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AEC Next & SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Draws Nearly 1,800 for Education, Networking and Newest 3D Technology Print E-mail
Written by Diversified Communications   
Saturday, 30 June 2018

Event Focused on AEC Technology, 3D Sensing, 3D Processing & 3D Visualization Wrapped up June 7 in Anaheim

Portland, Maine - June 28, 2018 – The 2018 edition of SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, co-located with AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference came to a close on June 7 in Anaheim, California having attracted nearly 1,800 professionals from 46 U.S. states and 40 countries, representing a wide range of industries including architecture, engineering, and construction; surveying and mapping; civil and transportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, plants, and asset management; power and utilities; manufacturing; law enforcement and forensics; historic preservation; archaeology and digital heritage; mining, aggregates, and stockpile management; entertainment and gaming; insurance and real estate; museums and cultural applications; research and academia; robotic and vehicle navigation and sensing; and many more.

SPAR 3D Expo and Conference joined forces with AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference to welcome thought leaders from around the globe in two distinct conference programs. Exhibits were integrated into one large exhibit hall allowing all attendees full access to all vendors. Networking events and multiple live-demonstrations areas including AR/VR interactive environments, a hologram vault, immersive environment dome, demo theater presentations, and more were also available to all attendees. 

“We had an idea that the addition of AEC Next to SPAR 3D would be well-received but the reaction and event itself exceeded all expectations.  The expanded exhibit floor and conference programming was a huge value-add for attendees and exhibitors.  Attendance increased 55% over 2017 and historic SPAR customers were delighted with the number of new attendees and prospects including industry leading asset owners like Exxon Mobil, 3M, General Motors as well as industry tech giants Tesla, Google and Apple.  The event has incredible momentum for future editions,” said Lisa Murray, Group Director for the conference organizing group Diversified Communications.

The events’ conference programs featured six keynotes, dozens of technical application and industry specific presentations, numerous networking events, vendor product previews and live demonstrations, and 180 exhibitors packing the exhibit hall with best-in-class solutions. Products and services on display covered the spectrum of 3D and AEC technology including 3D capture solutions and sensors, VR/AR tools, BIM solutions, applications for connected jobsites, project management tools and more. The event ran from June 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Keynotes were presented by Alexander Menzies of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dave Truch of BP, Baptiste Tripard of Intel Corporation, Ken Sanders of Gensler, Jack Dahlgren of NVIDIA, Darren Bechtel of Brick & Mortar Ventures, Ira Samm of Bechtel, Angle Ackroyd of Shell TechWorks, and Atul Khanzode of DPR Construction. The plenary panel covered a discussion about the realities and timeline for profitable and widespread use of emerging 3D technologies.

“Collaboration is an integral part of moving the building, design and construction industry forward and the speakers, attendees and exhibitors truly embraced that idea. It was great to see everyone come together from varied backgrounds in construction, facilities management, design, 3D processing, etc. and discuss best practices and needs without an air of competition.  It was more about the common good that will propel the industry forward. I'm excited to see what comes next,” said Christine Salmon, Event Director for AEC Next.

2019 will bring AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference together again from May 21-23, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event will be organized by Diversified Communications and will complement the other products in the company’s technology portfolio such as: International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D.com, Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, and Commercial UAV News.

About SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, presented by SPAR3D.com is the premier international event for 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, & 3D visualization tools. 3D technology is revolutionizing the way work is done in virtually every industry from AEC to Civil Infrastructure to Process, Power & Utilities. Whether sensing with drones, mobile rigs, or hand-held devices to using AR/VR and 3D printed deliverables, everything 3D is here at the only vendor-neutral, industry-agnostic event in the market. SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial market organized by Diversified Communications that includes Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, Commercial UAV News, International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR3D Expo & Conference, and SPAR3D.com.

About AEC Next
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference is the premiere event for the AEC industry, incorporating education sessions and a vendor neutral show floor showcasing emerging technologies for the built world with a focus on collaboration, high performance building and project integration throughout the entire project life cycle. 

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