Event Report: URISA 44th Annual Conference (Cadalyst Daily Archive)

4 Oct, 2006 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Organization brings GIS users to Vancouver, B.C., to "challenge the limits" in government.


The 44th Annual Conference of URISA (the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) was held September 26-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference theme of "Challenge the Limits" suited the nonprofit association, which is composed of professionals who use GIS and other information technologies to solve challenges in government agencies.p>

The first day of the conference was dedicated to all-day workshops, with topics including three-dimensional geospatial applications, LIDAR (light detection and ranging), open-source GIS software and integrating civil engineering with GIS/information technology disciplines. Some workshops included hands-on exercises, providing participants experience with three-dimensional geospatial applications and Internet GIS.

During the opening session the next morning, URISA President Cindy Domenico welcomed the more than 700 attendees and conducted an awards ceremony to honor "individuals and groups who have given wonderful service to URISA." Gary Hunter, whose life's work has centered on recognizing and managing uncertainty in spatial data, was inducted into the GIS Hall of Fame. The Horwood Distinguished Service Award winner was Peter L. Croswell, a consultant with PlanGraphics who likely spoke for all the award recipients when he said, "It's an honor, and this is something that I'll cherish for the rest of my life."  Read more >>


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