runDay 2 of the FME International User Conference 2014 began with a scenic run around the Seawall. The day was full of cutting-edge technology and inspiring data stories from FME users around the world.

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After a delicious breakfast, Don and Dale started the day with a big thanks to the top 5 leaders on FME Community Answers.


Two inspiring keynotes followed.

Autodesk Keynote

Robert Brayautodesk’s keynote showed off impressive contextual models of L.A., containing unified GIS, CAD, Revit, and point cloud data. He discussed how good transformative solutions offer rich modeling, analytics, and simulation, as well as unified access – anywhere, anytime.

He quipped that they’re simple enough for people who don’t even know how to spell GIS.

Robert discussed digital and physical models, highlighting the physical 3D model of the San Francisco skyline in 2017, which includes 18,000,000 million buildings.

Dale concluded with a mention of the Autodesk user conferences, saying that “Autodesk keynotes stretch our minds to what is possible.”

Hexagon Geospatial Keynote

Bradley C. Skeltonhexagon took the stage with a cutting-edge talk on sensor technology. He noted the exciting growth in the number of sensors, resulting in a huge variety and quantity of data.

Of course, having a huge amount of data is meaningless unless we do something useful with it. “Data must be analyzed to provide actionable information,” he said. “You need a rich set of GeoSpatial tools that allow you to do all these things.”

He showed off impressive, high-precision point cloud data, moving beyond LiDAR and into SGM technology. He talked about how to exploit 3D datasets with 2D visualization techniques.

He also discussed radar visualization and the incredible future of video sensor technology, showing a sensor video taken from space. He talked about fusing point cloud and raster data, calling it “some of the best change detection I’ve seen.”

“Lots of data and many things to do with it,” said Dale. “It’s hard to imagine 20 years from now … even 3 years from now!”


Breakout Sessions

If only it were possible to be in 5 conference rooms at once. It’s always fascinating to hear what FME users are up to. Below are just a handful of highlights from today’s 34 breakout sessions. Browse through the #fmeuc Twitter hashtag and/or @FMEUC account for tons of recaps and quotes from all the sessions.

David Eagle talked about optimizing processes at Ordnance Survey. Apparently he came across a 60 MB FME Workspace with nearly 1000 transformers!

Tino Miegel from con terra discussed Python scripting in FME. This talk was so popular, the room filled up.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks: Invoicing with Workbench – Generating Money with FME

Lightning Talks: Invoicing with Workbench – Generating Money with FME

Mikael Månsson from SWECO started off the Lightning Talks with a live demo of a powerful non-spatial data transformation using FME’s Excel writer.

Chris Barrington Brown of Cunning Running gave us a gripping scenario to consider: where is the terrorist located? How can we get the innocent people out and the SWAT Team in? He discussed how an embedded FME instance helps create situational awareness in terrorist and active shooter situations.

Peter Laulund took the stage next to discuss how GST uses an Atom feed to notify users about new data. He showed how FME reads the feed and fetches data based on criteria. Yes, this was a day full of surprises:

Joanna Hobbins of CAE closed off the lightning talks for the day. She showed an impressive video demo of lightmap overlays for night scenes, and shared a couple of tips on how FME is used to generate these for aeronautic simulation.

Wrap-up & FME World Cup of Data madness

The FME Doctors gave a quick report of the day’s interesting problems, and a couple of great ideas suggested on the FME Idea Board. We take these suggestions seriously – and you heard it straight from FME dev Brittany: “It’s coming!”

FME World Cup of Data usage stats maps

FME World Cup of Data usage stats maps

The FME World Cup of Data panel took the stage next. Be sure to make your choice on the poll in the FME UC app, and tomorrow we’ll award the Best Team Name. The panel discussed how FME usage stats have been used to determine the results for this contest, including a few interesting maps showing which formats are used the most around the world.

Interesting turn of events when rowdy XML fan Don took the mic…

Security! Get this guy off the stage!

Tonight we head to Science World for a fantastic evening of dinner and cocktails. See you all tomorrow!

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Tiana Warner

Tiana is a product marketing manager at Safe Software. Her background in computer programming and creative hobbies led her to be one of the main producers of creative content for Safe Software. Tiana spends her free time writing fantasy novels and riding her horse, Bailey.


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