Strengthening Geo-Information Infrastructure for Earth Resource Mapping.
This programme forms the backbone upon which other directorate programmes are anchored. It runs a dynamic and integrated GIS that combines different datasets and sources. It involves running of a network of hardware infrastructure installed with specialized software. It further involves maintenance of geo-database linked to automated backup systems. The hardware in this case involves functional local area network (LAN), ultramodern high speed servers, computers and laptops, and a chain of remote sensing equipment. The operating software are dynamic and customizable that meets engineering standards of geo-information and remote sensing processing, cartographic protocols, geo-data interoperability and internal response capabilities.
Besides, the programme runs an efficient and effective innovative electronic digital interfaces that relies on current communication system, Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer servers. This is achieved through regular programming and scripting.
Currently, the programme has embraced the use of digital photogrammetry where survey camera is interfaced with laptops and computer workstations to generate flight plans, Orthoimagerypre-processing and final ortho-rectified photographic production The accuracy of photogrammetrically-scaled maps, GIS and the large amount of inherent information within aerial and satellite imagery will provide a vast technical and scientific resource for both commercial and academic users.