TimeWindow Title Presenters Topic
09:0010:00 Registration (intertainment)  
10:0010:20 Opening Hon. Faiyaz  Koya OPENING
10:2010:40 Philip Müller Memorial Address Audrey Aumua OPENING
10:4010:50 Conference Overview Wolf Forstreuter OPENING
10:5011:15 Conference Photo   Opening
11:1511:45 Morning Coffee
11:3511:55 The European Union's Copernicus Marine Service – Applications in the field of Ocean Governance and Climate Change Matthias Reusing DATA
11:5512:15 CSIRO and GEO Blue Planet/AOGEOSS Andy Steven DATA
12:1512:35 DigitalGlobe Satellite Constallation Peter Kinne DATA
12:3512:55 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in the cloud Ken Mathers DATA
12:5514:00 Lunch
14:0014:20 Geospatial Systems and Sharing Data Steven Ackerly DATA
14:2014:40 The Pacific GIS & Remote Sensing Councile and the Pacifiac Surveyors and Geospatial Council Wolf Forstreuter INSTITUTION
14:4015:00 Open Data and its Benefits to Society: Remembering the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Martin Isenburg DATA
15:0015:20 Afternoon Coffee
15:2015:40 Streamlining Field Data Collection in the Northern Mariana Islands Bradley Eichelberger DATA
15:4016:00 Radar Data Availability for Fiji Hirdeshni Gautam DATA
16:0016:20 >> ESRI Products << Kenna Kelly DATA
19:00?    Cocktail at USP 
    Tuesday 28.11.17  
09:0009:20 Microsoft & Windows 10 Support Problems for Trimble Warren Eade DATA
09:2009:40 Integrating External Ground Points in Forests to Create DTMs from DenseMatching Photogrammetry Martin Isenburg FOREST
09:4010:00 Accuracy Assessment of Wall to Wall Forest Change Detection in Fiji Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya FOREST
10:0010:20 Majuro Atoll: 1Meter Digital Elevation Model Improving Elevation Mapping in the Pacific Maria Kottermair DATA
10:2010:40 Digital Atlas of Micronesia A new onlineGIS standard for the Pacific Islands Maria Kottermair DATA
10:4011:00 Morning Coffee
11:0011:20 Improving collection and access to highquality statistical data Phil Bright DATA
11:2011:40 GIS and Regional & Coastal Tourism Development EIA guidelines Ryan Wright ENVIRONMENT
11:4012:00 Using supervised learning for modeling biogeochemical parameters in New Caledonia with MODIS ocean color Guillaume Wattelez ENVIRONMENT
12:0012:20 Integrating GIS tools into EIA and expanding the CESMP in Projects for economic development. The case of Port Vila Urban Development (PVUDP) Williams P. Ganileo ENVIRONMENT
12:2012:40 Improved Protect Area data in Vanuatu using opensource GIS Rolenas Tavue Baereleo ENVIRONMENT
12:4013:00 Unclear Herve Damlamian Unclear yet
13:0014:20 Lunch
14:2014:40 PACDID Nathan Smith DATA
14:4015:00 PARTner Kate Crowley Unclear yet
15:0015:20 PRNI Keleni Raqisia Unclear yet
15:2015:40 Afternoon Coffee
15:4016:00 QGIS for climate change adaptation. Case studies from three Pacific Island Countries Siu Jione CLIMATE
19:00?   Yaqona Ceremony at USP Bure 
  Wednesday 29.11.17  
09:0009:20 Ocean colour and spectrofluorimetry for the monitoring and preservation of coral reefs around Fijian Islands Cecile Dupouy MARITIME
09:2009:40 S121 Maritime Boundaries Exchange Format Jonah Sullivan MARITIME
09:4010:00 Coastlines and coast characterization exploiting geospatial cloud computing Rémi Andreoli MARITIME
10:0010:20 GIS/RS multiscale approach for the assessment of mangrove species composition and coverage Rocky Kaku MARITIME
10:2011:40 Morning Coffee
10:4011:00 The monitoring of Maritime Incident using remote sensing and cloud solution Rémi Andreoli MARITIME
11:0011:20 Estuarine Circulation in the Rewa River, Fiji Edward Anderson MARITIME
11:2011:40 Flood Hazard Modelling for Korova using Total station and UAV Imagery Suluweti Nairaitoga UAV
11:4012:00 Long endurance, autonomous deepstall landing Drone technology Richard Russell UAV
12:0012:20 Long endurance, autonomous deepstall landing Drone technology Richard Russell UAV
12:2014:00 Lunch
14:0014:20 TBC Leba Gaunavinaka Unclear yet
14:2014:40 Drone mapping of Informal Settlements in support of Census Richard Russell DATA
14:4015:00 Modeling Spatial Distributions of Endangered Species in the Northern Mariana Islands Bradley Eichelberger ENVIRONMENT
15:0015:20 Afternoon Coffee  
15:2015:40 QField New Application for Trimble Marco Bernasocchi GNS
15:4016:00 Unclear Laren Power Unclear yet
21:00?   Guided Visit through Bars in Suva 
08:4009:00 The assessment of burn wounds using photogrammetry Petra Helmholtz DATA
09:0009:20 USP Geospatial Science Programme Year 3 "We made it I" Aleen Prasad INSTITUTION
09:2009:40 ISPRS Petra Helmholtz INSTITUTION
09:4010:00 Security and Emergency Management solutions Sébastien Lagarde DATA
10:0010:20 valorizing your data and finding out the most suitable keyturn solutions Jean Massenet DATA
10:2010:40 Monitoring applications and upcoming new AirbusIntelligence services Sébastien Lagarde DATA
10:4011:00 Morning Coffee
11:0011:20 Mapping Forest Degradation Wolf Forstreuter DISCUSSION
11:2011:40 GIS & RS for Environmental Impact Assessment Paul Anderson DISCUSSION
11:4012:00 Illegal Fisheries Monitoring   DISCUSSION
12:0012:20 GIS & RS Disaster Application Litea Biukoto DISCUSSION
12:2012:40 UAV Application Herve Damlamian DISCUSSION
12:4013:00 Open Source Development Sachindra Singh DISCUSSION
13:0014:20 Lunch    
15:0015:20 Afternoon Coffee    
19:00?   Closing Cocktail at SPC GEM      
     Friday 01.12.17       
09:0012:00 Workshops    
   Saturday 02.11.17      
12:0017:30    Picnic at Sandbank Suva Reef   Commander 1, Iara  

We're also pleased to announce a map and poster competition for University students and a first Proffessional category. Tertiary students in the region and GIS & RS proffessionals in the public and private sectors are invited to particioate with their studies and work on any topic regarding GIS and RS and its use. The competition aims to encourage geospatial thinking and to award outstanding students and proffessionals in GIS learning , reserch and applications.

Awards will be made during the conference closing cocktail.

Below are some winning entries from 2016.

2016 BEST MAP BY Mr Semisi Keteilagi, University of the South Pacific


 2016 BEST POSTER BY Mr Viliame Vocevuka, University of the South Pacific

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DATE - 1st of December 2017

Workshops are available to all conference participants for free. It always proves to be a popular and important activity, that takes places a day after the conference, concurrently in different locations. These locations are usually at the SPC, Geoscience Division Campus in Nabua and at the University of the South Pacific , Laucala Campus.

Various GIS and Remote Sensing experts from the region and from the international arena will be conducting the workshop, with topics and hands on activities useful to the development of the Pacific region. This is an exciting opportunity to learn and progress your skills on the latest GIS and RS evolution.


You can view the list and details of workshops below.




Workshop 1. QGIS Customization by Marco Bernasocchi


Workshop Details coming soon................


Workshop 2. GIS&RS Tools for Environmental Impact Assessment by Ryan Wright of SPREP


Workshop Details coming soon................


Workshop 3. Lidar Application and Point Cloud Mapping by Dr Martin Isenburg


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. Dr. Isenburg has created a popular suite of LiDAR processing software modules called LAStools that is the flagship product of rapidlasso GmbH, the company he founded in 2012. The LAStools software suite has deep market penetration and is heavily used in industry, government agencies, research labs, and educational institutions alike. This efficient LiDAR processing software combines robust algorithms with efficient I/O and clever memory management to achieve high throughput for data sets containing billions of points. See http://rapidlasso.com for more information.

Venue: Univerisity of the Soth Pacific, Laucala Bay , Suva,  Lower Campus.

Title: Processing LiDAR and Photogrammetry Point Clouds with LAStools

Abstract: Dr. Isenburg will start with a short intuitive introduction to LiDAR processing using examples of different projects such as flood mapping in the Philippines, archaeological finds in Polish forests, mapping biomass in Thailand, elevation errors of up to 25 meters in official government maps derived with photogrammetry that are uncovered by vegetation-penetrating lasers in the Canary Islands (Spain).

This is followed by a hands-on morning session during which attendees will perform the core steps of a LiDAR processing workflow on their own Windows laptops using the software and data provided. We will touch upon parts of (1) LiDAR quality checking such as pulse density, coverage, and flightline alignment, (2) LiDAR preparation (compressing, tiling, denoising, classifying), and (3) LiDAR derivative creation (DTM and DSM rasters, contours, CHM or DSM rasters). In the afternoon we switch focus from LiDAR to photogrammetry point clouds that - at least for smaller areas - are fairly easy and cheap to create with low-cost drones and dense-matching software. We learn about the common difficulties of processing these point clouds into a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) in the presence of vegetation or excessive low noise. 

Requirements: Any computer or laptop with Windows operating system and 10 GB (or more) hard drive space. Enough power outlets.


Workshop 4. UAV Data Capture and Analysis by Herve Damlamian ( TO BE CONFIRMED)



Workshop 5. Radar Image Enhancement and Interpretation Hirdeshni Gautam (TO BE CONFIRMED)





2016 Conference Workshops

(2nd December)


These workshops are availble to all conference participants. Please submit your Names and which workshops you would like to attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or Vilisi Tokalauvere.

Workshop Discussion Topic
Field to Web via QGIS and QFields
Marco B
Water Coference Room, GSD Office(Directions)
Fundamentals of OpenStreetMap
Nate Smith and Mhairi O'Hara
School of Geography Computer lab, USP (Directions)
Crisis Management for Spatial Teams
Mark Garvey
School of Geograpy Computer lab, USP(Directions)

Workshop 1 Directions


The Field to web Via QGIS and QFields workshop will be held at GSD. Intrested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 

Workshop 2 Directions





The Fundamentals of OpenStreetMap Workshop workshop will be held at School of Geography, Computer Lab, USP. This is located at the universities lower Campus. Intrested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 


Workshop 3 Directions



The day long course is delivered as six lectures, two personal exercises and two group exercises. Participants will gain access to all course materials, starter kit templates and a number of noteworthy presentations and references. The Crisis Management for Spatial Teams workshop will be held at School of Geography, Computer Lab, USP. This is located at the universities lower Campus. Interested individual will need to find their own transportation to the workshop Venue. 


Nate Smith and Mhairi O'Hara