2016 ESRI International User Conference

This was my first year attending the 2016 ESRI International User Conference, and there was so much to learn, see, and do! There wasn’t a dull moment with a variety of things to attend from lightning sessions to social events. Listed below, is what I consider to be the highlights of this year’s conference. ArcGIS…

Four Highlights from the Upper Midwest GEOCON

Last week I attended the Upper Midwest GEOCON, which brought together GIS professionals from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.     REST Best Practices REST Services can get out of control quickly, and cause all sorts of performance issues. Mark McCart at Iowa DOT gave a talk on creating an inventory (in just a simple spreadsheet)…

MN GIS/LIS Conference Summary & Links from My Presentation

It was the 25th Anniversary of MN GIS/LIS Consortium’s existence, and it was a fantastic conference. ESRI’s Jack Dangermond gave a detailed keynote on the future of GIS. One thing that resonated with me was his statement: “We are entering a period of Cartographic Enlightenment”. I’ve been in GIS since 1994, and indeed, we have…

UAS Summit & Expo in Grand Forks, ND

Last week, I attended the Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Summit and Expo (9th Annual) in Grand Forks, ND in order to find out how this upcoming technology will affect the GIS world. As most of us know, the quality of a GIS depends upon the integrity of the data, and the importance of avoiding the…

10 Revelations at the 2015 Esri User Conference

  While there were so many amazing moments (such as being surrounded by about 15,000 other GIS people seeing myself in a LiDAR point cloud, meeting #gistribe people in person, learning how to juggle at the Thursday evening party, and being humbled by maps and thinkers), here are what I consider the best parts of my…

South Dakota State Geospatial Conference

  A week ago, I attended the South Dakota State Geospatial Conference in Mitchell, South Dakota.  The conference showed the wide variety of GIS applications.  There were presentation on Precision Farming, Climate Monitoring, Field Collection for Biologist,  and much more.   The 2 main technology themes seemed to be the use of ArcGIS Online (in…

So Much to Learn at the MN GIS/LIS 2014 Conference

There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by other GIS people. I got that experience most recently at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The of whirlwind of people, sessions, and conversations, gave me a few takeaways: Do you ever wish you could show someone what you are doing on your iPhone easily? Well…

ESRI Users Conference 2014

The ESRI Users Conference this year was full of excitement. There were about 15,000 ESRI Users who gathered at the San Diego Conference Center 2 weeks ago. What’s new and exciting from ESRI? ArcGIS for Professionals (ArcGIS Pro) 10.3 ArcGIS Pro 10.3 is scheduled to be released in November. It is “the next generation of ArcGIS…

Highlights from the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference

When I travel to a conference, sometimes it’s the little things that strike me and change my perspective. This year, when attending the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference in Rochester, it was something much larger that was my main highlight. Len Kne (Associate Director at U-Spatial at University of Minnesota) and Kris Johnson (Research Associate at University…

North Dakota GIS Conference

Another successful ND GIS User’s Conference for 2013! Dr. Bradley Rundquist and Ann Fritz, GISP did a great job setting up a variety of learning options from presentations, workshops, hands on learning labs, exhibitors, and poster presentations. It was great to see how influential GIS has been in the North Dakota for better decision making,…