GITA's 28th annual conference and exhibition open in Denver Colorado, U.S., on Sunday, March 6, and continues until Wednesday, March 9. This educational event is for professionals involved in geospatial information technologies, including automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM), geographic information systems (GIS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and related geospatial technologies. Conference 28 will provide attendees with better ways to plan, design, manage and maintain their systems and operations.

GITA's Conference 28, which will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, will offer an exciting technical program that includes one-and-a-half days of in-depth seminars, followed by two-and-a-half days of educational sessions.

This year's conference theme, Crossing Boundaries, is designed to address the boundless opportunities that geospatial information technology presents to organizations.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include: data acquisition and maintenance; project management; Web applications; regulatory issues; critical infrastructure protection; customer focus; people issues; operations management; system architecture; planning, design and engineering; technology directions; work and asset management; mobile applications; marketing and demographics; ROI/business case; municipal applications; and system integration.

Preconference seminars will offer attendees the opportunity to concentrate on some key issues that are critical to successful project planning and implementation. Annual Conference 28 will feature 12 half-day seminars, beginning on Sunday morning and concluding on Monday.

The technical program, beginning on Monday afternoon and running through Wednesday, will feature more than 200 speakers who will present conference papers on a full spectrum of topics, from an introduction to the technology, to database design, to systems integration, to people issues.

The conference exhibition will provide a showcase for state-of-the-art information technology products and services. More than 100,000 sq ft (9290 sq m) of exhibit space will house more than 150 industry vendors. Exhibitors represent a wide array of software and hardware suppliers, consultants, conversion companies, and other geospatial industry suppliers. Exhibits will be open for 14 hours, beginning with the opening ceremony on Monday afternoon and closing on Wednesday afternoon.

Full-conference attendees are invited to participate in scheduled social events: the President's Reception on Monday night and the Closing Reception on Wednesday afternoon. Continental breakfasts are included on Tuesday and Wednesday, with lunch provided on Tuesday. Other special attractions are the “Birds of a Feather” sessions for users. All social events are designed to promote networking while enhancing the overall educational experience. Full-conference attendees also will receive a complimentary copy of the conference proceedings

The conference will feature:

  • Preconference “Knowledge Immersion” seminars

    Attend any of the in-depth, hands-on seminars on 12 of the hottest geospatial topics.

  • More than 80 power presentations

    Get a balanced and impartial perspective from these real-world technical paper presentations.

  • A motivating and inspiring opening session

    The keynote speaker will inspire you to new heights of personal and professional success.

    A 100,000-sq-ft exhibition hall

    See a virtual “Who's Who” in the geospatial solution provider arena.

  • Birds-of-a-Feather user forums

    Speak what's on your mind in these informal users-only sessions.

  • Networking opportunities

    From power breakfasts to evening socials, connect with experienced users and knowledgeable solution providers.

  • Informative panel discussions

    Industry leaders will deliberate on what the future holds for geospatial technologies.

“The 2005 Annual Conference Committee, GITA Board of Directors and GITA staff have taken great care to craft a diverse program for this year's conference that will broaden your GIT knowledge regardless of what vertical market you may practice in,” says Vince A. Rosales, Annual Conference 28 chair. “Crossing Boundaries is about expanding GITA's industry focus and experience beyond our traditional legacy and allowing our technical community to benefit from a more global viewpoint.”

Conference 28 Exhibitors

American City & County
Analytical Surveys Inc. (ASI)
Association of American Geographers
Autodesk Inc.
Avineon Inc.
Bentley Systems Inc.
Blue Marble Geographics
Byers Engineering Co., SpatialAge Solutions Division
Cable Constructors Inc.
Carter & Burgess
Coler & Colantonio Inc.
CompassCom Inc.
CompassTools Inc.
Cook-Hurlbert Inc.
DeLorme Mapping
Electric Energy Publications
Electrical Systems Consultants Inc.
EMA Inc.
Enspiria Solutions Inc.
Federal Geographic Data Committee
Gamber-Johnson LLC
GE Energy
GeoSearch Inc.
GeoSpatial Innovations Inc.
GeoSpatial Services
Geospatial Solutions
GEOTec Media
GeoVantage Inc.
GITC b.v.
Government Engineering
Graphic Technologies Inc.
Group 1 Software
Hewlett Packard
Hitachi Software Global Technology
HRG Technology Group
IONIC Enterprise Inc.
James W. Sewall Co.
JCMB Technology Inc.
Juniper Systems
Korea GeoSpatial Info & Comm
Laser Atlanta LLC
Layton Graphics Inc.
Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping
Lexmark International Inc.
LinearVision LLC
MapFrame Corp.
Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Microslate Inc.
Millennium International Technologies Inc.
Miner & Miner
National Geographic Maps
NMT Corp.
Open Geospatial Consortium Inc.
Osmose Utilities Services Inc.
Pacific Alliance Technologies
Patni Computer Systems
PCI Geomatics
Penn State University
Pixxures Inc.
RAMTeCH Software Solutions Inc.
Rolta International Inc.
Route Smart Technologies Inc.
Safe Software Inc.
Secon Surveys
Spacient Technologies Inc.
Spatial Business Systems Inc.
Spatial Data Technologies Inc.
Spatial Info
Speck Systems Limited
Spescom Software
Surdex Corp.
Tadpole-Cartesia Inc.
TAG The Asset Group
Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
Telcordia Technologies
Tele Atlas
Ten Sails Consulting
Tensing-SKS LLC
Transmission & Distribution World
Tuboscope Pipeline Services
Universal Map
Utility Automation & Engineering
W.I.R.E. Services/Manitoba Hydro
Xtensible Solutions