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By Usman Oladimeji

Trimble intends to aid Nigeria to enhance its land administration system.

As a new developmental progress in Nigeria, Trimble, a United States-based enterprise specialized in advanced surveying and mapping solutions, has recently disclosed its engagement in discussion with the Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF) to collaboratively establish a geodetic control network, designed to capture, manage, and analyze high-precision geospatial data. Trimble also expressed interest towards aiding the nation in enhancing its land administration system, encompassing surveying, agriculture, and construction. It also aims to support operators in resolving their technological issues, leveraging the integration of artificial intelligence within their novel products.

Report states that the correlation between the expansion of the land survey equipment market and the surge in trade of survey equipment, development in the renewable energy and transportation sectors, alongside the construction industry, is attributable to the swift urbanization observed in the emerging economies of Africa. The current estimation of the land survey equipment market stands at $7.7 billion in the year 2021, with expectation to rise to $9.9 billion by the year 2026. This anticipated growth is expected to transpire at a compound yearly growth rate of 5.3 percent, spanning from 2021 to 2026.

The purpose is to improve efficiency and make work easier.

Speaking during a two-day workshop in Lagos, Albert Momo, Trimble’s vice president for emerging markets, argued that land reform is necessary in Nigeria, like other countries. He argued that surveyors and land administrators needed novel technology and an easier way to accomplish their jobs in order to implement land reform. “We offer solutions such as land information systems. He also noted that no geodetic network currently extends over all of Nigeria. The purpose of these technological advancements is not to reduce the need for human labour, but rather to improve efficiency and make work easier by streamlining processes across the world.

Amidst mounting concerns that the firm is opening Nigerian borders to foreign portfolio agents who could avoid paying the country’s tax, Momo stated that his firm does not have a dominant position over the representatives. He elaborated on the fact that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa but not the firm’s largest market. He said “People are not aware of the technology, that’s why we are trying to bring the technologies to the people’s doorsteps and representatives together to make better decisions in the future”.

Surveyors are increasingly resorting to mobile phones as tools.

According to Momo, the firm boasts of over 700 products, including hardware and software. In theory, a developed market like Nigeria would be ready to adopt subscription-based solutions. One of our goals is to increase our presence and activity in the market and to do everything we can to ensure the success of our partners. He noted that the worldwide inflationary trend has had an impact on the survey market as a result of the supply chain crisis. However, the company does its best to avoid implementing any drastic price hike.

Munnawar Naik and Dennis Belgrado, other representatives of Trimble, elaborated on the profound utility of land survey equipment across a multitude of industries. These encompass the areas of construction, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, as well as forestry, telecommunications, electricity and water utilities. As per their assertions, surveyors are increasingly resorting to mobile phones as tools for carrying out surveys, as mobile land survey information services enable surveyors with easy access to the requisite information whilst they are within the survey area.

Collected data can be processed with the survey software.

Moreover, they stated that mobile technology aids in providing spatial context to interpret the acquired data that can be processed with the survey software. Meanwhile, the real-time information flow serves several purposes, allowing surveyors to be more efficient and effective. Mr. Oluropo Olajugba, Managing Director of Lordsfield Limited, a distributor of Trimble in Nigeria, implored the company to extend its support to local firms in order to create gainful employment opportunities, pay tax and import duties. This he said can be achieved through the implementation of training programmes and a resolute commitment to investing in the local economy.

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