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November 13th, 2019 11:00 AM   to   1:30 PM

The info-packed agenda is outlined below and is FREE to attend, but places are limited to 25 so registration is a must. Get your ticket now to avoid disappointment!


11.00-11.05 : Welcome – Rico Santiago, Chair, AGI NI

11.05-11.35 : Exploring the Spatial Component of Building Deterioration – Brian Johnston, Senior GIS Scientist, QUB

Across the world, humanity has constructed our most prominent religious, civil and cultural buildings using stone. As a result, understanding how masonry deteriorates over time is essential to preserving these structures for future generations. Deterioration processes are spatially complex whether they are explored at a block, wall or building scale. For this reason, geospatial tools are being used to map the extents of material loss and to investigate potential causes.

11.35-12.05 : ETL in a new world – John Byrne, Senior Data Engineer, Mapàil Ltd.

This is a journey from disparate legacy systems as we evolved from the dark ages into a new world! Along this journey we will touch upon concepts such as 'what is an ETL', 'Should I build my own or buy it?'. Finally look at different types of tools such as FME, Rabbit MQ and Kafka exploring their strengths, weaknesses and differences. By the end we will have a better understanding of these concepts and how they apply to us as GIS people.

12.05-12.35 : Urban Design Strategies for Residual Spaces: A Focus on Green and Blue Infrastructure – Katie Tener, GI Specialist, OSNI

Looking specifically at Sailortown in Belfast, this presentation examines how public participation and landscape analysis can enable better decision making in planning and urban design. The aim of the project was to create urban design strategies which incorporate green and blue infrastructure into residual public space. It was required that these strategies be in line with the Greater Clarendon (Sailortown) Masterplan published in 2016 and the decision was made to focus on green and blue infrastructure due to the upcoming Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan for the city as well as the increasing global focus on the effects of climate change on the urban environment.

12.35-13.30 : Networking Event – Pizza and soft drinks


QUB Geography Dept.
Elmwood Building, Room 01/009
Elmwood Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

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