More than 950 GIS Day events were registered in 2012, making it one of the largest GIS Days ever. These are just a few of their stories.
This November, Denver Water was part of the worldwide celebration of GIS Day. GIS stands for geographic information system, but it's more than maps. Director of Information Technology Chris Dermody describes the celebration, "The annual GIS Day is essentially a worldwide salute to geospatial technology and its evolving power to transform and better our lives. From insightful location analytics on changing climate and precipitation patterns, to advanced asset management capabilities, GIS is influencing policy and decision making around the globe for organizations ranging from international to local agencies."
Most Denver Water employees would recognize E-Map as a popular tool that is powered by GIS. But that's not where it stops. Almost every division uses the technology in one way or another. Teams like Treated Water Planning, which maintains multiple distribution-system models to study behaviors and risks. Or Environmental Planning, which utilizes GIS data to analyze environmental impacts of all Denver Water activities.
During GIS Day, Denver Water employees learned all that and more. Upwards of 100 attendees perused the map gallery, tested out GIS equipment with their own hands, and watched presentations from their coworkers on not only the past of GIS at Denver Water, but also what's to come – a topic that thrills GIS staffers and Executive Leadership.
"It's really exciting to see how Denver Water has been advancing its use of GIS technologies across our many functional groups to assist in achieving our mission," Dermody said. "As many of the GIS enthusiast among us would say: GIS is the platform for a smarter planet – and I think they're right."
As part of GIS Day around the word, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department held GIS Day events in its GIS Center on Nov. 14, 2012. The activities in the event targeted the Ministry of Education supervisors of different faculties, such as geography, geology, and economics, in order to increase awareness of GIS.
The event included the following:
Certificates of participation were distributed to the attendees of GIS Day as a ceremony closing.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Alawadhi, Mr. Alrefaie, Mr. Mawed, Mr. Abdual, Mr. Murad, and Ms. Alshiehi for their special effort in this day. I would like to thank as well our GIS sponsor GISTec (Esri Sharjah) and Geospatial Magazine, India for their support in the event." —Aisha AlTunaiji, Head of GIS Center
See more GIS Day 2012 Photos on Flickr.