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  • FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM Sixth Caribbean GIS Conference

    November 12-16, 2012 Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Spatial Technologies - Critical Thinking for Critical Times

    Welcome! The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has previously presented five conferences focused on the effective application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies within the Caribbean. Previous conferences took place in Jamaica (2001), Barbados (2004), the Bahamas (2006), the Cayman Islands (2008) and Trinidad and Tobago (2010). In total, more than 1,000 individuals have attended previous programs. The inaugural URISA Caribbean Conference in 2001 took place at this exact location in Montego Bay and we are excited to be going back to where the first conference occurred! We hope the conference will be a valuable contribution to your professional development. Objectives of URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference:

    • To inform a broad cross-section of Caribbean users about GIS technology and applications • To share experiences regarding GIS implementation and management issues • To establish new relationships with the vendor/consultant community • To provide workshops and sessions that are application driven, and are relevant to the Caribbean community of GIS users • To foster a Caribbean GIS network • To assess the state of readiness of national and regional Spatial Data Infrastructures

    GISCI points earned for attending one workshop and this conference = .6 Education Points

  • Conference Sponsors URISA could not have hosted this event without the generous contributions of our sponsors:

    Platinum Sponsor

    Gold Sponsors

    Bronze Sponsors

  • 2012 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference Committee The Conference relies on the expertise and efforts of the volunteer conference committee members to present an important educational event. As in previous years, the conference committee is comprised of a well-known group of GIS professionals representing government, academia and the private sector from across the region and the world. URISA is honored to count the following individuals as part of the 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference Committee: 2012 Conference Chair - Valrie Grant, GISP, GeoTechVision Enterprises 2012 Program Chair - Nadine Brown, Planning Institute of Jamaica Program Committee Members: Jamaica

    • Ranford Campbell, GISP, National Land Agency • Tanya Hay - Noranda Bauxite • Tricia McLean - Government of Jamaica

    Trinidad • Fidel Omar Ali - Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and

    Tobago • Desmond Dougall - GISCAD Limited • Earl Edwards, PhD - CaribAnalytix Consultancy • Nicholle Frontin, GISP - Petrotrin • Bheshem Ramlal, PhD - The University of the West Indies • Prof. Jacob Opadeyi, PhD - (2010 Conference Chair ) - The

    University of The West Indies Barbados

    • Craig Batstone - GeoOrbis Bermuda

    • Quinnell Francis - CompuCAD • Kevin Mayall, PhD, GISP - Locus

    Canada • Tony Sani – Sani International

    Cayman Islands • Alan Jones (2008 Conference Chair) - Cayman Islands Land &

    Surveys • Garry Green - Dart Enterprises Limited

    Grenada • Shawn Charles - Grenada Electricity Services

    Guyana • Vijay Datadin -

    St Kitts • Edsel Daniel, PhD, GISP, Byrne Spatial Consulting*

    United Kingdom • Alan Mills - Alan Mills Consulting

    US Virgin Islands • Theresa Parris - Office of the Lieutenant Governor • Eric Linzey - Territorial Emergency Management Agency

    United States • Cecille Blake - (2001 Conference Chair) – United Nations • Damian Graham - Esri • Edwin Joseph - Eastern Michigan University • Lisa Kay S. Lewis, GISP - Thomson Reuters • Peter Rabley - Thomson Reuters • Steven Schill -The Nature Conservancy

    Announcing the Dr. Edsel Daniel GIS Poster Competition at the

    URISA 2012 Caribbean GIS Conference

    We Remember Long-Time URISA Caribbean Conference Committee Member and Friend:

    Edsel Daniel, PhD, GISP Byrne Consulting - St Kitts

    Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee

    URISA - The Association for GIS Professionals - is a leading provider of learning and knowledge for the GIS community. URISA connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement. We strive to provide exceptional educational experiences, a vibrant and connected community, and the essential resources you need to be successful in your career.

    701 Lee Street, Suite 680 Des Plaines, Illinois 60016 USA

    Phone: 847/824-6300; Fax: 847/824-6363 [email protected],

    URISA Staff at the Conference:

    • Wendy Nelson – Executive Director, [email protected] • Pat Francis – Meeting Coordinator, [email protected]

  • Welcome from Valrie Grant, GISP – 2012 Conference Chair On behalf of the conference planning committee, it is an inestimable pleasure to welcome you to the 6th Caribbean GIS Conference. It is noteworthy that this year marks the second time that the URISA Caribbean Conference will be held in Jamaica. The inaugural conference was held at the same hotel (then the Wyndham Rosehall) in September 2001. The Committee is delighted that the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference has returned to its birthplace and has planned a very informative conference program. We extend a special welcome to all delegates who have joined us for the URISA Caribbean High Level Geospatial Information Management meeting. To our first time conference attendees, an extra special welcome to the Caribbean GIS family, and for our long time attendees, welcome – it is always good to spend this time with you. The Caribbean GIS Conference features keynotes from industry Leaders. We are honoured to have presentations from Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB, Mr. Geog Gartner and Mr. Everton Hunter. Also planned are a number of relevant workshops and a series of insightful sessions. The successful organization of the 6th URISA Caribbean GIS Conference has benefited from the talents, passion, time and energy of many volunteers, the dedication of the URISA Staff and the support of many sponsors all of whom I would like to thank as well as welcome to the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference 2012. In addition to the excellent educational feast that is planned for you, your visit to Jamaica would be incomplete without taking a moment to enjoy beautiful Montego Bay. If you have time for it hop over to Ocho Rios or down to Negril (after the conference of course.) Welcome to Jamaica and to the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference 2012. I look forward to talking with each of you during the course of the week. Please have a very productive conference!

    Registration Registration will take place in the foyer of the Rose Hall Ballroom on the First Floor of the Hilton Rose Hall. At the Registration Desk, you will receive your registration packet (including the Final Program, tote bag, name badge, and other pertinent materials). Registration hours are as follows:

    Monday, November 12: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 13: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday, November 14: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday, November 15: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday, November 16: 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

    Note: Name badges must be worn for access to conference sessions and events. Also, do not leave personal items (laptops, purses, etc.) unattended in meeting rooms.

    Exhibition - An Exhibitor Directory appears in this program. During URISA’s Caribbean GIS Conference, you can check out the very latest technology being offered by the top GIS and IT vendors — all in one place. Take this opportunity to compare and contrast the technology and services that are currently available to make your agency work more efficiently and effectively. Challenge the representatives to offer solutions and go home with the answers to your technology needs. The Exhibition is open during the following hours:

    Wednesday, November 14: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday, November 15: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Friday, November 16: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

    Meeting Room Locations

    • First Floor – The keynote sessions will take place in the Hanover Ballroom and the Exhibition is adjacent in the Rose Hall Ballroom. One breakout session is scheduled in the Mount Zion/Cornwall room, on the far side of the Rose Hall Ballroom.

    • Second Floor - Breakout sessions in these rooms: Falmouth, Trelawny, Port Antonio, and Negril.

    Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at, or participation in, URISA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to URISA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities. The URISA Conference welcomes participants of any sex, age, race, color, nationality, sexual orientation and ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, nationality, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies. The URISA conference complies with the American with Disabilities Act. Educational programs planned and presented by URISA provide attendees with relevant and rewarding continuing education experience. However, neither the content (whether written or oral) of any course, seminar or other presentation, nor the use of a specific product in conjunction