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WKU GIS group attends URISA Cumberland Chapter meeting

WKU students, faculty and alumni attended a Kentucky and Tennessee statewide geographic information systems (GIS) meeting this week (Jan. 8-9) to share ideas and discuss challenges and practices of GIS.

urisacumberlandlogoThe fourth annual meeting of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA was held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. URISA, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, “…is a multi-disciplinary geospatial organization that provides professional education and training, a vibrant and connected community, advocacy for geospatial challenges and issues, and essential resources.”

The two-day meeting included presentations, panel discussions, workshops and a showcase of student projects. Students presenting their GIS projects received free registration and a one-year membership with URISA.

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WKU student Matt Bentley showcased his project on 3D GIS Modeling of the Big Lime oil and gas fields in eastern Kentucky.

WKU students Byron Hughes and Kayla Pruitt of presented their project on the accessibility of trash bins on WKU’s main campus.

WKU students Byron Hughes and Kayla Pruitt of presented their project on the accessibility of trash bins on WKU’s main campus.

Geoscience graduate student Matt Bentley of Morehead and GIScience majors Byron Hughes of Bowling Green and Kayla Pruitt of Munfordville presented their GIS class projects at the meeting. Hughes and Pruitt, both GIS interns with Fruit of Loom’s data science team, discussed their project on the accessibility of trash bins on WKU’s main campus. Bentley showcased his project on 3D GIS Modeling of the Big Lime oil and gas fields in eastern Kentucky.

Alumni attending the meeting were Beth Rogers, Danny Hendron and Josh Montgomery. Rogers, a graduate of WKU’s master’s geoscience program, is the Data Science Manager at Fruit of the Loom’s Headquarters in Bowling Green and is a Director of the URISA Cumberland Chapter. Hendron is a Regional Technical Manager at EagleView Technologies in Elizabethtown. Montgomery, a GIS Specialist with WKU’s Planning, Design, and Construction, participated on a panel discussing GIS support on campus operations.

“This meeting was a very informative meeting about the growth of GIS as a profession in both Kentucky and Tennessee,” said Kevin Cary, WKU’s GIS Center Director. “It’s impressive to see how far GIS has progressed in this region. This meeting highlighted mapping elevation with LiDAR for the entire state of Tennessee at a very precise and accurate level for economic growth as well as 3D mapping of indoor building structures for emergency situations.”

For information on GIS at WKU, visit http://www.wku.edu/gis or contact Kevin Cary in the WKU’s Center for GIS at (270) 745-2981 or kevin.cary@wku.edu

For information on how to be a member of URISA’s Cumberland Chapter, visit http://www.cumberlandurisa.org/

Contact: Kevin Cary, (270) 745-2981

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