“SPAR International had 1,077 verified attendees this year, an increase of more than 200 attendees over last year,” Murray reported. “The exhibit floor was also the largest in the event’s history with 110 booths, including 30 companies brand-new to SPAR.” The conference and exhibition on "3D Technologies for Asset Actualization" took place March 30-April 2 in Houston.
“The increase in exhibits and attendance by 20 percent over last year’s event was evident to everyone,” said Murray. “Exhibit hall traffic was lively, conference sessions were full, and the positive energy was palpable. Our primary goal was to target key user prospects and expose them to all SPAR has to offer in terms of cutting-edge technologies and innovative workplace solutions. We researched new outlets of potential users who may not have known us and attracted many of them to SPAR for the first time.”
Show exhibitor Dave Henderson, Topcon’s geospatial services sales director, had three words to describe SPAR International 2015: innovative, technology and education. “SPAR has taken the best of these,” he said, “and created an educational system to invigorate the community that needs to know about this information.” The addition of a sponsored hologram room, Smartglass augmented reality demonstrations and the DAQRI augmented reality helmet were all experiential elements added to the show floor to encourage interaction and engagement and added much to the exhibit hall experience. In addition, a new UAV/UAS pavilion showcased the market’s most disruptive technology and live demonstrations showed data capture tools in action.
SPAR International annually attracts a diverse audience looking for the information, tools and connections that will help them work more efficiently and safely and save time and money using 3D tools. The 2015 edition was “compelling, comprehensive and diverse,” said John Brown, 3D scanning and modeling lead for General Motors. Attendees on hand in Houston represented asset owners, AECs, EPCs and service providers, including:
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
- BNSF Railway
- Burns & McDonnell
- Caterpillar Inc.
- CH2M HILL
- Ford Motor Company
- General Motors
- Hensel Phelps
- Jacobs Engineering
- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co
- Newport News Shipbuilding
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Pepper Construction Company
- SBM Offshore
- The Beck Group
- Turner Construction
- United States Air Force
- United States Navy
Next year’s SPAR International will take place April 11-14 in The Woodlands, Texas.
About SPAR International
SPAR International is a technology-neutral exhibition and conference on 3D technologies for surveyors, engineers, facilities managers, asset owners and other stakeholders. Conference programming covers end-to-end 3D from data capture to deliverables including considerations for information dissemination across the organization. Event content examines how 3D technologies are applied in a range of applications including engineering, construction, operations and facility management, infrastructure, manufacturing and security. Owner of the show, SPAR Point Group organizes conferences and provides information for professionals involved in 3D imaging technologies, including LiDAR. SPAR Point Group organizes the International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR Europe, European LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR International, SPAR Japan and Commercial UAV Expo.