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

Coastal Planning Utilizing Geospatial Information Workshop Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Coastal Planning Utilizing Geospatial Information Workshop
Thursday, December 15th, 2016
11am-3pm

Please mark your calendars for a cooperative workshop that will offer planners, GIS users, and resource managers:

  • An overview of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management and Digital Coast;
  • An in-depth look into tools such as the Sea Level Rise Viewer, Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper, Coastal County Snapshots, MarineCadastre.gov;
  • Guidance on finding and accessing datasets such as LiDAR, land cover, imagery;
  • How to find and access multiple specialized training opportunities provided by the Office for Coastal Management.

 

For questions contact Sonny Emmert at (912) 264-7218.

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Time: 11:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Richmond Hill City Center
520 Cedar Street
JF Gregory Park
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

MAGS GIS Day event – 2016

This month, we’re moving to Wednesday and taking the long journey to Kennesaw to join in KSU’s GIS Day activities at Burnt Hickory Brewery.

There will be various presentations, activities and giveaways by the hosts.

GIS Day Social

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016, 6:30 PM

Burnt Hickory Brewery
2260 Moon Station Ct NW # 210 Kennesaw, GA

10 Members Attending

This month, we’re moving to Wednesday and taking the long journey to Kennesaw to join in KSU’s GIS Day activities at Burnt Hickory Brewery.There will be various presentations, activities and giveaways by the hosts.

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City of Covington — Electric GIS Technician

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for the position of Electric GIS Technician in the Electric Department with a starting hourly rate of $17.24 to a maximum hourly rate of $26.11 depending upon qualifications. This position supports the power distribution operations department with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Position includes equipment maintenance, map creation, collection of GIS data from field GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment performing related work. Required training and experience include graduation from high school or GED equivalent, Experience in operating GPS equipment is preferred, Experience in AutoCAD, Microsoft Access & Excel; or An equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualified applicants may apply by downloading an application via our website at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia 30014. Position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2017 Board Election Information

It’s time to start thinking about the 2017 Georgia URISA Board – and we want you. 

We have 3 position open.

  • Events {Conference and Workshop} Chair – Two-Year Term {2017-2018} – Organizes Low-Cost Workshop every other year. Serves as Head of Conference Committee for the biennial Georgia Geospatial Conference.

 

  • Corporate Sponsors Chair – Two-Year Term {2017-2018} – Contact businesses that are in align with Georgia URISA objectives and encourage them to become corporate sponsors. Include Corporate Logos on the pre luncheon slide show at Georgia URISA Luncheons and keep up with the thumb drive of the slideshow. Organize who gets the Corporate Sponsor spot light/intro talk for each Georgia URISA Luncheon. Uploads Corporate Sponsor logos up on the Georgia URISA website.

 

  • Webmaster – One-Year Term {2017} – Responsible for maintaining the Georgia URISA website and related social media sites {Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn}. Helps with the collection of money for luncheons and events through the Georgia URISA website. Ensures that the Georgia URISA website is up and running. Assist in making technical decisions and helps with any technical issues that arises. This position also allows you to add anything you want to the website – like this sentence. No one told me to put it here – I just did it. It’s a pretty powerful position if I may say so myself.

 

Email IPP@gaurisa.org for more information!

Luncheon November 8th 2016

Expanding Georgia’s LiDAR Footprint”

Speaker Name: Jimmy Nolan

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 the immediate 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.

Presentation Summary: The presentation will cover:

current initiatives
upcoming LiDAR acquisition projects
coordination between multiple agencies at all levels of government
the 3DEP grant application that the state has submitted.

Additional Information:

Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number (access code): 927 999 105
Meeting password: URISA

Join by phone
+1-855-282-6330 US TOLL FREE
+1-415-655-0003 US TOLL
Location:
Hexagon Geospatial
5051 Peachtree Corners Circle
Norcross, GA 30092 USA

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).

Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/geospatial/events/234717490/?rv=ea1

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.


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