2010 Washington GIS Conference

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Updated: 4/27/2010

2010 Washington GIS Conference

Rise to the Challenge!

The Final presentations have been posted!

The full conference program is available.

April 19th-21th, 2010
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, Washington

2010 Conference Sponsors

Professional & Student (Rates) Online registration is now opened: Online Registration

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration is now open Online Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors please see additional information.

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Ian Von Essen announced as 2010 keynote speaker!

Ian Von Essen

Ian Von Essen is the GIS Manager for Spokane County and Chair Elect of the Washington State Geographic Information Council. Since 2000 he has served as Chair of this Council for four one-year terms (2000-02, 2004-05, 2007-08) as well as a member of the National States Geographic Information Council for eight years

He is also a member WA-Transportation Steering Committee and is currently helping manage the Washington State Department of Transportation's Eastern Washington WA-Trans project.

He served on the Northwest ESRI Users Conference Board from 1995-2006 and has helped host two Northwest GIS Conferences in the Spokane area (1995 Coeur d'Alene, 2006 Spokane) and will be doing this again for the 2010 Northwest ESRI Users Conference in Spokane, Washington.

He has participated in the USGS National Map Program from the original USGS Northwest Pilot Project (2001-02) to his involvement in the USGS Best Practices Model Workgroup. In 2002 at the request of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council, he was invited as a contributing member to the National Academy of Sciences workshop to review the U.S. Geological Survey Concept of The National Map.

In 2004 he received the John Wesley Powell Award which recognizes a representative of state or local governments for outstanding achievements that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the USGS mission.

Ian's current job is as the GIS Manager of Spokane County, a position he has held for the last twenty years. In 1992 he helped establish the Inland Northwest's first Public-Private Digital Ortho Data consortium. The Spokane County GIS Program has twice been given ESRI's Special Achievement in GIS award. In 2004 he helped establish one of the first multi-agency local government ESRI Enterprise License Agreements; in 2005 he helped establish the first GIS Center within Spokane's Regional Emergency Operation Center; and in 2006 he helped establish the first multi-agency Economic Development Web Site. He has taught GIS at both Washington State University's Design Institute and Eastern Washington University's Urban and Regional Planning Department. His most recent publication is "Apprehending Murderers in Spokane, Washington Using GIS and GPS" GIS in Law Enforcement Implementation: Issues and Case Studies. Mark R. Leipnik, et al. Chapter 12, pp 167-183. Taylor & Francis. 2002.

Prior to coming to Washington State, Ian was the manager of the North Carolina DOT GIS Project (1988-89) and before that the co-manager of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's GIS and Remote Sensing Lab (1986-88). He has an MA in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ian's work experience includes over 10 years of cultural resource surveying and mapping experience and 24 years of GIS management experience.


Many thanks to everyone who submitted a paper abstract for the conference! We've enjoyed tremendous response and most sessions are now full. There are still a few remaining slots, however. Please click on the Call for Papers link if you have interest in proposing a paper.

2010 Conference Call for Papers and Presentation Guidelines

Presenters at the 2010 Washington GIS Conference will earn 1 GISCI Contribution Point for Conference Presentation or Conference Poster Display in addition to points earned for attending the conference and being a member of WAURISA.
Speakers: If your paper is chosen for presentation you may attend the Monday workshops for only $10 with your regularly paid conference registration.


The conference will consist of half day workshops on Monday and seminar tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Visit the workshops page for more information.


Online Registration

This year we continue to use our online registration vendor, Thriva. Vendor Registration is now open.

Professional & Student Online registration is now opened: Online Registration

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration is now open Online Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors please see additional information.

For Your Employer: If you are looking for something you can use for travel justification, here's an example.

"Attending this professional development conference will provide me many opportunities to learn about upcoming technologies, interact with my peers, and earns me necessary continuing education development credits necessary to maintain my GIS Professional certification.

I expect to gain knowledge in <find a theme, a workshop idea, a sample session that you're interested in>. The understanding and insights gained from attending <fill workshop name(s) and a session if you can use it> will help me work more efficiently and make and help <your department/agency name> save time and money. I want to learn more about making my work as efficient as possible and to learn about new opportunities for incorporating new ideas into my other routine tasks.

The Washington GIS Conference is a great place to meet other GIS professionals working in the Pacific Northwest region and to discuss regional issues, new developments in data creation and acquisition, and new applications for GIS skills."

Professional & Student Rate Information

Workshop & Conference
Workshop Only
Conference Only
by 4/5
after 4/19
by 4/5
after 4/19
by 4/5
after 4/19
Professional Rate
Student Rate


Exhibitor and Sponsorhip information packet is a available. This packet of information contains rates, registration, Tuesday night social in the vendor hall and sponsorship information. For more information please contact contact: Vendor Support

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration is now open Online Exhibitor Registration


Marriott - Courtyard Tacoma Downtown
1515 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 1-253-591-9100
Ask for the 2010 Washington GIS Conference rate, group code "gisgisb".

Rate will expire when they run out of inventory.
10 rooms have been set aside for Sunday April 18th.
20 rooms have been set aside for Monday and Tuesday, April 19-20th.

Room types are "standard".
Single/Double/Triple/Quad: $149.00 plus tax

Rates are valid for these dates: April 18-20th, 2010

Conference Room Reservations


Getting to the Conference:

Please consider car pooling or taking public transit to the conference. The following transit lines have routes that take you to the Sounder Station/Amtrak Station in Tacoma. Once there, you can ride the free Tacoma Link light rail directly to the conference center at 10 minute intervals. Visit the following transit links for details.

Sound Transit
Pierce Transit (PT)
Intercity Transit (IT)

Free Tacoma Light Rail Train info here

Conference Parking options:

Directions to the Tacoma Convention Center, click here

Street parking is free in Tacoma, but you'll need to arrive well before 8 a.m. weekdays to find a free all-day parking spot. Additionally, there are 1 and 2 hour free parking spots near the center, but be aware that parking enforcement is quite efficient.

The Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center offers on-site parking at the rate of $10 per day in the Lot A Garage.

Another option is to park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station and take the free Tacoma Link light rail to the convention center. Parking and route map here


Socialize and network during the Tuesday Vendor Reception from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and visit the vendor booths with your Conference Passport for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

The Tuesday Social Event is GIS Jeopardy: Washington State Edition- stick around for a free drink on WAURISA plus a chance to play and test your knowledge of GIS, geography & cartography. There will be gift certificates for contestants and even audience members can win one of two $25 gift certificates.


WAURISA, the Washington State Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, announces the fourth annual Richard "Dick" Thomas award. This award is established to honor Washington State GIS pioneer and mentor Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas, who passed away in 2006. The intent of this award is to honor Dick by continuing his work of encouraging students to excel in their studies and to transition successfully into careers in the field of GIS.

Dick Thomas Award Announcement and Guidelines
Authors will be notified of their acceptance to present at the Conference by Friday, April 9th.


Nominate your GIS Person of the Year using the following criteria by sending a short description of their contributions to the GIS Community and why you think they should be awarded the GIS Person of the Year at the 2010 Washington GIS Conference. Please submit your nomination to the Conference Nomination Committee.


Enter your best poster or map into the 2010 WAURISA Conference and win fame and fabulous prizes! This is an opportunity to showcase your work and inspire your peers and colleagues with your interesting projects.

Just email your entry to us by Wed., April 14, 2010 to mapcontest@waurisa.org

When submitting your entry, please include the following information:
  • Your Name
  • Your Organization or School
  • The Title of Your Poster or Map

For more details please review the poster flyer.