2017 Workshops

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DATE - 1st of December 2017

Workshops are available to all conference participants. 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.


Register with Miss Naomi Jackson. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You can view the list and details of workshops below.




Workshop 1. 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: University of the South Pacific, GIS Conference, Lower Campus, Laucala Bay Suva.

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 2. QGIS Customization by Marco Bernasocchi 


Marco received his Masters in Geographic Information Systems with Computer Science in 2011 from the Universität Zürich (UZH), Switzerland with a minor (including Data Structures & Algorithms, Spatial DB, Spatial, Algorithms, Network Security, Web Engineering, Web 2.0). Currently, he is a PHP Teacher at Zürcher Lehrbetriebsverband ICT, and a QGIS Consultant  at GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE MODEL foundation. He is the founder of OPENGIS.ch LLC providing custom GIS solutions. His also a Co-developer for InaSAFE (Data aggregation, vulnerable segments, …) sponsored by The World Bank and Australian aid.  A GOOGLE Summer of Code mentor of QGIS for Mobile Devices and a Lead developer and Project Manager of QGIS for Android.

See http://io.berna.io/ for more Information.

Venue: University of the South Pacific, GIS Conference, Lower Campus, Laucala Bay Suva.

Title: QGIS Customisation using Python

Abstract: Marco will provide a full day QGIS Python Plugin development walkthrough and will also be taking a look at the QField mobile app.

Requirements: Please ensure you have the latest QGIS installed from http://qgis.org/downloads/QGIS-OSGeo4W-2.18.9-1-Setup-x86_64.exe and also install the "Plugin Builder" plugin.


Workshop 3. Digital Globe Services by Andrew Steele



Andrew Steele joined DigitalGlobe in 2009, and focuses his work on disaster management applications, geospatial monitoring strategies and imagery analysis.

Andrew is a Japanese and Mandarin speaker, and serves as a Sales Engineer based out of DigitalGlobe’s office in Tokyo.

Andrew holds a B.A. from Clark University with a degree in Geography and Remote Sensing, and has over 10 years of experience in the geospatial industry.

Workshop Abstract

The workshop will go over DigitalGlobe high resolution satellite imagery application and exploitation techniques. The content will be split into reviewing specific applications in coastline analysis, usage of elevation data, and practices in disaster management. Specific technology will be introduced from DigitalGlobe, including the cloud based imagery streaming service, and the big data analytics platform—GBDX. Hands on activities will also be prepared using remote sensing software to perform basic processing functions such as image contrasting, geometric correction, and classification.

Requirements: internet connection, access to remote sensing software (ERDAS preferred) and large screen to display content from my computer (HDMI or VGA connection)


Workshop 4. Drones Services by Richard Russell 


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