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May 2015


Where Is 3D Mapping Headed?

Find out at the 2015 Esri 3D Mapping Forum

By Mark Cygan
Manager, Esri Mapping and Statistics Team

Esri 3D Mapping Forum
When: July 18–19, 2015
Where: Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, California
More information: Visit the 3D Mapping Forum website to view the agenda and register.

You will pick up 3D mapping ideas from your peers at the forum.
You will pick up 3D mapping ideas from your peers at the forum.

Esri will host the 3D Mapping Forum the weekend before the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California.

The conference brings together thought leaders to share the latest innovations and applications in GIS, a technology that seems limited only by the imagination. The same applies to 3D mapping.

For the past four years, the Esri 3D Mapping Forum has generated increased interest in 3D mapping and related technologies and effectively helped grow the market. Today, there is greater demand for accurate and up-to-date 3D mapping data as its value becomes more apparent in wide-ranging industries—national and local government, national security, infrastructure, natural-disaster response, and many others. Because of this, the forum brings together people from many different areas, both private and governmental, that recognize the need for 3D mapping.

Some mapping organizations want to know if they can just extend their existing 2D maps into the 3D world. Others want to learn how to capture and maintain 3D data from imagery that's taken from multiple perspectives, such as lidar or photogrammetry. These organizations also want to know how to create dynamic 3D information products.

If your organization is interested in the future of 3D mapping, Esri's Mark Cygan encourages you to attend the forum.
If your organization is interested in the future of 3D mapping, Esri's Mark Cygan encourages you to attend the forum.

This year, forum attendees will learn how 3D mapping is evolving and how they can address their customers' needs and requirements. Attendees will also hear about how their peers are implementing 3D mapping and what type of technology Esri provides to help enable 3D mapping and analysis.

The presenters will include a senior officer from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, who will talk about emerging standards in 3D imagery. Other speakers will talk about the role of unmanned aerial vehicles for 3D data collection and the part 3D data plays in developing smart cities with Esri CityEngine and other components of the ArcGIS platform. Breakout sessions will delve into multiscale mapping ranging from the global to local and indoor levels.

"The Esri 3D Mapping Forum is the only event in the world focusing on 3D GIS and where you can see the future of mapping," said Steve Snow, a maps specialist at Esri.

This forum is open to Esri software users. Register today.

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