Smarter Data, Smarter World 2018

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Category: Conferences

Timezone: GMT

Start: November 15, 2018 9:30 am

End: November 15, 2018 5:30 pm

Location: Imperial War Museum, London, UK

Please join us for our Smarter Data, Smarter World Conference 2018.

Please register for FREE using the form opposite.

This event is the leading opportunity to be a part of the geospatial community, to discuss and explore the latest innovations and solutions in our field. Join us at The Imperial War Museum, London for the 2018 Smarter Data, Smarter World Conference on the 15th November 2018.



What to expect on the day;

  • Hear how organisations are innovating with spatial data to reduce cost, improve customer service and drive regulatory compliance
  • Discover how current technology trends are making data ever more valuable and increasingly critical
  • Understand how to effectively overcome your spatial and non-spatial data challenges
  • Have the opportunity to consult with data experts on your unique challenges and opportunities
  • Learn from others – explore real-life customer stories
  • The opportunity to network with peers and industry experts


Confirmed Speakers

Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB HonFREng FRICS

Vanessa is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations.


Catherine Carter McGrath

Catherine is the Deputy Director for Implementation at the Geospatial Commission, an expert committee within the Cabinet Office. She is responsible for the development and delivery of the Geospatial Commission’s projects and programmes which includes key policy commitments such as opening up Ordnance Survey’s Open MasterMap data.  Before joining the Commission, Catherine was Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni.

Earlier in her career, she worked for the Intellectual Property Office and Ofcom, as well as Madano, a research and communications consultancy. Away from work she chairs Bede, a community charity in Southwark that works to reduce isolation and the effects of poverty.


Kate Russell – Technology Reporter & Author

Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. She’s been a regular on BBC technology programme Click for over a decade and writes for National Geographic Traveller magazine. She also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists. Her website,, has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for the last two years. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.


Richard Hynes-Cooper – Head of Innovation

Richard has 26 years’ experience in the gas industry, beginning his career as an apprentice with British Gas in 1992. On completing his apprenticeship he worked as a gas engineer responding to gas emergencies, carrying out mains replacement and installing new connections. In 1999 he took up a project management role to implement a new work and asset management system for the company. Richard has held a management role since 1999 working as Customer Operations Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since 2005 across Yorkshire and the North East. In May 2014 he joined NGNs Construction Services team as Operations Manager working on business improvement projects. In January 2016 he transferred into the NGN Innovation team and today he is fulfils the role of Head of Innovation, responsible for managing the portfolio of Network Innovation Allowance (NIA), Network Innovation Competition (NIC) funded projects as well as identifying and introducing business improvement solutions in line with NGNs businesses objectives


Neil Brammall – Founder & CEO of Utility Survey Exchange

Neil has worked in the utilities sector since 2001, designing, developing and delivering innovative geo-spatial solutions aimed at reducing damage to buried services. He is currently contributing to several industry initiatives to improve access to, and the quality of, utility asset records. As the founder and CEO of Utility Survey Exchange he is on a mission to improve confidence in the data on buried services that is shared between stakeholders by giving the asset owners access to untapped sources of information that will improve their knowledge of their networks.


Glen Batterham – Business Analyst 

Glen has worked on technology projects over the last 10 years in both the travel and gas industries.  The last 5 of which has been with Northern Gas Networks, moving in to the 3iG team in the role of Business Analyst.  In this role Glen has contributed to the successful introduction of several new technology driven applications delivering sound business and user benefits aligned to NGNs business objectives.  Most recently Glen has worked closely with partners at 1Spatial to implement new mapping technology across the organisation based on Geocortex, GMAF and the 1Spatial App Engine technologies.  These solutions are key in delivering continuous improvement at NGN.

Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad – Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED)

Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Systems at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) and a Co-Investigator for the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and the Centre for Digital Built Britain at Cambridge. He leads a research team focused on examining how data and digital technologies can be exploited to improve asset investment and maintenance decision-making. His research has been funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU H2020 and Industry. Dr Parlikad sits on the steering committee of the IFAC Working Group on Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology and is a member of the Digital Twin Working Group of the UK Digital Framework Task Group. His recent research on value-based asset management has led to the development of a process and tool to optimise and prioritise maintenance activities based on its value to stakeholders. Dr Parlikad’s current research focusses on the development of digital twins of complex asset systems bringing together data from disparate sources to improve infrastructure asset management.


Leigh Dodds – Data Infrastructure Programme Lead at Open Data Institute 

Leigh has 20 years of experience working in a variety of technology focused roles including software engineer, product manager, technical consultant and CTO. Leigh spent 10 years working in the publishing industry dealing with data integration and management issues, before taking on a product manager role for a “data as a service” platform. More recently he has worked as an independent technical consultant helping businesses explore technology and best practices that support the integration and publication of Linked Data and Open Data. He’s been working with the Open Data Institute for the last five years in a variety of roles and is currently Data Infrastructure Programme Lead overseeing leading various projects including exploring the role of open standards in enabling access to data.


Elvis Martinez – Geographer at U.S. Census Bureau

Elvis Martinez is a Geographer in the Geography Division at the United States Census Bureau.  Mr. Martinez serves as development manager on the road feature conflation project. This operation 

performs automated change detection and updates to the Master Address File (MAF)/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) System using 1Integrate.  Prior to working for the Census Bureau, Mr. Martinez was a GIS Analyst at an engineering firm consulting for federal, state and local emergency management agencies.  There he developed tools to perform flood risk analysis, geocoding, and conflating cadastral data with building footprints.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.  In his free time, he enjoys attending D.C. United football matches, cycling, and photography.


Tom Roff – Project Manager, HPMS/ARNOLD at Federal Highway Administration

Tom began his career in 1985 at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency as a nautical cartographer and source analyst. A major accomplishment was implementing cartographic validation using the Laser-Scan LAMPS tools to automate nautical chart production. In 2001, Tom joined the Federal Highway Administration as the project manager for the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) to capture the inventory of all public roads in the United States. Tom is leading efforts to deploy 1Itegrate technology to validate conflate the highway inventory with other datasets throughout the U.S Department of Transportation. Tom has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Jeromy Barnes – GIS/LRS Section Manager Alabama Department of Transportation

Jeromy Barnes hails from the great state of Mississippi.  He attended Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Geoscience in 2009.  During his professional career he has worked for the Georgia DOT, Mississippi DOT, FHWA and currently with the Alabama DOT.  At ALDOT Jeromy manages the GIS/LRS section in the Data Collection/Management branch.



New and enhanced technologies have automated and expedited the process of spatial data collection; allowing greater volumes and categories of data to be captured, at faster rates, more consistently and with more storage capacity available. New applications, reliant upon old or new data are often born and can lead to commercial or non-commercial advancements. Indeed, at the very centre of most local, regional and global developments is data, its application and use. With such increasing volumes of data now available it is vital that it delivers confidence through accuracy to drive intelligent or automated actions.

The Smarter Data, Smarter World conference will cover the next steps in this process of spatial data management. Considering the volumes of data available, how do we make this data ‘smart’ and what are the ways in which this ‘smart data’ can, in turn, make a ‘smarter world’? The morning session will see the conference cover themes designed to illuminate the links between spatial data and value, relevant for public and private business. All of which can help drive economies, enterprise, innovation and everyday life. The afternoon session will offer delegates the opportunity to concentrate on specific examples within the government, utility or transport sectors.


The applications of quality data to the world are vast and touch upon very disparate elements of society such as economics, politics, security, infrastructure, development, the environment and society. Smarter data is a driver and bedrock of this smarter world with emphasis on the need for:

  • Quality – data needs to contain the required level of detail to deliver against the intended purpose
  • Accuracy – at the very core, data must be accurate to provide value and a single source of truth from the point of capture throughout the data lifecycle
  • Scalable – great efficiencies can be achieved through scalable and transferable solutions
  • Timely – data needs to be available 24/7 and, in an instant, to inform those acting upon it
  • Collaboration – multiple data sources and multiple users emphasise the need for managing data aggregation, integration and effective workflows

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