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GIS Training book done!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

We’ve finished the learning GIS via QGIS  book and it is in the process of publishing.  We’ll let you see the pre-design cover and tell you that it will be available on AMAZON soon!

The authors are Nik Freeman and McCartney Taylor. (Note: the important author goes last)


The book is a workbook that evolved from our training courses over 3 years. It will be aimed at the beginner, walk them through important concepts, then give them data and start using QGIS to make a map.  The formula was very successful in training hundreds of Oil and Gas people in how to use basic GIS. And it saved thousands of dollars by showing them how they can use the free QGIS instead of ESRI.

Expected release date June 30, 2014.


Videos out on How to get Free Aerial Imagery!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The USGS has a wealth of imagery, both current and historic. We’ve just created several videos that help explain how to find and download free aerial imagery from USGS. These are great guides for all to learn the complicated USGS interface.

The USGS has several platforms to deliver data, the main 3 are:


  • EarthExplorer
  • Seamless


Each has quirks and none are very user friendly. We think they are powerful and want to help you learn to use them to get great aerial imagery.



How to find low res large scale imagery off of GLOVIS



How to find Historic Aerial Images off of USGS EarthExplorer 1 of 2



How to find Historic Aerial Images off of USGS EarthExplorer 2 of 2



How to download High resolution orthoimagery off of EarthExplorer





Free Mapping Software

Monday, August 9th, 2010

We, at the Institute, are big believers in free mapping software.  Open Source has brought wonderful software tools to the common man who lives on a tight budget. There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars (or thousands if buy ESRI) on  GIS software if you are a beginner .


The best software for the beginning and intermediate mapmaker is Quantum GIS, aka QGIS. It is intuitively easy to learn, powerful in capabilities, yet friendly in use.

Best yet, they update it constantly, and that costs you nothing. You got it — zero, zilch, nada.  And as you grow as a cartographer, QGIS can keep up with you until you begin extremely advance GIS processes.


The folks at QGIS  have just come out with version 1.5, and it has wonderful features.  So good, in fact, that we use it for our Professional  Education Training and other GIS courses.  It beats out the other two contenders, GRASS, and gvSIG.  You can get QGIS here at

Mapping & GIS 201 for Landmen

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

We now offer our more advanced GIS class for Landmen:
Mapping & GIS 201 for Landmen