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New Directions in Geo – 27 Feb 2013

There are less than 2 weeks to go until the AGI Scotland Showcase Event on the 27 February at the University of Glasgow.

The AGI Scotland conference volunteers have been working hard to put together a strong line-up for this event, which will kick off the first in the AGI Showcase series.

Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow

Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow

A number of high profile plenary speakers will be attending on the day, all representing a different view on the theme  “New Directions in Geo”.

Mike Neilson is Digital Director for the Scottish Government, working to ensure Scotland benefits fully from the opportunities of the digital revolution. Mike is a lifelong public servant, having worked for the UK Treasury, the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels and for the European Commission before moving to the Scottish Government. Now chairing the Spatial Information Board as part of his role, it will be very interesting to hear Mike’s perceptions of digital in Scotland going forward.

Anne Kemp, Director of BIM Strategy and Development for Atkins, is also the current chair of the AGI. Anne will provide an overview of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and in particular the role in infrastructure projects. For those who have had little insight into BIM, this presentation will be a must-see. We are delighted that Anne will be attending this event and also in her capacity as AGI Chair will be able to engage with Scottish AGI members face to face.

Andy McDonald, Director of Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies at Scottish Enterprise, will be setting the scene for the new opportunities for GI in the Scottish private sector. The growth of renewable, marine and low carbon technology have offered a wealth of GI positions in Scotland but have not often been considered at previous AGI events. Andy will provide an expert oversight into this side of the Scottish private sector.

Mike Saunt, chair of the AGI Technical Special Interest Group and managing director of Astun Technology Ltd, will be highlighting the opportunities for utilising Open Data in Scotland. Mike is an advocate of Open Source UK and writes regularly on why Open Source and Open Data are so important in Geo:Connexion UK magazine. Mike is also on the committee of the international FOSS4G conference which will be held in the UK in 2013.

In addition to this excellent line-up of plenary speakers, we have 3 streams of parallel sessions running throughout the rest of the day. Organisations have put forward their best case studies to demonstrate the wealth of expertise and innovation that is underway in Scotland. In addition to 2 streams of presentations, a third workshop stream offers the opportunity to find out “how-to” from a range of technical presenters.

Delegates at the event will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite paper, which will be put forward to the annual AGI Awards event.

The exhibitors space will let you spend time viewing the latest that the industry has to offer, while networking over coffee or lunch. Exhibitors for this showcase event include:

In addition to a really packed programme, we are delighted to be able to say that we have been able to reduce the delegate fee from previous years, offering excellent value to our members.

AGI Student Member – £24.50+VAT
AGI Non Practicing Member – £24.50+VAT
AGI Individual Member – £49+VAT
AGI Non Member – £127+VAT (This rate includes 1 year free membership*)

The full programme and booking details are online at the AGI website – but be quick, there isn’t long to go now!

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  1. February 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    How much time did it acquire u to create “New Directions in
    Geo – 27 Feb 2013 AGI Scotland”? It possesses a great
    deal of very good knowledge. With thanks -David

    • abipage
      February 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thanks David, the team have been working hard on this for a number of months.

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