Issue of December 2, 2018

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City adopts light detection & ranging tech for city mapping
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Baguio has employed a state-of-the-art application in surveying and mapping its entire area and boundaries that is expected to boost its decision-making and development planning, especially in disaster preparedness.

The technology, called light detection and ranging or LiDAR, features multiple laser points that are used in mapping large areas accurately. It generates a map that will assist various city departments in infrastructure planning, road network management, flood mapping, disaster risk reduction, tax mapping, as well as aid potential investors in scouting viable business locations.

The project, according to Baguio City Engineer’s Office Head Victor Olpindo, is an initiative that aims to equip the city government with the most accurate and reliable land information system.

With the use of the LiDAR-generated map, development of road networks will be more efficient; locating natural water ways, pathways, or drainages will be easier for the CEO, and the City Assessor’s Office will be able to integrate its database with the map and verify tax declaration or assessment based on accurate data, and therefore would lead to higher or more efficient revenue collection for the city, among other benefits.

The map will also be an important tool in identifying high-risk zones and planning of disaster risk reduction management.

City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente said the project has been bidded out for P10 million as part of the city’s geographical information project and has been implemented in September. It is due for complete turnover soon by Quezon City-based firm AB Surveying and Development.

Aside from the technology transfer, the city’s contract with the company includes training of key city department heads and personnel on the proper and effective use and implementation of the mapping equipment.

AB Surveying and Development founder and general manager Antonio Botor said Baguio City is the first local government unit in the country to use LiDAR, which most Western countries have already been using for 20 years.

He said the mapping of the entire city took only two days and three weeks of post-fieldwork processing, a time that would have been impossible using conventional surveying methods.

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