Pre Conference

Geospatial Agencies and Industry Exchange Forum

9th August, 2015 Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center, Maryland, USA.
Attendance to the Pre-conference is on invitation basis only.
Contact Megha Datta megha@geospatialmedia.net for more details.

Supporting Organisation

Background

In less than a decade, geospatial industry has witnessed significant technological advancements. With new methods in data capture, faster and automated data processing, more sophisticated integration tools and platforms, along with raised user awareness and uptake of technology, the geospatial industry has grown significantly. GNSS, aerial photography, high resolution satellite imagery, GIS, LiDAR, UAVs, and Big Data analytics are increasingly finding their place in social development sectors such as water, health, education, defense, as well as economy driving industries like construction, electricity, mining, and real estate. These technologies directly find an increase in productivity, saving costs and efforts, minimalizing project risks, improving customer satisfaction, increasing efficiency in project planning, and eliminating data redundancy for these sectors.

In the center of these technological breakthroughs are the National Mapping Agencies (NMAs) that are responsible for providing qualitative and integrated geospatial information to citizens, businesses, and government through multiple platforms. NMAs have a unique opportunity to benefit from and contribute to this ongoing technological growth by actively contributing to this growth. This initiative can be supported with the forward looking vision and direction provided to them by the political and administrative leadership. These leaders create a framework that enables appropriate context and direction to re-organize structure and human resources, as well as re-orient their traditions to catch up with the current trends and needs within the market.

The key objective of this workshop is to bring together a number of NMA heads with industry leaders in order to deliberate and collaborate on ways that each can contribute to the technological trends in order to promote geospatial data use. The strength of the NMAs will deeply affect how their countries develop socially and economically in future years, which will be influenced by how efficiently they are able to work with the geospatial private industry.

Objectives

  • Outline best practices of National Mapping Policies and Programmes in Americas
  • Showcase technology innovations
  • Deliberate on issues of standards, law and policy and international collaboration
  • Explore newer collaborative mechanisms between NMAs and private industry
  • Discuss challenges and road blocks in achieving success for NMAs

Programme

0930 – 1130 hrs
Geospatial Policies and Programmes

• Jerry Johnston, Geospatial Information Officer, Department of Interiors, USA

• Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director, FGDC, USA

• Dr Stuart Minchin, Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division, GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA

• Dr. Derek Clarke, Chief Directorate: National Geo-Spatial Information, Department of    Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa

1130 – 1200 hrs
Networking Tea/Coffee Break
1200 – 1400 hrs
Standards, law and Practices in Geospatial Industry

• George Percivall, CTO, OGC

• Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, USA

• Greg Scott, Inter-Regional Advisor, UNGGIM, USA

• Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO Secretariat, Geneva

1400 – 1530 hrs
Lunch Break
1530 – 1730 hrs
Impact of Geospatial Agency information and services

• Kumar Navulur, Director, Next Generation Products, DigitalGlobe, USA

• Laura Delgado Lopez, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation, USA

• John Kedar, Director Strategic Relations, Ordnance Survey International, UK

• Bengt Kjellson, Director General and Chief Executive, Lantmatriet, Sweden

1730 – 1800 hrs
Networking Tea/Coffee Break
1900 hrs onwards
Networking Dinner Reception


Confirmed international participants:

Name

Designation

Organization

Country

Awni Al-Kasawneh

Director General

Royal Jordanian Geographic Center

Jordan

Barbara Ryan

Secretariat Director

Group on Earth Observations

Switzerland

Bengt Kjellson

Director General and Chief Executive

Lantmatriet

Sweden

Brigadier General Md Abul Khair, ndc, Pengg

Surveyor General of Bangladesh

Survey of Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Dr. Derek Clarke

Chief Directorate: National Geo-Spatial Information

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa

South Africa

Efren P. Carandang

Deputy Administrator

National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA)

Philippines

George Percivall

CTO

OGC

USA

Greg Scott

Interregional Advisor

UNGGIM

USA

Ivan deLoatch

Director

FGDC

USA

Jerry Johnston

Geospatial Information Officer

U.S. Department of the Interior

USA

John Kedar

Director Strategic Relations

Ordnance Survey International

UK

Josef Strobl

 

University of Salzburg

Austria

Dr. Scott Pace

Director

Space Policy Institute

USA

Kumar Navulur

Director Next Gen Products

DigitalGlobe

USA

Laura Delgado Lopez

Project Manager

Secure World Foundation

USA

Mahfoodh Al-Araimi

 

National Survey Authority

Oman

Mmuso Riba

Chief Surveyor General

DRDLR

South Africa

Monica Aguayo

 

National Subsystem Geography and Environment
National Institute of Statistics and Geography - INEGI

Mexico

S.M.P.P Sangakkara

Surveyor General

Survey Department of Srilanka

Sri Lanka

Rabeea Al-Aghbari

 

National Survey Authority

Oman

Robert Deakin

Geospatial Custodian

Land Information New Zealand

New Zealand

Stuart Minchin

Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division

Geoscience Australia

Australia

Sultan Mohammed Alya

Director General

Ethiopian Mapping Agency

Ethiopia

Tim Trainor

Chief, Geography Division U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce

USA

Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB

Co-Chair

UNGGIM

UK