The motto of the world's leading conference trade fair – “Knowledge and action for planet Earth” – reflects the mission of INTERGEO. This year more than ever, the first collaboration with the international conference EnviroInfo forges an additional link between geoscience and environmental science.

The trade fair covers all of the important trends in evidence along the value-added chain, from gathering and processing geo-based information to systems-integrated applications. INTERGEO's reputation has grown steadily since its inception in 1995 and is now greater than ever. The 16th INTERGEO will be held on the grounds of the Kölnmesse Exhibition Centre in Cologne from 5 to 7 October 2010. Over 500 exhibitors from 32 nations will present market standards, innovations and trends on an area of 28,000 square metres. All of the international market leaders in the industry will be there, making INTERGEO the biggest and most important meeting point for the geodesy and geoinformation sector. International participation has once again grown. 34 percent of companies exhibiting in 2010 are from European countries and overseas. The host DVW – the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management – estimates that there will be 16,500 experts and more than 1,200 conference participants from over 55 countries on all continents.

Furthermore, INTERGEO 2010 is once again receiving a great deal of public attention due to support from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), proving that both the public and private sectors require increasingly networked geoinformation instruments and structures.

"Without valid geoinformation, we will struggle to overcome the challenges of our time," said Dr. Thomas de Maizière, German Federal Minister of the Interior and patron of INTERGEO 2010.

Demand for geodata is greater than ever, especially in relation to natural disasters and environmental protection. It also plays a major role in the investigation and early identification of natural disasters. The collaboration between INTERGEO and the scientific conference EnviroInfo will therefore strengthen the exchange of ideas between experts in geoinformation and environmental information A joint discussion on October 6 will focus on the EU INSPIRE Directive, the aim of which is to enable the sharing of important environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to this information.

Climate change is not only being felt at global level. Small-scale influences are also playing an increasingly important role in sustainable town planning. The recording and processing of three-dimensional data are therefore central topics at this year's INTERGEO. Three-dimensional data is now an integral part of all urban planning and architectural applications and is taking the place of conventional models created manually.

In the long term, towns and cities must rethink and adapt their building strategies to these changes. With this in mind, Leica Geosystems GmbH, for example, is presenting a comprehensive range of innovative products and solutions for the precise recording and straightforward analysis of data and for the visualisation and presentation of spatial information. Trimble, Topcon and FARO Europe GmbH & Co. KG are also presenting their latest innovations in this field.

New approaches for the public sector are key in times of austerity Another central theme at this year's event is the optimisation of administrative processes. Exhibitors are presenting new solutions to enable greater adherence to deadlines, precision, cost-efficiency and people-friendliness in the public sector. 

Experts expect that the linking of raw data from the 3A processes with georeferenced data will improve the communal decision-making process no end. 

Geo is in! The new generation backs the geo trend In an interview with "Bild" newspaper, ThyssenKrupp Chairman Ekkehard Schulz bemoaned the problem of finding new recruits. He claimed that there was already a shortfall of 60,000 engineers in Germany, and that this is costing the German economy around EUR 12 billion per year. The booming geo industry also needs young recruits. The new generation will therefore be a central topic at INTERGEO. Just prior to the event, Prof. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of the DVW, said that, "An article about trend jobs in 2010 in teen magazine 'Bravo,' for instance, rated geomatics as a trend job." He added that, "The popular website and the concerted action of geo-associations are starting to pay off in this respect. The 'Verbändepark' will thus once again serve as a central hub where competent contact persons are available to answer any questions on career-related matters." Thursday will also be dedicated to young people at the conference.

This year is the second time that the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is sponsoring start-ups and new companies taking part in OSGeoPark and Innovation Park at INTERGEO. In 2010, a total of 15 companies will be demonstrating innovative strength "made in Germany" at the two joint presentations in Hall 11.2. 

INTERGEO doesn't just host topics and provide a communication network for the industry for the three days of the trade fair. It also plays an important role throughout the rest of the year. The event generates around 1.2 million contacts via the conference, trade fair, press and Internet. 50 media partnerships and over 500 specialist media worldwide bear testament to this. In Hall 11.2, the Trend and Media Forum (TMF) will, for the second time, provide "live" interdisciplinary communication at the trade fair. Experts will present and discuss their topics with visitors, and product trends will be examined in both panel discussions featuring high-profile individuals and in one-on-one conversations between providers and interested parties.

The trade fair, conference, Internet platform, industry guide and many other related events available to all interested companies in the industry are now being complemented by a state-of-the-art TV studio in Karlsruhe, the home of trade fair organiser HINTE GmbH. Industry communication will therefore receive an additional boost in future. 

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