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.

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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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Introduction to GNSS at the Georgia Geospatial Conference – Oct 3rd 2016

Title: Introduction to GNSS

  • Instructor:  Tripp Corbin
  • Date: October 3rd, 2016
  • Length: Full Day
  • Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location: Athens Classic Center


Workshop Description: The use of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) has become pervasive in the GIS and Surveying communities, and with anyone who needs or collects data that has a geographic or locational component. Local, state and federal agencies regularly use it for a myriad of purposes including E911, utility locations, pavement inventories, biological studies and more. In the private sector, surveyors, GIS data collectors and other consultants use GNSS in their everyday work. Even hikers, boaters and hunters rely on GNSS to document their fishing holes, hunting blinds and to leave virtual bread crumb trails. This data finds its way into thousands of different databases and maps and is used in every conceivable application. GNSS is a highly specialized technology that, by its very nature, is prone to accidental misapplication; and it will produce inaccurate results that are not recognized to the untrained user. This workshop will, in a non-technical, yet thorough manner, explore the GNSS satellite constellations, how geographic positions are determined, sources of errors in GNSS data collection, and the types of receivers with the goal of arming users with the ability to achieve the results they expect and need in their work. Specific topics include:

  • The Global Navigation Satellite System – satellites, control and receivers
  • How GNSS works – Measurements from 12,000 miles up
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Factors affecting the accuracy of GNSS measurements
  • Determining the accuracy of my GNSS measurements
  • How to obtain more accurate results
  • Types of GPS receivers
  • Methods of making GNSS measurements – Static, Rapid Static, RTK
  • GPS, GLONASS and other Global Navigation Satellite

AID Data GIS Fellowship – Rwanda

The AidData Center for Development Policy is seeking recent graduates and young professionals to apply for a 6-month GIS Fellowship at the USAID/Rwanda Mission in Kigali, Rwanda.

The fellow will be based in the USAID/Rwanda Program Office and will work closely with the Mission staff to support the implementation of USAID/Rwanda’s 2016-2017 GIS Action Plan to increase the use of GIS for analytical rigor and data-driven decision making. This will include developing a system for the Mission to georeference their aid projects, training USAID staff in geocoding and geospatial analysis, supporting implementation of the Mission’s geospatial database, working closely with Program Office and Technical staff to analyze geocoded data to support strategy development and program analysis, and conducting outreach to the Government of Rwanda, US Embassy staff, and the ICT-Sector Working Group to support ongoing efforts around GIS and open data in Rwanda.

Preferred qualifications include skill in geospatial data management and analysis, familiarity with the production of geocoded aid information, previous work experience with USAID, experience living and working abroad, experience with development policy institutions, relevant coursework in international development, GIS, and quantitative analysis, and demonstrated ability to succeed in independent working environments.

The fellowship will begin in mid-October 2016 with pre-departure training at AidData’s offices in Williamsburg, VA and with the USAID GeoCenter in Washington, DC. Following the training, fellows will depart to Kigali, Rwanda where they will work at the USAID/Rwanda office through the fellowship end date of mid-April 2017. The selected fellow will receive a stipend to cover all travel, living, and housing expenses associated with the fellowship.


MAGS Social – July 2016


Date: Thursday July 21 2016

Link to Meetup:


Torched Hop Brewing
249 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA

Greetings all!
By late July, I hope everyone will be adequately adjusted to the heat and allergies, and finally recovered from the Esri UC, if you were lucky enough to attend. To kick off summer, MAGS will return to Midtown on 7/21, to enjoy the setting of the new Torched Hop brewpub on Ponce.
Torched Hop is in the former Old Spaghetti Factory space, a 5-block walk or ride east from the North Avenue MARTA station (and a block west of Krispy Kreme). If you drive, there’s a fair amount of street parking in the vicinity, as well as free parking in the Camden Apartments garage behind Torched Hop.

Student Map Competition Winners!

Georgia URISA is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2016 Online Student Map Competition:

1st Place: Jacob L. Gresham, Kennesaw State University (Adviser: Tim Poe)

2nd Place: Andrew Bell, Kennesaw State University (Adviser: Tim Poe)

3rd Place: Vada Garbutt, University of North Georgia (Adviser: Zac Miller)

Prizes will be awarded at our next monthly meeting on August 9th.

Don’t forget, there will be another student competition during this October’s Geospatial Conference. For more information please click here.

GISCI 2016 Summer Exam Application Period Closes Soon!

Des Plaines, IL (June 6, 2016)

The next testing window for the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® as a part of the GISP Certification is scheduled for early July and will be administered by PSI Online through their worldwide testing facilities in a computer based testing (CBT) format.

The Exam application form and testing center locations are now available on the GISCI web site, and an Exam Application portal is available for direct Exam application.

Application Period:             Closes Monday, June 13, 2016

Worldwide Exam Dates:    July 5-9, 2016

Locations:                             PSI Testing Centers 

International applications closed on May 24, 2016.

More Information here:

MAGS – June Social at Radial Cafe – June 16 2016

Meetup link:

Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:00 PM
Radial Cafe
1530 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Let’s end the spring with some food, drinks and conversation at Radial Café.
Ample parking, easy access to MARTA from Edgewood-Candler Park station, and half-price bottles of wine on Thursday.
See you there!

Free Workshop from NEI

Free Georgia Workshop: High Accuracy Mobile Data Collection to ESRI ArcGIS Workshop
We are excited to host this free workshop at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens where you will receive access to the gardens along with a wealth of valuable information on the latest data collection workflows.
Workshop Focus: ESRI Collector, Trimble Terraflex, and Trimble TerraSync software workflows direct to ArcGIS utilizing mobile devices and external receivers for high accuracy data collection.
Date: June 1, 2016
Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Start: 08:00am | End: 11:30am
Instructors: Eric Bock, GISP, Trimble Certified Trainer
Jeannine Hightower, Georgia Mapping/GIS Representative

Register by emailing and mentioning the workshop

Georgia URISA InTown Social – May 24th 2016



6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May 24th, 2016

Fado Irish Pub
933 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

“Mapping Atlanta for Urban Advocacy”
— Darin Givens —

During this talk we will look at the way that mapping tools and published, mapped data can serve the needs of an advocate for good urbanism. Maps of demographic data, population density, transit access and even parcel ownership all help to tell a story about the relationship between Atlanta’s culture and its geography. Analyzing related maps and finding connections has provided rich source material.

Darin Givens is an Atlanta writer and web professional who spent five years taking a deep dive into the subject of urbanism in Atlanta, researching and writing about the built environment of the city on the blog ATL Urbanist. His work has been published in several outlets including Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing, and he has been featured on local radio and television talking about the way the shape of the city affects us all.

This event is FREE!

Metro Atlanta Geospatial Social – Thursday April 21 2016


  • Thursday April 21 2016
  • Ormsby’s
  • 170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA

!! Important change of venue !!

Esri’s GeoDev group has scheduled a meet-up for the same evening, so I’ve decided to have our social coincide with theirs and invite everyone to join us at the GeoDev Meetup atOrmsby’s instead.

Hope to see you there!

We’ll push our social at Slice & Pint to May 19th.

Georgia URISA Named Chapter of the Year 2015!

Georgia URISA was named 2015 Chapter of the Year by URISA.
Read more here.

Each year, URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership. Outstanding Chapter Award criteria include:

  • Innovation
  • Outreach
  • Education
  • Community Impact

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