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6th Annual GEO Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition Review

2-4 October, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center,Bangkok, Thailand

STANDFIRST:
This year’s event was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 2-4 October at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The conference endeavored to address topics relevant to the region, namely utilities and telecommunications, environmental management and remote sensing applications

Our Sponsors
We were very fortunate this year to have the official support of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE); the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT); the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Association of Australasia (RSPAA); the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (MSIA); and the Department of Survey Engineering, University of Chulalongkorn.

We are also very grateful to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) of both North America and Japan, for its role as a contributing sponsor.

In addition, we wish to thank EPSON for printing several posters for us, as well as donating two multimedia projectors that were used for presentations

Visitor Profile
Delegates came from several countries – Malaysia, China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the United States and of course Thailand. Attending were senior representatives from the National Research Councils of Thailand, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment as well as senior personnel from private industry.

Our Speakers
Speakers included managers from private industry, senior representatives from government agencies both within Thailand and also from around the region, and professors and others from academia. Speaker selection was made as a result of recommendations from our Steering Committee – Dan Bowditch (President, GITA North America); Tony Hart (Director Information Business, MapInfo Asia Pacific); Dr Kaew Nualchawee (Associate Professor, AIT ret); Bill Love (Managing Director, Intergraph SEA); Dr Nitin Tripathi (Assistant Professor, STAR Program, AIT); Dr Bob Ryerson (Vice-President, Ryerson Batterham Associates); and Dr Winnie Shuk Ming Tang (General Manager, ESRI Hong Kong). The organizers wish to thank these individuals for their time and effort.

We were fortunate to have Dennis J Puniard, the Director of the National Data Centre (AUSLIG) and the current president of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Association of Australasia, as our keynote speaker on 4 October. In addition, Tony Hart stepped in for SJ Camarata as our keynote speaker on 2 October.

Her Royal Highness
Dr Arthit Ourairat, the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment made a short speech and also introduced Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on 3 October. We were particularly honored to have Her Royal Highness officially open the event. Those who are aware of the Princess’ work in the remote sensing and GIS field will realize the implications of Her Highness’ involvement in this event. She has a keen interest in the technology and found that our conference and exhibition was an excellent way to gain information on the many new technological developments that are currently available. Her Highness has a great appreciation for GIS and remote sensing and recognizes that through education in these areas, Thailand will continue to make in impact in the region in the area of geospatial technology.

Panel Discussion
A highlight of the official Opening Day was the Panel discussion. Participants included Peter Batty (Vice-President Technology – Smallworld); SJ Camarata (Director of Corporate Strategies – ESRI); Tony Hart (Director, MapInfo Information Business Asia Pacific – MapInfo); Ulrich Neunfinger (CEO – SICAD Geomatics); Richard Simpson (Executive Consultant – Intergraph Asia Pacific); and Peter Southwood (Senior Technical Specialist, Mobile and Web Solutions – Autodesk). The moderator of the panel was Dr Bob Ryerson, Vice-President Ryerson Batterham Associates). Dr Ryerson successfully led the participants in a lively yet informative discussion of various aspects of geospatial information technologies and what the future may hold for the industry/technology.

The Exhibition
Many major software and hardware companies were represented in this year’s exhibition. These include SICAD Geomatics, Intergraph SEA, ESRI Thailand and ERDAS, Trimble, SPOT Asia, Sokkia, Autodesk Asia, ER Mapper, ThaiMapguide, Space Imaging, Eastman Kodak, Formida, SPATIALinfo, MapInfo and many more.

Next Year
We are now in the process of organizing next year’s event, which will be held around this same time next year. We are interested in feedback from readers as to their preferred venue and we will include the final venue and date, along with the Call for Papers, in the February/March issue of GEO Asia Pacific magazine. So if you have a preference, please let us know!
Contact :Jason Ho ([email protected]).

Author :
Kathleen Hastings

Editor, GEO Asia Pacific
Program Director, GEO Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition