Real-time GIS and underwater adventures at Ozri 2013

20130905_OZRI_0570More than 520 GIS users headed to Brisbane’s newly refurbished Convention & Exhibition Centre last week for Ozri 2013. On opening this year’s event, Esri Australia’s Managing Director Brett Bundock spoke about the concept of WebGIS – which is revolutionising how we see GIS today. 

It was the perfect beginning to the morning’s plenary. From an up-close-and-personal insight from the man who helped Director James Cameron dive the Mariana Trench, to a sneak-peek into how GIS and LiDAR technology is helping uncover Australia’s long-lost ship graveyards – conference-goers were given a powerful insight into the capabilities of spatial technology.

20130905_OZRI_1195As well as Australia’s home-grown heroes, our visiting specialists took the audience through a series of interactive demonstrations that showcased CityEngine, ArcGIS 10.2 and Esri’s Location Analytics suite of products. And outside the plenary, delegates were able to learn more about the latest cutting-edge advancements in Real-Time GIS, ArcGIS Online and ENVI imagery.Those who were looking for industry specific content were also well catered for with dedicated User groups for Emergency Services, Resources and Dekho, among others.

It was great to see so many people taking part in the Geospatial Galaxy, Blast-off in Business and Planet GIS streams over two days. You can read our summaries from each stream below:

20130905_OZRI_1868On the social scene, the Gala Dinner is an Ozri staple, and this year’s event again delivered in spades. Guests had barely taken their seats before they saw four glamorous stilt-walkers appear, gliding effortlessly across the floor. MC Andrew Gill entertained the audience with a series of prize giveaways – including the now traditional Ozri lightsabre. The evening may have officially ended on the dance floor at 11:30pm, but by all accounts the party went on well into the night.

In closing the conference on Friday afternoon, Brett announced that Esri Australia was bucking tradition and inviting Ozri attendees to tell us where they think the next Ozri should be held. It was the the final surprise at the end of two very long but rewarding days. Who knows where we’ll be this time next year? photo4

And so we bid farewell to Ozri for another year. You can relive all of the action by visiting the event page on our website. We’ll be uploading a gallery of professional photos in the coming days, along with copies of all the presentations so make sure you check back frequently.

Stephen P.

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