SUMSF 2024

June 25, 2024

The Virtual Subsurface Utility Mapping Strategy Forum Conference

Founded by Geoff Zeiss

June 25, 2024

Between the poles

The Legacy of Geoff Zeiss


Dear SUMSF Community,

Geoff Zeiss devoted over 30 years of his life to the Geospatial industry and global community. Besides focusing on utility and construction sectors, and mapping underground utility infrastructure among many other projects, he promoted awareness, innovation, and the evolution of geospatial data, technology, and underground utilities.

Geoff showed his leadership in many ways. Geoff and GoGeomatics created the SUMSF event together, where Geoff served as Conference Chair since the event’s inception. He created a thought leadership blog that now holds over 2000 articles. Between the Poles is a blog Geoff created to advocate issues of importance to the sector.

In late 2022, Geoff and I, in partnership with Carleton University, created an endowment fund. Geoff played a major role in developing the Geoff Zeiss Urban Infrastructure Mapping Fund, which uses the knowledge and experiences of decades of research in innovation, sustainable urban infrastructure, and developing supporting urban information systems by Geoff. The fund will focus on creating new technologies, improving efficiency and safety, and possibly creating future scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships, and research positions.

Geoff passed away on September 14, 2022.

GoGeomatics and the Geomatics community are continuing Geoff’s work and are inviting you to take part. To continue the legacy in Geoff’s footprints, please contact me, at, if you are interested in speaking, sponsoring, hosting, or participating in SUMSF 2024.

It’s an honour and privilege to work with the community to continue Geoff’s legacy.

With humble thanks,

Jonathan Murphy



Between the poles


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Who attended SUMFS in 2023

Industry Participants

  • 2M Locating
  • 4M-Analytics
  • Absolute Locating
  • Andrews Engineer
  • Angus GeoSolutions Inc.
  • Arup Canada Ltd.
  • Atlas Surveying Inc.
  • Aypa Power
  • Boustead Geospatial Technologies
  • Caddick Utilities
  • Cambrian Engineering Corporation
  • Confidential (Management Consulting)
  • Demeter frontier systems Inc
  • DIG Prevention Consulting
  • Engineering Consulting Services
  • EQUS
  • GeoScan Subsurface Surveys
  • GeoVerra Inc.
  • Groupe SGTS
  • High map build and construction
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • HSC Pipeline Engineering Pte Ltd
  • IBI Group
  • Infrastructure Resources
  • Integrated ProAction Corp
  • Inter Pipeline Ltd.
  • International Joint Commission
  • J.D. Barnes Limited
  • Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.
  • Kyoshin Giken Co., Ltd.
  • LiDARist Co. Ltd.
  • Linesearch before U dig
  • LocusView, Inc.
  • Lumasi Inc
  • McElravy and Associates
  • MDA Ltd.
  • Michael Baker International
  • Murphy Geospatial Ltd
  • OJ Pipelines
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Ovintiv Canada ULC
  • PelicanCorp
  • Phillips & Stevens
  • Prostar
  • Reduct
  • Reveal Technology Ltd
  • Rod Radar
  • Skeye BV
  • SNC Lavalin/Atkins
  • Survey Management Solutions
  • T2 Utility Engineers
  • Terracon Development
  • Virginia Tech, Earth Observation and
  • Innovation Lab
  • VirtualGiS
  • Woods
  • WSP

Government Participants

  • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • California Office of Energy
  • Infrastructure Safety
  • City of Beaumont, Alberta
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Mississauga
  • City of Prince Rupert
  • Defence Construction Canada
  • Department of National Defence
  • Energy Safety, State of California
  • Federal Highway Administration,
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • Geospatial Commission
  • Government of Alberta
  • Halifax Water
  • Kitsap County Public Works
  • Lac Seul
  • Lands Department, Hong Kong SAR
  • Ministry of Transportation (Ontario)
  • MRC de Vaudreuil Soulanges
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Public Works, City of Saint Paul, MN
  • San Francisco Water Department, Municipalities
  • Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Singapore Land Authority
  • The City of Red Deer
  • Town of Cochrane
  • Township of South Glengarry
  • Village of Pemberton


  • Carleton University
  • Delhi Technological University
  • Lakehead University
  • Mining University
  • Singapore-ETH Centre
  • Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Université Laval
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Peshawar
  • University of Sasketchewan
  • University of the Philippines Diliman
  • University of Toronto
  • York University


  • Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register
  • Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council – Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Open Geospatial Consortium

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