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March 5, 2012

SPAR International 2012 Announces Keynote, 80+ Presenters

Dr. Phil Manning to Keynote at 9th Annual Conference

March 5, 2012 (Portland, Maine, USA) – Dr. Phil Manning, Head of Palaeontology Research Group, University of Manchester (UK), will deliver a keynote address at SPAR International, the Conference on End-to-End 3D, taking place April 15-18 2012 in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas.  In his presentation “Dinosaurs, Space Shuttles, Synchrotrons,” Dr. Manning will share secrets that applications of 3D imaging are unlocking from the distant past. “Dr. Manning’s 3D work is fascinating,” said Linda McLaughlin, Conference Manager of SPAR 3D. “His research has the potential to have global impact on disciplines way beyond palaeontology.” Dr. Manning’s work has been covered by Science, Nature, The New York Times, NPR and the BBC.

More than 80 additional 3D experts will share best practices in breakout sessions in 5 tracks—industrial facilities; civil transportation and building; security planning and law enforcement; digital preservation of historic assets; and new technologies. “Our line-up of presenters is top-notch,” said McLaughlin. “These professionals are sharing real cutting-edge work.”

McLaughlin said that presentation bios and abstracts have been posted on the SPAR International website. They can be accessed from the presenters list and the conference schedule. She shared a small sampling of presenters:

Avideh Zakhor, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Benjamin Rennison, Metrologist/Archaeologist, Clemson Conservation Laboratory

Chris Siebern, Senior Technologist, Data Acquisition, HNTB LIDAR Laboratory at Purdue Research Park

Jakob Toft, Structures & Pipelines Technical Department/Survey, Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S

Jan Van Sickle, Vice President, Geospatial Services, DDSI

Joseph Chumbley, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Keith Johnson, Sergeant, Albuquerque Police Department

Larry Nierth, GISP, CTT+, GIS Supervisor, City of Houston Planning & Development Dept. & Daniel Bally, GIS Supervisor, City of Houston Planning & Development Dept.

Sam Billingsley, PLS, Vice President, Business & Product Development, SmartGeoMetrics

Steven DiBenedetto, Senior Geoscientist & Technology Manager, Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC

Terence M. Browne, Division Manager, Director of Underwater Technologies, Collins Engineers, Inc.

 Lisa Murray, Director of SPAR 3D, said that in addition to a full conference program, SPAR International includes an exhibit floor with solutions from all the major 3D imaging solutions providers; networking events; roundtable discussions; live demonstrations; mobile mapping demonstrations; and social and networking events. “SPAR International 2012 is truly the place to be for anyone involved in 3D imaging.” 

Full conference information can be found at

About SPAR 3D and Diversified Business Communications 

SPAR 3D ( investigates and reports on 3D scanning, imaging and position capture technologies used to improve the productivity, quality, safety and risk profile of engineering, fabrication, construction and manufacturing operations. Wholly-owned by Diversified Business Communications, the company’s annual SPAR conferences in the United States, Europe and Japan attract project managers, engineering and technical leads, industrial metrologists and surveyors, security and law enforcement professionals and experts in historic preservation and documentation. The events showcase new data capture and processing technologies used for 3D surveying and dimensional control for work on offshore platforms, nuclear power plant modifications, refinery revamps, discrete and process manufacturing, transportation, building and civil infrastructure projects, historic preservation as well as forensic investigations and security planning.

Diversified Business Communications, based in Portland, Maine, USA, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine publishing, and online resources on four continents. Diversified serves a number of industries including: technology, commercial marine, oil & gas, and business management. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada. For more information, visit: 


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