|1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||User Presentations
GIS moves a small municipality into the 21st century
The Borough of Wind Gap's claim to fame was it was the first overnight encampment for General John Sullivan's campaign to destroy the six Indian nations in New York in 1779 and not much has changed since. After my election to office, I found a lack of accessible information for controlling and planning resources. Daily challenges abound such as knowing when a street was last paved and due for repaving, the inventory and condition of street signs, fire hydrants, et al, managing state requirements such as replacing stop signs every five years and managing permits issued within the Borough. With training and ongoing planning, I set upon a path to build a GIS system for the Borough's staff that would be developed and maintained by an outside engineering firm with a proven record of GIS utilization. My intent is to build a foundation that will sustainably benefit the Borough.
Presenter: John Maher, Borough of Wind Gap
Susanna Jackson, SSM Group, Inc.
GIS Paradigm Shift for Local and County Government
The County of Sussex, NJ has embraced the embedding of GIS technology within local and county enterprise nfrastructure. This is a fundamental shift away from GIS staff 'working' for other local and county agencies by performing geospatial activities to providing geospatial tools and applications to these organizations. Sussex County has been successful in putting these tools in the hands of local and county government through strategic planning, the adoption of the Esri Local Government Information Model, and ArcGIS.com cloud. This presentation will focus on the need for this transition towards a service oriented architecture, the available technologies, and practical applications being implemented by Sussex County, its municipalities, and other partners.
Presenter: David Kunz, County of Sussex
Examining Data Authority and Geocoding
In Maryland, counties and some municipalities are the authoritative data sources for addressing (points and lines) data. Additionally, each local 911 center (PSAP) relies upon the accuracy of this data to offer the most precise dispatch location for emergency calls. This puts a liability on the accuracy and reliability of this location data. Further, there is a great need for this location data (centerlines and address points) in a larger footprint than singular jurisdiction which is often a difficult process due to variations in database schema and data required for the dispatch system. Further, Public Safety needs additional mission critical data that is frequently maintained by external agencies who have the authority to collect it. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council is coordinating with its member jurisdictions to collecting the location information but also working to establish relationships with these other data centers to look at building regional resources that are in essence better "seamless" data sets but also respectful of who has authority over the data (attribute or location). Its the idea that if its accurate enough data to dispatch 911 calls to...it should be to create mission critical data.
Presenter: Sandi Stroud, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
|1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||User Presentations
Taming of the (ArcGIS) Server
Loudoun County, Virginia deployed a web application using ArcGIS Server in 2009. Since then the system has grown to host over 60 services supporting several enterprise applications. Demand for map services continues to grow with each new County initiative. Management of this system requires tuning and daily monitoring to ensure the services are performing optimally. This presentation discusses the strategies Loudoun employs to tune and monitor the system. Tuning includes specifications for map documents, server settings, and configuration parameters. Monitoring the system and applications uses a variety of scripts, free tools, and software. These strategies not only help to ensure the performance of the system but can also be used to justify needed expenditures for the growth and stability of the hardware and software environment.
Presenter: David Torraca, County of Loudoun
Presenter: Jay Boyd, Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.
Using 'Workflow Modeling' for Purpose Built Web GIS Solutions
The traditional web-GIS viewer has had its place over the years in disseminating GIS data within your organization and to public constituents. Although the web-GIS viewer will continue to serve end users well, an evolution is occurring in spatial data delivery architecture and user design that will change the way GIS/IT administrators deliver applications, tools, and data to their end users.
The purpose of this session is to explore a workflow based approach to building and delivering web-GIS applications that specifically caters to business process within an organization. It will also offer a perspective on trends seen in relation to ArcGIS Server and REST technology, and client side visualization technologies such as Flex, Silverlight, and HTML5. (All of which you may already be considering within the bounds of your ArcGIS Server projects).
Presenter: Craig Robinson, Latitude Geographics Ltd.
|1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||User Presentations
Hot Spots in Mortality from Drug Poisoning in the U.S.
Over the past several years, the death rate associated with drug poisoning has increased substantially in the U.S. Geographic variation in drug poisoning mortality at the sub-state level has largely not been explored. We used national mortality data from 2007-2009 to explore spatial variation in drug poisoning mortality. Small area estimation methods were used to predict drug poisoning age-adjusted death rates (AADRs) at the county level, which were then mapped in order to examine geographic patterns. We used the Global Moran's I and Getis-Ord Gi* spatial statistical tools from ArcGIS 10.1 to determine whether drug poisoning mortality clustered by county, and where hot and cold spots occur. Results highlight several regions of the U.S. where groups of counties show significantly high or significantly low drug poisoning AADRs. Findings may help inform efforts to address the growing problem of drug poisoning mortality by indicating where the epidemic is concentrated geographically.
Presenter: Lauren Rossen, National Center for Health Statistics
Site Selection for Aerial Inspections of Surface Mines in Pennsylvania
The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection has developed an ArcMap project and Python scripts that enable their field inspectors, who are non-traditional GIS-users, the ability to quickly select sites they need to inspect, then automatically generates a PDF map, coordinate file, and email to be sent to their contracted helicopter pilot so he can make his flight plan. Federal law requires state inspectors to make one Complete inspection and two Partial inspections of active surface mine facilities per quarter. Normally, inspectors were conducting all inspections by walking around the site. Complete inspections are more thorough, requiring the inspector to be on the ground. Partial inspections, however, can be conducted from aerial observations. An inspector can usually conduct two Partial inspections a day on the ground. A cost-benefit analysis concluded that a minimum of 60 Partial inspections per day would need to be conducted to make helicopter aerial inspections cost effective. That's where site selection of what to inspect becomes critical. This project utilizes Python scripting to update a point feature class from an MS Access database of surface mine sites and then opens in ArcMap so the inspectors can visualize the sites' location in relation to each other and to refueling stations, and symbolizes the sites based on inspection need. Once sites needing inspected that are in close proximity to each other are selected, the inspector runs a customized script tool. The tool generates a PDF location map of the selected sites and a csv file of site coordinates. The files are then automatically attached to a flight specific populated email and saved into the inspector's Outlook draft folder. The inspector can then review the email and send it on to the pilot. This project allows this simple planning task to be accomplished in minutes, compared to hours it would take to search databases and paper files and then compile lists and coordinates. This enables field inspectors to more readily meet federal inspection requirements and free up time to focus more of problem remedy instead of inspection quotas. The audience can take away from this project a good example of how GIS can help those in an organization who have little GIS experience perform their work more efficiently and demonstrates how Python scripting can be used to join ArcGIS and MS Office products to improve workflows.
Presenter: Patrick Jaquay, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Iterative Spatial Analysis of Phytoremediation
Using Spatial Analyst and Model Builder, an iterative evaluation of tree health was conducted to assist in monitoring phytoremediation at a Superfund site. The phytoremediation project consisted of planting 12,000 hybrid poplar trees to reduce water infiltration through evapotranspiration, which in turn stabilizes the underlying groundwater contamination plume. Monitoring the health of the hybrid poplar tree using Spatial Analyst and Model Builder was key to the success of the project. These methods were used to map the tree stand and track the condition, diameter, and height of individual trees as a tool to monitor and evaluate the health of the tree stand. Statistical analyses were then conducted using GIS to evaluate tree stand condition and health over time. Analysis in 3D was also conducted to depict the overall tree canopy. This type of analysis is a cost-effective alternative to more other more expensive approaches such as Lidar analysis.
Presenter: Sara Taylor, Roux Associates, Inc.
|1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Esri Technical Sessions
Using ArcGIS on Smartphones and Tablets
The demand for GIS on mobile devices is growing, and the Esri platform provides simple deployment methods. This workshop will give an overview of different mobile solutions, the role of GIS on smartphones and tablets, and patterns and practices for deployment.
Presenter: Matt Kennedy, Esri
iG Workforce by EnerGov Solutions
The rapid revolution of smart phones and tablets, combined with next generation wireless broadband networks, is bringing government agencies to new level of enterprise mobility and transforming the way they operate. EnerGovâs iG Workforce platform, combined with the Esriâs latest mapping technology, gives field staff the full range of data, tools and intelligence they need to quickly and efficiently function in a mobile environment, saving agencies time and money.
|3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||Esri Technical Sessions
Learning What's New in ArcGIS 10.1 for Server - Administration
The architecture, functionality, and administrative workflows used with ArcGIS for Server have seen significant changes at 10.1. This session will highlight many of those changes and be of particular interest to users of previous versions of ArcGIS for Server.
Presenter: Derek Law, Esri
Amazon Web Services 101 – The ease and benefits of deploying ArcGIS on AWS
This 20-minute presentation will review key benefits of using Amazon Web Services for deploying ArcGIS. In this session we will discuss what Amazonâs cloud is, how it is used with ArcGIS and the benefits it provides to ArcGIS users. The session will include an overview of AWSâ Case Study on Douglas County GIS and will wrap with a brief Q&A.
|3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||User Presentations
From Desktop, To ArcGIS Online, To Mobile App - in Minutes!
Presenter: Jason Harris, ROK Technologies, Inc.
Field Asset Management Solutions Within a Thriving Downtown BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District developed a solution that integrates a functioning database using ArcGIS, a mobile field application using the iOS platform and an Amazon cloud-based server which allows us to enhance GIS mapping, reporting tools and monitoring capabilities. Prior to this information was inconsistent, inaccurate or unorganized preventing limiting its usefulness. We currently manage 34 GIS assets and location layers which serve as a foundation to what we do daily which is now aided by this technology. As a result, we are able to report problems on 48 different assets with up to 63 conditions representing nearly 10,000 assets and conditions throughout the DBID. Using the software, customized tools and mobile devices we are able to enhance the perspective of the public space, analyze data, produce maps, and most importantly improve decision making. Utilizing this technology can better assist other BIDs to better share data, collaborate, and improve information.
Presenter: Blake Holub, Downtown DC Business Improvement Distrcit
The need to understand the visual, ecological and technical impacts of new construction on an intended building site is an important part of the NCPC project analysis process. However there is a large cost associated with the survey development, geotechnical studies, site staking for visual analysis and other rituals calculated to understand the aforementioned impacts. A typical site staking involves using wooden stakes and post, strings of various colors and balloons, which are laid out on a building site to give people a clear understanding of the physical impact of a planned new building or structure on that site. These staking take several hours to create at a cost of up to $20,000 US at a time, and still take some pretty imagination to visualize the proposed construction on site. A recent project required four of these over 2 months, a huge impact on a budget. This is an App that allows the user to look through the iPad at the site using the camera and an augmented reality app to see a 3D model of the new structure on the site.
Presenter: Kenneth Walton, National Capital Planning Commission
|3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||User Presentations
Utilizing GIS Tools to Generate an Impervious Accounting Database for Storm Drain Discharge Compliance
Two of the most important parameters for estimating whether storm drain runoff meets Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits are the area treated by stormwater controls and the amount of impervious area within each drainage area. To delineate drainage areas, spatially accurate topography and storm drain mapping is mandatory. The second parameter, an accurate assessment of impervious cover, can be more difficult to obtain, but is just as critical. Without this proper base data, runoff pollutant loading calculations are unlikely to be a reliable indicator of compliance. When base data is missing or incorrect, field verification of stormwater infrastructure and drainage divides using GIS based applications may be required. If detailed planimetric mapping of buildings and pavement is not available, Feature Analyst can be used to automate the delineation of impervious cover using recent aerial imagery. This presentation will discuss the process for generating accurate drainage areas and estimates of imperviousness with and without good base data, including lessons learned and tips and GIS tools that will help to determine compliance with a wide range of data quality. Examples of issues encountered as well as successes will be discussed throughout.
Presenter: Dustin Henry, KCI Technologies
Development of GIS based tool to Optimize Produced Water Treatment in Oil & Gas
With the wildly inflating oil and gas prices as well as the increasing demand of gas and oil, exploration and development of new resources of oil and gas have become really important in recent times. Producing oil and gas from shale formations is increasingly gaining popularity, and has brought significant success in oil and gas production. One essential issue associated with shale gas and oil exploration is the produced water generated with it. Current water managements for this produced water include the underground injection, surface disposal or reuse. Owing to a large amount of total dissolved solids, oil and grease in the produced water, the brine needs to be treated to achieve decent water quality for disposal or injection. Meanwhile, during the well drilling and hydraulic fracturing, substantial amounts of water are needed. Hence, reusing and recycling of produced water for drilling and fracturing after certain treatment would be economically beneficial. In this research, study will be performed on the Noble Energy's oil and gas wells in the Wattenberg field of Northern Colorado to analyze the quantity and quality of produced water. Based on the existing water production data from both Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Noble Energy Incorporation, a Geographic Information Systems based tool will be developed to model and predict water production for the lifecycle of these wells. Prospective plans for location of water treatment plants will be done based on the spatial analysis of produced water quantity in the field. Routing will also be done based on the analysis to reduce costs of transporting water by sending it to the nearest treatment plants. At the same time, water quality will be analyzed after detailed sampling from various parts of the field. With the use of OLI Electrolyte Simulation software, different wastewater treatment methods will be chosen based on water quality and the reuse purpose of produced water.
Presenter: Ashwin Dhanasekar, Colorado State University
GIS For Urban Design
Architects at CRP integrate GIS into a broad range of urban design and planning projects. We use base mapping, terrain modeling, and other 3D Analyst tools to study our sites in ways that CAD and BIM cannot, as in our Master Plan for Research Triangle Park, where the scale and depth of data required GIS to uncover patterns in the Park's physical and corporate geography. CRP also uses spatial analyst tools to test design proposals on large urban design projects, including New York City's current assessment of the installation of video screens on bus shelters and newsstands. We employed GIS to quickly and accurately depict the interrelationship of neighborhood character and zoning regulations. By demonstrating our innovative use of GIS, we will show the audience how to quickly produce urban design analysis, and how to test their design thinking at a scale and efficiency made possible only by using GIS.
Presenter: Mike Aziz, Cooper, Robertson and Partners
|3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||User Presentations
A Relative Risk Model Toolbox for Evaluating Disparate Ecological Data
The Relative Risk Model (RRM) is a risk assessment approach that incorporates data for various habitats and environmental stressors by establishing a common rank system to evaluate combined risk at regional scales. The developed ranking scheme allows for incomparable data to be assessed in combination. An ArcGIS Toolbox was developed to assist with the data management and processing required for combined evaluation of disparate spatial and tabular datasets. The toolbox developed in Model Builder and using Python script contains tools that handle various ecological data and are processed using standard geoprocessing procedures such as intersection, union and clip. Data are ranked by incorporating user-defined input files. Subsequently, data are weighted based on point frequencies, line lengths, polygon proximities or areas. Multiple datasets are then weighted and averaged to assign relative risk values for each region of interest. These tools merge and automate many geoprocessing steps that are often necessary for evaluating ecological risk using the RRM.
Presenter: Vincent Pellerito, URS Corporation
LandScope Chesapeake: The Conservation Priority System for the Chesapeake Watershed
NatureServe, National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey have collaborated on development of LandScope Chesapeake ( http://www.landscope.org/chesapeake ) to measure and guide progress toward goals established under the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order. This effort fulfills the objective of a broad group of public and private stakeholders for a publicly accessible, watershed-wide land conservation priority system. This system supports collaboration and citizen engagement in conservation and implements a strategy for achieving goals for land protection and public access established by the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Executive Order. LandScope Chesapeake enables practitioners, and citizens to generate GIS-based landscape summary reports that track progress toward the goals of protecting two million additional acres and creating 300 new public access points by 2025. The partners are also extending this reporting functionality to create tools that help land trusts develop baseline documentation reports for conservation easements and inform processes for choosing candidate areas for conservation. The initial release of LandScope Chesapeake in August 2012 focused on maps, articles, and photos about conservation priorities and protected areas in the Bay watershed. The team is now working with lead partners in each of the six Bay states and the District of Columbia to expand and improve the spatial, editorial, and multimedia coverage in each jurisdiction. Coming releases will add more map layers to more fully represent the current state of land protection in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, along with relevant conservation priorities that represent the region's full range of natural, historical, cultural, and recreation values.
Presenter: Kyle Copas, NatureServe
Communicating Risk to Local Communities
FEMA is encouraging State and Local officials to communicate early and often with their citizens, and RiskMAP is their vehicle of communication. FEMA will be providing flood risk datasets to begin this conversation. The primary goals of the datasets are to identify vulnerabilities, which can be used to communicate the risk to community members, and finally initiate action that mitigates or eliminates these risks. This presentation will describe how communities are currently using the Risk MAP tools to generate action. These tools have been recently developed by transforming the Flood Risk Datasets into web applications. These web tools aim to provide the public with a spatial representation of their current flood risk and to communicate the relationship between their property, flood sources and potential impacts. At the closing of this presentation, we will propose a call to action. We will invite communities to join this effort to inform and safeguard its citizens. Handouts for the presentation: Risk MAP fact sheet, Summary of websites presented, Suite of Risk Map product guides
Presenter: Anthony Scardino, Dewberry