American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 7 - 10, 2005

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2005 Annual Meeting & EXPO > GIS in Landscape Architecture:
Looking Forward


Friday, October 7
8:30 am-5:00 pm

Explore new applications of GIS technologies with some of the world's leading landscape architecture practitioners and academics. For the first time this year, ESRI will be offering both seminars and "hands-on" courses.

  • The Plenary Session will feature innovative and creative applications of GIS technology, showing how these tools are providing new opportunities for landscape architects to expand the bounds of their practice.
  • The courses will provide a pressure-free environment for those without recent GIS experience to "kick the tires," and for those with current GIS skills to learn how to more effectively integrate CAD, GIS, and 3D visualization technologies.

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Keynote: GIS in Landscape Architecture: 1965 & 2005
Carl Steinitz, Harvard Graduate School of Design

GIS in Professional Practice
Doug Olsen, Olsen & Olsen Design, Calgary

Panel Discussion:

  • GIS in Landscape Architecture: Where are We, and Where are We Heading? Moderator: Mike Flaxman, ESRI

  • Design with Maps, Stephen Ervin, ASLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • Opportunities to Expand Practice Using GIS, Steve Line, EDAW, San Francisco

  • The Future of GIS Education, Karen Hanna, FASLA, College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona


Introduction to GIS
8:30 am–12:00

What is GIS and what are its best uses in the practice of landscape architecture? In this session, you’ll explore GIS concepts by working through a series of specific exercises using ArcView 9.1. The focus of this program is on understanding basic GIS concepts and technology. It is designed for those without recent hands-on experience who want to see what’s possible with the latest generation of tools. Exercises will include internet-based data acquisition, suitability analysis using ESRI’s graphical model building interface, and 3D visualization using ArcGlobe.

GIS Applications in Landscape Architecture
1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Taking full advantage of GIS capabilities requires learning how to use CAD, GIS, and 3D Visualization technologies together. This session is designed for active GIS users who want to learn how to effectively integrate CAD and GIS data, and how to use SketchUp™ to rapidly develop geopositioned 3D models.

Each course is $35 per person. Both courses are led by a certified ESRI instructor.

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