CalGIS 2016: 22nd Annual California GIS Conference

May 10-12, 2016
Anaheim, California 

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)

Call for Presentation Proposals

The conference is developed from abstract submissions received through the Call for Presentation Proposals. CalGIS provides a wonderful GIS opportunity to learn, share and interact with your colleagues from across the state!

Participation may be in a variety of formats including:

  1. Map gallery – Have you developed some beautiful maps? Share them with your colleagues in the map gallery!
  2. Poster presentation – Poster presentations allow you to share your work with colleagues in a visual format in a leisurely setting. Posters may incorporate any combination of descriptive text, graphics and maps.
  3. Lightning Talk – These are very brief presentations (5 minutes max – you will be timed!) which highlight an essential element of your work with GIS. Fun and often irreverent.
  4. Traditional Presentation – If you prefer a more traditional approach, present your GIS applications, developments, tips and tricks in a longer format talk (typically 20-25 minutes).
  5. Panel Discussion – If you have a group of people you’d like to have present together around a topic or theme, there are opportunities to organize a moderated panel presentation and discussion.
  6. Not sure? – Let us know what you’d like to share and we will try to find the best opportunity for you to participate! We are always looking for innovative ways to share with our attendees.

Why you should submit a presentation?  While everyone working in GIS or spatial data and analysis will benefit by attending CalGIS, it’s even better when you share your experiences and applications by presenting. The past few years have seen great CalGIS conferences. Attendees and vendors have told the conference committee how valuable they have found the conference content.

So why you should present your work and thoughts at the conference?

  • You work hard, get a little recognition. Your peers appreciate your efforts.
  • You do things that others do and they can learn from you.
  • You do things no one else does and your unique perspective can contribute to others.
  • Others hear about your work and can help you. This isn’t a one way street.
  • You can contribute to our field. Your presence and ideas make us all richer.
  • You can make connections. We have seen presenters make new contacts, find new data and tools to help them in their work and even be offered jobs due to their presentations.
  • Your work is much more interesting than you give yourself credit for. Share and see your work through new eyes.

Abstract Submissions were due on February 1, however late submissions will be considered if needed. 


  • All accepted presenters must register and pay the standard conference registration fee. 
  • Presentations that market specific products and services are not acceptable at the conference. Exhibiting/sponsoring opportunities to promote your company's products and services will be abundant at the conference. 

Submit your presentation proposal today via this online form.

CGIA Awards Announced!
Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 18, 2016.

Nominations for the 2016 CGIA Awards are open.  

Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at the California GIS Conference (CalGIS), May 10-12, in Anaheim, CA. Bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program. The visibility that goes with winning an award can be an important component to building credibility, gaining exposure, promoting a program, or garnering funding. Each year the California Geographic Information Association recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. Nominate a colleague, project, or program for a CGIA award by going to the CGIA Nomination Page.



 Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, May 10 - Pre-conference Workshops:

Deploying Mobile GIS

Full-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.

Specific topics include:

  • Practical guidelines for building a mobile GIS
  • Business drivers for moving GIS technology and data into the field
  • Alternative strategies for implementing GIS-based field solutions
  • Overcoming obstacles to automating field processes
  • Steps in the mobility implementation process

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the benefits and resources needed to deploy different mobile solutions within their organization
  • Gain better understanding of supporting technologies including mobile platforms, communications and GPS
  • Be introduced to different methods for deploying mobile solutions
  • Be introduced to different supporting architectures for supporting mobile deployments
  • Understand the guidelines needed to build a mobile GIS
  • Understand the obstacles of implementing a mobile solution and practical ways to overcome these.

Registration Fee: $100

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow 

Half-day training, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructor: Sandi Stroud, Public Safety GIS National Director, Michael Baker International


This 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic next generation 911 terminology and concepts
  • Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 911 system
  • Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 911 system
  • Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for Next Generation 911

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.

Registration Fee: $50

Open Source GIS (more details to come, along with instructor information)

Full-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own)

Why limit yourself to just one GIS program or toolset?  It's good to have options. This workshop will introduce a variety of OSGeo tools, including QGIS. Participants will learn a variety of ways OSGeo tools can be used in developing and delivering practical applications presented by experienced OSGeo professionals. 

A laptop computer is required for this session and we recommend you install QGIS before hand. 

Registration Fee: $100

Esri Workshop - details to come

Half-day workshop, 1:00-5:00 PM

No registration fee required. Participation is limited.

Wednesday, May 11

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address - Clint Brown, Director of Product Engineering, Esri – The Human Era of GIS

  • Exhibits
  • Hosted Lunch
  • Panel Discussions, Town Hall Meeting, Breakout Sessions
  • Networking Reception & Poster Session

Thursday, May 12

  • Exhibits
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing Keynote Address - invited - Benjamin Tuttle, PhD, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency


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.

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

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 is available until April 18 or until the room block sells out (whichever comes first).

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).

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  


Exhibits and Conference Sponsorship

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities suit a wide range of budgets. Reserve your sponsorship right away as space is limited. Discounts available until February 1st!

Note that the exhibit hall sold out in 2015. 

Gold Sponsor

  • Esri

Silver Sponsor

  • Hexagon Imagery Program
  • Dudek
2016 participating exhibitors:

Booth space reserved:

Source Graphics 101
Michael Baker International 103
Esri 105/107
Psomas 200
USA Imaging, Inc 201
California State University Long Beach 204
Dudek 205
California Surveying and Draft Supply 206
Claremont Graduate University 207
Allen Instruments and Supplies 305
Terranodo LLC 307
VESTRA Resources, Inc. 309
Hexagon Imagery Program 401
Latitude Geographics 403
Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc 405
QlikMaps 407 

Recent events:

2015 - Sacramento, California (View program to see what you missed.)

2014 - Monterey, California (View program to see what you missed.)

2013 - Long Beach, California (View program to see what you missed.)

2012 - Sacramento, California

2011 - Fresno, California

2010 - Huntington Beach, California

2009 - Sacramento, California

2008 - Modesto, California

2007 - Oakland, California

2006 - Santa Barbara, California

2005 - Bakersfield, California

2004 - San Jose, California 



Blue Marble
eGIS Associates, Inc.
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
North West Geomatics
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters