Four Highlights from the Upper Midwest GEOCON

Last week I attended the Upper Midwest GEOCON, which brought together GIS professionals from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.     REST Best Practices REST Services can get out of control quickly, and cause all sorts of performance issues. Mark McCart at Iowa DOT gave a talk on creating an inventory (in just a simple spreadsheet)…

10 Revelations at the 2015 Esri User Conference

  While there were so many amazing moments (such as being surrounded by about 15,000 other GIS people seeing myself in a LiDAR point cloud, meeting #gistribe people in person, learning how to juggle at the Thursday evening party, and being humbled by maps and thinkers), here are what I consider the best parts of my…

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…