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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.

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GA URISA News

InterDev Seeks Two GIS Analysts: City of Sandy Springs, GA & City of Canton, GA

InterDev, LLC is now seeking to add two talented, motivated, and experienced professionals to our GIS team.

These are full-time positions located at two Atlanta metro cities: the City of Canton and the City of Sandy Springs. Through the public-private partnership model of government, InterDev , LLC provides IT and GIS Services to the many local governments in the Atlanta area and we’re offering an opportunity for a GIS Analyst I and GIS Analyst II to join our team to build on the enterprise GIS at each of these municipal governments. Our focus is on providing an engaging GIS environment where staff and community are encouraged to participate and contribute. Full details for each position, benefits, and company are provided in the links below.

GIS Analyst I: City of Canton, GA ($50,000 – $60,000)

GIS Analyst II: City of Sandy Springs, GA ($55,000 – $62,000)

Learn more about us here: https://www.interdev.com/about-us/careers/

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Perform spatial analysis and create information products (maps, reports, etc.) using advanced GIS geoprocessing tools and processes
  • Publish content to and administer ArcGIS Online and enterprise spatial databases
  • Develop GIS tools and applications that engage staff and community
  • Maintain key datasets such as addresses, roads, and city assets
  • Develop, implement, and improve GIS standards, policies and procedures
  • Provide GIS training and support to City staff and GIS users as necessary
  • Prepare project plans and direct vendors (consultants) and internal project teams to accomplish tasks in order to meet user requirements
  • Provide support services for City-provided GIS software and systems including diagnosing and troubleshooting problems

Classification: Full Time, Exempt

 

GIS Technician (Newton County, GA)

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

All candidates to fill a vacant position in this classification must submit to and pass a drug-screening test, criminal background, and three-year driving record after meeting the following minimum requirements:

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.

Apply by completing an application at:  11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington GA  30016, fax resume to:  770-786-4536 or email resume to: tc@ncwsa.us.

Intown (Atlanta) Subchapter Social – Dec 11, 2018

Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour – Atlanta, GA
This event is FREE / No registration required / All Welcome
Light hors d’oeuvres provided.
Presentation: “An Overview of Linear Referencing”
A linear referencing system (LRS) is a method of storing geographic features, like points or line segments, along a measured linear element. It is a concept and method that every DOT in the US and almost the entire developed world uses in some form. This presentation will provide a brief overview of linear referencing and its foundational concepts. It will also briefly explain how the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) linear referencing system is set up. 
 
Speaker Bio – Danielle Mallon
Danielle is a GIS Program Manager with the Office of Transportation Data at GDOT in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from SUNY (State University of New York) at Albany with an MA in Geography. In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling, and spending time with her cat and friends.

Southeast Georgia URISA (SEGA) Subchapter Event

Year-end/Regional Projects Review & Open Forum


Speaker & Moderator: Hunter Key, Coastal Regional Commission

Where: Casino Bldg Rm 118 or Rm B @ Saint Simons Island
550 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

[Building Plan / Room Location]

When: December 4, 2018 (Tuesday) @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lunch (optional): Broomelli’s Pizza; $12/person
                              Email link for lunch payment will be sent to those who registered
                              Deadline: November 30 (Friday) at 5pm

Contact: segaurisa@gmail.com

 

SEGA URISA Officers

Mandy Terkhorn, Chair
Wincy Poon, Vice-Chair
Lisa Fulton, Treasurer
John Centeno, Secretary

Middle Georgia Subchapter October Luncheon

What: Lunch Speaker Series: “GIS for Local Governments” Jimmy Nolan

Where: Historic Terminal Station, Downtown Macon (4th floor)

  • 200 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201

When: Thursday October 25th, 2018 @ 11:30am – 1:30 pm

Registration ends Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Walk-ins are welcome, but you will need to pay $15.00 cash or check at the door. Credit Cards are not accepted at this time. You may also pay via the PayPal links included. Lunch for this meeting will be catered by Chick-fil-a. See registration links for lunch options.

Register:

Cost:

GIS for Local Governments

Topic Summary:
GIS is a field that revolves around finding solutions. Local governments all over the country are using GIS as a tool to create solutions to challenges faced by their offices every day. If you are experiencing a challenge, there is a good chance that you are not the first to have done so. This presentation will cover some of the innovative solutions to those challenges that local governments have discovered as well as some of the things that are going on with data development, coordination, and how local data is being used for regional and statewide projects. Upcoming projects important to local governments will also be highlighted.

Speaker Bio: 
Mr. Nolan began working with GIS in 1994 when he was the chief appraiser for Morgan County. In 1999 Jimmy went to work as the GIS specialist for the Georgia Department of Revenue. In 2001 he became the local government project manager for the Information Technology Services division of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Since joining ITOS he has been instrumental in helping develop GIS in approximately 50 counties and has worked with local officials in many more counties and cities to enhance data or provide advice and training. Jimmy is the Cadastral Coordinator for the state of Georgia and was on the Federal Geographic Data Committee technical working group that developed the parcel data content standards for the eastern 31 states. He is a past chairman of the Georgia GIS coordinating committee and a former Ga. URISA board member. He has extensive knowledge of how Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal systems model property values and how the data used in these models is organized as well as how these systems integrate with GIS.

GIS Specialist (Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission)

The Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission is seeking qualified applicants for the position listed below.

GIS Specialist: A Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Planning or a related field with at least one (1) year of professional experience is required, or a Master’s Degree in a related field is desired. The GIS Specialist will work with the Savannah Area GIS (SAGIS) team to develop and administer enterprise-level geodatabases; prepare GIS maps, database reports and specialized queries; create and enhance web-based GIS applications; and assist with permitting, address and zoning requests. This position is responsible for providing spatial based analysis and mapping applications to the MPC and Savannah Area GIS (SAGIS) customers, partners and the general public. Technical writing, excellent public speaking skills, and the ability to collaborate across disciplines are essential.

Send resume and cover letter to: Christy Adams, Director of Administrative Services, Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, P. O. Box 8246, Savannah, GA 31412-8246; phone: 912-651-1440; fax: 912-335-5922; or email: humanresources@thempc.org with the following subject line: GIS Specialist. Applications accepted through October 7, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

MPC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, M/F/H

Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour

Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour – Atlanta, GA
 
What: Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour
When: Thursday, September 27, 2018 / 6pm to 8pm (Presentation starts @ 6:30pm)
This event is FREE / No registration required / All Welcome
 
Presentation: “Utilizing GIS to Communicate Flood Risk”
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk MAP program provides flood data and tools to help communities implement flood mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of life and property. Come join us as we discuss the GIS workflows required to produce regulatory FEMA products like the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS).
 
Speaker Bio – Seth Holbrook
 
Seth is a GIS Specialist with the Watershed Concepts team at AECOM in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Kennesaw State University where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science. In his free time, Seth enjoys woodworking, traveling and going on outdoor adventures with his fiancée, Jessica, and their three year old son, Calvin.

GIS Internship (City of Covington)

The City of Covington is currently seeking applicants for a GIS Intern position in the GIS Department. An
intern is needed to help support the City’s professional GIS staff with some of the duties listed below,
and to collaborate with Newton County employees, as well. This internship will serve as an excellent
opportunity for a current college/university student to gain valuable, on‐the‐job experience while
assisting with the development and advancement of Covington’s GIS program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates global positioning system (GPS) equipment and mobile devices to collect field data.
  • Produces maps for internal customers and the general public.
  • Scans/digitizes paper maps and plans.
  • Drafts and updates metadata and other support documentation.
  • May edit map layers and geodatabases.
  • May design, develop, and deploy web and mobile GIS applications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program with a major in Geography, GIS, or closely
    related field. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of cartographic design principles and practices.
  • Experience using Esri ArcGIS Desktop software (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro).
  • Experience with web or mobile GIS applications, such as: ArcGIS Online, Esri’s Collector app, or
    Trimble GPS.
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to a team environment.

The pay rate for the position is $12/hour and the internship is part‐time/temporary. The selected
applicant(s) may work up to 29.5 hours per week and the internship is funded until June 30, 2019.
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to tlawrence@cityofcovington.org by
October 10, 2018. No phone calls, please.

The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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