DGI Virtual 2020

Where Allied Nation Geospatial Intelligence Leaders Benchmark Strategies To Improve Collaboration And Achieve Greater Stability Following The Crisis

13 - 14 October, 2020 | 2pm - 5:50pm CEST

Free for Military and Government Agency Representatives Only

Covid-19 is Having an Unprecedented Impact on National, Regional, and Global Security.

Join this virtual event along with US NGA, Australia’s AGO, UK’s Defence Intelligence, Canada’s Intelligence Group and New Zealand’s Defence Forces to define how to strengthen your collaboration, improve transparency and achieve greater stability.

Key Benefits of Attending

DGI Virtual will provide you with the lessons learnt from the world’s most influential geospatial intelligence agencies – as they give you an insight into their recent and upcoming global operations following the crisis, and share tips on how to build stronger partnerships.

What is a Virtual Event Anyway?


Hear first- hand from Geospatial Intelligence Experts

Watch a series of video and audio presentations as procurement  experts share inside secrets on their newest strategies!

Get a Range of Insights on the Subjects that Matter to You

Experience a variety of content including expert panels and leading  solution provider case studies and tech presentations


Get Solutions to Pressing Problems

Tune in live to get the full experience! Take part in live polling, submit text Q&A and then re-cap On-Demand at a later date.

Expert Speakers Include:

Vice Admiral Robert Sharp

Vice Admiral Robert Sharp


US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Major Paul Hurst

Major Paul Hurst

Senior Instructor, Royal School of Military Survey


Scott Dewar

Scott Dewar


Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

Gary Blohm

Gary Blohm


US Army Geospatial Center

Dan Visone

Dan Visone

Director, Systems and Acquisition Support Directorate

US Army Geospatial Center

Giuseppe Nobile

Giuseppe Nobile

Head of Geospatial Section

NATO International Staff

Dan Ruark

Dan Ruark

Head of GEOINT Branch

NATO International Staff

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons


Open Geospatial Consortium

Professor Todd Bacastow

Professor Todd Bacastow

Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

Colonel (ret’d) Steven Fleming

Colonel (ret’d) Steven Fleming

Professor of Practice - Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute

University of Southern California

Lt Colonel Soenke Fischhoefer

Lt Colonel Soenke Fischhoefer

Senior Geospatial Officer EUMS, INT Directorate - Support Branch - Geo Cell

European Union Military Staff (EUMS)

Ryan Lanclos

Ryan Lanclos

Director of Public Safety Solutions and Disaster Response


Tony -

Tony -

Defence Advisor


DGI Virtual 2020 Agenda

All Session times displayed in CEST

Interactive Day – 12 October 2020

  • 2:00 pm - 2:05 pm

    2:00 pm - 2:05 pm

  • 2:05 pm - 2:45 pm

    2:05 pm - 2:45 pm

    Situational Awareness: How to Choose and Integrate the Right Tech Developments to Enhance Your Situational Awareness and Global Monitoring from Space

    • What kind of situational awareness do commanders need in modern operations today?
    • How are developments in Space accelerating access to better situational awareness in operations?
    • How can you realise cost savings derived from the miniaturisation of satellite technology?
    • How can you take advantage of the latest space based SA alongside your existing capability?
    Learn more
  • 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

    Geospatial Data Quality: How Can You Best Prepare and Simplify Your Data to Get Higher Quality Geospatial Intelligence to Operators Faster

    • What are the benefits of investing more time and money into data process transformation?
    • Which geospatial data processes can you simplify to reduce test time?
    • How can you leverage machines for faster, deeper analytics on your geospatial data?
    • How to get higher quality geospatial intelligence to operators faster
    Learn more
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Commercial Imagery: How to Unlock the Full Potential of Commercial Imagery to Enhance Decision Support in Your Military Operations

    • How to design and deploy bespoke geospatial intelligence capabilities for any mission
    • How can you leverage commercial imagery to validate critical decisions?
    • How can commercial imagery help you generate more actionable insights?
    • How can you use commercial imagery to address change and threats faster?
    Learn more

Main Day – 13 October 2020

    Transformation Lessons Learned During the Crisis

  • 11:00 am - 11:05 am

    11:00 am - 11:05 am

  • 11:05 am - 11:20 am

    11:05 am - 11:20 am

    Lt General James Hockenhull, Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), UK MoD

    • Understanding the drivers behind continued investment in geospatial intelligence in the UK throughout the crisis
    • How geospatial analysis is being transformed by the increasing availability of AI-centric analytical tools
    • How the role of the analyst will change as automation of tasks increases and GIS tools evolve
    • The UK’s vision for delivery of future intelligence products and services for the full spectrum of missions post COVID-19
    Learn more
  • 11:20 am - 11:40 am

    11:20 am - 11:40 am

    Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, Director, US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

    • What are the major threats emerging during the crisis?
    • How is geospatial intelligence helping counter these emerging threats?
    • New strategies for partnering to ensure geospatial data is available for all allied missions
    • How industry and academia can help the transition to automated geospatial intelligence analysis
    Learn more
  • 11:40 am - 12:00 pm

    11:40 am - 12:00 pm

    • Why is geospatial intelligence such a key component of modern national security?
    • How to enhance mapping, derived data and predictive analytics from commercial geospatial intelligence
    • How to optimise the end-to-end geospatial intelligence process from source, ingest, process to analysis
    • How can you modernize your intelligence programs and address complex strategic and tactical requirements using commercial imagery?
    Learn more
  • 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

    12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

    Scott Dewar, Director, Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

    • Geospatial intelligence lessons learned from 2019 responding to drought, wildfires and flooding
    • How is the current crisis impacting Australia?
    • How is the AGO supporting responsiveness to in-country threats?
    • The way ahead: how Australia’s defence forces will prioritise investment in geospatial intelligence for operations abroad
    Learn more
  • Driving Operational Decision Making Throughout the Pandemic

  • 12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

    12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

    Gary Blohm, Director, US Army Geospatial Center
    Dan Visone, Director, Systems and Acquisition Support Directorate, US Army Geospatial Center

    • How is the Army Geospatial Center supporting Army modernisation goals?
    • How is the AGC improving acquisition approaches and strategy to deliver even better geospatial intelligence in the future
    • Ongoing research and development projects in support of future decision making post COVID-19
    • How the AGC is modeling with geospatial data to drive innovation and future capabilities
    Learn more
  • 12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

    12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

    • What is driving the proliferation of geospatial data?
    • How to select the right parts of your analysis process to automate
    • How can AI and ML reduce time and save your organisation money?
    • How to integrate automation technologies into your enterprise to improve operations
    Learn more
  • 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

    Giuseppe Nobile, Head of Geospatial Section, NATO International Staff
    Dan Ruark, Head of GEOINT Branch, NATO International Staff

    • How are NATO members using GEOINT during the crisis?
    • How GEOINT can be leveraged in new and effective ways in support of decision making post COVID-19
    • Scanning the horizon: how will NATO geospatial programmes evolve to support future missions?
    • Capabilities and technology roadmap: how will NATO invest in the next GEOINT capability for member nations post COVID-19?
    Learn more
  • Tech Innovation: Accelerating Crisis-Time Decisions

  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    • How to visualise big geospatial data in enhanced digital maps
    • How to engage your organisation and partners in more collaborative mapping and analytics
    • How to continuously enrich and interact with your geospatial data for better decision making during a crisis
    • How to bring location intelligence down to the mobile level for operators at the tactical edge
    Learn more
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Scott Simmons, President, Open Geospatial Consortium

    • How are micro and small satellites changing the game during the crisis?
    • How is commercial imagery improving decision making during the pandemic?
    • How are AI and ML transforming the speed of analysis of geospatial intelligence?
    • Where are the next big technology trends in geospatial intelligence post COVID-19?
    Learn more
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Virtual Roundtables

  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Professor Todd Bacastow, Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
    Colonel (ret’d) Steven Fleming, Professor of Practice - Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
    Major Paul Hurst, Senior Instructor, Royal School of Military Survey, UK MoD
    Lt Colonel Soenke Fischhoefer, Senior Geospatial Officer EUMS, INT Directorate - Support Branch - Geo Cell, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)

    • How are geospatial intelligence organisations adapting to the crisis?
    • How is the role of the analyst transforming during the crisis?
    • How is the crisis creating new trends in training and tradecraft?
    • What can industry do to develop tools and services for analysis post COVID-19?

    1. Round Table 1 – Leveraging AI and ML in GEOINT Tradecraft
    2. Round Table 2 – The Future of Geospatial Intelligence Analysis
    3. Round Table 3 – Winning the Talent War for Analysts and Scientists
    4. Round Table 4 – The Future of Education for Geospatial Analysts
    Learn more

Must Not Miss for 2020

“A dazzling range of highly relevant topics addressed by inspirational defence intelligence leaders”

Colonel Roly Cockwell, Dep Head Joint GEOINT, C4ISR Joint User, UK MoD

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