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Pictures from GIS Day 2015

Thank you everyone who made GIS Day 2015 a success, and thanks for taking great pictures of the event!

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GIS Day 2015 Survey

01_GIS_Day_2015_Sponsors_ThankYou_logos_FINAL 00_GIS_Day_2015_County_Depts_Supporting_eGIS_rev1Thank you everyone who made GIS Day 2015 such a great success.  The day was a wonderful celebration of GIS across the County, showcasing the benefits of GIS to the residents of our County.

In an effort to improve our event, we are trying to find out what you thought about our event. We have created the LA County GIS Day Survey, which should take no more than 1-2 minutes to complete. To fill it out, visit:

If you are unable to connect to this Google Form, you can access it directly here:

ESRI releasing vector tile caches

I’m pretty excited about this new development from ESRI – with vector tiles we can be more effective with our basemap cache updates, as well as storing less data on our servers.

Here’s some information from ESRI about vector tile layers:

Here’s a link to some beta vector tile caches from ESRI:


Final GIS Day Documents

booth_guideWe had a couple of folks drop out last minute, and we have made some replacements – so here is the final set of documents for tomorrow!

Important Documents and links 

Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips, with a Vengeance

Pretty cool article about an analysis of taxi rides in New York – and some nice maps too.

Here is the article:


GIS Day 2015 – Final speaker schedule

GIS Day is two days away!  The weather will be warming up, so we should have a great day!

We have had a few changes to our speaker schedule – specifically we are excited to have Ted Ross, the IT Manager for LA City, Lilian Coral with the Mayor’s Office, providing the introduction to GIS Day, and Bernie Szukalski from ESRI providing the keynote.  LA City has an exciting announcement, and Bernie brings his 30 years of experience with GIS to help us see how things are changing!

Updated documents below.

See you on Wednesday!

GIS Day – booth guide and presentation schedule

GIS Day is less than one week away!  The GIS Day committee has finalized the booths and presentations – we will have 50 booths, and many great speakers!!

See for full details.

Important Documents and links 


What is GIS Day?

GIS Day is celebrated nationally as part of National Geography Awareness Week.  Click here for more information.

LA County’s GIS Day is free to attend both for the public and presenters, supported by County departments and funded by the County’s enterprise GIS Program.  We invite you to join us to learn more about how the County, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in  emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

Since location information is a powerful tool to provide better services to the residents of the County, our theme for GIS Day 2015 is  “Mapping for a Better LA”.

When and where is the event?

GIS Day will be at Olive Court at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GIS Manager for Kern County

Kern County has released a new opening for the GIS Manager for Kern County:

Salary: $2,756.94 – $3,365.64 Biweekly

Essential Duties:

  • Directs, coordinates and manages GIS activities with other County agencies and departments; with Kern County cities and other county jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and with private entities.  Works with the County Surveyor to create a schedule of required information for the continuous update of the GIS functions.
  • Through the position of Chair of the County GIS Coordination Team, develops, implements and manages the GIS program county-wide; and coordinates with the County Surveyor to set the County standards for GIS data, software, and procedures.
  • Supervises technical staff to include:  prioritizing and assigning work; managing and evaluating work of assigned staff, conducts employee performance evaluations; ensures staff are trained; and makes hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Reviews work of staff to ensure county-wide GIS requirements and standards have been met; reviews GIS products for accuracy, completeness and aesthetics and for compliance with customer requirements.
  • Develops, operates, documents, and maintains the County’s GIS System.
  • Supervises and manages development and maintenance of geospatial data layers and databases to meet high standards for completeness, accuracy and utility; supervises and participates in quality control checks of data conversion from non-GIS formats into GIS data; supervises the production of standard maps and other products to meet the needs of the department and customers.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the County’s base map.
  • Performs spatial analysis such as buffering, spatial overlays and distance calculations using established methods and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance and expertise to GIS professional and technical staff in other departments.
  • Serves as technical resource to department managers and provides professional advice to users on the design and use of GIS technologies and products.
  • Develops operational policies and procedures related to the GIS system.
  • Prepares technical guides and operational and procedural manuals.
  • Prepares technical reports, maps and presentations related to the GIS system.
  • Provides technical guidance, training and expertise to GIS staff and other users.
  • Assists in the development of the GIS program budget and monitors expenditures.
  • Meets with users to establish specific requirements and priorities; develops cost estimates for product and service requests.
  • Creates and uses queries and scripts to identify, analyze and correct spatial and attribute data; oversees and coordinates processing and loading of GIS data.
  • Coordinates the sharing of data and delivery of services with other departments and agencies.
  • Leads and participates in the design and development of GIS applications and tools to automate the processes and facilitates analysis and reporting; participates in and may serve as project manager in the design, development, modification, enhancement, and upgrading of applications and databases to provide mapping and other GIS services.
  • Participates in the preparation and evaluation of proposals, bids, contracts and service agreements for GIS software, equipment and consulting services.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Maintains back-up of programs and data files and develops appropriate security measures to ensure the integrity of information.
  • Represents the County on committees and advisory groups to foster cooperation and ensure consistent practices for storage and sharing of geospatial data.


Drones for LA County?

There has been a lot of news in recent weeks and months regarding drones and I wanted to tie it into some things related to planning, GIS and our aerial imagery programs.

There was an article in the October 2015 issue of Planning Magazine about UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly referred to as drones) – and how they could be used for planners (the article was titled – “Drones Eye View”.)  There is a section about risks and liability issues too; and this is important, of course.  It’s a good read, if you can access their website you can view the article: (this was originally posted in an internal post to planning staff for the LA County Dept. of Regional Planning – sorry if you cannot access).

There have been some discussions about using drones to capture our aerial imagery.  While there is no plan for us to do in the near future for the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC); the companies we work with are exploring this.  There’s no reason we couldn’t use a company to supplement or augment the work of traditional airborne systems either.

Here are a few links to recent, related articles on this subject:

  • Drone Users to Face New Rules (LA Times article on front page last week, Tuesday 10/20/15) – click here.
  • How the movie industry is moving towards drones (versus helicopters) for some shoots – click here.
  • Editorial about registering your drone and why it’s a good idea (also from 10/20/15)– click here.
  • Cool drone video of Los Angeles (from Curbed LA article) – click here.

So while there are no plans for us to buy and operate a drone for our use in the LA County Department of Regional Planning, it doesn’t mean that in the future we wouldn’t or couldn’t hire a company to provide imagery or video captured from a drone.   There are lots of potential benefits of this technology and also some obstacles to be overcome.  I just wanted to provide some information since this is getting a lot of headlines.

GIS Intern – City of Downey

downeyThe City of Downey has an opening for GIS Intern

  • Get hands-on GIS experience
  • Learn how to read engineering drawings and as-builts
  • Gain practical GIS experience for municipalities
  • Experience with ESRI products is required
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD is desirable
  • Work in City of Downey Public Works department
  • Must be able to work 24 hours per week
  • $13.90/ hour

Interested candidates please call Ahmed Husain at (562) 622-6721 or email your resume to