Special Interest Groups

The meetings will be held concurrently on Day 1, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join industry leaders for a series of Special Interest Groups—communities with shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions.

Each SIG is three hours long (10 a.m.–1 p.m.) with breaks built into each schedule. Note more Special Interest Groups are being formed. Check back for the latest updates in the coming weeks.

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Join leaders from MSGIC to get GIS career ready. Whether you’re entering the GIS profession or shifting careers, this session will serve as a primer for attendees attempting to market themselves to prospective employers during the conference, and beyond. The session will include:

  • Welcome, Introduction of MSGIC Emerging Professionals Working Group
    Mary Buffington, ESRGC and Christina Gladmon, Spatial Systems Associates
  • Break out groups: Small group discussions, hosted by MSGIC emerging professionals, on resume writing, interview skills, and how to build your digital presence.
  • Emerging Professionals Panel Discussion: A conversation with emerging professional about their experience in the GIS industry. Topics include: fields of study, how they applied for their position, if they work with a team or not, and what their daily tasks include as an emerging professional. Panelists include:
    • Farrah Soloman, Carroll County
    • Jeff Koch, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.
    • Joshua Trott, Washington County Stormwater

Join industry leaders from across the state to discuss current topics and events impacting Maryland. Speakers will share insight into policy, management, and technical solutions related to environmental management.

  • Overview of state and federal environmental regulations
    Amanda Atwell, WSP
  • Title will be announced soon
  • Discover how Clean Water Action’s commitment to organizing guides their work
    Emily Ranson, Clean Water Action

Join GIS leaders from the local, state, and federal jurisdictions to learn about updates on the DoD public safety communications modernization effort, using GIS in a public safety access point (PSAP), and debrief of the Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster.


Julia Fischer, Department of IT, State of Maryland

Panel Discussion

  • Update on the DoD public safety communications modernization effort
    John Holloway, U.S. Department of Defense
  • The use of GIS in a PSAP
  • Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster hot wash

Join industry leaders from private industry, non-profits, and higher education who will share insight into unmanned aircraft systems, how it relates to land survey projects, and UAS support for local municipalities.


  • UAS and LASR in graduate education
    Amber Merrell, Johns Hopkins University
  • The use of drone technology to survey energized electrical manholes
    Steve Pieroski, Billy Brinn, and Brandon Rector, Qualus, Power System Engineering
  • Integrating UAV technology in GIS education
    Kierran Sutherland, Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lessons learned using high-resolution lidar on UAS
    Darren Robey, University of Maryland UAS Research and Operations Center (UROC)
  • FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI)
    Diana Robinson, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Legal fundamentals of drone surveying and mapping
    John Palatiello, Maryland Society of Surveyors

Join leaders from local municipalities, state agencies, higher education, and private industry for presentations on all things transportation.

  • Introduction: The importance of traffic safety data
  • Equity Related to Transportation
  • Learn about the new dashboards and GIS tools available throughout Maryland
    Doug Mowbray, MDOT Highway Safety Office and Sean Lynn, Washington College
  • Unraveling the complexities of crash data in GIS
    Matthew Lewis, Washington College
  • Panel discussion
    All presenters

Discover how municipalities are using GIS for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities and learn tips, tricks, and industry developments from leading GIS technology organizations.

Joe Deluca, geographIT | a division of EBA Engineering, Inc.


  • Current status, challenges, and future plans
    Jason Heitmann, The York Water Company
  • Integration of Workflow Manager and Survey 123 for IDDE and BMP Inspections
    Charles Braese, Prince George’s County
  • Inspecting and maintaining the MS4 System
    Josh Trott and Ashley Williams, Washington County
  • Predictive modeling and asset management support municipalities in providing safe and sanitary water and sewer systems
    Kyle Mangum, St. Mary’s County
  • The latest trends in GIS and the water industry
    Rob Hayward, Esri
  • Mobile mapping, street-level imagery, and asset feature extraction and analysis
    Jason Sealy, Cyclomedia