IMIA Americas Conference

November 29 – December 01, 2016
San Diego, CA USA

Schedule of Events

Date & TimeEventLocation

Tuesday, November 29

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. RegistrationArt Foyer
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-upGallery 1
1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.IMIA Americas Board MeetingGallery 2
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Welcome ReceptionSail Terrace

Wednesday, November 30

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.RegistrationArt Foyer
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Welcome / Opening Ceremonies
IMIA Americas President Bennett Moe
Gallery 1
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Track 1 - The Business of Maps
Moderator: Bennett Moe /
Gallery 1
Black Friday: Planning a Good Ground Game
Speaker: Steve Gavin / Nielsen
Speaker: Guy Johnson / GM Johnson & Associates Ltd.
Maps Publishers
The Business of (Story) Maps
Speakers: Mark Cygan / Esri and David Watkins / Esri
Market Trends in Fleet Logistics and Impact of Location Aware Data
Speaker: Richard F. Pearlman / Fleet and Asset Intelligence / Spireon, Inc.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Networking LunchGallery 2
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Member ShowcaseGallery 1
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Track 2 – Business of Building Apps with Open Data
Moderator: Margaret Spyker / Xentity Corporation
Gallery 1
Go Code Colorado and the Evolution of the Data Liaison
Speaker: Margaret Spyker, GISP, LEED GA / Xentity Corporation
Identifying and Capturing Value Using GIS
Speaker: Ari Isaak / Evari GIS Consulting
Disparate Data, Technology Fiefdoms and the Rise of the Geo-boffin
Speaker: Will Cadell / Sparkgeo
U.S. Geological Survey and National Open Data
Speaker: Drew Decker / U.S. Geological Survey
Mapillary: A Whole New Perspective on Capturing Data
Speaker: Johan Gyllenspetz / Mapillary
GIS as a Habitat and Land Planning Resource
Speaker: Michelle Landis / Great Ecology
5:00 p.m."No Host" Social Event at "Fairweather"795 J Street, 2nd Floor
Geospatial San Diego is coordinating a no-host happy hour on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to celebrate the IMIA annual event! If you are attending the conference or find yourself in the neighborhood, please join us at the “Fairweather.” Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with mapping and GIS professionals, the San Diego Regional GIS Council (SDRGC) and anyone else interested in joining us!

Welcome to Fairweather, a patio bar dedicated to “drinks from sunny places" — daiquiris and piña coladas and mai tais and zombies. Terribly good mezcal. Ice cold, refreshing concoctions served in the sun along the treeline. The name is an ode to San Diego’s perky climate. It also fits its location beyond the outfield fence of Petco Park (795 J Street), home to the San Diego Padres and their fair weather fan base. Fairweather is poised atop Consortium’s newly opened deli, Rare Form. It’s also next to the new Stone Company Store.

RSVP to this event here

Thursday, December 01

9:00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.Keynote by Robert W. Kraft
“NGA Open for Business”

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Gallery 1
9:30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.Track 3 – Cartographic Research
Moderator: Brian Fox / U.S. Geological Survey
Gallery 1
Unleashing the Power of Historical Maps
Speaker: Yao-Yi Chiang, Ph.D. / University of Southern California
Cartographic Images in Planning Fieldwork Routes:
Field Expertise and Sensitivity to Landscape Features

Speaker: Kathleen Baker, Ph.D. / Western Michigan University
CEGIS and the Programs It Supports
Speaker: Michael Speak / U.S. Geological Survey
Geospatial Innovations at the U.S. Census Bureau
Speaker: Suzanne McArdle / U.S. Census Bureau
The Drone Dilemma: How UAVs are Changing the Face of Data Collection for Better or Worse
Speaker: David Ilgenfritz / Flight Evolved LLC
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Member ShowcaseGallery 1
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Networking LunchGallery 2
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Lightning TalksGallery 1
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Track 4 – Outdoor Recreation
Moderator: Damien Saunder / National Geographic Maps
Gallery 1
GARMIN’s Contributions to the World of Outdoor and Aviation
Speaker: Valerie Lovan / Garmin International
Mapping Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine
Speaker: David Lambert / National Geographic Maps
Where Do We Grow Now?
Speaker: Bridger DeVille / Benchmark Maps
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Table Top Tear-down Gallery 1
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Annual Banquet / Map AwardsMcCormick & Schmicks

Conference Registration Forms

The IMIA Americas Conference is just a couple of months away and we are planning an exciting program. Due to the tremendous response from last year, we are again presenting the “Lightning Talks”. In addition, IMIA Americas has a great line-up of speakers, who are industry experts. Our goal is to educate, enlighten and solve problems.

We believe that knowledgeable individuals can accomplish great things in their companies and organizations by applying the lessons learned at the IMIA Americas Conference. Enjoy your journey, we’re here to help.

Attendee Registration, Exhibitor Registration & Day / Student Pass Form