Webinars and Workshops Coming Up Over The Next Few Months!

November 1, 2016
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November 12, 2016 – 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool
November 19, 2016 – 9:00 am ArcGIS Online as an Instructional Tool
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VCGI Director Chosen

August 8, 2016

Exciting news from Pat Moulton, Secretary of ACCD:

Lucy Leriche and I are excited to announce that John Adams has been selected as the new Director of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information! Most recently, John served as Planning and Policy Manager at the Department of Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

John brings to VCGI experience and enthusiasm for using data and mapping to guide decision making processes across state government. Since beginning at DCHD in 2012, John has been a leader in land use policy, legislative initiatives and managing special projects – notably using GIS to improve workflows and to ensure Vermont’s public investments are supported by data. He is the primary author of Vermont’s new Planning Manual and has been a key figure in a wide variety of interagency initiatives relating to land use, housing, transportation and energy. As someone with track record of building consensus and commitment to improving customer service in state government, he was the recipient of a 2016 Public Service Recognition Award.

John is a certified professional planner who has worked at the municipal level and has taught Land Use Policy and Economics at the University of Vermont. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Development from McGill University. In his personal capacity, John volunteers on the Montpelier Planning Commission, roasts coffee and brews beer.

A search committee involving multiple agencies and partners selected John from a pool of incredibly well qualified candidates from around the country. John will start with VCGI on Tuesday, September 9th, 2016.

Please join us in congratulating John on this exciting new position!

Pat


Remote Sensing Workshop (and Drones!) – August 9 & 10

July 27, 2016

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About

The 2016 Vermont Remote Sensing Workshop will provide hands-on training with a broad range of remote sensing technologies, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), lidar, and thermal satellite imagery. The workshop is designed to help federal, state, regional planning commission, and local GIS users improve their ability to harness the power of remotely sensed data. Funding for this workshop is provided by AmericaView and the US Department of Transportation.

Dates and Locations

  • August 9, 2016: 9AM-11AM, UAS flight operations in Waterbury, Vermont. This is an optional session and is dependent upon the weather.
  • August 10, 2016: 9AM-5PM, University of Vermont, Aiken Center (81 Carrigan Drive), Room 101. Lunch will be provided!

Register here for only $10: https://secure.vermont.gov/ACCD/eventreg/event.php?eid=75

Participants
There are 18 seats available for the August 10th training. Priority will be given to government (federal, state, regional planning commission, and municipal) employees. Participants should be very comfortable working with geospatial data and have experience with desktop GIS software.

Instructors
Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne – joneildu@uvm.edu
Tayler Engel – tengel@uvm.edu
Noah Ahles – nahles@uvm.edu
Register here for only $10: https://secure.vermont.gov/ACCD/eventreg/event.php?eid=75


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


Orthos and LiDAR Everywhere!

December 2, 2015

Lots of news re: orthophotos and LiDAR in Vermont!

  1. Vermont Orthophoto Request for Proposals: Vintage 4 – VCGI is soliciting competitive sealed, fixed price proposals for a new digital orthophotographic base from qualified bidders. The RFP provides details on what is required to submit a Proposal in response to this RFP, how VCGI will evaluate the Proposals, and what will be required of the Contractor in performing the Work. More info and links here:http://vcgi.vermont.gov/rfps
  2. Two major LiDAR collection projects were completed during our lovely dry October and November! The maps above show the large swath of central/western VT that were finally completed (it took a few years!) and the majority of Windham County that was also collected. It will still be quite some time before this data is available for release – at least 6-9 months.
  3. The 2015 orthos (covering Bennington and Windham Counties) were released recently for download, and will be reflected in imagery services and online map viewers within the next few months. http://vcgi.vermont.gov/warehouse/imagery

VCGI Notice Regarding Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug

April 22, 2014

You might be aware of a widespread software vulnerability named Heartbleed, which has affected a large number of servers on the internet.

We want to let you know that VCGI’s website (vcgi.vermont.gov), web map services (maps.vcgi.org), and mapping sites (maps.vermont.gov/vcgi/vtmapviewer) are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. We have come to this conclusion by reaching out to our vendors to determine if any of their software products are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

For more general information on Heartbleed, visit http://www.heartbleed.com/


VCGI Webinars: Python, Phones, and data transformations….oh my

November 20, 2013

VCGI’s webinar line up for December:

Getting Started With Python

Learning to Map in an ”App” World: discover the power of mapping with your phone

Quantum GIS: Data Acquisition and Transformation (a repeat due to technical difficulties and lack of success recording)