Flagship geospatial and location intelligence trade show Geo Connect Asia 2022 kicks off Singapore

Flagship geospatial and location intelligence trade show Geo Connect Asia 2022 kicks off in Singapore


The two-day exhibition and conference aim to reconnect the industry and build momentum for the continued development of geospatial capabilities




Geo Connect Asia (GCA) 2022, the second edition of Southeast Asia’s flagship geospatial and location intelligence industry trade show and conference, opens today at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore. The two-day event, organised by Montgomery Asia, will welcome over 2,000 professional visitors and delegates. The show will encompass a wide range of solutions including digital construction, surveying and monitoring equipment, sensors, satellite tracking, drones, robotics and mapping solutions, amongst many others.


Guest of Honour Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law; Rupert Owen, Co-Founder of Geo Connect Asia; and Colin Low, Chief Executive of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), addressed visitors, delegates and exhibitors in their opening speeches. The opening ceremony was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SLA and the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) to jointly promote awareness of geospatial technologies and organise joint events as well as capability development programs that can provide solutions to address the challenges faced by the real estate and related industries.

Themed “Geospatial & Location Intelligence Solutions for Asia – Underground, Land & Sea to Sky”, GCA 2022 addresses the increasing interplay between ground and satellite technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics. Over 40 leading companies from 14 countries, such as Trimble, Planet, Screening Eagle, Leica Geosystems, Synspective and Vizzio Technologies, will showcase their latest technologies and solutions for government and not-for-profit markets and multiple industry verticals.


GCA 2022 is held alongside its two complementary industry events – Digital Construction Asia (DCA) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Asia – and will comprise a virtual component on www.GeoConnectAsia.com, where all attendees can schedule meetings to meet online and onsite with the exhibitors and watch the live streamed conference.


Rupert Owen, Co-founder of Geo Connect Asia, said, “Montgomery Asia is excited to host the second edition of GCA and is pleased to welcome the increasing number of international exhibitors, combined with a growing international delegate and visitor attendance. It is a real achievement to receive the support of over 60 industry partners, and we would especially like to thank SLA for their continued support as GCA’s strategic partner, enabling us to create a high-level conference programme for the geospatial community.”


There is rapidly growing momentum towards a Geospatial 4.0 world, and the global community has seen the potential of geospatial solutions becoming more applicable in many fields and sectors. From urban planning and smart infrastructure to forestry management and the environment, geospatial technologies are revolutionising the way we capture, analyse and present data to develop sustainable solutions. As of 2022, the global geospatial market is estimated to be worth US$452 billion, and is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.61% to reach an estimated US$681 billion by 2025.


Colin Low, Chief Executive at SLA, said, “The geospatial community continues to rapidly expand and develop ground-breaking technologies to solve the challenges of today. SLA, through GCA 2022, looks forward to bringing value to the geospatial community by supporting a platform for the sharing of knowledge, common interests, expanding business opportunities and bridging industries for cross-sector collaboration and growth.”


The Geo Market Place

The main exhibition showground – the Geo Market Place – brings together a comprehensive spectrum of leading solution providers to meet visitors’ sourcing needs and facilitate business processes. At the Singapore Pavilion led by SGTech, 12 companies – Viscoy, YJP Surveyors, Heron Technology, IDI Laser, HSC Pipeline Engineering, Mapxus, Mogul, Masterscan, Credent Asia, My Learn Zone, MF Media Academy and NDT Instruments – are showcasing their latest advanced technologies and products.


Renowned local and international brands make up the rest of Geo Market Place, featuring geospatial technologies (such as Leica Geosystems part of Hexagon, Riegl, Trimble, 3D Target, Planet and more), Digital Construction (such as Screening Eagle, Vizzio, Omnidots, SoftwareONE and more) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (such as Wingtra, AECA and more).


Geo Connect Asia Conference

A centrepiece of GCA 2022 is the Geo Connect Asia 2022 Conference themed “Imagination meets reality: placing geospatial solutions at the heart of decision-making”. It aims to address key issues of data collection, storage, interoperability and utilisation, and showcase the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics in spurring our advancement towards a Geospatial 4.0 world.

The conference programme comprises over ten fireside chats featuring over 60 prominent industry speakers, panellists and moderators, including:

  • John Whitehead, Senior Director of Sales and Distribution, APAC of Trimble Inc

  • Nina Yang, Vice President of Singapore Institute of Planners

  • Pavel Bains, Co-founder and Executive Producer of MixMob

  • Richard Koh, Chief Technology & Security Officer of Microsoft Singapore

  • Zurina Moktar, Head of Science & Technology Division of The ASEAN Secretariat

The main conference themes cover a comprehensive range of topics, including:

  • The metaverse - meanings, myths & opportunities

  • How urban planning in Asia can meet challenges, set new standards and deliver thriving places

  • Managing the future of urban data to address the key issues of structure and sovereignty

  • Recycle, renew, refresh: the repurposing of the urban landscape

  • Biodiversity and the greening of communities

  • Connecting data and digital twins for sustainable communities

  • Geospatial innovations for sustainable transportation and customer satisfaction

  • Earth observations & satellite innovations

  • Geo AI & robotics: improving performance using tracking, location and automation solutions

  • Drones for good and goods: building excellence across ASEAN

  • Innovative drone-based solutions – revolutionising business applications

To view the conference agenda, click here.


The following Expert Stage programmes have also been curated to further drive industry collaboration in a lively and engaging manner, featuring over 30 industry professionals and thought leaders from across the globe:

  • Digital Construction Asia Masterclass

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Asia

  • Digital Underground Connect

To view the expert stage programmes, click here.


A non-stop and free-to-attend series of over 30 Tech Talks will also be presented on the show floor, where companies will present topics such as augmented reality, high-productivity asset inspections and enterprise digitalisation.


To view the Tech Talk programme, click here.


Sponsors

Supporting this year’s edition of GCA is a prestigious line-up of sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor Trimble, Silver Sponsor Planet, and Associated Sponsors AECOM, IBM, Screening Eagle and Synspective.


Kevin Weil, President of Product and Business at Planet, said, “Following GCA’s highly successful inaugural edition last year, Planet is proud to return as an exhibitor and sponsor. We look forward to sharing best industry practices at the Conference, networking with other industry players, and showcasing remote-sensing capabilities for multiple industry applications.”


Industry Partners

GCA 2022 is also well-supported by over 60 trade organisations, associations and government agencies, including the Construction Industry Joint Committee (CIJC), GovTech Singapore (GovTech), Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), National Parks Board (NParks) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Strategic Partners include the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), SLA’s Geospatial Industry Centre, GeoWorks, and SGTech as the association lead for the Singapore Pavilion. Joining them this year is a host of local and regional Supporting Partners, which include the Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore (AAIS), Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore (ACES), the Container Depot Association (Singapore) [CDAS Logistics Alliance (Ltd)], the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Malaysia UAV Development Association (MUDA), the Micro Builders Association Singapore (MBAS), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Project Management Association Singapore (PMAS), the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (REDAS), the Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL), the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV), the SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SMU IIE), the Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore (STAS), National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC), Nordic Innovation House, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Smart Cities Network and the World UAV Federation – Malaysia Chapter (WUAVF), among others.


Industry Ambassadors & Conference Advisors

Throughout GCA 2022, leading industry experts from the sector will be sharing insights, trends and challenges from the region and beyond. Industry Ambassadors include Argoon Chuang, Digital Consulting Lead, Asia, at AECOM; Farizan d’Avezac de Moran, Founding Partner at GreenA Consultants; Gerry Ong, President of the ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying & Geomatics; Jan Schoderer, Sales Director, APAC at Vexcel Imaging; John Whitehead, Senior Director of Sales and Distribution, APAC, at Trimble Inc; Lanita Idrus, Publisher at The Asia Miner; Marcus Lim, Head of Strategic Partnerships (APAC), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Matt Benson, Senior Director of Think City; and Ng Siau Yong, Director, Geospatial Data Division and Chief Data Officer at Singapore Land Authority.


A Conference Advisory Board, comprising Andrew Bevan, Technical and Digital Services Director, Asia at Jacobs and Erika Fille T. Legara, Aboitiz Chair in Data Science at Asian Institute of Management, has also been convened to oversee the overall strategy, direction and content of the GCA Conference.


Registered in-person & virtual attendees will receive via email a link to access the Digital Event Platform online. For the latest updates and announcements, visit www.GeoConnectAsia.com.


To register for a complimentary trade visitor pass to the exhibition, visit www.GeoConnectAsia.com/register.