YEREVAN, February 5. / ARKA /. Armenia’s State Committee of Real Estate Cadastre will receive a 9.8 million Norwegian Krones from the government of Norway ($1.75 million) to create a modern geodetic reference system. An agreement to that end was signed on Tuesday by Yervand Zakharian, the head of the Armenian agency and Helge Onsrud, director of Norwegian Real Estate Cadastre.
The purpose of this program is to crate a network of reference GPS stations in Armenia, to make aerial photography of the considerable part of Armenia, to create a digital relief model and new maps through so-called orthophotography.
As part of this program the Armenian agency will acquire 12 reference stations to form the system of coordinates of Armenia (ARMPOS), which will cover the entire country and will join the European EUPOS.
"We are lagging behind the European standards. Norway, for example, has already introduced the three-dimensional mapping. With the help of 12 reference stations and orthographic survey method we will be able to accurately determine the location of any site in Armenia,” Yervand Zahkarian told reporters. According to him, the program will enable to create an accurate navigation system by 2015.
"Today we have only amateur navigation systems in our country, but they do not meet modern standards, and the reference stations will provide an opportunity to determine very precisely the coordinates of different areas and objects," Zahkarian said.
The EUPOS initiative is an international expert group of public organizations coming from the field of geodesy, geodetic survey and satellite deployment. Partners from 19 Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries work on the provision of compatible spatial reference infrastructures by using the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) GPS, GLONASS and as soon as available GALILEO by operating Differential GNSS EUPOS reference station services. The EUPOS services allow a high accuracy and reliability for positioning and navigation and provide a wide range of geoinformation applications on this basis. To date, the organization has about 20 member countries of Central and Eastern Europe. -0-