While many people have heard of global positioning systems, or GPS, which helps individuals
determine their location based on satellites that orbit Earth and send information
to the ground, many may not be as familiar with geographic information systems, or
GIS. GIS involves a variety of tools and software that help people use the data and
information collected by GPS units, drones, smartphones, satellites and other devices.
Somerset Community College (SCC) is offering a class, broken up into two, four-hour
sessions, on using GIS for business in order to help business professionals utilize
free, GIS based software to engage clients, make better business decisions and stand
out in their industry.
The class, offered by SCCs Workforce Solutions, is designed for professionals working
in real estate, marketing and advertising, financial services, insurance, and healthcare,
as well as anyone else interested in learning more about GIS.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping have been implemented by many different
organizations throughout business and industry, said Greg Fryman, Workforce Solutions
liaison. There are many examples that show how organizations are using GIS to add
value within their fields. This course will show how companies can integrate GIS technology
to improve strategic decision making and gain a competitive edge.
The GIS class will be taught by Eric Wooldridge, associate professor at SCC. Wooldridge
has extensive knowledge in GIS applications, as well as the use of drones for mapping
services and data collection. His work was recently featured in a Commonwealth-Journal
article about using drone photography to assist in mapping Short Creek Cemetery.
The class will be held on December 4 and December 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. The total cost for the workshop
is $299 per person. Participants can expect training to include the use of GIS tools
and technology to create visual property maps that can be shared online, how to remotely
collect demographic, marketing, and physical data, and new ways to use a Smartphone
to support business initiatives.
To register, call Valerie Hogan at (606) 451-6797.