19 - 21 January, 2015
QEII Conference Centre, London, UK

GIS and GeoInt Resources: GIS Training, Case Studies and Report

Welcome to the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Content Download Centre


DGI provides GIS and GeoInt professionals downloadable content of relevance to the industry, including GIS resources, GIS training, GIS case studies, Geospatial Intelligence white papers, reports and more.

Ensure that you keep up with the latest industry developments and benchmark with industry leaders. Download your content below including presentations, interviews with industry leaders, white papers, case studies, publications, audio and video.

DGI 2014 - Survey
Survey reveals that 66% of defence and government organisations plan to upgrade their GIS technology by 2016
How to bring intelligence to the decision maker in a useful fashion
Rear Admiral Pieter Bindt joined DGI 2014 to talk about the vision and the practical approach of the head of the DISS to the current and future challenges facing the Dutch, the Dutch forces and their allies. His presentation, one of the most well received amongst the delegates, focused on ways of bringing intelligence to the decision maker in a useful fashion.
Case to Attend
You know that attending this event will immediately make a positive difference to your job. But convincing your boss of that and securing the budget to come is a different matter! Here are some tips to convince your boss that the cutting-edge information and networking will power your business.
Applications of Satellite-AIS (S-AIS) for National Defence & Security White Paper

The exactView™ system utilizes a patented algorithm for detecting the maximum number of satellite AIS messages, even in very dense shipping areas. This White Paper discusses the application of exactEarth technologies in Defence and Security.

The Importance of Big Data and the Big Data Concept to Geospatial Technology

Data is becoming increasingly important. But it’s also increasing in size. Defence organisations need to be more careful than ever before with regards to how it is managed. This report dicusses what they can do to protect their data against both online and offline threats.

Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete Each Other’s Puzzles?
Download this report which discusses the terms of the deal between DigitalGlobe and GeoEye and how it affects the companies.
What Technologies are used to Collect and Manage Human Terrain Information?

Armed forces across the world are benefiting from increasingly dynamic technologies to collect and manage human terrain information. Over the years, systems have advanced significantly, with armies picking up efficiency gains in several areas of their operations. Read more about the latest technologies.

Better Integration & Collaboration with Industry - 1/3

What is the single most important contribution industry can make to integrating geoint into the wider ISR piece?

  • Neil Marks, Chief Geospatial Officer, Joint Force Command Naples, NATO
  • Bert Tiems, Chief C2 & Operations Services, C3 Agency, NATO
  • Rick Herrmann, Deputy Director, Army Geospatial Centre
  • Jim Hockenhull, Head of Military Strategic Planning, UK MoD
Better Integration & Collaboration with Industry - 2/3

How can we use industry to help achieve multi-int output?

Better Integration & Collaboration with Industry - 3/3

Benefits, Challenges & Recommendations

GeoMine Uses ENVI to Locate and Map Landmines

Current methods for locating and removing land mines and other unexploded ordinance, are not accurate enough, cannot detect all types of explosives and are extremely slow and labor intensive. To address this worldwide problem, GeoMine, Ltd. developed a new method that utilizes ENVI image analysis software to visualize and analyze geospatial imagery to locate the explosives.

A Q&A with Collins Bartholomew

Collins Bartholomew is well known and respected within the Defence sector for its authoritative and accurate world mapping products. All are built and maintained by a dedicated team of geographic experts who continually monitor and authenticate the changes happening in our world.

We spoke to them to find out more about their operation and why it has the reputation it receives.

Maritime GIS - The glue that makes GEOINT truly global

Transcript of our exclusive interview with John Allen, VP, Sales and Marketingat exactEarth, a data service provider, focusing on global vessel monitoring.

"...the issue is how to link what’s happening in two different countries where a lot of movements of suspicious goods and people go by sea. So what we’re bringing into the party is the link between all the land based information in different countries. And as we know, from an intelligence perspective it is now a global issue."

Taming the Data Tidal Wave - A Q&A with Neil Thompson

Transcript with Colonel Neil Thompson OMM CD (retired), MD of leading GEOINT consultants, WCGroup

"...you have to train people to move away from linear thinking. You now have to have people to handle the increased demand, they have to understand governance and standards, and they have to understand who they can share with and who they can't."

Are we ready for the future?

A paper by Johan Kihl, Lt Gen (Ret), Former Chief of Staff, Swedish Armed Forces.

Are we prepared to handle the new situations that can occur and the new threats we have to handle, or are we still planning for the last war? Today and in the foreseeable future we must be prepared to handle all situations on a scale from peace to war and have the readiness to act in an early phase of a crisis to avoid escalation and return to normal tension as soon as possible.

Read the thoughts of Kjetil Utne in this Q&A, where he answers questions on interoperability, maps to apps and current geospatial challenges.

Interoperability between international defence organisations has been a key discussion topic - We caught up with Kjetil Utne, Director, Military Geographic Service, Norwegian MOD, to hear his thoughts about how they are employing geospatial intelligence and technology.

Providing a Geospatial Framework to support Major National Events: 2012 Olympics

Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey, covers the geographic information community, mapping for emergencies, collecting data and much more in this insightful presentation.

Maps, apps and 7 inches for every soldier: A NETT gain?

For the uninitiated (or initiated and in need of a refresh) Nett Warrior is the 'modern twist' for Ground Soldier System, not - as one might imagine - due to the intense focus on connectivity, data sharing and enhanced capabilities from digitally networked soldiers. In fact, it was renamed On the Army’s 235th birthday June 14, 2010 in honour of COL Robert B. Nett.

LiDAR Mapping - A Game Changer In Afghanistan

Until recently, coalition commanders in Afghanistan have often been forced to rely on outdated British terrain maps, but thanks to the latest light detection and ranging (LiDAR) equipment, operations are becoming safer and more efficient all the time. And the dangers of military engagement in an area like Afghanistan should not be underestimated.

Open GeoSMS for Defence and Intelligence Communication with the Public - Steven Ramage, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, OGC

What is the simplest way for defence and intelligence organisations involved in operations with civilians and civilian agencies to exchange location information? If you wish to use a communication platform that is available globally, is supported by every mobile phone, and is supported by all VoIP applications, then the answer is probably Open GeoSMS, a recently approved open standard from the OGC. The OGC is the Open Geospatial Consortium, a global standards development body working on geospatial and location standards across a large number of domains.

Geospatial Intelligence - Mission Managament = Mission Success

Col Neil Thompson OMM CD (retired), Managing Director WCGroup. The Importance of all aspects of Geospatial Intelligence continues to grow in all facets of human endeavour. This presentation covers, National Security, Civil Infrastructure,Local Government Planning And Emergency Services and much more!

The Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program is making big strides toward getting global high-resolution data common across the board

Since its inception in November 2003, the MGCP has been working toward bolstering international cooperative production and coordination of high resolution digital vector data in high-interest regions where inadequate data currently exists. Find out more about it in this fascinating article.

GIS White Papers and Case Studies
Redefining Maritime Security - John W Allan VP Global Sales & Marketing, exactEarth Ltd

Few security commentators would dispute the geospatial issue which dominates contemporary concern over maritime security – the generation of a credible Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) picture which is both comprehensive and persistent. In today’s “globalised, connected world;” we believe location is ubiquitous and that everything is tracked. Unfortunately from a maritime perspective, that is far from the truth and vessels once they go over the horizon can essentially “disappear”. Th is absence of reliable domain awareness hamstrings many if not all aspects of maritime commerce and security. Whether the concern is Port Security and administering the ISPS Code or enforcing national sovereignty over an Exclusive Economic Zone; MDA is the fundamental basis for maritime intelligence.

Military Geospatial Defence Intelligence


For many experts within the geospatial intelligence field, the cloud presents both the next opportunities and challenges to come.

Speaking to On The Front Line, Dr Joseph Fontanella, army geospatial information officer director, US Army Geospatial Center, said he believes it is simply "a matter of time before just about everything ends up on the cloud".

Keith Barber and Dr Joseph Fontanella are talking about NGA, cloud and cyber security

When the National Imagery and Mapping Agency joined the United States Department of Defense in 1996, it was operating in a very different environment to what it is today.

The rise of unconventional warfare and the threat of attacks from non-state actors means geospatial information has taken on a new level of importance within military operations and the now National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), a name adopted in 2003, reflects that.

Combating the Taliban in Central Helmand, Afghanistan - An i2 Case Study

The First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) is a British Battle-Group on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In order to cope with a complex human terrain consisting of multiple actors with differing agendas, the Battalion chose to adopt unique intelligence fusion methodology in their Information Exploitation (IX) Cell. A vast amount of information is collected on a daily basis encompassing the full spectrum of human, communication and imagery related intelligence. In order to sort through such large quantities of complicated data, the IX Cell uses i2’s Analyst’s Notebook as its key tool to collect, analyze, and exploit information to target the Insurgency through focused operations.

Industry Presentations - Benchmark against the industry leaders in GIS, Geoint and remote sensing technology
Global Vessel Monitoring for Maritime Domain Awareness
John W Allan, VP Global Sales & Marketing, exactEarth Ltd