Why Attend?

Historically renowned for bringing together providers of 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization solutions with key buyers from myriad industries, SPAR 3D Expo continues its evolution by co-locating with AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference to attract an even larger audience of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction professionals.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 100+ practical, engaging talks by industry veterans and entrepreneurs
  • Learn about the technologies that are increasing efficiency, saving time and money, mitigating risk and improving safety
  • Dozens of cutting-edge demonstrations
  • Test innovative new technologies in a hands-on demo area
  • 120 booths chock full with best-in-class 3D sensing, processing and visualization solutions from leading vendors around the world
  • Qualify and compare the newest products and services all in one place
  • More than 1,000 AEC and 3D tech innovators
  • Network with peers, discuss challenges and solutions, and grow your professional network


You’ll have the opportunity to learn from today’s top industry influencers covering the hottest topics in today’s built environment. We’ve got you (and your whole team) covered with 3 information-packed days of education.


There is a lot happening in the AEC industry right now. Co-located with SPAR 3D, our expo floor will be a “one-stop-shop” for the latest and greatest technologies in AEC, today. You won’t want to miss it!


It can be easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day business and (dare we say) feel uninspired. Revive your enthusiasm by connecting with peers and thought leaders who are at the forefront of this industry evolution.


Experience all AEC Next has to offer. Get to know and vote on new companies and/or products featured in the AEC Next Launch Center. Join us for the Tuesday Happy Hour and enjoy live music, drinks, and arcade games at the Wednesday Happy Hour

Hear it from a professional...

The construction industry is fundamentally changing. What made us successful in the past is honestly starting to become irrelevant. We need to start looking at other industries to see how they have been disrupted. We need to understand what technology is hitting AEC now like VDC, VR, drones, laser scanning. But we also need to see what technology is on the horizon like machine learning and computer vision. In order to compete and succeed in the industry today and in the future, making innovation part of our DNA is a must, and opportunities to learn at events like AEC Next become invaluable.

Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & President, VIATechnik

Persuade your boss, invite your peers or bring the family!

Are you ready to attend but not so sure you’ll get the buy-in from your boss? Download this example letter to let them know exactly why time out of office will prove to be valuable to your company and to yourself!

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Ever had the feeling that you should be in multiple places at once? Utilize our discount for groups of 3 or more and your company can be in different conference sessions, on the expo floor, or even both – all at the same time!

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Work travel doesn’t have to be all business, mix in a little pleasure and take in the sights Chicago has to offer. Snap a photo with “The Bean”, take a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, or experience the city’s architecture with a boat cruise on the river!

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What industries are using 3D technologies?

From architects to archaeologists, from facilities management to forensics. Virtually every industry will have a use for 3D technologies. These are just a few examples of industries where 3d technology is revolutionizing the way work is done.

Architecture, Engineering, & Construction

Surveying & Mapping

Civil & Transportation Infrastructure

Industrial Facilities / Asset Management

Process, Power, & Utilities

Security & Law Enforcement

Digital Historic Preservation

Mining & Aggregates

Insurance & Real Estate

Autonomous Technologies

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