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
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Implementing a Modern Day Enterprise GIS Program
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw GA


GIS Technician (Newton County, GA)


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.


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



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.



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.


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.

Southeast GA (SEGA) URISA – Atlanta Urban Tree Canopy Update

Mark your calendar for our next SEGA URISA Event! Feel free to forward this event invitation to others who may be interested.
Date: September 5, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: Noon – 2:30pm (see Agenda for details)
Location: Mendonsa Room @ Metropolitan Planning Commission, Savannah
                 110 E State St, Savannah, GA 31401
Lunch (optional): $10 – Firehouse Sub (Deadline: August 29 @ 5pm)
Topic: Atlanta Urban Tree Canopy Study (see below for summary)
Speaker: Tony Giarrusso (Georgia Tech Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization)
If you would like to attend the meeting but cannot be there in person, you can join us via a conference call. Please RSVP and indicate that you will be attending remotely. Conference call access information will be sent in a separate email.
For questions, please email us:  segaurisa@gmail.com or contact Mandy Terkhorn at (912) 651-1458
Presentation Summary
Tony Giarrusso, Associate Director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization in the College of Design at Georgia Tech, recently completed his second tree canopy assessment for the City of Atlanta, the results of which were highlighted in June 2018 both nationally and locally through news stories published by the Daily Beast and WABE, Georgia public radio. Using high-resolution satellite imagery to identify tree canopy, Mr. Giarrusso estimated that 47.1% of the city was covered by trees in 2014, a seemingly insignificant change from what he found in the 2008 canopy assessment (47.9%). However, after further investigation, Mr. Giarrusso found that while the quantity of tree canopy had not shrunk much between 2008-2014, the quality of tree canopy had diminished significantly. Through a combination of field visits and computer-based review of the satellite imagery, Mr. Giarrusso identified hundreds of acres of land that had been cleared for development prior to 2008 yet remained undeveloped in 2014 and subsequently showed signs of canopy growth, albeit it low quality, fast-growing pines. Unfortunately, these areas of “false” growth comprised the majority of canopy gain between 2008-2014. While identification of canopy gain wasn’t as straight-forward as might be expected, documentation of canopy loss was much simpler, and subsequently more alarming. Mr. Giarrusso determined that the majority of canopy loss in the City of Atlanta was a result of redevelopment of single-family homes, where a small house was almost always replaced with a larger house built-out to the maximum allowable lot coverage. In other words, single-family homes got bigger at the expense of the city’s tree canopy. Using development permit data obtained from the city, Mr. Giarrusso determined that approximately 30-40% of all single-family developments between 2012-2017 were actually redevelopments of single-family lots, most of which were built-out to the maximum lot coverage. And field visits during 2016 and 2017 strongly confirmed that this trend has accelerated substantially since 2014 and does not appear to be stopping any time soon. Please join us on ….to learn how the results of this study and those found in the next assessment (2019) are being used by the City of Atlanta to evaluate policy and its effects on the city’s tree canopy.

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