Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: With the objective of establishing a geosaptial communication network within the Latin American region and raising the profile of the region’s geospatial community, the first edition of Latin America Geospatial Forum got to an elegant start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marked by the presence of over 400 delegates coming from all over and from all user domains, the event made a thumping beginning.
The first day of the event introduced with some great names of the global geospatial community putting forth their views during the inaugural session and subsequently at the plenary session and panel discussion. Among the key speakers during the day were Steven W. Berglund, President and Chief, Executive Officer, Trimble Navigation, USA; Greg Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Bentley Systems, USA; Denis Sant Anna Barros, Deputy Secretary, Secretary of Planning and Strategic Investments – SPI, Ministry of Planning Budget and Management, Brazil; Ola Rollén, President and CEO, Hexagon, Sweden; H. John Oechsle, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Product, DigitalGlobe, USA; Santiago Borrero, Secretary General Pan-American Institute of Geography and History, Mexico; Steven Hagan, Vice President Development of Technologies Server, Oracle, USA, Philip O’Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, eSpatial Solutions, Ireland; Luiz Paulo Souto Fortes, Director of Geosciences, IBGE, Brazil; Guilherme Brechbuhler De Pinho, Chief Executive Officer, Fototerra, Brazil.
Greg Bentley presented his vision for the “Semantic City” in which information modelling enhances infrastructure performance for improved quality of life. He observed that there is an urgent need and a tremendous opportunity to leverage digital “infrastructure” in the development of physical infrastructure for megacities, with the goal of creating sustainable environments for the communities they serve.
Steven Berglund emphasised that the rapid advancements in technology and processes have created an environment of global convergence. With the unrelenting pace of change and competition today, creating and delivering value through innovation is quite important for businesses. For survival and prosperity, organisations will not only need to formulate effective growth strategies but also implement and execute them as well at local level.
Ola Rollén addressed the issue of actionable information and raising the profile of the industry. He said that this industry is raising its own profile and can contribute to improve the conditions for many in the years to come.
Aspects of convergence, dynamic GIS, data standards, integrated geospatial solutions and much more were deliberated during presentations of the speakers. Range of issues that developing economies of the region are facing – data generation, restricted data usage, data policy, etc. – came across the audience.