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The Preparatory Trip 2018

On the 3rd January 2018, Kaltrina and Caroline from the project team travelled to Southeast Asia for the preparatory trip, which is an integral part of the project to successfully plan the onsite seminar in Spring 2018. Due to challenges of short-term planning and limited financial possibilities, it was decided that in this project’s edition only two project team members fly to Asia.

The first stop of the project member’s journey was Singapore. On January 4th, the project team had the opportunity to meet Thomas Schmid, who is a Product Manager at Leica Geosystems. Leica Geosystems/Hexagon is a global leader in the production of surveying and geographical measurement products. With close to 200 years’ experience in their field, the company is trusted by worldwide professionals - from the assessor measuring land boundaries to the archaeologist preserving historical sites.

Mr Thomas Schmid will also be part of the preparatory seminar in February 2018 and share his knowledge about Leica Geosystems and the ASEAN region to this year’s participants.

The adventure continued on the following day, when Mr Jonas Trindler, Managing Director of Zühlke Asia, warmly welcomed the project members at their premises.

Zühlke is all about empowering ideas. The company acts as a strong solutions partner for the client’s software and product development projects. Zühlke has more than 800 employees with teams in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Serbia. As the company just recently opened their office in Singapore, Jonas Trindler could explain the current challenges and opportunities which the firm is facing. Moreover, a very promising company visit could be discussed. Stay tuned for more information about Zühlke and exploreASEAN!

Before the departure to Jakarta, Indonesia, Caroline and Kaltrina could meet Mr Dr. Remo Burkhard, Managing Director of ETH Future Cities Laboratories. During the last edition of exploreASEAN, the former project team could build a beneficial relationship to the research center in Singapore. The Future Cities Laboratories conduct scientific research in collaboration between ETH Zurich and National Research Foundation of Singapore to develop new knowledge, technologies and approaches for a sustainable urban future.

To deepen this relationship and organize another visit in April, the project team visited the ETH institution located at the National University Singapore.

Despite their busy schedule in Singapore with the company visits, the project team also managed to find some interesting leisure activities in the city for the delegation.

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