August 2015
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GIS Job at Edison – GIS Specialist

Note – this is a 12 month position

Position Overview:

The Geospatial Analysis Team within Real Properties is seeking an experienced GIS Technical Specialist to serve on project teams to provide GIS support.  The successful candidate will perform a wide variety of geospatial services by interfacing with internal/external clients to assess project requirements; create high-end analytical and cartographic map products utilizing various data types and sources; perform geospatial analysis for maps and/or reports; acquire data from various sources; create, maintain, and document (metadata).  This position will also include the design, modeling, implementation, and maintenance of geospatial databases and identifying and evaluating potential GIS applications and tools to improve operational efficiency and integration of location-based information.

Essential Job Functions Include:

  1. Leads or participates as a team member on special projects and Major Project Organization (MPO) large infrastructure projects. Provide functional direction to subject matter experts (SMEs) and other GIS specialists on such projects.
  2. Performs in-depth analyses, develop recommendations, and provides consultative services on an as-needed basis to address complex customer and/or company problems/issues which cross organizational boundaries and require thorough technical knowledge to resolve.
  3. Provides training and coaching to stakeholders to familiarize geodatabase design, functionality and usage.
  4. Creates analytical and cartographic map products utilizing various data types and sources including satellite imagery/aerial photography.
  5. Travels to local site locations and work extended days may be required.
  6. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  1. Must possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field performing complex analysis, consulting, and providing recommendations on GIS and CAD processes and solutions.
  2. Bachelor Degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Computer Science with an emphasis in GIS, or other specialized field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of ESRI ArcGIS 10.0 or higher, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office software applications.
  4. Experience with enterprise level geodatabase development and management.
  5. Experience in Python script development; experience with complex querying of spatial and non-spatial data; experience with JavaScript and/or other programming languages
  6. Experience with ArcGIS Online and web app development
  7. Strong project management experience, including an ability to interface with clients to assess project requirements and to plan, organize, track and meet scheduled project deadlines and cost.
  8. Experience in cartographic standards and usage of peripherals such as plotters, digitizers, and scanners.
  9. Attention to detail, customer focus, teamwork, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills.
  10. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in GIS, Geography, Computer Science or related field; Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification (GISP).


Deadline for resumes is 9/11/2015

This is a temporary 12-month position.

Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

The primary work location for this position is Rosemead, CA; however, the successful candidate may also be asked to work from other SCE facilities as needed.

Please direct all inquiries and resumes to Michael Hinton at

State releases application for park need

parksThe California State Parks has released what it says is the nation’s first statewide GIS system of demographic data that can help identify where community parks are needed.

The new Park Access Tool can produce reports about every city, county, senate and assembly district, or neighborhood area in California, State Parks announced on Aug. 19.

The new system also features a locator for more than $2.3 billion of grant-funded park projects provided through the California State Park’s Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS).

“It is important for Californians to not only have access to state parks, but to also have immediate daily access to parks within their own communities,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat. “The Park Access Tool provides demographic information that can help spark grass-roots, community-based efforts to improve the health and quality of life locally through the establishment of new parks.”

Seventy-two percent of Californians walk to parks they most frequently use, according to a 2012 public survey by California State Parks. Twenty-four percent of California residents live further than a half mile from a park, according to the Park Access Tool.

eGIS Team members win award

Congratulations to Tom Weisenberger and Christine Lam of the Enterprise GIS Team for winning an IT Project Award at the Los Angeles Digital Summit yesterday!

Their application, the “Pest Detection Viewer,” was used to digitize the locations of over 400,000 fruit trees, which are used by the County’s Agriculture Weights and Measures Department to trap and identify exotic pests.  The Ag. Commissioner is using this dataset to updated its antiquated, paper based system for monitoring invasive pests which can threaten the state’s crops.

Again – congratulations!


Port of LA GIS paid internship available

Passing this along:

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS student position in our Information Technology GIS section.


  • Under grad students must be in school full-time (9 semester units or 12 quarter units) and must maintain at 2.5 GPA.
  • Grad students must be in school full-time (6 semester units or 8 quarter units) and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students can work a max of 20 hours/week during school year and 40 hours/week during summer.

Position pays $14.03 – $15.41 per hour.

Work location is 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Please submit resume to Christine Thome by Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at:


Christine Thome

Enterprise GIS Manager

LA has 4 of the 10 steepest streets in the US

top-10-US-steepest-streets-1I use Waze a lot to try to avoid traffic (I totally recommend it), and yesterday while trying to get to work, it told me to go up Baxter street.  Little did I know that I was being directed up the 4th steepest street in the US (as reported by FIXR in this infographic).





I’ve driven by this street hundreds of times, and sort of knew about its existence, but check it out in Google StreetView:















I decided to also pull our oblique imagery for it as well:


















This is right by the intersection of the 2 and 5 freeways, so if you come to downtown, go check them out!


ESRI Licensing Documents

I have dealt, over the years, with many questions regarding ESRI licensing – single use vs. concurrent use, license check-outs, etc.

The ESRI support services blog recently posted something pretty useful, so I thought I would share:

The Field Guide to Esri Licensing on is the culmination of an idea to aid users in their quest to understand and implement licensing. The guide provides information for all different kinds of users: new users, experienced users, those who have a specific problem or who need to find answers on-the-fly, as well as those seeking general knowledge. In truth, the guide was easy to write once I had the information. Since I was new to licensing, it was understandable how people may have trouble with certain problems, terminology, or concepts.

Licensing terms were just as important to define; what good would it be having a guide to licensing if users could not understand the meaning of important definitions contained within? Thus, the Glossary of Esri Software Licensing Terms was born. The glossary provides a wide range of licensing terms, the majority of which are linked to the Field Guide to Esri Licensing. Users may click certain words in the field guide to quickly look up a definition from the glossary—this provides a transparent window into the technical world of licensing.

The field guide features resources for ArcGIS Desktop (versions 8.0 – 10), ArcGIS for Desktop (versions 10.1 – 10.3.1), as well as ArcGIS Pro. Many resources are conveniently hosted in tables, as well. The tables provide the name of the resource referenced, the topics of the resource, and a link to the source. Topics include but are not limited to authorization, the ArcGIS Administrator, the ArcGIS Licensing Manager, provisioning, evaluation (student) licensing, and more. There is a body of text associated with each table that briefly defines certain licensing concepts; however, the guide is meant to be more of a web map for users who may be at a crossroads in their licensing quest and need to figure out where to go.

The field guide also features a plethora of Esri technical articles organized in tables to act as a troubleshooting reference point for licensing ArcGIS for Desktop. The tables are labeled by topic to ensure users can easily navigate the document and find an article that meets their needs. These tables provide key pieces of article information: a clickable article ID number that links to the respective article, the specific range of applicable versions, article type (How To, Bug, Error, etc.), as well as the title or topic. These tables quickly guide users to the most relevant technical articles, decreasing time spent finding the best solution.

After completing the Field Guide to Esri Licensing and the Glossary of Esri Software Licensing Terms, I realized how easy it could have been for someone to get lost in the technical aspects of licensing. For the ArcGIS community, this guide will make the process of finding licensing information much more navigable while also highlighting the strength of online content—I came to value the quality of Esri’s online resources during my time as an intern with Support Services.

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Map of Employment in America, 2010

jobsThanks to Mike Henderson of LAFCO for passing this interesting map around.

It took a few days before I could actually move over to LA County:


Prime Meridian not where you think it is

Prime_Meridian_GothamHere is an interesting article about how geodesy has impacted the location of the Prime Meridian:

“That picture of you standing astride the stainless steel Meridian Line in Greenwich? It’s a lie: You don’t really have one foot in either hemisphere. The real Prime Meridian runs 334 feet (102 m) east, cutting an imaginary north-south line through Greenwich Park. It is marked unceremoniously by a dustbin. “

Read: The Dustbin of Geography

Google Maps API Discontinue support of Internet Explorer 8

Hi everyone. You may have received this notification from Google Maps… but just in case, FYI:

“Hello all,

We would like to inform you that we are planning to discontinue support  of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) for the Google Maps JavaScript API v3 around August 31st 2015. Around August 24th 2015 users of IE 8 will start seeing a alert bar inside their map urging them to update their browser.

Why is this happening?

IE8 is an older browser which does not have many of the capabilities of modern browsers and is no longer supported by many websites, including Google Apps  and Google Analytics. Microsoft also announced in 2014 that they will no longer support IE8 from January 2016 for desktop operating systems. In addition, running the latest, supported browsers provides an optimal and most secure experience for users, so we recommend that all users upgrade to more modern browsers.

What does it mean?

As mentioned above, on 24 August 2015 users of IE8 will start seeing an alert bar inside their map urging them to update their browser. In addition, we will not be able to provide technical support for issues encountered accessing the Google Maps JavaScript v3 API with IE8 after 31 August 2015.”!forum/google-maps-js-api-v3-notify

eGIS Committe Agenda for August 2015

Please find the agenda for the meeting here: eGIS meeting notice and Agenda – August 2015

Along with our regular agenda items, we will have a presentation from a student on Route Optimization.