2017 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference – Chattanooga, TN

URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) partner together each year in order to present the GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference, which will take place in Chattanooga, March 6-9, 2017. The conference discusses the important role of GIS, Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) and other technologies in providing access to data and analysis of information for better decision making within a jurisdiction.

The entire educational line-up is online https://giscama2017.sched.com/

Don’t miss preconference workshops including “Deploying Mobile GIS Solutions” and “Basics of R Statistical Software”, nearly 20 breakout sessions and featured speakers. Here are a few of the not-to-miss presentations:

  • How Lafayette Parish has Modernized their GIS and What it Means Going Forward
  • Sevier County Tennessee’s Response to the Gatlinburg Wildfires
  • Engaging Public Officials with GIS
  • Developing Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan with Parcel Data

 

Why Attend? “As an appraiser, this conference is a wonderful way to see the power of GIS and how it is being utilized. For those in GIS, exposure to how your users are leveraging your systems and what they need, is a wonderful way to enhance your operation. This conference is the ideal place to be inspired by the work of others in our industry.” – Scott Rountree, Augusta-Richmond County Board of Assessors

The GIS/CAMA Exhibition is always a busy spot. Connect with our Platinum Sponsor, Esri and Gold Sponsor, Tyler Technologies and all of the exhibitors who will be demonstrating the latest and greatest technology solutions.

For complete details, visit the conference website: http://www.urisa.org/gis-cama-technologies-conference/

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.

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.

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