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March 2, 2012

SPAR International Announces New Features for 2012

9th Annual Conference offers new live scanning demonstrations,

January 31, 2012 (Portland, Maine USA) – A host of  new features at SPAR International was announced today by Lisa Murray, director of SPAR 3D, producer of SPAR International. “I am very excited about all the new ideas we’re implementing at this year’s event,” said Murray. “From new pricing options to presentation levels, live demonstrations and roundtable discussions, these new elements are designed to make SPAR International more accessible and enrich the attendee experience.”  SPAR International takes place April 15-18, 2012 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas.

“On the ‘accessibility’ front, we’re now offering single-day and exhibits-only passes,” said Murray. She said that while most people are interested in the full program, some can only attend for one day. “For the first time, we’re accommodating these busy professionals.” Similarly, she added, some people are only interested in the exhibits. “The exhibits-only pass will appeal to those individuals who are responsible for technology purchases and need to evaluate their options and spend time with technical leads.”  

Also falling under the “accessibility” banner are presentation levels and workflow stage designations. Presentations will be rated “Beginner,” “Intermediate” or “Advanced,” depending on technical or procedural complexity. They will also be designated as focusing on one or more stages in the workflow: “Capture,” “Process,” “Deliver.” According to Murray, these labels allow attendees to select the presentations that best match their ability and needs.

Murray also shared news on the new features designed to augment the attendee experience:

  • Live demonstrations allow attendees to see various data capture methods and results first-hand. They’ll be able to determine which solutions best meet their unique needs, including considerations for accuracy, speed and cost. The scenarios include scanning equipment in the cooling room, a mock crime scene, a job site, and more.
  • Roundtable discussions during lunch offer the opportunity to discuss a specific topic with peers, led by an expert in the field.
  • Expanded social events let 3D professionals network and have some fun. This year’s Industry Reception features the global debut of the Point Cloud All Stars, with SPAR 3D Executive Editor Sam Pfeifle, MDL’s Travis Reinke, Sam Billingsley from Geophysical Data Management, CEEKO’s Chris Korkalo, Mike Gunn with 3SPACE and other musicians from the industry. They’ll be followed by Texas roots rockers Folk Family Revival. SPAR 3D is also planning a festive evening off-site with networking and local entertainment.

The new features are getting excellent feedback from stakeholders, according to Murray. “The folks I’ve spoken with are pleased with these new initiatives. For us, it’s about always creating value for attendees and sponsors.  We need to consistently deliver cutting-edge information and present innovative applications for 3D technology that drive the market forward.  We want everyone to leave satisfied they acquired new ideas, new tools, new knowledge and new contacts they can only get at SPAR International.”

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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