CalGIS 2016: 22nd Annual California GIS Conference

May 10-12, 2016
Anaheim, California 

CalGIS 2016 Quick Links:  


Online Conference Program - check out the individual sessions; learn about all of the speakers; and start planning your conference! Dozens of your GIS peers will be presenting their good work at the conference, sharing ideas and generating discussion!  

We're especially pleased to welcome our conference keynote speakers:

Welcome and Opening Keynote Speaker: Clint Brown, Director of Product Engineering, Esri
The Human Era of GIS:  Ten years ago, as people everywhere on the planet began to use and be amazed by Google Maps, and other web mapping tools, we all became GIS users.  The recent implementation of Web GIS and social computing are creating exciting, new opportunities to move beyond our traditional, highly technical application of GIS. We are on the verge of big changes —for who will be engaged by GIS and how it can be used by virtually everyone. We are entering the Human Era of GIS. This is an important story about where GIS has been and where we are headed. As practitioners, how will be transform our dialog and communications about our work to make GIS more broadly accessible by an ever-expanding community of new users.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Tuttle, PhD, Geographer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Delivering GEOINT in the Open: Over the last year the NGA has strived to be the first transparent intelligence agency. As such it looks to deliver GEOINT to all users when, where, and in the format needed. This new architecture is a hybrid of proprietary and open technology. In addition to proprietary and custom software and government data It is also deeply dependent on a broad swath of open source software, open standards, and open data. This talk will cover the road to this new system of GEOINT Services.

Preconference Workshops: Consider registering for one of the optional preconference workshops that will be presented on Tuesday, May 10. Workshop-only registration is available. Take advantage of this great education!

Each is described in detail here. Most require an additional fee and all are limited as to how many individuals may attend. Don't delay!

Deploying Mobile GISFull-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own
Instructor: Tripp Corbin, GISP, CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, GA - URISA President-Elect

One way to meet demands for providing superior service levels and operational efficiencies under tightening budget constraints is to leverage new technology that places GIS data in the hands of field crews. This allows for improved management and better maintenance of work processes to properly appraise infrastructure assets and to meet service request response times. This workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building an effective mobile GIS program across multiple departments. Registration Fee: $100

NG9-1-1 and the GIS WorkflowHalf-day training, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructor: Sandi Stroud, Public Safety GIS National Director, Michael Baker International


This URISA Workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 911 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 911 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This will have profound impacts on local maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 911 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 911, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets. Registration Fee: $50

Open Source GISFull-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own
A laptop computer is required for this session and we recommend you install QGIS before hand. 
Registration Fee: $100

Instructors: Jeffrey Johnson, Terranodo LLC; Landon Blake, Hawkins & Associates Engineering; Santiago Giraldo, CartoDB 

Open Source GIS Tools: Open source GIS is bringing the power of geospatial technology to all sorts of different organizations in California. During this full-day workshop members of the California OSGeo Chapter show you how they are using open source GIS software in their own organizations. The speakers will demonstrate how to use popular open source desktop GIS software (including QGIS, PostGIS, GeoServer and others), explain how open source GIS software fits into their own workflows, and provide examples of projects where they have successfully implemented open source GIS. 

Making Dynamic Maps with CartoDB: In this session, we will quickly unpack how to tackle common and complex GIS challenges and analysis as we go from raw data to beautifully insightful, dynamic, interactive maps for the web.  Participants will learn fundamentals of making maps in the CartoDB editor, and progress into advanced topics such as using Torque.js to create animated visualizations for pattern and anomaly detection, robust real-time enabled spatial queries and comprehensive spatial analysis using PostgreSQL & PostGIS. Focusing on working with different kinds of spatial data, participants will be equipped to use CartoDB's editor and advanced functionality in future analysis and prediction projects after completion.

Esri Story Maps Workshop 
Half-day workshop, 1:00-5:00 PM

Presenter: Rupert Essinger is a member of the Esri Story Maps team.

Description: In this workshop you'll learn how to create story maps with the ArcGIS platform. Story Maps are interactive web applications that let you combine interactive maps, narrative text, images, videos, 3D web scenes and other media to engage and inspire your audience. In this workshop we'll show you how to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story: whether you want to tell the general public about a planning project; engage supporters and the media about a conservation issue; present the results of your GIS analysis work to stakeholders inside your organization; or simply create a personal story about a trip or place you love. We'll show you the different story map application templates you can choose from and walk you step-by-step through the process of building, refining, and publishing a story map. Learn the basics plus get tips and tricks to turn your story map into a polished communication product. We'll also show you best practices for promoting your story map to your audience. But most of all we hope to inspire you to tell your story!

Audience: Anyone interested in location-based storytelling. There are no prerequisites for this course. You may have a story map idea already in mind. Or you may just want to find out more about what these tools may offer your organization. Optionally, attendees can bring a laptop and we'll get you up and running making story maps. ArcGIS Online knowledge a plus but not required. No web development skills required.

No registration fee required. Participation is limited.

Exhibits and Conference Sponsorship
The exhibit hall is sold out; sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities suit a wide range of budgets. Reserve your sponsorship right away as space is limited. Download the CalGIS 2016 Sponsor Prospectus

Gold Sponsor 

Silver Sponsors

  • Hexagon Imagery Program
  • Dudek
  • CycloMedia Technology
2016 participating exhibitors:

Booth space reserved:

Source Graphics 101
Michael Baker International 103
Esri 105/107
Psomas 200
USA Imaging, Inc 201
University of California Riverside 202
University of Redlands 203
California State University Long Beach 204
Dudek 205
California Surveying and Draft Supply 206
Claremont Graduate University 207
Cartegraph 300
Rio Hondo College 301
Interwest Consulting Group 302
Harris Corporation 303
CycloMedia Technology 304
Allen Instruments and Supplies 305
Hexagon Geospatial 306
Terranodo LLC 307
VESTRA Resources, Inc. 309
Hexagon Imagery Program  
Infogroup 401
Latitude Geographics 403
Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc 405
QlikMaps 407 
David Evans & Associates, Inc. 409
Open Spatial  411 

Registration and Venue

Those individuals who are members of one or more California URISA Chapters and /or the CGIA and reside locally or have a reservation at the conference hotel receive the best registration rates. This long-standing policy, common among associations, ensures the contractual obligations of the association with the hotel and encourages optimal networking among the attendees.  

Full registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote addresses, the CalGIS 2016 Exhibition, one hosted lunch, coffee breaks and a networking reception.

Workshop-only registration is also available if time is limited.

Pre-conference workshops are not included in the conference registration fee. Class size is limited and an additional fee may be required. 

Online registration is no longer available. Please print Registration form and bring to conference registration to register.

Venue: Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort (1855 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim CA 92802) steps from the Anaheim Gardenwalk and the Disneyland Resort. The discounted conference rate is $149 single/double. Rooms reserved under the CalGIS conference block include complimentary in-room internet access (normally an additional fee). The group rate was available until April 25 - If you missed the deadline, try calling 714/750-1811 to see if there is still availability

Parking Discount: CalGIS attendees also receive 50% off of their parking fee so the total for overnight parking is $8 per night (normal fee is $16).

For travel planning, note that the closing keynote will end at 4:00 PM.

About Anaheim

The Anaheim Resort area offers walkable shopping, restaurants and entertainment at such venues as Downtown Disney, the Anaheim GardenWalk, Center Street, and the Anaheim Packing House, a much-loved foodie experience. With an average temperature of 70 degrees and bright and sunny skies about 70% of the time, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the year-round climate in Orange County.


Getting to Anaheim is easy. There are four area airports: Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Long Beach Airport.

  • Orange County Airport/John Wayne Airport (SNA) - Distance: 13 miles
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Distance: 34 miles
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) - Distance: 18 miles
  • LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) - Distance: 35 miles  


Conference Hosts:

The URISA chapters in California  and the California Geographic Information Association, come together every year to present the CalGIS Conference.

Southern California Chapter of URISA
Northern California Chapter of URISA 
Central California Chapter of URISA
BAAMA - Bay Area Automated Mapping Association
California Geographic Information Association (CGIA)

Recent events:

2015 - Sacramento, California (Program)

2014 - Monterey, California (Program)

2013 - Long Beach, California (Program)

2012 - Sacramento, California (Program)

2011 - Fresno, California (Program)

2010 - Huntington Beach, California (Program)

2009 - Sacramento, California (Program)

2008 - Modesto, California

2007 - Oakland, California

2006 - Santa Barbara, California

2005 - Bakersfield, California

2004 - San Jose, California 



eGIS Associates, Inc.
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
North West Geomatics
Planning Communities
TGA inc.