Thursday, May 28, 2015

Presentations from the May 15, 2015 GIS User Group Meeting

A big thank you to our presenters at the May 15th Sacramento GIS User Group meeting and to Nate Jennings and the City of Sacramento for hosting our event.  Below are links to the presentations from the meeting:

"The City of Elk Grove Enterprise GIS Platform" - Steve Gay and Jason Latoski, Interwest Consulting Group

"Stolen?  Introducing the Sutter Land Claim, and perhaps the Largest Theft of Public Property in our History" - Andrew McLeod

"GIS is the Wine Industry" - Andy Morgan and Martin Mendez-Costabel, Gallo Winery*

Mapping in the City using Geocortex" - Nate Jennings, Sacramento City GIS*

*This presentation was live only/not available for download

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sacramento GIS User Group Agenda - May 15th 9 AM – 12

GIS User Group Meeting Agenda -  May 15th

New City Hall, Council Chambers
915 I Street 
Sacramento CA

9:00am  Welcome
9:15am  “GIS is the Wine Industry”. Andy Morgan and Martin Mendez-Costabel, Gallo Winery
9:45am  “Mapping in the City using Geocortex” Nate Jennings, Sacramento City GIS
10:15am Break
10:45am “The City of Elk Grove Enterprise GIS Platform” Steve Gay and Jason Latoski, Interwest Consulting Group
11:15am  “Stolen?  Introducing the Sutter land claim, and perhaps the largest theft of public property in our history”, Andrew McLeod

Sunday, February 15, 2015

GIS Events at UC Merced and UC Davis

The Northern California Chapter of URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) is pleased to co-sponsor two events of interest to the California GIS community.

The Annual CGIA (California Geographic Information Association) GeoSummit at UC Merced happens on March 13, 2015. Here is a link for more information:

UC Davis presents a GIS Symposium on April 1. More information is available here:

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS Class

Data Acquisition and Evaluation/GPS

Feb. 20 & 21 & March 6: Fri. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
2 Units Academic Credit

In Winter Term, 2015 run this course will introduce for the first time Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or ‘drones’) and their rapidly evolving roles in land management and other applications.  The course will open with a special, interagency webinar that will inform students about upcoming UAS policies and regulatory environments for research and commercial operations.  Through brief lectures, classroom computing sessions, and outdoor and indoor exercises, students will explore alternatives for coupling digital imagery with GPS-derived positions, and will evaluate data quality in imagery and GPS-derived positions. Skills in preparation of metadata will be cultivated throughout the course, with emphasis on data quality elements. Students will build upon project work of their choosing, concluding with hands-on building of a geographic database (geodatabase) in industry-standard format.

Visit for more information or to enroll.

Instructor:  Paul Veisze

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CalGIS 2015 - June 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento

Dear Sacramento Area GIS Professional:

CalGIS 2015, the 21st Annual California GIS Conference, is happening June 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento.

If you have never attended a CalGIS conference, I think you would be pleasantly surprised at what a valuable experience it can be. This year it’s in Sacramento, which means that many of us won’t have to deal with travel and lodging expenses to attend. The conference fee is nominal. I encourage you to consider attending.

The Call for Presentation Abstracts is out and the deadline is February 2.

Participate!  What have you been working on that you would like to share with your GIS colleagues and peers in California? Tips & tricks, research, success stories or cautionary tales?

Participation may come in a variety of formats including:
•             Map Gallery
•             Poster Presentation
•             Lightning Talk
•             Presentation
•             Active Learning
Abstracts are due no later than February 2, 2015.

For participation details and an online abstract submission form, visit and be sure to follow @CalGIS on Twitter!

Christina Boggs is the 2015 Conference Chair, so you know it will be, as Christina says, “AWESOME!”

Check it out at

Jane Schafer-Kramer, Research Analyst (GIS), CalGIS Outreach Committee Chair

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Possible S-341 Class at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA

Passing along a possible training class from Christina Boggs at DWR.  Contact Rich Strazzo at if interested.

Subject: Possible S-341 Class at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA

To All,

There's a possibility that College of the Siskiyous (COS) will hold an S-341 class in Northern California (Weed or Dunsmuir) in April (date not set).  Tuition will be charged for this course, but I'm not sure what it will be (guess of $175-350).  In order to justify having a class, I want to make sure there's a demand to have a class in California this year.  Would you please solicit the GIS users you know (CAL FIRE, federal, local government, private, vendor, etc.) to see if they would be interested in taking this course.  Please distribute this email widely to get the best picture of the demand.  Please send me the names (include agency/company/private) of those who would like to take the S-341 course if it is hosted by COS.  Since students are required to be fully proficient in using ArcGIS software, please only submit names of those who meet this requirement.  Due to the short time frames, please reply to my request ASAP.


Rich Strazzo
Battalion Chief - Retired Annuitant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Sacramento & Northern Region