GEO-12 Seminar Programme Announced

Organisers of the UK’s only geospatial trade exhibition have just released details of the seminar programme that will run alongside the ‘sell out’ event. The two day programme of topical seminars and workshops will include a focus on Building Information Management (BIM), exploration of new tools for data collection including UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and crowd sourcing as well as assessment of global satellite navigation systems (GNSS). Special workshop sessions will include a laser scanning clinic and an open floor debate looking at the next edition of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) guidance on land surveying.

The sell-out GEO-12 exhibition, taking place on the 21st and 22nd of March 2012 at the Holiday Inn, London Elstree, is completely free to attend. Annual attendee numbers of 600 or more are attracted by a delegate package that includes free onsite parking and refreshments, a stimulating programme of free seminars and workshops and live product demos. In addition, those wishing to extend their stay can complement their experience with a ticket for the event’s Gala Dinner sponsored by KOREC and Trimble, topping the evening off with a great deal on overnight accommodation.

The two-day programme of seminars and workshops is designed to complement the geospatial focus of the exhibition. Building Information Management is a topical issue driven by government requirements for all public sector contracts of £10 million or over to be undertaken using BIM by 2015. A dedicated seminar session will explore the relationship between BIM and geospatial technologies and look at some of the opportunities and solutions that are coming to market.

New data collection methodologies and innovations, including UAV, crowd sourcing and the recent dramatic uptake of laser scanning will also be explored and discussed. Sessions will include ‘Mapping the Underground: buried utility surveys’, ‘Mapping and Visualisation’, ‘Beyond the Point Cloud’ and ‘GNSS: just how accurate and reliable is it?’.

“We hope that the mix of topical, interesting, informative and even challenging seminars and workshops we have carefully crafted appeals to visitors both old and new,” comments Stephen Booth of PV Publications, organisers of the event and publishers of Geomatics World, GIS Professional and Engineering Surveying Showcase. “The speakers we have already secured are of the highest quality and include some well know names from the geospatial world.”

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Exhibitors contributing to the sell-out exhibition include Leica Geosystems, Topcon, Phoenix, SCCS and Opti-cal as well as Z & F UK Laser, Penmap and 3D Laser Mapping. Stanburys, Landmark and Ohmex are returning to the event after a short gap while first time exhibitors include UAS/UAV mapping company Gatewing, virtual reality specialists Virtalis and Geomax, GeoPlace, Handheld, Mapping Solutions and NCTech. Regular supporters include Faro, C.Scope, Applications in CAD, Hemisphere GPS, Spheron as well as MBS Survey Software and Positioning Resources. GEO-12 also has support from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), the British Cartographic Society and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The GEO events are designed for everyone involved in the capture and application of geospatial information for construction, civil engineering, development, local / national government agencies, professional survey practice and consultancy. Attracting exhibitors demonstrating the latest technology and developments in the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Satellite Positioning and Navigation systems (GNSS), laser scanning, data modelling and analysis and mapping together with leading trade organisations and academic institutions, this year’s GEO event is a ‘must attend’.