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!