News in 2015
InterGeo 2015 – FIG was present with a stand
15-17 September 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany
INTERGEO 2015 was held in Stuttgart, Germany from 15-17 September
2015. INTERGEO is the world’s largest trade fair for geodesy,
geoinformation and land management and is one of the key platforms for
industry dialogue since it covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from
surveying, geoinformation, remote sensing and photogrammetry to
complementary solutions and technologies.
The exhibition was as always remarkable, and INTERGEO scored 15
percent growth in exhibitors and floorspace and attracted a very
impressive 16,500 visitors. 3 large halls were filled with the latest
news within Geoinformation. This year more than 500 exhibitors showcased
their products and applications in a digital world. Applications on and
around Geoinformation are socially relevant areas for the future.
In conjunction with the trade exhibition a conference was held
revolving around the future of the industry or “Geospatial 4.0”.
The opening that took place at Stuttgart’s Kunstmuseum was led by DVW
President Prof. Dr. -Ing. Karl-Friedrich Thöne who
welcomed both German and International representatives, hereunder FIG
President Chryssy Potsiou. Representatives from Baden
Württemberg and Germany elaborated over “Geospatial 4.0”. According to
DVW president Karl-Friedrich Thöne, the key theme at
INTERGEO 2015 holds the potential to launch a new era as the intelligent
networking enabled by Geospatial 4.0 will bring with it revolutionary
The INTERGEO Conference showcased and discussed current topics from
fields of geodesy, geoinformation, land management and cartography.
At the first plenary session ICA President Prof. Georg
Gartner and Chris Cappelli (ESRI) outlined
their visions for the future of maps and the maps of the future. The
challenge today is not to get information – there is plenty of
information available, but to use the information intelligently. Maps
are an excellent tool for the more intelligently use of information.
The second plenary session was held as a panel discussion between
CEOs Ola Rollen (Hexagon), Bryn Fosburgh
(Trimble) and Chris Cappelli (Esri) with an
introduction by Bengt Kjellson as the Chair of the
European UN-GGIM. Durk Haarsma (GIM International)
moderated the session. Apart from the same key message from the day
before the main message from the three Corporate representatives was
“Education” and also that governments and UN-entities should be more
willing to make decisions. The industry is willing to cooperate but some
overall directions are needed.
FIG President Chryssy Potsiou and Vice President
Rudolf Staiger attended INTERGEO. They, together with FIG
Manager Louise Friis-Hansen, had meetings with the
major FIG corporate members, with other international representatives,
and also with various member associations.
FIG President Dr.
Chryssy Potsiou and Prof.
Charalabos Ioannidis together with DVW representatives.
John Hohol, Chair of Task for Corporate Members and
president of FIG Foundation also attended INTERGEO and had meetings with
potentially new corporate members.
Again this year FIG had a stand. The FIG stand offered various
information and about Christchurch, New Zealand and of course also about
the FIG Working Week 2016. Hopefully many were inspired to attend the
Working Week 2016 either as participant or exhibitor/sponsor. The
Working Week takes place in post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand
from 2-6 May 2016. More information at
The FIG representatives had the chance to talk with many visitors,
both those who play an active role within FIG and also many who through
the exhibition got acquainted with FIG and the work FIG is undertaking
throughout the world.
Pekka Halme, the co-conference director of the 2017
FIG Working Week attended INTERGEO Tuesday where he had a meeting with
the FIG Office where the progress of the preparations for the Working
Week was discussed. More information at
The FIG Task Force on Commission Structure had a meeting during
INTERGEO. The meeting was attended by the chair of the Task Force
Mikael Lilje, Sweden, Henning Elmstrøm,
Denmark, Frank Friesecke, Germany, Jürg
Kaufmann, Switzerland and Stephen Djaba,
Ghana. The next meeting will be held in November in Copenhagen.
The FIG Stand was very busy. Joel van
Cranenbroeck talks with FIG President Chryssy Potsiou and Hanne
Elster from the FIG Office.
From left: Rudolf Staiger, Casper Fibæk,
Hanne Elster, Claudia Stormoen and Louise Friis-Hansen
The FIG Stand at INTERGEO
INTERGEO 2016 will be held in Hamburg from 11 to 13 October.
26 September 2015