Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Pre-Conference Workshops
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Main Conference (Day 1)
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Main Conference (Day 2)
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Post-Conference Tours

In addition to outstanding technical sessions, the conference also features two keynotes, a poster session, GNSS scavenger hunt, field data collection tools demo, the Career Development Academy, an evening social, and more. The 2016 Program is now available.

Note: The schedules shown in the printed program have been updated and may continue to change as we approach the conference. Click on the links below to see the most current conference schedules:

Sessions At A Glance
Session Detail


Featured Activities

Field Demo of Data Collection Tools (Day 1, 1PM-3PM)

Join CompassTools for a hands-on field demo of the latest data collection tools. Trimble Geospatial hardware: V10, MX7, R1-R2, Geo’s and Juno’s too. Trimble Geospatial software: TerraFlex, Unity for Water, Field Inspector for Gas utilities and more. Test the latest generation of laser rangefinders from LTI: Higher accuracy, longer distances plus their new compact Total Station. Check out the new advancements in GeoJot+: cloud based workflow for photos, forms, location on your smart devices, and much, much more! Free evaluations of all hardware and software will be available!

GNSS Scavenger Hunt (Day 2, 10AM-12PM)

Join CompassTools for a GNSS Scavenger Hunt using the latest mobile software! All skill levels are welcome. Use your smart device or borrow one of Trimble’s latest field units to navigate to great prizes. Get there early to use a Trimble R1 with your smart device for improved accuracy.  The more accurate you are, the better chance of winning!  To participate, you need to create a TerraFlex trial.  Your email address is added to the CTI TerraFlex account and joined to the scavenger project.  Points are tasked to email address, and during the scavenger hunt you navigate to hidden clues, collect data about hidden points, and export data into a map service (ArcMap or Google Earth)

Put it on a Map: The National Map Corps Map-a-Thon (Day 2, 10:30AM-11:30AM)

The US Geological Survey’s National Map Corps (USGS TNMCorps) is a citizen science initiative that relies on volunteers to edit structure points within the United States. Their efforts are vital for ensuring that the structures data going into the USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately US Topo maps, is up to date and of high quality. Come and join us as we introduce our new web editor! You will learn the process of collecting and improving structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data. Your contributions will assist the USGS in providing the Nation with accurate mapping information. Beginners are welcome! All you need is a computer and a willingness to learn! You must bring your own computer to the event.

Note: This event requires registration.

Advanced OpenStreetMap Workshop (Day 2, 8:30AM-10AM)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world by volunteers using local knowledge, GPS traces and openly licensed sources. Among many other uses OSM is being used to support humanitarian relief efforts. Many GIS professions, academics and students have been introduced to OSM through humanitarian mapathons where an easy to use, in-browser editor called iD is usually used. During this workshop participants will discover through hands on exercises how to access the power of the more advanced JOSM (Java OpenStreetMap) editor. Participants will explore JOSM’s building tool, xtrude mode, way accuracy mode, support for topology, validation function, search function, filtering, support for OSM “relations” support for GPX traces, and interface to Mapiillary, a crowd sourced street level imagery project. Participants will first gain an understanding of the unique and flexible OSM data structure that has allowed the project to evolve over its 12 year existence to cover not only its namesake streets, but points of interest, buildings, land cover, land use, trails, aeronautical features, maritime features and 100’s of other types of features. Understanding of the OSM data structure will enable the participant to quickly grasp the concepts of JOSM. The knowledge attained will enable more efficient contributions to OSM and provide ideas applicable to the participant’s professional / academic careers. JSOM – as its name suggests – is written in Java and participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with Java installed in order to follow along with the exercises.

Note: This workshop requires registration.