Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy GIS Day!!

I love the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, GIS Day. GIS Day?? Yep, happy Geographic Information Systems Day to you, and to SRTC's two GIS Analysts, Kevin and Sylvia. That's Kevin pictured. As you can see, he was really excited about the Census this past year.

GIS represents computer software, data, and solutions that are used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in government, education, and business. The goal of GIS Day is to help educate children as well as adults on the applications of geography and computer-aided mapping.

Here at SRTC, GIS is a HUGE part of what we do. GIS products (maps, reports, and charts) reveal relationships, patterns, and trends that may not be obvious when viewed as raw data. GIS helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. For more information on how GIS is used in transportation planning, check out the GIS page on the SRTC website. Despite the importance of GIS here in our office, I failed to get Kevin and Sylvia a cake, so feel free to post
a comment on this thread to make them feel valued. Oh yeah, and don't ever let anyone tell you we don't know how to party here at SRTC. To prove it, we're going to give one of these GIS buttons, and a GIS sticker, to the first person to 'like' SRTC on Facebook. Okay, it's not a cash prize, but it's the only free swag we've got.

And for more information on GIS Day activities Here's the GIS Day website.


Travis & Lauren said...

We love you Kevin! Your maps are the best.

SRTC Staff said...

Thanks Travis & Lauren! Kevin is here in my office and gives a big shout out to you. Stay classy.

vanillajane said...


Now I can track everywhere my friend's cat goes and create data on him. Hopefully he doesn't get my friend's blood on my GPS. That could be messy...

SRTC Staff said...

We try to only use GIS for good here at SRTC, not evil.

About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.