Denver, Colorado – September 15, 2007 - The program committee for the 2007 GIS in the Rockies Conference announces five additional content-packed professional workshops at the 20th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference.

“Keeping with the conference goal of providing relevant professional discussion and educational opportunities for the Rocky Mountain Region, these five additional workshops will provide excellent hands-on training opportunities for attendees of this year’s conference,” said Chris Longo, Chair of the GIS in the Rockies Program Commitee. “We invite all GIS users, surveyors, and other interested technology professionals to consider participating in these additional sessions.”

Brief descriptions of the five workshops are included below:

The GeoPDF File Format: Connecting the World to Geospatial Data
Jaymes Pardue and David Gura, TerraGo Technologies
September 11, 2007 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Cost: Free

GeoPDF®, the industry’s only geospatial data distribution and collaboration solution to leverage the ubiquitous Adobe® portable document format, breaks down technology barriers between geospatial professionals and the people who need access to geospatial data. Using MAP2PDF®, geospatial professionals are able to convert complex geospatial information into user friendly, interactive GeoPDF files with extensive embedded data and mapping features. Users leverage Adobe Reader® to perform a variety of viewing and editing functions. In this workshop, participants will review of the Map2PDF Software Platform and the GeoPDF file format, demonstrate the GeoPDF workflow and associated tools, get GeoPDF tips, tricks and shortcuts, and discuss user cases and scenarios where the GeoPDF distribution format has been implemented and used successfully.

For registration information please contact: David Gura at 678-521-9597 or

3D Geospatial: Project Implementation Methods and Best Practices
Tim Case, Parsons Brinckerhoff and URISA
September 11, 2007 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Cost: $150.00, includes lunch

A convergence of new technologies and business requirements is creating a new wave of 3D geospatial applications that allow users to create and share virtual environments. Urban governments are using complex 3D data and visualization tools to support emergency preparedness, urban planning, and many other needs. This course introduces the data, systems, and processes to be considered when implementing 3D applications. Using structured project management methodology and extensive case studies, attendees will learn how to navigate the dizzying array of options and prepare for a sustainable 3D geospatial practice.

For registration information please contact:

Intro to MapGuide Open Source
Scott Steigerwald, Senior IT Specialist, Earth Tech, Inc.
September 11, 2007 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Cost: $30

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to install MapGuide Open Source, get the samples running, review the administration of MapGuide, and explore customization options for setting up your own website. The customization options will include creating your own MapGuide map, examination of the files used in MapGuide Open Source, how to use GDAL for serving imagery (specifically, MrSID), and further customization options with MapGuide Studio.

For registration information please contact:

LIDAR Acquisition, Processing, and Applications
ASPRS RMR (the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing – Rocky Mountain Region)
September 11, 2007 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Cost: Free

The workshop will include an introduction to LIDAR acquisition and processing and a presentation on various LIDAR applications for the government and commercial sectors including leveraging LIDAR data in the ArcGIS environment. A special discussion will be provided by AERO-METRIC focusing on their immediate response and emergency mapping of the I-35 Bridge collapse in Minnesota by multiple fixed and rotary wing aircraft utilizing numerous remote sensing technologies to assist in the response and recovery efforts of the disaster.

For registration information please contact Victoria Provenza at

PLSS Retracements
Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) and Kurt B. Wurm, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surveying Engineering, New Mexico State University
September 11, 2007 1:00PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $30 per person, with a discount for multiple registrations from one company

This workshop discusses a method to assist with the location and recovery of corners of the PLSS. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been engaged in the development of the Geographic Coordinate Data Base (GCDB) since the late 1980’s, with the initial creation of the database nearly complete, there are literally millions of coordinate positions available online. The rigorous analysis used to create the spatial data representing the township provides us with coordinate positions and an estimate of uncertainty in those coordinates for corners of the U.S. Public Lands Survey System (PLSS).

The accuracy of the GCDB is best understood through an understanding of the collection procedures and data sources. This workshop will discuss the collection procedures and analysis of the data products and will illustrate the dynamic nature of the GCDB design which has ability to be updated over time as a key design element. The GCDB has been collected with a software package known as “Geographic Measurement Management” or WinGMM. This freely available software provides for data input and analysis of record survey measurements along with available control for the creation of a measurement-based parcel database. Our workshop presents this freely available software and its uses to practitioners engaged in PLSS retracements.

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The 2007 conference will be held September 12 – 14, 2007 at INVESCO Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. The six sponsoring societies have developed a series of program tracks with the theme “Celebrating 20 Spatial Years”. Presentations and workshops are designed to appeal to a broad community of GIS users, surveyors, and other interested technology professionals. The professional societies and organizations share a dedication to promote professional development, education and general community outreach while helping people understand the uses and benefits of the technology.

Questions about exhibiting at the conference should be directed to Kim Longo at or 720-304-9083.

About GIS in the Rockies

GIS in the Rockies is a technology conference providing community outreach, education and professional development for people interested in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Formed by several professional societies and organizations, the conference enjoys its 20th annual event at INVESCO Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado USA. The sponsoring societies include: the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), the Colorado Section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and GIS Colorado.

For more information about GIS in the Rockies and links to the sponsoring societies, visit