Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit growing

Geographic information system (GIS) technology is rapidly reshaping the survey and engineering industries. The 2008 ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit to be held August 2–5, 2008, at the San Diego Convention Center in California, will help attendees explore how GIS is building new opportunities for their businesses. Surveying, engineering, and GIS professionals will gather at the summit—the only event of its kind—to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and solutions.

During the Plenary Session, attendees will hear from keynote speaker Colonel David Madden, commander of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Wing at the Space Missile Systems Center. Madden is responsible for the multinational, multiservice development of all GPS space, satellite, and ground segments. He will discuss the largest avionics integration and installation program in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Advances in GPS and GIS technology, accuracy, and timeliness continue to drive new capabilities including applications specifically designed for surveyors and engineers," says Brent Jones, survey and engineering industry solutions manager, ESRI. "This development and innovation are helping surveyors and engineers expand their businesses with existing clients and serve new markets. Summit attendees will spend four days learning how to integrate this technology into their workflows, more efficiently manage their data, and build new opportunities."

ESRI staff will continue the plenary discussion by sharing real-world issues, advancements in GIS, and how ESRI technology is creating more complete business solutions with capabilities for project planning and execution with advanced data management and analysis capabilities. Other features of the summit include the Industry Panel, where heads of industry-leading organizations will discuss hot topics and answer questions about how their organizations are addressing today's top concerns. In addition, ESRI business partners will exhibit their solution products and services at the GIS Solutions EXPO.

The summit's wide range of sessions and activities is geared to meet the needs of all participants. Professionals will want to attend to

# See how others are using GIS to optimize core business functions.
# Hear from technology experts and industry leaders about where GIS is headed and the vital role for surveyors and engineers.
# Meet one-on-one with ESRI staff.
# Sharpen the competitive edge in a changing industry by discovering how state-of-the-art technology and added functionality address real-world problems.

Also, since the summit is held concurrently with the 2008 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC), it is the ideal place to interact with GIS and mapping professionals from around the world. To find out more and to register online, visit If you have any questions, please contact Pingkham Rattanababpha at Email Contact or 909-793-2853, extension 4347.


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