Live Blog: Hexagon 2012 Opening Session
The Hexagon 2012 conference kicked off this morning in Las Vegas with 3,031 people from a diverse group of industries various industries from utilities, communications, public service, automotive, plant, marine, government, security, and more. Attendees have come from 76 countries, include 60 sponsors, with 400+ sessions that amount to 29,000 hours of education.
The opening session started with a narrated piece paraphrased below:
Thousands of years ago, we differentiated ourselves from other animals by learning to think about what could be. Data is being gathered at an exponentially accelerating pace. This information holds great power. Two thirds of our brain is dedicated to the analysis of visual stimuli, we think best when we can visualize our challenges. A single stream of data can hold a wealth of rich and multifaceted information, but its true power surfaces when combined with other streams. The power to compare, analyze and visualize is unbounded. New relationships are formed, Unexpected patterns emerge, new outcomes are found, new thinking arrives. Hexagon is uniquely equipped to deal with these enormous volumes of information, allowing the world’s brightest minds to think differently, think bigger, think better, think more.
Hexagon president Ola Rollen introduced the theme of Think Forward that was illustrated with several examples of those that didn’t think ahead. The fact is that life is speeding up. With population growth, the demand for resources is 30% greater than it was 30 years ago. Natural disasters are having a greater impact. We can’t all have the same level of resources as the western world.
We need to think forward to improve productivity, and make better use of resources. We need actionable information that is:
Jurgen Dold, president of Leica Geosystems, then spoke to changes that will happen, but we don’t know where or when. Leica Geosystems tools provide the ability to detect changes.
- The Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck used Leica measurement to manage the wreck and get everyone out safely
- Leica GNSS systems in the runways of the Tokyo airport, to know in real-time if the airport is still functional when an earthquake occurs
- Mining where you need to constantly measure the earth, to detect dangers in the mines
- 3 Gorges Dam in China were built with Leica tools, and now are monitored with these same tools
With visualization and communication tools, Intergraph informs who need to be informed. The NAIP program flies 4.3 million square km in three months, a monumental task equal to seven times the area of Germany. Highly efficient workflow now with imagery delivered raw, and quality imagery streaming online by 10 p.m.
With the same aerial imagery, we can automatically create accurate 3D models. Today the fusion of 2D maps, street view images, aerial imagery, oblique views and other inputs are fused thanks to the solutions provided by myVR Software (just purchased 14 days ago).
The Intergraph SGI president John Graham spoke to big problems that need solutions. Some of the examples presented were:
- the Dublin Regional Water authority where there’s a new level needed because water will become as valuable as oil. With Intergraph’s gWater solution they streamlined operations.
- E.ON Bayern AG in Germany aligned the needs of customers in the utility sector and merged operations with another utility
- the City of Hamilton, Canada with 500,000 residents worked to manage capital expenditures with reducing budgets to simplify workflows and centralize work orders
- CISPDR in China are managing dams and risk with Intergraph solutions.
Next up was Norbert Hanke, president of Metrology, where there is zero tolerance for error, with increased accuracy of measurement that avoids waste and improves manufacturing throughput.
- in the automotive sector the increased accuracy of measurement is streamlining assembly. In addtion, Hendrick Motor Sports, winners of the recent Indy 500, are using Hexagon Metrology technology to adjust cars for speed and handling
- in the aerospace sector Hexagon Metrology was used to ensure the accurate assembly of the Mars Rover
- in wind energy the accuracy of wind blades is extremely important, Hexagon tools are used for assembly, with laser trackers to aid assembly
- in the medical sector Hexagon metrology makes sure that replacement parts (knees, hips, etc.) are the right fit
The next president was Gerhard Sallinger of Intergraph’s Process, Power & Marine, with examples of how Intergraph products are being used around the globe.
- the world’s largest underground copper mine, El Teniente in Chile, used Intergraph software to help double the output of the mine using the new Smart 3D software.
- plant operations are addressed with SmartPlant Owner Operators with data management systems for interoperability of data and documents, with more than 500 customers worldwide. Here, they have combined Intergraph plant with Leica Geosystems laser scanning to offer a 3D immersive view using an iPad to feel as if you’re standing in the plant or walk around and navigate.
President Ola Rollén,returned to the stage to set the course for the coming 12 months. Accuracy is an increasing interest across the divisions, and the company is poised to deliver sensoring technology across three and four dimensions. The company is also investing to improve processing and the quick delivery of data. The company continues to invest in databases to send, receive and take action on information. The company also aims to improve workflows in order to reduce cost of operations to measure everything that is vital. Mobile delivery to bring data into the real world is an overriding company objective.
Hexagon aims to create a network where we can act on actionable information now. Making customers more efficient to compete on the world market is their goal. The workflow involves capturing the real world, capturing the model, feeding it into software where you compare the real world to the design, so that the actions will improve the real world. It’s a back and forth and ongoing process, to help people understand what the real world is about through the modeling world.
Many of the presenters provided a cross-section view toward integrating products, with a few notable examples in the 3D scanning and modeling arena. The company has come a long way in one year’s time at this second integrated Hexagon Conference, and there’s a lot to learn this week.