2011 Washington GIS Conference

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Updated: 5/12/2011

2011 Washington GIS Conference

Mapping Washington's Future!

The Final Presentations have been posted!

The full conference program is available.

The 2011 Conference Sponsors

May 9th-11th, 2011
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, Washington

Professional & Student Rate Information

Workshop & Conference
Workshop Only
Conference Only
by 4/15
after 5/9
by 4/15
after 5/9
by 4/15
after 5/9
Professional Rate
Student Rate
* Presenters at the conference will be able to take the Monday workshop(s) for only $10

No GIS event in the Pacific Northwest matches the dollar for dollar value of the annual Washington GIS Conference. It is the premier conference in the region, offering three days of high quality workshops and conference sessions. We have attracted high quality instructors, speakers and vendors who will deliver the knowledge and solutions you can use now. Attendees at the Washington GIS Conference include hundreds of analysts, managers, technicians, and coordinators who are working on the same sorts of issues you are. Attending gives you the opportunity for ongoing education and insight gained by participating in our professional community. You can receive GISCI points by attending the conference and or workshops to help achieve or maintain your GIS Professional certification. Additional GISCI credits and conference price discounts are available by presenting in a track session or poster session. Bring just one great idea home and the conference will repay itself many times over.

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."


Jack Dangermond announced as 2011 keynote speaker!

Jack Dangermond

Call for Presenters and Panel Discussions

Thank you for the excellent response to the call for papers and panel discussions!

Presenters at the 2011 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.

Presenters can also attend the Monday workshops for only $10. Presenters must be registered for the conference to present.

MAP CONTEST **Now Closed**

Thank you for the excellent response to Map Contest! All deadlines have passed.


A selection of Presentation Topics have been posted!

High Accuracy Handheld Data Collection
Managing Municipal Infrastructure
Using LiDAR with Landslides and Sediment
Open Source LiDAR
Open Source Base Map
Municipal Land Information Data Design
Mobile GIS
Census Growth Trends
How to Use Census Data - Census Bureau Presentation
Modeling Species and Habitat
Emergency Management Data Design and Systems
Measuring the Benefits of GIS
Sustainable Asset Management
GIS Program Coordination
GIS for Mapping Indoor Space
Incident Management
Modeling Future Land Use Growth
Implementing the State's GIS Business Plan: Enterprise GIS Program and Shared Access to Geospatial Data
Managing Winter Transportation Operations
Mapping Washington's Future with K_12 Students
Mapping Invasive Plant Species
Interactive GIS Presentations to an Audience
Monitoring Forest Canopies
Mapping Flood Damage and Habitat
GIS for Transferrable Development Rights
Tracking Post-Dredge Data
Stream Discharge and Spring Chinook
Cartographic Standards
Wildland-Urban Wildfire Hazard
Surveying and GIS
Python Tips and Tricks for GIS Maintenance


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

Visit the workshops page for more information.

See the 2011 Conference at a Glance PDF for more information.


Exhibitor and Sponsorship information to be announced. 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


Embassy Suites Hotel Seattle North/Lynnwood
20610 44th Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: 1-425-775-2500
Fax: 1-425-774-0485

$100/Night Special Conference Rate available until April 25th, 2011.
Conference Room Reservations


WAURISA, the Washington State Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, announces the fifth 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


The Summit Award Selection Criteria and Award Information
The Summit Award for service and excellence in the Washington State GIS Community is made at the opening session of the Washington State GIS Conference, annually. The WAURISA Board of Directors has chosen one winner each year since 2003, based on nominations from the local GIS community. The recommended format to submit nominations for consideration is to provide via email a one page document that addresses the general selection criteria to president@waurisa.org. The nominations will be reviewed by the nominating committee, who then submit a recommendation to the WAURISA Board of Directors for approval.

Past winners are as follows:

  • 2010 - Ian von Essen - Spokane County
  • 2009 - Marty Balikov - ESRI
  • 2008 - Mike Onzay - City of Mercer Island
  • 2007 - Donna Wendt - City of Tacoma
  • 2006 - Nancy Hultquist - Central Washington University, Geography Dept.
  • 2005 - Geoff Almvig - Skagit County
  • 2004 - Linda Gerull - Pierce County
  • 2003 - Richard 'Dick' Thomas - Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District

Winners are invited to attend the conference, where they are presented with a plaque, engraved with their name, the year, and a Mt. Rainier summit brass survey marker. They are also extended a complimentary registration to the conference, to be used either during the award year, or the following year. The award may come as a surprise to the recipient, or the event may be planned, to ensure that the recipient is able to attend the opening session of the conference to receive the award. The past year’s recipient is invited to present the award to the current recipient, or it may be presented by the nominator or a WAURISA Board member.

General criteria for award are as follows:

As Dick Button said on a broadcast about great skaters: "they leave the sport changed for their being in it". This statement reflects the tone for setting forth these criteria to select a nominee that has changed the Geospatial Information profession in some significant way.

The nominee shall have been practicing the profession for a significant amount of time, and presently serve the GIS community in the State of Washington. Their contributions should be continuous over a period of several years, demonstrating a long-term commitment to the field of GIS.

There should be a significant body of people, be they Geospatial information professionals or members of the general public, who have been helped by the nominee in some measurable way.

The nominee will possess a history of adhering to the highest ethical standards of the profession, as set forth by the Code of Ethics of the GIS Certification Institute.

The nominee should not be a current WAURISA Board Member (to avoid any conflict of interest)