Geographic Information Systems Day

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November 9, 2016

UMD to showcases widespread uses of mapping technology on Tuesday, November 15.

The UMD Geospatial Analysis Center is hosting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Tuesday, November 15 from 12 – 4 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive.

GIS helps question and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends in our environment and our cities. Event organizer Stacey Stark says GIS Day sessions will help to answer questions about this technology. "GIS is ubiquitous in all kinds of organizations and fields. We are gathering GIS professionals to share experiences and encourage students to learn about spatial information and technology. Our keynote speaker, Mike Koutnik from Esri, will address the vision of a modern GIS and demonste how the elements of that vision can benefit organizations in profound ways.”

The event will include exhibits, short presentations, and UMD Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies (G.U.E.S.S) Department alumni and jobs panel. Everyone will have the opportunity to learn about spatial web services and applications, the future of the geospatial industry, drones, and more.

Participants in the event include many UMD departments as well as ARDC/Duluth-Superior MIC, Barr Engineering, Bismarck Map Company, City of Duluth, Esri, Krech Ojard, Minerals/Metallurgy/Mining - NRRI, Minnesota Geocaching Association, Minnesota Power/Allete, Mn GIS/LIS Consortium, Moore Engineering, NOAA National Weather Service, NorthPoint Geographic Solutions, NRRI GIS, St. Louis County, Superior/Douglas County, Superior Water and Light, UM MGIS Program, UWS, and the US EPA.

12 - 4 pm        Exhibitor tables open
12 - 2 pm        Lightening presentations (15 minutes each)
2 - 2:45 pm     Keynote, Mike Koutnik, Esri - The Changing World of Geospatial Technology
3 - 4 pm          UMD Geography Dept Alumni - jobs and careers panel
4 - 5:30 pm     Networking, appetizers, and cash bar

Stark is the director of UMD’s Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC), which provides GIS support and expertise in classrooms and research projects across campus. GAC assists in the development of a workforce that is well-prepared for graduate school and the GIS industry, by hiring students that contribute to the center’s high-quality consulting services. UMD G.U.E.S.S Department offers the only GIS major in the state of Minnesota, a GIS minor, and a GIS certificate.