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A GIS Pioneer

Dolsoft has managed to put its GIS-based software solutions on the map

By Son Tung

 
Dr. Dinh Tien Son; foreign newspapers feature Dolsoft GIS-based software (below)  

Dolsoft's three-story office on Nguyen Van Troi Street looks like thousands of other business offices in HCM City. But like other computer software companies worldwide, what really counts at Dolsoft is the corporate software, the staff that runs it. Over the past decade, that staff and Dr. Dinh Tien Son-Dolsoft deputy chairman of the board, who is considered the company's brain-have built Dolsoft into a software company in Vietnam that is capable of developing comprehensive software solutions based on GIS technology (Geographic Information System).
"Dolsoft system, called DolGis, provides a multitude of software solutions, both suiting specific applications in Vietnam and reaching industrial standards accepted worldwide," says Son about his products. Applying DolGis, Son and Dolsoft's software writers have participated in many projects in Vietnam. One of Dolsoft's major projects is building the 1/10,000 scale map of HCM City in 1993. DolGis has also been used in viable industrial projects in Vietnam, for instance, the deep-water seaport of Dung Quat and Dung Quat petro-chemical complex (1993-1994), and the Southern Vital Economic Zone (1995-1996). Other applications of DolGis include those in PetroVietnam's management of oilfields (1995-1998) and the GIS development in 36 cities and provinces in Vietnam (1996-1999).
DolGis solutions are written to provide applications to management, especially in the areas related to maps. The software programs are used to establish a wide range of maps with respect to cadastry, zoning, population, traffic, environment, tourism, and the like. They are also capable of managing works related to infrastructure such as housing, roads, telephone lines, and water supply and drainage.
Notably, according to Son, his software applications based on DolGis are typical of Vietnamese solutions. "It's possible to run them with PCs using simple configuration available on the Vietnamese market," he explains. "The software programs are user-friendly, employing easy-to-use and simple interface. Moreover, they are easy to install and their technology needs only a short time to be transferred." However, adds Son, DolGis applications outpace many other GIS-based solutions available on the world market.
Dolsoft's office is not far from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City. The proximity reminds users of the company's products on foreign market. "We were one of the first Vietnamese companies licensed by the Government to invest in overseas projects," says Son. Dolsoft has set up DolsoftWorld, a branch in Luxemburg, to promote its software programs. "In addition, we have formed partnerships with several Europe-based companies such as COMMGIS and PiSoft which are our sales agents," Son elaborates.
In 1997, the first Dolsoft products were introduced in Europe and two years later in America. According to Son, the most popular Dolsoft software applications in the European markets include DolGis2D (integrating and exploiting maps and non-spatial information), DolGis3D (exploiting 3-dimentional maps), DolGis Browser (accessing GIS data on the Internet), and DolVector (a tool for vectorizing).
But among these, DolVector is the unique product. "It's a tool for full-automatic vectorizing at high speed and with precision," Son confirms. "DolVector digitizes maps automatically at a speed much higher and with better quality than other similar programs."
Ten years ago, Son, then a doctor of mathematics, joined hands with other partners to form Dolsoft. Now, as energetic and enthusiast as ever, Son is eager to apply his cherished project to codify house numbers in HCM City using GIS technology. "Historic conditions and loose management have resulted in chaotic house numbers in HCM City and some other metropolises," he explains. "In many cases, it's a waste of time and money to seek houses with the current numbering method. Our solution can help get rid of the inconveniences and financial losses."
In cooperation with VDC (Vietnam Data Communications) and DMC (Data Management Corporation), Dolsoft has launched basao.com.vn, an online library of maps of Vietnam. As the website includes details of 61 cities and  provinces and some other major cities in the world, it can help find a location with only a click.  "We're on the path to globalization," says Son. "That means we Vietnamese must have something to take to the process. With Dolsoft software programs, we want to make our modest contribution to that process."

Dolsoft Co., Ltd.
Address: 261 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District, HCM City
Tel: (08) 8443522 / 8441031. Fax: (08) 8445408
E-mail: dolsoft@hcm.vnn.vn
Website: www.dolsoftvn.com, www.dolsoft.com

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