Scott Simmons to lead OGC's Standards Program

Jan 22, 2015 -- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces that Scott Simmons will assume the role of Executive Director, Standards Program as Carl Reed leaves that position at the end of January.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Scott Simmons on board as Executive Director for Standards," said Mark Reichardt, OGC's president and CEO. "Scott has a keen understanding of the OGC's mission and its members and partners. Through his membership involvement over the past decade, Scott has developed an excellent understanding of location technologies and the OGC standards baseline. Through his positions in the private sector, Scott has had the opportunity to implement OGC standards and standards that complement OGC standards in a range of programs worldwide. He brings with him broad domain expertise in key communities of interest including Oil and Gas, earth sciences, public safety, and defense."

For the last decade, Mr. Simmons has been an active member of the OGC. For five years he has chaired the OGC's 3D Information Management (3DIM) Domain Working Group and he has contributed to standards efforts focused on mobility and Web services. His OGC-related research has focused on data lifecycle management, integration, and dissemination.

Mr. Simmons was formerly Executive Director (Technology) for CACI International, Inc. At CACI, Mr. Simmons' responsibilities included alignment of new business opportunities in the geospatial domain. Mr. Simmons was the Chief Technology Officer at TechniGraphics, Inc. when it was acquired by CACI in 2010.

As a consulting geologist in the areas of structural geology, seismic risk, and geochemistry for GeoSyntec Consultants, Mr. Simmons founded and managed that firm's geospatial operations. Prior to that, he worked as an exploration and production geologist in the oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Southern Methodist University.

The OGC is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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