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.

Rest In Peace Leonard Slote

We were alerted yesterday that the mapping community lost a good guy  – Leonard Slote.  Leonard was struck and killed riding his bike west of Madison Georgia on July 23rd 2016

Leonard worked in the Greene County Building and Zoning Department as GIS director for the last 12 years. On July 25 the Greene County Board of Commissioners started its called meeting with a moment of silence in honor of Slote. Slote is survived by his children Kevin, Derek and Sarah and a grandson James.

The article: http://www.morgancountycitizen.com/cyclist-struck-killed-on-old-buckhead/

Arrangements are: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/onlineathens/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=180806010

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM in the chapel of A.E. Carter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Athens Wild Rumpus at www.wildrumpus.org.

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 … [CLICK TO READ MORE]