Abstract: The Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (GDA)*, was considered one of the most controversial and debated efforts to affect the geospatial industry in years.  Inclusion of language initially joining the GDA to the Brooks Act would have far reaching and profound effect on geospatial practitioners, as well as entrepreneurial GIS / GPS consultants.  This presentation will review the positives and negatives of the GDA and similar efforts being proposed at the state level.

* Please see also GITA reference items: Geospatial Data Act of 2017, and Update of Geospatial Data Act of 2017

Bio: Mark Limbruner, GISP has spent over three decades in the geospatial industry working for a number of firms in the petroleum exploration, coal exploration, mining, environmental engineering, and GIS consulting fields. Since 2008 Mark has been employed by Range Resources Corporation in their Canonsburg, Pennsylvania office where he manages the Appalachian Division’s GIS department.

Throughout his career, Mark has presented at a number of national and regional GIS conferences and has served on the GITA Oil and Gas Conference (now Pipeline Week) organizing committee. Mark also serves as the co-chair of EnerGIS, an annual GIS conference focused on the energy industry in the northeast. Mark has served as an international delegate representing GITA at conferences hosted by GITA’s sister organizations in Japan and Australia. A member of the GITA board since 2013, Mark previously served as GITA President for 2015-2016. On July 18, 2017, he was reelected by the Board to complete the term of Matt Thomas who needed to step down for personal reasons.

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GIS Manager, Southern Marcellus Shale Division
Range Resources – Appalachia LLC
3000 Town Center Blvd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Work: 724-743-6705
Mobile: 412-496-0509

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