Author Archives: (Stein) Runar Bergheim

From CAD to GIS to Enterprise GIS

September 30th, 2012 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in News - (0 Comments)

In its infancy, the transition from the analog to the digital working methods meant doing the same things as before – only faster. Instead of producing data that can be re-used, interpreted and analysed by computers, we are using them to create “documents”. Documents that we can print in 25 copies, that is.

CAD – Computer Aided Design

CAD software emulates papers, rulers and pencils and is very much targeted towards reproducing digital drawings to scale on  paper. CAD is however limited when it comes to structure.

A CAD drawing consists of lines, polygons, points, texts and dimensions. However, the information is not interrelated and a text doesn’t know that it sits inside a polygon – or that a dimension line is associated with a certain wall. CAD doesn’t know these things – and CAD doesn’t care – since CAD has as its primary purpose to produce paper drawings – the data aspect is not relevant.

GIS – Geographical Information Systems

Geographical information systems associate information with geography. Unlike CAD, a GIS stores structured information, “attributes”,  about any geometric feature such as points, lines or polygons.

New Addressing System for Muscat Governorate

October 17th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Reference projects - (0 Comments)

NORPLAN has been awarded a contract to develop a new addressing system for Muscat Governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. The Client, Muscat Municipality, intends to implement the new system in Muscat first and then roll it out to the remaining governorates and regions in the country.


Qatar: Master Plan Concept – Greater Doha

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Reference projects - (0 Comments)

NORPLAN together with a consortium of Norwegian companies prepared a master plan concept for Greater Doha, Qatar as well as detailed plans for downtown Doha. The detailed plan focussed on redevelopment of the city centre, the master plan comprised a proposed structural plan for the metropolitan area.

Palestine: Physical Planning and Institution Building

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Reference projects - (0 Comments)

The purpose of the project was to develop the Directorate for Urban and Rural Planning in the Ministry of Planning. The main objectives of the project were: 1) Institution building, 2) Physical planning, and 3) Training. The Institutional building spanned both the internal organisational development with the ministry and development of the institutional relationships to other ministries and external entities. A major task was to prepare regional plans for the West Bank and Gaza, and to develop structural plans for three larger cities (Gaza City, Jericho and Ramallah/Al Bireh). The training part consisted of  on-the-job training, locally conducted specialised courses and a Masters Programme for 10 candidates at the Oslo School of Architecture. In addition, NORPLAN assisted in developing the GIS section within the Ministry of Planning.

United Arab Emirates: New Basemap for Abu Dhabi Municipality

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Reference projects - (0 Comments)

NORPLAN is consultant for the update of fundamental geospatial data for Abu Dhabi Municipality, supervising establishment of geodetic infrastructure and aerial photography, orthophoto creation and vectorization into a purpose-made Enterprise GIS data model.

Olav Hauge

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in People - (Comments Off on Olav Hauge)

Mr. Hauge has over 30 years with wide professional experience, centring around regional and urban planning, including infrastructure planning and construction, both at regional and municipal level. He has special competence within environmental impact assessments, including the petroleum sector.


(Stein) Runar Bergheim

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in People - (Comments Off on (Stein) Runar Bergheim)

Mr Bergheim has more than 15 years of experience as an expert in GIS, database and spatial web applications from more than 100 assignments in 16 other countries in Europe and the Middle East within areas such as: establishment of regional, national and trans-national spatial data infrastructures (SDIs), spatial and societal planning; natural resource management; digitization and presentation of cultural heritage and; e-learning.


Shankar AVS

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in People - (Comments Off on Shankar AVS)

Shankar has been working more than 16 years in the field of digital mapping. Started as a core member of a technical team establishing Utility Mapping technology in developing countries has moved forward as task manager and subsequently as project manager. Thorough understanding of GIS and its applications in Urban and Regional planning has been his strength. He has been in the region for more than 15 years and has been working with various projects for Government departments dealing with planning both physical planning and economic planning. Project manager for establishing digital vector maps from Satellite imageries for the Ministry of National Economy, Sultanate of Oman.


Mutrah Redevelopment Master Plan Contract

January 1st, 2011 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Reference projects - (Comments Off on Mutrah Redevelopment Master Plan Contract)

NORPLAN through partner Asplan Viak has been appointed Consultant for the Mutrah Redevelopment Master Plan by Muscat Municipality in the Sultanate of Oman.


Oman: National Geographic Information Systems Authority

March 8th, 2005 | Posted by (Stein) Runar Bergheim in Featured | Reference projects - (0 Comments)

On assignment from the Ministry of National Economy, NORPLAN laid the foundation for the establishment of a national GIS authority whereby the whole government sector will benefit from Oman’s GIS investments integrating into the national e-Governance policy.