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Atlantic Cape Plans Nov. 18 GIS Day Event

November 11, 2009

Atlantic Cape Community College will join the worldwide GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day Nov. 18, with celebrations at all three campuses.

GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about locations such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. GIS is used in finding the best location to establish a business, for emergency management, crime prevention, environmental management and many other uses.

Atlantic Cape's GIS Day events begin at 9 a.m. with an introduction on what GIS is from Dr. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape's president, and Bill Carson, field director for U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo. Following that, GIS professionals will make presentations in the Walter Edge Theater, C-Building, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Presenters include:

·        9:15-9:45 a.m., Keynote Speaker, Dr. Laramie Potts, a specialist in Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Atlantic Cape's Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

·        9:45-10:15 a.m., Matt Martini, senior account representative for the Philadelphia Region's Environmental Systems Research Institute.

·        10:25-10:55 a.m., Ann Jeffers, geographic coordinator for U.S. Census Bureau Philadelphia Region.

·        10:55-11:25 a.m., Officer Joseph Latigona, Medford Township Police Department.

GIS professionals from the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of GIS, Keystone Precision Instruments, the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association and others will display their exhibits in J-building lobby, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration at the Cape May County Campus takes place at the first floor lobby, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. From 9-11:25 a.m., an interactive broadcast of the Mays Landing presentations takes place in room 113. GIS professionals exhibits will be displayed in the first floor lobby, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

All GIS Day events at theWorthington Atlantic City Campus will be held in the second floor student lounge, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Following morning registration, an interactive broadcast of the Mays Landing presentations takes place 9-11:25 a.m., with a Google Earth activity and exhibit tables from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Held each year for the past decade on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 16-20 in 2009), GIS Day is a global grassroots celebration of the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world.

For more information, visit www.atlantic.edu/gis, or contact Luis Olivieri at lolivier@atlantic.edu or (609) 343-5612.