Pee Dee GIS Users Group

SC GIS Professionals in the Pee Dee Area


October 2011

GISP Certification Workshop – Save the Date

When: Friday, December 2, 2011

About: The NC Chapter of American Public Works Association – Technology Division, is hosting a “GISP Certification Workshop”. The GISP is an internationally recognized certification for GISP Professionals which is overseen and managed by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).  The workshop will assist those wanting to know more about the GISP certification, who are applying for GISP certification or renewing their existing certification. Please bring all documentation that you have to the workshop for review. The workshop will be lead by GISCI representative Tripp Corbin.


Central Piedmont Community College – Geospatial Technology Training Center Room 1118 Levine Technology Building
1125 Charlottetowne Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204-3375

Parking is available in Student Decks 1 and 2

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  • Onsite Registration begins at 9:00am
  • Workshop begins at 10:00am
  • Lunch provided at Noon
  • Workshop ends at 4:00pm

About the Instructor: Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP

Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of surveying, mapping and GIS related experience. He earned his GISP certification in 2005 and has been a member of the GISP Application review committee for many years. Tripp has provided mentoring for GISP applicants by reviewing their applications before submittal to help ensure everything is in order.  He is also a URISA International board member, past President of GA URISA and GITA Southeast Chapter Board Member.

Cost:  The cost of the workshop is $35 for APWA members and $40 for non-APWA members.

Registration: Information will be posted soon to register for this event.

Esri Releases Service Pack 3 for ArcGIS 10

Last week Esri released Service Pack 3 for ArcGIS 10. This patch fixed numerous issues. Issues with Parcel Fabric Tools, Metadata and working with MSD files seem to top the list. Several issues with data driven pages were also addressed. I have listed a few of the issues addressed by this service pack below.

ArcGIS Desktop:

  1. Sort Ascending in the Identify window sorts Double fields by string values rather than numeric values.
  2. Cut Polygon Features tool fails on feature classes that have been upgraded from low to high precision spatial references.
  3. Metadata shows incorrect processing environment for Vista and Windows 7
  4. Calculate Adjacent Fields Tool in the Data Driven Pages Toolset: Geometry restrictions are too strict. Does not work with less than perfect Grids
  5. Calculate Field with Expression None and Expression Type PYTHON or PYTHON9.3 does nothing and no error/warning given
  6. ArcCatalog crashes when importing a single specific feature into ArcSDE
  7. Projection/Coordinate System information is not read properly in ArcGIS 10 and is marked as Undefined, but is read correctly by ArcGIS 9.3.1 SP1
  8. An unexpected error occurs when selecting by location  on a layer that has a join and a definition query defined from joined field
  9. For CAD data in ArcMap at version 10, Layer Properties > Transformations tab > Enable Transformations > Rotate, Scale and Translate option no longer works. The data does not move when this option is selected.
  10. Toolbar cannot be placed in a desired docked position where it remains after closing and reopening a map.
  11. ArcMap crashes when exporting a map built with Data Driven Pages to PDF when the frame of the extent indicators is set with offset cartographic line symbols and the PDF pages options are set to multiple pages using page names.
  12. When using Data Driven Pages with a Scale field, the data are not always centered in the layout
  13. Maptips do not draw properly when hyperlinks are enabled and you hover over a feature with the Hyperlink tool
  14. Editing features using the attribute window may cause ArcMap to crash.
  15. The Split tool has been enhanced to allow the ability to divide a line into more than 99 equal segments. Also, Construct Points has been enhanced to allow the creation of more than 999 new points.
  16. Unable to successfully open map documents in ArcGIS 10 back saved to a previous version that contain unreferenced inserted images in the data frame; receive error ‘Opening the selected ArcMap document failed. The data frames of the map document could not be read.’
  17. In Data Driven pages with rotated data frames the north arrow shrinks when viewing the different pages.
  18. Incorrect renaming of the Geodatabase objects (Feature Classes, Feature Datasets, Topologies, and so on) within ArcCatalog; results in corruption of the Geodatabase and makes the renamed objects unusable within ArcCatalog.
  19. The patterns in a Marker Line Symbol may shift during Export or Printing when the line features intersect with the map frame
  20. ArcMap crashes performing ‘Copy Parallel’ on certain features.
  21. When adjusting parcels, the Parcel Editor reports that you don’t have enough active control points.
  22. Hillshade tool with model shadows option produces artifacts when used with low altitude values.
  23. Parcel Fabric relates are duplicated when switching versions.
  24. When a parcel is opened, the Control Layer isn’t  visible.
  25. Changing the version with the fabric table window open does not refresh the table view.
  26. After reconciling and posting a version with fabric edits, the state ID of the child version being posted was higher than the Default version.
  27. When reconciling a version that has fabrics and annotation, the process is very slow.
  28. Parcel Remainder is leaving gaps and some curves are flipping.
  29. The Make Parcel Fabric Table View is not working on SDE Versions.
  30. WMS service based on MSD map service does not carry datum transformation defined in the map document

ArcGIS Server:

  1. Marker symbol offset setting is ignored with MSD-based map service when feature access is enabled.
  2. REST directory shows wrong ‘Relationships’ information for a feature class with relationships when it is added to an mxd multiple  times.
  3. Publishing an Esri Optimized Map Service with a Query Layer takes longer than publishing the same MXD as a Classic Map Service.
  4. Using the tool ‘Export Map Server Cache’ crashes ArcGIS Desktop if the cache to be exported was created with a previous version of ArcGIS Server.
  5. ArcCatalog crashes while generating a map cache with more than 16 or 30 instances when using a feature class at scales larger than 18K.
  6. The Import Map Server Cache tool is removing JPEG compression from source tiles when existing tiles are replaced.
  7. In ArcGIS Server Java 10.0 ADF, polygon features with donut features are not handled through the ADF selection results window correctly. Once they are in the selection window, hovering over the selection of the outer polygon results in both being selected.
  8. Composite locator leaks memory in ArcGIS Server and may cause stability issues with the geocode service if system resources get low.

Those are just a few of the many items this serve pack addresses. For a complete list go to:

To download this service pack for ArcGIS Desktop, Engine or Server go to:

I have installed the service pack and so far it has been stable. I have not had time to put it through any heavy testing yet. So I would use some caution when installing it. If it does not address a specific issue you are having, I would suggest letting others do the testing and find any bugs this service pack might introduce.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
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9th Annual SHRUG GIS Workshop – November 9th-10th, 2011

You are invited to attend the Seven Hills Regional Users Group (SHRUG) Annual GIS Workshop in Tallahassee Fl on November 9-10. This Workshop provides some great opportunities to network with other GIS users and see how others are implementing GIS technology. You also earn points toward getting or maintaining your GISP certification.

The Workshop is also hosting several Pre-Workshop training classes at reduced rates. So if you are looking for training but don’t have a big budget you might want to take a look at the classes they are offering. You don’t have to attend the Workshop to attend a class.

More information about the SHRUG GIS Workshop is provided below. The registration fee goes up on October 17th so get registered soon.


Keynote Speaker: David Cardella – Mobile Project Manager, Esri

David Cardella is responsible for guiding Esri’s Mobile GIS product strategy and vision. He works directly with Esri’s mobile development team through the design, build, testing and documentation process. Previously, David was the Java and iOS technical lead with the Esri Developer Network. David has spent over 18 years in the GIS industry and has extensive knowledge and experience with mobile device technology, and location-based services. Before joining Esri, he spent three years in Malaysia using Esri software to help privatize waste collection throughout the country. David is a graduate of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.


Pre-Workshop GIS Classes:

SHRUG is hosting several training classes in conjunction with the GIS Workshop. They include classes for beginners through advanced users at discounted prices. Seating is limited so sign up quickly.

To register click on the links above. Each class is taught by an instructor with over 15 years of real world experience. Several of the instructors are also Comptia and Esri Certified. You will earn education points toward getting or maintaining your GISP Certification by attending these classes.


SHRUG has developed several tracks for the Workshop that will help the beginner to the advanced GIS user regardless of the platform you use. Some of the presentation topics you might see include:

  • How to create mapbooks using Data Driven Pages
  • How accurate is your data
  • Structured GIS Application Development
  • Open Source Web Mapping Transisitioning to the Parcel Fabric
  • Presenting Your Project
  • Understanding the DWG Format
  • The GISP Certification – What and How
  • and more

Have a presentation you would like to make? The Workshop Committee is still accepting abstracts for presentations. Click here to submit your presentation abstract. Giving a presentation at the Workshop will earn you 1 professional contribution point toward getting or maintaining your GISP certification.

Poster Contest:

The Workshop invited you to submit a poster or map for display during the Workshop. All GIS-related subjects are welcome. This is an opportunity to share your work with your peers. So come on! What are you waiting for!Poster Submission Deadline is October 31. Don’t miss out on this year’s great cash prizes:

  • First Place $100.00
  • Second Place $75.00
  • Third Place $50.00

Click here to review the minimum requirements. To submit a poster click here. Submitting a poster will earn you 1 professional contribution point toward getting or
maintaining your GISP certification.

The SHRUG GIS Workshop offers some great opportunities to learn and network with other GIS users. We hope to see you there. It is also a great way to earn points toward earning or maintaining the GISP certification.

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