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Geomatics Conference 2018

Hong Kong is a densely populated city with a vibrant economy and well-developed infrastructure. For the city to remain as smart, green and livable as possible for its citizens, open data must be leveraged organisations for public administration, business activities and academic research.

International perspectives on spatial data infrastructure for smart cities

Sat 24 Mar 2018
09:15 AM - 12:30 PM
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3 hours CPD

Discounted student tickets available

HK$300 .


The effective sharing of data is particularly important for the formulation of public policies, and smarter management of assets, utilities and the environment. There are ample opportunities to improve how we share and use data, especially geospatial data, which is prevalent in the public, utility, telecommunication and academic sectors.

The theme of the conference echoes the needs of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) in Hong Kong. It responds to the CSDI initiatives of the government of HKSAR, where policy, institutional arrangement and a CSDI Platform will be developed by 2023 as recommended in the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint.

The conference aims to provide a forum for renowned experts from different parts of the world to share international perspectives and experiences on SDI.

Meet the speakers

Professor Michael Frank Goodchild

Professor Michael Frank Goodchild is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Until 2012 he held the Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography and was Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies.

He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1969. He was elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He has published over 500 books and articles. His current research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

Mr Nigel Clifford

Mr Nigel Clifford joined Ordnance Survey in June 2015, bringing extensive experience of international software, mobile telecoms and services including complex joint venture and public sector enterprises. He has previously been Chief Executive of Procserve Holdings Ltd, Micro Focus International, Symbian Software Ltd, Tertio Telecoms and Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust. In addition, he has held senior roles within Cable & Wireless and BT Group Plc.

Nigel has a geography degree from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In his spare time Nigel enjoys the great outdoors being an enthusiastic traveller, runner and hill walker.

Dr Albert Wong

Dr Albert WONG has over 19 years of consulting experience and has served a wide range of local and international clients in both the public and private sector. He has extensive experience in policy formulation and review, feasibility study, financial analysis, business planning, regulatory and business impact assessment, options evaluation and PPP. Albert directed a project to assist the Office of the Government Chief Information Office, HKSAR Government with developing a Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong.

He also led a development strategy of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Development Bureau, which is a key element underpinning the Smart City initiative. In addition, Albert also worked on a number of projects related to innovation and technology. Albert holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Other information

  • 9:15am

    Welcome speech by Dr Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive Officer, RICS


    Opening speech by Mr Thomas CHAN , JP, Director of Lands, Lands Department, The Government of HKSAR


    Keynote speech: An Update to the Vision of SDI by Prof Michael Frank Goodchild, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


    Keynote speech: World’s leading Smart Cities are spatially connected and enabled by Mr Nigel Clifford
    Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey, UK


    Invited speech: Power our Smart City with Spatial Data by Dr Albert Wong, Director, Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Hong Kong


    Panel discussion: Opportunities and challenges of SDI implementation in Hong Kong moderated by Professor John Shi, Department Head and Chair Professor of Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Supporting organisations

  • ICES

    ICES logo
  • Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics

    Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics logo
  • Hong Kong, Great Festival of Innovation 2018, logo
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors

    Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors logo
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors

    Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors logo
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University logo
  • RICS Technology Affiliate Programme logo


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  • RICS professional
    (Including APC trainees and supporting organisations) HK$300 .
  • RICS student member HK$60 .
  • Non-RICS professional HK$550 .
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