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#16 - James Kavanagh - Surveying and Geospatial Insights

July 12, 2023 BimTube Episode 16
BimTube Podcast
#16 - James Kavanagh - Surveying and Geospatial Insights
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Show Notes

About this Podcast
Join host Steven in an exciting episode of the BimTube podcast as he interviews James Kavanagh, a survey and geospatial expert, who is a Director from RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

- BimTube website:
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS):
- Earth observation and aerial surveys - RICS PROFESSIONAL STANDARD
Global, 6th edition, September 2021, Effective from 4 January 2022

Discover James' journey into the field, from land surveyor training to working on ground-breaking infrastructure projects. Dive into the evolution of geospatial technology, including GIS and GPS positioning, and the critical role of data currency and provenance. James emphasizes the need for professionals to understand client requirements and provide effective data management solutions. Learn about RICS' imagery guidance for procurement and gain insights into integrating sensors and ensuring accuracy in geospatial data capture.

Explore the expanding role of geospatial skills in various industries and how advancements in technology have revolutionized the field. Discover the vital role of geospatial information in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, from poverty reduction to social justice. Don't miss this captivating conversation on geospatial knowledge and its impact on society.

About James Kavanagh BSc (Hons), MRICS, C.Geog
James is a Chartered Surveyor & Chartered Geographer. James studied Survey & Mapping at DIT Dublin, Ireland and University of East London. He has worked on some of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe, including Canary Wharf and Broadgate - London and spent several years mapping Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East whilst working for the United Nations. James has broad experience of surveying in many countries around the world, including Ireland, UK, Belgium, the Seychelles, Palestine, Philippines, Syria, and Egypt. James is currently global Director of Land, within the Professional Groups and Forums department of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

- James on LinkedIn:

ISO 19650 series and UK BIM Framework:

Links and Resources
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- What is Global Positioning System (GPS)?:
- What was the 'Selective availability' of GPS?:
- Aerial photography:
- RICS - Quantity surveying: Y

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