Conference Programme – the 2017 programme will be listed here in March 2017




Ian Bush, Conference Chairman & Director, BIM, Black & Veatch


The role of geospatial technology and services in the digital world

Facilitator: Andrew Coote, Chief Executive, ConsultingWhere Ltd



Smart cities, BIM, drones, Al, 3D printing, off-site construction. What can the industry expect from the future and how can it prepare to face it?

Tom Cheesewright, Applied Futurist

Tom Cheesewright is an applied futurist who works with people and organisations to develop a coherent vision of the future and plan how to respond to it. He is a contributor on television and radio shows including BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, Radio 4’s You and Yours and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. He regularly talks and writes about Smart Cities and the vital role geospatial technologies play, alongside developments such as 3D printing, off-site construction, BIM and sensors. He is founder of Book of the Future, a futures planning practice with diverse clients across the public, private and third sectors including Cisco, Sony Pictures, the University of Manchester and Enfield Council.


Emerging technology and applications – how to maximise the societal benefits of what we do

Digital transformation is appearing as necessary strategy in both public and private sector businesses. At its heart is enabling new types of innovation and creativity in a particular domain. So if transformation is more to do with mindset and culture than technology, what does geospatial bring to the party? Also after many decades of seeking to solve the problem of lack of data, businesses are now drowning in it. How can geospatial technology and systems best help them ‘mine’ actionable knowledge? How will this impact the role of the National mapping agencies in the era of real time, high resolution data, from autonomous cars and satellites?


The changing delivery of geospatial information to the mass consumer. The next stage and evolution of the Google platform

Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google


Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with universities, research and standards organisations which are involved in the development of geospatial technology. He is currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.


Digital transformation and the impact on future infrastructure

Prof Gianvito Lanzolla, Head of the Faculty of Management & Professor of Strategic Leadership, Cass Business School


Professor Lanzolla’s research is around competitive advantage, and its persistence, in rapidly changing technological and institutional environments. Specifically, he has focused on value capturing from digital transformation, first mover advantage and business model scalability. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Production and Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Business Strategy Review and Journal of Management. Professor Lanzolla’s research has won several academic prizes and has been widely featured in the business media – e.g. Financial Times, the Economist, CNBC, CCTV, Wall Street Journal – and in policy papers.


Gianvito Lanzolla is Professor of Strategic Leadership and Head of the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School, City University London, which he joined in April 2006. Professor Lanzolla is also the Founder and Director of the Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC) at Cass Business School. Over the years, Professor Lanzolla has held faculty positions at other leading business schools including London Business School, Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business, Berlin’s ESMT and University of Bologna’s Business School. Professor Lanzolla’s research is around competitive advantage, and its persistence, in rapidly changing technological and institutional environments. Specifically, he has focused on value capturing from digital transformation, first mover advantage and business model scalability. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Production and Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Business Strategy Review and Journal of Management. Professor Lanzolla’s research has won several academic prizes and has been widely featured in the business media – e.g. Financial Times, the Economist, CNBC, CCTV, Wall Street Journal. Professor Lanzolla currently serves as the Director of Cass Executive Education’s programmes Strategic Leadership into Action (in conjunction with Sandhurst) and Leading Digital Transformation. Over the years, he has also directed and delivered several bespoke executive education programmes and has contributed as a keynote speaker and advisor to leading companies including BBC, Allianz, Microsoft, Sky UK, Bank of New York Mellon, Mizhuo, Syngenta, Times of India, British Telecom, IBM, ENEL, Vodafone Group, Vodafone India, Alghanim, Alturki, De Persgroep, Unicredit Group, ING Group, Barloworld, Anglo American, KION, Vaillant and Axel Springer. Professor Lanzolla teaches Strategic Leadership, Diversification & Growth Strategy, Corporate Organisation and Leading Digital Transformation to Executive and Full Time MBA students, both in Cass’ London and Dubai campuses. He has designed and leads the Silicon Valley MBA programme (2014 – present). He has yearly been awarded several teaching prizes including the 2015 University Award’s for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the 2012 University Student Voice Award. Professor Lanzolla holds a PhD in Strategic Management and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Dean’s list). Before joining academia, he worked as a consultant and was the co-founder and MD (1999-2001) of e-change Ltd., an e-business solution provider that later was acquired by an Italian software company.


3 words to help Building Information Modelling

Gary Gale, Chief Technology Officer, What3Words

The construction industry has seen an explosion in the volume of available data, bringing great benefits, but also many challenges — one is the accuracy and source of location data. This talk will describe What3Words location reference solution that uses 3 words to uniquely identify any 3×3 metre square on the planet and look at its application to BIM.



GEO INNOVATION: How advanced geomatic solutions are being applied in the workplace

Session Chair: Derry Long, Business Development Manager, MBS Survey Software

Innovative, efficient and value driven geospatial solutions at the forefront of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects

Matt Blackwell, Digital Operations Director, Costain

Costain provide innovative engineering and technology-enabled solutions and are working on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects including Thames Tideway, London Bridge Station Redevelopment, Crossrail and contracts for Highways England and TfL. With GIS, laser scanning, 360 videos, UAVs and mobile technology, Costain will demonstrate how innovative solutions are being implemented to solve significant construction industry challenges.


Ordnance Survey Geovation Hub – One Year On

Alex Wrottesley, Geovation Hub Manager, Geovation


In a move to energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry, Ordnance Survey opened the London-based Geospatial Innovation Hub in May 2015. It is now home to a multifunctional team of entrepreneurial thinkers drawn from OS’s own talent pool and the broader geospatial industry, as well as those new to the industry that have been selected from developer, new media space and creative and design communities. When launched the idea was for OS to assemble a wide range of skills that when applied to the process of innovation would complement and push each other towards achieving the goal of step change in geospatial products and services. A place where established UK and global organisations could partner to challenge how we use location to
solve problems and create new markets and above all be an imaginative environment focused on the horizon and beyond.


Alex started his career at school reviewing videogames for TimeOut London and promoting games as a freelance PR. After completing a BA in Philosophy at King’s College London, Alex spent several years working in Russia and South East Asia organising high profile events including, most notably, the 11th Summit of the Heads of State of the G15 Nations in Jakarta in 2001 and Real Madrid’s first tour of Asia in 2003 – the summer David Beckham joined the club. On returning to the UK Alex established Agendae to consult media and technology companies on the development of branded content propositions across multiple platforms: TV, games, mobile, internet and live events. Agendae’s clients included in-games advertising pioneers IGA Worldwide, media giants Universal McCann, Universal Music Mobile and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and a number of European football clubs, including Real Madrid, AC Milan, FC Barcelona. In 2007 Alex founded Near Global to bring complex 3D buildings, streets and city models to tablets, phones & PCs, with survey-grade accuracy. The company’s showcase product, NearLondon, enabled users to explore London’s West End, browse and buy from retailers, watch videos and share information with friends, in a fully interactive 3D city environment. Near’s other products include cutting-edge dynamic models of flagship London developments including St James’s Market, NEO Bankside and Battersea Power Station. In 2015 Alex joined Ordnance Survey to set up its new London-based innovation centre – the Geovation Hub – a ground-breaking new location services lab tasked with stimulating the launch of new businesses using geospatial data.


Geoscape – Capturing Australia’s Built Environment

Dan Paull, CEO, PSMA Australia


Geoscape is a new initiative for Australia that will capture the observed built environment for the entire continent and anchor it in a reliable geospatial base. 3D city models have been developed for a number of Australian cities, providing very high quality detail but for very small geographic areas. These models have largely been for visualisation, although the growing prevalence of point cloud data is enabling small-scale analytical models to be developed. While derived from a variety of terrestrial and satellite based sensors, Geoscape is a dataset to support analytics at the continental level. Geoscape is being funded and developed by Australia’s national mapping data provider, PSMA Australia. The dataset includes 3D building attributes, land cover, tree heights, and elevation. Geoscape also captures features such as roof materials, swimming pools and solar panels. Geoscape will link together numerous attributes to build up a greater understanding of what exists at every address in Australia – buildings, building attributes and landcover. The first capture phase for the Adelaide region covers some 16,000 square kilometres and includes a mix of urban, peri-urban and rural areas. This project sees PSMA collaborating with DigitalGlobe and state and territory governments through innovative applications of technology and geospatial skills. While countries such as Singapore have undertaken such activities, PSMA believes that this combination of content at this scale is a world-first. This makes the availability of Geoscape an exciting milestone supporting Australia’s digital economy.


Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of PSMA Australia Limited, the provider of authoritative national mapping and location information for Australia. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia and provides an independent and self-funded means for Australian governments to collaborate on national geospatial matters to provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world.
PSMA applies an innovative business model and world-leading technology to develop national location information from data from all governments of Australia. PSMA’s approach as well as the technology and solutions employed have been recognised internationally and our data management processes have been trialled in Europe.
Dan is a founding member of the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) Geospatial Special Interest Group and the author of numerous scientific papers, reports and reviews. Dan holds a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons) and completed an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

GEO ECONOMICS: Geospatial data – an essential element of economic development and good governance

Session Chair: James Kavanagh, Director Land Group, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Driving efficiencies with streamlined workflows through all phases of major infrastructure projects

Ellis Blackmore, Digital Specialist, Ove Arup & Partners


Geospatial information is an inherent element of civil engineering and on large scale infrastructure projects streamlined workflows are key to time and cost savings. Traditional methods of data capture, processing and visualisation are time consuming and resource intensive. Using examples from the rail and highways industries, this talk will outline innovative methods which increase efficiencies and maximise value throughout scoping, indicative and detailed design through to construction.


Ellis is a Digital Specialist which encompasses GIS as well as wider digital environments including data management, mobile applications and 3D modelling. Prior to joining Arup, she completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and a master’s degree in Applied Remote Sensing and GIS. Ellis supports project teams across a number of engineering disciplines providing innovative solutions. Ellis is responsible for the management of data on large scale infrastructure projects with a keen interest in developing bespoke data processing workflows to aid the design of complex schemes.


Interoperability in surveying

Ron Bloksma, Information Consultant, Dutch Land Registry (Kadaster)


Interoperability is essential to SDI’s (Spatial Data Infrastructures), in exchanging and using geo-information between and within organisations. The world of surveying can still be restricted in solutions and datasets being provided from a single software package or a single software reseller. The Dutch Land Registry (Kadaster) employs it’s own surveyors and is bound to E.E.C. agreements regulating the competition for the provision of individual contracts for software, IT-hardware and surveying equipment and therefore want an interoperable solution in which they can use standard tablets independent of chosen surveying equipment and field data collection and geo-processing software. Learn more about their search for a solution, their specific requirements and the direction they have chosen.


Ron Bloksma MSc has 20 years of work experience in the field of geo-information. He worked as an consultant for “ESRI Netherlands” and the “Grontmij” (an engineering company) and presently for the Dutch Land Registry. He was the architect of the Dutch spatial planning SDI, author of the geo-information section of the Dutch Government Reference Architecture and has advised on different open-source solutions.


Mapsearch allowing customers better access to map data with significant financial benefits to Land Registry

John Taylor, Product Owner - MapSearch, Land Registry

John Taylor

Land Registry have launched MapSearch, a free to use digital service allowing customers self-service access to an online web mapping tool. It allows the user to quickly establish whether land and property in England or Wales is registered, view the location and obtain title numbers, details of freehold or leasehold tenures. Compared with the traditional method of obtaining this information via the Search of the Index Map (SIM) this new method has been a huge success for customers: 95% of customers surveyed said that it was easy to use, intuitive and saved them time. The benefits to Land Registry have been significant: with over 4 million enquiries in 2015/16. MapSearch now receives 10 times more enquiries on average per day compared with SIMs when the project started. A £4.5 million total saving in staff costs by redeploying 60 staff into other key operational areas; 65% reduction in SIMS received from over 600,000 to 277,000 in 2015/16 and with a return on investment achieved one year ahead of schedule.
John is the Product Owner of MapSearch, and works for the Land Registry’s Digital Services Directorate. He played a key role during the development of MapSearch, using agile and scrum methodologies. He ensured that sufficient organisations were signed up for testing the service prior to it going live.

John continues to engage with customers and users of MapSearch with a view to improving the service further. He has been previously been deployed in numerous roles across the Business. Processing Land Registry casework, project management (PRINCE2), training instructor, communications and facilities management (ITIL certified) and at regional Land Registry Offices in Weymouth, Coventry, Leicester and Head Office in London.


GEO SUSTAINABILITY: The impact on infrastructure and the environment

Session Chair: Steven Eglinton, Director, GeoEnable & AGI Representative

Innovative solutions and creative engineering at the forefront of flood risk management

Kate Marks, Deputy Director, Mapping and Modelling, Environment Agency

Utilisation of Innovative geospatial mapping tools and solutions are central to the management of flood risk including analysing the impact on infrastructure, handling the emergency response, inspection of asset damage and repair and planning for the future.


Kate has 20 years experience in flood risk management in the field of hydrological and hydraulic modelling. Having gained a PhD in the use of LIDAR in flood modelling she initially worked for an engineering consultancy, and has been with the Environment Agency for 13 years. In her time with the organisation, she’s worked on various flood risk modelling, mapping and flood forecasting projects primarily in the South East and for the last four years has been the Deputy Director for Flood and Coastal Risk Management Mapping, Modelling and Data. Kate is responsible for providing the direction and guidance to Environment Agency staff on data, mapping and modelling for all sources of flood risk and coastal erosion. Recent successes have included new analysis of surface water flood risk, and improvements to the National Flood Risk Assessment which underpins investment decisions and public awareness, and is used by the insurance industry. She has also been involved in front line flooding as a flood forecaster and in a national government and media liaison role and is a Diversity Champion for the organisation.


GIS in the delivery of HS2’s EIA

Mike White, GIS Manager, Environment Team, Technical Directorate

The Environmental Impact Assessment for Phase One of High Speed Two was the biggest EIA delivered in the UK. This presentation focuses on
how GIS was integral to its successful delivery and how the data was used for other purposes. It aims to highlight best practice and share lessons
learned on how to capture, manage and disseminate data across a major infrastructure project’s supply chain.


Open Source based SDI for sustainable agri-environmental management

Stefano Cavazzi, Geospatial Intelligence Consultant, Envitia


The Rural Payment Wales (RPW) system demonstrates how policy makers can support a thriving farming sector ensuring sustainable agricultural practices avoiding environmentally harmful activities and how the geospatial technologies and information used enabled policy makers to provide incentives for environmental beneficial public goods and services. Hear about the experiences gained from the development of the open source based SDI for the Welsh Government, including an appraisal of its successes and challenges and how successful sustainable land management is strengthen by the use of geospatial technologies and information. The next step must be the integration with other domain SDI (water management, housing, energy, etc.) in national and international federated SDIs allowing to solve the complexity of sustainable development at a global scale.


Dr. Stefano Cavazzi is a Geospatial Intelligence Consultant at ENVITIA where he provides advice and expertise to customers with respect to Spatial Data Infrastructures, SOA, Web Services and specialist GIS technologies. ENVITIA is a world leader in geospatial information systems and technology for mission and business critical applications.

Stefano spent more than ten years working in the geospatial sector both as a consultant in industry and as a researcher in academia. In academia, he worked on an EPSRC funded project developing a GIS application to assess the economically accessible offshore wind power resources in UK waters. He holds a PhD from the University of Cranfield where he investigated statistical techniques used to model Earth’s terrain properties. In industry, his experience in capturing, analysing and managing spatial data served clients in the energy, transport, water and environmental sectors.



Ian Bush, Conference Chairman





Ian Bush, Conference Chairman


The impact of large infrastructure on UK PLC – The opportunity facing the geospatial sector to leverage new tools and new skills to deliver better outcomes for clients

Facilitator: Antony Oliver, Editorial Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist



Infrastructure delivery – The state of the industry

Amanda Clack FRICS, President Elect at Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors & Partner EY



Large infrastructure projects have a number of potential ingredients for major headaches: large scales, complexity, long timeframes, multiple stakeholders, complicated private and/or public financing and essential specialists. In addition, proponents of the projects often oversell the benefits and undersell the costs and time required for the project. Risk management should be emphasized, but often finds itself lower on the list of priorities. This keynote will examine how the industry moves towards better project performance and will highlight how the integration of geospatial information and the use of data will become increasingly essential for infrastructure delivery.


How will the geospatial sector embrace the opportunity presented by the UK’s commitment to invest in large infrastructure projects?


The UK government is committed to a multibillion pound programme of investment to renew and enhance the nation’s vital economic and social infrastructure. It is a central plank in the strategy to boost productivity and drive economic growth across the increasingly urbanised UK while also mitigating and adapting to the challenge of a changing global climate.


Pressure on both the public purse and private sector balance sheets means that the scale of this ambition presents major opportunities and challenges across the whole of the infrastructure sector, particularly in the geospatial sector, as to works to rethink its processes, embrace new digital tools and skills and drives towards greater value across the lifecycle of assets.


Meeting these challenges will not be achieved by maintaining status quo but will require a genuine transformation of the industry to embrace new business models.  That means big ideas, bold new thinking and innovate ideas that radically change the way large infrastructure is designed, constructed maintained and operated.


This session will explore these challenges, hear from key infrastructure owners about their plans to embrace the new customer focused future and tease out lessons that will help delegates to plan their business strategies to meet this transformed future.


Across all industry sectors the use of digital technology, business intelligence and big data and predictive data analytics is becoming the norm when it comes to driving forward efficiency and boosting decision making ability across the lifecycle of large infrastructure.  In the geospatial sector, inevitably the focus continues to move towards leveraging the opportunities from better data management and driving value from the interface between the digital models and the physical assets on the ground. Success will flow from finding the new skills and tools to leverage the longer term value from the significant investments being made to digitally model the real world during construction and across the asset lifecycle.  Experience from past projects demonstrates the critical value of engagement with the project supply chain early and deep to exchange ideas and promote the vital innovative thinking needed to deliver a world class customer experience.

The discussion will focus on critical issues facing the sector including:

  • How is the use of BIM and data transforming the infrastructure sector in terms of asset delivery, maintenance and communication across the supply chain?
  • In what ways is this new world of data management changing the approach to operation and maintenance of assets – are owners prepared to invest in whole life value?
  • The importance of innovation and smart thinking to improve industry performance is clear – how can the geospatial sector help make the necessary step change in performance?
  • What are the critical skills required to drive a digitally enabled future?
  • How does the sector extract greater value for clients and customers from the data that is gathered particularly through the use of data analytics and improved/live asset information?
  • Is this sector still too focused on the design and construction process rather than the needs of customers?
  • What radical new thinking and tools do you expect will change the geospatial sector’s future?
  • What do you believe will be the next great digital transformations in the geospatial sector?Is there a future for embedding technology into the finished works to deliver value throughout the operation and maintenance of assets?
  • How important are technologies such as unmanned aircraft and miniature helicopters for monitoring?
  • Is there any low hanging fruit that we can embrace today to accelerate change?
Amanda Clack, RICS President Elect and Partner, EY +
AmandaClackAs President Elect of RICS, Amanda brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge on the technology issues within infrastructure delivery.  Amanda joined EY as a Partner in August 2015 as the Head of Infrastructure within its advisory practice for UK & Ireland. Prior to this she was a Partner at PwC, where she led on property, real estate and construction for consulting, as well as consulting across the South East of England.
Alex Bywaters – head of BIM, Highways England +
Peter Vale – Engineering Information Manager, Tideway +
Thames Tideway Tunnel In 2014 alone, 62 million tonnes of untreated sewage was discharged into the tidal River Thames. In a typical year the figure is 39 million tonnes. To tackle this unacceptable problem is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a 25km long interception, storage and transfer tunnel under the Thames, collecting sewage from the 34 most polluting discharge points along the river. Peter Vale, Engineering Information Manager will highlight the highlight the technicalities of construction and the unique business model designed to deliver this £4.2 billion project, the largest of its kind in the wastewater industry
HS2 - Speaker invited +

GEO INFRASTRUCTURE: Cutting edge innovation and infrastructure

Session Chair: Chris Preston, Network Rail, UK

Virtualising Infrastructure

Ioannis Brilakis, Director, Construction Information Technology Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Laing O’Rourke Lecturer in Construction Engineering


Vertical and horizontal infrastructure is comprised of large assets that need sizeable budgets to design, construct and operate/maintain them. Cost reductions throughout their lifecycle can generate significant savings to all involved parties. Such reductions can be derived directly through productivity improvements or indirectly through safety and quality control improvements. Creating and maintaining an up-to-date electronic record of these assets in the form of rich Bridge Information Models (BIM) can help generate such improvements. New research is being conducted at the University of Cambridge on inexpensive methods for generating object-oriented infrastructure geometry, detecting and mapping visible defects on the resulting BIM, automatically extracting defect spatial measurements, and sensor and sensor data modelling.


Dr. Ioannis Brilakis is a Laing O’Rourke Lecturer of Construction Engineering and the Director of the Construction Information Technology Laboratory at the Division of Civil Engineering of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2008) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (2008-2012). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the 2013 ASCE Collingwood Prize, the 2012 Georgia Tech Outreach Award and the 2009 ASCE Associate Editor Award. Dr. Brilakis is an author of over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and a past-chair and founder of the ASCE TCCIT Data Sensing and Analysis Committee, and the TRB AFH10 (1) Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee.


Infrastructure Today! Business as usual – but where will we be tomorrow?

Mark Lawton, Chief Engineering Surveyor, Skanska

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The UK’s construction industry is already incorporating the use of cutting edge geospatial technologies that up until recently may still have been viewed as innovative experimental technologies. With this rapid pace of development and adoption, Mark Lawton looks at how far we have come in the past thirty years and provides some insight as to what the future requirements will be. How will our industry continue to adapt to meet these needs and how are we going to be able to benefit UK Plc.

Mark has worked in the construction industry for most of his working life. Mark has assisted in the building of many large civil engineering projects covering highways, tunnels, rail, oil and gas refineries and water treatment plants. Mark gained Chartered Engineer status through the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and uses his experience and knowledge to assist academia in the education of Engineering surveying, and how it is used in industry. Mark is a member of the Survey4Bim group.


Innovative Wireless real-time remote conditioning monitoring on the Great Western Main Line Electrification Programme

Paul Clarke, Technical Director, Europe, Civil & Infrastructure, Geophysics & Monitoring, AECOM
Simon Maddison, Chief Operating Officer, Senceive


AECOM’s multidisciplinary Rail Asset Management and Tunnelling Teams established a detailed ground and deformation model of Brunel’s iconic 3km long Box Tunnel in order to develop an innovative wireless monitoring regime as part of the Great Western Main Line electrification. During a six week track lower and closure of the line, AECOM worked within an integrated team alongside the Contractor and Network Rail. The result was real‐time remote condition monitoring in order to verify predicted structural behaviour, mitigate risks of structural instability, and optimise safe construction methodologies and productivity as works passed through different sections of the tunnel.

Biography Paul Clarke:

Paul is a Technical Director and Head of Geophysics & Monitoring in AECOM’s Transportation Sector. Paul’s expertise lies in assessing not only the construction and condition of transportation and civils assets, but more importantly their performance and behaviour. Analysis of diverse datasets from multiple sources allow us to work with asset owners and model and develop fit-for-purpose maintenance and renewal strategies in order to optimise future capital and operational expenditure throughout the asset life cycle. Paul has worked on major rail and highways remodelling and enhancement schemes in the UK, Australia and North America.

Biography Simon Maddison:

Simon Maddison has over 40 years of experience managing the development of highly innovative communications products and systems. Following a formative period with established companies, he has since taken a leading role in a series of start-ups introducing novel technology at the cutting edge of communications systems.

After working on industrial collaborations with University College London, he is now with Senceive, a spin out from the Electronic Engineering department, successfully commercialising original research work in wireless mesh sensor networks in the areas of structural and geotechnical monitoring in civil and rail.

Simon Maddison graduated with a first class honours in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and later gained a Masters in Computer Science from the same institution. He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE), and the British Computer Society.

GEO INNOVATION: Pioneering developments in Geospatial technology

Session Chair: David Henderson, Director of Products & Innovation at Ordnance Survey

Next Generation BIM: New Tools and Services to Validate Construction Accuracy

Michael Johnson, Senior BIM Consultant, Plowman Craven and Kevin Williams, Chief Scientist, ClearEdge3D


Larger construction projects in the UK and beyond are increasingly using a PAS1192-specified BIM which demands LOD500 or an ‘as built model’ of the completed facility. As such, the use of laser scanning in construction is about to explode. This gives Virtual Design Construction (VDC) and BIM managers a great new data tool to validate the accuracy of recently completed work against the design model. Plowman Craven will showcase new hardware and software tools to help them identify out-of-tolerance or poorly constructed work during the construction process. This new workflow has the potential to change the way construction projects large and small are executed, saving the industry millions of pounds on mistakes, change orders, and costly reworks.



Plowman Craven (PCL) is one of the largest measurement survey companies in the UK. The company specializes in providing laser scanning and measuring data services to both public and private sectors. PCL operates worldwide with 150 employees in offices throughout the UK. Michael has 30 years of experience in the Architecture Engineering Construction market with a personal interest in the production and use of long-life multi purpose data within the design, build and manage environment. His project involvement has spanned geographies across the UK, EMEA and Asia and focused heavily on the re-use of building data. Michael specializes in helping clients understand the value of accurate design and build data as a critical construction management and facility management tool.

Kevin Williams is a pioneer in the fields of laser scanning technology, computer vision algorithms and LiDAR data analyses. He wrote the world’s first data analysis engine for Aerial LiDAR which is still in use today within SAIC. He is a frequent lecturer and author on new technology trends in the CAD and geospatial industries. He is currently the founder and Chief Technology Officer at ClearEdge3D, Inc. where he is developing automated modeling technologies under funding from the National Science Foundation.


The use of GIS as a platform to allow Highways England to access information and make better decisions

Alex Bywaters, Head of BIM, Highways England

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The use of GIS as a platform to allow access to a vast amount of information both within Highways England but also accessing open source information. A ‘live’ environment which will be able to use GIS to view the network in terms of performance; design standards (how many departures were granted in the particular section); congestion (real-time traffic information); safety (Accident Statistics). In addition other information can be linked such as air quality management areas, land ownership, traffic regulations orders, noise sensitive areas, history of incidents etc. An extremely powerful medium that will allow Highways England to access information to make better decisions.

Alex joined Highways Agency (as it was then) in 2004, after some 25 years in various Local Authorities, preceded by a spell in private sector including a couple of years in the Middle East.
A Civil Engineer, he has working in Highway Maintenance, design and construction of Major Projects, Transportation, Programme Management and for the last 4 years, BIM.
Currently Head of BIM for Highways England, overseeing the implementation of Level 2 across the Business, he is a passionate believer in the concept of single sources of information that can be used by all parts of Highways England to facilitate better and more efficient decision making.
Alex’s aspiration is that the client part of Industry decides what it’s requirements are and tells Suppliers, so that the gaol of interoperability across software becomes reality.


Case study demonstrating a new mobile mapping train-borne survey system that provides absolute track position and rail geometry

Rollo Rigby, Associate Director, Seven Partnership


The introduction of a new train-borne survey system named RILA, is providing survey grade absolute track position and rail geometry using a train mounted system that is deployed at line speed and removes the need for surveyors to enter the track for the purposes of surveying. Severn Partnership working in Joint Venture with Fugro RailData are successfully delivering the 2016 survey contract for High Output in Scotland, and more recently have been awarded Route Sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Great Western Route Modernisation Programme. Severn Partnership examines how the system performs in relation to accepted standards, how traditional methods can be updated to exploit the data available and the impact mobile mapping has on key Safety, Quality and Productivity metrics.

Rollo Rigby: A graduate of UCL Geomatic Engineering Department, Rollo has over 10 years experience surveying on the UK Rail Network and currently heads up the Mobile Mapping Department at Severn Partnership.

Trevor Burton: Fugro RailData’s UK Programme Manager responsible for commercial development and deployment of the Company’s train borne survey systems in the UK. A Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and former Council of Management Member/Committee Chairman of TSA he has over35 years of professional survey experience having worked for survey and mapping organisations in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He joined Fugro-BKS in 2001 as a Business Development and Senior Account Manager specialising in aerial photogrammetric survey and LiDAR before moving to RailData in 2015.


Photogrammetry surveying for the architecture, engineering and construction industry – Making point cloud magic from UAVs and photos

Mike Turpin, Head of BIM at Capita Property and Infrastructure


Surveying for the AEC industry, what do we need, how much is too much, can we use new tech to improve the process? This presentation will discuss a real life case study of how standard digital photos were collected by a UAV drone to generate a pointcloud comparable to any laser scanner. See how the resulting point cloud can be used to enhance your 3D design modelling. By using photogrammetry, this project was quicker, safer, more accurate and with less cost than before. The presentation will run you through the practical uses of photogrammetry on a real life project including live demonstrations of some of the processes involved.



Following Mike’s initial career as a Civil Engineer (EngTech TMICE) specialising in structural and drainage projects Mike has several years BIM implementation experience within companies both large and small in the UK and abroad. Mike’s current role is Head of BIM for Capita where he leads the internal BIM working group and is in charge of producing all of the company’s documents, standards and policies relating to BIM. Mike has vast experience working on a wide range of BIM related topics across all design and management disciplines. Mike regularly attends industry leading BIM events and also runs the South BIM Hub group.



Comparing properties and quality of data from linear LIDAR and from Geiger-mode LIDAR

Andreas Ullrich, CTO, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems


LiDAR technology is constantly evolving. In more than 20 years since laser scanners acquiring 3D data many evolutionary and revolutionary steps have taken place. More recently LIDAR manufacturers have managed to unleash airborne laser scanners solving an ambiguity issue when measuring fast over long ranges, frequently addressed as multiple pulses in the air. Geiger-mode LiDAR systems, previously employed for military applications, caused the latest stir in the commercial market by claiming higher point acquisition speeds from longer ranges compared to conventional techniques, now often referred to as ‘linear LiDAR’. Fundamental differences between the two technologies make a fair comparison not an easy task. This presentation seeks to identify limitations imposed by physics on both approaches. Furthermore the differences in the resulting data products are discussed and advantages of linear LiDAR over the photon counting approach are pointed out.


Dr. Andreas Ullrich holds a Phd in electrical engineering from Vienna University of Technology and is author of the thesis on "High-Resolution Optical Doppler Radar" (1987-1990). Since 2001 he is lecturer on radar technology at the Institute of Communications and Radio-Frequency Engineering at Vienna University of Technology. In 2004 he was awarded with the Wilhelm-Exner-Medaille. From 1984 to 1991 Dr. Ullrich was Assistance Professor at the Institute of Communications and Radio-Frequency Engeineering at Vienna University of Technology. Since 1991 he has been with RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems holding various positions. Since 2006 he is CTO and managing director of RIEGL.



Ian Bush, Conference Chairman

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