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Hex12 Think2The Hexagon 2012 conference took place last week in Las Vegas with 3,031 people from various industries, including utilities, communications, public service, automotive, plant, marine, government, security, and more. Attendees came from 76 countries, included 60 sponsors, with 400+ sessions that amounted to 29,000 hours of education. This second annual event provided an updated on geospatial technology integration, with announcements from Leica Geosystems and Intergraph, that demonstrate a deeper integration between diverse technology offerings.

Hex12 Think2The Hexagon 2012 conference took place last week in Las Vegas with 3,031 people from various industries, including utilities, communications, public service, automotive, plant, marine, government, security, and more. Attendees came from 76 countries, included 60 sponsors, with 400+ sessions that amounted to 29,000 hours of education. This second annual event provided an updated on geospatial technology integration, with announcements from Leica Geosystems and Intergraph, that demonstrate a deeper integration between diverse technology offerings.

Ola Rollén, president and CEO of Hexagon, introduced the theme of Think Forward that was illustrated with several examples of past decision makers that didn’t think ahead. Rollén emphasized the fact that life is speeding up, and that we need to take quicker action. Among the current pressures are population growth with a demand for resources that is 30% greater than it was 30 years ago, natural disasters that are having a greater impact, and the fact that we can’t all have the same level of resources as the western world.

Rollén said that we need to Think Forward to improve productivity, and make better use of resources. We need actionable information that is: multi-dimensional;accurate;context-aware; mobile and real-time.

Jurgen Dold, president of Leica Geosystems, then spoke to the inevitability and unforseen nature of changes that will happen. Leica Geosystems tools provide the ability to detect these changes. Today the fusion of 2D maps, street view images, aerial imagery, oblique views and other inputs are fused thanks to the solutions provided by myVR Software (purchased just 14 days ago).

The Intergraph SGI president John Graham spoke to big problems that need solutions. Some of the examples presented were:

  • the Dublin Regional Water authority where there’s a new level needed because water will become as valuable as oil. With Intergraph’s gWater solution they streamlined operations
  • E.ON Bayern AG in Germany aligned the needs of customers in the utility sector and merged operations with another utility
  • the City of Hamilton, Canada with 500,000 residents worked to manage capital expenditures with reducing budgets to simplify workflows and centralize work orders
  • CISPDR in China are managing dams and risk with Intergraph solutions

At the close of the report from each company director, Rollén returned to the stage to set the course for the coming 12 months. Accuracy is an increasing interest across the divisions, and the company is poised to deliver sensoring technology across three and four dimensions. The company is also investing to improve processing and the quick delivery of data. The company continues to invest in databases to send, receive and take action on information. The company also aims to improve workflows in order to reduce cost of operations to measure everything that is vital. Mobile delivery is the means to bring data into the real world, and is an overriding company objective.

Geosystems Highlights Mapping

Juergen Dold, president of Leica Geosystems kicked off the Geosystems track at Hexagon 2012 in Las Vegas today, which has more than 70% more attendees than last year. The focus of the presentation was all about making the digital world real, transforming the captured data to design the determined change. When the design is done, it goes back to measurement systems that improve the efficiency of building the design.

With the integration of Intergraph into Hexagon, the Z/I business and Leica Geosystems business have come together on aerial mapping cameras. Where in the past they have competed for companies, they haven’t necessarily competed on application. Now they have digital aerial cameras that solve a number of solutions, and they are adding a new oblique mapping sensor for the creation of 3D models. Integrated solutions are designed to see the unknown sooner, more clearly and quicker than ever before.

Smarter Solutions

John Graham, president of Intergraph’s SG&I division, gave a kick-off at the Hexagon Conference in Las Vegas today. With the Think Forward campaign, it’s about making smarter decisions, whether that’s smart grid, smart policing, smart power. It’s also about lives, property and infrastructure, and making the soundest investments. Intergraph helps visualize, analyze and respond to things you deal with every day.

Since the event last year there have been 62 product releases. The R&D investment has been significant in that time frame. Trends that are being addressed with this spending and an eye toward innovation are increasing mobility, declining budgets, more data, and a move toward data in the cloud.

Analysts expect 2 billion sensors by 2020, with exabytes of information being created every day. The data is being considered an economic asset by the World Economic Forum. The move toward the cloud is increasingly of interest to deal with these large volumes of data, but it means different things to different people. The evolution is on, and much of software will be delivered as a service through the cloud. There are a number of business opportunities here, where there is new investment and innovation.

Hexagon aims to create a network where we can act on actionable information now. Making customers more efficient to compete on the world market is their goal. The workflow involves capturing the real world, capturing the model, feeding it into software where you compare the real world to the design, so that the actions will improve the real world. It’s a back and forth and ongoing process, to help people understand what the real world is about through the modeling world.

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