The world evolves and changes. Technology has shaped our cities and will reshape them again. In the next few decades, the amount of urban dwellers will double in number, accounting for nearly three-quarters of world's population. More than 60 percent of the built environment needed to accommodate these new urban dwellers has yet to be built. We face a growing demand for higher performing infrastructure, greater global competition, expectations for sustainability, rising costs and an increasing focus among owners to maximize the return on their investment. To meet these challenges, we have to create solutions for complex spatial issues, which are beyond the scope of any one individual person, discipline or method.

It is up to us to bridge the gap between disciplines. Recent technological developments facilitate us to do so. 3D modeling, use of IoT technology in geospatial analytics and the introduction of new devices improve collaboration, efficiency and performance in planning and design phase, during construction, in post-build savings and for ongoing operational management. The power of geospatial analytics has an impact far beyond the traditional usage of geo-data. It has the ability to envision the superimposed effects of different processes and to predict future implications. We can evaluate and account for long-term impacts of our actions on our communities, our environment, our society. Top of the range visualization and discussion tools help creating mutual understanding between different disciplines and different stakeholders. Integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Models (BIM), resulting from sound Geodesign processes, hold crucial value from one phase to the next, becoming more and more important as it goes across stakeholders, domains and disciplines. The knowledge how to put geospatial data to smart use forms the backbone that frames the different tools and collaboration of various stakeholders.

Design is about imaging a future before creating it. It is about purpose and intention, before the intervention. By integrating science, creativity and pragmatic work floor knowledge in the process of design, we can enable futures that are purposefully designed with full understanding of the consequences. With as a result: healthy and prosperous environments, risk reduction and cost savings. Governments need insight in how locations operate, as place and as part of a larger system. They use normative rules in their analytics and descriptions of urban environments and urban infrastructures. Engineering and construction firms require accurate geographical models and technical rules in various stages of construction to ensure projects can be delivered at minimal cost and time. Both normative rules and technical rules use spatial descriptive digital models. The use of integrated models across project lifecycle will optimize design, construction, use and maintenance of future infrastructures and new spaces.

The GEO| Design + BIM event invites you to present and discuss the needs, challenges, use and potential of geospatial data analytics and 3D modeling in spatial planning, construction, operation and maintenance.