Pee Dee GIS Users Group

SC GIS Professionals in the Pee Dee Area

GIS Mapping Tech I

Available Job Position – Lexington County Planning & GIS

We have an opening in our department (Lexington County Planning & GIS), and we are trying to get the word out about it.  If you know of anyone interested in this position please share the information below.  The salary below is a starting salary.


Position Title: GIS Mapping Tech I
Grade: 7
Position #: 000198
Salary Range: $30,925
Minimum Requirements:
  Minimum Education – Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.
  Minimum Qualification – Experience with Esri Suite of products, working knowledge of personal computer applications, good communication and organizational skills. Experience editing and maintaining GIS data in an enterprise database is not required but desirable.
  Opportunity to work with state of the art GIS technology to maintain geospatial data, perform analysis, and prepare data and maps for other departments, agencies, and the public. This person, under general supervision, will be part of a team that maintains GIS layers, some of which are critical for emergency response. Duties will include assigning, verifying, and correcting addresses in the unincorporated areas of Lexington County as well as collaborating with local municipalities and other agencies. This person will interact with the public to accurately locate sites and confirm correct locations for addresses. Other duties include maintenance of the Planning and GIS page of the Lexington County website and training county employees and the general public on uses of GIS web mapping applications. This position allows for learning opportunities and growth of skills through a wide variety of planning projects.
Application Deadline: 10/22/2015

GIS Technician Public Services – City of Sumter

Job Purpose: Under general supervision, assists the GIS Coordinator in updating and maintaining the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) programs. Responsible for responding and resolving user complaints, troubleshooting system problems; collecting, converting and editing data to present information in a cartographic and tabular format; performing spatial data analysis, layering updates and producing map products.

Minimum Qualifications: Technical school degree in GIS Technologies or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. GISP certification preferred. Strong communication, writing and computer skills are essential. Must be a self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities/tasks. Practical knowledge and experience using Arc GIS online, AutoCad, City Works and GPS Pathfinder Office is a plus. Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver’s License.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled

Mail resume with cover letter and application from to:

City of Sumter Human Resources
PO Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151

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.

For more information about URISA and to join go to

Position Available (GIS Coordinator)

Colleton County Government is seeking qualified applicants for the position of GIS Coordinator. The successful candidate will under limited supervision be responsible for the administration, design, creation, maintenance and support of the County’s enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS). Work involves decision-making, planning, administration and implementation of spatial database environments and the design and architecture of spatial databases and the coordination of non-spatial database integration; development and programming custom and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) GIS application and GIS software deployments on desktop, mobile and web platforms; manages and develops programmatic automation of GIS maintenance operations; monitors and maintains data security at all levels of systems infrastructure; performance of batch data editing and attribution, geoprocessing, and complex spatial analyses; provides user training and data distribution. Coordinates GIS related projects and activities with County departments and outside agencies.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree, including the completion of two years of college-level course work in computer science, geography, or other related field. Proficiency with ESRI’s suite of GIS software including ArcGIS desktop and extensions, ArcGIS Online, ArcSDE on SQL Server, and ArcGIS for Server on IIS. Experience with designing, configuring, securing, and maintaining enterprise spatial databases in a SQL Server environment. Knowledge and understanding of principles, standards, terminology and trends in GIS; Experience with programming languages such as Python, T-SQL\SQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript desired, familiarity is required at minimum. Must demonstrate competency in advanced data editing and maintenance, database management, website development and map production. A minimum of 2 years working experience required.

A pre-employment drug screen and a satisfactory background check are also required.

Submit resume, at least two professional references, salary history and a brief statement of interest to (include GIS Coordinator in the subject line). Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. The position will remain open until filled. Colleton County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Simple Street Index

The simple street index creator, creates a street index and exports to a pdf. The tool selects only roads that intersect the chosen grid layer. It must be run from ArcMap. ESRI has a solution here for creating a map book with index pages but their solution requires a third party python module ReportLab. I wanted a solution that anyone could use. If anyone knows how to code xml and knows the parameters for the Arcmap report writer you could greatly expand the functionality of this tool.
What you get:
• Toolbox
• Script tool configured to the python code
• A blank map document for the tool to do some work in
• 1 preconfigured 8 ½ X 11 landscaped report
• 1 preconfigured 11 X 17 landscaped report

How it works.
• Save the contents of the file to one location.
• Open a session of Arcmap.
• Load your streets and grid files into the map(you don’t have to it just makes things easier)
• Open your catalog window and navigate to where you saved the files
• Open the SimpleStreetIndexCreator.tbx
• Open the Simple Street Index script tool
• Parameter 1 is the streets layer or feature class
• Parameter 2 is the grid layer or feature class
• Parameter 3 is the street field you want to create the index with(Street Name or Full Street Name)
• Parameter 4 is the grid field you want to create the index with(Grid_ID)
• Parameter 5 is the folder you want to save the index
• Parameter 6 is the name of the index you don’t have to put .pdf on the end the program will do it for you, but you can if you want you may also select any other format that the Arcmap report writer will support
• Parameter 7 is the index layout there are two preconfigured reports in the download for you to use. Pick 8 ½ X 11 Landscape or 11 X 17 Landscape
• Click OK and let the tool run
• When the tool has finished navigate to the work space you selected in parameter 6 and look for the name you selected in parameter 7

There is a known issue that I have not figured out yet see this post Simple Street Index Creator ,but go ahead and give it a try


GISP Certification Changes Coming

Tripp Corbin has provided us with his presentation and information about the new GISP requirements.

Other helpful information about the new requirements:’s/Future%20Directions%20for%20GISCI%20and%20the%20Exam%20NC%202-25-15.pptx

SC GIS Datum Shift Feedback Request

In 2022, National Geodetic Survey will go to a new datum that will be geometric and geopotential.  It will be geocentric, satellite based, and not based on the existing national monument system.  It will also incorporate velocities in some fashion.

Matt Wellslager, Director of the South Carolina Geodetic Survey is seeking feedback from the various stakeholders that use the datum system, surveyors, SCDOT, the GIS community in general and county tax mappers in particular.

Your feedback is solicited for the following questions:

1)      Does South Carolina still need a State Plane Coordinate System?  (NGS is looking at options regarding the continued support for state plane coordinate systems.  Considerations are to adopt a low distortion projection.  This would be done in an attempt to reduce the difference between ground and grid values.)

2)      If so, should the current values for the current State Plane System be preserved? (This means that Northing and Easting would remain the same and the underlying Lat and Longs would shift with the change in the datum, and would continue to shift over time with the accumulation of velocity.)

3)      If the State Plane System values should shift with the new datum, should it be a big shift or a small shift? (The new Lat Longs will shift on the order of 1.5 meters initially, and then have a westward velocity of around 1.5 cm/year.  If the State Plane coordinates just shift with the Lat and Longs, then they will only be about 1.5 meters from their current values.  Some folks argue for a larger shift, since the originating Northing and Easting is an arbitrary value, anyway.)

Regardless of what we want the State Plane system to do, elevations will change, downward .25 meters in South Carolina, which coincidentally, puts us back to elevations very close to the 1929 NGVD.

This is a chance for South Carolina Surveyors’ opinions to be heard when a report is made to NGS before the end of the year. Please respond to with your comments and I will compile them in the next couple of weeks.


An exciting career opportunity exists for a GIS Supervisor at Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority located in Beaufort, South Carolina. The GIS Supervisor is responsible for the maintenance and management of BJWSA’s spatial data, as well as oversight and coordination of GIS projects, tasks, planning and staff. Responsibilities also include database administration for BJWSA’s enterprise GIS system, integrating BJWSA’s applicable non-spatial databases with GIS, administration and development of BJWSA’s mobile and intranet mapping, and supporting GIS applications in a team environment. Reports to the Senior Construction Manager.


BJWSA is a regional water and sewer utility providing services to the southeastern coastal South Carolina counties of Beaufort and Jasper. This region includes the historic City of Beaufort, Town of Bluffton and resort community of Hilton Head Island, and is centrally located between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. As part of the South Carolina Low Country, this area exudes traditional southern hospitality and is surrounded by boating, hunting, golfing, fishing, beaches, and great people. BJWSA is part of a community that promotes work/life balance where family and friends are most important.

BJWSA employs approximately 160 employees who are dedicated to our mission to “inspire trust and enhance public health”. We treat and deliver an average of 20 million gallons of drinking water each day to over 48,000 retail customers. We also supply drinking water to wholesale customers who resell or redistribute our water to their residents. Overall, we serve over 150,000 Low Country residents with drinking water. We collect, treat, and recycle over 7 million gallons of treated wastewater (for about 38,000 sewer accounts) safely back into the environment each day.


  • Bachelors degree in Geography, GIS or associated technical discipline accompanied with a GISP certification, or a Master’s Degree in Geography, GIS, or associated technical discipline.
  • Must have 3 years of GIS experience, and proven experience with database administration of ESRI’s Enterprise ArcSDE databases and ArcServer. Must be able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Starting salary $1,911.20 to $2,389.60 bi-weekly, depending on qualifications. Excellent benefits package to include S.C. Retirement System, 401k, generous leave programs, medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, an entrenched safety culture, developing wellness initiative , numerous employee recognition forums, extensive talent development opportunities, a flexible work schedule in a collaborative team and family type atmosphere.

Submit BJWSA application to: HR Dept., 6 Snake Rd., Okatie, S.C. 29909, or fax 843-987-7573. Deadline is March 27, 2015.
EEO/AA/M/W/Veterans and individual with disabilities are encouraged to apply

State Geographic Information Officer

Position Summary:

The state Geographic Information Officer (GIO) is responsible for the coordination of the acquisition, management and dissemination of statewide geographic data. The position is supervised by the Georgia Geospatial Executive Council Network. The Network will establish goals and objectives for statewide coordination that will be reviewed at regularly scheduled meetings. The employee will have substantial latitude to make independent decisions regarding daily activities and actions required to achieve the goals and objectives identified by the Network. This is a contract position with the Georgia Association of Regional Commissions and with an office at the Department of Community Affairs.

Typical Functions:

The GIO oversees the management of spatial data and the applications it serves; and is the primary staff to support the mission of the Georgia Executive Geospatial Network and performance of the daily coordination activities.  These include serving as the liaison between the Network, GISCC, GGAC, the user community, state agency needs, preparing position papers, legislative initiatives, and requests for proposals, memorandums of Agreement, grant proposals, and other documentation to accomplish coordination directives. In addition the GIO will make presentations, provide testimony, and support various State Executive and Legislative Branch staff in the preparation of GIS funding initiatives as well as preparing an annual report of GIS related activities, accomplishments and status in Georgia highlighting activities that have been enhanced by improved coordination and the economic benefits from cost reduction and new funds generated through external grants and contracts.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Detailed knowledge of all aspects of GIS technology and data; geospatial technology standards principles and best management practices; experience in strategic planning including cost-benefit analysis and project management; ability to develop and manage budgets, contracts, grants and procurement instruments; ability to develop and maintain relationship with state, federal and local government GIS entities.  Skills in consensus building, oral and written communications, ability to work independently, and exercise appropriate discretion with minimal supervision under sometimes difficult schedules; and strong interpersonal skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, Spatial Data Management, Computer and Information Sciences or related field with 5 years of applied experience in enterprise or multi-agency level GIS management, coordination and policy development or a Bachelor’s degree in like fields along with 7 years of applied experience as indicated above or 10 years of applied experience demonstrating a progressive history of management and leadership in the areas indicated above.

Special Licensees registrations and certifications

None required; GIS Professional certification (GISP), Association of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) or similar certification is preferred.

Please submit resume and cover letter addressed to Geospatial Network Review Committee to

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