2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!


Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094

2020 SCAG Student Showcase

As part of the 2020 SCAG Student Showcase, ESRI and SCAG will be leading a free story map webinar training this Friday, March 6th at 10am. This training is available for students interested in competing or learning more about story maps. The competition is open to currently enrolled students at universities/colleges within the SCAG region, as well as those alumni that graduated from college within the last 12 months. For more information about the competition please see the PDF.

To RSVP to the webinar training, please visit the following link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-webinar

Other important dates for the Student Showcase include:

  • March 16: Abstracts due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

  • March 30: Final projects due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

Examples of Storymaps from past participants:

  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Evaluating Tax Increment Financing Tools
  • The Environmental Injustice that Homeless Face
  • Bicycling in Southern California

Once again we are very excited for this opportunity to work with students throughout the SCAG region. Please pass this information along to your students in the best way you see fit. Feel free to reach out to Lyle Janicek at janicek@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1966 with any questions you may have.

Flooding Analysis Help

Full disclosure, my son works for this company!  They are developing a new product for hydrologists that might need extra compute power for their computations and analysis.  If you work in government, anywhere in the US, and work on contracts with engineering firms that specialize in hydrology projects, they would really like to talk with you.  Read on below and thanks!  -mike

We are looking to talk with people who work in city or county level government who are involved with issuing the calls/contracts to carry out stormwater risk assessment and analysis.  We are working closely with civil engineering firms to carry out flooding simulations due to weather conditions or dam breaches.  Some of the issued contracts come under the names of:

  • Dam safety studies
  • Flood/inundation mapping/remapping
  • Whole watershed mapping study
  • City master plans

I would love to talk to people who are involved in these studies.

Kind regards,

Ivan Ravlich
CEO, Hypernet Labs, Inc.

Webinar: CGIA and Promoting GIS in California

The California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) kicks off 2020 with a brown bag speaker series that explores the role GIS plays in various types of organizations, how it is helping to achieve success, and why it should be a part of any strategic plan.

Join CGIA in this first webinar for a general member meeting to learn more about what CGIA is doing to promote GIS in California. We will also hear from Tamar Foster, Deputy Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission about the findings of their recent report, “Mapping a Strategy for GIS.”

The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, PST.  Click here for more info and to RSVP.