Geo Congress 2014 – A View from the Dark Side

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Geo Congress is the annual American geotechnical conference.  Keynetix’s history with Geo Congress goes back all the way to 2006 when we won the best paper award for our presentation on data formats.  Since this time we have sent delegates several times but have never taken space in the exhibition hall.

This year, with the launch of HoleBASE SI and our partnership with Autodesk generating a lot of interest within the North American geotechnical community, we took the plunge and decided to show the Geo Congress delegates what we have been doing all these years.

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The exhibition ran from Sunday evening until the end of the following Tuesday. We were in the second exhibition room (one nicknamed the dark side by the exhibitors due to the fact that people did not often venture into it) and had some very exciting discussions with practitioners, students and researchers about the present and future state of geotechnical data management and transfer.

We were delighted to get a very positive reaction from all of our visitors to the stand.  Our view that we are transforming the way people view data was shared by many and we had lots of discussions on upgrading existing systems people are already running.

DIGGS was a common theme of discussion amongst our visitors.  It appears that, following a very successful meeting at TRB, which our Managing Director, Roger Chandler spoke at in Jan, the awareness of the new data transfer format has started to take off.  Indeed the conference venue was used for the first face to face committee meeting of the new GEO-Institute committee for DIGGS.  This meeting was very productive and it was a magnificent opportunity for us to meet the new DIGGS team.

It was also great to meet Randy Post from GeoPrac and Marietta Zarogiannopoulou from Geoengineer which are the two geotechnical news websites that Keynetix sponsors.  Both were doing a wonderful  job covering the conference with tweets, blog posts and videos.  There is also a rumour that an interview with Roger Chandler has made it to the final cut of the conference highlights video, we’ll let you know if that video ever sees the light of day!

The GeoWall competition is run during the first full day of the conference.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get fully involved in the conference and gives everyone else an exciting performance to watch.  This is something organisers should consider running at other events around the world as it was great to be able to catch up with some of the students after the construction and just listen to their enthusiasm for the subject and competition.

Finally we would like to thank everyone who came to visit the stand during the show.  The conversations we had were of a very high interest and quality.

Next year we will be moving from the darkside and into the limelight.

 

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