(Stein) Runar Bergheim is co-founder and director of research and development at Norwegian technology company Asplan Viak Internet, a part of the Asplan Viak group, a prestigious Norwegian consultancy house whose roots go back to 1958. Outside of Europe, Bergheim works through the bespoke international consulting partnership NORPLAN.
Mr Bergheim studied landscape management, spatial planning and GIS at Sogn og Fjordane University College and later went on to work for Sogn og Fjordane County Council as a GIS consultant. Here he took an interest in the application of GIS within spatial planning. In 2001 he co-founded Asplan Viak Internet (AVINET) to bring web map solutions to the Norwegian market and as a vessel for applied research and development within GIS. From 2002 Mr Bergheim was managing director of AVINET before he in 2008 directed his energy towards large scale projects for NORPLAN in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.
During the span of his career, Mr Bergheim has undertaken more than two hundred assignments in twenty countries. His key areas of expertise are design, supervision and management of information technology projects with four professional focal points: planning, land management, heritage and learning. His personal forte is to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical mindsets. Mr Bergheim is a frequently used speaker at national and international conferences and events. He has also been a guest lecturer in GIS at Sogn og Fjordane University College as well as at the University of Tromsø.
Currently, Mr Bergheim shares his time between Brussels, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. In Europe, he plays an active role in projects related to INSPIRE and EUROPEANA; on the Arabian Peninsula, he is supporting the implementation of new street addressing systems in the capitals of UAE and Oman.
On a Personal Note
Though he is adorned with a syllable-rich three-part name, those who know him refer to him only as ‘Runar’.
Having grown up between the mountains by the fjords of Western Norway, Runar is a lover of nature – particularly of mountains.
His reading of choice is history and travel literature — or lighthearted fiction of the variety where the language is of greater sophistication than the plot. Runar has a passion for photography and is commonly seen scouting for the perfect composition, camera in hand. He is a seasoned traveller with a hitherto insatiable appetite for new destinations.
Runar likes listening to Classical, Opera, Bluegrass, Celtic and 1920s Big Band music. He plays the tin whistle, the flute, the button accordion and occasionally mishandles the piano. When it comes to motion pictures, he is an omnivore and he has been known to binge-watch TV-series on intercontinental flights.