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AEC Next & SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Draws Nearly 1,900 Professionals for Education, Networking, and Newest AEC and 3D Technology

PORTLAND, MAINE – June 5, 2019 – The 2019 editions of AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference came to a close on May 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Nearly 1,900 professionals registered for the co-located events from a wide range of industries including architecture, engineering, and construction; surveying and mapping; civil and transportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, plants, and asset management; power and utilities; manufacturing; historic preservation; archaeology and digital heritage; mining, aggregates, and stockpile management; insurance and real estate; research and academia; robotic and vehicle navigation and sensing; and many more.

“The increase in attendance year over year was beyond our expectations; this growth just goes to show how much our attendees value meeting face to face and learning how they can collaborate with each other to elevate their projects using the technology showcased here,” said Christine Salmon, Event Director for Diversified Communications.

Dr. Bob Sutor, Vice President, IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research delivers one of four keynote presentations at AEC Next and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference.

The co-located events, organized by Diversified Communications, brought together thought leaders from around the globe for two distinct conference programs and a single integrated exhibit hall. Attendees hailed from 33 countries including all 50 U.S. states and Washington DC, as well as seven Canadian provinces. Multiple live-demonstration areas including an interactive BIM Cave, hands-on AR/VR demonstrations, mobile scanning devices, vehicle-mounted remote sensing hardware, and more were available for all attendees to explore the newest technology. In addition to the hardware on display from 118 exhibitors, attendees connected during several networking events and learned from a full program consisting of more than 80 technical sessions, case studies, 101-tracks, and panels.

“You can’t get these kinds of discussions behind a desk or over the phone – they’re happening here. We are excited to continue providing hands-on collaboration in Chicago next year. We have some amazing partnerships lined up that we can’t wait to announce for 2020 which will propel these events further, including a bigger show floor, more attendees, more sessions and more thought leaders teaching us, inspiring us, and collaborating,” said Christine Salmon, Event Director for AEC Next.

2020 will bring AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference together again from June 3-5, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The event will again be organized by Diversified Communications and will complement the other products in the company’s technology portfolio which includes AEC Next News, SPAR 3D.com, International Lidar Mapping Forum, Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, and Commercial UAV News.


About AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference

AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference is North America’s leading vendor-neutral trade show and conference focusing on the implementation and integration of built world technology spanning the entire project lifecycle. Vendors offer hardware, software and services, emerging technology, and building/construction products complementing a comprehensive education program. Learn more at www.aecnext.com.


About SPAR 3D Expo & Conference

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is the premier international event for the commercial application of 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization tools. From sensing with drones, mobile rigs, and hand-held devices to using augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality visualization tools, everything 3D is here at the only vendor-neutral, industry-agnostic event in the market. Learn more at www.spar3d.com/event.


About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.divcom.com.

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