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P. Grady Dixon, Chair
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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. 

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Fort Hays State University, Department of Geosciences is hosting its annual GIS Day celebration, all are welcome to join us!

 November 16, 2016

This year in celebration of GIS Day, the FHSU Geosciences Department is hosting guest speakers and demonstrations that will illustrate how GIS impacts careers in areas such as: agriculture, business, environmental studies, community service, intelligence, disaster response, urban planning, and other science areas. Special guest presenters include a specialist in utilizing GIS in industry and public service, Mr. Mark Allen of Enertech Corporation as well as students currently participating in research analyzing drone collected data. During lunch (pizza!), participating students can visit with all of the guests to learn more about applications in GIS and career opportunities. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to learn about GIS and how to use it.

 

MORNING SESSIONS

 9:30 - 11:30    GIS Lab Open House  - Tomanek Hall 121

  • All are welcome to check out the GIS lab and learn more about the wonders and applications of Geographic Information Systems.

11:00 - 12:00  Drone Flight Data Presentation - Tomanek Hall 121

  • This presentation will cover the following basic information related to use of Drones to collect data
    • costs and benefits to using UAV’s for remote sensing
    • an introduction to requirements for conducting research using UAV’s,
    • a brief introduction to the application of data collected during Tuesday’s demonstration.
  •  In addition, a flight simulator will also be available for all to enjoy

  

 LUNCH

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

  • RSVP required to geosciences@fhsu.edu.
  • Enjoy Free pizza for all GIS Day participants and an opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have about applications of Geographic Information Systems, use of Drones, career opportunities, and building personal skills in GIS.

 

 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

1:30 - 3:00 "Serving the Community through GIS Data Development" - Memorial Union, Stouffer Lounge

  • Special presentation by Mr. Mark Allen, President of Enertech Corporation. This presentation will illustrate various methods development of highly accurate GIS data can serve communities. GIS enhanced services to be highlighted include disaster response, economic development, and community planning.

3:00 - 3:15  GIS Day closing ceremony - Memorial Union, Stouffer Lounge

  • Special thanks to participants, guests, and alumni supporters.

 


 

What is GIS, What is GIS Day, and Why celebrate?


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.

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