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Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA


The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).

avatar for Charles 'cob' Bailey, GISS, AESA

Charles 'cob' Bailey, GISS, AESA

cob is a native Georgian with degrees in computer science, forest resources, and applied spatial analysis. He has worked for the Georgia Forestry Commission in various capacities since 1995. Currently he serves as GIS coordinator for the agency as well as lead GIS Specialist for Georgia’s Type 2 Incident Management Team. He is also a qualified GISS at the national level and has worked with several Type 1 incident teams throughout the U.S. He currently serves as vice-chair for the Southern Group of State Foresters’ GIS Committee.
His most recent pursuits and projects include developing custom hybrid GIS solutions for GFC field use, utilizing remote sensing analysis to determine forest cover extent and disturbance, and serving on his first deployment as Infrared Interpreter (IRIN) under the national Incident Command System (ICS). He is currently working on a series of custom configurations for connective desktop/mobile applications for use within the agency.
cob is involved with the Elachee Nature and Science Center in northeast Georgia where he serves on the Advisory Board and the Forest Ecosystem Integrity Group. He is also an active member of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), and is an aficionado and collector of the retro-bikes he rode out west in the grand old 1990's!