The conference program for INTERGEO 2016 is now online.

“The topics being covered are as diverse as the geo community itself,” says Professor Karl-Friedrich Thöne, president of the DVW, describing the program. The conference hosts have opted for a mix of the latest trends and tried-and-tested topics.

One of the cornerstones of INTERGEO 2016 is the digital city, or smart city. The conviction at INTERGEO, the leading global communications platform, is that “it won’t work without Geo IT.” That is why presentation categories and rounds of discussion in the conference program have a clear focus on the topic of smart cities.

For example, there are presentation categories under the titles “Pathways Towards the Digital City,” “Sustainability in a Resilient City” and “Basic data Data for Smart Cities.”

The host city for INTERGEO 2016, Hamburg, is a leader in Germany when it comes to enacting a digital strategy. “The results can already be seen, including in the keynote speech by Dr. Sebastian Saxe from Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), which focuses on intelligent system networking as a means of organizing the entire port area,” Thöne says. 

The inclusion of building information modelling (BIM) in the conference program brings a new dimension to INTERGEO.

“BIM goes to the very heart of our sector. In the light of major wrong turns, the value creation chain in the planning, building and operating of structures is absolutely the strategy for the future,” Thöne says.

This is highlighted by presentation categories such as “BIM – Opportunity and Challenge” and “The National BIM Strategy,” the latter of which is dedicated to the multi-tiered Digital Planning and Building plan that the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is currently implementing. Conference delegates from around the world will be able to take examples of best practice from current projects away with them.

In addition to highlighting the hot topics that are currently driving debate, the program is also addressing core issues in the sector. The subject matter ranges widely, from engineering geodesy through to career issues. Topics such as GNSS positioning, the value of geo information, open data, land consolidation and the presentation category “The Qualification Framework in Geodesy – How Important is Engineering?” have clear target audiences in the form of experts and up-and-coming talents in geodesy, geo information and land management.


INTERGEO, which consists of a conference and a trade fair, is the world’s largest event for geodesy, geo information and land management. It is held every year at different venues in Germany. The conference deals with current issues from politics, administration, science and industry. At last year’s leading trade fair, more than 16,500 visitors from 90 countries discovered the latest innovations from 549 companies from 30 different countries.