Speakers Bio & Abstract

David Jonas Spatial Solutions Consultant, AAM Group

David has a Master of Surveying Science Degree from Melbourne University. David's 30 year experience in mapping-related activities has evolved from field surveying, software development, GPS, photogrammetry, LiDAR, and UAVs. He played a prime role in introducing LiDAR technology to the Asian surveying industry. He has been providing survey solutions to India since 2006, including aerial imagery, MLS and LiDAR projects. David has had hands-on experience with broadacre urban mapping across Asia, including major cities in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. His particular interest is in reviewing / probing / querying stakeholders to determine their true mapping needs before discussing potential solutions.

Abstract Comparing and Contrasting the Various Survey Methods for Property Definition

Recent publications from the Department of Land Resources have outlined acceptable Survey Methodology and Deliverables for the rechristened Digital India Land Records Modernisation Programme (DILRMP). These are meant for guidance to the States / UTs and they are at liberty to accept / modify any / all of these guidelines. This presentation will compare and contrast the survey sources listed by the Department including DGPS/ETS, Satellite Imagery, Aerial Photography, LiDAR (terrestrial, mobile and aerial), and UAV. The comparison comes from the perspective of someone who has provided these services across Asia for over 30 years. The comparisons will be made against various criteria including logistics, timeframe, permissions, accuracy, efficiency, deliverables, pros and cons. The presentation will close with a review of survey processes available to maintain and monitor future changes to the resultant property boundaries.

Nivedita Haran Former Additional Chief Secretary Kerala

Headed the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Home Department in Govt. of Kerala. Also worked as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Urban Development, in-charge of Delhi Division in Govt. of India


Encroachment on public land, river banks and other public space has been the primary cause of fatalties during disasters in India. Parks and public greens and pavements are encroached leading to traffic accidents. Construction on river banks lead to loss of life and property during floods. The laws in this regard should be scrupulously enforced. Record of all public lands and river banks should be through geo-referenced cadastral maps that are tamper-proof.

Adesh Dhar Product Manager, Elcome Technologies
About speaker

Adesh Dhar has been working with Elcome Technologies Pvt Ltd for the Past 10 years.

He started as the Technical Support Engineer supporting Total Stations & High End GPS, promoting Leica Geosystems Solution for Measurement Industry.

For the past 5 years he has been dedicatedly involved with promoting Terrestrial Laser Scanners for the developing Indian Market.

Currently his profile is that of Product Manager for entire Leica LIDAR solutions from Terrestrial Laser Scanners to Mobile Mappers and also the revolutionary Leica Nova Series MS 60.

He has been involved in many projects for Mining Applications, Heritage conservation, BIM and Urban Mapping using Leica Pegasus II the mobile mapper.

Ashish Arora Senior Consultant-Enterprise Solutions, Hexagon Geospatial
Abstract Intelligent Spatial Data Infrastructures

Headed the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Home Department in Govt. of Kerala. Also worked as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Urban Development, in-charge of Delhi Division in Govt. of India

Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) denotes the relevant base collection of technologies, policies and institutional arrangements that facilitates the availability and access to spatial data. The SDI provides a basis for spatial data discovery, evaluation, and application for users and providers within all levels of government, commercial sector, non-profit sector, academia and by citizens in general.

A typical SDI provides the required Infrastructure (a Combination of Resources, technology and datasets), for various organisations and departments within these organisations to collaborate and leverage this infrastructure for their respective business use cases, and thus optimize the overall environment.

With the advent of latest disruptive technologies like Big Data Analytics, Cloud Technologies, Smart workflow solutions etc., wherein everything can be provided as a service, the traditional SDI and a typical clearinghouse implementation model needs to evolve into an Intelligent Spatial Data Infrastructure. With a new age SDI in place, decision makers and last mile users alike can leverage various resources from the SDI to ease out their typical 'Day-in-life' workflows.

S Ramaprasanna Executive Director, AAM India

Ramaprasanna has worked in the Indian geospatial industry for over twenty years after gaining his Degree from Bangalore University. He used his early photogrammetric mapping experience to progress through the various career development stages of Team Leader, Production Manager, General Manager, and now Executive Director. These roles have provided Rama with extensive understanding and contacts in both the Indian and International geospatial industries. Rama has had first-hand experience with a wide variety of geospatial technologies, including ETS, GPS, MLS, photogrammetry, LiDAR and GIS; covering all aspects of the production cycle: tendering, budgeting, project award, design, processing and delivery.

Abstract Data Sources Available for Content and Context for Digital India

As India starts commissioning spatial data acquisition to feed its Digital India initiatives, stakeholders are struggling to define how best to acquire the necessary data. Many authorities are comfortable considering field survey tasks, and others include photogrammetric projects, but the range of mapping technology extends way beyond that. This presentation will review the entire spectrum of mapping technologies open to Digital India stakeholders, from the end-user perspective. Options covered include sensors (imagery, LiDAR, radar and field), from the variety of platforms (handheld, vehicle, UAV, aircraft, satellite) and applications (indoor, water, urban, rural, microsites and whole States). The presentation will close with a brief review of the delivery methods beyond the simple data DVD in the mail.

MARK FREEBURN Chief Executive Officer, AAM Pty Ltd, Australia

Mark Freeburn is the Chief Executive Officer of AAM, a leading geospatial services company which focuses on GeoIT, land and construction surveying and airborne mapping services. Mark is responsible for AAM's global operation with offices and connections across Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific nations. Mark has in excess of three decades experience in the ICT, Surveying and Mapping industry both within Australia and internationally. He has an extensive background in operations management and program development for government, mining and transport clients. He is expert in the design and implementation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and specifically in sophisticated database design.

Abstract Rich geospatial services without the cost, risk and headache

India's drive to SMART Cities will result in significant investment in attributed spatial data. The resultant data will both define the current environment, and incorporate proposed initiatives. Five years ago, that would have meant that a data DVD arrived in the mail and all stakeholders had to further invest in IT infrastructure: computers, networks, software, backups, IT support and more. Solutions are now available where the data and IT infrastructure can be bundled together with a Cloud-based delivery. Cloud delivery provides fast and easy access to spatial data with low cost data storage and data dissemination. It delivers secure access to data and online services/applications, allowing the opportunity to break away from traditional software model and "pay-as-you-use" with flexibility and elasticity of implementation. This presentation will explain how organisations can gain access to the data, hardware and solutions they require, without having to buy each and every component.

Dr. Kamal Jain Professor, IIT Roorkee

Dr. Kamal Jain is a Professor in Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. He has also served as visiting faculty at other National and International institutions. His research and teaching interest include advanced applications of DIP, GPS, Digital Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. He has 29 years of vast research and teaching experience in above fields and also an active member for many National and International Societies like Indian society of Geomatics (ISG), International Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), member (ISPRS) Working Group VIII / 2 - Hazards, Disasters and Public Health etc. Dr. Kamal Jain passed his B. E. (Civil) and B. E. (Pharmacy) from BITS Pilani in 1982, and M. E. (Civil) from University of Roorkee in the year 1984. He did his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (earlier University of Roorkee).

Replacing the costly laser technology for virtual mapping of any location or structure, Dr. Jain, has come up with a technological solution to 3D virtual mapping by using photogrammetry for the first time in the country. This is many times cheaper than the less-available laser technology.


Cadastre is a technical term for a set of records showing the extent, value and ownership (or other basis for use or occupancy) of land. In this electronic age, as the country embarks on e-governance initiatives, it is necessary to revamp the land administration system to keep pace with the times to provide service that are fair, efficient and transparent to the citizens of the country. Innovative technologies (i.e., GNSS, GIS, machine vision, sensors, agricultural machinery controller, and high resolution remote sensing) are beginning to play a vital role in cadastral systems, as they aid in compliance with current regulations while improving system cost and efficiency of surveying. With continual research and development into GPS, the techniques and systems developed have become more reliable and productive, making GPS more attractive for a range of surveying solutions including cadastral mapping.

Aim of this lecture is to explore a real time cadastral surveying solution while giving equal importance to desired mapping accuracy, ease of work and cost of surveying. Under the umbrella of cadastral mapping standards/guidelines defined by NLRMP, lecture evaluates VRS and RTX technological solutions and proposes an indigenously developed real time mapping, management and monitoring solution for cadastral mapping. The proposed system revamp the land administration system and customized to work in plethora of application areas including disaster management, transportation, precision farming to keep pace with the times to provide service that are fair, efficient and transparent to the citizens of the country.

Sanjeev Trehan Regional Manager Geospatial - SAARC, Trimble
Abstract Land Administration

Trimble has innovative hardware & software solution to automates and integrates all key elements of land information management, including registry, cadastre, tax valuation, GIS analysis and public access.

All the components starting from fresh land survey to final services to the citizen are embedded in standard workflow for the local governments All of these components are designed to work together as an integrated suite, or each can stand alone, giving the government the option to use them as needed. So, regardless of the location, environment or process workflow, land solutions are designed for rapid localization, standardized business processes and optimal functionality .