Kansas Association of Mappers
  • 14 Apr 2017 10:07 AM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Spring 2017
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 31, #1
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    Low Distortion Projection Coordinate System for Kansas

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

    KDOT is using some federal funds and tasked Profession 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 continue reading...

     

     

     

    KAM 2017 Conference- Mapping in a Changing World

    By Linda Sibert, KM: Kansas Department of Agriculture

    Planning for the 32nd annual KAM conference is well underway with lots of educational and networking opportunities. The conference will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Double Tree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Drive, on October 17th - 20th. Starting with the pre-conference classes, we have a tentative agreement with continue reading...

     

     

     

     

    Doing More With Rasters

    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 continue article...

     

     

     

     

    GIS Chat: Plotters & Scanners

    Join in the chat! Several GIS departments are interested in what others are using for plotters and scanners. For plotter chat, visit this forum. For scanner chat, visit this forum.

     

     

     

    ArcGIS Vs. QGIS

    By Kristen Jordan Koenig, GIS Specialist, DASC

    Ever wondered about functionality differences between ArcGIS and QGIS? Here's a great guide- 27 Differences Between ArcGIS and QGIS

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming KAM Training


    Mark your calendars!

    May 16th, Shawnee County North Annex, Topeka, KS

    Class Title: Hands-on Mapping Workshop

    Description: This class 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. Additional details and registration will be emailed out closer to the training date.

     

     

     

    Upcoming Training and Events

    Dempsey's Burger Pub, 623 Vermont St, Lawrence

    Come join for some food, beverages, and GIS networking/chatting. Friends and family welcome too. Note: no NCAA basketball games are scheduled for March 30.

    • Kansas Natural Resources GIS Technical Meeting- April 6

    Salina, KS

    The objective of this meeting is to provide a venue for GIS professionals in natural resources conservation to collaborate on potential projects, share technical knowledge, build professional and organizational relationships and learn from other natural resources GIS professionals. 

    There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is limited to 70 due to space. Please use the link below to submit your registration. More information will be sent as the meeting date gets closer. Please feel free to forward this email to other GIS professionals that may be interested in attending.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2JV2Z5F

    KDOR: Property Valuation Division, 300 SW 29th St, Topeka

    We will have presentations and discussions regarding various options, pros and cons of operating some or all of your GIS activities in the cloud. Topics include cloud options available, costs, architecture concepts, feasibility and general Cloud familiarization.

    ·         The Kansas Association of County Surveyors 7th annual conference will be held May 5, 2017 in Emporia, Kansas. This year's annual meeting is worth 6 PHDs. To register please fill out the registration form and return it no later than Friday, April 28th. Registration is limited to 40 people. For more information please contact Michael Kelly at mkelly@douglascountyks.org or by calling 785-832-5297.

    ·         KAM Training, Hands-on Mapping Workshop- May 16, Topeka, KS. See "Upcoming KAM Training" for additional details.

    ·         The Kansas County Appraisers Association will be offering a 4-day long American Cadastre course (see description here) presented by Rick Norejko from TEAM Consulting, in Garden City, KS on August 28-31, 2017. The cost of the course is $375. You can register on the KCAA website- http://www.kscaa.net/. The course would be suitable for other county officials and private appraisers so if you could help us out and distribute the information to others it would be appreciated!

     

     

     

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    • Eileen Battles received the 2016 KGS Outstanding Support Staff Recognition Award in December. See announcement.
    • Amy Roust passed the GISCI Core Knowledge Technical Exam in December, successfully completing the requirements for the GIS Professional (GISP) designation.

     

     

     

    KU Geography Calendar 

    The University of Kansas Geography and Atmospheric Science Department keeps an online calendar of department events and activities. It's a great resource for geography forums, seminars and other events. Visit the calendar here.

     

     

     

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    Low Distortion Projections

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    KAM 2017 Conference

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    Doing More With Rasters

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    Plotters and Scanners

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    ArcGIS vs. QGIS

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    Upcoming KAM Training

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    Upcoming Events

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    KAM Fridge

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    KU Geography Calendar

     

    Member Connection

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  • 22 Dec 2016 10:09 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)


    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Winter 2016
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 30, #4
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    KAM 2016 Conference Recap
    By Jared Tremblay, Transportation Planning Analyst: Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization &
    KAM 2016 Program Chair

    The 2016 KAM Conference has come and gone. As Chair of the Program Committee, I’d like to thank all of you who attended for making the conference a success. Our 31st annual conference was condensed into 2 ½ busy days.

    Wednesday’s pre-conference workshops were well attended. Sherry Massey continued her NextGen 911 crusade to ensure Kansas has the best trained professionals to maintain our high quality of data. Additional workshops were hosted Jay Guarneri (Raster Master Class) and Lee Allen & Melissa Crane (From Deed to Cogo).

    Thursday morning kicked off with a presentation by the recently retired Director of Kansas Geological Survey, Rex Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan’s talk about drilling and seismicity in Kansas was both educational and humorous. A full complement of sessions completed the day, with topics touching on all aspects of GIS in our state. Extra effort was put forth this year to have cadastral, parcel, & abstract sessions. The map gallery was a in fine form; bike maps are all the rage! The evening in Aggieville was festive and always a good time.

    With the conclusion of Friday’s lunch, another conference had come and gone. Again, thank you to all who attended, presented, and partied. Looking forward to 2017.


    KAM 2016 Award Winners

    By Susan Shulte, GIS Coordinator: Stevens County and KAM Awards Committee Chair

    2016 brought nominations for Awards in all categories. Some very deserving members were recognized for their hard work and contributions to KAM. 

    Bryce Hirschman, Douglas County GIS Coordinator, was recognized with KAM’s Outstanding Mapping Project Award.  He led his team on a “4 year effort to review and correct every parcel in Douglas County” successfully completing this huge undertaking in December 2015. 

    Pam Cannon, Linn County GIS Administrator/NG911 Data Steward, received the Prestigious Cartographer/GIS Professional Award.  In 2016 she did a complete Ag Review and implemented the changes in Orion as well as maintaining her duties and updating the flood zone layer. 

    Susan Schulte, Stevens County GIS Coordinator/NG911 Data Steward, was recognized as KAM’s 2016 Most Valuable Member for the 5 year contribution as KAM Board Secretary, taking comprehensive minutes.  Also noted were the miles traveling to meetings and conferences that added up circling the Kansas Border 13 times. 

    Judy Palenske, Saline County GIS Coordinator, received the George Donatello Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was recognized for her many contributions to KAM including serving on the Board as Secretary and President, serving on several committees, presenting at conferences and classes an networking with her “always willing to help attitude”. 

    Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to KAM.  Congratulations to Bryce, Pam, Susan and Judy on your well-deserved awards!

    KAM 2017 Board
    We'd like to welcome our new board members-

    President: Cara Mays 
    President Elect: Amber Reynolds
    Past President: Kristen Jordan Koenig
    Treasurer: Pam Dunham
    Secretary: Tara Lanzrath
    Directors:                 
    Lee Allen
    Jay Guarneri
    Erika Stanley
    Bj Wooding 


     
     
     
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    • Jesse Smith is now a Project Manager with Esri covering the mid-Atlantic region based out of Washington DC.
    • Mike D'Attilio is now the GIS Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Emergency Management.
    • Welcome new 2016 KAM members!
    • Dan Cooke- Amec Foster Wheeler
    • Tim Dayhuff- Aerial Services, Inc.
    • Amanda Dishong- Atchison County
    • Deann Farrell- Franklin County
    • Allen Fuhrmann- Ag Data Map
    • David Griffith- City of Leavenworth
    • Mark Hanway- Trade Wind Energy
    • Richard Jarvis- Private GIS Consultant
    • Eric Lord- KU Student
    • Jason Randall- City of Lawrence
    • John Roever- HERE

     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    • KSLS Salina Seminar Series- January 10-12, Salina, KS
    • ArcGIS User Group- January 24- 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, City of Topeka (620 SE Madison, Topeka, KS). ArcGIS Online: Accomplishing the Maps You Envy. Bring an app/map you have, an app/map you envy or an app/map that you're wanting to create.
    • KAM Executive Board Meeting- February 16, Topeka, KS
    • 2017 Kansas Natural Resources GIS Technical Meeting- date TBA, Salina, KS. The objective of this meeting is to provide a venue for GIS professionals in natural resources conservation to collaborate on potential projects, share technical knowledge, build professional and organizational relationships, and learn from other natural resources GIS professionals.
     
     
     
    Contest: New Brochure
    KAM is in need of a new promotional brochure, and we need your help to create ideas! We'll be holding a contest with a prize for the winner. For guidelines on the brochure, please email KAM at kamappers@gmail.com.
     
     
     
    Committees Needing Volunteers

    KAM needs some additional volunteers for various committees. We especially need assistance on the Program and Membership Committees. If you'd like to help, please email kamappers@gmail.com:
    • History- help document KAM events with pictures and memory book creation
    • Legislative- keep current with mapping and GIS legislation
    • Membership- help recruit and welcome new KAM members, encourage existing member renewals
    • Program- help plan our annual conference
    • Publication- help put together KAM's newsletters and social media. We particularly need help with social media.

    2016 KAM Sponsors



     
     
     
       
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  • 23 Sep 2016 7:20 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)
    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Fall 2016
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 30, #3
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    From the President

    Kristen Jordan-Koenig, DASC

    Earlier in September, I gave a presentation to my stepson’s seventh grade geography class. I included a map that compares counts of children under 18 in 2000 versus 2010 and another swiper map for the State of Kansas 1991 imagery versus 2015. Putting these maps together, I realized that none of these kids were alive in 1991 or even 2000. Usually for time comparison maps, people remember seeing the changes in landscape personally, and the maps act as almost a nostalgia tool. Not this crowd. We might as well have watched a demonstration on how blacksmiths built wagon wheels, especially since the 1991 imagery is in black and white. They still thought it was interesting, but to them, it’s ancient history.

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    KAM Fridge
    • Ed Crane is retiring from Esri on September 30. A party will be held during the KAM Conference on Wednesday, October 5 beginning at 8 pm at The Pub (307 S Seth Child Rd, within walking distance of the hotel). All are welcome.
    • Jared Tremblay accepted the position of Transportation Planning Analyst with the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization.
     
     
     
    Conference Information
    Register now for the KAM Annual Conference, October 5-7, at the Four Points by Sheraton, in Manhattan, Kansas. Registration fees increase by $25 beginning September 24.

    Visit the conference page for more information, including the current scheduledetailed session descriptions, and a list of exhibitors and sponsors.

    Finally, submit a map for the map gallery. Like last year, it's simply a gallery of work, not a competition. Each submissions will earn an entry into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.
     
     
     
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  • 12 Jul 2016 8:21 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)
    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Summer 2016
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 30, #2
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    KAM Conference Update

    By Jared Tremblay, Transportation Planning Analyst, Flint Hills MPO

    The 2016 KAM Conference will be 1½ days packed full of sessions, networking and fun.

    Preconference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 5th.

    • CoGo & deed descriptions
    • Next Gen 911
    • Raster-fication

    Sessions will be held all day on Thursday the 6th and in the morning of Friday the 7th.

    Topics will cover all areas of mapping in the state, from parcels management to LiDAR usage, and everything in between.

    Our keynote speaker, the recently retired director of the KS Geological Society, Rex Buchanan, will talk on how GIS plays a role in the tracking of earthquakes in Kansas.

    Party Trolley to Aggieville Thursday night.

    Map Galley is open to all.

    The conference will be at the 4 Points Sheraton in Manhattan, KS.
     
     
     
    KSLS Seminars

    The Kansas Society of Land Surveyors are sponsoring two seminars in October that may be of interest to our members. Thursday, October 20, the topic will be Ownership of Navigable River Lands between Meander Lines; and on Friday, October 21, the topic will be Permanent Surveys and Clerks & Mayors Plat.

    Both seminars are in Dodge City, KS at the United Wireless Conference Center. Visit the KSLS website to register, or for more information.


    Thanks to Jeremy Taylor for the information.

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    Upcoming Events
    • ArcGIS User Group: July 19 in Topeka, KDOT 4th Floor Auditorium, 700 SW Harrison St, 1:30-3:30. Matt Bullock from Esri will be sharing highlights from the Esri User Conference as well as other new information.
    • GIS Fundamentals by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: July 18-19 in Lincoln, NE. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
    • Intermediate GIS  by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: July 18-19 in Lincoln, NE. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
    • ModelBuilder by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: July 25-26 in Wichita, KS. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
    • Reading Legal Descriptions and Understanding Deeds by Kansas Department of Revenue: July 26-27 in Topeka, KS. Email Marilyn.Cathey@kdor.ks.gov for more details and registration.
    • Python for GIS by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: July 27-29 in Wichita, KS. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
    • Basic Mapping by Kansas Department of Revenue: August 9-11 in Topeka, KS. Email Marilyn.Cathey@kdor.ks.gov for more details and registration.
    • KAM Annual Conference: October 5-7 in Manhattan at the Four Points.
     
     
     
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    Nominate a Deserving Colleague

    If you know someone who has completed an outstanding project or has gone above and beyond for the Kansas Association of Mappers, nominate them for an annual award.


    If you know someone who has the desire and dedication to strengthen KAM, nominate them to the Executive Board.

    Calling all Designees!

    One can apply for a designation anytime throughout the year. KAM offers the Kansas Mapper (KM), Professional Kansas Mapper (PKM) and Kansas GIS Designation (KGISD) designations. Additional information, including designation requirements, fees and re-designation information is available at the following link:   
    http://www.kansasmappers.org/Designations

    KAM offers educational grants!

    Did you know that KAM offers educational grants for members to attend classes and conferences? This funding can be used for education expenses but are not intended for travel and accommodations. Any member in good standing with our organization can apply. Please check out the following link for more information and the application:
    http://www.kansasmappers.org/Grants


     
     
     
    Planning Ahead

         

    Renewed your KAM membership for 2016 yet?


    Renew here.
     
     
     
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    ·  Org Shorts
     
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  • 28 Mar 2016 2:24 PM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)
    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Spring 2016
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 30, #1
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    Happy Birthday, KEIF

    By Nolita LaVoie & Marvin Bush, KDHE GIS Specialists

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) launched a Kansas Environmental Interest Finder (KEIF) in the spring of 2015. The KEIF is a web-based mapping application designed to identify sites in Kansas where there are potential environmental impacts based on locational information, such as an address, city, etc.  Our goal is to provide a free on-demand resource to identify potential environmental interests and allow hyperlinks directly to program web sites or databases for ease of information gathering.

    This application was many years in the making, Continue reading...

     
     
     
    Update from Ford County

    By Jeremy Taylor, GIS Coordinator, Ford County

    The 2015 KAM Conference presentation "Utilizing Survey Grade GPS Equipment for Section Corner Mapping: Ford County Project" introduced attendees to Ford County's ongoing survey and mapping project in which the Survey Department uses survey grade GPS to locate section corners throughout the county, and the Appraisal mapping then uses the data to adjust parcel maps. The initial phase of the project, Continue reading...
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    What kind of classes should KAM offer?

    Give us your thoughts: http://goo.gl/forms/xjcbt60nFR

    Calling all Designees!

    One can apply for a designation anytime throughout the year. KAM offers the Kansas Mapper (KM), Professional Kansas Mapper (PKM) and Kansas GIS Designation (KGISD) designations. Additional information, including designation requirements, fees and re-designation information is available at the following link:   
    http://www.kansasmappers.org/Designations

    Did you steal the KAM library?

    If you have the library, or know where all that history is, you are not in trouble we just want to know! The KAM Board is considering digitally referencing all of the information in the library. If you know where that information is, please let us know!

    KAM offers educational grants!

    Did you know that KAM offers educational grants for members to attend classes and conferences? This funding can be used for education expenses but are not intended for travel and accommodations. Any member in good standing with our organization can apply. Please check out the following link for more information and the application:
    http://www.kansasmappers.org/Grants

    Congratulations, Diane McKain!


    A retirement reception was held for Diane on Friday, March 18 at the Ottawa County Courthouse.

     
     
     
    Planning Ahead

         

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    ·  Ford County Update
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  • 13 Jan 2016 1:12 PM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)


    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Winter 2015
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 29, #4
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    KAM Conference Summary
    By Eli Martinson, GIS Coordinator, City of Manhattan

    We celebrated the 30th anniversary of KAM at the beautiful Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, October 5-8.

    Two keynote addresses, one revisiting the founding of KAM, the other a rumination on the history of GIS, bookended the conference. Tim Hensley, presenting the opening keynote "Strange Stories of Reappraisal," Continue reading...

     
     
     
    Using Elevation Data in QGIS
    By Kristen Jordan-Koenig, GIS Specialist, DASC

    Elevation data can be difficult to work with, but QGIS provides multiple tools to make data processing straightforward and...free. Free mosaicking, free conversion, free hillshades, free contours. 

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    Upcoming Events
    • KAM Executive Board Meeting: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, January 26, 2016, in the Saline County EOC.
    • ArcGIS User Group: User Tips and Tricks- 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Hosted by the City of Topeka, 620 SE Madison, Topeka, KS. This meeting will be a bit different from our normal speaker format. If you want, please come with a lesser-known GIS-related tool, shortcut, concept, theory, etc. to share with the group. It'll be fairly casual; we'll share these popcorn style and discuss.
    • GIS Happy Hour- 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Johnny's Tavern West, 721 Wakarusa Dr, Lawrence, KS 
    • MAGIC 2016 Symposium: April 24-28 in Overland Park, KS
     
     
     
    Thank You 2015 KAM Sponsors!
    KAM receives support from many different organizations, and we'd like to recognize and thank those who are commercial subscribing members and our newsletter and annual conference sponsors.

    Here's a full list of our 2015 KAM sponsors including contact information and company descriptions: Thank You 2015 Sponsors!
     
     
     
    Planning Ahead

    KAM 2016 Conference

    KAM 2016 will be a "mini-conference" due to the 2015 Annual Conference celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the MAGIC Symposium happening in Spring 2016. More details to come.
         

    Renewed your KAM membership for 2016 yet?

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  • 23 Sep 2015 1:49 PM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)


    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Fall 2015
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 29, #3
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    Back to the Future
    By Eli Martinson, GIS Coordinator, City of Manhattan

    We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of KAM at the beautiful Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, October 5-8. While the Program Committee is finalizing the schedule, signage, and other last minute details, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a preview of what we have spent the past nine months planning.

    >Monday morning, Sherry Massey will...(continue reading)
     
     
     
    A Word From Our President
    By Pam Cannon, GIS Coordinator, Linn County

    "All Maps are Wrong-Get Used to It." This is a true statement when you consider the tools, technology, projections, variables and processes used to make a map. Accuracy can be described as the degree of closeness to which the information on a map matches the values in the real world, or the likelihood the data reflects the truth. Of course, accuracy means different things depending on the intended use, it could just mean "accurate enough"...(continue reading)
     
     
     
    Free Money From KAM
    KAM has multiple opportunities available to provide financial assistance to members continuing their mapping, geographic or GIS education:
    • John Cowan Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is for secondary education students in Kansas pursuing studies in a geography-based program. More information and application details.
    • Education Grants: These are available to any KAM member to offset education expenses for conferences, meetings, classes or seminars, as well as books and other training materials. More information and application.
     
     
     
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    • Melissa Crane accepted the position of the Atchison County, Kansas, appraiser.
    • Amber Hancock is now a Title Examiner with Kansas Secured Title McPherson. Kansas Secured Title McPherson is one of KAM's Commercial Subscribing Members (what's that?).
    • KAM welcomes new members since the Summer 2015 Newsletter:
      • Jason Beyer, WaterOne GIS Specialist
      • Kylee Davids, City of Winfield GIS Analyst
      • Sheila Hauser, Wichita State University Graduate Student
      • Yuka Honzawa, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. GIS Specialist
      • Emily Jones, Wichita State University Student & City Archaeologist
      • James Katz, Burns and McDonnel Senior Information Management Specialist
      • Nick Maciaszek, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. GIS Analyst
      • David Reed, Wichita State University Student
      • Shannon Reed, Wichita State University Graduate Student
      • Raymond Scales, Labette County Cartographer

     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    • GIS Bootcamp: "Fundamentals of ArcGIS" & "Intermediate GIS Concepts"- October 12-16, Wichita, KS. Training held by GISEdge.
    • Kansas Society of Land Surveyors- October 23-25, El Dorado, KS
    • ArcGIS User Group Meeting- November 4, Topeka, KS
    • GIS Day- November 18
    • Python User Group Meeting- December 2, Lawrence, KS
    • GIS Happy Hour- December 2, Lawrence, KS
     
     
     
    2015 KAM Map Gallery
    KAM Map Gallery
    The dreaded cutoff is October 1. Submit maps to Jared at tremblay@cityofmhk.com
     
     
     
    Other Content

    KAM 2016 Conference

    KAM 2016 will be a "mini-conference" due to the 2015 Annual Conference celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the MAGIC Symposium happening in Spring 2016. More details to come.
         

    Renewed your KAM membership for 2015 yet?

    Renew here.
     
     
     
    2015 KAM Sponsors
    Access Geographic
    Midland GIS


    Shafer, Kline & Warren
       
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    ·  Letter from our President
    ·  Free Money From KAM
    ·  KAM Fridge
    ·  Upcoming Events
     
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  • 19 Jun 2015 3:11 PM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)

    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Summer 2015
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 29, #2
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    It's "LIKE" the best thing "IN" a Definition Query
    By Lee Allen, GISP, KGISD- GIS Coordinator, Shawnee County

    How many times have I needed to show only certain values on the map, probably hundreds or thousands? There are three basic ways to eliminate data you don’t want to see in GIS: select the records and create new layer from the selection, symbolize the data by a field and remove the values that aren’t needed, or create a definition query. (continue reading)
     
     
     
    Kansas GIS Response Team Training
    By Jesse Smith- GIS Coordinator, Kansas Department of Emergency Management

    Recently, several KAM Members serving on the Kansas GIS Response Team came together for a two day Exercise/Training. The event was hosted at the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, in Topeka. Members received Incident Command System training, and finished with a multi-session drill practicing the team's efforts responding to a significant earthquake event in Kansas. The team also received hands on training and usage of the Public Information/Geographic Information Emergency Support Vehicle, or PIGI for short. We enjoyed a beautiful Wednesday and cool Thursday together, and are eager to meet up again at KAM this October!
     
     
     
    KAM Python Forum and Meetings
    By Lee Allen- GIS Coordinator, Shawnee County

    Over the past 5 months, the KAM Python Forum has allowed the GISers in the local community to come together and collaborate easily on the web. The question can be asked, “What’s the difference between the KAM Python Forum and any other forum that I can use to find code help?” Here’s the answer: the KAM forum is a group of people who know each other and have similar interests. We want to help each other and recognize that there are all levels of Python users.

    Asking a question or needing help won’t get you berated; it will most likely fall in the hands of someone who will take the time to help you figure it out. In addition to the online forum, the KAM Python group has been meeting every other month. We discuss code techniques and show off a little. The overwhelming message of the forum and the group is to share. Share your code, share your knowledge, and share some of your time (it will always come back to help you!).

                
     
     
     
    2015 KAM Conference Preview
    By Eli Martinson- GIS Coordinator, City of Manhattan

                

    Come Back to the Future and celebrate the 30th anniversary of KAM with us in Wichita, October 5-8, at the Hotel at Old Town. We’re adding two new session formats this year: mini-workshops and lightning talks. Rather than having a competition for the map gallery, we would like to showcase the work that members are doing on a daily basis. Participants will be entered into a drawing for two $50 Amazon gift cards. Tuesday evening we’ll play games with vendors, and Wednesday we’ll enjoy an evening along the Arkansas River at Exploration Place for this year’s social event.

    We’re accepting presentation abstracts and map gallery submissions now! Visit the website for more information or to make submissions: Submit Abstract, Submit Map
     
     
     
    2015 John Cowan Memorial Scholarship Awarded
    By Gail Ogle- GIS Consultant, Alexander Open Systems

    Since January of 2012, KAM has offered the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship to assist a student of higher learning in their pursuit of a geographic-based education. This year's winner is Jairo Fernandez-Solis of Kansas City. In addition to the scholarship, he was given a complimentary, one-year membership to KAM.

    Congrats to Mr. Fernandez-Solis! We hope to be able to meet him at the upcoming KAM Conference!
     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    • KAM Executive Board Meeting- June 22, 11:00 AM at Saline County EOC
    • ArcGIS User Group Meeting- June 23, 1:30-3:30 PM: Alexander Open Systems, 900 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS (basement, enter on the north side of the building): Join us for talks and updates on GIS activities in Kansas. The majority of this meeting will be about mobile GIS applications.
    • GIS Happy Hour- July 23, 5:00-7:00 pm: The Jayhawker (Eldridge Hotel Bar), 701 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS: Come enjoy GIS chatting and network. Also, enjoy 1/2 price martinis.
    • Missouri Mappers Association Conference- July 28-31
    • Python User Group: GitHub Webinar- July 31, 9:00 AM
    • KAM Conference in Wichita- October 5-8
     
     
     
    KAM Fridge
    • Jessica Frye was promoted to GIS Program Manager at Alexander Open System and in May was given the role of the AOS GIS lead.
    • Kristen Jordan married Pete Koenig on June 9.
    • Mike Kallas was hired in October 2014 as a GIS Tech III with TranSystems Corp. He is specifically working on transportation websites and field applications utilizing the Esri platform.
    • Amber Reynolds was hired as the GIS Coordinator for the City of Topeka.
    •  Dan Rose was elected to the University of Kansas Geography Alumni Advisory Board. David Stearns is the chair of the KU Geography Alumni Advisory Board.
    • Jarrod Temple and his wife Stephanie welcomed a new baby boy, Saban Levi, to the family on April 8th. Congrats!
    • KAM welcomes new members since the 2014 Conference: 
      • Jennifer Chambers, Sedgwick County Senior GIS Analyst
      • Katherine Coriell, Wichita State University Graduate Student
      • Kathryn Crossman, Montgomery County Public Works Administrative Assistant
      • Tyler Fleming, Douglas County GIS Technician
      • Christopher Krause, Emporia State University Student
      • Jarrod Mendicki, City of Pittsburg GIS Manager
      • Martha Ortega, Meshek & Associates, PLC GIS Specialist
      • Chase Sterling, Seward County GIS Technician
      • Bryer Styve, Montgomery County GIS Technician
      • Jay Velvick, Anderson County Deputy Appraiser
      • Brian Woods, City of Lawrence Utilities Specialist 
     
     
     
    2015 KAM Map Gallery
                 
    Submit maps to Jared at tremblay@cityofmhk.com or online.
     
     
     
       
    This issue:
    ·  SQL LIKE Query
    ·  GIS Response Team Training
    ·  Python User Group Update
    ·  John Cowan Memorial Scholarship
    ·  Upcoming Events
    ·  KAM Fridge
     
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    KAM 2016 will be a "mini-conference" due to the 2015 Annual Conference celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the Spring 2016 MAGIC Symposium. More details to come.

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    Nominations for 2015 awards and Executive Board positions will be opening soon. The Executive Board accepts nominations for Directors, Secretary, Treasurer, and President Elect.
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  • 03 Apr 2015 10:07 AM | Kristen Jordan-Koenig (Administrator)

    Metes and Bounds Newsletter
    Spring 2015
    Kansas Association of Mappers: Volume 29, #1
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    New KAM Website Features
    In late 2014, the Publication Committee refreshed the look and feel of the KAM website as well as added several helpful features to streamline regular activities. In early 2015, KAM member Chase Sterling with Seward County designed the new website header. Here are some of the highlights of the website revamp: (continue reading)
     
     
     
    KAM Fridge
    • Ingrid Landgraf is retiring March 31, 2015, after 31 years with the USGS. Thank you for your membership and involvement with KAM, and we wish you the best with the next adventure!
    • Lee Allen accepted the position of GIS Coordinator with Shawnee County, Kansas.
    • Seward County is please to introduce their new GIS Technician, Chase Sterling. Chase began his KAM membership in the fast lane by designing the new KAM website banner. Thanks Chase!
    • Dan and Chelsea Rose welcomed a son, Warren Shelby Rose, on February 18, 2015. Warren was 9lb 12 oz, and 20 ¾”.

     
     
     
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    GIS Data Cost Survey
    What does your county charge for GIS data? What do other counties charge? Help us by filling out our map survey. Go to the map, click on "Edit", then select your county and fill out the info. Questions? Contact Kristen Jordan, kristen@kgs.ku.edu
     
     
     
    2015 KAM Map Gallery
    KAM Map Gallery
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    Other Content

    Federal Geospatial Data Act

    Read more about the bipartisan Senate Act to streamline geospatial data efforts.
         

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    KAM 2016 Conference

    KAM 2016 will be a "mini-conference" due to the 2015 Annual Conference celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the MAGIC Symposium happening in Spring 2016. More details to come.
         

    KAM 2015 Conference

    October 5-8, 2015 at the Hotel At Old Town in Wichita, KS
       
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    ·  Federal Geospatial Data Act
     
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