President's Spring Message
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Dear GITA Members, Affiliates, and Associates:
If you’re reading this, I trust that you’ve survived yet another brutal winter that North America has encountered. For those of you fortunate enough to not have had to deal with shoveling driveways and maneuvering icy roads, the rest of us are incredibly jealous. Our colleagues in the energy industry have hopefully enjoyed the marketing opportunity, at least, as the frigid temperatures provided a brief respite from depressed energy prices. Luckily, warmer weather seems to be on the horizon for us all.
In recent GITA-related news, at home and abroad:
First, I’d like to first welcome our newest board members, Becky Shumate, GISP; and Jeff Allen, GISP, who both joined the GITA board at the beginning of this year. I look forward to working with these two outstanding individuals to serve our membership and the geospatial community at large.
Plans for three upcoming GITA conferences are well underway, including the Pacific Northwest Chapter’s regional meeting, “Making $ense of Integration” (April 20-21st in Mukilteo, Washington); and EnerGIS 2015, organized by GITA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter (May 18-19th in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania). The Board of Directors is working alongside the GITA Oil & Gas Pipeline Committee to produce “Pipeline Week”, to be held at The Woodlands outside of Houston, Texas this September.
This past March, I had the honor of being hosted by our sister organization, GITA Australia-New Zealand, in Brisbane and Perth. I was able to attend GITA ANZ’s annual meeting held in conjunction with Locate15 and several other geospatial organizations in Brisbane, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference featured six concurrent tracks, and presentations by a number of industry panels and keynote speakers in the field. The meeting also included the formal Spatial Excellence Dinner, the “Oscars” of the geospatial industry, which was easily the highlight of the conference, as it was a superb way to draw attention to the achievements made by our colleagues in the geospatial community
After spending several days in Brisbane, I was off to Perth to participate in “GITA Unplugged” - a series of half-day conferences promoting GITA programming in various cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Being able to see flexible programming delivered locally and on-site at GITA affiliates was a worthwhile experience, and an effort that’s effects could be easily implemented here at GITA North America.
A hearty thank you and g’day to my Perth hosts, the Water Corporation of Western Australia, as well as GITA Australia-New Zealand and our other Australian colleagues for hosting me!
Regards and best wishes for an enjoyable and (hopefully warm) spring.
Mark E. Limbruner, GISP
Geospatial Information & Technology Association, North America