Georgia Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

Georgia URISA is a proud chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The Georgia URISA Chapter is an organization of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges at the state, county, and local government levels. In addition, we collaborate with various private sector agencies that utilizes GIS.

URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.

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Monthly Lunches

For the next few months at least, GA URISA luncheons will be held online. Look for topic and meeting info below and in emails. If you have any questions, please email

Georgia URISA holds networking lunches the second Tuesday of every month. More details can be found here.  Click on the event below to reserve your space now.

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Fort Stewart, GA – CADD/GIS Support ENG Drafter

Job Description
Provide scaled engineering CADD drawings and facility maps from engineer’s sketches and geospatial information
systems database ready for construction, and for collecting analyzing, checking, correcting and retrieving for
dissemination associated job related data required for documenting and transmitting work outside of the Directorate.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
– Prepare CADD drawings for construction from sketches and information provided by architects and engineers.

– Create custom maps using GIS, current versions of MicroStation/AutoCAD and Adobe Pro, and specialized
software for support of installation units and tenants including utilities, services, locations and various other data that
is require by the customer.

– Perform site verification as required in order to assist engineers in measurements and verification of existing
conditions prior to and during the design process.

– Scan and prepare completed drawings for electronic transfer and archiving current versions.

– Assist customers in obtaining copies of archived drawings, both electronic and hardcopy. Operate printers and
plotters as required for reproduction of drawings and other printed material.

– Maintain drawing vault files.

Required Qualifications
– Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance

– High School Diploma or equivalent experience/combined education, with additional technical training adequate to
perform required basic calculation, electronic/mechanical assembly/test, computer operations, etc., with minimum 1yr

– Must have knowledge of design and drafting standards, computer aided design and drafting kills, and office

– Must be familiar with most of the conventional drafting and CADD techniques with an accompanying working
knowledge of drafting terms and procedures.

– Knowledge of work-specific software applications, to include Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional Suite 2013,
Microstation CADD V8i, ArcView GIS, Information Handling System (IHS), and Information Facilities System (IFS).

Public Works Intern 2021 — Camden County

Camden County Administration Internship – Job Description

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Public Works Internship components:

  1. Data collection to include locating and plotting with GPS, outfall ditches, culverts and box culverts.
  2. Creating spreadsheets for record keeping with this data to record information regarding age, maintenance performed, and expected replacement information.
  3. Track down easements, plats, and deeds to facilitate in finding land ownership to help identify new easements needed.
  4. Develop an educational package for new property owners for information regarding easements and right of way details to explain the impacts to their property.

The intern will work closely with the Public Works Director to accomplish the tasks outlined above.  Currently, the director and supervisors work to track down this data.  It is a heavy lift given the other responsibilities.  The intern will be creating the much-needed foundation that could be easily maintained moving forward.

The intern will be helping us update our GIS Database by plotting the locations of all outfall ditches and culverts with the support of our County Supervisors and Director.

The internship will take place between the months of May through September, it may not exceed 200 hours, and the intern will be compensated $12 per hour.   The hours and days can be flexible, schedule will be discussed and agreed upon at the time the offer is made.

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Georgia URISA Virtual Luncheon March 2021: “ ../lex_machina “

March 9th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Topic Summary: Using AWS to scale an advanced local government administration. With the visionary goal of creating a virtual concierge to serve as the city’s AI-based staff member. Providing 24/7/365 support to all users.

Presenter Bio: Dominic Maldonado is the GIS coordinator, grant writer, and technical artist at City of East Point. Wearing many hats to solve many solutions he brings innovative technology to the city as a force multiplier for local government. His career goals include municipal executive leadership: becoming an elected official as well as city manager.

Middle Georgia Regional Commission — Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Position

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is seeking to fill the position of Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) Analyst. The GIS Analyst position is responsible for meeting the daily information technology
requirements of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) and assisting member local
governments and partner agencies with service requests of a technical nature. These duties typically
include the application of GIS technology, website and/or web application design and support, network
administration, and general systems maintenance. The GIS Analyst works under the direct supervision of
the Director of Technology Services. This position requires a talented individual who can engage
collaboratively with local governments in a professional, resourceful, trustworthy, accountable, efficient,
and innovative manner.

Qualified applicants should, at a minimum, possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college
or university as well as have previous experience in relevant information technology fields; or five to seven
years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. This
position requires advanced computer application skills.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission provides services to 11 counties and 20 cities in Middle Georgia
through its office located in Macon, Georgia. Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume,
and three references to:
Middle Georgia Regional Commission
Attention: Jen Doran
175 Emery Highway
Suite C
Macon, GA 31217
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Applications will be accepted for this position until filled. Candidates for the position will be subject to a
criminal background check, motor vehicle license verification, pre-employment drug screening and skills

Middle Georgia Regional Commission is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Georgia URISA Virtual Luncheon February 2021: The Value of Personal Branding for Geospatial Professionals

Tuesday, February 9th, 12:00 — 1:30 pm

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Presenter: Bruce Buxton (aka The Gray Beard) is Director of Digital Transformation for Critigen, a leading Geospatial Integrator. He has worked in the GIS software and consulting space since 2004 and has a wide range of experience identifying and demonstrating the Geospatial value proposition for major utilities, state and local governments, and the oil and gas industries. Bruce has recently been instrumental in promoting Geospatial activities and content on digital platforms such as LinkedIn and promoting the value that personal branding presents for all geospatial professionals.

Topic: The value of personal branding for geospatial professionals

Georgia URISA Virtual Luncheon January 2021: New Survey123 Release and Backend Integrations with Automations Supported by Integromat

Tuesday, January 12th, 12:00 — 1:30 pm

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: Rob Hathcock is an Account Manager out of Esri’s Atlanta Office. Rob helps clients plan, implement, and maintain business systems at an enterprise level across multiple user departments while looking for growth opportunities.

Topic: Esri recently released a quiet update to Survey123 that allows for geometry storage without the need for the map function. This means you no longer need to geocode stored address, Survey123 now geocodes and adds geometry against an organization’s hosted locators. Will also present backend integrations with automations supported by Integromat.

Georgia URISA Virtual Luncheon — Georgia Forestry Commission Meter Reading and Google Earth Projects

December 8, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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Presentation Synopses:
1. GFC/EPD Agricultural Water Meter Reading Project: In 2003, the Georgia legislature passed a
bill requiring the permitting of agricultural water users capable of using 100,000 gallons or more per
day. The next year they commissioned the Soil and Water Commission (now the NRCS) to install water
meters on all applicable agricultural well and surface sources in the state. There are now over 13,000
meters that require monitoring and measurement. In 2016 the Governor designated the EPD to manage
these meters and obtain annual readings. As they lack the field staff to effectively complete this task,
the EPD executed a contract with the GFC to obtain these readings. GFC GIS has devised a system to
efficiently facilitate this process. Leveraging mobile GIS field applications with cloud-based resources, we
expect to complete these readings in approximately ten weeks with a target accuracy level of 97%. The
system uses mobile devices, web hooks, dashboards, and automated triggers to streamline collection
and quality control procedures.

2. Google Earth Engine Script to Delineate Forest Disturbance for BMP Surveys: The GFC has a
mandate to conduct biennial surveys to determine water quality impacts from forestry operations.
Generally the greatest impact is associated with timber harvesting, which can be effectively identified
with remote sensing procedures. The objective is to obtain a random sample of all harvest sites within
the subject areas. We are now using a script in Google Earth Engine to extract disturbance sites using
the ESA’s Sentinel 2 satellite imagery. The routine uses a threshold difference in NDVI values between
the pre and post disturbance periods to identify forest disturbance sites for evaluation. The project is
now underway and the reported results are very favorable, with false positive levels currently below 5%.

Speaker Bio: Cob Bailey has been the GIS Manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission since 2012 and has worked for the
agency since 1995. He has a degree in Environmental Spatial Analysis from the University of North
Georgia. He is a certified GISP and qualified GIS Specialist (GISS) under the national Incident Command
System (ICS). He works from his home in Clarkesville and has two terrific kids with whom he greatly
enjoys playing.

GIS Specialist – EPEI (Atlanta)

Edwards-Pitman Environmental Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia)
Position: GIS Specialist (Full-Time)
Experience: 0-5 years
Job Description:
Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. has an immediate need for a GIS Specialist to join our Atlanta office located in the Vinings area. The selected candidate would serve as our GIS specialist for internal and external clients, supporting data visualization and data management for our environmental engineering groups (Archaeology, Ecology, History, & NEPA).

Prospective candidates should email a letter of introduction, resume, and list of references to Artis LangBruttig (

GIS Specialist Job Posting

Georgia URISA Virtual Luncheon: Overview of 3D Visualizations and A Web GIS Inventory Database

Tuesday, November 10th, 12:00 — 1:30 pm

Meeting number (access code): 131 633 4436

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Topic: Overview of 3D Visualizations — The presentation talks about two 3D visualization projects by applying different technologies. 3D city models represent existing buildings in urban areas and support planning, analysis and decision making. The ESRI CityEngine is applied to visualize a transportation planning model.

Presenter: Helen Peng, GISP — Helen Peng is a GIS Analyst/Developer at University of Georgia (UGA) Facilities Management Department (FMD). She updates GIS utilities data and creates interactive web maps for geospatial requests. She has been working in 3D visualizations for over a decade and applies ArcCityEngine and SketchUp to create 3D city models. Ms. Peng holds a GISP certificate and M.S. Landscape Architecture at Washington State University.

Topic: A Web GIS Inventory Database — Using the ArcGIS REST API, GeoJobe, FME and Postgres, you can develop a database linking SDE feature classes to the REST services they are used in, and then to the web maps that consume those services. This allows you to answer questions such as “if I change the database password for this user, which web maps will be affected when I republish services?” This project is a work in progress; the presentation is intended to both share what has been done to date as well as to solicit feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Presenter: Scott Sirotkin — Scott works as the GIS Coordinator at Newton County. His focus is on database management, scripting/FME and web GIS. He has a City Planning Masters degree from Georgia Tech.

Georgia URISA Luncheon (October 13, 2020): ArcGIS Velocity and Field Maps

ArcGIS Velocity: 12:00 pm -12:30 pm.

ArcGIS Velocity is the real-time and big data capability in ArcGIS Online that works, at scale, to process your streaming and historical spatial and IoT data in ways that allow you to gain insights and take action in real-time.


Julia Bayer is a Solution Engineer out of Esri’s Washington D.C. Regional Office. She supports federal civilian and policy customers and also helps to support the ArcGIS Velocity product team across the company.

​Beth Taylor is an Account Manager out of Esri’s Redlands CA Headquarters. She supports Transportation, Manufacturing, Retail, Media and Entertainment Sector Teams and also helps support the ArcGIS Velocity, Product Team.

ArcGIS Field Maps: 12:30 pm – 1 pm

ArcGIS Field Maps is Esri’s new premier maps app on iOS and Android devices.

Field Maps will combine the following capabilities into a single app that is easy to use and simple to deploy:

  • Simple map viewing and markup
  • High accuracy field data collection and inspection
  • Battery-optimized location tracking
  • Work planning and task management
  • Turn-by-turn navigation


Jason Schroeder is a Solution Engineer out of Esri’s Atlanta Office. Jason presents GIS solutions to local government staff to demonstrate product capability and extend the Esri knowledge base where needed.

Rob Hathcock is an Account Manager out of Esri’s Atlanta Office. Rob helps clients plan, implement, and maintain business systems at an enterprise level across multiple user departments while looking for growth opportunities.

Tuesday, October 13th, 12:00 to 1:30

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