Geospatial Intelligence Middle East schedule

Monday 16th May 2011


  • Satellite Imagery Analysis At The International Atomic Energy Agency

    Exploiting satellite imagery to provide analytical support to the Safeguards Unit in verifying and monitoring nuclear development
    Collecting, processing and analysing commercial imagery
    Creating a wide-range of imagery-derived products to support the Safeguards Unit
    Karen Steinmaus
    Unit Head, Satellite Imagery Analysis Unit
    International Atomic Energy Agency

  • Advances In Collecting And Utilising Satellite Imagery In The UAE

    Evaluating the growth in commercial remote sensing and the implications of this on the geospatial community
    Outlining the advances made by the UAE Space Reconnaissance Centre, which are allowing it to support a wide variety of stakeholders across the military and civilian sectors
    Detailing the challenges that need to be overcome to allow the available imagery to be fully utilised in support of national security, emergency management, disaster response and law enforcement
    Lieutenant Colonel Ali Mohammed Alshehhi
    Manager of Falcon Ground Station
    United Arab Emirates Space Reconnaissance Centre

  • Building 3D GIS Models using Photogrametry for Universities in Jordan

    Eng. Bashar Awamleh
    Head of Navigation and Aerial Photogrametry Unit
    Royal Jordanain Geographic Centre

  • Creating A National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) That Can Support National Security, Public Safety And Law Enforcement

    by Abdul Karim Al Raeisi

    • Outlining the success of the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre in establishing an effective NSDI
    • Assessing the challenges already overcome to establish the NSDI spatial data infrastructure
    • Delivering savings by facilitating geospatial information sharing that supports effective and successful decision-making
    • Recognising the stovepipes that still exist and designing an effective strategy to overcome them
  • Data Fusion And Integration, Accessibility To The Information And Exploitation Of Geographic Informatio

    Overcoming the cultural and technological challenges that restrict access to data and information
    Creating fused, all-source intelligence products that can providesupport to multiple stakeholders at multiple levels from operational to tactical and strategic
    Exploiting the completed geospatial intelligence products through effective interoperability and integration within and across organisations
    Anil Kumar
    Acting Director Environment Information Sector
    Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

  • Delivering A Common Operating Picture (COP) To Facilitate National Security, Crisis Response And Law Enforcement

    by John Bruni

    Integrating multiple sources of imagery from all available assets to form a COP
    Overcoming internal and external co-ordination challenges
    Achieving end-to-end visibility of all assets through multi-agency co-ordination
    Analysis of tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and final dissemination
    John Bruni
    Former Researcher in Strategic Studies/Director
    Emirates Centre for Strategic & Security Studies/Sage International

  • Delivering Geospatial Intelligence from the Cloud: The State of the Art in Data Fusion and Dissemination

    Ed Parsons
    Geospatial Technologist

  • Developing A GIS Environment

    by Manal Al shamsi

    Outlining the work of Dubai Municipality in establishing a GIS environment
    Detailing the ways in which the Municipality is generating information to support safety and security
    Evaluating the future priorities for further development
    Manal Al shamsi
    Head of GIS Development Section, GIS Department
    Dubai Municipality

  • essing The Complexities In Getting Your GIS Or Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program Up And Running

    by Mark Sorensen

    The benefits of utilising GIS are well-known and generally accepted; however, actually getting a project started and reaching the point where the benefits outweigh the initial investment and the operating costs remains incredibly challenging. In this presentation, Mark will address some of these complexities including:

    Understanding that whilst GIS architecture has tremendous benefits, there can be a high initial overhead when first establishing the many facets of a fully functional system.
    Securing buy-in for your GIS or SDI project from multiple stakeholders
    Tackling the challenges of cooperation and collaboration and bringing about cultural change
    Keeping the program going when it hits a challenge
    Mark Sorensen
    Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc. (GPC)

  • Geospatial Intelligence Mission Management

    As the importance of geospatial intelligence continues to grow across national security, protecting civil infrastructure, local government, managing natural resources and disasters, monitoring climate change, military operations, and carrying out counter terrorism operations, the amount of remote sensing data (space based, air breathing, crowd sourcing, social media, handheld imagery and other sources of data) available is also growing exponentially. This increase in the amount of data available, coupled with the demand for increased product accuracy, necessity to share information amongst allies and multiple stakeholders, demand for decrease in causalities, more complex training requirements, speed of dissemination of end products and the demand for actionable intelligence means that an advanced management system is required.

    This presentation will evaluate the following:

    Outlining the drivers and the concept of Geospatial Mission Management
    Detailing the elements of the Mission Management system including, the identification and verification of requirements, understanding all the collections system available and how to task each to use their strengths in the most effective manner, tasking the analysis, storing and retrieving the data and producing and disseminating the final geospatial product
    Utilising this dynamic Mission Management system to deliver the best products on time and on target
    Colonel (retired) Neil Thompson
    Managing Director, Westfield Consulting Group and Former Director Geospatial Intelligence
    Canada Defence HQ

  • Mobility and Social Media - Turning the Two Most Challenging Security Threats in the 21st Century Into Intelligence Advantages

    by Yasser Bisher

    How can mobility and social media threaten security?
    What are the strategies to counter these threats?
    Overview of the essential enabling technologies
    Dr Yasser Bisher
    Director Intelligence & Security Solutions, Emerging Markets
    Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Panel Discussion: Geospatial Intelligence Mission Management

    As the concept of Mission Management is so pivotal to the development of the full spectrum of GEOINT, this panel discussion will give the audience the opportunity to pose their questions to a number of the conference speakers and to explore the concept more fully.


    Colonel (retired) Neil Thompson
    Managing Director, Westfield Consulting Group and Former Director Geospatial Intelligence
    Canada Defence HQ

    Panelists include:

    Roger A. Mann
    Director, Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin
    Information Systems & Global Solutions – Security

  • The Next Necessary Condition For GEOINT: Non-Imagery Spatial And Temporal Representation And Frameworks Supporting Defence Opera

    by Michael W. Powers

    Outlining the importance of capturing cartographic features to support decision making
    Advances in tools and technologies available to capture topographic data
    Mr. Michael W. Powers
    Technical Director, Geospatial Research and Engineering
    US Army

  • Understanding Regional Developments Outside of the Defence and Security Sector

    by Khalid Al Hammadi

    Geospatial Governance for Strategic National Social Development
    Developing the Bahrain Spatial Data Infrastructure
    Utilising information to monitor all aspects of development in Bahrain and contribute to a safe and secure environment
    Outlining the future developmental priorities of the CIO
    Engineer Khalid Al Hammadi
    Chief of GIS, Central Informatics Organisation (CIO)

  • Utilising Advances In Technology To Secure The Region’s Borders

    by Colonel Dr. Mohammed Alaseeri

    Detailing the technological advances that can now be utilised to improve the security of land
    Assessing the ways in which GEOINT can be utilised to support the activities of Border Guard forces
    Utilising radar imagery to detect changes in the environment that can indicate illegal border crossings or smuggling activities
    Outlining the future priorities for developing the technologies and applications further to continue to improve border security
    Colonel Dr. Mohammed Alaseeri
    Head of Section
    Saudi Border Guard