Arkansas – The GIS State

When it comes to GIS – Arkansas is getting it right.  I just got home from spending the past few days in Arkansas as a guest of the Arkansas GIS Users Forum. I was there to teach a four-hour Geospatial Law class, and present the Keynote Address at lunch the following day.  Here is what I learned: Cooperation: The Arkansas GIS community works together to support each other. They share their geospatial data, expertise, and enthusiasm.  I heard many examples of government organizations and commercial enterprises working together. I talked with a lot of people while I was there and everyone I asked said, ‘that is the way it is done in Arkansas.’  Allow me to paraphrase the most common theme I encountered, “This is a small state.  We know each other, and our limited budgets necessitate working together.” From my experience, that isn’t always the case in other states. The Read More …

MOGISCON2017 – Thank You!

Amie Coleman, of Carson and Coil, and me (Chris Dunn) wish to thank all of the participants who braved our 4 hour Geospatial Law course at MOGISCON2017.  We received very positive feedback from our attendees, and we hope to continue offering this course to the geospatial community. In case you missed it, the course is structured to help GIS professionals understand, (1) how basic legal principles impact their operations, (2) how to avoid ending up in court, and (3) where they can go for assistance with a geospatial legal issue. If you are interested in a geospatial law workshop at your conference please just click here, give us a call at (816) 752-0449, or send an email.  We’ll travel just about anywhere.  Our geospatial law workshops held outside of the state of Missouri are taught as a survey of the case law of the US and all 50 states. -CWD

Tools of the Trade

It takes time, expertise, and the right equipment to provide you with accurate measure of an accident or crime scene.  GeoVelo doesn’t leave for a site visit without most or all of the following items: 300 W – 12v to 120v Auto Inverter AA Batteries (Min. 16) AAA Batteries (Min. 16) Air Pump Binoculars Bow Saw Bungee Cords Calculator Camera – With 64 Gig Memory Card Camera – Download Cable Car Jack & Tire Tool Compass (South Facing) Engineer’s Scale Entrenching Tool (E-Tool) Field Box Fix-a-Flat (2 Cans) Flashlights 2 ea (AA Bat) Fluorescent Gloves (2 Pair) Fluorescent Ground Marking Paint Fluorescent Orange Pegs (5 each) Folding Table (Aluminum) Geodesy 3-Ring Notebook Gloves (Leather Work) Gloves (Neoprene Winter) GNSS Receiver & Antenna GPS Puck (USB) Hand Shovel Headlamp LED (2AA Batteries) Laptop – Auxiliary Battery Laptop – Power Supply Laptop (GPS Enabled) Leather Work Gloves Lens Cleaning Kit Level Rod Bipod Read More …

I’m going to be a MOGISCON17 Presenter

Good news!  I am a featured presenter at next month at MOGISCON17 (2017 Missouri GIS Conference).  The event is being held at Tan-Tar-A Resort – Lake of the Ozarks – February 20 – 22, 2017.   I’m making two presentations. Presentation 1:  Geospatial Law (4 hours) By Christopher W. Dunn, Attorney and Counselor at Law Description: The law surrounding geospatial issues is complex and always evolving. This fast-paced 4-hour blitz through the current state of geospatial law is presented by a lawyer who actually uses ArcGIS 10.x in his business and law practice. With a focus on those issues of interest public sector members, the course will cover these topics, and more: 1.  State open records acts & geospatial data acts 2.  Your liability & sovereign immunity 3.  Government-held geospatial data & copyrights 4.  Crafting an ‘artful’ geospatial data use license 5.  Calculating ‘defensible’ charges for your geospatial records Course objectives Read More …