Although we gathered Monday evening at the welcome reception to celebrate and take a look at the many innovative solutions springing from the creative minds we have at Hexagon, Tuesday is when we really got down to business, and it was a day and night to remember.
Our CEO and President, Ola Rollén, kicked things off in his buoyant style with an engaging and introspective keynote address. His opening remarks included mention of the long journeys so many attendees have made to be here. He recognized a few who came from as far away as South Africa, New Zealand and China, reminding us again of the vastness of the Hexagon family. He shared social media comments posted by actual attendees that reflected how eager they are to experience HxGN LIVE and the many reasons that draw them to the event year after year.
Ola then segued into the core of his address. With a focus on big data and the information surge, he described data as the new natural resource. With this in mind, he spoke about the role Hexagon technologies play in solving global challenges and helping our customers gain a competitive edge. As with most processes these days, it’s about doing things smarter, faster and cheaper. Ola discussed how smart solutions are the future, shaping the way we work and live, while enabling our customers to achieve their productivity and development goals. Smart solutions lead to actionable information, and this information enables us the work smarter in several key areas including:
- Smart infrastructure – cost, time and accuracy
- Smart resources – maximizing project return and safe uptime
- Smart safety – right place, right time, right info
- Smart manufacturing – cost, quality and throughput
The day continued with divisional keynotes. Norbert Hanke, president of Hexagon Metrology, kept the momentum going with a discussion that provided an overview of activities ranging from metrology strategy to the division’s rebranding. With energy and excitement as he spoke of the present and future, Norbert described how our metrology technologies are being applied to help solve the challenges that manufacturers are facing today.
One of the exciting new ventures is our synergetic solution Smart Assembly. Smart Assembly is a collaborative effort between Intergraph, Hexagon Metrology, New River Kinematics (NRK, part of Hexagon Metrology) and Leica Geosystems.
Smart Assembly is Hexagon’s innovative way to link design information to the build workflow for large-scale construction projects. By integrating Intergraph’s SmartPlant Foundation with measurement data obtained by SpatialAnalyzer, the flagship offering of NRK, and the precision equipment of Hexagon Metrology and Leica Geosystems, it now is possible to have visibility of the dimensional quality of the parts, automating and optimising processes.
Smart Assembly will improve the workflow process for manufacturers that build ships, trains, trucks and more. Norbert provided some pretty sobering stats about the automotive assembly process – with very specific assembly requirements, the smallest error can end up costing as much as $25 thousand per minute every time the production line is stopped.
With connectivity essential to meeting increasing performance expectations, Hexagon Geosystems President Jürgen Dold shared what Leica Geosystems is doing to connect the world through the use of innovative technology combined with intuitive workflows that help customers make faster and smarter decisions.
Their big announcement of the day was the official release of the revolutionary Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation. Geosystems has teased us for months with the campaign “Change is Coming,” and the result is well worth it. The MS50 is an all-in-one measurement solution designed to provide users a complete and seamless workflow. It integrates advanced measurement technology, modern and intuitive field software, intelligent office software and Leica Geosystems’ first-class services to give users the ability to make faster, smarter decisions, across an unprecedented range of applications. It’s the world’s first MultiStation that combines scanning, total station, imaging and GNSS positioning in one instrument to deliver fast and reliable results.
Intergraph SG&I President John Graham gave us a glimpse of the future and how smart solutions factor in helping create safer cities, better services and more reliable infrastructure. John highlighted Geospatial 2013, examined the trends that are shaping the future from intelligent policing to cloud services to the extension of data collection and operations into the field through unmanned drones, mobile technologies and more.
John told several success stories including how Intergraph is helping police officers in New Zealand protect and serve. Earlier this year, New Zealand Police, the unified national law enforcement agency, deployed smartphones and tablets featuring Intergraph® technology to more than 6,000 frontline officers. He mentioned the city of Edmonton in Canada, which has seen a 40% reduction in vehicle accidents thanks to help from Intergraph solutions that allow officials to review and analyze traffic patterns.
John also announced this year’s Icon Award winners – congratulations to Anglian Water, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, Christchurch City Council and Oncor!
The day came to a close with a reception at the MGM Grand’s newest venue, Hakkasan, a club that fuses modern aesthetics with traditional Chinese motifs. Everyone had a great time as they visited and networked with friends and colleagues. And based on stories heard around the breakout refreshment tables today, there were plenty of “after parties,” where people got out of the hotel and enjoyed the sights and activities Las Vegas has to offer.
Launching HxGN News
Actually, there has been a lot of emphasis this week on storytelling, and the one of the ways we’re doing this is through our new web site, hxgnnews.com. Launched on Monday, this “all news” channel provides exposure to what the brands are doing to bring value to customers everywhere. Serving as the primary platform for sharing stories of innovation and success, HxGN News is reaching out through articles, blog posts, video and live broadcasts – offering news, insight and opinions designed to leave a lasting impact.
And for the first time, we’re streaming the conference – more than eight hours over three days – out to the world. Anyone who isn’t here in person can still get the 4-1-1 on the most in-demand sessions and events via their computer or mobile device.
We’re thrilled to truly bring the conference to life through the use of a variety of media.
Providing news our customers, partners and employees can use to create a smarter, better world for all – that’s shaping change.