Australian satellite imagery and geospatial specialist, Geoimage, has announced the appointment of a new staff member who will aid the Brisbane company to roll out a new software as a service (SaaS) product that promises the “dawn of a new era in spatial insight.”
Mark Covington joins Geoimage as Enterprise Software Solutions Manager. The role is new to Geoimage and Covington’s appointment aligns with the company’s commitment and investment to develop a new software-enabled service capability and solution, known as SPECTRA Spatial.
Covington brings a wealth of experience to Geoimage, with more than 27 years in the spatial industry developing software solutions for companies in exploration and mining, utilities, transport and government sectors.
Most recently, Covington was the Principal Project Manager for Geomatic Technologies, responsible for the Queensland office and delivering large complex spatially-oriented software solutions to industry.
Covington’s notable career includes both domestic and international projects. He worked in Japan for two years developing a government funded smart GIS system for coal exploration. More recently he managed an innovative track monitoring system for the Sydney Metropolitan passenger train network. Covington has also served on several industry boards, including the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and the Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC).
“I am excited to start a new challenge within Geoimage and am looking forward to the journey ahead, to being a part of realising the vision and to forging new relationships, with the Geoimage team and clients,” Covington said.
Ahead of the curve
In welcoming Geoimage’s new team member, Geoimage General Manager Mark Edwards said Covington’s experience and industry knowledge make him a key addition to the team.
“Mark’s appointment is another way we demonstrate our commitment to keep ourselves, and our clients, ahead of the curve,” said Edwards. “Increasing demand from clients and industry led us to look for an addition to the team who fits our ethos of innovation and exceptional service.”
“Mark will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients,” explains Edwards. “Mark’s proven expertise of developing innovative software solutions was evident, however it was his passion to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries that convinced Geoimage that the cultural fit was right and that Mark was needed on our team.”
A new era
The first details of the new SaaS offering come via a newly launched SPECTRA Spatial website, where Geoimage describes it as “The dawn of a new era in spatial insight.”
The SPECTRA Spatial website offers few specific details aside from the fact it will be a new integrated cloud service. It does, however, list the possibilities possible with the service. With SPECTRA spatial, it is expected you will be able to perform “dynamic data discovery”; “ingest multi-source data (from satellite, aerial, UAV/drone, vector, alpha-numeric, metadata)”; “cross-reference and analyse multi-source data”; and “deliver results with dynamic dashboard visualisation and analysis tools.”
More specific details will be published when Geoimage formally launches SPECTRA Spatial in the coming weeks.