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February 23, 2021
USGIF and OGC Host the First Virtual GEOINT Community Forum of the Year

The GEOINT Community Forum offers insights around advances in modeling, simulation, and gaming technology

Herndon, Virginia — The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) bring you the first GEOINT Community Forum of 2021, The Geospatial Metaverse – Infrastructure, Tradecraft, and Applications. The event, hosted by the Modeling, Simulation & Gaming (MS&G) working group, will take place virtually March 9–10. 

“The GEOINT discipline is constantly evolving and expanding, and USGIF helps advance innovation within the community. This GEOINT Community Forum brings together thought leaders from industry, academia, and the government to discuss how modeling, simulation, and gaming capabilities will transform GEOINT,” said Ronda Schrenk, CEO, USGIF.  

The two-day event is full of insights on geospatial infrastructure advances, tradecraft evolution, and game engine and immersive applications. The Geospatial Metaverse: Infrastructure, Tradecraft, and Applications will offer attendees inspiring keynotes from industry leaders and innovative and robust panel discussions. 

This event is the latest example of USGIF and OGC working together to highlight how technology innovation is propelling the geospatial community forward.  OGC’s CEO, Nadine Alameh, Ph.D, added “OGC is proud of its collaboration with USGIF for more than a decade in bridging the modeling/simulation and GEOINT communities through joint workshops, standards activities and special projects. It’s great to see this collaboration is being further enhanced through the inclusion of gaming technology. We look forward to the upcoming Geospatial Metaverse forum offering participants a front-row seat to see how these efforts are now being realized in operational environments.” 

“The Geospatial Metaverse event explores the latest advances in the creation of digital twins. Constructing a geospatially accurate digital twin of our world can be invaluable in providing agencies and organizations a physically persistent virtual space for a wide range of uses such as environmental monitoring, decision-support, first-responder training, and mission rehearsal applications.” said Stuart Blundell, co-chair of the USGIF MS&G working group and one of the lead architects of this program. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology 
  • MG Charlie Cleveland, USA, Associate Director for Operations, NGA
  • MG Maria Gervais, USA, Director, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command
  • Chris Vaughan, Geospatial Information Officer, FEMA
  • Patrick Cozzi, CEO, Cesium
  • Amy Peck, Founder and CEO, EndeavorVR
  • Scott Simmons, Chief Standards Officer, OGC
  • Barry Tilton, Co-Chair USGIF MS&G Working Group and Technology Evangelist, Maxar
  • Richard Cooke, Director of Imagery, Esri
  • Kyle McCullough, Director of Modeling & Simulation, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California 

“We hope that attendees can learn how to leverage advances in reality capture and modeling, the evolution of 3D terrain models, and the intersection of 3D GEOINT and ModSim to deliver unique and intuitive insights. Join us!” said Schrenk.

Visit USGIF to see the entire two-day agenda and register for the Geospatial Metaverse – Infrastructure, Tradecraft, and Applications.

About USGIF 

USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF achieves its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community | Advance the Tradecraft | Accelerate Innovation. 

For more information, please visit www.USGIF.org and follow USGIF on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty-free, publicly available geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends and runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members’ use cases. OGC members form a global forum of experts and communities that use location to connect people with technology and improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating a sustainable future for us, our children, and future generations.

Visit ogc.org for more info on our work

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