GEO Business 2024: unveiling geospatial breakthroughs and cultivating industry synergy

GEO Business 2024: unveiling geospatial breakthroughs and cultivating industry synergy

Held at ExCeL London from 5–6 June, GEO Business showcased leading-edge geospatial technologies, ground-breaking innovations and an insightful education programme. The vibrant event served as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and exploration of emerging trends. The bustling show floor featured 130 leading companies, start-ups, industry bodies and organizations at the forefront of geospatial.  

Praneeta Apidepally, director at Techwave, commented: “The atmosphere at GEO Business 2024 was electrifying. It was fantastic to see some incredible new technology and have insightful, open discussions with everyone.” William Rees, Chartered Land Surveyor, WD Rees & Sons, echoed this, stating: “If you’re in the geospatial industry, GEO Business is a must as it’s a focal point to meet for both social and business.” 

The successful show brought a broad range of representatives from the geospatial industry together, fostering collaboration and unlocking new opportunities for growth. Holger Kessler, senior stakeholder manager at AtkinsRéalis, highlighted the value of face-to-face interactions: “It was superb to see so many friends and colleagues at GEO Business – and also to make such great new connections. Meeting people face-to-face at conferences and workshops is absolutely essential to build trust and collaborations and to generate new ideas and innovation.”

In agreement was Shirish Payasi, director of Networked Industries at Tata Consultancy Services, who dubbed the expo a ‘must attend event’. 

Latest solutions from leading geospatial brands

Attendees had the opportunity to experience live demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies, including 3D visualization, aerial mapping, BIM, GIS/GNSS, laser scanning and Lidar, machine learning and AI, mobile mapping, photogrammetry, point clouds, reality capture, remote sensing, robotics and automation, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)/drones visualization, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and more.

The leading equipment manufacturers, software companies and service providers that exhibited included Coptrz, Esri UK, FARO Technologies, Flai Ai, JAVAD GNSS, NavVis, Radiodetection, RIEGL, Screening Eagle, SEP Geospatial, Spyrosoft and Survey Max. Commenting on their visit, Barnes Fernández, a civil engineering firm, shared this on social media: “We had the unique opportunity to discover the latest solutions from leading geospatial brands. We also had the chance to connect and network with other professionals, exchanging ideas and forging new collaborations. We look forward to implementing these insights.” 

This immersive exhibition unveiled the next generation of geospatial solutions, providing a glimpse into how these advancements are reshaping industries and revolutionizing data-driven decision-making. 

Wide range of topics 

The CPD-accredited education programme at GEO Business was hosted across eight stages, including two that were brand new for 2024. Over 150 carefully curated talks, workshops and demos were presented by expert speakers from across the profession. Topics covered a range of applications for geospatial, including infrastructure, GIS and data, surveying and mapping, satellites, drones, UAVs and the built environment. Speakers from Google, Microsoft, Jacobs, Ordnance Survey, Network Rail, the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), Devon and Cornwall Police, 1Spatial, the Satellite Applications Catapult and the British Geological Survey were just a few examples of big names in geospatial who were part of the line-up. 

Simon Navin, development director at Dalcour Maclaren, is a regular speaker at the event and commented: “GEO Business is the premier geospatial event in Europe. Not only does it bring together experienced geospatial professionals, but it also offers a platform for those in the early stages of their career to share their knowledge, build their networks and challenge the norm. As the need for greater location intelligence grows, GEO Business provides the insight into how value can be created, how innovative technologies can be utilized and what skills and capabilities will be needed to support a location data-driven future.” 

Register now for GEO Business 2025

GEO Business 2024 exceeded expectations and set the stage for even greater advancements in geospatial technology and collaboration. The 2025 edition will take place on 4–5 June. For more information and to register your interest, see here.

Photo collage of GEO Business 2024, capturing the event's dynamic and vibrant atmosphere. (Image courtesy: Diversified Communications)
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