WLIA welcomes you to the 33rd Annual Conference at the Marriott Madison West, in Middleton, Wisconsin, February 19-21, 2020. 

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Friday, February 21

10:00am CST

High Density LiDAR and Data Driven Solutions
The LiDAR revolution for high density data has arrived. Remotely sensed data, often relying on artificial intelligence and machine learning, benefits from significantly higher densities in the point cloud. Today’s leading-edge LiDAR sensors and processes have the capability to meet these specialized needs, and the transformation of dense unstructured data into structured datasets optimizes analytics, resulting in key analytic insights such as feature extraction, change detection, and obstruction analysis. Higher density LiDAR data is critical for applications including topographic modeling, forest inventory and research, utility analytics, built environment modeling and analytics, infrastructure and engineering design, natural hazard planning and emergency response, and habitat mapping. This presentation will focus on the systems and processes for acquiring high density LiDAR datasets and will provide an overview of their application in a variety of scientific fields.

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Kirk Contrucci

Senior Account Manager, Quantum Spatial
Kirk is an accomplished geospatial professional with 33 years of experience in the field. In his position as senior account manager at Quantum Spatial he coordinates project activities with assigned project managers and technical staff. Kirk also provides account management, marketing... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Salon F

10:30am CST

Panel - Geospatial Careers: Tips on How to Apply for and Land a Position
Please join us to learn tips and tricks on how to apply for and land a geospatial job position. Our panel is made of experienced GIS managers and supervisors.

Jon Schwichtenberg, GISP, GIS Coordinator, GRAEF I have been a supervisor in charge of managing and hiring geospatial staff for over 20 years in the private consulting industry.  

Kelly Felton, Cartographer/GIS Specialist, LIO, GISP Employed with Sauk County Land Information for over 21 years working with GIS staff to build the county’s land information system, integrating various data to enhance the county’s GIS websites and building focused applications for various consumer uses. I assist with the hiring criteria and project focus of our interns related to Land Information/GIS.

Jennifer Borlick, Senior Planner/GIS Manager, Planning, Economic and Community Development, Rock County Responsible for the hiring and supervision of seasonal interns for the Planning Department for the last 10 years.

Jason Krueger, CP, GISP, Manager, Ayres Associates As manager at Ayres, I have taken an active role in recruiting and hiring personnel for diverse geospatial positions and a wide range of experience levels. In addition to seeking candidates for our Wisconsin offices, I also have a good pulse on the job market for the greater geospatial industry around the country.


Tony Van Der Wielen

WLIA President-Elect

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Jon Schwichtenberg

GIS Coordinator, GRAEF
Founded in 1961, GRAEF is a full service engineering and planning firm with six offices in three states, and over 240 employees. GRAEF provides Geospatial Services relating to structural, civil, transportation, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, landscape design, environmental... Read More →
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Kelly Felton

Cartographer, Sauk County
Kelly Felton (kelly.felton@saukcountywi.gov) is the GIS Specialist/LIO for Sauk County Land Information/GIS. She is a graduate of UW-Whitewater, and began her career with Sauk County after graduation in 1996. She has been a member of WLIA for over 24 years. She is a former Board Member, former WLIA President, along with s... Read More →
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Jennifer Borlick

Jennifer Borlick (Jennifer.Borlick@co.rock.wi.us) is the GIS Manager for Rock County, Planning Economic and Community Development and is a long term member and former Board Member of WLIA. She is a graduate of UW-Madison and has been working in the GIS field since 2000. She is a passion in racial and gender equity endeavors, includ... Read More →
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Jason Krueger

Manager, Ayres Associates Inc
I have been with Ayres Associates since 2007. I've worked in both the public and private sector within the geospatial industry since 1997. As manager at Ayres, I have taken an active role in recruiting and hiring personnel for diverse geospatial positions and a wide range of experience... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Salon F