Esri Singapore User Conference 2016

The Esri Singapore User Conference 2016 was held on 27 September 2016 at Max Atria @ Singapore Expo. More than 350 thought leaders and participants from both the public and private sectors got together to explore the theme of “Working Smarter Together”.

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Director, Geospatial and Data Division, Ng Siau Yong delivered the opening keynote address, expounding on how geospatial, by virtue of its collaborative nature, could help build smarter governments and communities. Noting DPM Teo Chee Hean’s earlier announcement in April on the Government’s plans to build a number of Centre of Excellence for key engineering knowledge clusters, including geospatial, Mr Ng reinforced the Public Service’s commitment to deepen its capabilities to make full use of technology to improve business efficiency and public services.

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Deputy Director, Land Survey Division, Victor Khoo shared SLA’s 3D national mapping project to capture and create fundamental 3D datasets to meet agencies’ requirements in planning, operation and risk management in his presentation, “Bringing Singapore to life in 3D”.

SLA also showcased our 3D mapping project at the exhibition area. Our booth was divided into three different sections. The first section showed the overview of the data collection process, from the start when the flight paths were planned till the end where the models are imported into an Esri 3D platform for analysis to be carried out. The second section showed a 3D city model setup to enable the visitors to view 3D in depth wearing a pair of 3D glasses. The last section showed the 3D data placed into Esri’s storymap which gave a much clearer presentation of the 3D mapping process and the various analysis they could be used for.

The plenary sessions that followed explored how geospatial could be used to gain insights and improve enterprise management. An interesting example was Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Campus Navigation System, a project supported by SG-SPACE’s GeoFund. In addition to helping students navigate around the campus, NYP also used geospatial to provide a more secure environment in the campus. The system enabled real-time management and monitoring of security patrols and events.

As Thomas Pramotedham, CEO of Esri Singapore, aptly put it in his closing speech, “the advancement of science and technology, real time data and data analytical tools are becoming more powerful. However, that is only useful if it can be effectively combined with users of these [geospatial] software and tools. It is only then, that we can create a smarter environment, together.”