3 Geospatial Web Services Webinars Scheduled

February 16, 2017


Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:00 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.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/736623693194632706

Wednesday, March 1, 2:00 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.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7149676994916032770

Thursday, March 9, 2:00 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.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6787343932985681922

VT Mapping News: RFP for Parcel Mapping Posted, Bridge and Culvert Data Videos Posted!

January 14, 2015

grantees_2014_2015RFP for Parcel Mapping Posted: 

Lemington today, Brunswick, Stannard, and Sutton coming soon…

I am excited to report that I have posted the first of (at least) 4 parcel mapping RFPs that will be made available in the next month or so: Lemington, VT!


The link for the RFP is near the bottom of the page, but feel free to check the other information about this funded project (which will be done at the end of this year).

youtube_vtransVTrans Youtube Videos of Bridge and Culvert Data Workshop:

In October 2014, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) hosted a workshop to help GIS users of Vermont data understand what bridge and culvert information is available, and which data set is appropriate for their needs.

A series of videos of the information presented at the workshop have been produced by Eric Goldman, Multimedia Specialist, and Sara Moulton, GIS Specialist of the VTrans Division of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development. The videos can be accessed on YouTube at

VCGI Webinars Scheduled

September 20, 2013
We have 4 webinars scheduled for late October and November. There are three slots open in December if anyone has a topic they would like to present! Dates and times are very flexible, I am just trying to schedule one per week (other than holiday weeks).

Please get in touch if you would like to present or have a suggestion (lesliep@vcgi.org)! In the meantime, check out what we have scheduled so far…

Getting Started with ArcGIS Online for Organizations – Mark Scott, ESRI

Introduction to Quantum GIS (QGIS), Leslie Pelch, VCGI

Quantum GIS: Data Acquisition and Transformation, Leslie Pelch, VCGI

Using GPS and Bringing the Data into GIS, Leslie Pelch, VCGI

VCGI Web Services Expanded – Documentation Posted

February 27, 2013

VCGI, in collaboration with VT’s Enterprise GIS Consortium (EGC), has developed a portfolio of “web services” which allow users to bring map layers and imagery into their GIS projects or map mashups without actually downloading any data. By connecting to the service of choice via the internet (a live internet connection is required in order for the images to appear in your GIS project) users can access a variety of resources.

VCGI provides Web Map Services (including a basemap and contours), Imagery Services (black and white, color, infrared, various ages and resolution levels), and Geocoding Services. Services are often available in two forms: 1) cache and 2) non-cache. Cached services (*_CACHE) are designed to be used in browser or mobile web applications which utilize imagery at specific scales and need the fastest rendering performance. Non-cache services (*_NOCACHE) render the imagery to the client application dynamically; this allows clients such as ArcGIS Desktop to ask for the data in different ways (eg: different stretch or band combinations). Many of the services are also available in VT State Plane or Web Mercator projection/coordinate systems.

Services available and information on how to connect is available at the VCGI website: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/web_services

Webinars Coming Up: Open Source, Emergency Mapping, VCGI’s New Website, QGIS, Census…

February 15, 2013

Plenty more webinars are scheduled for the next 6 weeks or so! See if any of the topics interest you and register today!


Click on the link below each webinar date for more details and link to registration.


The promise and the reality of free and open-source desktop GIS software

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM



QGIS: Creating Map Layouts – Printing and Exporting

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM



The New VCGI Website

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM



Mapping for Emergency Management (repeat)

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM



Mapping With Census Data: Linking Tabular Data From Factfinder2 With VCGI’s Shapefiles

Tue, Mar 19, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM




Feel free to contact me if you have questions about how a webinar works!

ArcIMS>>>>>ArcGIS Server: January 18, 2013

December 4, 2012

Steve Sharp, VCGI

VCGI is in the process of upgrading its servers and services, and will be phasing out the use of ESRI’s ArcIMS software product over the next month.  This will impact the following VCGI ArcIMS services

  • VGIS_BASEMAP: Dynamic ArcIMS map services with “basemap” features
  • GEOCODE_ESITE: ArcIMS geocoding service using E911 ESITE points

These and all other ArcIMS services will be “turned off” on 1/18/2013.  If you use these ArcIMS services please consider switching to our replacement ArcGIS Server services including

VCGI is working with partners (member of the VT Enterprise GIS Consortium) to implement a robust suite of web services defined in the EGC’s Web Services Strategy.  We hope to have all of these online by the end of 2013.

Leveraging Python to Revolutionize the Production of the Vermont Town Highway Maps

December 4, 2012

 Sara Moulton, VTrans

To put next week’s webinar into context . . .  a reminder that a year ago I sent an email to the VGIS-Listserv asking for feedback about the Town Highway Maps.  The overwhelming response was that people wanted hardcopy versions of the maps.

As a result of this, we worked with the ESRI Holistic Testing Team who devised a new approach to the production of these maps.   A simplified version of the process is available online here


For more information about our actual process and production, tune in to the webinar titled

“Leveraging Python to Revolutionize the Production of the Vermont Town Highway Maps” scheduled for December 12