Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fall GIS Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

Davis, Calif.— Take a fall course in Geographic Information Systems from UC Davis Extension. Learn how to analyze and model the built and natural environments in order to inform policy and policy decisions. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration.

GIS Database Design
Review industry-standard and emerging-data design technologies for today’s natural resource and land use planning needs.
•    Sept. 15-16: Tues.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 24-25: Thur.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $695. Enroll in section 152NAT403.

GIS for Resource Managers and Professionals
Gain an overview and working knowledge of GIS in this hands -on workshop.
•    Sept. 22-23: Tues.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Plant and Environmental Sciences, California Ave.
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT415.

GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate 
Learn the theoretical background of watershed analysis within a geographic information system to become familiar with common methods, tools and frameworks for investigation.
•    Dec. 15-16: Tues.-Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT416.

GIS for Watershed Analysis: Advanced
This hands-on GIS workshop will give researchers, planners and land/resource managers the spatial analysis skills they need to integrate field data with watershed-scale variables and gain a better perspective of the upstream processes and circumstances that may be driving observed conditions.
•    Dec. 17-18: Thur.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
•    UC Davis: Wickson Hall, 350 North Quad
•    $500. Enroll in section 152NAT417.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email or visit our website.

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 62,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 115 countries.

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