Speaker Bio & Abstract

Geoff Zeiss Principal
Between the Poles

BiographyGeoff has been tracking the contribution of geospatial technology to the digitization of construction, operation and maintenance of energy, building and transportation infrastructure - primarily in his blog “Between The Poles”, on LinkedIn and Geospatial World. From 2014 to 2016 Geoff was Editor for Energy and Building with Geospatial Media. Prior to that Geoff was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging for the utility industry program at Autodesk. Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial IT industry working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise IT around the world. In his early career, he was responsible for some of the largest successful implementations of location-aware enterprise design and records management software in the utility and telecommunications sectors. In 2004, he received a global technology award from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle. In recognition of his efforts to increase the awareness of geospatial data and technologies in utilities and construction, Geoff received the Geospatial Ambassador Award at Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. He actively supports open standards as a director of the Open Geospatial Consortium and contributed to the founding of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation in 2005/2006.AbstractThe UK Government as part of its building information modeling (BIM) initiative has said repeatedly that it expects the big payoff of a digital model will be during operations and maintenance, which typically represents 80% of the cost of a facility. Companies who do design, build, finance, and maintain, or design, build, operate, or PPP projects often employ a full lifecycle BIM + geospatial strategy. For example, Crossrail appears to be the first major project that may be able to provide support for the conjecture that the biggest benefits of BIM are for operations and maintenance. To date there has been little reported quantitative evidence supporting the benefits of this approach, but this is changing with several projects providing estimates of benefits including ROI of an integrated BIM+geospatial full-lifecycle approach to construction projects.