Ben Hur S. Pintor

geomatics specialist and geospatial programmer

experience

Individual Consultancy and Engagements

GIS Systems Developer
USAID - International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Strengthening Urban Resilience through Growth and Equity (SURGE) Project
Aug 2017 – present

  1. Provides technical assistance in establishing a Centralized Geographic Information Management System (CGIMS) in Zamboanga City
  2. Assessed the existing infrastructure and technical requirements needed for implementing the CGIMS

Computer Programmer
UNICEF – Philippine Geographical Society (PGS)
Child-Centered Participatory Approaches and GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction Phase 2 (CPAG-DDR 2)
Dec 2016 – Jun 2017

  1. Developed a QGIS plugin that performs Multi-Hazard Child Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping using different indicators.
  2. https://github.com/benhur07b/mhcvam

Lead Web Developer

  1. Municipality of Bongabon, Nueva Ecija
  2. City of Imus, Cavite
  3. Hope for Lupus Foundation, Inc.
  4. H&WB Asia Pacific (Pte Ltd) Corporation


Philippine Renewable Energy Resource Mapping from LiDAR Surveys (Phil-LiDAR 2: REMap)

Senior Science Research Specialist
Jul 2017 – present

  1. Leads the development of the project’s webGIS application (using Django, PostGIS, Leaflet, etc).

Research Associate
Jun 2014 – Jun 2017

  1. Developed RS-based and GIS-based methodologies for assessing the solar energy resource and selecting suitable sites for solar PV installations in the Philippines.
  2. Wrote an automation script that decreased the processing time of the solar energy model by 33%.(r.sun.remap.clear.monthly)
  3. Created a web-scraping tool for downloading Linke turbidity coefficient values (remap-solar-download-linke) and weather station data in the Philippines.
  4. Developed scripts for the analysis and summarization of the solar radiation data from the project’s pyranometers. (remap-solar-pyranometer-data-analyis)
  5. Handled the implementation of GeoNode in the project (https://remap.dream.upd.edu.ph)
  6. Mentored partner institutions on the workflows and methodologies developed by the project.
  7. Provided GIS trainings to partners and stakeholders of the project
  8. Conducted fieldworks for installing pyranometers across the Philippines.

education

2017 - present: MS Geomatics Engineering (GeoInformatics), National Graduate School of Engineering

2015 - present: Juris Doctor, University of the Philippines College of Law (on hold)

2014: BS Geodetic Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman

research papers and presentations

The Resolution Dilemma: Finding the Optimum DEM Resolution for Large-Scale Solar Energy Resource Assessment using r.sun
The 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Metro Manila, Philippines (Oct. 19-24, 2015)

  1. Analyzed the effect of using different DEMs as inputs to the r.sun solar energy model

CourtVisionPH: A System for the Extraction fo Field Goal Attempt Locations and Spatial Analysis of Shooting using Broadcast Basketball Videos
FOSS4G (Free and Open-Source for Geospatial) 2015 Conference, Seoul, South Korea (Sept. 14-19, 2015)

  1. Designed and developed a system using Python that extracts field goal attempt locations from broadcast basketball videos, performs spatial analysis of shooting, and presents the results of the analysis using statistics and visualizations
  2. https://vimeo.com/145083457

Solar Energy Resource Assessment using r.sun in GRASS GIS and Site Suitability Analysis using AHP for Ground-mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Farms in the Central Luzon Region (Region 3), Philippines
FOSS4G (Free and Open-Source for Geospatial) 2015 Conference, Seoul, South Korea (Sept. 14-19, 2015)

  1. Assessed the solar energy resource in the Central Luzon Region using the r.sun solar raditaion model in GRASS GIS and determined suitable sites for ground-mounted solar PV farms

workshops and talks presented

GIS Workshop
University of the Philippines in the Visayas – Iloilo. (Jun. 5-9, 2017)

  1. Facilitated the GIS workshop of Local Government Units (LGU) using QGIS under the USAID Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth and Equity (SURGE) Project on topics such as:
    1. Basic GIS Data Creation and Management Concepts and Techniques
    2. Applications of Basic GIS Analysis Concepts and Techniques
    3. Basic Mapping and Visualization Concepts and Techniques

FOSS as an Option
GIS Enterprise Workshop, KORPHIL, QCPU compund, Brgy. San Bartolome, Novaliches, QC (Jul. 5, 2016)

  1. Discussed the philosophy of Free-and-Open-Source Software and the advantages of using FOSS4G for geospatial projects
  2. Slides available here: https://benhur07b.github.io/foss4g-talk-qc-itdo/

Introduction to GRASS GIS and Scripting in GRASS using Python
FOSS4G-PH (Free and Open Source for Geospatial - Philippines) 2016, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City (Apr. 22, 2016)

  1. Discussed the history of GRASS GIS and its differences, advantages, and disadvantages over other GI.S
  2. Instructed the participants on how to use GRASS for different GIS processing and analysis
  3. Taught the participants how to create scripts in GRASS using Python
  4. Workshop available here: https://benhur07b.github.io/foss4gph2016-workshop-grass/

skills

Strong: QGIS, GRASS GIS, ArcGIS, Envi, Python, Django, CSS, HTML, JS, Git, GPS, Total Station, Levels, CAD Software (LibreCAD, Autodesk), FOSS, GNU/Linux, Office Suites (LibreOffice, MS Office)

Knowledgeable: GeoNode, Java, PHP, Ruby, Bash, Wordpress, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenDataKit

certifications

Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination (August 2014) – Top 7 (Rating: 85.00)

others

An advocate of Free-and-Open Source Software (FOSS)
Joins hackathons and automates the boring stuff during his free time
Regular organizer and attendee of maptimeDiliman (a meetup group for geospatial and mapping technology enthusiasts) and FOSS4G-PH Conference (a conference for promoting FOSS4G in the Philippines)