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IGN France International Selected to Upgrade the Base Map and the IGM
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Last October, IGN France International was awarded a European Union tender for the upgrading of Mali’s general map at a scale of 1:200 000 and for accompanying the IGM (Geographic institute of Mali) in its modernization process.
Expected to last 44 months, the project started on October, 15th and the missions on the field will begin in November 2012.
The project is divided in 6 main components:
  • Acquisition, delivery and installation of material
  • Images acquisition and processing
  • Production of the national databases
  • Completion of the 136 topographic maps at a scale of 1 : 200 000 covering the whole country
  • Development of related digital products and services
  • Upgrading of the IGM including capacity building for the IGM’s agents
Eric Broussouloux, IGN France International regional director in charge of the completion of the project explains: « Without mentioning the quality of the technical bid, one of the IGN FI’s offer advantages relies on the knowledge transfer. IGN France International is committed to a production entirely achieved on site, that is in the IGM’s premises and by IGM’s staff. It implies an in-depth knowledge of what the reality on the ground really is and a customized support designed specifically to meet the needs assessed.
Thus, each step of the production process will start by a relevant training given by the IGN France International experts, followed by technical assistance and production supervision.”
Accompany the IGM in the completion and structuring of its geographic data
  • Complete an up-to-date geographic database and new topographic maps at a scale of 1 :200 000 covering the entire country (the existing mapping dating back to the 60s)
  • Allow the dissemination of the data produced through the implementation of a geoportal and a geocatalogue
  • Upgrade the IGM in terms of capacity building and high performance equipment
Christophe DEKEYNE, the IGN France International business development director recalls: “In the past, IGN France International already completed similar mapping projects in Africa. In 2008, for instance, IGN France International worked besides the DTGC (Direction des Travaux Géographiques et Cartographiques) to achieve the revision of the original maps at the scale of 1:200 000 of Senegal.
A similar project that will end up in February 2014 is currently in progress with the IGB, the National mapping institute of Burkina Faso.
The contribution of these mapping projects clearly demonstrates how crucial they are for the beneficiaries. For instance, right after the completion of the mapping project in Senegal, the country has continued its efforts by completing an urban cartographic database of the 7 largest towns. Geographic information remain an essential factor of economic development”
Since 1986, IGN France International is the international subsidiary of the French National Geographical Institute (IGN). Over the years, it has become a valuable interlocutor in two fields: geographic information (acquisition, treatment, and modeling) and geographic information systems (installation and integration). Today, it is a company worldwide recognized for its knowhow and expertise, and has a subsidiary company in the United Arab Emirates since May 2009. IGN France International intervenes on all types of projects in the following sectors: Register of real properties and land administration - Territorial planning - Energy - Environment - Risks (natural, industrial, climate changes…) - Water - Safety/precision work- Agriculture.
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