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Singapore student wins award for innovative use of GIS technology

Zafar Anjum | July 10, 2014
NUS student’s urban planning project wins nationwide tech competition

A National University of Singapore (NUS) student will be attending the world's largest spatial conference - the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California as winner of 2014 Esri Young Scholars Award (EYSA) for his innovative project.

Abdul Rahim Bin Abdul Hamid, a Department of Architecture student, won the award for a project entitled: 'Potential ecological networks in Singapore', which aims to help Singapore's planners effectively implement urban biodiversity conservation initiatives.

According to Geographic Information System (GIS) technology company Esri's media statement, Rahim won in the nation-wide competition, run annually by Esri Singapore. The competition is about the creative use of GIS technology - or smart mapping technology - to solve commercial and community issues.

As a winner, Rahim will have a chance to showcase his work to over 15,000 GIS professionals from 140 countries. Rahim has studied two sites to date in Singapore-- the old railway corridor and Bulim.

"Using GIS technology, I have been able to study the spatial characterisation of Singapore's green areas and assess the quality and suitability of habitats where different types of species coexist," Rahim said. "Using the ecological framework tool I have developed, we can preserve the ecological integrity and vegetation structure in these areas, while allowing the new infrastructural developments to take place."

Esri Singapore Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pramotedham said the quality of the entries for this year's Young Scholar Award exemplified the growing talent pool of young Singaporean geospatial experts. "Singapore's youth is very creative and receptive when it comes to new technologies," says Pramotedham.

Rahim's study has already piqued the interest of government agencies and a research centre, who has conveyed that they would like to use the planning tool  the NUS student has developed.



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