Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader and CEIT Faculty, together with Engr. Jojene R. Santillan, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Chief Science Research Specialist, attended and presented research papers at the GeoSmart Asia 2015 conference held at the Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 29-October 1, 2015. GeoSmart Asia is an annual conference and exhibition organized by Geospatial Media and Communications Sdn Bhd for the Asia Pacific geospatial community. With the theme ‘Towards the Next Big Leap,’ GeoSmart Asia delved on how geospatial has become a significant tool in the hands of businesses and nation developers, paving a smarter way to develop, progress and sustain, and the impact that this technology can create for key industries that drive the economies.
One of the many parallel activities during the 3-day conference was a technical session on Geospatial Technology in Disaster Management & Climate Change. The session gathered several researchers, scientists, decision-makers, and people from various disciplines to present and discuss research papers and projects with the aim to create awareness about the role of geospatial information in addressing various issues related to disaster management and climate change, to strengthen threat preparedness and mitigate losses. During this session, Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan individually presented two research papers which were outcomes of the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project. Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan presented “Flood Hazard Exposure Assessment of Buildings through Combined Use of LiDAR Data and Flood Simulation Models”, while Engr. Jojene R. Santillan presented “Flood EViDEns: Near-real Time Flood Event Visualization and Damage Estimations for Geospatially-informed Decision Making in Times of Flooding”.
The conference brought together more than 800 participants from the geospatial community to address the evolution, changes and innovation of geospatial technology and how the same can contribute towards sustainable development of Asia Pacific.
Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan’s participations to the conference were supported by the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 project.