Thursday, August 10, 2017

Final Project

Farm Location in Baldwin County, AL
The project addresses a farm location decision in Baldwin County, AL. The clients are The Colliers, a couple located in Baldwin County seeking to buy land to start a farm and build a homestead, including livestock. The wife works for the Planning Department in Elberta, AL and the husband teaches history at Gulf Shores High School. The criteria chosen was to be within or near an incorporated town or CDP, in an area that contians parcels zoned RA, rural agricultural, in an area within 3 miles of public boat launches, close to the Elberta planning department, and close to Gulf Shores High School. I used select by attributes to select the towns and CDP's. I exported that data and chose select by location to choos from the town and CDP's that had parcels zoned RA. I exported the selection and from that I used select by location to choose towns from the above criteria that were within 3 miles of boat launch points I created by using create features and comparing to google satelite imagery. I then used the Euclidean distance tool to create a distance raster from bot the planning department and highschool. I used the reclassify tool for both rasters to reclassify the rasters to 9 classes. I created a model that uses the weighted overlay tool to create an output rasterfrom the 2 reclassed rasters setting them to equal weight percentage for the analysis. Using the weighted overlay, I selected towns from the previous selections that fell within the best placement zones and created a deliverable map for the client.

Friday, August 4, 2017

GIS Portfolio

GIS Portfolio Link:

I've created a GIS portfolio using The site includes many options for professional website creation. I chose to include a short personal bio, professional photo, a GIS resume updated with my Escambia County internship position and info, and a portfolio of 3 recent summer projects. Since I have not yet created anything publishable through my internship, I chose to use 3 projects from my online Applications in GIS course. The portfolio is a useful tool for professional networking and I hope to utilize it in my future job search. The website I used was very intuitive and offered many options, although I wish it offered more options for customization such as adding more projects to the portfolio portion (it only gave me the option to add 3 projects), and add additional text boxes to my resume.Overall it was an interesting assignment and I am interested in exploring other options that the site offers for blog and website creation. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Module 9 GIS For Local Government

This week we looked at property appraisal website to locate data and information about a particular parcel. Then we addressed a client's requests to create a pdf map book. The target parcel was the client's parcel and the surrounding land use is of concern when determining the possible effects that a fly in community could have on the surrounding areas.To create the map I used the grid index tool to create a grid index on a series of pages in my map layout. Viewing the data this way can provide more detailed information about the parcel and surrounding areas. I also symbolized the various zoning codes in the surrounding areas. Then I added a locator in set map. I added the parcel layers and the index layer, copy and pasting the index layer, I set one to be the page reference. This can be done under layer properties, query definition tab when data driven pages are enabled. I edited the map layout and added essential map elements. Last, I exported the finished map as a PDF. 
Next we created a Zoning report for the map. To do this, I opened the qtmi_parcels table options, then create report. From there I was able to choose which attributes to add to the report, select the format, and export the report to a pdf to be given to the client.
I learned a lot about tasks and methods utilized by local government. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Urban Planning Participation Assignment

For this assignment we researched some property appraiser sites to find property value and information, then created a map of a subdivision plot using Arcmap, exporting the necessary easements, and creating a deliverable map of the subdivision.

Q1: Does your property appraiser offer a web mapping site? If so, what is the web address? If not, what is the method in which you may obtain the data?
2.       Q2: What was the selling price of this property? What was the previous selling price of this property (if applicable)? Take a screen shot of the description provided to include with this answer.
Sale price 630,000. Last sale price: 90,000

3.       Q3: What is the assessed land value? Based on land record data, is the assessed land value higher or lower than the last sale price? Include a screen shot.
110,000, assessed land value is higher than the last sale price. See screen shot above.
4.       Q4: Share additional information about this piece of land that you find interesting. Many times, a link to the deed will be available providing more insight to the sale.

4.The property is located across the street from the waterfront on the sound side of Pensacola Beach.

Q5: Which accounts do you think need review based on land value and what you’ve learned about assessment? Please answer this question within your blog post.
The land values for the plots symbolized in blue and yellow seem way out of line with the other land values. Some of these are due to location or size, inaccessible from the road or plot does not meet minimum building requirements. But all should be assessed.

Friday, July 14, 2017

GIS Day Celebration

Celebrating GIS Day
For my GIS Day event, I decided to celebrate by sharing some of my Summer GIS projects from my Applications in GIS course with family and friends. My family volunteers with an organization called Family Promises and since it is our week to participate, I also got to teach a few of the kids and teens about GIS work and the value of GIS in our daily lives. I did so at my parent’s house, I gave a short talk about GIS including natural hazards and preparedness (the focus of my current course), then I individually showed everyone some maps and topics that I have been learning about. I may or may not have had to bribe them with pizza but in all everyone was really interested and excited to learn about the topics. My biggest fan, a.k.a. my 3-year-old is enthusiastic about maps. He was especially excited to help me share.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Week 7 MEDS Protect

Week 7 MEDS Protect 

This week we analyzed the hazards and potential threats surrounding the Boston Marathon finshline. For the first map we located critical infrastructure. I created a buffer layer and performed analysis to locate the 10 closest hospital locations as well as a 500 foot buffer around the finish line and each of the selected hospital locations. Next, I created a buffer layer to establish security checkpoints at intersections surrounding the finish line. Analyzing these infrastructure and security data can help establish a faster emergency response saving lives in an emergency situation.
For the second map,  I used lidar data to generate a hillshade and viewshed layer from a set of surveillance points surrounding the finishline. I then used the line of sight tool to create a line of sight from each point and edited the location and elevation of each point until I had a layer of surveillance points with relatively unobstructed view. Next I generated a line of sight profile graph for point 14 on my map. Last I added the data to Arcscene and set the base heights for each layer. This created a 3D scene of the finishline area to work with. By selecting the line of sight points, I was able to copy and paste them into Arcscene to create a 3D view of the surveillance area. Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

MEDS Prepare Lab

MEDS Prepare Lab Week 6

This week we learned about Minimum Essential Data Sets (MEDS) developed by the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program. The Department of Homeland Security sets goals of promoting preparedness through three areas: "The quality, accuracy and currency of all types of data about a place, and geospatial analysis using GIS to provide situational awareness at all stags of homeland security operations". Geographic data within the MEDS is grouped into 8 categories, including Transportation, Boundaries, Hydrography, Orthoimagery, Structures, Geographic Names, Land Cover, and Elevation data. 
To get started creating the above data set I created the layer groups for each category. I added the boundary and transportation data. For the roads layer, I added the cfcc codes by performing a table join. I then used select by attributes to export the roads data into 3 separate categories for secondary, primary, and local roads, and I specified a minimum scale for each category. I added the hydrography data layers and the land cover raster. i used the extract by mask tool to clip the land cover raster to the extent of the boundary layer, and I imported the colormap for the land cover raster. Next, I added the orthoimagery and elevation rasters, Then I added the Geographic Names group, I viewed the boundary layer county field to see which counties were in the study area and used select by attributes to select them and used the select by location function to select the points within the boundary. I exported the group layers as layer files, this makes sharing easy for others to access the layer. You can use relative paths to each layer's data source, the layer will draw exactly as saved as long as there is access to the data referenced by the layer. This weeks lab was challenging and I ran into many issues involving names and trying to run ArcCatalog funtions with the data open in Arcmap which would result in an error. It is a best bet to save your mxd and close Arcmap before attempting to edit data in ArcCatalog. Thanks for reading and have a great week.