03 August 2021 | WGIC Quarterly | View in browser


Barbara J. Ryan

Executive Director

Dear Readers,

While this Newsletter is aimed to look back at last quarter’s activities by World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) Members, Partners and the Secretariat, I would like to draw your attention to some exciting news that’s in the pipeline. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), on behalf of the public sector, and WGIC, on behalf of the private sector, are jointly undertaking a survey on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Monitoring Capabilities from Space. The result will be an inventory of Earth observation satellites and their capabilities to monitor GHG Emissions. If you are a commercial Earth observation company with GHG Emission (CH4, CO2, N2O, and O3) monitoring capabilities, please write to us at https://wgicouncil.org/contact/

This endeavour neatly coincides with WGIC’s Climate Action umbrella, under which we run our Working Groups on Disaster Resilience, Energy Transition, and Sustainable Infrastructure. This is a good time to let you know that we need your expertise and passion to advance these Working Groups, and the impact they can make on behalf of the geospatial industry with our partners, and society at large.

What’s in it for your company? You will directly engage with client groups and help create an understanding of societal issues where your business could contribute to solutions, in close collaboration with other industry partners. Our Partnership and Industry Engagement Committee Members are also chairing the three Working Groups to ensure we have full strategic alignment across WGIC’s programs.

Please forward this message to your colleagues to join the effort!

With my best regards


Virtual Launch of WGIC Report on GeoAI/ML

The official launch of WGIC’s latest report, “Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective”, took place on April 13th, 2021, during AI for Good, an event organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

WGIC appoints a new Executive Board for 2021-2023

At the Annual and Executive Board Meetings held during May 2021, WGIC welcomed new Members, the incoming Executive Board, and newly elected Office Bearers and Committee Chairs.

WGIC participates in the EARSC Expandeo event

During the EXPANDEO event, WGIC Secretariat participated in the FIRE Forum, which pinpointed current and future opportunities for Earth Observation uptake in six sectors: agriculture, energy (wind), infrastructure, marine, raw materials and urban development.

WGIC Supports and participates in the Earth Archive Virtual Congress

the Earth Archive Virtual Congress presented several prominent speakers from the geospatial community. WGIC’s Executive Director Barbara Ryan joined in a fire-side chat.


100th anniversary: the story of Wild Heerbrugg/ Leica Geosystems

In 2021, the Heerbrugg innovation factory in Switzerland celebrates its 100 year anniversary. It’s the home of WILD, Leitz, and Hexagon Geosystems. An interview with Thomas Harring, the current President of Geosystems.

White Paper on GKI: The Power of Where

The latest GKI white paper is developed based on the first year of a three-year global partnership program developing the concept of, and blueprint for a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure.

Accelerating geospatial-driven digital transformation is now more important than ever

According to Cyient, to emerge as winners, enterprises need to focus on smart automation, end-to-end asset visibility, employing a connected workforce, and building intelligent and resilient supply chains.


Esri shows decades of Climate Risk in customer AT&T’s Advanced Map Analytics

Esri’s Chief Marketing Officer Marianna Kantor and Director Global Business Development Jeffrey Peters published a 2000-plus word article on AT&T, one of Esri’s clients. AT&T is the world’s largest telecom company by market cap.

Hexagon to host a Capital Markets Day

WGIC Member Hexagon AB announced it will host a Capital Markets Day on 29 September 2021.

Trimble GNSS Positioning Tech Supplier for VSI Labs Autonomous Vehicle Research Program

WGIC member Trimble announced an alliance with autonomous vehicle research firm VSI Labs. Trimble will serve as the GNSS precise-positioning and orientation technology supplier for VSI’s autonomous research vehicle program.

Fugro Joins Forces with dCarbonX on Decarbonisation Exploration

Fugro has signed a strategic framework agreement (SFA) with dCarbonX, a pioneering geo-energy resource company, for decarbonisation exploration projects supporting the development of offshore geo-energy resources in the UK and Ireland.

Dr Zaffar Honorary Fellow of SSSI

On March 31, 2021, Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse has been conferred as an Honorary Fellow of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).


Updates from buildingSMART Board, SAC and International Council, Annual Report

WGIC partner buildingSMART International concluded their Council, Board and Strategic Advisory Council meetings in June with a variety of announcements, updates and news to be shared.

Call for nominations WFEO 2021 Awards now open

The Secretariat of WGIC Partner WFEO (World Federation of Engineering Organisations) announced that the call for nominations regarding WFEO 2021 Awards is now open for the WFEO Gree Women in Engineering Award, the WFEO Medal for Engineering Excellence and the WFEO Medal for Excellence in Engineering Education.

‘ARIES for SEEA’ Launch

On 29 April 2021, the offcial launch of the ARIES for SEEA Explorer took place. AARIES for SEEA is available on the UN Global Platform, a cloud-service platform supporting international collaboration in the development of official statistics using new data sources and innovative methods.

OGC CEO in Board of UN-GGIM Private Sector Network, WGIC member in OGC Board of Directors

Some interesting developments on personnel occured within the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Prashant Shukle (WGIC) and Patty Mims (Esri) in OGC Board of Directors.


GeoAI Trends: How geospatial professionals can get ready?

10 August 2021, 16:30 - 18:00 AEST
Virtual Event

Hosted by SSSI, Australia, and WGIC, this virtual event will have presentations and discussions from WGIC Members on GeoAI trends with the Australian geospatial professionals.

Geospatial World Forum 2021

20-22 October 2021
Amsterdam,The Netherlands
Hybrid Event

WGIC is joining the event as a supporting partner. We will host a session on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

World Geospatial Industry Council
Business Center, Unit 3, Barchman Wuytierslaan 10
3818 LH Amersfoort, The Netherland