Real-World 3D Scanning Demonstrations Fascinate SPAR Europe 2011 Attendees

Second Annual Conference Delivered Innovative Mix of Presentations, Live Scanning

16 November 2011 The Hague, The Netherlands Participants at SPAR Europe, The Conference on 3D Imaging & Data Management, were treated to a combination of traditional presentations and live demonstrations that provided insight into the latest 3D data capture and processing techniques, technologies, applications and best practices. In all, more than 40 demonstrations were staged at SPAR Europe to give participants an up-close look at how experts conduct scan work in the field.

SPAR Europe kicked off 7 November with a pre-conference tutorial, a meeting hosted by FIATECH, and a tour of the Netherlands Forensics Institutes CSI lab. The conference concluded 9 November with more live demonstrations, presentations of the demonstration results, conference sessions, exhibits and networking time.

Live demonstrations included:

  • Staged murder scene
  • Portable scanning demonstration
  • Roadway accident scene
  • Scanning the Gemeentemuseum
  • Boiler Room scanning
  • Underwater scanning demo
  • Long range scanning
  • Bullet hole scanning demo
  • Mobile scanning and mapping demonstrations

Tom Greaves, Managing Director of SPAR Europe, said the demonstrations were very popular. Participants appreciated the opportunity to see and test technologies, ask questions, share challenges and come away with new skills and proven techniques.He said that suppliers were very supportive of the demonstrations, too. They were eager to show off their solutions by putting them through their paces in real-life scenarios. Suppliers participating in the demos included FARO, FIT-ESIC/Dimeye, Dr. Christian Hesse, Leica Geosystems, M3DM, Mantis Vision, Maptec,MDL, RIEGL, Spheron, StreetMapper, Topcon, Trimble, Unison, Valentin Vanhecke, Z+F.

Demo results were shared by suppliers in 10-minute blocks on 9 November, allowing attendees to see and compare results. This was our first time offering live demonstrations but it wont be the last, said Greaves. The best learning is by doing, seeing, trying, testing. He added that hes gotten a few new ideas for demonstrations for next years event, taking place 12-14 November 2012 at the World Forum.

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