Dates & Venue

Monday & Tuesday, 22 to 23 July 2019. Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa.

Keynote speakers focus on geospatial, CAD and BIM

Geospatial-technology evangelist, Geoff Zeiss, and building information modelling (BIM) expert, Vaughan Harris, have agreed to keynote at SA GeoTech 2017 which takes place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Geoff Zeiss

Geoff Zeiss is recognised for his efforts to promote geospatial in vertical industries such as utilities and construction. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the geospatial software industry and 15 years’ experience developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works industries. His particular interests include the convergence of BIM, CAD, geospatial, and 3D. Currently Zeiss heads up Between the Poles, a thought leadership consulting firm. From 2001 to 2012 he was Director of Utility Industry Program at Autodesk Inc, where he was responsible for thought leadership for the utility industry program. From 1999 to 2001 he was Director of Enterprise Software Development at Autodesk. He also received one of ten annual global technology awards in 2004 from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle.


Vaughan Harris

Vaughan Harris is the founder of the BIM Institute for South Africa. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry and has provided training and consultancy services to the South African government, institutions and associations throughout South Africa. He has an excellent relationship with the international estimating and architectural software community and with many of the major international corporations within the construction industry. Harris has been involved in various sectors of the construction industry locally and internationally before becoming interested in defining information management systems to better coordinate construction processes within the construction industry. As a result, he began studying and specialising in various information technology platforms while working with a range of parastatal clients throughout South Africa. His seven years with Construction Computer Software gave him the opportunity to work closely with most of South Africa’s largest contractors to define their internal systems and processes as well as being involved in implementing information management systems on large capital projects.

SA GeoTech 2017 is a conference and exhibition to showcase geospatial technologies, tools, skills, services and applications to a wide spectrum of potential users within Southern Africa. The theme of the event is “Showcasing geospatial and measurement technologies for precision, planning and performance.” SA GeoTech 2017 will focus on leading-edge geomatics and geospatial technologies, skills, solutions and applications for business leaders, managers, data analysts, architects, engineers, scientists, project managers and decision-makers from all sectors of the economy.

Delegates interested in hearing Zeiss and Harris speak are welcome to register for SA GeoTech 2017 at

Contact Clare van Zwieten, SA GeoTech 2017, Tel 011 543-7000,

Chris Yelland

Chris Yelland