Nice Maps!

For each lab, Shannon, Tommy and I will find examples of great maps that you guys create and post on your websites, we'll post them below the table as announcements. If you are enrolled and have not already added your website to the list, please do so here. Good job and keep it up.

Your Peer's Websites


WATS 4930, 6920 & 6915 GIS Class Website Submission


If you want to see the websites from the 2010 class, click here.


Great Map Nominations

Spring 2014 Lab 10 Great Maps!

posted May 5, 2014, 10:36 PM by Thomas Thompson

Jarod Raithel did an excellent job! He utilized all of the three  inputs slope, distance to water and vegetation cover very effectively .  He used great critical thinking skills in evaluating the model and it's process.  His work is thorough, which can be seen in his figures, captions, and maps. In looking at the framework he accurately calculated and interpreted the probability of ungulates across the landscape.  Great analysis Jarod!


Spring 2014 Lab 9 Great Maps!

posted May 5, 2014, 10:04 PM by Thomas Thompson

Abigail Kidd did an great job on this lab! She not only understands the importance of georeferencing  but also was able to display and explain the data in a very detailed manner.  Abigail used the aerial imagery we obtained for the blimp lab she was able to give the image a spatial reference but understands that this is a subjective process.  Great work!


Spring 2014 Lab 8 Great Maps!

posted May 5, 2014, 9:11 PM by Thomas Thompson

Matt Combs created very clear yet detailed maps and images for the Morphometric Analysis lab.  His watershed delineation was clear and correct.  The stream order network map worked out well in terms of using an effective color ramp for the stream orders and DEM basemap .   He also calculated and color coordinated  the stream orders in his map with his "Segment length by order" table.  The curvature comparison maps display a lot of information within a small area which can be difficult to do.   Matt showed an incredible ability to analyze the surfaces of this 10 Meter DEM and preformed the series of morphometric analyses to a T.  Great mapping Matt!


Spring 2014 Lab 7 Great Maps!

posted Mar 13, 2014, 8:39 PM by Thomas Thompson   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 12:52 PM ]

Mitchell Dabling had an excellent submission for lab 7! When comparing the DEM's he made it clear what resolution each image is.  I know that no description was required for the map but it would have been helpful to explain to those who have no understanding of DEMs.  Even without a descriptive paragraph, by simply looking at the inset images a map reader can see which resolution is the most course.  
 
While the DoD analysis is very important, I really like the fact that Mitchell points out in his write up "The model creation and batch processing tools were likely the most useful part of this exercise".  This is an often overlooked tool that is extremely useful when using ArcGIS.  Great job Mitchell!


Spring 2014 Lab 6 Great Maps!

posted Mar 13, 2014, 6:37 PM by Thomas Thompson   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 12:53 PM ]

Students have been creating a lot of great maps, keep up the great work!

Jarod Raithel  created a truly exceptional map for this lab.  He was able to put  quite a bit of information on a single map.  He had a short, yet descriptive paragraph, which mad it easy to understand the difference between the DEM's resolution.  Being able to describe different resolutions  is important because many people are unaware of that file size is a direct reflection of pixel size.  Remember it is very important to know what resolution to use for a given project, knowing this can and will save you (and the computer) from a headache.


Jarod  your maps are informative and well structured, the side by side comparison are consistently displayed with clarity and professionalism. Great example of disappearing peak with pixel and contour maps.  




Spring 2014 Lab 5 Great Maps!

posted Feb 21, 2014, 6:16 PM by Thomas Thompson   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 12:54 PM ]

Cody Edwards  did an phenomenal job with his map, map workbook, and contact list!  The map is not only broken into 4 pages, but breaking the parcel data into 4 separate contact lists and color coordinating everything was exceptional. Cody went even further by organizing his contact list in accordance with the possible contamination zones.  In his write up inside of the map, he uses simple arithmetic to calculate his parcels on a parcel per zone basis (a percentage).  He did an excellent job and really paid attention to details.  To download his Contact List click here. or download his map book by clicking on the image below:

https://sites.google.com/a/joewheaton.org/gis-wats-4930-6920/great-maps/spring2014lab5greatmaps/CodyMap_Book_Lab_5.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1



Peter Alexander also had a respectable map and map workbook that are note worthy.  He used a road layer basemap with street names that emergency crews could use along side the contact list.  Displaying his map in this manner made his map appear very professional and detailed.  He did a great job in creating a truly effective map.  Everyone should really get a closer look at the labeled basemap by checking out his map workbook. (Click Here)


Spring 2014 Lab 4 Great Maps!

posted Feb 14, 2014, 10:10 AM by Thomas Thompson

Lette Benson Has created a excellent map that has gone above and beyond what was asked in the lab.  This proposal map of potential campgrounds has an excellent  layout that is creative and professional.  She did a great job on displaying where the campground using three data frames.  This is a lot of information to display and she a great job of doing without making the map look to clustered.  The only thing that I would suggest is to get rid of one of the base map references.  Other than that this was a great map, good job on this lab Lette!
  

Spring 2014 Lab 3 Great Maps!

posted Feb 4, 2014, 11:30 PM by Thomas Thompson


Kevin Turnblom
did and excellent in taking this complex legend and making it fit well with the map.  He went above and beyond by creating an extra map with a more detailed legend and graph!  I really like the fact that his graphs symbology is consistent with the Rock Type layer files symbology. He had an overall convincing cartographic design to his maps, graph, and legends. Great Map Kevin!

Spring 2014 Great Maps Lab 2!

posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:30 PM by Thomas Thompson

Barry Prettyman Did an excellent job on this lab.  His side by side comparison displays how these are spatially accurate points that are simply un-projected.  In laying these maps next to each other one can see the change from the un-projected assumed coordinate system points to the projected Cartesian coordinate system.  This map has a good layout, use of grids, clear title, and consistent symbology;  That is why it is the Great Map for Lap 2!   

Spring 2014 Great Maps Lab 1!

posted Jan 21, 2014, 8:18 AM by Thomas Thompson

Joseph Flower did an excellent job for lab 1! His map has a good descriptive title, legend, North arrow, inset map, and scale. This map and follows in accordance with the 6 C's.  You can see that he has spent time to pay attention to detail and that this product is balanced and visually appealing.  To me the only things that could be modified is the size of the locator map (maybe make it a little smaller) and in the legend add the point that is displayed on the locator map to explain what it is.  Overall it is a Great Map!


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