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From Digital Twins to the Metaverse

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

10:00am MT

Join this webinar to learn how key players are advancing the role of geospatial data, products, services and tools in the Metaverse

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Overview

While coined more than 30 years ago, the “Metaverse” is only recently gaining broad attention, as indicated by taking second place last year in the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. This recognition, however, may not indicate broad understanding, and adoption.


Building on WGIC’s 2022 report, “Spatial Digital Twins: Global Status, Opportunities, and the Way Forward”, it became clear that there remains confusion both inside and outside the geospatial sector with the terminology associated with this topic, e.g., spatial digital twins, the mirrored world, the Metaverse, to name a few.


Acknowledging the immense value that geospatial data, technologies, services, and tools play in addressing natural resource management challenges that are faced on a daily basis by governments at the local, state and national levels, WGIC has developed a 90-minute virtual seminar on the Metaverse.

Geospatial, GIS, Earth observation, and mapping technologies are pervasive in today’s world, and yet, these assets are rarely fully integrated across geographic, political, or sectoral domains.  As spatial digital twins continue to evolve across each of these sectors, it is imperative that this work be more fully captured and integrated so that the concept of ‘build once and use many times’ can be implemented.  As the features captured in each of these digital twins are mapped, attributed, better characterized, and most importantly, made more visible, it will become readily apparent how integrated the built and natural environments are, and that changes in one, impact the other. 

 Who Should Attend

  • Persons responsible for resource management

    • City level

    • State level

    • Federal level

  • GIS and Mapping Offices

    • City level

    • State level

    • Federal level

  • Geographic focus​

    • USA/North America

    • Europe

Key takeaways from this event:

  • Better understanding of what the Metaverse is all about

  • Importance of linking Digital Twins across domains and geographies for solving resource management problems at local, state, national and global levels

  • Examples of current capabilities of commercial sector in building out the Metaverse

  • Exposure to organizations with needs, and organizations with capabilities to meet those needs

Agenda

AGENDA

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Denver Mountain time

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10:00am 

Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: 
Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)


An introduction and overview of the day's proceedings.

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10:05am 

Government Perspective: Singapore Land Authority

Presenter: 
Dr. Victor Khoo, Director Survey and Geomatics Division, Singapore Land Authority


A discussion of digital twins and the metaverse, from the perspective of a city-wide entity that has implemented a digital twin - the Singapore Land Authority.

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10:20am

WGIC Member Contributions and Perspectives

Presenters:
Greg Demchak, Director of Digital Innovation Lab, Bentley Systems
Dr. Pooja Mahapatra, Global Lead – Geospatial, Fugro
Dr. Simon Musäus, VP Business Development, Geospatial Content Solutions, Hexagon
Peter Atalla, Founder and CEO, Voxelmaps


Brief technology solution presentations from WGIC member companies


Unlocking Insights from Geo-data for a Safe and Livable World
Dr. Pooja Mahapatra, Global Lead – Geospatial, Fugro
This session will delve into the exciting world of digital twins and their integration into the metaverse, focusing on the applications and potential within the realm of Geo-data. Digital twins - virtual representations of real-world entities or systems - offer immense opportunities for optimizing various aspects of our physical environment. She will explore how digital twins are revolutionizing power utilities, transportation networks, cities, forests, and the dynamic coastal zone. By leveraging the power of Geo-data, organizations can make informed decisions, optimize operations, and enhance user experiences - delivering significant value today while building the engine for the enterprise metaverse of tomorrow.

 

The Metaverse is not the Territory

Dr. Simon Musäus, VP Business Development, Geospatial Content Solutions, Hexagon

The Metaverse can be seen as a frame in which the spatial positions and connections of any object or event in space are modeled in relation to time and to their interactions. The modeling can be infinitely detailed and complex and potentially follow rules that are not even known, yet. The answers are in the data – over time. Coordinated data is the fundament for an objective and transparent view of the reality. The closer the (geo)data resembles the (position) reality of all elements in time, the better will be derived models, conclusions, and decisions based on it. In this session, we will discuss what “right geodata” means and explore ways of making these data available to the broadest community possible.
 

Infrastructure Metaverse: Fact or Fiction

Greg Demchak, Director of Digital Innovation Lab, Bentley Systems

Much hype took place around the metaverse but it did trigger great discussions and brought forward some ambitious requirements. In this session we will explore some of these requirements in the context of interactive experiences with real-world engineering projects. We will see how leveraging game engine technology combined with digital twins, BIM, Photogrammetry, and IoT can be a stepping stone toward industrial-grade metaverse solutions.

Beyond Pixels and Play: The Practicalities of Metaverse and Digital Twins for GIS
Peter Atalla, Founder and CEO, Voxelmaps
While the Metaverse beckons with its expansive virtual possibilities, its immediate practicality for the GIS industry remains a topic of debate. Digital Twins, though promising, are not without their limitations, but they currently present a more immediate and tangible solution to prevailing geospatial challenges. Drawing from Voxelmaps' groundbreaking work, this presentation offers a discerning examination of both realms. We'll delve into the potential and pitfalls of each, highlighting why, in the present landscape, Digital Twins might be the wiser investment for GIS professionals. Join us as we navigate the intricate balance of virtual promise and practical application in our dynamic geospatial domain.

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11:00am

Panel discussion / Audience Q&A

Moderator: Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, WGIC
Panelists:
Greg Demchak, Director of Digital Innovation Lab, Bentley Systems

Dr. Pooja Mahapatra, Global Lead – Geospatial, Fugro
Dr. Simon Musäus, VP Business Development, Geospatial Content Solutions, Hexagon
Peter Atalla, Founder and CEO, Voxelmaps


A panel discussion of the issues and technological developments related to Digital Twins and the Metaverse , with live audience question-and-answers.

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11:25am

Closing Remarks

Moderator: 
Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, WGIC


Session wrap-up and audience take-aways.

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Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event series features a virtual auditorium, plus audience interaction via Q&A and Polls.

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This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit www.gisci.org to self-submit the event curriculum for approval

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SPEAKERS

Moderator/MC

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Barbara Ryan

Executive Director
World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)

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Under Barbara Ryan’s leadership, millions of satellite images have been made available to the general public at no charge, allowing scientists, planners, and policy makers to make better-informed decisions on a range of environmental problems. Her advocacy for revamping the 36-year-old Landsat Data Policy (in 2008) has resulted in annual economic benefits of $2.1B globally. Barbara’s career began in 1974 at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) where she spent the next 34 years working in seven States and Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2012, she was Director of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme, and from 2012 to 2018, Ryan was the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In January 2021, Barbara became the second Executive Director of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), a global not-for-profit trade association of private-sector companies working in the geospatial and Earth observation ecosystem.  Her interests build on a long career in environmental governance, science and technology, and international collaboration.  She is a strong advocate for open data policies, the integration of Earth observations, and hyper-partnering to ensure that existing and planned resources can be more effectively used to address the significant environmental and social issues facing the world today.

Presenters

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Peter Atalla

Founder and CEO
Voxelmaps Inc

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Peter Atalla is CEO and Founder of Voxelmaps Inc, a leading GIS mapping company building 4D Maps for Machines. He has been in the mapping industry for 17 years and has led large scale international mapping projects for some of the biggest technology companies in the world. Previously he was CEO and founder of Navmii, a navigation and mapping company with over 30 million users that mapped 180 countries. Peter is a technology entrepreneur with 2 successful exits.

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Dr. Victor Khoo

Director Survey & Geomatics Division
Singapore Land Authority

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Victor Khoo is the Director of the Survey and Geomatics Division of Singapore Land Authority (SLA). He received his Ph.D. and Master of Engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and his Bachelor degree in Land Surveying from the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM). Prior to his appointment in SLA, he was involved in various GPS, geospatial related and satellite remote sensing research projects for a period of 8 years. He held appointments as Associate Scientist in the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) in NUS and Research Associate in the Spatial Information Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU. Victor is a Registered Surveyor; a professional surveyor, registered under the purview of Land Surveyors Act administered by Singapore Land Surveyors Board. Currently, he works in diverse geospatial related subjects that encompass the collection, management and dissemination of survey and mapping data. His areas of interest include Differential GNSS, Cadastral Surveying, 3D Mapping and Spatial Data Infrastructure.

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Dr. Pooja Mahapatra

Global Lead – Geospatial
Fugro

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Pooja Mahapatra is Global Lead - Geospatial with Fugro. Her passion lies in applying geospatial data to make a meaningful impact on real-world problems. Since 2019, she has worked on commercializing a variety of cutting-edge Fugro innovations, with applications ranging from coastal resilience to railway track maintenance. Through Fugro, she is an active member of the Disaster Resilience Working Group of the WGIC. From 2016 to 2019, she led the global technology deployment efforts in the geospatial domain at Shell, contributing to their digital transformation journey, and resulting in measurable improvements in efficiency and HSSE exposure reduction. Pooja holds a PhD in satellite remote sensing from TU Delft, on measuring millimetric levels of ground subsidence (InSAR). Her work focused on enhancing the applicability of InSAR and connecting subsidence measurements to other phenomena such as sea-level rise. She authored several peer-reviewed journal publications, gave invited lectures and won awards for the economic potential of her research. She also contributed to many international educational initiatives such as training African scientists on Earth Observation for water management. With her educational background in space technology, her interests go beyond “geo” – she spent time at the European Space Agency working on prototype Mars rover instruments, testing at Martian analogue sites. She has been an active member of the Netherlands Space Society (NVR) for over a decade.

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Greg Demchak

Director of Digital Innovation Lab
Bentley Systems

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Greg Demchak is an agent of change who is passionate about the role of technology with respect to how the built environment is designed, constructed, and operated. Educated as an architect at MIT, he has a deep appreciation for design, history, computation, and the evolution of design thinking. His design background has morphed into a focus on the user experience design for computer-based modeling systems, most notably Revit, Synchro, and the HoloLens. Greg has developed skills in agile product management, user experience design, hackathons, and customer-driven innovation prototyping. He is starting a new project within Bentley Systems to lead an innovation lab dedicated to mashing up various technologies in order to discover impact. 

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Dr. Simon Musäus

VP Business Development, Geospatial Content Solutions
Hexagon

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Simon Musäus, Vice President Business Development of Geospatial Content Solutions with Hexagon, is an experienced geospatial expert and international manager. After a career in the German Federal Armed Forces, he co-developed integrated location systems for autonomous rail traffic. Widening the horizons, he held various management and project positions on IFI-financed land-management projects in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. His multi-year contribution as Country Director India deepened his appreciation for efficient data supply-chains as part of the Danish COWI`s Airborne and Survey Division, which he led from 2013. Since 2020, he has focused on the transformation of operational and business models of public and private customers to benefit from airborne-collected geospatial data and connections with other geo data streams for digital twins. Simon believes in flexible adaptation of geospatial content, last generation sensors, and worldwide partnerships to achieve local optimization. His attention is on the development of strategies to make the access to the high-resolution geodata affordable and meaningful at country-level. With cooperation in mind, he co-founded the European Association of Aerial Surveying companies (EAASI) in 2019 and, through Hexagon, is member of the Public-Private-Partnership Working group at WGIC. Simon holds a Dr. of Business Administration from Walden University and a Master of Science in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy from the University of the Armed Forces, Munich.

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SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS

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The World Geospatial Industry Council is an association of companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry. WGIC endeavors to enhance the role of the geospatial industry and strengthen its contribution in global economy and society. We facilitate exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-creation of larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry. We represent business interest, share perspectives of the geospatial industry and undertake policy advocacy and dialogue with public authorities, multilateral agencies and other relevant bodies.

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