New for 2019 – GeoDATA Forum Co-Locates at GEO Business 2019

A leading event for data specialists focused on location intelligence

GeoDATA Forum is a new event for data specialists focused on location intelligence and is co-locating with the long established GEO Business event taking place 21 – 22 May 2019.  This sector has previously been served by a series of showcase events that were organised by Geoaware, part of The GeoInformation Group. With the recent acquisition of The GeoInformation Group by Verisk, discussions started regarding the benefit of holding a data focused event alongside GEO Business which has now resulted in the launch of a new event but with the full support of Verisk who will become an official sponsor.

Verisk’s UK Managing Director, Seppe Cassettari sees this as a positive step: “Since its inception in 1999, our Showcases have drawn together over 15,000 delegates who each share one common goal: to have access to an effective learning platform and gain more knowledge and share ideas about spatial data, technology and services. We are delighted to say that Diversified Communications share our vision and we are thrilled that they have agreed to take over the role of organising an event to meet the needs of this industry. We will continue to support them, staying on as sponsors and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the new GeoDATA Forum team.”

This new home for a focused geo data event will ensure attendees benefit from over 3000 industry professionals who attend GEO Business each year. Event Director of GEO Business and now the GeoDATA Forum, Caroline Hobden commented, ‘We are overjoyed to be organising the GeoDATA Forum and truly believe that by bringing an event like this alongside GEO Business in May, exhibitors and visitors alike from both shows will benefit from the new dynamic. It is important to us that we continue to provide a niche forum for the geo data specialists, one that they have grown accustomed to, at the previous Showcase events whilst experiencing everything that a larger and broader show like GEO Business has to offer.  We believe the synergy between the two will add great value to attendees at both events.”

The GeoDATA Forum combines an exhibition and seminar sessions for professionals involved with geospatial data software and services. This new event will see a dual track of speakers and keynotes presenting thought provoking talks on a wide range of GIS related issues. Visitors can explore the very latest in location intelligence with sessions featuring case studies on how GIS is used to store, manipulate, analyse, manage and present spatial or geographic data.

Even before the official launch of the GeoDATA Forum, exhibitors including 1 Spatial, Cadline, SCISYS and British Geological Survey have already signed up and the organisers are anticipating the rest of the exhibit space to sell out soon. Matt White, Senior Business Development Manager at 1 Spatial commented “Focused geo data events provide a great opportunity for networking and discussing the latest geospatial innovations. 1Spatial is delighted to support the event this year”.

Both events are free to attend and visitors will be able to enjoy the freedom of walking between the two exhibition areas and enjoying all the seminar and workshop content that both shows offer. This year, there is literally something for everyone!

Visitors are encouraged to register online in advance at

For companies interested in booking at stand at the GeoDATA Forum, please contact Caroline Hobden at but act fast as stands are expected to sell out quick!

Diversified Communications UK Ltd is the UK division of 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 is the UK’s biggest geospatial event for everyone involved in the gathering storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. Launched in 2014 and 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), The Survey Association (TSA) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

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 a 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 isthemembership 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.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) strives to promote and progress civil engineering. ICE was founded in 1818 and was granted a royal charter in 1828 where they declared that their aim was to “foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering”. That is still their aim today and they represent around 80,000 members worldwide.