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Welcome to URISA’s 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference! The conference showcases technology solutions, research, and effective practices for GIS applications in the Caribbean. Network with students, young professionals, managers and those who are leading the adoption of  GIS in the Caribbean. Follow the #CaribbeanGIS hashtag for updates and announcements. Creating an attendee profile within Sched DOES NOT REGISTER you for the conference or specific workshops. You must register for the conference here.
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Sunday, September 4
 

9:00am

Deploying and Maintaining a Multiuser Geodatabase - Sponsored by Spatial Innovision Ltd. (Two-day workshop)

Deploying and Maintaining a Multiuser Geodatabase
Sponsored by Spatial Innovision Ltd. - Gold Sponsor

Two-day Workshop - Sunday & Monday

Instructor: Patrick McLean  

This course prepares you to successfully create a multiuser geodatabase to store and manage your organization's geographic data. You will learn about the multiuser geodatabase architecture, configuration options, and techniques to efficiently load data, assign user privileges, and maintain performance over time. Course concepts apply to both enterprise and workgroup geodatabases. 

 

 

Speakers
PM

Patrick McLean

Senior Utility Solutions Specialist, Spatial Innovision



Sunday September 4, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Garrison 2

9:00am

UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters
Invitation Only
The UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters will provide a platform for discussing the means and methods of implementing theUN-GGIM Strategic Framework on geospatial information and services for disasters thatcould serve as a new global guideline to ensure the availability and accessibility of qualitygeospatial information and services across the entire emergency cycle.

Link to Concept Paper/Note: http://ggim.un.org/docs/Disasters%20Concept%20Paper-English.pdfTitle of PDF attached:- Disasters Concept Paper-English.pdf

Link to UN-GGIM working group on GIS for Disasters:- http://ggim.un.org/UN_GGIM_wg5.html 


Sunday September 4, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Peninsula
 
Monday, September 5
 

9:00am

From Sensor to Internet: Processing, Analysis, Compression and Distribution in the Geospatial Information Life Cycle - Sponsored by Hexagon Geospatial

From Sensor to Internet: Processing, Analysis, Compression and Distribution in the Geospatial Information Life Cycle
Sponsored by Hexagon Geospatial - Silver Sponsor 

Instructors: Martha Villanueva and Jairo Linares 

Hexagon Geospatial presents a modern approach to manage and present geospatial data within an integrated workflow and using one single software portfolio.

Registration is required although there is no fee. Space is limited.  


Speakers
JL

Jairo Linares

Regional Sales Manager, Caribbean, Hexagon Geospatial
MV

Martha Villanueva

Geospatial Solutions Architect, Hexagon Geospatial



Monday September 5, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Garrison 1

9:00am

Deploying and Maintaining a Multiuser Geodatabase - Sponsored by Spatial Innovision Ltd. (Two day Workshop)

Deploying and Maintaining a Multiuser Geodatabase 
Sponsored by Spatial Innovision Ltd. - Gold Sponsor

Two-day Workshop

Instructor: Patrick McLean   

This course prepares you to successfully create a multiuser geodatabase to store and manage your organization's geographic data. You will learn about the multiuser geodatabase architecture, configuration options, and techniques to efficiently load data, assign user privileges, and maintain performance over time. Course concepts apply to both enterprise and workgroup geodatabases. 

 


Speakers
PM

Patrick McLean

Senior Utility Solutions Specialist, Spatial Innovision



Monday September 5, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Garrison 2

9:00am

Modernizing Land Administration Systems - Sponsored by Esri

Modernizing Land Administration Systems
Sponsored by Esri - Gold Sponsor

Instructor: Brent Jones

Whether you manage a national cadastral, mapping, valuation or survey agency, and no matter the size – you have shared challenges – efficiently keeping data current and accurate, sharing information securely, and with sustainable technology. This informative seminar is designed to get you up and running with the ArcGIS platform to begin improving your operations today.  Whether you are a fully developed or developing economy, the ArcGIS platform will help you modernize.  

Registration is required although there is no fee. Space is limited.  

Instructor: Brent Jones, Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri

Speakers
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Esri

Esri

Booth #4/5
Think and plan geographically. As the market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), Esri technology is used in over 350,000 organizations worldwide. Use GIS to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information, helping you solve problems and make better decisions.


Monday September 5, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Garrison 3

9:00am

UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters
Invitation Only
The UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters will provide a platform for discussing the means and methods of implementing theUN-GGIM Strategic Framework on geospatial information and services for disasters thatcould serve as a new global guideline to ensure the availability and accessibility of qualitygeospatial information and services across the entire emergency cycle.


Monday September 5, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Peninsula

1:00pm

Introduction to Smart M.App - Sponsored by Hexagon Geospatial

Introduction to Smart M.App
Sponsored by Hexagon Geospatial - Silver Sponsor 

Instructors: Martha Villanueva and Jairo Linares

Hexagon Geospatial presents its new platform on the cloud to design, build and deploy geospatial web apps.

Participants required to bring their computer to participate in the session.Registration is required although there is no fee. Space is limited.   


Speakers
JL

Jairo Linares

Regional Sales Manager, Caribbean, Hexagon Geospatial
MV

Martha Villanueva

Geospatial Solutions Architect, Hexagon Geospatial



Monday September 5, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Garrison 1

6:00pm

Missing Maps MeetUp - GIS Professionals Giving Back!
Put your GIS skills to good use at the URISA Caribbean GIS Mapathon. This evening activity (snacks will be provided) will support Missing Maps and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). 

Participants should bring a laptop and have some basic familiarity with OpenStreetMap. 
Projects for the mapathon has been finalized and include areas in Barbados, St Vincent & The Grenadines (SVG), and Grenada.

Here is a good overview of some of our primary tasks for the Mapathon:

Video Tutorial on 'Adding a Building to OpenStreetMap from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap: https://youtu.be/VPJz-AucqF4

A great way to network with your fellow GIS professionals while giving back!

Must pre-register for this event. 

Speakers
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

Geospatial Solution Architect & FTTx/OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago



Monday September 5, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Garrison 1
 
Tuesday, September 6
 

8:30am

Welcome & Keynote Address: Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO, What3Words

8:30 - 9:00 AM - Welcome from Government Officials, Conference Chair and Main Sponsors

9:00 - 10:00 AM -
Opening Keynote Address
The World Addressed with 3 Words
Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO, What3Words
Poor addressing is costly and frustrating in many countries, and around the world it hampers the growth and development of entire nations. what3words is a multi-award winning system looking to change that and have addressed every 3mx3m square on the entire planet with just 3 words.


Moderators
avatar for Craig Batstone

Craig Batstone

Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Inc
Craig Batstone is the owner of GeoOrbis.  He has over 20 years of GIS experience in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.  He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, with Honours Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Waterloo.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Sheldrick

Chris Sheldrick

Co-founder & CEO, what3words
Chris worked in the music business for 10 years, booking bands and managing production for events around the globe. Chris was constantly frustrated with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs. He tried distributing addresses and GPS co-ordinates for years but both failed him on numerous occasions – he was certain there was a better way: what3words was born.


Tuesday September 6, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday September 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Needhams Ballroom 3

10:30am

Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services - Session 1

Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services 
This one-day focused program track, developed in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will explore best practices for utilizing GIS and other tools to prepare, respond, and manage disasters. 

Track Leaders:
Alan Mills, FRGS, MapAction, United Kingdom
Desmond Dougall, MapAction, Trinidad & Tobago

Welcome and Keynote - Needs for IM in Caribbean Disaster Management
Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 

Risk and Hazard Mapping Exercise
Valrie Grant, GISP, GeoTechVision, Jamaica 


Speakers
avatar for Desmond Dougall

Desmond Dougall

Managing Director, GISCAD Limited
Looking forward to meeting all our friends and clients again at URISA!! | Also join us on Tuesday Sept 6 for the Disaster Track - joining the practical Mapaction disaster response experiences with the CDEMA technical and administrative expertise and reach.
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →
avatar for Alan Mills, FRGS

Alan Mills, FRGS

Volunteer/Director, MapAction and AMCL
Alan has been a volunteer with MapAction for 11 years, as well as a Director of the Charity for 4 years.  He has worked on many deployments after disasters including in Dominican Republic, Serbia, Vanuatu, and during the Libyan and Syrian crises.   He leads MapAction's preparedness coordination and helped to establish its Latin American And Caribbean Section at the URISA conference in Bahamas.  In his spare time he has his own... Read More →


Tuesday September 6, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

10:30am

Cartography and Geo-Visualization
This session will focus on the fundamental principles of Cartography and will provide instructions on how to design maps that effectively communicate the intended message to the intended audience and in the required mode of delivery. You will learn how to follow a standard cartographic workflow to efficiently produce high-quality, easily interpreted maps for print and online use.

Moderator & Presenter  

Speakers
avatar for Bheshem Ramlal

Bheshem Ramlal

Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
Dr. Bheshem Ramlal is a senior lecturer in Cartography and Geoinformatics and Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Dr. Ramlal received his undergraduate education in Surveying at the University of the West Indies, MSc. Geoinformatics from the ITC in the Netherlands in 1991 and a Ph.D. Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine in... Read More →


Tuesday September 6, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 1

10:30am

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…
The past few years have seen an enormous increase in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (or drones) for the collection of imagery for a variety of purposes. Attend this session to learn about best practices across the region.

Moderator: Fidel Omar-Ali, Geospatial Solution Architect & OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

  • Best Practices of UAS Data in GIS 
    Eric Sussenbach, CEO, GIS4C, Willemstad —Curacao
  • Drones for Conservation: Lessons Learned in Antigua & Barbuda
    Kimberly Baldwin, PhD, Post-doc Researcher, CERMES, University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, St. Michael,  Barbados
  • Case Studies of Low Cost UAS Imaging and Mapping in Trinidad & Tobago
    Christian Persad, TTLS, MISTT, Geomatics Consultant, Skyline Geomatics, Barataria — Trinidad & Tobago

Moderators
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

Geospatial Solution Architect & FTTx/OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, CERMES, University of the West Indies
Presentations | Tues - September 6: Drones for Conservation: Lessons Learned in Antigua & Barbuda | Wed - September 7: Marine Habitat Mapping for Barbados  | | Dr. Kimberly Baldwin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher of CERMES, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Kim first joined CERMES in 2001 as MSc Coastal and Marine Management student & she has worked for the University conducting a variety of field research... Read More →
avatar for Christian Persad

Christian Persad

Geomatics Consultant, Skyline Geomatics
Tuesday, September 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm | | CHRISTIAN PERSAD obtained his A.A.S Degree in Information Systems Development in 2003 at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, and his B.Sc. Degree in Surveying and Land Information (First Class Honours) in 2005 at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. He entered the surveying industry in 2005, and qualified to... Read More →
avatar for Eric Sussenbach

Eric Sussenbach

CEO, GIS4C
Eric has been working with Esri for more than 25 years. He has a background in Surveying and Cartography. Since 2006 Eric is busy in the Caribbean making people aware of GIS. Eric is the CEO of GIS4C. GIS4C and the Esri Distributor for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba.



Tuesday September 6, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 2

10:30am

Participatory GIS for Better Decision-Making and Communication
As GIS becomes more widely available, many organizations are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings. This session will discuss important projects that utilized citizen participation and engagement.

Moderator: Quinell Francis B.TECH., M.R.I.C.S., Compu-CAD Training & Services Limited, Bermuda

  • Assessing the Quality and Representativeness of Citizen-generated Spatial Data
    Rob Feick, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo, School of Planning, Waterloo, ON Canada
  • Adaptation of PPGIS in Governance for better Decision Making
    Cecille Blake, Statistics Division, GGIM Secretariat, United Nations, New York United States
  • Using Mapping Drones for Promoting Public Participation and Community Networking
    Dr. Edwin Joseph, Professor of Sustainability, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, Indiana – United States

Moderators
avatar for Quinell Francis

Quinell Francis

Director / Land Surveyor, Compu-CAD Training & Services

Speakers
avatar for Cecille Blake

Cecille Blake

Statistics Division, GGIM Secretariat, United Nations
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include providing secretariat services for the Committee of Experts on GGIM, and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN).  She also has oversight responsibilities on UN-GGIM for countries of the Americas including the regional body UN-GGIM... Read More →
avatar for Rob  Feick

Rob Feick

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Rob Feick's research focuses broadly on using spatial information technology to assist decision making and public participation in land management and planning. His current research centres on Web 2.0 GIS tools that facilitate citizen involvement in planning, volunteered geographic information (VGI), spatial data quality, and spatial multi-criteria analysis.
avatar for Edwin Joseph

Edwin Joseph

Professor of Sustainability, Indiana University South Bend



Tuesday September 6, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 3

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch - Sponsored by Esri/Spatial Innovision
Hosted Lunch on the Terrace Sponsored by Esri & Spatial Innovision

Head to the Exhibit Hall for something sweet! Dessert served in the Exhibit Hall, 1:00 - 1:30 PM 


Tuesday September 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Terrace

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
After lunch head to the exhibit hall for something sweet! Dessert served in Exhibit Hall, 1:00 - 1:30PM.

Tuesday September 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Needhams Ballroom 3

1:30pm

Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services - Session 2

Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services 

Bringing disaster management specialists and geospatial professionals together under one roof, this is a fantastic opportunity to match mapping and analysis practice against the challenges faced to be more resilient before and after disasters. Through presentations, discussions and hands on experience, this offers practical  IM solutions in a one day focused program track and complements strategic issues discussed at the UNGGIM special meeting, all to help the region to use GIS effectively to be better prepared against natural disasters.

Humanitarian Relief and GIS - Coupling the Changing Trends in Demands and Technology
Alan Mills,  FRGS, MapAction, United Kingdom

  • What are the minimum GIS standards - Hardware, Software, Processes, People & Data?

 

Overview of the Missing Maps exercise that took place on the previous evening.
Fidel  Omar-Ali, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Limited

  •  How can these techniques be applied to disaster management scenarios?

Speakers
avatar for Desmond Dougall

Desmond Dougall

Managing Director, GISCAD Limited
Looking forward to meeting all our friends and clients again at URISA!! | Also join us on Tuesday Sept 6 for the Disaster Track - joining the practical Mapaction disaster response experiences with the CDEMA technical and administrative expertise and reach.
avatar for Alan Mills, FRGS

Alan Mills, FRGS

Volunteer/Director, MapAction and AMCL
Alan has been a volunteer with MapAction for 11 years, as well as a Director of the Charity for 4 years.  He has worked on many deployments after disasters including in Dominican Republic, Serbia, Vanuatu, and during the Libyan and Syrian crises.   He leads MapAction's preparedness coordination and helped to establish its Latin American And Caribbean Section at the URISA conference in Bahamas.  In his spare time he has his own... Read More →
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

Geospatial Solution Architect & FTTx/OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago


Tuesday September 6, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

1:30pm

It All Starts with the Data
Collecting the data is as important as what you do with it. There are so many methods available to gather location information in the field. Learn about some of these methods and then find out how imagery is being used to collect important preservation data for an area under great threat from climate change.

Moderator: Kimberly Baldwin, PhD,Post-doc Researcher, CERMES, University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, St. Michael — Barbados

  • Mobile Technology and Field Data Collection
    Juan Carlos Tarazona, Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri, Coral Gables, FL – United States           
  • Using UAVs to Rapidly Preserve Historic Structures in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Brittany Arceneaux, GISP, Planner/GIS Analyst, Pond & Company, Metairie, LA, United,States
    Alahna Moore, Graduate Student, The University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States 

Moderators
avatar for Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, CERMES, University of the West Indies
Presentations | Tues - September 6: Drones for Conservation: Lessons Learned in Antigua & Barbuda | Wed - September 7: Marine Habitat Mapping for Barbados  | | Dr. Kimberly Baldwin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher of CERMES, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Kim first joined CERMES in 2001 as MSc Coastal and Marine Management student & she has worked for the University conducting a variety of field research... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Arceneaux, GISP

Brittany Arceneaux, GISP

Planning Assistant, City of Los Angeles Planning Department
Brittany Arceneaux is a New Orleans native working as a Planner and GIS Analyst at the City of Los Angeles Planning Department. Brittany is a graduate of University of New Orleans, where she received a BA in Urban and Regional Planning.  She has also served as a board member of the Louisiana chapter of URISA where she has held several board positions since 2013. Along with providing geospatial support at Pond & Company, Brittany works with... Read More →
avatar for Alahna Moore

Alahna Moore

Graduate Student, University of New Orleans
Alahna Moore is currently a graduate student in the department of Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.  She is certified in ArcGIS through ESRI, and remote sensing for land management through NASA ARSET. Alahna has ample experience using GIS to conduct spatial analysis using satellite imagery through her work with NASA DEVELOP, and has spent the past year generating terrain data for land surveyors using unmanned aerial vehicles and... Read More →
avatar for Juan Carlos Tarazona

Juan Carlos Tarazona

Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri
Juan Carlos Tarazona is a Solutions Engineer for Latin America & Caribbean for Esri Inc, the developer of the ArcGIS Platform for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). www.arcgis.com His mission is to support sales from a Technical Perspective in his region of operations. Also, another of his objectives is to help transforming organizations in the region through the understanding of Geographic Information by accelerating their adoption of... Read More →



Tuesday September 6, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Garrison 2

1:30pm

Trending GIS in 3Ds – Data Capture, Data Storage and Data Visualization
Driven by technological advances and growing user expectations, geospatial technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, shifting the paradigms for data capture, storage and visualization. This session will examine the topical issue of a common reference frame for the storage of spatial data for Caribbean territories; how 3D scanners are changing the lay of the land for Land Surveyors; GIS and cloud storage; and how temporal topologies are improving data visualization processes.

Moderator: Cecille Blake, GGIM Secretariat, United Nations, New York, United States

  • New Frontier in Land Surveying: 3D Scanners
    David Brown, Commissioned Land Surveyor, Spatial Innovision Limited, Kingston, Jamaica 
  • What Does the Cloud Mean for GIS?
    Damion Harrylal, MCSA, CEH, Solutions Engineer II, 3—GIS LLC, Decatur, AL, United States 
  • Transforming Linear Route Maps into Infographics/ Temporal Topologies
    Sean Lynn, GIS Analyst II, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States 

Moderators
avatar for Cecille Blake

Cecille Blake

Statistics Division, GGIM Secretariat, United Nations
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include providing secretariat services for the Committee of Experts on GGIM, and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN).  She also has oversight responsibilities on UN-GGIM for countries of the Americas including the regional body UN-GGIM... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Brown

David Brown

Commissioned Land Surveyor, Spatial Innovision Limited
David Brown has over thirteen years experience in Land Surveying and is a currently a Commissioned Land Surveyor at Spatial Innovision Ltd Jamaica. He has years of experience in engineering surveys within the bauxite industry and cadastral surveys across Jamaica, with particular emphasis on the development of the Cadastre.  He has worked on projects such as, LAMP (Land Administration and Management Programme) and the development of the VRS... Read More →
avatar for Damion Harrylal, MCSA, CEH

Damion Harrylal, MCSA, CEH

Solutions Engineer II, 3-GIS LLC
Born and raised in Trinidad, started out in  the IT field pursued then started off in GIS in 2004 at Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission has since moved to the US with the 3-GIS team where we sell our web and cloud based solutions to utilities and Telecom companies. Primarily involved in the setup and growth of the GIS of the client form end to end.
avatar for Sean Lynn

Sean Lynn

GIS Analyst II, Washington College
Sean Matthew Lynn works on a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) at Washington College as a GIS Analyst making efforts to improve traffic records while developing an online application to analyze big data. He handles requests from multiple agencies interested in looking into different aspects of traffic safety. In October 2016, Sean will become the Project Manager analyzing both traffic and impaired data. Sean is also an... Read More →



Tuesday September 6, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Garrison 3

1:30pm

Using GIS to More Effectively Manage Today’s Utility Companies
The transformational power of GIS can be utilized to pinpoint problems, optimize targeted responses, track system components as well as to collect, maintain and share the data across the entire organization.  The use of GIS can lead to greater productivity, efficiency, safety and lower costs in today’s modern utility companies.

Moderator: Renee Babb, GIS & Remote Sensing Coordinator, GeoOrbis Inc., St. James, Barbados

  • Completing the Circuit: Geospatial Advances at St. Vincent Electricity Services
    Wetherbee Dorshow, PhD, GISP, President & CEO, Earth Analytic, Inc., Santa Fe, NM, United States 
  • Maintaining Correct Electric Utility Data in GIS
    Brian Lassiter, Technical Sales Engineer, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Abilene, TX, United States 
  • Using A Mobile GIS Application to Address Data Collection Issues in Telecommunications
    Stephanie Casey, International Channel Manager, 3-GIS, Decatur, AL, United States 
 

Moderators
avatar for Renee Babb

Renee Babb

GIS & Remote Sensing Coordinator, GeoOrbis Inc.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Casey

Stephanie Casey

International Channel Manager, 3-GIS
Stephanie Casey is an accomplished sales and account management professional with over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of achieving and exceeding her goals and objectives. She has an impressive background in the telecommunications market working for Tier 1 providers where she helped to expand their foot print and market share through her sales performance and solid customer relationships.  With her extensive knowledge and... Read More →
WD

Wetherbee Dorshow, PhD, GISP

President & CEO, Earth Analytic, Inc
Wetherbee Dorshow is President and CEO of Earth Analytic, Inc., a Santa Fe, New Mexico consulting firm founded in January 2000, specializing in the design, implementation, use and management of geographic information systems for natural and cultural resource management. Additionally, Wetherbee is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, engaged in GIS-enabled Archaeological research in the American Southwest and the... Read More →
avatar for Brian Lassiter

Brian Lassiter

Technical Sales Engineer, Milsoft Utility Solutions
Brian currently serves as the Technical Sales Engineer at Milsoft Utility Solutions. Brian has over 14 years of experience in the electric utility industry including system integrations, modeling and engineering. Brian received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.



Tuesday September 6, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Garrison 1

3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Refreshment Break!

Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Needhams Ballroom 3

3:30pm

Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services - Session 3
Improving Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Response through Geospatial Services 
Bringing disaster management specialists and geospatial professionals together under one roof, this is a fantastic opportunity to match mapping and analysis practice against the challenges faced to be more resilient before and after disasters. Through presentations, discussions and hands on experience, this offers practical  IM solutions in a one day focused program track and complements strategic issues discussed at the UNGGIM special meeting, all to help the region to use GIS effectively to be better prepared against natural disasters.

During this wrap-up session of the day's conversations, we will discuss lessons learned and collaborative approaches moving forward. 


Speakers
avatar for Desmond Dougall

Desmond Dougall

Managing Director, GISCAD Limited
Looking forward to meeting all our friends and clients again at URISA!! | Also join us on Tuesday Sept 6 for the Disaster Track - joining the practical Mapaction disaster response experiences with the CDEMA technical and administrative expertise and reach.
avatar for Alan Mills, FRGS

Alan Mills, FRGS

Volunteer/Director, MapAction and AMCL
Alan has been a volunteer with MapAction for 11 years, as well as a Director of the Charity for 4 years.  He has worked on many deployments after disasters including in Dominican Republic, Serbia, Vanuatu, and during the Libyan and Syrian crises.   He leads MapAction's preparedness coordination and helped to establish its Latin American And Caribbean Section at the URISA conference in Bahamas.  In his spare time he has his own... Read More →


Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

3:30pm

Geospatial Technologies – Protecting Our Heritage, Shaping Our World
Across the world, geospatial technologies are increasingly being used to manage the cultural heritage resources of several nations.

Moderator: Edwin Joseph, Professor of Sustainability, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana – United States

  • Using Historical Artwork as a Data Source in GIS Analysis
    Madiha Farag-Miller,  PhD, Associate, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Trinidad & Tobago
  • UAS/Scanner/Surveying Techniques to Map Historical Sites - In this Case a Slave Heritage Site in St. John US Virgin Islands
    Amare Shaw, GISCAD Limited, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Moderators
avatar for Edwin Joseph

Edwin Joseph

Professor of Sustainability, Indiana University South Bend

Speakers
avatar for Madiha Farag-Miller, BA, Mphil, PhD

Madiha Farag-Miller, BA, Mphil, PhD

Associate assistant, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management
Madiha graduated in 1979 from Cairo University with a BA in Archaeology. She worked as Registrar for the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, and then entered back into full time education. In 2010 she completed an MPhil programme at the University of the West Indies for a research project using spatial techniques to investigate landscape archaeology on the island of St Kitts. In 2015 she completed a PhD with the University of Tasmania which... Read More →
avatar for Amare Shaw

Amare Shaw

Partner Channel Coordinator, Giscad Limited
As an enthusiastic and energetic leader, I oversee Giscad's Partner Channel by supporting all of it's regional business partners in fifteen territories throughout the Caribbean. I earned my BSc in Geography at the UWI, Mona with some focus in Geology and GIS. While working in Environmental Management and Telecommunications, Education, I was able to develop my passion for GIS. I will be presenting on "The Use of TRIMBLE solutions to map The... Read More →



Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Garrison 3

3:30pm

History of the GIS—World, Part I and II: A Look at the History of GIS in Film and Television

Where was the first place you saw GIS or GPS? Was it in high school or college, or maybe in a news cast? Think harder. Chances are that you might have caught your first glimpse of these technologies in movies and on television, perhaps even before they were invented. Since the early 20th century movies and television have been portraying GIS and geospatial systems. From map tracking devices in James Bond, to police station maps plotting criminal activity to sci-fi futurescapes where every piece of information is spatially modeled (and available by talking to a voice-enabled computer).

This presentation will provide a historical look of how GIS technologies have been presented in the past in both film and television and discuss parallel real time GIS development.

Moderator & Presenter
Gene DelGreco, GISP, GIS Manager, KE McCartney & Associates, Weirton, WV, United States 

Speakers
avatar for Gene DelGreco, GISP

Gene DelGreco, GISP

GIS Manager, KE McCartney & Associates
Gene Del Greco GISP, GIS Manager of KE McCartney brings 35 years of experience working with local governments in three states. As GIS Manager for the Richland County, Ohio GIS Consortium, he guided the efforts of a 22 member GIS Consortium. As Development Director of Weirton West Virginia, he coordinated the citywide GIS and as Planning Director of Chautauqua County, New York, he assisted in the county’s initial GIS development efforts... Read More →



Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Garrison 2

3:30pm

Location Intelligence: The Currency of Modern Organizations - GeoTechVision Sponsored Session
Location Intelligence—The Currency of Modern Organizations
GeoTechVision - Sponsored Session
The session will highlight how to use location information as an invaluable resource in enhancing the understanding of an organization’s operating environment, thus increasing revenues and reducing costs. It will further discuss how location intelligence is assisting smart businesses and organizations in detecting patterns, risks and opportunities that would otherwise have been invisible using other kinds of analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for GeoTechVision

GeoTechVision

Booth #7/8
GeoTechVision is an award winning ICT and geospatial company that provides location information for actionable intelligence. We provide customized ICT and geospatial solutions and are known for establishing enterprise Geographic Information Systems across the Caribbean. Additionally, we offer GPS and Mobility Products and services; and are heavily involved in marketing our own GeO™ brand tablet, providing surveying and geomatics services... Read More →



Tuesday September 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Garrison 1

4:30pm

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall sponsored by GeoTechVision


Tuesday September 6, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Needham Ballroom 3
 
Wednesday, September 7
 

9:00am

URISA Caribbean Chapter Update and Keynote Address: OpenStreetMap and Crowdsourced Geospatial Data in Disaster Management
Hear about chapter activities and then what should be an inspiring Keynote Address from Tyler Radford of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap and Crowdsourced Geospatial Data in Disaster Management
Many of the places most affected are also the least mapped - with large gaps in base maps of key infrastructure including roads, buildings, and waterways. Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, HOT has mobilized more than 20,000 volunteers to map areas affected by natural hazards, both before, during, and after disaster. This mapping utilizes OpenStreetMap and engages volunteers through a participatory process both online and on the ground. The resulting maps and map data can be used in GIS tools and GPS devices both for navigation and analysis during disaster response and to plan risk reduction programs. HOT partners with many humanitarian organizations including the Red Cross as well as national and regional disaster management agencies to train and equip staff with the tools and resources to utilize OpenStreetMap in their work. 

Moderators
avatar for Craig Batstone

Craig Batstone

Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Inc
Craig Batstone is the owner of GeoOrbis.  He has over 20 years of GIS experience in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.  He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, with Honours Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Waterloo.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Radford

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap
Tyler currently serves as Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (known as "HOT"). He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused, technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations Secretariat, and for Fortune 500 firms as a private sector consultant... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Refreshment Break sponsored by GISCAD Limited


Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Needhams Ballroom 3

10:30am

Current Trends in GIS and GIS for Land Administration
GIS is continually evolving to address more issues, while becoming more accessible and easier to use.  Enterprise GIS, custom web applications, mobile applications, open data and data sharing are changing organizations, and how GIS is employed.  New and innovative GIS platform and application technologies are also being used for collecting survey data, producing land administration data products and analysis, and disseminating data in modern open data systems.

Moderator: Fidel Omar-Ali, Geospatial Solution Architect & OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

  • Analyzing Data with A Web Application: Getting Started
    Sean Lynn, GIS Analyst II, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States 
  • GIS Technology for Land Administration
    Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri, Redlands, CA, United States
  • Data Sharing. Open Data
    Juan Carlos Tarazona Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri, Coral Gables, FL, United States 
  • Enterprise GIS, Including Trends
    Heath Hil, Business Development Manager, Caribbean & Central America, Esri, Coral Gables, FL, Untied States

Moderators
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

Geospatial Solution Architect & FTTx/OSP Planning Engineer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
avatar for Heath Hill

Heath Hill

Business Development Manager Caribbean & Central America, Esri
Heath is the Esri Business Development Manager for the Caribbean and Central America.  Heath has 15 years of professional experience and has been with Esri since 2010 and currently resides in the Miami, FL area.  Prior to Esri, Heath spent seven years in the Financial Services industry in both investment and retail banking; most of which time was spent working in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Heath also worked for a... Read More →
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Sean Lynn

Sean Lynn

GIS Analyst II, Washington College
Sean Matthew Lynn works on a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) at Washington College as a GIS Analyst making efforts to improve traffic records while developing an online application to analyze big data. He handles requests from multiple agencies interested in looking into different aspects of traffic safety. In October 2016, Sean will become the Project Manager analyzing both traffic and impaired data. Sean is also an... Read More →
avatar for Juan Carlos Tarazona

Juan Carlos Tarazona

Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri
Juan Carlos Tarazona is a Solutions Engineer for Latin America & Caribbean for Esri Inc, the developer of the ArcGIS Platform for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). www.arcgis.com His mission is to support sales from a Technical Perspective in his region of operations. Also, another of his objectives is to help transforming organizations in the region through the understanding of Geographic Information by accelerating their adoption of... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 2

10:30am

National Security

Learn how the Ministry of National Security of Trinidad & Tobago developed a robust enterprise GIS.
Then learn about the Colombian Platform for Emergency Response. 

Moderator & Presenter: Nirav Shah, GISP  

  • Enterprise GIS Solution for the Ministry of National Security
    Nirav Shah, GISP, EI Technologies, LLC, Parker, Colorado — United States 
  • The Colombian Emergency Response Platform (PCRE): Design and Testing of a SDI-Based System to Facilitate Disaster Management in Colombia
    Daniel Paez, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá – Colombia

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Paez

Daniel Paez

Lecturer and Director of the Geomatics Group, University in Colombia
Daniel Paez is qualified Civil Engineer with a PhD in Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He has worked for top management consulting firms, the public sector and academia. He currently has a position in Los Andes University in Colombia as lecturer and Director of the Geomatics group. Dr Paez´s main interests are in the areas of land administration and spatial analysis. He has conducted research in multiple topics including... Read More →
avatar for Nirav Shah, GISP

Nirav Shah, GISP

President, EI Technologies, LLC
Nirav Shah is president of EI Technologies, LLC.  He has over twenty five(25) years of experience in GIS and GPS technologies, and has managed more than 100 GIS projects. Nirav has been instrumental in setting quality standards for all of EI Technologies GIS projects.  Under his leadership, EI Technologies, LLC has achieved what no other GIS Consulting firm has achieved before  100% customer satisfaction. Nirav has a Masters Degree... Read More →


Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Peninsula

10:30am

Utilizing Geospatial Strategies to Benefit Coastal Resources Management in the Caribbean
This session will examine the impact of sea-level rise in coastal communities in the Caribbean. The benefits of geospatial technologies in managing coastal resources of the Caribbean region will be evaluated and geo-design strategies to enhance the resilience of coastal resources management will be proposed.

Moderator: Desmond Dougall, Managing Director, GISCAD Limited, Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago

  • Using GIS for Sustainability Management of Coastal Resource Resilience
    Timothy Nyerges, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
  • Are Better Decisions Being Made? A Review of Marine Resource Related DSS
    John Knowles, Conservation Information Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 
  • Positioning Technology Aiding Marine Navigation & Berthing/Docking
    Douglas Nelson, VP Business Intelligence Research & New Business Development, Spatial Innovision Limited, Kingston, Jamaica

Moderators
avatar for Desmond Dougall

Desmond Dougall

Managing Director, GISCAD Limited
Looking forward to meeting all our friends and clients again at URISA!! | Also join us on Tuesday Sept 6 for the Disaster Track - joining the practical Mapaction disaster response experiences with the CDEMA technical and administrative expertise and reach.

Speakers
avatar for John English Knowles

John English Knowles

Conservation Information Manager, The Nature Conservancy
John Knowles is the Conservation Information Manager for the Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program with 9 years of conservation experience working in the insular Caribbean.  He is based in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic office. Since 2008, John has offered broad support for the Caribbean Program and partners, working with a team of scientists on advancing innovative conservation techniques.  He works through... Read More →
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Douglas Nelson

VP Business Intelligence Research & New Business Development, Spatial Innovision Limited
Douglas Nelson is an information systems manager and implementer working for more than 25 years across a range of private, non-governmental and public sector organizations providing financial, water utility, ICT, agriculture extension and geospatial solutions and services. | He is currently the Vice President for New Business Research and Development at Spatial Innovision Limited, a long established, Jamaican registered, geospatial and land... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Nyerges

Timothy Nyerges

Professor, University of Washington
Dr. Tim Nyerges is Professor of Geography and Director of the Master GIS for Sustainability Management Program at the University of Washington. He teaches about development and use of participatory geographic information systems for sustainability management.  His research focuses on sustainability information science with particular application to resilience and sustainability management for coastal areas. Many of the teaching and... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 3

10:30am

Fill the Gaps in your Geospatial Infrastructure: GeoOrbis, Hexagon Geospatial and DigitalGlobe - Vendor Sponsored Session

Do you have gaps in your Geospatial Infrastructure?  Find out how the Hexagon Geospatial’s Technology Pillars, DigitalGlobe Imagery and GeoOrbis’ Services can fill those gaps to provide a Complete Geospatial Infrastructure.

 

Sponsors
avatar for DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe

Booth #12
Operating the most agile and sophisticated commercial satellite constellation in orbit, we put the world’s smartest images into everyone’s hands, giving them confidence to make decisions that matter. Our unmatched imagery, along with comprehensive data and actionable analytics, make us a trusted partner across dozens of industries—from defense to mining, from mapping to public safety. Customers worldwide rely on our... Read More →
avatar for GeoOrbis

GeoOrbis

Booth #14
GeoOrbis, Inc. is a Barbados-based geospatial technologies firm that provides products and services to both public and private sector clients throughout the Caribbean. Our services include geospatial project management, application development, web-based solutions, web-based automated vehicle location and base mapping.  GeoOrbis is, the Caribbean Distributor for Hexagon Geospatial, Trimble Reseller, Caribbean Distributor for DigitalGlobe... Read More →
avatar for Hexagon Geospatial

Hexagon Geospatial

Booth #13
Hexagon Geospatial helps you make sense of the dynamically changing world. Known globally as a maker of leading-edge technology, we enable our customers to easily transform their data into actionable information, shortening the lifecycle from the moment of change to action. Hexagon Geospatial provides the software products and platforms to a large variety of customers through direct sales, channel partners, and Hexagon businesses. For... Read More →


Wednesday September 7, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Garrison 1

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch - Sponsored by GeoOrbis, Hexagon Geospatial and DigitalGlobe
Hosted Lunch on the Terrace Sponsored by GeoOrbis, Hexagon Geospatial and DigitalGlobe


Wednesday September 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Terrace

1:00pm

Enhancing Social and Economic Development Strategies with GIS Technology
In this session you will learn how economic development organizations are recognizing the power of GIS, and are using it as a platform to study complex spatial relationships that impact socio-economic development. With easy access to demographic and market data, GIS has become a more productive decision support tool for asset management, tracking goods and services, transportation planning, etc. In many ways GIS provides a foundation for understanding all aspects of a place, and the following presentations demonstrate how economic developers are taking advantage of GIS technology to improve economic and social development. 

Moderator: Valrie Grant GISP, President , GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • How Digitally Mature Organizations are Transforming Business
    Ruel Williamson, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, International Property Tax Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada
    Brian Guerin, MRICS, M.I.M.A., Director, Assessment Standards & Mass Appraisal, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Pickering, ON, Canada
  • Making Location Intelligence Part of Your Business Strategy
    Valrie Grant GISP, President , GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • An Evaluation of Geo Services in the Caribbean Region
    Sheree Cameron, and Valrie, GISP, President, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Climate Resilient Transport Asset Management 
    Bishwa Pandey, President, NepCol International LLC, Washington DC, USA


Moderators
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheree Cameron

Sheree Cameron

Geoinformatics Specialist, GeoTechVision
Sheree Cameron graduated from the University of Technology, Jamaica with a BSc. In Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences. She has been the Geoinformatics Specialist at GeoTechVision since 2014, where her area of specialty is to explore the application of Geospatial technologies to provide location information for actionable intelligence to a variety of sectors across the Caribbean. Sheree also trains professional groups to use these... Read More →
avatar for Bishwa Pandey

Bishwa Pandey

NepCol International LLC
Bishwa has over 21 years' of experience in working closely with clients and stakeholders in implementing GIS, spatial data management and related IT technologies, as well as improving established business process for clients. | Prior to establishing NepCol International, Bishwa worked for four years as Senior Disaster Risk and GeoSpatial Data Management Specialist in The World Bank. He still advises international development agencies like the... Read More →
avatar for Ruel Williamson, FRICS

Ruel Williamson, FRICS

Chief Operating Officer, International Property Tax Institute
Ruel is a senior executive in the integrated land records environment with a specialty in property taxation.  He has over twenty-five years of experience working with local, state and national governments on a full range systems and solutions for clients.  As the Chief Operating Officer at the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI), Ruel leads IPTI consultants on project, program and research assignments related to property taxation and... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Garrison 2

1:00pm

Geospatial Mapping Tools for Habitat Mapping, Analysis and Decision Support
This session describes the innovative combination of different geospatial mapping and analyses techniques for the rapid development of marine habitat maps, for analyzing wetlands for changes in nesting populations and for the provision of geospatial data on coral reefs to support decision making. 

Moderator: Alan Mills, FRGS, Volunteer, MapAction, Maidstone, Kent — United Kingdom

  • Marine Habitat Mapping for Barbados
    Kimberly Baldwin, PhD, Post-doc Researcher, CERMES, University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, St. Michael,  Barbados 
  • CaribNode and the Coral Reef Assessment Tool
    John Knowles, Conservation Information Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • A Review of GIS and Remote Sensing Methods for Sargassum sp. Mapping and Monitoring in the Caribbean
    Priya Pollard, Student, Marine Sciences Department, The University of Trinidad and Tobago

Moderators
avatar for Alan Mills, FRGS

Alan Mills, FRGS

Volunteer/Director, MapAction and AMCL
Alan has been a volunteer with MapAction for 11 years, as well as a Director of the Charity for 4 years.  He has worked on many deployments after disasters including in Dominican Republic, Serbia, Vanuatu, and during the Libyan and Syrian crises.   He leads MapAction's preparedness coordination and helped to establish its Latin American And Caribbean Section at the URISA conference in Bahamas.  In his spare time he has his own... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Kimberly Baldwin, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, CERMES, University of the West Indies
Presentations | Tues - September 6: Drones for Conservation: Lessons Learned in Antigua & Barbuda | Wed - September 7: Marine Habitat Mapping for Barbados  | | Dr. Kimberly Baldwin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher of CERMES, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Kim first joined CERMES in 2001 as MSc Coastal and Marine Management student & she has worked for the University conducting a variety of field research... Read More →
avatar for John English Knowles

John English Knowles

Conservation Information Manager, The Nature Conservancy
John Knowles is the Conservation Information Manager for the Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program with 9 years of conservation experience working in the insular Caribbean.  He is based in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic office. Since 2008, John has offered broad support for the Caribbean Program and partners, working with a team of scientists on advancing innovative conservation techniques.  He works through... Read More →
avatar for Priya Pollard

Priya Pollard

MSc. Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management Student, University of Trinidad and Tobago
Priya Pollard is currently a graduate student in the department of Marine Sciences at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated with upper second class honors major Biology and minor Environmental Biology in a BSc. General at the Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus. She is now undertaking research towards her MSc. Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management, ICOM, involving marine remote... Read More →


Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Garrison 3

1:00pm

GIS for Public Health and Safety
GIS has emerged as an effective tool in public safety, emergency response and disaster management for better decision making. This session seeks to merge past knowledge and incorporate innovative ways to map these disciplines. The practical role that GIS plays is here presented. 

Moderator: Ramona Sirju

  • Innovative Ways to Display Public Safety Information Beyond the Traditional Map
    Erica McMaster, GISP, Senior GIS Project Manager, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States
  • Co-Creation of Value by Partnering Among University, Government, and Industry: A Proposition for Disaster Management Using Caribbean GIS
    Chetan Sankar, College of Business  Advisory Council Professor of IS Auburn University, AL  - United States
  • Comparison of Different Spatial Interpolation Techniques to Illustrate Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Distribution along Selected Roadways in Trinidad
    Faisal Mohammed, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Erica McMaster, GISP

Erica McMaster, GISP

Senior GIS Project Manager, Washington College
Erica McMaster is a Senior GIS Project Manager at Washington College. She has over ten years of experience in GIS and ESRI software products, and is a certified GIS Professional through the GIS Certification Institute. Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University and her Master of Science in Geography from University of Delaware. Erica has worked on projects related to image processing and manipulation... Read More →
avatar for Faisal Mohammed

Faisal Mohammed

Ph.D Student/Research Technician, The University of the West Indies
Research Technician for Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. | Graduate Student in the Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine pursuing Ph.D in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry. | Modelling the Characteristics of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) along Motorways in a Tropical Climate 
avatar for Chetan Sankar

Chetan Sankar

HCOB Advisory Council Professor of IS, Auburn University
I am the director of the Geospatial Research and Applications Center (GRAC) at Auburn University, AL. The center has worked on multiple projects with companies, governments, and utilities in digitizing infrastructure data so that it can be used in disaster management. A paper written about the project won the 2013 best paper award from the Society for Information Management, USA. and won the most innovative practice from the Campus... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Peninsula

1:00pm

ArcGIS – A Location Platform for Organizations - Esri & Spatial Innovision Sponsored Session
ArcGIS – A Location Platform for Organizations   
Organizations face serious challenges as they strive to reach their objectives and fulfill their mission.  GIS and the ArcGIS platform are constantly evolving to better address our needs.  The ArcGIS platform enables everyone within your organization to discover, make, use and share maps from any device, anywhere and at any time.  It is becoming an interconnected web platform that leverages advanced technology in measurements, computing and networks to provide mapping, analysis, data management and collaboration across the entire organization through easy to use tools and applications. 

Sponsors
avatar for Esri

Esri

Booth #4/5
Think and plan geographically. As the market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), Esri technology is used in over 350,000 organizations worldwide. Use GIS to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information, helping you solve problems and make better decisions.
avatar for Spatial Innovision

Spatial Innovision

Booth #6
Spatial Innovision Limited is the leading geospatial solution company in the English Speaking Caribbean. | We distribute Esri GIS Software, Trimble Navigation Mapping, GIS, 3D Scanners, Infrastructure, Surveying Equipment and Software. We also provide Contex Large Format Scanners, Digitalglobe Satellite Imagery, Schneider Electric Software and Juniper Equipment. | We provide Training in GIS software, GNSS Planning, Field Survey and... Read More →


Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Garrison 1

2:30pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday September 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Needhams Ballroom 3

3:00pm

Confronting Land Administration Challenges: The Key to Unlocking Economic Prosperity

Confronting Land Administration Challenges: The Key to Unlocking Economic Prosperity
Modernizing land administration systems remains both an opportunity and a challenge in the Caribbean.  Improving land registration systems, creating accurate digital parcel maps, sharing data securely, and building better valuation systems are just a few of the common business drivers in the region.  Bring your questions and join our panel of experts to help the Caribbean modernize land administration systems.

Panelists

  • Jacqueline daCosta, Private Consultant, National Best Community Foundation, Kingston, Jamaica
  • David McCollin, Manager Information Systems, Barbados Land Registry, St. Michael - Barbados
  • Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri, Vienna, Virginia – United States
  • Sheryl Anne-Haynes, President, Spatial Innovision Limited Trinidad

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline daCosta

Jacqueline daCosta

Management, Policy, Land and Planning Consultant
Over thirty five years administrative & management experience and expertise in Public Affairs, Land Policy, Tenure, Admin. Reform & Management. | Planning Policy, Process & Framework, Sustainable Dev. Planning, Dev. Control, Approvals & Monitoring Environmental. Planning, Protocols and Conventions., Conservation, Parks and Protected Areas, Watershed & Coastal Zone management | Disaster Management & Hazard... Read More →
avatar for Sheryl-Anne Haynes

Sheryl-Anne Haynes

President, Spatial Innovision
Sheryl-Anne Haynes is a retired Public Servant.  She spent the majority of her career in the Town and Country Planning Division entering as a Town Planner 1 in 1984.  She became Assistant Director in 1998 and was seconded to the Tobago House of Assembly in March 2002 as Advisor on Land Use Matters.  In September 2004, on the retirement of the then Director, she was asked to return to the Town and Country Planning Division to assume... Read More →
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →
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David McCollin

Manager Information Systems, Barbados Land Registry


Wednesday September 7, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

6:00pm

Conference Social Event
Wednesday September 7, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, September 8
 

7:00am

Caribbean GIS High Level Forum
By invitation
An anticipated biennial gathering of Caribbean GIS leaders, convened during the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference and sponsored by the URISA Caribbean Chapter. 

Moderators
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →


Thursday September 8, 2016 7:00am - 10:30am
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

9:00am

Addressing the Social Needs: GIS—A Powerful Enabler
Geographic information systems have long played a significant role in studying social justice issues, including health. Presenters in this session identify GIS as a powerful tool that can address disease management and improved social services. They are optimistic that healthcare professionals are likely to continue to promote its use to help underprivileged communities get better services. Attendees of this session will understand the tremendous potential of GIS in the health care industry.  

Moderator: Cherece Wallace, Director, Land Management, Tobago House of Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Addressing Geographical Inequalities in Public Health Care Using GIS
    Juel Paul, MSc., PhD StudentUniversity of the West Indies, St Augustine, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago 
  • Using GIS to Provide Real-time Election Mapping for the Caribbean
    Kellon Phillips, GeoTechVision, Georgetown, Guyana
    Sheree Cameron, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica

Moderators
avatar for Cherece Wallace

Cherece Wallace

Director, Land Management Department, Tobago House of Assembly
Cherece Wallace currently oversees the operations of the Land Management Department and the State lands under the responsibility of the Tobago House of Assembly. She has expertise working on projects within the Caribbean, such as in strengthening the commitment of GEF participating countries in implementing an integrated approach to the management of watershed and coastal areas; and also, provided planning support at one of Trinidad and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Juel Paul

Juel Paul

Graduate Research Assistant, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
Juel Paul is PhD candidate in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. She holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and a MSc in Geoinformatics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Her current research involves the use of GIS in assessing the spatial accessibility in public health care in Trinidad and Tobago. Juel... Read More →
avatar for Kellon Phillips

Kellon Phillips

GIS Technician, GeoTechVision
Since my introduction to GIS I have always had growing interests in the applications of the technology while continually being impressed as an advent user. My tenure as the GIS Technician at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Guyana has given me experience in the design, development, implementation, management and maintenance of a GIS. This has now been further cultivated and transcended at GeoTechVision where knowledge transfer and personal... Read More →



Thursday September 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Garrison 1

9:00am

Applications of Geospatial Technologies in Disaster Management
GIS has proven to be a valuable tool in disaster management decision support and analytical capabilities. This session utilizes the use of technologies within the cycle for disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery. Learn how these procedures can inevitably save lives and property. 

Moderator: Quinell Francis B.TECH., M.R.I.C.S., Compu-CAD Training & Services Limited, Bermuda

  • Geospatial Technologies for Damage and Loss Assessment of Natural Disasters
    Melanie Harris, Teaching Assistant, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • An Evaluation of the Estimated Impact due to Seismic Activity in Downtown Kingston, Jamaica
    Sheree Cameron, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Soil Friction Angle as an Instability Factor in Landslide Susceptibility Modelling
    Ronald Roopnarine, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Moderators
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Quinell Francis

Director / Land Surveyor, Compu-CAD Training & Services

Speakers
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Sheree Cameron

Geoinformatics Specialist, GeoTechVision
Sheree Cameron graduated from the University of Technology, Jamaica with a BSc. In Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences. She has been the Geoinformatics Specialist at GeoTechVision since 2014, where her area of specialty is to explore the application of Geospatial technologies to provide location information for actionable intelligence to a variety of sectors across the Caribbean. Sheree also trains professional groups to use these... Read More →
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Melanie Harris

Teaching Assistant, University of the West Indies
Ms. Harris is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.  She holds a BSc. in Geography and Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and a MSc. in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation- (GeoHazards)  from the University of Twente (ITC), the Netherlands. Her current research focuses on Disaster Risk Management... Read More →
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Ronald Roopnarine, BSc, Ph.D

Part Time Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
Slope Stability and Soil Strength | Soil Suction | Disaster Preparedness and Management


Thursday September 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Peninsula

9:00am

UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters
Invitation Only
The UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters will provide a platform for discussing the means and methods of implementing theUN-GGIM Strategic Framework on geospatial information and services for disasters thatcould serve as a new global guideline to ensure the availability and accessibility of qualitygeospatial information and services across the entire emergency cycle.


Thursday September 8, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Garrison 2&3

11:00am

Closing Session – Actions to Take and URISA Caribbean Ignite!
Caribbean IGNITE Participants
  • After You Find Your House, STOP Using GoogleEarth
    Craig Batstone, Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Inc., Prior Park House, St. James, Barbados
  • Using the Model of a Tradecraft Guild to Educate Students in GIS
    Erica McMaster, GISP, Senior GIS Project Manager, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States
  • The Use of Location Technology
    Juan Carlos Tarazona Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri, Coral Gables, FL, United States 
  • Analysis of Wetland Grasses Using GIS and Remote Sensing on an Artificial Island
    Katie Walker, Journeyman Leader, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States 
Moderator & Presenter: Craig Batstone

Speakers
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Craig Batstone

Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Inc
Craig Batstone is the owner of GeoOrbis.  He has over 20 years of GIS experience in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.  He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, with Honours Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Waterloo.
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Erica McMaster, GISP

Senior GIS Project Manager, Washington College
Erica McMaster is a Senior GIS Project Manager at Washington College. She has over ten years of experience in GIS and ESRI software products, and is a certified GIS Professional through the GIS Certification Institute. Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University and her Master of Science in Geography from University of Delaware. Erica has worked on projects related to image processing and manipulation... Read More →
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Juan Carlos Tarazona

Solutions Engineer for the Americas, Esri
Juan Carlos Tarazona is a Solutions Engineer for Latin America & Caribbean for Esri Inc, the developer of the ArcGIS Platform for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). www.arcgis.com His mission is to support sales from a Technical Perspective in his region of operations. Also, another of his objectives is to help transforming organizations in the region through the understanding of Geographic Information by accelerating their adoption of... Read More →
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Katie Walker

Journeyman Leader, Washington College
Katie is a GIS Journeymen Leader and a Senior at Washington College in Chestertown, MD pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies. She has a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies and is working towards Anthropology and Earth/Planetary Science minors. She is highly interested in open source information access and accessibility as components of education. She currently works as a project manager and event coordinator at Washington College's... Read More →


Thursday September 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Needhams Ballroom 1&2