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SPAR 3D expo focuses on Smart Cities, emerging markets, UAVs

January 16, 2017  - By

spar3d_expo_rgb_horiz-wFor nearly two decades, SPAR 3D has been the premier vendor-neutral event for the application of 3D technology in industry. But the surge in innovation and commercial uses for 3D technologies has brought opportunity for expansion.

In 2017, SPAR 3D will highlight cutting-edge innovation in 3D technologies from input to output, covering 3D sensing, 3D processing and 3D visualization tools. The expo and conference will take place April 3-5 in Houston, Texas.

In the exhibit hall, new products and hands-on demonstrations will be showcased.

Keynote Address

Paul Doherty of the Digit Group will speak on “The Emerging Power of Smart Cities and the Role of 3D, UAVs and the Conquering of Space.”

Because of the uncanny timing and convergence of global market conditions, technology innovation, social wants and government needs, a smart cities market has exploded on a global scale that dwarfs any previous notion of the value given to the built environment.

Sometimes described as part of Big Data or the Internet of Things programs, Smart City initiatives being implemented in many urban environments around the world today require accurate and authenticated data in which to work properly, but require 3D data generation and display innovations.

Doherty will explore trends, solutions and implementations from greenfield and existing Smart Cities real estate developments from China, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. He will explore the market-making abilities of Smart Cities that are developing solutions using 3D and UAVs, as well as the emerging privatization of outer space.


Sessions will cover:

  • Big Data and Working in the Cloud
  • Wearables
  • AR/VR
  • 3D Printed Buildings
  • 3D Technology in AEC
  • Autonomous Vehicles

Market-specific sessions will focused on the end-to-end application of 3D tools.

Also, an “Intro to 3D Technology” track for professionals new to 3D will be offered.

Learn more about SPAR 3D at the event website.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.