May 2011 Geospatial Conferences and Events

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May 6

APSG25: Spring 2011 Meeting “Positioning: Precisely Wrong?” | Houston, Texas | May 6, 2011

“Positioning: Precisely Wrong?”You may ask, “What does this mean – precisely wrong?”  We all too often trust our positions when they “look” alright, all the parts are there…or are they, and how do you know that you can trust your information, especially if it came from somewhere else?  How do you know it was created and stored with the proper parameters and of course, the ever present doubt, “Was it loaded correctly?”

APSG25: Spring 2011 Meeting “Positioning: Precisely Wrong?”
May 6, 2011

ExxonMobil Building (Downtown)
800 Bell
C-Level / Bell Street Conference Center
Humble Room
Houston, Texas 77002

For more information visit:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Email Jim Cain (

May 10-13

The National Map (TNM) Users Conference | Lakewood, CO | May 10-13, 2011


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has issued an initial Call for Abstracts to support The National Map (TNM) Users Conference, and the Geographic Information Science Workshop to be held May 10-13, 2011 in Lakewood, Colorado.

This inaugural event will assemble a wide range of participants including scientists, managers and geospatial professionals from government, industry, academia and other organizations with the goal of sharing accomplishments and progress, acknowledge best practices, and exchange innovative ideas concerning The National Map in supporting science initiatives.  The role of the GIS Workshop will be learning specific techniques for using GIS in support of science.  Interactive dialog will be encouraged through panel and lightning sessions, poster presentations, workshops, and demonstrations.

The agenda for both events will be determined by the accepted abstracts.

For more information and abstract submission:

May 19 – 20

2011 MAPublisher Training Schedule | Chicago, IL – May 19 & 20
– New Class Features Thematic mapping, Geospatial PDF creation and LabelPro –

This 2-day class offers in-depth MAPublisher training that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power.

MAPublisher training is offered in hands-on computer labs at locations around North America. Training is also available onsite at customers’ locations and online in which case certain aspects of the course will be tailored especially for the specific organization and workflow.

Features of the 2011 round of MAPublisher classes include content on creating interactive data-rich Flash maps, geospatial PDF creation, new thematic mapping funtionality and MAPublisher LabelPro advanced text placement.

“I did find the training session very informative and I did learn a fair amount in those two days. I am impressed with the capabilities of MAPublisher and I will definitively recommend MAPublisher and the training session to any of my colleagues working in the map design industry”, said Carlos Serpas of SAIC Polytechnic.

2011 MAPublisher Training Dates & Locations

• Phoenix, AZ – February 3 & 4

• New York City area – March 31 & April 1

• Chicago, IL – May 19 & 20

• San Diego, CA – July 14 & 15

• Washington, DC area – September 15 & 16

• Seattle, WA – November 3 & 4

Course details

• The cost is US$1,000 per person. Discounts are available for 3 or more attendees from the same organization and for returning students desiring a refresher or update.

• This is a hands-on course in a computer lab. Computers and required software will be provided.

• Attendees will learn how to use the most powerful features of MAPublisher as well as all the new features of the latest versions of MAPublisher.

• MAPublisher for Illustrator on Windows is the focus of the course. Mac users will also benefit from the content and are encouraged to attend.

• Attendees are encouraged to send in and/or bring their own data and time will be devoted to working with specific user-supplied data and workflows.

Who Should Attend

• cartographers using GIS data

• existing MAPublisher users who want to experience the new features of the latest version of MAPublisher

• existing MAPublisher users who want to get the most out of their MAPublisher license

• GIS professionals who want to produce better quality maps

• anyone making maps that wants to leverage the benefits of this powerful software

More about MAPublisher

MAPublisher for Illustrator is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the superior graphics capabilities of these graphics design applications. Full details are available

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit for more details.

For further information contact:

Tel: 416-487-5116 Email: Web:

May 23-25

COM.Geo 2011 | Washington, D.C., | May 23-25, 2011

Event Title: COM.Geo 2011: 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computing for Geospatial Research and Application

Date: May 23-25, 2011

Place: Washington, DC USA


The explosion of computing driven location based applications in the past few years has revolutionized the way we live and work. Computing technologies, such as cloud computing, business intelligence, spatial database server, and high-performance computing, play key roles in geospatial technologies and applications.

Innovative research and application technologies are the brightest spotlights at COM.Geo conference. COM.Geo 2011 is the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computing for Geospatial Research and Application (R&A) with focuses on the latest computing technologies for multidisciplinary research and development that enables the exploration in geospatial areas. COM.Geo Conference is an exclusive event that connects researchers, developers, scientists, and application users from academia, government, and industry in both computing and geospatial fields. It builds the bridges between research and applications through computing and geospatial areas.

May 24 ~ 27

Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics (CPAG) ~ Week 1 | Edmonton, Canada | May 24 ~ 27 2011

The Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics (CPAG) will help engineers and geoscientists explore for and delineate natural resources. This intensive training program will help practitioners apply modern tools with confidence, increase their efficiency and provide valuable decision support information for resource management. The program fills an important niche between the conventional one-week short course and the 2 year Masters degree program.

The Citation Program in Applied Geostatistics is ideally suited to those from industry who seek a more in-depth understanding of modern geostatistical tools. The course consists of 4 days of in-class instruction one week per month given over a four month period.

The objectives of the Citation in Applied Geostatistics are to:

1. communicate the place of geostatistical models of heterogeneity and uncertainty in modern resource/reserve evaluation,

2. explain geostatistical concepts and tools, and

3. apply simulation / uncertainty management concepts

These objectives are met through classroom instruction, tutoring, and self-study. In addition to prepared assignments, each participant will undertake a realistic mini-project using their own data (if available) or provided data.

The main topics include:

geologic rock types and stochastic modeling
trends and non-stationarity
variograms for spatial continuity modeling
kriging for optimal estimation of resources
simulation for uncertainty quantification
multivariate modeling
decision making in presence of uncertainty
Edmonton session

Location: University of Alberta Main Campus
Registration Fees: $7,215 CAD (Fees include all instruction and course materials.)


Week One: May 24, 25, 26, 27 2011 — Attendance is mandatory
Week Two: June 20, 21, 22, 23 2011
Week Three: July 18, 19, 20, 21 2011
Week Four: August 15, 16, 17, 18 2011
Attendance is strongly suggested for Weeks Two, Three and Four. Resources will be made available online for directed study.

For more information, visit web site:


Using Near-Infrared Aerial Imagery to Map Oak Trees

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