Corsmap is an initiative that was founded by three geomatic professionals to be a one-stop shop for all Continuously Operating Reference Systems (CORS) stations in Africa. It was founded on the premise of filling a real need to provide information about CORS in Africa to assist professionals make decisions based on their proximity to the CORS stations. Corsmap acts as a liaison between CORS providers and users with the goal of documenting, mapping and updating all the CORS stations in Africa. To achieve this we partner with professionals from individual African countries who constantly update us on the status of CORS in their country. We believe that this is a worthwhile project that will be of great benefit to CORS users in Africa because the information gathered will go a long way in lowering the costs of operations and increasing efficiency of teams.
Meet the founders
Derrick Koome is a holder of a Bsc (Geospatial Engineering) from University of Nairobi. He briefly worked in a busy Geospatial firm in Nairobi (Nile Surveys and Geo-solutions) and by the time he left was its Chief Surveyor. He started his own land survey practice soon after (Cheswick Consulting) which is based in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Derrick is a live wire with use of geodetic GPS and Total Stations as well as all the geometric calculations and software involved. When his eye is not behind a telescope he loves to write articles about survey. One of these articles was republished in an Australian magazine. When he’s not working, he loves to go for excursions, watch Liverpool play and drown the occasional beer like all good surveyors do.
Eldar Rubinov has a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics from the University of Melbourne. He worked as a hydrographic surveyor for a number of years before coming back to complete a PhD in high precision GNSS at the University of Melbourne. He then worked as a GNSS specialist for a Melbourne-based company (ThinkSpatial) where he was involved in developing a high-precision monitoring service based on Bernese software. Eldar also ran his own business in his native Azerbaijan. In 2014 he was involved in UAV demonstrations in Rwanda and Kenya as a part of the its4land project and helped organise a GNSS workshop in Ghana. He is currently working as a Technical Manager on the Australian and New Zealand SBAS testbed.
Clement Ogaja has a PhD in Geomatics Engineering (GNSS, Geodesy) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia; holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Surveying from University of Nairobi, and has worked in various capacities as a GNSS specialist, professor, researcher and geodesist in the United States, Australia, and Kenya. He is author and co-author of several research papers and articles published in journals and conference proceedings, as well as author of two books on GPS and geomatics. He has served as a technical reviewer of several journals, as a member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Surveying Engineering, academic committees, and conference organising committees such as during the IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 22– 26 August, 2005. Clement’s primary interests are in promoting the applications of technology such as GNSS and geodetic science to solving engineering and societal problems.