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Nov 2, 2016

GISCAD in Belize; Hosts Geospatial Conference

Advantage, Trimble, Digital Globe, AutoDesk, SCI are geospatial engineering companies that provide top of the line tracking hardware and software to public and private sector companies for cross-effective solutions. Through the regional company, GISCAD, they have been able to tap into twenty-seven countries including the Caribbean with the exception Jamaica. Today, the geospatial engineering organization made its presence felt in Belize. News Five’s Duane Moody attended a conference held today at the Biltmore Plaza.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, GISCAD Limited, a geospatial engineering company from Trinidad, launched a partnership with the local company Network Services and Solutions Limited with a seminar at the Biltmore Plaza. GISCAD is encouraging local consumers to tap into its geographic information system solutions for data, hardware, software and implementation services relevant to the engineering sector.  According to Project Coordinator, Amare Shaw, the idea is really to simplify workflows, improve efficiency for companies and in turn saving money given the current economic condition within the region.

 

Amare Shaw

Amare Shaw, Project Coordinator, GISCAD Limited

“We are going to be offering both products and services…everything that’s gonna come from engineering and design, geospatial engineering design, planning, a lot of fleet management solutions and applications and then we have a lot of business solutions that are applicable to some of the distributors and the commercial side of the country. So it is not only on geo and design work, but a lot of business solutions in there as well. I know that people have concerns as it pertains to follow-up services and customer service and the support that they will be getting in Belize. I want to assure them that we have NSSL set up here and they are going to be offering all of the services from training to our drone services that you all are going to be able to see here today.”

 

The seminar saw representatives from both public and private sector companies, particularly engineers from agriculture, fisheries as well as lines distribution agencies such as Belize Water Services Limited and Belize Telemedia Limited.

 

Dwight Gentle

Dwight Gentle, Fixed & Transport Department, B.T.L.

“Presently B.T.L. is using geospatial for the past I think about ten years and we got our data for expansion countrywide as well for existing customer base and we do our new design network based off of that. As you would say having new vendors coming in and seeing what they offer is a boost for us so that we can see what we have missed previously and try to compile this with the new ones and what is best for the company. The data that we gather out there, we compile it in a network software and it is better managed in a sense that if a customer has a fault or something like that, we can easily identify that customer and the tracking team would go out there or the fault section would go out there and do the repairs immediately. So it would cut down time for these customers, the delay time as in the past as we were having. And the faults could be fixed immediately.”

 

CISCO Constructions Limited has been contracted for many of the road works in the city and on the highways. Civil Engineer Reina Riverol says that the technology can assist them with surveying and ensure that data collection is accurate to plan projects.

 

Reina Riverol

Reina Riverol, Civil Engineer, CISCO Constructions Ltd

“We are here to learn of the services that they are offering especially when it comes to the tracking of our mobiles, our equipment and our vehicles. This first presentation that was done with the SCI and the fuel shield is of our interest because we have our mobile fuel truck and we need to keep track of fuel usage out on site and on site. So we do make use of GPS tracking on our equipment and we are more interested to see what more they can offer to us to ensure that we have that under control. However, my interest as an engineer is the presentations that are coming up next in the surveying equipment and the AUTODESK, which is the 3D drawings that will come later on and I want to see how detail they will come on that and how much use we can make with our company.”

 

But with the introduction of these products and services, will technology replace human resources?

 

Amare Shaw

“The technology is actually built in the way that it is very modular so you can do it. Maybe if you have a two-man team, you can do it with two men. But in the way that you would have to set it up in Belize, anywhere that has a large area to cover, you’re definitely gonna need your same workforce. What it is going to do is cut back on the amount of time; it improves that time, that efficiency. You don’t want to spend an entire week doing one job if you can do it in two days, if you can do it in one day. That is really the aim of this product. So in times where we may have taken six months to complete projects in terms of lands and surveys, in terms of engineering projects, you now have the ability to get it done in a week, two weeks.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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