Geoff Sawyer

Secretary General, EARSC, the European Association for Remote Sensing Companies





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on 17 January 2019 starting at 13:00 Irish time

Over the past decade or so there have been substantial changes in the Remote Sensing (RS) environment.  In the case of satellites, resolution levels for commercially available imagery have improved substantially (20cm x 20cm is coming), the frequency of same location imagery has improved (same day in some cases), costs per km^2 have dropped, more satellite imagery is being provided free of charge, analytical software to process and interpret imagery has improved significantly.  More recently drones have provided a powerful new platform for RS, and in the emerging future, driverless vehicles with their many sensors and software which interprets the incoming data in real time will no doubt add another important dimension to the RS story.

Looking back, change has been a dominant thread running through the RS environment and looking forward into the future the same thread is very likely to continue to play its dominant role.


In this webinar Geoff will:

  • Review briefly the changes in the RS environment which have taken place over the past decade;
  • Gaze into his crystal ball and look at the trends shaping possible new developments in the coming 5 – 10 years;
  • Outline current and emerging business opportunities for private sector companies. In this regard Geoff will provide some background information regarding EARSC and focus on how it provides support to its members to identify and bid for these opportunities;
  • Provide some thoughts on how best public sector bodies can exploit the many opportunities presented by RS;
  • Provide some pointers regarding how the EO and GIS/geospatial communities can establish a more mutually supportive ecosystem.


Geoff has been the Secretary General of EARSC since 2011 and has driven the development of the Association into the widely-known and well-regarded organisation it is today. During his long and varied career, Geoff has held senior management positions in the space industry with Astrium / EADS / Airbus as well as numerous representative positions in the UK and Europe. In his early career, Geoff was the radar systems designer for ERS-1 and Envisat and at the end he became vice-president for the space strategy for EADS (now Airbus). He was previously a director of EARSC for 12 years during which he was chairman for 6 years from 1991 to 1997.  He has served on many EU consultative bodies and spent 3 years working for the European Commission where he was responsible for supporting space policy and, in particular, the creation of the GMES initiative. Geoff is very well known to many in the space and earth observation sectors and brings this deep wealth of experience and knowledge to support the ambitions of the geo-information industry that EARSC represents.


Webinar recording is available here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/274358230001272066


“Semantics and Geography: Some Key Challenges in a Changing Technological Environment “

by GAIL HODGE, Senior Information Scientist at Information International Associates, USA

IRLOGI July 2018


The 2018 July monthly IRLOGI webinar will take place starting at 13:00 Irish time on 31 July.

The meaning of and interrelationship between words and concepts is currently one of the key fields of research and development in the rapidly evolving ICT environment in which we live.

‘Nearby’, ‘road’, ‘bridge’, ‘Dublin’, ‘region’, ‘next to’, ‘metropolitan’, ‘zone’, ‘cadastral’ and many other words with a strong location aspect can each be interpreted in numerous ways, with very different practical implications associated with the various ways.

Gail will outline current semantic tools, highlight key current challenges and discuss important outstanding research issues.  She will deal with semantics issues in a general manner but will give a particular location/spatial/geographic/place/area/scene/etc (sic!) slant to her presentation. More specifically, she will deal with the issues of semantic tool integration and development in an area which is its own domain but also a support to many others.

The webinar will be of interest not only to Irish persons involved with geographic information matters but also to others within the wider ICT field.

Gail is Senior Information Scientist at Information International Associates. She has been working in the area of semantics and terminologies for the environment and other scientific areas for more than 35 years. Gail and her team have developed the USA EPA Enterprise Vocabulary and for more than 10 years have provided metadata and terminology tool support to the US Environmental Protection Agency. She is currently working with the USA EPA’s Office of the Science Advisor on an agency-wide strategy for managing terminology for human health risk assessments.  Recently, Gail and her co-principal investigator, Dr. Denise Bedford, completed an assessment of the Transportation Research Thesaurus for the USA National Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering.

To register for the webinar please click on the link set out below





“Future Visioning and Public Consultation with Drones, LiDAR and Gaming Technology”

by GAVIN DUFFY, RealSim Ltd

To register for the webinar please click on the link set out below:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4657990143003938562

RealSim Ltd

The June monthly IRLOGI webinar will take place starting at 13:00 Irish time on 27 June.

The presentation is based on the IRLOGI 2017 annual award winning entry in the “Excellence in Geospatial Technology” category.

Gavin will present on the work his company undertook for Laois County Council to re-imagine how the public realm in Portlaoise town centre could look in 2040.  The presentation will highlight the integration of mapping data (aircraft-based LiDAR, drone photogrammetric survey, street level photographic survey), with architectural models (2D and 3D CAD), displayed within a geospatial game engine.  He will introduce the concept of the Environment Information Model (EIM), and how it can be used to communicate spatial information and environment change scenarios, to all stakeholders (technical and non-technical) from planners, to elected officials and the general public.

He will also make reference to work they are engaged in with Channel Island Jersey in;

  • developing a model exchange process between the planning authority and architects,
  • making resultant planning submissions available to the public in 3D within a web browser and
  • the potential role GIS professionals have in the planning systems of the future.

The webinar will be of interest not only to persons involved with geographic information matters but also to land use planners, County and Town Councillors and others.

Gavin is the managing director of the environment simulation company, RealSim.  A geophysicist by training, he stumbled across the potential of game engine technology as a means to visualise 3D maps some 13 years ago.  After 3 years of R&D he established RealSim in 2008.  10 years later, RealSim have developed considerable expertise in harnessing the power of gaming technology to merge GIS and architectural data in to seamless virtual reality simulations of the world around us.  He believes that in time such simulations will become common place and will result in far greater input from the public in how we shape our environment.

If you wish to see any of our 12 past monthly webinars please visit our website at www.irlogi.ie

The topics covered in the past webinars include:

  • Drones (June 2017);
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (July 2017);
  • UN Global Geospatial Information Management Core Datasets (August 2017);
  • The EU’s GDPR Privacy Regulations (September 2017);
  • Open Street Map Ireland (October 2017);
  • Copernicus Climate Change Service (November 2017);
  • Key Geospatial Trends (December 2017);
  • Data Cubes (January 2018);
  • GI and Development Challenges in The Gambia (February 2018);
  • The Innovative use of Spatial Data and Technologies in Irish Local Authorities (March 2018);
  • Security and Privacy: Should GI Professionals Worry About Them (April 2018)
  • Processing Point Cloud Data: New Developments at the Cutting Edge (May 2018)

Hexagon Geospatial Edu Program Webcast

June 6, 14:00 – 15:00 Irish time

Join us in our webinar to learn about how we support academic research projects and teaching, including rich documentation and deep insights to student and understand how to apply these technologies into key industry sectors.

Mike Lane (Global Education Manager) and Benjamin Schnitzer (EDU Ambassador in EMEA) will showcase the full geospatial power portfolio and give an outlook on how to use the full benefits of the global education program.


Date: June 6

Time:  14:00 – 15:00 Irish time

Event Category: EUROGI Member

Website:  https://go.hexagongeospatial.com/EDUwebcast



By Prof Domen Mongus

28 May 2018, starting at 13:00 Irish Time


To register for the webinar click the link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5169575310559624449

Prof Mongus will outline key challenges regarding processing point clouds derived from LIDAR, satellite and aerial imagery.  More specifically he will explain what are point clouds, how they can be generated and what are the features which make them most useful.  He will also provide an overview of the state of the art regarding point cloud analytics and processing and will highlight some of the emerging future issues in this field.  Domen will touch on some of the mathematical aspects of point cloud analysis but will not do a deep dive in this area.  Thus his presentation should be readily accessible to non-mathematicians and non-point cloud specialists.  He will provide visual examples illustrate the points which he will be making.

Domen is a professor at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and is head of the Remote Sensing Data Processing Unit in the Department of Computer Science.  Domen is a member of the Executive Committee of EUROGI, the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information.  He has been quoted as saying “I am only really interested in doing things which haven’t been done before”, a comment which illustrates his drive to be at the global cutting edge regarding point cloud analytics.

As a hobby Domen plays speed chess at a masters level with opponents from around the world.

He is Vice-President of the Program Committee of the Slovenia Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership (SRIP) in the priority area Smart Cities and Communities, as representative of Horizontal Network ICT. In his academic career, he has received several awards for his scientific and pedagogic work. He was named Young Scientist of the Danube Region by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM). In 2015, he received the Information Society Award for ongoing work.  This award is the highest recognition in Slovenia in the fields of information society, information technology and computer science. His work on object detection in 3D remotely sense data was pronounced as an Exceptional Achievement of Slovenian Science by the Slovenian Research Agency. In 2012 and 2013, he received awards for Pedagogic Excellence at UM-FERI and Exception Research Achievements, respectively. He was named “The Name of the Week” in January 2015 by the Slovenian National Radio and Television, Val 202, for developing the most accurate algorithms for ground and building recognition using Earth Observation data, as recognised by the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. In 2018, he received the highest award at the University of Maribor for his exceptional contributions to its scientific and pedagogical reputation and excellence.

If you wish to see any of our 11 past monthly webinars please visit our website at www.irlogi.ie

The topics covered in the past webinars include:

  • Drones (June 2017);
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (July 2017);
  • UN Global Geospatial Information Management core datasets (August 2017);
  • The EU’s GDPR privacy regulations (September 2017);
  • Open Street Map Ireland (October 2017);
  • Copernicus Climate Change service (November 2017);
  • Key Geospatial trends (December 2017);
  • Data Cubes (January 2018);
  • GI and development challenges in The Gambia (February 2018);
  • The Innovative use of Spatial Data and Technologies in Irish Local Authorities (March 2018);
  • Security and Privacy: Should GI Professionals Worry about Them (April 2018)


IRLOGI Webinar, 30th April, 13:00 – Security & Privacy – Should GI Professionals worry about them?

To register for the webinar follow the link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/994069952213094403 


Dr Costis Toregas will present the 11th IRLOGI webinar with the twin aims of raising awareness of the risks in cyber security and privacy infringements within the Geographic Information discipline, and encouraging linkages across various disciplines that can develop practical and shareable solutions to cyber security and privacy challenges. 

The daily stream of cyber attacks and data exposures (Facebook being the latest example) and the challenges of complex national and international privacy mandates such as GDPR has raised the awareness of the importance of cyber security.  However, scientists and professionals in specific disciplines such as GI are not necessarily aware of the potential disruptions that cyber attacks can bring in their own work sphere, assuming that there is no real interest in attacking GI data, nor that there can be significant negative outcomes.  Of course both assumptions are very wrong.   

The most recent GEO XIV discussions on data sharing strategies for geographic systems revealed both an opportunity to improve knowledge, but also a weakness in security preparations.  The Belmont Forum has established a Cyber Security Advisory Board to explicitly prepare for cyber security challenges in complex, international collaborative projects that are data intensive.  Simple recommendations arising from the Advisory Board work will be referenced in Costis’ presentation. 


Dr.Costis Toregas 

Dr. Toregas is Director of George Washington University’s Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI), and also Treasurer and Board Member of Ecocity Builders.  He developed and led Public Technology Inc., the innovation network for local governments in the US for over thirty years, and assisted in the creation and early guidance of several global city networks including IULA/UCLG and ICLEI.  He supported the Eye on Earth network, coordinating several Special Initiatives and contributing to the planning and execution of the two global EoE Summits in 2011 and 2015.  He is a member of the Belmont Forum Cyber Security Advisory Board.  He holds PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in Environmental Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. 



IRLOGI Sponsor Member Webinar:

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Richard Cantwell (Gamma) and Mark Balcon (Pitney Bowes) are your hosts.

May 2, 2018 @ 1:00 PM in Dublin

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KkAKb8FNQeSwNgN-Fc_2gA

IRLOGI webinars take place on a monthly basis, normally on the second Wednesday in each month starting at 13:00 Irish time.

To view past webinars click on the links provided below.


IRLOGI Webinar, 14 March 2018

14 March 2018

The 10th Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) monthly webinar focussed on innovative GI practices by four Irish County Councils (CoCos).  The presenters were:

  • Barry Doyle from Roscommon Co Co who gave a high-level overview of GIS in Irish local Authorities and
    how it has evolved especially over the last 10 years;
  • Daragh McDonough from Donegal Co Co spoke about using GIS as tool to efficiently communicate with the public during the Winter Maintenance Programme 2017-18;
  • Jon Hawkins from Waterford Co Co who spoke on how they are improving business processes using FME; and
  • Stephen McLoughlin from South Dublin Co Co who spoke about how the Council have managed to prioritise locations in the County using maps and apps for the treatment of Invasive Species.

This webinar provides a great opportunity to see the application of spatial data and technologies in innovative ways that deliver value to the Councils and their customers.  The webinar should be of relevance to all Irish local authorities and possibly to authorities in other jurisdictions as well.

The link to the recording of the webinar can be found at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6319884374059742721

The past nine IRLOGI webinars can be seen at http://www.irlogi.ie/irlogi-webinars/. These webinars cover a range of topics, including;

  • Drones (June 2017);
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (July 2017);
  • UN Global Geospatial Information Management core datasets (August 2017);
  • The EU’s GDPR privacy regulations (September 2017);
  • Open Street Map Ireland (October 2017);
  • Copernicus Climate Change service (November 2017);
  • Key Geospatial trends (December 2017);
  • Data Cubes (January 2018);
  • GI and development challenges in The Gambia (February 2018).

Finally, our thanks to GeoDirectory for providing the GoToMeeting facility which enabled the webinar to take place.


The Role of GI Technologies in Africa

On 14 February 2018 IRLOGI held its 9th monthly webinar, this time one which focussed mainly on development challenges in The Gambia, a small country in Western Africa.  The webinar was presented by Dr Malanding Jaiteh, who last year moved from Columbia University, New York, to The Gambia, his home country. Malanding’s move to The Gambia is part of his commitment to help build his country after the end of many years of dictatorial rule.  After discussing general development challenges Malanding focusses on the potential role of GI and GeoTechologies in supporting Gambian development.

A link to the webinar can be found at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3988676729949201409


On 10 January IRLOGI held its first monthly webinar of the new year. Prof Peter Baumann, professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany gave a presentation which dealt with basic issues such as what is a Datacube, the strengths/benefits of Datacube technology, Datacube standards, cutting edge Datacube research areas, uses for Datacubes and existing current examples, including the rasdaman Data Cube engine which Prof Baumann has architected.

In addition to being a professor at Jacobs University, Peter is also an inventor and an entrepreneur. At Jacobs University he researches on scalable multi-dimensional Datacubes and their application in science and engineering. He has published over 150 book chapters and journal and conference articles, holds international patents on array database technologies, and has received numerous international innovation awards for his work. As inventor of the rasdaman Array Database system, which is in operational use on petabyte-scale spatio-temporal databases, he has pioneered the field of array databases. For its successful commercialization he has founded and leads the high tech spinoff, rasdaman GmbH. Peter is an active, often leading, contributor to Datacube standardization. In 2014 he was honoured with the prestigious OGC Kenneth Gardels Award. See www.peter-baumann.org for more information.

A recording of the webinar can be found at the following link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/572041103128081154

13th December 2017 – Impacts of Selected Trends on the Emerging GI Environment Webinar

On 13th December the IRLOGI webinar ‘Impacts of Selected Trends on the Emerging GI Environment – Open Data; AI/Machine Learning; Big Data/Analytics; Open Software; and Virtual/Augmented Reality’ took place. The webinar was presented by Dr Martin Charlton and Prof Chris Brunsdon from Maynooth University, Ireland.

A recording of the webinar can be found at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/9075446328848643330

9th November 2017 – “Copernicus Climate Change Service” by Freja Vamborg

Freja is a senior climate scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service(C3S), operated by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Union. At the C3S, Freja is responsible for communicating climate science to users and stakeholders.

Freja worked for 10 years at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg before joining the ECMWF. She obtained her Phd in the area of paleo-climate modelling in 2011.

Apart from providing information about the Climate Change Service, Freja incorporated into her presentation information about the Copernicus involvement in the recent Ophelia hurricane which hit Ireland on October 16th.

To view the webinar click on the link below.


11th October 2017 – “State of OpenStreetMap Ireland”

The webinar was presented by Ciaran Staunton, who spoke in his private capacity, but is an Administrative Officer in Fingal County Council. Ciarán provided background information about OpenStreetMap, the state of play for Ireland and mentioned an initiative to put OSM Ireland on a sound administrative footing. He highlighted ways in which citizens can become involved in developing OSM Ireland. **Please note that there was an issue with the recording and the recording begins during Ciaran’s introduction to the webinar.

To view the webinar click here.

13th September – “GDPR and Geography”

Dara Keogh of GeoDirectory spoke about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come in to effect in May 2018, and its implications for location data. He talked through the current legislation that is in place in regards to location data and how GDPR will change how businesses can use and store location information.

To view the webinar click here.

16th August 2017 – “UN GGIM Fundamental Geospatial Datasets and UN GGIM Committee of Experts Recent Meeting”

Clare Hadley (Ordnance Survey GB) provided some background regarding the UN Global Geospatial Information Management initiative and the work carried out to identify fundamental geospatial datasets. Clare is one of the co-authors of the report to the UN GGIM on identifying the fundamental datasets.

Clare also provided an update on noteworthy developments at the 7th meeting of the UN GGIM Committee of Experts which was held in New York from July 31st to August 4th.

To view the webinar click here.

12th July 2017 – “OGC: Current Projects; Emerging Topics”

The presenter Scott Simmons spoke regarding current projects, a number of the on-going standards initiatives with a brief mention of some interesting technical issues which are being considered. Scott discussed the possible imacts on global “big picture” issues such as climate change, sustainable cities, poverty reduction, the SDGs etc.

To view the webinar click here.

21st June 2017 – “Drones – State of Play, Trends and Geographic Information”

The presenters Jonathan Byrne and Garrett Findlay dealt with both contextual issues such as the current control environment, training and various issues. They discussed a vision of where drone technology and usage will go in the future.

The webinar was recorded in two parts due to some technical glitches on the day.

  1. To view Jonathan Byrne’s and the beginning of Garrett Findlay’s presentations click here.
  2. To view the second half of Garrett’s presentation and the Q&A click here.





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