7 Career Tips from a GIS Pro

Last night, I had the pleasure of visiting a group of GIS students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After talking about some of the projects I have worked on at AE2S, I realized that everyone was really leaning in when I shared my tips for success working in GIS. It became immediately clear to me:…

Quick Tip – Attributes & Editing

Here’s a nice little tip I stumbled on when consciously trying to use the Attributes window in ArcMap more often. I tend to edit right in the table 99% of the time, but I discovered this handy button which saves me a lot of time when editing. When in editing mode, open the Attributes Window. You…

My Survey of Geomatics

Hi there! Intern Hallie here. I’ve had the privilege of working at AE2S for about four months now, and I must say: it’s a lot different than I was expecting. I didn’t really know exactly what “Geomatics Intern” entailed when I signed on, and it turns out it means Surveying + GIS together. My time…

How to Save the World in 2015 with GIS

As the year come to a close, I like to reflect on how the next year can be even better. And one thing I always think of is how I can serve humanity to make the world a better place. Did you know that there is a tangible, remote way to help in a humanitarian…

A Cartographic Christmas

  Last year I enjoyed writing a post on fun ways to engage kids in thinking spatially around the holidays. You can revisit that post and learn how you can track Santa and see if you’ll have a white Christmas here. This year I decided to focus on finding a perfect location based gift for that…

So Much to Learn at the MN GIS/LIS 2014 Conference

There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by other GIS people. I got that experience most recently at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota. The of whirlwind of people, sessions, and conversations, gave me a few takeaways: Do you ever wish you could show someone what you are doing on your iPhone easily? Well…

Easy Access to Free Imagery

If you work in GIS or Engineering, by now you’ve heard of and probably used the USDA’s NAIP Imagery. Did you know you can add USDA’s NAIP mosaics directly into ArcGIS? From the USDA site: “For each state, the most recent year of NAIP Imagery DOQQs is available on an ArcGIS server. The state based…

Bringing AutoCAD Surfaces into ArcGIS

Let’s just say you’ve done a lot of manipulation of a surface in AutoCAD, and you would now like to see it in ArcGIS. Jon Lefers at AE2S is a pretty good resource to turn to when it comes to working between AutoCAD and ArcGIS. And he is nice enough to share his methodology. This…

Managing Service Layer Credits in ArcGIS

Thanks to ESRI we have a lot of great basemap and aerial photography options to use when working in ArcGIS. Yet sometimes the Service Layer Credits documentation isn’t always in the best place for the map or takes up half of your inset box. Here is an easy tip on how to change the Source…