Top keynote speaker line-up for Geomatics Indaba 2015

May 13th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT


Kees de Zeeuw from the Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), The Netherlands, has agreed to be a keynote speaker at Geomatics Indaba 2015. He joins Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, President of the Institute of Navigation, and Dr. Carl Reed, former Chief Technology Officer at the Open Geospatial Consortium, who will also be sharing their expertise at the conference. Geomatics Indaba 2015 is South Africa’s foremost surveying, geospatial and mapping conference and is taking place from 11 to 13 August 2015 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Kees de Zeeuw

Kees de Zeeuw  is the director of Kadaster International at the Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) of The Netherlands. He holds an MSc degree in land and water management (1989). Following long term contracts in Rwanda and Bolivia he has been working for over ten years in environmental and geo-information sciences at Wageningen University and Research Centre. After being responsible at Kadaster for product and process innovation from 2007 to 2010, he now is responsible for the coordination of Kadaster’s international activities and international cooperation projects. Kadaster International provides world wide advisory services in the domain of land administration, e-governance, geo-information services and SDI. De Zeeuw is a member of the NGII sub commission of the Netherlands Commission of Geodesy (NCG) and represents the Netherlands in UN GGIM and Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) of the FIG.


Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is president of the Institute of Navigation, and president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and applications, and IAG Fellow. She is a professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and Director of the Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Laboratory at  Ohio State University. Her research interests cover GPS/GNSS algorithms, GPS/inertial and other sensor integration for navigation in GPS-challenged environments, sensors and algorithms for indoor and personal navigation, and mobile mapping. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers, numerous technical reports and five book chapters on GPS and navigation, and led over 25 sponsored research projects with the total budget of $17-million.

At Geomatics Indaba 2015, Grejner-Brzezinska will be speaking about future trends for positioning/navigation technology with respect to strategic infrastructure planning and development.

Dr. Carl Reed

Dr. Carl Reed

Dr. Carl Reed is currently consulting with a focus on supporting the IT community in the effective use of geospatial standards. He recently retired as chief technology officer and executive director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Reed was responsible for facilitating the OGC standards development process, chairing the OGC Architecture Board, and chairing the OGC Planning Committee. He participates in and collaborates with other standards organisations, including OASIS, NENA, W3C, ISO, and the IETF. As a result, he has contributed to numerous internet and web standards.

During his tenure at the OGC, Reed has written numerous book chapters and articles, and presented dozens of keynotes at geospatial/GIS conferences. Prior to the OGC, he was the vice president of geospatial marketing at Intergraph and previous to that president of Genasys Americas. In the late 1970s, he designed and implemented the first interactive (and open source) vector based GIS, the Map Overlay and Statistical System (MOSS). Dr. Reed received his PhD in Geography, specialising in systems architectures for GIS technology, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980. In 1995 and in 2009, he was voted one of the ten 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.

During his keynote address at Geomatics Indaba 2015, Reed will be talking on the latest trends in GIS and open geospatial standards, and their role in strategic infrastructure planning and development.

Geomatics Indaba 2015 is organised by South Africa’s professional geospatial bodies, the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA), the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI),  and the Institute of Mine Surveyors of Southern Africa (IMSSA), in partnership with EE Publishers.

Contact Clare van Zwieten, Geomatics Indaba 2015, Tel 011 543-7000,

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