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GIS Day 2020

Free Raleigh virtual event

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GIS Day 2020 brings together city, industry, and students via a free, virtual event which showcases how geographic information systems are integrated into our everyday lives. Come experience “the science of where”!

Upcoming Event

GIS Day 2020 will be hosted virtually by the City of Raleigh on Nov. 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presenters will be talking about everything from using drones in earthquake investigations, to virtual reality and GIS, and election mapping. 

We have two different schedules set up depending on your interest or occupation. Choose the schedule that works for you. 

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Professional & Industry    Kids and Community 
  • 10 a.m. - Opening Remarks from Raleigh GIS
  • 10:15 a.m. – Remarks from Mayor Baldwin
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - “Using GIS in Real Estate” Melissa Kolodziej, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
  • 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. - “Parcel Fabric: Complying with Tax Map Submission Standards” Amanda Paton, Maser Consulting
  • 11:15 - 11:30 a.m. -“New Perspectives on a New Fault - How the Use of Drones Aided in the Sparta Earthquake Investigation” Corey Scheip, NC Geological Survey
  • 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. – TBD, Mapping Applications in the Cloud
  • 11:45 a.m. - noon - "Adding GeoJSON Support to ArcGIS Pro with KoopJS" Ryan Cooper, City of Raleigh
  • Noon - 12:30 p.m. - "Address Management (A Deeper Look at the Master Address Repository)" Darnell Allen, City of Raleigh
  • 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. - "Mobile & Web GIS Communicating with the General Public" Peter Erlenbach, Maser Consulting
  • 1 - 1:15 p.m. – "Using Unsupervised Machine Learning to Find Patterns in Your Data: Peter Sherman & Chad Foley, City of Raleigh
  • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. - "Cloud-Based GIS: Managing Fiber Data in a Cloud-Based Environment" Julie Kottamala & Justin Surratt, City of Raleigh
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. – "Assessing Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in North Carolina Using GIS" Alan Coats, NC Forest Service
  • 10 a.m. -  Opening Remarks from Raleigh GIS
  • 10:15 a.m. - Remarks from Mayor Baldwin
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. – “Use of Fire Inspections and Fire Response Data” Brandon McGhee, Andrew Langan and Preston Gaster, City of Raleigh
  • 10:45 - 11 a.m. – "A Ten-Minute Recipe to Save Your Places and Trips" Jay Fowler, ESRI
  • 11 - 11:15 a.m. – "The Future of GIS: 3D, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Real-Time Location System" Lawrence Muhammad, City of Raleigh
  • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. – "Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Suitability Mapping" Greg Sponseller, City of Raleigh
  • 11:45 a.m. - noon – "How Should We Get there? (Part I)", Wake County Public Schools 
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m. Break
  • 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. – "How Should We Get there? (Part II)", Wake County Public Schools
  • 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. “GIS@Home” time to work on enrichment kits from the City of Raleigh
  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. – "How Should We Get there? (Part III)", Wake County Public Schools
  • 1:45 - 2 p.m. – "The Impact of GIS on Our Community: COVID-19, Election and Neighborhood Mapping" Ella Li, Zillion Info

How to Participate


  • Don't know anything about GIS? Looking to learn more? You should attend! Registration is free and the event is virtual! Register for a chance to win an ESRI Individual ArcGIS for Personal Use license!
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    Submit a Poster, Map, or App to the Map Contest

    • Do you have a poster, map, or app you have recently created that you would like to display? Enter the Poster, Map, and App Contest to win a prize! Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 4, 2020. Submit your entry

    Note: Our presenters, tables, and volunteer spots have been filled. 

    About Previous GIS Days

    Last year's Raleigh GIS Day had a full schedule of presenters that included the lunch keynote “ Using the Power of GIS to Understand Access to Public Transit”  presented by Andrew Kniowski, Cameron Crenshaw, Melinda Brown, ESRI. 

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    Information Technology