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GIS Day 2012 training track full

As of this morning we have 48 people registered for our GIS Day training track, so we have shut down training track sign-up page.

Most of our classes will be packed, with 2 people per computer.  For County staff, the eGIS Program will be providing additional training opportunities over the next few months.

The training schedule is below.




Open Sessions

10:00 – 10:50 AM Jonathan Corbridge


Making Maps that Work!

Learn concepts to improve your cartography.

11:00 – 11:50 AM Frank Somarriba & Harry Moore


Making & Sharing Intelligent web-maps with ArcGIS Online

Learn how to get your maps out into the world

12 – 12:50 PM eGIS Team

LA County ISD

Introduction to the LA County GIS Viewer (session 1)

Free On-line GIS tools put the power of geography in your hands.

Sessions for County staff

1:00 – 1:50 PM eGIS Team

LA County ISD

Desktop GIS Training

Learn how to access and take advantage of the

County’s Enterprise GIS Repository.

2:00 – 2:50 PM eGIS Team

LA County ISD

Introduction to the LA County GIS Viewer (session 2)

Free On-line GIS tools put the power of geography in your hands.


ArcMap – redirect your default database

Passing along a post from the ESRI Support Services Blog.  Read the full article

Have you ever wanted to redirect your Default Geodatabase to a location other than your My Documents folder? This has been a popular idea supported by many users, and at 10.1 and 10.0 Service Pack 5, this is now possible.

At the ArcGIS 10.1 release, you can redirect your Default Geodatabase  through the Catalog Window Options in ArcMap. Click the button on the top right corner of the Catalog Window and then click the Home Folder tab. You can set a new location for your Home Folder by clicking the browse button and navigating to your desired location.

Here are some images below.

Upgrading from Google Maps API v2 to v3

Google has announced that it is deprecating its version 2 API in the next few months, and recommends upgrading to version 3.

Junior Togelang from ISD passed along a presentation that he found that discusses how to do it – it looks like developers who have built code with version 2 will need to do some major re-coding to get their applications to work on version 3.

Thanks Junior!

Porting V2 JavaScript Maps API applications to V3 (pdf)

November 14th Proclaimed “GIS Day”

This morning, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed next Wednesday, November 14th as “GIS Day.”

This is the second time they have done so, and a number of the GIS Day committee staff were on hand to see the presentation, and receive the beautiful scroll that was prepared for the event.  The scroll is a beautiful tradition that LA County has for celebrating important events (like GIS Day).  I will upload some pictures as soon as I get them.

Click here to see the scroll: GIS Day 2012 Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors

The text on the scroll reads:

Continue reading November 14th Proclaimed “GIS Day”

Storm Drain Workshop announced during GIS Day

The Survey/Mapping & Property Management Division of Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (DPW) is very pleased to invite you to the Storm Drain/Catch Basin Workshop which will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 concurrently with GIS Day 2012 at DPW headquarters in Alhambra.

By maintaining properly functioning storm drain and catch basin facilities, we will be able to remove pollutants, control stormwater runoff, prevent flooding, and protect public health. The goal of this Workshop is to facilitate the operation and maintenance of catch basins by leveraging the GIS technology, data sharing, and networking among public sector professionals.

This workshop will be in the Alhambra room, which is part of the GIS Day event.

Download the full schedule here: Storm Drain_Catch Basin Workshop Schedule (pdf file)

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding this event please contact:
Saed Roudsari (626) 458-7050—– -SROUDSARI@dpw.lacounty.gov
Tommy Browne (626) 458-7178—- TBROWNE@dpw.lacounty.gov


1:00 Welcome and Introduction by Tommy Browne
1:05 Catch Basins and the Los Angeles County StorDrain GIS Network
1:20 Catch Basin Complaints – How We Process
1:40 City of Los Angeles Maintenance Management Syste(CLAMMS)
2:00 Catch Basin Maintenance
2:20 Catch Basin Retrofits
2:40 Trash TMDL Program
3:00 Open Discussion


GIS Day Mixer announced!

ESRI and CyberCity 3D have partnered with the GIS Day Committee to host a GIS Day mixer, which will be held after GIS Day.

Here is the Flyer for the 3D-Start-Day Mixer, and the first drink is on ESRI and CyberCity!

See you there!

GIS Student Position at Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is currently looking to fill a GIS student position.



  • GIS experience and/or schooling.
  • 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 during school year and 40 hours during summer.

Position pays $12.17-$13.54 per hour.

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


Students, please submit resume to Christine Thome, by November 30th, 2012, at: GIS@portla.org


Thank you,

Christine Thome

2008 Obama/McCain Vote by Precinct

Election results can be difficult to understand – props to my alma mater Spatial Sciences Institute - for providing a good visualization of the fact that red/blue isn’t the only way to show voting patterns.

Here are the details: https://sites.stanford.edu/sssl/2008-obamamccain-vote-precinct - the map is below.


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ArcGIS 10.1 Service Pack 1 available

ESRI has announced the release of ArcGIS 10.1 (Service Pack 1).

Downloads are available here: http://support.esri.com/en/downloads/patches-servicepacks/view/productid/160/metaid/1913

Looks like a lot of work to implement – have fun!

GIS Day Swag! (aka promotional materials)

As if the opportunity to learn about mapping wasn’t enough, this year, thanks to ESRI and our vendors, we will be handing out great free stuff!!!

Usually we reserve items for winners of our GIS Day game, but this year we have a lot of great give-aways – so we can give out things like stickers, pens, notebooks, T-shirts, and 2 Gb USB drives!

Here are some previews!

And don’t forget to check out the GIS Day website (click here to open) for schedules and directions.