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March 18, 2011

Special Directions OnPoint: GIS Certification Guidelines

Directions OnPoint – Special Session: GIS Certification with David DiBiase, President, and Sheila Wilson, Ex. Dir. GISCI

Join us for a Webinar on March 29.  Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Over the last several weeks, much discussion has focused on the need for changes to the requirements to become a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), the organization responsible for certification, asked for public comment on an document that provided an outline of changes to the certification process including the addition of an exam to the existing portfolio-based manner in which a GISP is awarded today.

This special session of Directions OnPoint with GISCI president Mr. David DiBiase, and Ms. Sheila Wilson, executive director, will address the results of the public comment period and allow our attendees of this session to ask questions to each. This issue has far reaching implications for the geospatial profession and it is important to seek as much feedback as possible about the recommendations before the GISCI board.

Please join Directions Magazine’s senior editorial staff for this presentation and submit your questions now to participate in this debate.

Title: Directions OnPoint – Special Session: GIS Certification with David DiBiase, President, and Sheila Wilson, Ex. Dir. GISCI

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

City of Buford Georgia new Flex based GIS website

City of Buford, Georgia launched a new public GIS website last week. This simple site allows the citizens of Buford to access some basic information such as zoning and aerial photography via the internet without having to come to City Hall. This new GIS website was developed by a team led by Keck & Wood, Inc., a Silver Esri Business Partner Network Member. The site is powered by Esri’s ArcGIS Server and was built using the ArcGIS Server Flex API.

City of Buford GISThe development of the public GIS website was part of a larger project that Keck & Wood has completed for Buford to implement an automated web based work order and inspection tracking system which will be linked to their GIS and Utility Billing database. With implementation of this new integrated system, the City has wireless, real-time data in the field; a public citizen-access web portal; preventative and corrective maintenance scheduling; data integration between third-party customer service and billing software; pre-programmed report options for compliance with regulations such as GASB-34 and CMOM…..the list continues.

To visit the City of Buford’s new public GIS website go to:

The development of the public GIS web application was a true team effort. Keck & Wood was the team leader providing project oversight, quality control, client contact, application and database design requirements and GIS support. Other members of the team included eGIS Associates and Binary Bus. eGIS Associates provided application development support and assistance. Binary Bus, an Esri Business Partner, provides hosting for the website and ArcGIS Server.

About Keck & Wood, Inc. –

Founded in 1954, Keck & Wood, Inc., is a multidiscipline consulting firm engaged in providing a diverse range of professional services in the areas of civil engineering, environmental engineering, natural gas engineering, surveying, community planning, mapping, GIS, and related technical disciplines. Keck & Wood currently employs a staff of more than 60 loyal employees and maintains offices in Duluth, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina. As a Silver Member of the Esri Business Partner Network, Keck & Wood is an authorized consultant, value-added reseller, and developer.

About BinaryBus, Ltd –

In 1998, BinaryBus positioned itself as a leader in the development and hosting of a variety of GIS web solutions. BinaryBus constructed the first web-based GIS application in Georgia for the Savannah Area Geographic Information Service, which web site BinaryBus continues to manage and host. Since that time, BinaryBus has provided similar services to other county/city government agencies and businesses in Georgia and elsewhere throughout the U.S. BinaryBus is a business partner with ESRI and with Quality Technology Services in Suwanee, GA (an enterprise class data center, where BinaryBus houses its servers). These relationships signify that BinaryBus delivers high quality GIS hosting solutions.

About eGIS Associates, Inc. –

eGIS Associates, Inc. is focused on providing efficient and cost effective GIS solutions that meet the growing needs of municipal government. Each member team has over 10 years experience providing GIS/IT related services to cities and counties throughout the southeast. We are well versed in the many challenges facing municipalities today from CMOM compliance to GASB34 to NPDES and more. eGIS Associates, Inc. offers a wealth of services including: GIS Implementation, Database Design, Field Data Collection to Office Automation, Systems Integration, and Web Application development.

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