INTERGEO 2010 – Geomatics industry in stable growth

Cologne, Germany, 5-7 October 2010

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Cologne Cathedral is the icon of the city.

INTERGEO 2010 was held in Cologne, Germany 5-7 October. The world biggest tradeshow in surveying and geomatics business gathered 17,500 visitors. Already 25 per cent of exhibition visitors come outside Germany and their portion is further increasing. The number of exhibitors exceed 500 companies representing 32 nations. This indicates that INTERGEO has became truly international exhibition over the last years. The number of international visitors has increased by 20 per cent and number of exhibitors by 10 per cent compared to 2009. This year's partner country was China PR.

The INTERGEO conference titled "Knowledge and Action for Planet Earth" attracted 1,500 participants. It seems that the new conference concept in partnership with other key players has proved to be a great success. In Cologne the European congress EnviroInfo 2010 was for the first time organised jointly with INTERGEO.  Each day of the three-day INTERGEO conference started with a plenary session introducing a high profile internationally recognised speaker.

The first session was opened by Dr. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of DVW who addressed the role of surveying profession and its challenges in German and international context. The first keynote was given by Dr. Udo Di Fabio, member of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, who discussed the role of public and private sectors from legislative perspective and privacy issues and transparency in geoinformation that is made available for the public through the Internet. Discussion on spatial data on the web and e.g. street view services has been especially active in Germany during the last months.

The second day keynote was given by Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of ESRI, who discussed how GIS on the Internet can help addressing world’s problems. He addressed several key issues in the geoinformatics business and the trends that increase when we create more information in a quantitative form and this is generating huge savings in costs.

The third day plenary session was dedicated to international trends in surveying and land managements. FIG President, Prof. Stig Enemark gave a presentation "Surveying: Where are we heading ?" focussing on the chancing role of land professionals and on the land management vision. He also described the work that FIG has made in implementing the UN Millennium Development Goals and addressed the achievements that FIG has reached over the last four years.

FIG was represented at the INTERGEO by President Enemark, incoming Vice President Rudolf Staiger and Peter Normann Hansen, Ambassador for corporate members and John Hohol, President of the FIG Foundation. They together with the FIG Director had meetings with the major FIG corporate members and also with member associations. The number of FIG members attending INTERGEO indicated that it has become a true platform for international networking. Contacts to potential corporate members were also made.

The next INTERGEO will be held in Nürnberg 27-29 September 2011.

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President Stig Enemark making his keynote address.

 

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Henning Elmstroem, President of DdL, Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of DVW and Stig Enemark, FIG President.

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Invited guests at the first plenary session at INTERGEO.
 

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Dr. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, DVW President making his opening address.

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DVW President Thöne discussing the image of surveying profession.
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Dr. Udo Di Fabio making his keynote address.
 
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Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI giving his keynote address.
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President Stig Enemark explaining the land management vision in his keynote presentation.
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Jack Dangermond and Stig Enemark.

 
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Henning Elmstroem, President of DdL and immediate past president of CLGE was made an honorary member of DVW in Cologne, together with Dr. Karl-Friedrich Thöne.
Exhibition
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Trimble, FIG Platinum member.
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Leica Geosystems, FIG Platinum member.
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ESRI, FIG Platinum member.
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FARO, new FIG silver level corporate member.

17 October 2010


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