MipMap Technologies provides GIS-support in Processing the Existing Geospatial Data & Establishing a Geodatabase and Geoportal for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Delft, NL – August 2021
MipMap Technologies continues to provide GIS-based solutions to a phenomenal client, the Geotech Overseas of Saudi Arabia, on their contract with the Municipality of Jeddah for a GIS project covering the collection of existing geospatial data, 3D topographic mapping and data conversion & integration on an area of approximately 2,400 km2. The works commenced in September 2020 and plans are in place for completion by September 2023. One of the most fundamental objectives of the project is to collect, classify and digitize the plans stored for decades in the archives of the Jeddah Municipality and their sub-municipalities.
Based on the contract , the client’s 5 GIS needs were:
- Inventory and collecting division and organizational plans;
- Converting Paper Plans to Digital Plans;
- Designing a Geodatabase and Populating the Geospatial Data;
- Evaluating and Reviewing the Plans, and
- Geographical Monitoring.
ArcGIS in charge! MipMap and Geotech Overseas promptly agreed to use the ArcGIS platform throughout the project to enter plan information, which prevented duplicate work and provided easy control of the progress. The geo-registration of the plans was also controlled from an ArcGIS dashboard. Any experienced user of ArcGIS would acknowledge that there are several ways to digitize raster plans in ArcGIS software packages and, among them, MipMap Technologies made it a priority to use:
- Automatic Vectorization;
- Using Vectorization Trace Tool and
- Interactive Vectorization since they all come in handy in creating clean and accurate vector data.
Apps-on-the-go! The ArcGIS Team effectively configured apps to facilitate the running of the 5 tasks at hand and deliver desirable solutions for the client’s needs. While one app helped operators enter plan information accurately and efficiently, another provided assistance in tracking coordinates. Hence, a separate dashboard app was put in use to keep track of real-time progress in every aspect of project management. In short, the following ArcGIS Technologies were employed in this project with great results:
- ArcGIS Web AppBuilder for data entry application,
- ArcGIS Dashboards for monitoring project progress and
- ArcGIS Notebook for processing raster plans.
Already one year into the project, the team will eventually make a comparison between the layers of CAD plans and GDB to make sure there is no missing layer between the existing and the newly created geodatabases. In order to keep the new database clean and consistent, the team will not migrate any unnecessary data into the new geodatabase.
About MipMap Technologies: An international company with over 40 years’ experience in GIS technologies, MipMap is a platinum partner of Esri, the global leader in GIS technology. MipMap has an ongoing agreement with Esri to provide consultancy services until the end of 2022 and has entered into R&D and project agreements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the World Bank. Leveraging a vast business experience in the Middle East, the Company’s growth strategy now focuses on expanding business in Europe, Asia, and USA.
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