Symposium 2013 Programme

Presentation 1

Developing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Trinidad and Tobago – Dr Bheshem Ramlal


This presentation will report on the work done by the Cabinet appointed National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Committee over the last year. A review of the status of GIS development in government agencies is reviewed and the major issues that are considered hurdles to SDI development are identified. Strategies for addressing these challenges are proposed and mechanisms for moving towards an NSDI for Trinidad and Tobago are presented. The major benefits of adopting this strategy are also highlighted.


Bheshem Ramlal is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He has worked at the UWI for the last 22 years. He completed his PhD. in Spatial information engineering in 1996 at the University of Main. He obtained an MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Geoinformatics from the ITC, Netherland and graduated with a BSc. in Land Surveying from the UWI in 1988.