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The Association for GIS Professionals

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RM-Urisa will be offering a Pre-Conference Workshop at GIS in the Rockies 2018 Hilton Denver Inverness conference center. The GISTR Conference is September 19-20, 2018,  this workshop is scheduled for the previous day at the conference location.  For registration please visit  Note: You will need to go through their Conference Registration to sign up for the workshop, however conference registration is not required to attend.

Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 8:00am – 12:00am
Instructors: John Hunter, PLS
Fee: $50
Location: Room 4

Why are coordinate systems and projections important for GIS?  Spatially derived, analytics are dependent upon how well the data is projected onto a flat surface.  The amount of distortion in a projection, commonly referred to as Grid V. Ground, is an important consideration that plays a vital role in the accuracy of the GIS and especially spatially derived analytics.

This workshop will take a comprehensive approach starting with geocentric reference frames, geodetic (global) coordinate systems such as Latitude and Longitude, state plane projections, and finally localized ground projections.  This workshop will also cover the role that elevation (altitude) plays in increasing the amount of distortion in a projected coordinate system as well as the impact on the accuracy of spatially derived analytics in a GIS.  The workshop will conclude with a study of the future of State Plane Coordinate Systems and how they will differ from previous definitions.

Intended Audience: Beginner to Advanced GIS User.

Tech requirements: None

Presenter Bio: John Hunter, PLS. Professional Land Surveyor with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in Surveying and Geomatics disciplines including: Deformation and Monitoring, Boundary and PLSS Retracements, Control Network Design, Localized Coordinate Systems and Projections, and Geodetic Surveys.

John holds a B.S. in Business Management from Colorado State University, he is the Colorado Geomatics Coordinator for NOAA NGS, and a Project Surveyor at Denver Water, which has allowed him to manage surveying and geomatics projects that align with his areas of expertise.


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