Nik Mohd. Kamel bin Nik Hassan
Dato’ Ir. Dr. Nik Mohd.Kamel bin Nik Hassan is currently a Managing Director of a consulting engineering company, Dr Nik & Associates Sdn Bhd. He has been involved extensively in the field of civil engineering and maritime industry for nearly 32 years. His particular interest is in the design and construction of land reclamation, dredging and coastal protection works as well as flood mitigation works. He has undertaken numerous feasibility studies, design and providing construction management on coastal engineering projects in Malaysia and Middle-East such as in Oman and Fujairah. Amongst the notable projects were the design and construction of 240 acres of land reclamation in Penang and be the project management team for the construction of the SMART TUNNEL (combination of flood and traffic tunnel) in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to setting up his consultancy establishment, he was an Associate Professor at the Civil Engineering Faculty of University Malaya. He obtained his Ph.D. (Hydraulics Engineering) from University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, England, United Kingdom in 1985, Master of Water Resources Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Southampton, UK.

Better Flood Management With Geo information Technologies
There are many factors that will affect the direction of flood management in Malaysia for the coming years. These factors can generally be classified as global challenges, global opportunities, national challenges, national opportunities, professional challenges and professional opportunities.

The application of advanced functions of GIS in replacing manual methods in managing floods in Malaysia helps to provide a holistic approach and methodology in addressing assorted scientific and engineering issues to be studied.

The example of the enhancement of engineering outputs with geoinformation technologies is applied in different stages of flood management such as risk assessment planning, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. This relates to activities such as analysing rainfall and floods, designing mitigation measures, producing flood maps, conducting and informing the public, assessing vulnerability, pre-planning and in responding to this natural hazard.

Among the challenges being faced and the expectations to be met relate to the present issues regarding the integration of diverse spatial data from a variety of sources, and in fostering closer collaboration among the various agencies, data providers and data users. In addition, scientific understanding of the GIS advantages for professionals needs to be realized and supported for better and more sustainable flood management in Malaysia.

Interactive and efficient geospatial platforms in managing floods can and should be developed in an integrated way to further assist decision makers from various agencies and as preparation for future regional and global demands.
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