Planning Service wins International Award for GIS
Published on Mon, 11 Sep 2006
The Northern Ireland Planning Service, Belfast, has been recognized for excellence in the geographic information system (GIS) field with a 2006 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the Twenty-sixth Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California.
ESRI, the world leader in GIS software, presents the award to organizations and agencies that display dedication and commitment through their use of GIS technology. The winners of the award are chosen out of more than 150,000 organizations worldwide.
ESRI Ireland nominated Planning Service for the SAG award as a result of their approach to building an Enterprise GIS infrastructure to support the new planning system (ePIC). Its aims are to centralise the storage of GIS data (both business and related) and to streamline the process of creating, maintaining and disseminating the geographic components of development plans for Northern Ireland.
“The SAG awards celebrate the achievement and vision of innovators in the GIS field,” says Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. He continued “Each winner brings benefits to their communities and influences others to do the same.”
"I am delighted to represent Planning Service to receive this award from Jack Dangermond in front of an audience of 13,500 people from all corners of the globe. It was also great to raise the profile of Northern Ireland on this worldwide stage and demonstrate that we are at the cutting edge in terms of the deployment and use of GIS" said Joe Beattie, Head of ePlanning & ICT for the Planning Service.
The full press release can be found on the ESRI Ireland website.