Plenary Sessions

Spatial Analytics & Business Intelligence

Analyzing relationships between spatial environment and organizational performance creates a wealth of information for business intelligence. It offers richer perspective on service offerings, consumer interaction, transactional information, and how location and demographics play a role in business performance. Integrating geospatial data with traditional datasets is key in this process.

The session will focus on the relationship between spatial analytics and business intelligence with special emphasis on the following:

  • Trends and forecast of Business Intelligence market
  • Technology innovations driving Spatial Analytics industry
  • Value of Spatial Analytics/GIS for Business Intelligence applications
  • Use cases of applying Spatial Analytics and Business Intelligence in various vertical domains
Robert Toba Siahaan

Head of Geoscience Data
Group Technical Data
PETRONAS, Malaysia

Sandeep Singhal

Director, Cloud Storage

Dean Angelides

Corporate Director, International/Alliances/Partners
Esri, USA

Siva Ravada

Senior Director of Software Development

Reality Mesh & Digital Engineering

Sectors such as construction, infrastructure, utilities, and oil and gas are substantial drivers to national economic growth. It is crucial for these sectors to continuously improve their efficiency and productivity for the benefits of the nation. Reality mesh and digital engineering are two emerging technologies that are challenging the traditional way of delivery in those sectors, while bringing additional value to practitioners.

Digital Engineering is a process where design, manufacturing, construction and asset management activities integrate; ensuring data is captured, managed and shared properly. This enables project owners to efficiently procure, operate and maximize the value of their assets over their entire lifecycle. Reality Mesh, on the other hand, is the combination of real and virtual worlds that produce new environments and visualizations. In a reality mesh, physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time to help professionals plan, design, construct and operate their projects better.

The session will discuss integration of geospatial technology with digital engineering and reality mesh application, including some successful case studies from the region.


Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific
FARO Technologies

François Robida

Deputy Head, Information Systems and Technologies, French Geological Survey (BRGM), France

Jason Hutchings

Senior Design Director
Hong Kong

Mark Freeburn

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Gibson

Vice President

Geospatial Infrastructure and Policy Frameworks: Defining National Geospatial Strategy for Sustainable Development

Geospatial infrastructure and an enabling policy framework are fundamental in defining national geospatial strategy of any economy. Geospatial data plays a crucial role in the decision making process and planning efforts across a broad range of industry segments, ultimately leading to the growth of the economy. Similarly, a progressive policy framework for the industry not only facilitates easy adoption and use of geospatial technologies, it also supports the development of an efficient geospatial data infrastructure. A dynamic policy framework, through the establishment of common protocols, policies, standards, etc., serves as a driving force for geospatial infrastructure, which can be a useful tool to monitor national development goals. The session will discuss critical role of geospatial infrastructure and policy intervention in driving sustainable national and regional development.

Anne Hale Miglarese

Chief Executive Officer
Open Imagery Network - Radiant.Earth

Ernesto M. Pernia

Secretary, Socioeconomic Planning
National Economic & Development Authority

Basanta Shrestha

Director Strategic Cooperation, Regional Coordinator NASA-SERVIR-Himalaya, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal

Mark Sorensen

GPC Group

Nirarta Samadhi

Country Director
World Resource Institute

Defence & Public Safety

Geospatial information and technologies play a major role in ensuring national safety and security. With advancements in sensor-based technologies, improvements in deriving precise location information in real-time, higher processing capabilities through machine learning and artificial intelligence, advancements in data analytics tools; the nature of modern warfare and security services is changing rapidly. The plenary on ‘Geospatial for Defense & Public Safety’ will highlight advancements in latest geospatial tools and techniques with the defense and security personnel and how they can raise preparedness, capabilities and ensure efficient functioning.

Brig. Gen. Dr. Mohd Zambri bin Mohamad Rabab

Director, Defence Geospatial Division
Department of Survey and Mapping

Lt Col Dr Dinh Minh Nguyen

Head - Technology Department
Defence Mapping Agency

Mark Reichardt

Chief Executive Officer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Frank Suykens

Chief Technology Officer

Brig Gen Ricardo Nepomoceno

Chief of Command Center
Armed Forces of the Philippines

Dr. Rao S. Ramayanam

Vice President Sales, Middle East, Africa and South Asia
DEIMOS IMAGING, an UrtheCast Company

Commercialization & Commoditization of Geospatial Information

The geospatial industry is at an inflection point. What was once a capital-intensive and single-purpose technology is becoming publicly available and multipurpose with myriad smaller contributors. This trend has wide-ranging effects. For Asia Pacific in particular, which needs to be on guard despite resilience in a challenging global environment, this technology can be the game changing tool to counter risks to growth, reduce financial and fiscal vulnerabilities, address constraints to sustained and inclusive growth, and enhance productivity. Commercialization is one of the quickest and most effective ways to bring technology to the right audience and realise its maximum impact. The plenary session will deliberate on the requisites for making geoinformation more commercial, more citizen-friendly and multipurpose.

Ton van Helvert

Manager Geo-Information
The Netherlands

Dr Viraj Perera

Chief Executive Officer
PlaTCOM Ventures

Arnold Hougham

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
PCI Geomatics