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

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.

Date/Time Event
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Expanding Georgia's LiDAR Footprint
Hexagon Geospatial, Norcross GA


MAGS Social Event – October 2016

Location: Vickery’s

  • 933 Garrett St. #101,
  • Atlanta, GA


We’ll be at Vickery’s in Glenwood Park this month. Come join us for burgers & bocce on Thursday, 10/20. Free parking is available but can be a pain, so please consider ridesharing or MARTA (#74).


Metro Atlanta Geospatial Meetup – September 14th 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
The Comet Pub & Lanes
2619 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033

Please note we’re holding this month’s social on Wednesday because Thursday is league night at Comet.
Come out to enjoy the various activities, food and drink at this successor to Suburban Lanes in N. Decatur.

Bowling, etc. at the new Comet Pub & Lanes

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016, 7:00 PM

The Comet Pub & Lanes
2619 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033 Decatur, GA

3 Members Went

Please note we’re holding this month’s social on Wednesday because Thursday is league night at Comet. Come out to enjoy the various activities, food and drink at this successor to Suburban Lanes in N. Decatur.

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Emergency Preparedness for GIS

Title: Emergency Preparedness for GIS
Date: October 3rd, 2016
Length: Half Day
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Athens Classic Center

Workshop Description: As GIS goes from being a silo technology in an organization to an integrated enterprise solution, there is a pressing need for cross training on the non-technical disciplines GIS staff is being asked to support. Specifically, public safety (emergency management, police and fire services) and the ridged work flows which accompany their daily duties, often prove foreign to those unfamiliar with these specific disciplines. In order to accommodate their needs in a time-sensitive situation, out experience is that by taking the ‘GIS’ out of the analyst-emergency responder relationship is the best approach. The key is to arm the GIS professional with enough knowledge so they can effectively discern the needs of the incident commander and quickly produce the spatial document(s) which best support decision making in an emergency.

This workshop is divided into a two part structure:

First, an overview of the incident command structure and the national incident management system. We will briefly discuss common situations specific to each discipline and show case studies/examples of how GIS is used to support each. We will also discuss relevant data sets to public safety and suggestions for the integration of GIS into their organizations disaster preparedness planning.

The second part of the workshop will include an interactive emergency technology table exercise with participants from the audience and provide take away knowledge that can be implemented in their own organizations.

GIS and Next Generation 911

Title: GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
Instructor:  Sandi Stroud
Date: October 3rd, 2016
Length: Half Day
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Athens Classic Center

Workshop Description: This workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 911 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 911 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This will have profound impact on local maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 911 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 911, GIS role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

  • Become familiar with basic next generation 911 terminology and concepts
  • Recognize GIS role in a fully operation next generation 911 system
  • Understand implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 911 system
  • Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for Next Generation 911

Conference Workshop: Processing Lidar with Open Source Tools

Title: Working with LDAR Data Using Open Source GIS Software

Instructor:  Colin Gowens & Sara Yurman

Date: October 3rd, 2016

Length: Full Day

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Athens Classic Center

Description:  This workshop will explore and describe LiDAR data structure, data available from recent and future Georgia LiDAR  acquisitions, software resources, and methodologies to store and use LiDAR data. Two powerful Open Source software packages will be the focus for instruction on how to work with LiDAR.  Postgres is a relational database system with spatial capabilities.  PostGIS  has the capabilities to work with millions of records associated with LiDAR.  qGIS is desktop GIS software that has a solid tool set to visualize LiDAR data and to create surfaces for analysis.  Students of this class will gain a better understanding of LiDAR data, resources for Georgia LiDAR data, and software and skills required to store and utilize LiDAR.

In Town Social

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 23rd, 2016

Fado Irish Pub
933 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

“GIS and Public Transit Planning”
– Jamie Cochran –

Since late June, 2016, Jamie Cochran has served as the Transit Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). With 114 small urban and rural transit systems across the state, Jamie is responsible for leading the transit group in the planning, developing, and operations of these systems. GDOT’s role in transit in these areas focus on the administration of federal transit funding, along with state and/or local funds for specific transit uses. Prior to joining GDOT, Jamie served as a transportation and community planning consultant for several national and local firms. Prior to moving to Atlanta in 2000, Jamie worked in Florida with the Florida DOT for over 18 years. From 2001 through 2012, she also served as a part-time instructor in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning.

Jamie will be presenting some examples of how geographic information systems (GIS) analysis and mapping is critically important in the area of public transit planning for all different types of communities, ranging from large metropolitan areas, such as Atlanta as well as smaller suburban/rural places. She will also discuss a new GIS-based tool being used by transit properties around the country that assist in both decision-making and public engagement efforts.

This event is FREE!

Coastal Meeting: ArcGIS Online & Custom Web App Builder

Date: Tuesday August 30, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Harold Pate Building
Second Floor Conference Room #216
1725 Reynolds Street

Brunswick, GA 31520

Glynn County has been working to convert older Flex applications to JavaScript as well as create new applications and Story Maps using the custom web application builder provided by ArcGIS Online for both internal and external use. We will discuss the process of leveraging map services on ArcGIS for Server as well as uploading and hosting data on ArcGIS Online. Next we will discuss and provide examples of how to embed these applications on websites. Finally, we will share what we have found as best practices and tips for configuring widgets in the applications.
There will be a web gallery setup by the CRC for attendees to share a few of their map applications and story maps for a round table discussion to share successes and pitfalls afterwards.
About the Presenter – John Centeno:
John is a GIS Analyst III and has been employed by Glynn County GIS for 9 years. Prior to Glynn County GIS, John served as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy. Post Navy, John continued his education in Information Technology at Armstrong State University.
Demo – Andrew Strickland:
Andrew is a Geography major from Georgia Southern University and has worked at Glynn County GIS for 2 years.
Information regarding lunch options and registration forthcoming.
Please RSVP and indicate if you are interested in lunch by emailing Lisa Fulton.

Metro Atlanta Geospatial Social – August 18th 2016

It has been too long since we had a trivia night social. Everyone had such a good time playing at the MAGS event in Norcross, so let’s do it again. This time we’re heading to Takorea’s Dunwoody location, just off 285 on Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd.

Trivia begins at 7. Feel free to join me as early as 6:30, or come out whenever traffic lets you.



  • Takorea
  • 474 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd,
  • Dunwoody, GA

GISS Meeting – August 17th 2016

Georgia Geographic Information System Coordinating Committee

August 17th , 2016, 11:00 – 12:00

Department of Community Affairs, Atlanta, GA. Conference Room #299A
“The vision of the GISCC is for all levels of government to become highly effective and
efficient through the coordination and use of geospatially-related data, standards and
The mission of the GISCC is to provide statewide guidance on sustainable geospatial
governance, investments, policies and data -driven decisions influencing the State of
Georgia.” Source: Bylaws of the GISCC
Approval of Minutes from June 2016 meeting
Susan Miller – Presentation on GISCC
David Anderson and GISCC Officers – Statement of Goals and Objectives
Questions and discussion
Field Trip of GEMA’s SOC – State Operations Center 1 – 3 pm
When you enter the complex, parking is on the left and everyone should enter through
the revolving door in the 5 story Department of Transportation building across from the
parking lot. You will sign in with security and we will be notified that have arrived. I will
come to the lobby to escort you to the State Operations Center.
Point of Contact. Lamar McEwen
404-635-4208 Office 404-387-3734 Mobile

Map to GEMA

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