GEO Business 2014 Announce Opening Keynote Speaker

The organisers of GEO Business 2014, Diversified Communications, are delighted to announce the opening keynote address for the innovative conference will be made by Peter Hansford, the Chief Construction Advisor to HM Government, UK.

With a career that has taken in positions at Amey, Maunsell, the Strategic Rail Authority and Gardiner and Theobald, Peter has spent the majority of his career on highways and railways with project management largely being his focus. Peter is also an ardent advocate and supporter of the BIM initiative.

Versha Carter, Group Exhibition Director of GEO Business commented. “We are delighted Peter is joining us at the inaugural GEO Business event to present the opening address”.

Peter Hansford will be accompanied by fellow keynote speakers; Neil Ackroyd, Acting Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office / Mace Group, Anne Kemp, Director BIM Strategy and Development, Atkins Limited and Dr Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education, Royal Geographical Society.

The conference incorporates 49 sessions running in two tracks, providing presentations on the following topics: Making Data Deliverable, BIM meets Geospatial, Exploiting the Power of Big Data, Smart GIS, Surveying Operations and System Integration, Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), Coastal and Hydrographic, Global Trends, Specifications and Standards, Geospatial Education and Recent Project Examples.

To see the full conference programme, please visit

The GEO Business 2014 event is expected to attract more than 2500 geospatial experts when it opens its doors in just 4 weeks’ time at the Business Design Centre, London, UK. Running alongside the cutting edge conference will be the FREE exhibition and commercial workshops.

The list of exhibitors continues to grow, with currently over 100 exhibitors from 14 countries. Exhibitors represent the entire breadth of the geospatial industry showcasing the latest technology and services. Exhibitors include CGG Services UK, COWI Mapping UK, FARO Germany, Fugro UK, kubit GmbH Germany, Leica Geosystems UK, Ordnance Survey UK, Panvion Technology Corp Canada, Pelydryn UK, Topcon UK and Trimble USA to name just a few. For the latest exhibitor list, please visit

More than 80 commercial workshops will run in seven parallel sessions, providing visitors with the unique opportunity to see products and services in action. To see the full workshop programme, please visit

Visitors are all invited to attend the FREE informal Welcome Drinks on the eve of the show (6pm at the Slug and Lettuce, Islington). Open to all GEO Business registered visitors and exhibitors though space is limited so you are encouraged to arrive early to gain access. For more information, please visit

Register TODAY for FREE*. Visitors are encouraged to register in advance to beat the queues onsite. The exhibition and workshops are FREE to attend. There is a fee to attend the conference and delegates are advised to register in advance to for a pre-show discounted rate. Register TODAY at

Visitors are reminded they can top up on their CPD (Continued Professional Development) and/or CCD (Continued Company Development) points by attending the GEO Business exhibition, workshops or conference. AGI, RICS, ICES, TSA and RGS (RDS-IBG CPD Assessed) are all agreed that attendance will all count towards annual CPD points. Members of other associations should check with their professional bodies directly to see if CPD/CCD can be applied.

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.

GEO Business 2014 is the brand new geospatial event for everyone involved in the gathering storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. Organised in collaboration with The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), The Association for Geographic Information (AGI), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Survey Association (TSA).

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.

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) exists to represent the interests of the UK’s GI industry; a wide-ranging group of public and private sector organisations, suppliers of GI software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. The AGI, by way of its unique membership forum, brings together this previously disparate GI community to share ideas on best practice, experience and innovation, and offers access to unparalleled networking opportunities with significant business benefits. As such it acts on behalf of the community as whole. Since its formal inception in 1989, it has built up a significant membership base and established itself as the respected voice in GI and is the membership body for everyone with an interest or involvement with GI.

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.

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.