Energy Dimensions Advisory Panel


The Energy Dimensions Advisory Panel is made up of a diverse group of geospatial and energy industry professionals who are interested in contributing their expertise to the wise development and use of energy systems on a worldwide basis. The Panel is convinced that the required balance between energy development and environmental protection can be achieved through the intelligent use of science, technology and engineering. There are of course many other factors, but in order to develop that balance it requires a sound, unbiased technical foundation, plus an in depth understanding of the regulatory processes. The Panel will guide Energy Dimensions in becoming that reliable source of applied technical knowledge.

Alastair Jenkins

Alastair Jenkins, President and CEO of GeoDigital, brings 25 years of experience in the high technology, aerospace and GIS remote sensing fields within public companies to GeoDigital International.With CEO and senior executive level experience in technology, finance, administration and marketing, Mr. Jenkins’ experience includes 13 years at SparAerospace developing aerospace and defense products. In 1990, he became an investor and founding member of the management team that established Wescam Inc., (TSX WSC). After acquiring selected intellectual property rights from Wescam in 1997, Mr. Jenkins lead two successful joint ventures, successfully establishing Navitrak International Corporation and Mosaic Mapping Corp as public companies.

As President and CEO of GeoDigital Mr Jenkins has provided both strategic vision and operating expertise, growing the GDI team from 16 staff and minimal revenues in 2005 to over 200 employees in 8 offices and revenues of over 40 million in 2011.

Lance McKee

Lance McKee is a writer and program director in the OGC Marketing and Communications Program. He was part of the Open Geospatial Consortium start-up team. Prior to joining the OGC, he worked as a writer and marketing communications consultant for companies in the geospatial technology and real-time computing industries.

Bill Meehan

William Meehan, P.E. heads the worldwide utility practice for ESRI, the world’s largest GIS software company. Author of Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS, Power System Analysis by Digital Computer and numerous papers and articles, Bill has lectured extensively and taught courses at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining ESRI, Bill was the vice president of Electric Operations at NSTAR, an electric and gas utility in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

John Quigley

John Quigley is the principal of John H Quigley LLC. He served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from April 2009 to January 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Quigley worked for the agency in several capacities, including overseeing strategic initiatives and operations, and as chief of staff. As secretary, Quigley helped to position Pennsylvania as a leader in land conservation, outdoor recreation, digital mapping, alternative energy, and public land management. He tirelessly fought to protect the integrity of the state park and forest systems in tough economic times. During his tenure as secretary, Pennsylvania State Parks were named the Best in the Nation. He also directed agency efforts that have become a national model in helping communities capitalize on their natural resources to improve economic development and quality of life.

Under Quigley’s leadership, Pennsylvania undertook efforts to address the impacts of climate change, including studying the use of biomass as an alternative fuel, the impacts of wind power on wildlife, and a comprehensive carbon management plan and a science-based business pan for the geologic sequestration of greenhouse gases – the first plan in the nation to analyze the economics of a large, integrated, utility-scale geologic carbon sequestration network. He led a cross-organizational strategic response to Marcellus Shale gas development, including a comprehensive monitoring program to assess the impacts of gas exploration on the state forest.

Quigley has had a diverse career in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, including eight years as the mayor of the City of Hazleton, government relations manager with Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, and management positions with industry-leading companies. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in economics, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Lehigh University.

Gene Roe

Dr. Roe has over 40 years of experience in the civil engineering, surveying and mapping fields. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor and he holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering. Dr. Roe has taught surveying and civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire, built a 50 person survey engineering firm, and in 1985 founded one of the first GIS consulting groups in the US.

In the early 90’s Dr. Roe shifted into the software development business where he has focused on CAD/GIS integration and emerging technologies while helping to build successful start ups like Softdesk, Blue Marble Geographics and Flight Landata. He has been involved with 3D laser scanning for the past 5 years. Dr. Roe founded and is currently the Managing Editor of LiDAR News.

Dr. Roe holds two US patents for a GPS-based, personal navigation device. He has also worked in the remote sensing arena where he was part of the successful development of the Buckeye LiDAR/digital camera system. As the Chair of the ASTM E57.04 Data Interoperability subcommittee Dr. Roe is leading a team that is developing a standard data exchange for terrestrial and mobile laser scanners.

As the Editor of Energy Dimensions he is working at establishing the property as the leading resource for unbiased geospatial information as it relates to the development of a sustainable energy policy.

Geoff Zeiss

Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial software industry working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT around the world.  For eleven years Geoff was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging  for the utility industry program at Autodesk.  Geoff’s interests include 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.   Geoff has been active on the Board of of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO), and is currently on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium.  He participates in government initiatives including the Geomatics Community Round Table and the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) initative.

For most of his early career, Geoff led software development teams.  He was directly involved in some of the largest successful implementations of location-aware integrated design and records management enterprise softare systems in the utility and telecommunications sectors.  In 2004, he received one of ten annual global technology awards from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle.

Geoff has spoken at conferences and trade shows around the world including Geospatial World Forum, Where 2.0, Location Intelligence, Distributech, and Latin Amercian Geospatial Forum, and Middle East Spatial Technology.  Geoff has authored a number of publications  and webinars in the geospatial and utility press, including Geospatial World, Electricity Today, Powergrid International, Geoinformatics, and Asian Power.  Geoff maintains  the Between the Poles Blog, which focused on infrastructure issues,  especially in the buildings and utility sector with a focus on geospatial technology.