RICS Geomatics evening lectures

Christmas has come and gone and the festive season is but a dim memory. To help smooth the edges of a dark, cold January – it’s time for the New Year UK Geo Forum lecture. The UK Geo Forum is a group of societies and associations that represent the core interests that encompass geography, mapping and the geospatial information handling industry in the UK.


The group has been going for over a decade and includes learned societies and professional organisations such RICS, RGS, AGI, CICES, RSPsoc, RIN, BARSC and many more. The annual lecture has showcased the talents of numerous geo-industry luminaries and 2018 is no different with Coin Bray speaking on the evolving sectors of Smart City implementation and its potential for influencing and effecting society. Colin is CEO of Ordnance Survey Ireland and the 1st Geospatial professional (in this case chartered land surveyor) to be president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Lectures are very popular so do book a place as soon as can. Do please feel free to distribute the lecture details to interested colleagues and contacts.

All lectures will be located (unless otherwise stated) at: RICS HQ Parliament Square, 17.30 for 18.00, lectures last 1 hour (19.00) and are free and open to all.
To book a place send a quick email to internationalsupport@rics.org mentioning your name and the date/title of the lecture you wish to attend.

Thursday 25th Jan 2018
UK GeoForum – Smart City/Smart Nation – a new perspective on referencing geography – Colin Bray FRICS FSCSi – Chief Executive Officer Ordnance Survey Ireland, President SCSi

Colin Bray is Chief Executive and Chief Survey Officer of OSi, having taken up the position of CEO in 2013 after joining the Ordnance Survey as a professional surveyor in 1998. Colin is a geomatics chartered surveyor, a director and 2017-18 president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and a member of the Public Service Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council. Colin is Ireland’s representative on the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).


Thursday 22nd Feb 2018
joint RICS/CICES lecture – Survey4BIM – speaker: Barry Gleeson , UEL University Square Stratford campus

Barry Gleeson MRICS is Programme Engineering Manager for BIM and a stalwart member of the Survey4BIM group. Survey4BIM has successfully highlighted several (5) key geospatial elements that will derail adoption of level 2 and 3 BIM and this joint lecture will focus on the groups work to date (on Accuracy) and its future work programme (Interoperability). Although it might seem that BIM has gone off the boil in the UK of late this is not the case and BIM has essentially started to become an essential part of wide area asset management.

Wednesday  28th Feb 2018
Hydrographic Survey Special Session – Surveying at the margins – hydrographic survey support to coastal engineering operations’

Speakers: Sjoerd van den Brom – General Manager Survey – ‎Royal Boskalis Westminster – Survey support for the new Suez canal

Ross Taylor – Business Development Manager – A-2-Sea Solutions Ltd – Marine survey techniques used to support the installation of submarine telecommunications cables within the coastal zone.


Website UKGeoForum

Website SCSI

Website UK BIM Alliance

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