GIS Tech News (#98)

7 Jul, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

Port of Rotterdam Manages Spatial Data Online

One of the world's biggest shipping centers implements ERDAS APOLLO to catalog and deliver masses of data via the web.

By Amy Zeller

Situated on the North Sea in the Netherlands and stretching 40 kilometers in length, the Port of Rotterdam (PoR) is the largest seaport in Europe — and one of the busiest ports in the world. A global gateway and massive transshipment point, it operates around the clock to distribute goods to hundreds of millions of European consumers.

The port's massive industrial complex provides an intermediate destination for storage, cargo handling, processing, and also distribution via various other forms of transport including road, rail, ship, river barge, and pipeline. Goods arriving in the port in the morning may be in the hands of merchants in the heart of Europe and the UK by mid-afternoon.

Port of Rotterdam
This massive development site at the Port of Rotterdam, called tweede Maasvlakte, is an extension to a main part of the harbor that can accommodate the world's largest ships. It is being developed in stages, with final completion expected in 2013, and will expand the Harbor's territory by 20 percent.


The PoR Authority acts as the managing agency of the port. The Authority strives to develop and advance the port, and supports businesses in the port area. Focusing on space and infrastructure planning and logistics, the Authority is responsible for creating optimal conditions for onsite business locations and accompanying residential environments.

Spatial Information Management

In the past decade, the shipping industry entered the digital age, and information management has progressed immensely. The digitization of data and the ability to transfer information more freely has led to the unification of formerly independent systems. Systems integration and centralization has swept across port operations, and even encouraged cooperation beyond corporate borders.

PoR's Spatial Information Management department handles the internal processes at the port, including guidance of ship movements, commercial processes, infrastructure management, and strategic planning. More than a decade ago, PoR made the strategic decision to implement one organization-wide database, providing the entire operation with a comprehensive information package. This centralized approach seeks to make newly published data and information immediately available to all relevant departments. Read more »
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Amy Zeller is a product manager for ERDAS.


Mark Your Calendar: GIS Events


2nd Latin American and Caribbean gvSIG Conference
July 12–16, 2010
Caracas, Venezuela
This conference is intended to serve as a meeting point where the Latin American community can exchange ideas and experiences in the field of geographic information and free technologies. Read more 

ESRI International User Conference
July 12–16, 2010
San Diego, California
This event comprises preconference seminars, a plenary session, a map gallery, user presentations, technical workshops, an exhibit pavilion, an ESRI showcase, and networking events. Attendees can learn how to best leverage their current GIS investments; gain tips, tricks, and tools to launch, update, and enhance GIS projects; and connect with ESRI staff, including product and industry specialists, instructors, and the technical support experts. Read more

Map Asia 2010 & ISG 2010
July 26–28, 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This year GIS Development and The Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia, are jointly organizing the 9th Annual Asian Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information Technology and Applications (Map Asia 2010) and the International Symposium and Exhibition on Geoinformation (ISG 2010) to foster the growth of geospatial sciences. Read more

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