LI Enables Asset Management; Creates ‘City of the Future’

Well, you learn something new every day, don’t you? Did you know that Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city? And do you know what they attribute the success of the project to? Why location intelligence of course!

Masdar City

This artist's conception shows an aerial view of Masdar City as it will look when completed.

I visited Abu Dhabi last year, and let me tell you – that is one futuristic city! They’re pushing all kinds of boundaries over there, and making the seemingly impossible, become possible. But what I find mind-blowing is how they are taking GIS innovation to the next level with this completely green city.

Masdar City is a car-free, zero-waste metropolis that will house up to 50,000 people and will use a fraction of the power of normal cities. The power it does use will come from clean, renewable sources such as solar power. The city will create no waste through the reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste material. Water will come from a desalination plant…

You’ve got to admit that’s all pretty impressive.

The creators of this novel concept were celebrated at the recent UC 2010 – being brought up on stage by Mr Jack Dangermond himself to be given an award and talk about their achievements and why it couldn’t have been possible without location intelligence (and particularly the ArcGIS system).

So how does GIS fit in to Masdar City? ArcGIS is enabling the city’s asset management, so that all systems can be visualised, maintained and tracked efficiently. Every step of the city’s designing and building process is being analysed with ArcGIS.

As Derek Gliddon, the GIS manager for Masdar, says: “GIS is imperative in managing the overall spatial information necessary for designing, building, and operating Masdar City.”

Staff members at the City of Masdar use GIS to model building information throughout the life cycle of the project

This Abu Dhabi case is a great example of governments using GIS in innovative ways. But location intelligence doesn’t have to be applied to such an “out-there” concept to achieve impressive results.

Closer to home, organisations of all kinds are leveraging location intelligence to enable their business. Our local governments have been amongst the thousands of Australian organisations leading the way in this field. And while we may not be creating ‘waste-free’ cities with GIS, we are certainly creating more efficient ones.

We’ll have more on location intelligence enabling business and assisting asset management in our next LI for LG so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss it. There’s also more info about the amazing Masdar City on our website if you want to read more about this GIS-fuelled futuristic place.  

Alicia S.

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