June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

2020 Call for Speakers

The 2020 Call for Speakers is now closed for review. Thank you!

The SPAR 3D Expo + Conference and the AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference, taking place in Chicago, IL, June 3-5, 2020, have announced a Call for Speakers and invite interested parties to submit their presentation abstracts by midnight on Friday, October 11, 2019.

SPAR 3D is a technical conference showcasing the latest 3D capture technologies focused on the AEC communities and beyond, including relevant mapping, surveying, and geospatial projects. AEC Next is a diverse conference program featuring industry-leading professionals discussing issues of interoperability, effective planning, accurate design, improved construction, and efficient maintenance and operations – all spanning the project lifecycle. Each application will be considered for both conferences, and some may qualify for dual placement (meaning the session will be accessible to both AEC Next and SPAR 3D attendees).

Suggested Topics

We invite collaborative presentation abstracts addressing one or more of the following topics. Submitters are strongly encouraged to include clients / end-users as co-speakers in their abstracts.

Traditionally, the focus of our attendees is on technical education, the exchange of project experiences, and professional networking. Our goal is to provide a forum to discuss the application of technologies to support business solutions that improve operational efficiencies and worker safety, while also decreasing project costs and schedule.  

We invite abstracts addressing the applications of the following technologies:

  • 3D Printing
  • Applications of AI/Machine Learning
  • Autonomous Vehicle Navigation and Sensing
  • BIM Workflows | Interoperability | Software Solutions
  • Building Documentation
  • Collaborative Software
  • Construction Management Solutions
  • Data Management/Cloud Services
  • Design Solutions/Generative Design
  • Digital Twins and Smart Cities
  • Facilities Management 
  • High Definition Scanning
  • High Performance Building Products
  • Historic Preservation
  • Indoor Mapping/Portable 3D Capture
  • Intelligent Building Systems | Internet of Things
  • Robotic Inspections/Monitoring
  • Sensor Innovations
  • Specs, Codes, Standards
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Survey & Mapping
  • VR/AR/MR/XR/ | Gaming Engines | Hardware

Selection Criteria

Preference is given to non-commercial presentation content – we are looking for “client success stories” from commercial end-users that highlight the innovative application of technologies to support business operations. Our goal is to educate our conference attendees with the latest industry innovations and emerging trends within architectural design, engineering practices, and construction operations. 

Recommended presentation abstracts should focus on business case studies (ex. ROI analysis, material cost savings), which relate to the application of built world and 3D technologies in support of relevant commercial, industrial and government projects. Submitters are strongly encouraged to include their clients as co-presenters, if possible.  

Commercial product presentations are welcome in our Product Preview and Educational Demos  but will not be accepted for the main conference program. These vendor presentations include the latest product launches, hardware and software innovations, and emerging technologies.

Conference staff, along with the AEC Next Advisory Board and the SPAR 3D Advisory Board will review the submitted abstracts and the preliminary conference agendas are expected to be announced in early 2020.


If you have questions about the speaker selection process, or need guidance regarding your proposed abstract submission, please contact either of our 2020 conference chairs:

SPAR 3D Conference Chair
Linda McLaughlin
+1 207-842-5674

AEC Next Conference Chair
Bill Emison
+1 207-842-5556

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