Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ESRI Vietnam Opens

Geographic information system (GIS) industry leader ESRI announces the opening of ESRI Vietnam in association with ESRI Thailand.

According to Wichai Saenghirunwattana, managing director of the new office, "The opening of ESRI Vietnam allows us to better serve our users in this area and is an acknowledgment of the growth and maturity of the GIS market. ESRI software has been sold in the region for a number of years, and the addition of ESRI Vietnam will provide better support for both end users and partners."

Saenghirunwattana says the company hopes to expand the education market in the country and plans to increase GIS training through joint initiatives with local schools and universities.

Currently, the largest user of ESRI software in Vietnam is the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). The ministry has 76 offices throughout the country and has completed a number of significant projects. One project was the implementation of the Vietnamese spatial data infrastructure (SDI), which provides an integrated national database for natural resources and the environment. It includes a Web-based mapping service that provides users with accurate information on national parks, conservation zones, mangrove forests, and wetland areas. The service also provides information on land use, particularly in economic zones, and seabed topography at 1:1,000,000 and 1:25,000 scales. For additional information, visit

Bill Shepherd, senior strategic business development manager of ESRI Asia, comments, "The addition of ESRI Vietnam is an important part of our strategy to provide optimum support throughout the entire region."

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