Rescheduled Program: OpenDroneMap: sUAS Photogrammetry and Beyond

Please join us for our Summer Program. Brett Carlock from UAV4Geo and Corey Snipes from Twomile Heavy Industries will present on sUAS Photogrammetry and how you can use it.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Abstract: Brett Carlock (UAV4Geo) and Corey Snipes (Twomile Heavy Industries) discuss the OpenDroneMap ecosystem and Community, sUAS-based Photogrammetry workflows, and best practices, demo functionality and features of WebODM, and reveal exciting new functionality and a look into the future of the OpenDroneMap ecosystem.

Presentation Slides

November 16, 2021 Virtual Presentation – Census Essentials – Understanding ACS & Decennial Data.

On November 16th at noon, we will be having a virtual keynote presentation by David J. Kraiker, U.S. Census Bureau titled Census Essentials – Understanding ACS & Decennial Data..

Recording of the presentation

David Kraiker has worked at the Census Bureau for 24 years—first as a Geographer in the New York office, and more recently as a Data Dissemination Specialist. Previously he worked as a cartographer for private mapping companies as well as being a French instructor. David holds a BA from Clark University and a MSc from Rutgers-Newark. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and children, and actively volunteers his time on the environmental commission and shade tree committee within his municipality.

Here Comes the Sun: Solar Development in Our Region & an Overview on Scenic Hudson’s Solar Mapping Tool

Please join us for our Summer Program. Alex Wolf from Scenic Hudson and Heather Ferrero from Livingston County will present on their work with Solar Development

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Cost: Free



Through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection
Act, New York State has set a mandated goal of a zero-emissions electricity
sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation by 2030. In
this virtual session, Heather Ferrero of Livingston County will be giving a
short overview of solar development’s geographic spread in our region –
special focus on Livingston County. In addition, Alex Wolf of Scenic
Hudson will be demonstrating the new Solar Mapping Tool developed for the
Hudson River Valley region (and usable in our region,

Alex Wolf, Conservation Scientist at Scenic Hudson, conducts research and
analyses pertaining to Hudson Valley natural resources, with a focus on
climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, as well as the
ecology and conservation of local flora and fauna. Prior to joining Scenic
Hudson, he was a researcher at several institutions including the Cary
Institute for Ecosystem Studies and the Missouri Department of
Conservation. Alex has co-authored more than 10 scientific publications. He
earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology
and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology.

Heather Ferrero, Deputy Planning Director for Livingston County, has been
involved with local land use and GIS in Livingston County for 23 years. An
avid mapping enthusiast, she earned Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees
in Geography. When not at work, she tends to her family’s treehouse
village – including a car and a plane in the trees – in their backyard.

Esri Redistricting Online

Please join us for our Spring Program. Gerry Aiken and Mackenzie O’Brien from Esri will present on the Redistricting Online tools

When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Cost: Free



Redistricting is a constitutionally mandated activity that occurs every 10 years following a Census that determines the districts for the House of Representatives. As such, Redistricting is a governmental effort that isn’t talked about much until we get around the time to take a Census. The 2020 Census has concluded, and Redistricting efforts are heating up already as State and Local Governments prepare to redraw boundaries starting in the Summer of 2021.
Esri Redistricting is offered as either SaaS or a Managed Services or On-Prem deployment, that enables governments, advocates, and citizens to complete and securely share compliant redistricting plans. It is important to note that Redistricting is a GIS activity done by non-GIS professionals. Often the end users are lawyers, consultants, and activists or advocates who have no formal training in GIS or exposure to our software. Wizard-driven workflows help users who would otherwise not be aware of typical GIS tools or processes.


Plastic pollution in Lake Ontario: sources, transport and fate

Please join us for our December Program. Christy Tyler, Matt Hoffman, and Nathan Eddingsaas from RIT will be presenting on their research into MicroPlastics on Lake Ontario

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Cost: Free


Christy Tyler is an Associate Professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, an aquatic ecologist with an interest in marine and freshwater ecology, pollution, invasive species and ecosystem restoration.

Nathan Eddingsaas is an Associate Professor in School of Chemistry and Materials Science, an analytical, environmental, atmospheric chemistry whose research focuses on aerosols and particulate matter and their effects of the environment and human health.

Improving Transparency with Web GIS

Please join us for our Autumn Program and our first online program. Pam Delaney, GISP from the City of Rochester will present Improving Transparency with Web GIS.

When: Tuesday,  October 13, 2020, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Cost: Free


Abstract: In the city of Rochester, data transparency is essential for helping citizens to shape the future of their community. In a digital age, however, traditional methods of providing information about the important work of these entities lack the reach and impact of more modern forms of visual communication. This presentation will highlight efforts of the city of Rochester to improve transparency by migrating traditional data sources into ArcGIS “story maps” and dynamic mapping applications, enabling citizens to rapidly access and consume critical information about development activities impacting their communities.

Pam Delaney, GISP, has been working at the City of Rochester for 13 years, and for the past 8 years she has worked in Neighborhood & Business Development as a Senior GIS Analyst. In recent years, Pam has worked to build the NBD Map Gallery in an effort to make the Department more transparent, improved data collection processes throughout NBD, and worked on Strategic Projects such as the launch of the Building Blocks platform.

Link to recording

Annual Conference Postponed

Due to the recent decisions following the COVID-19 response by New York State, our local colleges, and CDC recommendations, the GIS/SIG board has decided to postpone our annual conference scheduled for March 31st.  We are currently looking at rescheduling the conference to the fall and will send additional information as it becomes available.

We appreciate your understanding and patience in this situation. You are currently registered attendees and will have your registration automatically transfer to the new conference date. However, if you would like to request a refund for your paid registration, please contact Jeff Tiede.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, speakers, and everyone who has given time to make this conference great, and we look forward to seeing you later in 2020.

Serious 3D GIS Games for Disaster Resilience Spatial Thinking

Please join us for our December Program at Wegman’s Theater at RIT Magic Spell Studios. Our talk this meeting will be Serious 3D GIS Games for Disaster Resilience Spatial Thinking by Brian Tomaszewski from RIT. Lunch will be served after the presentation.

When: Tuesday,  December 10, 2019, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST

Wegman’s Theater at RIT Magic Spell Studio
1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Note: Pick Up Parking Passes at the Main Entrance

RIT Map with Magic Spell Studios (MSS) Circled

$5 Payable at the door


Webinar Simulcast Registration: via the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

Serious 3D GIS Games for Disaster Resilience Spatial Thinking

Brian Tomaszewski RIT

Abstract: This presentation will share lessons learned from a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) Site at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) that investigated combining open geodata, Esri City Engine and the Unity game development environment to create immersive, serious 3D game environments to build disaster resilience spatial thinking skills. A case study of the research applied to Hurricane Harvey disaster response will be presented.