AXIS GeoSpatial LLC
Geo Week 2022 brought together professionals, companies and experts to explore the newest and most powerful technologies that enable us to better understand and make decisions about the world around us. From digital twins to automation, from digitizing AEC workflows to the latest in lidar sensors and geospatial tools, Geo Week 2022 offered a detailed look at technologies converging at the intersection of the built and natural worlds. Over three days, participants connected to technology solution providers, learned about new solutions and innovations that can help to drive their business forward, and heard from thought leaders in the AEC, Geospatial and 3D worlds.
Day 1 of Geo Week kicked off with the ever-engaging Product Preview sessions, where short presentations showcased everything from lidar to point cloud processing algorithms and everything in between.
The kickoff keynote featured Alan Campbell, of Draper, who told an engaging series of stories about solving problems with technology through collaboration, and Amy Peck, who reminded us all that virtual, augmented and mixed reality are going to be part of the future, and should be something on the horizon across many different verticals.
The exhibit hall floor opened its doors and invited participants to check out the 140+ exhibitors on the sold-out show floor. Walking the floor we saw everything from 3D scans being performed live, to augmented reality demonstrations, to Spot, the robot dog, touring the floor near Trimble’s booth.
Several content sessions, including those focusing on advances in bathymetric lidar and point cloud processing were attended to capacity, and in-depth and thoughtful presentations were given across the day’s dozen conference sessions.
In the afternoon, university students and professors presented their latest advances in a quick-fire format during the University Lightning Round, in hopes of winning a coveted Outstanding University Achievement in Lidar Award. The judges decided upon a winner, but the winning name will be kept mum until the Geo Week award ceremony.
And it wouldn’t be the first day of a conference without a happy hour, where attendees, presenters and exhibitors could, network, get introduced and celebrate finally being able to get back in the same room together again
On the second day of Geo Week, the day started with a rousing trio of keynote speakers addressing the needs of imagery from the Earth to the Moon. Tara O’Shea of Planet shared how lidar, combined with other datasets can open our eyes to new information to solve our most urgent climate and environmental challenges. Dr. Michael Zanetti of NASA talked about the challenges and opportunities of developing lidar sensors to aid in lunar exploration, landing and mapping, and Dr. Chris Fisher, Colorado State University presented an impassioned plea for us to scan the entire planet – before sensitive areas are gone.
Throughout the day, sessions rooms will filled with participants. The Digital Twin in Action and Advances in Processing of Point Clouds were standing-room-only, and future-facing sessions like AR/VR/XR Applications and Getting Real About the Metaverse allowed participants to investigate our digital futures.
In the afternoon in the Exhibit Hall Theatre, 16 companies “pitched the press” for a chance to be named as one of three notable solutions at the show. The rapid-fire presentations of only two minutes were presented to a panel of press, and you can read more about who won in our wrap-up coverage here.
In the afternoon, a recorded keynote from Richard Kerris of NVIDIA opened our eyes to the possibilities of working in Omniverse, and the possibilities of common data environments to empower myriad new applications.
The evening also saw the presentations of the Lidar Leader, Younger Geospatial Professional and ASPRS awards. The complete list of winners can be found in our coverage of the awards, which also contained a memorial tribute to the late Dr. Martin Isenburg.
The evening ended with the Elevated Networking Reception sponsored by MAPPS and Sanborn, where colleagues could celebrate making it through two successful days of connections, and build new ones over a pint.
The third and final day of Geo Week kicked off with an in-depth look at the past, present and future of the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). With the goal of mapping the entire US at over 80% completion, and upcoming missions and partnerships firmly established, Kevin Gallagher (virtually), Jason Stoker (in person) presented their vision for national elevation and mapping initiatives in the future – and a path towards the goal of reaching NOAA and USGS’s 3D Nation vision. A panel discussion followed their talks, and the audience participated in a Q&A.
In the conference program, AI and Machine learning got into the spotlight in both the Realities of Integrating AI into Operations and Machine Learning & AI: Case Studies sessions. In a reprise of a session previously popular at the International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) event, a panel of representatives from Teledyne, RIEGL and Leica/Hexagon discussed What is the Future of Aerial Lidar? in a panel session. I cannot thank our speakers enough for their insights throughout the entire conference program.
The show floor was still busy, and I got a chance to walk around and talk to many of the exhibitors. (Check out this amazing scan of the show floor). Attendees got demonstrations of augmented reality (AVEVA), learned how AI can learn how to detect cracks in drone inspection imagery (Qii.ai), and so much more.
In 2023, the exhibit show floor, invited talks and panels and content focus will showcase the cutting-edge of the rapidly changing technological landscape across converging industries, with a keen eye for what is on the horizon.
The call for speakers is now open for the 2023 Geo Week Event. Click here to access the form.