Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council wins International Excellence Award in GIS systems

SAN DIEGO — The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, UPC, has won a prestigious international award for its innovative use of Geographic Information System, GIS, mapping technology.

The award took place during the 2017 Esri User Conference, which will run until 14th July, organised by the International Environmental Systems Research Institute in San Diego, California.

The UPC’s award-winning internal web portal uses state-of-the-art software to allow planners to search, visually identify and track master plans, planning processes and regulations for any location or area.

The team was among 175 winners from different categories, chosen from more than 100,000 Esri clients. Esri President, Jack Dangermond chose winners based on innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.

This award has led to the portal being ranked one of the ‘best practice sites’ using GIS technology, including efficient mapping and spatial data analytics.

The achievements of the Spatial Data team are in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Plan, to provide enhanced Government services and processes, as well as optimising information and communication technology. As the Government entity responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, the UPC has integrated the digital mapping technology on some of the most significant plans in the Emirate including Madinat Zayed, Mina Zayed and Mussafah master plans.

Falah Al Ahbabi, Director-General of UPC, said, “It is a proud moment for the UPC to be selected for such an internationally-renowned award with our portal having stood out from over 100,000 entries. This award is testament to the GIS team’s continuous hard work and innovative applications of GIS technology.

“We pride ourselves on being a global leader in urban planning and that means we must embrace the latest technologies, such as GIS mapping and spatial data, to help our planners and partners deliver what is needed for the future of Abu Dhabi. It is fantastic for this to be recognised on a global scale.”

Source: Emirates News Agency