2012 Washington GIS Conference

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Updated: 5/31/2012

2012 Washington GIS Conference

Communicating Spatial Knowledge!

The Final Presentations have been posted! (some have not yet been submitted)

The full conference program is available.

The 2012 Conference Sponsors

The WAURISA GIS Person of the Year is Greg Babinski from King County

The 6th Annual Dick Thomas Student Paper Award Winners

May 7th-9th, 2012
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, Washington

CALL FOR PRESENTERS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

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

Presenters at the 2012 Washington GIS Conference earned 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.


MAP CONTEST

Contest Categories

Best Cartographic Design:
Judging criteria: Efficiency in communication of intended message and maximization of the user's cognitive experience.

Best Analytic Presentation:
Judging criteria: Communication of the problem/project to be solved and presentation of the analytic procedures.

Best Data Integration:
Judging criteria: Relevance and select variety of chosen data sources (surveying, remote sensing, GPS, etc.) and data formats (raster, vector, text, etc.) to the problem-solving and mapmaking processes.

Best online interactive map:
Judging criteria: Clear, effective design to maximize user understanding and experience of map interaction and application usage.

Best student map:
Judging criteria: Communication of a research project implemented in class with an explanation and presentation of the methodology, steps, and conclusion or results of the project or map creation.

NEW This Year: Innovative scripting process/custom geoprocessing tool
Judging criteria: Compelling use of scripting and geoprocessing tools and workflows to automate complex data manipulation workflows.


ONLINE REGISTRATION

Professional & Student Rate Information - General Registration

Workshop & Conference
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Student Rate
$135
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Speaker Registration

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5/1-5/9
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$210
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$340
$135
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Student Rate
$75
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$145
* Discount applied during registration

KEYNOTE

Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer announced as 2012 keynote speaker!

Jim Geringer

WAURISA was thrilled to welcome former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Washington GIS Conference!

James (Jim) E. Geringer
Wyoming Governor 1995-2003
Currently Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies at Esri

Governor Jim Geringer is a native of Wyoming, reared on the family farm near Wheatland. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University where he was involved in several activities and served as Student Body President. Through the Air Force ROTC program he was then commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. During his 10 years of active duty and 12 years of reserve duty, he worked as project officer on space programs integrating space boosters and satellites for both the Air Force and NASA, including the Global Positioning Satellite System (NAVSTAR), the NASA HEAO, the Mars Viking Lander and early warning systems.

Upon leaving active duty, Mr. Geringer served in the Wyoming Legislature, including six years each in the House and the Senate, from 1983 to 1994. During that time, his full-time jobs included work as a contract administrator for the construction of a large coal-fired electric power plant and going into agriculture production full time. The Geringers built up their farming operation the old-fashioned way, starting from scratch.

Mr. Geringer was elected as Wyoming's 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. During his tenure, he focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology; modernizing Wyoming's economic base to extensively include technology; changing how natural resource agencies among state, federal and local governments worked together; establishing community-based health and family services programs and implementing strategic planning & information systems. While in office, he chaired the Western Governors' Association, the Education Commission of the States, was lead governor on energy policy and served on a variety of national and regional education and technology initiatives.

Mr. Geringer's advocacy for technology in government has centered on the end result of using technology to enhance citizen services, emphasizing the benefits of integrated service delivery and enterprise-wide solutions. That advocacy led him to join Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in the summer of 2003 as Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies to work with senior elected and corporate officials on how to use geospatial technology for place-based decisions in business and government. Governor Geringer and his wife Sherri base their consulting business, The Geringer Group, at their farm in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Governor Geringer is a past member of the Committee on America's Climate Choices under the National Academies and the Mapping Sciences Committee under the National Research Council. He is also past Chair of the National Governors Association Technology Task Force; past Chair of the Education Commission of the States; past Chair of the Western Governors' Association and past Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Governor Geringer is a current member of the Community Resilience Committee under Oak Ridge National Laboratories; NASA PNT Advisory Committee for the Global Positioning Satellite System; Western Interstate Energy Board; Vice-Chair of the Association of Governing Boards for Colleges and Universities; Operation Public Education; the Board of Governors of the Park City Center for Public Policy; Board member of NatureServe; Co-Chair of the Policy Consensus Initiative; Current Chair of the Board of Trustees, Western Governors University; Charter Trustee, Western Governors University; Member, National Commission on Mathematics & Science Teaching; Member, National Commission on Service-Learning; Member, National Commission on Teaching & America's Future; Presidential Appointee, Western Interstate Nuclear Board; Director, GeoSpatial One Stop; and Member, Mapping Sciences Committee under the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Governor Geringer's hobbies include photography, snowmobiling and hiking. Mr. Geringer is involved in the Rotary and Lions service organizations. He and his wife, Sherri, have five children and ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. They reside near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Contact: jgeringer@esri.com



Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

Place: WAURISA Conference

Esri brought their Hands-On Learning Lab to the Washington GIS Conference. The Lab offers free training for conference attendees who want to experience areas of Esri software that may be new to them. Attendees will received approximately 45 minutes of individual self-paced training consisting of a recorded lecture followed by a hands-on software exercise. Esri staff was available for help or questions. No registration was required. First-come, first-serve. Lesson topics available in the Hands-On Learning Lab (all for ArcGIS 10) are:

Editing with ArcGIS Desktop
What's New at Version 10.0?
Getting Started with Animation
Introduction to ArcGIS Server
Basics of the Geodatabase Model
Creating a Map in ArcGIS
Designing Effective Web Applications using ArcGIS Server
Geocoding with ArcGIS
Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop
Introduction to Geometric Networks for Utilities
Introduction to Linear Referencing
Introduction to Network Analyst
Introduction to ArcGIS Data Reviewer
Introduction to Geoprocessing Using Python
Introduction to Spatial Analyst
Spatial Statistics for Public Health
Introduction to Versioned Editing
Working with CAD in ArcGIS

EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP

The 2012 Conference Sponsors

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The Hotel Murano was selected as the 2012 conference hotel.
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98036
Phone:(253) 238-8000 or toll free at (888) 862-3255.
Fax: (253) 591-4105 (fax)

Rates*:

  • King Deluxe - $145.00
  • Double Deluxe - $145.00
  • King Patron - $165.00
  • Double Patron - $165.00
  • King Junior Suite - $209.00
  • King Superior Suite - $369.00
  • King Patron Suite - $469.00
*Rate includes complimentary wireless internet access. The rates do not include taxes.

Reservation Procedures and Hotel Policies
Reservations can be made through Hotel Murano's dedicated property reservations team at (253) 238-8000 or toll free at (888) 862-3255. Please ask for the "WA URISA 2012 GIS Conference Room Block" to ensure you receive the special room rate. Guaranteed reservations must be cancelled by 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid No Show/Same Day Cancellation charges or one night's room and tax.

  • Current local occupancy and sales room tax is 14.3%. TPA tax is $1.50
  • Valet parking is available for $18.00 per day or guests may self-park for $15.00 per day
  • Check-in: 3:00pm Check-out: 11:00am
  • Specific room numbers and/or floor requests cannot be guaranteed until time of arrival.

TUESDAY NIGHT SOCIAL

Tuesday Night Social was at The Swiss!

Location: The Swiss - http://www.TheSwissPub.com/ - 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, 98402 (253) 572-2821

Here is a map of the area around The Swiss and the GTCTC: Map to the Swiss

Time: 6:30pm - close

Check out The Swiss on Twitter and on Facebook.

Second Annual Washington GIS Conference Fun Run!

Washington GIS road warriors - Runners rolled out of bed early Wednesday morning for a group fun run, led by Greg Babinski and Heather Glock. They met at 6:30 am on the street outside the Greater Tacoma Convention &s: Trade Center, and then run at an easy pace on a scenic two mile loop that will took them past Tacoma Union Station and the Washington History Museum, then over the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, past the Glass Museum and down to Dock Street. From there they ran along the Foss Waterway to a surprise spot for a brief stop and group photo. Then theyl headed up over the BNSF Railroad (with great views of Mount Rainier) and make their way back via some surprise city steps and classic Tacoma architecture. (Those who wanted to go farther found easy to navigate extensions to the loop.) The run ended around 7:30 am or so, so there was be plenty of time to freshen up and get some breakfast at the Convention Center before the day's activities begin. Joggers, power walkers, bikers, unicyclists, and rollerbladers: were all welcome!



DICK THOMAS STUDENT PAPER AWARD

First Place
  • Dick Thomas Award Plaque
  • $1000
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Free registration to the 2013 Washington GISConference
  • Publication of paper in The Summit (Washington GIS Newsletter)
  • Plus additional prizes
Second Place
  • Dick Thomas Second Place Award Certificate
  • $300
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Free registration to the 2013 Washington GIS Conference
  • Plus, possible additional prize
Third Place
  • Dick Thomas Third Place Award Certificate
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Plus, possible additional prizes

This year we are continued the award of $500 to be given to the advisor or professor of the first place winner.

GISCI Points
All Student presenters earned 1 GISCI Contribution Point for Conference Presentation in addition to points earned for attending the 2012 Conference.

WAURISA GIS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Greg Babinski is GIS Person of the Year!

Past winners are as follows:

  • 2011 - Tom Nolan - City of Seattle
  • 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)

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

We want to hear them - Email the conference planning committee at 2012WAGISConference@waurisa.org.