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:


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Music Credit:  Lee Rosevere, Bridgeport

Women GIS

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Organized in 2012, WiGIS has been very active at conferences and on the web.  Join Christina Boggs-Chavira and me as we talk about issues in the modern work place.

Website: Women in GIS

Twitter:  @WomeninGIS

Founding Topics for Women in GIS

Women in GIS and Women in STEM

Thriving in the Workplace:

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Building Allies
  • Risk Taking and Not Getting Blindsided
  • Where’s your Awesome Folder?

Hiring and Managing Teams:

  • Checking for Bias
  • Job Advertising and Advertising
  • Dealing with Resume Gaps


  • Mentorships
  • Mailing Lists
  • Job Announcements
  • Want to volunteer?

Christina can be found on Twitter.

Join the GIS conversation at @speakingofgis.

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Music Credit:  Lee Rosevere, Bridgeport

Because We Are All Connected with Trisha Brush

Special Guest is Trish Brush who is the GIS Director at the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County in northern Kentucky.  She is also the co-founder of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals. 

Twitter: @twbrush

An awesome Story Map that helped secure funding for street improvements.

An awesome Story Map that helped secure funding for street improvements.

Show Topics:

PaverSaver - Right of Way Management across 40 different organizations, saving $150,000 and improving the street quality.

LINK-GIS as the hub for regional services.

MapLab - Link

  • Street Intersection Story Map: Link 
  • Using Drones for Active Shooter training.
  • Northern Kentucky MapLab

Marketing GIS through social media

Applications of mobile apps using AGOL

Disaster recovery through mobile apps.

Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals:

Music Credit:  Music 'Bridgeport' by Lee Rosevere

Building Smarter Cities with James Fee

Special Guest this week is James Fee, who is the CTO for CityZenith.  James is well known for his blog, Spatially Adjusted and improving the meetup culture wherever he goes.


Show Notes:

What are Smart Cities?

Analysis, IoT and the places we live.

BIM Modeling - a database of objects that make up a building and their functional relationships.

Different purposes for AEC vs GIS usage.

slimBIM - Managing your level of detail

The lifecycle of a building information model:

Planning - Design - Construction - As-Built - Analysis and Asset Management

The world of IoT - we’re all sensors for Strava


James can be found at: 


Spatially Adjusted

Send Kurt your feedback on twitter: @SpeakingofGIS

Music by Lee Rosevere

Episode 4: Creating Inclusive GIS Services at the City of Riverside, California

Special Guest:  Toby Soto, GIS Manager for City of Riverside, California.  Reach him here:


Show Topics:

GIS at the City of Riverside

  • Creating integrated services across a distributed city government.
  • Benefits of having a GIS Executive Steering Committee 

Open Data GIS Portals: 

Engage Riverside

Creating Open Data Portals

  • Live and authoritative data available to the public.
  • Improved efficiency in work for web portals - legal data agreements integrated into the GIS workflows.
  • Reducing amount of data exports
  • Removing Personably Identifiable Information and other sensitive information.
  • Ensuring data is correct before publishing.

Creating inclusive city services through the new Innovation Division

Professional Development at

  • Learning what it takes to bridge the gap from technology to business.
  • Making GIS work better for your organization.
  • Learning best management practices from other GIS Managers.

GIS Peer Success Webinars

  • Online roundtable meeting to address topics with attendee chat groups.
  • Building a communication channel to management through Return on Investment organizations.

Episode 3: Shining a Spotlight on Small Business with GIS

Andrew Valenski joins the show to talk about how the City of Charlotte, North Carloina uses GIS and story maps to encourage economic opportunity.

“People want stuff through browsers.  They want it accessible, cloud-based and distributed.  WebGIS is that solution in the GIS world.”

Show Contents:

Digging into Charlotte

  • A place where young professionals are moving. Read more at BizJournal.

City Accelerator Program - Story Map

  • More information on City Accelerator can be found on Charlotte's website.
  • Going from Story Board to Story Map.

Moving into a WebGIS world.  

  • Moving users from Desktop to WebGIS.
  • Moving GIS Professionals from Desktop to WebGIS.

Cloosiv - A not so GIS-y small business app. Go here.

“Thinking that GIS is for mapping is like thinking a Porsche is for cup-holding.”

Episode 2: Hurricanes, Lidar and Drones

On this episode I am joined by Dr. Comfort Manyame, Senior Research Manager at Mid-South Synergy.  He always impresses me with his ability to look at old problems in new ways.  We discuss his work:

  • Spatial Analysis of Lightning Strikes to improve electrical infrastructure.
  • Using a damage assessment app inside Hurricane Harvey.
  • Flying drones with lidar to build a new kind of vegetation management program.

Thanks to Comfort for his conversation and impressive professional vision!  You can find him here.

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A Conversation with Skye Perry about Esri's Utility Network

Skye Perry is my guest on the first episode of Speaking of GIS.  As a replacement for the geometric network, the Utility Network brings lots of opportunities for new technology to utilities.  It also brings a lot of change, which we talk about.


How Skye got started with GIS.

SSP working with Utility Network for the first time

Learning curves, transitions, and change - utilities have a lot to learn.

Fully server-enabled Web GIS.

ArcGIS Pro vs simple applications.

Leaning into the future of GIS.

SSP's blog has a lot of terrific insights about the Utility Network.

Esri's ArcNews article from Spring 2017:  Introduction the Utility Network for ArcGIS

An excellent primer on the Utility Network for Gas by Tom Coolidge and Tom DeWitte:  Organizing Your Gas Network for Understanding, Visualization, and Agility