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07/11/2017

DPM’s Online Planning Portal Wins Prestigious Global Award

Department of Urban Planning and Development (DPM) has won a prestigious international award for its innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology.

The DPM’s Spatial Data team has beaten more than 100,000 contenders worldwide, for its impressive Smart GeoPlanner Enterprise Spatial Portal.

They will be presented with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the 2017 Esri User Conference, held from July 10th-14th in San Diego, California. The DPM will also be participating at the showcase event along with delegates from the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and UAE University.

The DPM’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 DPM 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.

H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General of the DPM, said: "It is a proud moment for the DPM 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.”

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council will receive the award during the five-day conference, while the DPM Spatial Data team will showcase its three main applications - Smart GeoPlanner, The Abu Dhabi Maritime Atlas Portal and the Development Code Spatial Portal.

The Smart GeoPlanner System is an interactive map that facilitates access to the latest spatial data. The system provides planners with smart tools that allow them to perform advance spatial analysis to support informed planning decisions.

The Abu Dhabi Maritime Atlas Portal is an interactive spatial portal, which includes a detailed map showing exactly where each project is located within Plan Maritime – one of the DPM’s strategic framework plans. The Development Code Spatial Portal provides a user-friendly map, where planners can locate and retrieve zoning regulations for designated plots.

A special map gallery section at the event will display the DPM's ‘Implementation Spatial Plan For Future Projects’, its ‘Documented Coastal and Marine Habitats and Species’ project and a map showing the smart functionalities of the Smart GeoPlanner. The DPM will conclude its impressive list of activities by presenting its ‘Spatial Services’ success story to the ESRI audience during the technical workshop.

The Esri User Conference 2017 is the largest GIS conference in the world. Last year, more than 15,000 professionals from the commercial sector, Government organisations and non-profit field of work attended the event.

Founded in 1969, Esri is a global market leader and international supplier of GIS software. It has a dynamic workforce with experts in geographic science, software development and data analytics from 67 countries.

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The Department of Urban Planning and Development (DPM)

The Department of Urban Planning and Development (DPM) was created by law number 23 of the year 2007 and is the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, and the expert authority behind the framework plans for the Emirate: Plan Capital, Plan Al Ain, Plan Al Dhafra and Plan Maritime. Chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council defines the shape of the Emirate, ensuring factors such as sustainability, infrastructure capacity, community planning and quality of life, by overseeing development across the city and the Emirate as a whole. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council ensures best practice in planning for both new and existing urban areas. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s primary purpose is to deliver upon the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Ruler of Abu Dhabi for the continued fulfilment of the grand design envisaged by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the ongoing evolution of Abu Dhabi as a global capital city. By drawing on urban planning expertise locally, throughout the GCC and around the world, the DPM strives to be a global authority on the future of urban planning and design.

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