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Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC
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Welcome, Meeting Highlights and Introduction of Technical Committee
Opening of the Plenary Session

Satellite Division Chair
Patricia Doherty
Boston College

Satellite Division Vice Chair
Sandy Kennedy
Hexagon, Canada



Towards a Smart Digital Reality: Building a Sustainable Future

Dr. Burkhard Boeckem
Chief Technology Officer
Hexagon, Canada

Creating a Smart Digital Reality, means creating accurate digital representations of the real world in order to deeply engage with the world through the seamless fusion of reality capture data from airborne, ground and mobile sensors, and leveraging; for example, 3D design models and projects within a real-world context.

Digital reality will help minimize trial and error as well as avoid unnecessary risks. Reality capture allows engineers and scientists to model various scenarios, examine the impact, and find the best solution.  Dimensionally accurate cities and landscapes enable planning with greater creativity, fewer errors, less waste, and ideally - no regrets.  Smart digital reality helps preserve the past and the future by helping us make better choices about how we live today. 

Sustainability needs to be the focus right now, and technology needs to work autonomously in the background to allow people to focus on what really matters in life.

Dr. Burkhard Boeckem was named CTO for Hexagon in 2020 after serving as CTO of Hexagon Geosystems since 2015 where he was responsible for technology, innovation and product development for all of the Geosystems business units. He began his career in 2001, when he joined Leica Geosystems. As CTO of Hexagon, Dr. Boeckem drives the innovation and continued development of Hexagon’s autonomous technology vision. He holds a Master of Science in geodesy and a Ph.D. in technology.

Artemis – Return to the Moon

Mr. Steven Clarke
Deputy Associate Administrator
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. NASA will collaborate with U.S. commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade. NASA will then use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.This presentation will provide an overview of the Artemis program as the foundation for humankind’s return to the Moon and the first human exploration of Mars. 

Mr. Steven Clarke, NASA Headquarters deputy associate administrator, is currently responsible for leading long-term strategic requirements for NASA’s ARMD.  Previously, he served as NASA’s interface between the NASA mission directorates, the scientific community, and other external stakeholders in developing and implanting Space Policy Directive-1, to achieve science and human exploration objectives for the developing the architecture for human exploration beyond Earth orbit, man’s return to the Moon, and man’s journey to Mars.  Clarke holds a BS in engineering and MS in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.

In-Person Presentations
These presentations will be given in-person at the conference. Presenters have the option of providing a pre-recorded presentation for on-demand viewing by virtual attendees.
Towards a Smart Digital Reality: Building a Sustainable Future : Dr. Burkhard Boeckem, Chief Technology Officer, Hexagon, Canada
Artemis - Return to the Moon : Mr. Steven Clarke, Deputy Associate Administrator NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)