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GIS – Introduction and Sample UsesNY PLS

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S.

This course, in concert with its quiz, offers an introduction to GIS (Geographic Information System) technology and sample applications, with the added benefit of introducing FEMA's new DFIRMs (Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps) – the digital product expanding on the paper FIRMs (Flood Insurance Rate Maps) so frequently referenced by surveyors, engineers, architects, land planners, regulators, realtors, developers and insurance professionals.

GIS is a natural for today's presentation and retrieval of the data and general information traditionally presented on paper FIRMs. Two sister courses created by your course author focus on understanding and using FEMA's FIRMs (a.k.a. “Flood Maps”) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs). This course touches on both, but centers on the numerous benefits of GIS, presenting the basic principles, processes and terminology related to our expanding uses of GIS.

This course is for the professional who wants to refresh or broaden his or her understanding of GIS and of FEMA's new DFIRM product. FEMA should be applauded for making learning easy through their well designed tutorials. I think you’ll enjoy the learning experience and find it profitable, as I myself did.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

This PDHonline course is approved by New York LS Board.

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