2017 Conference Programme





Steven Eglinton, Conference Chairman, Director, GeoEnable, Vice Chair AGI

FACILITATOR: Andrew Coote, Chief Executive, ConsultingWhere



Geospatial: Innovation, integration and impact

Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey


The integration of satellite data into geospatial

Stuart Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult


What the market needs from National Mapping Agencies and the space industry

Charles Kennelly, CTO, ESRI, UK


The way ahead – How a digital geospatial strategy will support a resilient economy

Resilience can be interpreted in many ways covering applications from civil contingency to national security. It can also relate to sustaining economic growth and stability. Both are high on the national agenda with an urgent need to adapt to climate change and protect the country from terrorism key responses related to the former challenges and finding a new economic model for a post-Brexit world under the latter.

Fortunately, to help us respond, technological advances, in the form of a plethora of new earth observation satellites, drones and street view data capture platforms, advances in robotics, big data predictive analytics and ‘people as sensors’, are just a few of the innovations at our disposal. To discuss these ‘big issues’ and how they are increasingly impacting our industry, we have assembled a panel of key influencers from the public and private sector, representing both suppliers and consumers of location information. How are these big issues increasingly impacting our industry?

Innovation and Disruptive Geospatial Solutions

SESSION CHAIR: Simon Navin, Smart Cities Projects Lead at Ordnance Survey



Where is the disruption…

Brent Jones, Global Manager Land Records/ Cadastre, Esri, USA

Where is the disruption – this is not a question. ‘Where’ is actually the disruption. The concept and science of where has evolved from merely understanding where we are, to unlimited analytical capabilities to understand not just where we are, but how all things interact, interrelate and affect each other based on their location.

We will discuss a few disruptive spatial technologies that are changing the way we think, plan, act and react, and how we are leveraging these new spatial capabilities to leap frog traditional approaches with new systems and institutions.

This presentation will detail particularly exciting opportunities for the developing world in land administration.


The Autonomous Vehicle – a disruptive force in the information infrastructure of our world

Peter Beaumont, Director, EMEA Enterprise Customer & Market Development at HERE

Location has become pervasive in many areas of both business and government. This presentation will explore the role that HERE is playing within the ecosystem including the development of innovative use cases being enabled through access to connected cars and probe based traffic offerings.


Efficient outdoor stake out with autonomous robot

Jens Peder Kristensen, Chief Executive Officer, TinyMobileRobots, Denmark

The autonomous robot can find the location for marking or height measurement with the same precision of a manual surveyor, but three times faster. Indeed, while manual surveying requires a laborious search for the right coordinate, the robot simply employs an algorithm that optimises its movements. Since the robot locates coordinates at about three times the speed of a surveyor, it does not require many coordinates to locate before using the robot becomes profitable. Additionally, unlike human workers, who must take breaks, robots can work for as long as the task requires. During large tasks that can involve hundreds—or perhaps even thousands—of coordinates, the robot clearly outmatches manual surveying in time costs, as it can tirelessly execute the task at hand with much fewer mistakes than a surveyor, needing only a change of battery every eight hours or so. The presenter will present the robot, typical use of the robot and go through a number of hands-on experiences with the robot including external quality measurements.

The Importance of Standards in a Data Centric World

SESSION CHAIR: James Kavanagh, Director Land Group, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Standards for better city decision-making

Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development, British Standards Institution (BSI UK)

Smart cities have the potential to transform the way cities provide services and empower citizens to make better decisions, through making better use of urban data. But how can cities make this data available and act on it? Standards have a key role in helping cities understand the potential of smart cities, set their priorities, and use data to put citizens’ needs at the heart of decision-making.


IFC and COBie: The essential guide to BIM Standards and why we need them

Phil Jackson, Building Smart and UK Representative Infrastructure Room

There is no doubt that BIM can and does provide benefits for many who are involved in the procurement of infrastructure assets. From Planners, designers, constructors and the eventual operators of those assets. BIM has, to date, mostly been dealt associated with the design stages of a new asset and the graphical 3D modelling of that design. Hence much standards effort has been concentrated on software interoperability and data exchange. This paper attempts to look at the wider full life cycle of any infrastructure asset and concentrates on the systematic development of information through that life cycle demonstrating the importance and emergence of standards to support this more holistic view of BIM and its potential.


OGC and buildingSMART International: An open standards partnership

Denise McKenzie Executive Director, Communications & Outreach at Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

In 2014 the Open Geospatial Consortium & buildingSMART International signed an MoU to collaborate on joint and interoperable standards for the building and infrastructure communities. This presentation will provide an update on the work to date and plans for the future including CityGML, InfraGML and IFC Alignment.

Geospatial ‘spin offs’ into the wider world

SESSION CHAIR: Steven Eglinton, Director, GeoEnable, Vice Chair AGI



Digital Engineering – a real physical, personnel and cyber security challenge

UK Government Security Engineer


Geospatial Game Engines – A game changer for the way we see the World?

Gavin Duffy, Director, RealSim, Ireland

The games industry has driven many significant advances in digital media over the years. One of these has been the ‘Game Engine’.  It facilitates the exploration of ‘other worlds’, to engage, challenge and entertain us. Such environments are normally populated with multiple scenario outcomes depending on our decisions. This could also describe a platform for planning the world we live in.  Feeding engineering and architectural inputs in to a geospatial game engine significantly increases our insight on the impact of proposed changes to the built environment.  In addition, the simplicity of the user experience removes the technical barrier traditionally associated with CAD and GIS, allowing non-technical stakeholders and decisions makers make more informed decisions on how we shape the world around us.

Closing remarks

Steven Eglinton, Conference Chairman, Director, GeoEnable, Vice Chair AGI





Steven Eglinton, Conference Chairman, Director, GeoEnable, Vice Chair AGI

FACILITATOR: Antony Oliver, Editorial Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist


The Future of Industry: Developing a strategy for Smart Infrastructure – A whole life approach to infrastructure design

Simon Rawlinson, Partner, Head of Strategic Research and Insight, Arcadis
Jennifer Schooling, Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge
Tim Chapman, Leader of Infrastructure London Group, Arup
Mark Enzer, Group Technical Director, Mott MacDonald

Digital Innovation in Infrastructure


Geo Intelligence – trends in smart places

Jos Creese, Chief Executive, CCL - Independent Digital Advisor for the public and private sectors, Principal Analyst, Eduserv. Associate Director, Socitm. BCS Immediate Past President [2015/16] – The Chartered Institute for IT

Smart cities concepts are now widening to regions. People live, work, use services, and pass their leisure time in a complex web of local, regional and national places. Smart places can link these different services and locations together, if policy and planning are joined up, bringing a range of benefits. After all, we all travel between cities, or travel in for to urban areas to work. Smart places exploit the benefit of a range of geo-based technologies, for travel, for business, for public service and for everyday lives. Geo-based technology connects people, communities, business and fundamental infrastructure services in ways never before possible: this is digital transformation at its best – putting people and places at the heart of technology value for economic and societal benefits. This talk will explore the risks and the opportunities for smart places in exploiting this potential.


The Internet Of Things, digital built Britain and beyond

Simon Navin, Programme Manager, Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey

Dynamic data is essential to the construction, operation and management of assets. During this session you will hear how Ordnance Survey are supporting the integration of dynamic data into geospatial content and how we are developing our connections with BIM, a Digital Built Britain and data interoperability in Smart, the Internet of Things, 5G connectivity and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles.


Spatial awareness – using mapping overlays to identify policy synergies and conflicts

Andreas Schulze Bäing, Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Manchester

Using mapping overlays is commonly used by GIS professionals. Despite this, in practice it is rare to see an awareness of spatial contexts, synergies and conflicts between different policy sectors. This paper, based on a study for the Map4England initiative of the RTPI,  reports on its key findings followed by illustrating selected examples linking household growth projections to areas of relative water stress and key landscape designations. In addition the paper also refers to the practice of spatial monitoring and planning in other European countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Question time: What is the future of the geospatial industry?

FACILITATOR: Antony Oliver, Editorial Consultant and Infrastructure Specialist


Mike Hopkins, The Survey Association (TSA) Representative
Ed Manley, Lecturer in Smart Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London
Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart Cities Practice at Ordnance Survey
Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google



Most people are familiar with the BBC’s Question Time, but for the uninitiated it is a topical debate programme hosted by the resplendent David Dimbleby, where a panel of guests answer questions posed by the audience. Well the GEO Business Question Time won’t be televised and sadly David Dimbleby was unavailable but there will be an exciting array of panelists presided over by industry expert Antony Oliver who will field topical questions focusing on the theme, ‘What is the future of the geospatial industry’ resulting in a no doubt heart-felt debate that is open to anyone that is visiting GEO Business.



Do you have a burning question you would like to ask the panel? If so, send your question to Caroline Hobden, [email protected] with the title GEO Business Question Time. Please state your name and whether or not you plan to be in attendance on the day.


Closing remarks

Steven Eglinton, Conference Chairman, Director, GeoEnable, Vice Chair AGI

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