March 16, 2017

The VT Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) is pleased to announce the release of new Vermont Orthoimagery collected in 2016.  This release represents the 1st acquisition year of a new collection effort (2016-2020 map here) which will result in a completely new set of 30cm leaf-off 4-band orthoimagery.  Additionally, we are collecting 15cm imagery for specific “buy-up areas”.

The 2016 orthos cover approximately 1/5 of the state, a swath cutting across Rutland and Windsor counties.  30cm imagery is available for this entire area; 15cm is available for the buy-up areas (shown with hatched lines on the map).


  • Higher Resolution Base Imagery – The base orthoimagery is being collected at 30cm Ground Sample Distance (GSD).  This nearly halves the resolution from previous ortho vintages (50cm).
  • 6-inch Resolution for Buy-up Areas – Approximately 10% of the state is being collected at 15cm GSD.


Get It!  Downloads in JPEG2000 file format


Offline Option

Questions: Steve Sharp OR 802-882-3006.

March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Panel Members:
  • Shawna Smith, Pitney-Bowes
  • Bill Hegman, Middlebury College
  • Darren Schibler, UVM
  • Johnathan Croft, VTrans.

This Webinar will provide a brief overview of topics covered at the VT Geospatial Forum in May of 2016 followed by tips and advice provided by both seasoned and new professional panel members. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your comments and questions as well!

  1. Top three tips to job applicants to make themselves marketable?
  2. Example of mistake applicant made that took them out of the running for a position?
  3. Top three neglected areas of “career development” for people in or wanting to start GIS-related career


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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


March 3, 2017

Map/Art Show Call for Submissions – Posted March 3, 2017

The Vermont Center for Geographic Information is seeking submissions for a Map/Art show that will be installed May 1, 2017 and taken down May 30, 2017 at the Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier.

The audience for this show will be legislators, lobbyists, citizens, and others who visit the Statehouse during this period.

The purpose of the show is to highlight creative approaches to using maps to illustrate or portray Vermont, its landscapes, heritage, institutions, issues that affect Vermonters, or to encourage connections to and understanding of place in the Green Mountain State.

Please read the full Call for Submissions for details about criteria and submission requirements.

The submission deadline is 3:00 PM April 3, 2017.

February 16, 2017

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 PM: Connecting to VCGI Web Services in ArcGIS and QGIS

Presented by Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator at VCGI. Join us to learn how to connect to web map and imagery services provided by the VT Center for Geographic Information. We will cover connecting with both ArcGIS and Open Source software QGIS.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2 PM: Geospatial Web Services - A Look Under the Hood

Presented by Steve Sharp, Operations Manager at VCGI. How do Web Map and Imagery Services work? Why are only some data layers available as services, and how are they connected to online mapping apps? Join Steve as he pulls back the curtain on the magic of geospatial web services at VCGI.

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Thursday, March 9, 2 PM: Using VCGI's NEW Lidar Services in ArcGIS - HIllshade and Digital Elevation Model

Presented by Mike Brouillette, Lidar Program Manager at VCGI. Join us to learn what you can create with the new lidar services in ArcGIS.

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All of VCGI's webinars are recorded and posted at our Youtube Channel! Check out previous webinars here:

February 9, 2017

Please note that certain compressed contour tiles from the 2013 Rutland/Grand Isle collection have been updated as follows:

  1. All contour 1’ intervals are now present, whereas their predecessors were erroneously delivered with only 10’ intervals;
  2. Their horizontal projection has been updated from “NAD_1983_StatePlane_Vermont_FIPS_4400_Feet” to “NAD_1983_StatePlane_Vermont_FIPS_4400_Meters”.

Tiles affected include:

  • &

All other contours in this collection are already in meters with 1’ contour intervals.