Location information is an increasingly important part of the information infrastructure for organisations in both the private and public sectors. Whether for competitive advantage by better targeting potential customers, operational efficiency through improved logistics or using Google maps to simply locate assets or get to meetings on time – location matters and few organizations operate successfully without an increasingly sophisticated set of location-based or GIS (Geographic Information System) services and applications.
What makes managing a geospatial development project different? Although managing any type of IT project can be challenging, projects involving geographic information (GI) present particular issues and problems because of the nature of the data, processes and technology involved and the expectations of the users.
Finding new market opportunities is essential to surviving and prospering in challenging times. Getting the decision wrong on where to invest and where to rationalise has never been more critical. Often what is missing is a structure for investigating, assessing and evaluating the relative merits of new ideas, business strategies and technologies to create successful new products, services or markets.
Spatial information projects are often dogged by the inability to gain the attention of the Chief Executive and establish a Return on Investment (RoI) that convinces the Chief Financial Officer. In a tough economic climate, it is particularly important that any project that requires investment can show a very rapid return, so as not to undermine already tight budgets.
This study examined the feasibility of adding location information to the Somali HMIS using GIS. The final report outlined the added value and related risks of integrating GIS into HMIS; presented case studies highlighting important lessons from the use of GIS in health service planning in similar contexts elsewhere in the world; detailed the existing geospatial data sets for Somalia and provided guidance on whether these data sets could feasibly be used; summarised software options and outlined the next steps required to implement a GIS solution.
ConsultingWhere designed and undertook a study for ACIL Allen (Economic Consultants, Australia) to evaluate how public agencies might present business cases for geospatial information by considering it as a component of the national infrastructure and using the same financial approach as might be adopted for investment in the national road or utility network. The study involved cost-benefit analysis, asset valuation and discounted cash flow. There was also a substantial interview programme involving commercial and public sector users of address information.
- International expert in Land Information Management
- National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NDSI) strategy
- Business change management
- Land reform policy
Robin has over thirty-five years’ experience in the design, implementation and management of geospatial information systems. Initially, this was with the system providers, but for the last twenty-five years he has been providing independent consulting services internationally to public and private organisations investing in innovative location enabled applications and has also been supporting land policy initiatives in developing countries. He is recognised as a world expert in Land Information Management and has worked extensively with the United Nations, EU and World Bank on land policy / land reform programmes to strengthen security of tenure and support economic reforms in Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, Middle-East and the Far-East.
Over the past 25 years, he has helped to implement over 100 corporate solutions, including National Land Registration and Cadastral Systems, utility asset information management solutions and complex Local Government land & property information management solutions. He excels at turning business requirements into effective information system solutions that deliver significant benefits to the business and citizens. More recently, Robin has supported national governments in formulating National Spatial Data Infrastructure strategies and led the formulation of the UK Location Strategy and supported similar initiatives in Kenya, Hungary, Iraq and Western Australia. He has also supported the implementation of INSPIRE in the UK and was recently a member of the UK Location Council.