Intro to GIS and GPS Training Offered

February 18, 2016

2016 GIS Training at VERMONT TECH: Registration Open!
VTC hosts an Introduction to GIS and GPS class taught by VCGI staff. NEW THIS YEAR: Two different time/formats and times of year! We will be offering this course in the spring as an 8-week series of 2-hour evening classes in Williston. In the fall, we will offer it as a two-day course completed over two Saturdays. Choose the time frame and location that works for you!

Intro to GIS/GPS ($100) :
Participants will gain an understanding of fundamental geospatial concepts which they will then apply in learning how to use online mapping applications, consumer grade GPS receivers, and QGIS open source GIS software. QGIS will be used to explore and display geospatial data, to create new geospatial data, to perform simple geospatial analysis, and to compose basic maps appropriate for printing or publishing. Participants will develop a mapping question or project that they will explore and build on throughout the course.

April 14 – June 2 (Williston Campus) – Eight Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Click here to register: http://greentrainings.vtc.edu/gis-trainings.html
September 10 and 17(Randolph Campus) – Two Saturdays, 9-5 each. Click here to register: http://greentrainings.vtc.edu/gis-trainings.html

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VCGI Update: FEMA DFIRM and Southern Orthos

February 16, 2016

State-Wide FEMA DFIRM Data Posted

A state-wide FEMA DFIRM data set (where DFIRM is available – see map) has been posted in Vermont’s Open GeoData Portal: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/opendata.  This new data posting replaces the individual county-based and town-based DFIRM data sets that were previously posted to the portal.  This new data set is catalogued in the portal with the database name EmergencyFlood_DFIRM;  It can be found by searching with the keyword “DFIRM”.

The DFIRM data set is available through the portal as a .zip package that contains shapefiles, tables, metadata files, and a .lyr file.

VCGI appreciates VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) staff for keeping VCGI abreast of the status of DFIRM data and providing symbology that is incorporated into the .lyr file.

NOTE:  New flood maps in Bennington County just became effective on 12/2/2015.

NOTE:  See the Flood Ready Vermont web site at http://floodready.vermont.gov/ for information on flood readiness.

 

All VT Imagery Service Now Includes 2015!

VCGI’s full suite of imagery services have been updated with the latest 2015 VT ortho imagery (covering southern VT).

2015 Orthos have been integrated into the following services

  • All “Best of” services + caches (color, color infrared, and black & white) have been updated
  • All statewide “ortho only” services (color, color infrared, and black & white) have been updated
  • Individual cached 2015 ortho services have been created (SP + WM)
  • The “All VT Imagery and Indexes” service (version 3) has been updated to include 2015 imagery + indexes (including tie-cut lines).

NOTE: These services also take advantage of stable “layer ids” for those hackers out there, so you can count on them staying the same when you write your code.

Additional details are available here:

http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/web_services#imagery