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Oct
2017

In Uncategorized

By Thor Manson

2017 Region 3 Soils Competition

On 24, Oct 2017 | In Uncategorized | By Thor Manson

In early October the GIS Center was asked to produce detailed site maps for the 2017 Soils Competition in Jefferson County hosted by UW-Whitewater. These maps utilized the latest high-resolution LIDAR-based elevation models¬†from Jefferson County which helped students better assess the types of soils at their dig sites and determine the soils’ origins.

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03

Oct
2017

In Cartography
News

By gis_admin

New project and hires

On 03, Oct 2017 | In Cartography, News | By gis_admin

We’ve just been awarded a contract with Jefferson County, Wisconsin, to map structures in new FEMA floodplain maps.

Floodplain structure mapping

Example of building footprint delineation

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26

Aug
2017

In News
UAV/drone

By gis_admin

sUAS at Fort Atkinson Farmers Market

On 26, Aug 2017 | In News, UAV/drone | By gis_admin

On Saturday, we participated in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) event at the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market. Great chance to show kids and families (and even grandmas!) how we’re both teaching and researching drones for mapping at the GIS Center.

sUAS demonstration at Fort Atkinson Farmers Market

Seeing how the drone tries to level itself

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12

Aug
2017

In Field mapping
News
UAV/drone

By gis_admin

Drone presentation at Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

On 12, Aug 2017 | In Field mapping, News, UAV/drone | By gis_admin

As part of our Research Infrastructure Grant, we presented the results of our biomass mapping from the 2016 and 2017 seasons at the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium 2017 Conference. Thanks to Jeff Smyczek for all his help on this project!

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16

Mar
2017

In News
Water quality

By gis_admin

Fox River Summit

On 16, Mar 2017 | In News, Water quality | By gis_admin

Thanks to Thomas Slawski for the opportunity to present our water array project at the 2017 Fox River Summit. We made connections with several area groups and identified potential sites for semi-permanent installations of our device.

03

Mar
2017

In News
Water quality

By gis_admin

Water array presentation (video)

On 03, Mar 2017 | In News, Water quality | By gis_admin

Thanks to the Fairhaven Lecture Series, we were able to share some of the work we’re going with the water quality array.

Here’s the video:
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06

Dec
2016

In Field mapping
GPS

By Eric Compas

New “survey grade” GPS equipment

On 06, Dec 2016 | In Field mapping, GPS | By Eric Compas

For many of our mapping projects and contracts, from mapping storm sewers to electrical networks, we’ve needed more accuracy than our “resource grade” Trimble GPS units can provide. This has been particularly true for our UAV imagery. Since we’re producing images with resolution of between 1-5 cm, we need ground control that’s as accurate or better than this resolution. Our Trimble units under ideal conditions can provide 15-30 cm horizontal accuracy — not good enough. Plus, we’re hearing more about local government units purchasing higher-accuracy devices which our students need exposure to. Read more…

Yellowstone area field trip

On 21, Nov 2016 | In Cartography, Greater Yellowstone | By Eric Compas

As part of my research sabbatical this year, I’ve recently returned from the first of two research trips to the Yellowstone region. The goal of this trip was to visit the archives at both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks to collect information about ecosystem management and private lands and to acquire more information from the US Forest Service about their acquisition and exchange of private lands. I was able to collect over a 1,000 pages of archive documentation on the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, the parks’ role in ecosystem management and influencing adjacent private lands, and related correspondence. For the GIS analysis, I was successful in acquiring data from the USFS to recreate forest ownership for the last 40-50 years.

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02

Oct
2016

In Water quality

By Eric Compas

Comparing water array with conventional unit (YSI Professional Plus)

On 02, Oct 2016 | In Water quality | By Eric Compas

One of the requirements of the Testing the Waters’s grant with WI DNR was to conduct a comparison of our array with a conventional, trusted unit. We finally got access to a professional-grade unit, a YSI Professional Plus (thanks Dr. Dale Splinter!). This unit is around $3,000 for the dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature, and pH probes that it has with it.

Here’s a link to the full analysis: Comparison of array with YSI unit. Read more…

02

Oct
2016

In Water quality

By Eric Compas

Initial analysis of Testing the Waters data

On 02, Oct 2016 | In Water quality | By Eric Compas

For the latest Rock River Coalition newsletter, I finally got around to doing an initial analysis of the Testing the Waters data that we collected over 11 days of paddling. The full article is available here:¬†Testing the Waters: What did we learn? Read more…