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April 22, 2010

SPAR Japan Attendance Increases 26%

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Attendance at SPARJ 2010 in Kawasaki, Japan soared to 531, up 26% over 2009. Judging from the images on the Powerpoint presentations and the lively exhibit booth traffic, it seems both the private sector and the public sector in Japan is stepping up investment in new 3D imaging tools and workflows. I don’t speak Japanese so we’ll have to wait a few weeks for Koji Kawamura, our man on the ground in Japan to translate the highlights. Keynote presenters included Shigeo Kanoh, professor, Waseda University who spoke about construction applications for 3D scanning and Satoshi Kanai, professor, Hokkaido University who gave a talk on feature recognition and modeling from large point cloud databases.

Attendees to SPAR 2010 in Houston earlier this year will perhaps be pleased to hear that our pecha kucha format for service provider briefings was exported back to Japan in a session led by Mizusawa-san from SYSPRO Corporation. (We understand that the pecha kucha format stems from the efforts of several French nationals living in Tokyo several years ago.)

The conference is supported by 13 exhibitors including Leica, Riegl, Topcon, Toshiba Plant Systems, Optech, Mirukuru, GEOKOSMOS, Faro, Trimble, Bentley, FujiTR, Sooki and Rapidform. Thank you!

Faraz Ravi, CEO, Pointools presented some of his company’s latest work for the automotive industry drawn from projects at Ford and Volvo. PinPoint3D’s CEO Brandon Baker delivered his presentation in Japanese.

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