UC Review with Geodorable

I am joined by the fun folks from the Geodorable podcast.  Chris Morris, Mark Thompson and I sat down in the map gallery.  These three podcasters talk about their conference experiences, opening plenary, new technology, a few buzzwords and conference fashion.

Check out Geodorable.com for information.  Please subscribe on your favorite podcast apps.

Contact me for ideas and best places to look for hobbits.  kurt@speakingofgis.com


Putting the User in User Conference

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Show Notes:

Tim Nolan from Collin County and I discuss the upcoming Esri User Conference and his work at Collin County, Texas.  Thanks, Tim!


Collin County Texas

Organizational integration of GIS and IT and his career perspectives.

Foreclosure Application honored as best practice for counties in Texas


Esri UC  

Newbie planning for the conference.

Get the Agenda. https://bit.ly/2MSrSCT

Getting Inspired at the Plenary

Find the tracks that are of interest.


Finding New Interests at the UC

GIS Manager Summit started by Adam Carnow

Lean Coffee - leancoffee.org

Esri Showcase

Vendor Expo

Finding and Connecting with Your Peers

Startup Alley


Connect with Tim @PlotBoy

Kurt is around at kurt@speakingofgis.com, also on Twitter @speakingofgis

What's Your Job Title?


Listener Challenge:  Change Your Job Title

We all have titles, mine is GIS Supervisor.  No one uses that title.  They call me and ask for information products. No one asks me how I supervised today.  It's org chart language that is functional but doesn't really describe my role in the company.

Wade got me thinking (really, listen to the show).  Can you think of your job title in a way that reduces the technology names, removes geospatial, GIS and any other tech names?  What is the title you would give yourself if it truly represented the value you provide to the organization?

What am I now - Supervisor?  That is really not my role.  Again, they call me and ask for unique and special information products, mobile apps, and insight into company information.

  • Location Intelligence Officer
  • Business Intelligence Savant
  • Digital Facilities and Network Manager
  • Tool Builder for Tomorrow
  • Information Cataloger
  • Insight Manager (My ego likes this one but I hope there is more than one of us).

What is your new job title?  Let me know in the comments below.


Show Notes:

I'm joined by Wade Kloos who helps me understand a few things about Utah Dept of Natural Resources and aligning GIS to organizational objectives.  

Show Topics:

State of Utah Overall Mission vs. DNR Division Goals

Integration with Enterprise Platforms

  • Customer Surveys
  • Drone/UAS Programs
  • State Parks

GIS Manager Summit at Esri User Conference

Achieving Maximum Organizational Value


Contact Wade:  wkloos@utah.gov

Contact Kurt:  kurt@speakingofgis.com

Thanks, Wade!

Mapping Water Resources in Guam


Today I'm joined by Dr. Leroy Heitz, who is professor emeritus at the University of Guam.  We discuss all the different ways he has mapped water in Guam.  

Topics include:

  • Potable water and hydraulic engineering.
  • Waste water and septic tank mapping.
  • Modeling watershed runoff.
  • Erosion calculations using drones.
  • Salt water intrusion.

You can reach Leroy at lheitz@triton.uog.edu

Reach out to me at kurt@speakingofgis.com


GITA - Advocating for the Modern GIS Professional


Mark Limbruner and Drew Fioranelli talk about what GITA does for it's members and and the larger geospatial community.

Show Notes:

What does GITA do for its members?

Webinars, conferences, position papers, GISP certification materials

EnerGIS Conference Highlights


  • Problems that drones are solving in oil and pipeline industry.
  • Creating authoritative data with drones.

GITA's position paper on the Geospatial Data Act of 2017

GIS as a disruptive technology and methodology.

Upcoming events - Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference 2018

Contact Mark and Drew to learn more!

Got an idea?  Find me here:  kurt@speakingofgis.com or @SpeakingofGIS

Music by Lee Rosevere

Redistricting and the 2020 Census


I am joined by Dr. Megan Gall who is a senior researcher for the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  We talk about how GIS is used in redistricting, gerrymandering and how census data is used to draw maps.

Show Notes:

Supreme Court Weighs Claims That Texas Voting Maps Discriminate Against Minorities


Supreme Court, Again Weighing Map Warped by Politics, Shows No Consensus


A Case for Math, Not ‘Gobbledygook,’ in Judging Partisan Voting Maps  


Current topics in redistricting:

  • Methods and thresholds
  • Entire map? Specific districts
  • Voting Rights Act

Essential guidelines used to draw district boundaries.

Methods:  People vs Algorithms - are they better/worse?

Puzzle Map for North Carolina

GIS software in play that makes this work possible.

Maptitude, Esri, QGIS

GIS datasets that are important.

Census - redistricting summary file, census block - building block of districts, counties, census tracks, other demographic data, prison populations, current districts and voting precincts.

Importance of Census data.

Changes to census in 2020 that affect redistricting.

Reach out to Megan at:  mgall@naacpldf.org

Kurt is usually at kurt@speakingofgis.com

Also here:  @SpeakingofGIS

Collecting Your Digital Twin in High Accuracy

Today I am joined by special guest, Jean-Yves Lauture, CTO for EOS Positioning Systems.  We talk about a huge shift in collecting high accuracy data using GPS and GNSS receivers.  Today we can collect better data at a lower cost which enables new forms of geospatial visualization.


Show Notes

GPS vs. GNSS - What’s the difference?

‘Bring Your Own Device’ is changing how we work.

Different GNSS receivers and their accuracy.

  • Consumer grade, Submeter and Centimeter

RTK and Base Stations

Digital Twin: New kinds of GIS unlocked with high accuracy.

  • Drone Imagery
  • 3D Elevations
  • Augmented Reality

EOS Learning Center about GNSS




Social Media as a Sensor to GIS

Special Guest this week is Zac Canders, CEO of DataCapable.  We talk about social media as a source for location information and ways organizations can think about the data.

Show Topics:

  • What is the deal with Facebook?
  • Location information on social media.
  • GIS centric uses for social data.
  • Non-traditional users
  • Curating Information from the river of content.


You can reach Zac at:  Zac@datacapable.com

Find me on the twitter @speakingofgis


This week’s special guest is Lance Watkins, Center Lead for NASA DEVELOP in Tempe, Arizona.

NASA DEVELOP is a capacity building program that combines rich satellite geospatial information with local problem solving.  These 10 week workshops that helps organizations collaborate on new kinds of problem solving.  Participants learn how to use rich NASA datasets to move the needle on their local issues.



Phoenix Health and Air Quality II



Artificial Skyglow Maps  on the Colorado Plateau



Esri Writeup by Joseph Kerski in Community Education


Special thanks to Lance and everyone at NASA DEVELOP.

Lance Watkins can be found here: lance.e.watkins@nasa.gov


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Music Credit:  Lee Rosevere, Bridgeport