Empowering Visionaries: Geometa’s Mission and Vision
In today’s world, visionary leaders are driving change, harnessing the power of technology to solve complex problems, and envisioning a brighter future for society. These leaders understand the importance of good governance, recognizing that an integrated approach is essential to address the interconnectedness of different systems. At the heart of their vision is the belief that digitalization is the key driver of progress and prosperity, where data is not just collected but utilized to identify patterns, predict trends, and make informed decisions.
Inspired by these visionaries, the Geometa team is committed to supporting their journey towards a digital transformation. Our mission is clear: to provide visionaries with the tools and expertise necessary to enhance their performance and achieve sustainable results. By leveraging digital transformation, we aim to create a future where innovation and collaboration thrive, empowering everyone to change the world and succeed.
At the core of our approach is the understanding that effective decision-making requires a holistic view of the situation. Remarkably, 80% of the data crucial for decision-making is location-based. By harnessing geodata, we can uncover trends and opportunities that are often overlooked by conventional data analysis. This is where Geometa excels—we combine geotechnology and spatial data with automation of business processes and data analytics to address real customer challenges.
Our company specializes in developing unique GEMS (Geo-Empowered Management Systems) that empower clients to improve efficiency and drive significant change. By transforming technology and expertise into practical solutions, we guide clients from the initial inquiry to the final result. Our integrated approach, which includes software, data, services, training, and expert teams, ensures that clients receive comprehensive support throughout their journey.
Geometa is dedicated to empowering visionaries who are driving digital transformation worldwide. Together, we can create a future where technology serves as a catalyst for positive change, enabling us all to realize our full potential and shape a better world for generations to come.
AI-driven Approach to City Management
In the ever-evolving landscape of urban environments, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a powerful catalyst for change. In this article, we delve into three use cases of Geometa platform that showcase how AI is changing urban management. From enhancing safety to fostering sustainability, these applications demonstrate the immense potential of AI in shaping the cities of tomorrow.
Geometa is a web platform that fuses spatial data, engineering documents, and business information to create a digital twin of cities. By leveraging AI insights, it offers an integrated platform for urban management, enabling informed decision-making.
Use Case: AI-powered Satellite Image Analysis Unlocks Hidden Buildings for Revenue Boost
Problem: Unregistered buildings, often constructed without the necessary permits or regulatory oversight, not only compromise safety standards but also hinder effective urban planning and resource allocation.
Solution: Geometa analyzes satellite imagery to identify rooftops of buildings. By comparing these rooftops with existing databases of registered buildings, the system efficiently flags potential unregistered structures for further inspection.
- Regulatory Compliance: Registering informal buildings ensures they meet safety and building code requirements.
- Enhanced Safety: Identifying unregistered structures enables safety inspections and necessary improvements, reducing risks to occupants and neighboring properties.
- Improved Urban Planning: Inclusion of unregistered buildings in urban development strategies optimizes resource allocation and public services.
- Increased Tax Revenue: Registering unregistered buildings allows collection of property taxes, funding public services and infrastructure projects.
Use Case: Harnessing Citizen-Captured Imagery for Effective Public Space Management
Problem: Assessing the attractiveness and popularity of urban public spaces and understanding their appeal to citizens is a challenging task for city administrations. Traditional methods lack comprehensive data on the preferences and sentiments of people regarding different locations within the city.
Solution: Geometa utilizes a specially developed neural network to classify social media photos taken by individuals in urban environments. By translating each image to a geolocation point and assigning coordinates, Geometa creates a map that accumulates data and visually represents the popularity of urban public spaces. The date of the photo is used to analyze trends and visualize the frequency of photo capture over time.
Benefits: The tool improves real estate valuations, evaluates renovation projects, understands citizen preferences, and provides visual representations of public space popularity.
Use Case: Optimizing Urban Planning with AI-Powered Vehicle Analysis and Density Mapping
Problem: Urban planners face challenges in accurately understanding the utilization of parking spaces, leading to difficulties in planning adequate parking lots and establishing effective urban design standards.
Solution: Geometa utilizes neural network to analyze orthophotomaps or satellite images. The neural network distinguishes vehicles, classifying them as cars or trucks, and assigns a centroid to each vehicle as its representation in the system. This process generates a thematic data layer. The system accumulates historical data and enables dynamic analysis of vehicle distribution over time.
Benefits: Urban planners can make informed decisions related to parking lot design, transportation infrastructure improvements, urban design standards, and future urban development projects. This data-driven approach ensures that urban planning aligns with the actual needs and demands of residents. Also, the detailed vehicle distribution data can be leveraged to regulate parking lot prices effectively.
Ensuring Excellence: Auditing Partner Projects
Every January our colleagues dedicate an entire week to reviewing project materials, assessing quality, and providing valuable feedback to our esteemed partners. These annual audits are not just a routine check; they represent a deep commitment to collaboration, improvement, and the pursuit of excellence.
Partners play a pivotal role in our ecosystem. Typically, IT companies with experience in the B2G market, they specialize in developing and implementing geoinformation systems. Under a partnership agreement, these integrators distribute and implement our Geometa software, handling everything from negotiations with clients to system updates and performance monitoring.
Although the event is closed, we had the opportunity to speak with implementation supervisors who shed light on the intricate details of the process.
Andrey Levchenko, Geometa’s Project Manager, emphasizes that these audits serve as a platform to share results, assess compliance with implementation standards, and gather valuable insights into the challenges faced during implementation.
Elena Pereverzeva, Geometa’s Project Manager, highlights the two-way nature of audits, underscoring the learning opportunity they provide. Alexander Reshetov, another Project Manager, stresses the importance of assessing user engagement and data quality, leading to innovative solutions and enhanced operational efficiency.
According to supervisors, the quality of projects is on a continuous upward trajectory. Andrey notes the growing common understanding and systematic approach in teams, while Alexander applauds the increasing professionalism demonstrated by partner teams.
Insights from Partners
We reached out to our partners to gain insights into their perspective on the audits. Anna Sazonova, Deputy IT Director of the Institute for Territorial Planning Grad, a leading private institution in urban planning in the CIS, emphasizes the importance of an independent assessment, detailing the internal quality control process they conduct. Eduard, General Director of GISGIS sees audits as a mechanism for sharing valuable experiences and staying abreast of industry developments.
Becoming a Geometa Partner
If you’re an IT company experienced in the B2G market with a focus on geographic information systems, you can become a Geometa partner. Partners distribute and implement Geometa software, benefiting from training, technical support, access to information channels, and a dedicated supervisor throughout the project stages. Becoming a partner is as simple as visiting geometa.ae, clicking on «Become a Partner,» filling in the required fields, and receiving additional information on exclusive cooperation terms.
In essence, Geometa’s annual audits symbolize a commitment to partnership, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence. It’s not just about assessing projects; it’s about growing together, learning from each other, and collectively striving for success.
Tomorrow’s Cities: 7 GIS Trends Changing Urban Management
In the dynamic landscape of urban management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are at the forefront of transformative trends that promise to reshape the way cities are planned, managed, and developed. From real-time analytics to immersive 3D modeling, these trends are set to redefine urban environments between now and 2030.
Real-time and Big Data Analytics
The integration of real-time data sources, such as IoT devices, social media, and sensors, will become more prevalent in GIS applications, creating opportunities for big data analytics. The ability to analyze and visualize large datasets allows for real-time monitoring of urban environments and aids in responding promptly to events, optimizing resource allocation, and making data-driven decisions for sustainable urban development.
3D GIS Modeling and Analysis
The adoption of three-dimensional GIS modeling will increase, providing a more realistic representation of urban environments. This includes buildings, infrastructure, and terrain, allowing for better visualization and analysis. However, GIS is evolving beyond 3D visualizations to enable true 3D analysis. 3D GIS modeling and analysis can aid in urban planning, disaster management, and infrastructure development by providing a more accurate depiction of the spatial relationships within a city.
AI and Machine Learning Integration
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms into GIS applications will become more widespread. These technologies can analyze large datasets, identify patterns, and make predictions based on historical and real-time information. The focus shifts from data gathering and processing to managing and understanding data. AI and ML enable GIS professionals to make predictions and informed decisions, but ethical considerations become paramount in determining how and why data is used and applied in urban management.
Citizen Engagement Platforms
The development of GIS-based platforms for citizen engagement will increase, allowing residents to actively participate in urban management. These platforms may include interactive maps, feedback mechanisms, and crowd-sourced data. Citizen engagement platforms can foster transparency, collaboration, and inclusivity in decision-making processes. Urban managers can leverage community input for better understanding public needs and preferences.
Augmented Reality (AR) for Field Operations
The use of augmented reality in GIS field operations will become more common. This involves overlaying digital information onto the real-world environment through devices like smartphones or AR glasses. AR can streamline field data collection, maintenance, and inspections. Urban managers and field personnel can access relevant information on-site, improving the accuracy and efficiency of tasks such as infrastructure inspections and maintenance.
Integration of BIM, CAD, and GIS
The integration of GIS with Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) communities is gaining momentum. These tools facilitate the creation of databases and workflows that seamlessly combine interior and exterior spatial data. This integration is crucial for comprehensive urban planning, especially in the development of resilient plans for natural hazards or emergencies. It ensures that both interior and exterior spaces are considered, leading to more effective and holistic strategies.
GIS-Empowered Management Systems (GEMS)
Web GIS has transformed the GIS landscape, moving from a system of records to a complex GIS-empowered enterprise management system. The rise of such GIS involves a broader range of staff incorporating GIS into their toolset, even if not all are GIS experts. This widening knowledge base enhances the interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems.
Geometa’s strategic emphasis on GIS-Empowered Management Systems (GEMS) is in sync with the evolving urban management landscape. The primary objective is to deliver intuitive and user-friendly tools designed to streamline information accumulation, enhance systematization, automate processes, and facilitate robust data analysis. These tools play a pivotal role in empowering decision-makers to navigate complex scenarios, offering insights through advanced data visualization and analysis. By providing a comprehensive suite of solutions, Geometa aims to contribute significantly to the establishment of intelligent and dynamic organizations, both in the business realm and the public sector. The envisioned impact extends beyond conventional decision-making, fostering an environment where data-driven insights drive innovation and efficiency.
Transforming Urban Management with Geometa’s Approach
During the Smart Cities India Expo, Geometa’s CEO and Founder, Alexey Dudarev, presented Geometa’s vision for urban management by harnessing geospatial technologies. He highlighted a critical challenge faced by governments globally: while substantial amounts of city-related data are gathered, effectively converting this data into actionable insights for enhanced urban living remains an uphill task. Geometa steps beyond conventional tools like most well-known GIS to address this issue head-on.
In the initial stage of Smart City development, numerous cities have already adopted GIS solutions. However, Geometa envisions a more ambitious objective: the profound integration of technology into the very fabric of urban administration. Achieving this necessitates a transformation in operational procedures for municipal employees. All data, funded by taxpayers’ resources, must be openly shared across diverse governmental systems. This data should be harnessed for routine functions such as permits, property assessments, and the establishment of special zones. Traditional processes should undergo optimization to enable automatic generation of documents from this data, streamlining administrative workflows and minimizing manual interventions.
Equally vital is the swift updating of data whenever a change occurs within the urban landscape. All departments should access a common dataset, augmenting it with industry-specific information without redundant data entries. If certain data elements are absent, a mechanism for locally sourced data incorporation should be instituted, underscoring the primacy of data currency over comprehensive data completeness.
This strategic approach provides city officials with a digital twin of their urban environment. The utilization of high-quality, up-to-date data paves the way for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in tasks like automation, analysis, and informed decision-making.
Geometa stands as a web platform designed to facilitate the creation of integrated city management systems, spanning strategic, tactical, and operational domains. Encompassing areas like sustainable development strategy, urban planning, land cadastre, construction management, transportation, municipal infrastructure, and daily urban tasks such as sanitation, landscaping, and adherence to design codes, Geometa emerges as a holistic solution for efficient and effective urban governance.
The construction of such comprehensive systems revolves around several core principles:
- Creation of comprehensive territory datasets and the facilitation of secure, convenient access for diverse administrative departments.
- Transformation of management processes through digitalization and automation, ensuring the sustained currency of data.
- Harnessing data analysis algorithms and the deployment of intelligent decision support systems to facilitate data-driven governance strategies that optimize performance and outcomes.
The foundational framework for comprehensive projects draws from the wisdom gleaned from over 250 projects spanning various cities and the construction of a multi-tiered state urban planning system. These projects revolve around the automation of territory development management processes, ranging from development planning to the construction and commissioning of infrastructure, housing, and commercial properties.
The pivotal components of these foundational projects include:
- Maintenance of a state real estate object registry (comprising land parcels and structures) and the automation of services for registration and issuance of state ownership certificates, complemented by a mechanism for collecting state fees.
- Storage and accessibility of project documentation, including master plans and detailed planning projects, supported by processes for monitoring zoning and detailed planning endeavors. Developers gain access to this data to inform their business strategies.
- Automation of public services, encompassing activities like land plot allocation, provision of reference data for design, issuance of building permits, object commissioning permits, object usage changes, and address provision.
- A public portal designed for citizens and businesses, granting them insights into the most favorable and socially structured zones within the city.
- Continuous monitoring of data quality and service delivery processes, fostering transparent oversight over departmental activities and the digitization of governance.
- Integration APIs to facilitate interactions with other governmental systems and the structured import of data into the platform, transcending the limitations of legacy databases and software by establishing connections and streamlining analytics. This streamlines data exchange between departments and minimizes erroneous decisions.
Depending on the context within the country, region, or city, these projects might encompass substantial subsystems, including real estate cadastre, construction program management, monitoring of underground network maps, adherence to urban planning and land regulations, and daily maintenance activities through 3D panoramas.
The urgency to improve the quality of territorial management is underscored by the widening gap between escalating demands and the expertise of professionals in the field. This dissonance can result in inter-departmental conflicts, project delays, and service delivery challenges. Geometa offers a unifying solution by acting as a digital twin of the city, serving as both a reference point and a workspace. This consolidated platform accelerates the access and updating of vital information while minimizing human errors. Moreover, it fosters collaboration between departments at the software level, enhancing overall efficiency.
The progressive development of Geometa entails a sophisticated system for data analysis, forecasting, and territory evaluation across diverse domains. These include change analysis to identify illicit constructions and discrepancies between accounting data, analysis of urban development project quality to assess their impact on various aspects of the territory, socio-demographic analysis, transport data evaluation, collaboration-seeking analysis across departments, analysis of public data, and more.
These capabilities are seamlessly integrated within the Geometa product ecosystem, making them available for step-by-step implementation aligned with the client’s evolving needs. These solutions are united by fundamental technological capabilities, including an accessible interface for non-GIS experts, flexible access rights management, configuration tools for dynamic adaptation, a robust mapping engine for real-time data visualization, tools for customized data analysis, and secure operational solutions.
While Geometa’s primary focus is on territorial management within urban, regional, and national contexts, its applicability extends to industries reliant on spatial information for efficient management. This includes real estate management, large-scale construction firms, agriculture, forestry, mining and manufacturing, and transportation enterprises.
Empowering Communities for Public Space Enhancement
At Geometa, we believe in the power of transforming public spaces to enhance the quality of life for everyone. Our CEO, Alexey Dudarev, envisioned a platform that would change people’s consciousness and empower them to contribute to the improvement of their surroundings. This vision led to the creation of the public platform, a project close to our hearts that aims to revolutionize the way communities engage in beautification projects.
Alexey Dudarev, CEO of Geometa, shares his perspective:
“My goal is to change people’s consciousness and show the ways in which you can independently improve the quality of the territory around you and your quality of life, create communities aimed at preserving and improving yards, streets, neighbourhoods, cities, and the country as a whole”.
This platform is an extension of the Geometa platform, designed as a comprehensive tool to bring improvement projects to life, from conception to implementation. This portal automates the processes involved in implementing public improvement projects, enabling enterprising citizens and companies to transform neglected spaces into beautiful and sought-after areas.
Objectives of the Platform:
- Realize Micro-Projects: Enhance the beautification of urban areas through small-scale projects.
- Inform Communities: Share success stories of micro-improvement projects within urban communities.
- Access Real-Time Improvement Maps: Provide an up-to-date map of the state of improvement in urban areas.
- Engage Activists: Involve a maximum number of activists in the continuous improvement of urban areas.
- Map: Users can select and identify improvement sites, including details on land ownership — whether municipal or private. This information guides users in choosing the right course of action and provides insights into ongoing projects.
- Catalogue of Projects: Presents all regional projects, offering comprehensive information on design, estimates, implementation status, and approval stages. This accumulation of best practices facilitates quicker project implementation.
- Project Card: Initiators can systematically input project details, maintaining a project diary as it progresses. Users can join project teams or offer financial support through crowdfunding tools provided by the platform.
- Catalogue of Project Participants: Allows users to share information about themselves, connecting potential team members and supporters. Find architects, designers, construction representatives, material suppliers, and patrons willing to provide financial assistance.
- Instructions: Offers detailed descriptions of coordination algorithms and project implementation requirements. This section also provides guidance on using the platform, information about technologies, and best practices.
Geometa has invested in the implementation of several projects to understand the challenges and intricacies of developing territories into quality environments. The platform emerged from this experience, addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in the current development process. We recognize the lack of quick approval algorithms, quality control measures, efficient acceptance of created objects by municipalities, and the establishment of reasonable work costs.
Through this platform, we strive to overcome these challenges, creating a collaborative space where communities, designers, patrons, and implementers come together to shape the future of our urban areas. Join us in this transformative journey, as we collectively enhance the beauty and functionality of our cities and neighborhoods.
Geometa at Digital City Management Exchange Meeting in China
The recent gathering in Shenzhen, China, for the “2023 Digital City Management Exchange Meeting” became a focal point for global experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs aiming to redefine urban landscapes by fostering the development of ’smart cities’. This event stood as a pivotal platform, enabling a rich exchange of insights and experiences, gathering representatives from over 20 cities spanning more than 10 countries and regions, including Russia, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, and Malaysia. The conference brought together mayors and representatives from diverse cities worldwide, enabling the sharing of localized experiences and practices in digitalization and sustainable development.
The meeting notably highlighted pioneering solutions that are revolutionizing urban governance. A standout presentation at this event was the Integrated Municipal Geoinformation System in Kazan, a project empowered by Geometa, offering a new approach to city management.
Geometa, a platform designed by our experts, goes beyond streamlining services. It organizes urban data into a structured hierarchy, creating opportunities for transformative urban solutions. In Kazan, this innovative system has brought forth various enhancements:
- Streamlining services and empowering data-driven decisions.
- Assisting in recognizing the necessity for facilities like parking lots, sports areas, and kindergartens.
- Visualizing traffic congestion and safety, linking data with real-time traffic situations.
- Assessing public spaces’ popularity through social media photos.
- Analyzing spatial data to gather diverse information, aiding in infrastructure responsibility assignment and optimizing shop locations for profitability.
Geometa in Kazan operates as a robust support system for objective decision-making. It transitions from subjective assessments to measurable indicators, helping identify problems and unveil optimal solutions.
This integration marks a step toward more efficient urban governance. Geometa promotes a shift towards embracing data-driven solutions for smarter and more sustainable urban development. As cities confront complex challenges, Geometa offers a pathway for cities to harness data for enhanced decision-making and better urban solutions.
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Reflecting on the Geospatial Digital Twin Conference 2023
Let’s take a moment to look back on the Geospatial Digital Twin Conference 2023, held on October 11-12. This two-day online event, hosted by Geometa, brought together experts in geospatial technology to share their insights and explore the latest trends in the field. The conference was like a treasure chest of knowledge, filled with exciting advancements and practical applications. Join us as we revisit the highlights of this event.
Day 1: Navigating the World of Geospatial Digital Twins
Maria Bobyleva, Geometa’s Head of Marketing, started the day with a comprehensive presentation on the key trends in geospatial digital twins. She covered the importance of a Holistic Approach, Data Sharing and Dissemination, Currency of Data, and Quality of Data.
Andrey Pirogov, Chief Marketing Officer at GeoAlert, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then took the spotlight to discuss AI-Powered Urban Mapping. He explained the capabilities of AI-Powered Urban Mapping, including ML Building Models, Automatic building height extraction, ML Building Classification Models, ML Forest Models, ML Construction Models, and ML Road Detection Models.
Valentin Kisselev shared his insights into creating a Digital Twin using HelgiLab solutions.
Professor Suhono Harso Supangkat, an academic from the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia, provided valuable insights into the Indonesian experience in digital twin creation. His expertise spans smart cities concepts, smart city governance, and the Internet of Things.
Day 2: Advancing Urban Development and Real-World Case Studies
The second day of the conference was all about practical applications and real-world success stories.
Anton Zakhariuta, an Implementation Engineer at Geometa, showcased real-world use cases He highlighted the power of Geospatial Digital Twins in streamlining river-sensitive urban planning, optimizing urban planning with AI-Powered Vehicle Analysis, and much more.
Anna Sazonova, IT Deputy Director at Grad — Institute for Territorial Planning, offered insights into the Comprehensive Integrated Infrastructure Plan for Urban Development. This powerful tool enables efficient management of a region’s infrastructure, using data-driven, spatially conscious decision-making.
Alexey Dudarev, CEO of Geometa addressed the challenges of implementing digital twins and the importance of streamlined public service delivery. He emphasized the role of the Geometa platform in uniting data from various departments, enabling real-time data analysis, decision-making, document generation, and data maintenance. This approach ensures data quality and accuracy while seamlessly monitoring changes.
Thank You and Upcoming Adventures
We extend our sincere gratitude to all the speakers and attendees who made the Geospatial Digital Twin Conference a resounding success. Your contributions and enthusiasm have made a lasting impact on this event. As we look ahead to the future, we can’t wait to embark on more enriching experiences.
Stay tuned for our upcoming events, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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Happy World Tourism Day!
Today, on World Tourism Day, we’re excited to showcase how Geometa is making a significant impact on the world of tourism. Tourism is not just about visiting beautiful places; it’s about preserving the cultural heritage that makes each destination unique. Geometa plays a crucial role in this endeavor by empowering decision-makers to protect and enhance cultural resources while developing cities.
Case 1: Cultural Heritage Management
At Geometa, we understand that preserving cultural heritage is vital for sustainable tourism. Our platform centralizes all relevant cultural resource data in one place, making it a powerful tool for decision-making in conservation, protection, and enhancement efforts.
- Accurate and up-to-date map-based information for effective heritage resource management.
- Integration of cultural resource data with natural resources, demography, engineering networks, and land use.
The map of cultural heritage management is a detailed map of the cultural heritage buildings as well as a digital record containing relevant information and photos
- Zoning strategies to minimize negative impacts on cultural resources.
Screenshot of a map showing an area of state significance (cultural heritage precinct). The map displays two types of protection zones: protection zones for cultural heritage and restricted use zones in the vicinity of heritage sites.
- Online portals for public engagement and community support.
An excellent example of Geometa’s impact is in Kazan City where it has successfully managed 589 cultural heritage objects, including UNESCO-listed sites like the Kazan Kremlin.
Case 2: Urban Analytics through Digital Footprints
To make tourism truly memorable, understanding what makes a city attractive is essential. Geometa’s «Urban Analytics» module analyzes digital footprints, such as geolocated street photos on social networks, to assess the attractiveness of urban environments.
This module includes:
- Classification of street photos using advanced neural networks.
- Translation of images into geolocation points.
- Building line graphs to visualize trends in photo frequency.
These insights are invaluable for:
- Planning tourist routes.
- Enhancing public spaces.
- Identifying trends in photo activity over time.
Real-life examples from Kazan demonstrate how Geometa’s tool helps evaluate the popularity of urban spaces and measure the success of renovation projects. It allows city administrations to make data-driven decisions and transform cities into more attractive and visitor-friendly destinations.
On this World Tourism Day, let’s celebrate the power of technology in preserving cultural heritage and making our cities more appealing to tourists.
Geometa: Shaping the Future of Urban Planning
At Geometa, we take immense pride in our commitment to pushing the boundaries of urban planning and territory development management. As a testament to our dedication to this cause, we are thrilled to announce our role as the general sponsor of the largest conference on urban planning and territory development management in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Our founder and CEO, Alexey Dudarev, took center stage at this prestigious event, where he delivered an insightful keynote address that shed light on the remarkable journey of urban planning automation in the CIS, dating back to our pioneering efforts in 2008. Furthermore, he unveiled the exciting development trends that are poised to shape the landscape of urban planning automation in the years ahead, particularly in 2024 and beyond.
For the discerning readers of the Geometa blog, we are pleased to present the key highlights from Alexey’s recent speech.
At the outset of his address, Alexey emphasized the paramount relevance of digitalization across all spheres of management, underscoring that, “In the absence of digitization, measuring efficiency becomes a formidable challenge. Measurement is the cornerstone of progress, making digitalization an imperative narrative”.
Geometa: A Brief Overview
Geometa stands as the platform of choice for the development of state information systems for urban planning. It is essential to underscore that the creation of this software is not merely a quest to display data on maps or automate documentation processes. Rather, Geometa is rooted in the sincere desire of its developers to be genuinely beneficial. In the contemporary landscape, Geometa serves as a tool, capable of addressing a multitude of challenges that hinge on the utilization of spatial data.
Geometa’s distinctiveness lies in its ability to streamline daily operational processes within urban planning and land management. These processes encompass document issuance, paper authentication, land allocation, urban planning designs, building permit issuance, and decision-making regarding deviations from urban regulations and land utilization policies, among other pivotal managerial tasks. Geometa, furthermore, empowers users to collaboratively access and manipulate spatial data. It also boasts built-in analytical tools underpinned by cutting-edge artificial intelligence and neural networks, thereby significantly reducing the margin for human error.
The Pillars of Urban Planning
In the contemporary landscape, three pillars serve as the bedrock for effective urban planning:
- Territorial Status Data: Typically encompassing city and regional reference maps, as well as a plethora of infrastructure plans, Geometa emerges as the central aggregator, effectively consolidating data from daily operations, thereby offering a systematic and coherent repository of city-related data.
- Design Outcomes: The notion of «digital» urban planning documentation is not synonymous with machine-readability or comprehension. Often, the system encounters unstructured data, primarily in PDF or CorelDRAW formats, which defy automated processing.
- Integration Capabilities: The modern era features numerous government information systems, precipitating a growing imperative to eliminate redundancy. This not only augments data quality but also paves the way for the advent of the «robotic official» concept, a framework governed by stringent formal rules extrapolated from existing data.
What may have seemed like a fantasy a decade ago is now an accomplished reality in regions where Geometa has taken root. For instance, a prospective builder seeking permits for an individual residence can now delineate boundaries and plot the house’s location, with the system providing immediate feedback on compliance or non-compliance. Consequently, all requisite documents can be automatically generated upon submission.
Geometa’s vision extends to the creation of a comprehensive information model for territories and their constituent elements, akin to a digital twin. Such a model proves invaluable for tasks spanning urban planning, forecasting, and scenario modeling. As the system continues to accumulate data and streamline processes, its utility and capabilities grow exponentially. A primary focus lies in the creation and continual enhancement of data structures concerning capital construction projects. This comprehensive data not only factors in parameters from building permits but also encompasses all estimates, schedules, models, and design documents, thereby becoming indispensable at every stage, from inception to operation.
To create robust information models, we need answers to crucial questions, such as the data requirements for each site, the facility’s economic impact, population dynamics, transportation effects, and energy efficiency. Modern technology grants us the opportunity to gather this information, even if not in its entirety initially. Even 5%, 10%, or 20% of the data can serve as a foundation for building information models, provided that users diligently organize data input processes.
At Geometa, we assert that service automation hinges not only on software solutions but also on meticulously designed processes. In this context, the system must possess the requisite data for each task. Our mission isn’t merely data accumulation for its own sake, but rather the assembly of data sets custom-tailored to address specific challenges. This necessitates a system of technical requirements, document collection and preparation, and concurrent data updates. This, in turn, paves the way for effective service automation.
In the near horizon, spanning one to two years, three pivotal themes merit attention: interactions with utility companies, territory load assessment, and economic impact evaluation.
- Interaction with Utility Companies: A system enriched with data on engineering networks can significantly support regional energy commissions, tariff setting, energy security, and investment assessments for territorial development. Automation of service provision for network connections is poised to reduce both time and costs, benefitting private enterprises and municipal bodies alike.
- Territory Load Assessment and Optimal Facility Placement: Gathering data on residents, their consumption habits, and economic contributions will empower forecasting of social facility requirements such as hospitals, kindergartens, and schools. Additionally, transport data can inform decisions on road network optimization and parking management.
- Economic Impact Evaluation of Urban Planning Transformations: The system will enable assessment of enterprises’ contributions to regional economies, thereby influencing real estate and land valuation. Integration with state cadastral valuation systems will facilitate this endeavor. Public portals, still in their infancy in many regions, represent a critical element of urban planning policy development and data-driven decision-making. They are expected to evolve and merge with investment portals, enabling developers to independently assess and publish data on territorial changes. Such transparency is pivotal in shaping the future of urban planning.
As Geometa continues to evolve and adapt, it remains poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of urban planning, offering transparency, efficiency, and data-driven decision-making. The journey towards the digital transformation of urban management is well underway, and Geometa stands at the forefront, ready to lead the way into a future where urban planning is smarter, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of our ever-evolving cities.