BIENNIAL ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM
“GIS: Geo-Enriching our World”
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
PQSL Auditorium, Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS)
8:00am - 5:00pm
|9:00am||-||9:15am||Welcome and Opening Remarks: Conference Chair – Ms Tegan Medina|
|9:15am||-||9:25am||Address: President, GISSTT – Ms Shelly Bradshaw|
|9:25am||-||9:55am||Feature Address GIS: Geo-Enriching our World - The Jamaican Experience – Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica|
|9:55am||-||10:00am||Opening of Presentations: Ms Tegan Medina, Conference Chair|
|10:00am||-||10:30am||Presentation 1: Developing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Trinidad and Tobago – Dr Bheshem Ramlal|
|11:00am||-||11:30am||Presentation 2: Location-based Information Dissemination through Augmented Reality – Ms Juel Paul|
|11:30am||-||12:00pm||Presentation 3: Seismic Risk Component, Preliminary Seismic Hazard and Risk of the Kingston Metropolitan Area – Ms Alia Juman et al|
|12:00pm||-||12:30pm||Presentation 4: Application of GIS in Generating Weather & Climate Products – Ms Cherise Haywood|
|1:30pm||-||2:30pm||Tour of Exhibit Hall|
|3:00pm||-||3:30pm||Presentation 6: GIS in Education – Dr Dexter Davis|
|3:30pm||-||4:00pm||Presentation 7: Rapid Change Detection and Classification of Post-Hurricane Building Damage. A case study of Hurricane Ivan, Grenada – Mr Kevern DeBellot|
|Presentation 8: Land Information System of Trinidad and Tobago – Mr Atiba Briggs|
|4:00pm||-||4:15pm||Vote of Thanks: Corporate Member, GISSTT – Mr Gordon Wyke|
|4:15pm||-||5:00pm||Tour of Exhibit Hall|
Key Note Speaker
GIS: Geo-Enriching our World - The Jamaican Experience – Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr
Dr. Lyew-Ayee Jr. is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Dr. Lyew-Ayee Jr. holds a D.Phil. from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, as well as a B.Sc. in Earth Science from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He is also a member of several professional organisations and societies and he sits on the Board of six private and public sector organisations. He is also on the National Development Steering Committee of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, and a member of the Violence Prevention Alliance and Crime Observatory.
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.
The objective of this research was to investigate the potential use of augmented reality (AR) in improving location-based information dissemination locally. In the local context, AR can be useful in tourism/education, location tracking and mapping applications. The study measured the performance of a popular AR browser in outdoor navigation to determine the fitness and benefits of using augmented reality compared to traditional methods such as billboard, maps and guidebooks. The point of interest used focused on emergency and critical sites such as health care facilities and shelters located in western Tobago. The results established a minimum threshold for successful rendering and highlighted several advantages to using augmented reality locally.
Juel Paul is a PhD. Student and student demonstrator at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Application of GIS in Generating Weather & Climate Products – Cherise Haywood
The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has greatly increased the processing potential of climatological and meteorological data. In Trinidad and Tobago, where climate and weather observations points are sparse, GIS has been introduced at the Meteorological Services Division for constructing and producing suitable spatial representation of the local climate variables. The study aim was to show the usefulness of employing GIS technology for displaying weather and climate products. The results confirm that in using an adequate number of climate and weather observation points, GIS can be useful and successful in creating and displaying spatial maps of climate variables. Ordinary kriging has proven to be a very effective method for interpolation of climate and weather data in ArcGIS. At the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (Met Office) ArcGIS has enabled user friendly and user specific products of practical value. The GIS tool has been used effectively to develop and display spatial maps for climatological seasonal and annual rainfall distribution, 3-category probability rainfall outlook, area specific seasonal rainfall totals and 10-day probability rainfall totals and user specific data request in a format suitable for analysis in a GIS environment.
Utilising GIS to Determine Split Royalties of Multi-perforated Oil Wells – Mr Edsel Thompson
Mineral Royalties accrued by private tenure owners in Trinidad and Tobago, are traditionally determined using prescribed legislative guidelines (http://www.energy.gov.tt/publications.php?mid=66 'Annual Administrative Report 1950') methods. This is usually implemented by draughtsmen using cartographic methods. Errors in the final royalty calculations are common, particularly in cases where the well tracks have deviated within the producing zone. The use of GIS allows the royalty to be calculated more precisely. In a GIS, the configuration can be reproduced and the measurement of cadastral and well track information can be entered in their native formats. Greater time may be given to improving the accuracy of respective data sources. Well tracks can then be modelled using dynamic segmentation. The author used GIS to identify three estates affected by a well track exhibiting multiple perforation intervals. The intersection between perforation zones and these mineral estates were determined. The results provided a more precise royalty determination per estate.
Edsel Thompson is an experienced GIS practitioner who has spent the last decade defining problems and generating ideas with a spatial perspective. He has designed and deployed geographic information systems across the Caribbean using a wide variety of tools including web technology.
GIS in Education – Dr Dexter Davis
Land Information System of Trinidad and Tobago – Mr Atiba Briggs
Geospatial and Engineering Design Solutions, Trinidad and Tobago GISCAD
Fernandes Business Centre,
Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Tel: (868) 290-3774/3775
Land Management Division, Ministry of Land and Marine Resources
L & S Surveying Services Ltd
29 Harris Street,
Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Tel: (868) 652-1314
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Ministry of National Security
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago