Happy GIS Day!

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. …

Why GIS is Critical to Flood Risk Management

I received my monthly American Society of Civil Engineers magazine yesterday in the mail, and the lead article was titled “Defending New Orleans”, which described the flood risk reduction measures that the Corps of Engineers is currently constructing and nearly finished. The figures are jaw dropping.  $14 billion price tag.  A single pump station capable…

Highlights from the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference

When I travel to a conference, sometimes it’s the little things that strike me and change my perspective. This year, when attending the Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference in Rochester, it was something much larger that was my main highlight. Len Kne (Associate Director at U-Spatial at University of Minnesota) and Kris Johnson (Research Associate at University…