2018 Conference Programme

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Geospatial – Powering the fourth Industrial Revolution

Wednesday 23 May 20189.30 until 16.40Auditorium

We are in the middle of a technological revolution that is altering the way we live, move, work, and communicate with one another. Due to its velocity, scope and systems impact the transformation is unlike anything we have experienced before. This is rapidly becoming known as the fourth industrial revolution.



Simon Navin, Conference Chairman, Programme Manager, Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey

Read more about Simon Navin
Simon Navin MRICS MCInstCES is the lead for Smart Programmes in Innovation & Outreach at Ordnance Survey. He is responsible for the management, coordination and delivery of OS’s Smart/Innovation built-environment sector projects including the UK’s Internet of Things demonstrator project, CityVerve, in Manchester, and is part of a team who’s remit is to discover and develop the value of geospatial and place-based data in emerging markets such as IoT, BIM, CAV’s and the Digital Built Environment. Simon began his career in the built environment in 1990 and has extensive experience in the environmental management, planning, design, architectural visualisation and construction sectors. He is a Chartered Surveyor through RICS and OS’s representative for Survey4BIM and a member of the CICES Anglia and Central Region committee.


Geospatial: Maximising the digital economy


Growing the Geography profession in Government


David Wood, Head of Geography, Government Science and Engineering

David Wood was appointed as the first cross-government head of geography this January, this is in addition to his existing role as head of analysis and performance at HM Courts and Tribunals Service at the Ministry of Justice. The new geography profession is part of the Government Science and Engineering profession. David is supported in his role by the Central Government Geography Group (CGGG), which represents communities of geographers across government. David has been working with them to develop a strategy to grow, professionalise and champion geography across Government (you can read David’s first blog at https://goo.gl/jp8XVV).

Read more about David Wood
David is an economic geographer, having graduated with a joint honours degree in economics and geography from Queen Mary College, University of London. Geography has been a constant theme in the work David has done across 6 Government departments. Over the last 19 years, David has worked in in a range of policy, delivery and analytical roles across Government covering areas from courts and tribunals, local growth, school funding, regeneration, teacher training, local government funding, to more environmental geography such as climate change and waste policy.


Data for the public good – digital transformation in economic infrastructure


Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald

There are high hopes for Digital Transformation in the built environment: to improve both the delivery of new assets and the performance of existing ones. However, relative to other industries such as finance, retail or media, the built environment has been slow to benefit from Digital Transformation, so something needs to change. There is a clear connection between infrastructure data and the outcomes for the ultimate customers because better decisions, based on better data, lead to better outcomes. In addition, the industry puts a value on physical assets, but not yet on their Digital Twin. So, as the industry moves forward, we must treat data as a resource and value information as an asset, then we’ll have a real digital economy and an even stronger case for Digital Transformation. This presentation will: introduce the Digital Transformation landscape in the UK’s built environment; outline the connection between data and the public good; present the high-level value proposition for Digital Transformation; suggest a challenge to shift the industry’s thinking; put the case for a National Digital Twin and introduce the need for a national framework for infrastructure data.

Read more about Mark Enzer
Mark is Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer. In this role, Mark is accountable to the Group Board for technical excellence globally, which he drives via Mott MacDonald’s internal professional networks. Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, BIM and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA). Mark is the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations. He is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, lean delivery processes, building information modelling (BIM) and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA), all of which drive more efficient and effective delivery of both projects and capital programmes. He has largely developed experience within the water industry, both in the UK and overseas, working directly with client and contracting organisations. Within Mott MacDonald, Mark was the author/champion of the Group’s BIM strategy across Europe and Africa. Mark is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, UK published by HM Treasury.


The Geospatial Commission


William Priest, Director, The Geospatial Commission

The digital economy is transforming how we live, work, and travel with some of the most exciting new technologies available today being linked to location, William will discuss how The Geospatial Commission plan to help unlock the value of geospatial data.

Read more about William Priest
On 1 February 2018, William was appointed a Director in the Cabinet Office and CEO of the newly formed Geospatial Unit. In addition, he is a member of the Geospatial Commission, an independent, cross government agency that will set policy for, and drive the UK geospatial agenda, reporting up into senior government Ministers and the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary. From April 2017 to January 2018, William was Interim CEO of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and an acting Director in DCMS. He was accountable to the DCMS Secretary of State for the delivery of manifesto commitments to provide Superfast Broadband to 95% of UK premises by the end of 2017. In addition, the programmes to launch full fibre and 5G were also part of his mandate. He was a member of the DCMS Executive board, chaired by the Permanent Secretary. William joined the Cabinet Office and the Government Commercial Function (GCF) as a Crown Representative in September 2015. As such, he was a member of the GCF Commercial Relationships Board, and responsible for two of Government’s major IT suppliers, IBM and DXC. The latter is UK Government’s largest IT Services provider. Prior to taking up his role in the Cabinet Office, William has over 20 years executive experience in the IT and Telecoms sectors and has held senior leadership positions with a number of the leading global ICT Service Providers. Before this William worked for a number of leading management consultancies.

William is a Chartered Civil and Water Engineer and has worked in many overseas countries on development projects for the World Bank and the CDC Group. William is also a non-executive director of the Royal Armouries International, a DCMS owned organisation, and an independent Board Member on the DCMS Major Programmes Board.

Facilitator: Abigail Page, Chair of the Association for Geographic Information
Abigail is Chair of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). She currently works internationally for EuroGeographics and is responsible for the development of European Location Services, creating an in-depth understanding of user needs for content from National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies.


How will geospatial enable the growth of the economy?
What is the value to UK Plc?
Where does the future of geospatial lie?


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 Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is a member of the the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and an Executive Fellow at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop. 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, holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London. and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Charles Kennelly, CTO, ESRI UK
Charles has been Esri UK’s CTO since 2008, bringing 25 years of experience delivering projects of all scales across multiple sectors. Charles’ deep understanding of the application of geography helps him find ways of making GIS accessible to ordinary users in wide-ranging environments, from consumer mapping to enterprise and business critical systems. He is committed to ‘reducing barriers’ to the use of geospatial techniques across society. Charles is also passionate about educating the next generation of data scientists in the application of geography.
Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart City Practice, Ordnance Survey
Miranda Sharp is Director of Innovation at Ordnance Survey where 3 years ago she created a Smart Cities practice to collaborate with people from a spectrum across academia, large and small business, public and private sector to using place-based insights to seize the golden opportunities emerging from a ‘Smarter’ world. She is a member of the Mayor’s Smart London Board, the National Infrastructure Commission’s Future Technology panel, Future Leader for ICE Project 13 and a board advisor to the award-winning See Sense. She’s excited about creating a world-beating digital economy in the UK based on high performing digital infrastructure and innovative business models.
Andrew Trigg, Head of Data at Land Registry, HM Land Registry
Dr Andrew Trigg is HM Land Registry’s Head of Data. He is responsible for data publication, the creation of a new digital Land Register and the quality of data on the register. He is a member of the pan-public sector Geographic Information Co-ordination Group and has held positions as Chairman of the Association for Geographic Information, board member of EuroGeographics and member of the UK Location Council. Prior to Joining HMLR he was Head of Products and Consultancy at Ordnance Survey, where amongst other things he was responsible for the introduction of MasterMap.


How is data used to transform society for public good?

Facilitator: James Kavanagh, Director of Land, RICS

Session Introduction


James Kavanagh, Director of Land, RICS

Read more about James Kavanagh
James Kavanagh MRICS C.Geog is a Chartered Land Surveyor & Chartered Geographer. James studied at DIT Dublin, Ireland and University of London. With over 25 years’ experience in the global land and property sectors, James worked on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe before spending several years working on mapping, surveying and formal/informal land rights issues for the United Nations (UNRWA). James has broad experience of surveying in many countries around the world. James is currently Director of Global Land & Resources with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is the author of frequent land & property journal articles, has presented professional and technical papers at numerous global conferences (World Bank 2018, FIG 2017, UNECE 2017) and regularly lectures on professional practice. James is also the co-author of several land and property industry standards, professional guidance notes and specifications. He has a strong interest in planning, land acquisition, land valuation and property economics. He is also engaged on geo-technologies and their application within BIM and the implementation of Smart City policies. James is chair of the International Land Standard (ILMS) Coalition and is working on further research and output on issues of valuation within informal settlements, customary land issues and the process of land and property rights formalisation (World Bank 2018). RICS Land Group includes the global professional practices areas of Environment, Geomatics, Minerals & Waste Management, Rural and Planning & Development and contains over 16,000 members.

Using imagery to best effect in disaster relief


Alan Mills, Preparedness Coordinator, MapAction

The space and UAV sectors are increasingly involved in offering data and services during emergencies. This should be welcomed as the capacity for the humanitarian community to deliver aid to vulnerable populations in 2018 is severely stretched in a world of conflict and intensifying natural disasters. The need to be more efficient and make better use of resources is a key way to improve the efficiency of aid delivery. MapAction has been mapping the extent of disasters, mainly in developing countries, their impacts on populations and the progress of relief delivery to help humanitarians coordinate better, and for 15 years have searched for useful data sources and technology to make those maps. Perhaps surprisingly, our use of satellite imagery has been relatively limited to date, and UAV data are yet to be routinely integrated into our work in the field. There are several reasons for this; e.g. remote data capture can be untimely, poor connectivity after a disaster limits transfer of large raster files, there is no time to process and interpret large volumes of raw data into a useful product, and many relief workers lack experience in how to utilise remotely sensed data, beyond the initial visual impact a bird’s eye view delivers. MapAction is now working with others to investigate these bottlenecks to find robust but flexible operational models that can get these important data to the field in the most optimal fashion. This paper both explores these bottlenecks and current progress in solving them.

Read more about Alan Mills
Alan has been a professional geographer for 25 years. He has a B.Sc. from Durham University, M.Sc. in remote sensing from University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He worked as a development specialist for 10 years at the UK’s Natural Resources Institute in Kent, 2 years as National GIS Coordinator in British Virgin Islands. Since returning to UK he has been a Geographer consulting on GIS in development issues in Africa and Asia, with a special interest in small island states in Caribbean, South Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. He has been a volunteer for MapAction for 13 years, a director and trustee for 6 years and coordinates the charity’s work on preparedness, where he investigates new data sources, technologies and partnerships. He has responded to many emergencies. most recently after Hurricane Irma.

Creating a community technology partnership: a place-based approach to information technology and capability


Dr Kim Foale, Founder/ Head Geek, Geeks for Social Change

Creating genuinely socially engaged and impactful technological interventions to reduce social isolation is an enormous challenge. Three distinct worlds and knowledges — neighbourhood assets, academia, and technology — must work in concert. However, these fields have no natural social overlaps of place, economy, experience or culture; operational differences exist on every scale from macro to micro. A Community Technology Partnership (CTP) is our attempt to tackle this inequality head on, enabling citizens, organisations, businesses and governmental providers to work together to improve the technological capability of a neighbourhood. By considering the overall IT skills, information, and facilities in an area, a CTP aims to empower resident-led partnerships to improve the quality, quantity and availability of local information. The first intervention delivered using this methodology is called PlaceCal. PlaceCal is a low social capital social network for real world interaction. It’s focussed around small local events that can be hard to discover: coffee mornings, sewing groups, computer classes and gardening groups for example. Through our community work, we’ve started being able to produce unified events listings for the whole area enabling a range of social prescribing possibilities.

Read more about Dr Kim Foale
Kim is a community activist, sociologist and developer based in Manchester, UK. Their work focuses on spatial and information equality, senses, and accessibility. They’re currently working on developing Community Technology Partnerships: capability-based resident-led approaches to holistic neighborhood IT provision.

AR and Geo location impacts


Zulf Choudhary, Managing Director, Sparta Digital

Geo-location has been critical for thousands of years. Used by rulers and military general alike to plan and develop strategy. In the last 100 years it has got into the hand of ordinary people via OS maps etc. But now there is new set of tools to both engage and excite users AR.

Read more about Zulf Choudhary
Zulf is an economist with lifelong interest in technology from his early days in the ATC, RAF and then read economics and history at Bournemouth and Hull University looking into risk and uncertainty. From banking days in London and Venezuela to advising Manchester Digital Developing agency to working on EU projects and now Cityverve, his career has been in innovation and entrepreneurship creating change.
12.50: LUNCH (delegate lunches will be served on a balcony outside the conference area)


How can digital businesses grow utilising geospatial technology

Facilitator: Stefan Webb, Head of Projects, Future Cities Catapult

Session introduction


Stefan Webb, Head of Projects, Future Cities Catapult

Read more about Stefan Webb
Stefan leads the design, development and delivery of projects across the Future Cities Catapult. Stefan leads the Future of Planning programme, which has researched the key challenges in the UK planning system, supporting innovative SMEs as part of an Open Call and worked with MHCLG to explore what a digital planning system may look like. He has developed the case for data devolution to Bristol, as well as leading the review of the Smart Dubai strategy. Stefan has degrees in Sociology, Politics and Government, and Urban Regeneration. Before joining the Future Cities Catapult he worked for different local authorities, including the Greater London Authority where he worked on spatial policy and strategy for the Thames Gateway and Olympic Legacy development.

Risks and benefits of building a business around Geo-Data


Gregory Menvielle, CEO, SmartNotify

In a world where Geo-information is getting simpler and cheaper to work with, what are the risks and benefits of using geo-data to build a business. We will go around real-world examples of how your organization can benefit from the breadth of geo-data and also how fake (yet real) data can kill your company if you are not careful.

Read more about Gregory Menvielle
Gregory Menvielle is noted for championing a customer-centric approach to their business model. Gregory is a French-American entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience in IT and international expansion. He is an expert in data management, and is very interested in finding the best ways to use technology to put humans first.

An open relationship: the benefits of connecting corporates and startups


Laura Alderson, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Geovation Hub/Ordnance Survey

Using examples from Geovation, Ordnance Survey’s open innovation initiative, Laura Alderson will explore the relationship between corporates and start-ups in the geospatial industry. What benefits do these relationships provide to the geospatial sector? How can large organisations support new digital businesses to grow in the UK? What can corporates learn from how start-ups operate?

Read more about Laura Alderson
Until November 2017, Laura Alderson ran the Accelerator Programme at Geovation, Ordnance Survey’s Open Innovation initiative, supporting startups to develop and grow businesses using geospatial data. Laura is currently Executive Assistant to Nigel Clifford, CEO of Ordnance Survey, and also working with Cabinet Office on the project to open OS Master Map. Laura has a background in innovation in the utilities sector, previously working for Morrison Utility Services.

Geospatial Data and the future of insurance: a flying robot case study with Flock


Ed Leon Klinger, CEO, Flock

Flock is a London-based, VC-backed insurtech pioneering the use of real-time data to calculate drone flight risk. Flock has partnered with Allianz to launch its first product: Flock Cover, a mobile application providing pay-as-you-fly insurance for drones. In this presentation, Flock will explain how geospatial Data has been crucial to their product’s success.

Read more about Ed Leon Klinger
Ed studied his Masters degree at Cambridge University, specialising in safety and regulation for autonomous drones. He previously undertook a Masters in Engineering Science at Oxford University. Ed joined Flock as CEO in 2016.
14.55: TEA BREAK


Growing business through new data capture technology and requirements

Facilitator: Paul Cruddace, Business Change and Innovation Manager, Ordnance Survey

Session introduction


Paul Cruddace, Business Change and Innovation Manager, Ordnance Survey

Read more about Paul Cruddace
Dr Paul Cruddace is the Business Change & Innovation Manager at Ordnance Survey. He is a chartered surveyor with over 20 years of experience as an internationally recognised geospatial and geodetic land professional. Paul is lucky enough to lead an amazing team who are developing pioneering innovation and R&D that is transforming how Ordnance Survey collects and manages its data. Specific areas of focus include sensor development, machine learning, machine vision, drone exploitation and automatic change detection & feature extraction. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is the UK representative to the UN Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management Geodesy Working Group and is a short-term consultant to the World Bank.

Are you climate mission and analytics ready? Earth Observation technological advances for businesses and society


John Remedios, Director for the National Centre for Earth Observation

The UK science community are world leading in designing, delivering and exploiting high-quality climate observations from satellites. These observations offer evidence and assurance, for societal understanding of environmental change. NCEO and other UK scientists are already exploiting these observations through big data analytics and models, reducing dimensionality and developing solutions for local scale monitoring, regional representations and model-mediated information. Wider societal and commercial uptake includes change monitoring, enhancing land management regimes, aiding assessment of exposed and vulnerable assets and populations as the climate changes. For those businesses seeking to exploit this data for mass market, policy and operational decision making products, this talk will provide a valuable insight into the future of Earth Observation technology, forthcoming datasets from planned missions and newly launched satellites as well as existing Earth Observation based climate data products available now.

Read more about John Remedios
Professor John Remedios is Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), hosted within the Earth Observation Science group at the University of Leicester. He is a Physicist but has collaborated across Chemistry, Geography and Biology. His experience is in satellite data for observing the Earth: climate, air pollution, ocean temperatures, land-atmosphere coupling. He has also worked on instrument concepts for new satellite missions. Professor Remedios works closely with space agencies, particularly with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency. He is Principal Investigator for the Along Track Scanning Radiometers (ATSRs) and plays major roles in a number of other satellite missions. He has been an expert adviser to ESA through ESA’s Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and Future Technology Panel. He has also chaired the UK Space Agency Earth Observation Advisory Committee. Professor Remedios has worked with a range of industrialists throughout the space and EO supply chain. He has worked with the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) on technology. He has been a Director of G-STEP at Leicester working with businesses in the downstream market. Most recently, he has worked within the UK Space Sector Council developing its inputs to government.

A year in review as a Space investor


James Bruegger, Investment Director and Managing Partner, Seraphim Capital

As the world’s only venture capital fund focused on investing into the SpaceTech ecosystem, Seraphim Capital has over the last two years developed a unique perspective on all of the innovation occurring in everything from nanosatellites and drones, to space-enabled geospatial analytics. Seraphim Managing Partner James Bruegger will be talking about some of the key trends and insights Seraphim has developed during this time, highlighting some of the new emerging category leaders that could come to define the geospatial industry over the forthcoming decade.

Read more about James Bruegger
James has 15 years’ experience of start-ups and venture capital, having started, advised and invested in 40+ companies in UK, Europe, US and India. He joined Seraphim in 2006 having previously founded several start-ups and worked at Burlington Consultants, a boutique strategy consultancy specializing in M&A that was acquired by Deloitte.

#Technology + #Innovation = #Opportunity: An SME’s perspective on the changing role of the surveyor


Dave Norris, Director, Plowman Craven

The role of the surveyor is unquestionably changing. From traditional measured surveys, though complex 3D modelling and on into Information Management, the demands on the Geospatial specialist are constantly evolving.
Using examples from past and present projects, David Norris will explore how technology and innovation has driven constan t change within an industry-leading organisation, and how ever-changing client requirements are being met by new products and services. A glimpse to the future will reveal the threats but more importantly the huge opportunities for the Geospatial specialist.

Read more about David Norris
A key player in the adoption and advancement of innovative practice in Geomatics, Dave has been instrumental in driving the company’s technical strategy. From development to deployment, Dave’s broad technical knowledge enables Plowman Craven to remain at the cutting edge across all markets through continued investment in people and technology.

Chairman’s closing remarks

16.30 – 16.40

Simon Navin, Conference Chairman, Programme Manager, Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey