Archive for the ‘Geographic Information Systems’ Category

2008 Imagery updates from USDA – current status for Kansas.

September 12, 2008

We’ve got a bunch of rural customers.  Folks that don’t have a lot of scratch that have come to rely on the USDA NAIP flights (for better or for worse).  I inquired today with the APFO as to the current state of completion for Kansas.  If you can read a FIPS code (had enough acronyms yet?) then you’ll be happy to know the following are 2008 1m flights have been processed as compressed color mosaics (CCM) for Kansas (State code is 20, btw) –

001, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 43, 45, 47, 57, 59, 73, 77, 79, 83, 87, 91, 95, 97, 99, 103, 107, 111, 121, 125, 131, 133, 139, 151, 155, 173, 177, 185, 191, 205, 207 and 209.

At present, it looks like you have to order direct from APFO if you really really want it.  I did dump this into a spreadsheet for my own use.  If you ask real nice, I might send you a copy.

In related news, I was at the NRCS geospatial data gateway and noticed that NAIP was NOT available for download.  APFO didn’t have a reason when I asked.   I’m hoping this is temporary,  otherwise I’ll just chew on someone else’s bandwidth.

Post-Relocation – What’s up.

February 6, 2008

I’ve been too busy to blog lately, which isn’t a bad thing. I still need someone to buy my old house (takers?); but here we are, Hays America. Coming back to the town of my alma mater feels like college again except two toddlers are my roomies now (insert joke here). After an evening of getting ‘acclimated’ to local customs (went to a KofC stag) the old gears weren’t spinning this morning as fast as the room was last night. So in lieu of any sort of real productivity today, we blog… (more…)

The three-month make-up post.

October 10, 2007

Has it really been three months since I posted anything? Sheesh.

To be honest, I put the blog on the back burner when I saw how my late summer/early fall was shaping up. I’ve been waist-deep in ArcGIS Server and SDE implementation (here’s the first release), plus KAM held its annual conference in Manhattan (oops; shoulda blogged that). At any rate, here’s a quarterly redux of the current state of Dealy Geomatics (hopefully with more frequent updates to follow): (more…)

Guidebook for County GIS Implementation.

July 10, 2007

The State of Kansas via the Kansas Collaborative has released a guidebook on how to get GIS rolling at the local government level (a link to all the Collaborative’s resource center can be had here). It’s a good read if GIS has been dumped in your lap, or if you’re trying to bring those who hold the purse strings up to speed on not only the benefits of GIS (with a few real-world examples), but what exactly it’s gonna take to implement a working system.

Albeit, it’s written for folks in Kansas, the guidebook is chock-full of contacts, so you’re bound to find someone who can point you in the right direction. I had a chance to read a draft back in May & threw in my $0.02, though they still didn’t see it fit to add me to the list of vendors :-p.

Regarding a few more substantial quips, in the “Understanding the Value of GIS” section, some of the examples given seem a bit anecdotal & could use some references and a few more numbers. Regarding one of my favorite dead horses to beat, they estimate personnel budget at $35,000 plus benefits for a one-man shop. Realistically, a functioning department’s gonna need 2 folks or 1+ vendor to work more efficiently. Regardless, this is a great resource, & I hope the Collaborative works to maintain & keep it current.

The status of Greensburg’s GIS from the trenches.

June 15, 2007

Fellow KAM member Dan Rose (City of Topeka GIS) Has put together an in-depth article about salvaging Greensburg & Kiowa County’s GIS, and the role of GIS in their disaster recovery.  There’s also some great info @ the end of the article about the current status of the town.  The KAM main page also has a link to more photos as well.
Not to be ambulance-chasing here, but it is a very telling story for governments who think they’re too small for ‘real’ GIS (or off-site backups for that matter).

Kudos to Dan, btw for his great work on the article.

Entry-level GIS Positions for Butler County.

June 6, 2007

Browsing HREpartners via the KAM front page, I noticed today that Butler County, KS is looking to hire a couple of greenhorn GIS techs that will be “…expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment.”  Of course, they say they want 3-5 years of experience, which is a bit contradictory, but the pay scale offered resolves said schizm.

Sounds like a great opportunity for folks with entry-level GIS skills.

Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill, Pay the bills.

May 28, 2007

The City of Hays in conjunction with Ellis County, KS looks to be hiring for a GIS specialist.  Albeit a wide range, the pay is competitive (maybe folks are listening after all).  The years of experience asked for don’t quite jibe with the pay scale either, though that may be a function of hiring for a position new to an organization.  It also appears to be a one-man operation with quite a laundry list of job functions.

Hey, If someone lands that job via this post, just keep me in mind for assistance when the work piles up 😉

GIS Hosting – the shape of things to come?

May 22, 2007

So, I’m back from InfiniTec’s annual user group conference, and I’m finally getting a chance to process all the questions and comments that were received.  Most of my time was spent on ArcGIS server demos, and I have to say for the most part, I think people got it.  Anecdotally,  it also appears that what local government  wants out of their GIS is something that makes it easy to provide access &/or collaboration (especially with data that hasn’t been georeferenced traditionally), and they want their geodata backed-up as well as secure.    Ubiquity & security – sounds a lot like:

  • Enterprise GIS (expensive & out-of-reach).
  • Web Hosting (easier on the wallet, easier to sell to decision-makers).

Somewhere in this convergence, I really think the little guy (or government) stands to benefit.    Oh, I know that a GIS hosting solution (“Geohost”, anyone?) isn’t a substitute for true enterprise GIS,  but it could be a start with a price tag that’s easier to swallow.

Huzzah! Easy Printing (image export) in ArcGIS Server.

May 8, 2007

I should make it clear that I am an Analyst 1st, Cartographer 2nd and Programmer 3rd (maybe even 4th if you wanna rank data development as a separate category). I had been scouring ESRI support for the past couple of months looking for some help to get a decent print page out of ArcGIS Server (AGS) with limited result.  I mean, I pretty much understand what I can do with server, looking @ the object models, but implementation’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax;  especially for someone like myself with limited time to go along with my limited understanding.

While trying to rectify a bit of a problem with some code I was playing around with, I discovered the “Print Task .Net WebADF”  (& apparently so have a few hundred folks before me).   Mr. Chivite’s contribution to ArcScripts is a glowing example of near-seamless integration within the existing AGS program structure.  You get an installer, concise documentation, and a component that seats itself nicely in the “Tasks” section of the default web site application framework.

Once implemented, a plethora of image formats are available to export (and then print), including good ol’ PDF.  Finally, I can deliver a map that looks like it came out of desktop software.

Printing a map in IMS was a horrid, ugly experience in which neither professional or end-user was ever completely satisfied, no matter how you prettied things up.  Thanks to this custom task, a cartographer can be less of a programmer, and spend more time tricking out map design.   Oh & if I can heckle a bit from the cheap seats – it’s a pity that this kind of functionality isn’t standard equipment in the default AGS browser, especially when IMS offers printing as standard equipment out of the box.

manually-installable version of “Print Task .Net WebADF” is available for those that wanna pick things apart to understand them.  The source appears to be in C# – & ya know this isn’t the first good AGS sample I’ve seen in C# either.  All this time using VB to get stuff done’s making me feel all inadequate. :-/

See you @ the InfiniTec UGC

April 25, 2007

For all you Local Government types who are looking to improve or enhance your organizations’ GIS,  I’ll be attending the InfiniTec User Group Conference May 15-17 in Topeka, KS.  You can sign up via this link.  The sign-up deadline is this Thursday, April 26.  I’ll be there to talk about InfiniTec’s upcoming  transition of their Local Government Information System (LGIS) from ArcIMS to ArcGIS server.  I’ll also have a few demos put together, showcasing how AGS improves the LGIS experience.

We’ll also talk about the paradigm shift in geospatial tech away from desktop toward server-based apps and the parallels between geospatial hosting and “conventional” web hosting.

Hope to see you there & be sure to tell ’em Beau sent ya! 🙂