To get valuable new ideas you can put into practice and learn something new about Leica Geosystems, Intergraph or Hexagon Metrology, HxGN LIVE 2014 is the place to be. Hexagon’s fourth annual international user conference takes place June 2–5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where new user-driven geospatial solutions are presented, along with a showcase of best practices, motivating keynotes with insights into the future of design, measurement and visualization technologies, and unlimited networking with users from more than 70 countries. Customer-led case studies, product expert-run training sessions and technology certification courses ensure that there is something for everyone.

Laser Scanning/HDS, the largest single subject area within the conference’s Geosystems track, has its foundation in the Leica Geosystems HDS WorldwideUser Conference dating back to 2005. “We started the Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference after realizing not everyone was getting the maximum value out of their scanning equipment and software,” said Geoff Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Leica Geosystems. “We decided it wouldbenefit everyone to get all users in one place so they could learn from each other, compare what works and what doesn’t, and maximize their return on investment. We received very positive feedback that attendees benefitted significantly, so we continued the conference annually with the same focus: to help our customers to be even more successful.”

After Hexagon’s purchase of Intergraph in 2010, the decision was made to hold one annual global conference covering all of Hexagon’s integrated product lines. The expanded 2014 Geosystems track consists of four major sub-tracks that focus on core geospatial technology:

• Laser Scanning/High-Definition Surveying (HDS) – a major focus area of the conference with 50 speakers over three days

•  Geospatial Solutions (Airborne and Mobile Mapping) – dozens of sessions that cover aerial, UAV, and mobile mapping

• Surveying, Infrastructure and Construction – highlighting workflow improvements in traditional surveying, monitoring and measuring as well as interesting projects and applications

• Machine Control and Mining – expanding on last year’s successful debut as a one-day focus area, this is now a stand-alone sub-track for 2014

The conference also includes:

• New applications; for example, scanning building interiors for BIM or scanning commercial building roofs to obtain accurate as-builts for designing solar systems.

• Deep dives into best practice workflows, field procedures, and office procedures to make surveyors and office staff more efficient and achieve the required accuracies.

• Spotlight on leading edge trends that shed light on the road ahead – what’s next and how fast new technology is being adopted; examples include scanning used for augmented reality like Google’s virtual reality glasses and immersive 3D reality.

• Case studies from real-life users that demonstrate how the very latest Leica Geosystems instruments and software versions are performing.

• A broad view of how different Hexagon solutions are being combined to give professionals a competitive advantage.

“We are very excited to spread the word about new applications that will grow the industry and tools that will improve the quality and efficiency of surveying work,” said Jacobs. “One of the case studies we are highlighting this year is Nederveld, Inc., a Michigan-based land surveying and consulting firm that is helping to retrofit power plants using the latest Leica Geosystems tools and survey work flows. The project is so large, Nederveld is partnering with surveyors and office staff in other states, and they are working collaboratively using the latest Leica Geosystems software.”

Other highlights at the show include:

• Leica Pegasus: One early adopters such as the Spicer Group and Rice Associates will discuss how they are saving time and money with the compact mobile mapping tool that provides a plug-and-play hardware solution, including cameras and LIDAR sensors, enabled by a complete software solution, including data acquisition, calibration, post-processing, viewing, editing and storage modules. High-quality data acquisition at or near posted roadway speeds enable the user to gather detailed planimetric and terrain data 20 times faster than traditional surveying and photogrammetry equipment.

• Aibotix, maker of Aibot X6, a new generation of vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and purchased by Leica Geosystems’ parent company Hexagon AB in February 2014, will have units on display and demonstrated at the show.

• Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation early adopters will present their experiences with this “game changing” device. Introduced just one year ago, the MS50 brings together precision 3D scanning, extensive and precise total station capabilities, digital imagery and GNSS connectivity by fusing Total Positioning Station (TPS) and Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) technologies into one system.

• Three new training sessions on BIM: Scanning for Slab Flatness in BIM; Progressive Scanning During Building Construction for Coordinating Built Structure andMEP Systems; and Scanning Workflows on Pre-Construction for MEP. 

• More than 10 presentations about BIM, including Opportunities for Laser Scanning in BIM; Cyclone-based Workflows for Efficiently Creating Revit Models from HDS Data; and Using Leica TruView for Facility Management.

• An expanded line-up of over 20 hands-on training classes includes intensive training on scanning software. Overall, class offerings have been extended from one day to two days.

For those interested professionals who can’t make it to Las Vegas this year, the keynote speeches are being streamed live online, and HxGN LIVE TV will broadcast behind-the-scenes technology insights and video interviews with the leaders of some of today’s most innovative and successful surveying and engineering firms.

Networking among the over 3,500 attendees is an important feature for this conference. Opportunities to meet, get to know, and exchange ideas with other users include welcome and evening receptions; dedicated HDS networking luncheons with interest group seating; an all-conference social event and dinner; and large networking time blocks between sessions.

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Linda Duffy is president of Apropos Research, Golden, Colo. (, an independent market research firm that provides market research and marketing communications services to the geospatial and remote sensing community. She can be reached at