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Ocean Business 2013 breaks visitor records for the fourth consecutive show!

22 APRIL 2013

Combining a bustling central trade exhibition featuring 118 exhibitors showcasing the latest geospatial technology and services, with a packed conference programme of cutting-edge keynotes and presentations plus 96 commercial workshops, GEO Business delivered on its promise to provide an essential focal event – the first of its kind in the UK – for the entire geospatial industry. Busy, excellent, informative, important, and enjoyable – are just some of the words attendees have used to describe the show.

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Ocean Business 2013 unveils biggest training & demonstration programme yet

22 APRIL 2013

With a sell-out exhibition of over 300 companies from across the world, the latest ocean technologies will be brought under the same roof. But one of the most exciting elements of the show is that visitors can actually see equipment in action and ‘test-drive’ products before they purchase. This year’s Ocean Business is running an unmissable programme of free training and demonstrations, running over 180 hours where leading companies will introduce new products, technologies and techniques.

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Ocean Business 2013 breaks visitor records for the fourth consecutive show!

22 APRIL 2013

Business was booming at Ocean Business 2013 from 9th – 11th April 2013. The show was extremely successful, with an unbelievable 29% increase in visitor numbers from the last show in 2011. 4,111 visitors attended over the 3 days, 38% from outside of the UK, boasting a truly international show representing a total of 65 countries.

Held at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, halls were bursting with visitors and stands were crowded to such a degree that exhibitors had a non-stop stream of interest for the three days of the show. Ocean Business already has an outstanding reputation for its training and demonstration programme where visitors can actually test drive equipment, but this year’s show exceeded expectations; with 2256 bookings for the 173 workshops – the test tank, dockside and vessel demonstrations were overflowing with visitors, and many classroom sessions full to capacity.

The associated industry events included the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) which jointly ran a high-profile workshop aimed at setting a forward-looking strategy for the ‘Blue Economy’. Other popular events included the Autonomous Systems Workshop, organised by the Marine Industries Alliance, which asked the question ‘Is the UK investing enough in Maritime Autonomous Systems?’; and the Challenger Society’s workshop about the latest developments in microfluidics and sensor technology. Offshore Survey and Ocean Careers which run alongside Ocean Business, also broke their own records for delegate numbers this year.

 

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