Mobile Plotter in a Box

Burbank Fire has had a mobile plotter for quite some time.  It was an HP Designjet 1055CM placed in a custom box to make it mobile.  It was time for a new plotter and this time it is an HP Designjet Z6200 which is quite a bit bigger.

To make it fit in a reasonable size box, one of the guys in our IT Department made custom short legs for it.  He is great with a welding torch!  You can see the original legs to the right of the plotter in the photo below.


Foot braces (black) were created to bolt onto the plotter’s original hardware (silver).



The custom box has a lid that comes off to expose the plotter for use.



Pretty cool red box!  -mike

LA County Map from the Past!

I have been going through all the ESRI Map Books that I have collected over the years from the ESRI user conferences.  In the 1991 map book, actually titled “Arc/Info Maps 1991”, I came across a map made by Los Angeles County titled “Cities and Major Features in Los Angeles County”.  Maybe used Arc/Info 5 or 6?  Looks like they used an electrostatic plotter that printed the map in 4 passes for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.  Awesome!


Map Metric Automation Contractor Needed

Map Metric Automation Contractor – 12 months (Santa Clara Valley, CA)

You will perform map data analysis and automation. The work involves scripting and analysis (both ad hoc and structured) of navigational map data. You will support metrics leads by writing stable analysis processes and data pipeline integration.

Key Qualifications

• Ability to review large data sets with high attention to detail
• Ability to draw conclusions from data and recommend actions
• GIS (can edit and understand maps)
• Analytical competency (can be quantitative and report analysis)
• Data querying competency (SQL or HQL)
• Scripting experience (Python or shell preferred)

Additional Requirements

• 1+ year of experience in reporting (including spatial data)
• 1+ year experience or relevant academic training in GIS
• Web development or big data experience would be a huge plus.

To apply to this position click here: Or send your resume to  Thank you!

Jessica Touchard
GeoSearch, Inc.
Office: 719-632-7776

Fireworks 2015: Cities Added!

July 4th is just around the corner and that means Fireworks!  Once again I bring you the fireworks app.  You can view cities in LA, Orange, and Ventura County that allow the sale and use of fireworks.  Included are days and times when fireworks will be sold and when you can light them up, as well as links to city web sites and telephone numbers.  Data was collected from municipal codes, web sites, and/or contacting each city.

This year the City of Anaheim and the City of Huntington Beach have been added to the map.  Through measures last year, voters decided to allow fireworks to be sold and used within their borders.  Congratulations to them and enjoy the app!


GIS Librarian & Coordinator for Data/GIS/Maps Position at UCSD

The UC San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our GIS Librarian and Coordinator for Data, GIS, and Maps. This position reports to the Program Director of the Library’s Reference and Research Advisory Services (RRAS). The University of California San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

As the use of geospatial data across academic disciplines and the broader UC San Diego campus continues to expand, the GIS Librarian plays a critical role in leading and developing the Library’s GIS services for learning, teaching, and research. GIS is a vital component of library services, and the GIS Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for developing, managing and providing geospatial data and services.

As the Coordinator for Data, GIS, and Maps, s/he leads the development and management of the service unit, including Data, Geospatial, and Maps Services, to meet user needs on campus, in the Library, and in the Data & GIS Lab. The GIS Librarian coordinates the activities of the Data Services Librarian and the Map Librarian and reports to the Program Director of RRAS.

Salary range: Assistant Librarian – $47,722 to $59,057/yr, Associate Librarian – $53,116 to $83,546/yr, Librarian – $73,238 to $116,220/yr.

Closing Date:  Deadline for applications is July 24th, 2015

For more information and to apply, visit the job announcement here.

Senior GIS Analyst Position at San Diego County

The County of San Diego is currently accepting applications for a Senior GIS Analyst to fill one immediate vacancy in the Office of Emergency Services.

The Senior GIS Analyst is a lead or supervisory level job class responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership to professional staff; and may supervise GIS staff within a department.

Qualified Applicants Must Possess:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in geography, earth sciences, civil engineering, urban planning, information technology, biology with an emphasis in GIS, computer science, or closely related field, OR, successful completion of a college level GIS certificate program; AND,

  1. Three (3) years of full-time experience as a GIS Analyst with the County of San Diego administering and operating a GIS system using ArcGIS Desktop or Server or similar type software to develop GIS data, digital maps, or other digital displays for spatial analysis; OR
  2. Four (4) years of full-time experience administering and operating a GIS system using ArcGIS Desktop or Server or similar type software to develop GIS data, digital maps, or other digital displays used for spatial analysis.

Visit the job announcement for more information and to apply.