Considered to be the largest geological project in the Middle East, the Project will produce and extract interactive soil maps using soil survey data and save interactive soil maps in a centralised and unified database.
The project will contribute to the availability of a comprehensive soil map and an integrated database on the soil of each area for the decision makers and future policy planners, according to Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.
"The map’s valid uses are particularly significant because of the importance of maps in the design and construction of buildings for conducting geological studies before the establishment of large projects such as dams, bridges, tunnels, high-rise buildings and towers. It’s also important to provide comprehensive records supported with maps of each area in the Emirate of Dubai in a central and unified database," said Lootah.
He said the project also aims at facilitating the use of soil maps in the study and analysis of soil and soil data, soil type, soil layers, the groundwater level, chemical and physical properties, in the form of interactive maps.
Lootah pointed out that the objectives of the project also include simplifying the work procedures for the end user, reducing paper consumption, conservation of natural resources, reducing per capita consumption of gasoline and achieving the vision of the municipality through its initiative, Zero Visit to the municipality as ordered by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The benefits of the project include contributing to the transparency required in order to obtain the correct and accurate information about the soil. "It also helps in saving the time, effort and money of the real estate agents and contributes to facilitating the employees to retrieve the data and carry out the necessary analysis. It also contributes in providing two-dimensional soil map and also helps to provide correct soil report data in the unified central database, in addition to contributing in simplifying procedures, and facilitating access to accurate information," said Lootah.
Source: Gulf Today