3rd 3D Metrology Conference 2018

October 16-18, Hamburg

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... where metrology meets industry

3D Metrology Conference - 3DMC

3DMC is a conference and exhibition dedicated to the application and development of 3D measurement technology for industrial, scientific and cultural purposes. After the successful start of the series in Aachen in 2016 and 2017, the organizing committee is dedicated to open the forthcoming third event to an even broader audience.
3DMC 2018 will be hosted in Hamburg.

3DMC aims at end users of 3D metrology systems, equipment and software suppliers, service providers, researchers and procurement and quality managers. These target audiences operate in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, power generation, marine, off-shore, built environment, cultural heritage and virtual reality. Users and developers from these diverse fields can share their differing experiences, values, and requirements while, at the same time, helping to drive the industry forward.

Typical conference themes include:

We welcome presentations of applications at all scales, from the reverse engineering and inspection of small parts to the as-built 3D modeling of entire process plants.

The conference also looks beyond its immediate technology boundaries and welcomes guest lectures on diverse subjects. Visit Hamburg this autumn to explore 3D metrology and benefit from the community.

Conference format:

We request presentations only, no papers. The presentations will cover both applications-oriented and research-oriented subjects and will be publicly available in electronic format after the event.


Benefits for Delegates:


Benefits for Exhibitors:

Key figures from last year's 3DMC

(+11% FROM 2016)


(+9% FROM 2016)


(+75% FROM 2016)


(+21% FROM 2016)


Impressions from past 3DMC conferences

Industrial Advisory Board 2018

Exhibitors currently registered for 2018


Applications for Blockchain Technology in Sensor Systems, Augmented and Mixed Reality
(Preliminary Title)

Alexander Britz
Senior Sales Director Internet of Things
Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

Alexander Britz is responsible for Digital Business Transformation and Internet of Things within Microsoft Germany. Prior to this role, he was in charge of all government related business in Germany and served as General Manager Europe of the Microsoft Health Solutions Group.
Before joining Microsoft in August 2010, Britz held various management positions at Philips.
He was leading the commercial activities of Philips Healthcare’s MRI business in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also headed the company’s Healthcare IT division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In addition to his experience in Healthcare, Alexander Britz was also active in other industries: He was European Sales & Marketing Director for Philips Special Lighting and worked in Philips Semiconductors where he was responsible for marketing of identification and automotive products in Asia/Pacific.

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The 3DMC Agenda Committee is pleased to announce the agenda for the 2018 conference.
Presenters are encouraged to refer to the guidelines. Please note that exact times may be subject to change.

Forum & Icebreaker
2018-10-16, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Moderated by Chairman Ben Hughes

15:00 Registration
16:00 Understanding Industrial Measurement Capability
Jody Muelaner • University of Bath, UK
Frank Keller • PTB, Germany
17:00 Break
17:30 Leveraging the Benefits of Machine Tool Calibration
Eneko Gomez-Acedo Bilbao • IK4 Tekniker, Spain
Philipp Dahlem • RWTH Aachen, Germany
18:30 Ice Breaker

Presentations & Conference Dinner
2018-10-17, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

09:00 Opening
09:30 Keynote: Applications for Blockchain Technology in Sensor Systems, Augmented and Mixed Reality
Alexander Britz • Microsoft, Germany
Markus Breuer • ubirch GmbH, Germany
10:20 Additive Manufacturing Machine Characterisation Using Artefact based Dimensional Metrology
Rosie Broxton • Renishaw, UK
10:45 Break
11:15 3D Scanning in Aviation Safety
Eric Li-Chang Chuang • Aviation Safety Council, Taiwan
Evaluating State of the Art Automated Photogrammetry for Volume Wing Manufacture at Airbus
Stuart Robson • University College London, UK
Kevin Forster • Airbus, UK
Two Uncertainty Models for Spherical Instrument Measurements
John Dorsey-Palmateer • JDP Metrology Consulting, USA
12:30 Exhibition Opening
13:15 Lunch and Exhibition Time
14:15 Machine Vision and Data-Modelling for Closed Loops in the Axle Drive Production
Stefan Gerdhenrichs • BMW, Germany
Geometric Inspection of Non-Rigid Aeronautical Parts Using Optical Measurement Systems and Virtual Fixturing
Gustavo Donatelli • Fundação CERTI, Brazil
Immersive Metrology System - Developing an Aerospace Demonstrator
David Canepa • University of Bath, UK
15:30 Coffee and Exhibition Time
16:15 Robot Calibration using XM-60 6DOF Laser
Simon Fletcher • University of Huddersfield, UK
Integrated Measurement Systems for Machine Tools – Opportunities and Challenges
Matthias Wennemer • Heinrich Georg GmbH, Germany
A Hydraulic Levelling System for Machine Tool Alignment
Raffaele Ricatto • Fidia, Italy
17:30 Spare Time
20:00 Dinner

Presentations & Farewell
2018-10-18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

09:00 Aligning the new Brazilian Synchrotron: A Case Study of LVM
Rodrigo Leao • LNLS Brazilian Synchrotron, Brazil
Development of a Multi-Directional Optical Probe
Kenji Maruno • Hitachi, Japan
White Light Interferometry for Automated Inspection of Jet Engine Components
Michael Ernst • 3D.aero GmbH (joint venture of Lufthansa Technik and Pepperl+Fuchs), Germany
10:15 Break and Exhibition Time
11:15 A Novel 3D Coordinate Measurement System based on FSI and Galvanometer
Yue Shang • Tianjin University, China
Image-based Measurement of Concrete Surface Roughness
Baris Özcan • RWTH Aachen, Germany
Feature-based Modelling for Pose Estimation of Cylindrical Elements in Large Scale and Harsh Environments
Gorka Kortaberria • IK4 Tekniker, Spain
12:30 Lunch and Exhibition Time
13:30 Automated Assessment of Quality of Part Surface Coverage in Smart, Optical Form Measurement Systems
Sofia Catalucci • University of Nottingham, UK
Stereo Camera Head for 3D Laser Tracking
Raimund Loser • Hexagon MI, Germany
Michael Kleinkes • VMT, Germany
14:15 Break and Exhibition Time
14:45 Wind Turbine Components Inspection Process using 3D LVM Solutions
Paulo Vieira • Tecnimex, Brazil
Toward Intelligent Automated 3D Measurement: Task Specific Viewpoint Optimisation
John Hodgson • Loughborough University, UK
Optimized Robot Cell Calibration in the Automotive Industry
Jens Wambach • sigma3D GmbH, Germany
16:00 Farewell

Posters (Call for Posters still open!)

  3D metrology and inspection of freeform surfaces using a robot integrated multi-sensor system
Istvan Biro • Loughborough University, UK
  Comparative study of cost effective laser and DLP projectors for fringe projection
Amrozia Shaheen • Nottingham University, UK
  Real-time laser tracker compensation of robotic machining trials at the University of Bath
Zheng Wang • University of Bath, UK
  Precision surveying for construction of Sirius
Rodrigo Leao • LNLS Brazilian Synchrotron, Brazil
  Creating a 3D stereo vision system for robot mounted measurements
Max Everest • Loughborough University, UK
  Performance evaluation of a precision 3D surface interferometer with focus on robotic deployment
Istvan Biro • Loughborough University, UK
  Development of a new versatile facility for 1D artefact calibration at NPL
Sean Woodward • National Physical Laboratory, UK
  Developing a new International 3D metrology network
Stephen Kyle • University College London, UK
  Proposition of an interim standardized test for articulated arm coordinate measuring machines
Salma El-Asmai • Burgundy University, France
  Verification of CMMs on linear dimension measurements in accordance with ISO 10360-2:2009
George Tang • SCL, Hong Kong
  OPTIMUM: A novel high accuracy, self-calibrating, multi-target coordinate measurement system
Mike Campbell • National Physical Laboratory, UK
  Metrology Guided Wing Join Automation
Scott Sandwith • New River Kinematics (NRK), US
  Further Development of Concepts for Economical Industrial Robot Calibration in Relation to a Basic Coordinate System
Jan Weis • sigma3D GmbH, Germany


Share your experience in a comfortable atmosphere!

Altonaer Kaispeicher

The conference location at the shore of River Elbe are among the most exclusive event venues in the City of Hamburg. Conference participants meet at the heart of Altona in a space covering 1,000 m² and offering a fantastic blend of top-quality facilities and panoramic views of Hamburg's harbor. The modern Kaispeicher was built in 1924 and completely renovated in 2009. It offers direct access to the river promenade and blends in perfectly with the surrounding historic clinker buildings.

The City of Hamburg

Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, lies on the estuary of the River Elbe. Its location makes it an important link between the sea and Germany's network of inland waterways and numerous islands. The city is best known for its famous harbour area, the Port of Hamburg. In addition to being a major transportation hub, Hamburg has become one of Europe's most important cultural and commercial centres, as well as a major tourist destination. Enjoy your stay in this fantastic city.

Hotel Information:

There is a wide variety of hotels in Hamburg that can provide suitable accommodations for all requirements.

Hotel rooms: booking.com

Innovation Expo

Exhibitors will present their innovative products to the interested audience which is exclusively focused on 3D metrology. A floor plan of the exhibition area will be published soon.

Exhibitors registered in 2017 (2018 exhibitors cf. above)

Delegates in 2017 (Selection of Affiliations)

Advanced Forming Research Centre, Airbus, AMETEK GmbH Division Creaform, Automated Precision Europe GmbH, AWE Aldermaston, Bruno Kessler Foundation, CATIM, Cracow University of Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, D.I.Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology (VNIIM), Delft University of Technology, Dr. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, Dr.-Ing. Wesemann Ges. für Ingenieurgeodäsie mbH, ETH Zürich, FARO Europe GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, GDV Systems + Solutions GmbH, GEATOP srtl, Geodesie Maintenance Services (GMS), GKN Aerospace, GOM mbH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, ISG Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH, Jade Hochschule, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., LIFA Surveyors, Metromecanica Sarl, New River Kinematics, Nikon Metrology GmbH, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Poznan University of Technology, Renishaw PLC, Scania CV AB, SCHOTT AG, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SRAM, Steinmeyer Mechatronik GmbH, Tecnimex do Brasil, TU-Dresden, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, VMT GmbH, Warwick University, WZL Machine Tool Laboratory

Metrology Stadium

This year’s conference sees the introduction of the Metrology Stadium, an exhibition area where you can test your metrology skills and win prizes. The Metrology Stadium has been generously sponsored by software developer New River Kinematics (NRK) and is supported by its partner in Germany, VMT, a metrology and tunnelling service provider. NRK and VMT are planning some metrology challenges for you to see how good YOU are at making accurate 3D measurements. Just to make it more interesting, you’ll be working against stiff competition, i.e. other delegates and speakers. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded Amazon gift cards.


3D Metrology Conference – 3DMC 2018

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3D Metrology Conference – 3DMC 2018

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Executive Sponsoring Packages

Workshop Package
– Offer a Hands-On Workshop
– Invite up to Three Delegates
€2,490.00 excl. VAT

Social Package
– Sponsor a Social Event
  (Icebreaker/Networking Night)
– Bring Giveaways for Delegates
– Place Your Logo on the Website
– Invite up to Five Delegates
€3,490.00 excl. VAT

Please contact Johannes
to apply for a sponsoring package.

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Call for Abstracts

Presentations and Posters

If you are interested in presenting your work as a speaker or with a poster, please provide us with an abstract (max. 200 words + 2 figures). If your abstract is accepted, speakers will receive one free delegate pass for their presentation and poster presenters will receive a discount of Euro 50 on one delegate pass.
Please send us your abstract via e-mail to B.Hughes@3dmc.events.
Please note the following time limits:
Abstracts should be submitted by June 15th, 2018, drafts should be supplied by September 3rd, 2018.

Please consider the following guidelines for presenters


Download presentations from our growing archive.
Presentations will be available approximately six months after each conference.

2nd 3DMC (2017)

 Presentations (Restricted Access)


Regarding presentations with restricted access, please contact Johannes in order to obtain the password.

1st 3DMC (2016)



Organizing Committee

  • Chairman: Prof. Ben Hughes

    National Physical Laboratory
    London, United Kingdom

  • Prof. Robert Schmitt

    WZL Board of Directors, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Dr. Harald Bosse

    Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
    Braunschweig, Germany

  • Dr. Stephen Kyle

    3DIMPact Group, University College London
    London, United Kingdom

  • Dr. Martin Peterek

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Markus Ohlenforst

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Benjamin Montavon

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

  • Johannes Brand

    WZL, RWTH Aachen
    Aachen, Germany

Industrial Advisory Board


Jean-Christophe Bry
Airbus Operations S.A.S.

André Kreul

Ben Adeline

Dr. Bin Cai
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Martin Harding
Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

Heiko Paluszek
sigma3D GmbH

Hosting Institutions

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL at the RWTH Aachen carries out research and consultancy projects both on a fundamental level and according to industry’s specific requirements, and develops innovative, practical solutions that safeguard business growth. The objective of handling the entire range of production technology issues under one roof results in a wide scope – from strategic innovation, production and quality management to control, machine, production and measuring technology.


PRS Technologie GmbH was founded in 2012, as a consultancy spin-off at RWTH Aachen University. Through its extensive network with RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer Society, PRS Technologie provides consultancy and capacity building services with the focus on transfer of technology and knowledge from academia to practice. PRS Technologie functions under two business units namely PRSTG International and PRSTG Solutions, while the former focuses on development of technology and education partnerships between Germany and the countries abroad, the latter provides consultancy and training services in Germany, as the home country.


Supporting Institutions

The 3DMC Organizing Committee is formed by experts in the field of 3-dimensional metrology who come from industry, academia and national metrology institutes in order to ensure that the conference has an interdisciplinary character.

Partner Conference CMSC

The Coordinate Metrology Society Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC is renowned for its comprehensive program of technical white papers and presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and leading manufacturing industries. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by CMS members and master users of metrology instrumentation, software, and peripheral equipment for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly and metrology-aided alignment.



If there are any questions or comments, please get in touch:

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
RWTH Aachen University

Johannes Brand
Campus-Boulevard 30
52074 Aachen
Email: J.Brand@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 25842


Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
RWTH Aachen University

Johannes Brand
Campus-Boulevard 30
52074 Aachen
Email: J.Brand@3dmc.events
Phone: +49 241 80 25842


Journalists please contact
Johannes Brand,
especially regarding any questions concerning accreditation.

Terms and Conditions

Area of Application

The following general conference terms and conditions apply to all contractual conditions between participants and the organizers of this conference.

Registration / Registration Confirmation

Registration for 3DMC events can be done online (only reservations). The registration is first confirmed and legally binding upon receipt of confirmation from the organizers. Upon registrations by consulting companies and competing institutions, we reserve the right to investigate on the degree of business competition with any partners involved with the event and to deny the participation or cancel the registration on these grounds. To every legally binding registration apply all underlying general terms and conditions.


The participation fee is to be paid immediately upon receipt of the invoice; no further deductions can be applied to the amount stated on the invoice. The cost of service charges is the responsibility of the participant and to be paid in full. By unsuccessful payment, the organizers withhold the right to cancel registration and/or to liquidate by means of another party. By late payment, the organizers are entitled to apply an additional interest of 5% over the base interest rate (§247 Abs. 1 BGB) per annum.
Included in the charges are the above mentioned services and training, however, regularly not included are travel and accommodation costs.

Withdrawl / Cancellation

The participant may not cancel his registration. After completion of the registration process, the organizers are entitled to bill the full participation fee. Personal agreements on a case-based reasoning are subject to the organizers' goodwill. Independent of the above cancellation policy, the participant has the right to name a substitute participant to take their place at the conference.

Cancellation or Program changes by the Conference Organizers

The organizers withhold the right to cancel conferences. The participants will immediately be informed (by telephone and in writing) of any change of program or cancellation. If possible, the organizers will offer if the participants an alternative conference place or date. If the participant agrees, the change is free of charge. If, however, the participant does not agree, the applicable conference fees will be reimbursed completely. Further changes and demands are not included. Therefore, compensation of travel costs, for loss of working hours, and/or for inconveniences can not be requested and will not be paid. The organizers reserve the right to allow for changes to the organization, changes to personnel or invited speakers, or changes to the scheduling of the conference which have no fundamental influence on the final character of the conference.

Participation Certificates

Every participant receives a participation certificate upon personal request to the organizers.


All conference materials are copyright protected. The copying of any material, distribution or any other use of the material is only allowed with the written approval of the the organizers.


All conferences will be held with the appropriate, authorized lecturers or authors and thoroughly prepared and organized. The organizers are not responsible for the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of the lecture contents or conference execution. For damaged personal property or belongings, the organizers take legal responsibility only if willful intent or negligence on their part can be proved, and as long as there are no legal regulations to the contrary.

Storage of Data

The organizers keep personal data confidential and every usage of the datais subject to the legal data protection act. Personal data is reserved only for the sole purpose of conference organization by the the organizers, and for future offers by the organizers. Every participant has the right to refuse the storage and future use of their personal data for unrequested correspondence of informational material.