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Presentation Proposals Invited for 2016 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference

Submit your presentation proposal by December 1.


GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015

October 18 - 22, 2015

GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

February 22 - 25, 2016

URISA Leadership Academy

August 1 - 5, 2016

GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

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

Join URISA and IAAO for the 20th Anniversary of the GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference!

February 22-25, 2016
Hyatt Regency Savannah - Savannah, Georgia

We're going back to the 'birthplace' of this conference to celebrate the milestone 20th anniversary!

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

Call for Presentations
Submissions due: September 21, 2015

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2016 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. To celebrate the anniversary of the conference, we'd also like to include a few presentations that explore how a specific technology or topic has developed over the twenty years that this conference has been in existence, while also incorporating a look to the future.

GIS Technologies

  • CAMA GIS 101
  • Web services
  • Showcase your mapping system
  • Aerial imagery and remote data collection used for assessment
  • Mobile technologies
  • GIS-centric database uses in mass appraisal
  • GIS and CAMA sketch data
  • Past, present and future

Using Assessor’s CAMA Data and GIS for Emergency Planning

  • Damage assessment
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Generation of accurate building layers for 911 / Emergency Services
  • Data sharing (before and after an emergency)
  • Cost sharing initiatives for expensive, big data, such as imagery
  • Workflow support
  • Valuation support
  • Emergency support
  • Past, present and future

Parcel / Cadastral Mapping:

  • Parcel editing systems
  • Topology and related parcel errors
  • Legal descriptions
  • Cadastral data limitations/disclaimers (legal issues)
  • Conversion case studies
  • Requirements for moving into the parcel fabric
    (successes, lessons learned, alternatives to…)
  • Real-world applications of standards (Cadastral, GIS etc…)
  • Metadata
  • Authoritative land/property records data
  • Past, present and future


  • Residential, Agricultural, Commercial valuation models
  • Modeling to identify over/under valued properties
    valued by appraisers
  • Spatial multiple regression
  • Valuation appeal hearings, how to build a better case
  • Desktop review using results of remote sensing /
    batch analysis processes
  • Physical inspection vs. desktop evaluation
  • Past, present and future

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
  • Zoning considerations
  • Water rights
  • Past, present and future

Data Sharing & Tax Policy Issues

  • Licensing agreements
  • How technology can help you share, protect and use your data
  • Cross-organization technology and data cooperation – MOUs
  • Case studies and success stories
  • Water rights
  • Legislative barriers/solutions
  • Public private partnerships
  • Centralized or decentralized GIS?
  • Who is using your data and for what?
  • Investment properties
  • Vacation rentals
  • Past, present and future

Professional Development

  • Management challenges
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Public relations
  • Office administration
  • Career paths
  • Past, present and future

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

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.

Abstract submissions are due by September 21, 2015

Proceed to the Online Abstract Submission Form 

Another Opportunity to Participate: Residential Valuation Modeling Contest

Conference Schedule

Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Preconference Workshops
  • Exhibitors Set-Up
  • Opening Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Opening Keynote
  • Exhibit Hours
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Hosted Lunch
  • Optional Networking Event

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Exhibit Hours
  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Session
  • Vendor Luncheon Sessions
  • Conference Social Event

Thursday, February 24, 2016

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing Keynote

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 workshop (will be detailed in September):

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


Early discounted registration (by December 14, 2015): 

  • $450 IAAO or URISA member
  • $600 nonmember
  • $100 student

Regular registration (beginning December 15, 2015)

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

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

Venue: The conference will take place at the HYATT REGENCY SAVANNAH (Two West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401) ideally located on the river steps from all of the attractions and dining that Savannah has to offer. 

  • Conference room rate: $169 single/double - with complimentary in-room internet access
  • Deadline for reservations: January 29, 2016, or until the reserved block is sold out.
  • Reservations method: Online (coming soon)

Exhibits & Sponsorship

The exhibit hall completely sold out again in 2015! Reserve your booth space and sponsorship right away. Exhibit booth discounts until November 1, 2015.

Download Prospectus and Contract Form


Booth space reserved:

DevNet 18/19
Esri 20/21
E-Ring 22/23
Apex Software 15
Spatialest 16/17
The Sidwell Company 36
Patriot Properties, Inc. 39 
Tyler Technologies 34/35

Questions? Contact Pat Francis or Wendy Nelson at URISA HQ (847/824-6300).

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

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - March 2-5, 2015

Jacksonville, Florida - February 24-27, 2014

Future Conferences:

  • Savannah, Georgia - February 22-25, 2016
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee - March 6-9, 2017


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