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Mr. Henok Solomon

Department Staff - Support Staff

Chief IT/GIS Officer and GEONETCast Manager

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Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2820

Fax: +27 (0)21 959 3118

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Duties

  • IT support for the department (software and hardware support)
  • Lecturing GIS practical to third year and honors students
  • Advising staff and students with spatial analysis related projects
  • Procure IT and related equipment for the department
  • Manage computer labs
  • Maintain departmental website and e-Learning site (Moodle)
  • Provide IT support to the Highly Immersive Visualizing Environment (HIVE) facility
  • GEONETCast system setup and maintenance
  • Manage data dissemination from the GEONETCast ground reception facility

Academic Details

2014: University of Western Cape, Faculty of Science, Earth Sciences Department, MSc. in Environmental and Water Science (EWS) - full thesis (Cum Laude).

Title of thesis: Application of Multivariate Statistics and GIS to map Groundwater Quality in the Beaufort West area, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

May 2003: Computer based Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and scored 267/300.

 

1993/94-1997/98: University of Asmara, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry.

Major – Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Physical Inorganic Chemistry (Quantum Chemistry). The course detail is available on request.

Minor – Geology: General Geology, Crystallography and Mineral Optics, Mineralogy, Photo-geology and Geological Map Interpretation, Structural Geology, General Petrology, and Economic Geology.

Six Education courses as part of the requirement for the fulfilment of a 4 year BSc degree: Developmental Psychology, Principles of Curriculum Inquiry, Instructional Media, Foundations of Education, General Methods of Teaching, and Subject Methods (Practical Teaching).

One optional Senior Student Research Project: Analysis of fertilizer elements from local plant ashes.

Graduated with a B.Sc. degree (4 year degree or hons) in Chemistry and Geology with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.18/4.0 and Major (Chemistry) GPA of 3.56/4.0 (Chemistry courses only).

1989/90 - 1993/94: Semaetat Secondary School, Asmara, Eritrea. Matriculated and Completed 12th grade.

 

Publications and Technical Reports

Braune, E., Hollingworth, B., Xu, Y., Nel, M., Mahed, G & Solomon, H. (2008). Protocol for the Assessment of the Status of Sustainable Utilization and Management of Groundwater Resources with Special Reference to Southern Africa (Report No. TT318/08). South Africa: Report to the Water Research Commission by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology, University of the Western Cape, Project No: TT 318, ISBN No: 978-1-77005-712-8.

Xu, Y., Van Wyk, Y., Mahed, G. & Solomon, H. (2008). Sampling and monitoring protocol for radioactive elements in fractured – rock environments. A hydrocensus report to the Water Research Commission by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology, University of the Western Cape, Project: K5-1694.

Conferences attended and certificates & awards received

10 - 12 June 2013: Completed a course on Building Geodatabse (TRN 13-071) and received 2 CPD points at the ESRI South Africa training venue in Cape Town.

June 26 – July 06 2012: Completed a two weeks course on AGRICAB Regional Workshop on GEONETCast held at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) presented by VITO, AGRICAB and ITC in Nairobi, Kenya.

November 2011: Completed a 5 day training on GEONETCast Ground Reception System setup presented by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands.

September 2011: Completed a 5 day course on Petrel presented by Schlumberger at the University of the Western Cape.

11 - 13 August 2010: Attended a 3 day short course on Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Short Course presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology at the University of the Western Cape in Collaboration with the Water Research Commission.

20 – 22 July 2010: Attended a 3 day short course on Salination of Coastal Aquifers - Monitoring, Understanding and Managing presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology at the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Israel.

26 – 29 October 2009: Attended a four day 1st SADC workshop on Management of Aquifer Recharge presented by UNESCO Harare Cluster Office, UNESCO Maputo and UNESCO IHP Paris in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology at the University of the Western Cape.

15 September 2009: Attended a one day short course on Risk Management of Aquifers presented by Geohydrological and Spatial Solutions (GEOSS) International on behalf of the Framework Programme for Research Education and Training in Water (FETWater) Network, at the University of the Western Cape.

08 – 11 June 2009: Attended an international course on Groundwater Modelling presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU).

19 – 22 May 2009: Attended an international course on Geophysics presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape.

16 -18 March 2009: Attended an international course on Fractured Rock Aquifer Assessment presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the Flemish – UWC Cooperation.

01 -04 December 2008: Attended an international course on Ecohydrology presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the Flemish – UWC Cooperation.

29 September - 02 October 2008: Attended a SADC course on Integrated Water Resources Management presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape.

13 - 14 March 2008: Attended a course on Groundwater Recharge Estimation presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the Framework Education and Training of Water (FETWater).

8 - 10 October 2007: Attended the National Groundwater Conference held in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

7 October 2007: Attended a course on Evaluating Groundwater Flow and Chemical Transport Models for Hydrogeologists that don’t Model presented by the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) of the University of the Free State as part of the National Groundwater Conference.

6 October 2007: Attended a course on Non-Standard Methods of Interpreting Aquifer Tests in Fractured Rock presented by the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) of the University of the Free State as part of the National Groundwater Conference.

17 May 2007: Awarded a DST/NRF Africa Scholarship for an MSc study in Environmental and Water Studies (EWS).

4 May 2007: Attended a course on Groundwater Development presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with WATERNET.

27 November - 1 December 2006: Completed a course on Geochemical and Reactive Transport Modelling: PHREEQC, MT3DMS and PHT3D presented by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology of the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the University of the Free State and CSIR.

6 - 8 March 2006: Completed a three day Train the Trainer Workshop on Facilitation Skills and Designing Educational Events presented by the Centre for Mediation and Transformation Practice at the University of the Western Cape.

 

Technical experience/skills

  • Advanced GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Data dissemination management
  • GEONETCast System setup and management
  • Groundwater sampling
  • Laboratory preparation and analysis of samples (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  • Ash and water sampling
  • Sampling and Monitoring Database development
  • Website designing and maintenance
  • Moodle administration
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • UV Spectroscopy
  • Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
  • Training and Short Courses Coordination
  • Workshop Facilitation Skills
  • Borehole logging
  • Linux administration and open office

 

Computer literacy

Software Applications

 

Application

Competency

Period of use

Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio, Project, Publisher, Info Path and Front Page)

Advanced

Current

Microsoft Access (Database)

Advanced

Current

Open Office

Advanced

Current

SPSS 21.0 for Windows (Statistics Package)

Advanced

Current

Research Toolbox 4.3 (Writing and Reference organizing Software)

Advanced

Current

PHREEQC

Beginner

Current

Modflow

Beginner

current

ArcGIS 10

Advanced

Current

Joomla! (portal engine and content management system)

Advanced

Current

Moodle (Open source learning tool)

Advanced

Current

PETREL

Beginner

Current

SURPAC

Beginner

Current

ILWIS

Advanced

Current

SPIRITS

Intermediate

Current

VGTExtract

Intermediate

Current

 

Previous Employment Details

Name of Institution: University of Western Cape, Faculty of Science, Earth Sciences Department, UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology

Position: Training Department Coordinator

Duties: Coordinating short courses for students, consultants and government Officials, conferences hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology in UWC

Period: March 2007 to date

Name of Institution: UWC-Information and Communication Services (ICS) Department, E – Learning Division: Staff Development and Training

Position: Full Time Training Facilitator/ Instructor

Duties: Teaching basic computer literacy such as Microsoft Excel, Databases (Access), data presentation skills (PowerPoint) as well as advanced training in the above areas to Staff Members (Academic and Non-Academic).

Teaching Open Source and Open Office applications to the Staff Members (Academic and Non-Academic).

Assist staff members with computer literacy on a small group or one on one consultation basis.

Developing training manuals.

Designing training outline for Tutors.

Period: July 2005 to February 2007

The E – Learning Division is composed of four wings: ICT Training & Development, Instructional Design, Multi media and Digital Learning. These wings deal with a variety of technological Services and Support. These services are aimed at empowering the University Community and facilitating the teaching and administration processes.

Name of Institution: University of Western Cape, Postgraduate Enrolment and Throughput (PET) programme, Funded by the South African-Norwegian Tertiary Education Development (SANTED)

Position: Part time Workshop Facilitator

Duties: Facilitating/Training Research Toolbox software to Postgraduate (Masters and Doctorate) Students and staff members as a series of workshops and assist in thesis formatting and editing.

Period: May 2001 to November 2001 and June 2004 to date.

The PET Project is aimed at assisting Postgraduate Students in research work through series of workshops in all aspects of the research process. The Research Toolbox is software that assists the researcher in gathering and storing data, organizing and writing a report. It facilitates the research process by avoiding unnecessary paper work.

Name of Institution: UWC, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology

Position: Part time Senior Laboratory assistant in Pharmaceutical chemistry & Pharmacology practicals.

Duties: Supervising and teaching Pharmaceutical Chemistry Practicals for 3rd year students, coordinating the practical sessions and assisting students.

Period: July 2003 to November 2003 and March 2004 to October 2005

Name of Institution: UWC (PET) programme, Funded by the South African-Norwegian Tertiary Education Development (SANTED)

Position: Administrative Assistant

Duties: Managing workshop databases, assisting in workshop preparations, developing Postgraduate and Staff contact details database and notifying the student and staff campus community of upcoming workshops and programmes. Liaising with other staff on campus on behalf of the Director. Handling queries about the PET project.

Period: August 2004 to June 2005.

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