February 10-12, 2025  |  Colorado Convention Center   |  Denver, CO, USA

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2024 Keynote Presentations



The Bright Future Ahead: Navigating AEC, 3D, and Geospatial Innovation and Change

Sunday, February 11, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Emerging technologies, including generative AI, large language models, augmented reality, and digital twins are already impacting day-to-day work in surveying, AEC, and myriad other industries. While some of those technologies are still in their early stages of adoption, what’s coming next? What will our workflows look like in 2030? How will the promises of these emerging technologies be realized? How can today’s workforce be prepared for the seismic shifts ahead of it? This visionary panel will share their predictions, cautions, and enthusiasm about not only what’s next, but also what follows after that. Be inspired and assured that there has never been a better time to be in infrastructure!

Geospatial for Good: How is Geospatial Technology Changing the World?

Monday, February 12, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The geospatial industry has always sought a better understanding of the world around us. Through the development of technologies and techniques including lidar, GIS, bathymetry, photogrammetry, AI and beyond, geospatial knowledge is being applied across disciplines to help address many critical problems. As the impacts of climate change are already being felt across the globe, it is clear that one of humanity’s greatest challenges still lies ahead. In this keynote, technology thought leaders will share their inspiring visions of how geospatial technology is already being used to make a difference in addressing issues of sustainability, disaster response, public health and social justice, and discuss how the geospatial community can get involved.

Keynote: USGS and 3DEP Updates

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

The Past, Present and Future of the 3D Elevation Program
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
The goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution topographic elevation data – as both bare earth DEMs and 3D point clouds. With 3DEP-quality data available or in progress for about 84 percent of the Nation as of the end of Fiscal Year 2021, we are looking towards our future vision for topographic mapping and science at the USGS. USGS is developing something called the 3D National Topography Model (3DNTM)- the terrestrial component of the 3D Nation vision that we share with NOAA. The 3DNTM includes developments of the next generation of the 3D Elevation Program and National Hydrography Datasets including inland bathymetry, hydrography derived from lidar, and connections to groundwater and engineered hydrologic systems.


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