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The Hawai'i Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state. 

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HIGICC provides opportunities to network with other GIS professionals in Hawaii and the Pacific.

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Tax-deductible Donations can be directed towards the Mark Lierman Scholarship, GIS Day activities, or the HIGICC general fund.

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  • 05 Nov 2020 10:50 AM | Christine Chaplin

    GPS on Bench Marks

    Help improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and prepare for the NSRS modernization in 2022 by participating in the GPS on Bench Marks (GPS on BM) for the Transformation Tool campaign. Your efforts will support the following objectives:

    • Improve the 2022 Transformation Tool, which will enable conversions from current vertical datums to the North American-Pacific Geopotential Datum of 2022 (NAPGD2022) and will be integrated into the NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool (NCAT).
    • Update Passive Control Status: mark recoveries and shared solutions provide NGS and other users of the NSRS with insight into the health of the passive control network and updated information for project planning.
    • Automatic Reprocessing in 2022: Shared data will be automatically reprocessed and given new coordinates after the NSRS modernization occurs in 2022.


    Recover, Observe, Report

    Regardless of your objective, GPS on BM will always include three important steps: recover, observe, and report.

    Recover: Using web maps or other desktop tools to look up the description of an existing bench mark and visit the bench mark of your choice and submit a mark recovery.

    Observe: Record field notes, take digital photos, and collect GPS observations for the bench mark you visit.

    Report: Use online tools to send the information to NGS.

  • 09 Mar 2020 1:07 PM | Christine Chaplin

    On the evening of March 6th, we gathered to celebrate the 20th year of HIGICC!  The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.  Mahalo to everyone who is a part of HIGICC.

  • 13 Dec 2019 7:21 AM | Craig Clouet

    A group of HIGICC members and friends attended this weeks UAS workshop out at the RC airfield in Kailua. It was a great get together and there was a lot of sharing of knowledge and experience. So many people are using UAS for work, it was great to share. Below are some pictures. Thanks to NOAA and Dudek for bringing some drones and sensors.

  • 12 Nov 2019 1:28 PM | Christine Chaplin

    Call for Proposals - University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Symposium

    For the first time ever, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS.org), the national hub for the GIScience academic community will be holding our annual Symposium in Honolulu at the end of May 2020.

    While the program will be academic in nature, our plan for the program is to provide an interesting collection of thematically coherent sessions on a broad range of topics that each combine presentations on basic research in GIScience plus related education and application issues.

    Since Hawaii is my home and I’m President, I have decreed that we will make the Saturday afternoon available as a half day registration specifically for the Hawaii professional GIS community. We’ll offer 2 or 3 of these sessions followed by a Pau Hana when you can mingle with GIS professors, grad students and researchers from across the US. I realize many of our local professionals did not get the chance to study GIS in college, so this will give you some idea of what’s going on in the Ivory Tower these days.

    We are still putting together the program, and have an open call out (deadline this Friday 11/15!) to the academic community. In an effort to get as much local content as possible, and since I know that many of you support the work of scientists from various universities across the US, I thought I’d see if any of you might have some academic colleagues you might engage in preparing a proposal.

    Please get in touch with me if you want to bounce ideas for proposals. Deadline is Friday! Sorry for the short notice.


    Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D. GISP

    Professor Emerita of the Practice of Spatial Sciences

    Spatial Sciences Institute

    USC Dana and David Dornsife

    College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

    University of Southern California

    President, UCGIS 2019-2020

    Hawai’i Tel: +1 (808) 987-8788

    kakemp@usc.edu   spatial.usc.edu




  • 05 Nov 2019 10:11 AM | Christine Chaplin

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    2:00 pm EST

    This presentation will highlight some of the current feature extraction challenges that include the explosion of big data, the availability of cheaply sourced aerial imagery, the ubiquity of lidar and the easy-to-use “black box” AI solutions that intensive computing have made easily available. As mapping and remote sensing scientist, we are held to high professional standards when devising solutions to various mapping challenges. This presentation will delve into the exciting opportunities offered up as we try to navigate this brave new world of big data, data science, data mining and machine learning while maintaining the high levels of accuracy and completeness that we have all grown accustomed to.


    Presented by:
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  • 30 Oct 2019 12:48 PM | Christine Chaplin

    Anyone can build apps on the ArcGIS platform.

    You don't have to be a software developer to build valuable geo-enabled apps that make your communities smarter and businesses more successful. This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code. If you are a developer, you'll be interested in Esri's APIs, SDKs, and the buzzing GeoDev community.


  • 28 Oct 2019 10:37 AM | Christine Chaplin

    NOAA's National Ocean Service

    NGS Invites Public Comment on Retiring the U.S. Survey Foot After 2022

    NOAA's National Ocean Service sent this bulletin at 10/21/2019 10:00 AM EDT

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    Public Comment on Retiring the U.S. Survey Foot

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    The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Office of Weights and Measures and NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) have co-issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) to retire the U.S. Survey Foot After 2022. 

    We are soliciting public comment to ensure that this change is made in an orderly fashion with minimal disruption.


    Important Dates:

    • October 17, 2019 - First FRN Published inviting public comment on deprecation of the U.S. survey foot after 2022.

    • December 2, 2019 - Comment period deadline. Submit all comments electronically by this date.

    • June 30, 2020 - Final Rule - A second FRN will formally announce the change will be published before this date and will describe the details and the change process. 

    • December 31, 2022 - The U.S. survey foot will be deemed obsolete and superseded by the foot (formerly known as the international foot) equal to 0.3048 meter exactly for all applications. 

    Submitting Comments: 

    NIST and NOAA are managing the submission and posting of public comments online. Use the “Submit a Formal Comment” link near the top right of the Federal Register webpage. You can also search for the FRN at https://www.regulations.gov/.



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    The definition of the foot was updated in 1959 in the United States, but a previous definition of the foot is still in use and has caused confusion over time. The legally defined “international foot” and the older “U.S. survey foot” differ by only 0.01 foot per mile. 

    However, having both definitions in use often has resulted in confusion in surveying and mapping where computing accurate coordinates over large distances are commonly required. Retiring the U.S. survey foot will eliminate this confusion, and after 2022 the international foot will simply be called the foot. Read more on the NIST website.

    The modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) in 2022 is the perfect time to move the United States toward a single, uniform definition of the foot. Both NOAA and NIST have decided to deprecate the US foot through two co-issued Federal Register Notices, and by conducting public outreach.


    Learn More

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    NOAA's National Geodetic Survey 



  • 09 Oct 2019 11:02 AM | Craig Clouet

    Lara Payne

    Remembrance and Memorial

    It is truly sad that I am announcing the passing of one of our friends, Lara Payne. Lara was a charm and will be missed. If you are available, please stop by and attend her service. Our thoughts and support go out to her husband Trenton.

    Those we love don’t go away,

    They walk beside us every day,

    Unseen, unheard, but always near,

    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    Memorial service

    October 27, 2019

    11AM at Kualoa Regonal Park

    There will be a tent, chairs, with a service and music.

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