Pee Dee GIS Users Group

SC GIS Professionals in the Pee Dee Area



I am a GIS professional with over 20 years of GIS, Mapping and Surveying related experience. I currently am the Vice President of GIS and IT services for Keck & Wood, Inc. Keck & Wood is an Engineering, Planning, Surveying and GIS firm that specializes in providing services to small to mid sized government agencies. I am also an ESRI Authorized Instructor and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Excel Spreadsheets and ArcGIS

Microsoft Excel is an amazing tool that allows users to store information, perform calculations, link data, and a more. This tool is used by multiple professions and practices in support of day to day tasks to store critical and useful information. As a result GIS users often need to make use of data stored in Excel Spreadsheets to perform their daily duties.

While an Excel spreadsheet can act similar to a traditional database, it is not. A spreadsheet allows users to perform functions within, such as assign equations to individual cells or records, which are not allowed in a database. This additional functionality often causes problems when a GIS User tries to integrate spreadsheets into their workflows and analysis within Esri’s ArcGIS platform. To be successful, they must be aware of the limitations.

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IT Courses specifically for GIS

IT skills are becoming more critical to maintaining and managing a GIS with the expansion of server, web and mobile technologies. eGIS Associates, in partnership with Microstaff IT, have developed a series of IT classes specifically focusing on skills and knowledge needed by GIS Manangers and Database Administrators. Course topics include basic networking, Windows Server 2008, Internet Information Server and SQL Server.

So far we have developed four courses which include:

We will be offering these as online Instructor Led Courses. Those in the Columbia South Carolina area will also have the option to attend the courses at MicroStaff IT’s facilty. In addition we will also be holding traditional GIS training classes at this location. Please check our current training schedule for a complete list of upcoming classes.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
eGIS Associates, Inc.


ArcGIS 10.1: What and When

This week at the Esri Federal Users Conference, Jack Dangermond talked about the pending release of ArcGIS 10.1. During his presentation he shared that parts of this new release would start hitting the streets sometime in March. With the release of any new software version, you have to make a determination about whether or not you and your organization should upgrade or not. There are always several factors that play into such a decision but one of the key factors is “does the new release contain functionality that would make my life easier.”

So what is some of the new functionality you can expect to see with ArcGIS 10.1. Also don’t forget that Esri is changing the names of the Licensing levels for ArcGIS Desktop to be more consistent with ArcGIS Server. ArcView is now ArcGIS Desktop Basic. ArcEditor is now ArcGIS Desktop Standard and ArcInfo is now ArcGIS Desktop Advanced.

Integration with other Software:

  1. Integration with Microsoft Office with new application call Maps Ribbon. This application takes data stored in a spreadsheet and creates maps on the fly. This map can then be exported to PowerPoint.
  2. Integration with Microsoft Sharepoint, IBM Cognos, and
  3. Full 64 Bit support
  4. Linux version

Editing and Visualization:

  1. Import support for KML files – Import KML files directly into maps
  2. Edit Tracking – New Tab that shows edit while changing or adding features. See what you have done
  3. Dynamic Legends – Change with display and scale
  4. Improved support for Time enabled data – New live mode allows live information to be incorporated into map
  5. Improved Map Packages –allow additional information to be included in the file such as reports and timelines
  6. Better integration with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server for improved sharing of data


  1. New Grouping Analysis – find patterns using multiple variables
  2. Spatial weighting based on distance

Data Formats:

  1. ArcGIS Server can now render LiDAR data into a 3D model
  2. ArcGIS Desktop supports use of LAS files
  3. Several New base maps have been added to ArcGIS online gallery
  4. Full motion video support
  5. Multitemporal and multispectral image display can now be viewed as a single library

Application Development:

  1. ArcGIS Runtime – allows for creation of light weight focused desktop applications
  2. New Web APIs

I am sure there will be more information released as we get closer to the actual release. I hope this proves helpful as you begin planning for the release of 10.1.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
eGIS Associates, Inc.

Geodatabases, Linear Referencing, & Geometric Networks Class in March

Are you trying to create a geodatabase for your group? Want to use some of the Geodatabase data validation options such as topologies, subtypes or domains but aren’t sure exactly how? Are you trying to transition away from shapefiles? Are you trying to model your street or utility network? Then the Geodatabases, Linear Referencing & Geometric Networks class we are holding on March 7 – 9 is just what you need.

This 3 day course is designed to introduce users to Esri’s Geodatabase format. This GIS data format provides enhanced tools for data creation, data modeling, and data validation. Participants will learn how to design, create and manage Geodatabases. At the end of the course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the Geodatabase structure and Geodatabase tools for creating and editing data while maintaining data integrity, and will develop a solid foundation for future development into SDE. These tools include subtypes and domains, topology, linear referencing (routes), and Geometric Networks.

Course Topics:

  • Geodatabase concepts and basics
  • Converting data to the Geodatabase format
  • Understanding Spatial References & Coordinate Systems
  • Validating attributes with Domains/Subtypes
  • Validating features with Topology
  • Editing with the Geodatabase
  • Spatial Adjustment & Attribute Transfer
  • Geometric Networks
  • Editing Networks
  • Network Analysis
  • Working with routes
  • Linking to external database


Cost is $1,350.00. Register before the close of business on Feb 24 and save $175.00 off the normal price.  Discounts are available for organizations that send 2 or more students.


This course was created and will be taught by John Schaeffer, GISP. John has over 25 years of experience in technical education and 16 years of experience using and teaching GIS and is certified as a GISP through the GIS Certification Institute and is an ESRI authorized consultant and instructor. John regularly develops and teaches hands-on GIS classes in ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, and Geodatabases.


2750 Premiere Parkway
Duluth GA 30097

Please contact me at to register or if you have any questions.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
CEO & Lead Instructor
eGIS Associates, Inc.

URISA Invites Comments on the Geospatial Management Competency Model

URISA invites experienced geospatial professionals of all kinds – particularly those with management experience – to review and comment on a draft Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM). Reviews by GIS professionals, professional surveyors, photogrammetrists and remote sensing scientists, programmers and application developers who specialize in geospatial applications, educators with specialized expertise in Geographic Information Science and Technology, and others whose work relies on geospatial technologies and data analysis are all welcome to participate.

A URISA Task Force prepared the draft for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). Reviews will be reported to the Task Force and DOLETA, and will used to refine and validate the GMCM. Reviewers who share contact information will also receive results of the public review as well as copies of the revised GMCM.

Links to the draft GMCM and an online questionnaire for reviewers are available at The questionnaire will remain open through March 31, 2012.

The Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM) specifies 74 essential competencies and 17 competency areas that characterize the work of most successful managers in the geospatial industry.

The GMCM builds upon DOLETA’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model, which specifies the foundational, industry-wide, and industry sector-specific expertise characteristic of the various occupations that comprise the geospatial industry (

URISA convened a task force composed of ten experienced geospatial managers and one facilitator at the 2011 GIS-Pro Conference in Indianapolis to produce the GMCM for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA).

URISA’s qualifications to organize the GMCM effort include its nearly 50-year history as one of the founding organizations of the GIS profession, its successful organization of the GIS Certification Institute and the URISA Leadership Academy, and its healthy working relationships with other professional and scientific associations in the geospatial field through the Coalition on Geospatial Organizations (COGO).

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP
Board Member
URISA International

ArcGIS 10: What’s new – online class – Feb 16th

Though ArcGIS 10.1 will be coming out very soon (It is moving from Beta to release candidate testing), many are just now migrating from 9.3 to 10. ArcGIS 10 represents the biggest change to ArcGIS since it was first released at least from an appearance and workflow standpoint. For example editing is completely different with the introduction of Feature Templates, the Create Features Window and revised Snapping Environment. Esri has also added additional functionality to the core product such as Data Driven Pages and Dynamic Text. With all these changes, transitioning to ArcGIS 10 is not as easy as it has been with past versions.

eGIS Associates is conducting an online session of our ArcGIS 10: What’s New course on February 16 from 8:30 to 4:30 Est. This one day course covers:

  • General changes in ArcGIS 10
  • Changes to the ArcMap Interface
  • Editing in ArcGIS 10 with Feature Templates & the new snapping environment
  • Creating Data Driven Pages and Using Dynamic Text
  • Geocoding in ArcGIS 10

This course has been used by several organizations as a stepping stone to kick start their migration to ArcGIS 10 including Georgia Power, Columbus Georgia, Atlanta Watershed Management, Florence Co. SC, and the Suwannee River Water Management District in Florida. Here is some feedback from students that have attended this course:

“It is a quick to see what is new in 10” – Glenn Horvath, Suwannee River Water Management District

I learned the basic upgrades using ARC 10. The books and the power points were very easy to follow and efficient time was given to complete exercises without feeling rushed.” – Tilda Musgrove, Suwannee River Water Management District

The class was excellent. We had a mix of students with varying degrees of experience in GIS and the class was useful to everyone” – Thomas McCraken, GIS Analyst, Georgia Power.

I am in the GIS learning process and this class provided great information. The instructor was well informed  on each topic and the exercises were good to follow up.” – Martha L. Santana, GIS Planner, City of Columbus, GA

We covered a lot of topics and learned about the new features in ArcGIS 10. It was a very helpful class and the instructor was very knowledgeable.” – Rosana Justel, City of Columbus, GA

The cost to attend this course is only $300.00. I will be the instructor. I am an Esri Certified Trainer with over 20 years of GIS, Mapping and surveying experience.

If you are interested in attending this class or would like more information, please feel free to contact me.

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP | Chief Executive Officer
eGIS Associates, Inc. |
678-710-9710 ext 21 | 866-304-3864 Fax
Esri Certified Trainer | Esri Certified Desktop Associate

Service Pack 4 for ArcGIS 10 to be released in March

Esri is planning another service pack for ArcGIS 10. This will be the 4th service pack for 10. It will address several issues. Here are a few that might be of some interest:

  • Changes to layer names inside a group layer file are not saved/persisted when ArcCatalog is closed.
  • ArcMap crashes intermittently when editing while GPS connection is open
  • GPS Toolbar does not recognize COM ports over 9.
  • Projecting annotation from a file geodatabase feature dataset causes the text to draw a huge distance away from the proper location in the output.  This is also reproducible in a personal geodatabase and data in SDE.
  • ArcMap crashes with runtime error when reconciling certain child versions with default
  • Layer with marker fill symbol loses its background color when adding to basemap layer with symbol level turned on.
  • ArcPy local function tools do not accept a Mosaic dataset layer in the TOC as input
  • When composite locator is created in the ArcSDE database, long property names cause it to fail
  • Synchronizing a one-way replica is crashing ArcCatalog and ArcMap
  • Synchronization fails while checking in the edits from a file geodatabase
  • When running the Spatial Analyst > Hydrology > Fill tool and specifying a Z limit, ArcGIS Version 10 SP2 fills less sinks than ArcGIS Version 9.3.1 SP2.
  • Applying a Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) grid 1:500,000 reference system to a data frame with non-WGS84 datum crashes the software
  • When reconciling certain versions that are involved in a Parcel Fabric, the error returned is, “Version could not be reconciled,” with no extended description.
  • Export metadata to FGDC CSDGM format: when an item’s spatial reference uses parameter names that are all lower case, the projection parameters are not exported
  • Reconciling a version with its parent version corrupts the geometric network connectivity
  • When map tips are enabled, the Hyperlink tool’s cursor no longer turns black when hovering over a hyperlinked feature

Those are just a few issues the service pack will address that I found interesting. There are 7 pages of issues addressed with SP 4. For a complete list of the issues SP 4 is to address go to:

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP | Chief Executive Officer
eGIS Associates, Inc. |
678-710-9710 ext 21 | 866-304-3864 Fax
Esri Certified Trainer | Esri Certified Desktop Associate

Python for GIS Programming Bootcamp in February

eGIS Associates is holding a Python GIS Programming Bootcamp in the Metro Atlanta Area on February 13-16.  The four day class will be taught by an Instructor with years of real world experience developing GIS applications and scripts and will cover:

Day 1

Python Programming Fundamentals

Introduction to Programming ArcGIS 10 with Python The ArcPy Mapping Module Working with Geoprocessing Tools and Toolboxes

Day 2

Listing and Describing Geographic Data

Selecting, Inserting, Updating, and Deleting Data from Tables and Feature Classes Miscellaneous Topics

Day 3

Reading and Processing Delimited Text files Writing Data to a Text File Searching for Files by Extension Renaming Files Loading an XML Document Check for Well Formed XML Documents Accessing XML Nodes and Elements Reading and Writing CSV Files Creating a Zip Archive and Adding Files Working with Databases Sending Email Retrieving Files from an FTP Server

Day 4

Creating Graphs with ArcPy and ArcToolbox Creating ArcGIS Script Tools Integrating Custom Scripts with ArcToolbox Finding and Fixing Broken Data Links Mapping Input Fields to Output Fields Publishing Map Documents to ArcGIS Server Working with ArcSDE Geodatabases in Python Using FeatureSet and Recordset

Seating is limited. So you need to sign up soon to reserve your seat. We are charging the same amount as our normal three day classes. So you are getting one day free. Please contact me at if you are interested in attending this instructor led class.

Want to build mobile applications for ArcGIS Server? We can teach you how.

eGIS Associates is excited to announce our newest course, Building Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications.  This new instructor guided internet course, teachs you how to build mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows 7 Phone and Blackberry powered devices using ArcGIS Server, JavaScript, HTML5 and PhoneGap.

Course Modules:HTML5

  1. Mastering ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript
  2. HTML5 and CSS3
  3. DojoX Mobile
  4. PhoneGap
  5. Capstone Project

Cost & Schedule:

Instructor Guided Internet Class – April 16 – May 18

Cost is $715.00. Register before February 15th and the cost is only $567.00 – Click here download registration form

For a more detailed course description go to:

Don’t forget about our other training offerings. eGIS Associates offers a wealth of GIS classes for the beginner to advanced. Classes are offered as traditional instructor led as well as via the web. To see a list of our upcoming classes go to

We also offer self paced eCourses. Visit our website for a complete list of eCourses.

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