GIS Map: Ho Chi Minh City – 30 years of urban development (1988 – 2018)

One of enCity’s Core Values is Envision to foster innovation to solve urban problems.  To realise this vision, we employ different technologies including GIS (Geographic Information System) to provide spatial insights and expand our vision of a city over an extended time period.
Recently, enCity’s GIS experts have analysed urbanisation trends as well as land use changes in Ho Chi Minh City over the past 30 years, from 1988 to present. Satellite images show that the density of built-up land in the whole city has increased 10 times from 2% (1988) to nearly 20% (2018). Meanwhile, statistics show that the city’s population has more than doubled from 4 million people (1990) to over 9 million people, becoming the city with the highest population density in the country (4,292 persons/sqkm).

The integration of GIS in the planning process has helped enCity to better analyse development trends in both spatial and chronological aspects, as well as predict future urban growth.
enCity experts have studied Ho Chi Minh City since 1990, when our Managing Director, Dr. Ho Long Phi, conducted a research on water resources management for Can Gio district. Currently, enCity, together with our partners, Sasaki (US) and Vietnam Institute of Urban and Rural Planning, is also working on the master plan for Thu Duc City – Ho Chi Minh City’s innovation district.

Minh Nguyen (Senior Associate, Water Resources, Environment + GIS, enCity)