Name: Karl Kliparchuk
Organisation: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd
Role: GIS Business Manager
I am a consultant registered with the ADB. I specialize in computerized maps, the visualization of natural resource databases of information on maps, and training people how to use/update these maps so that they are effective tools in a person's daily work. I have worked in the SE Asia region ( Malaysia , Indonesia , Singapore and the Philippines ) on various Canadian CIDA-funded projects since 1989. Last year I completed a mapping user needs analysis study for a large company in Indonesia , which necessitated work both in Jakarta and at a remote location. In May-June of this year, I went back to Indonesia, to create the geographic databases, and provide training in how to use ArcGIS software for managing their assets and the natural environment around it. I would like to offer my Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite remote sensing services and cartographic skills in producing accurate base maps upon which the goals for this project can be measured and monitored. A key component I feel for this project is to have a base line of information about the natural resources, after which you can input changes and then compare against the baseline to determine level of success and areas for improvement. A baseline map, upon which you overlay thematic information, such as village locations, their industries, types of fish in rivers, land cover, forest cover, etc, is a very important first step in the natural resource management process. Sometimes just viewing a map with this information helps people quickly and easily identify problem areas and helps guide project initiation and phases. I enjoy working with people together for a common goal of making a better future for everyone. I work with all major GIS packages. In my last project in the Philippines , PCEEM, for example, I assisted in the development of land cover maps for watersheds in Cebu and Davao Cities from satellite imagery, taught people how to use GIS for watershed management, and how to update their maps using satellite imagery.