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Sunday, October 26
 

8:00am

Registration Hours
Sunday October 26, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

GeoNode Caribbean - Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy
An online information system with accompanying web maps and tools is being constructed for six OECS countries (Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada).  The combined effort is made possible through two projects; the first, titled “Climate-Resilient Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Area Network” or ECMMAN is being funded through the International Climate Initiative via the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the second through the World Bank’s Sustainable Financing and Management of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Ecosystem project.  Participants from the technical working group established through the these projects will use URISA pre-conference workshop forum to discuss the status of the GeoNode Caribbean prototype and be trained on how to use the system. Focused discussions will be held with each country representative about their existing workflow into the system, next steps and when the next beta version will be available and what it should include. Workshop organizers will also be soliciting feedback on how to improve both the workflow of information into the system and the user interface. Although this pre-conference workshop is directed towards specific working group and project deliverables, others are welcomed to sit in provided space.
Instructor: John Knowles

This workshop is full to capacity.

Sunday October 26, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Arawak E

9:00am

Mobile and Server GIS: Field to Finish - Sponsored by Spatial Innovision

This workshop will take place on Sunday and Monday it is a two day comprehensive course.
Overview
This course will entail details on Mobile, Web and Server GIS technology and the integration from field to finish. The skills required to accomplish this task will be taught step by step for participants to take advantage of emerging technology to improve their process flow within their respective organization.  

Course Outline

  • Overview of ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS
  • Creation of Enterprise Geodatabase
  • Check out data from ArcGIS for Server
  • Data preparation for the mobile environment:
  • Geodatabase Design
  • Replicating data
  • Publishing Feature Services using ArcGIS for Server 
  • Creation of Web Application using ArcGIS Online
  • Data Collection using Collector for ArcGIS (Using GIS Data in the Mobile Environment)
  • Check data back into ArcGIS for Server
Special Note:
Participants will need to bring a laptop computer and smartphone with Android or iOS operating system compatible with esri Collector for ArcGIS.

Instructors: Patrick McLean and Natalie Dobbs
Participation is Limited.
Fee to attend: $250 

Sunday October 26, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Arawak B

1:00pm

Getting Started with GIS

Presented by the Caribbean URISA Chapter
This workshop will introduce participants to the basic components of a GIS and fundamental concepts for GIS use and application. Participants will learn how a GIS helps people visualize and create information that can be used to make decisions and solve problems.  The workshop will use QGIS as the GIS software.

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Construct a definition of GIS
  2. Determine some of the benefits of a GIS
  3. Identify the components of a GIS and determine the most critical components for the success of GIS in an organization.
  4. Describe two common data models used to represent real-world objects and phenomena in a GIS.
  5. Identify sources and types of data for GIS
  6. Explore a GIS map and access information about map features.
  7. Perform Basic Queries to find and select features that meet specific criteria.
  8. Prepare a GIS map to share information and present analysis results.
Instructors: Valrie Grant, GISP and Zoe Walker

Sunday October 26, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Arawak C
 
Monday, October 27
 

8:00am

Registration Hours
Monday October 27, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

High Level Geospatial Information Management Meeting

GeoSUR is a regional program whose aim is to implement an effective mechanism for generating, disseminating, and exploiting geospatial data useful for decision-making in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  The Program has developed five main components: i) a Regional Geoportal, ii) a decentralized network of map services, iii) a LAC regional Map Service, iv) a Topographic Processing Service, and v) regional geoprocessing tools for hydro power assessment and disaster early warning. More than 100 agencies from 26 countries participate in this initiative. The GeoSUR Portal features today more than 250 WMS services, 14,000 metadata records (harvested), 250,000 metadata records (searchable), and around 110 map viewers.

The GeoSUR Program has been instrumental in making available on the web a vast array of geospatial and environmental datasets that, until now, have scarcely been distributed, and have had insufficient impact on decision making. 

AGENDA 

9:00 AM - REGISTRATION

9:30 AM -  Opening Ceremony - Ms. Cecille Blake, Chairperson’s Welcome

9:35 AM - Opening Remarks & Greetings - Ms. Valrie Grant, URISA Caribbean Chapter Leader

9:40 AM - Greetings from Mexico - Deborah Rangel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

9:45 AM - GeoSur, The Latin American and Caribbean Geospatial Network - Eric Van Prag, Coordinator Programa GeoSUR/CAF - banco de desarrollo de America Latina                                      

10:00 AM - Closing Remarks - Dr. Earl Edwards

EXPERT PRESENTATIONS - (5-minute Question & Answer Session will follow each Presentation) 

SESSION 1 

10:05 AM - Country Report - GIS in Haiti, GIS in Lucia, GIS in Trinidad 

10:35 AM - Report on Caribbean Project - Mr. Efrain Limones, INEGI, Mexico

11:00 AM - Update on Resolutions from Last HLM & Action Plans - Ms. Valrie Grant

11:15 AM - Break out Session to create Action plans 

11:45 AM - Group reports 

12:00 Noon - Way Forward & Closing Remarks

 


Monday October 27, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Arawak E

9:00am

ArcGIS Online Subscriptions for Organizations - Sponsored by Esri
This workshop will help prepare you to author and publish GIS resources to your organization's ArcGIS Online subscription account. You will learn what types of content can be published to ArcGIS Online, how to author GIS resources to support their planned use, and how to extend the usefulness of those resources with web maps and web applications.
You’ll learn to:
* Determine what type of GIS resource is needed to support a given use case.
* Publish feature services and tiled map services to ArcGIS Online.
* Use ArcGIS Online tools to efficiently create and configure web maps and web applications.
* Share services, web maps, and web applications to organizational groups, to all organizational users, and to the public.
ArcGIS Online Subscriptions for Organizations: User Workflows. Users consume content.
Your organization's ArcGIS Online site is a source for GIS data, web maps, and other geographic content that can inform and add value to your projects. This workshop teaches how to discover content hosted on an ArcGIS Online organizational site, determine if the content is suitable for your needs, and interact with the content using web maps and Esri Maps for Office.
You’ll learn to:
  • Find content on ArcGIS Online and assess whether the content meets your project needs.
  • Add content to a web map, modify the map display, and create filters to focus on features of interest.
  • Create a map inside Microsoft Excel to analyze spreadsheet data and data added from ArcGIS Online.
  • Create a PowerPoint slide to share an Excel map.
  • Use the foundational apps in ArcGIS Online: Collector for ArcGIS, Explorer, Operations Dashboard, etc.
Instructors: Juan Carlos Tarazana and Health Hill
Participation is limited
Fee to attend: $150 

Monday October 27, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Arawak D

9:00am

Introduction to UAV Workshop
In this workshop you will get a thorough introduction of the operation of a UAV. You will learn there is much more than just flying the plane. It begins with preparing in the office, planning the flight, operating the drone and processing of the data. We also want you to be aware of what you need to know before you can work with UAV’s in general for your country. Topics like air regulations, permits, insurance etc. will also be covered. We will demonstrate the Trimble/Gatewing UX5 outside on the Santa Barbara Property. We also want to inspire you how you can apply the UAV data in GIS.

Topics to be covered are:
• What is a UAV
• Specification of the Trimble UX5
• Air Law, Regulations, Permits
• Planning a flight
• Operating the UX5
• Live Demonstration
• Image Processing Software
• GIS Applications

Instructors:
Roy Huggins, Nadi Henriques, and Kenly Francisca, GIS4C, Curacao

Participation is limited.
Fee to attend: $150 


Monday October 27, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Arawak C

9:00am

Mobile and Server GIS: Field to Finish - Sponsored by Spatial Innovision

This workshop will take place on Sunday and Monday it is a two day comprehensive course.
Overview
This course will entail details on Mobile, Web and Server GIS technology and the integration from field to finish. The skills required to accomplish this task will be taught step by step for participants to take advantage of emerging technology to improve their process flow within their respective organization.  

Course Outline

  • Overview of ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS
  • Creation of Enterprise Geodatabase
  • Check out data from ArcGIS for Server
  • Data preparation for the mobile environment:
  • Geodatabase Design
  • Replicating data
  • Publishing Feature Services using ArcGIS for Server 
  • Creation of Web Application using ArcGIS Online
  • Data Collection using Collector for ArcGIS (Using GIS Data in the Mobile Environment)
  • Check data back into ArcGIS for Server
Special Note:
Participants will need to bring a laptop computer and smartphone with Android or iOS operating system compatible with esri Collector for ArcGIS.

Instructors: Patrick McLean and Natalie Dobbs
Participation is Limited.
Fee to attend: $300 

 


Monday October 27, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Arawak B
 
Tuesday, October 28
 

8:00am

Registration Hours
Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Opening Keynote - Working Together to Plan a Prosperous Future: Using GIS to Make Effective Plans and Achieve Results
Working Together to Plan a Prosperous Future: Using GIS to Make Effective Plans and Achieve Results
As a spatial planner who has been working on projects in the Caribbean since 2006, Steve Kemp has come to know and love the region and is passionate about the role that spatial planning can play in helping Caribbean nations and communities tackle the challenges they face and seize opportunities that have all-too-often remained just beyond their grasp.
In 2012/13, Steve led a multi-disciplinary team combining professionals from the Caribbean and the UK to help the Government of Trinidad & Tobago prepare a new National Spatial Development Strategy. The team included GIS experts who made major contributions to the plan-making process. Steve will explain how this experience has increased his understanding and appreciation of the key role that GIS can – and should – play in preparing sound, relevant, evidence-based and effective plans, and that GIS specialists can play in bringing different professions out of their silos to work as integrated teams with common purpose and understanding. He will also explain how GIS can help in engaging communities in plan-making and place-making and facilitating informed participation in democratic decision making.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Kemp

Steve Kemp

Executive Director, OpenPlan
I head an Urbanism, Place-making and Plan-making studio, based in the UK and working both there and in the Caribbean. My work focuses particularly upon making better places so that people can lead healthier more prosperous and fulfilling lives: this can be at a local level (currently working on a community plan for part of Barbados), a national level (recently led the preparation of Trinidad and Tobago's National Spatial Development Strategy... Read More →


Tuesday October 28, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Arawak Ballroom A

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Climate change and sea level rise have been a subject of much research, especially in recent years. This session will examine the role of GIS in quantitative assessments for climate change and global warming as well as in modeling and visually representing sea level rise and the spatial extent of affected areas.

  • Development of a Community Collaborative GIS Model of Sea Level Rise, Roxborough
    Amit Seeram, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine,Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Using P3DGIS Modeling in Climate Change Awareness adn Adaptation Strategies
    Bheshem Ramlal, PhD, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and 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 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 October 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak C

10:30am

Disaster Mitigation/Modeling
The Caribbean is susceptible to a variety of natural hazards. This session will showcase how communities in the region are using GIS in hazard analysis, risk assessment and planning mitigation strategies.

  • Using GIS to Mitigate Hurricane Damage on Grand Bahama Island
    Randy Taylor, MSc, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Freeport,  Bahamas 
  • Development of a Disaster Risk Information Platform for St. Catherine, Jamaica
    Simone Lloyd, National Spatial Data Management Division, Kingston, Jamaica 
  • GIS in Emergency and Disaster Management
    Juan Carlos Tarazona, Esri, Coral Gables, FL

Moderators
avatar for Damian Graham

Damian Graham

Senior Architect, GE Capital
Damian Graham is an Enterprise Architect who has experience in designing, developing and implementing location analytics and mapping projects across multiple industries and business domains. From serving as a trusted Advisor to several of today’s Fortune 50 companies, Damian has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify client needs and translate them into appropriate technical solutions that deliver high business value. Damian utilizes... Read More →

Speakers
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Simone Lloyd

Senior GIS Manager & Trainer, National Spatial Data Management Division
Ms. Simone Michelle Lloyd has held the position of Senior GIS Manager and Trainer within the National Spatial Data Management Division (secretariat of the Land Information Council of Jamaica) of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change, for the past seven years.  Her main responsibilities include the organization, development and delivery of GIS training and education programmes to public sector and private sector... 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 →
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Randy Taylor

GIS Manager, The Grand Bahama Port Authority
Randy is a graduate of The University of the Arizona where he has obtained a postgraduate degree. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology. | | His responsibilities as GIS Manager involves the planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the activities of the City’s GIS Program and to provide professional planning, administration, supervisory and... Read More →


Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak D

10:30am

Harnessing the Power of GIS for Utility, Asset and Infrastructure Management
Many organizations have discovered the value of GIS for improving day-to-day operations. This session will look at the design and implementation of GIS utility, infrastructure and asset management. It outlines potential challenges to effective implementation and offer strategies for ensuring success.

  • Pavement Management
    Houdini Sutherland, National Works Agency, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Development of a Sub-Meter GPS Asset Database for the Barbados Water Authority
    Craig. Batstone, GeoOrbis, Inc., St. James, Barbados
  • Visualizing Power Engineering Results in GIS
    Brian Lassiter, Milsoft Utility Solutions, Abilene, Texas, United States  

Moderators
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Jairo Linares

Regional Sales Manager, Caribbean, Hexagon Geospatial

Speakers
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.
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.
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Houdini Sutherland

GIS Programmer, National Works Agency
Houdini is the GIS programmer at the National Works Agency. In addition to developing applications for the GIS department he is also the database administrator and mobile/web developer for the GovNet project in Jamaica. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica.


Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak B

10:30am

Spatial Innovision Sponsored Session
Introduction to Image Management

Presented by: Kerry-Ann Harriott, Spatial Innovision

Overview/Description
Imagery is significant data for many GIS applications, but managing large collections of imagery and imagery types can present a challenge. ArcGIS 10.1 includes mosaic dataset, a geodatabase data model used to efficiently manage and serve imagery and other raster data. ArcGIS 10.1 includes all the tools necessary for image management and analysis in an integrated workflow. 

In this seminar, you will learn about types of raster, creating a mosaic dataset, basic raster processing and the new tools and recommended workflows for managing collections of imagery and raster as well as sharing imagery in ArcGIS 10.1.

Who Should Attend
GIS managers and data managers who are interested in learning how to implement and manage imagery throughout their organization and GIS users who want to use the latest tools to work with imagery in ArcGIS.
Learn How To

  • Manage different types of image files using desktop 10.1.
  • Manage collections of imagery using the mosaic dataset.
  • Implement dynamic mosaicking and on-the-fly processing.
  • Perform basic Raster processes
  • Take advantage of the rapidly growing imagery content available in ArcGIS Online

Software Requirements
This seminar was developed to support the following software products:

  • ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop (Can support ArcGIS 10.0 as well)

GNSS Corrections Infrastructure
Presented by Douglas Nelson, Spatial Innovision
The science behind the autonomous positions generated by GPS receivers lead to errors that need to corrected to meet high accuracy requirements (surveying, network management). Corrections may come from a base receiver, a reference station, a virtual reference station or newer global error modelling algorithms. What has been Spatial’s role in establishing private correction and National Geodetic Infrastructure in the Caribbean? How have we dealt with various local conditions, communication provisions and challenges in three of the countries where GNSS infrastructures have been rolled out?

Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak E

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch
Join your fellow delegates in the SHORE resturant across the lawn for a hosted buffet lunch. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people and make professional connections.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SHORE Resturant

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Take time to meet with the company representatives in the exhibition to learn about products and services that will take your organization's technology to the next level!


Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Lokono Ballroom

1:30pm

Digital ‘Geospatial’ Solutions for Land Management
This session will highlight how advancements in the web and geospatial landscapes are improving the processes for the collection, management and delivery of land relation information. The session further highlights how traditional methods for accessing land record information are being transformed into enhanced digital experiences that improve the way in which users consume and perceive the value of geospatial information. 

  • Cayman Islands Government - Transforming Geospatial Data Access
    Angeleta Wilson, GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands
  • Utilizing GeoWeb 2.0 Technology to Enhance Lease Administration and Management of State Land in Trinidad 
    Tricia Melville, Ministry of Land and Marine Resources, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago 

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
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Angeleta Wilson-Daley

GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department/National Geographic Information Systems (NGIS)
Angeleta Wilson-Daley, GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands Government - MSc in GIS, Lund University, Sweden; BSc, Computing & IT UTech,  Jamaica. | Angeleta joined the Lands and Survey Department of the Cayman Islands Government in March of 2008 as a GIS Data Technician, and has since been promoted to GIS Assistant Officer and then to her current position as a GIS Analyst/GIS Development... Read More →


Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak D

1:30pm

Environmental Applications

GIS is a powerful tool for environmental data analysis, planning, and dissemination. This session will look at the use of GIS in monitoring, analysing, modeling, tracking and managing information.

  • Development of a Pest Tracking Application
    Craig Batstone, GeoOrbis, Inc., St. James, Barbados
  • Leveraging Near Real Time Information Derived from Imagery for Disaster Response
    Kevin Jones, PCI Geomatics, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  • The Use of GIS at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Aruba: Opportunities and Challenges
    Ruud Derix, Central Bureau of Statistics,  Aruba 


Speakers
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.


Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak C

1:30pm

Innovations in GIS
GIS is changing how we approach and make business decisions. This session will outline how utilities, commercial industries, educational institutions and communities are using GIS in innovative ways.

  • Exploring our Campus using 3D Visualization and Virtual World Development
    Erica McMaster, GISP and Stewart Bruce, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States
  • Utilities, Business and Organizational GIS
    Heath Hill, Esri, Coral Gables, FL, United States 
  • Using the full GIS platform within Aqualectra
    Silvino da Silva, Aqualectra Distribution, Curacao 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stewart Bruce

Stewart Bruce

GIS Program Coordinator, Washington College
Stewart Bruce is the Assistant Director, Center for Environment and Society, GIS Program Coordinator, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington College. In addition to teaching he also manages numerous funded projects spanning the gamut from 3D visualization and virtual world development to crime mapping and analysis to youth technology training in GIS. Previously he worked as Senior Extension Associate at Penn State... Read More →
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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 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 →


Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak B

1:30pm

GeoTechVision Sponsored Session - Towards Geo Driven Growth
Geo-Driven growth: embrace it, why resist it? This session will highlight how Geospatial Technologies can empower businesses, governments and regional institutions for economic growth and develop. Experts in the field will present case studies as to how they have been helping organizations to implement Geo base solutions to manage economic problems and manage or eliminate development threats.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak E

3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Special Interest Group: Standards

Introduction 
Geospatial Standards are becoming more critical to ensure organizations across multiple domains and countries can easily share information, both internally and externally. Yet the important work of OGC and other standards organizations is often overlooked by decision makers or side-lined as an uninteresting technical issue. The decision to support standards as part of an enterprise geospatial strategy is more than a technical decision; it requires policies that reflect a desire and will to ensure sharing of data and information. This applies equally well to small and large organizations. 

This SIG is intended to provide a forum for an open discussion about requirements, policies and market conditions throughout the Caribbean and beyond. 

Draft Agenda 

  • Setting the Stage:  Core Standards Framework, from the recent UN-GGIM report prepared by OGC, ISO and IHO (Trevor Taylor, OGC – 10 Minutes)
  • Tearing the Stage Down: Is this framework appropriate? What is missing, won't work or is a barrier? What local and regional applications/domains fit the framework?
  • Building the Platform:  Towards a Pan-Caribbean Geospatial Information sharing platform? 
Attendees of this session are encouraged to actively participate in the discussion, which will be informal and open.

Moderators
avatar for Trevor Taylor

Trevor Taylor

Director, Member Services - Asia and the Americas, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Trevor Taylor, currently responsible for Services for Asia and the Americas, has over twenty-five years of experience in the international Earth Observation community. With a background in Geography (Carleton University, Canada), Mr. Taylor has worked with the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Dipix Technologies, Interra (now InterMap) Technologies and, for the last 15 years, PCI Geomatics, where his last position was Director, Business... Read More →

Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arawak D

3:30pm

Special Interest Group: Women in GIS

Objective of the Session
This special interest group session will explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities experienced by women in the GIS profession, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. The objective is to provide women in GIS with key pointers, support and guidance in strengthening their capabilities and defining their career path in a male dominated and led industry.

Organization of the Session
The session will be divided into three sections, the first will be a series of speakers with different levels of experience and backgrounds, who will share their experiences and provide advice on surviving and excelling as a woman in the industry.   This will be followed by group discussions on selected topics.  In the final section participants will regroup and each group leader will share key take away pointers and strategies for advancement.

Attendees will be invited to continue the discussion by joining the Women in GIS LinkedIn group.  URISA continues to support women in GIS by integrating feedback into the URISA Vanguard Cabinet Mentoring Program and is looking to implementing suggestions from the session as well as from the form hosted on the URISA website.

Moderator: Cecille Blake - Introduction and Brief overview of Women in GIS

Speakers:
Valrie Grant, GeoTech Vision, Jamaica and Guyana
Paula Drakes, Land Settlement Agency, Trinidad
Angeleta Wilson, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands
Erica McMaster Washington College, Maryland, United States

Group Discussion Topics

  1. What are the leadership characteristics and strategies needed for women to advance in the GI Profession (government and private sector)
  2. Do women have the entrepreneurial skills needed to create GIS jobs or should they provide supporting GIS Roles.  If yes or no provide arguments to support your position.
  3. Is there need for a Caribbean Women’s GIS Network? Prepare a swot table to support your response.

 

 


Moderators
avatar for Cecille Blake

Cecille Blake

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant geospatial data and undertaking methodological research on the Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) initiatives to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paula Drakes

Paula Drakes

Paula Drakes is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor and has active memberships in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) and the GIS Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GISSTT).  She has over two decades of working experience in both the Private and Public sectors in Trinidad and Tobago in the specializations of GIS and aerial survey and lectured part-time in those specializations... Read More →
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 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 →
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Angeleta Wilson-Daley

GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department/National Geographic Information Systems (NGIS)
Angeleta Wilson-Daley, GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands Government - MSc in GIS, Lund University, Sweden; BSc, Computing & IT UTech,  Jamaica. | Angeleta joined the Lands and Survey Department of the Cayman Islands Government in March of 2008 as a GIS Data Technician, and has since been promoted to GIS Assistant Officer and then to her current position as a GIS Analyst/GIS Development... Read More →


Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arawak C

3:30pm

Special Interest Group: Education

This session will provide an oversight of the training and academic programs in Geographic Information Systems and related disciplines that are offered by national and regional institutions. The session will feature presentations from Dr. Earl Edwards, Program Coordinator, MSc. Geoinformatics program at UWI, St. Augustine, Dr. Bheshem Ramlal, Head, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at UWI, St. Augustine. In addition, input from industry employees will sought with respect to their needs. Experiences from GIS educators would be sought in arriving at the most appropriate strategy to meet the needs of the Caribbean region with respect to GIS Education.  

  1. Bheshem Ramlal – Overview of GIS Education in the Caribbean
  2. Earl Edwards – Overview of the MSc. Geoinformatics program at UWI
  3. Employer Perspective
  4. GIS Educator Perspective
  5. A way forward

Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:30pm - Wednesday October 29, 2014 4:30pm
Arawak E

4:30pm

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception - Sponsored by our Bronze Sponsors
Step into the exhibition for a bit of networking, some light refreshments and conversation. Make plans for the evening, and participate in some product demos.

Tuesday October 28, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Lokono Ballroom
 
Wednesday, October 29
 

8:00am

Registration Hours
Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

URISA Caribbean Chapter Highlights and Accomplishments
9:00 - 9:15 AM: URISA Caribbean Chapter Highlights & Accomplishments

9:15 - 10:00 AM
The Importance of Geospatial Technology in the Caribbean

The Importance of Geospatial Technology in the Caribbean: This year the Caribbean conference seeks to highlight the tremendous benefit that geospatial technology brings to Caribbean development and economy so that the decision makers can realize the importance of this technology and industry. This should lead to the recognition that more effort is needed to make sure that geospatial technologies are integrated into various activities in the region. While the technology has numerous benefits associated with its use, there are many organizations facing severe challenges in its implementation. It is therefore imperative to discuss the issues and explore appropriate solutions. This panel discussion on ‘The Importance of Geospatial Technology in the Caribbean’ will examine the various issues that organizations are facing in the region as well as what is the overall value proposition that geospatial technology brings to the Caribbean economy. The participants will include representatives from national governments, as well as experts from the vendor/consultant community.

Panelists:

Dr. Earl Edwards, Chair, Dept of Geomatics Engineering & Land Management, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica

Nigel ‘Ricky’ Marshall, Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal, Castries, St. Lucia

Cecille Blake, United Nations, Statistical Division, GGIM Secretariat, New York, NY, United States

David McCollin


Wednesday October 29, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Arawak Ballroom A

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Lokono Ballroom

10:30am

National GI Policy Development & NSDI
Several government ministries and agencies in the Caribbean have invested significant time and resources in the development of spatial data sets towards the creation of Enterprise GIS. At National Levels there are activities geared towards GI policy and NSDI development. This session will provide a sampling of GIS initiatives in policy and SDI initiatives in the Caribbean.

  • A Move Toward GI Policy Development in the Caribbean
    Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • An NSDI for Trinidad and Tobago
    Bheshem Ramlal, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • What a Disaster – SDI strikes St. Lucia!!!
    Nigel R. Marshall, Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal
    Castries, St. Lucia


Moderators
avatar for Cecille Blake

Cecille Blake

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant geospatial data and undertaking methodological research on the Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) initiatives to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their... Read More →

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 →
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Nigel "Ricky" Marshall

GIS Consultant
Nigel Marshall, a.k.a. Ricky, is a GIS Consultant, presently engaged by the Ministry of Physical Development, St. Lucia to define the necessary protocols and procedures for the establishment of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
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 →


Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak B

10:30am

Public Participation GIS
Crowd-sourced data gathering has never been more popular but is there a dark side? There has been increased recognition of the benefits of involving communities in various types of mapping. This session will take a balanced look at participatory GIS in different initiatives.

  • The Dual Edged Sword of Crowdsourcing
    Damion Harrylal, CEH, MCSA, 3-GIS LLC, Decatur, AL, United States 
  • Changing the World by Letting the World Change Us
    Dave Merrick, HERE, Brentwood, TN, United States
  • Games and Reality: Engaging with the PlayStation Generation
    Steve Kemp, OpenPlan, Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

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 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 Steve Kemp

Steve Kemp

Executive Director, OpenPlan
I head an Urbanism, Place-making and Plan-making studio, based in the UK and working both there and in the Caribbean. My work focuses particularly upon making better places so that people can lead healthier more prosperous and fulfilling lives: this can be at a local level (currently working on a community plan for part of Barbados), a national level (recently led the preparation of Trinidad and Tobago's National Spatial Development Strategy... Read More →


Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak C

10:30am

Public Safety, GIS for Emergency Response
Public agencies across the globe are turning more and more to GIS as an essential technology for improved planning, management, incident response, and emergency reporting. This session will showcase GIS applications that are revolutionizing emergency services.

  • National Works Agency: GTIM Application (GIS and Traffic Incidents Management Application
    Houdini Sutherland, BSc., National Works Agency, Kingston, Jamaica
  • GIS Mapping for Next Generation 9-1-1
    William Barrett, 9-1-1 Coordinator, City of Marion, Marion, IL United States
  • A Linear Risk Terrain Analysis to Reduce Impaired Driving
    Erica McMaster, GISP, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States 

Moderators
avatar for Simone Lloyd

Simone Lloyd

Senior GIS Manager & Trainer, National Spatial Data Management Division
Ms. Simone Michelle Lloyd has held the position of Senior GIS Manager and Trainer within the National Spatial Data Management Division (secretariat of the Land Information Council of Jamaica) of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change, for the past seven years.  Her main responsibilities include the organization, development and delivery of GIS training and education programmes to public sector and private sector... Read More →

Speakers
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William Barrett

9-1-1 Coordinator, City of Marion
William L Barrett is the 9-1-1 Coordinator for the City of Marion. He serves as one of the GIS persons for the (CSI) Counties of Southern Illinois. Prior to joining City of Marion 9-1-1 system in February of 2012 William worked for Johnson County 9-1-1 as the Asst. Coordinator, with a total of 13 years in the 9-1-1 field.  William has a B.S. and a M.S. in geography from SIUC with a concentration in GIS.
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 →
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Houdini Sutherland

GIS Programmer, National Works Agency
Houdini is the GIS programmer at the National Works Agency. In addition to developing applications for the GIS department he is also the database administrator and mobile/web developer for the GovNet project in Jamaica. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak D

10:30am

West Indies Aerial Surveys - GIS in 3D: Feature Collection Using Stereo Aerial Imagery, Street Level Panoramas and 3D Point Clouds

We are currently witnessing the emergence of a new trend in the geospatial industry: the use of aerial and ground based photogrammetric techniques to generate web accessible simulations of our environment. Three-dimensional models consisting of the geometry and texture of urban surfaces can aid applications such as cadastral and urban planning, national security, training, disaster simulation, and virtual-heritage conservation. In recent years, advances in photogrammetric software, and metric camera resolution and accuracy have enabled the generation of accurate digital surface (DSM) and 3D city models.  

Through its European partners, West Indies Aerial Survey (WIAS) has the capability to generate high-resolution, geographically accurate and fully textured representations of natural and urban environments. This workshop will showcase the workflow, technology and techniques that WIAS leverages to provide highly accurate, cost effective geospatial solutions to its clients. 
Sponsored by West Indies Aerial Surveys

Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Arawak E

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch
Join your fellow delegates in the SHORE resturant across the lawn for a hosted buffet lunch. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people and make professional connections.

Wednesday October 29, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SHORE Resturant

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Lokono Ballroom

1:30pm

Addressing Basics
Everyone thinks addresses are simple—at least until they begin to work with the myriad of addresses that exist in any community. Each part of an address has its own set of rules, and sometimes it appears that the rules are more often broken than followed. This session will present the basic building blocks of addresses, and how to work with them successfully.

  • Assigning Addresses Properly
    William Barrett, 9-1-1 Coordinator, City of Marion, Marion, IL, United States 

Moderators
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Richard Prince

Trinidad and Tobago Police Services

Speakers
avatar for William Barrett

William Barrett

9-1-1 Coordinator, City of Marion
William L Barrett is the 9-1-1 Coordinator for the City of Marion. He serves as one of the GIS persons for the (CSI) Counties of Southern Illinois. Prior to joining City of Marion 9-1-1 system in February of 2012 William worked for Johnson County 9-1-1 as the Asst. Coordinator, with a total of 13 years in the 9-1-1 field.  William has a B.S. and a M.S. in geography from SIUC with a concentration in GIS.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak D

1:30pm

Change Detection
Remote sensing and GIS have long been used for change detection within aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This session feature presentations that uses new approaches and techniques for change detection.

  • An Automated Approach to Shoreline Extraction from Panchromatic Geo-imagery
    Adam Jehu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Institute of Marine Affairs, Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vegetation Change Detection from High Resolution Satellite Imagery
    Sarah Hosein, BSc, MSc, University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Quantifying Deforestation through Automated Time Series Analysis
    Kevin Jones, PCI Geomatics, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 

Moderators
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Houdini Sutherland

GIS Programmer, National Works Agency
Houdini is the GIS programmer at the National Works Agency. In addition to developing applications for the GIS department he is also the database administrator and mobile/web developer for the GovNet project in Jamaica. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Speakers

Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak C

1:30pm

Geosciences & Regional Economic Development
This session will look at current technological and societal changes and how its integration with spatial sciences can impact economic development in the Caribbean.

  • Using GIS to Understand Population Movements throughout the CARICOM Region
    Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP, and Zoe Walker, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • The Future of National Mapping Organizations:  Are Their Responsibilities Being Usurped by the Crowd
    Cecille Blake, United Nations, Statistical Division, GGIM Secretariat, New York, NY, United States 
  • Evaluation of Economic Impact of Geo Services in the Caribbean
    Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica 

Moderators
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Louis Brown

Government of St Maarten Ministry of Vromi

Speakers
avatar for Cecille Blake

Cecille Blake

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant geospatial data and undertaking methodological research on the Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) initiatives to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their... Read More →
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 Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker

Senior GIS Technician, GeoTechVision Guyana Inc.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
TBA

1:30pm

GeoOrbis Sponsored Session - Imagery, Analysis and Off The Shelf!

Get the facts on 30cm imagery from WorldView3 and the capabilities of the other 5 satellites in the DigitalGlobe constellation.

Get a preview of what NEW for 2015 with Hexagon Geospatial Software (ERDAS IMAGINE, GeoMedia and APOLLO) 

Get a step ahead with Off The Shelf Satellite Derived Marine Data and Water Quality Monitoring from EOMAP 

Participants:

Craig Batstone, GeoOrbis

Andrew Canales, DigitalGlobe

Steve Du Plessis, Jairo Linares, Martha Vilanueva – Hexagon Geospatial

Matt Bergin - EOMAP

Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arawak E

3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday October 29, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Lokono Ballroom

3:30pm

Enterprise GIS and Mobile Technologies

Enterprise GIS and Mobile technology can greatly increase the efficiency in
geospatial information collection, dissemination and use. This session will discuss how these solutions play a key role in geo-enabling organizations. 

  • Collecting & Sharing Enterprise Geospatial Information Within an Organization
    Natalie Dobbs, Spatial Innovision Limited, Spanish Town, Jamaica
  • An Enterprise GIS for the University of the West Indies, St Augustine
    Dr. Earl Edwards, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Innovations in Public Works
    Gerdy Principaal, Public Works of Curacao

Moderators
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 →

Speakers

Wednesday October 29, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Arawak B

3:30pm

Geo-Business Best Practices in Today's Digital Organization
Once a domain exclusive to cartographers and other specialists, GIS is now being embraced by the business community as a key competitive differentiator. The ability to find new markets, improve the management of supply chains, better position sales teams, understand consumer behavior and identify areas of risk are examples of business challenges that are being overcome by applying GIS technology.  This session will showcase the best practices that help transform GIS into a successful platform on which your business can build an ecosystem of associated capabilities that delivers insights and provides a unique strategic advantage in the marketplace. In order to maximize its value and justify investment, the session will further explore current business and IT trends that should be considered when implementing a geospatial platform.

  • Building a Successful Location Analytics and Mapping Platform: Principles and Best Practices
    Damian S. Graham, Senior Architect, GE Capital, Chicago, Illinois, United States 
  • The Evolving Geospatial Market
    Steve du Plessis, Hexagon Geospatial, Norcross, GA

Moderators
avatar for Quinell Francis

Quinell Francis

Director / Land Surveyor, Compu-CAD Training & Services

Speakers
avatar for Damian Graham

Damian Graham

Senior Architect, GE Capital
Damian Graham is an Enterprise Architect who has experience in designing, developing and implementing location analytics and mapping projects across multiple industries and business domains. From serving as a trusted Advisor to several of today’s Fortune 50 companies, Damian has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify client needs and translate them into appropriate technical solutions that deliver high business value. Damian utilizes... Read More →
avatar for Steve du Plessis

Steve du Plessis

Product Line Director for Remote Sensing, Hexagon Geospatial
Steve du Plessis directs all stages of the product lifecycle for ERDAS IMAGINE, IMAGINE Photogrammetry, ER Mapper and Esri extension products. Steve has lived and worked in South Africa, Singapore, Australia and is now based in Atlanta. He has more than 15 years of experience in the geospatial industry. For relaxation Steve enjoys skydiving, is also a certified scuba diver and in the winter months he engages in wood carving.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Arawak D

3:30pm

Spatial Technologies for Water Resource and Marine Habitats

Water is life! This session features presentations that examine the application of spatial technologies in analysing, monitoring, and overall management of this important resource.

  • Tips and Tricks for Land Use and Land Cover Mapping for Watershed Analysis
    Stewart Bruce, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United States 
  • Satellite Based Bathymetry, Benthic Habitat Surveys and Water Quality Monitoring for Caribbean Waters: A New Paradigm for Fast Changing Environments.
    Matt Bergin, EOMAP, Broomfield, Colorado, United States
  • Establishing a Marine Conservation Baseline for the Insular Caribbean
    John Knowles, The Nature Conservancy, Miami, Florida, United States 

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
MB

Matt Bergin

Business Development and Sales, EOMAP
avatar for Stewart Bruce

Stewart Bruce

GIS Program Coordinator, Washington College
Stewart Bruce is the Assistant Director, Center for Environment and Society, GIS Program Coordinator, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington College. In addition to teaching he also manages numerous funded projects spanning the gamut from 3D visualization and virtual world development to crime mapping and analysis to youth technology training in GIS. Previously he worked as Senior Extension Associate at Penn State... Read More →


Wednesday October 29, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Arawak C

3:30pm

HERE Sponsored Session - Mappers Wanted

Have you ever tried to route to a destination using a GPS device or phone only to find the map didn’t recognize the starting or ending location?  This is your chance to fix that.  Bring your laptop or tablet to this interactive session. 

HERE is one of the leading global providers of maps for mobile phones, in-car navigation, GPS devices, and online.  Each day, the HERE map is accessed over 100 million times by people looking to travel from point A to point B.  

You can make sure YOUR point A and point B are on the HERE Map.  Map Creator is a free, online tool offered by HERE that allows users to update the map that the whole world uses.  This interactive session provides a real-time, hands-on demo of Map Creator.  You’ll be registered and updating your local area before the session is over! 


Wednesday October 29, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Arawak E

7:00pm

Conference Social Event - Santa Barbara Beach
Wednesday October 29, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, October 30
 

8:00am

Registration Hours
Thursday October 30, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

9:00am

GIS Education
To create a culture of spatial thinking, the youths must be exposed to spatial technologies. This session will outline different initiatives that are being used to help get GIS and associated technologies into the hands of teachers and students alike.

  • High School Science Teachers Apply ArcGIS and Web Maps in Water Quality Research
    Keota Silaphone, MCP, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, United States
  • Using Geospatial Technology Software in your Local K-12 Schools
    Stewart Bruce, and Nichole Gillis, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, United State
  • Hosting of GIS Camps in the Caribbean
    Valrie Grant, MSc, GISP, and Zoe Walker, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica 

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Stewart Bruce

Stewart Bruce

GIS Program Coordinator, Washington College
Stewart Bruce is the Assistant Director, Center for Environment and Society, GIS Program Coordinator, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington College. In addition to teaching he also manages numerous funded projects spanning the gamut from 3D visualization and virtual world development to crime mapping and analysis to youth technology training in GIS. Previously he worked as Senior Extension Associate at Penn State... Read More →
avatar for Nichole Gillis

Nichole Gillis

Project Manager, Washington College
Nichole (Bryant) Gillis is a GIS Project Manager for the Washington College within the Center for Environment & Society. Nichole earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Washington College. At that time, she interned at the GIS Laboratory and quickly became interested in the wide market of geospatial technology. As a GIS Educator/Analyst for Washington College, Nichole managed a team of thirty employees to develop... Read More →
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 Keota Silaphone, MCP, GISP

Keota Silaphone, MCP, GISP

Lecturer, Salisbury University
Keota Silaphone has 10 years of practical working experience in the public sector as a Natural Resources Planner and GIS Analyst for the Worcester County Government on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. From 2003 to 2012, she worked within the Department of Comprehensive Planning (7 years) and Development Review and Permitting Department (3 years) where her efforts focused on watershed planning, water quality issues, and implementing best management... Read More →
avatar for Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker

Senior GIS Technician, GeoTechVision Guyana Inc.


Thursday October 30, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Arawak C

9:00am

Public Health Geomatics
From monitoring the spread of disease to improving citizen health through wellness programs, GIS is vital for public health initiatives. This session addresses a few ways in which GIS is the star in this important discipline.

  • Geostatistical Deliberation on the Term “Dengue Epidemic” within Trinidad
    Sarah Hosein, BSc, MSc, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Application of Geographic Information Systems in Healthcare Management
    Bangbo Hu, Department of Geography & Environment, Villanova University, Villanova PA, United States 
  • Mapping Chikungunya
    Ronald Chapman, Ministry of Health, St. Michael, Barbados

Speakers
RC

Ronald Chapman

Ministry of Health
BH

Bangbo Hu

Associate Professor, Villanova University
My research interests are in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cartography, History of Cartography, and Geography of Asia. Courses offered: (1) Geographic Information Systems. (2) Physical Geography. (3) Digital Image and Airphoto Interpretation. (4) Geography of Asia.


Thursday October 30, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Arawak D

9:00am

Using UAVs (Drones) for Aerial Imagery Acquisition
UAVs are becoming increasingly popular as tools for acquiring high resolution imagery. This session will examine the use of drones in image capture for use in GIS data creation and analysis in comparison with traditional methods.

  • Evaluation of Low Cost Aerial Platforms
    Ismail Desai and Dexter Davis, University of The West Indies St.Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Utilizing UAVs for Image Capture
    Roy Huggins, GIS4C, Willemstad, Curacao  


Thursday October 30, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Arawak B

9:00am

Esri Sponsored Session - ArcGIS: A Location Platform for Organizations
The Esri ArcGIS platform is a location platform for Organizations.  Organizations face serious challenges as they strive to reach their objectives and fulfill their mission.  Geography and location are more important than ever and they are a factor in nearly every decision we make, providing content and context for understanding everything.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are integrating geography and location into all we do and are changing the way that we think and act.  GIS and the ArcGIS platform are constantly evolving to better address our needs.  GIS is no longer just for GIS professionals.  It is for everyone.  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.  The ArcGIS platform is helping organizations make better, more informed decisions to reach their organizational objectives and overcome the challenges they encounter.

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 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 →


Thursday October 30, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Arawak E

11:00am

Closing Keynote - The Role of Standards in Geospatial Information Management for the Caribbean and Beyond

Throughout the Caribbean and the world, there is growing awareness and understanding of the power of location in decision-making and the importance of open geospatial standards to enable and ease the sharing and application of this information, across a myriad of available information technologies. In response to a recent United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Secretariat request, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Geomatics Technical Committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) collaborated to create a guide that outlines the importance of open standards supporting the development of Spatial Data Infrastructure. The guide is intended to assist organizations and communities of interest in determining what capabilities are required to meet current and future needs and how specific standards relate to the capabilities.

This talk will provides attendees with insight into the different tiers of geospatial capabilities desired by organizations, the essential standards associated with each tier, and includes real world operational implementations.

 


Speakers
avatar for Trevor Taylor

Trevor Taylor

Director, Member Services - Asia and the Americas, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Trevor Taylor, currently responsible for Services for Asia and the Americas, has over twenty-five years of experience in the international Earth Observation community. With a background in Geography (Carleton University, Canada), Mr. Taylor has worked with the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Dipix Technologies, Interra (now InterMap) Technologies and, for the last 15 years, PCI Geomatics, where his last position was Director, Business... Read More →


Thursday October 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Arawak Ballroom A

1:00pm

Advanced Surveying and Mapping - Half-Day Workshop

Advanced Surveying and Mapping - Half-Day Workshop
Sponsored by Sani-International Technology Advisors Inc (Lecia GeoSystems Distributor)

This free workshop will provide students with the opportunity to have hands-on training on Leica Geosystems advanced GPS offerings coupled with their integrated robotic Total Station, 3D scanner and advanced Unmanned Aerial Sensor (UAS).

Come and learn about Leica’s technology that guarantees faster surveys and greater flexibility in the field; the most accurate signal tracking – Leica SmartTrack, - Leica xRTK that provides additional reliable positions in difficult measuring environments; the Leica Nova MS50 that integrates 3D point cloud measurements into a regular survey workflow; and gain valuable experience on Leica’s post processing techniques while processing your collected survey data. See how Leica integrates the above technologies with their UAS and experience the ease of collection, imagery resolution and data precision.

This presentation is intended to provide an overview of advanced technologies for the Caribbean. Workshop participants will be introduced to new photogrammetric applications, field verification update processes by way of disconnected workflows and new imagery sources of data.


Thursday October 30, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Arawak E