With the theme ‘The Art, Science, and Business of Geospatial’, GeoSmart Asia18 and Locate18 came together in Adelaide 2018 to present an informative, contemporary conference that highlighted technology advancements, solution-centric applications, and the future technology all relating to the Geo Spatial Industries in Australia and abroad. Since their inception, both GeoSmart Asia and Locate have provided a platform for dialogue and discussion on the application of geospatial technologies across their respective regions in Australia and Asia.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the conference as a key note speaker and being invited to speak at this event regarding BIM was a great opportunity for me within this realm and to this audience. The event was also hosted in Adelaide which provided a great chance to discuss local implementation methods in Australia relating to BIM. The series of keynotes were delivered by a range of differing people and backgrounds, from Google, to Aerospace and the sessions were informative and thought provoking. My session was in the second set of keynotes and therefore I was lucky enough to present to at least 300-400 delegates on the main stage.
There were three themes to the keynote I delivered. Firstly, the global push for digital and how digital construction and engineering are pushing forward today in the transport and infrastructure sector in Australia. I also discussed the importance of skills and education in this space and how skills required in the future will be crucial for the future of our industry and the way which we work. I often read and research Gartner who are an organisation who support prediction to the future of a variety of differing industries and I opened the session with a short video which discussed Gartner’s predictions for the top 10 emerging technologies which will influence our industry in the future.
Opening a short (25 minute) keynote with a video was fantastic as it seemed to engage the audience. The session also touched upon the work I do regarding global BIM comparisons and the strong push for the UK Government and BIM. This seemed to be of interest to the delegates who were not familiar with terms like BIM Level 2. The session was well received, and it was exciting to see people in the audience engaged and interested in BIM, Digital and Future Skills.
The event continued, and many sessions discussed the way geospatial industries will ultimately change, and some of the emerging technologies which will support them in the future. Sessions ranged from the use of laser scanning technologies, smart cities and large-scale site capture methods. All in all, it was a fantastic event which supported the future of how we will capture and find information moving forward about where we are and what we need the locational data for. I look forward to next year.
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