On 13th November 2019, Kenyatta University will participate in the international celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology; the GIS Day 2019. The celebrations will bring together academia, industry, government, the private sector and other players to learn, share and exchange ideas on the real-world application of GIS. This year’s theme for the GIS Day is Discovering the World Through GIS and Kenyatta University’s rallying call is GIS for the Big 4 Agenda. With the invited speakers, focus shall be placed on urban development and petroleum energy as an enabler for affordable housing and manufacturing respectively through 2 keynote addresses:
GIS for Oil and Gas exploration and exploitation - Gabriel Sanya (Tullow Oil)
GIS for Urban Development - Edwin Wamukaya (Urepi)
Each of the keynote addresses will be followed by panel discussion from experts and contributions from the audience who will engage in a conversation about the critical issues surrounding urban development as well as oil and gas exploration.
There will be two GIS clinics on 11th and 12th November from 9:00 – 1:00pm at the KU GIS lab Room EF03 at the 8:4:4 complex as follows.
GIS Clinic 1 – Monday 11th November 2019: Effective use of ArcScene for 3D modeling of terrain and drainage flow accumulation modeling for flood risk assessment.
GIS Clinic 2 – Tuesday 12th November 2019: Land Suitability Mapping for Sustainable Development using Earth Observation (remote sensing)
Efficiency, sanitation, protection and use of the environment are some of the core aspects of urban development. A survey report published by the World Bank in 2019 indicates that over 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. This figure is set to increase by 1.5 times in the next 25 years. There is an urgent need to plan for growth and provide the basic services such as infrastructure, and affordable housing to meet the needs of the growing populations. The government of Kenya has planned to provide affordable housing through the Vision 2030 blueprint and the Big Four Agenda. GIS has become a significant component of urban planning. It leverages on earth observation techniques to deliver real-time data on a wide range of development issues such as climate change, water quality, and air pollution.
Sustainable energy has been identified as a key enabler of the Big 4 Agenda. The government of Kenya has made efforts to diversify energy sources in the country, with a major emphasis on affordable energy. Although oil and gas exploration in Kenya dates to 1950s, where several studies were done to determine the viability of hydrocarbon deposits in the Lamu Basin, it was not until 2012 that commercially viable oil discovery was made in the Turkana Basin. This was followed by significant gas discoveries in offshore Lamu Basin. With these discoveries, new challenges have emerged. Substantial emphasis has been placed on the impact of oil and gas exploration on ecosystem integrity.
It is against this background that Kenyatta University in partnership with other stakeholders in the GIS Industry has organized to celebrate GIS DAY, an annual international event promoting the importance of geography in research, education and decision-making. The GIS Day shall be marked by the keynote speeches along with presentations and demonstrations by students illustrating real-world applications of GIS technology in their learning environment.
The application of GIS is growing exponentially in classrooms and educational institutions across the globe, making 2019 GIS DAY the most beneficial event to share your success story and to view others’ stories. Join us at Kenyatta University BSSC Room 14 on 13th November 2019 to learn, exchange ideas and most importantly, have fun! Register Here to attend the GIS day events, it is all free.
To attend any of the 2 clinics (limited to only 50 participants – open invitation) Register here
All are welcome. Download the GIS Day Poster