swarna Subba Rao delivered the inaugural address at the workshop highlighting the key role Survey of India has been playing in the mapping industry. He also emphasized upon the fact that with the emerging trends, Survey of India will have to also transform its role of being a strategic agency and will need to bring about enabling policies to deliver relevantdata in the changing environment.

Dr. Vandana Sharma, cited the example of Gujarat, where the vision of one person had brought about the change enabling state wide adoption of geospatial technologies. She also highlighted the need for an integrated approach between all stakeholders from government, users and industry as well as realizing this vision at National Level.

The workshop was also uniquely structured with an aim to educate the technical leaders in the Global trends and the leading geospatial technologies with a reference to their relevance in context to India. The two technical sessions namely New Paradigms in Spatial Data Acquisition, Processing and Integration conducted by Manoj Misra and New Paradigms in Spatial Data Visualisation and Modelling conducted by Aswani Akella were aimed to provide a comprehensive end-to-end work flow of Geospatial technologies for Production and Dissemination of Map Data.

AGI E-Governance Committee with focus on governance initiatives as well as integration of spatial and non-spatial information and data across department's users and ministries across levels and dispersed locations, is knowledge partner to key flagships programs announced by government.
The Committee is actively engaged with Digital India, Smart Cities and Urban Renewal programs of the Government of India. The committee has prepared Concept Papers for the two flagship programs of Ministry of Urban Development wherein the end-to-end spatial enablement of these programmes has been envisioned and detailed.
The Utilities, Oil and Gas committee is focusing on three areas for the year 2014-15 namely Electric, Oil and Gas and Water Distribution.
The committee recently published a White Paper on Innovative Geospatial Solutions for Hydro-electric Power Generation. The white paper details out the role of Geospatial Technologies across the Life Cycle of a Hydro-electric Power Generation.
The committee is focusing on three areas for the year 2014-15 namely Location Privacy, Location Analytics for Businesses, and Location Analytics for Citizens.
The committee decided and agreed on the following focus for the year 2014-15:
  • Road Transport and Highways
  • Rural Roads
  • Railway
  • Metro
  • Ports and Inland Waterways
  • Airport