Tracking One Million Trees Using Big Data Analysis and Intelligent Dashboards

Revolutionizing Tree Management with Digital Solutions

Gamuda’s innovative initiative, Project Pokok, marked a significant stride in transforming traditional tree management methods. Gamuda Parks has introduced an advanced system for monitoring and managing the lifecycle of a million trees across various townships. Project Pokok stands as a beacon of how digital transformation can enhance natural asset management.

Together with GET, we formed a birds eye view system of all our trees. Digitalizing our database increased effectiveness in our business unit.

Khariza Binti Abdul Khalid – Chief Operating Officer, Gamuda Parks

This system, built in-house, allows us to tag and track trees as they mature, providing valuable data on their health and history, akin to an online medical card for trees, enabling us to monitor their health, track infections, and provide better care. This meticulous tracking improves the overall health of our parks and ensures a vibrant, thriving green space for all.

Growing From Conventional to Cutting-Edge

Projek Pokok in action: the back-end gives users plenty of information on the trees tagged.

Traditionally, tree data management involved cumbersome processes with paper-based forms that were prone to errors and difficult to maintain. Project Pokok revolutionizes this approach by digitizing all tree-related data into a centrally accessible, editable repository, ensuring information is comprehensive and readily available.

The shift to digital has streamlined the operations of the teams managing these assets. Using Google’s BigQuery for big data analysis, the team can track changes, analyze tree health, and update records effortlessly. With this system, tree planting effort time has also been reduced by 50%.

Sachdave Singh
Senior Software Developer (Gamuda GET)

It also reduces carbon footprint and operational costs associated with traditional tree tagging methods, which often involve repetitive data entry and material waste due to tag deterioration.

Interactive Engagement through Digital Platforms

At the core of Project Pokok is the use of QR-scannable tags on each tree, which provides visitors at Gamuda’s parks with an interactive experience. By simply scanning a tree’s QR code, park visitors can access detailed information about the tree and explore an interactive map on their devices, making the educational experience more interactive and informative.

An example of QR codes on tree rich with information.

“By continuously enhancing our Tree Management System, we aim to provide an engaging, informative, and enjoyable experience for all park visitors while promoting environmental sustainability and the health of our urban forests.”

Nur Hidayah Binti Hassan
Senior Executive – Botanist (Gamuda Parks)

With its success, Project Pokok plans to expand its digital ecosystem to include more advanced features like dynamic data reporting and comprehensive environmental impact assessments. This ongoing project, as part of Gamuda’s Business Innovation Programme, sets a precedent for how digital tools can revolutionize environmental management and conservation efforts.

Digital Solutions Beyond The Trees

Project Pokok not only demonstrates Gamuda’s commitment to sustainability but also showcases the potential of digital solutions in fostering a more interactive and energy-efficient community engagement.

According to Hidayah, “Kids, juniors, and students particularly enjoy learning about the trees. They are fascinated by the variety of information available, such as related fauna and the unique forms of the trees. This educational aspect enriches their visits and fosters a deeper appreciation for nature.”

This pioneering effort reflects Gamuda’s broader long-term green strategy to harness and innovate technology for sustainable development, ensuring that every project supports environmental balance and offers a technologically enriched and sustainable experience for all stakeholders.

This system also emphasizes the importance of understanding carbon dioxide sequestration. This information is crucial for tracking the amount of CO2 absorbed by our trees, helping to offset our carbon emissions.

Shivadass A/L Samy,
Officer – Naturalist (Gamuda Parks)

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