Yesterday was a very busy day, but very rewarding.
I travelled down to London to attend the Envirocon event which was being hosted by Ambisense at the Crystal in London’s docklands. After a very surreal experience at Canning Town DLR station where about 1000 people were all trying to get on a single train to the Excel centre (hats off to TfL staff for managing that one!) I arrived in time to grab a coffee and settle into the morning session. The talks ranged across different topics related to Brownfield remediation: innovation, telemetry systems, thermal methods of pollution clean-up, spaceborne measurement, (open) geological data and managing and mapping risk. The main reason I was attending was a general curiosity about a sector I didn’t know much about to try and see how much UAV, aerial or satellite remote sensing was being used. In particular, given my geospatial background, the talks from CGG NPA about Motion Map and TerraFirma about their search platform were two stand outs.
At lunchtime I had to dash across London to make the BARSC Cuddle 4.0 industry meeting. This is an opportunity for BARSC members to meet, network and present to each other on some of the fascinating work that is being completed in the British EO sector at the moment. This was the busiest I’ve been to, and it was a full programme of talks – so many that I can’t really go through them here. I stood up at the end to promote the #scenefromabove podcast and I really hope that I can get some of the other speakers onto the podcast soon.
In the evening it was back to Oxford and a meeting hosted by the West Oxfordshire Green Party at which Jonathan Bartley (co-leader of the Green Party) was speaking. The whole thing was very interesting, engaging and pretty inspirational but there is one bit that I want to share with you. Talking about how to win votes, he said that “You have to earn it” and I really like this sentiment – that you can’t just rock up somewhere, make a big noise and expect people to follow you and your ideas. It holds for all aspects of work and life. Especially when you are an independent consultant!