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DVW President Kutterer: “We are shaping the future”

Hamburg/Karlsruhe, 11 October 2016. Launch of INTERGEO 2016. Professor Hansjörg Kutterer, President of the event’s patron, the DVW, has officially opened the international trade fair and conference for geodesy, geoinformation and land management at the traditional opening ceremony. Speaking in Hamburg’s City Hall, Kutterer called for a considered common approach to digital transformation. INTERGEO, he said, is the ideal platform for everyone who wants to build their business on well-established geo expertise – it is the place where the future is being shaped.


“Look at the conference programme for INTERGEO and you can see just how fundamentally important digitalisation is for our sector. It is more than just a common theme, it is a driving force, and it is taking off in terms of its intensity, breadth and impact,” said Professor Kutterer at the opening ceremony for INTERGEO 2016. The President of the DVW emphasised that concepts and developments such as “Geospatial 4.0” – which stems from “Industry 4.0” – and smart technologies need geodesy, geoinformation and land management. He also pointed out that Building Information Modelling – BIM for short – is playing an increasingly important role for the geospatial community in this context. Explaining how to ensure that separate, parallel developments converge rather than collide, he stressed the need for mutual understanding and a much broader outlook, but also and in particular planning, coordination and concerted activities.

INTERGEO 2016 – the future is being made here and now
With innovation highlights, technology catalysts, panel discussions on the latest issues and a huge variety of specialist and background information, INTERGEO 2016 is working to plan and steer the future on a sustainable basis. Indeed, it is by pulling together information and communication that we achieve far-sightedness, planning, coordination and concentrated activities. Some 530 exhibitors from 33 countries, a packed three-day conference programme covering headline issues such as the smart city and BIM and the integrated specialist platforms INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS and Smart City SOLUTIONS create a sound basis for focussed information-sharing and communication between user sectors. Taking in four exhibition halls and covering a total area of 30,000 square metres in Hamburg, INTERGEO is once again demonstrating its outstanding international importance and its standing as a leading trade fair for the sector. All the market leaders are there. By exploring trailblazing application areas in greater depth, the trade fair has drawn in new exhibitors, including international brands such as Intel, Oracle and Autodesk. The hosts are expecting to welcome approximately 17,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

Cities are becoming digital
INTERGEO 2016 has taken the headline topic of the digital city to its heart. A variety of presentations will focus on the city as a living environment, administrative space and business area with all its georelevant intersections. From the smallest imaginable unit of digital construction with Building Information Modelling (BIM) to the large-scale planning scenarios of digitally networked cities – geoinformation made digital, networked and intelligent forms the basis for smart cities and is the common thread running through this year’s top industry platform. INTERGEO is pooling technologies and applications related to the digital city at the Smart City SOLUTIONS forum.

The conference – an international outlook that is bang up to date
Approximately 140 presentations in what will be the most wide-ranging and international INTERGEO conference to date will address the key fields of application for the coming years. Subjects range from official surveying, Earth observation procedures and open data to Building Information Modelling, geoportals, and geodata availability and management. Industry-relevant information such as uses in the public utilities, real estate and construction sectors prove the practical relevance of the event.

As keynote speakers, Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive of British Ordnance Survey, will be talking about the challenges and opportunities in the 21st century markets that are driven by geodata while Ron Bisio, Vice President, Surveying & Geospatial at Trimble, will be looking at the role of geoinformation in tomorrow’s cities.

INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS – Europe’s biggest drone show
INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS has established itself as a trade fair and communications platform in its own right at INTERGEO. More than 130 exhibitors are showcasing their hardware, software and services for the booming UAV sector at this exceptional event. INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS is the biggest drone show in Europe! It is made up of three parts – exhibition, forum and live flight show – that provide a 360-degree view of practical issues surrounding the use of UAVs and questions relating to specific applications. The three-day forum programme complements the product show with essential information concerning user sectors.

Careers at INTERGEO
The new careers zone at INTERGEO covers the entire spectrum of the sector’s job market and is the absolute hot spot for all – from students just starting their courses to experienced surveyors and geoinformation specialists. Three different parties are coming together to help build a bigger picture – the new www.geocareer.com vacancies platform for specialists in the geo/IT sector, the DVW and student organisation Kongeos. The partners are focussing on student jobs, temporary staff and opportunities for students to complete bachelor’s and master’s dissertations. Vacancies on Geocareer.com will be prominently advertised at the stand.

Hamburg – the best place to shape the future
By coming to Hamburg, which is well-known as a port and trade fair city, a cultural metropolis, a centre for science and Germany’s flagship smart city, INTERGEO has made itself more than just a meeting place for sharing information and ideas – it is an experience. Hamburg stands out in Germany thanks to the digital city and smart port concepts it is pursuing, as Kutterer pointed out at the opening ceremony: “I am certain that Hamburg offers the perfect stage for the highlight of the geo community’s calendar. We are packing a lot in at INTERGEO. We are shaping the future.”

Further information about the trade fair and programme at INTERGEO, the leading international event for the geo/IT sector from 11 to 13 October 2016 in Hamburg, is available at: www.intergeo.de.

INTERGEO, which consists of a conference and a trade fair, is the world’s largest event for geodesy, geoinformation 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, and had around 1,200 participants. 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.

Visitor, exhibitor and exhibition area statistics for INTERGEO are calculated and certified in line with the standardised definitions of the FKM (Society for the Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics).
INTERGEO’s continuing aim is to facilitate process optimization in numerous target markets with the geo-IT potential it showcases. Its forthcoming venues are the internationally renowned exhibition cities of Hamburg in 2016, Berlin in 2017 and Frankfurt am Main in 2018.

DVW – German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management is the host of INTERGEO.



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Denise Wenzel
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