Esri Water Conference 2016 Recap: GIS, Networking, Water Tours, and More

March 3, 2016

By David Totman, Industry Manager—Global Water Practice

Esri held the second annual Esri Water Conference on February 9-11, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  The conference was attended by a wide range of water professionals including; water, wastewater, stormwater, and water resources.  The atmosphere was dynamic, bringing together the supply and demand sides of water creating a one water community.

Esri Water Conference 2016 Infographic

The conference kicked off with a great plenary! Attendees heard presentations from the Esri Water Practice, Austin Water, Philadelphia Water, University of Texas, and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati.  Following the plenary, we started the afternoon with a Partner Focus session and then moved into paper presentations, wrapping up with technical sessions.  In addition to presentations and sessions the conference included a hands on learning lab, data health checks, a usability lab and two tours.

Austin Water Utility provided staff and expertise for two amazing tours: Water Treatment Plant #4 and Wildland Conservation.  The Water Treatment Plant #4 tour brought attendees to a new state-of-the-art treatment plant facility. The Wildland Conservation Tour explored environmentally important and rugged terrains of Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands. Find the wildland conservation story map journal here.

Photo taken during the Wildland Conservation Tour on Barton Springs

On the last day of the conference Esri hosted the University of Texas Flood Symposium.  The three hour symposium featured experts from the University of Texas, KISTERS, and Esri.  Dr. David Maidment, University of Texas, Water Resources Center Professor, presented how the new National Water Model will work for flood forecasting.  KISTERS presented real-time water monitoring.  Harry Evans, Senior Research Fellow and former Austin Fire Department Chief of Staff led a discussion around a prototype map template for flood emergency response and Esri experts demonstrated Solutions for Flood.  Learn about Solutions for Flood here. There is a lot of excitement about the new tools being developed around flood.

I would like to thank all 307 attendees and our Water Conference sponsors for supporting Esri and for being stewards of our most precious resource: water.  I look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Esri Water Conference! Learn more about the Esri Water Conference by visiting

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