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  • Environmental Applications using Geospatial Technologies
  • Managing How Humans Impact the Community
  • Technological Advances in GIS
  • Governance, Education and the Future of GIS
  • Business Intelligence

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Monday, November 18
 

8:30am

Achieving High Accuracy in GIS Mapping with Easy to Use Highly Efficient Mobile Tools (Half-Day Workshop)
Achieving High Accuracy in GIS Mapping with Easy to Use Highly Efficient Mobile Tools (Half-Day Workshop) 
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructor:

Sheree Cameron, Geospatial Manager, GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica

Advancements in technology are making everyday tasks across every facet of life simpler, and more effective with trustworthy results. There is no difference in the geospatial field. In particular however data quality and assurance are of paramount interest to project managers and decision makers. There is the conventional use of cellular phones or tablets as nowadays it is the standard to have these devices being able to produce geotagged imagery or global positioning information often within 5 – 10m accuracy. Using mobile submeter accuracy devices are now improving how we collect data and to a larger extent the quality of data being collected in the GIS workflow. There is no need for non-technical field data collection workers or GIS Technicians to be providing substandard data to project managers when technologies such as Drones and other global position enabled devices are raising the bar in geospatial data collection. Also, with the popularity of open source data collection and sharing across organizations and individuals, care must be taken in influencing data collection techniques and accuracies to improve analysis one can achieve from these data.

Participants will be able to appreciate the concept of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and its application in GIS workflow. GeoTechVision, Esri Silver business partners, will engage participants in a hands on four (4) hour session to enable them to optimize data capture using technologies described above in conjunction with popular easy to use esri applications and platforms such as Survey123, Collector for ArcGIS. Participants will also learn how to build effective dashboards with Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS. It’s a workshop designed to help all optimize their day to day field operations -‘field to finish’ is the aim.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Participants will understand and appreciate the concept of GNSS and spatially referenced data
  • Participants will be able to plan and execute a complete field to finish GIS workflow.
  • Participants will be able to use Esri tools such as Survey 123.

BRIEF OUTLINE: The aim of this workshop is to introduce and, in some cases, provide a concise refresher course to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technicians and non-technical field data collectors. Participants will be guided through a workflow which covers preplanning, data collection and manipulation of results in a cloud environment using ESRI’s tools such as Survey123, Collector and ArcGIS Online. 

The workshop will be facilitated by staff from GeoTechVision's Geospatial Department. These individuals are Ms. Sheree Cameron, Mr. Josiah Burkett and Mr. Kellon Phillips.

Cost: One full-day or half-day workshop is included with full conference registration; $150 if only attending a workshop or adding a second half-day workshop

Speakers
avatar for Sheree Cameron

Sheree Cameron

Geospatial Manager, GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd.
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... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Topaz

8:30am

GeoSpatial Data Science: A Notebooking Approach for Interactive Spatial Data Analysis (Half-Day Workshop)
GeoSpatial Data Science: A Notebooking Approach for Interactive Spatial Data Analysis (Half-Day Workshop)
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructor:

Justine Blanford, Associate Professor, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania - United States

As we move into the digital revolution being able to integrate data, methods and code from different sources is of increasing importance. During this half day workshop participants will use open-source freely accessible software and gain hands-on experience in integrating data with spatial and statistical analyses in a single unified space. Participants will have the opportunity to work with data, learn some coding, develop a simple application that performs statistical and spatial analysis and uses different visualizations to tell a story with data that is backed up by statistical findings.

In this workshop students will use a notebook approach that provides an authoring framework for geospatial data science where you can write, save and execute code while creating high quality reports that can be easily shared and published with a wider audience. Workshop participants will have access to realistic datasets and gain experience with R, RStudio, Rmarkdown and Shiny as well as many other packages in R.

Useful for those interested in spatial data analysis, crime analysis, public health, emergency response and being able to share data, methods in a quick and easy manner as well as develop easy interactive applications.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Objective 1- Become familiar with notebooks
  • Objective 2 - Understand the role notebooks play in authoring workflows and geospatial data science
  • Objective 3 – Become familiar with different spatial and statistical analyses and how to integrate the two seamlessly for spatial data analysis
  • Objective 4 –Become a data story teller by creating, documenting and implementing a workflow

OUTLINE:
Introduction to using notebooks for spatial data analysis, documenting methods and communicating results using both statistic and interactive maps and graphs.

Section 1 – The basics.
• Introduction to R, Rmarkdown and Shiny.
• Setting up the analysis environment in R (loading and installing packages).
• Statistical and spatial analysis. Integrating statistics, visualizations, spatial mapping and analysis.

Section 2
– Using Rmarkdown for analysis and communication. Performing and applying statistical and spatial analysis to investigate data.

Section 3 – Developing an interactive data application. Data examples will include crime and outbreak data.

By the end of this participants will be able to integrate different types of data, apply statistical and spatial analysis, create static and interactive graphs/maps/animations as well as create a customizable data application.

HANDS-ON:
  • R Studio
  • Laptop

PREREQUISITES: None

TARGETED AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in free and open source statistical spatial data analysis tools. The workshop will suit anyone interested in enhancing their data analysis abilities and become an effective story teller with data.

Cost: One full-day or half-day workshop is included with full conference registration; $150 if only attending a workshop or adding a second half-day workshop





Speakers
avatar for Justine Blanford

Justine Blanford

Associate Professor, Penn State University
Dr. Justine Blanford has over 20 years of experience in the GIScience field. Her research is based on theoretical geographic information science concepts where she uses GIS, big datasets, novel data and technologies along with a variety of spatial and statistical analysis methods... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Ruby

8:30am

Hands-on Processing of LiDAR and Photogrammetry Point Clouds (Full-Day Workshop)
Hands-on Processing of LiDAR and Photogrammetry Point Clouds (Full-Day Workshop)
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor:

Martin Isenburg, PhD, Chief Scientist, rapidlasso GmbH, Sommerhausen, Bavaria - Germany

Dr. Isenburg will start with an interactive and intuitive introduction on LiDAR processing with examples of different projects such as flood mapping, archaeological discoveries, measuring forest timber volume or biomass, etc .... This is followed by a hands-on workshop during which attendees will perform the typical steps of a LiDAR processing workflow on their own Windows laptops using the software and the data provided. This workshop will touch upon parts of (1) LiDAR quality checking, (2) LiDAR preparation (tiling, cleaning, classifying), and (3) LiDAR derivative creation such as DTMs, DSMs, contour maps. Finally we will repeat similar exercises using photogrammetric point clouds that were derived from image correlation with software such as Pix4D or AgiSoft as those are often more accessible than LiDAR - especially in remote areas.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Understand LiDAR and how it is different from photogrammetric point clouds in terms of vegetation penetration and active versus passive sensing. Importance of quality checking. And again the big importance of quality checking. Typical workflow of point cloud processing pipeline. Generating standard derivative products.

BRIEF OUTLINE:
Part 1:Overview Lecture about LiDAR and the LAS format. Hands-on Quality Checking:, visual inspection, LAS file validation, flightline overlap and alignment, pulse density and spacing calculations

Part 2: Hands-on LiDAR preparation: compression, spatial indexing, tiling, importance of tile buffering, noise removal, ground classification, building and vegetation classification.

Part 3: LiDAR product generation: DTM / DSM, intensity grids, building outlines, contour line generation, forestry metrics, brief intro to full waveform LiDAR (time permitting)

Part 4: Same workflow as above but now for photogrammetry points with the sole goal of DTM generation. What steps are different and why? What quality can be expected. And (in case the time permits) combining LiDAR and photogrammetry points).

I will bring all software and data sets on USB stick and expect each student has access to a Windows PC with 10 GB of free disk space. I plan to bring my own data sets but if there is local LiDAR and/or photogrammetry data available from Trinidad and Tobago or any of the nearby island areas that would be splendid.

HANDS-ON: Windows PCs or computers with optionally installed QGIS and Google Earth

PREREQUISITES: Fundamentals of GIS

AUDIENCE: students or scientists in remote sensing, professionals in urban planning, forest management, environmental protection, wetland rehabilitation, coastal management, archaeologists, hydrologists, geologists, volcanologists, biologists , ...

Limited to 15 participants. Must have laptop to participate in this hands-on workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Isenburg, PhD

Martin Isenburg, PhD

Chief Scientist, rapidlasso GmbH
Dr. Isenburg received his MSc in 1999 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and his PhD in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA – both in Computer Science. Currently, he is an independent scientist, lecturer, and research consultant... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Diamond

8:30am

Parcel Management (Full-Day Workshop)
Parcel Management (Full-Day Workshop)
Monday, November 18, 2019

Instructors: 
Amir Bar-Maor, Product Engineer Parcel Management, Esri
Douglas Nelson, VP Business Intelligence Research/New Business Development, Spatial Innovision Limited, Kingston, Jamaica

The parcel fabric provides a comprehensive framework for managing, editing, and sharing parcel data in ArcGIS Enterprise. Installed on the cloud or on your own premise, it supports a multiuser versioned editing environment using a services-based architecture. The services-based architecture allows you to share the parcel fabric across all platforms (desktop, mobile, and web).

Migrating to the new parcel fabric has never been that easy. Bring your own parcel data and laptop (with ArcGIS Pro 2.4 Standard or Advanced) and learn how to design your information model and migrate to it. The parcel fabric information model is in conformance with the LADM (Land Administration Domain Model ISO 19152) and can be extended to meet your business needs.

Once migrated we will cover common parcel workflows using tasks such as: merge, split, parcels from CAD.
The parcel fabric comes with built in quality management tool that can be adjusted based on your business rules. The workshop will demonstrate how to evaluate the quality of your data and how you can define your own business rules to maintain the topological integrity as well as attribution.

We will finish with advanced demos and topics:
  • How to visualize and analyze your parcel data in 3D. The parcel fabric is 3D enabled and is designed to support a continuum of 3D.
  • Parcel fabrics are time enabled: show historic parcels, parcel lineage and moving back in time
  • Sharing and transparency - when using services, the data is always live and can be shared with different groups with different sets of permissions.
  • CAD – how to automate the import of structured CAD data (dwg) into the parcel fabric
  • Coordinate based cadastre – how to collect high accuracy parcels using GNSS receivers and the multiple methods of ingesting the data.
  • Fit for purpose - how to ingest parcel data that is entered in a web browser.

The workshop will conclude with discussion about the product road map and a sneak peek into some of the future capabilities: automation using SDK , support of administrative boundaries, least squares adjustment, digital submission and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Amir Bar-Maor

Amir Bar-Maor

Product Engineer Parcel Management, Esri
I am part of the software development team that works on ArcGIS and working mostly on ArcGIS Pro. Product owner for Parcels and tasks. Talk to me about: Parcels, Cadastre, 3D Cadastre, information models like LGIM / LADM / STDM CPDM / FGDC..., Digital Submission, Parcel Lineage, SOA... 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... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sapphire

1:00pm

Census Solutions for Civil Governments (Half-Day Workshop)
Census Solutions for Civil Governments
Using Satellite Imagery to Optimize your Census
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructor:
 
Wendy Jacobs, Senior Manager Channel Enablement

Population censuses are administered by almost every country in the world to count their residents and are a primary source of data for these countries. Census counts provide data on the spatial distribution, age and sex structure, living conditions and other key socioeconomic characteristics of their population. But this data alone is not relevant unless it is associated to a location. And the smaller the level of geography in which the data is generated the better. Statistical data from the census not only supports decision-making around policy-making, planning and administration, but also supports monitoring SDGs.

Challenges facing National Statistical Offices (NSOs) include:
  • Lack of accurate or any maps
  • Not knowing what has changed since the last census
  • High rate of population growth
  • Need to identify all structures where people are living
  • Need to optimize enumeration areas and routings

To support NSOs in their census planning efforts, Maxar has created a set of census solutions that work alone or with GIS platforms to:
  • Improve data quality
  • Reduce per-household cost structure
  • Improve efficiency of creating basemaps, planning Enumeration Areas and conducting fieldwork

In this session you will:
  • Learn how to modernize your census planning and administration efforts by leveraging satellite imagery and information products
  • See demos of these products and understand how they fit into a typical census workflow
  • Learn about additional use cases for these products beyond census, that support Civil Governments

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Jacobs

Wendy Jacobs

Senior Manager Channel Enablement, Maxar
Wendy is a leader with a knack for connecting the dots across people, process and technology. She has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of industries and functional areas including industrial engineering, process improvement, marketing, business development, operations and... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Jade

1:00pm

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) #CaribbeanGIS Mapathon - (Half-Day Workshop)
Caribbean GIS Mapathon - (Half-Day Workshop)
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructor:

Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Washington, District of Columbia - United States

OpenStreetMap is the free and open map of the world used by humanitarians and development practitioners worldwide. More than one million contributors have made hundreds of millions of edits to the map since 2005. In this OpenStreetMap "Mapathon”, participants will join together in using OpenStreetMap for humanitarian response and toward achievement of the SDGs, mapping an area of the world using their own laptops and web-based OSM tools. Data generated will contribute to a real-world development program or natural disaster response. We’ll briefly discuss how data generated by citizen contributors can be used to monitor & meet SDGs.

The session will begin with a brief overview and introduction to open mapping and the Missing Maps project followed by a primer in using OpenStreetMap editing tools. Participants will map together and have an opportunity to ask questions as part of an interactive, experiential learning process. We’ll provide an overview of how to utilize OSM data outside of OSM and in other GIS tools for more technical participants. Participants will also hear real-world examples of how OSM is being used in the Caribbean for refugee response and disaster management.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 
  • Participants will explore and obtain hands-on experience in using web-based OpenStreetMap editing tools for creating map data from satellite imagery. 
  • Participants will learn to create basic data such as buildings, roads, land use, and basic infrastructure in areas where this data is missing, using the Missing Maps approach. 

By the end of the mapathon, participants will be able to employ the approach for generating missing map data in geographic areas of interest for their organization’s programs, and learn how to organize similar volunteering events in the future in their countries.

BRIEF OUTLINE: 
  • Intro to OSM & humanitarian impact (20 min)
  • Intro to tools (20 min)
  • Mapping (hands-on - 2.5 hours)
  • Closing and discussion of potential use cases in the Caribbean (30 min)

HANDS-ON: Bring laptop and mouse.

PREREQUITES: None

AUDIENCE: All are welcome

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Radford

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
Tyler Radford currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. 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... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ruby

1:00pm

Valuation Workflows in ArcGIS - (Half-Day Workshop) by Esri and Spatial Innovision
Valuation Workflows in ArcGIS (Half-Day Workshop) by Esri and Spatial Innovision
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructors:

Katherine Smyth, Solution Engineer, Land Administration, Esri, Viena, Virginia
Kerry-Ann Mahabeer, Eastern Caribbean President, Spatial Innovision Limited, Trinidad and Tobago

This workshop will focus on introducing spatial valuations leveraging ArcGIS. We will detail several options for collecting data in the field. Then we will explore property characteristics along with existing assessment/valuation and sales data and use analytical tools to create assessment neighborhoods. We will then investigate trends in valuation data by performing spatial statistical analysis including regression and show how tools leveraging machine learning can predict missing or out dated values.

Finally, we will share the data on a portal that can be accessed by other agencies or the public. Bring your questions, as this will be an interactive workshop dependent on your opinions and experiences. Specific ArcGIS products covered will include Survey123, Collector, ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Hub.


Cost: One full-day or half-day workshop is included with full conference registration; $195 if only attending a workshop or adding a second half-day workshop



Speakers
avatar for Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth

Solution Engineer, Esri


Monday November 18, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Topaz
 
Tuesday, November 19
 

8:30am

Welcome & Keynote Address
Hear from URISA Caribbean Chapter leaders and Conference Planning Committee members about the agenda and other important items concerning GIS in the region.

We are so honored to welcome Ambassador, Dr. June Soomer, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), as our keynote speaker. Dr. Soomer will discuss how geospatial technology can help us to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and that small developing countries must maximize their use of geospatial technology to ensure sustainable development.

Dr. June Soomer received her Ph.D. in History from the University of the West Indies in 1994. She was the first female to graduate with a doctorate in History from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. Her thesis entitled “An Assessment of the Factors Affecting the Structure and Functioning of The British West Indies Federal Civil Service, 1947-1962”, commenced her deep passion for regional integration and has directed her career path. She served as Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to OECS and CARICOM with responsibility for Diaspora Affairs. A position she has held from 2008-2016.

Since completing her doctorate, she has pursued academic programmes in Human Resources Management, Organisation Development and Strategic Planning. She lectured at the University of the West Indies as well as other Universities in the United States. She also worked for ten (10) years at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in the Human Resources Department, the Research Department and the Strategic Policy Unit.

Since 2010 she has served on many national and regional committees including OECS Commissioner for Saint Lucia, Head of the Maritime Boundaries Delimitation Team for Saint Lucia’s with Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines and Member of the National Working Group on Free Circulation of Goods in the OECS.

She has received numerous awards and in July 2018 was awarded with the University of the West Indies Alumni Association Pelican Award for excellence in diplomacy, public service and the promotion of regionalism representing the 1989-1998 decade of the university with distinction. While in October that year was recognised for outstanding leadership on the 70th Anniversary of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Dr. Soomer has diverse experiences through her work in the diplomatic, financial and education sectors obtained through over thirty (30) years of academic and professional experience functioning at the managerial, operational and technical levels. She has a sound understanding of contemporary development issues and continues to advocate for equality and equity in sustainable development. She currently serves as the Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States. In 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Open Campus Council of the UWI. The first female to serve in both capacities.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. June Soomer

Dr. June Soomer

Secretary General, Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
Ambassador, Dr. June Soomer, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), is our esteemed keynote speaker. Dr. Soomer will discuss how geospatial technology can help us to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment and that small developing countries... Read More →



Tuesday November 19, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Regency IV,V,VI

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Enjoy a quick coffee break with our exhibitors and sponsors

Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
REGENCY I, II & III

10:30am

Business Efficiency Improvements through Geospatial Information Solutions
This session explores the business benefits of geospatial solutions at the national and enterprise levels. Geospatial application in planning, addressing systems and public health will be presented.

  • Geographic Information Systems: A Strategic Planning Tool for Caribbean Nations
    Sheryl-Anne Haynes, MPhil, Development Consultant, Hope - Trinidad and Tobago
  • Road Surface Monitoring via Crowdsourcing using Smartphone Sensors
    Michael Chapman, PhD, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario – Canada
  • Building Geospatial Capacity to Support Research, Program Delivery and Inform Decision-Making within a Non-profit, Public Health Organization
    Liora Sahar, GISP, PhD, Scientific Director/Geospatial Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia - United States





Speakers
avatar for Sheryl-Anne Haynes, MPhil

Sheryl-Anne Haynes, MPhil

Development Consultant, Town and Country Planning
I am a planner by training. I think GIS can be a wonderful tool used correctly. I am interested in improving systems and also getting Caribbean governments to embrace technology and use it to improve delivery of services. This of course is not the only way to improve service but... Read More →
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Michael Chapman, Ph.D.

Professor, Ryerson University, Department of Civil Engineering
avatar for Liora Sahar, GISP, PhD

Liora Sahar, GISP, PhD

Scientific Director/Geospatial Research, American Cancer Society



Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Jade

10:30am

Disaster Management and Resilience
Disasters are a fact of life in the Caribbean and this session will showcase how GIS has been used to facilitate both response and prevention, using portals, workflows and participatory techniques.

  • Integrating GIS & Participatory Mapping for Disaster Prevention at the University of the West Indies
    Gabrielle Thongs, Ph.D., M.Sc. , B.Sc., Assistant Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, Department of Geography, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
    Deston Pope, B.Sc., Student, The University of the West Indies, Department of Geography, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • NASA DISASTERS Mapping Portal Demonstration
    Jeremy Kirkendall, GISP, Senior GIS Administrator, NASA DISASTERS Program, Greenbelt, Maryland - United States
  • 19 Years of Preparation for Responding to Emergency Events from a Geospatial Perspective
    Brent Yantis, MLA, GIS and RS University Instructor, Director, NASA/University of Louisiana at Lafayette Regional Application Center Lafayette, Louisiana - United States




Speakers
avatar for Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Lecturer, Department of Geography, UWI
Dr. Gabrielle Thongs holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Surveying and Land Information as well as a M.Sc. in Planning and Development from UWI, St. Augustine. Her Ph.D. research was focused on assessing multiple hazards and social vulnerabilities in the Caribbean. While furthering her education... Read More →
DP

Deston Pope

B.Sc. Student, University of the West Indies , St. Augustine Campus
JK

Jeremy Kirkendall, GISP

Senior GIS Administrator, NASA DISASTERS Program
Jeremy Kirkendall is the Senior GIS Administrator of the NASA Disasters Program’s Mapping Portal at NASA Headquarters. He is responsible for the curation of the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal which hosts disaster-relevant research, data, and satellite imagery from across NASA as... Read More →
avatar for Brent Yantis, MLA

Brent Yantis, MLA

Director, NASA/Univeristy of Louisiana
I am the Director of the NASA/UL Lafayette Regional Application Center located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture: Landscape Ecology/GIS and Remote Sensing from Louisiana... Read More →



Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Diamond/Topaz

10:30am

Utilizing Geospatial Techniques to Improve Disaster Response
This session discusses the use of UAVs and GIS for acquiring geospatial data, and for disaster and emergency response after major hurricane events.

  • Enhancing Spatial Data Acquisition for DRM Activities in Rural Guyana
    Dina Khadija Benn, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Guyana, Georgetown - Guyana
  • Development of a GIS Web Portal to Assist on Puerto Rico (PR) Recovery after Hurricane Maria
    Javier Acosta, GISP, CIO & VP, TrackIt, LLC, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Using Drones & GIS for Disaster & Emergency Response - Hurricane Florence
    Darshan Divakaran, MGIST, UAS Program Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
    Raleigh, North Carolina - United States
    Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina - United States




Moderators
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd

Speakers
DK

Dina Khadija Benn

Lecturer, University of Guyana
avatar for Javier Acosta Hernandez, MSIS, GISP

Javier Acosta Hernandez, MSIS, GISP

CIO & VP, Trackit, LLC
With Civil Engineering, Database Design and GIS education, plus 26yrs experience on GIS implementation projects and 10yrs as a GISP.- Produced Location Analysis, support and progress reporting for Disaster recovery efforts for the telecommunication, power and other government and... Read More →
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Darshan Divakaran, MGIST

UAS Program Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
BY

Basil Yap

UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation



Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ruby

10:30am

Women in the (GIS) Geospatial Sciences: Building Leaders for Tomorrow
During this session, we will identify challenges women geospatial scientists face and cover topics such as Work-Life Integration, Career Trajectories & Leadership, Mentoring & Coaching, Communication & Language and Obstacles, Conflicts & Solutions and the importance of providing safe spaces for discussions centered on these topics.

  • Women in the (GIS) Geospatial Sciences: Building Leaders for Tomorrow
    Justine Blanford, Associate Professor, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania - United States
    Jane Read, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York - United States
TBD
Caribbean Women Leaders


Moderators
avatar for Tricia Melville, GISP

Tricia Melville, GISP

GIS Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

Speakers
avatar for Justine Blanford

Justine Blanford

Associate Professor, Penn State University
Dr. Justine Blanford has over 20 years of experience in the GIScience field. Her research is based on theoretical geographic information science concepts where she uses GIS, big datasets, novel data and technologies along with a variety of spatial and statistical analysis methods... Read More →
JR

Jane Read

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University



Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sapphire

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch
Tuesday November 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:00pm

Dessert in the Exhibit Hall
Enjoy Dessert in the Exhibit Hall with our exhibitors/sponsors

Tuesday November 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
REGENCY I, II & III

2:00pm

Enhancing Customer Experience Using Geospatial Techniques
This session will describe the application of GIS in improving business efficiencies through sale predictions, selecting optimal cell sites for customer coverage and route optimization for distribution companies.

  • Predicting Sales at Convenience Goods Retailers in Trinidad using GIS and Regression Modeling: A Web Application Built on the ArcGIS API for Javascript
    Roman Gibbons, ASPRS GIS/LIS, Student, Penn State University, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Using GIS to Determine Cell Site Migration/Location to Enhance Customer Coverage Areas
    Keyon Santlal, GIS Specialist, GISCAD Limited, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago
    Melissa Joseph, GIS Technician, GISCAD Limited, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago
  • GIS in Route Optimization and Customer Database Expansion (Gap Analysis) for a Manufacturing and Distributions Company
    Michael Ramsawak, GIS Technician, GISCAD Limited, Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago





Moderators
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

GIS Manager, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
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Roman Gibbons, ASPRS GIS/LIS

Student, Penn State University
My Name is Roman Gibbons. I’m a computer engineer living in Trinidad and Tobago and I operate a small engineering company locally. I’ve managed a few projects in my 13 years of business here and many of them involved using GIS to improve business efficiency and help clients achieve... Read More →
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Keyon Santlal

GIS Specialist, GISCAD Limited
MJ

Melissa Joseph

GIS Technician, GISCAD Limited
BSc Geomatic Engineering
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Michael Ramsawak

GIS Technician, GISCAD Limited



Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jade

2:00pm

GIS for Resilience and Sustainable Development I
This session describes the application of remote sensing analytics to assessing the resilience of small island developing states. It also discusses the relevance of GIS for the SDGs.

  • Assessing National Geospatial Data Ecosystems in the Caribbean
    Bheshem Ramlal, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Antigua & Barbuda's Spatial Revolution
    Sidra Samuel, GLIS, Land Information Officer, Survey & Mapping Division, St.Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Establishment of an Enterprise GIS at the Local Government Level in Support of Spatial Planning and Disaster Management
    Sarah Hosein, GIS Officer, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Maraval, Trinidad and Tobago
    Aisha Donaldson, Senior Regional Planner, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government,  Maraval, Trinidad and Tobago
    Danielle Richards, GIS Technician, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Maraval, Trinidad and Tobago



Moderators
SL

Simone Lloyd, GISP

Senior GIS Manager & Trainer, Land Information Council of Jamaica

Speakers
AD

Aisha Donaldson

Senior Regional Planner, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
avatar for Bheshem Ramlal, Ph.D

Bheshem Ramlal, Ph.D

Senior Lecturer, 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... Read More →
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Sidra Samuel

Land Information Officer, Survey & Mapping Division
SH

Sarah Hosein

GIS Officer, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
DR

Danielle Richards

GIS Technician, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
I am a young and upcoming GIS professional currently gaining experience in geocoding processes, spatial data collection and analysis, specifically in the areas of disaster management, local area boundaries and community planning.



Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sapphire

2:00pm

Impacts of Disaster and Early Warning
This session looks how GIS and remote sensing is helping us to measure the impact of disasters (particularly on our fragile environment) in the region as well as monitoring so we can have early warning of new events.

  • Temporal Change in Barbuda Mangrove Due to the Impact from Hurricane Irma 2017
    Jason Williams, GLIS Certificate, Data Manager, Department of Environment, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
    Ruleo Camacho, MSc Marine Bio, MSc Marine Policy, Natural Resource Officer, Department of Environment, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Design and Development of a Drought Monitoring System Using GIS
    Kyle Alexander, BSc., MSc., L&S Surveying Services Limited, La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago
    Gabrielle Thongs, Ph.D. M.Sc. B.Sc., Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geography, St Augustine - Trinidad and Tobago



Moderators
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd

Speakers
JW

Jason Williams

Data Manager, Department of Environment
Jason Williams currently holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters of Science in Integrated Management of Coastal Zones., both from the University of La Habana in Cuba. He also completed a Certificate at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine campus... Read More →
avatar for Ruleo Camacho

Ruleo Camacho

Natural Resource Officer, Department of Environment
I am a Marine Ecologist who specializes in Coral Reef Ecology. I have an interest in the use of UAV and GIS to understand coastal and marine ecosystem changes.
avatar for Kyle Alexander, M.Sc. , B.Sc.

Kyle Alexander, M.Sc. , B.Sc.

Cadastral Unit Supervisor / GIS Consultant, L&S Surveying Services Ltd
avatar for Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Lecturer, Department of Geography, UWI
Dr. Gabrielle Thongs holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Surveying and Land Information as well as a M.Sc. in Planning and Development from UWI, St. Augustine. Her Ph.D. research was focused on assessing multiple hazards and social vulnerabilities in the Caribbean. While furthering her education... Read More →



Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Diamond/Topaz

2:00pm

Improving Management Using Geospatial Information Systems
This session will provide insights from an industry specialist on leveraging GIS to improve the an organization’s business processes and thereby enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

  • GIS for Managers
    Valrie Grant, GISP, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica



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... Read More →



Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ruby

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
REGENCY I, II & III

4:00pm

GIS for Resilience and Sustainable Development II
This session describes the application of remote sensing analytics to assessing the resilience of small island developing states. It also discusses the relevance of GIS for the SDGs.

  • Remote Sensing Analytics for Resilience of Small Island States
    Carl Anderson, GISP, Consultant, New Light Technologies, Inc., Bradenton, FL
    Nick Jones, Operations Officer, World Bank Group, Washington, District of Columbia - United States
  • GIS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Tim Fella, Global Business Development/Land Administration, Esri, Redlands, California - United States
  • Optimizing Protected Area Efficiency
    Joshua Spiers, Student, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago



Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Consultant, New Light Technologies, Inc.
NJ

Nick Jones

Operations Officer, World Bank Group
avatar for Timothy Fella

Timothy Fella

Global Business Development/Land Administration, Esri
I am a land and natural resource governance professional with approximately 15 years of experience across 30 countries. I support Esri's global business as it relates to the collection, management and valuation of land and property.
JS

Joshua Spiers

Student, University of the West Indies



Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sapphire

4:00pm

Data for Disaster Response
To measure the impact and monitor the aid effort after disasters needs good baseline and situation data.  This session will highlight how sharing government topographic and demographic data, academic sources and crowdmapping efforts we can substantially improve GIS’s contribution to humanitarian relief.

  • Getting (your data) Prepared for Disaster: Data Readiness in the Caribbean
    Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Washington, District of Columbia - United States
    Alan Mills, Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom



Speakers
avatar for Tyler Radford

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
Tyler Radford currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. 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... Read More →
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd



Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Diamond/Topaz

4:00pm

Location Analytics
This full session will provide insights from an industry specialist on developing new business models utilizing location analytics tools available in GIS.

  • Location Analytics: The New Data-Driven Business Model
    Valrie Grant, GISP, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica


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... Read More →



Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jade

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
Visit with our exhibitors and sponsors, enjoy some refreshments, and get the specs you need to bring back to the office.


Tuesday November 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
REGENCY I, II & III
 
Wednesday, November 20
 

9:00am

10:00am

Coffee break in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
REGENCY I, II & III

10:30am

Geospatial Transformation and Education
This session examines the geospatial component in the digital transformation of society. An examination of the benefits and limitations of adopting software solutions from developed countries for use in the Caribbean is analysed using a case study from Trinidad and Tobago. The value of utilizing open access data sets in advancing geospatial science education is explored in the third paper in this session.

  • Geospatial in the Digital Transformation
    Valrie Grant, GISP, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • More Harm than Good. A Critical Analysis of CompStat in a Developing Country
    Aleem Mahabir, Geography Graduate Student, University of the West Indies, Mona, Department of Geography and Geology, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Advancing Undergraduate Geospatial Science Education Using No Cost Landsat as a Base to Build Story Map Applications while Enhancing the “Remote Sensing Art Gallery Exhibit”
    Brent, Yantis, MLA, GIS and RS University Instructor, Director, NASA/University of Louisiana at Lafayette Regional Application Center Lafayette, Louisiana - United States






Moderators
SL

Simone Lloyd, GISP

Senior GIS Manager & Trainer, Land Information Council of Jamaica

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... Read More →
avatar for Brent Yantis, MLA

Brent Yantis, MLA

Director, NASA/Univeristy of Louisiana
I am the Director of the NASA/UL Lafayette Regional Application Center located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture: Landscape Ecology/GIS and Remote Sensing from Louisiana... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sapphire

10:30am

Land and Environment
New technology and techniques continue to improve our ability to map, monitor and manage our land environment and in this session, we cover forest and agricultural land and a range of tools.

  • Developing an Agricultural Information System for MALF
    Tricia Melville, GISP, Msc, BA., Senior Land Information Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
    Shivani Deonarine, Bsc, Msc., GPS Field Technician, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Forest Management
    Christian Seerattan and Darion Mahadeo, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
    Raid Al-Tahir, Dr., Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago 
  • ArcGIS and Effectively Monitoring Forest Ecosystems
    Alicia, Edwards, Manager, Forest Resource Information Management Branch (FRIM), St Andrew, Jamaica
    Jennilyn Burrell, Forest Technician (GIS Unit), The Forestry Department, St Andrew, Jamaica



Moderators
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Melville, GISP

Tricia Melville, GISP

GIS Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
avatar for Shivani Deonarine, Bsc, Msc.

Shivani Deonarine, Bsc, Msc.

GPS Field Technician, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
Shivani is a member of the GIS Unit attached to the Land ManagementDivision. She has a Bsc in Geography as well as an Msc in Geoinformatics from the University of the West Indies. While she enjoys working within all branches of Geoinformatics, she has an acute interest in PPGIS and... Read More →
CS

Christian Seerattan

Student, The University of the West Indies
I am currently a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing the M.Sc. in Geoinformatics. My interest lies in sustainable environmental management and I hope to use GIS to encourage data-driven decision making with respect to use of the environment and natural resources... Read More →
avatar for Darion Mahadeo.

Darion Mahadeo.

BSc. Geomatics, MSc. Geoinformatics Student, Full-time Geomatics Demonstrator., The University of the West Indies
A young aspiring professional: Graduate Surveyor, Junior GIS Technician. Currently, a MSc. Geoinformatics Student (final year) and a Full- Time Demonstrator (Geomatics) in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of the West Indies St. Augusti... Read More →
RA

Raid Al-Tahir, Dr.

Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
avatar for Jennilyn Burrell

Jennilyn Burrell

Forest Technician (GIS Unit), The Forestry Department
Ms. Jennilyn Burrell joined the Forestry Department in January 2016 and is a Forest Technician in the GIS Unit; a part of the Forest Resource Information Management (FRIM) Branch in the Forest Science and Technology Services Division.Before working at the Forestry Department, Ms... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Diamond/Topaz

10:30am

Utilizing Geospatial Tools in Local Area Planning and Citizen Science
This session describes the application of GIS in developing a local area plan in Antigua, discusses the use of low cost real time sensors for citizen science training and presents research on participatory mapping in the region.

  • Cashew Hill Local Area Plan (LAP)
    Soraya Looby, GIS Technician, Development Control Authority, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Citizen Science Training on the Use of Low-Cost Real-Time Sensors
    Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College, Maryland - United States



Speakers
SL

Soraya Looby

GIS Technician, Development Control Authority
SW

Sacoby Wilson

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health



Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ruby

10:30am

Modern Parcel Management - Gold Sponsor Session
GIS capabilities continue to grow rapidly and this is true for parcel management.  Also, improve how you create and edit parcels in your cadastre.   Attend this session and get the information you need to benefit from the efficiencies with the new parcel fabric in ArcGIS Pro.

  • Modern Parcel Management
    Katherine Smyth, Solution Engineer, Esri, Vienna, Virginia - Unites States
    Tim Fella, Global Business Development/Land Administration, Esri, Redlands, California - United States
    Roshaun Clarke, Acting CEO, Spatial Innovision Limited, Kingston, Jamaica



Speakers
avatar for Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth

Solution Engineer, Esri
avatar for Timothy Fella

Timothy Fella

Global Business Development/Land Administration, Esri
I am a land and natural resource governance professional with approximately 15 years of experience across 30 countries. I support Esri's global business as it relates to the collection, management and valuation of land and property.
RC

Roshaun Clarke

Acting CEO, Spatial Innovision Limited



Wednesday November 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Jade

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch
Wednesday November 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Regency IV,V,VI

1:00pm

Dessert with our exhibitors/sponsors
Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
REGENCY I, II & III

1:30pm

Coastal and Marine
The marine environment is the Caribbean’s prime tourist asset as well as a biodiversity hotspot, but is also subject to change and industrial activity.  This session looks at how GIS is monitoring coastal erosion and mineral mapping.  

  • Assessing Awareness and Response to Coastal Erosion in Two Coastal Communities
    Kellyann Pursue, Student, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Managing and Sharing Offshore Marine Minerals Data
    Alexa Ramirez, eGIS Project Manager, QSI, St Petersburg, Florida - United States




Speakers
KP

Kellyann Pursue

Student, University of Trinidad and Tobago
avatar for Alexa Ramirez GISP PMP

Alexa Ramirez GISP PMP

eGIS Project Manager, Quantum Spatial
Alexa holds a B.S. in Earth and Ocean Science from Duke University and an M.S. in Geological Oceanography from the University of South Florida. She is a GIS Professional with 11 years of experience with her current company, Quantum Spatial, where she has honed her GIS and remote sensing... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Diamond/Topaz

1:30pm

Environmental Justice & GIS
Many communities of color and low-income populations are impacted by environmental injustice. To understand and address these issues through new regulations, enforcement, zoning changes, and community investments, we need tools--including data visualization tools. Learn about a new environmental justice mapping tool in this session.

  • MD EJSCREEN: An Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Visualization Tool
    Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Bowie, Maryland - United States
  • Real and Affective Territorialities of Exclusion in the Urban Ghetto
    Aleem Mahabir, Geography, Graduate Student, University of the West Indies, Mona, Department of Geography and Geology, Kingston, Jamaica




Speakers
avatar for Aleem Mahabir

Aleem Mahabir

Graduate Student, University of the West Indies, Mona
Aleem Mahabir is currently pursuing an MPhil in Geography at the University of the West Indies, Mona. In April 2019, he was selected for the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers graduate research fellowship award for the preliminary results of... Read More →
SW

Sacoby Wilson

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health



Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ruby

1:30pm

Location Intelligence and Aerial Analytics
Location intelligence and aerial analytics are two of the greatest innovations in the digital revolution and Information Age. Providing us with the ability to harness the power of big data, drone technology and intelligent algorithms to become more analytics-driven, giving organizations the edge over competitors.

  • The Location Intelligence Revolution
    Val Guillou, CEO, GEOPORTAL IO LLC, Coral Gables, Florida - United States
  • Drone Solutions in the Caribbean Geospatial Space
    Douglas Nelson, VP Business Intelligence Research/New Business Development, Spatial Innovision Limited, Kingston, Jamaica



Moderators
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

GIS Manager, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
avatar for Val Guillou

Val Guillou

CEO, GEOPORTAL IO LLC
Val Guillou is the founder and CEO of GEOPORTAL IO LLC, a software company from Coral Gables, Florida. GEOPORTAL IO provides cloud-native solutions and services in Location Intelligence.Val started his career as a GIS programmer more than twenty years ago. In 2004, he co-founded... Read More →
DN

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... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sapphire

1:30pm

Valuation and GIS
GIS has many advanced spatial analysis capabilities. Attend this session and learn how to use your GIS to create assessment neighborhoods, calculate accurate values and share data across your organization.

  • Valuation and GIS
    Katherine Smyth, Solution Engineer, Esri, Vienna, Virginia - United States



Speakers
avatar for Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth

Solution Engineer, Esri



Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Jade

2:30pm

Break in Exhibit Hall - Raffles
The Exhibition shuts down after this half-hour break. Spend these last  valuable minutes gathering the specs you need to make solutions decisions for your organization.
And listen for your name to be called during the raffle prize drawings!



Wednesday November 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
REGENCY I, II & III

3:00pm

Caribbean GIS Ignite /Lightning Talks
Enjoy the fast-paced, educational and entertaining presentation style limited to 5 minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). Presenters do not have control of the advancement of slides and must tune their presentation to that timing.

  • Christmas in the Pacific - Land Use on the Largest Atoll in the World
    Alan Mills, Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
  •  Still Like Chickens, Still Need Lasers!
    Martin Isenburg, PhD Computer Science, ASPRS LAS WG, Chief Scientist, Rapidlasso GmbH, Sommerhausen, Germany
  • Community Mapping for Risk Identification and Communication
    Rebecca Firth, Director, Partnerships & Community, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Cusco, Peru
  • Prioritizing Transit Asset Resiliency Using GIS
    Lindsey Shanks, GIS Specialist, First Environment, Boonton, New Jersey - United States
  • TBD
    Craig Batstone, Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Saint James, Barbados
  • Are you Mapping Yet? Building Resilient Societies through Open Mapping
    Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Washington, District of Columbia - United States




Speakers
RF

Rebecca Firth

Director, Partnerships & Community, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
avatar for Martin Isenburg, PhD

Martin Isenburg, PhD

Chief Scientist, rapidlasso GmbH
Dr. Isenburg received his MSc in 1999 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and his PhD in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA – both in Computer Science. Currently, he is an independent scientist, lecturer, and research consultant... Read More →
avatar for Alan Mills

Alan Mills

Geographer, Alan Mills Consulting Ltd
avatar for Lindsey Shanks

Lindsey Shanks

GIS Specialist, First Environment
Ms. Shanks works with geographic data in environmental and natural resource management applications as a GIS Specialist at First Environment. She supports technical projects involving environmental sampling and data collection, soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, wetland... Read More →
avatar for Craig Batstone

Craig Batstone

Managing Director, GeoOrbis
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 Tyler Radford

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
Tyler Radford currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. 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... Read More →



Wednesday November 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Regency IV,V,VI

6:00pm

Caribbean GIS 2019 Social Event
Wednesday November 20, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Offsite
 
Thursday, November 21
 

8:00am

Coffee Break
Thursday November 21, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Registration Foyer

9:00am

Developing GIS for Responses to Caribbean Emergencies
The Caribbean continues to be vulnerable to a range of natural disasters. This presentation will review the lessons learnt from the 2017 hurricane season and detail progress in building a GIS community of interest in emergency response and highlight aspirations for the coming years to be better ready to respond when the next storm hits.

  • Developing GIS for Responses to Caribbean Emergencies
    Sudesh Botha, BSc. (Hons) MBA (Dist.), Programme Manager Preparedness and Response, Mapaction, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago
    Joanne Persad, Volunteer, CDEMA, St. Michael – Barbados



Speakers
SB

Sudesh Botha

Programme Manager Prepardness and Response, MapAction
JP

Joanne Persad

Volunteer, CDEMA



Thursday November 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Jade

9:00am

Land Information for Smarter Cities
Land and population information are critical inputs for land and property management, planning, infrastructure development, maintenance, crime and other population related analyses, and an extensive number of location-based services. Coupling GIS with land and population information is key to seamlessly integrating several complex datasets for better decision-making.

  • A Spatial Analysis of Violent Crime: The Case of Trinidad & Tobago
    Richard Ramsewak, Arthur Lok Jack School of Business, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Low Cost Solutions for Improved Vertical Modeling for Small Island Territories
    Aiexa Douglas, MPhil Geoinformatics Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Leveraging Location-Enabled Street Photos and Machine Learning to Automate Large-Scale Data Collection in Support of Property Valuation
    Katherine Smyth, Solution Engineer, Land Administration, Esri, Viena, Virginia


Moderators
avatar for Tricia Melville, GISP

Tricia Melville, GISP

GIS Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

Speakers
RR

Richard Ramsewak

Director of the Center of Strategy and Competitiveness, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, UWI
Director - Center of Strategy and Competitiveness, ALJGSB, UWI
AD

Aiexa Douglas

Graduate Research Assistant, The University of the West Indies
avatar for Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth

Solution Engineer, Esri



Thursday November 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Ruby

9:00am

Up in the Sky
There has been 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.

  • Utilization of Rotary UAS to Aid in Construction Project and Oversight
    Nigel De Peza, BSc Geomatics, Junior Engineer/Geomatics, Housing Development Corporation, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Analysing the Growth of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry in Trinidad
    Giatri Lalla, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
    Raid Al-Tahir, Dr., Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Median Digital Terrain Models from Drone LiDAR
    Martin Isenburg, PhD Computer Science, ASPRS LAS WG, Chief Scientist, Rapidlasso GmbH, Sommerhausen, Germany



Moderators
avatar for Fidel Omar-Ali

Fidel Omar-Ali

GIS Manager, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
ND

Nigel De Peza

Junior Engineer - Geomatics, Housing Development Corporation
GL

Giatri Lalla

The University of the West Indies
RA

Raid Al-Tahir, Dr.

Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
avatar for Martin Isenburg, PhD

Martin Isenburg, PhD

Chief Scientist, rapidlasso GmbH
Dr. Isenburg received his MSc in 1999 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and his PhD in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA – both in Computer Science. Currently, he is an independent scientist, lecturer, and research consultant... Read More →



Thursday November 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Sapphire

9:00am

Urban Environment
As the region becomes increasingly urbanized, this session shows how GIS is measuring urban growth, tackling environmental issues and building resilience at city and neighborhood scale.

  • Assessing ‘Green Urbanism’ Potentials in Small Island Developing States
    Nikia Gooding, M. Sc. (pursuing), B. Sc., The University of the West Indies , St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
    Gabrielle Thongs, Ph.D., M. Sc., B. Sc., Assistant Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Developing a Geoinformatics Framework for the Assessment of Urban Growth in Tropical Small Islands
    Candice Dookree, BS.c in Geomatics Engineering, Graduate Research Assistant, The University of the West Indies, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
    Raid Al-Tahir, Dr., Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augstine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Scale Matters - Mapping Neighborhoods for Improved Community Resilience
    Stacey Cayetano, Masters Degree, GIS Analyst, Belize Association of Planners, Belize City, Belize
    Keisha Rodriquez, Urban Planner, Belize Association of Planners, Belize City, Belize



Speakers
avatar for Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Dr Gabrielle Thongs

Lecturer, Department of Geography, UWI
Dr. Gabrielle Thongs holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Surveying and Land Information as well as a M.Sc. in Planning and Development from UWI, St. Augustine. Her Ph.D. research was focused on assessing multiple hazards and social vulnerabilities in the Caribbean. While furthering her education... Read More →
RA

Raid Al-Tahir, Dr.

Senior Lecturer, The University of the West Indies
avatar for Nikia Gooding

Nikia Gooding

MSc Geoinformatics Student, The University of the West Indies
Nikia Gooding is a young GIS professional, interested in a diverse range of thematic areas. She is presently a Geo-Spatial Technician at the Institute of Marine Affairs and a student in the M.Sc. Geoinformatics programme at the UWI, St. Augustine. Her background is in Geography and... Read More →
avatar for Candice Dookree

Candice Dookree

Graduate Research Assistant, The University of the West Indies
SC

Stacey Cayetano

GIS Analyst, Belize Association of Planners
KR

Keisha Rodriquez

Urban Planner, Belize Association of Planners



Thursday November 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Diamond/Topaz

11:00am

Closing Session & Keynote Address
Closing Keynote: Allen Carroll, Founder of Story Maps
Allen founded the story maps team at Esri. Prior to joining Esri in 2010, he worked at National Geographic for 27 years in a variety of positions, including art director of National Geographic Magazine and chief cartographer at National Geographic Maps. 

Then, we'll wrap up URISA's 9th Caribbean GIS Conference with a little look-back at the preceding days and look ahead to the next event.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Carroll

Allen Carroll

Program Manager, Storytelling, Esri
Allen Carroll founded the story maps team at Esri. Prior to joining Esri in 2010, he worked at National Geographic for 27 years in a variety of positions, including art director of National Geographic Magazine and chief cartographer at National Geographic Maps.


Thursday November 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Regency IV,V,VI