Houston-Galveston Area Council University of Houston-Clear Lake

Thursday, November 16, 2023
9:00AM-4:00PM CST
University of Houston-Clear Lake – Bayou Building
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058

Student’s Event Details

Who? High School Students & Teachers
When?: 9:00AM-1:00PM CST
How do I attend? Admission is free with prior registration.

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Professional’s Event Details

Who? Geospatial Professionals & GIS Job Seekers
When?: All Day
How do I attend? Admission is free with registration.

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Houston's Largest GIS Event

The Houston Area GIS Day is the largest showcase of its kind on how Geographic Information Systems are used in the City of Houston and surrounding areas. The first GIS Day was held on November 2001 at the University of Houston-Downtown campus.

Business people, educators, students, and the general public will be given a free access pass to products and services that encompass the GIS program. Since its debut, this event has grown steadily to achieve a prominent position with public, private and governmental agencies in the GIS field. The Houston GIS Day has received national recognition at the Annual ESRI User Conference. Every year, the GIS Student's Day event alone brings in over 300 students and educators from the Houston Independent School District. We hope more schools will take part in this event. It is a good investment that gives students the opportunity and motivation to pick an area for their future career studies. Prizes will be awarded for school essay projects and GIS Mentorship Projects.


Featured Keynote Speakers

David R. Maidment
Professional Keynote Speaker:
David R. Maidment is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he served on the faculty for 38 years. In collaboration with the National Weather Service, he led the creation of the National Water Model, now used for flood forecasting throughout the United States. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 for development of Geographic Information Systems applied to hydrologic processes.

Dr. David Retchless
Student Keynote Speaker:
Dr. David Retchless joined the Marine and Coastal Environmental Science Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2015, shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University. As an Associate Professor, Dr. Retchless teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in GIS and Marine Geography. His research foci include communicating climate change and coastal hazards, geospatial tool design and evaluation, and geospatial analysis of coastal and marine change. His work has been funded through the Texas General Land Office, National Science Foundation, and other state and federal funders and has resulted in dozens of conference presentations and peer reviewed publications. He recently served as Chair of the Cartography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. He is also a proud father of two and an avid lover of the outdoors.

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Houston Area GIS Day
H-GAC's Geographic Data Workgroup
Houston, Texas, USA
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About Us

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    HGAC's Geographic Data Workgroup

    Geographic Data Workgroup
    The Geographic Data Workgroup (GDW) is an H-GAC sponsored group consisting of public, private, non-profit, and educational organizations. The group meets monthly to discuss Geographic Information System (GIS) related matters, network, and plan cooperative purchases of software, aerial imagery, and data that would be too costly if obtained separately.

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