April 9, 2013

May 8, Fireside Inn, W. Lebanon, NH, $70 to attend  - Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome.

Click here for schedule!

March 28, 2013

Incident Command Training Recommended!

How can the wider community of GIS professionals make their skills available to state and local organizations during an emergency? Zach Borst, Regional Outreach Specialist at DEMHS, has been helping VCGI understand that one of the big barriers to any member of the general public helping at any Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is lack of familiarity with the Incident Command Structure (ICS). This affects both attitudes and ability to function in the midst of a potentially chaotic situation. People who have this training are seen as potential assets to the folks running an EOC, whether at the state  or local level.

So, in an effort to follow-up on the interest expressed by many members of the GIS community to "DO MORE" the next time an emergency happens, we are passing along information about some online and upcoming live (Free) ICS training. If you want to be in a position to be as helpful as possible, consider the following (we will pass along future opportunities as they come up!):

ICS 100 - Online Intro Course - Free - everything you need is downloadable from the web site - this may be required before you can attend additional trainings like the one below:

ICS 200 -  Incident Command System for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents


March 27, 2013

Save the date!

Just wanted to keep you aware that we are working on finalizing the schedule and online registration for the May 8 Roundtable which will take place at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH (right off I89, just over the CT River into NH - or perhaps I should say, right before you go into VT!).

Here is the list of topics that will be offered - to whet your appetite! You will notice some mini-tracks: Open Source software and GIS for Infrastructure...

• What's New with ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online - Mark Scott, ESRI
• Using LiDAR to Improve a Vegetation Management Plan - Jarrod Harper and Jeffrey Disorda, VELCO
• Custom QGIS Cartography - Tim Sinnott, Green Info Network
• USGS Funding and Programs Update - Lin Neifert, USGS
• Overview of Mapping Needs for Vermont Water & Wastewater Systems - Liz Royer, VT Rural Water Assoc.
• Beyond Queries: SQL for Everything - Bill Morris, Geosprocket, LLC
• BioFinder – Identifying Vermont’s Natural Resources Priorities - Erik Engstrom, VT ANR
• GIS at Green Mountain Power - Tom Williams, GMP
• Introduction to TileMill: How to Become a Geospatial Tile Cutter and Why You Should Care - John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College
• LiDAR - Going Beyond Acquisition - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne
• GIS Assists a Smart Meter Deployment - Jamie Brewster, Stowe Electric Dept. and Jarrod Harper, VELCO
• Who should care about Python? - ESRI
• Surface Modeling with Noisy, Sparse Data - John Whitman
• VCGI News and Updates

I hope to have the detailed schedule posted and registration live by about April 8.

March 18, 2013

New map product from NRCS!

The gSSURGO dataset was created for use in national, regional, and statewide resource planning and analysis of soils data. The new soil 10m raster map layer data offers rapid display of soil themes over large land areas and is easy to combine with other raster data sources (land cover, terrain data, climate, etc.) in a common equal area projection. Ready to map attributes include soil organic carbon, available water storage, and productivity indices.

March 14, 2013

March 19, 2013, Waterbury

The Board of Directors of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. will hold a Board of Directors’ Meeting on: Tuesday, March 19, 2011, 8:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m. at the Best Western Waterbury - Board Room.

Full Warning with Agenda