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Ed Parsons, 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.
Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division. He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Craig Clark, Clyde Space
After 11 years at a major space company in SE England, Craig returned to Glasgow and founded Clyde Space Ltd. Clyde Space is now one of the most successful suppliers of small satellites in the world, becoming a 'household name' in the space industry. The company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge products for the space market, in particular in the area of tiny satellites called 'CubeSats'. Presently in its 11th year of trading, Clyde Space has over 70 highly skilled, full-time staff. Clyde Space launched Scotland's first satellite in July 2014. In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology.
Diana Murray, Historic Environment Scotland
Diana Murray was the Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and recently also joint CEO of Historic Scotland (HS) until October 2015. She is now a Senior Executive in the new organisation, Historic Environment Scotland, that combines the work of both these organisations. She studied archaeology at Cambridge University and has devoted her career to Scottish cultural heritage. She developed RCAHMS into a major national collection for the historic environment, which contains over 20million aerial photographs, and is passionate about engaging public interest, especially through the use of mapping and spatial data. She currently chairs the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) management group and is a member of the Spatial Information Board set up by Scottish Government.
Colin Mair, The Improvement Service
Colin Mair is chief executive of the Improvement Service, a COSLA/SOLACE partnership set up support local government improvement across Scotland. The IS’ aim is to help councils and their partners improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
Innovation and Emerging Technology at the Canal & River Trust, Jonathan Marshall, Canal & River Trust
Where do you start in pushing innovation and trying out new things at a risk averse public sector come charity? We all know about lots of new and exciting ‘stuff’ that’s out there or is coming in the next few years. How do you establish their relevance to your business and track those that might be useful? This talk demonstrates how the Canal & River Trust have made a start at this, using a feature opportunity matrix to track and display to the business those that may be of relevance.
We will look at how the Trust is building innovation into its operations and moving towards a fail fast approach. The talk will review some of the pilots and proof of concepts currently being worked on, from Beacons to the use of anonymised cell phone data to establish towpath use and the increasing importance of mobile technology (and by definition spatial context) in all that we do.
Jonathan has been interested in maps and geography since an early age. He has recently lead the creation and establishment of a new digital technology team responsible for sponsoring and managing the rapid development of mobile and digital products. Advising on mobile working and strategy along with the research, development and application of emerging digital technologies. With over 15 years’ experience in management, business development, innovation and the technology aspects of geospatial information, location-based services, data, and mobile solutions, Jonathan is passionate about how technology, information and geography can improve efficiency and enhance knowledge and understanding across a business.
Driving performance and improving safety on the railway with geospatial data: Tom Riddlestone & Deglan Gibbons, Network Rail
Tom Riddlestone worked within the Railway sector since 2008. His previous experience saw him manage risk on major railway infrastructure programmes in or near London, such as CrossRail and HS2. Tom has since been focussing his Project Management and Systems Engineering expertise on major change in capital and infrastructure projects, leading business change and benefits realisation projects to get the most out of tool and data improvements in the Railway.
Deaglan Gibbons is a Geotechnical-Civil Engineer and a ‘GIS Super User’ within the Arcadis Geotechnics, Tunnelling, GIS & Data Management team. Deaglan champions the use of GIS within the geotechnical design team, particularly in the Rail and Highways sectors. He is currently working on the Network Rail Edinburgh to Glasgow (Shotts) line electrification scheme and has helped develop a template for managing route data and developing civil designs using GIS. Deaglan has previous experience implementing GIS for a diverse range engineering applications, from consultancy for the water framework directive and planning of tunnelling works in Ireland, to the design of cultural beaches and storm water pumping stations in Doha, Qatar.
The Geological Data Journey, Exploiting Value and Demonstrating Impact, Dr Kate Royse, British Geological Survey
Further Details to follow.
Recent Airborne Lidar Innovations - from UAV to multi-spectral , Iain Woodhouse, The University of Edinburgh
SSGP: Harnessing space technology to deliver business information, Sam Campbell, SterlingGeo (GOLD SPONSOR)
Over the past 10 years there has been a global explosion of data availability with an estimated 5 exabytes being generated every 5 seconds by the human race. The earth observation industry has followed this trend, from the emergence of privately owned satellites, to 40cm resolution imagery and satellite programmes such as Copernicus and the Sentinel Series - data is not the issue. However, unless the industry as a whole adapts the way users access, manage, analyse and visualise results, the full potential of these new data resources may not be realised.
The Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), funded by the UKSA, is focused on supporting any and all government bodies interested in harnessing space technology or satellite derived data to save money, time and enable new services. Sterling Geo is working within the SSGP on the 1:100 initiative, focussed on engaging with 100 government bodies and departments to identify earth observation data “powered” applications that deliver answers to challenges. From the protection of environmentally sensitive areas to illegal build identification, greenspace management and flood analytics, the potential is huge.
This presentation will provide information on the programme (including the Hexagon Geospatial technology portfolio used to achieve the goals of the 1:100 initiative), show examples of current Sterling Geo applications and provide further information on SSGP. For those not in the government sector, the content should hopefully spark interest in commercial applications of the approach.
Mapping the Road Ahead: from GPS to HAD, Douglas Gilmour, TomTom
What has GPS ever done for us? Satellite Navigation is frequently polled as one of the top technological innovations of the last 20 years. But what does the next 20 years hold for navigation and how should map-makers respond? TomTom delivers the most up to date maps with the help of GPS trace data from hundreds of millions of devices around the world. How can map data, traditionally “big data”, be made small and underpin the revolution in automotion itself? This presentation will illustrate both current and forthcoming applications of the TomTom map. What role will you play in the digital representation of the road ahead?: GI consumer, contributor and maintainer or manager or a combination of all three?
(HAD= Highly Automated Driving).
Douglas Gilmour is a map head, transport economist and Chartered Transport Planner. As UK & Ireland Key Account Manager for TomTom Geospatial & Traffic, he is responsible for business development and the development of TomTom’s historic and real time traffic products to better address the needs of the geospatial and transport markets. Before joining TomTom, Douglas worked in both the private and public sectors, including Transport Scotland, Transport for London and the Department for Transport where he specialised in transport project appraisal and the evaluation and use of emerging data sources for transport modelling.
From Drone To Phone: Maximising The Geo-Potential With FOSS4G, Paul Georgie, GeoGeo
AGI's Early Career Network Professional of the Year 2015, Paul is a geographer, international development practitioner & geospatial technologist who gained his commercial UAS licence in 2014 and has since been focused on developing the use of FOSS4G to harness the mapping magic emanating from 'Aimee', Scotland's first fixed wing urban-approved drone.
Developments in Photographic Aerial Survey, Tim Whittome, Caledonian Air Surveys
Tim Whittome is the founder and managing director of Caledonian Air Surveys based in Inverness.
Developing a Crowd Sourcing App, Tom Armitage, EDINA
Tom Armitage is a member of EDINA's Geoservices Support team, GIS trainer for University of Edinburgh staff and postgraduates, Citizen Science enthusiast and a lapsed Geologist.
The AGI Early Career Network, Mayuko Morgan, Bellingram Ltd.
Mayuko Morgan is a committee member of ECN, who currently works at BellIngram Ltd as GIS technician.
Our event is only made possible through the generous support of our Gold Sponsors. We'd like to thank them for their input into the event and taking the opportunity to present on our theme.
Data...data...everywhere , Neil Benny, ThinkWhere
GIS Design Principle #1 - it’s not about the map, Will White, Sopra Steria
To boldly go…..why is a National Mapping Agency interested in satellite based technologies? Rollo Home, Ordnance Survey
The AGI Awards Ceremony is where we celebrate the best in class across our industry. The awards recognise excellence and foster a spirit of innovation within the industry. The AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence help to generate open and engaging competition which is relevant to all practitioners using location-based technologies and data.
Providing a better insight into progress across the industry, and to support development of our professionals throughout their careers, each one of this year’s awards should inspire us to think about how we best approach and engage with the many challenges where we have the potential to impact, influence and help develop integrated and embedded solutions.
All the people behind the entries for these Awards should be congratulated – your passion and ideas will help set the agenda of the GI community for the next few years. These awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate best practice from across our industry and look forward to how we are developing and innovating in an increasingly relevant but rapidly changing industry.
We would like to congratulate all of the winners and also the shortlisted entries, this is a real achievement and one which should be celebrated and shared.
The winner from each category was announced and presented with their Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony on the 25th November 2015 at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth.
Download the full AGI Awards Brochure 2015 from here:
1 - The AGI Award for the Best Paper at Conference.
Sponsored by Informed Solutions
Liz Scott, emapsite. Move over maps: Step out of your GI comfort zone and start tackling data visualisation.
2 - The AGI Award for the Best Paper within the Event Programme
AGI’s second award is for the best paper from the AGI Event Programme and the continuation of the 'Geo: The Big5' series which toured the UK and explored in-depth what are arguably five of the biggest issues in the Geospatial industry today. In each case, delegates voted for the best paper at each of the 5 events which form the shortlist for this award.
Future Cities: Security, London - Will Smarter Cities Be Safer Cities? - Dr Colin Roberts, Universities Police Science Institute (UPSI)
3 – The AGI Award for Excellence in Education
Sponsored by Canal & River Trust
iMap: delivering GIS in schools
A collaborative project partnering undergraduate GIS students with Secondary School teachers throughout Northern Ireland to develop a GIS manual through modular assessment, which can subsequently be taught in schools through a voluntary scheme.
The Judges said: "In utilising undergraduate students to help teach secondary teachers, both students and teachers benefit. A particularly refreshing aspect to the nomination is the way in which it has created and grown an active network of enthusiastic foot soldiers, intent upon promoting the value of GI."
AGI Northern Ireland Education Programme
4 – The AGI Award for Best Geospatial Data Visualisation
Sponsored by Kinect Recruitment Ltd
INRIX Population Analytics visualisation by ITO World
A Population Analytics platform, using anonymised and aggregated real-time mobile phone network data to show population density and movement and is presented as a video narrative showing both the data and insights gained form it.
The Judges said: “The data visualisation and analytics produced by ITO for INRIX population analytics is an example of best practice in geographical visualisation”.
Precision mapping from Pitney Bowes, helping Cominco to feed the world
The Economic Regeneration and Resilience Index for Coastal Communities
5 – The AGI Award for Excellence in Research & Development
Sponsored by Leica Geosystems
This award acknowledges those projects that have advanced best practice, technology or tools to the benefit of the geospatial industry.
WebCAT - Transport for London's Web-based Connectivity Assessment Toolkit
WebCAT is a new service that improves the quality and clarity of the geo-spatial information used to make planning decisions in London. Linked to TfL’s strategic forecasting tools, WebCAT allows plotting of travel times by different modes of transport which are are of use to not only planners but also to property agents, businesses considering relocation, house movers, house buyers, and the general public.
The Judges said: “The WebCAT development of the web-based GI applications represents good practice in development with clear stakeholder and audience engagement in the specification, interfacing and careful identification of the functionality”.
National Forest Inventory; Practical Application of Remote Sensing
Use of GIS in the analysis of ophthalmic imaging by Jonathan Moules & Jasleen Kaur Jolly.
6 – The AGI Award for Excellence with Impact
Sponsored by The Crown Estate
This award recognises those projects which have achieved outstanding success or impact whether this be societal, humanitarian, environmentally and/or financially based or at a local, regional, national or international scale. We had a high number of entries for this award which is reflected by the fact that we had 5 on the shortlist!
MapAction - Ebola response
A MapAction team of volunteers and staff deployed to Ebola-affected countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali) to help tackle the spread of Ebola. Working within central coordination hubs in the affected countries, MapAction’s teams helped to set up information management systems, so that data could be gathered, collated and analysed to understand how and where Ebola was being transmitted.
The Judges said: “The MapAction team of volunteers showed huge courage and commitment working in Ebola infected areas. They played a vital role providing maps and information about cases, treatment and burials, that helped to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa”.
MapAction - Nepal earthquake response
Urgent Action in the Himalaya
Use of GIS in the analysis of ophthalmic imaging by Jonathan Moules & Jasleen Kaur Jolly.
7 – The AGI Award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit
Sponsored by Ordnance Survey
This award recognises outstanding achievement in the use of geospatial technology, particularly those that have had positive impact on business processes or practices and can demonstrate significant return on investment. There was a phenomenal number and a very high standard of entries this year, hence the 9 shortlisted entries.
Network Rail ORBIS Geo-RINM Viewer
Geo-RINM Viewer integrates fragmented asset data and imagery from across Network Rail’s 16,000km of track into a single powerful, yet intuitive, tool allowing the railway to be clearly visualised.
The Judges said: "This shows a clear focus on relevant metrics, recognises the need for wide stakeholder engagement and benefits, and offers an intelligent approach to data integration. A compelling project".
KaarbonTech & Leica Zeno20: Simplifying Access to Geospatial
The Judges said about KaarbonTech: "This is an innovative combination of data, platform, and technology, created for a well-defined customer base and with the user experience clearly in mind. A very exciting development".
Bronze Software Labs + Canal & River Trust: Length Inspection Mobile Application
Costain Ltd - Kent Multi-Functional Framework
Defra / Sopra Steria Land Management System 2015
Geospatial Management System for Ordnance Survey Ireland
Metricell – Tele2 Companion App with Quest functionality
Trimble TerraFlex Boosts Efficiency for Utility Applications
8 – The AGI Early Career Professional award
Sponsored by APMGeo
This NEW award celebrates the achievements of outstanding geospatial professionals who are at an early stage in their career and are showing great promise to become future leaders in our industry. It forms part of AGI’s Early Careers Network launched earlier this year, which provides training, mentoring and support to younger professionals as they embark on a career in the geospatial industry.
In 2014, Paul became the first CAA-approved fixed wing pilot to be permitted to fly both urban and rural areas in Scotland. In order to support the local council's smart energy ambitions, GeoGeo conducted surveys including both residential and refinery areas - using the very latest fixed wing UAS technologies. Over 200,000 thermal images were taken over the course of 30 flights, covering nearly 25 sq km and creating high resolution (30cm) thermal indices of the area. This allowed the public to see a detailed picture of heat demand / loss and energy efficiency and aided development plans for the district heating scheme.
The Judges said: “This entry shows a high standard of professionalism in creating value-added datasets from innovative thermal UAV surveys. The project has captured a wealth of imagery which is being used to support smart energy objectives in the Grangemouth area, The scale and potential impacts of this work are very impressive from an early career professional”.
9 – The AGI Student of the Year
Sponsored by ESRI UK
This award is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of universities in the UK for work done in the academic year 2014/2015. It recognises the best student dissertation research projects and showcases the work of students who clearly have a bright future in the geospatial industry. The judges reviewed a range of different projects, each with their own merits.
Sharon Richardson, University College London - Measuring Mobile Digital Footprints: A Modern Index of Urban Interaction
This project takes a fine-grained location sensing app called 'OpenSignal' and investigates the insights it can offer. The results are intriguing: unlike most mobile phone datasets, it appears to offer genuine potential in understanding population dynamics.
The Judges said: “A fascinating topic that reveals some useful patterns in human movement dynamics. The development of scripts to handle the data is admirable and the presentation of the results is impressive. The level of innovation is high and there is potential to use this type of information for crowd control and management”.
10 – The AGI Award for Exceptional Service
While there is only one recipient for this award, when it comes to volunteering it is not about the winning but the taking part and AGI could not function in its current form if people did not do just that: take part!
Unfortunately, there is only one award, and therefore one recipient who receives this on behalf of all the volunteers in 2015.
"For his tremendous commitment to getting the Early Careers Network group off the ground over the last year, leading a webinar, meetings and a survey amongst the younger AGI professionals, along with his dedication to spearheading the organisation of this Awards ceremony event, while continuing with his day job as a Project Manager at APMGeo, we’d like to present this Award to Andy Murdock."
In addition to the above and the 2015 Council members, the AGI would like to recognise the support of the following volunteers who have given up their time to support various AGI activities.
|Ben Anscombe||Clare Hadley||Dean Paulley|
|Hugh Barron||Daniel Hall Ballester||Mark Percival|
|Sue Beetlestone||John Hewitt||Matt Pennells|
|Mike Bell||Jeremy Hidderley||Hannah Pettitt|
|Ian Bennett||Rollo Home||Helen Pickard|
|Zoe Briggs||Illona Kemeling||James Reid|
|Adam Burke||Charlotte Leigh||Daniel Rex|
|Morgan Commins||Shaun Lewis||Max Ridley|
|Therese Devine||Owen MacDonald||Ian Sheppard|
|Sarah Doughty||Phil Mclaughlin||Conor Smyth|
|Alice Duff||Diana Moraru||Doug Specht|
|Rachael Evans||Mayuko Morgan||Derek Tate|
|Dean Findlay||Phil Mountain||Christin Walter|
|Ben Fisher||Jeremy Murfitt||Matt White|
|Kealan Freeman||Tim Newman||Pam Whitham|
|Richard Fry||Shona Nicol||Kevin Williams|
|Charlie Gilbert||James Norris||Matthew Yandell-Thomas|
|Bruce Gittings||Peter Parslow||Pete Yuille|
11 - The AGI Award for Career Achievement in GI
This prestigious award is given to a person who has made a significant long term contribution to geospatial within their professional career. Nominations for this award will be judged according to the contributions and commitment they have made to advancing geospatial over a sustained period of time (> 10 years).
Andy Coote tells us a bit more about the winner: Les Rackham
"Les Rackham is one of the most unassuming and unarrogant (if that’s a word and Les would know) person I have ever met. This belies a brain “the size of a minor planet”, an infallible intuition about people and a strong moral compass, all of which qualities has justifiably earned him an enviable respect amongst his peers in many different parts of the industry and beyond.
Les is a Geographer by training, a graduate of Sheffield University, which produced such other luminaries as Vanessa Lawrence. However, his first career was in the land resources sector, working overseas for the British Government in locations such as Nigeria, where he met his wife Angela (an internationally-respected archaeologist).
When the British Government lost interest in land resources, Les found a new home at Ordnance Survey, moving the family to Romsey not far from his childhood home in Totton. He excelled in learning the ways of geospatial through an M.Sc. in GIS at Edinburgh University. A time he always recalls with great affection.
On his return to Southampton his talents were initially applied to managing part of the organisation’s “Cartographic Army” before joining Spatial Database systems and later being promoted to Corporate Data Manager. In 2000, he was handed the “mission impossible” of running the hugely ambitious programme to launch national MasterMap coverage in under 12 months. At the height of the programme he had a team of 150 staff, under his control. This project was delivered on time and budget with the same organisational genius, attention to detail and dry sense of humour that he applies to everything he does.
Inexplicably, Les was granted early retirement from Ordnance Survey soon after MasterMap was launched and he then joined Esri (UK). It was his first foray into the commercial sector but as usual he proved more than equal to the task, overseeing the creation of the organisation’s Quality Control System as well as numerous strategic reviews and operational project management tasks for an array of customers.
He left Esri (UK) in 2006 and set up as sole trader offering geospatial consultancy services for a couple of years before we jointly founded ConsultingWhere. Through his strong financial acumen and common sense guidance the organisation has grown consistently over the last eight years to the point that it now works across five continents and counts as long-term customers some of the largest geospatial organisations in the world.
Les began his involvement with the AGI when he joined the AGI Standards Committee in the early 1990s. He quickly got involved in data issues especially in the International standards arena.
In 1995, he became convenor of the newly formed Working Group of ISO/TC 211 on Spatial Data Administration. This Group went on to produce the widely-used International Standards on Data Quality and Metadata.
Back in the UK, he was involved in the development of the UK metadata standard, UK GEMINI, and the revision of the national addressing standard, BS 7666. He had two spells as Chair of the BSI/AGI Standards Committee, IST/36, retiring in 2014. He still attends their meetings to impart his wisdom, and livens up proceedings with dreadful puns.
Outside work Les has always been a keen cyclist and has done the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride twice plus numerous marathons through Europe. He has three children and now five grand-children who keep him increasingly occupied and entertained.
I am privileged to have worked with him over the last 25 years and to regard him as a great friend and mentor. I am delighted that AGI has chosen to honour him with this award, it is richly deserved and I know he will be surprised and delighted to receive such an accolade."
12 - The AGI Chairperson's Award for Outstanding Service to the AGI
The AGI has reintroduced this award this year. The current Chair, David Henderson, decided who should receive this award and said:
"With nine years on AGI Council, and many years before that as the Chair of the Environment SIG, Jon has also served for many years as Honorary Treasurer , whilst at the same time serving as Junior and Senior Vice-Chair and then Chair in 2012.
Jon is a great advocate for AGI and an excellent role model for many who have served on AGI Council. He has coordinated two separate (significant) amendments to our Articles and in 2014 played a key role in introducing the new AGI website and CRM system. All this whilst building a successful career at British Waterways - now Canal and River Trust - and raising a young family.
I am delighted to recognise Jon Marshall with the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service to the AGI."
Using Open Source and Open Data to Solve the Big Problems
Andrea Ross, Director, Eclipse Foundation
Ms. Andrea Ross is Director of Ecosystem Development at the Eclipse Foundation, which is a vendor neutral not-for-profit that nurtures open source software & open data based research and development collaborations. The Foundation is currently supported by more than 240 member organizations and 1100 software engineers.
Andrea is responsible for the Foundation's LocationTech and Science working groups. Both are collaborative working group driven by industry, academia, and government. They conduct R&D in the areas of data analysis, visualization, location aware applications & services, and simulation.
Andrea's career spans more than 20 years as an award winning software architect and technology leader. She has specialized in developing innovative industry solutions based on open technologies including for Geospatial, Telecom, Healthcare, IT, Government, Not-for-profits, and more.
A future resilient - Tracking the trends
With location technology at the centre of everything (where it should have been all the time?) it's time to look at the benefits the wider industry has gained from these technologies, and how location technology has become pervasive thanks to some more predictable underlying technology trends of Agility, Openness, Crowd and Cloud.
So let's look at how some of these technologies evolved, what has happened (in at least 2 of the Big 5 areas) and see how we can work together to make your future business even more Resilient for location services.
David Overton, MD and founder of dbyhundred and SplashMaps
David Overton is an innovator, entrepreneur and growth coach whose been fascinated with maps and location since he first combined a paper map and a bicycle. His recent contracts have taken him from innovation management in Ordnance Survey to piloting award winning map harmonisation with Eurogeographics then successfully securing Euro13M in order to make it a reality. His work connecting Low Carbon automotive technology SMEs with the main auto manufacturers and published research on auto navigation all began with one of the many collaborations on connecting location technologies with improved automotive performance.
David has founded 3 companies along the way, SplashMaps sponsors the GeoMob London community and addresses the underserved Leisure mapping market by proposing that maps really should be printed on performance fabrics. With dbyhundred he has worked with an inventor to project-manage and coach the HomeHalo domestic WiFi guardian from idea to commercialisation. Most recently he has become a growth coach working with Growth Accelerator as part of the Government's Business Growth Service with which he wants to help other businesses stretch and reach their goals.
With the 'full on' GeoCom schedule covering three evenings and two days of great activities and inspiring debates, you might like to consider upping your game - not to say your energy - by joining in some runs in the mornings.
If there is a big take-up for these GeoRuns, obviously we can go into different groups, so please don't think that everyone will be of marathon standard, as they won't be!
Details as follows: