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GITA Summer 2016 Update!

Posted By Mark E. Limbruner, Monday, July 11, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy…..

Greetings to my fellow GITA members and geospatial colleagues.  I wanted to touch base with you and fill you in on happenings with organization for the past several months.

First off we have had an extremely busy first half of 2016.  The association has supported or been the main organizer of 5 different events so far this year:

  • GITA Pacific Northwest Annual Conference – April 2016
  • EnerGIS 2016 – May 2016
  • UMGEOCON (Upper Mid-West Geocon) – May 2016
  • Common Ground Alliance 811 Conference & Expo – March 2016
  • GeoBuiz 2016 – April 2016

This is an incredible effort on the part of GITA staff, volunteers and conference organizers.  Our members, affiliates and sponsors can rest assured that GITA is back, very vibrant, and bringing our members and the geospatial community top quality educational and networking opportunities.

Next up is our annual GITA Oil & Gas Conference / Pipeline Week to be held in The Woodlands just north of Houston September 20-22.  The GITA & PODs organizing committee have put together an awesome, or as some aspiring presidents would say “A HUGE”, lineup of speakers and papers for this three day event.

Tickets and sponsorships are now available, please visit the conference web site at: Pipeline Week.

Early bird admission is still available.  Save yourself or your employer a few bucks, register early!

Additionally this April I traveled “Down Under” to Melbourne to meet with our GITA Australia-New Zealand colleagues.  I was offered the opportunity to present at the Locate16 Conference co-hosted by our GITA-ANZ sister organization.  I updated the attendees on the happenings of GITA North America, gave a brief update on the latest innovations in geospatial technology; UAVs in particular.  I also presented a brief paper on detecting and mapping rogue greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas operations.  Photos of the Locate16 conference may be viewed here: Locate16 Gallery.

I’d like to thank my colleagues on the GITA Australia-New Zealand board of directors for their hospitality.  I’ve now had the pleasure of traveling to and meeting with their board twice, I can see the same level of dedication in our Australian colleagues as can be seen in our North American staff.  Thank you again, GITA-ANZ!

On an administrative note, our board has engaged a membership retention consultant Shari Pash.  Ms Pash has been working for the past few months to review the association’s structure, and processes.  The goal is provide a more efficient, interactive and streamlined experience while enrolling or re-enrolling members and affiliates.  Updates from the board will be provided in the next few months announcing the roll out of our new enrollment procedures.

With that, I’ll sign off for the summer.  The GITA board and I wish you a relaxing summer, safe travels to those headed to the beaches or mountains, and hoping we see you in The Woodlands for Pipeline Week this September!

Tags:  Conferences  GITA  Membership  Summer  Update 

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