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Geospatial Expo showcases latest technology

Dubai: The Geospatial Expo 2011, which was held here during 19-20th September at hotel Al Bustan Rotana saw exhibitors from around the globe display some of the latest advancements taking place in the geospatial domain. The expo witnessed the participation of around 20 exhibitors and was attended by more than 500 visitors that included various people from the geospatial industry such as technology users, service providers and students.

The Geospatial Expo, which is being held for the second time in Dubai after the huge success of the first edition in 2010, had participation from both government and private organisations which included Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying LLC, Google Enterprise, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain Municipality, Explorer Maps, Globalscan Technologies, Hewlett Packard, GPC GIS and Intergraph Middle East.

“Such an event supports the geospatial industry by bringing together various organisations on a common platform and provides an excellent opportunity for them to showcase the latest developments happening in the field. It is also a great opportunity for the users to find out the most updated technology that will suit their requirements,” said an exhibitor when asked about his thoughts on the event.

The exhibition was also an excellent opportunity for newly formed entities like Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying LLC to mark their presence in the geospatial domain by demonstrating their offerings in front of industry players and users. “The exhibition provided us with an excellent stage to display our products in front of the users,” said Khalid Dasmal, Aerial Survey & Data Acquisition Manager with Bayanat.

Surveying & Mapping companies

The event had active participation from surveying and mapping companies like Bayanat, Dutcotennant, Explorer Maps, Geoscope and Sigma with most of them displaying a wide range of surveying and mapping products that kept the visitors engrossed throughout the event. While Geoscope had the Mobile Mapper 6 handheld mapping device on display, Dutcotennant Leica also grabbed a lot of eyeballs with its latest offering the Leica ScanStation C10 scanner which offers several advantages like high speed, accuracy, long range scanning and data storage.

Geospatial education

The expo offered a wonderful opportunity for students and people from the academic world to explore the various learning courses available in the geospatial domain. While the UAE university booth witnessed a large number of students gathering information about various courses offered by the university such as Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, GPC GIS also found a lot of takers for its Geographic Information Systems Professional certification program.

The exhibitors were also given a chance to make detailed presentations and give the visitors an in-depth insight into their products and offerings.

Source: Our Correspondent