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GIS Engineering Support with the City of Georgetown

posted Mar 26, 2015, 8:24 AM by Sean Moran

The City of Georgetown is seeking candidates for a temporary 6-month GIS Engineering Support position. The position pays $21.77 - $25.58 per hour and will be located at the Georgetown Municipal Complex. See the job posting on the City of Georgetown website to learn more and apply for this position.

SUMMARY:  Assists Systems Engineering staff with the implementation of the adopted goals and policies of the utility division.  
  • Performs duties associated with the development and update of the system models of the water, wastewater and electric departments; including data input and analysis.
  • Performs special engineering projects for the utility division.
  • Conducts field investigations and field data collection duties.
  • Evaluates, selects, and applies standard geospatial analysis techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications to utility system models.
  • Utilizes, develops and incorporates advanced GIS and GPS applications and practices.
  • Researches, complies, and analyzes data and prepares reports for meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in an appropriate engineering discipline.   Two years of full-time relevant work experience performing duties consistent with those outline in the essential functions.  OR   Any equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment drug testing and criminal background investigations.

Knowledge of:
  • Methods, practices, equipment and materials used in the operation of a public utility operation.
  • GIS editing in Esri environment and GIS analysis principles and practices.
  • GPS data collection operation and maintenance.  
  • Storm-water drainage, utility construction, utility system models.
Skill in:
  • Preparing concise and accurate reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Using computer and various software programs.
  • Reading manuals, journals, reports, office memos, correspondence, studies, and specifications.
  • Writing reports, letters, instructions, and memos.
  • Data collection and Esri desktop software

Map Projection Distortions

posted Mar 25, 2015, 11:32 AM by Mary Booth   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 11:37 AM ]

This is a simple but interesting animation that shows how misleading map projections (in particular the Mercator projection) can be:

Thanks to ACC GIS student Bill W. for sending this along.

Projection Animation

Interested in Learning QGIS?

posted Mar 5, 2015, 11:53 AM by Sean Moran

The GeoAcademy is pleased to announce the launch of their new Introduction to Geospatial Technology Curriculum based on the latest version of QGIS 2.8.1 Wien long term release (LTR). The curriculum is a complete package of five GIS courses leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in QGIS from the Del Mar College continuing education program. The five courses will be offered in a limited-enrollment online class format (25 students maximum), taught by leading GIS professional educators (GISP & PhD) who created the course material. The first course, GST 101—Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS 2.8.1 will begin April 3, 2015 to be followed each month by a new course through August 2015. 

Tuition is $25 USD per course, or a total of $125 for all five in the Certificate of Proficiency. The courses include:

GST 101—Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS 2.8.1 (April 2015)
GST 102—Spatial Analysis Using QGIS 2.8.1 (May 2015)
GST 103—Data Acquisition & Management Using QGIS 2.8.1 (June 2015)
GST 104—Cartography Using QGIS 2.8.1 (July 2015)
GST 105—Remote Sensing Using QGIS 2.8.1 and GRASS 7.0 (August 2015)

Anyone interested in learning more about the offer or enrolling should contact the GeoAcademy Director Phillip Davis at (361) 698-1476 or You can also learn more by visiting the GeoAcademy website at

2015/2016 GIS Internship Positions (Texas General Land Office)

posted Mar 4, 2015, 10:10 AM by Mary Booth

The Texas General Land Office is now recruiting GIS interns for the summer 2015 and 2015/16 academic year. These positions are PAID and FOR CREDIT (if desired). Please see the attached description and direct all questions to either Scot Friedman,, 512-463-5144, or Daniel Gao,, 512-475-1967.

The deadline for applications to be received: April 10, 2015 @ 5:00.

Entry-Level GIS Analyst with GIS Data Specialists

posted Mar 2, 2015, 8:57 AM by Sean Moran

GIS Data Specialists (GDS) builds and implements enterprise GIS solutions primarily for clients in the pipeline industry in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region. We have expertise in geospatial data development, management and analysis, production of cartographic products and web-based applications, and GPS data collection.

Position Summary:
We have a 1 to 2 year contract employment opportunity for an Entry-level GIS Analyst to work on site at the Houston, TX offices of Air Liquide, a multinational producer/supplier of industrial gases. Under the supervision of our lead GIS Consultant and GIS Analyst, you will perform a variety of tasks related to all phases of ongoing and upcoming pipeline projects; from route planning and right-of-way acquisition, through construction and integrity management. This is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to many facets of the pipeline industry, and develop a wide range of technical GIS skills under the guidance of an experienced consultant. Please submit resumes and contact info for 2-3 references to Robert Maggio at Qualified applicants will be contacted.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Perform a variety of technical support functions in management of Air Liquide’s GIS, including conversion, processing, editing and delivery of geospatial datasets
  • Work closely with Air Liquide staff in multiple departments to identify & evaluate GIS needs
  • Create various cartographic products including large format maps and map books
  • Coordinate with surveyors and field crews on GPS data collection and delivery
  • Collaborate with GDS staff to implement GIS applications and troubleshoot issues
Bachelor’s Degree and experience with Esri ArcGIS Suite and extensions 

Required Skills:
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS workflows and best practices
  • Experience with ArcGIS geoprocessing tools
  • Knowledge of geodatabase structure/schema
  • Understanding of geographic and projected coordinate systems
  • Familiarity with geospatial data formats, standards and resources
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for simultaneous projects
  • Effective and professional communication skills
  • Prior experience applying GIS in the pipeline industry, as well as prior experience with 
  • Trimble GPS units (data dictionary design and post-processing of GPS data) is a plus

Independent, Responsible, Self-Starter Required for Local Startup

posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:17 PM by Sean Moran

Upstream Management Limited (UML) is seeking a motivated individual to support an oilfield service company with an office in Austin, TX (i.e. Bee Caves). The selected candidate will be tasked with spearheading local growth in the Austin/Texas area and supporting a parent company abroad. In the short term, he or she would be the only local employee on the ground who works out of Austin exclusively. International and/or local travel may be required. Mentoring and training will be provided to the candidate.
UML is seeking a motivated individual, rather than a skill set. Ideally, an aspirant entrepreneur, as well as a competent technician.  
We are involved in a broad range of disciplines, so a formal education in Environmental/GIS/Geoscience or Survey would do equally well. Successful candidate will be introduced to several suites of software in regular use by the Upstream industry.
This is a starter position that offers full time employment, starting at @ $30,000 p/a.
Please respond with a cover letter and resume to

Cartographer with Texas Public Utility Commission

posted Feb 17, 2015, 11:03 AM by Sean Moran

The Public Utility Commission of Texas is seeking candidates for a Cartographer (i.e. GIS Specialist I). This position performs routine GIS work related to Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) mapping. Work involves input and manipulation of geographic information to create, maintain, display, update, and produce accurate maps and other representation of data. Work under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. See attached job posting for more information and instruction on applying for the full-time, temporary position.

Note: This position is a temporary position funded through August 31, 2015. Funding may continue and the position may transition from temporary to full-time. The PUC may eliminate this position on August 31, 2015 or any time before then. The PUC does not promise continued employment after funding expires.

ACC GIS Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process

posted Feb 14, 2015, 1:48 PM by Sean Moran   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 12:11 PM ]

ACC GIS Students, Faculty, Department Chairs, and Advisory Committee Members initiated the strategic planning process with a SWOT work session on Friday. SWOT is a structured brainstorming exercise for evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats relative to the ACC GIS program. A special thanks to all who participated in shaping the future of ACC GIS!

Maps That Prove You Don't Really Know the Earth (with cool music)

posted Feb 14, 2015, 9:16 AM by Sean Moran

ACC GIS graduate Corey Griffith forwarded me this cool video titled "Maps That Prove You Don't Really Know the Earth". You'll be amazed to see how different countries and continents compare when projected correctly.

GIS Developer(s) with Allied Consultants

posted Feb 10, 2015, 12:34 PM by Sean Moran

Allied Consultants are currently seeking an experienced GIS Developer to be a key resource on a technical services team. This is a 6+ month contract position in Austin, TX (Work location Zip Code: 78701) with Project work expected to continue for 2+ years. This position will pay on a per hour basis in accordance to the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Below (and attached) is the job description as given to us by our client (a Texas government state agency). Interested candidates should contact Chip Sampson with Allied Consultants, Inc. at by Wednesday, February 11th.

GIS Developer Requirement Responsibilities and Skillsets/Abilities:
  • 5+ years of direct experience working with GIS Tools and applications such as ESRI’s ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcGIS Server.
  • Knowledge of GIS data structures, including topology and also must be familiar with practices for editing GIS data. 
  • 5+ years’ experience working with scripting languages. Python and JavaScript knowledge are essential.
  • Should be able to work with JQuery. Should know how to use JavaScript and Ajax/XHR to create responsive web clients that consume JSON services. Experience with a JavaScript framework like Dojo, Ember.JS, or Angular is a plus. 
  • Ability to coordinate work and communicate effectively with other team members.
  • Can effectively document algorithms and programming APIs implemented by code they developed. 
  • Is able to investigate problems and find solutions even when the initial requirements may be incompletely spelled out. 
  • Can quickly learn new technology and apply it in practice.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to work with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Additional and Preferred Qualifications :
  • Experience with ArcSDE and versioned editing and developing applications that support GIS versioning and reconciliation.
  • Experience working with ArcPy and ESRI Geoprocessing tools is a plus.
  • Experience with ArcGIS server and authoring and publishing map services and geoprocessing tools for server.
  • Ability to tune, configure, or optimize ArcSDE databases

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