- Hydrographic survey
- Capacity building
- Regional hydrographic development
- Hydrographic data standards
- Teaching and training
- Technical editing
You can view Robert’s CV here.
Robert Ward is a hydrographic surveyor. He was born in England and now resides in Sydney as an Australian citizen. He has a wide practical experience in hydrographic and oceanographic surveying around the world. He also served for a short time as a deck officer in the british Merchant Navy. Ashore, his experience has included the training of hydrographers both in the UK and as the Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School in Sydney. He retired from the Royal Australian Navy as the Deputy Hydrographer of Australia in 2007.
After a naval career of 37 years, over 20 of which was spent in ships, including in command, Robert Ward was elected as one of the three co-Directors of the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization, based in Monaco, where his principal responsibility was the direction of the technical program of the Organization. At the end of his first five-year term of office, he was overwhelmingly elected by the IHO Member States as the Secretary-General. His term of office as IHO Secretary-General ended in 2017.
Robert Ward has a long history of active involvement in hydrography and the work of the IHO and related intergovernmental organizations particularly in relation to capacity building and regional hydrographic development, and the development and implementation of the international standards and regulations for digital hydrographic data.
- Economics and application of geospatial systems
- Business Analysis
- Space based systems and earth observation
- Augmented and un-augmented Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
- Autonomous vehicles
- Emergency management and logistics
Alan Smart is an experienced and respected geospatial consultant who has advised private and public-sector organisation in Australasia and internationally. He held the position of Senior Associate in the Sydney office of ACIL Allen Consulting, specialising in the economics and application of geospatial systems which among other technologies included space based systems, earth observation from space and augmented and unaugmented Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS), applications of spatial and related technologies in autonomous vehicles, emergency management and logistics.
His previous roles included working with the Commonwealth Government in energy, resources and maritime sectors. He is a former Chief Executive of the Pipeline Authority and Executive Director of the Timor Gap Joint Authority.
Alan was educated at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Economics and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is Chair of the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council and past appointments include Member of the Board of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator and Chair of the Spatial Information Business Association.
- GIS Policy and Protocol
- Needs Assessment and Scoping
- Geo-services for Environmental Management
- Land Management Specialist
- Disaster Response and Manage,emt
Alan is a passionate geographer who has both used and steered policy in GIS and remote sensing for over 25 years in research and consultancy in around 50 developing countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean. His breadth of experience in GIS spans from technical to strategic. He has used varied software packages to make maps, solve problems, do research, prepare customised applications and train others in both the use and management of GIS and remote sensing solutions. But he has also formulated policy, protocols and procedures surrounding GIS, from multi-agency national systems in the Caribbean, solutions for large agencies, to grass roots NGOs. His skill in scoping needs for geographical products and systems is to get to the nub of clients’ requirements quickly as well acting as a bridge between them and technologists.
- Data Resource Management
- Data Architecture and Database Design
- Technical Programme Management
- Address Data Management and Standards
- Data Analytics and Statistics
- Digital Data Strategies and Data Governance
- Land Management Policy and Practice
- Land and Property Information Systems
Andrew is an information management and GIS professional with over 25 years research and consultancy experience specialising in data analytics, data resource management and geographical information science. His current work spans a broad range of activities, from analytical work to assess data quality for guiding data improvements, technical projects for data architecture and design in support of database implementation, to high-level business engagements working with and advising senior level executives and management teams on data strategy, master data management and data governance.
Working in an independent capacity since 1999 he has advised and provided information and project management services to more than 20 government and private sector clients across diverse applications from environment management and planning to land and property, buildings, people and energy. This wealth of experience allows him to offer an extensive range of technical, analytical and strategic business information skills giving exceptional breadth and depth to his work. As an information scientist, his approach is informed by previous research appointments where he held principal investigator positions on several major international and national Earth observation and GIS programmes.
Andrew is well known for his work on national databases of land and property and as a subject matter expert on addressing and address data. Working for central government he advised on national projects for land use and brownfield land (1998-2006) and conducted independent reviews of address data and standards in 2002 and 2006. Since 2003 he has provided information management services to the Scottish Assessors to deliver an Internet Portal for national land and property data. This work is ongoing. More recently he has worked on the development of national address databases for the 2011 Census and the DECC National Energy Efficiency Data Framework and as land and property data architect on the Data Improvement and Digital Transformation programmes at Registers of Scotland.
Andrew has conducted numerous reviews and data quality assessments of government statistics, data series, systems and standards. He is an experienced technical programme manager with significant experience of delivering large scale database, data management and mapping projects. He has recent experience of data architect and business analyst roles working in agile development teams (Scrum/Kanban).
Andrew has strong communication and inter-personal skills enabling him to lead projects, run effective meetings, provide coaching and mentoring and build and coordinate project teams. He is an experienced conference and workshop presenter and facilitator.
- Senior Business Leadership
- Professional Consultancy Services
- Business Transformation
- Business Needs Analysis
- Cadastre Management
- Client Relations & Stakeholder Management
- Commercial Growth
David is an experienced and successful Consulting Services executive with over 20 years’ experience of delivering successful business outcomes for a range of Government and Private sector clients. David is commercially focussed, has a deep understanding and experience of implementing the key drivers in service delivery, and has supported many clients in adapting for the successful delivery of these objectives. David has extensive experience of implementing business change, managing and controlling costs, achieving financial objectives, and driving improvements in operational performance. Highly capable of identifying, defining, and achieving revenue/cost objectives, achieving successful outcomes for a range of organisations, and has extensive experience of building successful relationships with clients and partners. His key attributes include discretion, ability to listen, an imaginative approach to business problems, the ability to provide leadership to others, and very strong business awareness. David has considerable experience of land registration methods and regulations in the Middle East and has extensive experience in the needs analysis, design, and implementation of geographic information systems.