From a service delivery perspective within a city, there is some fundamental information authorities need to know. For example, where are the electricity cables? Where is land designated as residential? Where are the water catchment areas?
However, the end point of the multiple networks which exist within a city are often absent from East African local government databases and master plans. This end point is the individual building. People live in them. Companies work in them. Electricity, water, roads, sewage, cable TV are all attempting to connect buildings to their network in the most efficient way possible. Integrating building outlines will make that process far more accurate and easier.
So why is this data not available? For one, its hard to collect. It is time-consuming and horribly boring work.
So it is good for Kampala that GeoGecko specialists have no social life and are intensely boring by nature. Therefore time-consuming and horribly boring work is perfect for us.
We currently have a team sitting and scanning high resolution satellite images to record each individual building within the city. We're looking forward to the analysis which can be done when the dataset is complete. Where is there higher building density? What is the average building size per district? How many buildings are located in designated wetlands?
With Uganda on track to have the worlds highest population growth, urban planning in the capital city is more critical than ever. We're making good headway. A few weeks until Kampala is completed. Wakiso is next. We'll keep you posted!