Workshops

GWD2017 – PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Groundwater information – the National Groundwater Archive and Opensource QGIS
presented by Nicolette Vermaak and Immo Blecher.

Workshop: Sunday, 15 October 2017
Time: 9am to 5pm (lunch included)
Venue: Spier Hotel and Conference Centre, Stellenbosch

The Groundwater Information Systems workshop will appeal to all that deal with data and processing of data. The National Groundwater Strategy (NGS) recognizes that “the regular collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information are fundamental for any programme of groundwater management that wants to influence policy, decision makers and public opinion”. The NGS further notes that the “lack of information and lack of access to information are the two issues widely identified by experts and stakeholders as constraining the development of effective strategies and policies for managing groundwater”. In this regard Ms Nicolette Vermaak of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will present at the workshop the National Groundwater Archive (NGA) – what information is available on the data base and how to use it? The NGA is the DWS web enabled database system that allows capturing, viewing, modifying and extraction (dissemination) of groundwater related data.

Immo Blecher will also introduce QGIS at the workshop. QGIS is the best and most powerful GIS tool in the free and open-source software community. Like any of its commercial competitors QGIS can create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information. It can open numerous popular file formats, including shapefiles, imagery, digital elevation models and spatial layers on MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and many other databases.

Participants at the workshop require their own laptops.

Cost of the full day workshop: R 1200 excl. VAT (workshops only available to conference delegates)
Includes: The presentations will be made available to participants. Three refreshment breaks and lunch

NOTE: Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Workshop

The Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Workshop being presented by Prof Keith Fifield is now being run through Stellenbosch University. Please contact Dr Jodie Miller for details jmiller@sun.ac.za