03 May 2012
Launching of URISA UAE Chapter & URISA Forum (Towards Geospatial Society)
May 03, 2012, under the patronage of H.E. Essa Al Maidoor, Assistant Director for Engineering & Planning Department of Dubai Municipality & President of Society of Engineers – UAE, more than 50 GIS professionals gather in Society of Engineers – UAE Headquarters to witness the launching of the URISA UAE Chapter and the Announcement of the Geospatial Technologies & Information Committee. In conjunction to this event, a URISA Forum (Towards Geospatial Society) was held that and tackles the latest advances in the technology and its implementations in GIS industry. The event is the first of its monthly series of open house URISA gatherings which is intended for geospatial professionals in government and private sectors.
URISA UAE Chapter and Geospatial Technologies & Information Committee are working under the umbrella of Society of Engineers – UAE. URISA - The Association for GIS Professionals - is a leading provider of learning and knowledge for the GIS community. URISA connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement. URISA is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community come together to share concerns and ideas.
An opening speech was delivered by Eng. Essa Al Maidoor, Assistant Director General for Engineering & Planning Sector - Dubai Municipality and President of Society of Engineers – UAE: “This year, we are proud to announce the launching of URISA UAE Chapter and the Geospatial Technologies & Information Committee who will be working under the umbrella of Society of Engineers – UAE. The partnership of Society of Engineers – UAE and URISA will be a great advantage to the GIS Professionals as it will be highlighting their significant role in the country. UAE needs to focus and give importance to the GIS Professionals and provide them with services that will help them develop their professional expertise with international standards. This partnership will update them about the activities, latest studies, researches, technologies and its implementations in the GIS industry globally.”
He warmly welcomes the URISA UAE Chapter Members and Speakers for the forum especially Mr. Greg Babinski, URISA President who presented the URISA and the Development of a Geospatial Society: Past, Present and Future. Mr. Jim Good, Director, Advanced Systems, Civil and Operational Space, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Mr. Ali Rashed Al Suwaidi, Head of Satellite Image Applications Section, EIAST, Mr. Shafik Juwani, Executive Vice President, Global GIS Business, Rolta International Inc., Mr. Sherif Awad, Director of Geospatial Solutions, GPC Global Information Solutionsand high officials of Society of Engineers – UAE are also present in the forum.