Guest speakers to make appearance for GIS Day

Del Mar College will host the 18th annual Coastal Bend GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day, “GIS Technology is Changing our World,” on Nov. 16.

The event organizers will be offering two tracks, which will be targeting middle through high school and college age students while also having a track for professionals already in the field.

The GIS Day is part of the National Geographic Society initiative “Geography Action!” This is all part of a yearlong project using key educational achievements worldwide, including the Coastal Bend’s annual event, which is in partnership with Geography Awareness Week.

GIS uses computer-based mapping tools that use information from databases about location. The technology also allows users to see geographic features on a map to provide a better understanding about specific locations.

“There isn’t anything you do that GIS technology doesn’t have its hand in,” said GIS instructor John Nelson. “It’s in transportation, the food you eat, the electricity you get, the lighting of the street lights and even your phone. “

The educational track focus will be on building GIS awareness among students and educators. The professional track will be on “How GIS Can Help Your Industry or Business.”

Fourteen guest speakers will be presenting on matters relating to GIS including remote sensing, geomatics and UAS.

The general public is also welcome to participate in either track. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Del Mar College’s Center for Economic Development, at 3209 S. Staples St.

For more information about 18th annual Coastal Bend GIS Day contact Nelson at 361-698-1478 or

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