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2023 Esri Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference

Palm Springs will host the Esri Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference (IMGIS) in two weeks (October 10 – 12, 2023). With the theme, “Building a sustainable and connected future”, this event promises to bring together designers, engineers, contractors, and infrastructure operators to determine the future of our built environment.

The important decisions AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) professionals make have far-reaching effects. They have the authority and responsibility to build, renew, and alter infrastructure, making choices that have long-term consequences for energy consumption, natural resource availability, the well-being of our communities, and the long-term health of our planet.

The importance of our infrastructure needs must be addressed in today’s world when resource demand is growing. The World Bank has issued a warning, predicting a 70% increase in infrastructure demand by 2050. We must develop to accommodate growth, as well as renovate or replace old structures that fall short of different parameters. For example, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) granted the United States a C- grade for its roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, and reservoirs in 2020, a minor increase over the D/D+ grade it obtained over the previous two decades.

Historically, the AEC business has been considered a latecomer to technology adoption, but it is now making significant progress in rethinking how it functions. Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools are getting more popular, reality mapping is gaining traction, collaborative project management platforms are supporting seamless interaction, and GIS is becoming an essential component of project deliverables. These modifications are pushing overall project efficiency to new heights.

The Esri IMGIS conference will focus on the growing adoption of new tools and digitally driven workflows. During the event, we will delve into essential themes such as: 

Join us at the Esri IMGIS conference to learn more and see firsthand how GIS can help your company solve the challenges of enhancing our built and natural environments. Hear from a diverse group of your peers on how location intelligence is transforming the workflows of planning, engineering, construction, and operations. Participate in discussions with peers and colleagues as they present groundbreaking initiatives that are important to AEC professionals. IMGIS is where technology, innovation, and sustainability come together to design a better tomorrow.

For all the details, take a look at the IMGIS AEC flyer.

Can’t join us in-person? Register for Digital Access to stream the Plenary session, the AEC keynote, and a selection of user presentations and technical workshops.

About the author

Marc Goldman is the Director of AEC Industry at Esri. He works with a global team to define and deliver the strategy for Esri’s solutions serving architecture, engineering, and construction. He is a leading expert in BIM, GIS, Digital Twins, and their impact on the industry. Marc began his career in the first days of CAD, he led some of the earliest BIM efforts, and he has contributed nearly thirty years defining, developing, and delivering services and technologies for design, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. He works with an international network of AEC executives creating joint ventures, partnerships, and customer relationships. He is the Vice Chair of the NIBS Digital Twin Integration Subcommittee, the co-Chair of the Digital Twin Consortium AECO group, and supports buildingSMART International on the Steering Committee for the Infrastructure Room, the OGC+bSI Working Group, and the Digital Twins Working group. Marc studied Architecture and Engineering at Tulane University. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Lynne a veterinarian, and way too many animals.

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