Mapping pioneer down under for Ozri 2011

By on 4 October, 2011
One of the key figures behind the planet’s most important mapping system will visit Australia next month to provide the country’s leading Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals with a unique insight into the future direction of the technology.

Damian Spangrud, the Senior Product Manager for the world-leading GIS technology, ArcGIS, will travel from his base in the U.S. to speak at Australasia’s largest spatial industry conference Ozri 2011.

Ozri 2011, hosted by Australia’s leading GIS and location intelligence specialists, Esri Australia, will showcase the latest developments in the spatial industry and highlight extraordinary applications of the technology – something Mr Spangrud has more experience with than most.

Over nearly two decades working for the world’s preeminent GIS specialists Esri, Mr Spangrud has seen the company’s internationally lauded technology, ArcGIS, strengthen response efforts during the world’s largest natural disasters, underpin the energy and resource grids of whole nations, and form a critical part of defence systems considered vital to global security.

Mr Spangrud will draw on his 17 years’ experience with the iconic ArcGIS software to provide Ozri attendees with a special insider’s view of the future direction of the technology that has changed the way the world looks at spatial information.

The history of ArcGIS is one of decades of research and development by Esri to produce technology that automates traditionally manual mapping tasks.

A large part of the technology’s success can be credited to Esri founder and owner Jack Dangermond’s preparedness to invest 30% of the company’s annual profits back into nurturing the product’s capabilities.

Essentially, ArcGIS enables users to input different sets of spatial data, which it represents visually using an intuitive mapping interface, revealing relationships often missed when using databases or tables.

The latest version is the world’s most powerful spatial analysis tool, used by international organisations such as the U.S. Government, IBM and Starbucks, to local organisations such as the Australian Government, Energex, Hanson and even not-for-profit environmental groups such as the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program.

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