WHAT IT GEOBUZZ
510 volunteers and GIS experts Raymond Nijssen, Ries Visser, Arjen Crince, Aron Gergely, and Koos Krijnders attended the 2019 GeoBuzz Conference and Trade Fair organised by GeoBusiness Nederland. The conference included sessions about developments in GIS techniques, cadastre, mapping, utility companies, surveying, remote sensing, photogrammetry and large geo-related databases. More information is available on the conference website.
WHO IS IT FOR
There were over 1500 conference attendees who all use geo-information in some way. The 510 representatives who attended use GIS for various functions, for example:
- Forecasting disasters: For example, predicting when and where a hurricane might hit an island or the mainland or estimating the impact of a dam break.
- The Missing Maps project: Mapping an area which is affected by a disaster to help with logistical support. With a better understanding of roads, buildings, and population, Red Cross societies can provide better support during and after a disaster.
- Disaster prevention mapping: Mapping an area to help a local organisation or National Society to prevent a disaster.
- Damage assessment: estimating the damage to buildings and land after a flood or hurricane.
WHY IS IT NEEDED
Geobuzz provides an opportunity for GIS users from different sectors to come together and share ideas and experiences. For 510, it is both an opportunity to learn and to share our work with others who can benefit from it or may be interested in partnering with us. This meeting was also important to us because it included the founding of the Dutch QGIS User Group, co-led by Raymond Nijssen.
WHAT WE DID THERE
With the support of Ruimteschepper and Geobuzz ,510 volunteers Koos Krijnders and Ries Visser organized a mapathon for the GIS-students at the HAS and Aeres Universities of Applied Science. Koos and Ries also discussed organising future mapathons with many company representatives and conference attendees.
As the winner of the Geo-Prestige award in 2017, Koos was on the jury for this year’s award and helped present it to Niene Boeijen of Webmapper at the Geobuzz gala.
WHEN & WHERE WE STARTED
510 has been using GIS for humanitarian aid since its inception in 2016. The Geobuzz conference was held on November 19-20 in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.
Koos Krijnders and Erik Meerburg (jury) with Niene Boeijen.
HAS and Aeres students working on Haiti maps.
Written by Koos Krijnders and Elise Garton