Singapore will play host to a new event in 2020 aiming to take advantage of the pivotal position of geospatial information in South East Asia’s rapidly growing knowledge-focused economy.
GeoConnect Asia 2020 will be held on 18-19 March in Suntec, Singapore, focusing on opportunities presented by the ten ASEAN countries, with a population exceeding 650 million and a combined GDP of USD1.3 trillion.
The inaugural exhibition will be supported by what organisers are calling a thought leadership-driven conference titled ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’ and expert stages for the mining and construction industries. The agenda is still taking shape but already confirmed speakers represent some of the industry’s biggest companies and institutions, including Trimble Navigation, Orbital Insight, the Geospatial Intelligence Center, SMARTSEL and the Singapore Land Authority.
The event will focus on markets that are essential to the development of the South East Asian markets including asset management, building & construction, infrastructure, logistics, mining, precision agriculture, real estate, smart cities, and transport & mobility.
The show is expected to attract 65 participating companies and 2,300 visitors, largely from the ASEAN/Australasian regions.
The show profiles include AI solutions, AR/VR, aerial photography & surveying, building information modelling (BIM), earth observation & satellite, LiDAR, location intelligence solutions, mapping & surveying technologies, remote sensing and UAV.
GeoConnect Asia 2020 is supported by the Singapore Land Authority and its start-up partner organisation Geoworks.
Chief executive of Singapore Land Authority (SLA) Mr Tan Boon Khai said: “We are delighted to support the launch of a new regional event that can drive the adoption of geospatial technology, applications and data in Singapore and the wider ASEAN region. Geospatial forms one of the key foundations that drives any country’s ambitions towards a Smart City, as it ultimately helps advance the country’s economic growth and productivity, by improving business planning and resource management. GeoWorks was developed to encourage such an entrepreneurial approach towards the development of geospatial technology and applications, with the intent of sharing expertise and experiences between the public and private sectors.”
In addition to the exhibition and conference, a plenary session will include a leadership panel enabling ministries and government departments from across the ASEAN region to discuss cross-border issues and standards.
GeoConnect Asia 2020 has received support from membership organisations with a strong focus on strategies for national mapping agencies and the construction and civil engineering sectors, including Ordnance Survey, RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and ICE, the Institution of Civil Engineers.