Developing policy with Oman's National Survey Authority

Making Oman’s National Survey Authority (NSA) geospatially fit for the future The project was very successful with a high standard of quality, and NSA would not hesitate to work with Ordnance Survey International in the future.

— Saleem Bin Abdullah Al-Hashmi, Director of Geospatial Information, National Survey Authority
Established in 1984, Oman's National Survey Authority (NSA) is solely responsible for producing and supplying geospatial data for the Sultanate of Oman, including all survey activities and assembling and maintaining the Sultanate’s geographic archives.

Ordnance Survey International worked with NSA to identify areas where policy, process and standards could be developed or created in response to future trends and technology. It produced content for a Geospatial Manual, reporting observations and recommendations to help NSA’s modernisation and give a better quality of life to its citizens.

What were the challenges?

  • Providing government and citizens with reliable, credible and authoritative geospatial information.
  • Providing fundamental base mapping, used by governments at national level to underpin location related decision making, including establishment of vision and policy, protecting citizen and assets, maintaining efficient and effective infrastructures and ensuring living and working environments are sustained.
  • Modernising the NSA so it’s geospatially fit for the future.
  • Meeting the critical requirements of the Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which includes the establishment of fundamental mapping of the Sultanate.
  • Delivering an online Oman Geospatial Manual to capture policies, standards and processes needed to survey, manage and distribute mapping information.
  • Helping to realise the Sultanate of Oman 2020 Vision which has an estimated economic value of OMR 140 Million per year. The Oman Geospatial Manual is an important element of this vision and is a requirement of the ONSS and NSDI.

What was the solution?

Ordnance Survey International created the content for the Oman Geospatial Manual as well as building and delivering the technical infrastructure for its publication. The Manual provides stakeholders with an easily accessible set of policies and specifications for surveying, managing and distributing mapping information. In addition, Ordnance Survey International provided advice and recommendations for the development of existing NSA policies, licensing, practises, standards, products and services in response to future trends and technology.

What was the outcome?

  • Ordnance Survey International helped NSA and the Sultanate of Oman Government realise the social and environmental benefits of modernisation, supporting the provision of high quality up-to-date geospatial data on which other datasets can be built and referenced (e.g. water, infrastructure and transport) to provide a good quality of life for the Omani population.
  • The Manual will enable NSA to demonstrate its vision as the lead authority in surveying and geospatial information for the Sultanate of Oman. Ordnance Survey International successfully delivered the Oman Geospatial Manual, providing a single, accessible online reference for the Sultanate, on time and to customer expectation. An online application was developed to supplement the customers’ existing online GeoPortal, providing military, government, commercial and citizen users with access to information.
  • Increased awareness in the Oman geospatial community of the benefits of the Manual through successful stakeholder engagement.

How can we help you?

Ordnance Survey International provides consultancy services in a wide range of areas including data modelling, strategy and vision, geomaturity assessments, geospatial information system roadmaps and providing support for major national events.

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