AEC Next & SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Draws Nearly 1,900 Professionals for Education, Networking, and Newest AEC and 3D Technology

The 2019 editions of AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference came to a close on May 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Nearly 1,900 professionals registered for the co-located events from a wide range of industries including architecture, engineering, and construction; surveying and mapping; civil and transportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, plants, and asset management; power and utilities; manufacturing; historic preservation; archaeology and digital heritage; mining, aggregates, and stockpile management; insurance and real estate; research and academia; robotic and vehicle navigation and sensing; and many more.

“The increase in attendance year over year was beyond our expectations; this growth just goes to show how much our attendees value meeting face to face and learning how they can collaborate with each other to elevate their projects using the technology showcased here,” said Christine Salmon, Event Director for Diversified Communications.

The co-located events, organized by Diversified Communications, brought together thought leaders from around the globe for two distinct conference programs and a single integrated exhibit hall. Attendees hailed from 33 countries including all 50 U.S. states and Washington DC, as well as seven Canadian provinces. Multiple live-demonstration areas including an interactive BIM Cave, hands-on AR/VR demonstrations, mobile scanning devices, vehicle mounted remote sensing hardware, and more were available for all attendees to explore the newest technology. In addition to the hardware on display from 118 exhibitors, attendees connected during several networking events and learned from a full program consisting of more than 80 technical sessions, case studies, 101-tracks, and panels.

One special highlight applicable to the diversity audiences of Diversity Communications was that Lidar News, SPAR 3D, and Leica Geosystems announced that Gabrielle “Gabby” Getz was selected as the winner of the Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award for 2019. Gabby is currently working for Cesium where she is a Software Developer.

Gabby has a BS in Computer Science and was co-creator of a mobile game as part of the Drexel Entrepreneurial Game Studio as well as a Software Developer at Thomson Reuters and AGI. She is currently working on 3D geospatial open source software development at Cesium. Gabby has been involved with numerous volunteer efforts to promote women in computer science.

Gabby commented, “Geospatial tech is growing exponentially. I love that every day I’m doing something new that keeps me on the cutting edge. That’s why I’m thrilled to get to be a part of SPAR 3D Expo & Conference 2019 and to receive this award! I’d like to encourage other young professionals to pursue this award in the future and to bring more young and diverse talent into the field.”

2020 will bring AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference together again from June 3-5, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For information visit or




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