GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

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


March 6-9, 2017 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) partner together to provide a conference that assists assessment and appraisal professionals in visualizing how they can work more effectively through the use of technology. This conference explores the important role that integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) systems plays in providing access to data and analysis of information for better decision making within a jurisdiction.


Famed Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
Photo credits: Chattanooga CVB

Why Attend?

  • As an appraiser, this conference is a wonderful way to see the power of GIS and how it is being utilized. For those in GIS, exposure to how your users are leveraging your systems, and what they need, is a wonderful way to enhance your operation. This conference is the ideal placed to be inspired by the work of others in our industry. - Scott Rountree, Augusta-Richmond County Board of Assessors

  • Best and most valuable conference I attend every year. Technology is rapidly changing the way mass appraisal is administered and if you're not at this conference, you're not on the cutting edge of our industry. - Warren Dixon, Naperville Township (IL) Assessor

  • The GIS/CAMA Conference has always provided a wonderful range of informative topics relevant to an ever-changing and emerging technology. Additionally, it's the best platform to mix and mingle with the "old-timers" who can mentor newcomers and for the newbies to bring novel ideas to the discussion. -Tony Lindauer, Jefferson County (KY) Property Valuation

  • Sometimes we get bogged down in the minutia of our work. The conference gives you a week to share struggles and solutions with other people and get inspired again about what we do. -Danielle Simpson, Boulder County (CO) Assessor's Office

  • CAMA/GIS is most beneficial to the technical staff in your jurisdiction. Ken Wilkinson, CFA, Lee (FL.) County Property Appraiser

  • This conference has a high return on investment. Having an office representative attend the GIS/CAMA conference each each year is essential if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest GIS and modeling implementations. What you learn from presentations, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with peers from around the globe, are more than worth the price of admission. (And who doesn't want to learn how to use free, open-source software that improves assessment valuations and processes?) - Paul Bidanset, Real Estate Valuation Modeler (VA)

  • The integration of GIS and CAMA is no longer an idea of the future, but instead a necessity for proper assessment practices today. The GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference gives their attendees many different possibilities to assist the way each individual office works. -Maureen Sterrenberg (IL)

Preliminary Conference Schedule

  • Monday, March 6: Preconference Workshops and Opening Reception in Exhibition
  • Tuesday, March 7,  2017: Opening Keynote Address, Breakout Sessions, Exhibition
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Breakout Sessions, General Sessions, Exhibition, Social Event
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017: Breakout Sessions, Closing Keynote Address

Zigzag portion of 13 mile Riverwalk
Photo credits: Chattanooga CVB

Call for Presentations - Abstract Submissions Due September 21, 2016

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2017 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).

We welcome topics of interest for all levels of expertise, from beginner to expert. As always, International topics are encouraged. 

GIS and CAMA Technologies – Practical Solutions:

  • GIS and CAMA 101
  • Hands-on GIS Learning Lab
  • Web services: Building Web Apps and Maps
  • Showcase your mapping and CAMA systems
  • Aerial imagery and remote data collection used for assessment
  • ArcGIS Online
  • Open Data initiatives incorporating GIS and CAMA data
Integrating GIS & CAMA Data – Technical Topics:
  • Building geoprocessing tools using Python or Model Builder
  • ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) complex Assessment data for analysis
  • Improving Data Quality
  • Editing versioned data
  • Data models
  • Exploring open source tools
Parcel / Cadastral Mapping:
  • Parcel editing systems and mapping standards
  • Topology and related parcel errors
  • Cadastral data limitations/disclaimers (legal issues)
  • The Parcel Fabric (successes, lessons learned, alternatives to…)
Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Mine CAMA
and GIS Data:

  • Drones - UAVs
  • Mobile Apps
  • Field Data Collection and Management
  • Sketch data – imagery data – GIS data automation
  • Desktop Review

Using GIS for Sub-parcel Inventory and Analysis:
  • Manufactured Housing
  • Agricultural soil subtypes
  • Condominiums
  • Rights: Air rights, Solar envelopes, Parking rights, Water rights, Mineral rights, Access issues
  • Occupancy/ tenancy/changing use
  • Rights of Way
  • Proximity analysis: Flood zones, Geologic hazards, Airport influence
  • Analysis across 2-D, 3-D, 4-D

Valuation and Analysis:

  • Residential, Agricultural, Commercial valuation models
  • Sales ratio analysis
  • Spatial multiple regression
  • AVM Services (Automated Valuation Models)
  • Business Analytics incorporating Valuation Models, Parcel and Assessment Data
  • Proximity analysis and regression models
  • R Integration with GIS
  • Oil and gas valuation issues
  • Business personal property issues
Using Assessor’s CAMA Data and GIS for Emergency Planning:
  • Damage assessment
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Data sharing and cost sharing initiatives
  • Workflow and valuation support
  • Emergency planning use cases
Administrative Assessment Tasks Incorporating

  • Enterprise addressing initiatives and models
  • Special Districts
  • Tax increment financing districts
  • Permits
  • Land Records integration with CAMA and GIS systems
  • Senior and Veterans Exemptions
  • Appeals – building a better case using GIS

Personal Development and Leadership Growth Tied to Technology:

  • Inter-agency cooperation and collaboration
  • Organizational models
  • Change management and workflow management
  • Communication
  • Industry standards and integration
  • Professional training and certification

Other topics of interest to the GIS and Assessment Professional

Again, these topics are only suggestions.
All submissions received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program. 

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.  Opportunities to promote a company's products and services are abundant at the conference. The best presentations from technology service and product suppliers are delivered along with a client/user.  
  • 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.

Abstract Submission Deadline Date: September 21, 2016 

Proceed to Online Abstract Submission Form 

Registration & Venue

Registration: Registration includes the Conference Proceedings, Monday Reception, Tuesday Luncheon, Wednesday Social Event, and Vendor Educational Sessions. Additional fees are required for preconference workshop attendance (and perhaps, the Tuesday optional networking event). 

Preconference Workshops: The conference is pleased to present preconference workshops on Monday, March 6. There is an additional registration fee for the workshops.

  • $195 IAAO or URISA member
  • $245 nonmember
  • $90 student


  • $500 IAAO or URISA member
  • $650 nonmember
  • $100 student

One-day registration fees (choose Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday): Member $225/Nonmember $325


The conference will take place at the Chattanooga Convention Center and the Headquarter's Hotel for conference attendees is the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown. Connected to the Chattanooga Convention Center, this relaxed, downtown hotel is convenient to the Tennessee Riverwalk. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, featuring views and trails, is a 2.8-mile drive. The Marriott provides a complimentary downtown shuttle and shuttle service to/from the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport  for a fee of $15 per person. 

  • Conference room rate: $155 single/double - with complimentary in-room internet access
  • Deadline for reservations: February 10, 2017, or until the reserved block is sold out.
  • Reservations method: Online (coming) or call 1-800-841-1674.

About Chattanooga

Bluff View Arts District -Photo credits: Chattanooga CVB

Take some time to learn about Chattanooga: 

Chattanooga is a vibrant and thriving mid-sized river city, surrounded by outdoor adventure and the natural beauty of the mountains. Chattanooga is one of the most revitalized cities in the country with a growing arts, music, and dining scene complemented by iconic world-class attractions. The free electric shuttle serving the downtown area, as well as the fastest citywide internet speeds anywhere in the world are just some of the ways the "Scenic City" offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan city in a comfortable, convenient and beautiful location.  

Climate: Average high temperatures in March are typically in the mid-60s.

Transportation: Chattanooga’s Airport, CHA, is just ten miles from Downtown and offers direct or 1-stop flights to most destinations. Chattanooga is centrally located in the Southeast at the intersections of I-75, I-24 and I-59. Our river-city is within three hours of more than ten million people living in Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham and Huntsville. Chattanooga’s Airport, CHA, is just ten miles from Downtown and offers direct or 1-stop flights to most destinations.


Chattanooga Choo Choo: Photo credits: Chattanooga CVB

Exhibits & Sponsorship

Exhibit and sponsorship information for the 2017 conference in Chattanooga will be available this Fall. Thank you to all of our great exhibitors and sponsors in Savannah!

 2016 Conference Platinum Sponsor
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2016 Conference Gold Sponsor



Tennessee Aquarium:Photo credits: Chattanooga CVB

Conference Partners

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 excellence in property appraisal as well as property tax policy and administration through professional development, education, research 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

Savannah, Georgia - February 22-25, 2016
We went back to the 'birthplace' of this conference to celebrate the milestone 20th anniversary. What a wonderful event, with great presentations and valuable discussions. Attendees will receive the Conference Proceedings in mid-April. 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - March 2-5, 2015

Jacksonville, Florida - February 24-27, 2014

Future Conferences:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee - March 6-9, 2017


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