GIS Symposium conference in Cape Girardeau

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Geospatial Community held a symposium on Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center. 

This is the eighth year for the event which focused on mapping systems in various capacities from several organizations in the area. 

"The people that are here today do mapping of some kind or another," Cape Girardeau GIS Coordinator Teresa Heifner said. 

Some areas they focused on were drone usage, GEO Fencing and Marketing benefits, crime mapping, regional planning assistance, equipment, data collection and much more. 

Heifner said this information shared helps make their jobs easier and more effective. 

"For Southeast Missouri, there are a lot of counties and cities that map all aspects of your life," Heifner added. "For the cities and the counties to keep track of parcels and other
things so it's very integral to get people together and network."

One area that was brought up was the SEMO Regional Planning Commission that mapped the area before and after the EF-4 tornado hit Perry County last February. 

Slides show with this tornado that hit show several homes and businesses that were upright before the tornado hit and the devastation four days after the tornado. 

"They helped that imagery before the tornado. They were able to acquire imagery after the tornado and they can overlay those on top of each other just like we are seeing with the hurricane.
Hurricanes now you can see before and after pictures," Heifner said. 

Heifner added this helps out citizens as they are able to utilize these services to assess damage better and prioritize monies they might get from FEMA. 

"The mapping is a very integral part of today's life," Heifner said.

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