I am a lecturer and PhD Geoinformatics student at the Centre of Geoinformation Science in the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The goal of my PhD is to investigate the use of 3D geovisualization for spatial planning in South Africa. I will produce guidelines on how 3D geovisualizations can be included in the current spatial planning process to assist in planning and decision making. In January 2013, I completed my MSc in Geoinformatics on the orchestration of standard web services to produce thematic maps in a geoportal of a spatial data infrastructure (SDI).

My research focuses on spatial data visualization to support decision making. The research spans two disciplines: Geographic Information Science (GISc) and Computer Science; multi-dimensional geovisualization, spatial data infrastructure, open source for geospatial software and geoinformation standards. I am the scientific research secretary of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) WG II/6 Geo-graphical Visualization and Virtual Reality. I am also a member of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) sub-committee on Education and Training. Prof Serena Coetzee and I were awarded a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) small grant in 2012 for which they investigated the education and training need in South Africa.

Since 2011, I have been actively participating in international geographic standardization efforts through the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) committee ISO/TC 211, Geographic Information/Geomatics, and nationally through the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) committee TC 211, Geographic Information. I am the South African nominated expert on several projects, such as the revision of ISO 19103, Geographic information – Conceptual Schema Language, and ISO 19119, Geographic information – Services. I also chair the ISO/TC 211 Advisory Group on Outreach.