The TATA Group is one of the most prestigious Indian conglomerate operating in more than 80 countries across six continents. Tata Steel is one of their flagship companies. CyberSWIFT had the opportunity to develop a land management software for TATA Steel, the twelfth largest steel producing company in the world. The company has manufacturing operations in 26 countries, with the largest plant located at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
The objective of the software was to build a land bank for the land owned by the company across the country. It is being used as an effective tool for places where company is acquiring land. For the existing land it works as a planning, decision support and archival system. The system is also used effectively for change detection in Land Use / Land Cover over the years.
Hardcopy cadastral sheets are converted into Georeferenced digital format and vector layers of relevant features is extracted. The steps involved are discussed below:
The prime objective of using satellite images was to generate present land use of the area. Superimposing the same with Cadastral sheets would mean getting plot wise inventory of land use. This would help the organization in determining prices during acquisition also helps in providing various estimations for further development activity when the project would start.
The next step taken is Change detection. This is a process wherein the spatial difference is mapped taking the advantage of the temporal resolution. Imagery of two different dates are provided as inputs from where the change in the topography can be detected.
LAMS is a web GIS based solution from CyberSWIFT. This was the central web based software which was used for hosting all land information. This software highlights the plots that are targeted for acquisition, and the process required for executing these land management operations on the same database. It enables customized query execution like asking about the plots or asking about the agreement that has been drawn between the company and the landowner. This developed software can be installed on any server or machine that is being designated by the client himself. The user access right is given to the client so that he can work on it from any location by using the Internet. This software has unique features like:
LAMS is tailored according to the requirements TATA Steel. LAMS is launched into TATA Steel's host server and the client's system.
The entire solution had an effective Data Input module. This would help the system to be updated on a year to year basis to retain its effectiveness. CyberSWIFT helps in annual maintenance and change requests from the client to accommodate new requirements.