Northeast ArcGIS Users Group @UMass May 11

May 7, 2015 in News and Events

Spring NEARC is an annual, one-day conference for ArcGIS users held near the center of the NEARC region. Conference registration is very affordable and the day is packed with professional development and networking opportunities for all levels of GIS users. Highlights include:

  • Workshops
  • ArcGIS 10.3 and ArcGIS Pro
  • Lidar and Aerial Mapping
  • Spatial Humanities
  • Birds of a Feather Networking
  • Pub Social

Visit the NEARC website for a schedule of presentations and hope to see you there!

UMass presentation @NEARC 2012 #2: “Location-Based Crowd-Sourcing for Preference and Place Perception Analyis at UMass Amherst”

May 23, 2012 in News and Events

Alexander Stepanov (GIS Architect in Campus Planning at UMass) and I (Alexander Schreyer, Lecturer in BCT at UMass) presented at NEARC’s Spring Conference (held at beautiful Smith College) about our crowd-sourcing tools: the “Favorite Places” website and the “Likes/Dislikes” web app.

For the interested, the presentation slides are embedded below:


Northeast Arc User Group (NEARC) 2012 Spring Conference

April 27, 2012 in News and Events

The 2012 Spring NEARC Conference is coming up on May 22nd at Smith College in Northampton, MA.  This one-day conference is an excellent chance for all users of Esri’s ArcGIS GIS technology to connect, network, learn and enjoy seeing all that’s new in the rapidly evolving world of GIS. Registration is open now.  Register before May 8th to take advantage of the early bird $40 registration ($20 for students):


BIM Forum and Academic Resources

April 2, 2012 in News and Events

BIM Forum ( is a terrific organization with the following mission (from their website):   “The BIMForum’s mission is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the AEC industry. We will lead by example and synchronize with counterparts in all sectors of the industry to jointly develop best practice for virtual design and construction (VDC). We will share our experiences and execute our goals via online forums, highly useful deliverables and practical industry conferences. We will revolutionize the building industry.”

You must join the community before you can access the full level of resources on their website, but some academic resources are open to the public, such as the following from their 2011 DC conference proceedings: .  If the download takes too long, do wait for it – it’s a rich Adobe document with summaries of presentations on the topic of College and University Level BIM Curricula and Applications.  The majority of the activity is on the West Coast and Texas, but perhaps we could bring some of it to our campus?

2008 BIM Conference at UMass

March 29, 2012 in News and Events

In 2008 when UMass was undergoing comprehensive academic planning projects and managing a large capital construction program, I organized a syposium on BIM that  tapped industry experts to discuss the benefits and challenges of the BIM delivery method. The Symposium wasdesigned around a Panel of Experts from selected owner’s groups, architectural/engineering, construction management and related consulting firms who were utilizing BIM for design, construction coordination and facilities management purposes. The event was attended by facility management professionals from University of Massachusetts system, staff of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, representatives of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, facilities managers from the Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith college campuses, and members of the design and construction community that serves the UMass system.  Facilities Planning conducted a survey of BIM use at the time and documente the symposium by gathering presentations and recording the discussion.  If you are interested in the snapshop of BIM in time, visit the website at .

The Owner's Perspective

A comprehensive summary of BIM practice and development in 2008