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Booking Opens Tomorrow for Annual Event

February 3, 2016 Leave a comment

The first tickets for the AGI Scotland Annual Event will be available from tomorrow (Thursday 4 February) from the AGI Website.mainhall

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, this year we are able to offer the first 50 delegates an exceptional booking rate:

  • AGI Members: £20 + VAT
  • Non-Members (Public Sector): £40 + VAT
  • Non-Members: £60 + VAT

We have worked hard to be able to offer these rates and would encourage you to book early to take advantage of this.

Further ticket releases will be priced incrementally higher (similar to airlines) as we approach venue capacity and our costs increase. The availability of further tickets at any subsidised rate is enabled by the support of our sponsors.

This year’s event would not be possible without our fantastic event supporters:

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AGI Scotland Annual Event 16 March 2016

January 21, 2016 Leave a comment

What’s it about?

This year’s event is focused on emerging technologies and techniques that deliver savings when capturing, maintaining and analysing spatial data. Organisations face difficult financial times with spending decisions heavily scrutinised to ensure value for money. Data collection has historically been the most expensive part of any spatial information project, but is this still the case given recent advances?

The event will describe new developments in this arena – for example with speakers covering Remote Sensing, UAVs, Mobile Mapping, Crowd-sourcing, as well as providing insight into how some global leaders of data innovation have approached this.

The content is curated by the AGI Scotland Committee – members like you, who want to see and share industry best practice. The event is well set to maintain the AGI’s hard earned reputation for high quality content and thought leadership.

Of course, our events are also a key opportunity for networking – connect with contacts new and established. There will be plenty of opportunities on the day to ensure that you leave with some valuable connections.

Who’s Speaking?

We are very pleased to announce two of our plenary speakers, with more details on the line-up to follow shortly:

edparsonsEd Parsons, Google

Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.


CraigClarkeCraig Clarke, Clyde Space

After 11 years at a major space company in SE England, Craig returned to Glasgow and founded Clyde Space Ltd. Clyde Space is now one of the most successful suppliers of small satellites in the world, becoming a ‘household name’ in the space industry. The company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge products for the space market, in particular in the area of tiny satellites called ‘CubeSats’. Presently in its 11th year of trading, Clyde Space has over 70 highly skilled, full-time staff. Clyde Space launched Scotland’s first satellite in July 2014. In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology.

Can I still submit a presentation?

Yes! We have a fantastic programme coming together, but there is still space for contributions. If you want to share work that you feel fits with the event theme, please get in touch with the event chair. We’re keen to encourage a diverse range of both presentations and speakers, across all sectors and levels of experience.

Sign me up!

The event will be of interest to decisions makers looking to create cost efficiencies through the use of new technologies, in addition to geospatial professionals and a wide range of others within your organisation who have an interest in using new geospatial technology to create efficiencies.

We’re working closely with our event supporters to make this event as affordable as possible to attend. Tickets will be released shortly and based on past experience and the exceptional delegate price this year we expect there to be significant demand. Keep an eye out for further announcements on ticket releases!

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Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

UAV Focus Event 30 July – Free for AGI Members

July 14, 2015 Leave a comment

800px-Parrot_Bebop_Drone_(Blue)Our next AGI Scotland Focus event is on 30 July at Edinburgh College of Art, starting at 3.30pm.

The rise of drones in both commercial and hobby use has increased exponentially over the last few years providing GI professionals and non-professionals with a bewildering range of solutions to choose from, both in terms of hardware and software and importantly, ethically and legally. The presentations at the event will showcase case studies of real world drone use in commercial and academic sectors highlighting the opportunities, issues and future directions that the use of drones in the GI sector may raise. The seminar will be followed by informal drinks (‘geobeers’) to encourage further networking and discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Craig Jump, Sky View Video
  • Paul Georgie, GeoGeo
  • Alasdair Mac Arthur, University of Edinburgh, Geosciences
  • Paddy Davies, Horizon AP
  • Pauline Miller, James Hutton Institute

There will also be an opportunity to look at some drones and also 3D printing in the ECA Maker Lab.

Focus events are short session to encourage debate on a specific issue that’s of interest to members  – and designed to fit in with those who find it more difficult to get out of the office. But they are also an opportunity for a wider audience – so please encourage any contacts you know who might be interested to come along. Numbers are limited – booking is free for AGI Members and £12 for non-members (all funds support the work of the AGI).

Register now to secure your place

This event is being hosted by AGI Scotland and supported by Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.

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Mobile Data Capture – AGI Focus Event

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

GPS SatelliteThe first in a new event series from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) will be held in Edinburgh on 23 October. Mobile Data Capture Focus will be held on 23 October in Edinburgh, sponsored by EDINA and Sigma Seven.

The event will include speakers from SEPA, ERM and Forestry Commission Scotland – sharing experience and best practice techniques in mobile data capture with an environmental slant.

1630 – Introduction
1645 – Challenges of Mobile GIS workflows in the rural environment – Tony Farndon (Forestry Commission)
1705 – Theme Mobile Mapping (Title tbc) – Gail Burgess (ERM)
1725 – Small steps in overhauling field data collection within the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) – Dr. Jonathan Bowes (SEPA)
1740  – A Quick Summary
1800 – GeoDrinks

It will be a friendly session and is open to all, whatever your interest or level of knowledge. Attendance is free for AGI members, with a £10 cost for non-members which will contribute to the work of the AGI. Advance booking is essential and is now open online.

Following the event, there will be time for networking and discussion over a drink nearby – a perfect opportunity to share your ideas and meet others interested in the topic area.

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Mapping the Commonwealth Games

August 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Glasgow Games

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This weekend is the finale of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – 7 years in the planning and 2 fantastic weeks of Glasgow “Welcoming the World”.

Of course, as AGI Members we know that this has involved a great deal of geospatial analysis and support from some really dedicated individuals.

It only seems right that we should share with you again the presentation on the GIS work put in place to support the games from the AGI Scotland Future Cities Event in March. Thanks again to Iain Paton for sharing the story at the event (we’re sure you’re having a busy week!).

Also, check out this great map from ICES and Ordnance Survey celebrating the engineering behind the games.

Have a great weekend and if you’re at the games – enjoy!

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

Present your work at AGI GeoCom Annual Conference

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Time is running out to take your place as a speaker at the AGI GeoCom Conference. The deadline to put yourself forward to present is 30 June 2014.AGI Geo the Big Five

This year, the annual event will be held at Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire
from 11-13 November
. A revamped format in addition to the celebration of the AGI’s 25th Anniversary will ensure that this year GeoCom continues to be a must-attend event for everyone with an interest in geographic information.

There has been great representation from Scotland at previous events, with Iain Langlands being awarded Best Paper for his presentation on Glasgow’s Future City project last year. Since winning the award, Iain has been invited to speak at the GeoSpatial World Forum in Geneva in addition to boosting the profile of the work externally and internally.

Submitting your presentation idea is very straightforward, there are details here:

Attending as a speaker offers a great opportunity to showcase your work, excellent networking opportunities in addition to receiving a discounted attendance rate.

The AGI Scotland Committee very much encourage Scottish members to consider presenting their work and continuing to assist us in demonstrating the range of applications of GI happening north of the border. Don’t leave it too late to submit your idea!



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Final Details – 18 March AGI Scotland Event

March 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Have you booked for our annual event yet? There are only 6 days to go!

Glasgow City Chambers (Image: Sebastian Ruff)

Glasgow City Chambers (Image: Sebastian Ruff)


We have been putting final details together for next week and are delighted to announce the late addition of two more fantastic speakers to our line-up.

Teresa Gonzalea Rico, Project Manager at the Future Cities Catapult will be speaking in our Future Cities Stream. The Future Cities Catapult is one of seven ‘Catapults’ launched by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board. The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area.

Paul Clarke, Head of Local & Devolved Government at ESRI UK, will be speaking in our Best Practice Stream on the area of Geo-Design.

These speakers join an already packed programme. In addition to inspiring content from our speakers, we are also running two hands-on workshop sessions. To join in, remember to bring your laptop. All the software and data you need will be provided on a USB drive. Booking for the workshops will be available at the conference registration when you arrive.

A delegate pack with an updated programme and further details about our speakers and sessions will be circulated digitally to all attendees before the event.

The delegate bookings and levels of interest in the event have been very strong – however if you haven’t yet booked, please consider supporting the event. At only £49+VAT for AGI members, the event offers excellent value. You still have time to join us and we would very much like to see you there.

If you have already booked your attendance, why not start networking before the event? We have loaded event details onto Lanyrd where you can tell people you are attending. We will also be using the hashtag #geobig5 on twitter and the @agiscotland account to discuss the event.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for the more traditional face to face networking on the day, over lunch or coffee. After the event closes we will be heading to The Counting House for networking drinks, sponsored by Kemeling Consulting – if you can’t attend the full day you are still more than welcome to join us there.

See you next week!

This event is sponsored by Ordnance Survey, ESRI UK, thinkWhere and Landmark and supported by Kemeling Consulting. Sponsor opportunities are still available.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events
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