Mobile & Web based Conservation Tracking System

A mobile based project monitoring system to monitor conservation related projects
  • WWF Nepal
  • 2015 (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.

Surakshit Ghar

E-Technical Assistance: Making safe construction knowledge accessible to everyone
  • Build Change Nepal
  • November 2016- Ongoing

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.

Open Disaster Information Management Platform

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

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.

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
  • Nov. 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 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.

Hydropower Project Information Mapping

An open hydropower data portal
  • Niti Foundation
  • 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 Datatables 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)
  • 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  

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
  • 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 site serves as a repository to collect and consolidate the VCA reports, VCA maps , plans of action and other necessary files and documents by different organizations. The organizations can upload their VCA project outputs from any time and can hence have a historic record of their work. For organizations who want 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.

  • 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.

FieldSight

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

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

 

 

Bhumi Sushasaan: Nepal’s first Land Governance App

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

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.