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    National Conference on Geo-informatics- 2014

    June 17, 2014

    The Centre for Research and Development (CRD) of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development held its initial National Conference on Geo-informatics (GIS) with a view of sharing knowledge and to create interest and awareness among those involved in GIS researches at a function held at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla yesterday (16th June).

    The event further focused to harness insight and knowledge gathered by the professionals engaged in various facets of the technology such as Defence, Urban Development, Disaster Management, Public Service Enhancement, Satellite Based Tracking (GPS), Surveying and Mapping, Hydrology, Land and Agriculture under the theme of "Defence Geospatial Potential for Safety and National Growth".

    Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasooriya graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

    Welcome address was delivered by the Director General, Centre for Research and Development of the Ministry of Defence Major General Prasad Samarasinghe and the Keynote speech was delivered by the Chairperson of the UNESCO Management Centre of the University of Moratuwa Professor NTS Wijesekara.

    The national conference opened numerous ways to understand the changes and technical advancement in the geospatial industry through plenary, seminar and workshop. It also enabled distinguished guests and participants to focus on national endeavour in establishing cooperation for geospatial technologies, share knowledge and learn from experiences of different disciplines.

    At present advanced geospatial technologies are being extensively embraced and utilized in many public and private sectors. It also enables to accelerate productivity, effectiveness, efficiency and decision making capabilities in booming sectors like Defence, Urban Development, Disaster Management, Resource Planning, Surveying and Infrastructure Development.

    The above theme in the discussion has brought a successful storyline of applying geospatial technologies as case studies, developments, envisioned plans and programmes where geospatial tools could be implemented.

    In this enormous effort which brought decision makers to discuss and deliberate the sustainable contribution on the road to geospatial intelligence, experienced the active sharing between senior Military Commanders, Law enforcement agencies, government officials of divers sectors, entrepreneurs, resource planners and researches.

    Additional Secretary (Technical)  Rohan Seneviarthne, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Chief of Staff of the Navy Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera and a large gathering of distinguished guests were also present at the event. (kh/MOD)

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