GIS Day 

November 20, 2013

 FHSU is hosting its annual GIS Day celebration, and all are welcome to join us!

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) have transformed almost every aspect of society by providing the means to spatially describe and analyze our environment. Whether at the local, regional, national, or global scale, GIS provides the tools to solve spatial problems and find solutions.

GIS Day is a grassroots global event that was introduced in 1999 to enhance public awareness of the substantial contributions of GIS technology to our lives.  Once again, Fort Hays State University will participate with an open house, presentations, demonstrations, and workshops.  Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to learn about GIS and how to use it. 

 

 2013 GIS Day Events - "GIS In the Community"

Please join us this year as we celebrate the global event: GIS Day 2013!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have transformed almost every aspect of society by providing the means to spatially describe and analyze our environment. Whether at the local, regional, national, or global scale, GIS provides the tools to solve spatial problems and find solutions. On November 20, 2013 the Geosciences Department is hosing guest speakers and demonstrations that will illustrate how GIS impacts careers in areas such as: business, environmental studies, community service, intelligence, disaster response, urban planning, and science areas like the petroleum industry. Special guest presenters include members of the disaster response team from the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, tours of the state's mobile GIS disaster response vehicle, and a specialist in Community Geography from Syracuse University. During lunch (pizza!), students can visit with all of the guests to learn more about career opportunities. 

 

9:30 - 11:30  Who Uses GIS?                                       Tomanek Hall 121

  • "GIS: What is it & Who uses its?" by Dr. T. Schafer & Dr. R. Lisichenko, FHSU Geosciences
  • "The Use of GIS in Urban Planning: by Dr. Keith Bremer, FHSU Geosciences
  • "GIS for 911" by Mr. Jason Conn, Allied Technical Consultants, Hays

 11:30 - 1:30 Kansas Emergency Response GIS Vehicle Presentations and Tours 
Location: Parking Lot East Side of Tomanek Hall

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch (for presenters & attendees)             Tomanek Hall 217

 1:30 - 3:00 Why GIS is Important?                                 Memorial Union, Stouffer Lounge

  • "Points, Lines, and People: Plotting a Course for Community Geography"
    by Dr. Jonnell A. Robinson, Dept  of Geography, Syracuse University, NY
  • "GIS in the Petroleum Industry" Ms. Mindi Parsell - Tug Hill Operating, Texas

3:00 - 4:00 Hands-on Seminar                                         Forsyth Library 116

  • "Using Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Classroom"
    by Lisa Tabor, Dept  of Geography, KSU

3:00 - 5:00 Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration    Memorial Union, Ballroom

  • Come watch demonstrations of several different drone technologies and learn more about the applications of small drones to many areas.
  • A special treat will be attempts to navigate a small obstacle course.
  • This event is hands-on, participants who wish to try will have the opportunity to fly one of the drones.
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