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? Registration Closed.

Event Guide for Teachers

School registration for 2023 is now closed. Teachers, please come back next summer to register for 2024!

Professional’s Event Details

Who? Geospatial Professionals & GIS Job Seekers
When?: All Day
How do I attend? Registration Closed.

Event Guide for Pros

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

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Dr. David Retchless
GIS for Disaster Resilience
Dr. David Retchless, Associate Professor
Marine and Coastal Environmental Science Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston

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.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
David R. Maidment
National Water Model
Dr. David R. Maidment, Professor
Emeritus Civil Engineering Department at University of Texas at Austin

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.

Featured Sessions

Appraisal District Discussions Parts 1, 2 & 3
David Dignum, GIS Director
Harris Central Appraisal District

City GIS Modernization by Applying GEO AI and Location Intelligence
Narendra Babu Vattem, CEO
iSpatial Techno Solutions, Inc.

Data Stewardship in Public Utilities
David McClennen, GIS Coordinator
City of Seabrook

Esri’s Technical Certification Program
Tamara Adamson, Training Consultant

How to obtain a Remote Pilot Certification
Michael Clanahan, UAV Training/Support
AllTerra Central, Inc.

How to talk GIS & CAD: Let’s get along y’all!
Courtney Roe, Civil CAD Designer
Pape-Dawson Engineers & URISA

Innovations in AEC GIS
Sean Henry, Corporate GIS Manager
Bechtel Engineering

Institutionally Owned Single Family Homes in Fort Bend County
Soma Chatterjee, GIS Specialist & Emily Moore, Community Development Coordinator
City of Sugar Land

Experience Builder: Migrating from WebApp Builder, Parts 1 & 2
Anna Gonzalez, Solution Engineer

Houston-Galveston Area Council's Geospatial Services and Products
Pramod Sambidi, Assistant Director of Data Analytics & Research
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Creating Maps on the Fly with the Census Bureau’s Data Hub
Ana Arredondo, Data Dissemination Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau

Census Bureau’s Gridded Data Initiative
Ana Arredondo, Data Dissemination Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau

Intro to ArcGIS Reality, Parts 1 & 2
Joseph "Brig" Bowles, Solution Engineer

Survey123, Parts 1 & 2
Joseph "Brig" Bowles, Solution Engineer

Event Schedules

Student Schedule
8:30am Student Arrival
9:00am Welcome & Morning Keynote
10:00am Student Activities
12:00pm Student Lunch & Closing Ceremonies
1:00pm Student Departure
Professional Schedule
8:30am Check-in & Registration
9:00am Welcome & Morning Keynote
10:00am Professional Sessions
12:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm Afternoon Keynote
2:00pm Professional Sessions
4:00pm Closing Ceremonies

Our 2023 Sponsors

Contact Us

Houston Area GIS Day
H-GAC's Geographic Data Workgroup
Houston, Texas, USA
Email: Questions? Contact Us



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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