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Hello everyone! In May the Executive Board, Program Chair and I visited the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Lawrence where the 2017 Annual KAM Conference will be held. I am very excited for this year’s conference! The renovations to the hotel are beautiful and the conference set-up will be very accommodating for our organization.
Linda Sibert and the program committee have been super busy creating a jam-packed session conference with some fun evening activities for everyone! Nominations are officially open for the annual awards and Executive Board. I encourage everyone to take a look at the criteria for all of these positions/awards and nominate someone if you know they are deserving.
I also encourage everyone to take a look at the committee members and responsibilities! There are a lot of vacant committee positions this year. Organizations, such as ours, strengthen and prosper from volunteers! Please consider filling a committee spot this year.
KAM has offered two courses over the last few months and we have one more scheduled before conference. Please take a look at the "Intro to QGIS" course online and get registered now.
I look forward to seeing you all in October! You will not want to miss this year’s conference, “Mapping in a Changing World”!
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.
8:00am to 9pm – Registration
9:00am to 9:30 - Coffee and Rolls
9:30am to 12:00pm – Opening remarks, Keynote Speakers, GIO update and KAM business
Meeting, Board nominations, Award winners, new members.
12:00pm to 12:15pm Exhibitor lighting talk
12:15pm to 1:15pm - Plated lunch
1:15pm to 2:00pm – Breakout session
2:15pm to 3:00pm – Breakout session
3:00pm to 3:30pm – Break with Exhibitors
3:30pm to 4:15pm – Breakout session
5:00pm to 6pm – Past president and New member reception
6:00pm to 8:30pm – Vendor reception Casino night
8:30pm to 11:00pm – Hospitality room
Thursday October 19th
8:00am to 9am – Coffee with the vendors (breakfast on your own or in the hotel buffet)
9:00am to 9:45 – Breakout session
10:00am to 10:45am – Breakout session
10:45am to 11:15am – Break with the vendors
11:15am to 12:00pm – Breakout session
12:00pm to 1:15pm – Lunch with the vendors, voting for the board and map gallery
1:15pm to 2:00pm – Breakout session
2:00pm to 2:30pm – Break with the vendors
2:30pm to 3:15pm – Breakout session
3:30pm – 4:15pm – Friends of the Kaw Group Session
5:00pm – First bus leaves the hotel for the Bowersock Mill and Dam tour
9:00pm – Last bus leave Downtown to return to hotel
Friday October 20th
7:30am to 8:30am – Coffee in the registration area (breakfast on your own)
8:30am to 9:15am – Breakout session
9:30am to 10:15am – Breakout Session
10:30am to 11:30am – Brunch
11:30am to 12:15am – Closing Keynote
12:15pm to 12:45pm – Closing KAM business, announce new board, map gallery winners and door prize
Award nominations are now open. If you know someone who has completed an awesome mapping project or has shown tremendous commitment to KAM, nominate themhere.
Executive Board nominations are now open. If you know someone who has the desire and dedication to strengthen KAM, nominate them here.
"Intro to QGIS” – August 8 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, El Dorado, Kansas.
ModelBuilder by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: July 31-1 in Columbia, MO. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
Python for GIS by Ken Wilkerson, GIS Edge: August 2-4 in Columbia, MO. Visit www.gisedge.com for more information.
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!
ArcGIS User Group: Making Mappy Expressions With Arcade: September 12 in Lawrence, KS. Visit https://www.meetup.com/Kansas-GIS/events/241283190/ for more information.
Do you have exciting news to share with KAM? Maybe a wedding, birth or job change? Share with us!
Jay Guarneri informed the KAM Executive Board that he and his family would be moving out of the area therefore unfortunately he turned his resignation as Director. By KAM statues, the nomination committee nominates a member to fill that position and that nomination is then voted on by the Executive Board. Congratulations to Linda Sibert as the newest Director of KAM!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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.
Low Distortion Projections
KAM 2017 Conference
Plotters and Scanners
ArcGIS vs. QGIS
KU Geography Calendar
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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...
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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!
A retirement reception was held for Diane on Friday, March 18 at the Ottawa County Courthouse.
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...
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.