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EnerGIS 2019 Call for Papers Open Through Feb. 8

You are the face of GIS in the Energy sector! From integrating real-time production data into your web mapping applications to leveraging the collaborative capabilities of GIS to enhance communication within your organization, we are looking for presenters to share their success stories at the 2019 EnerGIS Conference on April 25th & 26th. Please visit the EnerGIS webpage to find out how you can share your story on utilizing GIS in the Energy sector!

The deadline for submissions is February 8th. Some thoughts to consider with regard to presenting at EnerGIS:

  • You are NOT required to write a paper.
  • Presentations have a duration of 20 minutes.
  • Presenting at EnerGIS counts towards your GISP - either initial or renewal.
  • You can co-present with another team member or a consultant.
  • There are a wide range of topics to choose from. Presentations do not need to be of a technical nature.
  • Your EnerGIS presentation is posted on the national GITA web site.

All papers should be non-commercial in nature. The use of trade names and consulting firms will be permitted but the presentation should focus on a project or process and not advertise or promote a product, company or service. Vendors are encouraged to submit papers and co-present with one of their clients who can speak on the project, software or process. All presentations are required to be either a live demonstration or a talk that utilizes presentation software (i.e., PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.).

All presentations will be posted on GITA's website after the conference as an on-line archive and proceedings of EnerGIS 2018.  Submit your paper here! 

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Don't Miss Free GITA Webinar: The Underutilization of GIS and How To Cure It

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00PM

When most non-GIS professionals hear "G-I-S", they think "M-A-P". Now that GIS is a location intelligence platform, the underutilization of it is critical and career-limiting. As a GIS professional, your purpose is to do more than make maps. It is vitally important that you proactively evangelize and market all of the GIS capabilities. This presentation will provide strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.

Speaker: Adam Carnow

Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities. He inspires customers to maximize their return on investment in the ArcGIS platform. He works closely with the Esri teams and Partners to assure customer success. He helps these organizations use the ArcGIS platform to transform from mapmakers into solution providers, through the application of location intelligence, to deliver spatial insight. He strives to assist customers in creating and reaching their vision, and gaining professional recognition for their efforts, like awards, presentations, articles and videos. 

Mr. Carnow has over 25 years of experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. He holds a BA in Geography, and a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and has achieved certification as an Urban Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP). 

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17 Joined Or Renewed Memberships in GITA Since Late December

Posted: Jan. 14, 2019

Seventeen people joined GITA or renewed their memberships since late December. Join them by joining us!

  • Chloe Bach, Student
  • Doug Barker, Farnsworth Group
  • Jordan Carmona, City of McKinney
  • Chavez Chavez, CartoPac International, Inc.
  • Aaron Dorsey, ZAPATA Engineering
  • Marco Gonzalez, Spotsylvania County
  • Eric Hoogenraad, City of Abbotsford
  • Michael Huber, Secure Energy Services
  • Thomas Jordan, Key Environmental, Inc.
  • Haley King, Student
  • Freda Kuhl, Datum Government Solutions
  • Daniel Long, Student, University of Denver 
  • Mark Maass, Cyient
  • Jeff Mihalik, Copperhead Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Saeid Noori Bushehri, City of Oceanside
  • Becky Robbins GerlachCity of Ashland
  • Kurt Schwoppe, Esri

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association is a member-led nonprofit professional association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect the infrastructure.Through industry-leading educational events - along with research initiatives, chapters, membership, and other programs - GITA provides education and professional best practices. 


GITA Launches New Careers Center; Member Posts Are Free

GITA has launched an all-new career center in partnership with ZipRecruiter and two other companies, and MemberClicks. Members in good standing can post for free on GITA's board, and they can post on ZipRecruiter for a discounted fee.

The new career center includes a number of advancements, most notably ZipRecruiter's huge marketplace of jobs, but also a simplified, mobile-friendly design. Ads run for 30 days. You can save money on GITA & ZipRecruiter ads when you buy a job post pack of either three or five job posts. 

The center is simple to navigate, but the links below will take you to important areas. 

Please let us know what you think: [email protected] 


4 Elected To GITA Board; 3 Members Appointed To Lead GITA Councils

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019

AURORA, Colorado -- GITA, the Geospatial Information & Technology Association, and its president, Drew Fioranelli, today announced the election of four board members and the appointment of three council chairs. 

The organization announced the election of the following board members, serving two-year terms through Dec. 31, 2020:

• Anita Cahill, GISP and GIS Coordinator for the City of Winchester, Virginia. Anita also serves as an Adjunct Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Instructor at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Previous positions include GIS Analyst and GIS Technician for the County of Frederick, VA. Anita is a member of GITA and the Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS).

• Sheila McGinty, Ph.D. GISP, Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Williams. Sheila uses GIS to determine class for gas lines and high consequence areas (HCAs) for gas and liquids lines. McGinty also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College and a GIS Designer for EASI. Prior employment includes Contractor for Explorer Pipeline, GIS Coordinator at Select Engineering and Executive Director for the GIS Certification Institute. Sheila's accomplishments include serving in various capacities for the GIS Certification Institute, establishing the GIS Professional (GISP) certification as the industry standard for professional certification in GIS, Pipeline Open Data Standard Association Technical Committee and as Executive Director, among others.

• Vince Rosales, Vice President at Spatialitics, a division of CyberTech Systems and Software. Vince was a founding member AM/FM International Rocky Mountain Chapter which later became the GITA Rocky Mountain Chapter. He is a member of the GIS in the Rockies (GISitR) Planning Committee and is the GISitR Planning Committee Chair. Vince also sits on the Rocky Mountain ASPRS Board and the GITA International Conference Planning Committee (6 years) and was the GITA International Conference Chair (2005). Other positions volunteer positions include GITA at Large Board Member (4 years), GITA Board Treasurer (1.5 years), Rocky Mountain URISA Board (Current), Co-Chair Boulder Denver Geospatial Technologists.

• Wolfgang Thun, GIS Sub-Discipline Manager with Bechtel in Houston, Texas. He has been with Bechtel in various capacities since 2011. In his current role, he is responsible for managing GIS support staff for Bechtel USA and global operations. He has previously held positions as a Consultant – Terranean Mapping Technologies (Brisbane, Australia), Consultant – Toowoomba Regional Council (Toowoomba, Australia), Operations Manager – Terranean Mapping Technologies (Brisbane, Australia), Supervisor Mapping and Property Information - Pine Rivers Shire Council (Brisbane, Australia), GIS Manager – Geo Mapping Technologies (Brisbane, Australia), and Various Roles Royal Australian Survey Corps, Australian Army. He is a member of the Member Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (Australia) and GITA.

Separately, GITA President Fioranelli announced three appointments to these newly established GITA advisory councils: 

• Michael Fuller, Chair, Emerging Technologies Advisory Council. Michael is Director of Energy Solutions, Quantum Spatial. Prior employment includes Energy Solutions Manager, Eagleview (AKA: Pictometry), Geospatial Account Manager and Analyst, Harris Corporation. Michael holds a MBA from the University of Florida and a BS in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

• Surya Gade, Chair, Pipeline Advisory Council.Surya is Manager, Pipeline Engineering and Geospatial Engineering Department at Gulf Interstate Engineering and is a Project Manager for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project. He also served as Chief Engineer, Pipeline Engineering Department at Gulf Interstate Engineering. Previous positions include Flow Assurance/Pipeline Engineer at Pipeline Software Coordinator at Fluor Corporation. Additionally, he has held various positions including Assistant Professor at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA and Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. He is currently a member of GITA and participated at Pipeline Week/GITA Panelist - Pipeline Data Supporting Operations, Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

• Adrien Hafner, GISP, Chair, Early Career Professional Advisory Council.Adrien is GIS Analyst IV/Technical Lead, Duquesne Light Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has also served as the Chief Engineer, Pipeline Engineering Department. Previous positions include GIS Analyst – Development, Operations and Midstream, Vantage Energy, Englewood, CO, Geosteering Geologist, Diversified Well Logging, Washington, PA and Staff Geologist, HSA Engineers and Scientists, Tampa, FL. Adrien earned her Masters in Geospatial Information Technology in 2014.

GITA congratulates its newest board members and council chairs. 

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