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December 19, 2019

USIBD Announces Conference Partnership with AEC Next and SPAR 3D in Chicago

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Chicago, IL – December 19, 2019 – AEC Next and SPAR 3D are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the United States Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD).  The three conferences will now be located under one roof at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, June 3-5, 2020.

John Russo, AIA, President of USIBD, says “We are thrilled to be partnering with SPAR 3D and AEC Next in Chicago for our Annual Symposium this year.  SPAR is where USIBD was born, so working with them is both exciting, and builds on this relationship, which gives USIBD a wider audience in the AECO industries to connect with.”

USIBD 2020 Symposium Chair Kevin Foster notes, “We are looking forward to presenting two days of Building Documentation-centric presentations.  With sessions aimed at both service providers, and to those stakeholders who hire them, we believe the information presented will help everyone take advantage of information they may not yet be using.”  USIBD’s 6th Annual Symposium will focus on unique building documentation projects, improved workflows, applications leading to improved ROI and more.

USIBD attendees will have access to the networking activities and vendors on the exhibit hall floor at AEC Next and SPAR 3D, which boasts nearly 150 technology exhibits, hundreds of new products and dozens of show floor demonstrations.

Christine Salmon, Event Manager for AEC Next and SPAR 3D, says “We’ve enjoyed working with the USIBD team for many years, and it makes enormous sense to bring industry members together for a powerful combination of education, technology innovation, and exchange by co-locating these three events.”

SPAR 3D has been serving the 3D processing industry for more than 15 years, and in 2018 took a giant step forward with the successful co-location with the newly launched AEC Next. With the addition of USIBD in 2020, the conferences aim to create the next step in the evolution toward a cohesive, vendor-neutral event for the entire AEC community.

Each of the three events will retain the distinct educational programs their respective attendees have come to rely upon for industry news and information as well as career development and networking. Various conference pass options will be available to allow attendees to take part in any or all programming and activities. Show organizers are suggesting sending a team to be fully immersive in the content and networking. Registration will open December 23, 2020.

About AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference

AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference is North America’s leading vendor-neutral trade show and conference focusing on the implementation and integration of built world technology spanning the entire project lifecycle. Vendors offer hardware, software and services, emerging technology, and building/construction products complementing a comprehensive education program. Learn more at

About SPAR 3D Expo & Conference

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is the premier international event for the commercial application of 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization tools. From sensing with drones, mobile rigs, and hand-held devices to using augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality visualization tools, everything 3D is here at the only vendor-neutral, industry-agnostic event in the market. Learn more at


The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is the first U.S. membership organization to focus specifically on supporting the Building Documentation Industry. The USIBD is committed to being the Leading Resource for ALL stakeholder groups with an interest in Building Documentation. As such, the USIBD strives to provide its members with a network of support and information, embracing industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Internationally. Visit us at:

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