About KU GIS Lab

Kenyatta University GIS Lab is located within the 8:4:4 Building Complex at the main campus along Thika Road.

The Lab provides a platform for practical training of GIS and Remote Sensing and its application in a spectrum of industries that include Agriculture, Health, Transport & Communication, Security, Tourism and Hospitality, among others. The Computing capacity in the Lab comprises of 40 Desktop Stations with fast-speed internet access. Students and staff members can also access Wi-Fi internet through the Eduroam Wi-Fi access points.

The University signed up for the Esri Campus wide license. The license allows students, staff members and researchers affiliated to KU to access Desktop GIS Software, ArcGIS Online, Web and Mobile Native tools for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data that can be geographically referenced.

COVID19 GIS Hub in Kenyatta University

The Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly throughout the world since its outbreak in Wuhan Province of China in December of 2019. Barely three months after the outbreak the devastating health and economic effects of the disease are currently being felt in poor and rich countries. The common response to the pandemic in all countries is severe restriction of population movements by governments. The emerging evidence shows that the disease affects the elderly disproportionately more than the youth. However, little information exists on how the effects of the restrictions if people are obeying it and of the disease spreading pattern itself.  Some members of the community are already feeling the socio-economic and health impacts of COVID19. It is on this premise that the spatial knowledge community in Kenyatta University saw the necessity of consolidating various data sets to develop solutions that can help to understand the impacts of COVID19. The Hub comprises a team of volunteers, including former and current students, staff members and technical support team from our partners.

Statement of Acknowledgement

We express gratitude to Kenyatta University administration for providing leadership and guidance necessary for implementing this project. We acknowledge the following for coordination and technical support:

Kenyatta University, Webmaster

In view of the immense and meticulous undertaking required to prepare the various spatial visualization products, and in consideration of the limited time and constrained on resources, we recognize and express sincere gratitude to the team members listed below. This platform would not have been possible without their voluntary support. The team is made up of current and former students of Kenyatta University, staff members from diverse fields and knowledge base. We sincerely acknowledge their time input and technical skill that enabled the development of the Covid’19 visualization platform and the applications therein.
We also acknowledge the input from friends of KU GIS Lab – The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in the Treasury, The Diseases Surveillance and Epidemic Response Unit (DSERU) in the Ministry of Health, and The National Disaster Operation Centre (NDOC) in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Prof. Simon M. Onywere,

Prof. Simon M. Onywere,

Associate Professor Department of Environmental Planning and Management and Director Capacity Development and Consultancy Services Onywere.simon@ku.ac.ke +254-20-8703845
Alex A. Asige

Alex A. Asige

Technical Staff, Department of Environmental Planning & Management asige.alex@ku.ac.ke +254-208703698

Coordination, Technical Support,
ArcGIS Online administrator & Solutions Development

James Karanja

James Karanja

Staff Directorate of ICT(Online Communication)

Website Development, System Administration and Development

Mariam Mazera

Mariam Mazera

MSc. Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University.

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Marie Omedo

Marie Omedo

MSc. Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University.

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Fredah Cherotich

Fredah Cherotich

MSc. Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Faith Muga

Faith Muga

MSc. Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation.

Nduta Karanja Esther

Nduta Karanja Esther

MPH. Student, Department of Public Health (MPH, Epidemiology) Kenyatta University

Risk modelling & visualization

Isahia Wandabwa

Isahia Wandabwa

4th Year Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management GIS Club & Youth Mappers Member

Data collection & collation

Raphael Mong’are

3rd Year Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management Chair; GIS Club & Youth Mappers coordinator

Data collection & collation

Clare Chebet

Clare Chebet

3rd Year Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management GIS Club & Youth Mappers Member

Data collection & collation

Christine Ogoti

3rd Year Student, Department of Environmental Planning & Management GIS Club & Youth Mappers Member

Data collection & collation

Benn Simon Otieno

Benn Simon Otieno

2019 Alumnus, Department of Mathematics Kenyatta University. Web & Android Developer

Android Solutions Development

Peter Gondi

Peter Gondi

2019 Alumnus, Department of Communication & Information Technology Kenyatta University. Web Developer

Web Solutions Development

James Magige

James Magige

2018 Alumnus – Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University. GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst

Data preparation, analysis, and visualization.

Anne Aol

Anne Aol

2018 Alumnus – Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Jackson Otuke

Jackson Otuke

2018 Alumnus – Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Moses Kamau Thiong’o

Moses Kamau Thiong’o

2018 Alumnus – Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst at Esri US

Technical support, Solutions Development, & Cartography.

Luke Odera

Luke Odera

2018 Alumnus – Department of Environmental Planning & Management, Kenyatta University GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation.

Samuel Kimani

Samuel Kimani

2018 Alumnus; Department of Environment & Community Development, Kenyatta University. Environmentalist and GIS Specialist.

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Victor Okoth Odhiambo

Victor Okoth Odhiambo

GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst. Project Coordinator KENFIN-EDURA

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation.

Ben Mwangi

Ben Mwangi

2016 Alumnus; Department of Environmental Science, Kenyatta University. Environmentalist and GIS Specialist.
Joyce Siundu

Joyce Siundu

2019 Alumnus - Geospatial Engineering Technical University of Kenya Data Scientist, GIS, and Remote Sensing Analyst

Data preparation, analysis, and presentation

Wencelaus Simiyu,

Wencelaus Simiyu,

Solutions Engineer – Esri Eastern Africa wsimiyu@esriea.com +254-702340785

Technical Support on ArcGIS Software

Anthony Gakobo

Anthony Gakobo

Solutions Engineer – Esri Eastern Africa

Technical Support on ArcGIS Software and Data