Where Am I? – GIS & Georeferencing for the Lost & Disoriented

In this course, instructor Stephen Chino, will help you find your place in the world and apply that knowledge to your daily workflows.  In modern day surveying workflows, more and more professionals are harnessing the power of GIS raster and vector data to further analyze work sites and project areas.  In the past most land surveyors utilized a point and line vector layer and maybe one aerial layer in their work preparation and presentations.  GIS offers the ability to add dozens of layers to your field points to capitalize on multiple datasets in the same drawing or project.

You will also learn how and where to find data, how a GIS works, and how to georeference almost any data including data without metadata or defined geographic constraints.   The first half of the course will focus on introductory topics, methodology and themes with the second half culminating in advanced usage and applications including manipulating data provided by attendees on the day of the course.

Stephen C. Chino, Jr., PLS is the GIS Manager for the city of Paducah and has been involved with GIS/GPS work and projects since 1997.  He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1994 and received his Bachelor of Science in Geography from Western Kentucky University in 1999.  While there his major emphasis was in GIS/GPS technology with a minor in City and Regional Planning.  He began interning with the Barren River Area Development District in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1998 in the GIS/GPS department and in 2000 he accepted a full time position with the BRADD as their Public Administration Specialist.  In July 2001 he accepted a surveying technician position with Hunter Martin & Associates in Paducah, Kentucky.  While with HMA, Inc. Mr. Chino successfully obtained his Professional Surveying license for the state of Kentucky in 2008.  In December of 2011, Mr. Chino accepted the GIS Specialist position with the City of Paducah and was promoted to GIS Manager in the fall of 2016.  He has practiced in the GIS/Geomatics field for 19 years and has been a licensed Kentucky land surveyor for 9 years.

Duties with the City include:

  • Administration of the MAP~GIS consortium enterprise system (
  • Administration and maintenance of all GIS hardware and software including servers
  • Creating and maintaining thematic maps using ESRI software in an ArcSDE environment
  • Developing new department specific GIS applications for consortium members
  • Designing , testing and implementing GIS-based web and desktop applications
  • Providing support and training to all consortium members and their employees
  • Obtaining and integrating new data, documents and maps for use with current geodatabase

Professional Organizations

  • Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (President Elect for 2018)
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Mr. Chino resides in McCracken County, Kentucky with his wife Sheryl, son Aiden (9) and daughter Olivia (3).

 *No course materials needed