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Geospatial Intelligence Special Interest Group (GISIG)

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Conference Hall, Technology School

Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Shrivenham SN6 8LA


The Geospatial Intelligence Special Interest Group (GISIG) is a military-led community of interest study day for the Defence, Intelligence, National Security and Public Safety community and Academia. Now in its 14th year, the next GISIG will be hosted on Tuesday 20 Nov 2018 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. It brings together those involved or interested in exploiting the full potential of Geospatial Intelligence, it affords the opportunity to share experience and expertise through a series of presentations, discussion groups and networking breaks. This year’s event is focused on developing the understanding of High Impact Geospatial Analysis, by asking the question “What is the Art of the Possible?

Administrative Details

  1. General

    The day will comprise a series of presentations, question and answer sessions, and a ‘Capability Expo’ over an extended lunch and throughout the day, where a range of geospatial capabilities industry specialists will be on hand to discuss, debate and answer your further questions. The detailed agenda for the day can be found below.

  2. Location

    In the Conference Hall at the Technology School, the Defence Academy, SHRIVENHAM, Oxfordshire, SN6 8LA.

  3. Timings

    Between 0900 and 1600hrs on Tue 20 Nov 18, with registration from 0830hrs.

  4. Security

    All delegates must be in possession of photo ID; the wearing of ID whilst on site is mandatory. Photo ID will be required when booking in at the Main Guardroom. Please allow 30 minutes for this process.

  5. Registration

    Registration is now closed.

  6. Presentations

    Delegates wishing to deliver a presentation related to the theme should make themselves known to the undersigned at the earliest opportunity. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in duration plus 10 minutes Q&A. Final presentations are to be submitted via email to Friday 9th November 2018.

  7. Capability Expo

    Organisations that are interested in providing a demonstration of their capability during the designated periods are kindly requested to make themselves known to the undersigned soonest, considerations should include space and access requirements. As real estate is at a premium early engagement is recommended.

  8. Transportation

    Delegates are to arrange their own transportation to and from the Defence Acadamy, Shrivenham.

  9. Dress

    Dress for the duration event is either PCSU (serving personnel only) or Smart Civilian for all delegates.

  10. Refreshments

    Throughout the event refreshments will be available. A buffet lunch will be kindly provided by the main sponsor, ESRI UK.


Timing Activity Lead / Presenter
0800 - 0830 Issue of passes Main Guardroom Shrivenham
0830 - 0900 Registration and Refreshments. Issue of name badges WO2 Aaron Ashcroft, HQRE Geo
0900 - 0910 Administrative Announcements Maj John Rigby, HQRE Geo
0910 - 0930 Welcome and Introduction to GISIG Col Roly Cockwell
0930 - 1000 42 Engineer Regt (Geo) SST – Op MORLOP Task Overview Capt Joe Bass
1000 - 1030 Mines Action Group Mr Mikael Bold
1030 - 1100 Refreshments Expo break out area
1100 - 1120 42 Engineer Regt (Geo) – Capability Development Update WO2 Gavin Kay
1120 - 1200 The 77X Geospatial Challenge & RE Experimentation Working Group Overview Capt Matt Perks
Mr Paul Cripps
WO1 Gareth Watkins
Sgt Mark Osborne
1200 - 1330 Capability Expo and Lunch. Demonstrations and Advice Supporting the Conference Theme Expo break out area
1330 - 1400 HoC GM – Military Load Classification Ceiling Initiative HERE Overview Maj Andy Brett
Mr Peter Beaumont
1400 - 1430 RSMS – ‘Art Meets Science in Automation’ Dr Nikolaos Galiatsatos
1430 - 1450 Break Expo break out area
1450 - 1520 Geospatial Insight – The Military Value of Satellite Imagery Mr Jonathan Shears
1520 - 1600 Esri Future Focus Mr Charles Kennelly
1600 - 1630 Ask the panel Q&A Session All Speakers
1630 Disperse


The GISIG is free to attend and open to all interested serving Defence, Intelligence, National Security and Public Safety personnel. It is requested action addressees cascade this calling notice widely to relevant colleagues and subordinate organisations.


Further details will be published in due course, but if you have any immediate queries or presentation ideas please contact the undersigned.

A Ashcroft RE
Warrant Officer Class 2
Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Tel: Mil: 95371 5231| Civ: 01480 52451 ext 5231