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GIS Day at BCC Will Be Held Dec. 5

Since 2005, Burlington County College (BCC) has been taking part in a national movement to inform the community of the value and importance of geospatial technology in addressing real-world issues. The movement is called GIS Day and this year it will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle. In conjunction with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (MAC URISA), and Mid-Atlantic Geospatial Transportation Users Group (MAGTUG), BCC will present a day of guest speaker presentations and hands-on exercises highlighting Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) applications across various industries.

More than one million people across the globe rely on GIS technology to solve problems and make better decisions by thinking and planning geographically. GIS combines computer hardware, software, and data to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information. With GIS, users can view relationships, processes, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. From mapping wildfires to navigating college campuses, GIS helps people see how the world works and changes.

The public is invited to find out more about the history of GIS, how it is being used in our area to assist college students, teach high school students, conduct sidewalk inventories and much more.

GIS Day will kick off with a morning of speaker presentations from 9 a.m. to noon in Laurel Hall room 320. The afternoon will include hands-on GPS field exercises using professional equipment, GIS lab exercises using professional software, and the fall MATUG meeting, which will focus on LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), an optical remote sensing technology that measures distance and properties using light. A Map Gallery will be on display throughout the day. There is also an opportunity to learn about BCC’s Geospatial Technologies program.

The event is free and lunch will be provided. Participants can also take part in activities where prizes will be awarded. 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 Monday, Dec. 4. For more information or to display a map in the Gallery, contact Merrilee Torres at (609) 702-7067 or mtorres@co.burlington.nj.us.