Recap of Esri at Public Works Expo

Here is a summary of how Esri supported the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) PWX Conference in Charlotte, NC August 28-31. Over 2,100 professionals were in attendance and the theme was Ready and Resilient. GIS is consistently one of the annual APWA Top 5 Public Works Trending Technologies, and Esri has been a long-time supporter of APWA as part of our work with the Public Works community. We continued that tradition by supporting the 2022 PWX conference in multiple ways.

A map of where attendees came from to attend PWX in Charlotte, NC.
Esri staff demoing to a customer.

The Esri booth anchored the GIS Pavilion. We had nine staff in the booth with four software demonstration kiosks covering What’s New in Public Works GIS, Roads and Bridges, Water Utilities and Prioritize Infrastructure Investments that remained very busy throughout the three days of the Expo. We talked to public works professionals from across the U.S. and Canada. Of particular interest to visitors were solutions for Winter Weather, Real-Time Operations, Field & Fleet Management, Asset Management, and Public Engagement.

We visited with many Esri Partners like, Axim Geospatial, Berntsen, Cartegraph, Cityworks, CompassCom, Cyclomedia, HDR, Infotech, Infrastructure Management Services, OPA Technologies, Rubicon, Stantec, etc. We also were interviewed by our friends at Roads & Bridges magazine.

Roads & Bridges interview.

We presented four sessions:

Picture from the “What Every Public Works Professional Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence” session.

This was a great event and we are already working on PWX 2023 in San Diego, CA to make it even better. Thanks to APWA and the local chapter members who volunteered, as well as all of the attendees, presenters, and exhibitors who contributed to this valuable event. We hope to see you next year!

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About the author

Adam Carnow is the Public Works Industry Marketing Specialist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker and thought leader. He collaborates with his colleagues, Esri Partners and customers to lead the successful application of ArcGIS across the public works disciplines. Mr. Carnow has over 30 years of experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. During his 15-year career at Esri he has previously served as a Local Government Account Manager and a Community Evangelist. Prior to joining Esri, he practiced as a GIS consultant and planner in the AEC industry and taught GIS at the University of South Florida. He holds a BA in Geography, and a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and has achieved certification as an Urban Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP). He is a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Board of Directors and a graduate of the URISA GIS Leadership Academy.


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