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CP024  Geographical Information User Group (10-12) Business Planning
Project Appreciation and Objectives

Since its inception in 2000, the Geographical Information User Group (GIUG) has provided participants with a much valued forum to keep abreast of, and maximise value from the incredible developments in Geographical Information Systems and related technology.

We are in exciting times for Geographical Information (GI) in the water industry with many new initiatives that will raise its profile. Surface Water Management Plans, Emergency planning, the INSPIRE directive, Environmental Information Regulation, UK Location Strategy and the Water Framework Directive are all evolving and are likely to have direct consequences on the way spatial information is managed.

The key power of the GIUG lies in the unique gathering of experts, every quarter, to investigate shared business problems with spatial elements - this accounts for up to 80% of all business information!

Benefits to Clients

  • Identify how to use geographic data to derive genuine business benefit.
  • Adopt best practice in geographical information and related technology.
  • Cost-effectively assess vendor products, through peer review.
  • Understand how industry peers are managing changes to the spatial information requirement.

Work Programme

  1. Workshops, chaired by Keith Allen, Wide World Systems, will be held each quarter.

    Prior to selected meetings brief questionnaires will be circulated to participants to gather data and other relevant information. A digest of findings and key issues will be disseminated ahead of each workshop.

  2. Vendors of carefully selected products and services will be invited to give demonstrations at workshops, as and when appropriate.
  3. An archive of questionnaires, presentations and summary reports will be provided on a dedicated web-site.

Project Output

  • Quarterly workshops.
  • Summary position papers.
  • Web-based meeting archive.

Related WRc Work

  • GIUG collaborative programme since 2000.

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