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With such an impressive and inspirational line-up of speakers for our annual conference event GeoCom: Resilient Futures, taking place 23rd-25th November at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire, you'd be well advised to take a look at the programme and then secure your place at this not-to-be-missed event.

Invited Speakers

We’re pleased to announce the following invited speakers:

Mark Bew, MBE. Mark chairs the HM Government Construction BIM Task Group, which is charged with delivering BIM Level 2 Maturity into the UK Public Sector Construction Sector by 2016. He is also Chairman of Building Smart (UK) Ltd, which is tasked with the definition and delivery of data and process interoperability standards for the built environment.

Stuart Bonthrone, MD, Esri UK. Stuart took on the role of MD in 2015 after being the Sales & Marketing Director since 2012. Prior to that he was Vice President of Pitney Bowes Europe and Managing Director of Pitney Bowes UK and Ireland.

Peter Gibbs. Peter was a former forecaster with British Antarctic Survey and continues his most varied career with the Met Office (1983) and BBC (1993) where he appears regularly on BBC News and is also known to host BBC Gardeners' Question Time. A Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, he is also a keen aerial photographer (from balloons).

Sir Alan Wilson, FBA FAcSS FRS is Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He is Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council and of the Lead Expert Group for the GO-Science Foresight Project on the Future of Cities.

Submitted Papers

Congratulations to the following speakers, who were selected through our open call for papers. The standard was high and the following papers will offer some fantastic insight into the conference themes.


Day 1

Jo Shannon, 1Spatial. Big Data: Can you handle it?
Andy Coote, ConsultingWhere.
Big Data changes everything: Fact or Fiction
Alistair Calder, Office for National Statistics. Building an address register for the 2021 Census - why excellent isn't good enough.
Ian Coady, Office for National Statistics. 2021 Census Geographies: How small is too small?
Chris Chambers, Ordnance Survey. Addressing in GB - much to celebrate, yet we've only just started - how to remain the best addressed nation in the world.
Patrick Bell, British Geological Survey. Bringing geological open data to life with innovative visualisation techniques.
Liz Scott, emapsite.
Move over maps: Step out of your GI comfort zone and start tackling data visualisation.
James Norris, Ordnance Survey. UN-GGIM: Future Trends - how the world looks now.
Mike Talbutt, Dotted Eyes. Clearing up the Confusion of INSPIRE Phase 2.
Jeremy Hidderley, AECOM Ltd. Is there a case for increasing sensor networks in the management of sewer networks to meet compliance targets?
Michelle Oldfield, Canal and River Trust. Influencing Policy: Utilising What You Have.
Wendy Thomas, Environment Agency. Order out of chaos: making metadata matter at the Environment Agency.
Matt Pennells, Harrow Council. Saving millions by joined up thinking, and doing less with more.
Dr Andy Wells, SterlingGEO. The only constant is change - Current and future approaches to the challenge of local, national and global monitoring.
Andrew Richman, Environment Agency. Operational use of satellite data for mapping flood extent outlines.
Simon Miles, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. Open-Source GIS - now and the future at Windsor & Maidenhead.
Fiona Miller, ABP Marine Environmental Research. Modelled Mapping of Continuous Underwater Noise Generated by Anthropogenic Activities.
Julian Cooper, Ordnance Survey. Delivering a sustainable web service with great content from the European Location Framework project.
Diana Moraru, Ordnance Survey. Generating synchronised elevation models to support the development of 3D geospatial analysis.
James Milner, Esri UK. How APIs are changing the GIS industry
Andrea Ross, Eclipse Foundation.  Using Open Source and Open Data to Solve the Big Problems 
Richard Gowling, Canal and River Trust. Influencing Policy: Utilising What You Have.

Day 2

Duncan Hill, Europa Technologies. Strengthening resilience using peril models & real-time data feeds
Andrew Thompson, Groundwork Maps. Ground Information Modelling.
Joshua Dickerson, BWB Consulting. GIS data for the non-GIS user: The use of web mapping to facilitate access to 'hidden' information.
Alex Coomer, Marine Management Organisation. Click here for enlightenment; how technology supported the usability of England’s first marine plans.
Huw Davies, National TrustSun, sea, shacks and storms: past and future change at the coast. 
Emma Bee, British Geological Survey. The rise of big (crisis) data and ‘digital’ humanitarians: Observations and opportunities from a scientist’s perspective.
Matt Pennells, MapAction. MapAction and the Nepal Earthquake response – seeing innovation in action.
Michelle Moore, The Crown Estate. Managing the UK’s real estate assets and resources in a profitable and sustainable way.
Keiran Bell, The Crown Estate. Managing the UK’s real estate assets and resources in a profitable and sustainable way.
Peter Parslow, Ordnance Survey. Maintaining your shop window: what’s metadata for, and what’s changing?
Gary Randle, Cadcorp.
Using GIS for risk assessment and resource allocation to support reslience in UK fire services
Ingrid Aldridge, Canal & River Trust.
Setting up an Enterprise Environment in a Collaborative Cloud Based System

Big Debate

In addition to the above speakers, a number of debate sessions will provide the opportunity to hear from industry thought-leaders on the following themes:

  • Privacy
  • The role of 'where' in managing 'things'
  • Is there a need to legislate?
  • Smart Energy
  • How do you pay for free?

Also across both days the Innovation Theatre and Workshops (from Esri UK, Ordnance Survey and Kingston University) will be running. Details to be announced very shortly.

More papers and speakers are yet to be confirmed. Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice.

Early Bird bookings are open, with special rates for AGI Members (including an offer for Public Sector AGI Members). To book your place, register here.


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