GEO-11 Bucks Industry Trend

The organisers of GEO-11 have released visitor numbers from the UK’s No 1 GEO Event. Despite many industry events experiencing a marked downturn in attendance GEO-11 maintained visitor numbers at a level achieved in both 2010 and 2009. Attracted by a sell-out exhibition featuring a number of world first product launches together with a first class conference programme, nearly 600 geospatial professionals attended the event which took place on the 6th and 7th of April at the Holiday Inn, London Elstree.

“There was a real buzz on the exhibition floor with new products, promotions and upgrades virtually everywhere you looked,” commented Stephen Booth of PV Publications, organisers of the event and publishers of Geomatics World, GIS Professional and Engineering Surveying Showcase. “The seminar programme was also hugely popular with standing room only for several of the presentations.”

GEO-11 featured a number of launches including the launch by Platinum Sponsors Leica Geosystems of a brand new High Definition Surveying™ 3D Laser Scanner, a Fractional Ownership plan for the StreetMapper mobile mapping system, next generation GNSS handheld mapping devices, surveying instruments and software solutions. The conference programme featured a range of topics including solar energy planning, routing and railway surveying.

One exhibitor commented, “I enjoyed this year’s show more than ever, it had a great community feel about it, venue was great and we were all together so a great way of communicating.”

GEO-11 also attracted support from professional and trade organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Association for Geographical Information (AGI), the British Cartographic Society and The Survey Association (TSA).

Many of the delegates at GEO-11 were able to make the most of their visit with attendance at the event’s Gala Dinner, sponsored by KOREC with pre-dinner drinks sponsored by ESRI UK. The sell-out networking opportunity went on into the small hours of the morning with the last guests retiring close around 3 am.

“The move to a hotel based conference facility seemed to work very well,” continued Booth. “The venue offered top-notch facilities with a first class service and this, combined with the sunshine, managed to put a smile on everyone’s face. We are now busy making plans for next year.”

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