Only two weeks remain to register for the 18th Annual GIS in the Rockies conference at the advance rate. "By registering now, a person can attend the full three-day conference this year for the same price they paid for one-day registration last year," said James Martin, Registration Coordinator. Karen Brandt, Chair of the Planning Committee, added "The fact that registration is six times what it was at this point last year indicates people see this conference as great value for their time and money."

Program information is added to the web site as details become available. Program tracks include technical topics, policy issues and professional development:

  • Surveying and GIS - Covering the Field
  • Advanced Data Acquisition & Map Production
  • Spatially Enabling Infrastructure Management
  • Imagery and Remote Sensing
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Policy
  • Introduction to GIS & LiDAR
  • GIS and Emergency Response Management
  • Emerging Standards
  • Resource Conflict Management
  • Professional Development
  • Vendor Showcase

The Wednesday luncheon speaker will be futurist Thomas Frey, founder of the DaVinci Institute. The Wednesday evening social will feature Lannie Garrett presenting her hilarious Patsy DeCline show. Friday technical tours are scheduled for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Schriever Air Force Base, and the US Geological Survey.

About the conference
The Conference will be 21-23 September 2005 in Denver, Colorado, at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Wednesday and Thursday will include technical sessions, the exhibition and job fair, and workshops. Full-day and two-day workshops will be Monday and Tuesday. Thursday evening will include a new 5K Fun Run/Walk. Friday's program includes technical tours and a geocaching event. The poster session includes prizes for top student entries.

The six sponsoring societies are the Colorado Section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), GIS Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Source: GIS in the Rockies, July 7, 2005