April 23rd saw the second of the five conferences in the AGI Big 5 road show. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge was the venue this time around following the Smart Energy event in Edinburgh in February.
These AGI events provide an opportunity to not only chat to exhibitors showing off their geo-kit but also listen in on a number of talks held by industry leading figures surrounding current trends and essentially what the future of geo is (everybody has their own take on this big question…).
Organisations such as Leica, Ordnance Survey and the Crown Estate were in attendance and hence provided me an insight in to how they work and what their vision is. As always, 135 Geographic Squadron attended looking at recruitment in to part time geo-related roles within the army but also scouting for potential employers once their members move in to the commercial world.
There were a number of presentations which highlighted what BIM is all about but the interesting talk of the day for me was from Mervyn Richards OBE and director of the AVANTI Partnership. A soundly delivered presentation on BIM (specifically level 2 and the progression to BIM level 3). He even made me aware of “BRIM” (if you’re not already aware of it, it’s a “Bridge Information Model”).
A good day all round and I look forward to catching up with you at AGI Big 5 – Future Cities, Security, on 9th July in London.
Robin Coackley, GeoIntelligence Account Manager.