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In the NEWS ........

2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition: The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem.

ESRI Parcel Fabric Workshop: On December 10th, 2014 ORURISA, in partnership with ORMAP and ESRI, sponsored a one day workshop to review how Parcel Fabric tools can be used to support control mapping of county taxmaps in Oregon. The workshop was hosted by Marion County at their public works office and was attended by 25 cartography, GIS, assessment, and survey professionals from nine counties and the Oregon Department of Revenue.  Tim Hodson from ESRI made several presentations that reviewed entry of control points and survey plats, annotating plats, and applying spatial adjustments to the parcel fabric.  In a variety of work sessions attendees had hands-on experience applying the procedures presented. Christi Pontier from Polk County and John Sharrard from ESRI provided work session technical assistance.  Dean Anderson from Polk County and Jon McDowell from Clackamas demonstrated how the parcel fabric features can be converted to the ORMAP ArcMap taxlot mapping environment.  In January the parcel fabric will be discussed in a session at the winter OSACA conference and we are planning a second work shop in March of 2015. 

Portland’s 3rd Annual GIS Day Party: On November 19th, 2014, about 100 people showed up to celebrate Portland’s 3rd Annual GIS Day Party at the Lucky Lab in NE PDX.  This event, which is co-organized by PCC and the OR-URISA Young Professionals, provides a fantastic opportunity for GIS students and professionals to connect with people from many domains of the geospatial industry, and at every stage in their careers. Our speaker this year was Erin Aigner of Second Story, who has also worked for the renowned New York Times cartography team. She took us on tour of recent web maps that she finds especially beautiful and informative, and then shared some of her own work. There was also plenty of time for chatting and enjoying refreshments, and we ended the night with a game of geotrivia. This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors: PCC, the PSU ASRPS, and OR-URISA (through the Young Professionals and PDX-OSGeo groups) all provided funding for the space, food, and drinks, and DOGAMI and the Society for Conservation GIS (funded by Esri) donated some awesome prizes. All in all, it was a very successful evening, and we’re looking forward to making next year’s event even better.




GIS in Action 2015

Call for abstracts and presentations

Oregon & Southwest Washington URISA, Washington URISA, and ASPRS invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by February 9, 2015 to the abstract and presentation website for the 2015 GIS in Action Conference, a joint event. Abstracts are welcome if submitted after this date, but those submitted by the deadline will be given first consideration for the conference. 

The theme of this year's event is "Spatial Connections”. We ask that, if possible, presenters discuss in their presentations how their topic relates to the theme.

Topics of specific interest:

  • Transportation
  • Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, and LiDAR
  • Mobile mapping
  • Open source
  • Asset/Facilities Management
  • Addressing
  • Data stewardship and maintenance
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Social Services Provision
  • Public Safety/Emergency Response
  • Cloud storage and computing

Presenters receive a $60 discount on their conference Registration

If you have any questions about the form or submission requirements, please contact our program chair, Chris Aldridge Caldridge54@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

May 04, 2015 • Hilton Vancouver Hotel and Conference Center
October 18, 2015 • Spokane, Washington

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