Cumberland County is in the process of updating our Hazard Mitigation Plan. Our GIS Department is focused on developing a web map series application, and performing various spatial analyses to support the plan. One of the first analyses we were asked to complete was to get a count of the number of structures in the … Continue reading Using ArcPy Search Cursors to Perform Spatial Analysis by Each Record in a Jurisdictional Dataset
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I wanted to share a solution I came up with for displaying a blog post's Featured Image on a Jekyll site. There are two primary places I want to display this image: The page containing the blog post (post page) Within a loop of blog posts on any number of pages (i.e., home page, blog … Continue reading How to Create a Featured Image Template for a Jekyll Blog Site
Last summer was a busy and exciting season of life. My wife and I welcomed our third child into the world, and I had the opportunity to develop the Python for ArcGIS course for Harrisburg Area Community College. This self-paced online course is now available to purchase. The course consists of video lessons, exercises, and recommended … Continue reading Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course
Over the past few years, I've been working on a side project to update the hiking trails map for a small camp. Though the project has taken longer than I anticipated, it has been very rewarding. This past week, I think we finally finished the map. And it was during this last revision process that … Continue reading Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?
Our IT department is developing an online plan submission website for the County's Planning office. In talking with the developers, the topic of finding the zoning district for a tax parcel (or piece of real estate) came up. Our GIS department publishes services for both tax parcels and zoning districts. I've also been wanting to … Continue reading Building the Find Zoning District By Parcel App
I have a confession to make: my organization's most viewed and most important web map app is not my favorite app to work on. And it's taken me awhile to realize that this app is the one that needs to be the highest priority. The Cumberland County Property Mapper receives around 98% percent of our … Continue reading The Most Important App Might Not Be The Most Fun
I'm getting close to wrapping up a project for our Planning department and wanted to share about it. It's a custom ArcGIS Desktop geoprocessing tool that stemmed from a conversation with one of our planners. He was having trouble clipping a dataset. After figuring out the issue, I had him walk me through his entire … Continue reading Building A Soils Clip Tool for Agricultural Preservation Reporting
Over the summer, we were having a recurring issue where our map services on ArcGIS Server were down. It seemed to happen at random times. I even received an e-mail while at a picnic about a service being down. While this was annoying, more concerning was that my web maps built using Leaflet.js and consuming … Continue reading Esri Map Service Loading & Error Events in Leaflet.js
I wanted to share a project I'm working on as part of my involvement with South Central Task Force GIS Workgroup. As part of our monthly regional data update process, a file geodatabase is created. It contains updated versions of various datasets ranging from road centerlines to parks. The geodatabase is zipped and placed … Continue reading Automating File Transfer from an FTP Site With Python