Last Updated on 5th April 2022
From April to July 2022 we’re travelling the length and breadth of Europe on our Big SLAM Tour of Europe. From the UK, all the way across to Poland, down to Turkey and across to Morocco – and a lot of places in the middle. We’ll be mapping some of our favourite landmarks, doing demos and showing what GeoSLAM can do. For each leg of the journey, we will be joining a local GeoSLAM dealer to share the journey.
Follow our journey below where we’ll be sharing updates and scan data from various locations throughout the tour.
The Tour Begins
When: 4th April 2022
The GeoSLAM team and our dealers are getting excited for The Big SLAM Tour of Europe that begins tomorrow in Poland. What an amazing 6 months this is going to be.
Leg 1 – Poland (5-6th April)
When: 5th April 2022
Where: Rzeszów and Kraków
Local Partner: TPI Sp. o. o.
Today the team started the tour in Poland by scanning the Monument to the Revolutionary Action in Rzeszów and The Forum Hotel in Kraków.
Monument to Revolutionary Action
Standing at 38 meters high, Pomnik Czynu Rewolucyjnego (Monument to the Revoluntionary Action) was unveiled in 1974 and is located in Bernardynski Park, Rzeszów. The Monument was designed by Polish sculptor Marian Adam Konieczny. One side is decorated with the symbol of Nike, the representation of victory. The other side includes figures of a peasant, soldier and worker.
The Forum Hotel
The Forum Hotel was designed by the famous architect Janusz Ingarden and construction was completed in 1989. It was in use as a hotel until 2002 and at its time, was one of the most modern buildings in Kraków. The hotel is 110 meters long, about 40 meters high and is now known among locals as the largest billboard in Poland.
When: 6th April 2022
Where: Katowice and Wroclaw
The team scanned the Spodek Arena in Katowice and Hala Stulecia in Wroclaw.
The Spodek Arena is a multipurpose arena that stands at 32 meters high. It opened in 1971 and remained the largest building of its kind in Poland for 51 years.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hala Stulecia (The Centennial Hall) is a historical building where visitors can learn all about its history, importance and experience an access all areas VR tour. This iconic building was designed by famous architect Max Berg, when the city was still part of the German empire.
Take a look at the team in action below
Leg 2 – Poland (12-14th April)
When: 12th April 2022
Where: Gdańsk and Torun
The team continued the Big SLAM Tour of Europe in Poland and visited Wisloujscie Fortress, Gdańsk and Mina Morska, Torun.
The Wisloujscie Fortress is located by the Martwa Wilsa river, by an old estuary of the river Vistula, in Gdańsk. It is over 700 years old and is built in a variety of architectural styles, predominantly Gothic. This wide-range of construction style is due to different parts of the Fortress being rebuilt each time they were destroyed in battle.
The area surrounding the Mina Morska is known as The Square of the Naval Officers’ School, at sits at the foot of The Monastery Gate, in Torun. The Square was opened in 2012 and commemorates the traditions of Torun maritime education. The Mina Morska itself is a very large contact sea mine that sits in the center of the Square.
When: 13th April
Where: Poznań and Łódź
On this day, the team scanned Malta Lake in Poznań and Piotrkowska Street in Łódź.
Malta Lake, also known as Maltański Reservoir is an artificial lake in Poland. It has attractions such as an artificial ski slope, artificial ice rink and a narrow gauge railway. The lake also boasts one of the oldest man-made rowing venues in Europe and has held a number of Rowing World Cup events.
Piotrkowska Street is one of the longest thoroughfares in Europe, with a length of 4.2 kilometers. The street runs in a straight line between Liberty Square and Independence Square. It is a major tourist attraction in Łódź and is home to impressive historic townhouses.
When: 14th April
The Polish leg of the Tour concludes in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.
The Kolumna Zygmunta (Sigismund’s Column) is one of Warsaw’s most famous landmarks and was the first secular column monument in modern history. Standing at 22 meters high, it was originally erected in 1644 to commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa who moved Poland’s capital from Kraków to Warsaw in 1596.
Krolikarnia is a historic Classicist palace that, since 1965, has been a museum dedicated to the Polish sculptor Xawery Dunikowski.
Take a look at the team in action below
Leg 3 – Lithuania (20th-22nd April)
When: 20th April 2022
Local Partner: TPI Vilnius
The Lithuanian leg of the Big SLAM Tour of Europe began in Klaipėda, where the Old Mill Hotel was scanned.
Old Mill Hotel
In the 18th Century, the hotel building was called the ‘Rice Mill’ as it housed Lithuania’s first and biggest rice mill. The Old Mill Hotel was opened in 2008 and it has since become a symbol of Klaipėda.
When: 21st April 2022
Where: Šiauliai and Panevėžys
The tour continued in Šiauliai and Panevėžys, where a Cathedral and Courthouse were scanned.
Šv Apaštalų Petro ir Pauliaus katedra
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Šiauliai was built in the 17th Century with its spire height at 70 meters. It was built as if adapted to defence, for example the towers of the churchyard gate have shooting holes. The Cathedral is the only one of its kind in Lithuania to have a defensive nature. It was elevated to cathedral status in 1997.
Panevėžio Apylinkės Teismas
This is a three-storey courthouse that is situated in the center of Panevėžys, in Laisvės Square. It was built in 1986 and is one of 12 district courts in Lithuania.
When: 22nd April 2022
Where: Vilnius and Kaunas
The final day of scanning in Lithuania took place in the capital, Vilnius, and Kaunas.
Nacionalinė Dailės Galerija
The National Gallery of Art collects and researches Lithuanian art of the 20th and 21st Century.
Kaunas Castle is one of the first stone castles in Lithuania that was built in the mid-14th Century to defend against the crusaders.
Take a look at the team in action below
Leg 4 – Latvia (26th April)
When: 26 April 2022
Local Partner: Trinets
For the Latvian section of the tour, there was a stop at LIDO, Rīga, for a massive day of scanning and presentations.
Founded in 1987, LIDO Leisure Centre has become an integral image of Latvia. It boasts restaurants, an ice skating rink and many attractions, such as a carousel and a Ferris Wheel. The main building of LIDO Leisure Centre is a replica of a windmill and houses a buffet restaurant. This building is considered to be one of the largest log buildings in Europe.
Leg 5 – Bulgaria (28-29th April)
When: 28th April 2022
Local Partner: Geozona
The Bulgarian leg of the tour began in Varna, with a day of presentations and demonstrations.
When: 29th April 2022
The team headed to Bulgaria’s capital city for more presentations at the Hilton Hotel and scanning demonstrations at The National Palace of Culture.
The National Palace of Culture
This local monument was opened in 1981 to mark 1300 years since the founding of the Bulgarian state. The eight storey building is the largest multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe, standing at 123,000 sq/m. The National Palace of Culture is located in downtown Sofia and is surrounded by a park.
Leg 6 – Denmark (3rd-4th May)
When: 3rd May 2022
Local Partner: Pro-måling
The Danish leg of the tour kicked off in Kildeparken, Hedensted and with presentations and demonstrations.
Where: Vallensbaek Strand
The team gave a seminar and offered a demonstration, and then went on to scan local Scandinavian troll sculptures.
Thomas Dambo’s Trolls.
Artist Thomas Dambo created six different troll sculptures that are hidden throughout forests in Copenhagen’s municipalities. The trolls are made out of recycled wood to raise awareness of upcycling and waste reduction.
Leg 7 – Sweden (5-6th May)
When: 5th May 2022
Local Partner: Norsecraft Geo Position AB
The Big SLAM Tour of Europe continued in Sweden with a day of seminars and demonstrations in Gothenburg.
When: 6th May 2022
After another day of presentations, the team headed off to Stockholm and scanned both the Red House and Kungsträdgården.
Kungsträdgården (the King’s Garden) is one of the most popular meeting places in Stockholm. The park is divided into 4 parts: Square of Charles XII, Molin’s Fountain, Square of Charles XIII and Fountain of Wolodarksi.
Leg 8 – Czech Republic (11th May)
When: 11th May 2022
Local Partner: 3Gon Positioning s.r.o.
Also in partnership with: czBIM buildingSMART Czech Republic
The tour headed to the Czech Republic with presentations, followed by a demonstration in the Church of the Most Holy Saviour, in Prague.
Church of the Most Holy Saviour
The Church is considered to be one of the most valuable early Baroque monuments in Prague. It was built in several stages from 1578-1714.
Leg 9 – Slovakia (12th May)
When: 12th May 2022
Where: Bojnice Castle
Local Partner: 3Gon Slovakia s.r.o.
For the Slovakian part of the tour, the team visited Bojnice Castle for a seminar and a scanning demonstration of the castle.
Bojnice Castle is a medieval castle in Bojnice and is one of the most visited and beautiful castles in Central Europe. It is also known as the ‘fairy-tale’ castle, and has been used as a location in both films and TV.
Leg 10 – Italy (25-27th May)
When: 25th May 2022
Local Partner: MicroGeo S.R.L.
The Big SLAM Tour of Europe headed to Italy and visited both Verona and the capital city, Rome, hosting seminars and demonstrations in beautiful locations.
Cantina Rocca Sveva Soave, Verona
Rocca Sveva is a medieval village which has been transformed into a world famous winery. This village also boasts a villa, botanical garden and experimental vineyard. The team did a presentation and led demonstrations of this picturesque winery.
When: 27th May 2022
Sheraton Parco de’ Medici Rome Hotel
Founded in 1992, this hotel was a new style complex for the city because of the vast parklands surrounding the area. Further seminars and displays were held by GeoSLAM and MicroGeo team members.
Leg 11 – Belgium and Luxembourg (15-17th June)
When: 15th & 16th June 2022
Local Partner: MOSEG Technologies
Next, the tour was in Belgium and the team were invited to scan a car park building, going through construction, thanks to our customers Viabuild. The parking-building was scanned using the ZEB Horizon and ZEB Vision with the backpack solution. There was also a second scan carried out with the ZEB Horizon mounted on a UAV.
They also visited the Africa Museum, where a presentation was carried out, and the gardens.
The Africa Museum is an ethnographic and national history museum, just outside Brussels that serves the dual purpose of museum and scientific institute.
When: 17th June 2022
The Big SLAM Tour of Europe continued in Luxembourg, at the Chateau of Ansembourg with scans being taken of the Chateau and gardens surrounding it, in collaboration with FIRIS Systems.
Chateau of Ansembourg
The Chateau of Ansembourg is one of the castles belonging to the Valley of the Seven Castles , in Luxembourg. It was first built by Thomas Bidart in 1639, as a large property. It was in the 18th century that the house went through renovation to become the castle we see today, by the family who inherited it from Bidart.
Scans of the interior and exterior of the Chateau were captured, including using a robot prototype.
Leg 12 – Turkey (20th-22nd June)
When: 20th June 2022
Local Partner: Geomatics Harita Muh & Mus Ltd Sti
The Turkish leg of the tour headed to Turkey, where the team visited Atlas University and Sadabad Mosque in Istanbul and then went to to Cappadocia to carry out some data capture. This leg of the tour finished in Ankara, with presentation and demonstration at the Aeronautical Association Museum.
Atlas University was founded in 2018, here the team held a presentation to share knowledge on SLAM and mobile mapping. They also carried out scans of the University using the ZEB Vision.
The Sadabad Mosque was built in 1862. The interior of the Mosque was captured in scan, using the ZEB Horizon with the ZEB Vision.
When: 21st June 2022
This region is famous for its ‘fairy chimneys’, that are tall, cone-shaped rock features. It is also well known for its amazing hot air balloon experiences.
When: 22nd June 2022
Aeronautical Association Museum
This is a military-based museum for aviation, that opened in 1998 as the second of its kind in Turkey. The team carried out a presentation and scan at this museum.
Leg 13 – Greece (24th June)
When: 24th June 2022
Local Partner: Landmark G. Loutridis
The Tour’s next stop was in Athens, Greece for a presentation and demonstration at Parnassos Mansion.
The Parnassos Mansion was built in 1890 to meet the growing needs of the Philological Association of Athens. It now contains an extensive library, bar and a multitude of meeting rooms.
Leg 14 – Germany (27th June – 1st July)
When: 27th June 2022
Local Partner: Laserscanning Europe GmBH
The Big SLAM Tour of Europe kicked off the German leg in Munich, at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, next to the Olympic Park. They went onto Essen, Hamburg and Potsdam throughout this part of the tour.
The team carried out a seminar about GeoSLAM technology and mobile mapping at the Hotel.
When: 28th June 2022
The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is a former industrial site that has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2001. It played a key part in the Europe Route of Industrial Heritage. Here, the team hosted a seminar and demonstration of the ZEB Horizon.
When: 29th June 2022
The Westin, Hamburg
The Westin Hotel is located in the upper section of the Elbphilharmonie – the concert hall in Hamburg. The hotel was the location of a presentation carried out by the team and we also scanned the Elbphilharmonie as well.
When: 01st July 2022
Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam. It was built by King Frederik the Great as a summer palace. Alongside its extensive gardens Sanssouci was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list in 1990 and is now a popular tourist attraction. There was a seminar hosted at a restaurant nearby the Palace.
Leg 15 – United Kingdom (5th July)
When: 5th July 2022
Local Partner: SurveyMax
The Big SLAM Tour of Europe headed to England to do a presentation and scan of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a Grade 1 listed structure that spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon. It has a total length of 1,352 feet and spans over 700 feet over the river. The scan of the Bridge took just 22 minutes with the ZEB Horizon. The team also got to head down below into the vaults to demonstrate the ZEB Revo RT.
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