2024 Annual TNGIC Conference

Montgomery Bell State Park - April 9-11th, 2024

 The Inn at Montgomery Bell State Park at Night

Welcome!  The TN Geographic Information Council's Annual Conference is a great opportunity for networking, GIS data workflows, learning, and sharing the work that you do.  Explore below, and join the TN GIS community!  

For first timers, we have training on the first day and the following two days include keynotes and member presentations. We have fantastic business partners who are there to provide solutions and help you solve problems. The community is welcoming and there are opportunities to find members to assist, share data with you, connect about a job opportunity or just chat about GIS. Additionally, we have great social events and a golf outing if you are interested.


Montgomery Bell State Park Lodge - 1000 Hotel Ave. Burns, TN 37029


April 9th, 2024 -  Pre-Conference Training, Golf Tournament, New Member Social, Informal Pre-Conference Social

April 10th, 2024 - Keynote by Dr. Budhu Bhaduri (ORNL) , presentations, networking, TNGIC Social!

April 11th, 2024 - Keynote by Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky (Bad Elf), presentations, TNGIC business meeting, networking


  • Agenda At-A-Glance (pdf)
  • Full Agenda (pdf)

Keynote Details

Picture of Dr. Budhu Bhaduri

Dr. Budhu Bhaduri, Director, Geospatial Science and Human Security Division, ORNL

Dr. Budhendra “Budhu’ Bhaduri is the director of the Geospatial Science and Human Security Division and a Corporate Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  In that capacity he is responsible for an interdisciplinary research portfolio focused on human dynamics, geographic data science, remote sensing, scalable geocomputation, and special communications and autonomous systems.  Previously he led the Geographic Information Science & Technology research group in Computational Science and Engineering Division.  Additionally, between 2014-2019, he founded and led ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute, a cross-disciplinary initiative across the laboratory that fostered a data driven understanding of complex urban systems.  Over his career, he has catalyzed the integration of geographical sciences in the laboratory’s as well as the Department of Energy’s mission.  His professional interests and experience cover novel implementation of geospatial science and technology for a wide variety of programs supporting energy, environment, and national security missions across the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Dr. Bhaduri’s research has had global impact and has benefited the U.S. federal missions, international organizations, and private foundations. 

Photograph of Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky

Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

Dr. Smilovsky is the Geospatial Solutions Director for Bad Elf, a GNSS technologies company. Dr S is a faculty member at Arizona State University teaching various GIS and design classes. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, a certified Arborist, and a Part 107 certified UAV pilot. As a geospatial evangelist, custom geospatial solutions provider, and geographic researcher Dr. S is widely versed in all things geodetic. He is a proud Geoholic!


Registration Costs

TNGIC has tried to coincide membership with the Conference as much as possible. If you are a new member, your membership has expired or is nearing the renewal date, the registration form will ask to include membership fees of $40.00. Your expiration date is shown in the "My Profile" section of your TNGIC Member Home Page.  If you are part of an organization your Key Contact may need to first renew your membership.

  • *Student Volunteer/Assistantship - waved fee - Apply Here)
  • Social Guest Attendee - $##.00 to cover food - (Register Here)
Conference Registration and Membership

 Student Volunteer Assistantship Application

TNGIC has a limited number of student assistantships available for the conference. In exchange for volunteering at the conference, TNGIC waives the conference registration fee. Students are still responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs. Any Tennessee undergraduate or graduate student, full or part-time, is eligible to apply. This includes both two-year and four-year college students.

  • Applications are due by Wednesday February 28, 2024
  • Students will be notified no later than Friday March 1, 2024 of their assistantship status
Student Assistantship Application



TNView Student Travel Award Application

NEW THIS YEAR | TNView has a limited number of student travel awards available for the conference. You MUST be participating in the TNView contest (see below) to be eligible for a travel award.

  • Applications are due by Wednesday February 28, 2024
  • Students will be notified no later than Friday March 1, 2024 of their award status
  • Students will coordinate with TNView and the UT Knoxville Department of Geography and Sustainability to receive their awards. Please note that it may take some time to get you processed through the UTK system to receive your award.
TNView Student Travel Award Application

Business Partner Registration

If your organization is interested in being a business partner please register below. Partners will receive coupon codes for conference registration.

Business Partner Registration

Call for Presentations

We would love to hear about what you do and the projects that you and your organization are undertaking.  Share a workflow, share successes and learning opportunities!

Submit a presentation

TNView Student Remote Sensing Presentations and Contest

NEW THIS YEAR | Students interested in remote sensing are encouraged to submit a presentation for the TNView Remote Sensing Contest. The TNView remote sensing competition awards at the TNGIC Annual Conference are comprised of one first-place award valued at $300, two second-place awards valued at $200 each, and three third-place awards valued at $100 each. See the TNView website for full details.

To submit a presentation for the contest, use the regular presentation submission form and select "Yes" when asked if you are submitting for the contest.

Submit a student remote sensing presentation

Map Gallery

TNGIC hosts an annual Map Gallery Competition for the GIS Community to share their work. It is just another great way to see what TNGIC Members are working on. Share your work below!

What to Expect: Physical maps are to be checked in at the conference registration table. Authors may be available in the map gallery at a time designated in the conference agenda to answer questions about their map (attendance during judging is optional). Award recipients will be announced during lunch of the second day of the conference and be posted on the TNGIC website.

We have five categories we will be judging for Map Gallery Awards:

Best Cartographic Design: Awarded to the map that artistically employs the elements of cartography without compromising use and functionality. 

Best Analysis: Awarded to the map that is best designed to display the results of spatial data analysis and presents the information in an unbiased way, allowing the viewer to extract their own conclusions, utilizing the map as a tool.

Best Student Map: Awarded to the best overall student map or research poster. Submitted maps may be cartographic or analytically focused.

Best Online Map or App: Awarded to the best Online Map or App (such as a dashboard or story map). Map entries will be judged before the conference. All web maps or apps must be made public (not password protected). Maps will be accessible for conference goers via hyperlinks in the conference app, as well as in the map gallery. 

Viewer’s Choice: Award chosen by the attendees for the best overall physical map in the map gallery. Maps entered the day of the conference are eligible for viewer’s choice.

Submit a Map to the TNGIC Map Gallery

 Montgomery Bell State Park Lodging Information

Location: 1000 Hotel Ave, Burns, TN

Booking:  [February 23, 2024 UPDATE] It's a long story, but if you call the 888 number and try to make a reservation with "TNGIC", we show up as cancelled in the state park computer system. Instead, ask for the "TN GEOLOGIC Information Council with dates of April 9-11. The irony of being listed as a geology conference is not lost on me. [February 13, 2024 UPDATE] As of February 13 we no longer have the ability to use the room reservation code when making online reservations. (Apparently MBSP updated a computer system and they do not know when/if the problem will get resolved. We will update the website if/when the problem is fixed.) At this moment, you will have to call the 1-888-TN-PARKS number and tell them the name of our group (TNGIC TN GEOLOGIC Information Council) to get the conference room rate. You may be able to bypass the 888 number by calling the lodge directly at 615-797-1600.

Hotel reservations can be made HERE or you can call directly 1-888-TN-PARKS and use the block code 2810. Discounted rate will be $107.00 ($107 is the government rate) per night plus taxes and fees.  If you are tax exempt you will need to bring your exemption form with you at check-in. The deadline for using the block code is March 9, 2024. 

Government Rate: The conference rate is the same as the government rate. Please reserve your rooms using the block code 2810 so that we meet our minimum room requirement.

Arriving Early/Staying Late: The conference rate is only available for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If you would like to arrive on Monday or stay Thursday, you will need to call the 1-888-TN-PARKS number to make that reservation. Just be sure to include the block code 2810.


The following training options are available. Full details, times, room numbers (TBD), and reservation are available on the conference training webpage.

  • Cloud Computing with Google Earth Engine and Geemap - Dr. Qiusheng Wu
  • Using QGIS and LIDAR Data - Randal Hale
  • GRASS GIS 101: From GUI Clicks to Writing Scripts - Dr. Veronica Andreo and Caitlin Haedrich
  • ArcGIS Experience Builder & Arcade Across the ArcGIS Platform - Mike Sweeney and Phillip Waldron
  • Can We Talk Business? Equipping the GIS Professional to be the Trusted Advisor their customers want and need. - Tim Poe and Phillip Waldron

 Additional Activities

TNGIC Annual Golf Scramble at GreyStone Golf Course

When: April 9th, 2024 |  Buffet Lunch starts @ 10:45AM & Tee Off start at 12:00PM (CST)

Location: Greystone Golf Club -2555 Hwy 70 East, Dickson, 37055

Designed by PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber, GreyStone Golf Club offers a challenging yet fun round of golf to competitors of all skill levels. Located in historic Dickson, the golf course is a short drive from Montgomery Bell State Park.

Register: Please register here OR send check (made out to TNGIC) to: Sam Moffat, 701 East Scott Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Format: 4‐person scramble. Sign up and we will assign 4 person teams the day of the tourney or if you have a team already formed, please email Sam Moffat ([email protected]) with your team member names. Please note – all team members must be registered for the golf tourney even if you are paying the day of the event.

Price: $90, includes green fees, range balls, cart, lunch, and a chance of some good prizes and closest to pin and long drive competitions.

Corporate Sponsor: Sign up for a corporate sponsor for $360 - includes 4 people, logo, and recognition.

 TNGIC Board of Director's Business and Elections

Join us for lots of great information, awards, and the changing of the Board of Director's leadership.  Voting will occur to fill 3 open Board of Director positions at the Annual Conference. We will have a great group of professionals as always. Nominations are open until 2/1/24.

Make a nomination or nominate yourself!

Huge thanks to Paul Dudley (President), ###, and ### for their service to TNGIC and our community these past 3 years!