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2018 Conference

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​​Hey TNGIC! Be prepared for the conference! The Program will only be provided via the Guidebook and the web this year. Make sure you update your Guidebook to capture any changes in the program!
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​Pre-registration (ends February 2)............$190
Early (2/3 - 3/2).............................................$225      
Standard (3/3 - 4/3)......................................$250
Late (4/4 - day of conference).....................$275
Onsite ............................................................$300      
Students ..........................................................$75
Single Day Attendee.....................................$150
Attend the Social with a guest: .....................$15

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Call for Presentations

​Call for Presentations

2018 Annual TNGIC Conference
Montgomery Bell State Park
1020 Jackson Hill Road
Burns, Tennessee 37029

April 24-26, 2018

The 2018 Annual TNGIC Conference planning committee is currently accepting presentation abstracts for the upcoming conference at Montgomery Bell State Park!
Please review the guidelines and fill out the form below for consideration.

Questions and abstracts should be directed to: David Light 

  • All presenters must be registered for the conference for at least one day.
  • Each moderated presentation will be allocated 25 minutes – including time for questions from attendees.
  • Wired and wireless internet (if needed – note below), electricity, projector and screen will be provided. 
  • Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018. Please submit abstracts as early as possible.
  • Presentations will be selected based on topic, content, and time available. All authors will be notified after the selection process.
  • Please note: There are a limited number of presentation slots available. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be accepted.
  • To submit, please copy the text below to an email, include the information requested, and email to David Light.

Presenter Name(s):
Brief Presenter Bio (Please consider a 250-word limit):
Primary Contact (PC):
PC Address:
PC Telephone:
PC Email:
The presentation’s technical level is: ____Beginner ____Intermediate ____Advanced
Is the paper a vendor service/product/application? ___Yes ___No
Working Title of Paper:
Description of Paper or Abstract (150-word limit):
Internet access needed for presentation? ___Yes ___No

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​​​Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Vendor registration deadline is March 23rd  *** Register early for preferred booth selection

Contact Kevin Bingham or Brant Sollis for additional information @ 901-457-2360

​​Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

This year we are offering vendors the opportunity to be a platinum, gold, or an exhibitor level sponsor. Each sponsorship level allows companies digital advertisement space, attendee registrations, vendor booth areas and much more!
Details are below.

Platinum Level Sponsor (Limit 4) - $2,000
  • 4 Attendee Registrations (value $1,000)
  • 15 Minute Presentation During Lunch (Premium Time)
  • Double Booth Space (10x20)
  • Lunch Sponsor
  • Sponsor listing in Guidebook app*
  • Increase Booth Traffic Participation (value $125)
  • Logo/Link on the TNGIC Web Site for 1 year
  • Business Card Listing / Advertisement In
  • All Quarterly TNGIC Newsletters for 1 year

Gold Level Sponsor - $1,000
  • 3 Attendee Registrations (value $750)
  • Booth Space (10x10)
  • Sponsor Listing in Guidebook app*
  • Increase Booth Traffic Participation (value $125)
  • Logo/Link on the TNGIC Web Site for 1 year
  • Business Card Listing / Advertisement In
  • All Quarterly TNGIC Newsletters for 1 year

Exhibitor Level Sponsor - $600
  • 2 Attendee Registrations (value $500)
  • Sponsor Listing in Guidebook app*
  • Booth Space (10x10)
Other Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to the options above, we also offer the following sponsorship opportunities which provide high profile company recognition to all
 attendees: Lanyards, Pads/Pens, Break/Lunch Sponsor, Social Event Sponsor, Raffle Prizes, Event Prizes (Geocache and Golf Tournament).
Please contact Kevin Bingham for more information about these opportunities.

Increased Booth Traffic
As with previous conferences, we are offering vendors the chance to participate in the Increase Booth Traffic option for $125. Each participating vendor will be given a paper punch with a unique symbol. Each attendee will be given a postcard in their registration packet that shows the participating vendor logos. The object is for the attendees to acquire a punch from all of the participating vendors in order to be eligible to win a prize!!!

TNGIC is attempting to go fully-digital this year (with some exceptions). The conference agenda will be published using the Guidebook mobile app. Each vendor will be provided a listing in the Guidebook app with space for a logo and brief write-up. Additional vendor advertisements for sponsors will include:
  • Signage around the conference
  • Verbal appreciation at key events
Conference Breaks
During the morning and afternoon breaks, snacks and refreshments will be provided in the Vendor Area for increased traffic. This provides a tremendous opportunity to interact with conference attendees!

How to Register
Please contact Kevin Bingham or Brant Sollis @ 901-457-2360 or register online at: Registration - TNGIC 2018

Call for Presentations
An additional way to increase your presence at the conference is to submit an abstract for presentation. This is a great way to highlight a successful project or solution to potential customers.
Contact David Light or online at: Presentations - TNGIC 2018

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​​​The Map Gallery

​The Map Gallery
Digital Submittal Form
Deadline April 16, 2018
Contact: Lynn Barrett
​The 2018 TNGIC Annual GIS Conference Map Gallery!
We are excited to announce the Map Gallery for 2018! TNGIC members are invited to download, fill out, and submit the submission form with detailed information on map categories, judging, size requirements and guidelines.  You can find the form here.

Map Judging and Awards
Our map contest will feature awards in 5 categories.

-Best Cartographic Design - Awarded to the map that artistically employs the elements of cartography without compromising use and functionality. Maps will be judged on fundamental cartographic principles including figure ground representations, visual hierarchy, color selection, typography, symbology, overall aesthetic appearance, etc.

-Best Analysis - Awarded to the map that is best designed to display the results of spatial data analysis and presents the information in an unbiased way, allowing the viewer to extract their own conclusions, utilizing the map as a tool.

-Best Student Project – Awarded to the best overall student project. Submitted maps may be cartographic or analytically focused.

-Best Online Map ​ – Awarded to the best Online Map using ArcGIS online. Map entries will be judged before the conference. At this time this category will not be eligible for the Viewers Choice award.

-Viewers Choice – Award chosen by the attendees for the best overall poster.

Rules and Regulations 
General poster size should be no larger than E-sized (34 in X 44 in). A .pdf of your map (96 dpi) must be submitted via e-mail to the map gallery coordinator ( by April 16, 2018 to be considered for judging and awards.

Conference Proceedings
Maps are to be checked in at the conference registration table.
Authors will be available in the map gallery at a time designated in the conference agenda to answer questions about their map.
Award recipients will be announced during lunch of the second day of the conference.

Attention 4-H members: Enter the Tennessee 4-H GIS Contest, sponsored by TNGIC and UT Extension. Contact your local UT Extension 4-H agent for details.

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Pre-Conference Training ​April 24, 2018

LiDAR                               8:00 am-12:00 am
QGIS/Open Source       12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Esri Mobile Solutions 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Introduction to Lidar Data Utilizing ESRI ArcGIS
With an additional QGIS capabilities demo

We are getting closer to statewide coverage for Lidar!   The data is here and this training will help you get started using it.  It is an introductory course and will focus on understanding more about Lidar data, its products, use cases, and the capabilities within ESRI ArcGIS.   Some open source (QGIS) capabilities will also be demonstrated.  This will be a presentation style course with live demonstrations.  Handouts will also be provided.
The course will cover the following:
  • The collection and production aspects of Lidar data
  • 3DEP program pertinent specifications and deliverables
  • Lidar data products and use case scenarios
  • Capabilities and Licensing for ESRI products
  • Using Lidar data with ESRI ArcGIS
  • Point cloud navigation   
  • Classification symbology and manipulation  
  • LAS Dataset workflows  
  • Raster and mosaic Dataset workflows  
  • Contour generation  
  • Export to CAD
  • Data access and alternative software
  • QGIS and its capabilities
  • Interacting with the data 
  • Contour generation 
  • Export to CAD
NOTE: More training will be scheduled throughout the year, as well as QGIS specific training. 
If you have questions about the content please feel free to contact Paul Dudley with the State of TN STS-GIS Services at or 615-770-3809.

 ArcGIS Mobile​
​Primary Instructor(s):   John Miller, Esri Solutions Engineer
Extending GIS into the field is one of the fastest growing uses of GIS, driven largely by the advancements and availability of smart phones and tablet devices. This workshop will empower you to modernize your field workflows and power your enterprise with ArcGIS apps. Whether you need to manage a mobile workforce or monitor real time emergencies, learn how to improve field-to-office workflows by leveraging Esri’s field mobility apps to collect data, ask questions, manage operations, and boost efficiency.
  • Field Operation Workflows - Plan, Manage, Navigate, Capture, Monitor, Report
  • Solutions Deployment        
  • Resources 

Annual Golf Scramble

​TNGIC 11th Annual Golf Scramble @ GreyStone Golf Course
April 24, 2018 – 2555 Hwy 70 East, Dickson, 37055

Time: Buffet Lunch starts @ 10:45AM & Tee Off – Shotgun Start at NOON!!! (CST)

Course: Designed by PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber, GreyStone Golf Club offers a challenging yet fun round of golf to competitors of all skill
levels. Located in historic Dickson, the golf course is a short drive from Montgomery Bell State Park and is easily accessible from throughout
Middle Tennessee. We trust you will enjoy our golf course.

Price: $75, includes green fees, range balls, cart, lunch, and a chance of some good prizes

Register: Please register during your 2018 Registration OR Send check (made out to TNGIC) to: Sam Moffat, 428 Scenic Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919

Format: 4‐man scramble. Register on Reg‐online, Sign up and we will assign 4 man teams the day of the tourney or if you have a team already
formed, please email Sam Moffat with your team member names. Please note – all team members must be registered for the golf tourney on Reg‐Online.

FROM NASHVILLE – I-40 West, Exit 182. Turn Left onto Hwy 96. Go 11 miles and Take ramp onto Hwy 70 East. GreyStone located 500 feet on left.
FROM MEMPHIS - I40 East, exist 172. Turn right onto Hwy 46. Turn right onto Hwy 70 East. Greystone located 1000 feet on the left after the 3rd traffic light.​

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​​Annual GeoCache Event

​Annual GeoCache Event

What it is: Geocaching an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the cache. The Cache can be anything from a container full of items or a physical item that you have to describe. This is a great event for adults and children alike!

​When: April 24, 2018 @ 3 PM
​Price: Free!!! Just Bring your Trimble or Recreational GPS. If you do not have a GPS, one will be provided for you. ** Please email Cliff Hoeffner if you need a device provided **

Software Instructions: If you are using a Trimble GPS handheld, a TerraSync datafile will be provided for you. For recreational GPS users, a CSV files will be provide with the coordinates of the caches.
How to Register: Please register at the 2018 Registration.

​​Questions: Contact Cliff Hoeffner

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Board Nominations

​Bryan Blackburn
Owner of MSM Technologies

Bryan is the owner/operator of MSM Technologies in Shelbyville Tennessee. He is a Certified Photogrammetrist with over 30 years’ experience in the field of Photogrammetry and Geospatial Mapping. Before starting his own company in 2013 he worked for several Geospatial Mapping Companies some of the most recent being Atlantic Group, G-Squared, Earthdata/Fugro. He has worked as salesman, project manager, Photogrammetric Dept. Manager, to name a few positions through the years. Bryan attended Nashville Tech. He has previously served on the TNGIC Board and Conference Committee. 
Michael “Mike” Camponovo
GIS Outreach Coordinator for the University of Tennessee

Michael is the GIS Outreach Coordinator for the Geography Department at UT Knoxville and teaches the Introduction to GIS course. Michael focuses his outreach efforts on promoting geospatial technology to K-12 students, teaching teachers how to incorporate geospatial technology into their classrooms, and using hands-on tools to recruit students into geography. Prior to his work at UT, Michael worked for the Earth Data Analysis Center at the University of New Mexico where he managed natural hazard mitigation projects, produced data for the New Mexico Geospatial Clearinghouse, and conducted geospatial outreach. Michael earned a GIS Certificate from Roane State Community College, a BS in Agriculture from TN Tech, and a MS in Geography from UNM. 
​Zach Galyen
Project Manager at G-Squared

Zach Galyen is a project manager at G-Squared Photogrammetrist which is a professional service mapping firm in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Zach studied at the University of North Alabama from 2012 to 2016 and received a BS in Geography with a minor in business and a certificate in GIS. The summers from 2012 to 2016 involved internships at G-Squared utilizing 3D stereo instruments. With help from the highly skilled and experienced G-Squared team, Zach has gained a great deal of experience himself. In addition to his production and project management experience, Zach has worked diligently to build a professional network within this industry. Involvement in groups like the Emerging Leaders Program created by MAPPS (Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors), Early Career Professional Council created by ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association), NETGIS (North East Tennessee GIS), Geo-Huntsville and TNGIC have allowed Zach to maintain education and develop professional relationships. If elected to the board, Zach will utilize his education and industry experience in any way he can to provide TNGIC with all the support they need.

Zach was raised in Fayetteville, Tennessee and currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama. He enjoys camping, playing Xbox, spending time on Tim’s Ford Lake in the summers and going out on the weekends. 
​Cliff Hoeffner

Cliff has been working in the GIS industry for the last 12 years.  He graduated with a GIS degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2006.  After graduation, Cliff started his career as a GPS technician at GEO-Jobe GIS Consulting.  This hands on experience with high accuracy GPS equipment still guides his career today.  Through the 8 years at GEO-Jobe, he assisted customers with their data collection projects, Trimble GPS equipment purchases and support. Cliff was the GIS/GPS Manager for GEO-Jobe before moving over to Duncan-Parnell.  For the last 4 years, Cliff has worked in the Geomatics division of Duncan-Parnell where he assists customers in integrating high accuracy Trimble GNSS equipment with their GIS.
​Sam Moffat
Geospatial Program Director at Woolpert

Sam Moffat graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1994 with a BA in History and a minor in Applied Geography.  Sam’s current position as Geospatial Program Director for Woolpert allows him to work in all aspects of the industry specializing in multidisciplinary local government, state and federal mapping efforts.   With over 23 years of experience working as a GIS technician, analyst, and project manager for both the private sector as well as State government, Sam now enjoys facilitating and fostering relationships and assisting organizations in leveraging geographic information to drive business value and operational efficiencies.  Sam has been a member of TNGIC since 2002 and has served as a past president (2006) and Treasurer (2010-2015), and is currently involved with the Lidar in Tennessee acquisition and training program.  If elected to the Board, Sam will help foster new relationships with the geospatial industry and will promote training opportunities with the hope to increase TNGIC membership and geospatial awareness across Tennessee.
​Keith Reasons
GIS Coordinator for Town of Somerville

Keith grew up in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Memphis in December of 2007 with a degree in Geography.  He then began working for the Town of Collierville in 2008 as their GIS Technician until 2014 when he began a job as GIS Coordinator for the Town of Somerville, building GIS there from the ground up.  Since 2008 Keith has been a member of both the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council and TNGIC and served as a board member for MAGIC from 2014 through 2016.

​Student Assistantship 

​The TNGIC Annual GIS Conference is a great place to learn about GIS in Tennessee and network with potential employers.  TNGIC offers a LIMITED number of assistantships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students to cover the Conference registration fee, meals, workshops, and social activities.  Check out the Conference web site for all of the details!  Application Deadline: March 23, 2018.  Spaces are limited - Apply NOW! 
To be considered for these scholarships:
  1. Fill out the application form and email to:
  2. Sign-up for a volunteer opportunity and work the TNGIC booth during the Conference
  3. Must submit a copy of a valid student ID with scholarship application
  4. Attend the mandatory student orientation meeting on April 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM.
  5. Have your professor/instructor write a brief statement of recommendation and email
  6. Application forms and recommendations must be received no later than:  March 23, 2018
Download the application form here.

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Student Presentations

​Tennessee Geographic Information Council
2018 Student Project Presentations

Purpose: Education is a central component of the Tennessee Geographic Information Council’s (TNGIC) mission. The purpose of the TNGIC Student Project Presentations is to encourage and support students’ education through the completion of commendable GIS projects.
TNGIC hopes to make numerous awards annually, available to any qualifying undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university in the area served by TNGIC.

Eligibility and Requirements:
• The applicant must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled and in good standing at a college or university in the area served by TNGIC.
• The applicant must be enrolled Full-Time (Part-Time will be considered, but Full-Time applicants are preferred), or at a minimum must have completed at least 12 credit hours in consecutive semesters.
• Applicants may be from any academic discipline; however, the project undertaken must involve GIS.
• The applicant must submit a completed application.
• The applicant must be available to give a 20-30 minute presentation on his or her work at the TNGIC Conference, held April 25-26, 2018.
• TNGIC will be given permission to use the resulting project materials, copies of the materials, or make reference to the materials, to promote the student presentation program and to advance the mission of TNGIC. Actual ownership of resulting materials will remain with the applicant.

Preference will be given to projects based in the Tennessee area.

Deadlines and Evaluation: The deadline for submitting completed written applications is March 23, 2018. The TNGIC Student Presentation subcommittee will evaluate and score all written applications based on the information provided by the applicant and select the Student Presentation winners, who must present their research at the TNGIC Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park. Finalists must give a 20-30 minute presentation outlining their project/work at the TNGIC Conference (April 25-26, 2018). Presentations will be evaluated and scored by the Student Presentation subcommittee. The TNGIC Board of Directors will award three Student Presentation awards, based on the recommendations of the Student Presentation subcommittee. The Board reserves the right to withhold Student Presentation awards if requirements or eligibility are not met. Announcement of the Student Presentation award will be made at the closing session of the TNGIC GIS
Day Conference (the closing session is typically scheduled at the end of day two of the conference). Disbursement schedule is at the Board’s discretion. Three awards will be presented - $250, $150 and $100 (a plaque will also accompany each award).
Applications, as well as scoring criteria for both the written application and presentation, are available at the TNGIC website:
Student Presentation Application Guidelines

Please complete the TNGIC Academic Student Presentation Program Application Form and submit it along with a written application.

More information and complete instructions can be found in this pdf.

Applications can be submitted as scanned PDF's, Word documents, or jpg files to Kristen Johnsey
Written Application Deadline is March 23, 2018

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