W. (Warakan) Supinajaroen



Warakan earned B.Eng in Survey Engineering from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand and M.Phil in System Dynamics from University of Bergen, Norway.  His master thesis titled Costs and dynamics of war: System dynamics approach to maritime disputes in the South China Sea.   

He has been working for 11 years in operation and academic units of the Royal Thai Survey Department including three years of Geo-information works at Geographic Division, five years in the Aerial Survey operation and service at the Aerial Survey Division. Since 2014 he has been an instructor for the Survey Engineering Program at Survey School. With a permission from Royal Thai Survey Department and Royal scholarship of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, he is now a PhD candidate at the Knowledge Center Open Data, OTB, BK.


His research interest is laying on various aspects in Governance of Global Navigation Satellite System, Continuously Operating Reference Station (GNSS CORS). Acquiring precise position on the earth becomes an important factor in many activities nowadays. Since the 1990s, GNSS CORS has been an infrastructure to support precise positioning. Benefits of GNSS CORS could be seen in many dimensions. However, running GNSS CORS requires big-budget for the establishment and maintain the service sustainably. Many countries those are running and are going to run GNSS CORS, may rely on different conditions of laws, organizations,  policies, and perspectives relating to GNSS CORS. Several pieces of research have been proposed and covered aspects of GNSS CORS.No one solution fit for all. Thailand is a country that is facing a challenge of establishing and operating GNSS CORS. Several conditions are to be considered to optimize GNSS CORS short and long-term both in national level and regional level as the Association of South East Asia Nations ASEAN context. In his beginning state of the research, the cases of countries that are operating GNSS CORS would be investigated. The findings will be inputs for defining Governance of GNSS CORS in practical. System Dynamics methodology will be the approach to model GNSS CORS governance. The generic model will be applied with conditions of Thailand and to examine the policies for Thailand in GNSS CORS.

GNSS Services and Geospatial Democratisation: a challenge of access from a user perspective

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