Ahmed Abukhater is dedicated to advancing the application of enterprise geospatial solutions and delivering global access to knowledge of GIS by promoting geospatial intelligence as the industry standard technology. With over a decade of proven leadership in various executive management roles in the U.S. and overseas, he is a noted expert in a number of areas including GIS solutions and strategic marketing in planning and community development applications, environmental science, sustainable development and conflict resolution and mediation. Abukhater holds a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Throughout his career, Ahmed has authored numerous publications, served on many governing and advisory boards, and received over 20 prestigious awards for his work. He is married and a proud father of three children.
Peter Batty has worked in the geospatial industry for more than 25 years and is widely seen as an industry leader. Prior to founding Ubisense, Peter served as CTO for two leading companies in the industry (and two of the world’s top 200 software companies), Intergraph and Smallworld (now part of GE Energy). Peter has published many articles and spoken at many conferences around the world, and has received a record nine speaker awards from GITA (the Geospatial Information and Technology Association), for presentations at their North American and Australian conferences. He has been involved with industry standards efforts including the Open GIS Consortium and IEC TC57 Working Group 14. He serves on the board of OSGeo and the advisory board of geoIQ.
Tim has expertise in infrastructure management and decision support systems with 20 years of experience across most AEC markets and all phases of project delivery. Today as Customer Success Manager with Autodesk, he helps some of the world’s largest design and construction companies deliver sustainable infrastructure projects. Tim was with Parsons Brinckerhoff for 14 years, where he led marketing and project delivery for BIM, GIS and collaboration solutions, and served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for several years. Tim has been a leader in standards development for the convergence of CAD, GIS, and BIM practices to form what he calls CityBIM. For six years he served as the founding chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) 3D working group, and is a frequent speaker on industry vision and best practices.
Oundle Group is the business development consultancy that helps technology firms stand out from the crowd and the Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that helps young people build sustainable futures for themselves and their families. Before starting Oundle Group, Croser was the vice president of Products at Pointools Ltd – the first point cloud software vendor to display billions of points on ordinary computers; eliminating the need for reverse-engineering workflows. Croser joined Pointools from Bentley’s HQ in North America. Other industry experience includes seven years providing strategic project software consultancy to some of London’s best known owner-operators and AEC design firms and four years practicing architecture with Richard Rogers Partnership, a world-renowned firm headquartered in London. In total, Croser has more than twenty years’ experience in the construction industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with Honors from Oxford’s School of Architecture, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM).
Ton de Vries joined Bentley in 2004 and has served as Bentley’s Solution Executive for Government since April 2008. Ton has over 20 year experience in the Federal, Municipal, Utility, and Communications markets across Europe and the United States, holding several management and consultancy positions. He was responsible for Bentley’s Geospatial sales in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Eastern Europe from 2004 till 2008. Prior to joining Bentley, Ton held several consulting and management positions at Intergraph and ISIS, and was founder of a Bentley reseller in the Netherlands. Ton holds a bachelor degree from the HAN University of Applied Sciences. Ton works out of the Bentley Headquarters in Exton, PA.
Ron Lake, chairman and CEO of Galdos Systems Inc., is a founding member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, and author of “Geography Markup Language – Foundation of the GeoWeb”. He has been recognized for his work in creating GML and promoting its standardization on a global level. Mr. Lake plays a significant role in shaping the international conversation regarding the global integration of data and systems dealing with the physical world. He is an internationally recognized speaker in the field of Geographic Information Systems and geospatial interoperability, and he writes and speaks regularly on the topic of advanced spatial information systems.
Dale has been leading the core development of FME since Safe Software’s inception more than 18 years ago. Much of Dale’s time is spent refining and optimizing the user experience in the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of the FME platform, as well as exploring ways FME technology can be extended and used to refine the exchange of data between CAD, GIS, and BIM systems and data models. He is a Computer Science Honors graduate and a Masters recipient with specialty in Usability for Software Technology from the University of Alberta.
Shannon McElvaney is the sustainable development industry manager at Esri and a geodesign evangelist working on developing geodesign tools, techniques, and processes that will enable people to design, build, and maintain livable, sustainable, healthy communities. He has more than 18 years of experience applying a broad range of geospatial technologies across a variety of industries.
Dr. Carl Reed is currently the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). Dr. Reed is responsible for facilitating the OGC standards development process. Dr. Reed also participates in and collaborates with other standards organizations, including OASIS, NENA, W3C, ISO, and the IETF. As a result, Reed has contributed to numerous internet and web standards. Prior to the OGC, Reed was the vice president of geospatial marketing at Intergraph and pervious to that President of Genasys Americas. Dr. Reed received his PhD in Geography, specializing in systems architectures for GIS technology, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980. In 1995 and in 2009, Reed was voted one of the 10 most influential people in the GIS industry. For his contributions to the geospatial industry, in 2009 Reed was inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.
Dr. Erik Shepard, PMP offers consulting and project management through his firm, Waterbridge GeoDesign, Inc. He specializes in the implementation of geospatial solutions, tools and processes, with significant experience in energy, water and telecom focused on leading projects for Smart Grid initiatives to provide back office and field geospatial capabilities to support GWD, WMS/MWM, EAM, DP, OMS, DMS, AMR/AMI, SCADA andDA/SA, as well as domain experience in transportation, natural resources, planning and location based services. He has experience with and particular interest in temporal state management and dynamic/real-time inputs from wireless sensor networks, GPS/GNSS, SCADA, smart meters and IEDs with applications to modeling and analysis for sustainable infrastructure inspection/maintenance, planning and design. Dr. Shepard is a member of IEEE (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Power and Energy Society) and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.