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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.

For more information about URISA, go to www.urisa.org.

 

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
03/13/18
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Georgia Geospatial Information Office Update
Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Atlanta GA


GA URISA News

GIS Analyst – Coastal Regional Commission (Darien, Georgia)

The Coastal Regional Commission is seeking a motivated Geospatial Information Systems
Analyst. The GIS Analyst position is responsible for meeting the daily information technology
requirements of the Coastal Regional Commission 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 system maintenance. The GIS Analyst works under the direct
supervision of the Director of Information Services.

Requirements: 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 Coastal Regional Commission provides services to 10 counties and 35 cities in Coastal
Georgia through its offices located in Darien GA. The Information Services Division provides a
range of technical services including spatial data maintenance, geospatial web applications,
systems administration and cartography.
Salary: DOE, with a competitive benefits package. Deadline: Open until filled.

Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Colletta Harper
Coastal Regional Commission
1181 Coastal Drive SW
Darien, GA 31305
charper@crc.ga.gov

Systems Analyst II – Athens-Clarke Government (Athens, Georgia)

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to perform systems and applications analysis, development, implementation, support, and maintenance activities. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: analyzing automation needs county wide; plan, design, develop, and launch efficient information systems and operations systems in support of core organizational functions, manage hardware and software usage, configure and deploy end user devices, respond to service desk calls, and train end users.  This individual will apply proven communication, analytical and problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve systems issues in order to maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Conducts systems analysis of manual and automated systems for unified government departments and divisions; review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems and develop strategies for further leveraging these systems or migrating to new platforms.

Evaluates hardware and software based upon current and anticipated user needs and vendor demonstrations.

Collaborates with management, staff, and internal customers to determine desired technological goals, priorities, and resources. Analyzes operating procedures and develops related operating manuals.

Designs and implements systems; writes, compiles, changes, and tests new programs and conversions between systems.

Performs system configurations, installations, and modifications.

Trains users on hardware and software; demonstrates new systems and assists users with computer related problems.

Designs inter-machine program conversions.

Provides advanced technical assistance and troubleshooting for computer hardware, software, network and/or other related technology problems. Assists with problem and/or process identification, definition and resolution.

Tests and de-bugs systems; writes internal, on-line, system, and user program documentation.

Plans and performs disaster data recovery activities as needed.

Consults with outside technical engineers when performing troubleshooting and problem solving activities as needed.

Implements and maintains security of confidential data, applications, and systems.

Provides on-call support services to all departments.

Develops and maintains contacts with vendors and technicians.

Tracks and documents time usage in monthly reports and bi-weekly time sheets.

Tracks hardware and software assets.

Other duties as assigned.

When Assigned to Database Administration:

Assess and develop long-term strategic goals for production databases in conjunction with data owners.

Work with staff to upgrade database architectures, standards, and quality assurance policies and procedures.

Create models for new database development and/or changes to existing ones and performs database management.

Respond to and resolve database access and performance issues.

Monitor database system details within the database, including stored procedures, SQL queries, and execution times, and implement efficiency improvements as they are identified using data processing techniques, entity relationships, or the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

Monitor, optimize, and allocate physical data storage for database systems.

Plan and coordinate data migrations between systems as necessary.

Develop, implement, and maintain change control and testing processes for modifications to databases.

Establish appropriate end-user database access control levels.

Develop routines for end-users to facilitate best practices database use.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the policies, practices, procedures, and activities of the Athens-Clarke County Government and the operations and functions of the Information Technology Department.

Knowledge of applicable legal policies, procedures, and methods as required in the performance of duties.

Knowledge of computer terminology.

Knowledge of the following:

  • Troubleshooting and resolving hardware, software and peripheral problems
  • Current Microsoft operating systems
  • Mobile operating systems (Android/Apple iOS, Windows).
  • Mid-range and mainframe (iSeries/AS400, Unix)
  • Systems analysis and design methods (problem definition, collection of data, establishing facts, drawing conclusions and making appropriate recommendations)
  • Basic network knowledge: design topologies, protocol usage and troubleshooting
  • Business Intelligence applications (SSRS, Crystal Reports, Cognos)Programming languages (including scripting, web, client/server, mainframe/midrange)
  • Staying up to date with current technology trends and principles
  • Project management principles
  • Virtual environments (virtual desktop infrastructure,  virtual application delivery, hypervisors)
  • Database management

Knowledge of hardware and software utilized by Athens-Clarke County.

Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner and according to division, departmental and/or other governmental regulations.

Ability to comprehend and apply the regulations and procedures of the division and the department.

Ability to communicate technical information to other personnel.

Ability to develop knowledge of the job functions and terminology used by personnel in other departments in order to understand and meet automation needs.

Ability to communicate and interact effectively with management, other IT staff members, vendors, and all groups involved in the activities of the Athens-Clarke County government.

Ability to assemble information and write reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.

Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize short and long term assignments and work activities.

Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.

Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

Ability to assist and instruct a wide variety of ACC government personnel in the proper and optimal use of available automation tools and systems.

Ability to acquire, integrate, and apply new technical knowledge.

Ability to work in a team oriented, collaborative environment.

Skill in troubleshooting and problem-solving.

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GIS TECHNICIAN

Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018

End Date: Mar. 31, 2018

JOB SUMMARY:

Performs technical work in the updating and duplication of official Authority maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment for field data collection and survey, and computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting.
Education and Experience:

Associates degree from an accredited college or technical school in Geography, Cartography, Public Administration, or a related field; and, 

Three years of related experience; or, 

Fulfills minimum requirements of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Submit to:
Tracey Clark, H/R Director
tc@ncwsa.us, fax to 770-786-4536 or apply in person at  11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington, GA  30016

GIS Analyst II – Fulton County IT (Atlanta, GA)

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to support Fulton County operations through the management and advanced analysis of geospatial data, the configuration of geospatial computer applications, the development of maps and other forms of data visualization, the administration of geospatial web services, and the use of geospatial and related technologies to help manage county physical assets.

Essential Functions: 
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Analyzes department business processes in order to improve efficiencies through the use of geospatial technology; Develops databases, workflows and applications to integrate geospatial technology into business processes; Asseses user and business needs and translates them into technical requirements, diagrams and plans for system design and application development;  Determines what technology platform, data and analytical methods are required to answer complex questions for system design and application development.

Configures web mapping applications using common development frameworks; Implements web mapping applications by configuring application templates; Uses web development technologies to create, modify, or enhance web mapping application; Tests and deploys web mapping and related applications; Develops and maintains application technical documentation; Integrates county business systems with geosptial data and technologies.

Develops project plans and manages projects involving geospatial technologies. Designs and performs complex geospatial analyses using geoprocessing and statistical software aimed at providing insights into the social, natural and built environments; Uses a variety of analytical operations and methods such as buffers, overlay, neighborhoods, spatial cluster analysis, and density estimation to solve problems, help formulate strategic goals and improve county business operations; Collects, cleans, massages and perpares data for anlysis; Produces reports, maps and other graphical displays to communicate analysis findings.

Designs and implements geospatial data models in relational databases; Develops and documents data maintenance workflows and procedures; Converts and transforms data for specific uses; Develops and manages extract, transform, and load (ETL) procedures in a SQL environment; Creates and manages enterprise geospatial databases to ensure completeness, availability, and accessibility of data to internal and external customers; Develops procedures using GIS desktop software, custom scripting and/or procedural SQL to ensure data quality and integrity; Integrates data from county business systems and external sources with geospatial data.

Supports departments in managing County physical assets such as facilities, the IT network and the water and waste water infrastructure through the use of geospatial technology; Coordinates with County personnel and contractors to ensure that assets are accurately represented in the geospatial database; Configures, maintains and provides user support for geospatial applications used by departments to manage assets; Coordinates field collection of asset locations and characteristics.

Designs and develops digital maps using geospatial data for the purpose of supporting county business operations, programs, and strategic planning; Designs and produces digital maps according to established standards and to meet the specific requirements of the customer; Designs and develops supplemental forms of data visualization; Designs digital maps to be served through interactive mapping applications; Assesses user requirements and provides a product best suited to the intended use.

Assesses existing geospatial environments and recommends improvements for application technology, system performance, and software migration; Communicates with IT infrastructure architects and developers to successfully deploy solutions; Performs installation and configuration of GIS server software; Creates mapping, imagery, data, geoprocessing, and geocoding services; Troubleshoots problems with GIS enterprise server software.
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GIS Analyst I – Fulton County IT (Atlanta, GA)

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to support Fulton County operations through the management, maintenance and analysis of geospatial data, the development of maps and other forms of data visualization, and the use of geospatial and related technologies to help manage county physical assets. This classification is considered to be an entry-level professional position.

Essential Functions: 
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Creates and manages enterprise geospatial data to ensure completeness, availability, and accessibility of data to internal and external customers; follows data maintenance standards and procedures to ensure the of accuracy geospatial data.

Designs and performs basic geospatial analyses using geoprocessing and statistical software aimed at providing insights into the social, natural and built environments; collects, cleans, massages and prepares data for anlysis; produces reports, maps and other graphical displays to communicate analysis findings.

Designs and develops digital maps using geospatial data for the purpose of supporting county business operations, programs, and strategic planning; designs and produces digital maps according to established standards and to meet the specific requirements of the customer; designs and develops supplemental forms of data visualization.

Supports departments in managing County physical assets such as facilities, the IT network and the water and waste water infrastructure through the use of geospatial technology; coordinates with County personnel and contractors to ensure that assets are accurately represented in the geospatial database; configures, maintains and provides user support for geospatial applications used by departments to manage assets; coordinates field collection of asset locations and characteristics.

Performs all geospatial functions, tasks and assignments in accordance with established GIS standards, Fulton County policies and procedures, and Fulton County Code of Ethics.

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GIS Analyst – Bartow County (Cartersville, GA)

Position:
Reporting to the Information Services Director, this position is responsible for providing GIS analysis and support to the Bartow County operating departments.

Works with other County departments to provide GIS analysis, solutions and respond to data needs.
 Serves as a point of contact for GIS vendors and contractors.
 Develops, edits, maintains and updates geo-databases, data sets, and feature classes.
 Responds to and creates invoices for data requests as needed.
 Creates high-quality cartographic output suitable for publication and public display for other departments and for sale to the public.
 Provides structural numbering for new subdivisions, commercial buildings and individual properties; sends
official notifications.
 Uploads, downloads and converts data from internal and external sources.
 Assists in providing GIS training to county staff.
 Installs GIS software updates.
 Performs other duties as assigned

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GIS Technician – Newton Co Water & Sewerage Authority (Covington)

GIS TECHNICIAN

JOB SUMMARY:

Performs technical work in the updating and duplication of official Authority maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment for field data collection and survey, and computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting.

Education and Experience:

Associates degree from an accredited college or technical school in Geography, Cartography, Public Administration, or a related field; and,

Three years of related experience; or,

Fulfills minimum requirements of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of mapping, graphics, GIS, Civil and/or Environmental Engineering.

Computer applications related to the work.

College-level mathematics.

Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, its operations and uses.

Submit to:

Tracey Clark, H/R Director at tc@ncwsa.us or fax to 770-786-4536 or apply in person 11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington, GA  30016

Georgia General Assembly Legislation Update (Important–Please Read!)

Dear GA URISA Members,

Georgia URISA represents hundreds of public and private sector professionals working in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related fields in Georgia. Our members consist of surveyors and GIS professionals including leaders at the local and national levels and our associations have held conferences in concert with the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG).

The legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has begun for this calendar year. There are two bills so far that are likely to be of interest to our members.

HB 751 Is a bill authorizing the creation and funding of a Georgia Emergency Communications Authority that would oversee the 911 system. GA URISA supports this bill.

Another piece of legislation yet to be officially submitted by the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) is more concerning. The draft bill contains language that redefines the relationship between land surveying and other geospatial professions that is inconsistent with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) model law and rules. URISA was a participant in the creation of the current NCEES model which clarifies the scope of the licensed professional practice for surveyors. While other states have had similar proposals to the draft SAMSOG bill, the most successful have had language that promotes the productive associations that have traditionally existed between surveyors and other geospatial professionals. The model NCEES language is consistent with a 2007 federal court ruling that found:

“It is also worth noting that the record unambiguously reflects that the provision of ‘mapping’ services in the modern marketplace includes a much broader scope of work than the traditional mapping work of land surveyors” (see MAPPS et. al v. U.S.A., Civil Action No. 1:06cv378).

URISA understands and supports the role of surveyors and their interaction with members of other geospatial professions. We want to assure you that we are watching to see what language is in a submitted bill and want to assure you we are advocating on your behalf.

Please contact us if you need any additional information.

SEGA URISA January Meeting (1/25/2018, 10:30am – 2:00pm)

Mark your calendars for SEGA’s first 2018 presentation that will address:
MAP-21, GIS, Road Inventory & YOU 

A detailed workshop agenda will follow shortly before the meeting date. URISA members will be responsible for paying for lunch. Lunch will be provided by Firehouse Subs.

Please RSVP by using this FORM.
For those who wish to stay, an hour-long SEGA subchapter structural organization meeting will take place immediately following the presentation. This meeting will end at 3:00 p.m.

For questions please contact Mandy Terkhorn at (912) 651-1458.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association (ITPA) 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313

GIS Intern – City of Brookhaven

The City of Brookhaven, located in metro Atlanta, is seeking highly qualified applicants for a GIS Intern in the IT Department.

Job Summary: The position will support GIS activities in the City of Brookhaven using ESRI’s ArcGIS Applications. The successful candidate will need to have exceptional attention to detail and fit well in an environment that rewards bright, self-starting, energetic, focused individuals with ever increasing responsibility and challenge.

The candidate will need to possess strong research skills, work ethic, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with others.

Assist in the Following Duties:

• Map production/printing

• Dataset maintenance/creation/collection

• ArcGIS Online administration

• ArcGIS Server service creation/maintenance

• Adding new users to relevant GIS systems

• Verify documentation for existing systems/processes/metadata

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