Kansas Association of Mappers

Spring 2017 Newsletter

14 Apr 2017 10:07 AM | Erika Stanley (Administrator)

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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.





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.


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!




KAM Fridge

  • 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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This issue:


Low Distortion Projections


KAM 2017 Conference


Doing More With Rasters


Plotters and Scanners




Upcoming KAM Training


Upcoming Events


KAM Fridge


KU Geography Calendar


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