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GIS events of interest to the members of the Pee Dee GIS Users Group.

GA Geospatial Conf. – Presentation Abstracts Submissions now open

The 2012 Georgia Geospatial Conference is requesting abstracts and posters/map gallery submissions from GIS professionals and students

The Georgia Geospatial Conference of 2012 to be held in Athens, Oct. 16-18 is shaping up to be an excellent event with a variety of subjects, presenters, and exhibits, not to mention numerous networking opportunities. This biennial event is the largest geospatial conference in the state.

By definition a conference is a chance to “confer,” to exchange information, not just receive it. For the conference to be its best, we need participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to share their experiences, so please consider giving a 45-minute breakout session presentation if you are a professional or a 20-minute presentation if you are a student. We are seeking a wide variety of topics, so do not feel like your presentation must be about a major, complex or cutting-edge project. Often a great presentation can just cover a small or simple project approached in a unique or innovative way.

By presenting or displaying your poster/maps, you share your knowledge and lessons learned, but also gain valuable feedback from others. Keep in mind, presenting at the conference can earn you valuable points towards earning or maintaining GISP certification for GIS professions or towards earning Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Surveyors.

If you would like to submit a presentation abstract or poster/map, please go to and click on Participate to access the online submission forms.

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.

2012 – Win a Juno SB!

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

Campus Map —


  • 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.

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.

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   

CURISA Census Workshop

CURISA – Working With CENSUS 2010 Data Workshop in Florence, SC!



Carolina URISA (CURISA) announces a new Working With CENSUS 2010 Data WorkshopAre you interested in learning how to use the new American FactFinder?  This is the main census data portal to access and download data from the 2010 Census. Many data users are having some difficulty with the new version of the Census system.

CURISA is happy to offer a comprehensive overview of the system and an online demonstration showing step-by-step how to access CENSUS data. We are privileged to have two very experienced Census professionals who will be teaching this workshop.

The following will be covered:

– Finding data on the new American FactFinder site
– Downloading data in GIS format
– Recognizing various data levels (blocks, tracts, etc)
– Understanding which fields mean what
– Applying the data to real world scenarios

This workshop is important for any GIS professional working with the vast amount of Census data.

Student questions will be welcomed and other related topics can be explored as time permits.

The workshop will run from 8:30 to 4:30 (with breaks).  Lunch will be provided.

Please use the link below to register for the workshop:

September 7th —

Cost for the workshop is $95 for CURISA members and $145 for non-members (includes lunch with vegetarian option available), registration is limited to 30 individuals.



Pictometry User Group of South Carolina (PUGS)

This meeting of Pictometry implementation professionals was held at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Library in Florence on March 22nd. At the meeting people from all over the state came together to learn how to implement and refine their use of Pictometry. Representatives from Pictometry, Bradshaw Consulting, ESRI, and others were in attendance to offer their aid to counties getting Pictometry for the first time as well as to provide tips and insight into existing implementations.

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

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