It seems we just got started, and alas, it’s already over.
Last week the curtain came down on what has been described by so many as the best annual conference ever. With more than 3 500 in attendance, more than 400 sessions and the excitement of new media capturing every second, HxGN LIVE has been one for the record books.
Things started off in high gear Monday, 3 June and never slowed down. And despite the three-day juggernaut of activity that preceded it, HxGN LIVE’s final day was energetic and exhilarating.
This year, Hexagon introduced HxGN LIVE – a conference name that, as Ola Rollén noted in his keynote, truly represented the global network that encompasses Hexagon. More than 70 countries were represented this year in Las Vegas, showcasing the breadth of Hexagon’s reach. What else made HxGN LIVE a global affair?
- HxGN LIVE TV. More than 8 500 people from around the world tuned in throughout the conference to watch events unfold. For the first time, Hexagon streamed eight hours of event coverage each day, bringing HxGN LIVE to those who were unable to attend.
- The Zone. Perhaps some of the greatest stories to come out of HxGN LIVE last week were in The Zone, which housed 45 000 square feet of Hexagon technologies.
- Synergies. Several new synergy projects were announced this week including Hexagon Metrology and Intergraph PP&M’s Smart Assembly and Intergaph SG&I and Leica Geosystems’ Smart City. During the Keynote Series premiere, the divisional presidents gathered on stage to discuss their new technologies.
- Networking. HxGN LIVE hosted three great evening events that all took on a personality of their own. From bringing the attendees together in The Zone to an evening at an upscale nightclub to an interactive live talent show, the events were top-notch. Each track also hosted luncheons and evening events, where attendees got the chance to mingle with colleagues. Networking wasn’t limited to events – the conference was filled with opportunities to connect with Hexagon and other attendees via social media, video and blogging.
The week’s energy didn’t stop on day four. Here is the rundown of the final day at HxGN LIVE:
IntergraphPP&M and SG&I
Process, Power & Marine track attendees roused early Thursday, 6 June to hear a keynote speech from Mirko Stock and Satish Hota of Intergraph PP&M and Chris Thewalt of Leica Geosystems, who addressed a pressing issue among industrial facility owners – how engineering information can brighten their financial picture. PP&M industry professionals also learned how the world’s largest scientific construction project – the ITER nuclear fusion plant under construction in France – uses SmartPlant Enterprise.
SG&I track-goers spent time learning about the Geospatial 2013 portfolio, discussing sustainable management of natural resources, detecting changes in forestry and agriculture, managing spatial data for seaports and mapmaking for defense and more. Meanwhile, other attendees heard about the success of the New Zealand Police’s utilisation of Intergraph mobile technology.
Also on Thursday, PC-DMIS users viewed portable measurement strategies for the ROMER arm, time-saving offline programming strategies, custom user interfaces, parametric programming and more. In two other amazing sessions, presenters showed how metrology is being used in proton beam therapy for cancer. Throughout the week, metrology attendees were given the chance to bring actual parts to engineers for measurement and programming, which was a practical and hands-on approach that they seemed to really enjoy.
Users of Leica Geosystems’ High-Definition Surveying systems networked at lunch and offered insightful product suggestions. Forensics engineers looked at HDS for investigating fire, crime and building collapse scenes. Heritage building engineers virtually traveled to Atlantic City and back in time to the Forum in Rome and an underground archaeological village.Meanwhile, other geosystems professionals moved forward “Into the Drone Age” or learned about CORS/SmartNet and asset collection/GIS.
See You Next Year
All good things must come to an end, but cheer up – only 365 days, give or take a few, until the next HxGN LIVE. We’ll be back again at the MGM Grand in Vegas 2-5 June 2014. So keep the momentum going and make your plans to attend today. Simply register online at hxgnlive.com/2014.
Four days, four tracks, 400 sessions of innovation – that’s shaping change.