Ben Hur S. Pintor

CORE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  1. A geospatial generalist and glass half full-stack software developer with a solid foundation on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Python Programming, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) while dipping my toes in Data, AR & VR, Computer Vision, and AI.
  2. Strong background in developing software and bespoke GIS/mapping applications (desktop, web, mobile), integrating GIS with existing systems, and providing technical support and training with an expertise on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) applications
  3. Can work with and manage a team in an Agile, research-oriented, and multi-stakeholder environment
  4. Comfortable with public speaking, dialoguing with top-level officials and executives, and coordinating with the public and private sector
  5. Adept at leveraging GIS and FOSS in research and development work

EXPERIENCE

Individual Consultancy and Engagements

Geospatial Analysis Consultant
Thinking Machines Data Science
Aug 2018 – present

  1. Provide training and consulting services on open-source geospatial software and technologies including PostGIS, QGIS, and Mapbox.

Technical Service Provider
NASSA/Caritas Philippines
#DigitalPH (Digitized Community Disaster Risk Mapping and Information for Efficient Humanitarian Response and Development Programming in the Philippines) Project
Jan 2018 – Mar 2018

  1. Developed methods to digitize the results of NASSA/Caritas Philippines Participatory Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) into usable and shareable GIS-ready formats leveraging OpenDataKit and QGIS
  2. Developed a QGIS plugin for analysis of PDRA data (https://github.com/benhur07b/caritaspdra)
  3. Developed a webmap for showing the results of the PDRA (https://bnhr.xyz/caritas-pdra-webmap/index.html)
  4. Trained NASSA/Caritas Philippines staff and other stakeholders on the use of QGIS and OpenDataKit

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

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

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
Served as the lead developer of the following websites:

  1. Municipality of Bongabon, Nueva Ecija
  2. City of Imus, Cavite
  3. H&WB Asia Pacific (Pte Ltd) Corporation


IAMBlueCECAM Project 9: WebGIS for Mapping, Supporting, Decision-making, and Promoting Ecological Services of Blue Carbon Ecosystems (BlueWebMaps)

Senior Science Research Specialist
Oct 2017 – present

  1. Currently conducting research on the development of geovisualization tools and methods -- including 3D visualizations and WebGIS applications among others -- for the management of Blue Carbon ecosystems.


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

Senior Science Research Specialist
Jul 2017 – Sep 2017

  1. Led the development of the project’s webGIS application (using Django, PostGIS, Leaflet, etc) whose main function is to allow users to determine the potential energy resource and site suitability in an area based on the data products of REMap.

Science Research Specialist II
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.
  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

MS Geomatics Engineering (GeoInformatics)
National Graduate School of Engineering (NGSE)
2015 - present

  1. Coursework include:
    1. Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    2. Object-oriented Programming for Geomatic Applications
    3. Spatial Databases
    4. Spatial Visualization
    5. Principles of Remote Sensing

Juris Doctor
UP College of Law
2015 - present (on hold)

BS Geodetic Engineering
UP College of Engineering
2014

  1. Undergraduate Research Project: CourtVisionPH: A System for the Extraction fo Field Goal Attempt Locations and Spatial Analysis of Shooting using Broadcast Basketball Videos

FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

School of Data Fellow
School of Data
Jun 2018 – present

  1. Selected as the 2018 School of Data Fellow for the Philippines.
  2. The Fellowship Programme allows fellows to deepen their data literacy skills and work alongside local partner organisations to enhance the data literacy network local to them.
  3. Currently working with School of Data and its local partners in the Philippines on projects related to data literacy, public procurement, and the Open Contracting Data Standard.

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 (Sep 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 (Sep 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

QGIS Training
Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Forum and Turnover Ceremony
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City (Jul 25, 2017)

  1. Trained and mentored participants and stakeholders in utilizing and interpreting REMap outputs using QGIS

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 Conference
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

  • RS/GIS Stack: QGIS, GRASS GIS, ArcGIS, ENVI, GDAL, PostgreSQL + PostGIS, Leaflet, OpenLayers, GeoNode, Geoserver, Mapbox
  • Programming: Python, Bash, R, PHP
  • Web-Development: HTML, CSS, Sass, JS, JQuery, Django
  • Project Management: Git, Slack, Trello, Vagrant, Docker
  • Operating System: GNU/Linux, Windows, OSX
  • Surveying: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), GPS, Total Station, Level
  • Others: LibreOffice, MS Office, LibreCAD, OpenDataKit

CERTIFICATIONS

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

OTHER INFORMATION

An advocate of Free-and-Open Source Software (FOSS)
Likes to join hackathons and automate the boring stuff
Plays basketball and goes boxing 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)