It seems to be GIS conference season in Manitoba, with three events in about a one month period.
The first was IHEEP 2011 which ran the week of September 11 to 15, 2011. The focus of IHEEP (International Highway Engineering and Exchange Program) is the application of technology to the transportation industry and they held their annual conference in Winnipeg at the Fairmont. This conference had a broader appeal to the Geomatics professional with a full day of sessions devoted to LiDAR. Feedback is that it was an excellent conference and that the LiDAR sessions were worth attending.
The second conference of the season is the MGUG event scheduled for September 30, 2011. The conference is an all day event with an ice breaker on September 29, 2011. With more than 250 people already signed up, this conference is sure to be a success. Microsoft and John Sauder are headlining so it should be an excellent program that is well worth the time and small entrance fee. It will be great to see Microsoft’s vision of the future. We are looking forward to this event. For more information go to the MGUG web site http://www.mgug.ca/
The third conference of the season is the Intergraph Regional Users’ Conference on October 19, 2011 at the Delta. This is a great opportunity to see Intergraph’s latest technology and their vision for the future. You can’t beat the cost – it’s free. Intergraph is one of the big GIS players in Manitoba and internationally, yet somehow they seem to fly under the radar, with many in the GIS community unaware of their presence. Intergraph users include MTS, the City of Winnipeg, DND, Winnipeg Police, the RCMP, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and Manitoba Conservation. For more information check out: http://www.intergraph.com/global/ca/events/ICAN2011/winnipeg/default.aspx