Thank you for attending the 2015 Carlson User Conference April 29-May 1 in our hometown of Maysville, KY. Please check back for more updates as we plan our 2017 Carlson User Conference!


See Below: Avis car rental discount code.

Cincinnati, OH (CVG) – 1 hour
Airlines: Air Canada, US Airways, Allegiant, Delta, Ultimate Air Shuttle, American Airlines, Frontier, and United.
CVG Airport to Maysville

Ultimate Air Shuttle out of Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport – 1 hour 15 minutes
Lunken Airport to Maysville
Ultimate Air Shuttle

Dayton International Airport (DAY) – 1 hour 20 minutes
Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways
DAY Airport to Maysville

Lexington, KY (LEX) – 1 hour 30 minutes
Airlines: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta, United, and US Airways
LEX Airport to Maysville

Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – 2+ hours
Airlines: Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways.
CMH Airport to Maysville



Car Rentals
Avis is offering a discount code for the Carlson User Conference.

The Worldwide Discount or AWD number is D183106. When calling Avis at 1 (800) 331-1600 to make reservations, attendees should provide the AWD code.

For online reservations, please click here.

The AWD will be effective from seven days prior to the event until seven days after the event.




If you are choosing to rent a car from Enterprise, you will be able to drop your car off at the downtown Enterprise Maysville location and pick it back up before your departure back to the airport. This will save daily rental fees. Enterprise in Maysville is closed on the weekends so pick up must be on Friday, May 1. Transportation from Enterprise Maysville to event location will be provided.

Daily Schedule

Wednesday, April 29

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration (Cox Building)
3–4:30 p.m. Welcoming Plenary. Introductions and speaker, Bruce Carlson
5–6 p.m. Opening Reception, (Cox Building)
6:30-9:15 p.m. Speaker, Nick Clooney and complementary performance by Ricky Skaggs (Washington Opera House)

Thursday, April 30

7 – 10 a.m. Registration
7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (Maysville Convention Center)
8:30 – 10 a.m. 1st Session (locations TBD per individual class schedule)
10 – 10:30 a.m. Snack Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 2nd Session
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (Maysville Convention Center)
1:30 – 3 p.m. 3rd Session
3 – 3:30 p.m. Snack Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. 4th Session

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cocktails (Limestone Park)
6:30 – 10 p.m. Conference Reception & Banquet. Keynote Speaker, Bill Bissett (Gala Tent, Limestone Park)


Friday, May 1

7 – 10a.m. Registration (Cox)
6:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast (Maysville Convention Center)
8:30 – 10 a.m. 5th Session (locations TBD per individual class schedule)
10 – 10:30 a.m. Snack Break
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 6th Session
12 noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (Maysville Convention Center)
1:30 – 3 p.m. 7th Session
3 – 3:30 p.m. Snack Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. 8th Session

2015 User Conference Schedule 

Class Tracks

  • Civil
  • Data Prep
  • Elective
  • Field
  • GIS
  • Mining
  • Survey
  • Takeoff

Click to View Classes & Instructors

To create your class agenda or change your registration, click here and login with your email and created password.

Entertainment: See Ricky Skaggs perform on Wednesday evening after the plenary session and reception.

Those attending will get the best seats in the Opera House. By age 21, Ricky Skaggs was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music.  His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.



Bissett Headshot 2014Keynote Speaker: Bill Bissett, Ed.D., President of the Kentucky Coal Association 

Carlson Software welcomes Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, as the Keynote Speaker at its Pioneer Spirit User Conference Banquet, to be held April 30.

Bissett who has extensive experience in communications and public relations, was instrumental in the establishment of the ongoing Friends of Coal campaign.

The Kentucky Coal Association’s membership represents both Eastern and Western Kentucky operations that mine coal through surface and underground methods. KCA aims to promote the best interest in the coal mining in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Carlson, a Kentucky-based company has been providing software for the coal industry for more than 30 years.

Guest Speaker: Nick Clooney

Nick Clooney , born in Maysville, KY, is known as a writer, radio host and TV news anchor. His varied career in journalism reflects his many passions. He hasnick clooney worked as a reporter, anchor, managing editor, and news director in Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, and Los Angeles.

His book, The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen, analyzes the significance of such iconic American films as The Birth of a NationStar Wars and Saving Private Ryan. In 2014, Nick Clooney appears in The Monuments Men which was directed by his son, George Clooney, who played one of the leading characters, Stokes. George, had the premier for his movie, “Leatherheads,” at the Maysville Washington Opera House in March 2008.

Clooney has become a strong activist for Darfur, focusing on efforts to end violence in Darfur, addressing the United Nations Security Council, and hosting the politically conscious and socially relevant “Moments that Changed Us” on AmericanLife TV. 


The City of Maysville
bridgePicturesque Maysville nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky, just one hour southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an hour northeast of Lexington, Kentucky, bursts with opportunities for memorable experiences. Celebrating a vivid past while embracing the promise and advantages of the 21st Century, Maysville always has been and always will be naturally charming.To find out more about Maysville, visit or download the City of Maysville app on the App Store or Google Play.Maysville, KY at the top of Country Living Magazine’s “Most Charming” listThe Kentucky Derby
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Take a trip over to Louisville on Saturday, May 2. Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track.Tickets available at

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Platinum Sponsors

      • unnamed  Hemisphere GNSS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GNSS and complimentary products for positioning, heading, machine control, and navigation applications for use in construction, marine, survey, OEM, and other markets. The Company holds numerous patents and other intellectual property and sells globally with several leading product brands, including Crescent®, Eclipse™, and Vector™, for precise GNSS applications. Hemisphere GNSS is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA with a product development, marketing, and sales facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


        • chc logoCHC Unlike others in the industry which have ridden the success of once innovative products/patents, CHC Navigation focuses on continually producing innovative and reliable products for end-users. Because of this, CHC has the lowest failure rate and highest customer satisfaction in the industry! Privately owned with 800+ professionals and local offices worldwide including a full-service office in the US heartland. Seven pioneering products focused on Carlson Software will be unveiled by CHC at this year’s UC.


              • GeoMax logo At GeoMax we provide a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions by developing, manufacturing and distributing quality construction and surveying instruments and software. We address professional as well as occasional users with our easy-to-use, yet highly productive total stations, GPS/GNSS instruments, software, lasers, optical and digital levels and accessories. More information is available at



Gold Sponsors

                • JS-(vertical)-SJuniper Systems A proud partner of Carlson Software, Juniper Systems is a world-class manufacturer of rugged handheld computers in Survey and GIS markets, helping professionals increase productivity and reduce costs. With a reputation for quality and reliability, Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds are designed to run smoothly in even the most rugged environments.


              • unnamedSatlab Geosolutions is a growing Swedish based satellite positioning solutions company with offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The company was founded by a group of passionate and pioneering engineers from the GNSS industry, with more than 40 years of experience. SatLab participates in surveying, GIS, hydrographic and machine control markets, offering high quality solutions that deliver value, reliability and ease-of-use. SatLab is well priced and is backed by people who still care about a great customer experience.


Silver Sponsors

                  • Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 3.48.46 PMDatumate ( is a leading vendor of field-to-plan software for civil engineering applications which transforms the surveying, civil engineering and architectural spaces by allowing the use of regular cameras and small UAVs for high-precision surveying.


                • unnamed-1Handheld manufactures a broad line of mobile computers including rugged handhelds, tablets and notebooks including the popular Nautiz X8 data collector and Algiz 7 and Algiz 10X tablets.


              • xxScmG7TV0o4irYZmH1Q6x0B2LlF303AzNeaxU16RgM The Plastics Forming Company ( offers a variety of stock case sizes and custom options. Whether you require a custom molded or foam interior, fully custom case or a simple stock case – PFC Cases can meet your needs.  


Media Sponsors

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Special Sponsors

  • Gatton New Full-01The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is the Commonwealth’s high school for students interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional schools, our 128 students take all their coursework through Western Kentucky University with regularly-enrolled college students. The Gatton Academy empowers Kentucky’s exceptional young scientists and mathematicians to live and learn in an environment which offers advanced educational opportunities, preparing them for leadership roles.