Working with the global Building Footprints data

The open building footprints, released by Bing Maps, is a great data set. However, it is not an easy one to work with. You can download GeoJSON files for each country separately, but even so, they are too large to work with. Luckily, with just a few lines of code, you can split the file in manageable chunks that are easier to deal with. Read on to see how.

MODIS fire data in GRASS GIS

In this post I show how to import 8-day MODIS satellite images from 2002-2021 in a GRASS GIS temporal database, and how to compute some summary statistics based on these data layers.

Create a QR code in Libreoffice

If you are using a software tool for a long time, it is easy to miss out on (new) features. Like this cool feature in Libreoffice to create a QR or barcode. And it is really simple

Calc - Importing tables from web pages

To grab a table from a website isnt terribly difficult. One can simply copy and paste it in your document. But especially if the page contains many tables, there is an easier way to get the tables in your LibreOffice spreadsheet.
Paulo van Breugel

Paulo van Breugel

Lecturer & researcher

HAS University of Applied Sciences


I have a professional background and personal interest in forest, landscape and macro-ecology, eco- and biogeography and conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. My research interests are in the use of spatial patterns and processes in our natural and man-made environment, and how we can apply this knowledge to support and improve the use and management of our (natural) environment.

I have lived and worked in Syria, Brazil, Kenya with, among others, Bioversity International, the World Agroforestry Centre, Sao Paulo University, Copenhagen University and the International Livestock Research Institute.

I currently live in the beautiful city ’s Hertogenbosch in the south of the Netherlands. I am lecturer at the Applied Geo-information Science program of the HAS University of Applied Sciences, where I teach topics such as spatial data analysis and biodiversity. In addition, I am member of the expertise network of the lectorate Innovative Bio-Monitoring, a collaboration between the HAS and Naturalis.

I strongly believe in the importance of open data and the benefits of open source software. I am charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( OSGeo), and secretary of the Dutch chapter of OSGeo (


  • Landscape and forest ecology
  • Biodiversity & nature conservation and sustainable use
  • Spatial (data) analysis and visualisation
  • Open source and open data


  • PhD in Forest, Nature and Biomass, 2016

    University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science

  • MSc. in Agricultural and Natural Environmental Sciences, 1996

    Wageningen University