The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that Keith McDaniel of Centennial, Colo., has been named the recipient of GITA’s 2005 Distinguished Service Award. The award is bestowed on individuals whose extraordinary personal contributions have added to the success of GITA. The presentation was made at the Opening Session of GITA’s Annual Conference 28, being held on March 6-9, 2005 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
McDaniel, whose career achievements include the development of Intergraph Corp.’s FRAMME product as well as the first packaged industry approach for gas, electric, and telephone utilities, was a founder of AM/FM International (now GITA) as a nonprofit educational association. In addition to serving on the GITA Board of Directors, McDaniel’s contributions to the association include serving as chair of the GITA’s Executive Symposium as well as the Education and Strategic Planning committees. He was also involved with several of the association’s international projects. In 1994, McDaniel was inducted as a member of the associations’ Honorary Past Presidents’ Advisory Council.