John Taylor

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Emergent spatial technologies to reduce whole of life asset costs for Local Government

John Taylor, Lead for Reality Modelling Solutions Asia Pacific, Bentley Systems


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. What is reality modelling and how do emergent technologies improve urban 3d modelling approaches  4.
  2. Understand how to better re-use engineering content, CAD, GIS and BIM data to improve infrastructure management and decisions
  3. How to enable field-based access to the most current spatial information from multiple sources and data types
  4. Understand how BIM processes can improve operations and maintenance activities.
  5. Understand that federated information management is achievable, cost effective and can be delivered as a Cloud Service.

Target Audience

Engineers, Architects, Geospatial professionals, Asset Managers, Property Developers, BIM professionals, Utilities, Policy Makers, Local Government, Planners, Health Services, Fire Services, Police Services, Ambulance Services, Defence Services, Civil Defence, Crisis Mapping, Airports, Transport, Environmentalists, Property Developers

Presentation Overview

With the increasing emphasis on improving information about urban environments to enable improvements in service provision and urban landscape decisions, there is an increased focus on emergent technologies to enable “Smart Cities” to achieve these outcomes. It goes without saying that improving automation of processes, enabling intelligent routing and transportation, and increasing the use of sensor networks and drones, and enablement of more intelligent infrastructure will contribute to this ideal.

However for the average city council, achieving these outcomes can seem to be out of reach, at least for the immediate future. Typically, councils are constrained by ever-shrinking budgets, and increased cost of ownership for critical infrastructure, and increased expectations for service delivery. Against this backdrop, municipalities need to manage the legacy, current and future asset data; in many cases having to absorb the real cost of council mergers within this asset base while being held accountable for their service delivery record.  With the greater proportion of costs relating to resource costs and infrastructure, how can emergent technology can reduce the whole of life costs of urban infrastructure to enable more effective management of those resources and better distribution of budget to address service delivery and sustainable management of cities?

Building upon the theme ‘Disruptive Technology for a Smarter Society’, Bentley will explore some pragmatic geospatial approaches to: enabling more comprehensive 3D reality modelling to improve understanding and planning of the urban landscape; enable more rapid infrastructure options analysis to build consensus; improve project information collaboration and spatial data reuse to improve operations and maintenance activities, and get the most current information into the hands of the field based workforce.


John Taylor joined Bentley Systems in 2011 and is the Senior Director for Government (Asia Pacific).   John has over 28 years of experience in the Federal, State and Local Government, Defence & Emergency Services, Utilities, Transportation and Geospatial markets, holding various senior management and consulting positions. His role focuses on the positioning, development and delivery of Bentley’s National and Local Government and Defence solutions, including those for 3D Cadastre, Asset Lifecycle Information Management and BIM L2, in Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to joining Bentley, John held positions as: a corporate director with an Abu Dhabi based geospatial data services company; a senior management consultant focused on geo-enablement of information solutions in UK, USA and UAE; and was a leading GIS subject matter expert with the UK Ministry of Defence. He has lectured in GIS, spatial analysis and data management up to MSc level and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor (RICS), specialising in national level geodetic surveys.  Educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Edinburgh, John has an MSc in GIS and a Diploma in Defence Geospatial Information Management. John is based out of Bentley’s Brisbane office in Australia.