Portfolio

After the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, the company has shifted its focus on development and implementation of digital technologies for disaster information management to contribute in disaster risk reduction.We have developed digital tools to facilitate geo-tagged data collection. We also develop disaster information management platforms that can store, manage and visualize risk, hazard and resource data to provide better insights for better disaster preparedness. Along with that, we have also developed a mobile application that allows public to receive critical information during disaster occurrence.

GIS Based Disaster Information Management System

A municipal GIS based data management and hazard information dissemination platform
  • ISET (Institute for Social and Environmental Transition) Nepal
  • November 2018 - Ongoing

The project aims to build urban resilience by incorporating innovative practices in its approach of work. A GIS based Disaster Information Management System (DIMS) for Kathmandu and Lalitpur Metropolitan city was developed with Naxa as a technical partner for “Surakshit Sahar ” project.

The DIMS is a couple of two digital systems; a mobile app and a web portal. The mobile app will be a public focused tool that allows public engagement before, during, and after any forms of disasters and also serve as a medium of communication between public and the government while the web based system will aggregate data and visualize them for better insights on a higher level. The DIMS stores and visualize data-sets like municipal resources and exposure datasets from from the existing ward level profile and geo-database and also risks, hazards, vulnerabilities data assembled from field-based Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (VCA).

The DIMS stores and visualize data-sets like municipal resources and exposure datasets from from the existing ward level profile, geo-database and also risks, hazards, vulnerabilities data assembled from field-based Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (VCA).The objectives of the project are:

  • The project is implemented by a consortium of four international agencies: ADRA Nepal, DCA Nepal, Lutheran World Relief and World Vision International in partnership with Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) Nepal and local governments of the two metropolitan cities:Kathmandu and Lalitpur Metropolitan city , ISET being the lead implementing partner.
  • The project aims to develop institutional capacity of the urban government to plan, coordinate and execute preparedness to multi-hazard disaster risks in the urban areas.
  • The project focuses on Promotion and integration of appropriate Information and communication technology to add value to DRR planning, programming, implementation and response to add value preparedness and response at community, ward and municipality levels.

Preparation of GIS Maps & Digital Risk Information Platform for two rural wards in Nuwakot District

GIS Based risk and hazard mapping of Bungtang and Kimtang and development of a map based mapping platform
  • Sarbodaya Nepal
  • November 2018 (Completed)

This is a Disaster Risk Reduction project with the aim of strengthening community resilience to disaster, implemented at Bungtang and Kimtang: previous VDCS and now Ward number 2 and 4 respectively of Myaghang Rural Municipality in Nuwakot District to prepare GIS Maps and Digital Risk Information Platform.Sarbodaya Nepal with Community and Rural Development Society Nepal (CARDSN) is implementing Reaching Down and Scaling Up: Strengthening Community Resilience to Disasters, project in above two locations with the financial support from AWO International. We as a technical partner prepared GIS based administrative maps of both local units and performed following activities.

  • Digitize and geolocate risk and hazard datasets using information collected during VCA process.
  • Provided training to local youths on mobile based data collection to collecte municipal resources datasets , datasets on local  Risk and hazards.
  • Undertake interaction and sensitization workshop at the district level, focusing on importance of technology, digitization and online portal for information sharing, easy access and updating.

Development of Construction Monitoring System for BC Philippines

Mobile application to provide construction guidelines and community feedback/reporting facility for safe schools construction
  • Build Change Nepal
  • September 2018 (Completed)

NAXA has provided technical consultancy to Build Change Philippines in the development of a Construction Guidelines Application that provides step-by-step information for safe construction of schools. This system allows setup of all IEC materials in a web system that is supplied to the mobile application which then works totally offline. The system allows community members to serve as a watchdog in the construction process by allowing reporting to the admin in case there are any discrepancies in the construction from what is said in the design or guidelines. The system also provides engineers with a checklist of construction steps and sub-steps so that progress of the schools can be tracked during inspection visits.

Core features of the system are:

  • Detailed guidelines (pictures, PDF files and text content) on how to construct school buildings safely
  • The schools construction guidelines  can be completely changed from the system backend
  • Crowd reporting facility for construction monitoring where local citizens can report any problems related to construction quality and conditions
  • App contents are available both Online and Offline 

Technical Development of an Android Based Data Collection and Web Visualization System

Mobile app based system to monitor construction progress
  • Lumanti
  • 2018 (Completed)

The digital system consists of a mobile ap and a web app where the mobile app can be used by the field staffs in rural villages where earthquake damaged houses are being reconstructed to capture photos, gps locations and construction progress

Mobile and Web Mapping Application Development of mobile based data collection system for the assessment of reconstruction activities implemented by Lumanti in several earthquake affected districts in Nepal and web visualization of the collected data.

Nepal Earthquake

A digital tool to connect help seekers and help providers during Nepal April 2015 Earthquake
  • In House Project
  • April 2015 (Completed)

This is a simple to use digital application that allows individuals and organizations to upload the details of relief materials they are providing to earthquake affected areas. One of the biggest challenges after Nepal Earthquake 2015 ,the ground support works by many people and organizations travelling to affected locations for help were not recorded in any forms. In order to provide a map-based view of relief distribution activities in the earthquake damaged districts in 2015 and ensure proportional distribution of relief to affected areas. , NAXA developed a simple location based digital tool application that allowed registration of relief activity with details of location and relief items.

Any people and organization can enter the details like  the VDC, target population, type of supplies, date, etc. so that a dynamic web map with identification of least relieved areas can be identified. It mainly contains details like what kind of relief materials they are taking to a certain location and in what amount.The tool was used by some volunteering groups going to affected areas with immediate needy items.The tool mainly contains following features.

  • Select the target VDC, wards from a map of affected regions.
  • Fill in a digital form with general information like name of individual /groups, tentative quantity of relief materials and contact info.
  • Look over an area of interest and identify if any other groups are also coming to the same region.
  • Download relief information for a particular area in open data formats.

Web Based Digital VCA Tool

Web based application to carry out vulnerability and capacity assessment, map risks, hazards and resources and share outputs digitally
  • DCA (DanChurchAid) actalliance
  • September 2018 (Completed)

The web based Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) tool developed under this project is a web application that allows organizations doing VCA to carry out VCA projects in a digital manner. There is a process designed to accompany communities to be more resilient through the identification and assessment of their priority needs. The VCA provides a toolkit for community-led assessments and solution finding processes that integrate information on existing risks, vulnerabilities and capacities and form the basis for successful community-based programming. The web application serves as an open inventory of VCA reports, VCA maps, plans of action and other necessary files and documents by different organizations relevant to vulnerabilities and capacities in a community.

The organizations can upload their VCA project outputs and can keep a historical record of their work. For organizations wanting to use this tool to conduct VCA in their project locations, they can automatically load the project location boundary maps from the platform itself, collect geo tagged point, lines and polygon datasets for local resources, risk and hazard datasets and baseline datasets. The other existing VCA toolkits as mentioned in the LDCRP guidelines are developed as digital forms toolkit in the application so that VCA practitioners can digitally collect tabular details during the field process.

The following are the works carried out in this project:

  • We first carried out the feasibility study on the digitization of currently existing Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment process as defined by the Local Disaster Risk Management Planning Guideline of Nepal and develop a digital VCA tool to digitize the VCA mapping process.
  • The tool also servers as the VCA repository by allowing any organizations to share their VCA projects and also a digital tool that can be used by any organizations to conduct field based VCA.

Open Disaster Information Management Platform

A GIS based Disaster Information Management Platform for Shankharapur and Changunarayan Municipality
  • VSO Nepal -PRAGATI Project
  • November 2018 (Completed)

The Web based Risk Assessment platform is an online GIS based platform  that provides location based information of all resources, urban infrastructures highlighting mainly the prominent risks and hazards in two Municipalities of Ktm Valley: Changu Narayan and Shankarapur Municipality.This is a digital system for urban disaster risk resilience which looks at the spatial extent of the urban area, assess the risks and their geo-locations, explores what resources are available in both urban areas .NAXA worked as a technical partner for system development under the PRAGATI project funded by European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).

The project involved the Development of a GIS based web and mobile platform for municipal Data visualization and capacitate the Municipal Emergency Operation Center (MEOC) team to use the system for informed decision making during all phases of disaster: before, during and after.The project aims to promote resilient and sustainable urban growth through DRR capacity building of local authorities and active involvement of the private sector and local population.The disaster information system mainly consists of following features:

 

  • Stores and manages the municipal datasets under three categories : Municipal resources, Risks & Hazards and Baseline datasets.
  • A digital archive of important emergency contacts, DRR related research papers, laws and policies etc.
  • The household level information and other datasets of entire municipality can be updated and managed by the system admin.
  • This system also connects citizens and the municipality by allowing citizens to report any disaster incidents or citizen grievances through a free to use mobile application.
  • The app also has an integration of  shortest path algorithm to provide travel navigation routes to open space, safe space, hospitals from  household /users location during emergencies.
  • Develop Risk and Hazard maps of Municipality based on the information received from Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment and share it with the Municipality offices
  • Capacitate and institutionalize the consortium partners and municipality offices regarding the necessity of digital mapping and use of geospatial datasets for decision making.

Surakshit Ghar

E-Technical Assistance: Making safe construction knowledge accessible to everyone
  • Build Change Nepal
  • November 2016- Ongoing (20,000+ Downloads)

Surakshit Ghar is a mobile application launched by the National Reconstruction Authority with technical support from Build Change to provide remote technical assistance and safe construction awareness information to earthquake affected Nepal  homeowners . The application contains official NRA messages along with images, illustrations, audio clips and videos on safe reconstruction, information regarding both the first and second volumes of Design Catalog for Reconstruction of Earthquake Resistant Houses and contact details of Engineers and trained Masons.With its offline capability and simple yet extremely useful features, the application was widely adopted, crossing 20000 downloads, mostly from the districts.

In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, to enable resilient house reconstruction in the rural parts of affected districts, lack of information was the biggest challenge. Surakshit Ghar, an android application, helped reduce this information gap by putting safe reconstruction guidelines at fingertips of the rural homeowners. With its offline capability and simple yet extremely useful features, the application was widely adopted, crossing 20000 downloads, mostly from the districts. The application was supported by Build Change Nepal and later institutionalized by the National Reconstruction Authority. Surakshit Ghar has contributed indirectly in the national reconstruction mission by enabling access to information.

  • Information on safe construction practices through images, illustrations and videos
  • Design Catalogue for Reconstruction of Earthquake Resistant Houses which have been prepared in compliance with the revised National Building Code of Nepal and approved by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC)
  • Contact information of trained masons, government engineers, district reconstruction offices and other local contacts in their respective areas.
  • Allow homeowners to send queries related to reconstruction of their house. They can call toll-free numbers for technical assistance.
  • Detailed audio as well as written information on inspection guidelines and legal procedures to obtain government subsidy to reconstruct houses.
  • A messenger feature to write a question or send a photo (of their house/s) to our technical help desk staffed to handle these queries.
  • Allow Homeowners, builders, and supervising engineers to record their/homeowners’ name, village/municipality, GPS and photos (of their houses) and maintain a systematic record of house construction / project progress in their own phones.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) under four broad categories: Government subsidy, government monitoring, grant agreement and technical assistance.

The core domain of the company is digital mapping. We have a team of experienced GIS Analysts who work on production of accurate and visually appealing digital maps. Focusing on the use of geo-tagged datasets and visualizing them in GIS maps, we promote the use of maps as data dissemination media. We also engage in the collection of map data using several surveying techniques.

GIS Mapping of Identified Open Spaces in 5 Earthquake Affected Districts of Nepal

An initiative to identify and map Open spaces in Kathmandu Valley different earthquake affected districts of Nepal
  • IOM Nepal (International Organization for Migration)
  • February 2019- Ongoing

The main objective of the project is to design and develop interactive platforms on identified open spaces, evacuation route modelling along with status update of pre-identified 83 open spaces  with information on existing critical infrastructure available in the Kathmandu valley. The selected five municipalities (Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Dolakha and Gorkha) will have access to information on open spaces, evacuation routes, information on critical facilities and information on the multiple hazards in the respective rural/municipalities. Consultant/firm will provide technical support to IOM project teams to use latest tools and technical to achieve the objective of the project.

The project aims at identifying suitable open spaces to be used in an event of a disaster in 5 worst earthquake hit mountainous districts of province 3 and 4.In addition to this, with the rapid urbanization with in Kathmandu valley has added up many new critical facilities in the proximity to the open space which was published under gazette notification by Ministry of Home Affairs. Updating facilities in the proximity to the open space will be key areas of work through this project. Also, status update on the identified 83 open spaces inside Kathmandu Valley will be taken into consideration during the process. Further, to this a multi-purpose evacuation center is planned to be built in each of the 8 districts including 3 inside Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur). One prime criterion for constructing these structures is their proximity to the identified open spaces. The hazard resistant structure could be used to host displaced and vulnerable population including pregnant women, children, people with special needs and elderly among others. Evacuation route modelling to have access to these infrastructures would be another areas of work.

The project has following major outputs:

  • GIS based mapping of open spaces and critical infrastructures in 5 earthquake affected districts, Information update on open spaces in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Evacuation route modelling to Open spaces and Multi-purpose evacuation centers in the 5 selected municipalities.
  • Development of interactive web and mobile based GIS platform to store and visualize geo data of municipal resources, risk, hazards and open spaces.
  • Integration of spatial and attribute information of open spaces and critical infrastructures in the National DRR Portal as well as individual municipality website/web application.
  • Dissemination of information pertaining to open spaces in the form of Open Space Atlas and other media

Digital Data collection for Rapid Assessment of Landslides and Preparation of Ward wise Landslide Risk Maps

Identification of the landslides caused by July 2018 rainfall in Shankharapur and Changunarayan Municipalities
  • FSCN Nepal
  • August 2018 (Completed)

The heavy rains on July 2018 caused landslides in multiple locations in both Shankharapur and Changunarayan Municipalities. As per the reports received from the municipality office, more than 100 landslides have happened in each municipality. Our team is requested by both FSCN and NDRC PRAGATI project representative to help the municipality office identify all the landslide locations and digitally collect their data. Since the mapping work is to be done immediately as an urgent work, we will hire consultants with different expertise to complete the work on time.The overall objective of this project is to support Changu Narayan and Lalitpur municipality in evidence based data collection of all landslide locations within with municipality office and prepare landslide hazard maps so that the municipality and ward offices can visualize and plan necessary mitigation steps.

The features of the project are:

  • Development of  standard questionnaires for ground survey together with Geology expert.
  • Customization of an existing android base data collection app that can be used for collecting landslide data digitally in the field.
  • Field survey in close coordination with municipal officials – mainly engineers.
  • An excel list of landslide locations along with attribute information on landslide type, landslide damage
  • KML file of the landslide locations which can also be viewed easily on google earth
  • Upload landslide locations with Photos on digital platform- google map, IM platform developed by PRAGATI project
  • Mapping of all landslide locations and Classify them as per the risk level – high, medium and low.
  • GIS Maps showing high slopes-ward wise.
  • Preparation of one map for one ward and Rank landslide hazard maps -ward wise – based on potential impact on people, settlement and infrastructure (high, medium and low risk landslide) in each ward and municipality
  • A detailed report along with photographs, attribute information of all landslide locations.

Preparation of GIS based ward wise Geodatabase for six wards in Kathmandu valley

A GIS based ward wise geodatabase
  • ISET Nepal
  • September 2018 (Completed)

NAXA worked as a Mapping partner for ISET Nepal, to prepare ward wise geodatabase for Ward no. 10, 12 and 31 of Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Ward no 2,9 and 11 of Kathmandu Metropolitan.The project is a part of  “Surakshit Sahar /Safer Cities” project. The project involves the collection, validation and synthesis of demographic, climatic, geological, hydrological, ecological, natural resources and land use, road connectivity and infrastructure datasets from secondary (where needed from primary) sources for six wards in kathmandu valley and preparation of ward wise geodatabase.The project aims to capacitate and assists the ward officials in managing the municipal datasets and information efficiently at the local level.

Collection of datasets regarding Municipal resources, Risks, Hazards and Vulnerabilities and baseline datasets is the foundation steps required for any development or planning or effective disaster management activities and projects. As such, this project focuses on integrating datasets from multiple sources and bringing them together in a single database:

  • Collect municipal resources,baseline, risks and hazards datasets for all project locations from multiple sources.
  • Prepare ward level geodatabase.
  • Digitization of GIS data layers and preparation of thematic map books containing different types of maps:Ward Wise admin map , fire hazard map, black spot maps etc.
  • Sensitize the ward officials in the need and importance of geodata for decision making.
    Preparation of GIS based thematic maps.
  • A half day tutorial to GIS focal persons of each ward to maintain and update ward wise geodatabase.

Development of Municipal Profile and Resource Maps of Aathrai Triveni Rural Municipality

Preparation of Municipal profile and resource mapping and development of web porta
  • Aathrai triveni
  • 2018 -Ongoing

This project consisted of four  components : a municipal geodatabase containing location and attribute details of major natural resources and urban infrastructures datasets  , a municipal resource map book , a profile book that includes in detail the socio economic details of the region and an interactive web based municipal data portal . NAXA worked as a mapping partner and help the consulting team prepare the web based geoportal that can be updated anytime by the municipality officials whenever any new datasets are collected.Local youths from different wards and ward based social mobilizers were mobilized to collect the datasets of major  points of interests: roads, government and private office locations, schools , heritage sites, office buildings, financial offices etc.

Following were the major works carried out :

  • Interaction with municipal officials, local representatives and sectoral experts to define the socio economic parameters , data themes and data collection questionnaire format.
  • Digital data collection using mobile devices to collect location , photo and other attribute data of major landmarks and point of interest.
  • Development of a web based interactive map of the municipality where the municipal officials can easily update geodataset at any time.

Preparation of Municipality Profile and Digital Resource Maps for Kageshwori Manahara Municipality

A participatory GIS based resource mapping of a municipality and preparation of municipal profile
  • Kageshwori Manahara Municipality
  • December 2015 (Completed)

This project consists of two major components : a municipal geodatabase that stores location and attribute details of major natural resources and urban infrastructures datasets  and a profile book that includes in detail the socio economic details of the region.A participatory approach was followed to identify the project parameters where interactions program was organized at local ward and municipal level to finalize resource types and data layers.The surveyors, mostly local youths from respective wards collected both spatial and attribute data associated with major points of interests: roads, schools , heritage sites, office buildings and financial organizations using those created forms.

A municipality profile is a true reflection of the status of the area in terms of its history, geography, socio-economic condition, income status, economy, tourism potentials and various other aspects.As per the local governance act, every local unit (Municipality and Rural Municipality ) needs to prepare their resource maps and municipal profile. The information collected were then drafted into a book which served both as a municipal profile and a reflection of the municipality based on socioeconomic and various other indicators. Following works were done under the assignment.

  • Visit different government offices and collect datasets for respective sectors : eg: Industries datasets from Department of Industries, List of NGOs, INGOs from Social Welfare Council etc.
  • Collection of spatial and attribute datasets of major point of interests using mobile based data collection tool.
  • Organize ward based interactions together with ward officials and local people to collect information on local place history , socio economic information and potential it carries in terms of tourism, development and other aspects.
  • Preparation of municipal geodatabase , gis based data layers, hard copy resource maps and municipal profile book.

GIS Based Mapping of Slum Locations in Kathmandu Valley

GIS based resource mapping of two Village Development Committees.
  • Social Science Baha
  • 2016 (Completed)

NAXA worked as a technical partner to create settlement wise maps for selected major slum settlements in Kathmandu valley. The point datasets of every household, major landmarks within such settlements, toilet facilities, schools, temples if any etc. were collected using handheld gps devices. Such datasets were used during GPS mapping. We also digitized other ground features like roads, rivers from freely available satellite images and also extracted data from open street maps to create the final settlement wise detailed maps.We worked as a mapping partner for Social Science Baha.

 

Following works were carried out.

  • The GPS points collected from field using handheld GPS along with its attribute datasets were formatted into a standard data layer format which is easily editable using arcgis.
  • Digitization over satellite images to extract roads, rivers and river bank data layers for the map.
  • Design and prepare settlement wise maps showing slum settlements, major landmarks, roads, rivers etc. on GIS.

Community Based Participatory Resource Mapping of Budhichaur and Sukaura VDCs, Hetauda

GIS based resource mapping of two Village Development Committees.
  • Budichaur and Sukaura VDC Offices
  • January 2017 (Completed)

The project Development of Resource Maps and Village Profile for the then Budichaur and Sukaura VDC of Makwanpur district  using Participatory GIS Based Mapping Approach involved participatory community mapping of the resources in both of these VDC.The resource map and municipal profile has several benefits ranging from identification of location information of a major point of interest to contribution in decision support system while envisioning and running any development projects in the VDC.

Following are major activities performed under the project.

  • Prepare Village profile book through an interactive process with local experts and community people and integration of data from secondary sources.
  • Mapping the available resources in the Village following a participatory based mapping approach incorporating suggestions from  the local experts and village people.
  • Prepare a VDC level geodatabase that mainly contains location datasets of major point of interests like educational institutions,  settlements, community forests etc.
  • Design, Prepare and Install a Map based Information  board in the Village.

Heritage Mapping: Bouddhanath World Heritage Site

An initiative to identify , locate and map the major heritage sites within Bouddhanath World Heritage site and install a street map board
  • Boudhanath Area Development Committee
  • October 2015 (Completed)

The heritage mapping of “Bouddhanath World Heritage Site “ involves the identification of all major heritage sites within Bouddhanath world heritage site premises and installation of a physical map at the main entrance of Bouddhanath stupa at Boudha , Kathmandu.We pitched this concept to Shree Boudhanath Area Development Trust and received support to identify, locate , design and prepare the map.We at NAXA believe that the first step of any conservation and promotion works begins with identification of the features. They have to be located, highlighted and brought to knowledge of a common man so that not only pilgrims visiting them but tourists too can get insights about their location and significance..

When a beautiful map of the entire area with short descriptions about important places is put, everyone can learn about the place.Also, during Jatras and Parvas, when flow of visitors is very high, chances of getting lost get reduced if maps are placed at several spots to guide visitors in the area.We believe this kind of map will serve as a virtual guide for any individual visiting this area.The geodatabase created while developing this map can later be used for preparation of a web map too.Following is the scope of work:

  • This project consists of two major components: Heritage map and Information board. The heritage map refers to an informative map along with appropriate legends while the information board consists of texts based description of the significances of this place.
  • Collect Spatial location of all major heritage sites ,their names and Location of other public facilities and security posts near the area. (Eg: Tourist toilets, Tourist Information Centers etc.) using mobile based data collection tool .
  • Prepare short description of most important locations and festivals around celebrated around this place and collect Time series images of the heritage site.
  • Perform data cleaning on existing OpenStreetMaps of Boudhanath area and design, prepare GIS map of the heritage site.
  • Use of Open Street Maps as a base layer and addition of collected details over Openstreet Maps to make the data open

3D MODELLING OF KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY

A GIS based 3D Modelling of landscape and all building structures within Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel -Nepal
  • University Project
  • Completed (2013)

The 3D model of Kathmandu University is the first ever complete three dimensional model of an educational institution in Nepal that shows both landscape as well as building in 3D environment. The 3D model was prepared adopting  multisource data integration technique where different datasets from different sources were combined .The 3D model was adopting  multisource data integration technique where different datasets from different sources were combined to prepare the final 3D model.The project made use of three major datasets : Land survey point datasets of the topography from Survey office , Banepa, AutoCAD design on individual buildings and Spatial datasets digitized from Google Earth.

The founders of NAXA are the students of Kathmandu University and they carried out this project as a part of their Engineering study in 2013.The 3D model generated this way can server as a Virtual Tour of the university thus allowing anyone interested to visit the university remotely, view the environment and existing infrastructures.

The 3D modelling project mainly involved following works.

Bullet points :

  • Topographical survey of the university premises using total station
  • Preparation of 3D models of all buildings using the 2D autocad plans of all buildings in Google sketchup
  • Preparation of a 3D model of the university Integrating both 3D buildings and 3D landscape in Arcscene software

The company has advocated for the significance of geodata in better planning and analysis. This includes series of map literacy training, GIS mapping training and also crowdmapping sessions that the company has voluntarily engaged in. One of the primary objectives of the company has been to promote the use of digital maps. So, the team has gained good experience in leading trainings, advocacy sessions and technical engagement around the same.

Youth Empowerment- Youth Leadership and Data

Training and workshop on map literacy, GIS data, open mapping and participatory community mapping to the youth leaders of province 1, 5 and 7.
  • Data for Development (D4D) Project, The Asia Foundation
  • July - August 2018 (Completed)

The primary objective of this training was to build the spatial knowledge of participants to make the understand what maps are, how to read them, linking maps and open mapping to youth empowerment and development and finally how to create maps using different available open source tools. Youth Empowerment- Youth Leadership and Data! with an interactive approach, will focus on empowering youth at the local level about youth leadership and skills while centering on the role and importance of open data in applying the leadership skills in their community. With Nepal’s new federal structure, informed young leaders at the local level who can use open data to develop and implement community solutions as well as advocate for and support local governments are key.  

The training mainly aimed at following:

  • Teach the basics of map reading and navigation and orient participants on the importance of having maps as community resources.
  • Help youths develop technical understanding on the components of a map and the spatial and thematic accuracy that a map needs to hold.
  • To orient participants on how map as a resource can be leveraged in several use cases- mostly business opportunities and disaster preparedness and response
  • To teach participants the use of open mapping tools like Open Street Maps, Mapillary etc

Skill Development Training for the technical staffs of NGIID – GIS Training

Skill development of Government Officials
  • National Geographic Information Infrastructure Division, Survey Department
  • July 2018 (Completed)

The officials from NGIID already have a good command over GIS and GIS software . This training was mainly aimed at helping them learn the geospatial analysis modules in the new version of Arcgis and also open source  QGIS software. We organized a 7 days training at the NGIID office, Baneshwor .The course content had both theoretical and practical sessions focused on the use of GIS for spatial analysis and advance geographical analysis works.

Following courses were mainly covered.

  • Introduction to Spatial analysis and its use for Informed Decision Making.
  • Techniques of topology, model building, proximity tool, map layout, spatial analysis etc
  • Multi Criteria analysis for Site selection .
  • Basics of web mapping tools like ArcGIS online, Mapbox etc.
  • Use of open data and OpenStreetMaps, GPX format preparation for JOSM, uploading and editing in JOSM, Editing in ID editor etc.
  • Concepts of 3D modelling and Animations using GIS.
  • Use of heterogeneous data sources and multiple tools to combine building and landscape 3D models to prepare a 3D model of a location using ArcScene..
  • Concepts of SDI, metadata, clearing house tools for creating metadata and metadata standards.

Training on “Introduction and Applications of Remote Sensing and Satellite Images processing”

Remote Sensing image interpretation and analysis to develop the internal capacity of the Division
  • National Geographic Information Infrastructure Division, Survey Department
  • June 2018 (Completed)

The training was mainly aimed at building the skills of the the  government officials at NGIID (National Geographic Information Infrastructure Division) on Remote Sensing image interpretation and analysis to develop the internal capacity of (capacitate)  the division.

NGIID is an infrastructural set up by the government to facilitate the sharing of geographical information within the country. This training was an opportunity to interact with the NGIID core technical staffs and share with them some advanced functionalities in remote sensing image processing software, some topics related to drone photogrammetry and processing of drone captured images.

The training mainly covered following topics :

  • Introduction to Digital Image, Image Processing, Image rectification and  Image classification
  • Basic Concepts of Aerial Photography and Digital Photogrammetry
  • Image Orientation, Aerial Triangulation and Aerial Image processing to generate outputs like DSM, DTM,
  • Google Earth Engine
  • Modern Photogrammetry: Drone Survey and Image Processing
  • Download and use Satellite images from freely available global sources and repository

Training on “Basics of Web GIS and Interactive Web Mapping”

Web GIS training to survey professionals
  • National Geographic Information Infrastructure Division, Survey Department
  • 2017 (Completed)

The training was mainly focused on the skill development of the NGIID staffs to build their capacity in Web mapping. The 7 days training helped NGIID staffs to understand the importance of web services, to get knowledge of different types of web maps, handling spatial databases, map publishing in web, geoserver handling, multisource data plotting and client side development.

 

 

The training included the following topics:

  • Introduction to key concepts in web mapping like the introduction to client and server side, HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, JQuery, AJAX etc.
  • Introduction to database, spatial database etc
  • Geoserver data handling and publishing the layers including Geoserver installation, adding different types of data to geoserver, styling them, exporting them and web mapping services like WMS , WFS and WCS.
  • Publishing spatial data through mapping libraries like leaflet, openlayers, mapbox etc. and prepare a interactive web map.

Training on “Introduction and Application of Drones in Surveying and Mapping”

Training given on modern mapping techniques
  • LMTC Nepal Government
  • 2017 (Completed)

Advance computers, a hardware service provider based in Banepa supplied few drones to the Land management training center. A team of Drone Experts from NAXA trained the students as well as trainers at Land Management training centers on the use of Drones for spatial data capturing , processing of images captured by drones to prepare topographical maps and a number of other map based outputs. The 2 days training consisted of both theoretical and practical session on Drone photogrammetry , aerial flight planning and data capture using Drones.

Following were the major course content.

  • Theroticial session on Introduction to drone technology, Drone photogrammetry and drone photogrammetry vs aerial photogrammetry.
  • Theoretical session on workflow of processing images captured by drones using commercial and open source software and its hand on exercise.
  • Hands on training on aerial flight planning using pix4d capture app on how to create aerial mapping flight plan , and capture data accordingly.
  • Hands on exercise on  how to perform drone flight to capture ground images
  • Use of different software to process drone captured images and generate contours, topographical maps , DSM and a number of other outputs.

Training on Introduction and Applications of GIS at Achham

GIS Training at rural place of Nepal
  • RAP3, Achham
  • August 2017 (Completed)

We organized a 5 days training titled “Training on Introduction and Applications of GIS in Civil Engineering”. The training course was designed such that it covers the basic concept of GIS and its use to prepare topographical maps utilizing point survey data collected from the field. The training also involved hands on exercise on preparation of road alignments and carrying out project feasibility study using freely available satellite images and GIS.The training course was designed as per the need of the participants and emphasized both theoretical and practical understanding of GIS among the participants.The participants included RAP 3 RAP3 Achham projects  civil engineering staffs, district technical engineers and engineers from different government offices. The training aimed at building the capacity of participants to better understand the basics of mapping using GIS and performing spatial analysis to support evidence based decision making.

UK Aid-funded Rural Access Program RAP’s implementation has involved construction of tracks, trails and roads using labour-intensive, environmentally sound and climate resilient methods; alongside complementary socio-economic interventions. Through this project, we helped build the capacity of district engineers including RAP3 staffs on use of GIS for accurate mapping and pre feasibility analysis. The training program helps the participant mainly to

  • Understand the basics of Surveying, Mapping and GIS
  • Integrate data (both location based and attribute data) from heterogeneous sources and Add , Explore and Analyze  both attribute and spatial data in GIS
  • Make thematic maps using GIS and perform  basic Spatial Analysis
  • Keep Location based record of projects and  activities on specific areas and prepare project specific maps.
  • Use of digital devices (Eg: Android) and web services (ArcGIS Online for web mapping) for geo data collection and mapping purpose.

Training on “Introduction to GIS and its Applications in Civil Engineering”

Introduction to GIS and its Applications in Civil Engineering
  • Verisk Information Technologies
  • November 2015 (Completed)

As a core technical training to Civil Engineering team at Verisk IT, Introduction to GIS and its Applications in Civil Engineering was organized. The curriculum for the training was tailored in order to provide hands-on training to the participants. The training not only delivered tips on the use of software tools but also a broader understanding of map data, map making and data accuracy.

 

 

 

The training mainly covered the following :

  • Create point, line and polygon data layers in GIS using ground survey data /coordinates.
  • Assign symbology to data layers and preparation of Geodatabase.
  • Hands on exercise on preparation of topographical maps and thematic maps using datasets from different sources
  • Introduction to Spatial analysis and some major spatial analysis modules using ArcGIS
  • Topographical mapping using GIS : complete steps from data capture to map design and map layout
  • Data interoperability: Moving datasets from ArcGIS to Google Earth and vice versa.
  • Introduction to open source GIS and use of QGIS to import data from multiple online sources and create maps.

We provide digital solutions that contribute to data collection, management and visualization. We positively discourage the use of paper based data collection methods and provide tablet based solutions for geo-tagged data collection. For organizations that have data already, we provide solutions to digitize them, import into databases and make better use of the data via web systems. We build applications which enables the users to visualize the data in web maps and charts.

Web GIS & Interactive Web Mapping

Development of GIS based Interactive Web Mapping portal of NGIID for web dissemination and visualization of spatial data elements in maps.
  • National Geographic Information Infrastructure Division (NGIID), Survey Department
  • February 2017 (Completed)

NAXA developed the interactive visualization of census datasets. We developed an interactive socio economic atlas map of Nepal. It mainly visualizes population characteristics, literacy and education, household and amenities, agriculture, and population trend and its projection. The interactive socio economic atlas map developed  under this project is among one of several different apps developed within National geospatial portal. The Geographic Information Infrastructure Division (NGIID),Survey Department, Government of Nepal maintains the National geospatial data portal and it facilitates searching and finding geospatial data and associated information services in Nepal.

This national data portal is mainly for Metadata and Clearing House Services and NGIID plans to promotes geospatial data sharing in the country through the portal. This system is one of the listed apps in this portal called “National Geoportal” maintained by NGIID.

Following are the key features:

  • Different Socio-Economic Indicators displayed over choropleth map
  • Switching of those indicators
  • Attractive charts to visualize the difference in socio-economic status of different districts of Nepal
  • Switch  between Gradient Styles (black to white, yellow to brown and white to blue )
  • Search desired indicator
  • Switching base layers (Satellite view, Street View  and None)
  • Map legend to indicate the values represented by colors

Development of Socio- Economic Atlas of Far-Western Region

A thematic map book depicting the actual socio economic status of far west
  • Far Western Development Commission (FWDC)
  • February 2017 (Completed)

The web based socio-economic atlas is an ambitious step taken by Far Western Development Commission to opening up socio economic datasets of the Far west region via digital interface. The socio economic datasets are grouped under different indicators allowing  system users to view, interact and even download the datasets as well as graphs, charts.This open data initiative enables planners, policy makers, non-governmental organizations and also researchers to easily use the datasets for Far west region.Although, a hard copy atlas map book was also an output of the project, the entire project focused largely on building the interactive platform which could effectively reflect the socio economic and other aspect of this region.

This portal can also be used for effective data extraction as per demand.Such data can be mined and used for informed decision making, making the portal an efficient planning tool.Major socio economic indicators were calculated at district , municipality and rural municipality level. Then the data were grouped thematically under different chapters. The project followed a heterogeneous data integration approach where data from multiple sources : Survey Department, Central Bureau of Statistics as well as Far West Development Commission were integrated to prepare a thematic database on a minute level.We believe this platform will be one of several digital tool that would help the provincial government to better plan  and implement their new projects, deal with new kind of programs and opportunities backed by data driven decisions.The major objectives of the project were:

  • To identify the major indicators that depicts the actual socio economic status of Far West Region.
  • To gather secondary data from all reliable data sources like Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal Government, that are most recent and up to date. To collect primary data (if required in some cases) by field visit and survey.
  • To carry out GIS mapping of the available data and prepare informative maps for all kinds of indicators.
  • To create visually appealing hard copy socio economic maps.
  • To create web supported data formats for all socio economic maps and make the web maps available in the web server.
  • To create a platform where users can interact over the maps and view datasets over maps as per different socio economic indicators.

Changunarayan Tourism App

Development of Location based mobile app to facilitate the Visitors coming to Changunarayan Municipality
  • Changunarayan Municipality
  • December 2018- Ongoing

This is a mobile application that is targeted to serve as a digital guide to any visitors/tourists coming to Changu narayan Municipality. The app has multi-language feature to support tourists to better understand the contents. This application has two major features to attract the tourists to visit Changunarayan Municipality  ie. QR code scanning and getting details of the objects and interactive 360 photo with the view of different time and different seasons view. The app provides informative contents in multiple formats like text, audio and video of major heritage sites, individual statues, and major landmarks within the municipal area.

 

The app has  following major features :

  • List of all major heritage sites, major landmarks and tourist destinations within Changunarayan Municipality.
  • Both audio and video description about major heritage sites and tourist destination to tell the stories of the monuments /locations.
  • Map based visualization of the major places.
  • Scan QR codes attached to the objects to get their information, history and importance.
  • Interactive 360 view of major locations which can also guide the app users /visitors to easily navigate around and visit major locations
  • Multiple language support : English, Nepalese and Chinese in its first launch.

Mobile & Web based Conservation Tracking System

A mobile based project monitoring system to monitor conservation related projects
  • WWF Nepal
  • May 2016(Completed)

Conservation Tracking Application (CTA) is a digital system  consisting of an android application for field based officers and a web application for project managers for project  monitoring  purpose. The field officers can take pictures, gps locations and other text based  details using the mobile application in the field and sends to the data to the server when they are online. The web system is used by the project managers and senior project supervisors to track the progress of work and view actual status of work on the field.The project has been founded on the simple idea of digitizing the current system of data collection and reporting of conservation programs under WWF Nepal Terai Arc Landscape  (TAL) program.

The system has a preliminary target of being successfully implemented for  tracking conservation programs in the Terai Arc Landscape but also has the flexibility of  accommodating all other programs run by WWF Nepal. Currently, 42 different data formats  (mobile forms) have been included in the system.The project involved mainly following activities. 

  • Study the current system of tracking TAL(Terai Arc Landscape) project status and progress.
  • Creation and digitization of project progress reporting forms for individual projects to be monitored.
  • Well formatted digital forms under different Categories (Forests, Wildlife, Climate Change etc. ) in the Android application to collect information regarding project progress
  • Development of an android app to collect points, lines and polygons over map tile and other text based details.
  • Development of online and offline feature to store the datasets on phone locally and send it to the server.
  • Development of web application (admin panel) that visualizes received data.

Consultant Services for Development of Online Monitoring System

A web based project monitoring system
  • OXFAM
  • March 2018 (Completed)

Implementation of a web based project monitoring system- FieldSight for the contextual use case of OXFAM in its reconstruction project in the earthquake affected districts of Nepal. Periodic monitoring of reconstruction activities  using technical system, dynamic design and deployment of monitoring  forms, progress tracking by the use of milestone based approach, work delegation/ site assignment to field engineers.

  • Provision of online monitoring and feedback loop capabilities at central and district level on housing construction status.
  • Easy database management and reader friendly graphical reporting of beneficiaries.
  • Collection of data from the field on the reconstruction of 500 housing units in the 6 affected districts.
  • Incorporated FieldSight as an online  monitoring tool.
  • Designed and deployed reconstruction monitoring  Forms.
  • Oriented OXFAM project support team on effective use of  the system, trained field staff on the use of mobile application

Events Nepal

A mobile application to provide the first hand information about multiple events during an international workshop
  • NGIID, Survey Department
  • 2015 (Completed)

The app “Events Nepal ” provides information regarding event schedule, presentation timings, indoor map of the venue and other details of the event. The app was developed for the event “International Workshop on the Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction in the context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake” brought together more than 300 participants which included :Academicians, professionals, industrialists, business people and students in the field of Surveying, Mapping, Geospatial Science and Land sector from around the globe. NAXA worked as a technical partner of the event and developed the app .

 

The features of the application are:

  • Day Wise event schedule and timing.
  • Notifications to the users for events of their interests.
  • Indoor map of the event venue and sponsors, program partner details.
  • Mention of the sponsors for promotion.

Supply Chain Automation Software

A web based supply chain automation system for World Vision
  • World Vision International
  • September 2017 (Completed)

With an effort of making the procurement system in World Vision completely web based and more customized, NAXA was selected as a consultant for technical development of the system. The web system digitizes the procurement processes like purchase request, purchase order, bidding, selection of supplier upto goods received notice. Documents like receipts, invoices, etc are generated from the system. The system also manages inventory of goods, suppliers, LTAs, etc. Critical mechanisms like budget heads and approval system are included in the application.

 

The following are the activities carried out in this project:

  • Digitizes the procurement processes like purchase request, purchase order, bidding, selection of supplier upto goods received notice
  • Receipts, invoices, etc are generated from the system
  • Manages inventory of goods, suppliers, LTAs, etc
  • Budget heads and approval system.

Hydropower Project Information Mapping

An open hydropower data portal
  • Niti Foundation
  • September 2018 (Completed)

The Hydro Map project is a free, publicly-available online map that tracks the progress of hydropower development across Nepal, assisting stakeholders in evidence-based policy-making.

The project is developed under the “Improving the Sharing and Use of Data as Evidence for Development in Nepal” program, supported by The Asia Foundation and Development Initiatives, implemented by Niti Foundation.

The project aims to provide the hydropower related development data for all the stakeholders and help on evidence based policy making. This project is developed in order ensure the availability and accessibility of the hydro power related data to the public, as there is the dire need for this type of data.

  • The interactive web map graphically displays information about the location and status of hydropower projects.
  • Users can browse by river basin and administrative location and find information such as the hydropower project promoter’s identity and contact information as well as socio-economic, physical, biological, periodic and other data relevant to the project.
  • The Hydropower Portal Provides All The Statistics Related With The Hydropower Numbering and Gives Out on a Summarized Version To Get The Best Detail From it.
  • Every Hydropower Detail has Been Provided in Datasets Format with Different Data tables and with Filters On Different Measure like of Based On Certain Province,District,Local Government .It is Also Presented in Tabular View For the Better Understanding.
  • A timeline feature  allows users to view the changes in hydropower
  • Download facility allow users to download full or partial dataset based-on filter.

Data Visualization System-DFID

Visualization of demographic as well as project data in maps and charts for better insight
  • DFID (Department for International Development)
  • June 2018 (Completed)

The data visualization system developed for DFID is a map centric web visualization of DFID internal project data, demographic data and budget/spend data in Nepal. The system provides visual overview of the datasets in an interactive manner. The system stores data in web databases up to municipal level and allows users to view disaggregated data per municipality or province. The project comprised of tasks not limited to data management and visualization but also about understanding about user needs, DFID projects and partners. The map based visualization system allows overlay of project output data and infrastructures over demographic data from secondary sources.

To get ahead from bulky data-tables and allow dynamic visualization of the data accessible to everyone, a web based visualization system was developed for DFID. This platform allows graphical visualization of socio-economic, infrastructure related and project output datasets over maps and charts. With an aim to scale up to all kinds of datasets present in the organization in future, the platform is currently being used internally. The visualization system is highly interactive and information can be generated based on the new federal structure.

  • National and provincial level key demographic data visualized over maps and charts.
  • New federal structure used for data disaggregation, allowing municipality level exploration of data.
  • DFID project activities data, budget and spend data geo-referenced and visualized over an interactive map interface.
  • National level infrastructure locations and other information.
  • Ability to add and visualize datasets into the system as and when needed.
  • Provincial level infographic downloadable from the system.
  • National level infrastructure locations and other information.
  • Ability to add and visualize datasets into the system as and when needed.
  • Provincial level infographic downloadable from the system.

FieldSight

Technological platform for remote monitoring, supervision, and quality assurance.
  • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • August 2016 - Ongoing

FieldSight is a technological platform for remote monitoring, supervision, and quality assurance on humanitarian, development, and construction projects. It connects semi-skilled and project personnel working in the field with skilled and management personnel based in regional or central offices. It provides tools to customize remote data collection, deliver education and reference materials, and improve communication across multiple channels in order to enhance the work of teams working on distant and remote project sites.

The tool is being used by different organizations in Nepal to monitor the reconstruction of thousands of buildings affected by 2015 Nepal Earthquake.It consists of a web-based application and an android-based mobile application connected via a central server. The web application allows organizations, program managers to set-up and configure projects as well as to review data that is submitted by field users. The mobile application is used to collect and submit data from sites. Tools for assessing submissions, sharing project plans and guidance materials, and communicating across multiple channels further enhance the connection between office and site, facilitating coaching, collaboration, and capacity building. Built to scale, FieldSight works on projects with one to thousands of sites, and includes tools for review, coordination, and analysis across aggregated data.

  • Organization and project configuration as required.
  • Custom monitoring templates design.
  • User management, form management and sites management.
  • Both Online and Offline capabilities.
  • Progress tracking per site and User Hierarchies with permissions and restrictions according to their role in the system.
  • Accommodate multiple organizations, projects and sites in a single system.
  • Responses from mobile forms visualized over maps, tables and charts in admin panel

Developing an Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for Practical Action

A Digital Tool to monitor a wide range of activities under the "Leave No-one Behind Housing" project
  • Practical Action Nepal
  • February 2019- Ongoing

The objective of this project is to develop a robust MIS for effective monitoring, evaluation and learning system which will help to capture the data and measure the progress as the performance and output of the project against the plan and target. The field based officers will use the mobile component of the M&E system to capture data in the field during activities and report to the central system. The system will be able to capture data from field and measure the progress of the project and delivery the effective monitoring, evaluation learning at organization.The digital system is targeted for the project which comprises of wide range of activities that need to be monitored by the MIS developed during this assignment.“Leave No-one Behind Housing” in the earthquake affected districts Lamjung and Makawanpur.

  • A robust MIS for effective monitoring, evaluation and learning system which will help to capture the data and measure the progress as the performance and output of the project against the plan and target.
  • The project is primarily a software development assignment and will comprise of a web application for managers and monitoring officers and a mobile application (Android only) for field officers.  
  • The web system will serve as the managerial component in the system that allows configuration of projects, activities, forms, users and relationships. The activity tracking forms will be highly customizable and simple to use.
  • The android application allows project wise activity tracking (data reporting) based on the forms assigned by the web system.
  • The scope of this assignment will include generation of reports in the form of Excel and PDF outputs for activity tracking data.

We adopt frontier technologies like drones and virtual reality for efficient surveying and mapping and interactive navigation. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Drones are the emerging technological tools that helps to capture high resolution images of the earth surfaces and objects over it while Virtual Reality is a type of reality emulation that the user becomes part of and it convinces the human brain of being in a real environment.

Topographic and Cadastral Mapping of Bancharedanda and Samyakholcha using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Using Drones to provide better data of landfill site for Dumping waste of kathmandu valley
  • Investment Board of Nepal
  • July 2017 (Completed)

The technical team at NAXA in association with Nepal Flying Labs and Dronepal, jointly worked to prepare the topographic map and overlay the cadastral maps to support the Investment Board of Nepal ( which was supporting the construction of permanent structures at the proposed landfill sites at Banchare Danda and Samyakholcha ). The Drone captured images along with DGPS points were used as a field data to prepare accurate maps. Thus, prepared maps can be used to estimate the volume of waste that can be deposited to those locations, calculate the area of land that needs to be acquired and prepare a three dimensional map of the site so that  it can be used by the planners for project planning. Compared to widely used existing methods of ground survey , the drone survey provided better datasets in a short time and better resolution

The orthophoto and topographical maps, helped in the effective planning of the sites for processing plants, waste disposal areas, office areas etc.

The technical team used Drone images to generate following outputs :

  • Topographical map with accurate Contours (0.5m interval, 1m interval and 5m interval).
  • High resolution Orthophoto Map (with 5 cm GSD).
  • High Resolution Digital Surface Model (5cm) and Digital Terrain Model (30cm).
  • Three dimensional model of the proposed site.
  • Cadastral map of the area overlaid on Topographic map and Orthophoto.
  • Calculated volume of waste that can be deposited to those locations after constructing 20m dam with 4% slope.

 

High Resolution Mapping of Ponkar Glacier

High Resolution Mapping of Ponkar Glacier
  • Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC KU)
  • 2015 (Completed)

High Resolution mapping  Ponkar Glacier, Manang is the first of its kind Aerial survey of a Glacier located in Manang district using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)–popularly known as drone. NAXAhad an opportunity to do this pilot project with the use of UAV in high altitude Glacier with the research team of Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center under the Kathmandu University led by Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha back in 2015 A.D.This project on Ponkar glacier was pilot study where the performance of a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV, a quadcopter over high altitude glaciers was tested.We did an aerial Survey over the debris cover region in the lower glacier valley ,captured a total of 195 photos of 2.1 cm spatial resolution. And generated high res. Orthophoto image maps.

The images captured were processed to generate High Resolution Digital Surface Model and Orthophoto Maps of the region.Nowadays, the use of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has increased to offer fast, easy and cost effective way to capture high resolution images over inaccessible locations in a short time.

  • Aerial Survey of Ponkar glacier moraine at 3 different locations using Phantom 3 advanced quadcopter drone.
  • Process the aerial images to prepare high. Resolution orthophoto maps and digital surface model.
  • Measure the supra glacial lakes area and ground elevation of some key locations using the orthophoto map and DSM.
  • Prepare a project report documenting key learnings and recommendations for using drones at high altitude.

Virtual Reality Model of an Earthquake Damaged Village in Rural Nepal

Contextualizing frontier technology as an education tool for Retrofitting
  • Investment Board of Nepal
  • 2017 (Completed)

The virtual tour of Eklephant Village, Sangachowk, Sindhupalchok, is a panoramic tour of the village that allows viewer to travel around the village , explore individual houses to see how it has been repaired after the Earthquake damage.The panoramic tour is a very powerful educational material as it allows viewers to interact with the building elements and see what new components has been added to an earthquake damage building to increase the structural strength.The people living in rural villages never had access to safer construction information and different housing practices. This innovative tool can also be a model for demonstrating the value of a low cost retrofitting solution to the earthquake affected homeowners and even the government authorities.

  • Many of the buildings in rural villages of Nepal have not been designed to be safe during earthquake.Retrofitting is an innovative and cost-effective method of seismically strengthening existing houses by strengthening structural elements and stabilizing the current structure, making them earthquake resistant.This tool is one of many options to educate people, government and engineers the benefits of retrofitting and how it makes a shelter more safer and strong.
  • The viewers can navigate around the village , look at the building damages from a very close distance and can even enter inside a building to see the building interior
  • Viewers can interact with the 360 model of the village and some individual buildings and can learn what additional elements and structural components have been added to a damaged building to make it earthquake resistant.

The use of technology can work wonders in the area of land management. The power of digital data can solve the long time problems of land related issues. The proper record and management of land resources over digital medium means the management will be scientific and easily understood by all.

Identification and Mapping of Informal Settlements in Kathmandu Valley

An initiative by Land information ministry to identify and properly record the current status of informal settlements in KTM valley.
  • Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (Subcontract from Geo Wizards Pvt. Ltd. )
  • June 2018 (Completed)

This is an initiative by the ministry to identify , digitally record and map the distribution of informal settlements within kathmandu valley. An informal settlement can be defined as a residential area which has developed without legal claims to the land and/or permission from the concerned authorities to build; as a result of their illegal or semi-legal status, infrastructure and services are usually inadequate.Through this project , the ministry aimed at developing an open data portal where anyone can view the spatial distribution of informal settlements in kathmandu valley and their current status in photographs. This project is an initial step of a long term program  of the ministry to come up with proper programs to address the genuine concern and problems of informal settlements.

Following are the major works done under this project :

  • Consultation with the key staffs from major offices like Ministry of Land , Department of Urban Development and Building Construction to learn about the different commissions and reports on informal settlements management published officially by the govt. in the past .
  • Detailed review of secondary data sources- reports, publications etc on informal Settlements.
  • Identify possible informal settlements from satellite images and get it verified by having it checked by informal settlements committee representatives.
  • Perform field based GPS survey to capture location and attribute details of each settlement.
  • Development of a web based Informal settlement map where users can view the spatial distribution of informal settlements and view their basic details.
  • Preparation of a comprehensive report with findings and recommendations.

 

Study on automation of various land related services through ATM type Machine (Kiosk Machine)

A feasibility study on the  implementation of Kiosk based land -administration related service delivery
  • Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (Subcontracted from Engineering Adda )
  • 2019 (Ongoing)

This project is a feasibility study on the  implementation of Kiosk based land -administration related service delivery. A Kiosk machine is a small, self-standing structure such as a newsstand or ticket booth. Kiosk machines are common practice in service delivery. Many private institutions such as banks, telecommunication companies, etc. have installed and implemented Kiosk machines in Nepal.The study was based on study of existing land administration services provided by Government of Nepal, literature review of e-land administration services and studies of e-land administration practices in several countries. Based upon the studies it is seen that several services (eg: map printing) that creates more pressure on land related service delivering institutions can be automated and provided through Kiosk. Complete replacement of all the services is neither rational, nor feasible.

Kiosk can be useful in completing some of the tasks fully while providing means to get supporting documents for other type of services.This study work mainly focused on following activities :

  • Study on workflow of existing service delivery system through survey and land revenue offices and possibilities of automation.
  • Identification of the services that can be automated through Kiosk Machine
  • Identification of the requirements (Hardware , Software , Data and database)  for automation of services through Kiosk Machine
  • SWOT analysis of the system design and implementation and Recommendation with complete fact and study

Development of Mobile Application for Digitization of Monitoring/Assessment Booklet of The Ministry

A digital system to help land ministry track its department and project offices work progress digitally
  • Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (Sub-Contract with Great Eastern Pvt. Ltd.)
  • July 2018 (Completed)

To conduct the projects and programs operated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Coopertives and the services provided by the Land Reform and Management Department ,Survey Department fast, swift and effective way, Nepal Government can make necessary directives on the provision of Good Governance (Management and Operation) Act, 2064, Article 45. Hence, for the inspection/monitoring of the ministry and its constituent bodies, the Inspection/Monitoring Directive, 2071 has been implemented.

The digitized form can be more effective than the current paper-pen system because of the dynamic abilities of digital data recording. The foremost benefit is the saving of physical resources of papers, which can be expended in volumetric amounts for a full assessment. The next benefit lies in the recording of the data input by the officer. The touchscreen interface provides easy data entry. Also, the input data can be stored in memory, one mobile device can store thousands and thousands of assessment forms. The analysis of data is also swift and effortless because of the analysis function in the mobile application system.

 

The mobile app users can

  • View All monitoring and inspection forms under different chapters and sub chapters as standardized in the book (book name here.)
  • The recorded data can be saved offline, can be synchronized when connected to internet.
  • GPS location and pictures can be captured.
  • All the forms are classified into categories as per the annex in booklet.

Bhumi Sushasaan: Nepal’s first Land Governance App (20,000+ Downloads)

Nepal’s first land governance app providing key information to public about land related services, news, unit conversion, area calculation and more.
  • Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation
  • June 2018 (Completed)

Bhumi Sushasaan is an official app of Ministry of Land Management, Nepal.This app provides first-hand information on the services offered by different departments of the land ministry and also provide feedback to the offices to further improve their services. With more than 16000 downloads in Google Play, the application has promoted access to information regarding public service delivery, government guidelines and more.

With an aim to promote e-Governance via mobile application for better dissemination of public services, land related information and useful land area calculation tools, Bhumi Susashaan application was developed. It is the first official mobile application of Ministry of Land Management and is gaining popularity each day because of its usefulness.

The app mainly provides the following:

  • Information about the different services provided from Land Revenue and Land Reform offices.The information includes required documents, fees, time consumption, responsible officer etc.
  • Location and contact details of land survey and land revenue offices for different province, district and ward level.
  • More than 5000+ land management related terminologies along with their definitions and descriptions in  English and Nepali meanings.
  • A Calculator tool  to help calculation of land areas and for conversion of  different units of land measurement in the Nepalese context.

Electronic governance or e-governance is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions, integration of various stand-alone systems and services between government-to-customer , government-to-business . The use of digital system means the widest public reach that was not possible through any other means before.

Web Based Progress Monitoring and Evaluation System for Far Western Development Commission and all the Concerned Offices

A web dashboard that shows the list of all the departments with the latest time for the submission of progress reports.
  • FWDC (Far Western Development Commission)
  • February 2017 (Completed)

Progress monitoring is a subject of concern to all agencies that have service delivery in diverse locations. It is time consuming as well as costly to send progress reports conventionally. Though, mail services have been replacing conventional systems in recent days. But it is always better to have a web based application that allows multi-level user functionalities, central storage of data in a remote secure server and tracking of timestamp of the received reports. It also makes the process efficient meaning reports are received in real time without delays, makes communication and feedback system easier and makes the process robust.We have worked with few govt. Ministries and also the Far Western Development Commission to develop such systems

  • A web dashboard that shows the list of all the departments under a ministry along with the latest time for the submission of progress reports
  • Digital  version of forms as developed by the National Planning commission for monthly, quarterly and yearly progress reporting
  • Mechanism to send and receive comments, feedbacks between  the ministry and departments

Web Based Progress Monitoring and Evaluation System for all the Departments under Ministry of Labor and Employment

An integrated system that can track the work performances of its sub offices.
  • Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE)
  • June 2017 (Completed)

Digital progress monitoring is web based monitoring system in which admin panel track, monitors and evaluates the progress of work/project done by all the relevant offices under the Ministry of labor.

Different departments and units under the Ministry of labor have number of offices working under them in different parts of Nepal which perform different activities and are supposed to submit their performance report to the central office in a fixed interval of time. The evaluation of works is usually carried out under different headings and different departments have their own format to collect the work progress report of offices under them. The central office didn’t have an integrated system that can track the work performances of its sub offices.This system main objective was to make this process easier by providing a digital interface to this process of reporting and report monitoring, feedbacking.

The web dashboard is the homepage of the application and it consists of following details.

  • List of individual offices and major programs throughout the MOLE on the left panel of the screen.
  • Summary details like total number of users in the system, total form submissions till date and total number of offices using the system.
  • Location map of the offices under the MOLE along with brief summary.

Hamro Sudurpaschim

A tool for State Government for digital information dissemination
  • Far west development commission
  • March 2016 (Completed )

“Hamro Sudurpaschim” is a mobile application targeted to serve as the platform that highlights the Far Western Region.This application aims to  justify the role of the Far Western Development Commission (A development committee established for development of far west region) in the development of the region and also provides information about the socio-economic status of the region, updates on all the past and ongoing development activities including their progress as well.The application introduces the users to numerous heritages present in this region which were initially exposed to the local residents only. Users get to stay updated on the development activities happening here along with their progress. The application also serves as a platform for two ways communication by allowing users to share their feedbacks and public grievances.

Following are some key features of the application :

  • Details about Far West Development Commission, news of their activities, and details of development projects ( past, present and future projects planned for the region.
  • Local attractions of Far West Region: Natural Resources, Heritage Sites, Historical sites and Local festivals along with map routes to reach those destination
  • Major projects in the region that are of national significance categorized according to the districts and status (Completed, Ongoing and Envisioned)
  • Statistics of the socio economic condition of all districts in Far West Region over graphs and charts.
  • Contact details of political parties and newly elected local representatives at each municipalities and rural municipalities.
  • A tool for local citizens to add details of their local business so as to promote them digitally.

CLEAN KTM

A mobile based crowd reporting platform to report waste problems in the city
  • Kathmandu Metropolitan City (Subcontracted from Himalayan IT )
  • June 2014 (Completed)

Clean KTM is a crowd reporting platform that allows citizens of kathmandu to report the  waste being treated arbitrarily around the city just by capturing an image and pressing of a button on their phone.The system comprises of a mobile component and a web component. The web component available only to Municipality authority provides an interface to view all the reports that are sent by the general public. Admin can view the all categories of reports over the web map with their respective locations and time-stamp. The mobile application enables users to report the location of waste dumps along with photos and messages and can also select the category of the waste i.e Degradable, Biodegradable and Non-Degradable which will help the authorities lay their priorities on responding to the different kinds of wastes found around the city.

The app is aimed for people who want to contribute to making Kathmandu Metropolitan City cleaner. One can do so by sending a report which can be viewed by the municipality office which in turn will be used to send pickup trucks to pick the respective waste.This application has been backed by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office. Major features of the app includes  :

  • The application aids as a crowd reporting platform which facilitates the users to report any kind of garbage misconduct or mismanagement.
  • The application enables an user to send waste information to the municipality office along with its type, digital photograph and spatial location.
  • The data sent  appears in a report like format in the admin dashboard in the municipality. And after getting evidence, the municipality dispatches units for cleanliness and garbage management purpose.

We have received a surprising amount of coverage from national newspapers and good reviews from the general populace after we got a chance to collaborate with the KTM Municipality back in 2015.We’ve been featured in various national newspapers receiving positive response and encouragement to keep working on the management of waste around the city.

The Kathmandu Post , BloggerTech , HamroGSM

 

Bhumi Sushasaan: Nepal’s first Land Governance App (20,000+ Downloads)

Nepal’s first land governance app providing key information to public about land related services, news, unit conversion, area calculation and more.
  • Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation
  • June 2018 (Completed)

Bhumi Sushasaan is an official app of Ministry of Land Management, Nepal.This app provides first-hand information on the services offered by different departments of the land ministry and also provide feedback to the offices to further improve their services. With more than 16000 downloads in Google Play, the application has promoted access to information regarding public service delivery, government guidelines and more.

With an aim to promote e-Governance via mobile application for better dissemination of public services, land related information and useful land area calculation tools, Bhumi Susashaan application was developed. It is the first official mobile application of Ministry of Land Management and is gaining popularity each day because of its usefulness.

The app mainly provides the following:

  • Information about the different services provided from Land Revenue and Land Reform offices.The information includes required documents, fees, time consumption, responsible officer etc.
  • Location and contact details of land survey and land revenue offices for different province, district and ward level.
  • More than 5000+ land management related terminologies along with their definitions and descriptions in  English and Nepali meanings.
  • A Calculator tool  to help calculation of land areas and for conversion of  different units of land measurement in the Nepalese context.