Clark Nexsen Celebrates GIS Day 2017

Clark Nexsen celebrates GIS Day 2017

Discovering the World Through GIS

Held November 15, 2017, GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

Clark Nexsen had its own GIS Day celebration in our Virginia Beach office to increase awareness and dialogue about GIS and promote spatial thinking. Colleagues from different disciplines stopped by to chat with our GIS experts. Some colleagues had previously helped the GIS department in field data collection efforts and relived those experiences again; others were fascinated by our high-end GPS equipment.

Additionally, Clark Nexsen GIS Analyst Deborah Huber spoke on GIS Day at the Hampton Roads GIS User Group (HRUG) Conference event hosted by Old Dominion University. She presented a recently completed NAVFAC project she championed for more than 3 years. The complex project spanned the Continental United States and Hawaii evaluating more than 65,000 military homes. Deliverables were due to multiple parties, including 16 PPV partners, the Marines, and the Navy. Delivered on time and within budget, the project also integrated 911 data that was beyond the scope of the original project, but a notable value add for the client.

The HRUG conference presented different facets within the world of GIS, ranging from mapping the oceans to utilizing Augmented Reality (AR) to find features that had been subsequently concealed in a storm event. The event also focused on what users are doing with the wide array of ESRI products, including using ESRI to further develop Apps tailored to specific needs.

Clark Nexsen’s Geospatial Information Systems market is focused on supporting clients through GIS data and systems that empower their decision-making and planning processes. To learn more about our GIS capabilities please contact Pravin Mathur, 757.455.5800 or email

Creative Commons image courtesy of Carbon Visuals.