Last week the Iowa GIS Service Bureau assisted the Iowa Source Water program with a Quantum GIS training for water operators and other interested individuals from around the state. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is open source GIS software that can prove to be a powerful tool for water system management especially for smaller communities. Click here to read an article by QGIS trainer, Soren Rundquist about how this program can be beneficial to your community.
The workshop took place in Fort Dodge, Iowa at the Iowa Central Community College. The training was very well attended with 27 attendees. The day's activities included a presentation about the Iowa Source Water program followed by Quantum GIS training. The QGIS training was comprehensive starting with basic skills such as creating points and polygons and creating a basic map to more advanced procedures such as bringing a paper map into the digital environment (georeferencing) and learning how to create KML files that can be shared via google maps. Click here to view a pdf of the workshop materials.