GIS Activities

The purpose of this page is to share GIS related activities and resources with the community.  Activities could include webinars, training opportunities, user group events, interesting web applications, GIS themed puzzles, or anything else related to GIS!  

VAMLIS welcomes suggestions for activities to add to this page.  Please email your suggestions to 


*Don't miss our new VAMLIS 'Lunch-and-Learn' Webinar Series ... links to the first event are described below:

EVENT: Free Live Webinar with Q & A 

When: Thursday, December 10th @ 12-1pm - Click to Join Webex

Title: Chesterfield County Sidewalk Planning Tool – Combining traditional traffic engineering with demographic analysis to create a comprehensive targeted infrastructure improvement plan. 

Description: This project highlights the use of demographic data from Esri’s Business Analyst Online (BAO) to enrich the standard infrastructure planning of traffic engineers. Timmons Group worked with Chesterfield County staff to create a complete pedestrian mobility infrastructure network, and then combined data from BAO, VDOT, and the County to rank potential project locations based on both traditional traffic engineering and community/demographic factors.  The deliverable helps County planners prioritize their available infrastructure funding to locations where it is likely to have the greatest net benefit.

Presenters/Panelists: Timmons Group

Thomas Ruff, PE, PTOE - Project Manager - Traffic Analysis, Planning, & Design

Matt McCracken, CSM, CSPO - Geospatial Transportation Practice Leader

Brian Kingery, GISP - GIS Consultant and VAMLIS Treasurer

Matt Franklin - GIS Analyst

MEETING: ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group (MUG) Fall Meeting

When:  Friday, December 4, 2020 @ 9am-2:30pm  View Agenda here

Register in advance @

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.


TRAINING: GISCI Official Practice Exam for GISP Technical Knowledge Exam - Now Available! Details can be found on GISCI's website here.

ACTIVITY: Guess the Geographic Pools shape from the Aerial Images.  Bonus: use the coordinates to find the real-world locations of these pools.   Click here for Aerial Pools Activity         *SPOILER ALERT: DOWNLOAD ANSWER KEY           #aerialimagery captured by Nearmap


ACTIVITY: See if you can use GIS mapping to solve some eerie geographic mysteries and win a prize from GeoDecisions! This activity requires you to review a series of 10 images to try to come up with an answer to the associated question. An ArcGIS Earth video fly-through provides clues throughout the game.  Click on this link for more details:


ACTIVITY: Want to challenge yourself on your knowledge of GIS?  Try solving this GIS themed crossword puzzle!  We can promise you that even those of us who have been GIS professionals for years will find solving this ESRI puzzle a challenge. Download activity materials here. (Solution on last page)