AEC Next & SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Draws Nearly 1,800 Professionals

Event Focused on AEC Technology, 3D Sensing, 3D Processing & 3D Visualization Wrapped up June 7 in Anaheim


PORTLAND, MAINE – June 28, 2018 – The 2018 edition of SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, co-located with AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference came to a close on June 7 in Anaheim, California having attracted nearly 1,800 professionals from 46 U.S. states and 40 countries, representing a wide range of industries including architecture, engineering, and construction; surveying and mapping; civil and transportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, plants, and asset management; power and utilities; manufacturing; law enforcement and forensics; historic preservation; archaeology and digital heritage; mining, aggregates, and stockpile management; entertainment and gaming; insurance and real estate; museums and cultural applications; research and academia; robotic and vehicle navigation and sensing; and many more.

SPAR 3D Expo and Conference joined forces with AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference to welcome thought leaders from around the globe in two distinct conference programs. Exhibits were integrated into one large exhibit hall allowing all attendees full access to all vendors. Networking events and multiple live-demonstrations areas including AR/VR interactive environments, a hologram vault, immersive environment dome, demo theater presentations, and more were also available to all attendees.

“We had an idea that the addition of AEC Next to SPAR 3D would be well-received but the reaction and event itself exceeded all expectations.  The expanded exhibit floor and conference programming was a huge value-add for attendees and exhibitors.  Attendance increased 55% over 2017 and historic SPAR customers were delighted with the number of new attendees and prospects including industry leading asset owners like Exxon Mobil, 3M, General Motors as well as industry tech giants Tesla, Google and Apple.  The event has incredible momentum for future editions,” said Lisa Murray, Group Director for the conference organizing group Diversified Communications.

The events’ conference programs featured six keynotes, dozens of technical application and industry specific presentations, numerous networking events, vendor product previews and live demonstrations, and 180 exhibitors packing the exhibit hall with best-in-class solutions. Products and services on display covered the spectrum of 3D and AEC technology including 3D capture solutions and sensors, VR/AR tools, BIM solutions, applications for connected jobsites, project management tools and more. The event ran from June 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Keynotes were presented by Alexander Menzies of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dave Truch of BP, Baptiste Tripard of Intel Corporation, Ken Sanders of Gensler, Jack Dahlgren of NVIDIA, Darren Bechtel of Brick & Mortar Ventures, Ira Samm of Bechtel, Angle Ackroyd of Shell TechWorks, and Atul Khanzode of DPR Construction. The plenary panel covered a discussion about the realities and timeline for profitable and widespread use of emerging 3D technologies.

“Collaboration is an integral part of moving the building, design and construction industry forward and the speakers, attendees and exhibitors truly embraced that idea. It was great to see everyone come together from varied backgrounds in construction, facilities management, design, 3D processing, etc. and discuss best practices and needs without an air of competition.  It was more about the common good that will propel the industry forward. I’m excited to see what comes next,” said Christine Salmon, Event Director for AEC Next.

2019 will bring AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference together again from May 21-23, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event will be organized by Diversified Communications and will complement the other products in the company’s technology portfolio such as: International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR, Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, and Commercial UAV News.

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