The 2016 Washington State GIS Conference planning committee was held May 23 - 25 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma, WA.
Please be certain to thank the 2016 Conference Sponsors!
Important Dates Conference Schedule Registration Information (Register Here) Workshops Washington Local Government GIS Leaders Summit (Free Special Interest Group Meeting) Keynote Speaker & Closing Plenary Sessions Call for Presentations, Panel Discussions, & Lighting Talks Best Map, Poster, Script, & Online Mapping Application Contests WAURISA GIS Person of the Year – The Summit Award ESRI Hands on Learning Lab Exhibitor Information Hotel Accommodations Transportation Conference Socials Call for Conference Planning Volunteers Richard 'Dick' Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award
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View the Conference Schedule here, 2016 Washington GIS Schedule & Directory.
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|Conference & Workshop Rates||
Ends April 18
April 19 - May 5
May 6 - May 25
|Workshop & Conference||$305||$315||$335|
|One Day Conference Only||$150||$150||$150|
|Workshop & Conference||$135||$160||$185|
*Reduced Registration fee due to Financial hardship will be considered on a case by case basis by the conference chair.
Please answer via email the following questions explaining your financial need and why you should be given a reduced rate:
While all requests will be considered, special attention will be given to employees of non-profits, former students recently entering the
workforce and individuals who are currently unemployed. You may be contacted for additional information or documentation.
All decisions are final. This discount is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Send your email answers along with any letters of recommendation or supporting documentation to Secretary@waurisa.org
2016 Washington GIS Conference workshops were held Monday, May 23th, 2016.
The Morning workshops: 8:30am - 12pm
Create Great Web Apps - No Coding Required
Move Beyond Static Maps: Introduction to ArcGIS Online
Key Surveying and Geodesy Elements Geospatial Professionals Should Understand
GIS Program Management (part 1 of 2)
The Afternoon workshops: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
ArcGIS Open Data: Get Started & Use Best Practices
Using ArcGIS Online and Esri Collector to Capture GIS Data
GIS Program Management (part 2 of 2)
Held Monday, May 23th, 2016 1:30 - 5:00 pm
All too often city and county GIS managers have to make decisions isolated from their peers. The purpose of this free half day work session is to break down those silos and explore ways to better support our local GIS managers and leaders in their work goals. This session is intended for GIS department heads and managers who work at County and City offices. We will start with some presentations that introduce current resources available to GIS managers. These include presentations from our State GIS Coordinator, the Chair of the WA Geographic Information Council (WAGIC), the Past Executive Board Member of the Association of County & City Information Systems (ACCIS), and the creator of the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model. The rest of the afternoon will be a working session to discuss goals and objectives, and to brainstorm to identify how we can leverage our GIS network across the state. The participation of our City and County GIS leaders is crucial to building this community cooperation and involvement.
For more information see the Local Government Summit Page
PLEASE RSVP and direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Keynote by: Josh Howell
Digital Business Lead & Field CTO
Josh Howell consults with organizations on strategy around digital transformation and technology needs. Mobile applications,
digital marketing, IoT devices, and big data analytics are reshaping every industry, and promise to be more impactful than the
internet has been to date. Josh works to distill high-level digital business best practices and strategies down to actionable,
low-cost, and effective ways to get started, and deliver rapid results. The EMC Federation of companies have consulted with,
and performed work for companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to startups like Uber and Twitter.
Leveraging his 15 year background in IT across several industries, an MBA focused on Innovation Management, and lessons derived from thousands of customer meetings, Josh works with commercial, education, healthcare, and local government organizations across Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California who are interested in how to be the disruptor of their industries rather than the disrupted.
Abstracts for the 2016 program are no longer being accepted.
The conference theme for 2016 is "GIS Evolved: Transforming Our World".
WAURISA is seeking potential speakers to provide fresh, dynamic solutions to today's challenges.
Presentations are invited that address the broad subjects of interest to GIS practitioners.
The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to enter your best poster, map, script, or mapping application at the 2016 Washington GIS Conference. Take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your work and inspire your peers and colleagues with your fascinating projects.
The deadline has past. The deadline to enter the poster contest was May 20, 2016
The dimensions of the poster should be no larger than 48 inches x 60 inches and no smaller than 24 inches x 24 inches. The poster should contain a title, y our name and affiliation, an introduction (abstract), methods, results and conclusion / outcomes / impacts. Easels will be provided. A limited number of display boards will be made available to pre-college and higher education entries.
Questions? Send them to Kerri Hairrel at email@example.com.
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.
Innovative Scripting Process/Custom Geoprocessing Tool
Judging criteria: Compelling use of scripting and geoprocessing tools and workflows to automate complex data manipulation workflows.
Attendees were encouraged to share their work even if they did not want to enter the contest.
The Summit Award is given to the Washington State GIS Person of the Year. It is given to a person who has contributed to the GIS Community in Washington State. This award is given out annually at the WAURISA Conference.
Selection criteria can be found on the "Awards" page under
GIS Person of the Year.
The deadline has past. The deadline to submit a nomination was April 11, 2016
Past winners include:
Take Esri training at your own pace in the Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL). The lab consists of a group of laptops with headphones
where students can work through lessons at their own pace. A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on
exercise. Each lesson typically takes about 45 minutes to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they
please. Find out more here
Lesson offerings for 2016 in Esri's Hands-on Learning Lab:
1. Getting Started with GIS 1: Understanding the ArcGIS Platform
2. Getting Started with GIS 2: Using ArcMAP to Explore GIS Data
3. Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro
4. Advantages to Storing Your GIS Data in the Geodatabase
5. Creating Presentation Quality Maps in ArcMap
6. Editing GIS Data in ArcMap
7. Multi-user Editing Using Versioning
8. Editing and Maintaining Parcels Stored in a Parcel Fabric
9. Geocoding Street Addresses to Create Map Points
10. Importing and Preparing CAD Data for Use in ArcGIS
11. The Importance of Spatial Reference in Tactical Applications
12. Exploring Health and Epidemic Patterns Using Spatial Statistics Tools
13. Optimizing Transportation Routs Using ArcGIS Network Analyst
14. Modeling Time and Distance Along Networks Using Linear Referencing
15. Working with Geometric Networks to Manage Utilities
16. Interpolating Sample Points to Create Rasters Using Spatial Analyst Tools
17. Geoprocessing GIS Data Using Python
18. Sharing Maps and GIS Content Using ArcGIS Online
19. Understanding Web Services Using ArcGIS for Server
20. Generating Web Applications for the GIS Novice
21. Getting Started with the Community Maps Data Preparation Tools
22. Mapping Excel Data Using Esri Maps for Office
Make plans to exhibit at the 2016 Washington GIS Conference! Our conference attendees are looking for the latest
advances in the GIS industry - this is an excellent opportunity for your company to connect with influential decision-makers.
All pertinent details for exhibitors are contained in the Call for Exhibitors PDF document. We sincerely look forward to working with you to make this a successful engagement for your company and products.
Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Heather Glock and Joy Paulus at VendorSupport@waurisa.org
Benefits for vendors include:
|Rates||Booth||Attendee Pass||Summit Ad||Vendor Presentation|
|Mount Rainier||$1100||2 booths||3 passes||Full page||Yes|
|Mount Adams||$900||1 booth||2 passes||1/4 page||Yes|
|Mount Baker||$700||1 booth||1 pass||Listing||Yes|
|Mount Olympus||$350||shared||1 pass||Listing||No|
We returned to Hotel Murano for the 2016 conference hotel. Hotel Murano is located at:
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 238-8000 or (877) 986-8083 toll free
Online and phone reservations will be accepted until May 1, 2016 which is the cut off date for reservations.
Online Reservation Link: Phone Reservations: 253-238-8000 or 888-862-3255 Room Rates were $112 per night, not including lodging tax (13.5%) or TPA fee ($1.50 per night)
Getting to the Conference:
Directions to the Tacoma Convention Center, click here.
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.
Pierce Transit (PT)
Intercity Transit (IT)
Tacoma's Free Link Light Rail runs frequently throughout the downtown corridor with a stop located just outside the GTCTC on Commerce Street. More information: route map (PDF) and schedule.
Street parking is free in Tacoma, but you'll need to arrive well before 8 a.m. on weekdays to find a free all-day parking spot. Additionally, there are free parking spots for 1 and 2 hours 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.
The Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center offers on-site parking at the rate of $10 per day in the Lot A Garage. More information here.
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.
Monday Night Welcoming Social
May 23, 2016 6:00 - 8:00pm
Tuesday Night Social
May 24, 2016 6:30 - 8:00pm
Women in GIS Breakfast on Wednesday
May 25, 2016 7:00am
Start Wednesday, May 8th off right with the 3rd annual Washington GIS Conference Fun Run!
Feeling energetic? Our annual 5K Fun Run/Walk is the perfect early morning networking event! Meet your fellow running enthusiasts at 6:15 AM in the Hotel Murano lobby for a leisurely 5K jog along the water and Downtown Tacoma. Then head to breakfast to replace all of those calories you burned! (This unorganized run does not require a fee and is not covered by URISA's liability insurance.) All paces and abilities are welcome to run with us!
WAURISA is currently planning the 2016 conference. If you are interesting in being part of the conference planning process, please contact us.
The Student Competition is on hiatus for a year while we revamp rules. Please stay tuned for exciting changes we have planned. Please contact Sarah Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.