Geo-Conference Concludes

| 04/09/2008

(CNS): Real-world advances in geo-technology were the focus during the recent weeklong Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Caribbean Conference, hosted by the Cayman Islands’ Lands and Survey Department/Cayman Land Info. Scientist Dr David Maguire delivered the keynote address. “A little bit of science goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of millions of people,” he told delegates.

“This dynamic field is emerging as an important platform for spatial data analysis and modelling,” a government release reports him as saying.

Following talks on topics such as probability models, data ’mash-ups’ and neo-geography, the event concluded a day short but richer in real-life experience. The realities of Gustav-related weather had reinforced the importance of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology for weather and climate-change forecasting, amongst a range of other applications.

Condensed to four days, activities included plenary sessions, special presentations and networking, prior to delegates departing for their respective countries early on Friday morning before Hurricane Gustav’s anticipated arrival.

Participants represented Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as many other Caribbean countries including Cuba, plus the US, Canada and the UK. There were also exhibition booths featuring the latest in related technology and applications.

In addition to Cayman Land Info, sponsors include International Land Systems, HP/KirkISS, Re/Max, CIREBA, Cayman National Banks and Scotia Bank and exclusive telecoms sponsor Digicel, as well as a range of engineering, computing and real estate companies – from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts welcomed guests at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 27 August. Also present were Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson, Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing Chief Officer Kearney Gomez, and Deputy Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn.

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