The latest in surveying, cartography, GPS, GIS and more will be showcased at the conference.

GPS and GIS technology has increasingly become a hot news topic whether it be relating to cell phones, vehicle navigational systems, government versus private usage, or commercial transportation systems. Everyone from surveyors to engineers to the average teenager who listens to satellite radio is using GPS and GIS technology. The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping partnered with the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors to develop a conference that is geared toward not only surveyors, but also other related groups like public work officials, engineers, landscape architects, and environmental groups.

ACSM and TAPS announced program details of their annual conference and technology exhibition April 16-21, 2004 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The ACSM-TAPS 2004 Annual Conference and Technology Exhibition will bring together industry leaders from the fields of surveying, cartography, GPS, GIS, and remote sensing to discuss the latest issues and applications of GIS, map projections, floodplain management, GIS business management, and much more.

This six-day conference will feature a mix of workshops and technical sessions. Among the many workshop topics include GIS and GPS technology hands-on labs, hydrographic surveying, orthophotography, data collectors, ethics for surveyors, corner site investigations, ALTA surveys, and the National & Cooperative Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) program. Continuing education credits will be available for those who register for credits and successfully complete ACSM-TAPS workshops. Increasingly, states and their surveyor certification boards are requiring surveyors to earn continuing education credits in order to renew their license. This conference is an excellent opportunity to earn credits and have a large array of workshops to choose from.

Technical sessions will include such topics as geodesy and surveying, public lands and GIS, future of GIS, GEOID03, floodplain management, spatial data standards, legal aspects of surveying, and municipal GIS. There will be five sessions specific to Tennessee related issues like the Gray Fossil Site in East Tennessee, recovery of the Tennessee/Virginia boundary monuments, National Geodetic Survey and the Tennessee surveyor, and more. Even more local Tennessean speakers are scheduled to give local perspectives on surveying pertinent issues.

ACSM and TAPS are very proud to present "Inter-Agency Roles in Floodplain Management." Floodplain management is an issue that affects everyone in a community: those who wish to protect their properties from flood risks, those who wish to develop land, those who must prepare for emergency response should a flooding event occur. The approaches to floodplain management vary with the objectives of the various governmental agencies and the time when each agency becomes involved in the process, before, during, or after a flooding event. "Inter-Agency Roles in Floodplain Management" on Tuesday, April 20 will feature representatives from five agencies involved in the floodplain management process, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Mitigation Division), Tennessee Valley Authority (Surveying Services), US Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. During the course of the three-hour presentation, they will address their organizations' missions, objectives, and regulations, illustrating interaction through examples of projects involving multiple agencies. Topics to be included are structural and non-structural approaches, mitigation, regulation, compliance, and available technical assistance.

With the increase of average people using GIS-related technology with their Bluetooth-enabled cellular phone or to get directions from websites such as MapQuest, a need to globally standardize the format in which the data is represented has developed. ACSM and TAPS are proud to welcome some of the major leaders in the American efforts to develop spatial data standards like Norm Anderson, Julie Maitra and Charles Roswell, who are members of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards. These and other distinguished individuals will be presenting "A Compass to the Developments of Spatial Data Standards for the 21st Century" on Monday, April 19 and promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest spatial data standard developments that are maturing and being adapted and implemented by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

In addition to the workshops and sessions, another large and important feature of the conference will be the technology exhibition hall. The hall will feature over fifty top surveying industry vendors beginning Sunday, April 18 through Tuesday, April 20, including Trimble Navigation, ESRI, Leica Geosystems, Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc., POB Magazine, Thales Navigation, Sokkia Corporation, and more. Special features of the exhibition include the annual surveying sports competition and, new this year, the inclusion of a breakfast and two lunches--all free to registered conference participants.

Source: ACSM, March 9, 2004