Several workshops and technical sessions of the symposium are of particular interest to surveyors.

The Preliminary Program for the 17th Annual GIS-T (GIS for Transportation) Symposium is now available on the GIS-T website. Sponsored by AASHTO (American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials), the symposium is scheduled for March 28-31, 2004 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Symposium is being hosted by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Organized around the theme of "The Many Faces of GIS," the symposium program includes technical, panel and poster sessions. While emphasizing the diversity of GIS capabilities, the symposium is aimed at improving the understanding of the many uses of geospatial technology that support integrated decision-making in transportation agencies. Presentation on a wide variety of geospatial technologies, applications, and tools included.

Organized annually by the AASHTO GIS-T Task Force, the symposium provides a forum for transportation professionals from state, federal, municipal, provincial, and private sectors to foster relationships with other GIS-T managers and professionals. In addition to concurrent technical sessions, the Symposium features keynote presentations, map displays, a poster session, 8 pre-conference workshops, and an exhibit hall that has been sold out for the past several years.

In addition to AASHTO, co-sponsors of the symposium include: HEEP (Highway Engineering Exchange Program), ASPRS (The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society), URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association), TRB (Transportation Research Board), AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations), NARC (National Association of Regional Councils), and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Several workshops are of particular interest to surveyors, including:

  • Temporal Considerations in location reference systems for GIS-T.
  • NCEES Model Law for Surveying, changes affecting the GIS/LIS community
  • LiDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery for Environment and Corridor Planning

In addition, several Technical Sessions include papers of particular interest to the surveying community:

  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Routing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Linear Referencing Systems

Source: GIS-T, Feb. 10, 2004