Sunday, March 18, 2007

Geo-Horizon ‘07 – Imaging the Edge of Infinity

Geo-Horizon, the annual national technical symposium of Society of GeoInformatics Engineers, Anna University was held during 16th-17th March, 2007 at Colin Mackenzie Auditorium in Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Anna University.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. M. Sekar, Dean, College of Engineering Guindy Campus and Ms. Girija Vaidhyanathan I.A.S. presided over. Prof. S. Kaliappan, Director, IRS welcomed the gathering. Mr. C. Madan DeepaKumar, General Secretary SGE and Mr. E. Velappan, President, SGE briefed the gathering about the society, symposium and the days events.

Mr. Santosh Gaikwad, Information Officer of Salim Ali Centre For Ornithology And Natural History (SACON) while delivering a lecture on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics, enlightened the audience about electronic collection of biota, integration of geospatial information and computer aided taxonomic identification systems and electronic field guides.

The afternoon session, was presided over by Mr. Neeraj Dixit, Product Manager of Autodesk Inc, which first revolutionized the software industry for building, infrastructure, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and wireless data. He being a member of Indian Road Congress, lectured on Dynamic Modeling – answers to challenges in road design. The first paper session had participants from all corners of the country presenting on Geographical Information Systems and various advances in it.

The second day witnessed a variety of technical and lighter events to bring the academic, analytic, interpretative and team playing skills out the of the participants. There was a lecture on Open Source GIS by Mr. V. Ravi Kumar, Joint Secretary of OSGeo India Chapter. Mr Ravi, a geologist by profession is one of the few eminent persons leading the world of Open Source software in the spatial domain.

The Second paper session covered domains like Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems, Satellite Image Processing and Disaster Management. To kindle the lighthearted people events like Interpretation game, technical treasure hunt, and a variety of informal events were conducted.

The valedictory address was given by Prof. S. Kaliappan. To sum up, Geo-Horizon has gained reputation all over the country for its exemplary organization. The symposium unveiled a unique opportunity for students gain knowledge about the industrial world. Guest lectures from eminent persons of reputed institutions and live demonstrations by companies, and instrument displays by IRS served as an eye-opener for the student community and industrialists. It can be said with confidence that Geo-Horizons in the coming years would be catapulting towards greater horizons.

Writing credits: Atma Bharathi, Lavanya

Saturday, February 3, 2007

GeoHorizon - 06


GeoHorizon’06, the national level technical symposium was organized by the Society of GeoInformatics Engineers (SGE), Anna University. Dr.Vishwanathan, Vice Chancellor, Anna University inaugurated the two-day symposium on March 6, 2006 at the Colin Mc.Kenzy auditorium, Institute of Remote Sensing. Mr. Mukund Rao, CEO, Navayuga Spatial Technologies, Bangalore was the guest of honor. Dr.Kaliappan, Director, Institute of Remote Sensing.

Dr.Thirumalaivasan, President, SGE presented the welcome address.

Mr. Mukund Rao’s valuable lecture on ‘Spatial Technologies for Development’ was received with good attention.

Mr. Abhay.S.Mittal, Regional Director, Digital Globe Asia Pacific delivered a presentation on ‘High Resolution Imagery and the satellites to be launched by Digital Globe’. Digital Globe also provided the satellite imagery for Anna University campus.

Mr. Joseph from Census Department talked about the role of GIS in Census.

The first day proceeded with paper presentation session from students from various colleges all over the country. It proved to be a platform to demonstrate the technical excellence of students and included topics like Urban Planning, Transportation GIS, Remote Sensing and Image Processing.

While the second day kept most of the first and second years busy by running all around the campus searching for clues for the map game (a technical treasure hunt), the student delegates had a different sort of entertainment. The debate ‘Interlinking of rivers – An engineering prospective’ generated not just the heat of argument but also light on the topic.

The technical quizzes demanded great labor of the gray matter. Rounds like visual interpretation from satellite imagery, jumbled words, rapid fire, and identification of map symbols were delightful and kept the participants full of activity.

The GIS programming contest was a special event where the knowledge of students in GIS software were tested.

The main sponsors for the symposium were ESRI India, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian GeoInformatics Centre, CADD center, Reliable Consultants, Sokkia and DSM.

The second symposium of the Society of GeoInformatics Engineers drew to a close on the evening of March 7. Mr. Subbaraj, Treasurer, SGE presented the annual report for the society. Mr. Thirumurthy, HOD, Civil Engineering commended the students for making the event a very grand success and wished good luck for the forth-coming events of the society.