DR Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse

DR Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse


  • Cultural Heritage (Mobile Database)
  • GIS for Public Health Management (Data Model, Visualisation)
  • Groundwater and Surface Water (Spatial Data Models)
  • Natural Resources Management (Data Mangement, Data Models)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (Policy, Stakeholder Engagement, IT)
  • Spatial Data Quality (Metadata, Databases, Models)



  • Zaffar is an  Executive Consultant at Sinclair Knight Merz’s (SKM) spatial service line and is also the Practice Leader for Spatial database management and mapping practice area. He has about 15 years of experience in consulting studies, design, development and management of spatial databases, review data framework policies, and technology including GIS applications development for major clients in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India. Zaffar has published and presented approximately 35 research papers at International and National levels focusing on GIS applications to support such areas as spatial data infrastructure, data quality, natural resource management, water resources, rural administration; public health management and disaster management. Zaffar holds a pivotal role as an advisor to various National and International spatial organisations. Zaffar has been appointed as committee member by Standards Australia to review ISO 19157 Spatial Data Quality Standards as Australian representative; Member and Editor of ISO/Technical Committee 211 Geoinformation/ Geomatics; Working Group member of International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) WG II / 5 - Multidimensional and mobile data models; Program Management Group member at Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information; Editorial Review Board member of the International Journal of 3D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) and serves on the committee of the Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute-Victoria.

    Zaffar is a recipient of the, "Young Spatial Professional of the Year - 2011" award presented at the 7th Annual Victorian Spatial Excellence Award in Melbourne.


    * Honorary Senior Fellow at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne.

    * Co-Chair Young Professionals - IGARSS 2013 (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium), Melbourne


Member of

  • International Geospatial Society. Spatial Data Infrastructure Group 2009 - 2013
  • Project Management Institute. Member, Melbourne Chapter 2009 - 2013
  • Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute. Committee Member Victorian Region 2005 - 2013
  • Instititue of Electrical Electronics Engineers. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society & Computer Science 2002 - 2012


Education and training

  • PhD (Melb), University of Melbourne 2009
  • GCertGIS (Melb), University of Melbourne 2005
  • MS by Research, Anna University 2002
  • BE (CSE), Karnatak University 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Area of Interest: Spatial Data Models , Spatial Database, Building Information Models and GIS Integration, 3D Spatial Data Models, GIS application to Groundwater and Surface Water, Health GIS, Mobile Mapping for Cultural Heritage  and Spatial Data Quality