Geographic Information Systems
Rebecca L. Smith
UCM CADD Major, Civil Emphasis
Graduated December 2009
Rebecca Smith, a Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology major at UCM (graduated December 2009) served as an intern at Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO in their Energy Department. Black & Veatch's Energy Department builds and renovates power plants nationwide.
For her fictional project, Rebecca conducted site optimization for a new Kansas City Power & Light power plant, analyzing wetlands, communities, elevations, and roads over a four-county Missouri region. Analysis was conducted using ArcGIS 9.3 and Missouri geological data obtained from the Missouri Spatial Data Information Service.
Geography student Karissa Schlesselman (Logan) analyzed the flood hazard area, or floodplain, as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Pettis County, MO. Pettis is a mid-sized county
located in central western Missouri that covers an area of 625 square miles. The county's floodplain covers 71 square miles of land at an average elevation of 800 ft above mean sea level.
As preparation for its 2007/ 2008 biennial report, FEMA requested Pettis County floodplain information. This data is mandatory for all counties participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Karissa's project collected and assembled a formal floodplain analysis for FEMA.
GEOG 4220, Summer, 2009
Daniel examined the extent of urban growth in the Columbia, Missouri metropolitan and
surrounding areas. Columbia was subject to a tremendous volume of growth in the latter years of the 20th century, both in population and physical size. Using historical imagery and remote sensing techniques to classify land use, Daniel calculated that Columbia's urban area increased by 2.3 square miles between 1990 and 2008.
Meghann's project looks at the areas of ecological importance within the state of Missouri labeled by both the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Nature Conservancy of Missouri. The main goal of this project was to focus the attention on the areas of common interest between the MDC and NCM and be able to present this project to the communities that reside on or around these areas. The areas of common interest were determined by analyzing the overlapping between boundaries of the MDC and NCM. Her findings can be used in the future to educate the public, to help keep these areas of land in their natural, native state.
GEOG 4220, Summer 2009
Michael's paper assesses the state of the GIS job market. As per his paper's conclusion,
"In today’s age of information, the GIS job market looks very promising for those with knowledge of the software and geography techniques involved. For those with the ability to visualize three-dimensional features from two-dimensional pictures and an interest in geography, a job in GIS might be ideal. The applications for GIS are still expanding, and it is a very broad field which is actively making its way into other professions. This fact alone makes the field of GIS very important in today’s world. There are many organizations that would benefit from having their data spatially oriented. The people in these fields have enough skill to use the information; however, the GIS professionals will be the ones compiling and organizing it. There are many jobs available that require the skills of a GIS professional. There jobs are interesting, productive, and involve high technology. It is difficult to imagine all the horizons a GIS professional could aspire to explore. This is truly a field without limits."