Jan 072018

Joint Conference Coming Soon:
ILMF (International LiDAR Mapping Forum) and ASPRS Annual Conference
February 5-7, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

The geospatial industry will soon descend on Denver for what is certain to be the single largest gathering of geospatial professionals in the Rocky Mountain West — ever.  For mapping professionals, there’s no better place for technical education, networking and sourcing geospatial solutions all in one place than at ILMF and ASPRS Annual Conference 2018!  It will be the best of ILMF and the best of ASPRS!!

Better Together!  Two Conferences and One Exhibit Floor
More education, networking, and technology than ever before!
You get to choose:
*ILMF Passport
*ASPRS Annual Conference Passport
*Combined ILMF-ASPRS Passport (Best Value!)
*Exhibit Hall Pass

Conference Websites

Technical Presentations


*Preparation for ASPRS Certification – LiDAR (Click Here to view an informational webinar about ASPRS LiDAR Certification)
*Practical Approach to Applying ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards to Digital Geospatial Data
*Datums: How Important Are They?
*Rapid Imagery Analysis with GBDX Notebooks
*Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU) of Lidar Data
*Quality Assurance of Lidar Point Clouds for Floodplain Modeling
*Generic Sensor Model for Optical Line Scanners and Framers
*Field Data Collection Techniques for the Development of Accurate Remote Sensing Ground-Truth
*Object-Based Image Analysis for National Resource Management
*Hyperspectral and Extended Multispectral Remote Sensing: Phenomenology. Sensor Systems, and Data Processing
*Preparation for ASPRS Certification: General Knowledge
*Aerial Triangulation and Data Processing for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
*Unmanned Airborne Lidar for Precision Mapping

Jan 072018

ASPRS Certification Program now includes five levels of professional certification, including
* Photogrammetry,
* Remote Sensing,
* LiDAR, and
* UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems),
as well as a Technologist level in each of the above disciplines.


Find more information here https://www.asprs.org/certification-program/asprs-certification-program.html

Jan 072018

The Rocky Mountain Region Board is taking nominations for open positions on the Board of Directors, including Regional Director for the GIS in the Rockies Conference Planning Committee, and other Regional Directors.

Serving on the Board is a great way to network and earn credit toward Professional Certification or Certification Renewal. Please contact any Board member via the Officers page if you are interested.

Ask yourself:  Isn’t it time I got involved???

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Jan 062018

News from the GIS Colorado listserve:

Below is a link to a PDF I put together with addresses for 40+ federal ArcGIS servers with open MapServer and ImageServer data.  If you know of other federal ArcGIS servers with open data then please let me know and I will add them to the list.  And if you know about a similar federal GIS server list that anyone has assembled then please point me in their direction so we can compare notes.


Joseph Elfelt
Redmond, WA

Thanks Joseph!  Very helpful.

Along these lines we write about spatial data every week on http://spatialreserves.wordpress.com

… including review of maps and sites such as this one that says it is a list of all open data portals around the world:   https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/a-one-stop-shop-list-of-all-open-data-portals-around-the-world/
and archives of free data such as this:    https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/?s=free+gis

So, I’d like to add the Spatial Reserves blog as a “meta” resource for your excellent list if possible.

Joseph Kerski

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP | Education Manager
Esri | 1 International Court | Broomfield CO  80021-3200 | USA
T 303 449 7779 x1-8237 | M 303 625 3925 | jkerski@esri.com | esri.com
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Some more GIS servers for your list at

https://mappingsupport.com/p/surf_gis/list-federal-GIS-servers.pdf can be found here:

Data & Environmental Scientist | Geospatial Data Architect | Licensed Geologist (WA#415)
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025
303-828-7576 mobilewww.linkedin.com/in/gregcocks
(posted 01/05/2018)
Jan 062018

Early Registration and Call for Abstracts Has Been Extended
Elevations Geospatial Summit
May 2 – 4, 2018 in Saratoga, WY

Call for Abstracts  deadline has been extended to January 19!  We invite you to share your geospatial knowledge and experience through a presentation or poster.  We are offering three types of presentations.  A 1-hour panel with different speakers focused on a topic, standard 15 minute presentations, and a new addition of 6-minute fast-paced lightning talks.  All submission topics are welcome.  If you have any questions or want to create a custom session, please contact program@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org.

Early Registration is Open till January 19!  Early registration is $100 for GIS Colorado or WyGeo members, $125 for non-members. The price will increase after January 19th so register now and save some money.

We are working on the program for the conference so check back in January to learn more about the great presentations and keynote speakers we have scheduled.  We already have a number of trainings and workshops planned so get registered as they are starting to fill up.

We also have vendor and sponsor opportunities available.
Visit our Sponsor registration page at  elevationsgeospatialsummit.org

The Elevation Geospatial Summit is a joint effort between GIS Colorado and WyGeo offering outstanding professional workshops and presentations, exhibitors, networking, social events, and more.  The Summit will have insights and opportunities for everyone from the seasoned GIS professional to those who are new to the industry.  Come to beautiful Saratoga, WY and the Platte Valley Community Center for the conference. While in Saratoga enjoy the hot springs, fishing, and all the other opportunities of the beautiful North Platte River valley.

Please contact program@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org for more information or questions.

General Questions?  Contact info@elevationsgeospatialsummit.org

We look forward to seeing you in Wyoming!

Pete Magee
GIS Colorado


Oct 212017

ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region Annual Meeting
New multi-day format!!

3-5 November 2017
(Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday morning)

Main Meeting Venue
The Trails Recreation Center (TRC)
16799 E. Lake Avenue
Centennial, CO 80016

Please see our list of sponsorship opportunities below and consider supporting this landmark event!

Registration fee
Registration includes all workshops and panel sessions, opening reception Friday evening, all meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast.
(Registration fee waived for Panelists who are participating only on Sunday.)
Registration is limited to 40 people — reserve your spot today!

–    Professionals — $75 (includes all sessions and meals)
–    Students — $15 (includes all sessions and meals)

Register Here

(You do not have to be a current ASPRS member to attend.  Non-ASPRS members will have to create an account on the ASPRS website to complete the meeting registration, but they do not have to become ASPRS members before registering.)


Friday, 3 November 2017

–       6:00 – 9:00 pm:  Opening Reception in the West Wing Room of Lone Tree Brewing Co

Saturday, 4 November 2017

–       8:00  – 8:30 am:  Registration and Breakfast from Einstein Bros’ Bagels at Trails Rec Center

–       8:30 – 11:30 am:  An Introduction to Structure From Motion – Multi-view Stereo (SFM-MVS), Dr. Chris Lippitt (University of New Mexico)

Abstract:  This workshop will introduce participants to SFM-MVS processing of digital aerial photography. SFM-MVS has become a critical pre-processing technology for the geometric correction of imagery acquired from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), owing to the number of frames routinely acquired by these systems. Using Agisoft Photoscan, participants will produce orthophotos and digital surface models using overlapping imagery acquired from a Nikon D810 (f = 50mm) mounted on a GippsAERO GA8 and Survey grade ground control. Principles of SFM-VS will also be reviewed. Participants will complete the workshop on their own person computers; information on obtaining a license for required software will be distributed prior to the meeting.

–       11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Lunch from Protein House

–       12:30 – 1:30 pm:  GIS&T Careers Panel Session, Dr. Michaela Buenemann (New Mexico State University), Leandro Gonzalez (DigitalGlobe, Inc.), others TBD

Abstract: GIScientists from the private and public sectors with hiring experience will inform you about their careers, organizations, and what they look for in job applicants. Participants will discuss trends in the industry and their implications for job market preparations. The session will begin with some structured questions from the session chair and conclude with questions from the audience!

–       1:30 – 1:45 pm:  Break

–       1:45 – 3:00 pm:  ASPRS Certification, Dr. Chris Lippitt (University of New Mexico)

Abstract:  ASPRS certification is generally considered the gold standard certification in the geospatial industry. The various certifications ASPRS offers and the process for obtaining certification will be reviewed followed by a discussion with the audience.

–       3:00 – 3:15 pm:  Break

–       3:15 – 5:00 pm:   Seeing the Unseen with WorldView-3 Short-Wave Infrared Imagery Workshop, Bill Baugh (Digital Globe)

Abstract:  The WorldView-3 (WV-3) commercial remote sensing satellite enables significant new material characterization capabilities at high spatial resolution. This is due to the 16-band expanded spectral range spanning visible, near infrared (VNIR), and shortwave infrared (SWIR) reflected light. The SWIR imaging bands are collected at a native 3.7 m resolution and cover a range of diverse and unique absorption features (natural signatures) for many materials. The VNIR bands are collected at a higher 1.2 m resolution; and a panchromatic band at 0.31 m resolution reveals unprecedented spatial details from space. Building on over three years of experience with WV-3 spectral data, Bill Baugh will present a survey of case studies that demonstrate applications that can be used to improve decision making and operational management.

–       5:30 – 8:30 pm:  Dinner at LuBo’s New York Pizza

Sunday, 5 November 2017

–       8:00 – 8:30 am:  Breakfast from Einstein Bros’ Bagels at Trails Recreation Center

–       8:30 – 9:45 am:  Remote Sensing and Public Engagement Panel Session, Dr. Cerian Gibbes (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), others TBD

Abstract: Remotely sensed data is increasingly available through interactive interfaces. The increased accessibility of the internet, mobile computing, and remotely sensed data has led to a rise in public engagement in data collection, basic analysis, and diversification of the narratives presented about the physical and social environment. This rise in the accessibility of remote sensing, and more broadly geospatial science, holds the potential to advance the legitimacy of the models used for decision making purposes. This session will consist of brief presentations of examples of the use of remote sensing and geospatial science to engage the public. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

–       9:45 – 10:00 am:  Break

–       10:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Incorporating No-cost Landsat Data and Products in Mapping Applications Workshop, Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (University of Wyoming)

Landsat data products provide invaluable earth observation tools that are available to users at no cost. Since 2016, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has started organizing Landsat data into a tiered collection structure, based on data quality and level of processing. This lecture and demonstration-style workshop will show how to search and download data from the collection archive, introduce basic remote sensing concepts, and demonstrate characteristics of Landsat data applications, such as monitoring and mapping natural and man-made features, time-series analyses, vegetation indices, and wildfire burn severity. Workshop participants will receive a completion certificate.


Platinum Level – $1,000
Booth near conference registration area
Logo display and written acknowledgment in next ASPRS-RMR newsletter
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Gold Level – $500
Logo display and written acknowledgment in next ASPRS-RMR newsletter
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Silver Level- $250
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Bronze – $100
Name display on meeting website and program

Buy a Sponsorship here


Last updated 11/01/2017

Oct 212017

See the Newsletters page for the full Scholarship Announcement and Applicationdeadline for submission is Friday, December 1, 2017.  While you’re there, you can also download the latest Rocky Mountain Compiler Newsletter!

Oct 042017

Mark your calendars for the Rocky Mountain Region Annual Meeting in a new, multi-day format November 3-5, 2017 with a Welcome Social event on Friday evening, Workshops on Saturday followed by a Group Dinner, and more meetings and workshops on Sunday morning.  This event will be held in Centennial, Colorado, not far from the Centennial Airport.  More details to follow …

Oct 042017

Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus (Longmont) has a diverse group of students learning and earning certificates in GIS as an add on to their current career skills.  Our students take courses in GIS, GPS, database, cartography, programming, and remote sensing.

Starting last Spring semester, we piloted a new experience – The Geospatial Centroid at FRCC Longmont Campus, or the Centroid South, for short.  The Original Geospatial Centroid is a group of students and professionals at Colorado State University who work together to complete on-campus and community-based GIS projects.  People from the community or other departments on campus come to the Centroid looking for volunteer-based student work.  We, here at Front Range Community College, are excited to again offer this opportunity on our Longmont campus and are in need of project work.

We are meeting for the first time this Friday, October 6, and Continue reading »

Jun 282017

GIS in the Rockies Conference
September 20-21, 2017
Denver, CO

ASPRS Track Title — Big Data: How it’s used

Description — As the technology driving GIScience evolves and the Cloud becomes more accessible, larger, more complex datasets are being developed daily and the need to analyze, manage, and store these “big data” is becoming an ever present challenge in the geospatial industry. Workflows are emerging that allow GIScience professionals to analyze these large datasets using geo-processing, programming, and data-mining/geo-analytics in order to support decision making and project goals. Organizations from across industries are undertaking more projects supported by big data, and these cutting-edge projects represent some of the most exciting things happening in GIScience today.

Please extend the call for presentations to your colleagues, co-workers, and other contacts. Here is the verbiage you can send directly to others who may be interested:

The ASPRS-RMR theme for this year is “Big Data: How it’s used.”  There are no geographic constraints on the presentations; just tell us about any project you did where big data of any kind was used in any capacity.  This can include general large data projects, LIDAR data, geo-processing, modeling, programming/development, system architecture, among others.

Also please keep in mind that presenters are offered a discounted registration fee ($100 off the 1-day rate, $200 off the full conference).

If you have an abstract to submit, please do so using this link: http://gisintherockies.org/abstract-submission

Let me know if anyone has any questions!

Jason Isherwood, GISP | GIT Manager | Michael Baker International
165 S Union Blvd, Suite 200 | Lakewood, CO | [O] 720-514-1124 | [M] 720-879-1388
jisherwood@mbakerintl.com | www.mbakerintl.com