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Smart Sensing for Climate and Development (SCD), Centre for Geographical Information System (CGIS), University of the Punjab Organized an International Seminar on “GIS Applications in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geotechnics”
Smart Sensing for Climate and Development (SCD), Centre for Geographical Information System (CGIS), University of the Punjab Organized an International Seminar on “GIS Applications in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geotechnics”

In continuation of the GIS Talk Series on Emerging Topics in Earth Observation and Spatial Data Science, an International Seminar on “GIS Applications in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geotechnics” at the Centre for Geographical Information System (CGIS), Faculty of Geo-Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. The participants benefited from the discussion on the key concepts and application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Geotechnics. The Guest Speaker, Dr. Sajid Ali, is a GIS analyst at the HPC AG (, Hamburg, Germany, serving as an expert in the Geotechnical department. He is an alumnus of the University of the Punjab, Lahore graduated in 2012, and obtained PhD from the RWTH Aachen University in 2020. Most of his work is related to Natural Hazards, Marine Geosciences, Natural Hazards and Earth Systems, Tectonophysics, and Frontiers in Earth Sciences. A diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Punjab, representing various departments, registered for this event. Professionals and alumni from different companies and departments also benefited from the event through an online meeting broadcasted via Google Meet.

Opening Remarks:

In his opening remarks, Prof. Dr. Shahid Ghazi, Director of the Center for Geographical Information Systems (CGIS), highlighted the crucial role of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and geotechnics in the landscape planning and construction industry. He emphasized the importance of these technologies in revolutionizing traditional construction practices, making them more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable. Dr. Ghazi's emphasis on adapting to the growing needs of the industry in Pakistan and abroad resonated strongly with the participants, particularly the students. He encouraged them to embrace these emerging technologies and develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving industry landscape. Prof. Ghazi's opening remarks not only emphasized but also inspired the students to be proactive in their professional development and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the construction industry.

Seminar Insights:

Speaker: Dr. Sajid Ali, GIS analyst at the HPC AG, Hamburg, Germany.
The formal session commenced with the recitation of the Holy verses of the Quran by Mr. Zahak Wali Zahid, followed by a Naat recitation by Mr. Muhammad Anas Muslim. The program was emceed by Ms. Aima Maryam Khizar, organized by Dr Sawaid Abbas, and facilitated by Mr Fahad Bilal.
Dr. Sajid Ali's seminar was a comprehensive exploration of the practical applications and integration of cutting-edge technologies in the construction and engineering fields. His detailed explanation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) underscored its pivotal role in modern construction practices, particularly its seamless integration with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Ali's emphasis on the sheer scale of the construction industry, where over 10,000 buildings are erected daily, illuminated the urgent need for efficient, data-driven solutions.
A key highlight of Dr. Ali's presentation was the pivotal role played by various technologies, including aerial photography, drone imagery, and InSAR image analysis. These technologies, coupled with sophisticated spatial data analysis, are revolutionizing how construction projects are planned, executed, and managed. Dr. Ali's examples of BIM applications in landscape planning, such as mapping woody areas and documenting and preserving existing ecosystems, showcased how these technologies are not just enhancing efficiency but also promoting environmentally conscious practices.
Moreover, Dr. Ali's insights into the integration of Autodesk with ArcGIS opened new avenues for interdisciplinary applications. His examples, ranging from flood flow modelling to construction site planning using Digital Surface Models (DSM) from drone imagery, demonstrated the breadth of possibilities when these technologies are harnessed synergistically. Additionally, his discussion on landscape investigation, structural stability assessment, and evidence preservation highlighted the versatility and adaptability of these technologies across diverse domains.
Overall, Dr. Ali's seminar provided a compelling glimpse into the future of construction and engineering, where data-driven decision-making and technology integration are shaping a more sustainable and efficient industry landscape.

Closing Remarks:

In his closing remarks, Dr. Sawaid Abbas eloquently summarized the key takeaways from Dr. Ali's enlightening presentation. He emphasized the interconnected nature of GIS and BIM, highlighting how these two technologies complement each other in the modern construction and engineering landscape. Dr. Abbas acknowledged Dr. Ali's talk as thought-provoking and knowledge-enhancing. He expressed gratitude for Dr. Ali's willingness to share his expertise and experiences with the seminar participants, enriching their understanding of these complex topics. Dr. Abbas's closing remarks served as a fitting conclusion to an insightful seminar, leaving the audience with a deeper appreciation for the transformative potential of GIS and BIM in shaping the future of their respective fields.

Acknowledgement and Congratulations:

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the management team, supporting staff, and Smart Sensing Society for their meticulous planning, attention to detail, and seamless execution. A special acknowledgement goes to Muhammad Waqas, Fahad Bilal, and Muhammad Burhan for their hard work and dedication, which significantly contributed to the success of this event. We also applaud the efforts of the admin and support staff (Mr. Shaukat, Hafiz Imtiaz, Yasir, Wajid, Tauqeer, and Naseeb Khan) from the Centre for Geographical Information Systems (CGIS) for their invaluable contributions on short notice.
A shield distribution ceremony was held at the end of the seminar to honor the esteemed guests, Dr. Sajid Ali, Prof. Dr. Shahid Ghazi, and Dr. Sawaid Abbas, for their valuable insights and contributions. Additionally, e-certificates were provided to all participants, enhancing their morale, and recognizing their participation.
Congratulations to all participants! Your active engagement and enthusiasm for learning about GIS applications in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geotechnics were truly inspiring. Your dedication to honing your skills in GIS and BIM, along with its applications related to various drone technologies, is commendable. We are confident that the knowledge you gained during this seminar will empower you in your future endeavors and contribute significantly to advancements in the field.

Event Details:

Date: 18 April, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 12:30 hrs
Target Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Pre-requisite: Basic understanding of GIS and its applications
Medium of Instruction: Urdu and English
Venue: Centre for Geographical Information System, PUCIT, University of the Punjab, Lahore