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2016 CGIA Awards – Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2016 CGIA Awards are open:

Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at the California GIS Conference (CalGIS), May 10-12, in Anaheim, CA:

Bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program. The visibility that goes with winning an award can be an important component to building credibility, gaining exposure, promoting a program, or garnering funding. Each year the California Geographic Information Association recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. CGIA seeks nominations for outstanding individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • Best Student Project or Paper (NEW!): Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2016 CalGIS conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the CalGIS conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than May 31, 2016).
  • Chairman's Award: Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology.
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  • Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  • Outstanding Internet Application Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  • Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

An award is a pat on the back for the project team. It’s always an amazing thing when a project is completed, and an award is a good way of acknowledging everyone’s efforts from top to bottom. Nominate a colleague, project, or program for a CGIA award by going to the CGIA Nomination Page.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 18, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Lam, CGIA Vice-Chair, at

CIRGIS Meeting dates for 2016

The Channel Islands Regional GIS Collaborative (CIRGIS - website) has posted its meeting dates for 2016.

Meeting Schedule for 2016

  • January 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Ventura College
  • March 17, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Santa Barbara EOC
  • May 19, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Ventura College
  • June 7, at Spatial@UCSB event (time tba)
  • July 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Ventura College
  • September 22, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Santa Barbara EOC
  • November 18, GIS Day at Ventura College (time tba)

Ventura College

Health Science Center Conference Room HSC 211

4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003


Santa Barbara EOC

4408 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, CA  93110



Far North Regional GIS Council Meeting Notice – January 20, 2016






FNRGC Meeting 1/20/2016

10:00 –2:00pm

Redding City Hall, River Conference Room

777 Cypress Ave., Redding, CA 96001

  • 10:00 – 10:10 Introductions
  • 10:10 – 11:00 Old Business
    • CGC Update – Dave Powers
    • CGIA Update – Terri Webster
    • RAGU announcements/updates – Mel/Marcus
    • FarNorCalGIS Platform announcements/updates – Sean T
    • GIS Day 2015 Summary – Terri/Dave/Devon


  • 11:00 – 12:00 New Business
    • Orthoimagery Subcommittee – Devon/Jen/Dave
    • GIS Data Clean-Up Efforts/Public Safety GIS – Dave/Devon
    • Historical Society to launch digital tours – Marcus/Dave


  • Lunch 12:00 – 1:00p
  • Knowledge Faire 1:00p – 2:00pm

Building template based mobile map apps’

By Marcus Harner

Save the Date! – SoCal Marine GIS Users Group

Save the Date!

Following a very successful inaugural meeting at the Long Beach Aquarium last fall, the Southern California Marine GIS User Group will hold its Spring Meeting on March 2, 2016 at the SCCWRP office in Costa Mesa, CA from 1:00-4:00pm.

The meeting is free and open to all members of the Marine GIS community – additional details about the planned speakers, agenda and how to register will be available in February.


About the SoCal Marine GIS Users Group

The Southern California Marine GIS is a welcoming group of GIS professionals and aficionados doing work in and about the Southern California marine and maritime community. Our goal is to create connections and foster innovation to improve and accelerate marine and maritime GIS in the local area.

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GIS Aide – City of Thousand Oaks

The City of Thousand Oaks is currently accepting applications for a part-time, hourly Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Aide in the Public Works Department.

See full listing here

Salary: $18.36 per hour

This hourly, at-will position involves working approximately 15 – 18 hours per week, and will not exceed 1,000 hours per fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th).

The ideal candidate shall:

  • Have experience using ArcMap(.mxd files), to create maps analyze spatial data, and edit feature locations, attributes and annotations;
  • Possess experience in georeferencing (.tiff files) to create digitized data, preferably with experience digitizing utility data from engineering drawings;
  • Be detail oriented and responsible for data accuracy;
  • Have experience answering questions and supporting decisions regarding maps;
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and,
  • Be a team player who works well with others, is motivated, and provides excellent customer service.

CalGIS 2016 – The Magic of GIS


The planning committee is hard at work putting together a great conference in downtown Anaheim.  In addition to the personal networking, CalGIS provides a unique venue for anyone in GIS or interested in GIS.  There will be three days packed with pre-conference workshops, amazing keynote speakers, great presentations, interesting maps in the map gallery, and social gatherings.   CalGIS provides a wonderful GIS opportunity to learn, share, and interact with your colleagues.  The four URISA Chapters and CGIA look forward to seeing and hearing about your important work.   The call for presentations is open, we hope to see you there!




CGIA Member Spotlight: Jeff Orton

**CGIA has created a member spotlight corner located on the top right panel of our main home page. If you want to be next, please send us the following information (see example below) along with a photo.**

Job: Director of GIS, Wonderful Citrus, Delano CA

Bio: I have been working in digital mapping and GIS since at least 1990.  I have worked as a data editor for a photogrammetric mapping company, a GIS Technician for the City of Provo, the GIS Administrator for the Utah Transit Authority, and the GIS Coordinator for the County of Kern.  I currently work in the agriculture industry helping map and analyze data for over 90,000 acres of citrus in California, Texas, and Mexico.  Each different job has been a different application of my geography training (CSU Fresno, BYU, and University of Utah) and my interest in GIS.  Along the way I have done everything from (very) local mapping projects to working on the development of federal transportation data standards.

I love that GIS brings me in contact with a wide variety of disciplines and is constantly challenging me to learn and develop new skills.   As I have entered the second half of my working years, I have come to realize that while my accomplishments at work are a great source of gratification, the greatest pleasure of my years in GIS has been the quality of people with whom I have had the opportunity to interact.

Project(s): While at the Utah Transit Authority I was able to work on several national standards efforts (NCHRP 20-27 (3), Transit Communications Interface Profiles, Bus Stop Inventory Best Practices).  Each of these presented its own challenge and had its own unique connection to my interest in spatial data.

At the County of Kern, I had the great privilege of being the first GIS Coordinator/Manager that the County hired.  What followed was almost 9 years of rolling out new tools, building data repositories and helping enhance the spatial awareness of county employees and residents.  Along the way we built up a good team of talented people who continue to provide great service to the community.

Wonderful Citrus has been an enormous change from the wide multidisciplinary interactions of local government to the deep focused work of agribusiness.  The speed at which a large company moves coupled with the rapid change of technology, particularly in the mobile environment, has challenged me and provided great opportunities for GIS to shine.

Anything About Yourself: One of my first interests in GIS (and my dissertation topic) was the coupling of GIS with Family History (genealogy) data.  I still work on Family History and find the challenge of data exploration and the thrill of discovery interesting after all these years.


LA Geospatial Summit

la_geospatialRegistration for the sixth annual LA Geospatial Summit is now open.

February 24, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Propel your geospatial career on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

  • Learn how GIS is transforming the energy, utility, and water industries.
  • Hear how Vizio is using geospatial analysis in its market insight and business analytics unit.
  • Find out about GIS careers opportunities with the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.
  • Get advice on mapping out your geospatial career.
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the day.
  • Gain experience in presenting and listening to “lightning talks” and poster presentation.
  • Talk with company and organization representatives at the lunchtime Industry Fair:
    • California Geographic Information Association
    • California Surveying and Drafting Supply, Inc.
    • County of Los Angeles
    • Esri
    • SoCal URISA
    • U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

2016 collaborating academic programs:California State University, Long Beach; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Redlands.

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and reception)
Students: $40
Professionals: $65

Register NOW!

Program at a Glance

Qualifies for GISP credit


Help GeoTech Recognize Those Who Support Geospatial Education

geotech_nominationThe GeoTech Center needs your help in recognizing individuals and organizations that have supported geospatial education at two year colleges.

Each year GeoTech asks for nominations for three Awards – two for individuals and one for an organization through it National Excellence in Geospatial Education Awards program.  One award is given to an individual for Lifetime Achievement, one for an individual that has exhibited excellence during the past two years and one award is present to an organization.

Past recipients include Deidre Sullivan and Tora Johnson for Lifetime Achievement, Nicole Ernst and David Skiles for distinguished educator awards and Directions Magazine and GeoTED for organization partners’ awards.  Please nominate those individuals and partners you would like recognized by going to the GeoTech website at and filling in and submitting the brief nomination forms no later than February 1, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Ann Johnson at

LA County GIS Day – Guides and schedule complete

LA County GIS Day is less than one week away!  The GIS Day committee has finalized the booths and presentations - we will have 50 booths, and many great speakers!!

See for full details.

Important Documents and links 


What is GIS Day?

GIS Day is celebrated nationally as part of National Geography Awareness Week.  Click here for more information.

LA County's GIS Day is free to attend both for the public and presenters, supported by County departments and funded by the County's enterprise GIS Program.  We invite you to join us to learn more about how the County, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in  emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

Since location information is a powerful tool to provide better services to the residents of the County, our theme for GIS Day 2015 is  "Mapping for a Better LA".

When and where is the event?

GIS Day will be at Olive Court at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Announcing CalGIS 2016

Save the date for CalGIS 2016 in Anaheim May 10th-12th at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, 1855 S Harbor Blvd.

The conference committee will soon announce the opening of the Call for Presentation Proposals and looks forward to your submission of abstracts on GIS in California.

Check the website often for announcements and information: .

2015 LA County GIS Day Announce

LA County has announced information around its 2015 GIS Day (click to get full information)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year’s event is titled Mapping for a Better LA.  The event is designed for the public, government employees, and students to:

  • Show how county and city governments use GIS to make better decisions;
  • learn about opportunities for studying GIS at local universities and colleges;
  • and discover how this technology is affecting our daily lives.

CGIA is pleased to announce…Women in GIS (WiGIS)

Over the last few years there has been a growing movement to organize a “Women in GIS” group. In July 2015, at the Esri’s User Conference in San Diego, leaders of this budding organization received feedback from women who work in the geospatial industry from all over the world. We asked our colleagues specifically how a group like ours could meet their needs. With a few specific questions as guidelines for discussion, here is the consensus we came up with:

Women in GIS (WiGIS) is an international, professional, and social organization as well as an advocacy group for women and their allies. The aim of WIGIS is to serve as a safe place for women from all geospatial fields to:

  1. work towards overcoming job discrimination, lower pay, professional isolation, and other common barriers women might face, and
  2. foster relationships and resource sharing among members and institutions.

WiGIS is a consortium of advocates from academia, government, and private industry designed to advance the presence of women and minorities in GIS. Activities of the organization include social gatherings, professional development and educational events, and opportunities for networking and mentoring. At a minimum, our goal is to meet quarterly and to engage in constant communication as needed and desired via forums such as the WiGIS website and an email listserv/newsletter.”

CGIA supports GIS professionals through outreach, partnerships with URISA Chapters to host the CalGIS Conference, and with informative and important information on the CGIA website. If you are interested in learning more about WiGIS, please check out the new website:

GIS Return on Investment spreadsheet

Members can now access a Return on Investment (ROI) spreadsheet that can help calculate the ROI of individual GIS projects, which can help justify those projects and the value of GIS.

It is available in the members area here:


Nevada Geographic Information Society Announces Details For Fall 2015 Conference

The Nevada Geographic Information Society - NGIS -
Announces the 25th Annual Nevada State GIS Conference!

Join us at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Casino, Resort & Spa in

Beautiful Stateline, Nevada

October 12th - 14th 2015.

Come to Lake Tahoe and Celebrate 25 Years of NGIS with us!

The 25th anniversary conference will be a celebration of the unique nature of our profession. GIS has 

the power to shape and change our world – or even just our community. GIS is cooperative, it is dynamic, 

it can be subtle, and it is ubiquitous. GIS adds value to our communities and improves the lives of our 

citizens every day – often without notice.

You, as practitioners of GIS, make all of this happen and more. So to celebrate and recognize your contributions, the 2015 NGIS Conference Planning Committee is committed to bringing you another 

great conference – complete with some special new twists.

This year’s conference will begin Monday afternoon and run through mid-day on Wednesday. We will

have sessions covering a wide array of topics as well as a new series of lightning talks. We are planning fun events and intriguing pre-conference field trips. We will also be working with NGIF to host a golf tournament in the Tahoe Basin on Sunday the 11th. The event promises to be fun, beautiful, and all for a great cause.


CGIA Application Contest Winner – MapTime LA

giscontactsCGIA is happy to announce the winner of the Web Map Application Contest - MapTime LA!  They are the winner of the $1,500 prize for developing an online, updateable map of primary GIS contacts across the State of California.

See the application in action here:

You can zoom in on the map and click on counties or cities to get their contact information, search for contacts by a city, state agency, federal agency, or user group by typing in the search box, view a complete list of contact data by clicking on the "View Contact Data" link, or help us keep the information up to date by clicking on the "Update Info" link.

Please use this application to update contact information for GIS folks that you know - our goal is to have relevant contact information for everyone in the state!

We encourage you to embed the map in websites that you may be control - just use the following text to iFrame the site:

<iframe src="" width="100%" height="800" frameborder="1" marginwidth="1" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>


CGIA Pizza Night at Esri User Conference

Hello everyone,PizzaNight2015

In conjunction with Geospatial LA and Geospatial San Diego, CGIA is hosting another “pizza night” for CGIA members and those interested in joining.  It should be fun and lively! CGIA will be providing the pizza, you need to provide your own drinks.

Please feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to the CGIA family, we hope they will all want to join us.

Attached please find the flyer for the event and location (click here to download flyer).

Event details:

Monday, July 20th
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Here is the link to an RSVP page just so we can get a count: .

Hope to see you there.

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We created a Twitter account!! Follow us @cal_cgia


2015 CGIA Awards announced at CalGIS 2015

CGIA announced the winners of the 2015 Awards last week at the CalGIS Conference in Sacramento.

The winners were:

  • Advancement of Collaboration: Steven Steinberg, SCCWRP
  • Chair's Award: David Peck, Pictometry
  • Excellence in Education: Dan Scollon, Shasta College
  • Exemplary Systems: Tim Jankowski & Robert Shanaberger, Caltrans - District 11
  • Outstanding Internet Application: Tom Weisenberger, Max Regis & Christine Lam, County of Los Angeles

Click here for full award details.

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2015 CGIA Award Winners

Advancement of Collaboration Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Steven Steinberg accepts Advancement in Collaboration Award

Dr. Steven Steinberg accepts Advancement in Collaboration Award

Winner: Dr. Steven Steinberg, SCCWRP

Dr. Steven Steinberg, a Principal Scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), leads a collaborative geospatial visualization project with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve in partnership with scientists and managers from the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), Sacramento State University Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP), Esri, and University of Redlands MS GIS Program. This is developing 3-D visualization for Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

This geospatial visualization, part of a comprehensive project funded through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, leverages emerging 3D visualization tools in assessing both the historical and future potential characteristics of the Tijuana River Estuary. To develop collaboration around the visualization component, Dr. Steinberg brought together a highly capable team of geospatial and scientific experts from agency, academic and private sectors. The result is an interactive platform to visualize the history and future of the estuary, considering a variety of potential scenarios for scientists and estuary managers.

Environmental data dating back to the late 1800’s compiled by the Historical Ecology Program at SFEI was combined with contemporary information and modeled future data based on SLAMM (Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model) to develop the visualization. Coupled with site-level elevation data and highly realistic vegetation models, the visualization provides the ability to interactively move through the landscape from any perspective or location, to assess past, present and future conditions in the estuary. The visualization tool serves as a model for other wetlands and estuaries.

Nominated by: Jeff Crooks

Chair's Award

Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology. The recipient should show continued, exemplary contributions over the course of a prolonged period of time.

Winner: David Peck, Pictometry

David Peck accepts Chair's Award

David Peck accepts Chair's Award

Dave Peck is the current chair of CGIA and this is his second time around as chair on the executive board.  He was instrumental in getting CGIA as a host of the CalGIS conference during his first term as Chair.  He has worked diligently in filling vacant positions on the board as well as inspiring new GIS professionals to join the organization.  He is also a member of several GIS groups around the state including Inland Empire, Orange County, and LA Geospatial as well as the Los Angeles Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC).  He participates in CGIA hosted events such as the GeoSummit at UC Merced where he has supported the event as a speaker as well as promoting GIS professional organizations like CGIA and the URISA Chapters.  He is often asked to speak at other conferences and is always willing to share the benefits of GIS.  Dave works tirelessly promoting and supporting GIS efforts and the GIS community and is deserving of the Chairman’s Award.

Nominated by: RuthAnne Harbison

Excellence in Education Award

Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

Winner: Dan Scollon, Shasta College

Dan Scollon accepts Excellence in Education Award

Dan Scollon accepts Excellence in Education Award

Dan Scollon has been an instructor of GIS, Geography, and Natural Resources at Shasta College since 1996. He has developed the program and has reached many hundreds of students – a number of them have since been very successful in the local area as GIS professionals. Dan has a commitment to his students, whether in class, developing meaningful worksite learning opportunities or in providing and promoting employment opportunites that fit their skill sets. His focus has been with Community Engagement directing many student projects to helping better meet the needs of the community.

According to a student of Dan’s, he is knowledgeable, articulate, and energetic. Several students have switched majors to Geography after taking his classes – a testament to his enthusiasm for the subject.

Dan is a Founding member of The Borneo Project since 1994, and continues to advise the Project on community resource mapping helping to chart a new future for the people of Borneo.

He was a speaker in at TedxRedding 2013 articulating the role of maps throughout history and their development in today’s society and uses of the digital map.

Always an advocate for the profession Dan was instrumental in the development of the Far North Regional GIS Council (FNRGC) and the Redding Area GIS User group (RAGU), both successful organizations that promote GIS and are open to any professional, student and interested person.  Dan is a principle sponsor of a platform for sharing geospatial data and resources.

Nominated by: Terri Webster

Exemplary Systems Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Culvert Inspection Program

Robert Shanaberger (with Tim Jankowski of Caltrans) accepts Exemplary Systems Award

Robert Shanaberger accepts Exemplary Systems Award

Winners: Tim Jankowski and Robert Shanaberger, Caltrans - District 11

The Caltrans District 11 Culvert Inspection Program (CIP) has saved almost $300 per culvert inspection since it incorporated GIS into their workflow.

The CIP is a statewide initiative to locate, assess, and rehabilitate drainage culverts within the state highway system’s right of way. Because many culverts are exceeding their fifty-year lifespan, Caltrans mitigates the increased risk of culvert failure through regular inspections and proactively repairing culverts prior to flood events.

The District 11 CIP team collaborates with the GIS team to utilize GIS technology throughout the program. Scanned as-builts were georeferenced, mosaicked, and published as an image service using ArcGIS for Server. The as-builts image service is used to locate culvert storm drain locations prior to field inspection, thus decreasing time spent in the field.

Once in the field, GPS units are used improve positional accuracy of storm drains and store their inspection assessment rating. Back in the office, the data are post-processed, loaded into a geodatabase, and published as a Web Map Service. This service and other related data are used in the Culvert Inspection Program Viewer – an online map using the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex.

District 11’s CIP has become one of the highest performing programs in the state. Between 2005 and 2011 the program was run by consultants; almost 5,000 culverts were inspected at a cost of $423 per culvert. In 2011, the program was taken in-house and integrated with GIS technologies. Between 2011 and 2013, over 4,700 culverts were inspected costing only $133 per culvert.

Nominator: Barbara Kent

Outstanding Internet Application Award

Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.

Pest Detection Viewer

Christine Lam, Los Angeles County

Christine Lam, Los Angeles County

Winners: Tom Weisenberger, Max Regis, and Christine Lam

Detecting invasive insects is extremely important to protect California agriculture. A web mapping and editing application with mobile capabilities has been developed, called the Pest Detection Viewer, at Los Angeles County so that paper files stored in binders can be converted into a GIS database. We had to simplify the interface and functionality of the viewer to allow temporary workers with no GIS skills to enter data seamlessly into the application. The back end programming is where all the magic happens – spatial triggers allowed information from other layers to be detected and filled in to the current database in order to eliminate additional field entries for the temporary workers. In just six months, over half a million fruit trees, trapping notes, and parcel characteristics have been entered into the database. The application allows inspectors to (1) more efficiently plan their inspection routes ahead of time, (2) arrive at the precise coordinates of the traps, (3) edit any trapping/inspection information in the field, and (4) take photos of the current trap site. The Viewer was built with minimal costs using Latitude Geographics’ Geocortex platform and constantly integrating user experience to enhance the application. The developers of the application presented to the California Department in Food and Agriculture in February 2015 to showcase the application as well as the progress that LA County has made.

Nominator: Christine Lam