Archive for the ‘KS’ 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.

Like sorting rocks? Like Living in Wichita? You’re in luck!

July 29, 2008

The Kansas Geological Survey has announced 2 temporary position vacancies for Geology Assistants.

I’m not so much into the -ology as I am the -graphy; but I happen to know that the Manager at the Wichita KGS office is an alright dude.  Sounds like a good job for aspiring rock hounds.

InfiniTec Acquired by Manatron.

July 18, 2008

The title pretty much says it all. At present time,  Manatron’s site is still lean on details, so for the company line, you can head to InfiniTec’s site.  InfiniTec is a primary contractee of Dealy Geomatics.  The good news is (if you couldn’t tell by the lack of blog posts), is that business with InfiniTec has been crazy busy lately.  So, I’m fairly confident that the excellent working relationship we’ve got with InfiniTec/Manatron should persist for the forseeable future.  We’ll keep ya posted.

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…)

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 😉

Greensburg Aerials Avalable via Google Earth.

May 10, 2007

Just passing this on (like others before) so it reaches everyone that may have need –

The Google “geo-web” folks  have released a KML with imagery from Digital Globe of the after-effects of the Greensburg EF5.

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! 🙂