Big Digital Data in Geosciences

Theme: Geoscience Innovation

Stephen Hine obtained a BSc Honours degree in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand. He participated in mapping, sampling and drilling for the establishment of the Sidi Barrani feldspar mine in the Northern Cape.

He joined the Council of Geoscience and was working on the origin of cobalt in the Bushveld Complex when he was asked to design and establish a computerised mapping facility for the CGS. He was part of the team that designed and developed the South African Mineral Resources Database (SAMINDABA) and the kimberlite database and introduced Esri’s ArcInfo product into the organisation.

Stephen founded GIMS (now ESRI South Africa), a spatial information management company representing ESRI in South Africa.  He was responsible for the development of spatial information management systems for the Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini Metropolitans, the Department of Water Affairs, Mondi, Sappi and Anglo-American Exploration as well as many other companies. He also founded GISCOE, a spatial information services company where he pioneered the development of spatially enabled business processes to help produce better information systems.