National Land Commission

“Navigating the Future with Spatial Intelligence’

The Geo-Informatics Division under the Department of Survey and Mapping at National Land Commission plays a crucial role in managing geographic data and employing advanced technologies such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and Surveying Technology. The Division is at the forefront of revolutionizing how we interact with and understand the world around us. As a pivotal component of our organization, the division is dedicated to harnessing the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and unlock the potential of spatial intelligence. The division supports diverse functions and decision-making processes both within and across agencies. Engaged in Geospatial Science, the division oversees activities such as geospatial data collection, management, spatial analysis, mapping, and visualization. Additionally, it takes charge of developing and maintaining a geospatial database, ensuring integration with other systems, and creating Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS).

To stay at the forefront of the field, the division employs cutting-edge technology, including GIS, RS and Surveying technology. Its commitment to continuous improvement drives the exploration of new insights and patterns within geographic data, aligning with the latest trends and technologies in geoinformatics.
Acting as a technical support hub in geo informatics, the division conducts user training and educational programs to share knowledge and expertise with others. It serves as a valuable resource for the community, offering guidance and support in the application of geospatial technology and data.

Furthermore, the Centre for Geo-Information (CGI), tasked with implementing Bhutan’s Geographic Information (GI) Policy, operates within the Geoinformatics Division due to its closely associated mandates. Consequently, the division takes on the responsibility of developing and implementing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for the country.

The Geo-Informatics Division is categorized into three main sections in order to execute and implement its mandates and functions efficiently with clear roles and responsibilities defined for each section. They are:

  1. Spatial Data Management Section
  2. Cartography and Visualization Section.
  3. GIS Analysis and Research section
  4. Center for Geo-Information Section

To leverage the power of geospatial data and technology, empower the nation with geospatial insights and drive innovative geospatial solutions to support informed decision making”


Establish NLCS as the Geospatial Centre for Excellence

Core Functions and Mandates
  1. Geospatial Data Collection and Acquisition
  • Gathering geospatial data from various sources, including remote sensing, satellite imagery, GPS surveys, aerial photography, field surveys, and data producers.
  1. Geospatial Data management
  • Creating and maintaining g>eospatial databases to organize, store, and manage spatial data efficiently.
  • Ensuring data quality, integrity, and accessibility.
  1. Cartography and Visualization
  • Designing and producing maps and visual representations of geospatial data for decision-making, reporting, and communication.
  • Developing interactive web-based mapping applications.
  1. Geospatial Analysis and Modeling:
  • Utilizing GIS software and analytical tools to perform spatial analysis, modeling, and geostatistical analysis.
  • Assessing patterns, trends, and relationships within geospatial data.
  1. Integration of Geospatial Technologies:
  • Integrating with other GIS systems and technologies within and outside agencies to leverage geospatial technology
  • Ensure seamless data exchange and interoperability
  1. Research and Innovation
  • Stay updated with the emerging technologies and trends in geospatial technology
  • Conduct research and development projects to enhance National Land Commissions geoinformatics capabilities
  • Collaborate with academic institutions and international partners on research initiatives in the geospatial domain.
  1. Provide technical support and training:
  • Provide training and education on GIS technology and best practices to staff and stakeholders.
  • Provide awareness on GIS and build internal capacities for geospatial analysis.
  1. NSDI Services:
  • Ensure access to accurate and reliable geospatial information
  • Enhance data discovery, accessibility and sharing mechanism without duplication or silos in operation; and
  • Promote sustainable and optimal use of geoinformation and technologies.
  • GI Coordination (workshops/seminars/CGI meetings)
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