February 6-8, 2022  |  Colorado Convention Center   |  Denver, CO, USA

Conference Preview

AXIS GeoSpatial LLC

Geo Week 2022 isn’t just about the technology – but about showcasing practical applications, sharing best practices and innovative approaches to complex projects. Across the three disciplines under the Geo Week Conference umbrella – AEC, 3D technology and Geospatial/Lidar – we’re preparing an innovative vendor-neutral conference program that will showcase real-world projects at their best.

There is something for everyone at Geo Week, across disciplines, technologies and more. Here’s a few select sessions we’re planning as a sneak peek:

When it comes to delivering complex project deliverables, the outcome depends on more than just what hardware and software are used. With better planning, collaboration and tracking, 3D data can be used more effectively and efficiently. In Best Practices for 3D Data Collection to Project Delivery, a panel of experienced experts, lead by moderator Kouroush Langari, BIM Manager at Caltrans, will review common challenges to successful 3D project execution, share best practices for optimizing workflows, and provide advice for incorporating stakeholders and other external viewers of the data.

Tools such as lidar, traditional laser scanning, and SLAM lidar are typically what we think of when we imagine executing reality capture projects of the built environment. But as these technologies have advanced, so have the ability for 360 video to be captured, interpreted and displayed in new ways – and more quickly than ever. In Reality Mapping of the Built Environment with 360 Video you’ll hear about how new, inexpensive cameras can be employed as progress tracking tools (and can be mounted on anything from a helmet to a robot), or used to create dynamic 3D environments from a brief walkthrough recording.  

What is the AEC workflow of the future, and how will 3D and geospatial data become part of the evolving workflows helping to digitize the industry? With cloud processing, automated reality capture, streaming of complex models, and visualizations in augmented and virtual reality all advancing – how will workflows be defined in the future? In Exploring How 3D Technology Will Define Our Future Workflows, speakers will share their visions for how 3D technology might affect the industry – and how we can best be prepared to mee the digitization challenge head-on.

Thanks to a renewed push from governments and localities seeking to understand vulnerable and valuable coastal areas, as well as some innovative technological leaps, bathymetric lidar has recently become a hotbed for development and innovation. Getting a clear signal through the water column (and everything present within it) may be difficult, but new solutions and methods are helping to extract better and clearer data with each survey. In Latest Advances & Applications in Topobathymetry, presentations will answer your questions about depth, penetration, accuracy, real-world performance, and what challenges still remain.

What is the future of Aerial Lidar? This conference session returns to our program and will go over the latest technological developments in aerial lidar sensors, processing and software, and what you need to know to collect the best aerial lidar possible. As UAV/UAS have also increased their lidar collection capabilities, the panel will also explore where UAS-collected lidar can best fit in the aerial lidar portfolio. In 2020, a webinar based on this session was our highest attended Geo Week webinar to date, so we expect this to be a popular session.

A Digital Twin can be a powerful tool for understanding assets throughout a building’s lifecycle, providing a living, constantly updated document that goes beyond a simple handoff. However, if not planned correctly, producing a digital twin has the risk of becoming a time and cost sink. By designing with the end in mind, and looking forward to what data and information will be needed once the building has been constructed, the pathway to a digital twin can avoid such risks. In Planning for the Digital Twin, experienced presenters will focus on several large-scale, real-world digital twin projects, with emphasis on the pre-planning that went into their development.

The goal of using Building Information Modeling (BIM), especially for owners and facilities managers, is to have access to a tool that can enhance operations and maintenance processes, leading to increased efficiency. In Business Considerations for BIM attendees will hear how to approach BIM implementation, including weighing the use of BIM against the current environment in terms of ROI. Presenters will discuss the direct and indirect impact of BIM in areas such as the time it takes to access crucial information, contribution to reducing delays, managing overtime, identifying quality or safety issues – all with the bottom line in mind.

While smart cities might seem like something in the far-off future, the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) has ushered in the underpinnings of smart city technology. From tracking pedestrians and traffic to monitoring building temperatures and adjusting environmental controls to even letting you know where there might be a free parking spot a few blocks away – integrated technologies are being pursued by forward-thinking cities worldwide. In Smart Cities: Integrated Technologies, see how sensors, building models, reality capture and other IoT can be integrated to create smarter, greener cities.

While it might look like it in some design software, buildings aren’t constructed on a white plane – they need to connect with existing infrastructure. Often, however, records for what may be just below the surface are rarely updated, difficult to access and errors in those documents can lead to costly mistakes. In Locating and Mapping Underground Infrastructure, new ways of approaching this problem will be shared. Instead of relying on these documents, new technologies including GPR and augmented reality visualization software can help to detect and analyze what’s just below the surface – before they become a problem.

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