Experience

Dr Booysen has more than two decades’ experience working with geographic information systems (GIS), which he gained whilst working on projects for the government, local authorities and the private sector. He has also gained skills in spatial representation and interpretation by through his involvement in projects related to the engineering environment.

He specialises in spatial analysis, data processing and data visualisation. His technical responsibilities include evaluating data; digitising, editing and converting spatial and non-spatial data from various formats; working with large datasets to enhance spatial information and manipulating data in ESRI’s ArcMAP, with extensions 3D Analyst, Network Analyst and Spatial Analyst.

Herman focuses on GIS and disaster management and has undertaken and managed the development of GIS for district and local authorities. He has also conducted extensive work in the field of disaster management, including the development of disaster management plans (DMPs) and risk analyses. He developed GIS techniques to be used in disaster risk assessment and specialised in disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Herman obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography from the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa, in 2001. He is registered with the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), of which he was the National Chairperson, as well as with the South African Geomatics Council of which he is also a council member. He is also a professional member of the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS). Herman is also a member of the Disaster Management Institute of South Africa (DMISA).

Herman is a parttime Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State.

Academic Achievements:

  • The ATKV Academic Price for the best academic article in Afrikaans (South African
  • Academy for Science and Art)
  • The Douw Greef Price – South African Academy for Science and Art outstanding contribution to the academy.

Project experience

  • Development of a Disaster Management Plan for the Northern Cape Province.  Disaster Management Specialist. The project entails the development of a comprehensive Disaster Management Plan for the Province.
  • Disaster Risk Assessment for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. Disaster Risk Specialist, The projects entails the analysis of possible disaster risk for the metro and mapping it.
  • Disaster Risk Assessment for Saldanha Local Municipality. Disaster Risk Specialist, The projects entails the analysis of possible disaster risk for the municipality and mapping it.
  • Disaster Risk Assessment for Saldanha Local Municipality. Disaster Risk Specialist, The projects entails the analysis of possible disaster risk for the municipality and mapping it.
  • Disaster Risk Assessment for Sarah Baartman District Municipality. Disaster Risk Specialist, The projects entails the analysis of possible disaster risk for the municipality and mapping it.
  • Spatially Verification and mapping of all Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Projects in Northern Cape, South Africa. Professional GISc Practitioner (Geomatics Professional). The project entails the mapping of all projects of Rural Development projects and the capture of attribute data for these projects.
  • Development of an Emergency Preparedness Plan for the Bram Fischer Building, Bloemfontein, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Disaster Risk Specialist, The project entails the development of emergency preparedness, including an evacuation plan and roles and responsibilities during an emergency.
  • Compilation of geographic information system (GIS) strategy for Griekwaland-Wes Korporatief (GWK), Free State Province, South Africa, Griekwaland-Wes.
  • Development of a fire master plan for Fezile Dabi, Free State Province, South Africa, Fezile Dabi District Municipality.
  • Compilation of disaster risk assessment for Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State Province, South Africa, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
  • Development of disaster management plans (DMPs) for all the local municipalities of Limpopo, Limpopo Province, South Africa, Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoHSTA).
  • Capturing of the electrical network in Lesotho with a global positioning system (GPS), Lesotho, Lesotho Electric Company (LEC), 2010 – 2011, Project Manager/Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist.
  • Northern Cape agriculture flood impact study, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, University of the Free State (UFS).
  • Disaster management plan (DMP) for Namakwa District Municipality, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, Namakwa District Municipality.
  • Commissioning of ArcGIS server, Free State Province, South Africa, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
  • Water disaster management for the Maputo and Incomati River Watercourses, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland, SRK Consulting, 03/2009 – 08/2011, Disaster Mitigation Specialist
  • Disaster management for Khara Hais Local Municipality, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, Khara Hais Local Municipality.
  • Disaster management for Kimberley, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, Sol Plaatje Local Municipality.
  • Geographic information system (GIS) for demand-side management (DSM), Free State Province, South Africa, CENTLEC.
  • Solid waste round balancing, Free State Province, South Africa, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality
  • Needs assessment for the implementation of a geographic information system (GIS), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).

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