Willy Simons has worked in the geo-spatial industry, since coming to Kenya in 1994. Over the last 18 years in the capacity of Founder and Managing Director of several companies. Among them Esri Eastern Africa, Oarkar Services and currently Spatiality He combines his vast industry experience with qualifications in agricultural science, geo-spatial technology, business and project management. Willy cares about leadership, competitiveness and productivity and wants to use his skills to leave this world a better place. See more here LinkedIn Qn: I was looking to have this interview in Swahili, so it's just fair for me to ask this first. You've been in Kenya since 1994 roughly 23 years, how's your Swahili? Ans: I have a basic understanding of Swahili, and have been taking lessons since last y...
Hi! My name is Laban Karanja - currently working as a Solutions Engineer with Esri Eastern Africa. Sounds like a grand title but it basically means that my job is to craft ArcGIS - based solutions for people/organizations who need them. I wasn't always into GIS (actually most of the people I work with would tell you I'm more into the 'IS' part of it than I am the 'G') - I stumbled onto it when I applied for a job at the company I currently work for. I studied Telecommunication Engineering at JKUAT many moons ago but never managed to join that sector. GIS was a bit more welcoming and I'm glad that I ended up here. Hobbies? I'm all about sleep, watching and listening to audio interviews and reading articles about the music business. You can find Laban on Twitter @sowanch also
Charity Mbaka is currently a student at JKUAT taking GIS. Charity is actively learning GIS programming especially WebGIS technologies. She's also an FX (special effects) artist for Mekan Games @MekanGames a local game development startup, founded by a team of students at JKUAT. Charity enjoys music (vocals and the trumpet) and food. @charity_mbaka Qn: What are some of the exciting projects you have worked on? What are you working on now? Ans: Working on Zunguka was a great opportunity for me. Zunguka is a navigation and information guide for institutions, taking JKUAT as a case study. This is purely a GIS System that we developed together with my two other friends and it won the JKUAT TEch Expo 2016 with enormous support. I have also worked on Craving Carrots, a video game where th
This article was inspired by a recent discussion on a Whatsapp group Do you think traditional GIS desktop apps will become redundant given the rapid developments in SaaS, PaaS etc? What's your take? With the proliferation of Cloud computing, especially considering it offsets your organization infrastructure costs allowing you to invest in what matters, software service, we've seen numerous new technologies and concept emerge within geospatial technology Internet of things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, 3D Mapping and BIM, Smart Cities concepts. So are these the future of Geospatial technology? Are we looking at something more? Is desktop application loosing ground to cloud based solutions? First, let agree on this; I believe desktop application will be replaced by cl...
Having graduated with BA Geography from Moi University majoring in GIS, currently I'm a RS/GIS Analyst/Python Developer at CIAT. I have purposed to mentor GIS students in Universites of Nairobi, JKUAT and Moi University on GIS, Remote Sensing and GIS Programming just after graduating in Sept 2016. Apart from sitting in front of computers I have a Social life which I always keep private. I love Roller Skating as an outdoor activity and hanging out with kids. Find me on Linkedn @Pondi Brian and Facebook Qn: What inspired you to dive into GIS? PB: To be honest, it was a “good accident”, the then Joint Admission Board (JAB) gave me a Geography Degree course in Moi University, as opposed to Computer Science and Technology degrees which I applied for, after the introduction to GIS a
As 2017 approaches, you probably analyzing your 2016, noting your failures and successes and have decided to compile a check-list for the new year's resolutions on matters Geo. That's really good of you. In the beginning of 2016, I set out some measures to ensure I kept growing my skills in this industry and I have seen a tremendous growth in terms of skills related to the Geospatial realm. I will share some of the ways I have made this possible and I hope you will become a better GIS professional in 2017. Take a GIS Course The GIS sector is growing fast and technology is changing fast too. As a professional, you need to be at pace with 'things' in your area of specialization. You could take a refresher course on some of the areas you think you need help or some guidance on the changes
GIS development is one of the fastest growing part of GIS that every professional is seeking to delve into. Developing GIS programs is quite a process and requires great concentration on the deliverable. Resources to help in learning this kind of development are available, though not all, but do not exist in unison. Mostly, beginners have difficulties in finding these resources and end up spending days, months or even years before they finding quality material that they need. In this post, I highlight a few GIS blogs that are great for GIS development and offer well-documented guides for achieving a task. Follow along. The list is not exhaustive, and it gives room for more blogs from you. There exist so many blogs on GIS. From experience, if you have a blog you have seen or used and...
The use of GIS in different industries has exploded with the advent of such technologies like Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent that facilitate data analysis and sharing within users on the web or a network. In sharing spatial data with partners, stakeholders, clients and the public, we foster development and creation of knowledge bases that help governments and the private sector to make timely and well-structured decisions in terms of planning and analysis. This therefore calls for professional work execution by experts from the Geospatial realm to help industry attain sustainable development as planned in their goals and objectives. In this article, I will share six important aspects to be considered when developing web mapping applications; Communicati
James, a young land survey expert, was very tired and annoyed from a long day in the field with no success. He sat on the first seat he could find after a long struggle with his laptop bag, the total station, hand-held GPS, the tape and other things that he barely needed for his fieldwork. “Could things be any better?” These are the questions he asked himself every day after the hard work with no or little fruits. Would there be a day he would go out using a map to give him the exact route to follow to a given destination without going through or over fences and getting lost every day, not knowing the owner of the land and as if it is a must to have two or more owners of the same piece of land and not that they are partners everyone owned that land independently, disagreement with neig
With the advent of numerous technologies in the Geospatial sector, web mapping has become a must-have skill when handling spatial data in this realm. Sharing information across nodes, devices and users is vital to allow for faster project execution and management. Today, creating web maps has become an easy task taking into consideration that some platforms require little to no programming skills, no licenses and no massive servers to launch. I have been testing some of these platforms within a duration of about one year and have seen great improvements by the teams behind these platforms. Starting from ArcGIS Online, QGIS Cloud, GIS Cloud, Mapbox, CartoDB and Mango. Today, I will demonstrate the procedures involved in making maps with Mango. First, you can find out how Mango works by