GWF2014: Need to capture and visualise the world in 3D growing by...

GWF2014: Need to capture and visualise the world in 3D growing by leaps, says FARO President Jay Freeland

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Geneva: The first plenary of Geospatial World Forum 2014 on May 6, 2014, discussed how geospatial industry is evolving from ‘Visualisation to Industrialisation’. Key industry players enumerated their perspective and their solutions to drive the geospatial industry to industrialisation.

Describing FARO’s solutions, Jay Freeland, President and CEO pointed out that everything in the world has three dimensions and the need to capture and visualise the same is growing by leaps. This is necessitating even more detailed and accurate information. He cited several examples of successful data capture in 3D across the world demonstrating FARO’s laser scanners’ capabilities serving umpteen application sectors including heritage, forestry and AEC.

Ewout Korpershoek, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Topcon Positioning Group
Ewout Korpershoek, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Topcon Positioning Group

Presenting the case of Topcon Positioning Group, Ewout Korpershoek, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, discussed the evolution of surveying and said technology has been a major enabler in this evolution. Technologies like GNSS, laser scanning, Cloud, telematics, 3D design and increased computing power are enormously supporting this evolution, he said. The productivity of manufacturing sector grew two-times in size than what it was in 1960s. On the contrary, the productivity of construction sector has gone down in the last 50 years. To increase this, it is important that construction sector adopts automation. Underscoring that BIM will be a major driver for automation, Ewout pointed out that this enables elimination of waste, increases efficiency and improves time management. BIM is happening and is happening fast, offering many new opportunities to change how we work, he observed.

Juergen Dold, President, Hexagon Geosystems informed that geospatial technology has evolved into an engine for smart enterprises, driving productivity in decision-making processes by integrating solutions from data capture to creating information. He then went on detailing Hexagon’s solutions for manufacturing, infrastructure, safety and mining. The presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session, where in pertinent questions about the use and effectiveness of geospatial technology have been raised and discussed in detail.

Source: Our correspondent