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Geographic Information System Day at BCC

Learn how geographic information system (GIS) technology aids in effective decision-making, planning and mapping at the annual GIS Day at Burlington County College (BCC) on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Since 2005, the college, in conjunction with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and for the last two years, the Mid-Atlantic Geospatial Transportation Users Group (MAGTUG), has presented hands-on activities and special presentations in honor of GIS Day, an international event celebrating the value and importance of geospatial technology in addressing real-world issues.

GIS technology combines computer hardware, software, and data to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information. GIS users can view relationships, processes, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts.

“GIS and GPS are very important for problem solving and planning. From navigating a college campus to mapping hurricanes, this technology affects everyone in everyday life, although many may be unaware of the science behind the technology,” said Marc Zamkotowicz, BCC Science, Math & Technology Assistant Professor.

GIS Day will kick-off with a morning of speaker presentations highlighting GIS applications across various industries. New for this year, the afternoon will include a demonstration of Balloon Mapping, as well as the MAGTUG seminar focusing on Superstorm Sandy, a hands-on GPS exercise using professional equipment, and GIS exercises using professional software. A Map Gallery will be on display throughout the day. There will also be opportunities to learn about BCC’s Geospatial Technologies program.

The GIS Day at BCC agenda is as follows:

Speaker Presentations, Laurel Hall, room 320, 9-11:35 a.m.:

  • 9:05-9:25 a.m.: “Camden Student Population Analysis,” presented by Maya Thomas of Civil Solutions.
  • 9:30-9:50 a.m.: “NJ Transit Mapping,” presented by Deborah Rose of Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
  • 9:55-10:15 a.m.: “WeTable,” presented by Nicole Minni and Ed Lewandowski of the University of Delaware.
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Feature Challenge & Break.
  • 10:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m.: “Mapping Using Crowdsourcing and Social Media,” presented by John Reiser of Rowan University.
  • 10:55-11:15 a.m.: “Hurricane Sandy,” presented by Tom Rafferty of the NJ State Police.
  • 11:20-11:40 a.m.: “Balloon Mapping,” presented by Sean McGinnis of Philadelphia Public Labs.

11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch

Demos, Activities & MAGTUG Meeting, 12:30-4:30 p.m.:

  • 12:30-1 p.m.: “Balloon Mapping Demo” will be held outside.
  • 1-2:15 p.m.: “Hands-on GPS Field Activity.” Learn about GPS and test-drive professional grade GPS units. Participants meet in Laurel Hall, room 311.
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.: “Hands-on, Self-paced GIS Lab Exercise.” Use professional GIS software in these exercises to solve real-life problems. Participants meet in the TEC building, room 208.
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.: “MAGTUG Meeting—Superstorm Sandy Effects on the Regional GIS and Transportation Systems.” Meeting is open to the public and will be held in Laurel Hall, room 320.

The day’s activities are free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Taylor Wiseman & Taylor, MAC URISA, Baker, JMT Technology Group, Rowan University and Civil Solutions, a division of ARH. For more information and to register, please visit www.co.burlington.nj.us/gisdayatbcc.

Organizations that use GIS are invited to display maps in the Map Gallery. Map submission deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 12. For more information or to display a map in the Gallery, contact Merrilee Torres at (609) 702-7067 or mtorres@co.burlington.nj.us.

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Burlington County College’s (BCC) Geospatial Technology program is designed to train students in the use and application of a GIS, GPS, and remote sensing. Students can achieve an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) or Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology and can gain employment in the application of these technologies toward a variety of problems and issues. For more information, please visit www.bcc.edu/geotech.