Baguio City aims to boost development and disaster preparedness as it becomes the first local government in the Philippines to have its entire boundaries surveyed using the state-of-the-art LiDAR Scanning Technology.
This pioneering project was made in partnership with AB Surveying and Development (ABSD), the first consultancy firm to introduce aerial LiDAE technology for commercial surveying.
According to ABSD founder Engr. Antonio Botor, this project gives the city one of the most important decision making tools for city-wide planning and development. The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a surveying method technology that uses multiple laser points and these reflected pulses are used in accurately mapping large areas.
The LiDAR-generated map of Baguio City can be used by different units of the government and private sectors for:
- Infrastructure planning
- Road network management
- Geohazard and Flood mapping
- Urban planning and zoning
- Tax mapping
- Disaster risk reduction and resiliency
- For potential investors as aid for scouting viable business locations
The mapping of the entire city of Baguio took only two days and an additional three weeks worth of fieldwork processing, something that would have taken a lot longer, about an estimate of 3 to 5 years, if the conventional surveying method was used instead.
“By being the first city to acknowledge the need for a city-wide map to aid future developments, the local government continues to enforce its commitment to its stakeholders to provide the best possible service that a world-class city deserves.” Engr. Botor finishes.