Jul 012016

GeoBytes are free online seminars presented by ASPRS and sponsored by the ASPRS GIS Division, in cooperation with AAGS and CaGIS.
Attention those seeking ASPRS Certification: ASPRS Online Seminars are a great way to gain Professional Development Hours!
Click here to learn more

Upcoming Webinars: 

Getting more from remote sensing data using OGC standards, July 22nd, 2016

A Geodetic Certification Program: to Build or not to Build, August 19th, 2016

Integrating Spatial Technologies to Improve Disaster Preparedness and Response, September 9th, 2016

Jul 012016

On Friday, July 29th, Geospatial Training Services will be presenting a free webinar entitled Introduction to Spatial Statistics Toolbox for ArcGIS Desktop. In this webinar we’ll give you a high-level overview of the available tools, when to use the tools, and demonstrate some of the more popular tools such as Hot Spot Analysis, Cluster and Outlier Analysis, and others.
Space is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your space.  Sign up at:  https://itrain.leadpages.co/introduction-spatial-statistics/

We also have several new sessions of our new Introduction to Spatial Statistics using ArcGIS Desktop and R coming up soon:

October 3rd and 4th in Raleigh, NC
October 11th and 12th in Denver
November 2nd and 3rd in Seattle

Jul 012016

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (28 June 2016)

Latest Images:

* An Unlikely Eye on Orbiting Objects

* Erskine Fire, California

* A Gap in the Andes

* Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

* Bloom in the Gulf of Alaska

* Imaging a Methane Leak from Space

* Atmosphere Awash with Saharan Dust

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

Recent Blog Posts:

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE and beyond the call of duty: the value of a great field team
NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.

Jul 012016

Greetings from the University of Kentucky Geography Department:
We’re less than a week away from the application deadline for a series of online, web-mapping courses that start July 11th, including:

All courses are taught completely online, run for ten weeks long, earn graduate credit at the University of Kentucky and are part of an 11-credit graduate certificate in Digital Mapping. This unique program emphasizes both programming and interaction design, ensuring that students emerge from the program well-equipped to make sophisticated, elegant web maps using a variety of platforms.
The courses are designed with all levels of experience in mind.   Continue reading »

Jun 272016

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

* Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

* A Day in the East Korea Current

* Bahariya Oasis

* Zion National Park

* Dust Over the Red Sea

* Reservoirs Down in India

* Spring Colors in Lake Erie

* Glacial Change in Montana’s Blackfoot-Jackson Basin

Recent Blog Posts:

Notes from the Field
* ABoVE: Burned boreal forests — Come along to measure carbon


NASA’s Earth Observatory
Where every day is Earth day.

Jun 132016



GIS in the Rockies (September 21 & 22) is pleased to announce our 2016 Keynote Speakers:

Matt Sheehan is Founder, Principal and Senior GIS Developer at WebMapSolutions, focused on helping organizations large and small understand and use GIS to solve business problems. Born In England, Matt holds a BSc and MSc in Geography. Matt works on both the technical and business sides of the GIS fence.  He is a prolific blogger, writing topical, often humorous articles on the new exciting world of GIS.

Brian Timoney, owner of The Timoney Group and a 15-year Colorado geospatial veteran, has wide experience in GIS and web mapping in sectors such as defense, Oil & Gas, and local government.  An ongoing promoter of the local technology scene, he has founded and organized conferences, co-hosts the Denver Geospatial Amateurs’ monthly gatherings, and opines on a broad range of industry issues at the Mapbrief.com blog as well as on Twitter.


We invite you to share your professional geospatial knowledge and experience at a conference workshop or technical session.  All submissions are welcome – commercial, open source and academic presentations.

Tracks are being organized by GIS Colorado, ASPRS-RMR, Rocky Mountain URISA, and PLSC.  Additional tracks include GIS in Education, Conservation, Web Applications, and a Vendor Showcase, with more to come.

Submit abstracts online no later than June 20. Presenters receive a discounted registration price of $100/day. (Please wait to register until you hear about presenting!)


GIS in the Rockies returns to The Cable Center in Denver in 2016 offering outstanding professional workshops and presentations, networking, exhibitors, Career Development Academy, social events and more.

Join us September 21 & 22 for the 29th Annual GIS in the Rockies Conference – the Rocky Mountain West’s premier geospatial information and technology conference.
Pre-Conference Workshops September 20

Questions about GIS in the Rockies? Email chair@gisintherockies.org

Apr 012016

Reserve your spot today!
Conference Information

The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming will host a two-day symposium to address topics associated with acquiring and deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, i.e. drones), associated software and equipment, and technology and policy developments.  Experts from government, academia and industry will discuss UAV geospatial data collection capabilities and various UAV technology developments. The symposium will also discuss opportunities and challenges of UAVs and the policies being developed to properly regulate UAV systems.

Specific topics will include: Sensor options (panchromatic to multi-spectral), vehicle options (rotary powered, fixed wing), and pertinent legal and policy constraints (FAA regulations, privacy, use on public lands). Program format will include policy overviews, scientific talks, panel discussions and vendor demonstrations.

Who should attend?

Geospatial professionals, engineers, natural resource managers, city and county planners, emergency and first responders, scientists, students, faculty and anyone interested in learning more about the opportunities and constraints concerning the use of UAVs and the systems which support them.

Visit the symposium website for a detailed agenda of speakers, discussion topics and sponsorship opportunities.

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center – 222 South 22nd Street, Laramie, Wyoming, 82070

More Information
For more information please visit the symposium website for a detailed agenda of speakers, discussion topics and sponsorship opportunities.

Feb 052016

If you’ve attended ILMF in the past, you know it’s unparalleled for staying up-to-date on the latest innovations in airborne, mobile and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies including sUAS.
Here’s what’s new at this year’s event:

  • Inspiring keynote presentations
  • 3DEP Update
  • The Impact of Single Photon, FLASH and Geiger-Mode LiDAR
  • Innovations in Linear LiDAR technology
  • USGS Update
  • Product Previews: Vendor presentations on latest product innovations

Peruse the ILMF website for the full conference program, presenter list, keynotes, exhibitor list and more.

Register now and see you February 22-24 at ILMF 2016 in Denver.

Feb 052016


SAVE-THE-DATE! GIS in the Rockies Conference 2016

Join us September 21 & 22, 2016 in Denver, Colorado for the 29th annual GIS IN THE ROCKIES Conference.

GIS in the Rockies returns to The Cable Center in Denver in 2016 offering our best opportunity yet to stay abreast of industry trends and technologies, grow your knowledge base and expand your networking reach.  The conference looks forward to hosting GIS professionals, educators, students, and those just interested in learning more about GIS.

GIS in the Rockies registration opens in early March.  Watch your inbox and GISintheRockies.org for updates and more information.

Mark September 21 & 22 on your calendar and join us in Denver for GIS in the Rockies 2016 – the Rocky Mountain West’s premier geospatial information and technology conference(Pre-conference workshops & exhibitor set-up September 20.)

 Questions about GIS in the Rockies? Email chair@gisintherockies.org

Dec 242015

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


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.


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 102015

One Remarkable Project

Riding the winds of victory, PhD student and Hexagon Geospatial U.S. Education Award winner Su Zhang and his advising Professor Christopher Lippitt joined us in Las Vegas for HxGN LIVE 2015. Both enjoyed an all expenses paid trip courtesy of Hexagon Geospatial. They received their awards, and Zhang showed us exactly how cool his research project was.

In his session presentation titled “Pavement Surface Cracks Detection and Assessment Based on Hyper-Spatial Resolution Natural Color Digital Aerial Photography,” Zhang demonstrated the utility of aerial imagery acquired from a tethered weather balloon, for a ‘proof of concept” analysis of asphalt surface distress conditions using ERDAS IMAGINE.

Watch the presentation and learn how hyper-spatial digital aerial imagery acquired from a low-cost unmanned remote sensing system enabled detailed pavement characterization.

And to all students out there…stay tuned because next year’s winner could be YOU!

If you would like more information about the Hexagon Geospatial U.S. Education Program, contact Diane Geheber at diane.geheber@hexagongeospatial.com or 866-282-4325 with any questions.

Su Zhang is an ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region scholarship winner and President of the University of New Mexico Student Chapter.