Geomatics Center is headed by PCCF / Addl. Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests (IT), assisted by Chief Conservator of Forests (GIS), Asst. Conservator of Forests (GIS) and Two Range Officers. The staffs of Geomatics Centre has been trained in India and abroad and are capable of handling projects related to
Geomatics in Forestry and related fields The data base was created for entire state of various themes relating to forestry in different scales as per the requirement. Geomatics Centre started the vegetation monitoring work in 1996 using IRS1C/1D/P6- LISS III & PAN and continued the work in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.2003,2004,2005,2006 and 2007, 2008 data is under processing. TSFD also procured 1988 LISS II data as a historical base.
The output of Geomatics Centre is used by field officers in their planning and management. With the advancement of GPS technology the Geomatics Center has acquired handheld & DGPS and trained the field officers to use for data collection & Survey.
The other projects carried out are Fire Risk Zonation work for TS. Site suitability of Water Harvesting Structures for Forest areas of TS, Biodiversity Characterization at landscape level, Wildlife habitat suitability, Forest Inventory etc.
The infrastructure at Geomatics Center include latest GIS capable computer, software, data, GPS & DGPS well equipped GIS and Image Processing lab with LAN facility, Data library etc. It has got good training facilities with classrooms with LCD Projector, computer Lab. It trains the Forest Dept. staff at each level, mainly Doer's, Users & Viewers level. It also trains the officers from other dept. like Panchayat Raj, Rural Development, Police, HUDA etc. Forest Officers from other Dept. have also been trained at Geomatics Center. Geomatics Center has also been identified as a training institute for the vertical training for IFS officers supervised by Govt. of India. Forest Dept. has been identified pioneering Dept. in the field of GIS.
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS):
GIS is an organized collection of computer hardware, software, Geographical data and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze and display all forms of Geographically referenced information. TSFD has created a CORE team from its own cadre, trained them and started the work. Excellent infrastructure has been created at PCCF Office Hyderabad. All the divisions are equipped with Hardware and Software for end user applications.