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Geospatial Technologies and Applications Training Workshop & User Conference

GIS Workshop and Exhibition 2019

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The 2019 GIS Workshop and Exhibition was organized by the Department of Geography and Rural Development, in partnership with Sam Houston State University – Department of Geography and Geology, USA. This partnership was sponsored by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with the collaboration between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Department of Geography and Rural Development, and Sam Houston State University – Department of Geography and Geology, USA. The workshop was month-long, starting from July 1 to 26, 2019. The GIS training workshop was climaxed with an exhibition which was held on July 26 on the theme, “the role of location data in socioeconomic development”. The GIS Exhibition activities included: a keynote speech, a panel discussion, oral and poster presentations, presentation of certificates, and networking.

There was a total of 52 participants from diverse disciplines and industry, including planning, geography and rural development, engineering, environmental science, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Power Distribution Services Ghana limited (PDS). A total of eight (8) modules ran at the workshop included: Start-up GIS, GIS for Fieldwork, Basic Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Raster Data Analysis, Processing of Remote Sensing Imagery, Basic Python for Geospatial Programming, and Spatial Network Analysis. Participants had hands-on experience using open source software (QGIS and SNAP) and commercial software (ESRI-ArcGIS). The workshop participants undertook poster projects based on problem-solving through teamwork which were presented at the GIS Exhibition. Certificates of completion and recognition were given to participants and resource persons respectively, together with awards for the first, second and third Best Posters presented at the GIS Exhibition.

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Dr. Gift Dumedah, in delivering the welcome address at the GIS Exhibition said “… the event has brought together GIS users, analyst and developers towards building a common agenda for GIS use in Ghana and other parts of the world.” He explained that GIS combines technology, data, and people to answer questions about our natural and man-made world. In relation to the theme of the Exhibition, he said that location data are information about the geographic position and associated description of features, things, events and activities. Location data is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as it underlies many of the pressing societal challenges such as rapid urbanization, poor waste management, crime and security, climate change, food and water security, over-exploitation of forest, oil and mineral resources. He emphasized that GIS has now become a new common language for professionals, widely required by industry as geographic information are used to power millions of decisions in almost every sector of society and government.

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The Chairman, Prof. Samuel Adu-Prah applauded the GIS Workshop participants for their hard work in learning and undertaking their problem-based projects. He emphasized the critical contribution of higher education and research towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He said “… research, teaching, and community engagement are needed to develop new knowledge and innovations, skilled professionals, and collaborative work with all stakeholders to contribute towards local, national, and global impact.” He proposed a research, teaching, and community engagement center “Center for Geospatial Technology”. This Center in the University would serve as an incubator for location data to be harnessed to propel cross-discipline use towards socioeconomic development at the local and national levels. He called on the organizers to work with the University administration to make this happen.

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Dr. Divine Odame Appiah, who delivered the keynote address underscored the use of location data in socioeconomic development. He cited examples in settlement planning where orthophotos are often used to develop planning schemes; the Ghana Post GPS Digital Address System used to enhance postal operations and related services; and the street naming operation being undertaken by the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority. He singled out revenue mobilization as one of the critical challenges where location data should be used to augment Government’s effort in revenue collection. Finally, he emphasized that a comprehensive integration of location data into various operations including settlement planning, service delivery, infrastructure development, and revenue mobilization will speed up socioeconomic development in the country.

The Panel Discussants were drawn from a broad range of GIS expertise including Dr. Joshua Arthur — Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi; Ing. Surv. Mrs. Naa Lamkai Quaye-Ballard — Building & Road Research Institute (BRRI); Mr. William Hagan Brown, CSIR — Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG); Mr. Justice Amoah – Municipal Coordinating Director, Oforikrom Municipal Assembly; and Rev. Dr. John Ayer — Geomatic Engineeering, KNUST.

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Dr. Joshua Arthur talked about the use of GIS and location data in public health for disease tracking and surveillance. He joked on the relationship between paracetamol and location; emphasizing the distribution of paracetamol to areas of high demand. He said location data plays a critical role in disease incidence and prevalence where the assessment of time, place and person are important in ensuring public health. He said that location data has become so important in the face of the country’s Universal Health Coverage, which aims to ensure the health of all people everywhere in the country. He emphasized that GIS will help address crucial questions about how to identify disease burdens and target medical interventions. He concluded that improved location data will mean improved resource allocation and effective intervention targeting.

Ing. Surv. Mrs. Naa Lamkai Quaye-Ballard emphasized the critical role of location data for infrastructure development, particularly for the construction and built-up industry. She mentioned that the BRRI of the CSIR utilize all levels of location data acquisition technologies including Theodolites, Total Stations, Handheld and Survey GPS, and UAVs (or Drones). She said that inaccurate location data results in issues such as land disputes and that land boundary problems are widespread in the country. In the construction industry, accuracy of location data is required to be at the millimetre to centimetre level, thus careful consideration is needed in the acquisition of location data. She said UAVs hold a great potential in the acquisition of accurate, large coverage and affordable location data.

Mr. William Hagan Brown said that it is widely recognized that Ghana’s forestry has been depleting at a very high rate since the 1980s, particularly linked with the introduction of the chainsaw used in the extraction of wood. Most forestry investigations have been field based usually covering geographically small areas. He said, with location data technologies such as remote sensing, data on large areas of the forest can be quickly acquired and assessed to investigate pressing issues such as deforestation and land degradation. He said that several GIS efforts are being made at FORIG, and that location data are being used to ensure that forestry products are replenished. For example, through the identification of suitable sites for nursery, seed orchards and improving plantations. He emphasized that location data will play a critical role in determining the true state of Ghana’s forestry, and that GIS will facilitate efforts to assess human activities and their impact on forest, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Mr. Justice Amoah said that the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly uses location data in their work, particularly in the planning and coordination of physical and socioeconomic developments. The preparation of layouts is a critical responsibility of the Assembly where location data is essential. He said location data are used in the identification of flood prone areas, disease areas, revenue collection, property rates and assessments. He decried the lack of collaboration among government agencies in sharing data, particularly location data. He said that there need to be a greater coordination between location data users to minimize duplication, reduce damage to infrastructure and improve the delivery of public services.

Rev. Dr. John Ayer described the role of academia in the acquisition and use of location data. He said that academia is primarily involved in training of people on the technologies for location data acquisition and the integration of geospatial data sets from different sources. He explained that academia stands at a unique position to facilitate the sharing of location data, and proposed the establishment of a Geospatial Data Clearinghouse. He emphasized that data sharing and integration is critically important to addressing several challenges relating to access of location data and harmonizing these data for socioeconomic development in the country.

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Prof. Charles Marfo who delivered the closing remarks encouraged the participants to continue to work together, digest the best available evidence and ideas from all quarters, access the best available knowledge, and develop a shared understanding of the challenges ahead of us. He emphasized that the GIS forum can provide the foundation to build a local community of GIS experts, which is needed to address issues of common concern such as data sharing, local data standards, data collection campaigns, and many more. He said, there are mutual GIS initiatives that are beyond the sphere of individual experts or any single organization. This vision, he says, fits into the Chairman’s remarks for the establishment of a Center for Geospatial Technology at the KNUST campus.

The principal members who planned and run the workshop and the exhibition, and their respective roles are briefly outlined in the Table below.

Team Member Role Notes
Divine Odame Appiah Convener Involved in planning workshop and exhibition
Samuel Adu-Prah Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in planning and moderation of workshop and exhibition and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Gift Dumedah Lead Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Led the planning and moderation of workshop and exhibition and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Samuel Ato Andam-Akorful Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in planning and moderation of workshop and exhibition and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Ekow Nyamekye Tawiah Instructor, and Resource person Organized for resources, delivered instruction at the workshop and assist with exhibition
Fiifi Odiansah Turkson Instructor, and Resource person Organized for resources, delivered instruction at the workshop and assist with exhibition
Esther Opoku-Agyemang Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Dari Ema Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Gabriel Kpevu Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Franklin Mesi Mensah Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Raphael Amofa-Baah Lab manager Managed computer lab, software installation, audio-visual and internet

List of Presentations

Oral Presentations

1. Estimation of Soil Erosion in the Three Northern Regions of Ghana using GIS, by: E. Salifu, W. A. Agyare, N. Kyei-Baffour, G. Dumedah.
2. Improving Ghana’s street naming and addressing system using UAV datasets, by E. N. Tawiah.
3. Spatial modeling of lymphatic filariasis distribution in Ahanta West District, by: D. A. Asare, S. A. Andam-Akorful, A. Senkyire-Kwarteng.
4. Investigating surface area changes of the Songhor Lagoon, by: O. Mensah, F. Atsitogbui, E. Talen, S. A. Andam-Akorful.

Poster Presentations

1. Possible areas of fire outbreak and the availability of fire hydrants on KNUST Campus, by: Odjeawo Joshua Dometeye, Glover Kunyam, Anthony Adu-Gyamfi, Adjei Francis, Adjei Amoakohene.
2. GIS analytical maps of malaria prevalence in Ghana during the period 1995 to 2006, by: Elizabeth Mensah, Dennis Nkansah, Abigail Baffour Owusu Snr., Lawrence Antwi, Agyapong Owusu Evelyn, Abigail Baffour Owusu Jnr..
3. GIS analysis of the 2016 Presidential election in Ghana, by: Claudia Etornam Amuzu, Frank Abalo Mensah, Kwaku Opoku, Emmanuella Kusi Boadum, Aboagye Nana Yaw.
4. Site selection for a new Sports Complex on KNUST Campus, by: Andrews Ofosu, Josephine Tetteh, Kingsford Adane, Patrick Oppong, Josephine Thywilll Katsekpor, Evelyn Serwaa Asare.
5. Regional distribution of B.A Geography and Rural Development degree admissions at KNUST, 2015 - 2018, by: Bezelebie Victoria Asor, Joseph Yaw Yeboah, Alhassan Joseph, Iddrisu Suale, Emmanuel Oppong Afriyie, Ebenezer Amoah.
6. The availability of bus stops for easy transportation on KNUST Campus, by: Claudia Etornam Amuzu, Odjeawo Joshua Dometeye, Patrick Oppong Agyemang, Edwin Kwabena Nti, Louis Robertson Amarh.
7. Assessing the spatial distribution of waste bins on KNUST campus, by: Frank Abalo Mensah, Ebenezer Gyampoh Amoah, Kwaku Opoku, Charles Boahene.
8. Operational use of open spaces on KNUST Campus, by: Kingsford Duadu Adane, Lawrence Antwi, Abigail Baffour Owusu Jnr..
9. Analysis of Vegetation Health in relation to settlement growth, by: Anyimadu Antwi Frederick, Claudia Etornam Amuzu, Asamoah Dominic.
10. Spatio-temporal changes of lake bosomtwe (2004-2019), by: Victoria Ayeh, Augustina Osei-Tutu, Odjeawo Joshua Dometeye, Emmanuel Oppong Afriyie.
11. Change in Land Surface Temperature in Ashanti Region, by: Kwaku Opoku Gyawu, Iddrisu Abubakari, Fosu Richmond.
12. The impact of settlement planning on vegetation cover , by: Patrick Oppong Agyemang, Louis Amarh Robertson, Kingsford Duodu Adane, Gabriel Alexander Kpevu.
13. Encroachment analysis along Ayeduase-Kotei road open street map data, by: Odjeawo Joshua Dometeye, Eric Tweneboah Kodua, Patrick Oppong Agyemang, Kingsford Duodu Adane.
14. Spatial analysis of climate variability and malaria prevalence in Ghana, by: Joseph Yaw Yeboah, Abubakari Iddrissu, Ebenezer Gyampoh Amoah, Charles Boahene, Lawrence Antwi.
15. Site suitability mapping of solid waste on KNUST Campus, by: Augustina Osei-Tutu, Lawrence Antwi, Edwin Kwabena Nti, Ebenezer Gyampoh Amoah, Frank Abalo Mensah.
16. Determining vulnerable flood prone areas on KNUST Campus, by: Frederick Antwi Anyimadu, Dominic Asamoah, Anita Agyei Bonsu, Abigail Owusu Baffour Snr..
17. Developing effective routing of trucks for solid waste collection on KNUST Campus, by: Ellen Onyina, Francisca Amankwaah, Gabriel Alexander Kpevu, Precious Ugochuwku Amadi.
18. Accessibility of bus stops on KNUST Campus, by: Kingsford Duodu Adane, Eric Tweneboah Kodua, Gabriel Kisseih-Dogbe, Frederick Antwi Anyimadu, Emmanuel Forson Ansah.
19. Identification of roads and buildings vulnerable to different flood levels on KNUST Campus, by: Emmanuel Oppong Afriyie, Odjeawo Joshua Dometeye, Anita Agyei Bonsu.
20. Evaluating the accessibility of health care units around KNUST, by: Okyere Precious Adwoa, Gabriel Out Kisseih Dogbe, Adjei Ofosu Jefta.
21. Assessing the quality of police service in Asokori Mampong Municipality, by: Edwin Kwabena Nti, Charles Boahene, Tei Mensah Prince, Amadi Precious Ugoehukwu.

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GIS Workshop 2018

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The 2018 GIS Workshop was organized by the Department of Geography and Rural Development, in partnership with Sam Houston State University - Department of Geography and Geology, USA. This partnership was sponsored by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program with the collaboration between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Department of Geography and Rural Development, and Sam Houston State University- Department of Geography and Geology, USA. The workshop was four-week long, and started on July 6 and ended on July 27. A closing ceremony was held to present certificates to participants on July 27, which coincided with the closing of the first international conference, on Geography and Development.

There was a total of 35 participants from diverse disciplines and industry, including architecture, geography and rural development, engineering, environmental science, soil science, and Volta River Authority. Participants were made up of professionals from industry, academia, graduate and undergraduate students. A total of four modules run at the workshop are: Start-up GIS, GIS for Fieldwork, Basic Remote Sensing, and Spatial Analysis.

Participants had hands-on experience using both open source software (Quantum GIS and SNAP) and commercial software (ESRI-ArcGIS). All participants were given one year full ESRI ArcGIS student version software. Certificates of completion and excellence were given to participants and resource persons respectively.

The principal members who planned and run the workshop, and their respective roles are briefly outlined in the Table below.

Team Member Role Notes
Divine Odame Appiah Convener Involved in planning workshop
Samuel Adu-Prah Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in planning, moderation, and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Gift Dumedah Lead Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Led the planning, moderation, and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Samuel Ato Andam-Akorful Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in moderation, and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Kelvin Mawuena Gbesemete Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Ekow Nyamekye Tawiah Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Fiifi Odiansah Turkson Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Raphael Amofa-Baah Lab manager Managed computer lab, software installation, audio-visual and internet

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GIS Workshop 2017

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The 2017 GIS Workshop was sponsored by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program with the collaboration between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Department of Geography and Rural Development, and Sam Houston State University- Department of Geography and Geology, USA. The workshop was five-week long, and started on June 19 and ended on July 20. A closing ceremony was held to present certificates to participants on July 21, which coincide with the launch of the Department’s journal.

There was a total of 145 participants from diverse disciplines, including architecture, geography and rural development, economics, planning, engineering, and environmental science. Participants were made up of professionals from industry, academia, graduate and undergraduate students. During the five weeks, participants of the workshop covered key areas in the application of geospatial technology - namely GIS Data Models, GPS Data Collection & Integration, GIS Workflows, GIS Major Operations, Georeferencing, Geodatabases, GIS Data Quality, Map Production, and Choropleth Mapping.

Participants had hands-on experience using both open source software (Quantum GIS) and commercial software (ESRI-ArcGIS). All participants were given the one year full ESRI ArcGIS student version software. Certificates of completion and excellence were given to participants and resource persons respectively.

The principal members who planned and run the workshop, and their respective roles are briefly outlined in the Table below.

Team Member Role Notes
Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei Convener Involved in planning workshop
Samuel Adu-Prah Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in planning, moderation, and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Gift Dumedah Lead Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Led the planning, moderation, and delivery of instruction at the workshop
Emmanuel Garsonu Convener, Instructor, and Facilitator Involved in planning and moderation of the workshop
Abigail Assuamah Yeboah Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Isaac Verberk Mensah Resource person Organized for resources, and assist workshop moderation and tutorial
Michael Oduro Lab manager and technician Managed computer lab, software installation, audio-visual and internet
Derrick Owoahene Acheampong Lab technician Managed computer lab, software installation, audio-visual and internet

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