All posts by GISColorado

Diego Portillo

Please accept my nomination to the GISCO Board.

I have over 20 years’ experience in the GIS field. I started as an entry-level GIS Technician creating and editing coverages in ArcInfo Workstation, making maps using ArcView 3.0, and continue gaining experience as an analyst, developer, and consultant. As a result, I have implemented and managed GIS teams and Enterprise systems in different organizations. I spend my last seven years in the water utility industry (at Denver Water) and ten years prior in the electric utility industry (at United Power). I am also proud to be an adjunct faculty for DU (for winter quarter 2021) and EUCI, teaching several GIS courses.

Because of my experience from the ground up, and wide-ranging experiences successfully implementing complex enterprise GIS solutions at telecom, electric utility, and water utility organizations, I bring a hands-on approach to the spatial industry. How to resolve the actual issues when working on any GIS project, what are the different approaches, how to implement it, and how to integrate them on the overall enterprise vision.

Cat Hoemke

I am a more recent member of GIS Colorado though I have been attending meetings for a few years. My background is not in GIS but I have many years of connecting with GIS professionals in my current role as marketing director and client relations at Argis Solutions Inc. Argis Solutions is an emerging partner with ESRI and has won many accolades including the 2016 Partner of the Year Award in Innovation. GIS data, when centralized in a team’s or department’s workflow, can vastly improve an organization’s internal communication and provide better outcomes. I see joining the GIS Colorado board as an opportunity to further advocate the adoption and integration of GIS within organizations along the front range. My experience and background in marketing and graphic design would also be a great addition to the board’s current skill sets. I have driven design and message in the non-profit sector and technology start-up companies for over 10 years. I hold an Associates in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, and have held my current position at Argis Solutions, Inc since 2016.

Genie Hays

Hello, my name is Genie Hays and I am running for a second term on the GIS Colorado board.  I have almost two decades of experience in the GIS industry holding a myriad of positions in both the public and private sectors from sales, tech/analyst, outreach, project management, and teaching.  I have also participated as a volunteer on various GIS committees for almost as long. Throughout it all I have been a GIS Colorado member.

I love what I do and owe a large part of my professional growth to GIS Colorado.  The commitment to community and support for each other strongly aligns with my own values and I am excited to share my enthusiasm by serving on the board for another three years.  Throughout my term I look forward to helping GIS Colorado continue being a positive influence throughout Colorado by continuing to organize training and professional networking events as well as  expanding our resources through partnerships with other GIS societies locally and in neighboring states.

Darcee Killpack

I would like to nominate myself, Darcee Killpack, for the GIS Colorado Board of Directors. I have been on the GIS Colorado Board for the past 9 years. I have been proud to work with our great community on training, conferences, and our quarterly meetings. Since 2019, I served as the treasure for GIS Colorado. In 2018 and 2020, I served on the Planning Committee and Program Chair for the Elevation Geospatial Summit, a joint conference between GIS Colorado and WYGEO. I also served as the GIS Colorado representative to the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors for many years as well and served as the Conference Chair of GeCo in the Rockies in 2014.

I am running for the Board again as I feel there is more I can contribute to our community. I
have been working with Board to create a Strategic Plan providing the vision and direction of the organization for the next 5 years. We will be able to present that to our members and the community this summer and I want to continue our efforts to align our actions with our
strategic vision: Your Geospatial Connection. I also want t continue to arrange our quarterly
meetings providing local presentations and community networking opportunities around the state. If elected, I am dedicated to working with the GIS community more to evolve and grow GIS Colorado to meet the changing needs.

As for my professional background, I have over 21 years of experience in the GIS profession. I currently work as the Deputy Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center supporting the production and delivery of The National Map, US Topo, 3D Elevation Program, and the National Hydrography Dataset. I previously worked for the National Park Service as the GIS Coordinator for the Intermountain Region providing direct GIS support to over 91 park units in 8 states. I also worked for SWCA, Inc. as the GIS Director supporting the integration of GIS into environmental management, assessments, and analysis.

Mobile Mapping Team Leader

Woolpert, Inc. is a cutting-edge national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by blending engineering excellence with innovative technology and geospatial applications. Woolpert has been recognized for several years as an Employer of Choice by Great Place To Work®. We believe great companies are built from exceptional people and amazing clients. Because of our growth, we are seeking an experienced Mobile Mapping Team Leader in our Denver, CO office.

Woolpert’s Geospatial Survey Discipline is seeking an individual looking for a career opportunity as a Technical Team Leader responsible for managing a group of mobile / terrestrial LiDAR technicians and supporting geospatial scanning and mapping projects nationwide. This position is primarily responsible for group management, project planning, cost estimating, scheduling, technical oversight, data development, and project reporting for LiDAR specific projects. The position is key in establishing and improving internal and external client relationships, growth, and assisting our project management teams with securing repeat opportunities within a client base. Qualified candidates will have experience mobile and terrestrial LiDAR technology. Excellent communication and computer skills are necessary. Experience with GPS/RTK, LiDAR sensors, IMU and DME technology is required. Additionally, qualified candidates will have a bachelors’ degree, five (5) years related experience, or equivalent combination.

In this role, your duties and responsibilities will include the minimum:

Responsibilities:

  • Performs technical aspects of specified deliverables and leads team of technical staff in creating deliverables and ensuring that QA/QC procedures are employed consistent with scope, schedule and budget.
  • Coaches, mentors, directs, and delegates execution of project deliverables to and among technical team members.
  • Reviews scope and schedule of proposals to develop budgets to complete technical aspects of a project.
  • Communicates issues affecting phase/task or project schedule, budget or quality and escalates unresolved issues to Discipline Leader.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining standard operating procedures and workflows
  • Leads mobile LiDAR team in developing and implementing project QA/QC standards.
  • Establishes employee performance goals, provides regular feedback and works with discipline leaders and assigned technical team members to achieve individual and service line goals.
  • Executes R&D efforts and develop new workflows.
  • Utilize and manage project tracking tool (Deltek).
  • Responsible for communicating project status updates as needed.
  • Assists project management staff in development of project proposals, as necessary.
  • Assists project management staff during negotiations with definition of project schedule, fee, and scope, as necessary.
  • Assist in identifying any issues impacting phase/task goals, objectives and/or client satisfaction.
  • Assists in firm marketing initiatives (including attending conferences, trade shows, etc).
  • Makes formal presentations and/or publishes articles for professional/trade/civic organizations.

 Requirements:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. and five (5) plus years of professional Geospatial related experience
  • Must have practical knowledge of survey and LiDAR principles as well as DOT specifications
  • Working knowledge of software associated with LiDAR and survey data processing.
  • Experience with the following software packages: Leica Pegasus Manager / Leica MMS Software (Cyclone), Terra Solid, BIM – Revit, TopoDOT, Microstation, AutoCAD, Optech LMS, Trimble Business Center
  • Proven ability to effectively present information before groups of clients or employees.
  • Experience with reading and interpreting documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals.
  • Must be able to write clear and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to work autonomously by independently bringing projects to completion.
  • Must display a focus on innovation and process improvement.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication, problem-solving, and data management skills

Please apply to the following link:  https://recruiting.ultipro.com/WOO1009/JobBoard/97967b39-b3fa-4972-8da3-2af68e0ffa86/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=f35aad34-1f23-4d5c-9a86-bda2010b3509

ABOUT WOOLPERT:

Leading Innovation and Integrity... 

As members of a leading design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm, Woolpert employees inspire each other to be the best through their ingenuity, diversity, and vision. With projects that contribute to the sustainability, security, and efficiency of federal, local and private-sector clients across the U.S. and abroad, our employees appreciate rewarding careers that contribute to advances in the Architectural/Engineering industry while also knowing they’re serving the needs of some of the best communities and organizations around the world.

Presenting Opportunities and Challenges at Every Turn...

As a firm that recognizes the importance of developing top talent from within, our employees have access to a wide range of training and coaching programs and are rewarded for their achievements through our excellent benefits package and competitive salaries.

Our vision: http://woolpert.com/about-us/ 

Learn more about our “Great Place To Work” certification: http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/woolpert-inc   

Here is the link.  Thanks again:   https://recruiting.ultipro.com/WOO1009/JobBoard/97967b39-b3fa-4972-8da3-2af68e0ffa86/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=f35aad34-1f23-4d5c-9a86-bda2010b3509

GPS Technician - Temporary

Company/organization: South Adams Co Water & Sanitation

Job description: This position will provide assistance to the GIS Department in field location of District assets (valves, hydrants, etc) using a Trimble GPS unit; collect, verify, manage and edit data associated with those assets and create maps using ESRI ArcGIS Software/AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Qualified candidates should be enrolled in a GIS related program. Valid, current Colorado Driver’s License required, with clean MVR. Drug Screen/background check required prior to employment.

Proficient computer skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook in addition to basic knowledge of AutoCAD and/or ArcGIS is necessary. Ability to use hand held GPS unit. Ability to work independently with solid problem solving and communication skills.

This position requires work in a variety of locations, terrains and conditions. Ability to lift up to 60 lbs occasionally is necessary.
Email resumes to jobline@sacwsd.org

Contact person: cheryl layton

Contact email: clayton@sacwsd.org

Rachel Medina

Please consider this letter as my expression of interest in serving on the GIS Colorado Board. I have only been in the professional GIS world for 4 years but I have become very interested in being involved with my local GIS community and beyond. I am an active civil servant with a strong background in natural resources, geology, and local government while boasting an enthusiasm for public work. I have experience sitting on boards and believe I could contribute greatly to this board. Currently I am a GIS specialist for Montezuma County in southwest Colorado. Part of my role at work is to collaborate with Dolores County’s GIS Department so that our data is seamless and can be easily merged and utilized by the public and emergency services. I also working closely with our local public lands office, but outside of this, it’s hard to keep in touch with my GIS neighbors. Living in a rural part of the state makes meeting and networking with my peers difficult but GISCO’s quarterly meetings that rotate locations around Colorado have created an avenue for this. There is so much value in these meetings and I want to help keep the vision going. Being on the board, I can help represent the western slope and less populated areas of Colorado. There is so much value in these meetings and I want to help keep the vision going. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my letter of interest to serve on the GIS Colorado Board. After attending my first GISCO meeting in July 2016, I became aware of the power that networking through these events has. I would like to help grow, shape and execute GISCO’s mission by being a part of the board.

2016 Scholarships Announced!

GIS Colorado is pleased to announce this year’s scholarships. For 2015, GIS Colorado is offering four scholarships to deserving Colorado University or college students: One to a full-time undergraduate student ($1500), one to a full-time graduate student ($1500), one to a part-time undergraduate student, and one to a part-time graduate student. Part-time students must have a minimum of one three-credit class in fall 2016. The award for part-time students will be calculated at $100 per credit to a maximum of $500.

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Please see the Scholarships page for full details.

Spring quarterly meeting announced!

It is time to start planning your attendance at the GIS Colorado spring meeting to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado. The spring quarterly meeting will be held April 29th at the Summit County Library in Breckenridge.

Summit County Library - Breckenridge
Reserve a space for you and your colleagues to ensure your attendance at this event!

We are looking for presenters and sponsors for the meeting. If you have something cool you are doing, something you are struggling with, or just something interesting why not share it with GIS Colorado.  Fill out the presentation submission form if you are interested in presenting or contact Caitlin Bernier with any questions.

Stay tuned for information on training associated with the Spring meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Breckenridge!

NFL Fan Map

The 2014 NFL season is here, and the Facebook data team is taking a look at fandom for all 32 teams, along with the total interactions and top social moments from Thursday night’s opener. They released a map (link) that shows where football fans live based on which NFL team they “Like” on Facebook. Note, each county is color-coded based on which official NFL team page has the most Facebook “Likes” by people who live in that county.