ASPRS 2001 kicks off in St. Louis.

ASPRS 2001, this year's conference for The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society, began its educational and entertaining program for imaging specialists on Monday, April 23rd in St. Louis, Mo.

This year's theme, "Gateway to the New Millennium," continues throughout the week to provide a wealth of valuable information through technical sessions, workshops, software user groups and other activities.

Committee meetings, an important element in advancing any industry organization's endeavors, were held on Monday and Tuesday on topics including data preservation and archiving, environmental advancements, education and professional development and remote sensing applications, to name a few.

Technical tours took interested participants to the SURDEX Corporation and the St. Louis University GIS Laboratory on Tuesday and the National Imaging and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and the Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic Survey Vessel on Wednesday.

Social events included rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals (or the Montreal Expos) on Tuesday and the St. Louis Science Center on Wednesday. But, the place to find all the smiles was at the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall. There one could find friendly reunions and new networking opportunities from the weaving attendees through the more than 80 exhibitors.

And, of course, groups gathered to see the view from the 630-ft high Gateway Arch, the Gateway to the West.