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ASPRS Host Professional Insight Event

John Clary discussing all things Austin & GIS

John Clary discussing all things Austin & GIS

Nathan discussing the City of Troy
Nathan discussing the City of Troy

Earlier in the semester, the University of Texas Student Chapter of ASPRS hosted a Professional Insights Event. Two professionals from the Austin GIS community gave demos of their work, showed off some web-based mapping that they have built and discussed what it is like to have a GIS job in the professional sector.

John Clary (a UT Graduate Geographer) discussed the issues ranging from his work in the Code Department at the City of Austin, and the work he’s doing on his geospatial blog – Spatial Austin. Nathan (a UT alum from CRP) talked about his work in the private sector with geo-spatial data, civicanalytics and how he’s used 3D mapping. One of the cool features Nathan showed was a real-time 3D map of satellite locations around the globe in Cesium.

Thanks to both speakers for taking the time to come and talk to the large crowd of avid future GIS’ers. Its the biggest and most successful event in our time so far, and not possible without either of you.

If you’re interested in contacting either of the speakers, please don’t hesitate in contacting ASPRS (our info is in the contacts tab).

ASPRS Colloquium

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M. Anwar Sounny-Slitiine talking about solar potential on campus
M. Anwar Sounny-Slitiine talking about solar potential on campus

 

Abstract: The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is a large research/academic institution that encompasses 150 buildings making up 17 million square feet of indoor space and serving 70,000 students, faculty, and staff. This requires an enormous amount of energy, and the main UT campus generates 100% of its power through a 137 MW combined heat and power (CHP) district energy system, which provides the University’s electricity, chilled water, and heating steam. This highly efficient system is an amazing resource for campus, but it is based on fossil fuels. In what ways can the University diversify its power generation through the use of renewables?  Through Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the creation of digital roof models (DRMs) and solar radiation modeling tools, this project simulated annual exposure to solar radiation of the roofspace on campus taking into account, slope, aspect, vegetation cover, roofspace utilization, and cultural significance. The study found photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar thermal collectors present a viable opportunity to offset the current campus energy demands, but solar PV is still not economically viable without subsidies. Furthermore green-roofs also provide an interesting option to reducing cooling/heating loads.  This analysis shows that cultural values play a large role in green development, how roofspace can provide identity, and challenges of renewable competing with traditional power sources based on economics alone.

GIS Day at State Capitol

George Sosa and Robert Bean holding down the fort
George Sosa and Robert Bean holding down the fort

On Wednesday November 20, we were able to showcase a collection of projects created by our members. Attended by GIS professionals, academics, and government officials, Austin Area GIS day was a great opportunity to gain exposure and create networking opportunities! Other sponsored booths included: SAM (Surveying and Mapping Inc.), ESRI, SWCA, City of Austin, SWIGGIS, and Austin Water among others. Some of these organizations have been invited to talk to the ASPRS student chapter about work opportunities in the spring semester. As our first official event since our club formed, it was extremely successful! Stay tuned for more events next semester!

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