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
08/19/19 - 08/20/19
All Day
Summer 2019 Workshops
Holiday Inn Express – Savannah Historic District, Savannah Georgia


Intown Chapter Happy Hour – June 20th, 2019

Thursday June 20th from 6-8pm @ At Fado Irish Pub (933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)! Hosted by the GA URISA In-Town Sub-Chapter.

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Lana, Cobb County GIS Manager

Improving Emergency Response on Trails with GIS and USNG “   We are implementing a marker system using the US National Grid (USNG) Emergency Location markers (ELMs) standard. This project involves the installation of over 1000 markers throughout the County. ELM’s are placed every ¼ mile along the trails, informational signs installed at trail heads and each location added to our GIS system, as an address point. The ELM’s allow quick communication because the injured caller does not need to know what city they are in nor what trail section they are on.

Jennifer Lana is the current GIS Manager for Cobb County. Jennifer has 20 years of professional GIS experience from the technician level to the management level. With a BS Degree from Salisbury University (Maryland) and a MS Degree from Mississippi State University.    In her current position, Jennifer oversees Cobb County’s geospatial strategy in collaboration with a great group of GIS professionals.

GIS Analyst I – City of Woodstock

City of Woodstock: GIS Analyst I

Salary: $18.33/hourly, $38,136/annually
Application: To apply, please visit www.woodstockga.gov/644/Employment

The City of Woodstock is seeking qualified individuals to apply for consideration for the position of GIS Analyst I. This position performs technical work associated with the development and maintenance of the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

-Producing, maintaining, and updating city geospatial data, customizing data, assuring accuracy of data, and maintaining metadata.
-Providing operational support to City departments through the production of maps, reports, spatial analysis, and other geographical-related information.
-Developing and maintaining web and/or mobile mapping applications for use by city departments and the public, publishing GIS web services, and assisting in maintaining GIS website.
-Digitizing maps, plats, plans, surveys, and similar paper documents into GIS format.
-Assisting with design and development of databases, creating and editing data, researching problems to find solutions, and documenting procedures.
-Providing assistance to end-users of GIS applications and technology, troubleshooting issues, and providing basic training as needed.
-Operating GPS equipment to collect data on city resources and infrastructure, and performing other related work as requested or assigned.

Education and Experience
(A) Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in geographic information science, geography, computer science, or related field OR
(B) An undergraduate or graduate certificate from a college or university in Geographic Information Systems and one ( 1 ) year of relevant experience, OR
(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience which yields the following knowledge, skills and abilities to include, but not be limited to the following:

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(A) Working knowledge of Esri ArcGIS software, including ArcDesktop and ArcCatalog; understanding of data creation, GIS database schema, and spatial analyses.
(B) Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc)
(C) Understanding of cartographic design principles; datums, projections, and coordinate systems; and other relevant geographic principles.
(D) Ability to work and learn independently; skill in researching problems to find solutions.
(E) Ability to interact with and aid city employees and the public in person, over the phone, and through email.

All applicants tentatively selected for a position will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing and background investigations prior to hire.

Geospatial Analyst I – (Rincon, Georgia)

Who:  Spatial Engineering is a small GIS services company located just northwest of Savannah in Rincon, GA.  Our customers vary from small municipalities to the Department of Defense.  Every customer’s needs are different and we can provide them with ‘A-Z’ GIS support; starting from GIS/GPS data collection to building customized Enterprise GIS platforms and anything in-between.

What:  Position: Geospatial Analyst I

MUST be a US citizen.

Experience: 1 year or less experience with Bachelor degree (see Education below);

Functional Responsibilities:  Supports design and implementation of GIS projects that involve multiple data sources, including vector and raster data in multiple CADD and GIS formats.

Essential Qualifications: Possesses working knowledge and experience of ESRI, Bentley or Autodesk geospatial software (school projects are applicable).

Preferred Qualifications:  Knowledge and experience in Spatial Data Standards, Facility, Infrastructure, and Environmental (SDSFIE) standards, enterprise spatial databases (esp. Oracle and Oracle Spatial); experience in working with open source GIS technologies: QGIS, and GeoServer; programming experience with Python, C#, or JavaScript.

Education:  Bachelor degree in Geography, Cartography, Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field.

Where: Position located in Rincon, GA (approximately 25 minutes north of Savannah, GA)

When: Applications being accepted until thru 5/31/2019

How: Anyone interested can submit their resume and or questions to “contact<at>spateng.com and have “Geospatial Analyst-I Position” in the subject line

GIS Learning Opportunities (Middle Georgia URISA Subchapter)

GIS Learning Opportunities!

Are you looking to migrate from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro? The change is inevitable. ArcGIS Desktop will be entering mature support by the early 2020s and will be retired within the next decade. Functionality is being added to ArcGIS Pro at a rapid pace, so now would be a great time to jump in and begin learning all you need to transition from sleepy, old 32-bit ArcMap to lightning-quick 64-bit ArcGIS Pro. eGIS Associates can help you get started with their course on ‘Migrating to ArcGIS Pro’! This two-day course begins on June 19th and runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. To register click here.

For those of you that have already made the leap into ArcGIS Pro and are looking to spread your wings a bit, we also have the ‘Introduction to Programming in ArcGIS Pro’. Starting with absolutely no programming knowledge, this course will lead you to create your own geoprocessing tools using Python. Automate the boring stuff with Python! This course, (also two days) begins on September 4th and runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. To register click here.

Both courses will be held at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Training Lab located at 175 Emery Highway, Suite C in Macon, Georgia. There are only 11 seats available for each class, so act fast if you are interested. As a special offer, eGIS Associates are offering a 10% discount to Georgia URISA members at checkout using the code ‘GAURISA’.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more educational announcement by Middle Georgia URISA.

-Middle Georgia URISA Officers

City of Covington: GIS Technician

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for the position of GIS Technician in the Engineering Department with an annual entry-level rate of $35,859 to an annual maximum level of $54,308 depending on qualifications. The person in this position will collect and process geospatial data and will provide basic to intermediate level geographic information system (GIS) support to the water & sewer maintenance department. Minimal education and experience qualifications include Bachelor’s degree required with a major in Georgraphy, GIS, or closely related field. Preferred experience in operating ESRI software, GPS equipment, AutoCAD map, Microstation, Microsoft Access and Excel; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualified applicants may apply via our website by downloading an application packet at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia, 30014. The position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2019. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City of Covington: GIS Analyst

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for the position of GIS Analyst in the Engineering Department with an annual entry-level rate of $45,614 to an annual maximum level of $69,104 depending on qualifications. The person in this position will perform advanced level work related to the development and implementation of systems, networks, databases to create, maintain and display a citywide and local government geographic information system. This person will be the lead GIS representative for the city and will coordinate all work activity with the County GIS manager. Minimal education and experience qualifications include Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in geography, computer science, civil engineering or related technical field. A GISP Certification and/or Esri Technical is required. Four years of progressively responsible related experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Supervisor experience and managing projects is highly desirable. Qualified applicants may apply via our website by downloading an application packet at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia, 30014. The position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2019. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Southeast Georgia (SEGA) Subchapter Event

Please join us at our next event hosted by SAGIS.
Date: May 8, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Southwest Chatham Library (14097 Abercorn St, Savannah)
Topic:ESRI Workshop on ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Field Mobility (see Agenda)
Speaker: Rob Hathcock & Jason Schroeder (ESRI)
Attendees will get lunch on their own during the lunch break from noon to 1pm. Please note that seats are limited for the event.


For questions, please email us or contact Mandy Terkhorn at (912) 651-1458.

Northeast Georgia Subchapter Event

Please join us, along with Susan Miller, Georgia Geospatial Information Officer, Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30, for the first meeting of the Northeast subchapter of Georgia URISA. Ms. Miller will be talking about the state’s next-generation E-911 initiative along with the rebooting of the Georgia Data Clearinghouse. We will also be discussing some of the goals and objectives of our subchapter.

The meeting will be held at the Bobby Snipes Water Resources Center, 780 Barber St, Athens, GA 30601.

Senior Engineering Technician – G16 (Columbus, GA)

SALARY: $1,477.04 Biweekly
$38,402.92 Annually


OPENING DATE: 04/04/19
CLOSING DATE: 04/18/19 11:59 PM
Prepares detailed engineering plans and drawings under supervision; imports and interprets raw survey field data; analyzes data, prepares drawings of existing conditions;assists in the preparation of contract documents by calculating quantity estimates.  Conducts field investigations, collects, process and analyzes data for traffic and safety inquiries from the public, City officials and State agencies. Review subdivision & construction plans for minimum design criteria and for traffic control devices, signs and pavement markings. Reviews Street Light plans for new construction and conducts street lighting investigations in the field. Reviews subdivision plats for accuracy; identifies needed corrections; identifies needed corrections; signs plats for record. Assists engineers in conducting seminars; provides expertise to local engineering and contracting firms; provides homeowners with assistance and information. Prepares easement drawings, property plats drawings, and legal descriptions. Interprets construction drawings for surveyors and project inspectors. Prepares Resolutions, Ordinances and other documents for Council consideration. Provides information regarding ordinances and regulations to the public. Interpolates deeds and plats; inputs graphic and non-graphic land data in to the GIS system. Assists the public by telephone, mail and in person with information related to city maps, addresses, and other geographic data. Carries out a continuous effort to improve operations and work processes.  Works cooperatively and jointly to provide continuous improvement and customer-driven service. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of civil engineering practices, roadway design and construction standards.  Knowledge of surveying standards.  Knowledge of subdivision design standards.  Knowledge of GIS technology and its applications.  Knowledge of the hardware and software used in GIS applications.  Knowledge of cartography practices.  Skill in the use of personal computers, AutoCAd/MicroStation and job related software programs.  Skill in problem solving and decision-making.  Skill in oral and written communication. Skill in operating standard office equipment including work related computer applications.  Skill in the supervision of personnel.  Skill in the analysis of GIS data and in the creation of GIS related reports.
Associate’s Degree in Drafting and Design, Surveying, Engineering Technology, Information Systems or Related Training. Bachelor’s Degree preferred with concentration in engineering; five years of progressively responsible experience, or any combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia or Alabama.
The work is typically performed in an office while sitting at a desk or table. The employee occasionally lifts light objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color.  The work is typically performed in an office with periodic field investigations.

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