In this week's exciting episode of our highly anticipated Geo Week 2023 series, we interviewed two industry experts, Marc Goldman, the AEC Industry Solutions Director at Esri, and Colin Romberger, the Solutions Engineering Manager at Skydio. Joining Mark Oden, these two senior leaders engaged in captivating discussions on a wide range of topics, including Esri's recent toolsets and Marc's thoughts on GIS, practical use cases, and training opportunities in [GIS and BIM] intersection for BIM managers and BIM detailers, Skydio's history, and Colin's presentation at Geo Week. Get ready for an enlightening and thought-provoking conversation that you won't want to miss!

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About Marc Goldman
Marc Goldman is the Director of AEC Industry Solutions at Esri. He works with a global team to define and deliver the strategy for Esri’s products and solutions serving architecture, engineering, and construction users. Mr. Goldman is a leading expert in Building Information Modeling (BIM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and their impact on the processes and business of the planning, design, and construction industry.
Marc began his career in the first days of CAD and 3D graphics, he helped launch some of the first and most successful BIM applications, and he has decades of success defining, developing, and delivering services and technologies for design, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. He has worked with a strong international network of AEC executives, often creating winning joint ventures, partnerships, and customer relationships. He brings nearly three decades of delivering products and services for Building, Construction, and Manufacturing.
About Colin Romberger
Prior to joining the Solutions Engineering team at Skydio, Colin served as Chief Pilot and Senior sUAS Operations Consultant for DARTdrones Inc., where he was responsible for the development and delivery of sUAS training and consultative services for the company’s enterprise clients across a variety of industries including energy, utilities, engineering, communications, security, and public works. Colin began his professional career with unmanned aircraft in 2015 under the terms of a Section 333 Exemption from the FAA for approved operations in south-central Pennsylvania, where his company, Precision Aerial UAS, LLC, provided a range of aerial imaging services to clients in the construction and engineering industries.
During these two engaging interviews, our guest host, Mark Oden delved into a wide range of compelling topics with Marc and Colin. Some of the intriguing subjects they explored together include:

- Esri's recent toolsets and Marc's thoughts on GIS
- Practical use cases and training opportunities in [GIS and BIM] intersection for BIM managers and BIM detailers
- Skydio's history and what they've accomplished lately, their scale, and some of the products and solutions they offer
- Colin's presentation at Geo Week and some of his takeaways from the conference

Esri is the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping. Since 1969, they have supported customers with geographic science and geospatial analytics, what they call The Science of Where. They take a geographic approach to problem-solving, brought to life by modern GIS technology.
Skydio's mission is to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flight. Their founders met as grad students at MIT in 2009 where they helped pioneer autonomous drone technology. After MIT, they helped start Google’s Project Wing. Skydio was founded in 2014, and in 2018, they launched R1, which was widely regarded as a breakthrough in autonomous drones for consumers and as a platform for commercial development.


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0:12  - Mark Oden introduces Marc Goldman, AEC Industry Solutions Director at Esri.
2:28  - Mark: "I've been personally so impressed with what I've seen of Esri and their toolsets. They've had some recent toolsets that they've released and there's some combination of GIS and BIM that are blending together. I'd love to hear about those new toolkits and your thoughts on GIS."
5:18  - Mark: "If we were to address the BIM managers and BIM detailers of the world, what would be some practical use cases in GIS and BIM intersection, and what kind of training would you point them to?"
11:33  - Mark Oden introduces Colin Romberger, Solutions Engineering Manager
at Skydio.
17:29  - Mark: "Tell us a little bit more about Skydio, what they've accomplished lately, and at scale how large they are, and maybe we can dive into some of the products and solutions."
22:44  - Mark: "So as we transition into Geo Week, I understand you have a presentation. Could you tell us a little bit about it and some of your takeaways?"

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