Friday, December 14, 2007

GIS 111 Final Project

Last class today. I have learned a lot during this final project . It's been hard but enjoyable. Great instructor and classmates. Hope I'll see everybody later. Keep on GIS'n !!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

12/7/2007 Gis 111

Well were down to our final two classes. We have lot's of work to do in one week. A one page essay on chapter 14 and our entire final project to finish. I did get a reasonable start during class today but I'm afraid that I am going to need help on querying data for this project. I still am not comfortable with this and hope that Pete will give me some help. I have included a map of work I have done on the final class project today.

Friday, November 30, 2007

GIS 111 11/30/2007

Test Day! I struggled a little with the written test because I missed last weeks class. I kind of enjoyed the lab test and hope I did OK on it. Pete did have to help me some with it but it is neat what you can do with clip and buffer. I have included a couple of maps of the lab test.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

November 9th GIS Day

I thought today was very interesting and had a lot of very good presentations. I also ran up with Burt Hatchel with Madison County GIS. I hadn't seen him in a while and we kind of caught up on things. I'm a little worried that I'm getting behind on learning the software sense we have concentrated the last two classes on GIS day and my wife and I are going on our annual anniversary weekend on the 16th. I was going to come in on the morning of the 16th to take the test before we left but Pete put it off till the next class. Guess I'll see everybody test day.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I liked this class. It's something that I have had some experience in. Pete wanted our class to do a booth at GIS day at AB Tech and for the class we were trained on using the devices. I guess that GPS is one thing that has gotten me interested in GIS to start with. I have included some maps of Mars Hill with water and sewer lines and a map of some preliminary shot's from our GPS unit at our Waste water Treatment Plant of Manholes, Valves, and pump stations. I know it needs some modification but it's a start.

Friday, October 26, 2007

GIS 111 Part 2

Wanted to add a couple of other maps.

GIS 111 October 26 2007

Today we worked with Lidar data from Western North Carolina. We downloaded sunlight data from the state dot website. I have included some of the maps that I did of Madison County.

Friday, October 5, 2007

GIS 111 10/5/07

Today's class was on querying data and joining and relating tables.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

GIS 111 9/28/07

This was a good class on aligning a map of an unknown coordinate system with a map of a known coordinate system. We also learned how to on-screen digitize a map of Bent Creek Trails that our instructor frequents . Pete must enjoy the outdoors although I don't know how he finds the time. I have included some of the maps of this assignment.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

GIS 111 9/21/07

Well I actually did a little better than I thought I did on the test. At least I passed. Our lab was quite interesting to me. We did chapters 15 and 16 and learned how to add, modify, and remove water lines, hydrants, and property lines. I have added some of the maps from this class.

GIS 111 9/14/07

Test day! I believe I had way to much new information to learn on chapter 3 (Geodesy, Projections, and Coordinate Systems). I tryed to print off the study guide on the GIS 111 home page but all I got was a blank screen ( I found out on class of the 21st that all I needed to do was hit the refresh button to get the study guide). I guess this was foreign to more than just me. I don't think I did well on the test. Here are some of the maps we did in lab.

Friday, September 7, 2007

GIS 111 9/7/2007

Today we covered Geodesy, Datums, Map Projections and Coordinate Systems. Another class with a lot to soak up. Pete helped to explain this a lot but it still seams that things could and should be standardized more. This class has helped me realize the huge amount of manpower and time that very intelligent people take to run and update GIS systems. I really don't know if I will ever be able to make the time to do what I need to do with the Town of Mars Hill's GIS mapping but I'll have a lot better understanding of what I can and what I should rely on an GIS professional to help me with. In lab we completed chapter 13 which was also very helpful in understanding projecting data in ArcMap. I have included some final maps in this post .

Friday, August 31, 2007

Class 2, GIS 111, 8/31/07

Today we were instructed on ArcCatalog and building geodatabases. There was a lot of steps to doing this but hopefully over time this will get easier. I was especially interested in chapter 14 because the exercises were based on water lines, fire hydrants and there attributes.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

GIS 111 First Class


I am Robert Sams and I'm taking a much needed class on GIS. I have worked with the Town of Mars Hill Public Works for almost 21 years and have used all kinds of paper maps and blueprints and even relied on past workers memory to find water and sewer lines. In the past things could be done this way even though it was much more time consuming and less reliable. In recent years due to increased work load, increased underground utility's and government mandate even small towns must join what bigger city's have been doing for years. After having Arc View GIS on our public works computer for years and relied on engineers and public agencies to help us get started I was fairly happy with the results but need to add additions and modify some of the existing data. Hopefully with instructor "Pete Kennedy's" help I can start to learn to do this.

On 8/25/07 I had my first class. Here are some of the first class lab exercises.