Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial software industry and 15 years experience working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT around the world. From 2001 to 2012 Geoff was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging for the utility industry program at Autodesk.
Some of the thought leadership themes that Geoff has been active in identifying, speaking about at conferences and webinars, blogging about and finding related business opportunities include
- The convergence of engineering design, geospatial and 3D
- Intelligent cities
- Electric utilities and energy efficient buildings
- Productivity, knowledge transfer and the aging workforce
- Optimizing utility business processes and information flows for the smart grid.
- Smart grid and managing big data in real-time.
- Software as a service and cloud computing in the utility industry
- Commercial open source geospatial software
In his spare time he is the technical lead for Environment Counts, an organization that maintains a web site that provides an evidence-based perspective on the changing climate. The web site, which Geoff developed, relies on an open source content management system running on Amazon EC2 and S3.
Geoff was Director of Software Engineering at MCI VISION* Solutions, which was acquired in 1999 by Autodesk. VISION* Solutions was known for developing innovative solutions and under Geoff’s leadership implemented the first commercially successful integrated design and records management that stored spatial data in Oracle. In addition to spatial data management based on Oracle, VISION* Solutions pioneered integrated CAD/GIS, long transactions, and UML-based object modeling in the enterprise geospatial market. Autodesk GIS Design Server, developed under Geoff’s leadership at Autodesk, and VISION* solutions are installed at some of the largest telecommunications and utility companies.
One of the first Windows-based desktop GIS systems, SPANS Map, was developed under Geoff’s leadership at TYDAC Technologies,. When Geoff left the company, TYDAC Technologies was one of the top ten GIS companies in the world, with more than 3000 systems installed in over 60 countries.