On Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 October, The Hexagon Geospatial Benelux event, hosted by Imagem, took place in Capelle aan den IJssel. 125 visitors could experience first hand what’s happening in the extensive Hexagon Geospatial domain, in 26 individual sessions. There was also plenty of opportunity for networking, in the exhibitor space and the various rooms.
At the Pre-Conference workshops held on October 29th, participants took home solid new insights. During 4 three hour sessions, one could really become knowledgeable in the theory behind things like using point clouds to solve everyday problems, generating CityGML, stereo mapping as well as the do’s and don’ts of change detection. With a lot of knowledge, inspiration and a working version of the software on their own laptops, the participants headed home after a great day.
Plenary program – Geo at the water boards and developments at Hexagon Geospatial
After a decent cup of coffee and special Imagem cakes, an interesting agenda with lots of speakers and subjects kicked off on October. After opening statements by Wouter Brokx and Patrick de Groot of Imagem, Schelte Kooistra of Water board Hunze en Aa’s gave an interesting view on how his organization wants to deal with geospatial information in the next decade. After this, Georg Hammerer, vice-president of Hexagon Geospatial, explained the product vision and offered insight into the new developments in the upcoming2015 release.
Parallel tracks: something for everybody
In the afternoon the agenda split up into four tracks, allowing everybody to select the sessions that interested them most. In the ‘Key registers’ track, Adrie van Zundert of Gouw-IT put forward an interesting vision on how geo related and non-geo related registers can work together. Dotka Data showed how they deal with the Big Geo Data management challenge in exposing 150 Terabytes worth of historical photographs in the ‘Big Data management’ track. People who attended the ‘In the field, in th cloud’ track witnessed Vince Smith talk about smart citizen focussed apps, showing an example of the specially for Kadaster designed ‘Border marker app’. And finally, the ‘spatial modelling’ track saw Maurits Voogt explain how ELEAF extracts agricultural parameters from satellite imagery, based on sophisticated spatial modelling. Meanwhile, in all the tracks the current possibilties of the Hexagon Geospatial portfolio were demonstrated.
HexGeoNext: a glimpse of the future
Each of the parallel tracks was concluded with a HexGeoNext session. In these sessions, attendees got a sneak peek at what’s in store for the mid term from Hexagon Geospatial. It also allowed them to participate in discussing what they would like to see as future developments.
Practical use in the exhibitor space
In the Exhibitor space, partners like MUG, Leica Geosystems and Intergraph showed what could be done with the Hexagon Geospatial software portfolio in various applications. Imagem also provided a demonstration booth here, allowing all visitors to experience the current state of technology and ask questions to product specialists.
We look back at a successful and inspiring day! And for those that were not able to attend: Please make sure you visit one of the next events!