Director of Technology, Autodesk, Inc.
Geoff Zeiss has 20 years experience in the geospatial software industry and more than ten years experience working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT around the world. Currently he is Director of Technology at Autodesk (the worlds fifth largest software developer), a position he has held since 2001. His particular interests include open source geospatial and Web 2.0, streamlining the infrastructure management workflow at utilities, telecommunications firms and local government, and converged BIM/CAD/GIS solutions. In 2004 Geoff received one of ten annual global technology awards from Oracle Magazine for his technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle. Geoff is a frequent speaker at GITA events in North America, Australia, and Japan as well as other geospatial industry events around the world including GeoBrazil, GeoTec, MapAsia, and MapIndia. Prior to joining Autodesk, Geoff was Director of Software Engineering at MCI VISION* Solutions, which was acquired in 1999 by Autodesk, Inc. Geoff was responsible for the engineering team which designed and developed VISION*, a three-tier, enterprise-scale product for automating infrastructure management. VISION* supports high concurrency, high volume online transaction processing for complex data models based on a commercial relational database management system. VISION* Solutions became known for developing innovative solutions based on leading-edge technology and, among other innovations, is credited with introducing RDBMS-based spatial data management, long transactions, CAD/GIS integration, and UML-based object modeling into the enterprise geospatial market. Autodesk GIS Design Server and VISION* solutions are installed in many sites around the world including some of the largest telecommunications and utility companies. Prior to joining VISION* Solutions in 1993, Geoff was Vice President of Product Development at TYDAC Technologies, where he lead the development of SPANS Map, one of the first Windows desktop geospatial analysis products. At the time of Geoffs departure, TYDAC Technologies was one of the top ten GIS companies in the world, with more than 3000 systems installed in over 60 countries.