Forum Thank You and Photo Recap

Thank you to all the attendees, presenters and sponsors who made the 2015 Texas GIS Forum another successful event! TNRIS was proud to host all of you and make this important gathering happen again for the 28th year in a row.

Your support contributed to a record number of sponsors and overall attendance. Participation in the workshops, general sessions, and social event reached an all-time high of over 800 registrations. Clearly the GIS Community in Texas is very much alive and well!

Whether digging into the Augmented Reality sandbox, tossing darts at the CartoDB social, or taking in innovative presentations and keynotes, we hope you enjoyed it all.

We’re reviewing the evaluations that so many of you completed. Your feedback is important to us and will be added to the planning for the 2016 Texas GIS Forum.

Visit the agenda to view links to available presentations, and check back soon as we post video from the Keynotes in the coming weeks. See you next year!


The Forum kicked off with a video highlighting the infamous TNRIS employee and GIS Ideologist, Geoff Isaac Stewart.


A picture of the Big Tex Auditorium, with a photo of Patricia Raimundo on the screen TNRIS director, Richard Wade, made opening remarks, dedicating this year's Forum to the memory of Patricia Raimondo.

Wednesday's Keynote, Patrick Meier, discussed the Digital Humanitarian movement. Wednesday's Keynote, Patrick Meier, discussed the Digital Humanitarian movement, who have made huge contributions to disaster response, primarily on a volunteer basis, from Haiti to Nepal.

Meier compares the work of digital humanitarians to a superhero team. Meier compares the work of digital humanitarians to a superhero team.

Attendees mingled in the atrium during the breaks. Attendees mingled in the atrium during the breaks.

The Augmented Reality Sandbox was a popular hang-out this year. The Augmented Reality sandbox was a hit at this year's forum. View the page of original creator of the sandbox to find the software and specs to build your own!

TNRIS showcased 3-D Lidar at our booth. TNRIS showcased flythroughs of 3-D Lidar at our booth.

TNRIS employees stand with Texas Water Development Board Member Kathleen Jackson. TNRIS employees stand with Texas Water Development Board Member Kathleen Jackson. We truly appreciate our parent agency's support of the Forum.

evon Humphrey from Waypoint Mapping presents GIS at the Wimberley Flash Flood Disaster Devon Humphrey from Waypoint Mapping presents GIS at the Wimberley Flash Flood Disaster.

Kate Hickey, VP of AppGeo, presents during their Platinum Sponsor Demo. Kate Hickey, VP of AppGeo, presents during their Platinum Sponsor Demo.

Impressive High-Resolution Aerial imagery from silver sponsor, Fugro. Impressive High-Resolution Aerial imagery from Fugro, a silver sponsor.

Lots of activity at ESRI's booth, a platinum sponsor. Lots of activity at ESRI's booth, a platinum sponsor.

Platinum Sponsor, AppGeo's booth. Platinum Sponsor, AppGeo's booth.

More fun at the sandbox. More fun at the sandbox.

Silver sponsors, 360 Technologies booth. Silver sponsors, 360 Technologies booth.

Daniel Pearson, from the USGS, presents the Texas Geologic Atlas Web viewere, a widely popular app since it's release earlier this year. Daniel Pearson, from the USGS, presents the Texas Geologic Atlas Web viewer, a widely popular app since it's release earlier this year.

Kyle Campbell from Google Maps discusses partnerships, including with Skybox imaging. Kyle Campbell from Google Maps discusses partnerships, including with Skybox imaging.

Silver sponsor, AOS's booth. Silver sponsor, AOS's booth.

Richard Winkelbauer and Ginny Vragel from the Texas Water Development Board discuss the updated WIID viewer. Richard Winkelbauer and Ginny Vragel from the Texas Water Development Board discuss the updated WIID viewer.

Punch Bowl Social was the site of this year's Forum social, sponsored by CartoDB. Punch Bowl Social was the site of this year's Forum social, sponsored by CartoDB.

CartoDb Chief Science Officer, Andrew Hill, displays his excellent dart throwing form. CartoDb Chief Science Officer, Andrew Hill, displays his excellent dart throwing form.

Gold Sponsor, AECOM's booth. Gold Sponsor, AECOM's booth.

Silver Sponsor, SCAUG (South Central Arc Users Group) booth. Silver Sponsor, SCAUG (South Central Arc Users Group) booth.

Felicia Retiz, Deputy Geographic Information Officer, gives opening remarks on Thursday morning. Felicia Retiz, Deputy Geographic Information Officer, gives opening remarks on Thursday morning.

Thursday morning keynote, Dr. David Cowen, shows some GIS history with an early digital map that he described as a, Rocket scientist's idea of a good map. Thursday morning keynote, Dr. David Cowen, shows some GIS history with an early digital map that he described as a, "Rocket scientist's idea of a good map."

Keynote Dr. David Cowen is presented with a map of his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Keynote Dr. David Cowen is presented with a map of his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Attendees looking over poster gallery submissions and pondering who to vote for. Attendees looking over poster gallery submissions and determining their favorite.

A mini reunion of former TNRIS employee, Blake Matejowsky, now at Austin energy, and Tom Roehrig, current manager of the RDC at TNRIS. A mini-reunion between former TNRIS employee, Blake Matejowsky, now at Austin energy, and Tom Roehrig, Senior Research Specialis at TNRIS's Research and Distribution Center (RDC).

Jurassic era beachfront property in the Sandbox. Jurassic beachfront property in the Sandbox.

Santiago Giraldo Anduaga, from CartoDB discusses The Information Commons: Cloud-Based GIS Santiago Giraldo Anduaga, from CartoDB discusses The Information Commons: Cloud-Based GIS.

Accessibility is Key - a simple message from Santiago Giraldo Anduaga's presentation. Accessibility is Key - a simple message from Santiago's presentation.

People sitting at laptops, headphones on, taking ESRI lessons ESRI's Hands-On Learning Lab (HOLL) was a popular way for attendees to break up their day while learning key GIS skills.

Two men smiling at hexagon geospatial booth Saying hello to Gold sponsor, Hexagon Geospatial.

Jamie Young from Merrick & Company presents Innovations - Changing the way Lidar is Used Jamie Young from Merrick & Company presents Innovations - Changing the way Lidar is Used.

A sign with silver sponsors in front of a snack table Silver sponsors made our many forum breaks possible.

Instructor Sally Holl along with students from the ACC GIS program Sally Holl brought students from the ACC GIS program to the forum.

Helen Walters discusses the relationship between development and aquatic nutrient loading in the Galveston Bay Estuary. Helen Walters from Texas A&M Galveston discusses the relationship between development and aquatic nutrient loading in the Galveston Bay Estuary.

Jacquie Hrncir and John Clary from the City of Austin discuss the management of special events using ArcGIS Online Jacquie Hrncir and John Clary from the City of Austin discuss the management of special events using ArcGIS Online.

Plotter Pro, a Gold Sponsor, shows off their high-quality prints to a forum attendee. Plotter Pro, a Gold Sponsor, shows off their high-quality prints to Harold Rogers from the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG).

Two men look over a printout of a photo of themselves Into the looking glass...We were officially having too much fun.

ESRI's thursday platinum sponsor demo, ArcGIS Solutions for State and Local Government. ESRI's Thursday platinum sponsor demo, ArcGIS Solutions for State and Local Government.

Leah Fasick from the City of Temple discusses 3-D Modeling of the City of Temple Landfill.

Leah Casey from Texas Department of Health and Human Services and Jeff Jordan from the Institute for Demographic Studies and Socioeconomic Research present in Li'l Tex. Leah Casey from Texas Department of Health and Human Services and Jeff Jordan from the Institute for Demographic Studies and Socioeconomic Research present in Li'l Tex.

Tim Williams from what3words discusses their unique idea for creating addresses for every part of the globe. Tim Williams from what3words discusses their unique idea for creating addresses for every location on the globe.

At the Surdex booth, a gold sponsor. At the Surdex booth, a silver sponsor.

Thursday afternoon Keynote Todd Humphreys references Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges. Quote seen on a slide Thursday afternoon Keynote Todd Humphreys references Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges, who spoke of a 1 to 1 map of the world, in On Exactitude in Science

One of Humphrey's students demonstrates centimeter accurate location tracking on a consumer-grade antenna. The red squiggle shows his hand movement. One of Humphrey's students demonstrates centimeter accurate location tracking on a consumer-grade antenna. The red squiggle shows his hand movement.

Keynote Todd Humphreys is presented with a map of the UT campus highlighting the original 40 acres.

A portrait of current TNRIS staff in front of their booth Current TNRIS employees, minus Ben Buchanan, who was holding down the fort back at the office. Thanks, Ben!


From all of us at TNRIS, thanks again. We hope to see you next year!

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