Paul Geoffrey HARDY - Curriculum Vitae
Consultant, presenter, and technical expert on digital mapping
I am an experienced and versatile software professional,
with particular experience covering software products, digital mapping, GIS,
cartography, charting, geospatial data and data models, location services,
automated generalisation and data re-engineering techniques. All this is based
on my experience of over 40 years at the leading edge of the digital mapping
and GIS software industry. I bridge the gap between the technologists and the
users, having worked both in software development and in business
- Consultancy, from strategic analysis and advice, through
technical options, platform selection and solution implementation, to
performance analysis and problem solving.
- Design of complete software systems, including customer
visits and requirements analysis, through architecture design, implementation
planning, to detailed system/module design.
- Database design and data modelling of object and
relational spatial databases, including Oracle and UML, ESRI
Geodatabase, and Gothic object database.
- In-depth knowledge of standard spatial data formats and
data models: UK civilian such as OS MasterMap and LandLine NTF; international
(ISO 191xx), open standards like OGC (SF, WMS/WFS/TWSF), European like
TOP10NL and OSNI NTF; military like DFAD, DTED and VMAP (VPF/DIGEST);
and hydrographic like S57 and DNC.
- Operation of GIS, database, mapping, charting and
graphics software, particularly ESRI products (ArcGIS Desktop and
Server), and the Laser-Scan products (LITES2, Gothic LAMPS2, Clarity,
Radius Topology), but also MapInfo, Intergraph GeoMedia, Safe FME, Adobe
- Communication, including giving training courses,
dealing with customers at all stages from pre-sales support onwards, and
information exchange within a company. I speak fluent French.
- Software Engineering and Quality Assurance, including
implementing software codes of practice.
- Project management of software projects and combined
- Technical and applications programming, with particular
strengths in GIS, location services, digital cartography, graphics,
object-oriented databases, and VMS systems. Language expertise includes “C”,
Fortran, SQL, PERL, PostScript, Java, Python, XML, etc.
- Computer systems management, on Windows, Unix and VMS.
- Advanced use of word processing, spreadsheets,
databases, email, raster and vector graphics.
- Trouble-shooting and problem solving, whether involving
software, hardware, data, or procedures.
- MA (Hons) Computer Science, Cambridge University, 1975.
- MBCS (Member of the British Computer Society), 1988.
- C.Eng (Chartered Engineer), 1990.
- F.B.Cart.S (Fellow of British Cartographic Society),
Since June 2016 I have retired.
From 2008 I worked for ESRI Europe as:
Business Development Consultant – focused on the
National Mapping Agency and Cadastral marketplace, being a trusted technical
During 2007, I worked jointly for ESRI UK and ESRI Inc
(Redlands California) - as:
Technical Solutions Consultant (ESRI UK) – Advising
large customers (governmental and commercial) on best use of GIS and ESRI
Cartography Evangelist (ESRI Inc) – Continuing aspects
of the Product manager role described below, particularly the external
I spent 3 years (2003-2006) at ESRI Inc in Redlands
California - the market leader in GIS - as:
Product Manager for Cartography – Defining and
coordinating a company-wide vision for cartography, acting as evangelist and
presenter to communicate that vision externally, writing white papers and
articles, collecting business requirements and translating them into
technical requirements for future releases.
Software Program Manager for Cartographic Representations
– In parallel, I managed a key software project to engineer advanced
cartographic representation capabilities into the core of ArcGIS for the 9.2
Before that I spent 28 years (1975-2003) at Laser-Scan
Ltd, a world-renowned supplier of leading-edge solutions for digital mapping,
charting, GIS, and spatial databases. During this time, I held following
- Principal Consultant - Consultant and presenter,
providing expertise on the full range of mapping and geodata software
products to the benefit of current and future customers. Dissemination
of product and industry knowledge. Clients for consultancy included
government agencies like UKHO (the Admiralty), and commercial
organisations like the AA (Automobile Association).
- Chief Product Manager, coordinating the future
direction of the company's mapping and geodata software products,
together with dissemination of product and industry knowledge.
- Expert on hot topics, e.g., on automated
generalisation to derive mapping from base-scale data.
- Technical Liaison with major national mapping
agencies – OSGB, Military Survey, UKHO.
- Software Production Manager with responsibility
for turning high-tech spatial software developments into robust, timely products
for customers. This involved ensuring efficient production procedures,
managing product release scheduling, and communicating release contents.
- Business Development Manager with responsibility
for the Mapping and Charting market, and being an evangelist and presenter
for the company's object-oriented mapping technology.
- Project Leader or Project Manager of many
large and small projects (see full c.v.).
- Chief Programmer and Software Architect
for the LAMPS suite of mapping, charting, and geodata software used by
prestige customers such as Ordnance Survey, UK Hydrographic Office, the
AA, No1 AIDU, George Philips, USGS, etc.
- Programmer: I joined the company in 1975,
developing the world’s first line-following automatic map digitising
- Cambridge University course of Part I “Natural Sciences” Tripos, which gave a wide scientific training,
and Part II “Computer Science” Tripos, which gave an intensive overview
- Secondary education at Kimbolton
School, Hunts, gaining 9 `O' levels and 3 'A' levels grade at A.
Around 50 published papers (single and joint). A full list
is at http://www.pghardy.net/paul/papers/
with on-line copies of most papers. These include:
- "Specifying Map Requirements for Automated
Generalization of Topographic Data" (Stoter, Smaalen, Bakker,
Hardy), The Cartographic Journal, October 2009
- “Topological Constraints,
Actions and Reflexes For Generalization By Optimization"
(Monnot, Hardy, Lee), International Cartographic Congress, Moscow,
- "An Optimization Approach to
Constraint-Based Generalization in a Commodity GIS Framework"
(Monnot, Hardy, Lee), International Cartographic Congress, Moscow,
- "Analyzing and Deriving
Geographic Contexts for Generalization" (Lee, Hardy),
International Cartographic Congress, Moscow, August 2007.
- "Cartographic Software
Capabilities and Data Requirements: Current Status and a Look toward the
Future" (Buckley, Hardy), ACSM CAGIS Vol 34, No 2, pp.
155-157, April 2006.
- “Database Driven Cartography - The swisstopo Example”,
GICON, Vienna, July 2006.
- “Putting the Art back into Cartography”, ESRI ArcNews
Vol 27 No 4, December 2005.