CalGIS 2016 Keynotes & Other Details Announced

Des Plaines, IL (February 29, 2016) - The four California URISA Chapters and the California Geographic Information Association are pleased to share details about CalGIS 2016 taking place May 10-12 in Anaheim. 

Preliminary Schedule: Information about preconference workshops and important keynotes are detailed below. The individual presentations will soon be posted. Dozens of California GIS professionals will be presenting their good work at the conference, sharing ideas and generating discussion. Here is just a sampling of the presentations being prepared: 

  • Innovative Web Mapping Using Big Data, Scripting, and Infographics
  • GIS and Asset Management Integration- From 0 to 60 in 6 Months
  • Lightweight Change Detection & Feature Extraction for GIS Update
  • GIS as Centerpiece to Public Works Strategy - City of Anaheim Case Study
  • 911, What's Your GIS Emergency? - Using GIS to Help Emergency Response
  • Comprehensive Tsunami Evacuation Modeling to Inform Emergency Management: A Case Study of Balboa Island, California
  • Streaming 3D Maps for All: The Magic of the Cloud
  • - Information + Action for Social Change 

Preconference Workshops: Consider registering for one of the optional preconference workshops that will be presented on Tuesday, May 10. Each is described below. Most require an additional fee and all are limited as to how many individuals may attend. Don't delay! 

Deploying Mobile GIS

Full-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own

Instructor: Tripp Corbin, GISP, CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, GA - URISA President-Elect

One way to meet demands for providing superior service levels and operational efficiencies under tightening budget constraints is to leverage new technology that places GIS data in the hands of field crews. This allows for improved management and better maintenance of work processes to properly appraise infrastructure assets and to meet service request response times. This URISA Workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building an effective mobile GIS program across multiple departments. 

Specific topics include:

  • Practical guidelines for building a mobile GIS
  • Business drivers for moving GIS technology and data into the field
  • Alternative strategies for implementing GIS-based field solutions
  • Overcoming obstacles to automating field processes
  • Steps in the mobility implementation process 

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the benefits and resources needed to deploy different mobile solutions within their organization
  • Gain better understanding of supporting technologies including mobile platforms, communications and GPS
  • Be introduced to different methods for deploying mobile solutions
  • Be introduced to different supporting architectures for supporting mobile deployments
  • Understand the guidelines needed to build a mobile GIS
  • Understand the obstacles of implementing a mobile solution and practical ways to overcome these. 

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow

Half-day training, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon

Instructor: Sandi Stroud, Public Safety GIS National Director, Michael Baker International 

This URISA Workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 911 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 911 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This will have profound impacts on local maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 911 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 911, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic next generation 911 terminology and concepts
  • Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 911 system
  • Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 911 system
  • Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for Next Generation 911 

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals. 

Open Source GIS

Full-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own


Jeffrey Johnson, Terranodo LLC

Landon Blake, Hawkins & Associates Engineering

Santiago Giraldo, CartoDB

  • Open Source GIS Tools: Open source GIS is bringing the power of geospatial technology to all sorts of different organizations in California. During this full-day workshop members of the California OSGeo Chapter show you how they are using open source GIS software in their own organizations. The speakers will demonstrate how to use popular open source desktop GIS software (including QGIS, PostGIS, GeoServer and others), explain how open source GIS software fits into their own workflows, and provide examples of projects where they have successfully implemented open source GIS.
  • Making Dynamic Maps with CartoDB: In this session, we will quickly unpack how to tackle common and complex GIS challenges and analysis as we go from raw data to beautifully insightful, dynamic, interactive maps for the web. Participants will learn fundamentals of making maps in the CartoDB editor, and progress into advanced topics such as using Torque.js to create animated visualizations for pattern and anomaly detection, robust real-time enabled spatial queries and comprehensive spatial analysis using PostgreSQL & PostGIS. Focusing on working with different kinds of spatial data, participants will be equipped to use CartoDB's editor and advanced functionality in future analysis and prediction projects after completion. 

Esri Workshop - details to come

Half-day workshop, 1:00-5:00 PM  


Wednesday, May 11: Opening Keynote Address

Clint Brown, Director of Product Engineering, Esri 

The Human Era of GIS: Ten years ago, as people everywhere on the planet began to use and be amazed by Google Maps, and other web mapping tools, we all became GIS users. The recent implementation of Web GIS and social computing are creating exciting, new opportunities to move beyond our traditional, highly technical application of GIS. We are on the verge of big changes —for who will be engaged by GIS and how it can be used by virtually everyone. We are entering the Human Era of GIS. This is an important story about where GIS has been and where we are headed. As practitioners, how will be transform our dialog and communications about our work to make GIS more broadly accessible by an ever-expanding community of new users. 

Thursday, May 12: Closing Keynote Address                                             

Benjamin Tuttle, PhD, Geographer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 

Delivering GEOINT in the Open: Over the last year the NGA has strived to be the first transparent intelligence agency. As such it looks to deliver GEOINT to all users when, where, and in the format needed. This new architecture is a hybrid of proprietary and open technology. In addition to proprietary and custom software and government data It is also deeply dependent on a broad swatch of open source software, open standards, and open data. This talk will go cover the road to this new system of GEOINT Services. 


The exhibition is filling fast. Thanks to Esri (Gold Sponsor), Dudek and Hexagon Imagery Program (Silver Sponsors) and the exhibitors who have already reserved their booth space: 

  • Allen Instruments and Supplies
  • California State University Long Beach
  • California Surveying and Draft Supply
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc
  • Dudek
  • Esri
  • Hexagon Imagery Program
  • Latitude Geographics
  • Michael Baker International
  • Psomas
  • QlikMaps
  • Source Graphics
  • Terranodo LLC
  • USA Imaging, Inc
  • VESTRA Resources, Inc.  


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