Government to digitise surveying and mapping records to improve efficiency

The Nairobi centre will be the “nerve centre” which will help coordinate and speed up surveying.

Monday March 14 2016

Surveyors maps coordinates in Mageta island in

Surveyors maps coordinates in Mageta island in Bondo. The government will soon digitise all surveying and mapping records in the country in order to improve efficiency. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SAMUEL KARANJA
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The government will soon digitise all surveying and mapping records in the country in order to improve efficiency.

This follows the completion of the Kenya geospatial data centre in Nairobi which will also help coordinate surveying and mapping activities in the country.

According to the Director of Surveys Mr Cesare Mbaria, data will now be collected digitally while the existing paper work will also be digitised.

“We are doing away with the paper work and we are now collecting the data digitally. We will also translate all the paper work we have into digital form,” said Mr Mbaria.

He was speaking on Saturday during a handing over ceremony and tour of the geospatial data centre which was constructed at a cost of Sh831 million.

“This (data centre) will be like a control centre for other land survey and mapping activities happening in any part of the country,” said the director.

He said although another 18 such centres have been put up in various parts of the country, the Nairobi centre would be the “nerve centre” which would help coordinate activities and help speed up surveying activities in the country.

Mr Mbaria said the centre will host the Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure (KNSDI) secretariat and the Kenya Geodetic Reference Frame which will help in speeding up all the surveying and mapping in the country, among other departments.

“KNSDI secretariat will enable us fast-track the national titling programme,” said Mr Mbaria adding that the facility will also ease the pressure on accommodation by housing several departments.

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