BIOGRAPHY

Nor Hisham bin Mohd Ghazali
Ir Nor Hisham graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico, California, USA (1985) and obtained his Masters in Engineering (Coastal and Maritime) at UniversitiTeknologi Malaysia (2007). He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and a USA Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. Ir. Nor Hisham started as an engineer at the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Malaysia (DID) in 1987. He was appointed Director of the Stormwater Control Center, Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART), Department of Irrigation and Drainage in 2011. Prior to this, he was deputy director of DID Selangor and Senior Assistant Director at the Coastal Engineering Division, DID HQ. Ir Nor Hisham was a pioneer member of the DIDís GIS Committee in 1992 and played a key role in the establishment of DIDís coastal geoinformation system. Between 1994 to 1998, he was involved in DIDís coastal mapping projects for shoreline erosion monitoring and from 1998 to 2002 he acted as project manager for the National Offshore Sand Resource Study and led the conceptionalisation of the Tsunami Vulnerability Index Study. From 2008 to the present, Ir NorHishamís primary focus has been in flood management.

Abstract
Geospatial Technology in Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness
The Stormwater and Road Tunnel (SMART) Stormwater Control Center (SMART SCC) is a structural facility dedicated to detecting in-coming storms and diverting excess stormwater away from the flood prone areas of Kuala Lumpur city center. SMARTís diversion activity relies on the timely services of its Flood Detection System Ė a decision support system comprising SCADA, data and time series management and numerical modelling softwares. In its design, geospatial information was used for determining sensor locations, numerical modelling and traditional engineering uses. With terrain and river flow information critical to its operations, SMART SCC has a continuing need to update its numerical model. Subsequently, model predictions coupled with socio-economic geospatial and non-geospatial information facilitates assessment of flood impacts and the strategic planning of future flood mitigation works in the Klang Valley. The SMART Stormwater Control Centre is now exploring to extend GIS use into its established operation and maintenance and asset management program.
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