Geospatial – Powering the fourth Industrial Revolution

Wednesday 23 May 20189.30 until 16.40Auditorium

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Facilitator: Abigail Page, Chair of the Association for Geographic Information


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
Charles Kennelly, CTO, ESRI UK
Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart City Practice, Ordnance Survey
Andrew Trigg, Head of Data at Land Registry, HM Land Registry


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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Chairman’s closing remarks

16.30 – 16.40

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