(Harrisburg, Pa.) GeoDecisions® Senior Global Information Systems (GIS) Analyst and Project Manager Hany Hassaballa, GISP, PE, received what he recalls as “extremely good news” when notified that his map of the state of Qatar would be published in this year’s “Esri Map Book, Volume 34.”
“Every year Esri receives hundreds of maps from around the world,” said Hany referencing the Map Gallery on display at the 2019 Esri User Conference, which is attended by approximately 20,000 GIS professionals. “If your map is chosen, it means it’s an example of how GIS technology helps organizations and citizens. It’s valuable for us to receive that recognition because of our work in Qatar.”
Cartographers from across the globe showcase their skills each year by submitting maps to be considered for the Map Book and to be on display at the Esri User Conference. Submission into the Map Gallery does not guarantee selection in the following year's Map Book - only the maps that best demonstrate how GIS addresses problems and challenges globally are published.
The Center for Geographic Information Systems of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (CGIS-MME) has created Qatar’s official maps for decades but had never implemented cartographic standards. To meet those needs, GeoDecisions was brought in to design a unique mapping brand and symbology for the maps of Qatar. The new cartography standards had to adhere to international color guidelines and meet the requirements of national mapping agencies to follow best practices.
At the end of the project, Hassaballa created a bilingual map in Arabic and English, with 30 to 40 customized symbols that matched both Arabic and English standards. The project also included the development of technical and creative guidelines and standards for future maps.
As a result of the successful project, CGIS-MME remains a valued GeoDecisons client.