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October 26 - 30, 2014
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2015 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

March 2 - 5, 2015
The 19th annual specialty conference co-sponsored by URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).

GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

Annual Conference for Professionals in Property Assessment, Tax Administration, Mapping and Information Technology

This annual conference and exhibition is jointly presented by URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers.  This conference is designed to foster collaboration and integration of data, technology and functionality.

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 19th GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference taking place March 2-5, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Call for Presentations

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2015 Conference Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panels and lightning talks and has proposed a list of suggested program tracks and topics for consideration (note that all abstracts received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below):

GIS Technologies
  • CAMA GIS 101
  • Web services
  • Showcase your mapping system
  • Aerial imagery and remote data collection used for assessment

Parcel / Cadastral Mapping:

  • Parcel editing systems
  • Topology and related parcel errors
  • Legal descriptions
  • Cadastral data limitations/disclaimers (legal issues)
  • The Parcel Fabric (successes, lessons learned, alternatives to…)
  • Mapping Standards (Cadastral standards, GIS standards etc…)

Integrating GIS & CAMA Data (object-level /sub-parcel data possibilities):

  • Manufactured Housing
  • Agricultural soil subtypes
  • Mixed Use properties
  • Special Districts
  • Condominiums
  • Building footprints
  • Severed mineral rights
  • Addressing
  • Commercial& Residential (multi-tenant properties)
  • Business personal property
  • Natural gas—storage and transmission
  • Oil and gas valuation
  • Water rights

Using GIS for Sub-parcel Inventory

  • Examples of layers derived from relationship of parcels to sub-parcel objects
    • Manufactured Housing
    • Agricultural soil subtypes
  • Mixed Use properties
  • Special Districts
  • Condominiums
  • Building footprints
  • Severed mineral rights
  • Addressing
  • Commercial (multi-tenant properties)
  • Residential (multi-tenant properties)
  • Business personal property
  • Natural gas—storage and transmission
  • Oil and gas valuation
  • Water rights
  • Tools used to create these derived layers
  • Topology and coordinate issues
  • Metadata, data sharing, emergency planning use cases


Using Assessor’s CAMA Data and GIS for Emergency Planning

  • Damage assessment
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Data sharing (before and after an emergency)
  • Cost sharing initiatives for expensive, big data, such as imagery
    • Workflow support
    • Valuation support
    • Emergency support      


  • Residential, Agricultural, Commercial valuation models
  • Modeling to identify over/under valued  properties valued by appraisers
  • Spatial multiple regression
  • Using GIS for valuation appeal hearings, how to build a better case


Creating and Analyzing Building Sketch Data

  • Converting GIS data to CAMA sketch data
  • Generating CAMA sketch data from imagery
  • CAMA sketch geo-referencing
  • Generation of accurate building layers for 911 / Emergency Services
  • CAMA sketch conversion to GIS friendly format
  • Capturing / Storing / Using geo-reference information in CAMA sketch data
  • Paper-to-Digital sketch creation and analysis to imagery
  • Remote CAMA sketch sensing used in conjunction with Revaluation Projects
  • Desktop Review using results of remote sensing / batch analysis processes

Inter Agency Cooperation

  • Licensing agreements
  • Data sharing Technologies – How tech can help you share, protect and use your data
  • Cross-organization technology and data cooperation – MOUs
  • Public private partnerships
  • Centralized or decentralized GIS?
  • Who is using your data and for what

Again, this list is not comprehensive. All abstracts will be reviewed and considered regardless of the suggested topics above.

Presentation Format

  • Single presentation—individual presentation that will be scheduled with several other presentations to form a cohesive session of 60-90 minutes in length. Each presenter is allotted 15-20 minutes, including questions from the attendees.
  • Complete session—Comprised of one subject covered by one or more presenters. The expectation is that the depth and complexity of the issue merits the longer time. A complete session is 90 minutes in length.
  • Lightning Talks—Short (5 minute) talks on a single subject. Concise and focused with few slides. The best Lightning Talks are entertaining and educational!
  • Panel & Roundtable—A panel or roundtable is a 60-90 minute presentation which encourages interaction and discussion between the panelists and the audience. Panel presentations should include at least three panelists all speaking on aspects of a particular topic.

Note that:

  • 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.
  • All accepted presenters must submit either a formal paper (preferred but not required) or presentation with notes (i.e. PowerPoint/Prezi) during the conference for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Your session moderator will collect the papers/presentations during the conference on a thumb drive.
  • All accepted presenters must register and pay the regular conference registration fee. Acceptance as a presenter does not register you for the conference — registration fees are required.

The abstract submissions is now closed, however, you can still submit your abstract to Pat Francis,  for the committee's consideration.




The exhibition completely sold out for the 2014 conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Be sure to reserve your opportunity as soon as the details are announced!

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Registration & Venue

Full registration includes access to all sessions, the conference proceedings, receptions, social event, Luncheon, and vendor educational sessions. Attendance at a preconference workshop is an additional cost. The conference program and preconference workshops will be detailed this Fall and a registration form will be available at that time.

  • URISA and/or IAAO member: Early rate (by December 31) $425; Regular rate (beginning January 1) $475
  • Non-member Early rate (by December 31) $575; Regular rate (beginning January 1) $625
  • Student and one-day registration options are also available.
  • Fee to attend a preconference workshop: $195 for URISA and/or IAAO members; $245 for nonmembers

The conference will take place at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel (10 North Broadway Avenue  Oklahoma City  Oklahoma  73102) and a block of rooms has been offered to conference attendees at the discounted rate: $139 single/double ($149 club level and $169 for suites)  with complimentary in-room Internet for those who reserve within the block. In addition, the hotel offers complimentary airport transportation!

An online hotel reservations form is forthcoming.

About Oklahoma City

Western charm goes metropolitan in Oklahoma's capital city. Oklahoma City offers plenty of interesting things to do and boasts big-league attractions, including the OKC Thunder NBA team (if the Thunder is in town while we're there... the conference will definitely try to reserve a block of tickets!)  and a revitalized downtown area starring the Bricktown Entertainment District, Chesapeake Energy Arena and top-notch museums, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Rope up some fun at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and other Adventure District destinations. Learn Oklahoma's story at the Oklahoma State Capitol and nearby History Center. Go kid-friendly at the OKC Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City and White Water Bay, and escape to the outdoors at the Oklahoma River, Myriad Botanical Gardens and Lake Hefner.

Oklahoma City offers a thriving nightlife scene with concentrations of popular spots for music, dancing and drinks in the Bricktown Entertainment District, the Paseo Arts District, and Western Avenue area. The arts abound and culture flourishes with options such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Ballet, vibrant art districts and plentiful galleries, a diverse music scene that produces national stars in multiple genres, bountiful drama productions and an acclaimed arts festival that draws nearly 1 million visitors each year.

To start exploring OKC, click here.

Conference Sponsors

About IAAO - The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is a non-profit research and educational association.  Established in 1934, IAAO's mission is to promote innovation and excelence in property appraisal as well as property tax policy and administration through professional development, education, reserach and technical assistance.  For more information, visit

About URISA - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.  It is THE association for GIS Professionals.  For more information, visit

Conference History

Jacksonville, Florida - February 24-27, 2014

Future Conferences:

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - March 2-5, 2015
  • Savannah, Georgia - February 22-25, 2016
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee - March 6-9, 2017

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