Today surveys are undertaken in a disparate range of seriously challenging environments, such as polar regions or the deep sea. A wide and growing variety of sensors can be deployed, along with software utilising mathematical feature recognition techniques. But in human de-skilling the question arises, can robots really mix better cocktails or is the bar person still an essential part of the mix?
Session Programme: 12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 12:30 Wed 23 Theatre 2
GEO: Careers Apprenticeship Levels 3/6
Mark Lawton, Chief Engineering Surveyor, Skanska
Come along to this 30 minute briefing on the current state of the Apprenticeship Programme. Find out where the courses are running and take part in a Q&A session, where employers and the audience can capture concerns that can then be raised with government.
13:30 - 13:50 Wed 23 Theatre 2
Surveying in Antarctica – blue ice runways for large Jets
Ian Stilgoe, Vice President Geopositioning Europe, Topcon
The utilisation of Blue Ice in Antarctica for landing aircraft is not a new concept. But with glaciers on the move and changing sea ice conditions it brings new demands and challenges for servicing scientific bases and visitors in this remote continent. The extreme climate makes for special requirements when undertaking surveying and research to determine the potential suitability of a site for use as a â€œcertified runwayâ€.
Desktop studies by Antarctic Expeditions and Logistics had identified potential sites from satellite imagery and radar data and an area of interest was defined for closer inspection and surveying as a potential new runway for large jet aircraft.
FCInstCES MRICS – A graduate Engineering Surveyor from Nottingham Trent University. Prior experience on major civil engineering projects in UK, Germany and Poland. A Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveying and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Now managing the Geopositioning business in Europe for Topcon. Responsibilities include the distribution and marketing strategy for Geomatics products including GPS, Survey, Mobile Mapping, UAV’s and Network Infrastructure. Ian is also a member of the strategic management team for the global Geo Positioning Solutions Group.
13:50 - 14:10 Wed 23 Theatre 2
Do robots make better cocktails? Deskilling of data capture risks loss of human input
Peter Cave, Director, Meridian Surveys Limited
In 1988 a presentation at an ESRI conference in Rome (Cave, 1988) on the use of GIS in mine warfare countermeasures proposed mapping the seabed at periodic intervals and comparing the data for anomalies indicating the possible presence of a mine. At University College London (UCL) survey students are instructed in mathematical techniques for removing outliers from hydrographic survey data. These two examples have incompatible philosophies and amply illustrate the importance of understanding data and how it should be interpreted in order to be fit for purpose. With new technologies it is important to realise there is a human factor dilemma caused by deskilling the data capture. So the question is not whether robots can mix better cocktails but how to retain the expertise of the bar person.
After a career in shipping (navigating officer with P&O), Peter worked in the City with P&O, Euro-Baltic Shipping and then Rio Tinto. His directorships include Qubit (manufacturers of survey equipment) and KBC (oil industry consultants). He, thus, has experience as both a provider and user of survey data.
Peter studied international transport at Cardiff University (UWCC) and surveying at University College London (UCL. He has run his own companies operating in London, Africa, Russia (FSU) and USA. Peter has previously presented papers on transportation in London and Prague, mining industrial minerals in Dumlupinar, Montreal and London, and Geographic Information Systems in Rome.
14:10 - 14:30 Wed 23 Theatre 2
Who would use centimetre accuracy on a smartphone and what would this innovation mean for the geospatial industry?
Richard Gauchwin, Business Area Manager for Mapping and GIS, KOREC,
Gareth Gibson , Business Development Manager, Trimble Geospatial,
Trimble Catalyst is the world’s first software GNSS receiver designed to run on Android phones and tablets and when used in conjunction with a small ‘plug and play’ low-cost digital antenna, turns these devices into cm accurate data collection tools.
This is a new era of GNSS technology and a new business model – software as a service (SaaS). It’s available as an on-demand subscription service and offers a range of accuracies from 1m to centimetre level, priced accordingly. In short, it puts affordable, cm accuracy into the hands of any industry in the world that uses smart phones, which is pretty well all of them!
Richard has worked for KOREC for 15 years specialising in GNSS and Mapping Technologies. He is involved in the introduction of the Catalyst solution to the UK market and integrating it with existing Workflows.
Gareth Gibson has worked in a range of product and technology development roles in the geospatial sector for 15 years, with a particular emphasis on GNSS technology and its use in the GIS sector. Currently working as a Business Development Manager for Trimble, Gareth is passionate about the power and potential of geospatial innovation and technology to transform the way work gets done.