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INDIA 2016



GeoSmart India 2016

Our Partners
| Strategic Sponsors | | Gold Sponsors |

| Silver Sponsors | | Co-sponsors |

| Strategic Partners | | Supporting Organisations |

Survey Department Survey of Bangladesh

Govt. of Nepal
Survey of India

| Programme Partners | | Media Partners |


| Government Partners |

Department of Electronics & Soil & Land Use Survey of Department of Science and Ministry of Earth Sciences Department of Land Resources Ministry of Water Resources River
Information Technology India Government of India Technology Government of India Government of India Government of India Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Government of India Government of India

Forest Survery Telangana State Remote Punjab Remote Orissa Space Haryana Space
of India Sensing Applications Centre Sensing Centre Applications Center Applications Centre

| Knowledge Partner | | Co-organisers | | Organiser |

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Our Exhibitors

Department of Science & Technology

Government of India

Ministry of Earth Sciences

Indian Institute of Government of India
Remote Sensing

Orissa Space
Applications Center

SECON Soil & Land Use Survey

of India

GeoSmart India 2016 at a glance

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GeoSmart India 2016

Media Coverage

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We are overwhelmed by the business enquiries that we got It was a pleasure to attend such a conference, where we
in these three days and you guys have given my Sales staff got the opportunity to gain knowledge through sessions,
a very busy year ahead! Thank you and your team for this networking and exhibition.
good show, keep it up and we will always be associated in
future too.

Sajid Mukhtar Atri Shaw

Managing Director, Ansari Precision Manager, RS & GIS, IORA Ecological Solutions

I enjoyed every bit of the forum. Thematic discussions It was a well organized and focused Meet on specific
were very good. As an urban planner I enjoyed the themes. It was a pleasure to be there and had a chance to
forums on land management, smart city , infrastructure meet all present and past colleagues of ISRO.
and the city etc. I enjoyed every bit and gained good Dr. A. Senthil Kumar
knowledge. The proposal to have a geo-spatial forum for Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
the SAARC countries is an excellent idea that will provide (ISRO)
a platform for the professional group, policy  makers
and even the politicians can be taken on board. We can
really exchange our professional achievements in such This Conference gave a good opportunity of networking
forums. I appreciate the idea and I feel that the vast and I visited all the exhibition stalls. I look forward to
experience of India can be shared to all other countries. future association.  

Dr. Kusum Lata

Meghraj Adhikari Associate Professor (Urban & Regional
Specialist (Urban Planning), Dept of Works and Planning), Centre for Urban Studies, Indian
Human Settlement, Bhutan Institute of Public Administration

The conference was great. I enjoyed and learned a lot The issues covered were most topical and relevant to the
including some networking current developments in the area. The format did provide
interface with the audience opening the topics for detailed
debate and thereby arriving at logical follow up. Moder-
Ajay Pradhan ation by the Chairs was excellent. Interactions with the
Chairman, Institution of Water & Enviornment senior administrators from the Ministries and the partici-
India pants  was a very good feature as it provided opportunities
for understanding the policy options being pursued by the
government to boost development efforts. The exhibition
of technologies and products in the Exhibition by national
It was a nice platform to interact with many leading and international agencies  was outstanding, covering
industries associated with utilization of geomatics for almost all the sectoral range and the pertinent current
societal benefits, applications and development developments therein.

N.S.Mehta VV Sadamate
Secretary, Indian Society of Geomatics Agriculture Extension specialist and Former
Advisor Agriculture, Planning Commission, Govt
of India

It was an excellent experience for me and gained lot of ex- Hoping for more interaction in future. Thanks for bringing
perience about geospatial. Hope to join you in next events an opportunity to join a good event.
of yours.

Brig Gen Syeed Anwar Rajeev Sharma

Chief Engineer, Dhaka North City Corporation, Principal Consultant, IBU - TITL CTO | I5 Labs,
Bangladesh Tech Mahindra

GeoSmart India 2016

Participating organisations (indicative)

|| AAM || China Resources Satellite Application Centre || Google
|| Aarav Unmanned Systems || City & Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) || GOPA-WOTR
|| 21stCentury Aerospace Technology || Confederation of Horticulture Association of India || Gridline Surveys
|| Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd || Container Corporation Of India || Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation
|| ADCC InfoCad || CRC for Spatial Information, Australia || Harris Corporation
|| Adhiyamaan College of Engineering || CRISIL || Haryana Remote Sensing Applications Centre
|| ADRIN || CSIR - Central Road Research Institute || HERE Maps
|| Airports Authority of India || Cyient Limited || Hexagon Geospatial
|| All India Agriculture Students Association || Data World || Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University
|| Alstom || Defence Research & Development Organisation || Hitachi India
|| Amity Institute of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing || Defence Terrain Research Laboratory || HP India
|| Anna University || Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd || Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority
|| Ansari Precision Instruments || Department of Electronics & Information Technology, || ideaForge Technology Pvt Ltd
|| Archibus Govt of India || IIC Technologies Limited
|| Army Digital Mapping Centre || Department of Land Resources, Govt of India || IL&FS Technologies Ltd.
|| Atkins || Department of Science & Technology, Rajasthan || Indian Army
|| Australian Trade Commission || Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India || Indian Agricultural Research Institute
|| Avineon India || Department of Water Resources, Odisha || Indian Air Force
|| Bentley Systems || Dept of Works & Human Settlement, Bhutan || Indian Council of Agricultural Research
|| Bhagirarthi River Valley Development Authority || Dhaka North City Corporation, Bangladesh || Indian Institute of Public Administration
|| Bharat Electronics Limited || DigitalGlobe || Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
|| BITS pilani || Elcome Technologies || Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
|| Border Roads Organisation || Esri India || Indian Meteorological Department
|| Bridgewater State University, US || FARO || Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
|| BSES Yamuna Power Limited || Flipkart || Indian Society of Geomatics
|| C2S2 || Flood Management Information Center, Irrigation & || Indian Society of Remote Sensing
Water Resource Department, UP
|| CAMS || Indo Tibetan Border Police
|| Fluentgrid Limited
|| C-DOT || Inland Waterways Authority of India
|| Forest Research Institute
|| Center for Forest Ecology and Productivity, Russian || Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese
Academy of Sciences || Forest Survey of India Academy of Sciences
|| Central Agricultural University || Gandhigam Rural Institute || Intec Infra-Technologies Pvt Ltd
|| Central Electricity Authority || Genesys International || Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.
|| Central Ground Water Board || Geo Climate Risk Solutions Pvt. Ltd. || International Centre for Integrated Mountain
|| Central Water Commission || Geoinfosys Technologies Development (ICIMOD)
|| Centre for Railway Information Systems || Geokno || International Maize & Wheat Improvement Centre
|| Geomax India (CIMMYT)
|| CESC Ltd
|| Geotrax International Services || Iora Ecological Solutions
|| Chhattisgarh Council of Science and Technology
|| GMMCO Ltd || Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.
|| China Meterological Administration



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|| Jamia Hamdard University || National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (NIAM) || Shiv Nadar University
|| Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University || National Land Commission, Bhutan || SkyMap Global, US
|| Jawaharlal Nehru University || National Land Records Modernisation Programme, || Skymet Weather Services
|| Kalyani Global Engineering Pvt. Ltd Gujarat || Smart Cities Council of India
|| Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre || National Remote Sensing Centre || Soil & Land Use Survey Of India
|| Kerala State Land Use Board || National Technical Research Organisation || Space Applications Center
|| KK Geosystems || National Water Mission || SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited
|| Larsen & Toubro || NDC || SRI Aerospace
|| Lingaya’s University || Nikken Sekkei Research Institute || SRM University
|| MagikMinds || Noida Power Company Ltd. || State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography
|| Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre || North East Space Applications Centre (Rosreestr), Russia
|| Mapbox || Northern Railways || Stesalit Systems Ltd.
|| Marketing Intelligence & Agribusiness Development, || NSCS || Survey Department of Nepal
UP Govt || Odisha Space Applications Centre || Survey of India
|| MeaTech Solutions || Odisha Water Resources Dept || Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics
|| Mines and Geology Department, Rajasthan || OMCAR Foundation || Tata Consultancy Services
|| Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India || Omnivore Partners || Tata Institute of Social Sciences
|| Ministry of Culture, Govt of India || Oracle || Tata Power
|| Ministry of Defence, Govt of India || Orange County Florida, US || Tech Mahindra
|| Ministry Of Earth Sciences, Govt of India || PCI Software || Teledyne Optech
|| Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India || Pitney Bowses Inc. || TERI University
|| Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India || Pixel Softek || Terrasolid, Finland
|| Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India || Power Finance Corporation || Thomson Reuters
|| Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography || Precision Hawk || Topcon
|| Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority || PriceWaterhouseCoopers || TriCAD Design Consultants
|| Municipal Corporation, Jodhpur || Punjab Remote Sensing Centre || Trimble
|| NASG || RBL Bank Ltd. || UltraTech Cement Limited
|| National Agro Foundation || REC Power Distribution Company Ltd. || UNIGIS International, University of Salzburg
|| National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation || Regional Space Applications Centre, Uttar Pradesh || Unique Identification Authority of India
|| National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development || Reliance Energy Limited || University of Delhi
|| National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning || Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. || University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
|| National Centre for Medium Range Weather || Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH || Urban Development Authority, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Forecasting || Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions || UrtheCast Deimos-Imaging
|| National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable || Rolta India Ltd. || Water & Sanitation Support Organisation
Development and Public Leadership
|| Ruchi Soya Industries ltd || Western Coalfields Ltd
|| National Dairy Development Board
|| Russian Academy of Sciences || what3words
|| National Disaster Management Authority
|| Russian Space Systems || YES Bank-FASAR
|| National Informatics Centre And many more...
|| Schnell Informatics


+  Infrastructure,
engineering and
 Governance
 Electric utilities
& energy
 Natural resources
 Forestry
 Transportation  Mapping
 Agriculture agencies

 Financial services  Geospatial data
 Water resources providers
 Land resources  Geospatial tech-
 Urban planning nology companies
 Defence &  Academia &
COLLABORATIVE Public Safety researchers
PARTNERS  Municipalities

GeoSmart India 2016

India Geospatial Excellence Awards


Category Winner

1. Life Time Achievement Maj Gen (Dr) R Siva Kumar, President IIC Technologies

2. Geospatial Business Leader

Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia
- 2015

3. Making a Difference Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation

4. T
 he Leading Geospatial
State – 2015

5. Capacity Development in
Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-
Geospatial Technology and


Category Winner(s) Project

Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR)
6. Application of Urban
Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development GIS for urban planning
Planning and Smart Cities
Corporation Limited (DMICDC)
And AECOM India Pvt. Ltd

Integration of engineering
7. Application of Geospatial
Indian Army support plan with GIS during
Technology in Defence
armed operations
Internet Based Dairy
8. Application of Geospatial
National Dairy Development Board Geographical Information
Technology in Dairy Farming

9. Application of Geospatial
Punjab Remote Sensing Centre 3G approach for Governance
Technology in Governance

10. Young Geospatial Scientist 2015 award and Rachapudi Kamakshi Memorial Gold Medal: Shilpa R

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March 1-3, 2016 hosted two of South Asia’s two biggest geospatial
conferences — GeoSmart India 2016 and GeoIntelligence Asia 2016. The
three-day event saw representation from the government departments,
private users, academia and researchers, policy makers, administrators and
geospatial technology providers attending the plenary sessions, meetings,
product demos and presentations. Business leaders from across the globe
capitalized on the common forum to discuss and deliberate some of the most
challenging issues, new areas and upcoming technologies with stakeholders

who are engaged in implementing these projects. The interactive conference
also witnessed several roundtable discussions, one to one meetings, group
discussions and networking.
Developing cost-effective geospatial-based solutions, using geospatial
technology for governance, geospatial for job creation; a stronger collaboration
between government and private sector for development of applications were
the call of the hour.

GeoSmart India 2016

OPENING The Inaugural session brought

SESSION together luminaries from the

geospatial domain to share
their vision about the trends
and opportunities ahead for
geospatial technology in India.


Chairman, NASSCOM and Executive Chairman, Cyient
“Disruptive technologies, like drones, automation, Internet of
Things (IOT) etc., will provide tremendous impetus to the ge-
ospatial industry in the coming years and further accelerate
geospatial to become mainstream. Almost 70% of the Indian
IT industry has its revenue from outside and there is need to
focus on the Indian market now. There is a need for a clear
cut national geospatial policy and need for open data and
systems, more focus on public-private partnerships.”

“India presents tremendous growth and opportunity for
GIS market. There has been a paradigm shift in technology
application in sectors like construction, agriculture, health.
With the emphasis of the Union Budget on agriculture, linking
agriculture with GIS is an important step. Agriculture indus-
try is employing geospatial tech for precision agriculture like
never before.”

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Chief Executive Officer
Geospatial Media and Communications
“The brand name of the conference has been changed from India
Geospatial Forum to GeoSmart India to align and connect with the
changing and evolving journey of our industry. This change is very
important because India as a nation is transforming and growing.
This also comes at a time when several studies around the world
have started pinning to assess the value of geospatial information
and technologies across GDP of several nations.”

Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation
“There is an enormous opportunity in our country, but in
order to yield it, we must train people in remote areas. People
should understand that technology takes some time to
provide solutions. Today we are coming to an understanding
with the benefits of the technology. This gives out message
to people responsible for governance, that if they don’t do
well, they will go out.”

Founder Chairman & CEO, Rolta Group
“There is a need for a change in the highly restrictive map-
ping policies. There is also need for more engagement in
the private industry and PPP initiatives, which would boost
the uptake of geospatial further in every field. As the govt is
taking measures to involve and implement GIS technology
in every sphere, GIS is helping mainstream IT, health sector,
dish and net services. GIS is also helping in the expansion of
cloud-based market. “

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Plenary Session 1
Geosmart Infrastructure

The Plenary Session “GeoSmart Infrastructure” brought together experts

elaborating on the advancements in geospatial technologies facilitating
efficiencies across the entire lifecycle of infrastructure project management


Chairman, AECOM India

Dr Prem Jain talked about green buildings and sustainable

infrastructure initiatives. Stressing on the need for recycling, he
suggested that green infrastructure is a solution for future smart
cities’ sustainability.

CEO, Bentley Systems

Greg Bentley introduced "Reality Modeling." He also shed light on

software enabled costing of the project to test the feasibility - to
"conceptioneer" the project.


Director - Marketing, FARO
Showing the significance of LiDAR system, Beng Chieh Quah, said,
it can bring in huge benefits and cost savings in archaeology conser-
vation documentation. He said laser scanning is playing key role in
construction modelling in the context of BIM.

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Plenary Session 2
Geosmart Enterprises

The Plenary Session “GeoSmart Enterprises” brought forth the value of

geospatial technology for enterprises to enhance their capabilities towards the
nation’s development, evolving new work methods to enhance their processes,
workflows, efficiencies and services

President, Hexagon Geospatial

Mladen Stojic, President, Hexagon Geospatial, spoke about how

the map of the future is fresh; provides answers; is portable; makes
sense; and is not a map. “The map is not the end; it’s a means to the
end,” he said. Stojic then detailed the features of the Hexagon Smart
M.App, a Cloud application, which is a culmination of content, work-
flow, analytics and experience.

Senior Director – Strategic Programs, DigitalGlobe

Dr Kumar Navulur talked about how location intelligence can be

enabled with satellite technologies. “Whatever happens somewhere
in the world will manifest itself in the terms of context — that context
can be local, national or international.” Navulur also explained that
DigitalGlobe is striving to create a living digital inventory of the plan-
et. “This is about taking rich data and making it accessible, so that the
technology is not the focus anymore. We need to focus on consumer
experience instead.”

Director, National Remote Sensing Centre
Dr Dhadwal briefed the audience about his organization’s campus
activities and earth observation missions.

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South Asia Geospatial Forum


Basantha Shreshtha
  CRC for Spatial Information, Y
 eshi Dorji
Director Strategic Cooperation Under the Department of Science, Head-Land Registry, Bhutan Land
International Industry & Innovation, Australia Commission
Center for Integrated Mountain V
 ikrant Joshi A
 shish Arora
Development, Nepal AVP, ADCC Infocad Senior Consultant-Enterprise
Birendra Bajracharya
  P
 ushpa Gamage Solutions, Hexagon Geospatial
GIS Specialist, ICIMOD, Nepal Director, Urban Development H
 . Hemanth Kumar
Krishna Raj BC
  Authority, Colombo, Sri Lanka Principal Investigator, Karnataka
Director General, Survey Dept of M
 eghraj Adhikari State Spatial Data Infrastructure
Nepal Specialist (Urban Planning), Dept Programme, India
John Whitehead
  of Works and Human Settlement, B
 rigadier General Md Syeed
Sales Director, Asia Pacific, Trimble Bhutan Anwarul Islam
Dr PG Diwakar
  D
 r PG Diwakar Chief Engineer, Dhaka North City
Deputy Director, Remote Sensing Deputy Director, Remote Sensing Corporation
Applications Area, National Applications Area, National D
 r Shahnawaz
Remote Sensing Centre, India Remote Sensing Centre, India Director - South & SE Asia,
Raghu Ganeshan
  Srinibas Patnaik
  UNIGIS, Austria
President, Avineon India Senior Director – Business D
 r. S.C. Kar
Dr Zaffar S Mohamed-Ghouse
  Development, SAARC Region, Scientist-G , National Centre
Director-International Relations, DigitalGlobe for Medium Range Weather
Forecasting, India


 The initiatives by SERVIR (A tools and information services; incorporated into the surveying
joint development initiative Foster regional cooperation and and mapping work flow
of National Aeronautics and build international partnerships  Government of Nepal has
Space Administration (NASA)  The priorities for SERVIR formed a high level “National
and United States Agency for Hindukush-Himalayan Region Reconstruction Authority” for
International Development) for (SERVIR HKR) Phase 2 are: reconstruction of the earthquake
geospatial capacity building Food Security and Agriculture; affected areas. The role of Survey
in South Asia , with an Water, Weather, and Disasters; department has increased
emphasis on linking science, Ecosystems, Land Use and Land with providing updated and
policy and practice. Mountain Cover; Special emphasis on User reliable geospatial information
development challenges being engagement, Capacity building, to optimize the development
addressed include adaptation to M&E and Gender investments and planning of
change and livelihood options, infrastructures.
disaster risk management and  National Remote Sensing Centre
response, integrated river basin (NRSC) has a strong collaboration  A new Federal constitution has
management, transboundary with Sri Lanka and Nepal. recently been promulgated in
landscapes conservation, Bhuvan is being used as a shared Nepal on September 20, 2015.
monitoring cryosphere and geospatial infrastructure between For better plan and effective
atmosphere. The ways to address regions. implementation of Federal,
these challenges include Improve  The technologies that can Provincial and Local structures
access to data, tools, model and transform the region’s utilization and its boundary demarcation,
online mapping and visualization; of and benefit from geospatial the role of Survey Department is
Strengthen capacity of regional information include geodetic vital among others.
stakeholders and youths; Create Infrastructure & GNSS,  Spatial Data Infrastructure is one
user-tailored decision support and imaging Technologies of the effective geospatial data

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delivery system. Key components preservation, and environmental create and introduce a web-based
to spatial data delivery include conservation. spatial database management
technology, people, process and  National Centre for Medium system to promote, to implement
data. Range Weather Forecasting and to facilitate professionals as
 ADCC Infocad’s automated DCR (NCMRWF) has undertaken a well as general public to become
system helps in expediting the number of initiatives in facilitating a part and parcel of future Smart
process of getting multiple govt regional cooperation regarding city. Its strategies for the same
departments’ sanctions. The weather services and specialized include introducing usage of new
building plan approval system forecasts in the region. NCMRWF technologies especially geo-
developed by ADCC helps in weather and climate products are spatial technologies; creating
taking complex decisions easily. transitioning to geospatial format geospatial database; introducing
The system automates the to meet the Demands of products geospatial database system into
planning process; single window in geo-referenced format; Create real world application; facilitating
facility for approval process; CAD a consistent data format/archive Web enabling data updating
scrutiny engine that manages that is useful by all organizations; and monitoring; customizing
workflow; etc. and Enable more accurate and database; and capacity Building

 Bhutan is trying to address timely weather and climate  Envision Precinct Tool, used in
urbanisation via Gross National assessment using value added urban planning in several city
Happiness (GNH), which is information councils in Australia and New
being attempted in four parts  Spatial Planning Act is being Zealand, will be developed
that are described as four initiated in the Parliament in shortly in a web-enabled open
pillars of GNH. They are good Bhutan for better urban planning source environment.
governance, sustainable socio-  Western Province of Sri Lanka
economic development, cultural with Colombo district aims to

GeoSmart India 2016

Geosmart Infrastructure & Smart Cities

Chris Gibson
  Madhuri Kumari
Vice President, Trimble, USA Head-Dept of Civil Engg, Amity University
Shafik Jiwani
  Shishir Verma
EVP, GIS/Mapping – EMEA, Rolta International Vice President, MapmyIndia
Inc., UAE
Abhay Khimmatkar
Pratap Padode
  Joint Managing Director, ADCC Infocad
Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India
Mark Freeburn
Willy Govender
  Chief Executive Officer, AAM Pty Ltd, Australia
CEO, Dataworld, South Africa
Sunil Kumar Makkena
Stuart Woods
  Sr. Vice President-Data, Network and Operations,
Vice President, Geospatial Cyient
Solutions Division, Leica Geosystems AG,
Ravi Kumar
OSD (NAINA), City and Industrial Development
Atanu Pattanayak
  Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO)
Managing Director –South Asia, Bentley Systems
Kai Lehtinen
Fumio Nohara
  General Manager - Energy & Public
President, Nikken Sekkei Research Institute, Administration, Trimble Navigation
Dr Wei Sun
David Hickman
  International Marketing Director, Twenty First
Head of International Business Century Aerospace Technology, China
Development - Government, Thomson Reuters,
Kanwaldeep Singh Kahlon
Head-Strategy Planning, Geokno India
AK Gosain
Amitabh Kundu
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian
Senior Fellow Delhi Policy Group & Visiting
Institute of Technology, Delhi
Professor, Institute for Human Development
Seema Joshi
Vinod Ninan
Sr. Division Head - Strategic Presales &
Associate Director, Rolta India
Technology Solutions, Esri India
Gautam Narayan
Vineet Kumar Pangtey
Associate Director - Urban Practice, CRISIL
IFS, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Bhagirathi
Infrastructure Advisory, CRISIL Risk and
River Valley Development Authority
Infrastructure Solutions Limited
Punit Ahuja
Pritam M
Managing Director, Intec Infra-Technologies
Fluentgrid Limited (Formerly Phoenix IT
Ankit Revo
  Solutions)
Head – BIM Solutions & Delivery, Global Design
Dr Kusum Lata
Centre, Atkins
Associate Professor (Urban & Regional Planning)
Sujay Chokshi
  Centre for Urban Studies, Indian Institute of
GIS Manager, Adani Ports Public Administration

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Deliberations Continue…

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Geosmart Infrastructure & Smart Cities


 Typically, in cities today, water supply is provided by a separate entity, power by another, refuse
collection by yet another. So, the government’s main focus now has become the administration and
integrating these various service deliveries. Integrated ICT and e-governance have the ability to provide
an impact across all sectors of urban governance, thereby creating a significant efficiency and service
delivery effectiveness within government.
 Projects on average suffer 20-25% rework- from change orders, omissions and delays due to requests for
information and some sectors up to 50%.
 Citizens have a great expectation from the immediacy of the information. Mobile devices have changed
the way citizens can interact with government and vice versa. The advantage available with the
developing nations like India is that they can leapfrog from a technology process.
 3D plans of a city can help emergency services like the firemen. 3D cadastral models can help the city
officials in taxation.
 Key to successful smart cities include collaboration between authorities, business and citizens;
collaboration between city professionals, technology and service providers; and great vision, leadership,
governance and execution will enable smart cities.
 Essential elements of a smart city include digital technologies, which comprise of connectivity for
information sharing, smart sensors and systems, and open data access. Smart infrastructure is also vital.
It is made up of energy, water, transportation, building, health, education, sustainability, efficiency, and
secure and open data sharing.
 Building real benefits for the average citizen needs to evolve in the form of services that improve the
Quality of Life (QoL). In many respects, measuring QoL is a measure of the ease with which services are
provided to citizens, and the citizens, response to it (i.e. their relationship with city government).”
 At first, the challenge of building a smart city may seem unsurmountable. But the solution is to take a
step at a time. If one starts with the right core technologies, new services can be built one at a time.
Externally, it is all about engaging the citizens through services and providing transparency. Internally,
it is about building efficiency, breaking the silos and improving the services.
 Geography is central to most smart cities solutions. Since most of the city services have a geographic
component, they are inherently defined by ‘where’ things are, whether it is a pipe, a property or a
 People who are providing the solutions have to be sensitive to not just the language, but also to the
culture of the place. That’s why the planning process is also very important. India has done the right
thing why first spending the time to plan, but they should get technology personnel also involved right
from ground zero.
 Planners should start from existing conditions and start the design from there, not to start from a blank
canvas, since there is no blank canvas in reality. They should build their conceptual design on the reality
models – this will ensure that all the stakeholders and citizens are aware about the developments.
 Key benefits of enterprise architecture in city planning include integration of data at architecture
level, inter-departmental information is distributable, GIS integration and shared data; information
and process are workflow based and automated; single source unified data structure; improves data
accuracy; reduces redundant p processes; speeds up processing times; improves efficiencies.

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BRICS Geospatial Forum

BRICS Geospatial Forum was the first BRICS working group meeting on geospatial technologies (BRICS-
WG-GS), under the aegis of the BRICS Moscow Declaration 2015 to promote geospatial research, technology
development and applications at national, regional and global levels amongst the BRICS countries.
The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) - the five most important emerging economies
in the world today - have acknowledged and leveraged from use of Geospatial technologies for Infrastructure
Development, g-Governance, Land Management, ensuring Food Security, bettering health and education
services- to name a few.
The areas of cooperation during the Forum included geospatial information policies, earth observation and its
applications, land information system, human resources and capacity building and industry engagement.

GeoSmart India 2016


Dr. A.K.Sikka
  Surender Makhija
  Pradnya Mathur
Deputy Director General (Natural Vice President, Jain Irrigation (Consultant-GIS)
Resource Management) Systems Ltd. Dr Surabhi Mittal
Dr. H P Singh
  Dr. VK Sehgal
  Senior Scientist (Agricultural
Chairman, Confederation of Principal Scientist, Dept of Agri Economics), CIMMYT
Horticulture Association of India Physics, Indian Agricultural Nalin Rawal
Vijay Sardana
  Research Institute Chief (Business Head) - Agri
Head – Food Security & Dr. Hanish Kumar Sinha
  Business Solutions, Skymet
Agribusiness (Policies & AVP & Head – Research & Weather Services Pvt Ltd
Program), UPL Group Development, National Bulk Dr. Praveen Singh
Dr. V.V. Sadamate
  Handling Corporation Ltd. Head- Hydroponics Projects,DS
Formerly Adviser Agriculture (NBHC) Group
Planning Commission, Council Prof. M. Moni
  Dr. Hema Yadav
Member, National Council for Professor Emeritus & Chairman, Director, National Institute of
Climate Change Sustainable Centre for Agricultural Agriculture Marketing (NIAM)
Development and Public Informatics and e-Governance
Leadership (NCCSD) Research Studies, Shobhit Ashish Kuamr Dwivedi
University & Former Director Young Entrepreneur,Food
Rakesh Kadian
  development and Processing
Trimble General, National Informatics
Centre. Dr. Shailesh Kumar Singh
Jyotsana Chuchra
  Asst Prof, Dept of Horti, LPU
Senior Research Analyst, Dr. Ramesh S. Hooda
Geospatial Media and Chief Scientist, Haryana Space Harit Jaichand
Communications Applications Centre (HARSAC) VP-Business Development and
Dr. G.P. Obi Reddy
  Sales, CropIn Technology
Er Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General, international Principal Scientist-Division of Anil Kranthi
commission on irrigation and Remote Sensing Applications, Student Enterprenuer, SHIATS,
drainage (ICID) National Bureau of Soil Survey Allahabad
and Land Use Planning
Himanshu Verma
  DR. Anil Sood
National ICT Advisor, Climate Manoj Rawat
  Govt of Punjab
Change Knowledge Network for Head-Agribusiness, RBL Bank
the Indian Agriculture Sector, Ltd.


 Geo-spatial application in resource  Application of geospatial technologies for

characterization for site specific natural resource soil fertility mapping for site-specific nutrient
management towards Precision agriculture. management.
 Convergence of geo-spatial and ICTs for catering  Drought vulnerability mapping and linking it to
real time needs of farmers. crop contingency plans.
 Multi-scale multi-crop crop production forecasting  Animal disease surveillance and pest outbreak
linking crop models and geo-spatial techniques. monitoring systems.

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 Link with organizations to adopt this model and  Enumeration of existing horticulture crops and
work with them to make it functional to larger identification of potential areas.
geographies  Identification of Saline, Alkali and Water-logged
 Creating behavioral change and sustainable soils through satellite imageries.
adoption of climate smart technologies and
 Use of Geo spatial technologies in crop damage
assessment and crop insurance.

GeoSmart India 2016

Geomatics For Digital India


Maj Gen (Dr) R Siva Kumar

President, Geospatial Solutions, IIC  The vision statement for Digital India clearly highlights
Technologies need for knowledge based transformation to deliver good
Dr A Senthil Kumar
  governance. GIS gives that knowledge and enriches all
Director – Indian Institute of Remote knowledge with geo-intelligence. Among the nine pillars
Sensing of Digital India program, geo-informatics cuts across
Rakesh Raina
  eGovernance and eKranti pillars, which focus on “Technology
Sr. Vice President – India Business, Esri for Planning” covering GIS-based decision making and
India National GIS mission mode projects.
Bijendra Pateriya
   Spatial data for Digital India can come from a wide range of
Director, Punjab Remote Sensing sources; the governing body should decide the source based
Centre on project’s need for what and where; decide the platform
Mangal Balaram Baikar
  which provides the optimum perspective; if writing a tender,
Principal Group Manager & Mukesh they should not limit their access to these data sources. They
Kunder, Senior Technical Lead, Rolta should specify deliverables or outcomes and let providers
India offer data sources; they should consider how best to distribute
S Ramaprasanna
  their data to those who need it.
Executive Director, AAM India  Successful implementation of geomatics in Digital India
PGV Ramana Reddy
  needs an integrated geospatial framework supporting a large
Avineon community of users and applications. The GIS applications
K.S. Parikh
  are government to government; business to business;
Dy. Director, Space Applications government to citizens and government to academia.
Centre, ISRO  Digital India vision can be realised through a common open
Dr R Nagaraja
  collaborative GIS platform that provides content management,
Chief General Manager, Regional intuitive mapping, sharing and collaboration, Web and mobile
Centres, ISRO apps, enterprise integration, and is open / interoperable.
Shashikant A. Sharma
  Integrating everything enables everyone to participate
Group Head, Space Applications  Geomatics has applications in various aspects of governance
Centre, ISRO
such as public distribution system and development
Dr. SS Ray
  monitoring. The benefits include making citizens part of
Director, Mahalanobis National Crop scheme monitoring; bringing more transparency; keeping
Forecast Centre track of schemes and location of infrastructure created by
schemes; ability to generate spatial analytical reports for
planning and decision making
 Demonstration on the application of geomatics in key sectors
impacting socio-economic development such as agriculture
 Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) have tremendous scope
for empowerment with space based information support for
decentralized planning and governance in the country.

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DI-LRMP: Transforming Land Management

with Technology

Hukum Singh Meena

Joint Secretary, Department of Land  Need for states to follow NLRMP guidelines while
Resources conceptualizing the RFP and follow through, keeping it
David Hickman
  relevant for single project at a time instead of combining
Head of International Business multiple projects into one RFP
Development, Government, Thomson  Efforts to communicate and take the project vision to
Reuters, USA grassroots level and to prepare them for the project
Sanjeev Trehan
  implementation
Regional Manager Geospatial - SAARC,
 Improve coordination and understanding between Land
Records Departments and the Revenue Departments
Dr. Kamal Jain
IIT Roorkee  Need for awareness programmes and workshops
Rakesh Prasad
   Need for better public and private partnership methods and
Technology Architect, Aadhaar modules
Authentication & Applications  Ensure availability of updated ROR Data
Division, Unique Identification
Authority of India  Need for improved workflow, procurement, promulgation and
payment processes
David Jonas
Business Development Manager, AAM  Develop effective feedback process and opportunities to
Maj Genl (Retd) R C Padhi
  interact with stakeholders on regular basis
Principal Consultant – Geospatial  Applying enterprise wide solution for land administration
Solutions, SEACON ensures elimination of silo challenges, underlies exponential
Col Hari Prasad
  efficiencies and accuracies
Vice President - Geo Surveys, IIC  It is important for government to determine if their efforts
towards developing a land administration system is
Manish Bhatt
  sustainable and scalable in the longer term
CIO, Orange County
 Having an enterprise level solution for land administration
Bharti Sinha
  integrates data at an architecture level, which ensures inter-
Secretariat Director, Association of
departmental information is easily distributable and sharable
Geospatial Industries
Nivedita Haran
   Enterprise solution also makes information and process
former Additional Chief Secretary Workflow based and automated
Kerela             And most importantly, it makes a single source Unified Data
Manoj Misra
  Structure, which improves data accuracy, reduces redundant
Geospatial Technology Evangelist processes, speeds up processing times and improves
 By an enterprise level solution, it means to have geospatial
and land record data synchronised, there is easy cross
departmental service delivery for citizens and the data is
architected for multiple uses like eGovernance, Disaster
Management, Urban & Rural Planning
 Applying enterprise level solution for land administration
has proven success stories in countries like Jamaica, where
land registration process for citizens was reduced from 15
working days to 2 days or in Nigeria, where Cross River States
registration revenue was more in the first few months of 2013
than the total amount recouped between 2006 - 2010

GeoSmart India 2016

Water Resource Management

Prof AK Gosain
Department of Civil Engineering,  Total Water Management - integrated and optimized
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi management of connected water resources throughout the water
(Chairperson) cycle – includes treating water as part of a connected system;
r Vivek Kale
  using a balanced approach to manage needs; using scenario
Head - Geospatial, Kalyani Global planning to identify risks and develop mitigating strategies;
Engineering (Chairperson & speaker) applying innovative technology to understand the system and
oginder Singh
  make choices; system-wide dynamic simulation model
Advisor, National Water Mission  Use of GIS, GPS, mapping and geo-enabled database in
himrao Kachru Sawai
  water audit and water quality mapping for public drinking
Project Director, Water & Sanitation water sources in the state of Maharashtra under the
Support Organisation Maharashtra Sujal Nirmal Abhiyan
jay Pradhan
   Details on the Water Resources Information System (WRIS), a
President & CEO, C2H2
joint project of Central Water Commission and ISRO - a very
 ijay Kumar exhaustive and integrative project to integrate all water data
Vice President and Head Technology,
Esri India  Information on Ground Water Information System – a web
based ground water information system for accessing
 alaji Nagarajan
related thematic maps, non spatial data. GWIS integrates
Director & CEO Geokno
hydrogeology, GEMS Database (water level, water quality,
 bdul Hakeem exploration data, rainfall data), watershed, image data
Sci/Engr.`SG’,National Remote from various sources; as well as geomorphology, land use,
Sensing Centre
lineaments, geology, soil, drainage, socio-economic data
 ajesh Chandra related to ground water
Scientist – D, Central Ground Water
Board  The Government of India has established National Water
Mission (NWM) under National Action Plan for Climate
 P Mathuria
Change (NAPCC). The main goals are comprehensive water
Director - River Management Co-
ordination Directorate, Central Water data base in public domain and assessment of the impact
Commission of climate change on water resource; promotion of citizen
and state actions for water conservation, augmentation and
 idan Mercer
preservation; focused attention to vulnerable areas including
Sr Industry Marketing Manager,
Government & Water Utilities, over-exploited areas; increasing water use efficiency by 20%,
Bentley Systems, UK and promotion of basin level integrated water resources
management. Meeting these goals require extensive use of
 r Vinay Sinha
GIS and remote sensing
Associate Prof, TERI University
 swini Kumar Das and Prathapani  The essentials for making water networks smarter include
Prakash collecting information (through advanced metering
Associate Project Managers, Infrastructure, real-Time SCADA); using a platform approach
Telangana State Remote Sensing (storing data anywhere; accessing data anywhere); big
Application Centre data (information sharing). In some major water crisis like
the one in Mumbai in 2009, Bentley water solutions helped
re-engineer the network and pipe network to distribute the
supply more effectively.
 Interlinking of rivers (ILR) programme will yield large benefits
to irrigation, water supply and hydropower. Remote Sensing
and GIS can put ILR on fast track.
 Experiences and learnings from water rejuvenation project in
Anurachal Pradesh

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Sivagurunathan S
Sr. Manager - Electricity, Geospatial  The role of GIS is significant in identifying and reducing
Media & Communications
Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses
A K Shrivastava
  in electricity sector in India. GIS is used for efficient
Addl GM (IPDS), Power Finance management of the power distribution system through
Corporation improvements in metering, billing and revenue collection;
Tarun Batra
  operation and maintenance; asset and outage management
Head of Group - GIS, Tata Power Delhi and planning and customer satisfaction. It is widely believed
Distribution Limited that GIS transforms the way of operation of power distribution
Amara Raja
  companies in India.
Junior Manager, Cyient
 GIS is seen at the core of operations in utilities that are
Ralph D’ Souza
  performing well. GIS is capable of getting integrated
Industry Sales Manager - Power, with systems/ processes that are used for asset, outage,
Bentley Systems India distribution and connection management; energy audit;
Alekhya Datta
  network planning, enterprise resource planning etc. GIS data
Associate Fellow, The Energy and quality which is defined by parameters such as completeness,
Resources Institute correctness and timeliness, plays a major role in GIS
Anand Kumar S V
  integration with other systems/ processes. Data Consistency
Assistant Vice President - IT, Reliance Checks, Automated Business Process Integration, Process
Energy Limited Interlocks and Trainings are important for bridging GIS
Vikas Gupta
  with other operational technologies such as OMS, DMS and
Sr. Manager - GIS, Noida Power SCADA. GIS also finds its application in smart grids.
Company Limited
 Asset Lifecycle Information Management (ALIM) is becoming
Pramod Kumar Parida
  increasingly important in electricity sector since it ensures
Scientist, Odisha Space Applications information mobility through various stages of an asset’s
Centre lifecycle including design, building, operation, repair/
Ajay Kumar Sharma
  upgradation and replacement. ALIM assists the electric
Project Manager, RMSI utilities in locating the assets; evaluating their performance;
Sumit Gupta
  assessing the risks and optimizing their operation.
Head - Energy, Utilities & Smart  The following steps are important for the successful
Cities, SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd.
implementation of GIS in DISCOMs: (i) Choosing the right
Arun Raj
  GIS platform that enables integration with other systems,
Avineon India Pvt. Ltd. (ii) Choosing an implementation partner with all-round
Vivek Shandilya
  capabilities and (iii) adoption of best practices for timely
Assistant Manager (Automation), update of GIS database. If properly implemented, GIS
Noida Power Company Limited significantly improves the productivity of operations and
reliability of the grid.
 Analytics is expected to play an important role for optimizing
operations in electric utilities due to increased integration
of renewable energy systems and smart grid technologies
with the electric grid. Analytics helps in taking fact based
decisions rather than the present way of taking decisions
based on gut feeling. Analytics has its applications in demand
response, load forecasting and scheduling, predictive asset
management and most importantly in getting customer
insights and providing improved services. Analytics is also
used in renewable energy forecasting (particularly for solar
and wind based systems) and as well as scheduling.

GeoSmart India 2016


SS Mathur
GM – Corporate Coordination, Centre  Too many vehicles on roads degrade the quality of roads,
for Railway Information Systems, which causes congestion and also spikes up pollution.
Indian Railways Aggregation and analysis of road condition through
DR. B. Kanaga Durai
  crowdsourcing can benefit both citizens and administrators.
Chief Scientist & Head, PME The factors for effectiveness in such scenario include
Division, CSIR-Central Road optimised geo-data storage, efficient algorithms and
Research Institute configurations, map matching for data accuracy, geo-data
Gopal Valecha
  modelling for data updates.
AVP, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal
 GIS works well for Indian Railways, as rail has a large
Transit System Ltd
network in India. And the terrain changes in different
Rakesh Kaul
  states and places. Also, railways is using GIS for
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure assets management like mapping railway tracks and
Project Development, Srei
communication lines. It enables the possibility of using it in IT
Infrastructure Finance Limited
(information technology), which helps in railways in instant
BN Rao
  communication. The technology is also helping railways in
AVP -LiDAR & Photogrammetry, land-mapping and tracking locomotive coaches via GPS.
ADCC Infocad
 Self driving car is the idea for the future. The benefits include
Shivalik Prasad
Director, MapmyIndia increased safety, increased fuel efficiency, increased road
capacity, mobility for non-drivers; the challenges include
Kasturi Srinivas
  security and privacy concerns, reduced employment and
Industry Sales Director-
business activity, induced vehicle travel and increased
Transportation, Bentley Systems
India external costs.
Adesh Dhar
   A wide range of geospatial solutions are available for effective
Product Manager, Elcome and efficient transportation management, from leading
Technologies geospatial companies including Bentley, MapMyIndia, Elcome
Sachin Jugal Malhotra
  Technologies, Rolta, ADCC Infocad
Rolta India Ltd  Transportation System Management planning process
Rajeev Sharma
  includes strengthening link between planning process and
Principal Consultant, IBU - TITL CTO O&M; TSM activity to be built in planning up front – bring the
| I5 Labs, Tech Mahindra institutions together; data-driven-processes – identifying and
Sreeja Arunkumar
  strategizing concerns; analyzing results of the data driven
Robert Bosch Engineering and processes using IT, ITS, Geo-spatial methods; developing
Business Solutions the recommended TSM solutions; using IT platform in the
capacity building programmes.

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Climate Change

 Dr Akhilesh Gupta
Advisor, Department of Science &  According to projected climate changes, oceans will continue
Technology (Chairperson & speaker) to warm during the 21st century; global mean sea level will
 Basanta Shreshtha continue to rise; the Arctic sea ice cover will continue to shrink
Director Strategic Cooperation, and thin as global mean surface temperature rises; and global
International Center for Integrated glacier volume will decrease further. To counter this, India’s
Mountain Development, Nepal Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) policy
 Dr Aniruddha Roy underlines measures to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5
Sr. Vice President & CTO, Genesys to 3 billion tonnes of Co2 equivalent through additional forest
 Dr PVN Rao and tree cover by 2030.
Programme Director, National  The policy also focus on enhancing investment in development
Information System for Climate programmes in sectors like agriculture, water resources,
& Environment Studies, National Himalayan region, coastal regions, health and disaster
Remote Sensing Centre
management that can play an active role to counter climate
 Dr Zaffar S Mohamed-Ghouse change.
Director-International Relations, CRC
for Spatial Information, Under the  National missions like using solar energy, enhancing energy
Department of Science, Industry & efficiency, sustainable habitat, water mission, or mission
Innovation, Australia for a green India, etc. can contribute enormously to India’s
 Dr Nisha Mendiratta aspiration to fight climate change.
Director - Scientist F, Department of  Lots of data are being captured by various sensors with
Science & Technology respect to climate change by different agencies. Datasets
 Dr V V Sadamate are available in silos but needs to be integrated in geospatial
Formerly Adviser Agriculture environment. Overlaying different geospatial datasets provides
Planning Commission, Council insight into hidden geographic relationships in the real world
Member, National Council for
 Technologies to aid climate change studies include remote
Climate Change Sustainable
Development and Public Leadership sensing technologies (satellite based), surveying, ground-
based sensors and sensor technologies; embedded and user
 Bikash Parida friendly handheld devices, data recording; models for analysis;
Assistant Professor, Shiv Nadar
visualization; digital data archives; big data analytics;
database management systems; mashups of these various
 Dr Neeti Technologies; social networks - crowdsourcing that facilitates
Assistant Professor, Department of environmental observation; Internet of Things
Natural Resources, TERI University
 Modern surveying and mapping techniques like LiDAR
mapping is required for accurate analysis. Accuracy of the
datasets for measuring coastal inundation is key to know the
extent of the possible damage and possible evacuation of
people. Less than 50 cm data accuracy required to be captured
through LiDAR. The exercise will help in building good master
plans for the cities.
 There is a switching from greening to browning trends of
vegetation in recent decades over most parts of India. The
important climatic drivers for such change are temperature
and moisture induced stress. Other potential drivers include
solrad, soil moisture, fires, land use and land cover change,
CO2 fertilization, irrigation, fertilizers, etc. Browning of
vegetation will have severe implications for the forest,
agriculture, and natural ecosystems under future climate

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Vishnu Chandra
Deputy Director General & Group Head  Usage of geospatial technology in mining is found to accrue the
– Remote Sensing & GIS, National following benefits:
Informatics Centre  Timely completion of the survey and demarcation of the mining
Dr Sandeep Tripathi
  area with high accuracy.
Chief Executive Officer, Orissa Remote
Sensing Centre  No scope for discrepancy in future with the adjacent lease with
respect to boundary and land schedule.
DU Vyas
General Manager, (Geo & Tech.),  All the mining area can be geo-referenced into a single co-
Gujarat Mineral Development ordinate system to work as the base line data in future to have
Corporation Ltd a readymade solution to the administrator, surveyors and most
  importantly to the lessee during any boundary discrepancies.
Head, RRSC-Central, National Remote  This will lead to a proper mine plan preparation as each and
Sensing Centre every point within the lease area is referenced. Further it would
Dr TS Sharma
  facilitate the advantage of linking any other geo-referenced
Sr Geo Scientist, Dept of Mines and information related to mining activity to design individual
Geology, Rajasthan mineral information system as well as a single database system
Gautam Bandopadhyay for the mining belt, including the mine plans.
Director, MeaTech Solutions LLP  Such database will be useful to assess and monitor the coal
block and granted lease area in terms of revenue, environment
and development, providing a tool for the policy makers in
efficient management and scientific extraction of natural
resources of the country.
 The state of Odisha, comprising a majority share of India’s
mineral reserves, is undertaking a number of survey and
mapping exercises.
 Some of the challenges during survey and geo-referencing
exercise include non-availability of geo-referenced cadastral
village map; mismatch in area between the lease deed map and
ground possession; incorrect execution of lease deed map in the
field at the time of demarcation; error at the time of preparation
of lease map using the village cadastral map; inherent error
in the village cadastral sheet (gap and overlap during geo-
referencing of adjacent cadastral sheets).
 The Government of India has introduced a number of key
ordnances and rules in the recent period: Coal Block Auction
Rules 2012; MMDR (Amendment) Act 2015; National Mineral
Exploration Trust Rules, The Mineral (Mining by Government
Companies) Rules 2015; Mineral Auction Rules, 2015; Mineral
Conservation & Development (Amendment) Rules 2015. Such
developments will give weightage to the mineral exploration
and in turn, new mining projects can come up.
 A critical ingredient for sustaining the exploration activity is to
create incentives for investors to allocate scarce financial capital
 Large areas of India should be investigated for minerals by
using latest technologies like remote sensing and GIS
 Bharat Maps developed by the Indian government has maps on
the mineral reserves in India

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 Dr Anmol Kumar
Director General, Forest Survey of  Forests accrue multiple goods and services. Goods include
India (Chairperson) woody products such as timber, fuelwood, pulpwood etc.
 Rajbir Singh NWFP include fodder, fruits, honey, medicinal plants etc.
Ex-Head, Forest Informatics Division, Services include power generation, flood control, biodiversity
Forest Research Institute conservation, carbon sequestration for climate change
 Venugopal Parasuraman mitigation, cultural and spiritual values.
Vice President, Amigo Optima  This necessitates the necessity to manage forests for multiple
 G. Rajshakhar functions as laid down in the National Working Plan Code
Scientist SF, Forestry, National 2014. This requires multiple types of forest resource survey
Remote Sensing Centre such as growing stock estimation, carbon stock estimation,
 Atri Shaw biodiversity assessment, soil survey and assessment,
Manager – Forestry & GIS, Iora plantation assessment, drivers of degradation – all of which
Ecological Solutions are in the spatial domain
 Shailesh Shankar  For a meaningful action plan in forestry management, we
Manager, Sales Engineering, have to be clear about where we are, where we want to reach
DigitalGlobe and what are the possible pathways. Geospatial technology
 Manoj Kumar provides wherewithal to visualize the present status,
Incharge-Geomatic Cell, Forest projected scenario and intervening stages in a visual manner
Research Institute, Indian Council of
Forestry Research & Education  The project Forestry Interventions for Ganga, which aims
to identify appropriate forestry interventions for Ganga
rejuvenation, maintaining vegetation cover across the
stretch of river Ganga and its tributaries, and maintaining
minimum ecological flow, is using geospatial technology
for delineation of areas for forestry intervention, delineation
of riparian zone, delineation of areas for developing artificial
wetlands, delineation of eco sensitive zones of catchment
 Demonstration of forest degradation mapping using advanced
spatial techniques
 The challenges facing geospatial technology implementation
in forestry include last mile connectivity i.e. visualizing and
simple interactive capabilities at cutting edge at affordable
price; capacity building in open source software; more use of
easy vernacular language instead of technical jargon; connect
between R&D and end user.
 Technology uptake facilitating factors include simple tools
workable like mobile phones; easy availability of relevant local
data to all; a lot of scientific advancements are taking place –
however what would make impact on the ground is what is
doable on the ground, howsoever simple.

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Dr Bhoop Singh
Head - NRDMS & CEO, NSDI  Mobile Technology and Crowd Sourcing , GIS in Public Health
(Chairperson) and Disaster Management
H. Hemanth Kumar
   Prevalence of apps Society Sanjeevani - “A Life Enlightening
Fellow and PI - NRDMS & KSSDI Geo-Spatial Public Health Mobile App” Uses GIS–GPS–Crowd
program, Karnataka State Council for
Source Data in Mobile Technology”
Science & Technology
Prof. M.V. Basaveswara Rao

 Emergency Tech Support - “Link Map Bridges Emergency
Special Officer & Dean, Krishna Need to Services- A Lifesaving Mobile App” Uses GIS–GPS–
University Crowd Source Data in Mobile Technology”

   Geospatial Public Health Data Management System / need for
Scientist "E, Chhattisgarh Council of GIS analysis in health care
Science & Technology  GIS in health care and disease mapping

 Activities of the Karnataka NRDMS programme where district
Associate Professor, Department
of Civil Engineering, Faculty of
spatial data centers have been established in all the districts
Engineering & Technology, SRM to support development planning using GIS
University  Approach to SDI development in Karnataka
Dr. Sachin S. Panhalkar

   Initiatives in Chattisgarh state using remote sensing and GIS
Associate Professor, Department of in the development and management activities/programmes
Geography, Shivaji University such as - mapping of sickle cell anaemia prevalence; technical
Dr S Mohamed Ghouse

  support for watershed activity planning and monitoring; data
Dean Research, Sri Venkateswara creation for effective monitoring of mining projects; village
College Of Engineering and information system; ground water quality mapping.
 Mapping urban sprawl through geoinformatics in
Dr. Sunitha Abburu

Pondicherry region and its surroundings; analyzing the effect
Principal Investigator, NRDMS
of urbanization on the surface and ground water at micro-
watershed level and remedial measures
 Hydrodynamic modelling of PanchGanga river flood using

Emerging Trends and Applications

Tim Williams
Commercial Director, what3words  Comparative Analysis of High Resolution Elevation Data
Ranjan Kumar Singh derived from SAR and Optical stereo Satellite Imagery
Manager, Rolta India Limited  Geocoding the worlds with three words

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Big Data, Mobile & Cloud

Prof Arup Dasgupta
Managing Editor, Geospatial Media  Issues pertaining to big geospatial data - the volume (data at
& Communications (Chairperson) scale), variety (data in many forms), velocity (data in motion)
Raghavendran S
  and veracity (data uncertainty) and solutions to address them
GM Technical - GIS, Pixel Softek  Integration of satellite imagery with crowdsourcing
ndrew Steele
 Importance of unstructured data and the integration
Manager, Sales Engineering,
capabilities of GIS for unstructured data
r Kingshuk Srivastava
   Applications of mobile and cloud in disaster management
Assistant Professor, University of
Petroleum & Energy Studies
ohammad Nasim
Research Scholar, Lingaya’s

Enterprise / Web GIS

Uma Shama
Professor of Mathematics, &  Customer-centric solution application in transportation in USA
Computer Science, Co-Director
of GeoGraphics, Laboratory
 Web-based parcel map collection and display in Odisha state
Bridgewater State University, USA in India for land use and services
(Chair & lead talk)  3D modelling projects in Australia and Singapore
Debajit Mishra
   Enterprise solutions from Hexagon geospatial
Scientist, Orissa Space Applications
Centre  Having 2D and 3D files as single efficient file
Brian Nicholls
   Enterprise GIS and Interoperability in defence projects
AAM Group, Australia
Mahesh Reddy
General Manager-Technical
Services & Vishnu Boorla, Manager
– Technical Service, Hexagon
Neeraj Jain
Sr.Advisory Software Engineer,
Pitney Bowes
Shashikala KL
Manager, Bharat Electronics Ltd

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3D Modelling
Dr Sameer Saran
Head, Geoinformatics Department,  3D data acquisition techniques like LiDAR, terrestrial laser
RSGG, Indian Institute of Remote scanning, indoor, mobile units etc
Sensing (Chair & lead talk)
 Demonstrations of software solutions by companies like
 N
irmalya Chatterjee Trimble, Bentley, Terrasolid, Cyient
Executive Director & COO, Trimble
Buildings India  LiDAR data collection both indoor and outdoor
 U
.T.Vijay, Fellow  3D modelling in archaeology for heritage preservation
Karnataka State Council for Science  3D model acquisition, post processing, analysis and
and Technology
 H
annu Korpela
Marketing and Sales Manager,
 R
ajeev Kundra
Senior Manager Business
Development, Cyient

Developers Forum
Vinod Bothale
Group Director - Geoportal & Web  Bhuvan framework can be customised to suit a variety of
GIS services (Chairperson) solutions. Web map services, tools, geocoding, search API can
Arul Raj
  create rich applications on web and mobile
Manager - Bhuvan Web Services  Application development offerings for location-based services
from MapmyIndia
Vilas Kulkarni
Associate Vice President,
 There are a number of basemaps on browser-based
MapmyIndia framework. There is a wide range of possibilities of
developing geospatial applications using Mapbox toolbox
Sanjay Bhangar
Mapbox  Marble has a number of offerings for app development
ami P.
Manager Marketing, Magicmind

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Dr Bharat Lohani
Professor, Indian Institute  Creating UAV data processing tools on desktop, server and
Technology, Kanpur (Chairperson) cloud
Dinakar Devireddy
   Trimble UAS Aerial Imaging solutions
Head, Innovation Program, Cyient
 Indigenous UAS based aerial imaging solution and use cases
Mahesh Reddy
General Manager- Technical Services  The government needs to come up with a comprehensive UAV
and Vasudeva Rao, Senior Manager regulation policy. Policy paralysis will harm Indian economy
– Technical Services, Hexagon
Sunil Krishnan
Regional Sales Manager – Middle
East, Africa and India, Trimble
Vipul Singh
Co-founder & CBDO, Aarav
Unmanned Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Lidar Session
ML Srivastava
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture
 New avenues in state/Country-wide LiDAR mapping
Scott Bennett
 A new representation of the real world with Lidar
Director of Business Development,  Developments in 3D Documentation
IntelliEarth Geospatial Solutions
 Laser scanner systems for static and kinematic surveying
Harris Corporation
with online data processing and cloud connectivity
Tarun Harnathka
Director of Regional Map & Content,  Demonstration of how mobile Lidar applications are
HERE Maps benefitting activities in Uttar Pradesh
Anil N P
   Utility and comparison between interfaces of Lidar and
Distribution Manager, PAN India Photogrammetry
FARO Laser Scanner Product Line
Michael Mayer
Assistant Director International Sales,
RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems
GmbH, Austria
Ajay Kumar Agarwal
Scientist & Project Manager, DMC
& Lidar Mapping, Remote Sensing
Applications Centre, Uttar Pradesh
Rahul Bajpai
BMRC, GeoMining Solutions LLC

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Youth Forum
 Geospatial job market worldwide, Dr Shahnawaz
  Dr Aniruddha Roy
and especially in India, is growing Director (South & South East Sr. Vice President & CTO,
continuously Asia), UNIGIS International, Genesys
University of Salzburg, Sujay Choksi
 There are frequent changes in the Austria Manager - GIS, Adani Ports
demands of geospatial skills and Dr B Gopala Krishna
  & SEZ Ltd
competences Deputy Director, DPPA & Dr Milap Punia
 Job providers require ‘fit-for-job‘ WAA, National Remote Professor, Social Sciences,
professionals Sensing Centre Jawaharlal Nehru University
 There are three main driving forces
of geospatial education: geospatial
technologies / tools; geospatial
data; geospatial application fields / Varsha Prem
  Institute of Technology and
domains Research Scholar, Science, Pilani
 These three driving forces have Gandhigram Rural Institute Jhoga Parth
multilateral and reciprocal Sivakumar S
  Research Scholar, Shiv Nadar
interaction i.e. changes in one drive Student, College of University
changes in the other two Engineering Guindy, Anna Thenmozhi R
University Research Scholar, National
 Higher educational institutions face
S Abdul Rahaman
  Institute of Technology,
a challenge of producing ‘fit-for- Research Fellow, Trichy
job‘ graduates in response to the Bharathidasan University
requirements of the job-markets Mohammed Shahebaz
Harish Puppala
  Student, JNTU, Hyderabad
 The need for cooperation among Research Scholar, BITS Pilani Siddhant Pandey
academia, industry and organisers Bibin Wilson
  Student, Amity University
is unavoidable M.Tech Student, Indian Kyle Younkin
Institute of Space Iowa State University
Science and Technology,
Thiruvananthapuram Bakul Budhiraja
Ph.D. scholar, Shiv Nadar
Shanmathi Rekha R
  University
Student, National Institute of
Technology PJ Navin Kumar
Department of Geography,
Lalu Saheb K
  University of Madras
Post Graduate Student, Birla

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GeoIntelligence Asia 2016 concluded successfully on March 3, 2016.
The conference, co-organised with GeoSmart India 2016, brought
together participants from defence, security and public safety who
deliberates upon the potential of geospatial technology and its
applications for national security and safety. The exhibition also
showcased the latest technologies strengthening the defence and
public sector in India and beyond.

GeoSmart India 2016

Geointelligence Asia
GeoIntelligence Asia 2016 concluded successfully on March 3, 2016. The
conference, co-organised with GeoSmart India 2016, brought together more
than 500 participants from defence, security and public safety who deliberates
upon the potential of geospatial technology and its applications for national
security and safety. The exhibition also showcased the latest technologies
strengthening the defence and public sector in India and beyond


“Space-based systems in Defence are gaining prominence

and Launch-On-Demand model of launching satellites and
providing integrated platforms and sensors is also growing
significantly. There is a need to work on creating capacities
for developing sensors using indigenous methods and bring-
ing out the importance of Nano satellite technology for India
illustrating vessel movement and tracking in the oceans”


“The current information sharing environment in US is critical

for law, defence and homeland security. Such programmes
help in the aspect of critical information sharing, safeguarding
sensitive information, civil rights and civil liberties of the citi-
zens by avoiding misuse of information. Organisational part-
nerships and open interoperability standards play a critical role
in enabling such sharing environments to be more secure.”

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Joint Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer -
Domestic Operations & Member of the Board, Rolta
India Ltd

"Geospatial information is a critical component in defence

and military operations. This information is now seen as a
key element of national power and the military leadership has
recognised the operational advantage geospatial information



“Maps and geospatial data are critical to the soldiers in the

battlefield. Ground is of utmost importance for military and
what GIS does is to look at the ground in a tactical battle area,
explore terrains virtually, and significantly supplement the
reconnaissance physically. There is a need for building better
systems for the army; industry and academy should take a note
and bring in interoperable solutions based on Open Geospatial
Consortium (OGC) open standards.”


PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Governor of Mizoram

“There is a need for India to continuously work on enabling

military with latest geospatial technologies and capacities.”

GeoSmart India 2016

Plenary 1
GIS Enabled Digital Battle Field

Greg Bentley
  M
 aj Gen Girish Kumar
Chief Executive Officer, Bentley Systems Commandant CAMS
Mladen Stojic
  Mark Reichardt
President Hexagon Geospatial, USA President & Chief Executive Officer Open Geospatial
Lt Gen V K Saxena
  Consortium

Plenary Session
Space & Cyberspace: The Final Frontiers

t Gen Aditya Singh
  Brig MU Nair
PVSM, AVSM** (Chairperson) DIARA
t Gen SP Kochhar
  Kumar Navular
AVSM*,VSM Sr Director – Strategic Programs, DigitalGlobe
aj Gen TSA Narayanan

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Technical sessions
GeoIntelligence Enablers

Lt Gen Rajesh Pant
  Brent Stafford
PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Chairman, PEL Director –APAC,  Here Maps 
Brig AS Nagra
  T S Rawat
Vivek Saxena
  Scientist E, Digital Terrain Research Laboratory
Scientist E, Digital Terrain Research Laboratory Vinay Babu
Col KP Kumar
  Sr Manager – Industry Solutions, Hexagon
Comdt, Army Digital Mapping Centre Geospatial
Lt Gen G S Chandel
  Col Arun Kumar D
YSM, Director General Rashtriya Rifles Comdt, Army Digital Mapping Centre
avindra Nagnathrao Kondekar
  Venkat Krishna
Vice President Defence Solution Products Rolta India Associate Vice President, MapMy India

Maritime & Coastal Security Internal Security & Emergency Response

Vice Admiral AG Thapliyal
  Gen NC Marwah PVSM
AVSM*, EX – DG Coast Guards AVSM (Retd), Member, National Disaster
dr Himadri Das
  Management Authority
DGNO Dr MR Bhutiyani
arcus Trainor
  Scientist ‘G’, DTRL
Director –Operations/Sales, Asia Pacific, BAE Ashish Gupta
Systems  Divisional Director, Rolta India
Adm S Kulshreshtra
  Vipin Tyagi
dre Mukesh Bhargava
  Executive Director, CDOT
Andrew Steele
Manager Sales Engineering, DigitalGlobe
MS Gupta
IPS, DG Home Guards, MP Police

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