Envitia-led Consortium Secures DSTL Contract Extension

by | Nov 3, 2014

GEOCORE, a consortium of leading academic and industry partners, led by Envitia, has been awarded a major new follow-on contract by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), following two successful years of delivering applied research to support Ministry of Defence (MOD) policy and capability. 

The follow-on contract will enable the GEOCORE consortium to build on the tasks already undertaken for DSTL's Advanced Geospatial Information and Intelligence Services (AGIS) research project. The research will be exploitable over the next 5-10 years and will identify opportunities for the rapid development and insertion of geospatial technology.

The work carried out by GEOCORE on the AGIS project involves delivering applied research that underpins and improves GEOINT capability and policy for the UK MOD, and across Government. This will support the definition of requirements for future equipment programmes, de-risking their use of GEOINT technology, and support related MOD policy. 

The AGIS contract was initially awarded to GEOCORE in November 2011. Thanks to the latest follow-on contract, the work will continue until March 2016.

The GEOCORE consortium is led by Envitia, and includes Helyx SIS Ltd, the University of Nottingham, University College London (UCL) and QinetiQ. 


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government. 

DSTL is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.

DSTL works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD's Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

Envitia Ltd is a world leader in geospatial intelligence technologies, serving Defence, Government and industry customers all around the world. Envitia's mission is to help our clients make better operational decisions from actionable geospatial intelligence, using open information-sharing and visualisation solutions.   Envitia provide technical consultancy and research in the application of advanced geospatial technology and work to develop geospatial open standards.   

Helyx SIS Ltd 

Helyx Secure Information Systems Limited is a leading Geospatial Information Exploitation (GIX) consultancy and technology provider, offering experience and expertise gained through working with Defence and Security customers in the UK and internationally.

The University of Nottingham 

A member of the Russell Group of top UK research-led universities, Nottingham has over 5000 staff, nearly 40,000 students and campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China. Nottingham's research contribution is led from the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI), which was formed from the merger of the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS) and the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy in 2011. 

University College London 

UCL has multiple research groups focusing on different aspects of geospatial science and engineering. The Satellite Geodesy and Navigation Group (SGNG) conducts research into improved accuracy and robustness to positioning applications. The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an initiative to develop emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with geography, space, location, and the built environment.


A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ is a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security and aerospace markets. QinetiQ is a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and US, including defence departments. The company also provides technology insertion, technical services and advice to commercial and industrial customers all around the world.

The follow-on contract is testament to the success of the AGIS project so far, the flexibility of the GEOCORE team to meet evolving Defence needs and positive engagement with stakeholders across the MOD, says Steve Wallace, Envitia's Business Development Manager for Research.  The GEOCORE team will continue exploring the very latest technology and techniques available, ensuring that UK MOD remains at the forefront of GEOINT.

GEOINT is a key enabler to all Defence activities and the AGIS project is delivering vital research to help develop this capability.  The continuing Dstl relationship with GEOCORE will explore some of the challenges that face the Defence geospatial community and identify potential solutions says James Prain, Dstl Technical Partner for the AGIS research project.   


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