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AITI Promotes ICT to Battle Floods


Deputy Chief Executive of AITI, Sir Queh Ser Pheng
speaking at the launching


The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) yesterday conducted the First Asean EIA Seminar and Training Workshop.


Entitled, "The Role of Information Technology as a Tool for Efficient Management of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Systems", the event was the result of a collaboration between AITI, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Asean Secretariat.
The seminar and workshop saw Asean members from Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR and Malaysia in attendance as participants, along with about 18 Bruneian delegates from various companies and agencies.
Queh Ser Pheng, Deputy Chief Executive of AITI, who was guest of honour, launched the seminar and workshop.
He said, "The participation and support of member countries from the Southeast Asian region will ensure the success of this workshop and develop future on-going work on EIA using ICT within Asean, particularly, on flood mitigation projects".
He said this meeting of researchers and policy-makers from Asean countries would generate an atmosphere of cooperation and friendship, highlighting that the exchange of ideas and knowledge would facilitate improvement in the technical skills of the participants in planning and developing flood mitigation profiles using IT as an efficient tool.
"I believe that this seminar will address the importance of environmental impact assessment systems of hydrology and also tackle challenges in planning and developing strategies for better environmental management performance, with reference to floods," he said.
Following the launch by the Deputy Chief Executive of AITI, the seminar kicked into life with a talk entitled "Remote Sensing, GIS and DEM for Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydrology with Reference to Floods" by Professor D Nagesh Kumar from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.
Professor Nagesh highlighted that the number of flood disasters worldwide has increased significantly in recent years, explaining that this may partly be due to a changing climate as global warming caused by anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases is causing the climate to change in many parts of the world.
The increasing utilisation of flood plains and a reduction in the natural retention capacity of catchments also play a significant role, he said, stressing that losses cannot be avoided when major floods occur but flood preparedness can help reduce flood damage and the number of lives lost considerably.
"Flood forecasting, in particular, provides an opportunity to reduce the impacts of flood events at a relatively low economic and environmental cost," he added.
Following the seminar, the participants proceeded with a demonstration at Ilm Academy Sdn Bhd, at the Knowledge Hub Building, on the use of software such as Arc SWAT and ArcGIS 3D-Analyst for flood mitigation projects and extracting drainage patterns using SRTM DEM data.
The last part of the workshop for the day saw the participants given an introduction to WinNN software for flood routing and other hydrologic modelling, as well as hands-on training with the software.
The workshop will continue today with more hands-on training and a tutorial on the use of WinNN for flood routing and hydrologic modelling, as well as a discussion on ANN applications for hydrologic modelling and a certificate presentation ceremony.
Deputy Chief Executive of AITI (C) with those involved in the seminar and workshop.
Taken from : Borneo Bulletin