Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of GITA

The Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) is the professional association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect the infrastructure, which includes organizations such as utilities, telecommunication companies, and the public sector.

Through industry-leading conferences – along with research initiatives, chapters, membership, and other programs – GITA provides education and professional best practices.

The infrastructure is all fundamental services, activities, and operations that sustain our communities and way of life – from keeping the lights on to creating safe drinking water to responding to an emergency.

Mukilteo 2018
The 2018 PNWGITA Conference

The 2018 annual conference for the PNWGITA will be taking place April 23rd & 24th at the Future of Flight in Mukilteo, WA only 30 minutes North of downtown Seattle.

Come to Mukilteo, participate in our sessions and discuss today’s hot topics in Geomatics with your peers. We have a phenomenal roster of industry leading speakers that is second to none.

GITA Pacific Northwest represents and supports the Geomatics industry throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our inclusive association enables true collaboration; which comes with interacting with your peers from different industries including government, resource, energy among others.

Conference is postponed till this fall.

2018 Conference Flyer

     $99 Students
     $275 GITA members
     $350 Non-member
     $500 Vendor (Includes booth, speaking and (1) Attendance)

We are looking forward to hosting you!!!!

Call for Papers

Since 2000, the Pacific Northwest Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) has held an annual conference celebrating the use of geospatial technology.  This year’s speakers will again include a panel of industry visionaries including Peter Batty and Geoff Zeiss. Come join us this year for the 2018 Conference in Mukilteo, WA.  We welcome submissions and encourage conference participants to propose papers that will be of interest to a diverse audience.   Submission deadline is March 1, 2018. 

Call for Papers Flyer

2018 Abstract for Conference

Send papers to: information@pnwgita.com


Monday, April 23rd

7:30am – 9:00am Registration Desk Open
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast Buffet & Vendor Area Open
9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mark Maass, GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter President

9:15am – 10:15am

Geospatial A Transformative Digital Technology

Geoff ZeissBetween the Poles

10:15am – 10:30am Technology Brief - (Sponsored by Cyient)
10:30am – 10:45am Java Break
10:45am – 11:30am

Office Design to GIS, Benefits Uncovered

Vadim MinchuckPuget Sound Energy

11:30am – 12:15pm

Geospatial Industry Trends

Peter BattyUbisense

12:15pm – 12:30pm Technology Brief - (Sponsored by Hexagon)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch in the Vendor Area
1:30pm  –  2:15pm

Online Gas Service Applications

Oscar HuangFortis BC

2:15pm  –  3:00pm

Amazon Web Services

Mark KroverAmazon

3:00pm – 3:15pm Technology Brief - (Sponsored by SBS)
3:15pm – 3:30pm Java Break
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Design Optimization

Dennis BeckSpatial Business Systems

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Utilities and Big Data

Michael Baker, Hexagon

6:00pm – 7:00pm Vendor Social (Snacks & Cash Bar)

Collaborate with your colleagues, the presenters and representatives from multiple corporations in the Vendor Area.

(Two drink ticket are included in your registration packet.)

Tuesday, April 24th

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Buffet - Vendor Area
8:30am – 9:15am

Utilizing FME and GIS

Courtney MaxsonHydromax

9:15am – 10:00am

Big Data

Bill JohnstoneSpatial Vision Group

10:00am - 10:45am

Aerial Imaging to the Rescue
(Mapping the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria)

Dave BrownTerra Remote Sensing

10:45am – 11:00am Java Break
11:00am – 12:00pm

Panel Discussion – Data Elephant in the Room


  • Peter Batty, Ubisense
  • Geoff Zeiss, Between the Poles
  • Dennis Beck, Spatial Business System
  • Piet Nooij, Fortis BC

Bill Johnstone
, Spatial Vision Group

12:00pm – 12:15pm

Closing Comments

12:15pm – 1:15pm

GITA PNW Chapter Business Meeting

  • Next Year’s Conference Suggestions
  • Election of officers
Future of Flight Museum is open for Tours
Check out the many exhibits and visit the Boeing Jet Assembly Plant.


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