Pipelinetage 2015 – looking back
For the 10th time, GEOMAGIC invited partners and customers to a meeting of utilities experts. This year’s venue was the Schlosshotel Bad Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel. Surrounded by the famous baroque landscaping of the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, the participants exchanged information and opinions on current developments in pipeline management. With participants from 29 companies, the Pipelinetage conference was the ideal networking occasion.
GEOMAGIC’s Golo Hoffmann and Sina Leutbecher opened the conference. Horst Saal, director of Fernleitungsbetriebsgesellschaft mbH, pointed out trends in global energy consumption and highlighted the necessity of further exploring sustainable and reliable sources of energy as well as methods of energy transportation.
Dr. Andreas Hartke then gave a talk on the development of GEOMAGIC as a company in 2015, and on strategies for 2016. GEOMAGIC is aiming to provide ever better support for customers’ business processes, especially with new mobile solutions.
During the following two days, the participants discussed a wide variety of issues. Practical examples were presented for mobile applications, creating emergency plans, handling call-before-you-dig inquiries, and pipeline risk screening. Other talks covered aspects of Integrity Management, inspection methods, and the use of positional and navigation data.
Our partner GE Energy presented the latest developments of the Smallworld™ software products, with a focus on the upcoming release of version 5. GE Energy also took the opportunity to get user feedback on the Smallworld geographical information system.
Directly after the Pipelinetage conference, user group meetings for the GEOMAGIC products trascue.PIMS, LaRA and GeoNAM were held. The product managers and developers gave an overview of new features and improvements that have been made during the past year.
The participants were also offered a tour of the Bergpark Willhelmshöhe to learn about the history of the city of Kassel and the park, and to enjoy the impressive scenery of the cascades and the Hercules monument. The park, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, is most definitely worth a visit.
We would like to thank all participants for joining us, and we are looking forward to meeting you again and welcoming new guests in the fall of 2016.