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July 19th, 2016 6:00 PM   to   8:00 PM

AGI East Seminar: Geospatial and Big Data - coming together



Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 18.00 to 20.00 hrs (BST)


Mott MacDonald - 22 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2JD


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18:00 Welcome (drinks and snacks)

18:15 Pete Wilkinson, ESRI UK: Making sense of a Data Explosion

The GIS industry continues to evolve with exciting new trends including the use of Drones for data capture, analysing data in real-time, dynamic 3d visualisations and the use of devices as mobile sensors.  These trends imply greater volumes of data than ever before and we therefore need new approaches for making sense of this information. Big Data is often given as the solution, but what does that mean and is it always the right answer ? This talk will examine these latest trends and explore how geography is the perfect tool to make sense of the vast quantities of ‘big data’ available.

18:46 Chris Wright, 1Spatial: Filling the holes in Big Data: Inferring Utility Assets

We have a deluge of real-time data about the built environment. Drones and point cloud scanners have mapped the visible built environment in massive detail.  But underground as-built assets, cables and pipelines, are as poorly known as ever.

With utilities being forced to adopt private sewer networks, there is a problem of understanding where the private assets are actually located.  With a cost of over £100 per house to fully survey the assets utilities want to ‘infer’ asset location if possible.

This case study demonstrates this process in action - workshops to establish the rules of sewer pipe location followed by development of a technique to infer assets to using a business rules engine.  Field tests show an accuracy of greater than 85%. The success has been repeated since with another utility client.

19:16 Questions, networking mingling

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Mott MacDonald
22 Station Road
Cambridge, CAM CB1 2JD
United Kingdom

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1 Kensington Gore,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 3116