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Belgium getting ready for ESRI

ESRI has announced the program for its Seventeenth Annual European Conference, which is scheduled for October 14–16, 2002. ESRI BeLux is hosting the conference at the Floreal Club Congress Centre near the city of Bruges, Belgium.

The conference theme, “GIS, a Common Language Integrating Europe,” is particularly relevant as it acknowledges the diversity of the European culture and the unifying capabilities of geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, will present his view of the future of GIS, while David Maguire, ESRI’s director of product, solutions and international will discuss the development of ArcGIS technology. Leica Geosystems will also make a plenary session presentation.

Several hundred GIS professionals are expected to attend this year’s conference and participate in the many workshops, seminars, and presentations. Highlighted tracks include utilities, transportation, cadastre, and defense and security as well as seven concurrent technical workshop tracks, several of which will be given in French and Dutch. There will also be a special exhibition area for vendors and consultants. A special set of GIS training courses on ArcGIS 8.3 and the Spatial Analyst extension will be conducted at the conclusion of the conference from October 17–19, 2002.
In addition to the many other activities, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the preconference GIS Management Seminar by Dr. Roger Tomlinson, who is considered by many to be the father of GIS.

A special feature of this year’s European conference is the opportunity to view the activities associated with Bruges 2002. Bruges, a beautiful medieval city, was selected as this year’s cultural capital of Europe, and a variety of events is being staged to commemorate this honour.