Students from at least five schools will be at Fort Hays State University Wednesday, Nov. 19, to learn about real-world applications of geographic information systems technology as part of GIS Day.
Students will get more than an hour of training on GIS and global positioning systems as well as presentations by expert users of GIS and GPS technology and information.
Presentations are open to the public.
Speakers include a representative of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and another from the Combat Command and Tactical Training Center, Fort Riley. Others include Damon Dougherty of Intergraph Corp., a major producer of GIS software, and Ivan Weichert, the Kansas state GIS coordinator.
Dr. John Heinrichs, associate professor of geosciences at FHSU, a representative from M.J. Harden Corp., and B.J. Wooding, of the Barton County Appraiser's Office, will also give presentations.
The day begins at 10 a.m. in the Black and Gold Room of the Memorial Union with a special presentation on geospatial technologies. GIS/GPS training goes from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Tomanek Hall, room 125. A pizza lunch follows in the same location.
Presentations by the various speakers, all in the Black and Gold Ballroom in Memorial Union, begin at 1 p.m.
GIS Day is a nation-wide event intended to showcase real-world applications of GIS and GPS technology. It is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and ESRI.