Fall education opportunities abound
September and October are right around the corner, and that means some great educational opportunities for GITA members and constituents.
GITA is involved with three unique conferences that focus on important emerging trends and industry sectors, representing a wide variety of interests and applications of geospatial technology. From Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), to the geospatial underpinnings of the smart grid, to the rapidly changing oil and gas pipeline sector — GITA is right in the middle of these exciting developments. Our mission is to keep you informed — so pick your area of interest and get engaged!
Here's a rundown of what to expect in September and October:
FOSS4G — Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is the premier international conference focused on open source geospatial software. Open source software for geospatial is gaining strong momentum worldwide, and this year's international conference, to be held in Denver on Sept. 12-16 provides an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of this important trend. The conference is sponsored by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and GITA is providing logistical and conference management support.
Need to know more? Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend FOSS4G in Denver. If you still aren't convinced, watch this video from the local committee.
Autovation is the annual conference of Utilimetrics, a non-profit association formerly known as the Automatic Meter Reading Association. Over the past year, GITA and Utilimetrics have been working together to identify the interrelationships of the two associations' respective audiences and educational objectives. With the advent of the Smart Grid and related sensor technologies, it has become clear that more needs to be done to educate the two communities about the benefits of the relationships between geospatial technology and Automated Meter Infrastructure, Meter Data Management and smart meter deployment as these utility-based applications continue to evolve.
GITA is collaborating with Utilimetrics to provide a track on geospatial technology at Autovation 2011, to be held Sept. 25-28 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington. GITA members will receive Utilimetrics member rates for the conference, which will attract electric, water and gas utility professionals from around the world. Participants will represent cooperatives, investor owned and municipal utilities whose stages of automation range from developing business cases and selecting vendors to installing smart meters to optimizing investments and preparing for the future. If your utility is serious about smart meter deployment, or just in the data gathering phase, you should consider attending. To register at the discounted rate, click here and select the "Other Registration" button and enter the code "GITA" when prompted.
Registration Open for GITA’s GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference!
This October, oil and gas industry professionals from across North America and around the world will convene for the 20th annual GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Oct. 24-26 in Houston. This one-of-a-kind event will culminate two decades of information exchange in a unique, increasingly important energy industry niche. You will benefit from the hard won experience of geospatial professionals at leading oil and gas pipeline industry organizations and, most importantly given recent headlines, keep yourself and your company abreast of regulatory changes and developments.
Among the new features of the conference this year: Any employee of an operator or user organization will have complimentary access to the exhibit hall. Even if you can't benefit from participating in the educational program, we want you to be able to see first-hand what's new and available in the marketplace.
Register online here and for more information on why you should attend, visit the conference website.
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