General Information

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Lee County Port Authority (Southwest Florida International Airport) are pleased to present the 23rd Annual AAAE Airport Geospatial Technologies Conference and Exhibition. This newly reimagined and one-of-a-kind conference will be held March 9-12, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Formerly known as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference, this will be the fourth year of an expanded and refocused program which will address Building Information Modeling (BIM), Computer Aided Design (CAD), aerial imagery, and other geospatial technologies for planning, operations, maintenance, asset management, and issues and technology.  Top industry experts will be gathered to discuss ways in which airports have applied these technologies, successes they have achieved, and challenges they have overcome in order to fully utilize these transformational capabilities. Technical presentations will identify new technologies and trends that are deeply relevant to airports and the aviation industry as a whole.

Organizational factors such as cost/benefit analyses, staffing requirements, obtaining funding and management support, and risk mitigation also will be key topics addressed at the conference, including the impact on and the benefits airports receive from FAA’s Airports GIS program.

The theme for this year’s conference is "Everything Under the Sun in Airports Geospatial". The program will focus on geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Computer Aided Design (CAD) and how they are creating a positive change at your airport and within the aviation industry.

Leading industry experts will gather to discuss:
How airports are using geospatial technologies to enhance services, refine workflows, and/or remodel business processes
The opportunities and challenges that come with utilizing, integrating, and managing geospatial technology
The importance of collaboration and communication with stakeholders
Keeping up with the ever-changing technology
New industry trends and applications  
All sessions will be held at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. Please visit the agenda page for a more detailed schedule. Registration fees include a welcome reception, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, refreshment breaks and all handout materials. Dress is business casual. 

Agenda Topics Last Year Included:

  • Workshop: Introduction to Airport Geospatial Technologies
  • Open Source Web Map Applications
  • The Port of Portland + Spatial Data and The Glue (FME) that Ties Everything Together
  • APIs, FME, & Docs: Integrating CAD Docs to GIS with a Document Management System
  • Indoor Mapping Your Airport
  • FME – CAD to GIS – Aviation
  • GIS Interior Data Life-cycle
  • Mobile LiDAR Scanning for Capturing and Modeling Interior Building Spaces
  • Bring ArcGIS Indoors
  • A Matter of Safety: Integrating GIS with 3D Spatial Data for Confined Spaces
  • Integrating GIS, Property Management and Public Land Records to Create a Dynamic FAA Exhibit A: A GCR Case Study at New Orleans Airport
  • HeightAware: Deploying a 3D Airspace & Airport Planning Tool at Philadelphia International Airport
  • GIS for Land Use Compatibility Planning
  • Taking and Using 3D Data on the Web
  • What Is a Digital Twin and Why Is It Important for Airports?
  • Innovations Shaping the Airport of the Future
  • Getting Started with Enterprise Asset Management for Airports
  • BIM and GIS Integration for Airports

Call for Abstracts/Topics

Be sure to check out our call for abstracts/topics page for more information on participating.