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Intergeo 2006 Anticipates Large Turnout

October 5, 2006
INTERGEO - 12th year, largest international industry event / Proportion of exhibitors from outside Germany climbs again / Total number of congress participants around 2,000 / First ever Open Source Park / "Geo-government" and "Transport & logistics" are themes of the Focus Forum

Karlsruhe, September 7, 2006. Some 525 exhibitors from 28 countries are expected at the world's largest congress trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, which will be held for the 12th time in Munich from October 10 to 12, taking as its theme "Knowledge and action for planet Earth". International companies account for 27 percent of exhibitors, which is a further increase of 5 percent on last year. With a gross display area of 30,000m2, INTERGEO, at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, is now larger than ever. With the joint congress comprising the INTERGEO Congress and the XXIIIth Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG) running in parallel (from October 8 to 13), the organizer DVW e.V. (the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management) has devised a programme that offers unequalled opportunities. This upcoming industry event is the largest the world has known to date. So far, over 2,200 congress participants have registered. Up to 20,000 visitors from 100 countries are expected at the 90 technical sessions with 500 lectures at the FIG Congress, and the 40 lectures in 14 subject areas at the INTERGEO Congress and the trade fair. "INTERGEO 2006 will be the ultimate event, confirming its leading position in the geo sector," says DVW president Hagen Graeff.

INTERGEO and FIG Congresses - response exceeds expectations

Four weeks before the congresses start, the response to the joint high-calibre congress programme, specialist excursions and attractive supporting programme has far exceeded the DVW's expectations. The significant level of interest shown by international speakers has led to a considerable increase in congress registrations from outside Germany.

INTERGEO premiere - Open Source Park

"The launch of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) at the start of this year and the Open Source Park, which is being staged for the first time at INTERGEO 2006, reflect the importance of free software in the GIS sector, both in Germany and elsewhere," says Arnulf Christl, one of OSGeo's nine directors. Projects from the international and German-speaking free software community will be showcased in Hall C3 on a special area covering 400m2 in standardized design, while service providers from throughout the free and open source software sectors will be presenting their solutions. Each day, a series of presentations will be held on well-known open source software packages such as PostGIS, UMN MapServer, and Mapbender. The focus is on new applications, security mechanisms and high-ranking organizations such as OSGeo, which provide technical, administrative and organizational infrastructures for software projects that, in some cases, have been actively developed for many years and are increasingly being put to productive use throughout the world. The speakers are suppliers and users and report on their motivation for using open source software and their experiences with it.

Focus Forum - a great bonus for knowledge transfer

The Focus Forum is being presented for the first time. "With this concept, we are looking to integrate new target groups, thereby bringing together related sectors and their requirements at INTERGEO," explains Olaf Freier. INTERGEO exhibitors will thus ensure a highly interesting program in Hall C3 (Stand C3.3502) and a major boost for knowledge transfer at the trade fair. The first day will concentrate on "Transport & logistics", which is an excellent addition to the INTERGEO range. The focus will be on applications for space-oriented solutions from these sectors. Exhibitors that have a stand in the uniformly designed special show area will have the opportunity here to use presentations to highlight special features of their products. The main event in this series of lectures will be a large-scale panel discussion.

On the second day of INTERGEO and on the Thursday morning (October 12), the spotlight will turn to geo-government. On Wednesday from 1.30 p.m. onwards in the forum, following various presentations in the morning, representatives of European state governments and speakers from the private sector will discuss "Geodata infrastructure at the international level".

On the Thursday afternoon, the large-scale panel discussion hosted by the three congress sponsors ESRI, Leica and Hewlett Packard with high-calibre participants will make up the concluding highlight of the Focus Forum.

Special presentation - Google Earth Integration by Bentley

For the first time, Bentley, an INTERGEO exhibitor for nine years, has devised a special presentation. Google Earth Integration by Bentley will be the focus of attention directly opposite the Bentley stand in Hall C1, where the company will be showcasing its extensive portfolio of GIS/engineering solutions for national and local authorities, electricity, gas, energy and water suppliers, waste water disposal organizations, and telecommunications companies. Google Earth combines satellite images, maps, and the capabilities of Google searches to provide a worldwide geographical information system. Bentley will be presenting its dynamic integration of this environment for CAD and GIS systems. Further development of static integration with Google Earth, which came onto the market in 2005, was previously presented exclusively to Bentley customers. "This dynamic integration with Google Earth is ideal for local authorities to offer their citizens user-friendly access to data," says Gijsbert Noordam, Senior Consultant Geospatial Center of Excellence at Bentley.

First national ORACLE Spatial User Conference in parallel with INTERGEO

To make it easier for companies across all industries to use geodata, INTERGEO 2006 is harnessing other synergies, with the first national ORACLE Spatial User Conference taking place at the ICM in Munich on October 12 at the same time as the INTERGEO Congress.

The one-day conference will provide information on the Oracle database and Oracle's Fusion Middleware, which offers key building blocks for developing location-related applications. Users will be reporting on the use of these technologies in their projects. The day will be rounded off by presentations devoted to ORACLE's geodata strategy. For all interested participants, online registration and the complete conference programme can be found at www.intergeo.de.

INTERGEO 2006 will take place from October 10 to 12 each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, taking as its theme "Knowledge and action for planet Earth". Parallel to this, the XXIII International FIG Congress will be held from October 8 to 13, 2006. Further information is available at www.intergeo.de or www.fig2006.de.