UG opens GIS laboratory at Turkeyen Campus to boost data analysis capabilities

The University of Guyana (UG) and the Greater Guyana Initiative (GGI) have unveiled a cutting-edge Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Data Laboratory which is housed in the Hogben-Drayton Math and Science Building at the Turkeyen Campus.
This new facility is poised to revolutionize data analysis capabilities and enhance the utilization of GIS technology throughout the region. Equipped with over 20 computer systems, the laboratory marks a significant milestone in the partnership between UG and GGI.

The systems that would be used to collect data

UG Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Paloma Mohamed-Martin has expressed excitement over the launch of this facility, emphasising that this laboratory, one of eleven projects funded under the Greater Guyana Initiative, would benefit students and contribute to the country’s overall development.
Professor and Project Lead, Dr Temitope Oyedotun, has underscored the significance of the laboratory in integrating data assets from diverse sources. He highlighted the platform’s accessibility, enabling individuals worldwide to access critical data resources seamlessly. The initiative aims to bridge geographical barriers and facilitate information sharing across different regions.

The Hogben-Drayton Math and Science Building which houses the laboratory

Manager of the Greater Guyana Initiative project, Susan Scott, has praised the collaborative efforts between GGI and UG, and has emphasized their joint commitment to advancing education and fostering skills development in Guyana.
Establishment of the GIS Lab aligns with GGI’s vision of enhancing technological capabilities and nurturing competence that is vital for Guyana’s economic growth.
Negotiated in 2019, this project, part of a US$2.1 million five-year collaboration between the two entities, is supported by the Stabroek Block co-venturers: ExxonMobil Guyana Limited, CNOOC Petroleum, and HESS Corporation.
The initiative aims to double the number of engineering and tech graduates in the next three years, in addition to assisting the Faculty Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in preparing for accreditation.
The GIS laboratory stands as a testament to the innovative strides being made in advancing technology and education in Guyana. With its state-of-the-art amenities and collaborative spirit, this project heralds a brighter future for data analysis and technological advancements in the region.