SPAR 3D Expo & Conference 2017

Learn about the newest supplier advances and best practices for specifying, planning and executing projects in Product Previews presented by exhibiting companies.

Track I – Houston Ballroom I-II Track II – Houston Ballroom III
9:30 – 9:45 TOPCON
9:45 – 10:00 Lockheed Martin
10:00 – 10:15 Matterport
10:15 – 10:30 TRIMBLE
10:30 – 10:45 Bentley
10:45 – 11:00 Mantis Vision
11:00 – 11:15 TRIMBLE
11:15 – 11:30 Autodesk
11:30 – 11:45 Orbit GT
9:30 – 9:45 – TBD

9:45 – 10:00 – TBD

10:00 – 10:15 Teledyne Optech

10:15 – 10:30 Z+F

10:30 – 10:45 Surphaser/Basis Software

10:45 – 11:00 RIEGL

11:00 – 11:15 ATS AB

11:15 – 11:30 NCTECH

11:30 – 11:45 Pointcab

Opening Session & Keynotes | Monday, April 3, 1:30 – 3:00 PM | Houston Ballroom IV – VII

Welcome & Introduction

1:30 PM – 1:35 PM




The Emerging Power of Smart Cities and the Role of 3D, UAVs and the Conquering of Space

1:35 PM – 2:00 PM




The Future of Robotics Applications: From Oil & Gas to Medical Marvels

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM




Metrics for Infrastructure & Construction

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM



A Vision for Project Execution with 3D Technology

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM



Live DemonstrationsThere will be many live demonstrations going on throughout the event on the Exhibit Floo as well as in-booth demos and in-session demos.

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Wednesday, April 5 Company
2:00- 2:30 FARO 8:30- 9:00 KAARTA 8:30- 9:00  
2:30-3:00 GEOSLAM 9:00- 9:30 RIEGL 9:00- 9:30 RIEGL
3:00-3:30 RIEGL 9:30- 10:00 GEOSLAM 9:30- 10:00 GEOSLAM
3:30-4:00 BENTLEY 10:00- 10:30 FARO 10:00- 10:30 FARO
4:00- 4:30 FARO 10: 30- 11:00 ATS AB 10: 30- 11:00 TRIMBLE
4:30- 5:00 Z+F 11:00- 11:30 MANTIS VISION 11:00- 11:30 MANTIS VISION
5:00- 5:30  (Happy Hour) RIEGL 11:30- 12:00 DOT PRODUCT 11:30- 12:00 DOT PRODUCT
5:30- 6:00 (Happy Hour)   12:00- 12:30 POINTCAB 12:00- 12:30 ATS AB
12:30-1:00 GEOSLAM 12:30-1:00 KAARTA
1:00- 1:30 NAVVIS 1:00- 1:30 NAVVIS
1:30 – 2:00 Z+F 1:30 – 2:00 POINTCAB
2:00 – 2:30 FARO 2:00 – 2:30 GEOSLAM
2:30- 3:00 RIEGL 2:30- 3:00 RIEGL
3:00- 3:30 MANTIS VISION 3:00- 3:30 KAARTA
3:30 – 4:00 TRIMBLE 3:30 – 4:00  
4:00- 4:30 GEOSLAM

The following companies will be doing in-booth demos throughout the event. Stop by their booths to inquire about the demo schedule.

In- Booth Demos                                                   New Exhibiting Companies

Company Booth Number
Trimble 407
Leica Geosystems 601
Teledyne Optech 400
Geoslam 415
Matterport 419
NC Tech 514
Pericept 423
Surphaser/ Basis Software 414
Z+F 401
FARO 406
Mantis Vision 701
DotProduct 318
DAT/EM 211
Bentley 201
Blue Marble Geographics 718
Pavemetrics 315
Pointfuse 306
Pointcab 422
Kaarta 310
Autodesk 801
Company Booth
Aerometrex  215
ATS AB  301
BC Engineering & Design 319
BGC Engineering 219
Blackmore Sensors 816
DAT/EM 211
Lockheed Martin CDL 822
Materion 810
Matterport 419
nFrames 207
Pericept 423
Tetravue  317
Vexcel 714
BirdsEye View Aerobotics  818


New Product Announcements

Company Booth Number Time
CurvSurf 623 Monday, April 3, 11 AM
Bentley 201 Monday, April 3, 2 PM
Trimble 407 Click here for Full Schedule.
Orbit GT 619 Tuesday, April 4, 4:00 PM
Teledyne Optech 400 Monday, April 3, 1:45 PM

Bentley Press Conference | Wednesday, April 5, 10:45 – 11:15 AM | Level 2, Fort Bend B Meeting Room

Bentley Systems will hold a press conference featuring CEO Greg Bentley during the SPAR 3D Expo and Conference in Houston, Texas. He will discuss how Bentley is making reality modeling available to all; in more form factors, more formats and inputs, combining digital imagery and point-cloud data, and leveraging mobile and cloud technology.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
SPAR 3D Expo and Conference
Marriott Marquis Houston
Houston, Texas

Plenary Session: Prior to the press conference Greg will present in the plenary session on Experts View into the Future What’s Ahead for 3D Technologies

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Houston Ballroom IV – VII

Presentations and Demos:During the conference, which runs from April 3-5, Bentley will conduct presentations, technical sessions, and booth demos that include:

Product Preview:

Monday, April 3
10:30-10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Houston Ballroom I – II
Presented by: Francois Valois, senior director, software development, reality modeling

Reality Modeling for the Entire City of Helsinki

Wednesday, April 5
11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Houston Ballroom IV – VII
Presented by: Aidan Mercer, industry marketing director, government

Panel Discussion – Civil Infrastructure

When: Wednesday, April 5
12:15 p.m.
Where: Houston Ballroom IV – VII
Featuring Bentley Systems, Woolpert, and Spicer Group

Interview: In addition, the following Bentley executives and colleagues will be available for one-on-one interviews with press attendees:

  • Philip Christensen, senior vice president, analytical modeling
    · Francois Valois, senior director, software development, reality modeling
    · Aidan Mercer, industry marketing director, government and utilities

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference 2017
April 3-5, 2017
Marriott Marquis, Houston, Texas

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Profiting from an Effective Big Data Strategy

Top analytics solutions providers, IBM & Cloudera will be sharing innovative analytics solutions for telecoms operators at Monetising Big Data in Telecoms World Summit 2017 which will be held from 20 to 21 April 2017 in Singapore.


Monetising Big Data in Telecoms World Summit 2017 draws together highly-regarded expert speakers from across the ecosystem of telecommunications industry and Big Data Analytics solution providers to present to you the latest key trends and development in monetising internal and external big data. The highlights of the summit will be Case Studies and Perspectives to be shared by telecoms operators on their experience implement big data strategy in their businesses.

IBM ( is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world’s most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits. Innovation is at the core of IBM’s strategy. Today, IBM is focused on helping organisations embark on their Cognitive journeys, built on a strong foundation of Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, and Security. IBMers are working with customers around the world to help them become cognitive businesses — by applying the company’s business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to develop systems that think, learn, unlock the value in all data, and uncover insight and expertise in every decision.

Top Telcos in the world engage IBM to analyze data, voice, SMS and smartphone app data in real-time to measure and improve the customers’ journey across all channels and services – to leverage customer insights, operationalize real time offers to enhance customer experience.

Cloudera ( delivers the modern data management, analytics and machine learning platform built on the latest open source technologies. The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems with Cloudera Enterprise, the fastest, easiest and most secure data platform available for the modern world. Our customers efficiently capture, store, process and analyze vast amounts of data, empowering them to use advanced analytics and machine learning to drive business decisions quickly, flexibly and at lower cost than has been possible before. To ensure our customers are successful, we offer comprehensive support, training and professional services.  Learn more at

Other companies showcasing their products and services at this event are: MapR (, CellOS Software (, TIBCO Software (, Subex (, Teralytics (, The Data Team (, Amobee ( & Mobileum (

For more information, please visit event website or contact Phyllis Goh of Symphony Global at Email:

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Internet of Things World 2017

Internet of Things World 2017 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event with over 11,000 attendees, 400+ industry thought leaders and 250+ exhibitors. With a focus on monetizing the IoT revolution through bringing together ecosystem-wide attendees, stakeholders and investors, Internet of Things World provides a unique opportunity to meet key players within the marketplace.

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With a comprehensive conference agenda covering everything from manufacturing to smart cities, connected cars, the smart home, healthcare, energy & agriculture, supply chain & logistics plus much more, Internet of Things World 2017 boasts the most comprehensive IoT agenda in the marketplace.

In addition to conference passes the event will also offer free exhibition only passes for those wishing to browse the expo hall, allowing visitor’s access to selected summits and the exhibition floor for networking and meeting news suppliers.

For more information about the show or to register for a pass that suits your needs and save 15% using code MINC15, visit the website here

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ICT SPRING EUROPE 2017 May 9th & 10th

Strategically located in the heart of Europe, ICT Spring Europe 2017 will gather more than 5,000 key decision makers in IT, finance, banking, space, web, manufacturing and marketing, as well as investors, entrepreneurs, and start-ups from over 70 countries, on May 9th and 10th in Luxembourg.


The organizers of ICT Spring Europe 2017 announced several guest speakers involved in this year’s conferences including high level decision makers from NASA, Warner Bros Digital, ESA, Ubisoft, Airbus Safran Launchers, J.P Morgan, Rabobank, Forbes, CERN, SNCF and also national officials such as Xavier Bettel (Prime Minister and Minister for Communications and Media of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) and Etienne Schneider (Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Economy).

From the future of Blockchain to the rise of RegTech

We live in a connected world where digital technologies keep revolutionizing the financial sector. Blockchain and new banking pioneers, are more than ever a burning topic. Are companies ready to implement this new process in order to reduce their costs, tax fraud and to increase security and reliability? InsurTech, RegTech and FundTech are just some of the other combinations that are currently redefining entire industries. What are the latest billing and payments technologies? What are the newest RegTech trends? This FinTech Summit will bring together seasoned and top-notch experts for both the finance and technology sectors.

To discuss these FinTech topics, Harrie Vollard (Head of Innovation & FinTech, Rabobank), Kim Fuglsang (Head of MobilePay Operational Excellence, Danske Bank), Daniel Drummer (VP Fintech Strategy & Partnerships, J.P. Morgan), Matteo Carbone (Founder and Director, Connected Insurance Observatory), Nicolas Mackel (CEO of Luxembourg for Finance), Nadia Manzari (Head of Innovation, Payments, Markets Infrastructures and Governance, CSSF), Nasir Zubairi (CEO, Luxembourg House of Financial Technology), Pascal Rogiest (CEO, Luxtrust), Jonathan Prince (Co-founder, DigiCash Payments), Sarah Khabirpour (‎Head of Strategy, Regulatory Affairs & MarCom, BIL) will gather in Luxembourg for a unique conference.

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3D Food Printing Conference, Asia-Pacific Edition

As with every 3D printing application, there is a lot of hype going on with 3D Food printing. Statements like “a 3D Food Printer in every home in 2 years’ time” can be heard all the time. The reality is that a lot of research and development needs to be done. The promises however are huge, both for professional and consumer markets.

For red meat, 3D printing represents an exciting opportunity to add value to current secondary cuts, trims and by products by developing “meat ink”. Furthermore, in the aged care sector there is a demand for food that is easier to chew and 3D printing provides an opportunity for the red meat industry to offer high protein meals that can be presented in various shapes and sizes, more appetizing that the classical pureed food.

There is a need for creation new business models to meet the demands of different markets who want personalized approaches to nutrients or textures, rather than the current whole muscle product.

The 3D Food Printing Conference will tackle all aspects of this new market opportunities and challenges.

Focus topics: 3D Printing Technology for Value-Added Red Meat | Food components: protein, carbohydrates, and fats | Custom Nutrition | Food Design | New value chains | Hardware developments | Software developments | Business models


The 3D Food Printing Conference offers the attendee a platform on the crossroads of science, technology; business in 3D Food Printing. Share knowledge, learn from other professionals and start networking.

Target: Meat producers & meat processing companies | Suppliers to the food industry | Agricultural industry | Hardware / software suppliers | Food research institutions | Regulatory bodies | Trendwatchers | Investors

Target: Meat producers & meat processing companies | Suppliers to the food industry | Agricultural industry | Hardware / software suppliers | Food research institutions | Regulatory bodies | Trendwatchers | Investors

For more information about the program and registration, visit

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What is Digital Twinning ?

The term typically used to convey the concept of mapping the physical world to the virtual world is “Object Hyperlink”, which refers to the notion of extending the Internet to objects and locations in the real world.  In other words, the Internet is associated with (or mapped to) the real world by attaching object tags with URLs as meta-objects to tangible objects or locations.

Digital Twinning refers to the mapping of the physical world to the digital world in which Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms and Software are leveraged to create a digital representation of physical object or asset.  The Digital Twin of a physical object can provide data about the asset such as its physical state and disposition.


Smart Objects in Physical Environment

IoT will enable “Smart Objects” as depicted above.  In this topology, virtual objects (software programs) function as an abstract of real-world things (smart objects in the physic environment).  Virtual objects are associated with real objects to the extent that the latter may be manipulated, controlled, etc.  This means that there will be Virtual-to-Real (V2R)Real-to-Virtual (R2V), and Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) scenarios.

Some human-oriented IoT enabled transactions will require AAA, such as a request to administer a virtual object and/or to manipulate a real-world object via the virtual one.  However, over time, the vast majority of transactions will not involve a human being as systems become Learning Machines, communicating with one another and applying previously gained data towards solving new problems.

Some of the areas that will benefit greatly from Digital Twinning are Connected Manufacturing, Industrial IoT, and Teleoperation.

Mind Commerce predicted this in its report Google in RFID and M2M, Second Edition (January 2013), when we evaluated the role of Google in M2M and related IoT areas.  We stated that there is great potential for Google in teleoperation related areas:

“There is a great potential for Google in M2M/IoT.  Just as RFID can be used to create presence detection, tracking, etc., and association between real-world items with Web-based objects such as URL’s, Google can employ the use of M2M for virtual control of real-world objects.”

“The obvious role for Google in M2M is address mapping.  Just as Google uses various algorithms to put search into context based on keywords, they can do the same to put communications and control into context.  This can be done in a real-world to real-world basis as well as real-world to virtual world (and vice versa) basis.”

Mapping is the foundation of “teleoperation” (operation of a machine at a distance) as there must first be a way to address an object before it can be signaled and/or controlled from a distance.

In that same report, our analysis continues with the following:

“It is quite a bit more obvious for the real-to-real scenarios such as predicting contextually which systems may be affected by real-world events such as a tidal wave striking a coastline where there is a nuclear power plant.

The real to virtual scenarios are less obvious, but have huge implications, as the virtual world represents two-way control (real to virtual and virtual to real) communications and control for a variety of use cases including simulations, alerts, risk assessment, gaming (some serious such as war games), etc.  Furthermore, augmented reality can be employed to help people in the real world be able to better identify and visualize these relationships so that they be leveraged for productive benefit.

For example, a maintenance team arriving at a building can gain access to an augmented reality view of hidden systems (for instance equipment behind a wall) to both see what is there as well as information and its status.  With a touch of a button, the worker is linked to a URL that provides static and/or dynamic information about the object such as specs and usage information, ownership, maintenance history, status, performance, etc.

With Google, it will be conceivable that every object will be known along with all key contextual data, mapped to addresses, and sorted by key associations, permissions, and privacy rules.”

We see these as vital functions, which Google and others will perform. We also see these teleoperation scenarios, and others, playing out over the next 10- 20 years with IoT as covered in the Mind Commerce report Teleoperation and Telerobotics in Industrial IoT

There are also many additional use cases for Digital Twinning including monitoring, simulation, and many more.  For more information about Digital Twinning, see the Mind Commerce report:


Internet of Things (IoT) Digital Twinning: Market Outlook for IoT enabled Physical to Virtual Mapping and Management 2017 – 2022 evaluates Digital Twinning technology, solutions, use cases, and leading company efforts in terms of R&D and early deployments. The report assesses the Digital Twinning product and service ecosystem including application development and operations. The report also analyzes technologies supporting and benefiting from Digital Twinning. The report also provides detailed forecasts covering Digital Twinning in many market segments and use cases including manufacturing simulations, predictive analytics, and more.

More Information

For more information and other topics see the Mind Commerce Knowledge Center

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What is the Role of RFID in IoT ?

While much attention is placed upon IoT Wide Area Networks (WAN) in support of communications ranging from feet to miles,  it is important to also recognize that many Internet of Things applications would not be possible without “last inch” communications.

RFID and other “last inch” technologies such as Bluetooth are critical as part of IoT Operations planning and communications for any enterprise.

The use of Radio Frequency ID (RFID) for IoT solutions is a critical element of business for many industry verticals such as retail, manufacturing, oil & gas, and the automobile industry.  In the upcoming RFID Journal Live! event, Jason Philpot (manager of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana) will discuss how his company cuts costs of managing finished inventory with RFID.

Honda has solved the problem of managing finished inventory at its Indiana plant, by implementing an RFID system that includes solar-powered fixed readers and an innovative in-car reader. Philpot will explain how the system has reduced the expense of hiring workers during peak new-model periods by 80 percent, and how it has decreased the amount of time required to perform critical quality checks.


LIVE! 2017 will also feature four industry-specific and four technical conference tracks, as well as eight in-depth preconference seminars and workshops, four post-conference seminars, fast-track training provided by RFID4U, and RFID Professional Institute certification. The event will be hosted alongside the IEEE RFID 2017 event and the 2017 RFID Journal Awards. What’s more, the event will offer exhibits and demonstrations conducted by the industry’s leading technology firms. For more information, visit

About RFID Journal
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and Internet of Things technologies (IoT) and their many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal’s websites for up-to-the-minute news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions related to RFID and IoT technologies. This has made RFID Journal a trusted and respected technology information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID and IoT decision-makers worldwide—online and at face-to-face events.

For more information, visit and

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