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North Dakota GIS Users Conference - September 10-12, 2013

The North Dakota GIS Users Conference was a successful event with 196 registered attendees from state agencies, counties, cities, higher education, utilities, and the private sector. Approximately 37% of the participants were from the private sector, 34% from higher education, 12% from state agencies, 7% from counties, 4% from cities, 3% from federal agencies, 3% from utilities/oil/gas and 1% from tribal organizations. 12% of the people were from out of state and 1 was from outside of the U.S. The conference was held at the outstanding Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The Full GIS Technical Committee meeting was held as a part of the conference, at the beginning. More information can be found in the minutes.

The first keynote presentation, "Unmanned Aircraft: Turning Potential into Reality" was provided by Dr. Mark Askelson, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of North Dakota. The second keynote presentation, "How to Remain Relevant in the Age of Change, or What GIS Pros Can Do to Keep Their Skills in Demand." was provided by James Fee, owner of Spatially Adjusted LLC and Spatial IT Director at the URS Corporation.

Conference Sponsors were:

Platinum Plus Sponsors


Platinum Plus Sponsors

Bartlett & West GeoNorth Greater Grand Forks
Houston Engineering University of North Dakota
Department of Geography
College of Arts and Sciences

Gold Sponsors

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. Frontier Precision
KBM, Inc. Pro West Sanborn
Tetra Tech

Silver Sponsors

AOS Applied Data Consultants ASPRS
Langan Respec Consulting & Services RDO Integrated Controls


Ayres Associates MidAmerica Consortium Pictometry



1A Engineering and Analysis I: Facility Siting

1B Environment I: Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling

3A Server and Web GIS I

3B Environment II

3D Data and Tools

4B Practical Skills

5A Engineering and Analysis II

6A Engineering and Analysis III: Transportation

6B Environment III

7A Server and Web GIS III


1C Workshop: GNSS Technology and Best Field Practice presented by Frontier Precision, Inc. (5.9Mb pdf)

Poster and Paper Winners:

Student Paper winners:

Student Poster winners:


Thank You!

The conference co-chairs Ann Fritz and Brad Rundquist would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their help and assistance:

We also extend a special thanks to those who spent their valuable time preparing for the presentations, workshops, posters and exhibits...and traveling to Grand Forks to share their ideas with the GIS community. We also want to recognize the sponsors of this conference, their assistance is much appreciated!

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Photos

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