Pee Dee GIS Users Group

SC GIS Professionals in the Pee Dee Area



Celebrating GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week

At West Florence and South Florence High School

We are excited to announce that the 2015 GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week celebration will take place at West Florence High School and South Florence High School this year. GISDayCartoon2015

The Florence County GIS department is in its 8th year of supporting GIS in Education by introducing GIS concepts to students from the fifth grade on up, as well as becoming involved in school events which allow opportunities for outreach in the community. This year we will focus on questions such as, “What does GIS mean to me?” and “Why is this important to know?” and will be using an interactive presentation designed with activities to engage students in thinking spatially.

On November 19th Lorelei Kelly-Guiles, and Reginald O. Sanders II from the Florence County GIS Department will visit West Florence High School located at 221 N Beltline Dr.  Florence SC 29501.  Mr. Sellers invited them to talk to his three human geography classes which include 80 students. Following that on November 20th, 23rd, and 24th, Principal Carol Hill requested a presentation for the ninth and tenth graders at South Florence High School, located at 3200 S. Irby St. Florence, SC. Over 700 students plan to be in attendance



Tripp Corbin elected URISA President Elect


TrippCeGIS Associates would like to congratulate our very own, Tripp Corbin, on being elected as URISA’s President-Elect along with all the other newly elected board members including Keri Brennan, Stephen Barry and Corey Halford.

Tripp Corbin will serve as President-Elect for one year and his term as President will begin at the conclusion of the 2016 conference in Toronto. He is looking forward to leading the organization. “I am truly humbled to have been elected to this position. There are many challenges facing our industry and URISA. I look forward to working with my fellow board members, URISA’s staff and most importantly, our members, in facing these challenges and setting the course to meet them. Thank you once again for the trust you have placed in me.

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Moto 360 Winner!

George Davis with Pee Dee Electric Coop
Winner George Davis of Pee Dee Electric Coop with Chris Bradshaw of Bradshaw Consulting

Congratulations  to  George Davis,  winner of the Moto 360!

Thad Wester – Drone Demo

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Thanks to Thad for the incredible drone demonstration at the meeting today! For those interested, here’s a link to the video taken during the flight.

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Wes Miller, City of Florence, Awarded Esri Technical Certification

The Pee Dee GIS User Group is proud to announce that Wes Miller has recently been awarded Esri Technical Certification which recognizes superior skill levels utilizing Esri’s software for geographic information systems (GIS). Wes Miller was awarded the Desktop Associate Certification.

Congratulations Wes!  Obtaining your Desktop Associate Certification is an important accomplishment and it demonstrates your level of GIS knowledge and professional expertise that the Pee Dee GIS User Group stands for.

To earn Esri Technical Certification, candidates have to successfully pass an examination that assesses knowledge and skills cultivated through their years of GIS experience.

Wes is an active member of the Pee Dee GIS User Group of South Carolina.  At the July 2012 Pee Dee GIS User Group meeting, Wes won an ESRI certification exam-prep course door prize donated by long-standing member Tripp Corbin of eGIS Associates, Inc.


“The test seemed to me, to be a good across the board sampling of the desktop functionality. A special thanks to eGIS Associates exam prep class for helping me prepare.”  Wes Miller

Find out more about Esri Technical Certification at

Crystine M. Hoge, President
Pee Dee GIS User Group

New Officers for 2011!

Crystine Rathburn has been re-elected for another year. Congratulations Crys! Assisting her will be our newly elected Communications Officer and Treasurer, Caroline Dunlap and Veronica “Rony” Moore. James McCall will continue to plod along as the defacto website admin!

Member Spotlight – Tripp Corbin

Spotlight on one of our own…. Tripp Corbin, VP of GIS and IT Services at Keck & Wood, Inc. recently earned the CompTia Certified Technical Trainer or CTT+ certification.  CompTIA CTT+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that covers core instructor skills related to successfully teaching Adults. ESRI with ArcGIS 10 along with Adobe, Dell, Microsoft, Novell and Ricoh require their trainers be CompTIA CTT+ certified.

ArcGIS Server, flex apps (VIPER, etc.) and other widgets

Good Morning All

As more and more of us are starting to work with ArcGIS Server, flex apps (VIPER, etc.) and otherwidgets, we are finding that many of us are using the same tools. We are also finding that many of usare trying to discover data feeds, etc. that would be of benefit to us in SC. In order to minimizeduplication of effort in the searching and learning process, Gloria Forthun from EMD has set up a YahooGroup that anyone (state, local, or others with interest) can participate in. The purpose is to help shareideas, links/data pertinent GIS web apps, widgets we modify/develop, etc. We hope that this will cutdown on searching across the web and other forums. We believe this will help save time.

HOW – go to and click on Groups. If you are not already signed up for Yahoo, you will needto do this (quick/easy). Sign up for the GISandFlexApps group. You can even set it up so messages are sent to your normal email account. If you need help with any of this, please contact either Gloria or I and we will be glad to assist. I’ve already posted some content out there to get us started. Please help us all by getting involved. It won’t take much time, and it can save you and others ALOT of time.

Thank you,

Tim De Troye

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