Sarawak govt wants to explore ESRI ArcGIS tech for urban planning, natural resource mapping

Awang Tengah (fifth left) receiving a memento from a representative of ESRI Malaysia.

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KUCHING, Sept 22: The Sarawak government is keen to explore the use of ESRI ArcGIS technologies for urban development planning and mapping of natural resources for a sustainable future.

According to a statement today, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan expressed this interest at an ArcGIS Technologies Sharing Session with ESRI Malaysia held at the Land and Survey Department headquarters in Menara Pelita today.

Recapping the previous engagement at ESRI User Conference in San Diego USA, Esri Malaysia chief executive officer (CEO) CS Tan noted the nine areas of interest which have been identified namely land use, mineral and natural resources, change detection, water supply, gas supply, smart city, conservation programme, wildlife mapping and talent development.

ESRI Malaysia Industry Consultant Team manager Firdaus Asri also shared on case studies in New Mexico using geographic information systems (GIS) to ensure miners operate responsibly and efficiently. GIS for smart cities was also utilised in Singapore.

Awang Tengah, who is also Second Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Planning, thus proposed to ESRI Malaysia along with Sains Sdn Bhd to carry out a comprehensive study on GIS solutions for natural resources in Sarawak such as mapping of mineral types, crocodile density and so on.

Also present at the meeting were Deputy Minister for Urban Development, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh, Advisor to Ministry of International Trade, Industry and Investment (MINTRED) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Sarawak Land and Survey Department director Datu Abdullah Julaihi, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak, and Sains CEO Dr Anderson Tiong. — DayakDaily