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Map to a big future? 4-H club explores technology based around geography February 25, 2011

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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From inside a computer lab at Front Range Community College, members of Boulder County’s newest 4-H club explored wide swaths of the Front Range with a few mouse clicks.

“I have not ever seen anything like this, so it’s pretty cool,” Blue Mountain Elementary fifth-grader Orion Zona, 11, said as he scrolled around a satellite map of Longmont.

The nine members of the new Boulder County Community Mapping Team are learning about geographic information systems or GIS — a field that addresses gathering, analyzing and presenting geographic information, often by creating maps.

During the team’s second meeting Saturday afternoon, students marked grocery stores near their schools on a satellite map. Their findings will be entered into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food environment atlas, which provides data on a community’s ability to access healthy foods.

The new club is the latest initiative among local 4-H clubs to offer more STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programming and provide youths with the skills to work in science and math fields. (more…)

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Utility Improves Outage Response With Mobile GIS August 18, 2010

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Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) is able to better serve the energy needs of its growing customer base by using mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology from Esri. The consumer-owned utility supplies electric power to more than 26,000 households and businesses in northeastern Indiana.

Northeastern REMC utility linemen once navigated the service territories by memory, armed with a handful of paper maps. Now field crews use laptops equipped with ArcGIS software from Esri to instantly update information related to work orders, regular maintenance, and customers. The GIS data is accessible throughout the company, with approximately 43 users on different devices in several departments.

Steven Weber, Northeastern REMC GIS technician, said, “Using GIS technology, we can deliver the right information to the right hands at the right time. Field crews can view, search, and revise GIS data and use GPS for facility locating and routing. This improves the flow of accurate information from the field to the office to the customers.”
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