Kansas Association of Mappers

Metes and Bounds Newsletter

Spring 2021

Kansas Association of Mappers
Volume 35, #1

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Please help us spread the word about the John Cowan Memorial Scholarship to high schools and colleges around the state! We are accepting applications through April 15, 2021 for a student pursuing coursework in a Geography-related field at a Kansas college or university. We love having a competitive pool of applicants, and the winner gets $1,000! Details online at https://www.kansasmappers.org/JCM.

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Kansas 2021/2022 Statewide Imagery is Coming

by Eileen Battles, DASC Manager

New imagery is coming! The acquisition of statewide, high resolution, leaf off, public domain imagery is underway and will continue in a west to east and south to north pattern as weather permits. The project is expected to span over the 2021 and 2022 leaf-off flying seasons, with approximately 50% of the state captured each year.

This statewide imagery acquisition is funded by the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, with support from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Traffic Records Coordinating Council. The Council, who also funded the statewide imagery acquisitions in 2014/15 and 2018, has negotiated a three-year service agreement with Surdex Corporation.

The statewide imagery project deliverables include the following:

  • Statewide leaf-off acquisition, late winter/early spring flying season
  • No license restrictions, public domain dataset
  • 1-foot pixel resolution
  • Natural color & Color Infrared (CIR)
  • File formats - GeoTIFF & MrSID
  • Projections – Kansas State Plane North/South, Kansas Regional Coordinate System, Kansas Lambert, and Kansas State Plane 2022

DASC will once again be asking our local government colleagues to help visually review the imagery before final delivery using Surdex’s online Quality Control inspection tool (SurCheck). If you helped review the imagery during the last acquisition, expect to hear from us this fall. Once the imagery has passed quality assurance, the imagery captured in 2021 (approximately 50% of the state) will be delivered to DASC by December 31, 2021. For more information regarding the status of the statewide acquisition, check the DASC website (https://www.kansasgis.org) for updates.

In addition to the statewide imagery acquisition, the agreement also establishes a State and Local Government Buy-up Program and a Disaster Response Imagery Program. The Buy-up Program provides state government and local jurisdictions the opportunity to leverage the state-level agreement to procure high-resolution imagery (3" or 6"), Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) acquisition, and other related services. All buy up projects are designed and based on the needs of each organization. Contact Tim Donze with Surdex (TIMD@SURDEX.COM) for more information.

If you need imagery now, the 2014/15 imagery is public domain and available on the DASC website. The 2018 imagery is available by request on the DASC website and we anticipate it will be released into the public domain later this year.

Statewide imagery is popular and widely used across the state. For Kansas NG911, it is used for geospatial data maintenance and by call handlers answering 911 calls. It is also used for numerous state and local government mapping efforts and is embedded into a variety of state and local government web-based mapping applications. Clearly, there is a tremendous return on the investment in this important data and its periodic update and we are excited to have new statewide imagery on the way!

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Educational Needs Survey Results and 2021 Schedule

by Clint Miller, KGISD, Education Committee Chair

Spring is finally beginning to green things up around the state. For some of us things are beginning to go back to normal, but many others are still working and learning remotely. To get an idea of the best way to provide training to our members, a education planning survey was sent out recently (thank you, Cesalea Osbourne!) to see what members are interested in and their preferred method of attending.

Respondents said they preferred in-person training but many were also open to either in-person or virtual half-day trainings. They also preferred a mixture of lecture and hands-on training. When asked what would be the limiting factors to attend training this year, cost and restrictions on travel in their organizations were the top limiting factors. The best time of year to attend training was on a weekday in June / July, followed by April and October. Class offerings that members were most interested in were Intermediate ArcGIS Pro followed by Introduction to Python, ArcGIS Online, Enterprise Management, Field Maps, and Arcade.

The results of the Education Planning survey can be found here.

Upcoming confirmed trainings for summer 2021 so far are:

  • Half-day Arcade virtual workshop class will be taught by Amy Roust and Micah Seybold, scheduled for Friday, June 18th from 8 am-12 pm. Cost will be $30 for KAM Members and $55 for Non-Members.
  • Half-day SQL virtual workshop class will be taught by Darren Haag, scheduled for Friday June 18th from 1 pm - 4 pm. Cost will be $30 for KAM Members and $55 for Non-Members.

The Education Committee is working to schedule ArcGIS Pro and other trainings. Watch for your inbox for training signups and upcoming schedules coming soon.

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