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Wednesday, October 21 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Adapting to the Evolving GIS World

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The world of GIS is evolving at an unprecedented and increasing rate. As a result, GIS professionals are constantly being challenged to enhance their capabilities and must find effective and efficient ways to adapt as the field advances. In this session, presenters will share their perspectives and engage the audience to collectively consider not only the accompanying technical trends, but also the associated professional development needs. A goal of the session will be to contribute to an ongoing discussion on how to adapt to the evolving GIS world and help the GIS professional be successful in the coming years.

Moderator: Luke Boggess, GISP, URISA Alaska, Anchorage, AK 


  • Aaron Paul, First American Title, Portland, OR
  • David Wallis, GISP, Cowlitz County, Kelso, WA
  • Randy Bonds, Jr., City of Yakima, Yakima, WA
  • David Howes, Ph.D., David Howes, LLC, Seattle, WA


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Luke Boggess, GISP

Past-President, URISA-Alaska
Luke fell into GIS as the stars aligned with the new Millennium and was El Presidente of URISA-Alaska from 2007 to 2016. He has been Chair GIS-Pro, and twice been Chair of the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference (AKSMC). He has been on the AKSMC Board of Directors and Planning... Read More →

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David Howes

Geospatial Information Scientist, David Howes, LLC
David Howes runs his own GIS consulting business, David Howes, LLC (dhowes.com), specializing in GIS tools and processes. With 28 years of academic and private sector GIS experience, including a Ph.D. in geomorphology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.Sc. in... Read More →
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Randy Bonds, Jr.

Web Application Developer / Administrator, City of Yakima
Randy Bonds Jr is currently employed with the City of Yakima as the Web Applications Developer. He is the ArcGIS Online and Open Data Portal Administrator and works heavily in the ESRI Javascript API. He has 15+ years of IT experience ranging from System Engineering to Application... Read More →
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Aaron Paul

Solutions Engineer, First American Title
Aaron Paul has been a member of First American Title’s GIS team since 2007 and has been working in the GIS industry for 15 years. Aaron is pioneering new uses of GIS Products and Services in the Real Estate & Title industry and has implemented systems and applications that leverage... Read More →
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David Wallis

David Wallis, GISP, CMS, is the Information Technology and GIS Director for Cowlitz County, Washington.  He has taught Legal Descriptions, GIS, and many other classes statewide for the Washington Department of Revenue for over 20 years.  | David graduated Magna Cum Laude through... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 1

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