Speaker's Biographies & Abstracts

Dr. Rishiraj Dutta Technical Specialist (Climate Risk Management), Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand

Dr. Rishiraj works as technical officer focusing on climate risk management in the Climate Change and Climate Risk Management department. He previously worked as senior geographic information system coordinator and technical officer (GIS) in ADPC's duty station in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously, Mr. Rishiraj has worked with the CGIAR research program on climate change, agriculture and food security. He has also served as visiting researcher and consultant for several international organizations under Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Dr. Rishiraj is an external referee for the National Research Council of Government of Romania and a reviewer for several international journals. He has published several papers in reputed journals internationally. Dr. Rishiraj holds a Bachelor's Degree in agriculture, a Master's Degree in geoinformatics and Ph.D. in applied geoinformation and earth observation.

kim cohen Team Leader (Building Assets & Services) & Manager Geospatial Information, Sydney Airport, Australia

Kim Cohen has been in the building industry for nearly 40 years, starting as a drafting assistant with Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra and moving through all disciplines of construction from survey, mechanical electrical and architectural.

After 15years with Telstra, Kim worked with multiple architectural and shop fitting firms on a variety of projects. This experience has given Kim a broad understanding of the Industry. Now working with Australia’s largest International Airport, Kim leads the team in Building Assets and Services and for the past 4 years has been developing a GIS platform.

Manan Patel President, Special Operations Solutions, USA

Manan Patel founded Special Operations Solutions, LLC (SOS) in 2008 to provide aerial surveillance solutions. SOS has grown to support key U.S. government, commercial, and international customers. SOS has been named to the Inc500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies from 2012-2014.

Prior to SOS, Mr. Patel worked with the U.S. government as an Electronics Engineer where he received the NVESD Technical Achievement Award, U.S. Army Commanders Civilian Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal for his efforts. During this time, Mr. Patel was instrumental in the development, enhancement, and implementation of innovative and critical technologies for U.S. forces.

Kumar Navulur President, DigitalGlobe Foundation, USA

Dr. Navulur has over 23 years of experience in the Geospatial industry. He is the Sr. Director of Global Strategic Programs at DigitalGlobe. He obtained his doctorate from Purdue University in US. He is the author of the book entitled “Multi-Spectral Image Analysis Using Object Oriented Paradigm”. He is adjunct professor at the Universities of Denver and Colorado. Dr. Navulur recently took on the responsibility of President of DigitalGlobe Foundation.

Abstract Fueling Location Analytics from Satellite Imagery

The foundational elements of location analytics include location, context and time. The author will discuss how satellite imagery, collected at finest scale of 50cm, globally is deal for fueling the location data. He will also discuss the nuances of converting location data that is analytical ready and how this can be done at scale. The presentation will cover some piratical examples of how satellite imagery can be used for location analytics.

Dr. Ahyani Raksanagara Head of Information & Communication, City of Bandung, Indonesia

Dr. Ahyani Raksanagara graduated from Universitas Indonesia specializing in public health. She has more than 29 years experience in health science. Since 1988 until 2004 she worked as a doctor and became a head in primary health care. Since 2011 until 2017 dr. Ahyani became a head of health agency. During her time in daily activities she is also member of road safety team specially for health data and information. In 2017 she became a head of communication and informatics agency that responsible for smart city and open data.

Gopal Valecha Asst. Vice President – Business Development (IT),Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS),India

Mr. Gopal Valecha is currently working with DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi -Modal Transit Systems Ltd, a JV of Delhi Govt.) as Asst. Vice President (IT) Business Development. He has a vast experience in working with Government bodies/Departments at state and central level , Industry associations & corporates . He has been advising them on adoption of various technologies like RFID, GPS, Barcoding, AFCS, e-tolling, digital payments, data analytics and global best practices & standards in urban transportation and supply chain.

He has been instrumental in driving various national level e-governance initiatives. Prior to joining DIMTS he was working with BCIL, GS1 India, Ministry of Commerce, T-Mobile in England & Scotland and various other leading companies.

He has over 19 years of experience with more than 15 years in Business Development & Consulting. He has done B.Tech in Electronics & Telecommunications, MBA in Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain Management certification from IIT Delhi.

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse Director - NSW Business Development, Research & International Relations, ANZ CRC for Spatial Information, Australia

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse is currently the Director (NSW) - Business Development, Research & International Relations at CRC for Spatial Information (Australia's peak research organisation for Spatial) and is also the President-Elect of the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Australia. He has 19 years of experience in client management, strategic consulting studies, business development, project management, systems review and integration for Utility Industry and Government, design, development and management of spatial databases, review data framework policies, develop spatial analyses techniques and technology including GIS applications development for major clients in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India. He has lead several Multi-Million Dollar National Mapping projects for State and Federal governments in Australia. Zaffar has published research papers at International and National levels focusing on GIS applications to support such areas as: spatial data infrastructure, data quality, groundwater management, water resources, rural administration; asset management; field data capture; public health management and disaster management. He holds a pivotal role as an adviser to various National and International spatial organisations. He is also a member of several boards and technical committees in Australia and overseas. Zaffar on behalf of Standards Australia contributed to the ISO 19157 Spatial Data Quality Standards. Zaffar is a recipient of the “Young Professional Award” by the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia. He is also a recipient of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information’s full Doctorate Scholarship.

Abstract Open Spatial Analytics

Globally, the open data agenda and policy of governments has resulted in the availability, both to businesses and the public, of complex spatial data of varying quality. Voluminous spatial data is available through government portals. However, analysis of the information provided through these data portals is limited: simple spatial analysis tools are only available to the user through the portals, and the end users are often required to perform complex spatial queries in order to resolve a business or an end user problem. The next challenge is to provide the means of performing real-time analysis through spatial data portals, including the currency of the spatial data available through open data initiatives. To facilitate the spatial analysis of data, end users would benefit from a virtual spatial analytic workbench to use through a web platform. The workbench could host open geoprocessing/ analytic tools that end users can customise to interact with the open spatial data in order to generate rapid outputs. The open spatial analytics tools could be managed through the creative commons licence process, with the user community maintaining the tools and versioning. The advent of open source statistical software such as ‘R’, coupled with spatial analysis processes may provide a powerful geostatistical analysis platform for end users to work with the open data.

Jason Hutchings Senior Design Director, Atkins, Hong Kong

Jason‘s 30 years in the architectural business has seen him work for leading design practices such as Atkins, RMJM, Aedas, Rocco and Arup Associates. He has been responsible for commercial, hotel, transportation, infrastructure and mixed-use redevelopment projects in Europe, the Middle East and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Completed work such as The Landmark (Hong Kong Land) and Hong Kong Station (MTR), allow Jason to bring practical on-site experience into the design of subsequent mega-projects like Doha Metro, the 1-million sqm Sands Casino, Macau (Parcel 7&8) and Admiralty Station. Jason specialises in combining commercial and transportation building types through Transport Oriented Development (TOD). Jason has been invited to speak on many occasions on the topic of TOD and innovative architecture, including high profile conferences in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

Wilfred Lau Director, Arup, Hong Kong

Wilfred Lau is an Arup Fellow and a Director of the global consultancy firm Arup. He has over thirty year experience in managing and delivering large-scale multidisciplinary projects in Asia. He led Arup's consulting activities across East Asia and was Arup Global Transport Planning Leader from 2001 to 2016. He was the Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Hong Kong. In recent years, Wilfred focuses on development of cities in Asia, advising governments on development and delivery of future generation of cities and new towns. He developed the smart green resilient planning philosophy and is author of the book “Smart Green Resilient”.

Robert Toba Siahaan Head of Geoscience Data, Group Technical Data, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Robert Toba Siahaan has been the Head of Geoscience Data for Group Technical Data since September 2012.

Data Management – Geoscience, Group Technical Data is functioned to manage the execution of Geoscience (Geology, Geophysics and Geospatial ) data operation and services to PETRONAS Exploration and Development projects domestic and international by providing correct Geoscience data , technical expertise, fit-for-purpose technologies, delivery of best practices and producing staffs of high technical capabilities in order to ensure a well-managed geoscience data to be used by PETRONAS to support the Exploration & Production (E&P) Global business growth sustenance and reduce HSE risk.

He was previously involved with Geoscience Data industry since beginning his career started with:
» 1984 as Exploration Geologist with Shell Sarawak
»1989 as Processing Geophysicist with Digicon, KL
» 1997 as Senior Processing Geophysics, Shell UK
» 2001 as Data Management Geoscientist with Schlumberger Information Solution, KL
» 2004 as Seismic Data Repository Consultant with PETRONAS
» 2006 as Technical Consultant – Seismic Data Management with Shell Houston US

Ryan Lee Director, IFEZ Smart-City Integrated Operation Center, Korea Abstract Cities are getting smarter than ever before

Technology enables National or City governments around the globe to improve various aspects of daily life. Smart-City is currently the next urban model for most of countries in the world. For the developing countries, Smart-City can be the most effective tool model to solve urban problems because of the uncontrolled fast urban population growth and for the developed countries, Smart-City can be the model for next economic growth and energy efficient. Smart-City platform is the system to collect data and information from all around city and to provide these data and information in exact time and exact people with the form of service or solution. (1) how to collect many different data and information; (2) how to store and manage data and information and how to transform those to service; (3) how to provide service to citizens. And for better service, cloud, IoT, big-data and other cutting-edge technology will be important. IFEZ, Korea’s renowned Smart City, shows you the answer by embedding the innovative technologies to build intelligent and connected communities.

Ulhas P Dharmadhikari Chief Technical Officer, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, India Abstract

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) is envisaged as India's first major & super tall Central Business District International Finance Service Centre project which would be designed as the focal point of India's booming financial services market. In terms of scale and sheer physical scope, GIFT is being developed as a New Smart City which is intended to be at par or above with presently acknowledged globally benchmarked financial centers.

For effective planning and execution of Smart City, GIFT is using uses ESRI's ArcGIS to view and analyze large datasets in three dimensions. GIFT is successfully tapping the power of GIS for range of applications, few to name them are - land resources, environment, infrastructure planning, logistics, disaster management etc.

GIS have provided GIFT City with its own powerful set of tools capable of supporting comprehensive planning and management. It also provides the ability to integrate multiple data sources for analysis and provides GIFT City with a management and planning tool for sustainable and smart growth. GIS is working as an operational and affordable information system for planning, implementation, operation & Maintenance in GIFT.

All data/information of each division/department like – Planning, Engineering- power, water, district cooling, solid waste management, have been incorporated on GIS. This is reducing the redundancy while increasing the efficiency and accurateness, as all the data is passing through one standardized workflow.

Mr. Dharmadhikari will share his experiences on how the land parcel can be converted into a new Smart City, what are the challenges being faced and how it can be mitigate, how the GIS can be effectively use as a tool to develop the new smart city.

Dr Teoh Chin Chuang Deputy Director, Farm Mechanization Program, Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute, Malaysia

Dr. Teoh Chin Chuang has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural) in 1998 and PhD (GIS and Geomatic Engineering) in 2005 from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the Deputy Director of Engineering Research Centre at Malaysia Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI). His research areas of interest are remote sensing, image processing and analysis and computer vision system. Currently, he involved in the research related with precision farming for mechanized rice production.

Dr Viraj Perera Chief Executive Officer, PlaTCOM Ventures, Malaysia

Dr. Viraj’s expertise lies in technology transfer and innovation and has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field through working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick as well as private companies.

Prior to being appointed as the CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures, Dr. Viraj held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation Business Opportunities (IBO) at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), the parent organisation of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd.

Before moving to Malaysia, Dr. Viraj worked for Oxford University Innovation – the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. He was involved in consulting to and advising governments, companies and research organisations on technology development, technology transfer and commercialisation, Intellectual Property management and discovery, commercialisation strategy and business planning. Dr. Viraj was also involved business development, project design and delivery, as well as training and coaching in technology transfer and commercialisation. During his time at Oxford University Innovation, Dr. Viraj delivered projects and technology transfer training to UK and global clients from Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Korea, India and China.

Prior to joining Oxford University Innovation, Dr. Viraj worked as a Business Development Manager at Warwick Ventures – the commercial arm of the University of Warwick - where he was involved in technology transfer and commercialisation of university research. Before migrating to the UK, he spent 10 years in Australia where Dr. Viraj gained much experience in the field of innovation management. He was also the co-founder and CEO of a successful biotech startup in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Viraj holds a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology - both from RMIT University in Australia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Bangalore, India.

Ton van Helvert Manager Geo-Information, Kadaster, The Netherlands

Mr Van Helvert is currently working as a manager at the Geo-Information department of the Dutch Cadastre (‘Kadaster’). He has obtained broad experiences in geo-related business, and has been working on different national and international projects within Europe and South-America. Nowadays his areas of interest are innovation and improvement of geo-related business models and (production) processes.

He has a University degree Physical Geography at University of Amsterdam, extended with postgraduates at Wageningen University and ITC Enschede (The Netherlands).

Abstract The customers’ role in the improvement of topographic information

The Cadastre, Land Registry and National Mapping Agency of the Netherlands (in short: Kadaster) is responsible for the Topographic Map of the Netherlands in the scale ranges from 1:10.000 to 1:1.000.000. The quality of these geo-data sets has been improved seriously over the past four years.

This was initiated by vast process adjustments: The data actuality has been increased from four years to about one year. Business results (like costs, efficiency and customer satisfaction) also developed in a positive way. The introduction of a LEAN-methodology and the increase of customer-relationship and involvement were the key-issues in the adjusted production processes. (Technical) innovation led to automatic generalisation to small scaled visualisations, which resulted in a complete topographic family of different scales within the same 1-year-actuality range.

The success of this process-improvement has led to an awareness of the stakeholders on different levels, ranging from Ministries to common citizens, and is now used as a blueprint for other departments within the organisation.

Lim Liyang Senior Manager, GeoSpatial Planning & Development, Singapore Land Authority, Singapore

Liyang heads the geospatial planning and development department responsible for delivering the geospatial data policies, programs and mechanisms for Singapore's National Spatial Data Infrastructure. His diverse portfolio includes carrying out geospatial master-planning, strategic workforce planning, driving data sharing, to implementing capacity building and geospatial innovation programs. He has also been invited to speak at the Master of Public Policy program at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; and for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore. Liyang graduated with a MBA at the Singapore Management University in 2016 and is a recipient of the SMU’s scholarship for community impact.

Sr Khairul Faizi B Mohd Taib Head of Geospatial Data, Group Technical Data, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Sr. Khairul Faizi B Mohd Taib has been the Head of Geospatial Data for Data Management: Geosciences, Group Technical Data, PETRONAS since September 2015.

Geospatial Data section is functioned to manage the execution of Geospatial data operations, technology and services to PETRONAS domestics and international by providing quality geospatial database, geomatics technical expertise, leveraging technologies, delivery of best practices and producing staffs of high technical capabilities in order to ensure geospatial data integrated and to be used by PETRONAS in effective way for business growth sustenance and reduce project risk.

He was previously involved with Geoscience Data industry since beginning his career started with:
» 1997 as Digital Cartographer / Hydrographic Surveyor with Fugro Geodetic (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
» 2007 as Senior Geoscientist (Geomatics) with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.

Antonio Della Pelle Managing Director, Enerdata Asia-Pacific, Singapore

Antonio Della Pelle is the Managing Director of Enerdata and a chartered chemical engineer working in the oil, gas, coal, electricity, renewables and emissions sectors. A recognised energy professional with over 20 years of worldwide experience particularly in refining, petrochemicals, power, gas and LNG, in South East Asia, North Asia and Oceania. Antonio has been involved in Energy Smart Cities projects and IoT & Utilities projects. He is also a board member of the IChemE Energy Centre (UK).

Abstract Smart-Energy Cities and Future Energy Demand Drop

Smart Cities allow to have more efficient way to generate, distribute and use the energy within the city. It must be said, certain cities are as big as “countries”, and local planning started to diverge from National Planning. The urban customer behaviour is very different from the rural customer behaviour and this is reflected on how energy is used and consumed. Enerdata will transport us to the future, look at 10-20 years from now and what will be the new customer energy behaviours and why energy demand is set to drop.

Maurits van der Vlugt Director, Mercury Project Solutions, Australia

Maurits van der Vlugt is recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities in the field of spatial data infrastructures and web delivery of location data. Maurits has a long career in consulting government and the private sector on location-intelligence strategies, digital technology frameworks, planning and implementation. With 25 years’ experience in Europe, the USA and Australia, he has developed an extensive international network.

Abstract Where the streets have no name - Innovations in Addressing

70% of countries do not have a consistent, national addressing system. This hinders mail and service delivery, economic development, and disaster relief efforts. Until recently, if we wanted to reference locations we had to revert to using coordinates. But humans don't remember or communicate strings of up to 16 digits particularly well. And getting it wrong can be expensive, or even worse. In the last few years, several initiatives have emerged that tackle this issue, usually with some type of coding system to replace coordinates. This talk presents what3words as the more well-known example of such solutions. This presentation looks at the pros and cons of innovative addressing solutions, and how they can and will save money and lives, and how they deliver significant economic and social benefits, contributing to our prosperity.

Shreya Deb Principal, Investments, Omidyar Network, India

Shreya invests in organizations that create economic opportunity and improve the livelihoods of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. As part of Omidyar Network’s India-based team, she leads the firm’s investments in Property Rights in India where her interests are in supporting scalable models that can help provide more secure land and housing rights to economically vulnerable and marginalized people, including smallholder farmers and people living in urban slums. Shreya joined Omidyar Network in April 2011 after spending four years at The Boston Consulting Group. As a consultant at BCG, she developed strategies to drive growth and enhance operational efficiencies for clients across a range of sectors, including insurance, industrial goods, and medical devices. Shreya received an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a B.Tech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Sr Hj. Mohamad Kamali bin Adimin Director of Survey (Cadastre), Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia

Sr Mohamad Kamali bin Adimin started his career with Department Survey and Mapping Malaysia on September 1983. He currently serves as the Director of Survey and Mapping in the State of Selangor. He has a wide range of experience in land survey, mapping, GIS, NSDI as well as geoinformation standard development at the national and international level. He also has been involved in the international arena that related to international land boundary with the neighbouring countries. He was also attached to the Malaysian Center for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI). Among his contribution is the establishment of MyGDI as the Malaysian SDI. Sr Kamali holds B.Sc. in Survey (Land) (Hons.) from University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) and a Professional Master Degree in Geoinformatics from ITC, Netherlands. In a professional affiliation, Sr Kamali is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia (FRISM).

Abstract Spurring Nation's Economy through SmartKADASTER

In pursuance of achieving developed-nation status by 2020, Government of Malaysia has initiate a dynamic plan of transformation. The inception of various government policies through the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) is expected to spur economic development of Malaysia. Needless to say, for the implementation of the ETP, it will require the use of geospatial information. For instance, one out of twelve (12) National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) launched under ETP is the development of Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley which will assuredly in need of geospatial information. Therefore, to fully harness the existing geospatial information, it must be paired with an efficient and exhaustive geospatial infrastructure. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) concept and web-portal based dissemination allow the integration of heterogenous data sources. Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (DSMM) has initiated SmartKADASTER, a multi-purpose cadastral based spatial analysis platform. Through SmartKADASTER, a web portal known as SmartKADASTER Interactive Portal (SKiP) was established with one of the capability is to disseminate and share geospatial information via SOA. Consequently, accessing, sharing and using geospatial information can be simplified with ample provision of geospatial infrastructure. On top of that, user adopting level to geospatial knowledge can be strengthen due to data accessibility. Easy access to geospatial information will enhance businesses and workflow management which eventually lead to the escalation of decision making and enabling efficiencies that will thrive nation's economy.

Ahamad bin Zakaria Director of Survey (Mapping Policy and Coordination), Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia

Dr Ahamad Zakaria graduated from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1982. He went for further study in University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From that University, he obtained Master of Science (M.Sc) in GIS/LIS. Now he is Director of Survey & Mapping, Department of Survey & Mapping Selangor Darul Ehsan. Before he was posted here 4 years ago, he was Director of Survey & Mapping, Department of Survey & Mapping, Pahang.

Sr Dr. Mohd Yunus bin Mohd Yusoff Director of Survey (Utility Mapping), Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia

Dr. Yunus started his survey career in 1985 with his appointment as the Assistant Director of Survey at the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia, soon after his graduation from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1984, United Kingdom. He was admitted to the Master of Philosophy, at the same university in 1996 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) atthe University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in 2008. Dr. Yunus is currently the Division Director of Survey at the Utility Mapping Division. He is also affiliated to the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia as a Fellow.

Brig. Gen. Dr. Mohd Zambri bin Mohamad Rabab Director, Defence Geospatial Division, Department of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia

Brig Jen Sr Dr Mohd Zambri bin Mohamad Rabab is currently the Director of Defence Geospatial Division at Defence Geospatial Division of the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia.

The main responsibility of his division is to obtain and provide geospatial information and services to the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). He has a lot of experiences through direct involvement in the development of geospatial capability for bespoke MAF systems as well as MAF Network Centric Operation systems. He has also been involved in the development of Defence Geospatial Transformation Plan that is called uGeo for Defence programme.

He obtained his basic degree in Land Surveying from University Technology of Malaysia in 1994. He then furthered his doctorate study in Applied Remote Sensing at University Putra Malaysia and graduated in 2002. In 2002, he was sponsored by the Malaysian Armed Forces to enrol a Master degree in Defence Geographic Information at Cranfield University.

Valrie Grant Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Jamaica

Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision, an ICT and Spatial Technologies company in Kingston Jamaica and Georgetown Guyana which is focused on delivering value through innovative solutions. With over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, GIS Manager, Technical Instructor, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements spanning several territories across the Caribbean region. Valrie is helping government and corporate entities develop data driven solutions to address organizational challenges and meet corporate goals.

Valrie pioneered the formation of the Caribbean URISA Chapter and is the current president. She serves as a member of the GIS Management Institute (GMI) Committee, is a director of URISA International and has affiliations and memberships with several other geospatial bodies including GSDI, Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) and Jamaica GIS Society (JAMGISS). Valrie currently serves on the Technical Committee for the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas, Caribbean Geospatial Project. Her geospatial expertise is well respected across the Caribbean and Latin American region as well as within the international community. She is the immediate president of WENC-Guyana chapter and is the chairman of the Small Business Council (Guyana).

Her academic background includes: 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 studies in Entrepreneurship. She is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and an Accredited WINC Infodev/WorldBank AP Facilitator for the Caribbean. As a WINC AP facilitator and the Commonwealth Business woman Ambassador she is very involved in helping entrepreneurs. Her Flagship initiative dubbed FundRiseHER™ during her tenure as commonwealth Business woman Ambassador is geared towards fostering capital access for women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

Dr. Lawrence Lee Senior Construction Engineer - Civil, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong

Lawrence is a chartered civil and geotechnical engineer and has over 20 years of experience in underground construction in Hong Kong at urban areas on both TBM and Drill and Blast tunnels employed by client, consultant and contractor firms. He is now currently working as Senior Construction Engineer in MTR Corporation and responsible for new railway extension on Admiralty South Overrun tunnel of Shatin Central Line with Drill and Blast method. He also worked two drill and blast tunnel projects in South Island Line, Lai Tung Tunnel at Ap Lai Chau and Nam Fung Tunnel at Wong Chuk Hang in the past 6 years in MTR Corporation.


Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model is widely used over the world for analyzing and optimizing difference engineering problems. In this research, the author use multi-layers perception (MLP) to analyze and predict the tunnel blast vibration on making use of the past blasting records.

This presentation also focuses on the application of Genetic Algorithm (GA), which is widely used over the world for analyzing and optimizing different engineering problems, to optimize the blasting parameters and improve the blast performance for tunnel blasting when excavating a tunnel with limitation on blast vibration constraints by using the recent blasting experiences in MTR’s South Island Line project.

Fazilah Mat Yatim Head of GIS Projects, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia Abstract GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM PLATFORM FOR SMART ENERGY

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has embarked on enriching its GIS solutions suite for its business operations. A distribution station was chosen as a pilot project to run the business processes using GIS. This paper will focus on GIS being the fulcrum single source of truth for assets, networks and customers with other silos software through integration. GIS is now being prepared to become platform for other smart technology for example ADMS, AMI, Mobile workforce and others. GIS improves the quality of services offered to customers through smart technology. GIS solutions made TNB become a smart utility company by reducing emergency response time, reduced network outage, informed decision making and assist workforce management.

QUAH BENG CHIEH Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific, FARO Technologies, Singapore

Quah Beng Chieh is Head of Marketing at FARO Asia Pacific (headquartered in Singapore). He spearheads the marketing function across Asia Pacific (including regional offices in China, India and Japan), with responsibilities in marketing, communications, public relations, product marketing and market development. Mr. Quah has an extensive background in marketing and branding high technology products. Prior to joining FARO, he held various marketing management positions in product marketing, regional marketing, business development, and channel marketing with Hypertherm Asia, Creative Technology, Sony Marketing Asia-Pacific, and Hexon Technology. Mr. Quah has a Bachelor in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

Abstract Digital Engineering Our Way to A More Efficient Project Workflow

Current business environment cultivates a growing appetite for speed, where business demands are to be satisfied as efficiently, and as cost-effectively, as possible. At the same time, businesses are inundated by a tremendous load of data. How do businesses then harness the data to zero in to the crucial points, and thus make the right decisions quickly? Adoption of industrial digitalization has been gaining ground, with no small consideration to Industry 4.0. Digitalization transforms the way industrial projects are managed from beginning to end, and it empowers businesses with greater clarity on project progression. This brings about improved efficiency and control over budget.

Nurizana Binti Amir Aziz Meteorological Officer, National Climate Center (NCC), Malaysian Meteorological Department, Malaysia

Nurizana is a Meteorological Officer at National Climate Center (NCC), Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD). She started her career as a meteorological forecaster for aviation before joining NCC as a coordinator of Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS). Additionally, she is the officer incharge of ArcGIS software due to the important growth in GIS technology and earth observation at MMD. NCC as the custodian to Malaysian Meteorological data has produced many geoinformatic climate products. Beside the Agroclimatic Outlook reports she is also involve in other NCC GIS product’s as well. She shares her knowledge and experience using ArcGIS to her colleagues as an internal trainer at MMD. Nurizana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physic from University of Malaya, 2005 and Master’s in Climate Change from University of East Anglia, 2015.


Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS) is a general indicator of many factors affecting the physical aspects of fire. It's indicate the probabilities for a fire to start, spread and how intense it will be. In addition, it can be applied for monitoring and early warning of fire risk areas. Hence, the main objective of implementing the FDRS at Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), is to provide an early warning of forest fires potential. In Southeast Asia the peat forest has been assess as a potential fire risk area, which can cause tick haze if it burns. The early warning indicator from FDRS provide information's to fire manager's agency, which can assist firefighting operations before it becomes critical. FDRS used at MMD is adapted from the Canadian Forestry Service (CFS), which is implemented in cooperation with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) after a large forest fires and transboundary haze occurrence in ASEAN, 1997. FRDS products are officially shared among users at MMD website starting from 2001 until the present. Additionally, MMD is not only responsible for generating FDRS for Malaysia, but MMD is responsible to generate the FDRS codes for the ASEAN Countries. The FDRS codes are generated everyday using a geospatial software. Six codes are interpolated from fire weather parameters, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and precipitation amounts. The codes are named as Fine Fuel Moisture Code (FFMC), DUFF Moisture Code (DMC), Drought Code (DC), Initial Spread Index (ISI), Build Up Index (BUI) and Fire Weather Index (FWI).

Muhammad Helmi bin Abdullah Director - Research and Technical Development Division, Malaysian Meteorological Department Abstract PREDICTION OF OIL SPILL TRAJECTORY IN THE MALAYSIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS WITH THE MMD-JMA OIL SPILL MODEL

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD) is an important member of the Malaysian National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (MNOSCP). MMD's main role is to provide advice on the expected weather and sea conditions to enable the safe and efficient planning of any activities relating to an oil spill incident especially those that involve field operations. MMD's other role is operationalising the MMD-JMA Oil Spill Model (MJOSM) in order to generate forecasts of the trajectory of the oil spill. The MJOSM was adapted for use in the Malaysian waters from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)'s Oil Spill Model. The MJOSM can also be used to forecast the trajectory of a drifting object such as a boat, which has a stalled engine, to facilitate Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. The MJOSM had been successfully used in the past to forecast oil spill trajectories for oil spill incidents which occurred in The Straits of Malacca,the world's second-busiest waterway. The main inputs of the MJOSM are current, wave, surface wind and the location and type of the oil spill. Based on these inputs, the MJOSM will produce oil spill trajectory forecasts which are displayed on a high resolution map.

Yasushi Shimoyama Director General, Geospatial Information Department, Geospatial Information Authority, Japan Abstract Social and economic effect of surveying, portraying and safeguarding land in Japan

Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), as a national organization, has collected and developed basic surveying/mapping information, and based on it, private sectors has built a variety of business. Positioning, which is the base of survey, is greatly owed to GNSS. Our "GEONET" (The GNSS Earth Observation Network system) started the service in 1994, which are composed of about 1300 control points and analysis system, and is used for investigating crustal movement as well as public surveying. Some companies distribute raw data with some information of accuracy, and they estimate a prospective use as unmanned construction and agriculture. In addition, airborne laser survey with GNSS receivers has been executed by about a billion yen per year. DEM, collected by laser survey, is an important information for disaster mitigation. Moreover, MSS (Mobile Mapping System; Usually cameras, a laser scanner GNSS receivers are set on a car) has greatly contributed to updating large scale maps. In addition, fundamental map data by GSI have been used in various fields. Social effect of mapping and surveying will be shown, focusing on the methodology of an effective outreach.

Mark Sorensen President, GPC Group, UAE Abstract SDI+ - Smart Development Infrastructure for Sustainable Development and Investment

Traditional Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) necessarily focused on the "supply side" perspective of making commonly needed accurate and authoritative data available across government and the public. As data has become more generally available, the challenge is now shifting to ensuring that this valuable asset is used to achieve maximum positive impact. This is critically important in developing economy situations where effective, coordinated spatial planning and investment is crucial to the achievement of sustainable development goals and aspirations. This presentation proposes an extension of the traditional SDI approach to an SDI+ (Smart Development Infrastructure) model that adds a proactive function for connecting geospatial data and technical resources to those government and societal activities where they can do the most good, and how these principle are being applied in three international case examples.

Joe Francica Managing Director, Location Intelligence Solutions, Pitney Bowes, USA Abstract Location Intelligence: A fragmented market creating new business opportunities

Location intelligence (LI) is no long just a market segment dedicated solely to understanding the applications and use cases of geospatial technology for businesses and commercial entities. There are at least three horizontal technology segments including location analytics, operational geoprocessing, location intelligence visualization ("LIViz"). Location analytics looks to support the integration of geospatial technology with business intelligence. This may entail the application of spatial statistics, map algebra and other forms of spatial modeling. Operational geoprocessing takes transactional data, data in motion or data lakes and provides standard geospatial operations such as geocoding, distance calculations or geoenrichment to large volumes, sometimes called "big data." LIViz is the "view" into both location analytics and operational geoprocessing. Maps are still important in many use cases. The ability to understand the proximity relationships among and between data entities helps us to better interpret geographical phenomenon. Today, both the traditional geospatial technology and the business intelligence solution provides are creating and melding new visualizations types to better support the ability to discern geospatial relationships. In all, the growth of the opportunities in each segment is creating some very interesting competitive dynamics, as well.

Ryan Almonte Sales Engineer, FARO Singapore, Singapore

Ryan is a FARO BIM/CIM Sales Engineer handling the 3D Documentation product line which includes the terrestrial and handheld laser scanners ensuring creation of complete solutions and awareness for their diverse applications. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geodetic Engineering from the University of the Philippines and has ten years of extensive experience handling different spatial technologies in the fields of GNSS, GIS and Surveying.

Jackson Cham Technical Sales Manager, Bandwork GPS Solutions, Malaysia

Bandwork GPS Solutions Sdn Bhd has been serving the geospatial industry with leading-edge technologies and solutions across diverse field of applications, including land surveying, mapping, construction, agriculture & etc. They also provide consultation, support, trainings and seminars to government officials and private sector employees on a regular basis. Bandwork GPS Solutions Sdn Bhd has been appointed by FARO as the Malaysia Distributor for 3D Documentation products.

Mr Jackson Cham holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Degree from The University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a certified trainer for FARO Laser Scanning Products with FARO Asia Pacific. He has been leading implementation of innovative laser scanning solutions for geospatial applications and projects in Malaysia.

MOHD HARRIS MOHD ISMAIL BIM Director, Ascension Technology, Malaysia

Mohd Harris Ismail is actively involved in BIM consultation, research, teaching and training. He is currently a BIM Director and checker for several Mega Projects in Malaysia through Ascension Technology Sdn. Bhd. Previously he was a Deputy Director of the IBS Center and helms the Construction IT Department in CIDB facilitating the development of cutting edge technology for Malaysia's construction industry.

Laurent Michel Chief Marketing Officer, Intersec, France

Laurent Michel is Chief Marketing Officer at Intersec. For the last 20 years, he has successfully worked in mobile and internet business, in France and abroad, with responsibilities including product management, strategic partnerships and marketing. He is a highly skilled executive, specialized in developing new businesses in high-tech services. Thanks to a mix of curiosity and pragmatism, he has been able to assess complex markets and successfully manage challenging projects.

Abstract Unlocking new revenue streams with location

For the past 10 years, Intersec has been enabling mobile operators to leverage geolocation data for the creation of new services by providing them with solutions to:
- scale up geolocation from individual to mass-scale and in real time
- create actionable contextual insights with fast data
- add intelligence to monetize new services

For the last 2 years, we have applied our solutions to the Smart Cities area, leveraging data from various sources.

We worked on a 1st Tactical Urbanism experience in Paris City, in partnership with Cisco, for the refurbishing project of the "Place de la Nation" (huge square in Paris). Given our ability to make sense of massive amounts of data from very different sources, our unique technology was just what Paris City needed to take an informed decision, based on facts for the refurbishing of the Square.

We also helped RATP-Dev, operator of the Open-Tour tourist buses in Paris to better understand their customers by gathering and analyzing data: based on Wi-Fi on board, Bus GPS tracking and ticketing revenue, Intersec recalculates on-board densities, providing RATP Dev with insights on stop (hops in/out) and buses frequency.

We wish to share our experience as we believe other cities and companies could benefit from it.

What you'll get:
- An understanding of what can be done and what it takes to leverage Geolocation data
- A panel of real world use cases to monetize location data
- Reference benefits from actual experience

Brig Gen Ricardo Nepomoceno Chief of Command Center, Armed Forces of the Philippines

Brigadier General Ricardo A Nepomuceno is presently the Chief, Armed Forces of the Philippines Command Center (AFPCC). As a Command and Control facility at the GHQ level, the AFPCC provides the AFP leadership with situational awareness and common operational picture to facilitate direction, control, coordination and monitoring of current administrative, combat and civil assistance operations. BGen Nepomuceno has distinguished himself as Commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10th ID by sustaining the gains of the Internal Peace and Security Operations in Davao del Norte and Davao City which consequently led to the declaration of these areas as Peaceful and Ready for Further Development. He also served as Commander of the 80th Infantry Battalion, 2nd ID which was tasked to secure the National Capital Region where he led his unit in clearing and securing the Makati Commercial and Business District from mutinous soldiers.

Nirarta Samadhi Country Director, World Resource Institute, Indonesia

T. Nirarta 'Koni' Samadhi, Country Director, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia. WRI is a global research organization. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is one of the tool developed by WRI in collaboration with more than 70 partners to enable everyone monitor the forest dynamics almost real time including fire and haze hazards.

For five years until December 2014 he was a Deputy Minister at the President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4). UKP4 supports the President of Indonesia to monitor and facilitate the delivery of national priority development programs. As a Chair of Working Group on Forest and Peatlands Moratorium Monitoring at National REDD+ Task Force (2010) he facilitates the One Map Movement (2011) which currently evolving into One Map Policy.

Abstract Global Forest Watch: the role of NGO's managed geospatial information to support countries' sustainable development

Sustainable development is a concept that balance economic development, social benefits and environmental conservation to achieve equitable, viable benefits for global humanity and is bearable for our mother Earth. First part of the presentation will introduce Indonesia as one of the largest natural resource-based economy countries that suffers from side impacts of national development, such as severe drought season, forest and land fires, loss of biodiversity, high carbon emissions from land sector, increasing risk of floods to major Indonesian cities, threat to food security and others.

This will continue to the explanation about the importance of geospatial infrastructure and information, key components, and its enabling conditions which are critical to support national development in Indonesia, as the country is geographically an archipelago, whereas information access and connectivity are important to deliver equal development to more than 13,400 islands across the country. How to properly structure and manage geospatial data and information is subsequently explained, describing Law No. 4/2011 on National Geospatial Information. Also, five pillars of National Geospatial Information Network (Jaringan Informasi Geospasial Nasional/JIGN) including institutions, policy, technology, common standard and human resources, set out under Presidential Regulation No. 27/2014, are further explained and the challenges are also explored. The issues of data transparency as key critical component to generate robust information and accountable public policies are thus laid out, providing several examples from current WRI projects, such as Global Forest Watch and One Map policy initiative at landscape level.

Keywords: sustainable development, geospatial information, natural-resources based economy, data transparency

Dr. JunSeok Lee Senior Researcher, LX Spatial Information Research Institute, South Korea Abstract THE STUDY OF INSURANCE PREMIUM RATE GIS MAPPING CONSIDERING THE STORM AND FLOOD HAZARD RISKS

Recently, the number of natural disaster occurrence is increasing because of abnormal changes of weather in Korea. In Korea the storm and flood insurance system is in effect to prevent these natural disasters. The national storm and flood insurance Premium rate is very low and the risk of adverse selection resides because of choosing by who lives in high risk area. To solve these problems, the storm and flood insurance rate map are required. In this study, the prototype of storm and flood insurance premium rate map of the Ulsan, Korea was made and the method of GIS analysis for the insurance premium rate calculating and the procedure of the Ulsan storm and flood insurance rate map were researched.

Asep Yusup Saptari Lecturer, Geodesy and Geomatic, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia Abstract Assets Data Inventory Based on Building Information Modelling

A building has assets such as structure and property inside the building. Assets investigation and identification require assets management process. Commonly, assets management process still use conventional method. This method has weaknesses in spatial and information updating. In recent years, the spatial data acquisition technologies developed fastly. One of the technologies is Building Information Modeling (BIM) from Laser Scanning data. Given both technologies, the building or structure may be modelled in three-dimension from point cloud data. In some countries, such technologies was implemented in office complex and public facilities modelling, and further may be used for the process of building assets management. According to a number of literatures, the application of BIM to the process of assets management may increase efficiencies of time, energy, and cost. In addition, the application of BIM increases accuracy in terms of spatial and easy to identify assets location as well. By using Laser Scanner, the three-dimension data on the entire contents of building may be taken and then used to construct a three-dimension model. The complete three dimension model than integrated with assets data, to construct three dimension assets information.

Deric Tay Asia Sales and Distribution Manager, Trimble, Singapore

Deric Tay is the Asia Sales and Distribution Manager based in Singapore, for Trimble's Geospatial Division. He works with Trimble's customers and distribution partners throughout the region delivering geospatial solutions utilizing surveying, mapping, and spatial imaging technologies. Prior to Trimble, Deric worked for the Sony Electronics throughout Asia as a Sales Manager in the field of manufacturing He holds a Degree in Marketing Management in Business from University of Otago, New Zealand.

Abstract Enabling Sustainability and Productivity with Geospatial Technology

Abstract Employing the newest technologies for geospatial data collection, processing, and later to aid better decision making is becoming an essential part of the technology investment strategies of both government and private enterprise. Often, however, technology investment is viewed in a narrow silo focusing on a single project or job, and broader societal benefits are not highlighted. With a number of its latest offerings, Trimble is cultivating a portfolio that enables the real benefits of geospatial information to be realized that increase productivity and sustainable plantation. His talk will primary focus on oil palm plantation management.

Rizky Firmansyah GIS Analyst, World Resource Institute, Indonesia

Rizky Firmansyah holds bachelor degree from Geophysical Engineering Institut Teknologi Bandung. After graduated, he worked in IT & Mapping Consultant as programmer for one year and a half. Six months after then, he became GIS Manager whom responsible for developing Web GIS application both in back and front-end environment. Currently, he is managing spatial datasets to collecting and collating from open and proprietary sources and producing relevant web map application.

Abstract Large Scale Deforestation Drivers Analysis using GIS and Contextual Information: a Case Study of Indonesia

Indonesia's rainforests has suffered from the second highest deforestation among other tropical countries reported by FAO (Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015). This marks the concern of Government Indonesia to release the Moratorium Policy in 2011 to combat deforestation and reducing emission of greenhouse gases. We are interested to study: 1) major drivers of deforestation in Indonesia and how much forest cover loss annually from 2001 to 2015; and 2) the effectiveness of the moratorium policy. The initial data we used are: global tree cover loss, primary forest cover, and degraded forest produced by University of Maryland. We analyzed the data in GIS environment overlaying tree cover loss and forest cover with timber plantation, logging concession, mining, and oil palm concession which are available through Global Forest Watch platform. We found that the trend of deforestation in Indonesia fluctuated and reaching its peak in 2012 with annual forest loss 928.000 ha, and diminished until 2015. Surprisingly, in Papua, the trend increased steadily and reached the highest rate in 2015 with 106.000 ha forest loss. The major drivers of deforestation are mainly due to agriculture expansion, oil palm plantation, logging, and mining suggesting that the moratorium had little effect on forest protection.