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

Apr 292017
 

Congratulations to Su Zhang on being selected to receive a $1,500 Annual Scholarship from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing — Rocky Mountain Region (ASPRS-RMR) for the 2016-17 academic year!  Graduate PhD applications were assessed in 11 areas: appropriateness of field of study, quality of narrative, communication, letter of recommendation, enthusiasm, scholastic ability, quality of research, appropriateness of research, uniqueness of research, innovation of research, and extracurricular activity.  Su Zhang is a Graduate student at the University of New Mexico.  He is pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering, also a Master’s Degree in GIScience from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.  Su is also an active member of the ASPRS Student Chapter atthe University of New Mexico.  In his scholarship application, Su Zhang said, “I selected my respective concentrations of Civil Engineering and GIS/Remote Sensing Technology (GIT) to further my goal of leveraging GIT for infrastructure asset management. Ultimately, I plan to pursue a career in academia to continue development of this goal and to teach a new generation of civil engineers to effectively employ GIT.”

Honorable Mention goes out to our runner-up, Hamid Zoraghein of the University of Colorado – Boulder.  Due to current budget constraints on the Region, only one scholarship was awarded this year.

Apr 192017
 

I am teaching a webinar later this month through the Colorado Alliance on Environmental Education on citizen science – specifically, collecting, analyzing, and mapping your citizen science data – free and open to all.  If you know some educators, in particular, who you have been trying to nudge into the world of collecting and mapping field data, including crowdsourced data, please read on.

https://www.caee.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=244

Collecting, Analyzing, and Mapping your Citizen Science Data
Wednesday, 26 April 2017  3:00-4:00p.m.  Mountain Time

The advent of web mapping and data collection technologies opens up new ways that educators and students can contribute data to the citizen science community.  Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we cover some of the easiest-to-use and most powerful of these methods, including Snap2Map, Story Maps, iNaturalist, and Survey123, which enable field data on invasive plant species, weather, water quality, birds, urban infrastructure conditions, and other data to be displayed and able to be analyzed spatially on interactive, multimedia web maps.  You will be empowered and confident that you can use these tools in an educational environment.
Contact Phone: 303-273-9527    Email: info @ caee.org   Continue reading »

Apr 192017
 

April and May GeoBytes Webinars schedule:

Date: 04/14/2017
Title:  Grass GIS – A point Cloud Evaluation Resources 
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7097060966402901507
Webinar ID: 851-024-747

Date: 04/21/2017
Title:  Using ASPRS Open Aerial Data Catalog
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687339722516700420
Webinar ID: 942-747-811

Date: 05/12/2017
Title:  Recent developments in 3D city modelling
RegistrationURL:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5190102084048706051
Webinar ID: 851-697-115

Date: 05/26/2017
Title:  The Importance of Geospatial Information for Smart Cities
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8596628799176454913
Webinar ID: 246-192-691

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David Alvarez

Feb 042017
 

February 13 – 15, 2017
Denver, Colorado

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is less than two weeks away. Miss it and miss out on the opportunity of the year to educate yourself on the hottest topics in aerial mapping, including:
• Linear LiDAR Vs. GML/SPL…differences and pros/cons of each
• Considerations for using manned vs. unmanned platforms
• Photogrammetry, including Structure from Motion (SfM)
• Multi-sensor fusion (e.g., LiDAR and Differential Image Motion (DIM))
• Feature extraction, including Dense Image Matching (DIM) – enabling the automatic extraction of 3D urban models, as from airborne oblique imagery
• Leveraging geospatial metadata (including maps, GIS files, imagery, and other location-based data resources)
• Bathy lidar and topobathy
• And much more! View the full conference program here.

More information can be found at:  http://www.lidarmap.org/

 

Feb 042017
 

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (31 January 2017)

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Latest Images:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/

* The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89560&src=eoa-iotd

* Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89515&src=eoa-iotd

* Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89541&src=eoa-iotd

* The Desert Express

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89530&src=eoa-iotd

* Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89544&src=eoa-iotd

* The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89535&src=eoa-iotd

* First Light from GOES-16

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89506&src=eoa-iotd

* Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=89511&src=eoa-iotd

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Recent Blog Posts:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/

Earth Matters

* In Coastal Peru, Fog Begets Life

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6856&src=eoa-blogs

* Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6826&src=eoa-blogs

* Study: Major Middle East Dust Storm in 2015 Was Due to the Weather, Not Human Conflict

A new analysis of satellite suggests the key causes of a major dust storm in 2015 were climate and weather conditions — not the war in Syria.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/?p=6768&src=eoa-blogs

Notes from the Field

* Science Challenges at Sea: A Plumbing Story

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/?p=8511&src=eoa-blogs

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Dec 232016
 

NORAD is Tracking Santa!
Visit http://www.noradsanta.org/

Why does NORAD track Santa?

Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks airplanes, missiles, space launches and anything else that flies in or around the North American continent, while also completing some other very important missions. While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues to track Santa. We’re the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it. And, we love it! NORAD is honored to be Santa’s official tracker!

The Tradition Lives On …

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

In Memory of Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD’s First Santa Tracker

September 29, 1917 – March 14, 2009

Radar

It all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada’s North and Alaska. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season. The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.

Satellites

These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that’s a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can see heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced – enough for the satellites to see them. Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with no problem.

Read more at www.noradsanta.org — just click on the NORAD HQ link …

Happy Holidays to all from your ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region!

Oct 122016
 

The Geospatial Centroid at CSU is offering an Introduction to Python for ArcGIS workshop

This 8-hour workshop, delivered in 2 afternoon sessions, will be held:
Friday Oct. 21 & 28, 1 – 5 pm
in the CSU Morgan Library, Classroom 174, Fort Collins

Open to all: Students: $90; CSU staff/faculty: $120; non-CSU participants: $150

Proficiency with ArcGIS is necessary, but programming experience is not required for this intro level workshop which covers:

  • Python syntax basics
  • Writing, editing, and running geoprocessing scripts in Python for ArcGIS 10.4
  • Use of Python scripts for automating GIS workflows
  • Determining properties of spatial data
  • Updating attribute info
  • Creating an ArcGIS Toolbox to manage and share scripts
  • In-class demos, hands-on exercises, and challenges will be provided to reinforce the skills you learn

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Oct 122016
 

Remote Sensing of Vegetation

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:00-3:00 pm MDT

Instructor: Charles E. Olson, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources
University of Michigan

Description: A review of how remote sensing is used to inventory vegetation, based on answers to these questions:

  1. What do we mean by “vegetation?”
  2. Why do we care about it?
  3. What is there about it that makes it detectable with remote sensors?

Member Price: $300
Nonmember Price: $400
Students (member or non-member): $100

Click here to register

Sep 212016
 

Join us September 21 & 22 in Denver, Colorado for the best GIS in the Rockies to date – offering outstanding professional workshops and presentations, networking, exhibitors, Career Development Academy, social events and more.

2016 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

– FULL PROGRAM OF OUTSTANDING SESSIONS & POSTERS

EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINING EVENTS:
– GIS
Scavenger Hunt
– National Geographic Giant Traveling Map
– Field
Data Collection Tools Demo
  – Advanced OpenStreetMap (mini workshop)*
– The National Map Corps (map-a-thon)*
* These events have limited space. If you wish to attend either, we suggest registering for it when you register for the conference.

2 DYNAMIC KEYNOTES:
Matt Sheehan Founder, Principal and Senior GIS Developer at WebMapSolutions & prolific blogger
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Brian Timoney, owner of The Timoney Group, & Colorado geospatial fixture

CAREER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMYInterview Skills / Resume Building Workshop, Mock Interviews, Career Topic Roundtables, University & GIS Society Booths, etc.

EXCEPTIONAL SLATE OF EXHIBITORS

PRE-CONFERENCE PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS (TUE, 9/20) – Stay on top of ever-changing technology!

– OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE SOCIAL EVENT (WED, 9/21) – Networking, GISITR Geo Quiz, etc.

POST-CONFERENCE TOURS (FRI, 9/23) 

Sep 212016
 

Remember that Abstracts for IGTF 2017 are due September 26th! 

Submit Abstracts

  • GIS Division is especially interested in Big Data/Visualization abstracts to fulfill session needs, so please consider submitting your abstract today and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same!
  • You do not need to be a member of ASPRS to submit an abstract.

Many other topics of interest to the GIS Division and the conference as a whole:

Topical Areas
Smart Cities
Geospatial Data Standards
Meta data standards
Natural Resource Management
Infrastructure
Big Data Domain Processing Algorithms
Disaster Management
Decision Making Based Data Set Information
Extraction
Education
Marine and
Aquatic Applications
Water Quality and Water Quantity
Sensors
Emerging Application Topics
Pervasive Sensors
Climate Change
Web-based open source geospatial
analysis tools
Augmented Reality (computer generated sensory input) in real-world environment
Cyber and Homeland Security concerns for geospatial data
Rapid response systems for disaster management