Bringing geospatial and construction professionals together

Bringing geospatial and construction professionals together

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: time to head to the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands for the highly anticipated GEO Business and Digital Construction Week 2024. These two co-located events promise to be a beacon of innovation and insight for everyone interested in the future of geospatial technology. Here at GIM International, we believe these events offer a great opportunity to explore how our sector can contribute to addressing societal challenges.

One highlight will be the keynote address by Aaron Addison from the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), presenting a visionary outlook on the transformative potential of geospatial data across sectors such as urban planning and environmental conservation. Addison will emphasize the critical role of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing in revolutionizing data analytics and visualization. He will also touch on the importance of standardized data formats and open-source platforms in improving interoperability and maximizing the utility of geospatial information. With his message revolving around a forward-thinking mindset, continuous adaptation and exploration, and fostering innovation and collaboration, Addison’s insights are set to inspire participants to harness emerging technologies and cultivate partnerships for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Attendees can also look forward to Matthew White’s presentation on smarter data integration and quality for infrastructure projects. As the head of built environment at 1Spatial, White will discuss the complexities of managing data from multiple stakeholders in strategic infrastructure projects. He will address challenges related to integrating and quality-checking data from various sources, emphasizing the need for defined standards and structures to improve data accuracy and consistency. White’s insights will be illustrated by a case study about the Environment Agency, showcasing ways to enhance data integration and quality for better infrastructure decision-making.

Another not-to-be-missed session is Fergus Craig’s discussion on automated monitoring with remote sensing. As co-chair of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), Craig will explore how deep learning and interferometric synthetic-aperture radar (InSAR) techniques can be applied at scale to remotely monitor infrastructure assets such as dams and bridges. His session includes a live demonstration of a web-based asset monitoring application using Sentinel 2 satellite data, offering practical insights into the application of these advanced technologies.

Last but not least, Ryan Clarke from Turner & Townsend will examine the integration of building information modelling (BIM) with spatial computing for enhanced data visualization and analytics. Clarke will explore how spatial computing can overlay critical data onto BIM models, revolutionizing design, construction and facility management. Through intriguing real-world examples, Clarke will highlight the immense benefits and future possibilities of merging these technologies.

This is just a glimpse of the highly varied and relevant programme at GEO Business and Digital Construction Week 2024. Beyond the sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an extensive exhibition showcasing the latest methods and techniques in the geospatial and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors. The event also promises great networking opportunities, making it a must-attend occasion for anyone in the field. With so much to offer, the two days at London ExCel are set to be both enjoyable and enlightening.

For more info on the conference programme, see the links below:

The eastern entrance of the ExCeL London convention and events venue. (Image courtesy: Svetlana Turchenick/Shutterstock)
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