The 13th South East Asian Survey Congress (SEASC 2015) with the theme “ Expanding the Geospatial Future” was held last July 28-31, 2015 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The congress was a platform for surveyors in all fields to gain additional knowledge and new frontier in the applications of advanced technology in surveying. It also provided an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their products and services which are instrumental in meeting the expanding needs and demands for surveying and spatial services in South East Asia.
There were over four hundred diverse participants during the SEASC 2015, all coming from the areas of either the academe, industry, government and non-government organizations. Among the participants of the Congress was the CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Technical Core Group—Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, Engr. Lorie Cris S. Asube, Engr. Jojene R. Santillan, Engr. Arthur M. Amora, Engr. Linbert C. Cutamora and Engr. Ronald M. Makinano. The CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 was one of the chosen few to present three research papers with the following research titles:
- Combining Geospatial Data and Numerical Models to Map and Differentiate Flooding Extents caused by Two Tropical Storms in the Philippines
- Experiences in Using LiDAR for Flood Hazard Mapping of River Basins in Caraga Region, Mindanao, Philippines
- Flood Extent Validation Surveys in the River Basins of Caraga Region, Mindanao, Philippines and its Importance in Assessing the Accuracy of Flood Hazard Maps
As part of the program, the participants were welcomed by the Congress Chairman—Mr. Chua Keng Guan—wherein he emphasized the importance and significance of the Congress. The Congress was then formally opened by Mr. Loi Hwee Yong— President of Land Surveying of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers— and Mr. Pengiran Matusin Matasan— President of the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics. While the Senior Minister of State Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Ms. Indranee Rajah was the keynote speaker during the Congress. Ms. Rajah emphasized the demand for geospatial information sector wherein Land Surveyors play a crucial role in expanding such sector to satisfy the demand of the industry.
The highlights of the Congress were the plenary and technical sessions which featured different topics with foreign and local speakers who are experts in their respective fields. There were five (5) plenary sessions conducted— Plenary Session 1: The Geospatial Visionaries; Plenary Session 2: The Geospatial Enablers; Plenary Session 3: The Geospatial pioneers; Plenary Session 4: The Geospatial Regulators; Plenary Session 5: The Geospatial Solution Providers—all of which catered the different interests of the participants.
The Congress did not only provided countless opportunities to the participants from the different fields on how to supply the ever growing demand of spatial services in South East Asia, but this was also an avenue to showcase the work of Caraga State University, specifically the researches under the College of Engineering and Information Technology.