INTERGEO 2008 in Bremen: Knowledge and Action for Planet Earth

Bremen, Germany, 30 September – 2 October 2008

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INTERGEO 2008 was held in Bremen, the Free Hanseatic City 30 September – 2 October 2008. The city was for three days the focal point of the international geo community where over 15,000 experts from all five continents attended the world's biggest congress trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. A total of 24,000 square meters of exhibition space was taken up by around 500 companies. The Intergeo conference was attended by about 1,200 participants, who followed technical presentations in two parallel sessions, Intergeo Forum and the Geodetic Week for all three days. At the opening ceremony the keynote presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Mathematic and Scientist of the year in 2005, who made an exciting presentation “From Order to Chaos – from Chaos to Order”. The INTERGEO was also historical in the sense that President of DVW Hagen Graeff opened the INTERGEO for the last time as he will step off from the DVW presidency at the end of this year.

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Hagen Graeff, President of DVW making his opening address.

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DVW booth at the exhibition.
 

INTERGEO has become more and more international and this time the number of visitors outside Germany has increased to around 20 percent and the number of non-German exhibitors to almost 30 percent.

President Graeff from DVW that is the organiser of INTERGEO, was very positive about the success of his last INTERGEO: “INTERGEO 2008 has shown how strongly the industry is currently developing. It is incorporating all kinds of different areas in order to be able to tackle the challenges faced by society." He pointed in particular to this year's key topics: environment, geo-caching, satellite systems, flood protection, polar research and the creation of geodata infrastructures such as INSPIRE and GDI.DE.

The FIG Director attended INTERGEO 2008 as the FIG representative. He attended the Opening Ceremony and some of the conference sessions as well as the exhibition. During the tradeshow he had also several meetings with the major FIG corporate members who as normally attended the tradeshow. INTERGEO offered excellent opportunities not only to get familiar with the latest development in technology but also to improve co-operation between the corporate members and FIG. Good discussions on co-operation were had among others with e.g. Trimble, ESRI and Bentley on general co-operation and participation to the next FIG events in Eilat, Hanoi and Sydney.

The FIG Director met also with representatives of several FIG member associations and members including Australia, Austria, Germany, Ghana, Russia and Ukraine.

INTERGEO 2009 will be taking place from 22nd to 24th September 2009 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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The City Hall of Bremen is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument.

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The old harbour quarters Schnoor in Bremen.
 

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Bentley - FIG Platinum Corporate Member.

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ESRI - FIG Platinum Corporate Member.

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Leica Geosystems - FIG Platinum Corporate Member.

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TOPCON - FIG Platinum Corporate Member.

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Trimble - FIG Platinum Corporate Member.

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Sokkia - FIG Gold Corporate Member.


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