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Geo Connect Asia 2020 Conference to kick-start in Singapore

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An expanding list of industry leaders will be joining South East Asia’s first-ever geospatial services and location intelligence event taking place on 18 and 19 March at Suntec, Singapore with theme ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’.

The Geo Connect Asia 2020 will be open the event with a ministerial welcome address by the Singapore government’s Minister-in-Charge of The Smart Nation Initiative Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan. Several new global exhibitors and sponsors will be bringing their latest technologies and innovations together with a new Gold sponsor Airbus from France, and Silver Sponsor Hexagon Ab from Sweden. Trimble Inc; from The United States will also be joining as a Platinum sponsor.

The said conference will also feature leading technology and non-government organizations with representatives from the likes of the World Bank, Southeast Asian mobile technology giant Grab, the UK government’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey among others.

Geo Connect Asia 2020 is supported by GeoWorks, an industry Centre set up by the Singapore Land Authority, under the Singapore Geospatial Master Plan to bring together geospatial businesses, sectoral users, research institutions and the government to foster a vibrant geospatial ecosystem in Singapore.

One of the Conference keynotes will be delivered by Professor Dr Hasanuddin Zainal Abidin M.Sc,. head of the Geospatial Information Agency of the Government of Indonesia. Hasanuddin’s speech will highlight the challenges facing Jakarta as the city suffers from rising sea levels and land subsidence, and explore how geospatial technologies can be utilised in the search for a solution. The extraction of groundwater in Jakarta has led to significant land subsidence, and Indonesia’s capital is now sinking by 12 centimetres (4.7 inches) per year in northern areas of the city.

Other prominent speakers include Bart De Lathouwer, President of the Open Geospatial Consortium; Mark Roberts, Senior Economist at the World Bank; Philipp Kandal, Head of Engineering, Geo, at Grab; Nimrod Dor, Head of Business Development, Mobileye; as well as Sean Wild, Chief Product Officer at Up42, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space. The Expert Stage is the platform for vertical market conferences for the mining and construction industries on the 19th of March. ‘The Connected Mine’ Conference will be chaired by Ben Lawson, Vice President of the Djakarta Mining Club and will be headlined by David Dickson, Global Industry Transformation Leader, IBM. The Digital Construction Conference, ‘Digitalising projects and connected workflow’, will open with a keynote from Bart De Lathouwer titled ‘Transforming and pushing boundaries of digital construction with AI’.

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