NEWS

URISA Recommends the Addition of Addresses as a Framework Data Theme

The recommendation is intended to strengthen other FGDC NSDI and address data initiatives

URISA Gearing Up for the Esri UC

Visit URISA in booth #516 during the Esri International User Conference in San Diego.

URISA 2014 Salary Survey Data Collection Period Opens

Help develop this important profile of GIS professional activities and compensation by completing the questionnaire by July 31.

EVENTS

GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference

September 8 - 11, 2014
Best GIS professional development event around! Ample education credit for GISPs and AICPs. Start reviewing the program

URISA Leadership Academy

October 13 - 17, 2014
The first offering of the URISA Leadership Academy in Louisville. Take advantage of GIS leadership training!

URISA 2014 Caribbean GIS Conference

October 26 - 30, 2014
The 7th URISA Caribbean GIS Conference will take place this October in Curacao. Keynote speakers, workshops, training

URISA Connect Webinars & Virtual Education

 

"URISA webinars really are uniquely fantastic!" — Jay Clark, City of Shoreline, WA (URISA Connect attendee)

URISA Connect is the virtual component of URISA’s educational offerings.  Webinars that connect you to the cutting edge in technology and management lessons for the GIS industry are at your fingertips. From single presentations to multi-part workshop offerings, URISA Connect webinars offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about GIS best practices from trusted experts.
  • Delve deep into topics important to your professional development.
  • See the latest technical and management advancements.
  • Ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate on today’s big issues.

Are you trying to find ways to increase your industry knowledge and learn new skills without a budget for travel? URISA Connect is an effective way to develop your professional skills and even work towards GISCI Certification Education Hours. (URISA Webinars count towards the EDU-2 section of the application.)

Upcoming Virtual Education:

Introduction to GNSS

URISA is pleased to announce the presentation of the newly updated Introduction to GNSS (formerly Introducton to GPS), via instructor-led web based training.  Normally a full-day classroom session, the workshop has been re-packaged into three sections and will be presented online this June to meet the constant demand for the subject matter without the travel expense and time away from work.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credit (8 hours of EDU-2).  

This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days: 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 25, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $245

Course Description: The use of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) has become pervasive in the GIS and Surveying communities, and with anyone who needs or collects data that has a geographic or locational component.  Local, state and federal agencies regularly use it for a myriad of purposes including E911, utility locations, pavement inventories, biological studies and more.  In the private sector, surveyors, GIS data collectors and other consultants use GNSS in their everyday work.  Even hikers, boaters and hunters rely on GNSS to document their fishing holes, hunting blinds and to leave virtual bread crumb trails.  This data finds its way into thousands of different databases and maps and is used in every conceivable application.  GNSS is a highly specialized technology that, by its very nature, is prone to accidental misapplication; and it will produce inaccurate results that are not recognized to the untrained user.  This workshop will, in a non-technical, yet thorough manner, explore the GNSS satellite constellations, how geographic positions are determined, sources of errors in GNSS data collection, and the types of receivers with the goal of arming users with the ability to achieve the results they expect and need in their work.

Specific topics include:

  • The Global Navigation Satellite System – satellites, control and receivers
  • How GNSS works - Measurements from 12,000 miles up
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Factors affecting the accuracy of GNSS measurements
  • Determining the accuracy of my GNSS measurements
  • How to obtain more accurate results
  • Types of GPS receivers
  • Methods of making GNSS measurements – Static, Rapid Static, RTK
  • GPS, GLONASS and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Intended Audience: Any person who uses a GPS receiver, or who relies on or uses geographic locations determined by GNSS measurements

Register today to reserve your spot!

Building an Address Repository Using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing - A virtual workshop

URISA is pleased to announce the presentation of one of its most popular Certified Workshops, Building an Address Repository using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Quality and Data Sharing, via instructor-led web based training.  This URISA workshop is regularly presented at URISA conferences, chapter events, and at regional conferences. Normally a full-day classroom session, the workshop has been re-packaged into three sections and will be presented online this August to meet the constant demand for the subject matter without the travel expense and time away from work.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credit (8 hours of EDU-2).  

This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days: 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Thursday, August 7, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $245

Attendees will receive all of the benefits of traditional classroom learning in an interactive online classroom while not having the expense of traveling to onsite training locations.  Interactive communication between the instructor and other attendees is accomplished through communication tools within the training platform. Participants will receive an electronic workbook to accompany the instruction and certificate of completion.

Course Description: Street addresses are the key, user-friendly geospatial identifier used by everyone, but addressing processes are usually poorly organized at the local level.

This workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, and organizational challenges. It will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that serves the needs of the entire organization.  The workshop will also review the Federal Geographic Data Committee Street Address Data Standard, and help you understand how the standard can help you build quality address data.

Specific topics include:

  • What is an address?
  • What are the types of address?
  • How are addressing systems structured, and addresses assigned?
  • How do you develop a Master Address Repository
  • Geocoding and managing addresses in the GIS
  • Organizational issues with addressing
  • Working with the FGDC Street Address Data Standard

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, staff members who assign, maintain or use addresses. This workshop will focus on managing address workflows, address data, and use.

Instructor Profile:  Ms. McCart Wells is co-chair of the FGDC Addressing Standards Working Group that championed adoption in 2011 of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard and is currrently being updated.  She had been the primary instructor of the very popular URISA Addressing Workshop for several years.  As founder of Spatial Focus, Inc., she brings over 40 years of experience in local government planning and zoning, organizational issues, budgeting, project management, real estate development, transportation planning, and coastal zone management.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

URISA is very excited to offer one of our most popular in person workshop virtually.  Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation.  This workshop will be presented via instructor led virtual delivery.  This is one of the most requested in person workshops and will be repackaged to be delivered over three days.  If the end of the year is coming quickly and you still have funds in your training budget, this is an excellent opportunity to do training while removing the expense of travel.  The workshop content is thoroughly peer-reviewed and updated each year and is eligible for GISP Education credits (8 hours of EDU-2)

This 8-hour workshop will be presented over three days: 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, November 19, 2014  - 1:00– 4:00 pm EDT
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:00– 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: URISA International Members: $195 Non-members: $245

Attendees will receive all of the benefits of traditional classroom learning in an interactive online classroom while not having the expense of traveling to onsite training locations.  Interactive communication between the instructor and other attendees is accomplished through communication tools within the training platform. Participants will receive an electronic workbook to accompany the instruction and certificate of completion.

Course Description: Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets.  Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. 

This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets. 

Specific topics include:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • GASB34 Reporting
  • Life Cycle Costs

 

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

Register here today to reserve your spot!


Recent URISA Webinars:

October 30, 2013 1:00 pm EDT: Expanding Broadband Mapping in Economic Development and Planning Initiatives
Ashley Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky

Archived webinar available now in the Archived Workshops section.

November 6, 2013 11:00 am EDT: The GIS Management Institute and the GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM): updates, overviews and implementations.
Greg Babinski, GISP, King County GIS Center , Seattle, Washington

Available for viewing without restrictions on the GIS Managment Institute page.

November 13, 2013 12:00 noon EDT: The Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata
Ryan Bowe, Photo Science , Lexington, Kentucky 

Archived webinar available now in the Archived Workshops section

February 27, 2014 - 11:30 AM EST: Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winner Showcase
"Show Me My House" for Snow Ordinance Searches
Anna Whipple - City of Des Moines, IA

March 19, 20, 21, 2014 - Deploying Mobile Solutions: What to Consider - URISA Certified Workshop
Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP, eGIS Associates, Atlanta, GA

Archived webinar coming soon.

Link to Archived Workshops

 


Sponsorship

Benefits of sponsorship of a URISA Connect webinar include direct marketing of your webinar to the entire URISA Membership and beyond.  As well, URISA will promote your workshops online, in the URISA Digest and in other online publications.  As an added benefit, your webinar will be hosted by URISA, for future viewing for 12 months following the webinar.

Working directly with you and your team, URISA staff will ensure a professionally presented online experience.  

Understanding that marketing is a valuable component to your business, and that the costs of marketing is ever increasing, the need to get your message to as many people with the best return on investment, the URISA Connects sponsored webinar series will help to attain these goals.

If you are intested in hosting a sponsored workshop please contact Keri Brennan, GISP, Education Manager at kbrennan@urisa.org

URISA Connect Cancellation and Refund Policy:
 
All cancellations must be received in writing (via fax, email or regular mail) at URISA Headquarters no later than 72 hours before the event in order to receive a refund, minus a $10 processing fee. After that time period, cancelled registrations will not be refunded nor applied to future events. URISA is not responsible for any technical issues caused by Adobe Connect that may prevent or limit access, recorded or live, to the webinar by attendees, and will not be able to offer refunds should these issues occur.

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