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.

December GIS Classes – Online & Instructor Led

We still have seats open in our December classes. We have both traditional instructor led classes scheduled as well as an online class. Seats are limited to 8 students per class and are on a first come first serve basis. Here is a list of these upcoming classes.

December 2011 Metro Atlanta (Duluth) Georgia

  1. Geodatabase, Linear Referencing, and Geometric Network Basics – Dec 5 thru 7 – taught by an instructor from Juniper GIS – Click Here to Register
  2. Using Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS – Dec 8 thru 9 – taught by instructor from Juniper GIS – Click Here to Register

Web based Instructor Led Course

  1. ArcGIS Desktop Associate Exam Prep Class – Dec 19 – 22 – four 4 hour sessions from 1:30 to 5:30 EST – Click Here to Register

For information on GIS services, software or training please contact us at

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
eGIS Associates, Inc.

Looking for training options try eGIS Associates. We have Self Paced eCourses as well as traditional instructor led and online classes

eGIS Associates, Inc offers a variety of training services to help equip you with the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to achieve your business goals. Our credentialed staff members thrive on continuing education and can help you keep pace with ever-changing technology. All of the courses we provide count as credit toward applying for and maintaining the GISP Certification.

eGIS maintains a mobile training lab of 10 laptop computers, outfitted with the latest Esri Software. We can offer you Official Esri Developed courses, as well as custom-tailored training solutions. If you would like an Instructor-Led course delivered on-site or over the web or even a self-paced eCourse, we can meet your needs even if you are on a tight budget.

Training services include:

Our training staff includes Esri Certified Trainers and CompTIA Certified Professionals. To see a complete list of currently scheduled Instructor led and Web Based Instructor Guided Classes click here.

For more information about our training services or specific courses visit our website at or email us at

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.

Keck & Wood Announces Sale of GIS Services Group to eGIS Associates

Keck & Wood, Inc. announces the sale of its GIS and digital mapping business to Marietta, Georgia-based eGIS Associates, Inc. effective September 1, 2011.

“Recognizing the rapid change in GIS technology and its accessibility for local governments and companies, Keck & Wood has decided to sell our GIS Services Practice to eGIS Associates, Inc. and establish a partnership.” said Edgar Williams, Keck & Wood President and CEO. “The new partnership will enable Keck & Wood to provide a higher level of GIS consulting and training for its clients as the trend toward portable devices and web-based applications continues.”  

eGIS  is focused on providing efficient and cost effective GIS solutions that meet the growing needs of municipal government and business. Their dedicated staff of geospatial professionals has over 60 years of combined GIS implementation and development experience.

“Keck & Wood has developed a reputation for providing quality GIS data and training services. This combined with the enterprise and application development expertise eGIS brings to the table will allow both companies to  provide an even wider range of services to eGIS and Keck & Wood clients.”  said Tripp Corbin, former Vice President of GIS/IT Services for Keck & Wood and now eGIS Associates Chief Executive Officer. 

Mike Warrix, AICP, Keck & Wood VP for Planning and Community Development, will coordinate all aspects of the Keck & Wood side of the new arrangement.  Mr. Warrix stated, “Keck & Wood, Inc. and eGIS Associates, Inc. are committed to providing excellent support for all our clients’ current GIS needs as well as those of the future.” 

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 and business. Our  dedicated staff of geospatial professionals has over 60 years of combined GIS implementation and development experience. Services provided include: Application development, Training, Workflow & Analysis Automation, Systems Integration, Data Modeling, Web Hosting and more.

Contact:  Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, CEO of eGIS Associates, Inc.

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, and related technical disciplines. Keck & Wood currently maintains offices in Duluth, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Contact:  Edgar Williams P.E., President and CEO of Keck & Wood, Inc.  678-417-4010

Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Chief Executive Officer
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate|Esri Certified Trainer

ArcGIS Desktop 3 class Sept 13-14

Seats are still available for the ArcGIS Desktop 3: Analysis & Workflows class scheduled for September 13 through 14 at Keck & Wood’s Training Center in Duluth, Georgia. This 2 day official Esri instructor led course shows students how to apply ArcGIS tools in a workflow context with a focus on working with data stored in a geodatabase and performing geo-processing and analysis. See the course description below for more details.

This class can be used as education credits toward getting or maintaining the GISP certification. Some states and organizations will also accept them a Continuing Education or Professional Development hours.

ArcGIS Desktop 3: Analysis & Workflows

Dates: September 13 – 14, 2011

Location: Keck & Wood Training Center, Duluth, GA

Software: ArcGIS Desktop 10 (ArcView, ArcEditor & ArcInfo)


This two-day official Esri developed course builds on the skills learned in the ArcGIS Desktop 2: Tools & Functionality course. It shows students how to apply ArcGIS tools in a workflow context with a focus on working with data stored in a geodatabase and performing geoprocessing and analysis. In the course exercises, you organize and edit data stored in a geodatabase, prepare data for analysis, create and edit geoprocessing models using ModelBuilder, and work through a challenging analysis project.

Target Audience: This course is for those that wish to learn more about performing analysis using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS. Students must have completed the ArcGIS Desktop 2 course or have equivalent experience.

Course Goals: After successfully completing this course users will have acquired a number of new skills including:

  • Add data from different sources to a geodatabase.
  • Create subtypes and use them when editing data.
  • Validate geodatabase feature geometry and attributes.
  • Edit data using a geodatabase topology.
  • Create and edit geodatabase annotation.
  • Create and edit metadata using a template.
  • Create custom symbols and style sheets.
  • Create and apply a custom map template.
  • Run analysis tools using dialog boxes and models.
  • Build a complex model using Model Builder.

Cost: The cost to attend this two day class is $850.00. Discounts are available for organizations that send 2 or more student or that bundle this class with other training courses.

For more information or to register please contact me.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP

New GIS courses now being offered

Through a new relationship with Juniper GIS, Keck & Wood has added several new course titles to our catalog. This includes two we have scheduled as instructor led classes for December, Geodatabase, Linear Referencing & Geometric Networks and Using Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS. See below for a complete listing of all upcoming classes being held in the Metro Atlanta area, Chattanooga Tennessee and online.

Keck & Wood Class Schedule

August 2011 

Location: Keck & Wood Training Center, Duluth Georgia

  1. Aug 17-19 – ArcGIS Desktop 2: Tools & Functionality – Class Confirmed, Only 2 seats still available
  2. Aug 23-25 – GIS Programming 101: Mastering Python for ArcGIS

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Aug 16-17 – ArcGIS Desktop 1: Getting Started with GIS
  2. Aug 29-31 – ArcGIS Desktop 2: Tools & Functionality

Location: Web Classroom

  1. Aug 29 – Sept 1 – ArcGIS Desktop Associate Exam Prep – Four 4 hour sessions from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

September 2011

Location: Keck & Wood Training Center, Duluth Georgia

  1. Sept 13-14 – ArcGIS Desktop 3: Analysis & Workflows

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Sept 1-2 – ArcGIS Desktop 3: Analysis & Workflows

October 2011

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Oct 13-14 – ArcGIS Desktop 1: Getting to Know GIS
  2. Oct 24-26 – ArcGIS Desktop 2: Tools & Functionality
  3. Oct 27-28 – ArcGIS Desktop 3: Analysis & Workflows

November 2011

SHRUG GIS Workshop – November 7 thru 8, 2011

The following classes are being offered in conjunction with the Seven Hills Regional User Group (SHRUG) annual GIS Workshop being held in Tallahassee FL.

Introduction to Model Builder (1 day class) – $380 per student

ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certification Exam Prep (2 day class) – $560 per student

ArcGIS Server Basics: Installation, Tweaks & Services (2 day class) – $560 per student

Developing Apps for ArcGIS Server Using Flex (2 day class) – $560 per student

Registration for these classes will be coordinated and accept through the SHRUG GIS Workshop planning staff. These classes are not subject to any of the normal discounts offered by Keck & Wood.

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

  1. Nov 14-15 – ArcGIS Desktop 1: Getting Stared with GIS
  2. Nov 16-18 – ArcGIS Desktop 2: Tools & Functionality 

December 2011

Location: Keck & Wood Training Center, Duluth Georgia

  1. Dec 5-7 – Geodatabase, Linear Referencing, & Geometric Network Basics – taught by an instructor from Juniper GIS
  2. Dec 8-9 – Using Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS – taught by instructor from Juniper GIS

These classes do qualify for education points toward earning or maintaining your GISP certification. Some states will also accept them as PDH credits toward maintain professional licensure.

If you have any questions concerning these classes, please contact us at 678-417-4000 or To see our complete course catalog please visit our website at   

GPS Webinar on LightSquared proposal – July 26

The Coalition to Save Our GPS will host a Webinar next Tuesday, July 26 at 11AM eastern to update members and potential members on the latest activities and developments related to the LightSquared proposal before the FCC. We hope you will join us and encourage your members, employees and other concerned GPS users to participate. Details below:

 Join Us for a Webinar Update on LightSquared Interference with GPS

Tuesday, July 26 at 11 AM eastern


Jim Kirkland, VP and General Counsel of Trimble Navigation

Nick Yaksich, VP, Global Public Policy at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Brian Raymond, Director, Technology and Domestic Economic Policy, National Association of Manufacturers


Event number:   922 404 933

Event password:   sogps

Event address for attendees:

Teleconference information


Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-669-3239

Access code: 922 404 933

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): +1-408-600-3600

Global call-in numbers:

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