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GIS Projects

Dubai’s Building Information Modeling (BIM):
A roadmap can be drafted to implement Building Information Modeling in Dubai, including a short-term and a long-term plan, in addition to defining unified standards for all of Dubai to provide building designs to licensing authorities. The project also includes automatic design audit and the development of a mechanism to send forms and data to the geospatial database with the aim of updating the base map.

Dubai Municipality’s New electronic system for Building Permits:

Development of a new electronic system based on the use of the latest available technologies. The system is user friendly and fast. It allows automatic verification of plans, smart inspection and integration with geospatial information systems.

Dubai Here App:

Dubai Here is an electronic system that works via web browser or portable smart devices and includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional maps containing all assets, landmarks, infrastructure, buildings, units, service networks, economic activity information, environmental, health and population information. This application comes within the framework of the Dubai Digital Twin Initiative, which is a digital replica of the city of Dubai that provides all the necessary information for planning and managing the city and providing smart services effectively, especially after its enhancement with Internet of Things technology and linking it with real-time information.

Geospatial Service Centre:

The Geospatial Services Centre is a unique project, created by the Geographic Information Systems Centre with the aim of enhancing the international level of the Geographic Information Systems Centre’s outputs. These outputs are distinguished with their accuracy, geospatial data quality, keeping pace with international standards and related developments, as well as developing special technologies in a prompt and flexible manner. Geospatial information with related constant accompaniment to global geospatial data is also provided, in support of the United Nations sustainable development goals, alongside making the data accessible, with the possibility of implementing support initiatives to enhance the efficiency of geospatial maturity in the Emirate of Dubai. The Geospatial Services Centre promotes and supports geospatial innovation by providing a suitable environment for innovators in the field. This is done by providing world-class geospatial consultants and experts who work in coordination with the GIS Centre staff and partners to achieve the desired goals.

Makani for Addressing of Indoor Units:

The geospatial addressing system “Makani” is an extension of the addressing system currently used in Dubai. It allows the addressing of units inside the buildings and the possibility of inferring the building, floor and unit, through an innovative, simplified, non-repetitive code, electronically linked to the addressing system.

With the launch of the addressing system through “Makani”, a panel is fixed to each building unit in Dubai and linked to all essential authorities in the Emirate. This contributes to simplifying the addressing system and facilitating the process of accessing the units, especially in emergency and crisis situations.

The 5-minute Affection Plan Initiative:

The initiative, which is in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy 2021, is a joint effort between the Geographic Information Systems Centre and the Survey Department, aiming to develop the process of issuing an Affection Plan and the related geographic systems and applications, from the stage of presenting the application until receipt of the Affection Plan. The initiative includes the following:

  • Automation of all stages of the Affection Plan issuance
  • Electronic linking with the Emirates ID and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs to provide landowners data, and the Department of Economic Development to provide Trade Licenses information
  • Development of specialized geographic systems for the modification phase of landowners data (authorities)
  • Correcting the geospatial data of lands (dimensions, public facilities, etc.), planning and landowners data (individuals)
  • Replacing the old systems for issuing affection plans with “Kharetati” App as well as developing a system for registering data of landowners, their representatives and land plots, with the aim of updating this data, linking it to land numbers and to the authorized bodies for submitting Affection Plan requests, in addition to providing a database (Know Your Customer – KYC) – Current electronic archiving system.

Indoor Roaming in Buildings:

This project consists of a 3D mapping system that provides maps of buildings and facilities with external and internal details, including maps that outline the details of real estate units, the distribution of rooms to the assets’ locations, such as air conditioners and lighting, while linking the maps to the data and systems related to asset management, maintenance, leasing, safety, civil defence and others.

Data Collection:

  • Base map:

The project aims at updating the base map information and provide high-resolution aerial imagery, Digital Terrain Models, and Digital Elevations Models. It also makes available government assets data and the development of a lexicon application for its data through unifying a model and geospatial databases and through conducting a comprehensive field survey of assets. The databases are then integrated with the infrastructure network data, thus enabling the GIS Centre to support all partners and decision-makers in this regard.

  • The Drone:

This project provides an integrated system for accurate aerial photography using a drone. It enables the elaboration of accurate maps of areas, facilities and projects, with the aim of immediately and constantly updating the Dubai integrated and standardized base map and the 3D Digital Twin.

The system’s most important uses:

    • Monitor and update base map data and ongoing infrastructure projects
    • Provide data promptly, accurately and produce terrain, vegetation and water cover maps.

The system also provides the advantages of quickly knowing the condition of buildings under construction while studying traffic, developing safety plans and calculating soil volume and waste, in addition to monitoring changes in the coastline. The data generated by the system are considered one of the most important contributors to making effective decisions.

  • Geospatial Car:

This project provides an integrated solution system to collect geospatial data using the road maps technology. The system uses laser and photography devices installed on top of a car for 3D mapping. The system consists of a high-precision laser scanner, GPS positioning devices and a number of 360-degree panoramic digital photography cameras.

The use of the system contributes to enhancing accuracy, speed and safety in data collection on highways and congested roads. Dubai Municipality is the first governmental department in the Emirate to deploy such a system.
The system is considered one of the most important technologies for producing the Digital Twin with high speed and efficiency. It also provides 3D data used in all updates for all types of data, especially assets and buildings, in addition to innovative processes to automatically detect change through geospatial artificial intelligence algorithms.

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