The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Eleventh Annual Conference & Workshops
October 10-11, 2001 Duluth, Minnesota
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About The Conference

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will hold its 11th Annual Conference and Workshops on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS) on October 1012, 2001, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The pre-conference workshops offered on Wednesday, October 10, will cover a variety of technical topics through lectures, discussions, field trips and hands-on training, and will be followed by a Welcome Reception in the evening. The conference opens Thursday, October 11, with a Plenary Session, followed by Concurrent Sessions throughout the day and the Vendors Reception and Poster Session in the evening. Concurrent Sessions will continue on Friday, October 12, to be followed by the Closing Luncheon. The Exhibit Hall will be open both Thursday and Friday, and will feature over forty vendors exhibiting the latest in GIS-related technology and services.

Who Should Attend?

The conference program is designed to address the needs of:

  • Municipal, County, State and Federal government officials who implement and use GIS/LIS for a variety of government-related applications.
  • Surveyors, engineers and land management specialists who use GIS/LIS technology.
  • Business, real estate, banking and insurance specialists who need to understand and access GIS/LIS data.
  • University faculty and students interested in new GIS/LIS technology and research applications.
  • Public and private utility representatives who use GIS/LIS technology for infrastructure management.
  • Consultants who provide GIS/LIS services or hardware/software.
  • Individuals interested in learning more about GIS/LIS in Minnesota.

Conference Highlights

On Wednesday, a variety of full and half day Workshops will address topics ranging from general and introductory GIS/LIS concepts to more technical areas of GIS/LIS applications and research. A complete listing of workshops begins on page 6 of this brochure.

A Welcome Reception will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 8:00 pm in the Harbor Side Ballroom at the DECC. The reception will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Conference materials and name badges will be distributed along with Duluth maps and a visitor's guide.

The Concurrent Sessions, Project Demonstrations and Poster Presentations will address numerous subjects of interest to GIS/LIS practitioners in local government, natural resources management, transportation or business. A complete listing of sessions, project demonstrations and posters begins on page 12 of this brochure. Posters will be available for viewing in the Exhibit Hall with authors present during the Vendors Reception and Poster Session.

The Exhibit Hall will feature numerous vendors showcasing the latest GIS-related hardware, software, products and services, and will be open Thursday and Friday.

The Vendors Reception and Poster Session, held on Thursday evening, will be held in the Exhibit Hall with all vendors present. The reception will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Door prizes will be given away between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.


Keynote Speakers

On Thursday, October 11, the Opening Plenary Session will be given by:

  • Bob Marx, Chief, Geography Division, US Census Bureau
  • Dorothy Stroz, Team Leader, Legal and Administrative Areas, Geography Division, US Census Bureau
  • Wes Flack, Geographer, Kansas City Regional Office, US Census Bureau

The topic of the keynote presentation will be the Master Address File and the Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) Modernization Program, a major effort by the Bureau to improve the coordinate accuracy of TIGER and to develop a system for the continuous updating of TIGER and MAF. A key aspect of the program will be the focus on developing partnerships with the private sector and state and local governments.


Friday Lunch Speaker

On Friday, October 12, the Closing Luncheon speaker will be James Pisarowicz from Windcave National Park in South Dakota. Honored in 1990 with the prestigious Lew Bicking Award by the National Speleological Society for a career of outstanding cave exploration, Pisarowicz will share his experiences from an exploration of Sumidero Santa Elena, a large river cave in the northern region of the Mexican state of Puebla.

Conference Planning Committee

Gerald Sjerven, Natural Resources Research Institute (Conference Chair)
Dave Dahl, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Sonia Dickerson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Scott Freburg, Land Management Information Center
Joella Givens, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Peter Knutson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Banette Kritzky, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Tim Krohn, Fond du Lac Reservation
Alan Laumeyer, Minnegasco
Peter Morey, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Nancy Read, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
Mike Rowekamp, Rowekamp Associates, Inc.
Craig Skone, Metropolitan Council
Ben Verbick, LOGIS


About the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is a forum for communicating information to and improving cooperation among those interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS) in the state of Minnesota. Members include GIS users in local, state and federal government agencies; business and industry; and educational institutions. Membership is free.

The Consortium hosts annual state-wide conferences and establishes committees that deal with specific GIS/LIS-related issues in Minnesota. Opportunities to participate in Consortium activities are available through volunteer work with committees, conferences and workshops.


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