The Geospatial World Forum took place this past week in Amsterdam, drawing an international crowd of more than 1,000 geospatial technology leaders from 78 countries. This is the fourth event in a series, and the first time the event has taken place outside of India. The European location served well to elevate the participation and the program, with a high degree of sessions aimed at cutting-edge policy and technology frontiers, including the sustainable development of the developing world. The conference drew CEO-level participation from many geospatial organizations, representation from mapping agencies worldwide, and top-level participation from the Indian government, including an integral role for India's 11th president, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
The 12th International Lidar Mapping Forum drew a record attendance of more than 750 attendees to their annual gathering last week in Denver. The event took place from Jan.23-25 at the downtown Hyatt Regency. The busy program schedule was well balanced by booths representing 60 companies. The program placed both an emphasis on research and innovation as well as application, with a mix of process oriented sessions, the strategies and hurdles of collection, and innovative LIDAR applications.
The third GeoDesign Summit took place in Redlands, Calif. from Jan. 5-6, 2012. There were roughly 300 attendees from a cross-section of disciplines at this year's event, with a strong showing from academia, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and planning. The event continued dialogue about the definition and practice of the geospatial planning approach that is being called GeoDesign, with an emphasis placed on projects that have an impact.