FedGIS 2016

February 24-25, 2016 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Immersion Summits


Take a close look at how GIS is used in various areas of federal government at the FedGIS Immersion Summits. Hear directly from industry leaders using GIS to accomplish their missions, as well as Esri experts. Get inspired at each 2-3 hour summit, as you immerse yourself in the following topics:

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Wednesday, February 24

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Earth and Environmental Sciences

GIS is Expanding the Application of Scientific Data for Problem Solving

Location: 145 A, 1:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

It is clear from the World Economic Forum, the U.S. National Intelligence Council-identified mega trends that will shape the world in 2030, and White House mandates, that widespread access to timely data on the environment is essential to responding to climate change issues. Attend this Immersion Summit to hear from government leaders from organizations including NOAA, NASA, the Department of Energy and the White House, to learn how they are improving the value of scientific data and access to it. These leaders, along with Esri staff, will guide you through GIS-based tools, techniques, and case studies that strengthen modern science.

  • An introduction to real-world issues related to earth/environmental science
  • Actionable information on how to use GIS for reliable data access, efficient data sharing, and delivering real-time information
  • Demonstration of tools and templates that can accelerate the generation and dissemination of scientific understanding
Policy Making

Using GIS and Open Data to Make Better Decisions

Location: 145 B, 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Modern governments use GIS to inform policy making and reach constituents. GIS takes big data and makes it easy to understand, so that policy makers can make decisions based on evidence and evaluate impacts by geography. In the U.S., both the White House and Congress use GIS-based maps to shed light on the nation’s most pressing challenges. Issues like spending, labor, healthcare, energy, environment, and border security all have geographic components and affect citizens everywhere. Maps provide the bridge connecting policy makers with the public, and open data efforts are fueling more maps.

Learn how modern governments use GIS to:

  • Make big data easy to understand
  • Inform policy decisions
  • Communicate with constituents
  • Inspire action
National to Tactical Intelligence

Integrating Intelligence to Support Successful Missions

Location: 146 C, 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

With the advancement of web-GIS capabilities, the need for fully integrated georeferenced National to Tactical Intelligence has grown increasingly important. The results have broken down long standing intelligence community barriers, increased cross-agency and cross-service collaboration, and improved support to decision makers at all levels.

Join industry experts and Esri staff at this Immersion Summit to learn how:

  • Apps are improving intelligence workflows and producing near-real time actionable all-source/multi-INT products
  • Integrating disparate data shortens the analytic cycle and opens the power of geographic analysis and mapping to the entire intelligence community
  • Communicate with constituents
  • You can maintain existing security methodologies and workflows while breaking down barriers to discovery, access, and utilization of resources
Inspectors and Auditors

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Location: 147 A, 1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Government agencies lose billions of dollars each year from fraud, waste, and abuse. Increasingly, agencies turn to Esri geospatial technology—maps, analysis tools, and geoenrichment—to conduct predictive analysis and reveal blind spots.

At this summit, Esri experts and GIS users from this community will provide an in-depth look at how organizations use GIS to develop effective workflows, evaluate their activities, identify areas of need and collaborate with other organizations.

You'll also learn how GIS:

  • Reveals patterns of fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Helps Agencies enhance detection and prediction workflows
  • Enhances case prioritization

Detailed Agenda:

  • 1:45 p.m.-1:50 p.m.Welcome
  • 1:50 p.m.-2:10 p.m.Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, HHS OIG Chief Data Officer
  • 2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Robert Wuhrman, Deputy Assistant IG for Information Technology, HUD OIG
  • 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.Inspector Workflow, Mackson Consulting
  • 2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.Break
  • 3:00 p.m.-3:20 p.m.Bryan Jones, Elder Research Inc., Former Director, Data Mining Group, Office of Investigations, USPS OIG
  • 3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.Erin Grimm, GIS Specialist, USPS OIG
  • 3:40 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.Sharing Authoritative Data with Web Services
  • 3:55 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Wrap Up and Next Steps

Thursday, February 25

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Land and Natural Resources Management

Effective Planning, Analysis & Communication

Location: 145 A, 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Effective planning is critical to being able to connect the dots and communicate findings about healthy soils, sound ecosystems, conservation efforts and climate change, with those that need to know. How do you use what you have available to provide everyone with the tools to complete their objectives or answer questions quickly?

In this summit, explore WebGIS as a system of engagement—how you can use it to break down barriers, increase collaboration, and improve decision making. It empowers you and your staff to communicate with anyone you choose on any device at any time.

Learn about:

  • Obtaining and accessing data quickly and easily including open data, 3DEP, imagery, field data and internal systems of record
  • Connected desktop systems and workflows made available through mobile and disconnected environments with COTS and easily configured apps
  • Enabling efficient field data collection to be used for analysis by anyone with a device
  • Streamlining the collection and fusion of many data types for near real-time availably to analyze and produce results-driven products
  • Exposing new analysis capabilities and technologies through simple analysis or more powerful 3D interaction
  • Telling your stories and sharing successes through interactive apps or Story Maps
  • Utilizing all of these capabilities through open cloud, hybrid cloud, and closed system
Mapping and Statistics

Supporting Global Priorities through a National GIS

Location: 145 B, 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

National government, ministries and agencies, need to collaborate and serve government and citizens through National GIS programs to solve problems of national importance pertaining to socio-economic issues, public safety and security and environment.

Join industry experts and Esri staff to discuss how GIS tools, image processing, and geospatial techniques can dramatically help a National Agency through all phases of its business. Technology advances in IT, Cloud, mobile and Web GIS are moving National Mapping Organizations and National Statistical Organizations beyond traditional maps and data. The Web GIS paradigm is evolving quickly, bringing opportunities for improvements in efficiency, cost reductions, and allows for open, accessible and secure data.

Explore how organizations collect and manage their systems of record in innovative ways and produce new information products like web maps and web services in addition to traditional maps and data.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Ways to improve business process
  • Modernizing systems with Web GIS
  • Enhancements in data collection, data management, image processing, and data production and sharing
Safety and Security

Unifying Situational Awareness and Response through Actionable Intelligence

Location: 146 C, 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Today our world is facing a myriad of challenges across cultural and government disciplines including mass migration, public safety, and national security. Esri is transforming how organizations manage this information and make difficult decisions.

Join industry experts and Esri staff to discuss using GIS, cloud technologies, big data, and integrated apps to help organizations manage, analyze, and share vast amounts of information, using desktop, server, web, and mobile technologies. See how the ArcGIS platform enables Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) so organizations can track assets, monitor indicators and warnings of threats, and assess damages within an operational picture that users define to fit their missions. Users can see a near real-time, synchronized view to help make faster, smarter decisions.

At this Immersion Summit you'll learn about:

  • Special Event Security - The ArcGIS platform can be used to fuse location data, suspicious activity data, and other information to better anticipate, detect, respond to, and secure large scale planned special events.
  • Multi-Intelligence Analysis and Fusion - The ArcGIS platform is interoperable with multiple information and intelligence sources. ArcGIS for Intelligence templates can be used within the Intelligence Cycle and workflows.
  • Open Data Initiatives -The ArcGIS Platform helps Law Enforcement agencies leverage their authoritative location data to improve public trust and police legitimacy within the communities they protect.