(Stein) Runar Bergheim is a 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, cultural heritage and e-learning. His strength is to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical mindsets. Mr Bergheim is a frequent 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.
On a Personal Note
Though he formally is adorned with a 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 loves nature – particularly mountains.
His reading of choice is humorous (science) fiction, history and travel literature. Runar has a passion for photography that stands in no reasonable relation to his achievements, though he is commonly seen scouting for the perfect composition, camera in hand. To this end, he likes to travel the world and has a carbon footprint to match his massive shoe size.
Runar likes listening to classical music, opera, bluegrass, Celtic and 1920s big band music. He plays the tin whistle, the flute, the button accordion and occasionally the piano – though the sound he produces strongly suggests that he should pay close attention to his day job.