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Short Line Railroads - GIS Opportunities Workshop

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Learn How GIS Can Benefit Your Railroad

In response to a recognized need of short line railroads with which it is working, Global Information Systems LLC (GISLLC) is acting as a catalyst to offer a one and one-half day GIS Opportunities Workshop. This workshop, co-hosted by Watco, will engage railroad professionals in examining numerous extremely beneficial railroad GIS use cases. These existing and planned GIS applications will be used to expand railroad management’s horizons regarding GIS potential opportunities within their railroads. Both GIS experts and several short line railroad professionals already utilizing GIS will serve as instructors. The event is planned for January 3-4, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Watco Training Center. 

Conference Program

The conference program can be seen here.  A buffet lunch will be provided both days, as well as refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks.

Optional Dinner

On the evening of January 3rd, we are organizing dinner at (TBD).  This dinner is optional, and costs are not included in the registration fees.  It will be a great time to relax and connect with other attendees and speakers.

Technology Showcase

Immediately following the main event, there will be an optional Technology Showcase where attendees can view live demonstrations of GIS solutions.  This will be a great opportunity to see up close applications supported by GIS such as train simulators and locomotive fuel management.

Accomodations and Transportation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the

Residence Inn Birmingham Homewood
50 State Farm Parkway
Birmingham  AL  35209

for the nights of January 2, 3, and 4.  Rooms are limited at Watco's group rate and may be reserved up to 12/15/17.  You can use this link

or call Marriott at 1(800) 331-3131 and ask for the WATCO Companies room block to make a reservation.

Transportation between the airport and the hotel can be arranged by taxi, Uber, or rental car.  NOTE: The event site is several miles from the hotel. Watco will provide shuttle vans to transport you from the hotel to their Training Center.  If you wish to use other transportation, we can provide directions.

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