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

New and Updated Parcel Data Added and ArcGIS Trainings Coming up Soon!

September 17, 2015


Leslie Pelch, VCGI

New and updated parcel data has been added to the VCGI Open Geodata Portal!

The image above shows the towns for whom we have and distribute data. Visit the data page and do a keyword search on parcels to check out the full index map or download the towns of your choice: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/opendata

VT Tech is offering an Intro to ArcGIS course on different dates at different campuses!

With this three day training participants will learn how to use ESRI’s ArcGIS 10.0 software to explore and display geospatial data, to create new geospatial data and include it in their map projects, to perform geospatial analyses, to find and acquire free and public GIS data, 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.

Cost: $300

Register here: http://greentrainings.vtc.edu/gis-trainings.htm

  1. Event Date: Friday, October 16, 2015: 8:30 am to Sunday, October 18, 2015: 5:00 pm
    1. Location: Randolph Center Campus
  2. Event Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015: 8:30 am to Friday, October 23, 2015: 5:00 pm
    1. Location: Williston Campus

Events and Opportunities Coming Up!

May 26, 2015

Leslie Pelch, VCGI


Fall NEARC Conference (Burilngton, VT, Nov. 8-11) – Call for Submissions Open, deadline is June 19!

VT Geospatial Forum, June 2, Montpelier, VT

Intro to GIS/GPS Summer Training, two locations in July, registration is open!

Intro to GIS and GPS Training is Scheduled and Registration is Open!

April 15, 2015


Leslie Pelch, VCGI

VT Tech hosts an Introduction to GIS and GPS 2-day class taught by VCGI staff. Trainings are offered at both the Williston and Randolph campuses in July for $100 so pick the dates and location that meet your needs! Details and links to registration can be found at the VCGI web site: http://vcgi.vermont.gov/node/826

Mapping Winooski River ice conditions in Montpelier

April 8, 2015

This is from the UVM Spatial Analyis Lab Blog, click below for the full post and other related posts!


This is a follow-up to our previous post on using high-spatial, high-temporal resolution imagery from our senseFly eBee to map changing ice conditions on Vermont Rivers. The Winooski River in Montpelier has a history of ice jams and flooding. As part of our Department of Transportation grant we have been gathering color-infrared imagery of the Winooski River to evaluate the use of such imagery to map changes in ice conditions.

Click here to read the rest of this post!

Farewell to David Brotzman, Hello to National Life!

April 3, 2015


Big changes this week for VCGI: David Brotzman rides off into the sunset, and the VCGI office moves from Waterbury to the Penthouse of the National Life Building to join Agency of Commerce and Community Development staff.

VCGI staff and the VT GIS Community were sad to say farewell to VCGI’s Executive Director of 15 years, David Brotzman. David ushered VCGI through many changes, kept the organization focused and solvent, and helped manage the transition from public non-profit status back into state government as a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Left to Right In the picture above: Ivan Brown, David Brotzman, Mike Brouillette, Steve Sharp, and Leslie Pelch.


VCGI has officially moved out of our office of almost 13 years in Waterbury into our new digs in the National Life Building in Montpelier (ACCD is on the 6th floor). The picture above is the empty old office.

And here is VCGI’s new space in the Penthouse of the National Life Building in Montpelier. Ivan’s cubicle has the cheerful orange GIS and Leslie’s is just beyond. Mike and Steve are on the other side of the divider. We join the ACCD IT group, who have been incredibly patient, welcoming, and helpful to us during this transition!


Vermont’s Public Mapping Data Portal Is Transforming

February 20, 2015

Feb. 20, 2015

Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator


After more than 20 years as a public nonprofit, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI) will become a division of state government once again. Specifically, it will become a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) on March 30, 2015. Originally created as the Office of GIS (geographic information system) in the late 80’s, and then re-formulated as a nonprofit in the early 90’s, VCGI’s mission has never changed and it will continue to provide a one-stop-free-data experience for those seeking digital map layers for Vermont.

Most of VCGI’s staff will be making the transition into state government, where they will take up positions within ACCD’s Information Technology group. VCGI’s Executive Director, David Brotzman, has chosen not to make the transition; his work over the past 15 years has ensured VCGI’s continued effectiveness and sustainability and the VT GIS community wishes him well!

VCGI, as a distinct division, will continue to collect data from municipal, regional, state, and federal entities; make it available for free download; and provide information and links to other resources for those interested in taking advantage of geospatial technology. VCGI also participates in funded projects such as the Broadband Mapping project, digital mapping at the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the Vermont Renewable Energy Atlas.

“Users of our services will not notice much of a change in the short term as we make this transition,” VCGI Outreach Coordinator Leslie Pelch said. “In the long term, there may be more opportunities to work with state entities not currently taking advantage of this technology. We will continue to serve all users of Vermont geospatial data.”

“We look forward to leading and advancing the coordination of statewide geospatial data and believe the role of geospatial information within state government, and statewide, is virtually limitless. ACCD is excited to meet this important new challenge with the addition of the VCGI staff into our exceptional team,” added ACCD Deputy Secretary Lucy Leriche.

VCGI staff will join their ACCD coworkers at the National Life Building in Montpelier in early April. Contact information will not change.


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