The British Cartographic Society makes high profile Esri appointments

Esri cartographic consultant is new BCS president

December 14, 2010 – The British Cartographic Society (BCS) has elected Peter Jolly, Cartographic Consultant for Esri, as its new President.   Rob Sharpe, Industry Manager of Esri UK’s Technical Solutions Group, has also been elected to the BCS council.

These new appointments bring with them in-depth geographic information systems (GIS) knowledge and experience that will help inspire new approaches to cartography.

Peter Jolly, Cartographic Consultant for Esri commented: “I am delighted to have been elected president of the British Cartographic Society.  Esri now has a real opportunity to fully develop GIS opportunities and expertise within the cartographic industry. I hope that my new position will help raise the awareness of the role GIS can play in helping cartographers to make high quality maps”.

Recently Peter Jolly and Rob Sharpe played a central part in the BCS GIS Special Interest Group (SIG) event ‘GIS and Symbology’ at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Peter Jolly presented to attendees on ‘Historical Mapping and Symbology’, whilst Rob Sharpe convened the SIG at the meeting. The event also featured demonstrations of how to produce high quality cartography using Esri’s latest software release, ArcGIS 10.

Already Corporate Members of the BCS, Esri UK’s increased involvement will allow them to fully support the BCS in advancing cartographic skills, at a time when resources are limited, in order to continually raise the standard of cartography within the GIS community.

 Richard Waite, Managing Director at Esri UK, commented: “Our commitment to the cartographic industry is strengthened by these appointments to the BCS council. In our quest to make GIS an indispensible part of daily life, Peter and Rob will work alongside the BCS council to ensure that GIS is better understood and more widely used.”



About Esri UK

Esri UK is the leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) technology, helping businesses become more profitable and public service more efficient through a better understanding and analysis of location-based information. Esri UK employs over 300 people across six offices and offers GIS technology and an extensive range of consultancy and training services.  It is the only company in the UK able to provide a complete and entirely integrated GIS technical solution.

Esri UK has been providing GIS solutions for over 20 years to a wide range of markets including Central & Local Government, Commercial, Defence & National Security, Education, Public Safety, Utilities & Telecommunications, as well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the Esri Developer Network. 

Customers include Birmingham City Council, DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Manchester Airport, Metropolitan Police Service, Ministry of Defence, Ordnance Survey, RSA Group, Scottish Power and WSP Group. 

Esri UK is part of the Esri global business network with more than 300,000 customers in 150 countries worldwide. Esri technology runs on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, providing the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis.

Esri UK helps organisations to think and plan geographically in order to make better decisions, keep communities safe and create a more sustainable world.

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