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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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 – Prices will be sent out shortly

Register: Details pending

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.

Middle Georgia GA URISA Subchapter Luncheon: Asset Management with GIS

GIS converts asset management standards, best management practices, and institutional knowledge into an operational asset management program. The quantified steps of building inventories with administrative overlays set the stage for predicting outcomes. The single greatest benefit of using GIS is to create a geospatial and temporal model of the built and natural environment to identify, calculate, and predict risk.

Date: August 29, 2018
Time: 11am — 1pm
Location: Middle Georgia Regional Commission (175 Emery Highway Suite C | Macon, Georgia 31217)
Lunch (optional) $15  PayPal
Speaker: Jeffrey Johnson, GISP, ITIL GIS Manager, Department of Public Works, City of Atlanta


For questions, please email or contact Jeff Griffin at (478) 621-6388

Summary: The session will highlight integration of an asset management system and GIS. Topics to be covered include the use of mobile applications, work order management, permitting, and infrastructure rehabilitation in Public Works activities. Attendees will leave with the concepts needed to better leverage a common operating picture for users to collaborate using these multiple systems displayed via the GIS language.

Speaker Bio: As the Geographic Information Systems Manager at the City of Atlanta, Jeffrey Johnson leads the GIS Team for the Department of Public Works and two transportation bond programs. He prepared himself for this work environment through his career choices. For the past 17 years, he has served at the University, City, and State levels providing geospatial solutions for better decision-making, resource conservation, and infrastructure management. Jeffrey completed his undergrad and graduate Geography degrees at Georgia State University (GSU). He has two
professional certifications as GIS Professional through URISA and the Department of Geosciences at GSU. Jeff, his wife Alia, and their two little girls reside in the City of Decatur, just a few miles outside the City of Atlanta.

Sr. GIS Analyst – HNTB – Atlanta


The time is right to join HNTB Corporation!  HNTB is seeing a Senior GIS Analyst in our Atlanta, GA office

Job Summary

Provides direction to the design office in the most effective use of GIS technology to improve the planning and design process.

Essential Responsibility

  • Works with design office to identify and implement value added services to the clients.
  • Identifies when to integrate GIS technology into an existing of further project.
  • Develops digital display tools to allow the end user to easily display and analyze the data in the GIS database.
  • Develops GIS applications using ESRI software, .NET, JavaScript, HNML or Windows client-based development tools.
  • Provides input into the business development process, such as defining proposed milestones, estimating work, documenting understanding of need and process to fulfill need.
  • Defines standard formats for various GIS product deliverables specific to the industry.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualification

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, Planning or other related field of study
5 years related experience using ESRI, Intergraph, or Bentley software products

Preferred Qualification/Skills

7 years related experience using ESRI, Intergraph, or Bentley software products

General Work Conditions

Office Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.

HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.



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