Major New Geospatial Event to launch in London in 2014

Diversified Business Communications UK has announced today the launch of GEO Business, a major new geospatial event incorporating an international trade exhibition, a cutting edge conference and a hands-on workshop and demonstration programme. GEO Business 2014 is scheduled to take place at the Business Design Centre in London on the 28-29 May 2014.

Organised in collaboration with the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and The Survey Association (TSA), this new launch is the result of an extensive industry consultation process, which has highlighted the need for a joint cooperative event that involves all the major players representing the geospatial community.

GEO Business intends to establish itself as the key event for the industry, where everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information will be in attendance. With this aim in mind, Diversified Business Communications UK has acquired interests in GEO North and GEO South from PV Publications, ensuring that GEO Business will be the only geospatial trade show and conference to be held in the UK.

PVP’s managing director Stephen Booth says: “We have been talking to Diversified and their exhibition director Versha Carter for some time now and believe that they are the ideal organisation to carry forward geospatial events in the UK. We believe that this move is in the best interest of not only our exhibitors but the very many professionals who have attended our shows over the years.”

“With the UK’s three leading survey institutions and associations not only behind this event but having been instrumental in the launch; the agreement that we have made with Stephen Booth, which will see our continued support for his highly respected magazines; and the enthusiasm demonstrated by the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the industry – we are very confident that we have the capabilities to deliver an outstanding event that will showcase the industry to everyone who relies on spatial data,” says Versha Carter, group exhibition director for Diversified Business Communications UK.

Graham Mills, President of The Survey Association (TSA), the UK’s only trade association for Land Surveyors, welcomes the launch, saying: “GEO Business will provide an important and much needed focal point for the Geospatial community. TSA is at the forefront of raising standards, educating clients and raising the profile of our members and their services. GEO Business will be an excellent platform to accelerate our work.”
This view is supported by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), “This event, for the first time, brings together the principal leading organisations in the surveying community in a truly collaborative spirit. The conference and exhibition will define and showcase the pivotal role of the surveyor in these exciting times of BIM development.” Says Alan Barrow, President of ICES.
RICS is very strongly committed to the further strengthening of the UK geospatial-geomatics community along with their colleagues at ICES and TSA. “We see the success of GEO Business as being a critical element of how our industry moves forward. We are on the cusp of great change within our industry and with great change comes great opportunity. An opportunity to work together for the benefit of our members and to provide a constant message of professionalism, standards and quality to clients, decision makers and if course to newly qualified surveyors. This is a great industry and GEO Business has the potential to make it greater still. We expect all RICS members to give this new initiative their full support. See you at GEO Business 2014.’ Says Chris Preston Chair RICS Geomatics Professional Group Board.

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About Diversified
Diversified Business Communications UK Ltd is the UK division on an international media company with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibitions, conferences, publications and websites. Industry events with relevance to the geospatial marketplace include the International and European LiDAR Mapping Forums, the SPAR Point Group 3D Imaging events and the Ocean Business event in Southampton.

About TSA
The Survey Association, known generally as TSA, is the trade body for commercial survey companies in the UK. The association was formed in 1979 to give a focus for private sector businesses in land and hydrographic survey. It is important to realise, however, that it is not a regulatory body. The role of TSA is to promote best practice amongst its members, provide a forum for members for discussion, debate and continuing professional development and, to the wider audience such as engineers and architects, provide guidance on new methods and techniques and a list of suitably qualified and experienced companies.

About RICS
RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – was created in 1868 in the United Kingdom. It received a royal charter in 1881. Their members are known as chartered surveyors, and are recognised by the designation after their name – FRICS (for Fellow of RICS) or MRICS (for Member of RICS). Today we are a global property professional body which aims to: Regulate and promote the profession; maintain the highest educational and professional standards; protect clients and consumers through a strict code of ethics; provide impartial advice, analysis and guidance.

About ICES
The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working within civil engineering. ICES is now recognised as the leading chartered professional body for civil engineering surveyors. They have introduced relevant and meaningful competencies for geospatial engineers and commercial managers which make a difference.