ITS Campus – ITS News, Geomatics International Conference (GeoIcon) 2019 by the Department of Geomatics Engineering Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) re-held for the fourth time, Wednesday (21/8). The events of these academics discuss the importance of sea mapping for the safety of navigation and the development of a country’s economy.
The international conference titled Geospatial Technology for Mapping the Future: Integrating Land and Marine Development invited several speakers from various foreign universities. Among these are Dr. Ian Church from the University of New Brunswick Canada, Prof Kai Wei Chiang from National Cheng Kung University Taiwan, and Prof Wan Mohd Main from Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia.
The head of the Committee of GeoIcon 2019, Danar Guruh Pratomo Ph.D., said, the main focus of the annual celebration of the Departement of Geomatics Engineering would like to introduce that hydrography is important for the benefit of the people. According to him, not many know how important the map of nature, especially the sea map. “Because the seamap is not very familiar, ” he said.
Whereas Danar continued, Indonesia is a coastal country whose composition is dominated by the sea. So with this activity, there can be a brainstorm on the map of the sea. “Because each country has different sea characteristics,” said this lecturer of the Departement of Geomatics Engineering.
In Indonesia, seamaps are useful for navigation safety purposes. Also, marine mapping can be useful to support a country’s economy. “For example, access to ports, goods distribution lines, and so on,” said this bright man.
Danar explains, the fact in the field of education the importance of hydrography is good. However, there are still many people both fishermen and businesses who have not been utilizing them to their fullest. “It is currently still in the discussion, there will be a chance that we will involve many parties, especially fishermen,” he said.
Danar explained, the seamap itself is available and updated by the Indonesian Navy Hydrography and Oceanographic Center (PUSHIDROSAL) which is renewed annually. The presence of a good seamap that is admitted by Danar, can minimize the occurrence of sea accidents while improving the economic condition of an area.
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
On the same occasion, there was also the signing of a memorandum of understanding between ITS Rector which was represented by Dr. Ir. Mochamad Ashari MEng and Magellan System Japan represented by Nobuhiro Kishimoto. This collaboration is joint-research cooperation focused on digital mapping issues. (owi/rev/ITS Public Relations)
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