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  • 09 Jan 2019 9:03 AM | Amy Roust (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Mappers (KAM) is now accepting applications online for the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students within the State of Kansas pursuing a professional career in the field of Geography attained through a geographic-focused education.

    The successful applicant must:

    1. Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution within the State of Kansas.
    2. Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in a Geography-based profession.
    3. Be able to show the intent to make Geography or a Geography-related career the major focus of your higher education.

    A maximum scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded once proof of enrollment has been received by the Treasurer of KAM.

    K. John Cowan, one of KAM’s most respected members, passed away in February 2010 after a battle with cancer. John was passionate and outgoing about the importance of geographic knowledge, and this scholarship seeks to symbolically carry on John’s passion by providing financial assistance to those with a desire for a higher education in geography.

    Apply online at https://www.kansasmappers.org/JCM

    Deadline is April 15, 2019.

  • 04 Dec 2018 8:56 AM | Amy Roust (Administrator)

    MidAmerica GIS Redistricting Workshop

    When: January 15th, 2019
    Where: Wichita, Kansas

    In 2020 the U.S. Census will undertake the decennial counting of the population of the United States.  Immediately following the result Cities, Counties, School Districts, and State Legislative bodies will begin the process of redistricting various election geographies in order to equalize the population that is represented by their political districts.  Will you be ready?

    Target Audience

    This workshop is designed for GIS personnel, County Clerks, election commissioners, legislative research staff, and other staff involved in election administration, who will be involved in the redistricting process.  This workshop is also suitable for any government personnel who are involved in the procurement of consultant services for redistricting. Please share this with anyone who fits the description.

    Limited to 50 Participants 


  • 18 Jun 2018 4:54 PM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    This class will examine the uses of local data within ArcGIS Online.

    Attendees will learn:

    • What ArcGIS Online is
    • How to add their local data
    • How to create a map that is useful for information and analysis
    • What credits are
    • What pop-ups are and how to customize them
    • How to use and visualize data in  CSV file format (ex. Orion Queries)
    • What functionality is available in ArcGIS Online vs. ArcGIS Desktop
    • How ArcGIS online is organized
    • How to create an application from a map and share it (Internally and Externally)

    Audience for this class could include: GIS Personnel new to ArcGIS Online, Appraisers, any other local staff looking to begin utilizing ArcGIS Online for their mapping and analysis needs as well as seasoned users looking for new ideas.

    Cost: KAM Members $80, Non-Members $150

    Location:  Butler County Courthouse – East Annex Building, 121 S Gordy St, Suite 203, El Dorado, KS 67042 (316.322.4225)

    Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Class is limited to 20 people.

    Register Now!

  • 19 Jan 2018 1:06 PM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    The Education Committee would once again like to know what topics KAM should prioritize for training opportunities this year. Please take this 2-3 minute survey so that we can plan the best training opportunities for you.

    Survey Link

  • 17 Jul 2017 8:14 AM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    This class will provide a basic introduction to the popular QGIS Open Source GIS software.  In this hands on workshop, we will look at adding in and styling data from popular formats including rasters, shapefiles, geodatabases, and CSV files.  You’ll learn how to install plugins to perform various GIS processes similar to those found in ArcMap such as generating LiDAR contours, geocoding, clipping, merging, etc.  Included will be adding in basemaps and printing maps to PDFs.  Finally, we will look at other sources of tutorials available to further your QGIS education.  If you have a laptop, please plan to bring it to the classroom pre-installed with QGIS; otherwise we may be able to provide one for your use.

    This class will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the 2nd floor training room at 141 S Gordy St, El Dorado, KS 67042.  Registration is $30 for members, and $70 for non-members.  Snacks will be provided.  Class will be limited to 15 participants.

    Register now!


  • 02 Jun 2017 9:11 AM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    Make the most of your imagery, LiDAR, and other raster data acquisitions. Raster data can be a bit mysterious, but it doesn’t have to be. With ArcGIS and a little know-how, you can leverage publicly available datasets and get more value out of your data purchases. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Adjust your imagery to highlight features or peer into shadows
    • Use geoprocessing tools to get insights into terrain, distance, costs, and more
    • Use raster math to go beyond the out-of-the-box tools
    • Manage your settings to ensure valid analysis results

    The class will be held on Wednesday, June 28th, 9:00 AM  to 3:00 PM at the Riley County Shops facility, 6215 Tuttle Creek Blvd, Manhattan, KS 66503. Cost is $30 for KAM members, $70 for non-members. Snacks will be provided, lunch is on your own.

    Register now!

  • 10 Apr 2017 8:48 AM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    This class will be held on May 16, 2017 in Topeka and will cover deed and legal basics, GIS editing, COGO, other advanced editing tools and some simple tool/script model building. Geared toward beginner and intermediate experienced mapping professionals. The cost of the workshop is $30 for KAM members and $70 for nonmembers. Registration is now open.


  • 15 Mar 2017 9:19 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig

    By Jay Guarneri: City of Manhattan

    Raster data is an essential part of any GIS. From imagery to digital elevation models, rasters give context to our vector data, provide terrain measurements, and generally fill the void between lines. However, many practitioners never do much with rasters beyond displaying them as a background with the default symbology or performing a few basic terrain analyses. Learning how to work extensively with raster data can help you to leverage publicly available datasets and to get more value out of your imagery and LiDAR acquisitions.

    Perhaps the easiest place to get started is to play around with imagery symbology. Adjusting the contrast stretch and gamma stretch can selectively highlight different features or make it easier to peer into shadows. It can even be beneficial to turn off the individual color channels to see things, literally, in a different light. To take your image symbology and interpretation to the next level, try out ArcMap’s Image Analysis window. This often-overlooked tool hosts a number of controls to quickly adjust the appearance of an image. The Image Analysis window also includes access to a variety of filters and raster functions for dynamic analysis and more sophisticated displays. Take the time to play around with how your imagery is displayed. You’d be surprised how much more you can get out of your imagery. Many of these tweaks will also improve the display of other raster data.

    Some points of advice:

    • Only change one parameter at a time, and in small increments

    • If things start to look weird, you may have gone too far. Look for adjustments that are far away from the defaults. Sometimes it’s easier to start over.

    • Play around! You’re not going to break anything, and who knows what you’ll find.

    If you are interested in learning more about advanced image symbology or ways to get more out of your other raster datasets, I will be teaching a KAM-sponsored class on the subject in May. There is interest in hosting it in western Kansas, so if anyone knows of a suitable location, be sure to contact me at guarneri@cityofmhk.com. Otherwise, it will probably be hosted in Manhattan.

  • 15 Mar 2017 9:14 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig

    By Linda Sibert, KM: Kansas Department of Agriculture

    Planning for 32nd annual KAM conference is well underway with lots of educational and networking opportunities. The conference will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Drive, on October 17th – 20th. Starting with the pre-conference classes, we have a tentative agreement with Ken Wilkerson to teach an Introduction to ArcGIS Pro. Other pre-conference classes will be NG911 certification and Raster Analysis.

    Keynote speakers this year will be Anne Wilson and Brian Obermeyer sharing their work on the Flint Hills Map project for use in schools throughout the region. Check the website for more information coming soon about their topic.

    Here is a list of just some of the educational sessions that will be available; Microsoft Office integrations with ArcMap, active shooter scenario, project management (agile), ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, web mapping not ArcGIS Online, non ESRI mapping options (QGIS, AutoCAD, etc), DASC update, 2020 Census, drone usage, project show off, tornado response in Dickinson County before and after, title research, JavaScript development, and ArcGIS Pro addin development. If you would like to present on these or any other topic at the conference please visit the website and fill out the paper submissions form.

    On Wednesday evening we will of course have our vendor’s night reception but with a fun twist, check the website often for updates. Thursday early evening will include a tour of the Bowersock Mill and Power Company. Then, dinner and drinks will be on your own in downtown Lawrence.

    The map gallery competition will be brought back with prizes for 1st place overall and runner ups for hard copy map and digital presentation. Submissions will be open soon. When submitting a digital presentation, please also fill out a paper submission to be included in the project show off session.

  • 15 Mar 2017 9:13 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig

    By Kyle Gonterwitz, PE, GISP: Kansas Department of Transportation

    KDOT is using some federal funds and tasked Professional Engineering Consultants, PA and Michael Dennis, RLS, PE of Geodetic Analysis, LLC to develop an integrated system of Low Distortion Projections (LDPs) for the state of Kansas.

    What is a low distortion projection? Well, as a KAM member you are probably familiar with the Kansas North and South zones of the State Plane Coordinate System of 1983 (SPCS 83). Currently, when KDOT designs a road or a bridge, we survey in Kansas SPCS 83 coordinates, then coordinates are adjusted (“scaled”) to minimize the difference between projected (grid) distances and the actual distances on the ground. That difference is referred to as linear distortion, which must be accounted for in design and construction. LDP coordinate systems are rigorously defined to provide measurement distances close to true ground values by minimizing linear distortion.

    Figure 1: Linear distortion in State Plane Coordinate System of 1983

    What does this mean to the Kansas Mapper? You should get excited! If you are maintaining parcels, you can use the Kansas LDP coordinate system to reduce measurement error and rotation issues from plat records and surveys to GIS, and more accurately calculate the acreage of a parcel based on the spatial/shape representation. One of the main advantages of datasets defined in an LDP system is that they can be directly added to GIS without the need to rotate, translate, or scale – they are automatically correctly georeferenced.

    As a Kansas Mapper, you know how to choose the most appropriate coordinate system to accurately display information. With these LDP coordinate systems, you will have new and improved options to consider. Look for more information soon about the LDP coordinate systems on the DASC initiatives site: http://www.kansasgis.org/initiatives/.

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