Geographic Information Systems - bringing wayfinding data to life!

A talk and live webinar by Damien McCloud, Arup

Thursday 2nd May 2013 at Arup

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Wayfinding is all about Location and Place, and key modern tools in the planning and resolution of wayfinding problems can be Geographical Information Systems or GIS.

In its simplest form, GIS simply means the management and visualisation of any data with a geographical location and the idea is hardly new - one of the first uses of spatial analysis being the analysis of the geographic incidence of cholera in Paris in the early 18th century.

Computer hardware, first used in nuclear weapons research in the early 1960s, led to general purpose computer mapping by the early 1960s. Nowadays however, technology has revolutionised GIS, which can form the hub of a project, able to interact and feed other visualisation technologies.

This talk explores what modern GIS are and how they can be used to visualise and manage location driven data specifically in a wayfinding context.

Damien McCloud is the Global GIS Skills Network Lead and also leads Spatial Services in IT & Communications and Planning Groups at Arup. He has over 13 years’ experience working in the geospatial industry and across many sectors, including TfL, Environment Agency and a transport consultancy. He regularly guest lectures at Universities and is an assessor for the chartership scheme with the Royal Geographic Society.


Arup, 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
(Nearest tubes: Goodge Street or Warren Street)

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