Lisa Murray opened SPAR 2015 by announcing that attendance had exceeded 1,000 for the first time and that there were 110 booths with 86 companies exhibiting. The keynotes were very well done – a complimentary mix of laser scanning market research, focused augmented reality/wearable computing business development strategy, and a detailed look at the benefits being derived from a virtual BP facility workflow on the North Slope in Alaska.
There were many company product announcements which can be found on the Lidar News website, but the most comprehensive was from Leica Geosystems. The official release will be tomorrow, but as a sneak preview we were told that there were three new scanners being announced with a primary emphasis on increased ease of use and productivity. On the software side Leica JetStream, Leica TruVeiw Global and Leica CloudWorx for Navisworks are planned for release Q2 2015.
On the conference front it looks like it is going to be a one year stay in downtown Houston. SPAR 2016 will return to the Woodlands, where it had been held before moving to Colorado Springs.
The video shows the use of a Velodyne 32 with the Segway – a new mobile mapping product from Mandli – the Maverick.