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URA cements position as leader in sustainable urban planning with GeoAnalytics tool

By Clarice Africa 13 Jul 2017

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has earned a global recognition for their cutting-edge geoanalytics tool called “GEMMA” that provides Singapore’s planning agencies with a common platform to conduct integrated land use planning analysis and simulation.

Selected from among more than 100,000 organisations worldwide, URA was presented with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award yesterday by Jack Dangermond, Founder and CEO of global mapping giant Esri, at the world’s largest geospatial event – the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA.

The award recognises URA’s innovative use of geo-analytics to develop smart solutions for better integrated planning and optimal use of resources.

GEMMA was developed in collaboration with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and other planning agencies. It taps on Esri’s geospatial platform, ArcGIS as backbone infrastructure.

GEMMA allows planners across different government agencies easy access to rich layers of map-based information and data analytics algorithm. Planners can generate land use scenarios, formulate plans and evaluate inter-dependencies between residents, jobs, transport, community amenities and more.

With GEMMA, land use planning can be done much faster and with deeper insights, as planners can collaboratively analyse, compose, and evaluate urban planning scenarios on this common platform. Planners can identify strategic areas to inject more jobs or homes, to better rejuvenate older towns or help bring more jobs closer to homes. This will ensure that people will have convenient access to public services and facilities when they are eventually built.

Chief Executive Officer of URA, Mr Ng Lang said, “URA has embarked on deploying GIS and related data analytics tools to improve the way we plan and coordinate across agencies. This award is a much welcomed affirmation that we are heading in the right direction.”

Esri Singapore CEO Thomas Pramotedham said, “In line with its Smart Nation vision, Singapore has continually relied on smart planning tools to ensure its ongoing development can meet the current and future needs of its citizens.”

“URA’s SAG award further strengthens Singapore’s position as a global best practice in sustainable urban planning and design, which cities from all over the world can follow. As a strategic partner of URA, we look forward to supporting them in making Singapore a great place to live, work and play,” Mr Pramotedham said.

To explore how you can use geoanalytics for your planning – contact Esri Singapore at 6742 8622

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