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Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: tornados_blow on August 11, 2006, 04:55:36 PM
I've been lurking and reading posts for months now.  Thought I would share a map I made with ArcGIS.  It is still sort of rough and I don't have all the trails digitized yet.  So I zoomed up on the trails I had digitized.  I used the USGS Quad maps to digitize the trails, so those are pretty accurate.  The locations of peaks and such are approximate.
I'll say more about who I am in a different post.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/Chisos_Map.jpg)
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Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: WL2 on August 11, 2006, 05:53:51 PM
An ArcGIS user!  You and I have to talk.  I am not a user, but I go to the East Texas GIS and GPS Users Group meetings as an interested party.  If you are interested I can send you some track files and waypoints of some hikes in BIBE
Title: In Layman Terms.
Post by: SHANEA on August 11, 2006, 06:30:04 PM
Quote from: "WL2"
An ArcGIS user!.....East Texas GIS and GPS Users Group meetings as an interested party...


In 20 words or less, what is ArcGIS in laymens terms?

WL2 - ah, you should be in BIBE heaven by now with someone else to share GPSing with  :lol:  8)

I too go GPSing to a limited degree Garmin 60CS I think.  

I too also have tons of waypoints and tracks if you want/need them.  Only thing is, many of them have really obscure names left over from my early Garmin days when you were limited on the number of bytes you could use.

WL2 - so just when/where are the East Texas GPS meetings.  I might have to pop in one day and say hi.  Networking.
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: WL2 on August 11, 2006, 09:53:32 PM
In simple terms ArcGIS is a software package, kind of like a CAD system except with a lot of specilized functions for mapping and GIS information.

The next 'etug' meeting is at TXDOT in Lufkin on Sept 14th.  You would be most welcome.
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: tornados_blow on August 12, 2006, 04:26:23 PM
I am pretty new to the ArcGIS realm.  I took a few classes last year and have thought about trying to find a job using it.  It is a great piece of software, if you know how to use it.  Very Powerful.  Mostly I have just played around with it and haven't done anything too serious.

I'd be interested in playing around with your trackfiles if it is all right.

Not sure when I could make it up to Lufkin.  I'll keep it in mind though.
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: tornados_blow on August 12, 2006, 04:30:09 PM
Here is another map of the Chisos, but zoomed out and without the trails.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/BB5.jpg)
Title: GIS Employment?
Post by: SHANEA on August 12, 2006, 06:10:48 PM
Quote from: "tornados_blow"
I took a few classes last year and have thought about trying to find a job using it.


During my job hunting quest, I've come across several employment opportunites through the SFASU Arthur Temple College of Forestry.  From what I understand, SFASU-Stephen F. Austin State University, got quite a few grants from the Feds and others for GIS.  Seems SFASU did a bang up impressive job of locating parts when the space shuttle made an unexpected landing in these parts.  There is now the Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center.  

http://www.sfasu.edu/personnel/Job%20Postings%20-%20NonClassified/064-06.htm

http://www.sfasu.edu/personnel/Job%20Postings%20-%20NonClassified/073-06.htm

http://www.sfasu.edu/personnel/152-06.htm

http://www.sfasu.edu/personnel/154-06.htm

http://72.14.203.104/u/SFATexas?q=cache:RgNND5Zr3igJ:www.sfasu.edu/forestry/alumni/Jeff%2520Williams%2520article%2520complete.pdf+Columbia+Regional+Geospatial+Service+Center&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6&ie=UTF-8
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: WL2 on August 12, 2006, 06:18:06 PM
If you are in the east texas region the Colombia Center web page listed below has a lot of GIS and mapping information.

http://www.crgsc.org/
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: tornados_blow on August 12, 2006, 10:47:48 PM
I am familiar with this a little bit.  I guess the federal people came in with a bunch of fancy Trimble GPS equipment and it wouldn't work very well within the dense forest of east Texas.   It was the Texas people that came in with a bunch of "Wal-Mart" type GPS units that could sense the satellites throught the tree cover that worked.  They were attempting to locate or GPS all the pieces or the lost shuttle.  It is nice to know that the cheap technology is sometimes better than the expensive technology.

In some cases Garmin is better than Trimble.
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: Doc Savage on August 13, 2006, 12:22:05 AM
Tornado,

If you are considering a GIS career, I might be able to point you in some directions you might enjoy (even some located in San Antonio). I've just started doing some support work with the Warfighter Protection Lab from Redstone Arsenal here in Huntsville AL. Last year the WPL did alot of support work with 5th army based out of SA in the Katrinia recovery work. Biggest thing they used the WPL for was updateing and making maps using current GIS data be gathered on spot to make new maps of the city and area for use in relief efforts. They have already given the WPL a heads up that they want us on call for this hurricane season. Could end up being a contractor GIS group embedded with 5th army. Thought you might be interested.

Robert
Title: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: WL2 on August 13, 2006, 09:12:33 AM
Quote from: "tornados_blow"
I'd be interested in playing around with your trackfiles if it is all right.


I would be glad to send you some tracks and waypoints for some lesser known but interesting hikes.  Check your messages as shown on the top of the page. It is a pain to post files that are not .jpg so it is much easier to send them to an email address.
Title: Re: Map of the High Chisos Region
Post by: xseption on January 03, 2008, 11:20:22 AM
Wonderful maps! I have ARC GIS on my computer at work. Do you have the shape files? Any other wonderful maps?

~ edd