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Sunday, September 7
 

8:00am

URISA Board of Directors' Meeting
Sunday September 7, 2014 8:00am - 1:00pm
Grand Chenier

1:00pm

URISA Division/Committee Meetings
Usually, we scatter committee and division meetings throughout the conference program, but that means that many of URISA's great volunteers are unable to attend the educational sessions. So we have organized one big room so that all divisions can meet in small groups on Sunday afternoon and report their activities and needs to their colleagues and leadership, so everyone hears the same thing.

Sunday September 7, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Couteau

7:00pm

Geocaching in the Quarter
On Sunday evening, meet old friends and make new ones as URISA presents the Geocache Poker Stroll. Clues and GPS coordinates to notable establishments will be provided to you as you wander the French Quarter in teams.

Meet Sunday evening (7PM-Sheraton 5th Floor, Grand Foyer - at registration) to divide into teams and receive GPS units.

Sunday September 7, 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Off Site
 
Monday, September 8
 

7:45am

GIS Professionals Giving Back

On Monday morning (7:45 AM-12:00 Noon), we’re teaming up with the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies (UNO PLUS) and the WhoData Project, to conduct property condition field data collection work in the Black Pearl neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans.  The area is concerned with blight, safety and neighborhood reinvestment post-Hurricane Katrina.  The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association (UTNA) needs assistance to collect, evaluate and map community asset data that can help with expanding opportunities and address neighborhood concerns.  GIS-Pro participants will conduct a property conditions survey that will integrate into the UTNA database, maps and the profile report. The profile will include use baseline data from public data sources (blight, historic properties, land use) to develop a map series. The residents and UTNA will then be able to use this analysis to prioritize needs and put forth an action plan that can be coordinated with the City. We’ll be working in the neighborhood with Graham Hayes, UNO PLUS student and WhoData Intern under the direction of Michelle Thompson, PhD, and a team of students.

Individuals who wish to participate in this PPGIS project should wear comfortable shoes and clothing and meet on Monday, September 8 at 7:45 AM at the GIS-Pro registration desk (5th Floor of the Sheraton New Orleans). As the  Black Pearl is on the St. Charles streetcar line, the most efficient and cost-effective way to move everyone is to take the streetcar. The streetcar fare is $1.25 each way (each participant should bring exact change) and the ride is beautiful. It takes about 30 minutes each way and offers a great look at uptown and the Garden District. You’ll be accompanied by the UNO group and will meet and work with UTNA community leaders upon arrival.

Monday September 8, 2014 7:45am - 12:00pm
Off Site

8:30am

GIS Capability Maturity Model - Half Day Workshop
This workshop introduces the new URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM). Through a hands-on exercise, workshop attendees will complete an initial assessment of their own GIS operation. Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. Many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. However, almost no GIS operation would be considered to be 100% implemented. In fact, most enterprise GIS operations lack important resources to meet all of their potential business needs, their sustainability is uncertain, and ROI varies depending on the maturity of their GIS management practices. 
The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model will be described, along with its relationship to the GIS Management Institute®, including development of the GIS Management Body of Knowledge. The current development status of the GISCMM will be discussed and future uses and activities outlined. These will include development of new GIS management best practices and the offering of an enterprise GIS accreditation service. 
Workshop attendees will receive copies of the GISCMM. An exercise will be conducted during the workshop, where attendees will be asked to perform an initial assessment of their agency by applying the GISCMM. This workshop will be of value to those interested in the development, implementation, and use of GIS management professional standards and best practices.
Topics Covered
  • What is a capability maturity model?
  • Origins of the GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • The URISA Geospatial Management Competency Model
  • Theory of GIS Management
  • Development of the revised, peer-reviewed URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • Exercise: The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model—Step by Step
  • Exercise: Attendee discussion and feedback

Speakers
JA

Jochen Albrecht

Hunter College
avatar for Greg Babinski

Greg Babinski

Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is a geographer, educator, consultant, and manager who has worked in GIS for 26 years. With an educational grounding in cartography, Greg has been helping customers use effective and well-designed maps for his entire career. 


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 12:00pm
Oak Alley

8:30am

GIS Program Management

"I will highly recommend this workshop to my colleagues at SCAG and throughout our region." - Javier Aguilar, PTP, Senior Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments

Always one of the most popular and most requested workshops in the URISA catalog.  

Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place.  They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completed changed as new technologies and applications emerge.  This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program.  It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. 

The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors.  A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations.  This course presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS. Specific topics include:

  • Program development
  • Project management techniques
  • Budgeting
  • Staffing
  • Sustaining program support
  • And managing consultants and vendors

Intended Audience:  GIS Program Management is a must for anyone embarking upon a GIS program, involved with a less-than-successful GIS, or who is seeking ways to improve a successful implementation.

Earn 8 (including 1 Law CM) AICP Credits by attending this workshop 


Speakers
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Pete Croswell, GISP, PMP

President and Consultant, Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants
PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design... Read More →
avatar for Cy Smith, GISP

Cy Smith, GISP

State GIO, State of Oregon - Geospatial Enterprise Office
GISP, Geospatial Information Officer, State of Oregon – Geospatial Enterprise Office. Cy joined the State of Oregon in 2000. Responsible for statewide coordination of allgeographic information activities in state agencies, academic institutions, and regionaland local governments, helping to assure the elimination of redundant activities. Cy was the GIS Manager for the City of Olathe, Kansas for four years, the KansasState GIS... Read More →


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Grand Couteau

8:30am

Introduction to GNSS

The use of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has become pervasive in the GIS and Surveying communities, and with anyone who needs or collects data that has a geographic or locational component.  Local, state and federal agencies regularly use it for a myriad of purposes including E911, utility locations, pavement inventories, biological studies and more.  In the private sector, surveyors and other consultants use GNSS in their everyday work.  Even hikers, boaters and hunters rely on GNSS to document their fishing holes, hunting blinds and to leave virtual bread crumb trails.  This data finds its way into thousands of different databases and maps and is used in every conceivable application.  GNSS is a highly specialized technology that, by its very nature, is prone to accidental misapplication; and it will produce inaccurate results that are not recognized to the untrained user.  This workshop will, in a non-technical, yet thorough manner, explore the GNSS satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS and others), how geographic positions are determined, sources of errors in GNSS data collection, and the types of GNSS receivers with the goal of arming users with the ability to achieve the results they expect and need in their work.

 

Specific topics include:

  • The Global Navigation Satellite System – satellites, control and receivers
  • How GNSS works - Measurements from 12,000 miles up
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Factors affecting the accuracy of GPS measurements
  • Determining the accuracy of my GPS measurements
  • How to obtain more accurate results
  • Types of GNSS receivers
  • Methods of making measurements – Static, Rapid Static, RTK
  • Review of all GNSS, including GPS, GLONASS (Russian), Beidou (Chinese) and others

Intended Audience:  Any person who uses a GNSS receiver, or who relies on or uses geographic locations determined by GNSS measurements.


Speakers
avatar for Keri Brennan, GISP

Keri Brennan, GISP

Consultant, The Schneider Corporation
Keri is a Senior GIS Consultant with the Schneider Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a Senior GIS Consultant for the Schneider Corporation, Ms. Brennan primarily works with key clients on staff augmentation, helping these clients move their GIS to a full enterprise solution. She also is the Product Manager for IDAM – the integrated damage assessment model application which assists emergency management and assessment... Read More →
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

8:30am

Introduction to OpenStreetMap for GIS Users

OpenStreetMap is an open source project to create a free editable map of the world. Users are encouraged to map their neighborhoods, cities, and areas that interest them because OpenStreetMap emphasizes local, community driven data collection and use. Data that is mapped is open data that is provided free to whoever wants to use this data to create maps or do analysis.  The creation and utilization of the OpenStreetMap data is at the forefront of the Open Data movement.  How can you and your organization both contribute and utilize this information?   This workshop is highly interactive and participants are encouraged to bring a computer to participate in hands on mapping exercises.

 This workshop will cover the following subjects:

• Introduction to Open Street Map covering the history and current state of the project
• Who uses OpenStreetMap?
• Geometry of Open Street Map
• Making edits and assigning attributes
• Download the data and using it in a GIS
• Contributing data from a GIS to OSM
• Future of OSM

Intended Audience:  Anyone interested in free and open source geographic information system software. The workshop will suit both managerial and technical needs and it does not require any prerequisite mapping skills.

Equipment: A laptop (Mac or Windows based) is recommended but not required.  Equipment will not be provided and tablets (Android, iPad or Windows based) are not recommended for the interactive exercises.


Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Clare Brown, GISP

Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Grand Chenier

8:30am

Introduction to Public Participation GIS: Using GIS to Support Community Decision Making

As GIS becomes more widely available, many organizations and community groups are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings.  Using GIS technology to engage various “publics” in decision making requires more than traditional GIS skills. 

This course focuses on the process of entering into this type of engagement.  It will also review how GIS techniques and software can be adapted for use in community settings.  Using real world examples, the course will explore both government and community-led projects that encourage citizen participation and engagement. 

Although this workshop will be focused on PPGIS within North America our case studies will illustrate the wide variability in the presence of governmental, societal, and technological infrastructure in different communities.

Specific topics include:

  • PPGIS for Civic Engagement
  • Principles and Methods of Community Organizing and Engagement
  • Innovative Use of Technologies
  • Visual Communication

Intended Audience:  Individuals who have GIS experience and want to expand their skills to reach out and engage the public. Participants should be well versed in GIS general practices and analysis.

Earn 8 AICP Credits by attending this workshop

Speakers
avatar for Judy Colby-George, GISP

Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George formed Spatial Alternatives fifteen years ago with the goal of helping communities use GIS technology to enhance public participation in planning issues. She has extensive experience working with municipal and environmental GIS application. Judy has specialized in using GIS to communicate land use planning issues in a variety of forums. Judy co-wrote and has presented the Introduction to PPGIS workshop for URISA. Judy... Read More →
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Laxmi Ramasubramian, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Hunter College of The City University of New York
Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an activist-scholar with a deep commitment to participatory planning using GIS and visualization tools.  She works at Hunter College in New York.  She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating participatory GIS projects in the USA and abroad.


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

8:30am

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy

As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security.

  • What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws?
  • What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns?
  • Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data?
  • What about liability for data errors?

This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame.

Specific topics include:

  • State and federal Freedom of Information laws
  • State and federal informational privacy laws
  • Secrecy and homeland security protections
  • Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
  • Data sales vs. data access
  • Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
  • Policy and technical considerations


Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for public sector managers, and policy professionals, database developers and administrators, and GIS professionals.

Earn 8 (including 1.5 Law CM) AICP Credits by attending this workshop 


Speakers
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →
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Ed Wells, GISP

GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Gallier

1:00pm

GIS Supporting Community Resiliency - Half Day Workshop

Note that the afternoon Community Resiliency Workshop is meant to complement the morning Black Pearl data collection project but it is not essential that you participate in both. As with other workshops today, participation is limited

For GIS-Pro attendees who really want to put their expertise to good use,  this workshop will use data sets that have been previously collected for the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans and analyze the data (residential and commercial lots, blight and development, etc.) in order to come up with recommendations for community redevelopment. 

Participants should bring their own laptops with an active version of 10.1 to work with the data. The recommendations developed will augment the work of the University of New Orleans/WhoData and the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association.

Earn 4 AICP Credits by attending this workshop 

Speakers
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is the immediate past-president of the organization on the Board of Directors. URISA is a nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

Comprehensive Planner, City of Maryland Heights
Hilary has over 20 years experience working with GIS in both the public and private sector.  She is currently the Comprehensive Planner for the City of Maryland Heights, Missouri. Her previous GIS and planning work in transportation, environmental, urban planning, and community development has provided a variety of leadership and management opportunities on a wide range of projects. She is keenly interested in the use of GIS by the public... Read More →
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →


Monday September 8, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Oak Alley

5:15pm

Maptionary

Think pictionary, but for maps! Teams will be formed to recreate a map, but access to the map is restricted.  Come join us for a fun time and the best recreated map (according to the judges) will win a prize!


Monday September 8, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Grand Foyer

6:00pm

6:30pm

Evening Walking Tours
URISA will facilitate evening group walking tours for our attendees  on Monday, Sept 8 and Tuesday, Sept 9.  The group walking tours may include New Orleans' Original Cocktail Walking Tour, Big Easy Jazz Walking Tour, Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour. If you’re interested, you can sign up at our registration desk by 1 PM each of those days and if we meet a minimum number of participants, the tour guides will meet our groups in the Sheraton lobby to begin and end their tours. A truly great way to explore the French Quarter with your new URISA friends!

Specific times, and tours details coming soon. 

Monday September 8, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Off Site

7:30pm

GISPro Ignite 2014

What is an Ignite Event? Ignite is a presentation style limited to 5 minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). Presenters do not have control of the advancement of slides and must tune their presentation to that timing. 
Lightning talks, frivolity, and education! Attend URISA’s GIS-Pro IGNITE session for fast-paced presentations, with some entertainment mixed in. You’ll be glad you did! 

  • Oh No Another Master Plan
    Randal Krejcarek, P.E., GISP, City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach, FL 
  • Updates to the GISP Application Process
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, GISi, Jacksonville, FL & Sarah Finne, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst Connected Nation, Bowling Green, KY 
  • The Machine is Learning (but we're still smarter)
    Paul Smith, CycloMedia Technology Inc., Walnut Creek, CA 
  • Mobile Data Collection Using iPads
    Leslie Hinz, Town of York, York, ME
  • A Day in the Life’ at King County GIS
    Greg Babinski GISP Finance & Marketing Manager, King County, Seattle, WA
  •  Recalculating
     Dave Merrick, HERE, Brentwood, TN
  • Public Policy Issues Affecting GIS Professionals
    Bruce Joffe, GISP, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA
  • Staying Strategically Spatial in the Organizational Whirlwind
    Matthew J. Gerike, PhD, City of Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • LaURISA: The Next Chapter
    Clare Brown, GISP, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, LA
    Kathrine Cargo, GISP, Orleans Parish Communication District, New Orleans, LA


Speakers
avatar for Greg Babinski

Greg Babinski

Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is a geographer, educator, consultant, and manager who has worked in GIS for 26 years. With an educational grounding in cartography, Greg has been helping customers use effective and well-designed maps for his entire career. 
avatar for Clare Brown, GISP

Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Finne, GISP

Sarah Finne, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, Connected Nation
Sarah Finne is a certified GISP and works as a Senior GIS Analyst at Connected Nation, a nonprofit with the mission to help promote technology and broadband access, adoption, and use in rural and underserved areas. She is a member of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet, where she serves as the student competition committee chair and assists with outreach committee efforts, and is also an active member of the Cumberland (KY/TN) Chapter of URISA, where she... Read More →
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Matthew J. Gerike, PhD

Geospatial Services Manager, City of Columbia
Matthew Gerike is the Geospatial Services Manager for the City of Columbia, Missouri. Since joining Columbia in 2010, Matt helped initiate and leads a centralized City GIS Office to guide, coordinate, administer, and support the use of geospatial data and technologies across public safety, utility, transportation, planning, construction, engineering, and professional services business units. Matt serves on the Missouri GIS Advisory Council... Read More →
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Leslie Hinz

Stormwater Manager/Asst. Code Enforcement Officer, Town of York
Leslie has been with the Town of York for 7+ years, performing duties in Code Enforcement and now Stormwater Management. She regulates land use, internal and external plumbing, shoreland, and the Town’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems or MS4 Program.  As part of the MS4 Program an accurate inventory of catch basins and outfalls must be maintained.  Leslie worked with the Town’s GIS Manager to develop a program to... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.
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Randal Krejcarek, PE, GISP

Environmental Services Director, City of Delray Beach
Randal Krejcarek has over 25 years of experience in the local government engineering/transportation field. In his current position, Mr. Krejcarek is responsible for running a department of 152 full time employees as implementing the City's annual capital improvement program. He oversees the design, construction, and maintenance activities related to the City's infrastructure. Mr. Krejcarek also chairs the citywide GIS committee. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
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Paul Smith

General Manager, CycloMedia Technology, Inc.
Paul E. Smith - Mr. Smith is a geospatial industry veteran with over 25 years in GIS, remote sensing, and location-based data products. He's lead teams focused in geo content acquisition and integration within many vertical markets including; real estate, property insurance, national and local governments, local search, transportation, and infrastructure management. Paul graduated from Cook College at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science... Read More →


Monday September 8, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom E
 
Tuesday, September 9
 

7:00am

URISA Past Presidents' Breakfast Meeting
Past Presidents of URISA International only!

Tuesday September 9, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Ellendale, 4th Floor

8:00am

Registration Hours
Tuesday September 9, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Foyer

8:30am

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address – Code for America Brigade
Welcome & Opening Comments:
There will be a short facilitated discussion during the Opening Session in which all conference participants will be asked to participate in brainstorming about ways geospatial data and technology can be used to enhance and support the Three Pillars of Sustainability: Society, Environment and Economy.  All participants will be asked to watch for elements throughout the conference that fit within the ideas from this discussion.  There will be a closing session at the end of the conference where we will look together for specific actions and takeaways we can use to enhance and support those Three Pillars when we return home.

Keynote Address:
Citizens and Government Making Our Cities Better Together

Jill Bjers, Code for Charlotte Brigade Co-Captain and Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing for Code for America, will discuss Code for America and the Brigade program. Code for America is a non-profit that works to enhance the connection with citizens and their government with the use of technology.  The Brigade is a citizen volunteer program that focuses on collaboration between residents and local government to address civic problems with technology.
The City of Charlotte, North Carolina was one of only 10 governments selected for the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program and initiated the active, fast growing Code for Charlotte Brigade. You will want to hear the exciting work they've already accomplished in a very short time.



Speakers
avatar for Jill Bjers

Jill Bjers

Code for Charlotte, Co-Captain
A mother, wife, organizer, writer, advocate, crafty lady, budding developer and extensive travel junkie. She hails from Salt Lake City, where she completed post graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Literature. She is co-owner of Xorcode and Foodles, as well as Events Director for Geek Girl TechCon. She is very active in Charlotte’s tech and startup community by bringing Geek Girl Tech Con to Charlotte and serving as Code for Charlotte... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Bracy

Catherine Bracy

Director of Community Organizing, Code for America
Catherine Bracy is Code for America’s Director of Community Organizing. In that role, she manages CfA’s community programs including the Brigade, its citizen volunteer program, and Code for All, its international program. Until November 2012, she was Director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to... Read More →


Tuesday September 9, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Hours
Information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, click here

Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:00am - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by ESRI Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.  

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace.  A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise.  Each lesson typically takes about 45 to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Ed Services instructors are on hand in the to assist users with questions and to discuss Esri products, other training opportunities and Esri Technical Certification. 

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to provide new and up-to-date content. HOLL software and exercises are currently using ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 HOLL include (subject to change): 

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop
  2. Creating a map in ArcGIS for Desktop
  3. Basics of the geodatabase model
  4. Editing with ArcGIS for Desktop
  5. Getting started With ArcGIS Pro
  6. Introduction to versioned editing
  7. Editing and maintaining parcel data in a parcel fabric
  8. Geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop
  9. Introduction to ArcGIS Network Analyst
  10. Introduction to linear referencing
  11. Using geometric networks for utilities applications
  12. Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  13. Introduction to ArcGIS for Server
  14. Designing web applications using ArcGIS for Server
  15. Sharing maps and tools using ArcGIS Online
  16. Sharing data with the Community Maps Program
  17. Spatial statistics for public health
  18. Working with CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop
  19. Introduction to geoprocessing using Python
  20. What’s new in ArcGIS for Desktop 10 and 10.1

Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

10:30am

GIS for the People
Community-based organizations collect a myriad of localized data about the people they serve, as well as the housing and the neighborhoods in which they live. The GIS for the People project aims to demonstrate that GIS services can be sustainably provided to community based organizations at modest cost and low complexity, while still enabling the integration of both internally collected data as well as relevant external datasets.

  • GIS for the People
    Michelle Thompson, PhD, WhoData.org and University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
    Andrew Walter, Associate AIA, The Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA 
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
avatar for Steve Sharp, GISP

Steve Sharp, GISP

Director of Enterprise GIS Services, VT Center for Geographic Information
Stephen Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 20 years of experience in the GIS industry. He is currently the Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.

Speakers
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Michelle Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor, University of New Orleans
WhoData.org www.whodata.net
avatar for Andrew Walter

Andrew Walter

Principal, The Jones Payne Group



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom B, 5th Floor

10:30am

Improving Coastal Resilience
Coastal communities are vital to the national economy, yet they are vulnerable to natural hazards, growing demand for public access and coastal development, sea level rise and flooding events. It is now more important than ever for coastal communities to be able to recover after an adverse event. The Digital Coast helps communities and coastal managers do this by providing a central, user-friendly, and cost-effective repository for the information and training they need. This session will provide a few examples of recent activities and products within NOAA’s Digital Coast that are focused on improving resilience at the local level. These activities range from interactive visualization tools to on-the-ground projects helping communities incorporate climate change adaptation concepts into hazard mitigation planning.

  • Jamie Carter, NOAA Coastal Services, Charleston, SC 
  • facilitation support from Marian Hanisko, NOAA, Stennis, MS
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session 

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Mickey

Kevin Mickey

Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University
Director, Development and Geospatial Technologies Education; URISA Board of Directors; Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council; Chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; previous Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors, over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions.

Speakers
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Jamie Carter

Sr. Remote Sensing Analyst, The Baldwin Group at NOAA OCM
Jamie Carter is a remote sensing analyst with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and serves coastal communities primarily in the Northeast Region. He has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Tulane University, a master’s degree in Physical Geography from Oregon State University, and over 10 years of experience developing and delivering geospatial decision support tools to strengthen coastal management and planning. Jamie’s core... Read More →
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Marian Hanisko

Coastal Management Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Marian Hanisko (marian.hanisko@noaa.gov) joined the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 2010 as a Coastal Management Specialist with The Baldwin Group.  In this position, she teaches Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings and works with federal, state, and local partners to address community resilience and climate change adaptation planning issues.  Ms. Hanisko has over ten years of experience in coastal management and policy... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oak Alley, 4th Floor

10:30am

Mobile Field Applications
Is there an APP for THAT? Mobile computing is becoming more important to the GIS industry as the tablet and smartphone have become real tools for data collection and analysis. Mobile applications and cloud-based geospatial services offer many more opportunities for individuals from all walks of life to collect information, collaborate across organizations, and improve educational experiences. This session covers some of the ways that these tools change and improve the data collection and exploration of all types of organizations.

  • Field Data Collection, Information From the Field Smarter + Faster
    Coleman McCormick, Spatial Networks, Clearwater, FL
  • GIS Field Data Collection on Smart Phones
    Ashok Wadwani, AFDS, Houston, TX
  • Promoting Environmental Literacy: Using Smartphones for Engaging Students in Biodiversity Education
    Wansoo Im, Ph.D. Principal, VERTICES, New Brunswick, NJ  

Moderators
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Coleman McCormick

Executive Vice President, Fulcrum
Coleman is the Executive VP of Fulcrum, a SaaS platform for building software solutions for GIS, field data collection, and mobile operations. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Geography, and has spent 12 years in GIS, mapping, remote sensing, and software development. With Fulcrum, Coleman has worked with hundreds of customers around the world to help optimize their mobile workforce using a blend of technology... Read More →
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Ashok Wadwani

Ashok Wadwani is founder president of Applied Field Data Systems Inc, a firm specializing in supplying complete mapping systems and services for GIS and related applications. He has over 40 years of experience in instrumentation and over the past 30 years has been extensively involved in designing and recommending GPS/GIS Mapping systems, sensors and services. He has published several articles and conducted many workshops related to GPS mapping... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom E, 5th Floor

10:30am

Optimizing the Value of Navigating the Built Environment
All human activity incurs costs. The built environment often can add a layer of complexity that can increase these costs. This session will discuss the principles of good design in addressing and how the application of these priciples can minimize the costs associated with navigating through the build environment, as well as provide ideas to help solve some of the challenges of 21 Century address data structures.

  • Addresses are a System
    Sara Yurman, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., Decatur, GA
    Martha Wells, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., University Park, MD
  • GIS Needs to Become Much More Definitive As It Becomes the Framework for Subparcel Entities Including Suites, Occupancies, Rooms and Apartments
    Peirce Eichelberger, gDBMS, Inc, Collegeville, PA
  • Spatial Reference Systems for Unaddressable Features
    Ed Wells, GISP, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
    University Park, MD

Earn 1.0 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
avatar for Al Little, GISP

Al Little, GISP

Manager of Special Projects - GIS, City of Hamilton
Al Little is the Manager of Special Projects - GIS for the City of Hamilton. Al has over 30 years experience in the surveying, mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and information technology fields, 28 of which have been in a municipal government environment. | | Al holds a diploma from Seneca College as a Cartographic Technician, a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Geography) degree from the University of Waterloo, and a... Read More →

Speakers
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Peirce Eichelberger

GIS Manager, gDBMS Inc.
Peirce Eichelberger has had the great fortune to implement and manage two important and well-known GIS programs. From 1986-1993 he was the GIS Manager for the Orlando/Orange County (FL) GIS. The Orlando/Orange County program was a model in the implementation of a multi-government management/funding consortia, large-scale application development from a geographic data perspective (1,500 named tables with 18,000 data elements in an advanced DBMS... Read More →
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Ed Wells, GISP

GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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Martha Wells, GISP

Founder, Spatial Focus, Inc.
Martha Wells, GISP is a founder of Spatial Focus LLC. She is also co-author of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard (FGDC), and the URISA workshop on addressing. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Mapping Advisory Committee. She has worked on addressing issues and GIS for the past 20 years.
avatar for Sara Yurman, GISP

Sara Yurman, GISP

Geodata Architects, Spatial Focus Inc
Sara is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, a GIS consultancy started in 1998. Her work with Spatial Focus has been all over the United States, with international projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Serbia, Indonesia and Malawi. She manages Spatial Focus production staff, often using open source GIS to build master address repositories. She is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the FGDC... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Couteau, 5th Floor

10:30am

Community Health and GIS Initiatives
Interactive mapping applications can be used to promote healthy and active living lifestyles. Speakers will discuss the development of GIS services to assist communities with health care planning and transportation safety, and providing access to health related information.

  • Community Commons:  Mapping the Commons
    Chris Barnett and Yan Barnett, Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES), University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Using GIS for Defining the Spatial Pattern of Diabetes Patients at Jeddah City
    Abdulkader Murad, PhD, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • New Hampshire Bike Week-Making it Safer for All
    David Salzer and Patrick Santoso, UNH Technology Transfer Center, Durham, NH 
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Speakers
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Chris Barnett

Co-Director, CARES - University of Missouri
Christopher Barnett Co-Directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Chris has been with CARES since 1992, and has worked extensively with geographic information technologies (GIT). His early work combining GIT and Internet technologies contributed to the development of the CARES Map Room and a variety of web-based information and assessment tools, including the Missouri... Read More →
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Yan Barnett

Yan Barnett is a Senior Spatial Analyst at the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems at the University of Missouri. She has been with CARES since 1994. A large part of Yan's work has been on the development and application of spatial decision support systems. In recent years, she has been primarily involved in web-based applications, developing customized mapping and data visualization tools, and specialized assessment systems... Read More →
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Abdulkader Murad, Ph.D

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia, Professor
Prof. Abdulkader A. Murad is a Fallow at the Charted Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, FCInstCES. Currently, he is the GIS and IT Advisor for the Vice President for projects in king AbdulAziz University and a Professor of GIS in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at King AbdulAziz University. Previous to this, he was Vice Dean for research at the faculty of Environmental Design and the Chairman of the Department of Urban... Read More →
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David Salzer

Director of Projects, Technology Transfer Center at UNH
David Salzer, GISP manages the Mosaic Parcel Map Project at the Technology Transfer Center. He received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from UNH in '05 and '07 respectively and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. David also manages a number of "Special Projects" for the center including; the Municipal GIS Assistance Program, the New Hampshire Damage Estimation Program, and Tax Administration Program Development.
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Patrick Santoso

Property Tax Equalization Manager, Technology Transfer Center at UNH
Patrick Santoso is the Property Tax Equalization Manager at the Technology Transfer Center. He has a BS and MS from UNH in Engineering and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. In addition to Property Tax Equalization Patrick also manages Road Salt Reduction in winter maintenance, Municipal Road Surface Management, process automation, and GIS data collection projects.



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Chenier, 5th Floor

10:30am

Vendor Solutions – Remote Sensing & Big Data
Living in the information age is all about the data, and data is becoming more ubiquitous as larger and larger datasets are being compiled, aggregated, and generations of derivations propagated. This session will examine how large datasets like demographics are being analyzed in non-traditional ways, as well as how massive, multiple information sources are being leveraged by the power of place.

  • Big Data Made Useful in GIS
    Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Esri, Vienna, VA 
  • Converging Big Data with Geospatial Aps
    Doug Bennett, Thomson Reuters, Portage, MI 
  • Creating Configurable Applications Using the Entire ArcGIS Platform
    Matt Bryant, Bruce Harris & Associates Inc, Batavia, IL


Moderators
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Heather Glock

Account Manager, Esri

Speakers
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Doug Bennett

Director, Product Strategy & Architecture, Thomson Reuters
Doug has been providing software and services to local government tax offices throughout North America, the Caribbean and Africa for 18 years. Doug is responsible for the Thomson Reuters - Tax & Accounting, Government Business Units' product strategy and product architecture. | Prior to Joining Thomson Reuters, Doug servered as the Chief Deputy Assessor in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.
avatar for Matt Bryant

Matt Bryant

Director of Product Development, Bruce Harris & Associates, Inc.
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Gallier, 4th Floor

12:00pm

Conference Hosted Lunch and Presentations
Vendor Spark
It’s an opportunity for you to hear highlights from each exhibitor at GIS-Pro.

Luncheon Presentations
The Luncheon Presentations” are individual presentations (15-20 minute in duration) made a bit more informally at a lunch table instead of at a podium. This format offers the opportunity for in-depth discussion, questions & answers about the topic being presented.

  1. Implementing Python to Streamline Stream Water Quality Analysis
    Guillaume Turcotte, Villanova University, Villanvoa, PA 
  2. Vanguard Cabinet - Everything You Need to Know
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, GIS Inc, Jacksonville, FL and Vanguard Cabinet
  3. Precision Panos for ArcGIS
    Dan Bellissemo, CycloMedia Technology Inc., Cincinnati, OH 
  4. State of Play in American Communities
    Elizabeth Dow, KaBOOM!, Washington, DC
  5. Usage and integration of CCTV and GIS Data for Maintenance Programs
    Justyna Grinholc, M.A, and Colin Gowens, GISP, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA
  6. FEMA Floodplains on the Web
    Susan Carlson, and David Torraca, GISP, Loudoun County, Leesburg, VA
  7. Assessing Possible Social Vulnerabilities of Rural Communities Effected by Potential Oil Spillage: A Case Study of the City of O'Neill, Nebraska
    Vu Dang, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Moorhead. MN
  8. My Hard Learned "do's and don'ts" of Project Management
    Sarah Myers, GISP, Peninsula Light Company, Gig Harbor, WA
  9. ELA/LGIM/ArcGIS Online: Putting it All Together
    Duane Treadon, GISP, City of Thomasville. Thomasville, GA
  10. Cooperative learning:  How Online GIS at the University of West Florida is Changing the Internship Experience for the GIS Leaders of Tomorrow
    Leah Lewis, MS, GISP, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
  11. Natural Hazard and Resilience Assessment of the Coast of Georgia
    Rosanna G. Rivero, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

    Exemplary Systems in Government Distinguished Systems: 
  12. RECOVER: Rehabilitation Capability Convergence of Ecosystem Recovery Project
    Keith T. Weber, GISP, GIS Director, Idaho State University
  13. Building an Enterprise GIS for the Newest City in Georgia
    Mike Edelson, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Brookhaven, Georgia
  14. Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair Tracking Application
    Ian Dunn, Software Specialist, City of Perrysburg, Ohio
  15. ZoneSJ Map Viewer
    Yves Leger, M.Sc., GISP, GIS Manager, City of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

    Discussion Tables: 
  16. GIS in Public Health-Let's light a fire under this URISA conference!
  17. URISA's GISCorps - Volunteer GIS expertise around the globe
  18. Consultants' Circle - How can URISA support our consultant members? 
  19. Advocacy - What is URISA's role?
  20. Louisiana GIS Happenings
  21. ULA Alumni - what's working, what would you do differently, what have I gotten myself into?
  22. NextGen 9-1-1 & GIS
  23. Women in GIS

 

Speakers
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Dan Bellissemo

Sales Manager, CycloMedia Technology, Inc
Dan is a sales management professional with over 20 years of experience in account development, C-level selling and sales closing.  Dan’s experience includes integrated, intelligent and enterprise software sales and sales to geospatial industries, law enforcement, and government agencies. Dan has built new customer databases across target markets through email, telesales, and direct engagement prospecting strategies. Fomerly with Leica... Read More →
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Christina Boggs

Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
Christina Boggs is an Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management North Central Region Office, in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section. Christina has two Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento, one in Geology and the other in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Christina loves helping people collaborate and work together better. Christina... Read More →
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Susan Carlson

GIS Web Administrator, Loudoun County, Virginia
Sue has been the GIS Web Administrator for Loudoun County, VA for 10 years. She holds a master's degree in GIS from University of Redlands, CA.
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Vu Dang

Graduate Research Assistant, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
Vu Dang is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Research Assistant at the North Dakota State University. Currently, he is pursuing a dissertation topic in risk analysis of the impact of spillages to rural communities by HAZMAT-carrying trains. Employed by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, under both the Mountain Plains Consortium (MPC) and the Advanced Traffic Analysis Center (ATAC), Vu has worked on numerous GIS-T projects for the North... Read More →
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Liz Dow

GIS Manager, KaBOOM!
I am the GIS Manager at KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. I am in charge of our play desert mapping initiative and I work with city leaders to identify and eliminate areas where children do not have access to play.
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Mike Edelson, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Brookhaven
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Colin Gowens, M.A., GISP

GIS Manager, Fulton County
Colin manages the GIS Division of the Water Resources Department. He is responsible for the overall GIS program management, geodatabase administration, GIS service publication administration, GIS integration strategies and deployments, GIS advocacy with internal and external clients, and ensuring that all spatial technologies are capable of meeting the Department's requirements. Colin holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Georgia... Read More →
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Justyna Grinholc, M.A

GIS Specialist, Fulton County Government
Justyna is a Geographic Information System Analyst in the Water Resources Department at Fulton County. She is tasked with performing sophisticated spatial analyses, developing conversion procedures and establishing specifications for the production of GIS maps to support the County. She earned a Master of Science degree in Geography from University of Gdansk in Poland and an undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems from Kennesaw... Read More →
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Yves Léger, GISP

GIS Manager, City of Saint John
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K. Leah Lewis, GISP

Online GIS Outreach Coordinator, University of West Florida
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Sarah Myers

System Engineer, Peninsula Light Company
Spatial Software Manager, focused on developing initiatives to improve system integration, understand and improve data flow methodologies, create and maintain database standards. Also, responsible for collaborating with other departments to define their database requirements and developing the mobile and web map solutions to meet their needs. Interfaces with software vendors, recommend acquisition of software that will complement and enhance... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
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Rosanna Rivero

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Rosanna G. Rivero is an urban planner and interdisciplinary ecologist with specialization in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for landscape analysis and modeling, and for regional and urban/environmental planning applications. Dr. Rivero obtained her Ms. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, and previously worked with the GIS lab in the Soil and Water Science Department at that University. She has worked... Read More →
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David Torraca

GIS Manager, Loudoun County, Virginia
David Torraca, GIS Manager in the Loudoun County, Virginia, Office of Mapping & Geographic Information has worked in the mapping industry for over 30 years.
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Duane "JT" Treadon

Director of GIS, City of Thomasville
Hi, I work for the City of Thomasville as the Director of GIS. My main focus is helping other departments maximize benefits from using GIS technologies as part of their business processes. Thomasville has been using GIS for a long time, but only recently has it been used in an enterprise model providing benefits across our organizations. Feel free to talk with me about the application of GIS technologies in local government, it's what I... Read More →
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Guillaume Turcotte

GIS Lab Technician, Villanova University
Guillaume Turcotte is the GIS Lab Technician for the Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. I am the GIS point of contact for the University, I assist in GIS projects, I carry out various research projects, and I am a GIS and GPS instructor. I am currently developing various ArcGIS Server based web mapping applications, including Villanova University virtual campus. Prior to coming to Villanova, I was... Read More →
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Keith Weber

GIS Director, Idaho State University
Web services and geodatabases



Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Esri Technical Session: Introduction to Lidar-Terrains, Mosaic, and the 3D Analyst Dataset Toolbar
Learn how to manage Lidar data, use ArcGIS for 2D/3D visualization and analysis, and share Lidar data through webservices.  Attendees will learn a complete Lidar data management strategy, including: how to catalog data; when to use LAS Datasets, terrain Datasets, and Mosaic Datasets; what analytical options are available for Lidar; how to fuse Lidar data with other spatial and operational layers; and techniques for making Lidar data more accessible.  By utilizing the ArcGIS platform, organizations will be better able to support informed decision making by providing simple and timely access to Lidar and Imagery.

Tuesday September 9, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

2:00pm

Effective National Geospatial Data Management
For the past few decades, geospatial professionals have developed vast quantities of data. Unfortunately, the potential value of these data is often unrealized or under-realized. The US Federal government’s role has changed from being a primary provider of authoritative geospatial information to coordinating and managing geospatial data and facilitating partnerships. This session will examine a number of impediments to effective data development and data sharing and offer solutions that reflect the employment of effective coordination, carefully directed funding, and the application of current information technology tools and strategies. We will also offer suggestions that will build upon the anticipated successes of these initiatives. In particular, we will examine the various roles of Federal, state, and local governments in regard to data creation and maintenance, data aggregation, creation of standards and guidelines, and data dissemination, and link these roles to strategies that have produced successful initiatives. We will then discuss how the lessons learned from these efforts might be incorporated into a national strategy.

Moderators
avatar for Cy Smith, GISP

Cy Smith, GISP

State GIO, State of Oregon - Geospatial Enterprise Office
GISP, Geospatial Information Officer, State of Oregon – Geospatial Enterprise Office. Cy joined the State of Oregon in 2000. Responsible for statewide coordination of allgeographic information activities in state agencies, academic institutions, and regionaland local governments, helping to assure the elimination of redundant activities. Cy was the GIS Manager for the City of Olathe, Kansas for four years, the KansasState GIS... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Mickey

Kevin Mickey

Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University
Director, Development and Geospatial Technologies Education; URISA Board of Directors; Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council; Chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; previous Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors, over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions.


Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Oak Alley, 4th Floor

2:00pm

GIS Gumbo
Check out some spicy ways to apply GIS! Almost all planning and analysis contains a spatial component. GIS technologies are becoming ubiquitous across many disciplines in the private and public sector. This session is a sampling of some economic and social solutions that use GIS technology as their primary tool. From telecom and design to addressing and economic development, GIS technology plays a valuable role in making our world sustainable and resilient.

  • Economics of Broadband: Mapping the Future of Broadband in VT 
    Stephen Sharp, GISP, VT Center for Geographic Information, Waterbury, VT
  • Assessing Geocoding Solutions
    Carrie Muenks and Chris Lawrence, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA
  • An Overview of Oregon’s Common Operating Picture Application: RAPTOR (Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon)
    Bob DenOuden, GISP, State of Oregon, Salem, OR
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
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Pete Croswell, GISP, PMP

President and Consultant, Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants
PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design... Read More →

Speakers
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Bob DenOuden, GISP

GIS Framework Coordinator, State of Oregon
I have over 16 years of experience in GIS in both the public and private sectors. Currently, I am the coordinator of Oregon’s GIS Framework Program within the Geospatial Enterprise Office (GEO) where I guide a collaborative effort amongst the GIS community in Oregon to build and share vital geospatial data. I hold a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon as well as an M.S. in Geography from the University of Idaho. | | I am... Read More →
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Chris Lawrence

Geospatial Information Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Chris Lawrence is a Geospatial Information Systems Engineer for The MITRE Corporation. Presently, Mr. Lawrence supports a variety of internal and sponsor projects. Mr. Lawrence earned an undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Maryland in 2011 and is currently enrolled in a geospatial related master’s degree program at the Pennsylvania State University.
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Carrie Muenks

Lead Geospatial Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Carrie Muenks has over 12 years of experience in the geospatial industry, spending her career as a federal contractor. She has worked with a variety of agencies, some with a geospatial enterprise and others new to geospatial technology. She holds a B.S. in Geography and a B.S. in Forestry from The Pennsylvania State University. She is currently with The MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia, which is a not-for-profit company that operates... Read More →
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Steve Sharp, GISP

Director of Enterprise GIS Services, VT Center for Geographic Information
Stephen Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 20 years of experience in the GIS industry. He is currently the Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.



Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom E, 5th Floor

2:00pm

Sustainable Operations in Action
Professionals all over the world and across nearly the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, are collaborating to form a better understanding of the inter-dependence between the three pillars of sustainability - environment, society, and economy. This complete session will explore principles of sustainability as put into practice at the city and county level.

  • Implementing Sustainable Practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Warren Kron, GISP and Justin Priola, GISP, City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge Planning Commission, Baton Rouge, LA 
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Warren Kron, GISP

Warren Kron, GISP

GIS Manager, City-Parish Department of Information Services
Warren Kron is the GIS Coordinator for the Planning Commission at the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His 15 years of public practice in the GIS and planning professions include development of the Parishwide GIS Program, leading an enterprise address management initiative, designing Web applications, watershed planning, improving landscape ordinances, and urban design. He earned a bachelor's degree of landscape... Read More →
avatar for Justin Priola, GISP

Justin Priola, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge Planning Commission
Justin Priola, GISP has 8+ years of experience in the GIS profession working for the City-Parish Planning Commission in Baton Rouge. Justin is the Senior GIS Analyst for the Mapping and Analysis Section of the Planning Commission GIS Division. In this position he is responsible for data collection, updates, validation, and management; the production of maps and graphics for the Planning Commission and other municipal agencies; and the... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom B

2:00pm

The Future of GIS: A Revolutionized Student Competition
Help revitalize traditional poster contests by joining the Vanguard Cabinet for a showcase of recent 'maptastic' GIS student innovations! Instead of traditional printed and thumb-tacked maps, we are going completely digital! There will be a series of brief presentations (no longer than five minutes each) during the competition session on September 9th at 2pm where students will compete for the "Best Presentation" cash award. Additionally, digital submissions will be accepted for students unable to attend the conference, where they can compete for additional cash prizes in various categories. All approved submissions will be uploaded online and displayed in the common area during the conference, to allow conference attendees to vote on a "People's Choice" award. All awards will be presented to select competitors during the Wednesday morning awards ceremony.

More information, including a student application form, can be found at the competition website: https://sites.google.com/site/gispro2014studentcompetition/

  • The Future of GIS: A Revolutionized Student Competition

Sarah Finne, GISP, Connected Nation, Bowling Green, KY
Billy Moore, Clark County, Winchester, KY
Andrew Hayslip, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, FL

Sponsored by: 

Moderators
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Ryan Bowe, GISP

GIS Technician, Quantum Spatial
Ryan Elizabeth Bowe, GISP works for Photo Science, a Quantum Spatial Company, in Lexington, Kentucky.  She has a passion for metadata and she has created tens of thousands of metadata files for geospatial datasets, some of which she acquired, edited, documented and delivered to clients.  Co-author of “Avoiding Last Minute Metadata Misery” in ArcNews Summer 2012, she stays active in her profession as a URISA Vanguard... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Finne, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, Connected Nation
Sarah Finne is a certified GISP and works as a Senior GIS Analyst at Connected Nation, a nonprofit with the mission to help promote technology and broadband access, adoption, and use in rural and underserved areas. She is a member of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet, where she serves as the student competition committee chair and assists with outreach committee efforts, and is also an active member of the Cumberland (KY/TN) Chapter of URISA, where she... Read More →
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Andrew Hayslip

Environmental Specialist/GIS Analyst, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Member of URISA's 2013-2014 Vanguard Cabinet and Suncoast Regional Director for FLURISA. | | Environmental Geographer. Planner. Water Wonk. Dwelling at the intersection of science and policy for sustainability in the American South. Research focuses on environmental governance and water resources planning and management.
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Billy Moore

GIS Technician, Clark County GIS Consortium



Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Couteau

2:00pm

The State of GIS Certification
For more than a decade, the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has provided a portfolio-based GIS Professional (GISP) Certification. Now, to strengthen the GISP Certification, GISCI is adding an examination component in 2015. This session will describe why the GISP Certification is important to your career. It will also provide a brief history of the GISCI and the GISP Certification, and will explain the rationale for adding an exam. The exam development process will be described and current, renewing, and prospective GISPs will learn how to prepare for the enhanced criteria and process.

  • GIS Professional Certification:  The GISP Exam and Evolving Standards
    Rebecca Somers, GISP, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants, Fairfax, VA
  • GIS Certification: To certify or not to certify
    Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CTT+, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, GA
  • The Future of GISCI
    Bill Hodge, GISP, GISCI Executive Director, Des Plaines, IL

Moderators
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Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →

Speakers
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Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →
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Bill Hodge GISP

Executive Director, GISCI
As a non-acedemic geographer with a degree in Chemistry, a Masters in Theology, a GIS Certificate from Penn State, and being a 2018 MGIS Candidate in their online program, while holding a GISP Certification since 2010, I am interested in and intrigued by all things geospatial! | | As Executive Director of GISCI, I am now responsible for helping to determine and direct the institute's focus in its second decade of existence.
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Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Chenier

2:00pm

Vendor Solutions – Living Community Mapping and Basemap Best Practices
Geographic information is far more than a static characterization of place; it is a dynamic relationship between space and the features (and creatures!) with that space, and among each other.  This session will show how contributing content to the geographic community can enrich the world along with a demonstrated way of minimizing many of the technical challenges of capturing high quality geographic information.

  • Esri Living Atlas of the World
    Seth Sarakaitis, Esri, Redlands, CA 
  • GDR’s NG911 Site/Structure Point Placement Tool
    Patrick Melancon, and Sean Lehman, GIS Data Resources, Inc, San Rafael, CA
  • Leveraging the 4th (NIR) Band of your Basemap Imagery Layer to Achieve Urban Sustainability Goals
    Chris Sapeta, CP, PMP, GISP, Sanborn, Cocoa Beach, FL              

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Speakers
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Sean Lehman, GISP

GIS Technical Project Manager, GIS Data Resources, Inc.
Sean is a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 14 years’ experience using latest industry standard GIS software and databases working in both private and public sectors. | | Sean oversees day to day operations for NG9-1-1 project data builds and manages GDR's GIS/NG9-1-1 data evaluation group who averages 40 detailed evaluations per year. Currently, Sean is managing a team working on the New York State Street... Read More →
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Patrick Melancon

Patrick Melancon has 15 years experience building and maintaining GIS datasets. He recently started with GDR,inc as VP of product innovation and customer solutions to bring his expertise of building GIS data for Next Generation 911 to other agencies.Starting for GDT who was bought out by TeleAtlas and finally bought out by Tom Tom Patrick has worked in all aspects of the data build process finishing up his 10 year career as the custom solutions... Read More →
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Krysia Sapeta, CP, PMP, GISP

Ms. Sapeta’s experience in the Geographical Information System (GIS) industry spans over 25 years, and includes a technical foundation, as well as 18 years as a full life-cycle program manager. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Geology and entered the GIS field via her survey experience gained during her Geology field camp in Wyoming.  She has managed and implemented a number of large, diverse GeoSpatial Mapping programs and... Read More →
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Seth Sarakaitis

Esri
Seth Sarakaitis joined Esri’s Redlands, California, headquarters as a project manager in Esri’s Professional Services division On the Utility Team in 2007. In 2010 Mr. Sarakaitis began working with on Esri’s Community Maps Program as a project manager, consultant and training instructor.  Now in the Software Development division of Esri, Mr. Sarakaitis leads a team of project managers, geospatial analysts and cartographers’ supporting... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gallier AB

3:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by ESRI Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.  

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace.  A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise.  Each lesson typically takes about 45 to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Ed Services instructors are on hand in the to assist users with questions and to discuss Esri products, other training opportunities and Esri Technical Certification. 

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to provide new and up-to-date content. HOLL software and exercises are currently using ArcGIS Desktop 10.2. 

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 HOLL include (subject to change): 

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop
  2. Creating a map in ArcGIS for Desktop
  3. Basics of the geodatabase model
  4. Editing with ArcGIS for Desktop
  5. Getting started With ArcGIS Pro
  6. Introduction to versioned editing
  7. Editing and maintaining parcel data in a parcel fabric
  8. Geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop
  9. Introduction to ArcGIS Network Analyst
  10. Introduction to linear referencing
  11. Using geometric networks for utilities applications
  12. Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  13. Introduction to ArcGIS for Server
  14. Designing web applications using ArcGIS for Server
  15. Sharing maps and tools using ArcGIS Online
  16. Sharing data with the Community Maps Program
  17. Spatial statistics for public health
  18. Working with CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop
  19. Introduction to geoprocessing using Python
  20. What’s new in ArcGIS for Desktop 10 and 10.1

Tuesday September 9, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

4:00pm

Applying the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
In collaboration with the US Department of Labor, the National Geospatial Technology Center is updating the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) so that it can remain relevant for the geospatial industry. Given the impending update to the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the move by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to base their exam upon Tier 4 of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), it is time to review the GTCM competencies. This session will begin with a review of the GTCM, followed by a review of input on suggested updates garnered from the geospatial community, to prepare the session participants for an open discussion on GTCM updates.

  • Updating the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)
    Rodney Jackson, GISP, National Geospatial Technology Center, Burlington, NC 

Moderators
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Greg Babinski

Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is a geographer, educator, consultant, and manager who has worked in GIS for 26 years. With an educational grounding in cartography, Greg has been helping customers use effective and well-designed maps for his entire career. 

Speakers
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Rodney Jackson, GISP

Co-PI: National Geospatial Technology Center, Davidson County Community College
Rodney Jackson received his MA in Geography from East Carolina University (ECU) in 1992 and worked in the GIS field for local government agencies prior to initiating a career in higher education in 1998. He began his efforts by developing the first Geographic Information Systems program in the North Carolina Community College System. Subsequently, Rodney has held various academic positions with East Carolina University, Central Piedmont... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Couteau

4:00pm

Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability
Coastal resiliency and sustainability are currently very hot topics thanks to environmental disasters and political lawsuits. Using GIS to identify the where and when of a shifting coastline can lead to the answers for the how, why and who is responsible for what. This session highlights how two coastal professionals are using GIS to build sustainable and resilient coastlines for Louisiana and beyond.

  • GIS-based Financial Analysis for Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise 
    Jasmine Bird, Blue Marble Geographics, Hallowell, ME 
  • System Engineering Analysis for the Hurricane Surge Defense System of the East Bank of the Greater New Orleans Area
    Ezra Boyd, PhD, DisasterMap.net, LLC, New Orleans, LA 

Moderators
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Doug Adams, GISP

Program Manager GIS/IT, Baltimore County Government
Doug is the Engineering GIS Program Manager for Baltimore County, Maryland’s Department of Public Works.  Doug is serving as Treasurer on the URISA Board of Director’s.  Doug is an adjunct professor at Towson University where he teaches GIS Database Design.  He is also an instructor at the University of Minnesota Morris Wind STEP program, a two-week study in alternative energy, where he teaches GIS and mentors... Read More →

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Jasmine Bird

Application Support Specialist, Blue Marble Geographics
For over two decades, Blue Marble Geographics has been at the forefront of the GIS data processing software business for 20 years. Companies in every corner of the world, who appreciate the importance of maintaining the quality of their critical data, have come to depend on Blue Marble software. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper and... Read More →
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Ezra Boyd, PhD

Surge Risk Analyst, DisasterMap.net
Ezra Boyd is a hazards geographer and disaster scientist from New Orleans, La. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. in Geography with a minor in Disaster Science and Management from Louisiana State University. His dissertation presented a comprehensive assessment and analysis of deaths associated with Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic failure of the Federal levee system for southeast Louisiana. He currently works for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oak Alley

4:00pm

Contributions of GIS to Community Success
The foundation of happy communities is built upon quality of life. Many community organizations work to improve the health, safety, housing, access, and equity of their member communities. A well-planned and managed transportation infrastructure is key to a diverse, successful community. This session will show how GIS can be utilized to benefit community organizations and show-case the use of GIS in transportation planning.

  • Geographic Information Needs for Community Sustainability Initiatives
    Sungsoon Hwang, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • Multi- Modal Regional Thoroughfare Analysis
    Annie McCabe, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, OH
Earn 1.0 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
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Mark Sievers, AICP

Mark Sievers is the Quality Assurance Director at Data Transfer Solutions, LLC. He has 29 years of planning experience in the public and private sectors. He served as the first and long-time manager of the Central Florida GIS (CFGIS) initiative, a multi-faceted 10-county collaborative effort. | Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Political Science (Public Administration track), both from the... Read More →

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Sungsoon Hwang

Associate Professor, DePaul University
Sungsoon Hwang is an Associate Professor of Geography at DePaul University. She had a BA in Geographic Education from Seoul National University (South Korea), a MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from University of Nottingham (UK), and a PhD in Geography from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has published articles on fuzzy clustering for housing market segmentation, computational thinking across the curriculum... Read More →
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Annie McCabe

GIS Specialist III, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Annie McCabe is a GIS Specialist for the Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission. She is the GIS analyst for a variety of projects including sustainable growth planning, active transportation planning, and thoroughfare analysis. She is and member of Ohio URISA and a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a master’s degree in Geography and a B.S. in Social Behavioral Sciences.



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

4:00pm

Exemplary Systems in Government
Each year, organizations prepare comprehensive applications to illustrate their technology accomplishments. These applications are peer-reviewed by URISA’s ESIG Review Committee. We are pleased to recognize the exemplary and distinguished systems at GIS-Pro. The winners of both the Enterprise System and Single Process System are here to share their exemplary work in this showcase session.

  • The New Hampshire Mosaic Parcel Map
    David Salzer, GISP, and Patrick Santoso, UNH Technology Transfer Center, Durham, NH
  • The NCHHSTP Atlas
    Kim Elmore, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA 

Moderators
avatar for Martha Wells, GISP

Martha Wells, GISP

Founder, Spatial Focus, Inc.
Martha Wells, GISP is a founder of Spatial Focus LLC. She is also co-author of the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard (FGDC), and the URISA workshop on addressing. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Mapping Advisory Committee. She has worked on addressing issues and GIS for the past 20 years.

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Kim Elmore

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Kim Elmore is a Medical Geographer and Geospatial Scientist who has been conducting HIV research for 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001 and has been at the CDC since 2003. Kim is interested in the application of geographical ideas to understanding the changing geography of infectious diseases. She is also currently the Vice Chair of the Geography and Geospatial Science Working... Read More →
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David Salzer

Director of Projects, Technology Transfer Center at UNH
David Salzer, GISP manages the Mosaic Parcel Map Project at the Technology Transfer Center. He received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from UNH in '05 and '07 respectively and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. David also manages a number of "Special Projects" for the center including; the Municipal GIS Assistance Program, the New Hampshire Damage Estimation Program, and Tax Administration Program Development.
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Patrick Santoso

Property Tax Equalization Manager, Technology Transfer Center at UNH
Patrick Santoso is the Property Tax Equalization Manager at the Technology Transfer Center. He has a BS and MS from UNH in Engineering and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. In addition to Property Tax Equalization Patrick also manages Road Salt Reduction in winter maintenance, Municipal Road Surface Management, process automation, and GIS data collection projects.


Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

4:00pm

Mapping Your Way Into a GIS Career
This session will introduce young professionals and students to the Geospatial Industry. Several career paths will be highlighted, including the skills required for entry- and mid-level positions. It will also give advice on creating effective resumes and portfolios, as well as proper etiquette and tips for a successful interview. Young professionals will also be introduced to URISA and the GISP certification. Resources for locating job listings will also be provided.

  • Panelists
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, GISi, Jacksonville, FL
    Stephen M. Berry, GISP, Clark County GIS, Winchester, KY

    Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Bowling Green, KY
    Kim H. McDonough, GISP, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, TN
    Kevin J Mickey, GISP, The Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC 

Moderators
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Berry GISP

Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →
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Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →
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Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →
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Kevin Mickey

Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University
Director, Development and Geospatial Technologies Education; URISA Board of Directors; Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council; Chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; previous Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors, over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions.
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Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Chenier

4:00pm

Vendor Solutions – Lidar & 3D GIS
Unlock the power of LiDAR datasets so that you can derive significant value from this data and optimize its uses.  Please join Robert Gammon from the Hexagon Geospatial Division and Peter White from Eagleview/Pictometry as they discuss the 3D dimensional aspects of LiDAR data and its benefits. Learn how to extract information efficiently from these 3D point cloud datasets to enhance images and vector files and the best environment for effective use of 3D point cloud data in asset management and integrating it visually with GIS and data collection.
  • Optimizing Asset Management by Integrating 3D Point Clouds with GIS
    Robert Gammon, Hexagon Geospatial Division, London, ON, Canada
  • 3D Model Use Cases and Practical Applications
    Peter White, EagleView/ Pictometry, Minneapolis MN

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Speakers
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Robert Gammon

Executive Consultant, Hexagon Geospatial Division
Robert Gammon has been working with Intergraph for approximately 15 years as an Executive Application Engineer. Robert has a Master of Science in Geography and GIS and has been developing spatial analysis models for over 25 years. His recent professional activities include working with Intergraph customers from around the world to help shape Intergraph suite of spatial analytics and terrain processing products. These products include GeoMedia... Read More →
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Peter White, GISP

Product Manager, Pictometry International
Peter White, GISP, has over 8 years of experience working in the geospatial solutions market, with an emphasis on remote sensing solutions and derivative products. With a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a 20 year career in software, IT and GIS, Peter helps define, articulate and promote aerial imagery solutions which provide efficient answers for government and utility customers.



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Gallier

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
Information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Tuesday September 9, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom

6:30pm

Evening Walking Tours
URISA will facilitate evening group walking tours for our attendees  on Monday, Sept 8 and Tuesday, Sept 9.  The group walking tours may include New Orleans' Original Cocktail Walking Tour, Big Easy Jazz Walking Tour, Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour. If you’re interested, you can sign up at our registration desk by 1 PM each of those days and if we meet a minimum number of participants, the tour guides will meet our groups in the Sheraton lobby to begin and end their tours. A truly great way to explore the French Quarter with your new URISA friends!

Specific times, and tours details coming soon. 

Tuesday September 9, 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Off Site
 
Wednesday, September 10
 

7:00am

Registration Hours
Wednesday September 10, 2014 7:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Foyer

8:30am

Awards Breakfast & Annual Business Meeting
Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Hours
Information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, click here

Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:00am - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by ESRI Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.  

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace.  A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise.  Each lesson typically takes about 45 to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Ed Services instructors are on hand in the to assist users with questions and to discuss Esri products, other training opportunities and Esri Technical Certification. 

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to provide new and up-to-date content. HOLL software and exercises are currently using ArcGIS Desktop 10.2. 

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 HOLL include (subject to change): 

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop
  2. Creating a map in ArcGIS for Desktop
  3. Basics of the geodatabase model
  4. Editing with ArcGIS for Desktop
  5. Getting started With ArcGIS Pro
  6. Introduction to versioned editing
  7. Editing and maintaining parcel data in a parcel fabric
  8. Geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop
  9. Introduction to ArcGIS Network Analyst
  10. Introduction to linear referencing
  11. Using geometric networks for utilities applications
  12. Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  13. Introduction to ArcGIS for Server
  14. Designing web applications using ArcGIS for Server
  15. Sharing maps and tools using ArcGIS Online
  16. Sharing data with the Community Maps Program
  17. Spatial statistics for public health
  18. Working with CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop
  19. Introduction to geoprocessing using Python
  20. What’s new in ArcGIS for Desktop 10 and 10.1

Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

10:30am

Data, Data Everywhere…Bringing it all Together
The rapid proliferation of spatial and non-spatial datasets (both internal and external) is both a godsend and a curse.  How can we utilize GIS tools and methodologies to make sense of it all?  It doesn’t matter if you are a municipality, a utility, a state-wide service provider, or a private engineering firm; the issues are consistent.  This session explores how these shining stars met the challenge in their respective jurisdictions.

  • Using AutoCAD data in ArcGIS
    Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CTT+, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, GA
  • GIS in the South Central Idaho Fire & Fuels Program
    Denise Tolness, GISP, Department of Interior/Bureau of Land Management, Burley, ID
  • Interactive Geospatial Maps/Apps @ CDC
    Danielle Ayan, GISP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →
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Denise Tolness

GIS Specialist, BLM
Denise Tolness has a BS in Environmental Studies, BS in Physical Geography and Geology, Graduate studies in Geospatial Technologies. She did five years in the US Army as a Terrain Analyst, and two years as a Civil Engineering Tech Surveying with the Bureau of Reclamation and the last 15 years as a GIS Specialist with the Bureau of Land Management in the South Central Idaho Fire and Fuels program


Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

10:30am

Foundations of Successful Transportation Systems
This session will present adapting and utilizing a common base map for transit applications, how ridership can be optimized through creative ideas and GIS analysis, as well as, how scenario planning can leverage information for stakeholders across transportation management and planning disciplines.

  • Adapting Louisiana DOTD Base Map to Leverage Regional Applications
    Clare Brown, GISP, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, LA 
  • Increasing Potential Transit Ridership in Orleans Parish with GIS Analysis
    Lynn E. Dupont, ASLA, GISP, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, LA
  • Online Scenario Planning for Long Range Transportation Plans
    Ken Holland, Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC), Biloxi, MS 
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
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Ed Wells, GISP

GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Speakers
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Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission
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Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission
Since 1999 Lynn Dupont has been employed at the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans as principal planner and GIS Manager handling enhancement projects, land use studies and data integration in the region. Her emphasis has been in working with State and Federal agencies in procuring usable data for use at the local level. She represents Planning and Development Districts on the Louisiana GIS Council and has been an active participant in... Read More →
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Ken Holland

GIS Manager, Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC)



Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oak Alley

10:30am

Managing and Exchanging Open and Crowd Source Data
The Internet may provide a wealth of data, but have you considered soliciting the public? Public participation GIS (PPGIS) can empower citizens and make them part of decision-making processes. In this session, learn new techniques to acquire, store and share data.

  • Using Open-Source Geospatial Data in GIS Database Production and Maintenance
    Barry Bitters, Ph.D. & GISP, Leidos Inc. (formerly SAIC), Navarre, FL
  • Engaging with Models: Stakeholder Understanding and Action
    Judy Colby-George, GISP, Spatial Alternatives, Yarmouth, ME
  • Information Architecture: A Foundation for Geospatial Data Sharing
    Joseph Grubbs, GISP, AICP, Binary Structures Corporation, Fort Myers, FL 

Moderators
Speakers
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Barry Bitters

Dr. Barry Bitters has worked in the geospatial arena for over 40 years within the military, government, academia and the private sector. His current research emphasis is on deriving “something from nothing capturing and performing analytics on open-source/crowd sourced geospatial data to answer difficult questions in a variety of different field of endeavor.
avatar for Judy Colby-George, GISP

Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George formed Spatial Alternatives fifteen years ago with the goal of helping communities use GIS technology to enhance public participation in planning issues. She has extensive experience working with municipal and environmental GIS application. Judy has specialized in using GIS to communicate land use planning issues in a variety of forums. Judy co-wrote and has presented the Introduction to PPGIS workshop for URISA. Judy... Read More →
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Joseph W. Grubbs, Ph.D., GISP

VP & Chief Information Architect, Binary Structures Corporation
Joseph W. Grubbs, Ph.D., is Vice President and Chief Information Architect for Binary Structures Corp (BSC). | Prior to joining BSC, Dr. Grubbs served as the Commonwealth of Virginia Enterprise Information Architect and has been a consultant in data management and geographic information systems (GIS) across levels and domains of government, business and higher education. | Dr. Grubbs specializes in data governance and information architecture... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Couteau

10:30am

Where You Are & Where You Want to Be
If what we see and experience, if our country, does not become real in imagination, then it never can become real to us, and we are forever divided from it” – Wendell Berry. Successful planning is an exercise in observation and imagination. Observing what exits in the immediate environment, and imagining what that potential can manifest through good planning and design. This session will present the use of GIS in place making through the use of agent base modeling and the techniques of rapid Strategic Plan development for GIS organizations of all sizes.

  • Designing Neighbourhoods with an Activity-Based Approach
    Seyedehsomayeh TaheriMoosavi, BSc, MSc, Eng., RTPI, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • GIS Strategic Planning:  Best and Fast Practices
    Rebecca Somers, GISP, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants, Fairfax, VA
  • URISA Leadership Academy - Take Your Career to teh Next Level
    Kris Larson, GISP, CDM Smith, Helena, MT 

Moderators
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Drew Spiliotis

Planner / GIS Analyst, Planning Communities

Speakers
avatar for Kris Larson, GISP

Kris Larson, GISP

GIS Specialist, CDM Smith
Kris Larson, GISP graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geography, Cartographic emphasis.  Ms. Larson has been active in the GIS community since 1989 and is currently a Board Member of NRURISA.  She is part of an international Information Management Solutions group at CDM Smith that works cooperatively to implement GIS and custom software solutions for clients.  In addition to her work at CDM Smith, Ms. Larson is an adjunct... Read More →
avatar for Seyedehsomayeh Taheri Moosavi

Seyedehsomayeh Taheri Moosavi

Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Manchester, University of Manchester
Somayeh Taheri has been at the University of Manchester, School of Environment and Development, since September 2011. Before, she was at UCL, the Bartlett School of Planning, where she did her Master's in Sustainable Urbanism. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Tehran (University College of Fine Arts) and Shiraz University (Faculty of Art and Architecture). She lectured at the universities and lead two fundamental research studies... Read More →
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Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

10:30am

ROI of High Resolution Data
Just because you can create map data at very high resolutions, does that mean you should? In this era of increasing budget challenges and the need to illustrate ROI for mapping efforts, how good is good enough? With near ubiquitous availability of digital aerial orthophotography and increasing availability of high quality LiDAR data, it is possible to derive very high resolution impervious surface and related land cover data at the sub-meter level. The question is whether such high resolution data is worth the cost. This session examines these questions and gives answers that improve understanding of ROI when considering High Resolution remote sensing processes.

  • High Resolution Impervious Surface Data: Stories from the Field
    Ben Houston, P.E., GISP, PMP, GroundPoint Technologies, LLC, Woodstock, NY 

Moderators
avatar for Thomas Conry

Thomas Conry

GIS Manager, Fairfax County
Tom Conry has been the manager of Fairfax County’s GIS and Mapping Branch since 1999. Over that period, the Branch has progressively leveraged the dramatic developments in spatial technology and in enterprise systems to deliver GIS data and services to more than 13,000 county staff and to public web users.  GIS is a core service in the county and is used in numerous county systems, including CAD/911, tax administration and public works. The... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Houston

GroundPoint Technologies, LLC
Ben Houston is currently an Officer with GroundPoint Technologies, LLC and responsible for business development and strategic planning. Ben spent 12 years in the military with the Army Corps of Engineers and Special Operations Command. He has also worked for both for-profit and not-for profit organizations and various local government agencies such as the Departments of Planning, Public Health, and Public Works. A licensed professional... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Chenier

10:30am

Chapter Leaders’ Forum
Leaders of the URISA Chapters annual face to face meeting.

Thank you to our generous Chapter Sponsors for helping make this event a success.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 10:30am - 1:00pm
Gallier

12:00pm

Lunch on your own
Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Off Site

1:00pm

GIS Management Institute Update
Hear about URISA's GIS Management Institute which promotes professional adoption and awareness of best practices and standards in the GIS profession. 

Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Grand Ballroom E, 5th Floor

1:00pm

1:45pm

Keynote Address: Using GIS to Disseminate Data in New Orleans
Learn how The Data Center uses GIS to Disseminate Data in New OrleansHear how The Data Center supports informed decision-making, including: providing an interactive map of repopulation post-Katrina; improving upon the spatial displays of small area data from the American Community Survey; exploring the growth of jobs outside of population centers; and, documenting the vulnerability of coastal populations.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Plyer, MBA, ScD

Allison Plyer, MBA, ScD

Executive Director, The Data Center
Allison Plyer, MBA, ScD is author of The New Orleans Index series, developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution to analyze the state of the New Orleans recovery and later to track the region’s progress toward prosperity. She works collaboratively with the Urban Institute to analyze the state of housing in the New Orleans metro area. She served as an editor for the Brookings Institution Press volume entitled... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

Break in exhibit hall
Information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by ESRI Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.  

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace.  A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise.  Each lesson typically takes about 45 to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Ed Services instructors are on hand in the to assist users with questions and to discuss Esri products, other training opportunities and Esri Technical Certification. 

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to provide new and up-to-date content. HOLL software and exercises are currently using ArcGIS Desktop 10.2. 

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 HOLL include (subject to change): 

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop
  2. Creating a map in ArcGIS for Desktop
  3. Basics of the geodatabase model
  4. Editing with ArcGIS for Desktop
  5. Getting started With ArcGIS Pro
  6. Introduction to versioned editing
  7. Editing and maintaining parcel data in a parcel fabric
  8. Geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop
  9. Introduction to ArcGIS Network Analyst
  10. Introduction to linear referencing
  11. Using geometric networks for utilities applications
  12. Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  13. Introduction to ArcGIS for Server
  14. Designing web applications using ArcGIS for Server
  15. Sharing maps and tools using ArcGIS Online
  16. Sharing data with the Community Maps Program
  17. Spatial statistics for public health
  18. Working with CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop
  19. Introduction to geoprocessing using Python
  20. What’s new in ArcGIS for Desktop 10 and 10.1

Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

3:00pm

Louisiana URISA Chapter Annual Meeting
Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Evergreen, 4th Floor

3:30pm

Demographic Data for the Community

Learn methods of utilizing GIS to better understand your community.  This session includes guidelines for improving the reliability of economic data from the American Community Survey (ACS), methods to properly allocate community resources, and the challenges of mapping registered sex offenders (RSO).

  • Locating Distressed Areas in a Community: A Look at Forsyth County, NC
    Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP, MapForsyth (Forsyth County, NC), Winston-Salem, NC
  • The Geospatial Challenges of Geocoding Registered Sex Offenders
    Mark Leipnik, Sam Houston State University, Department of Geography, Huntsville, TX\
  • Racially and Socioeconomically Disparate Impacts of Relocating the Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections
    Mark Salling, GISP, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
avatar for Warren Kron, GISP

Warren Kron, GISP

GIS Manager, City-Parish Department of Information Services
Warren Kron is the GIS Coordinator for the Planning Commission at the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His 15 years of public practice in the GIS and planning professions include development of the Parishwide GIS Program, leading an enterprise address management initiative, designing Web applications, watershed planning, improving landscape ordinances, and urban design. He earned a bachelor's degree of landscape... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP

Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP

GIS Analyst, MapForsyth
Jason Clodfelter currently serves as GIS Analyst for MapForsyth City-County Geographic Information Office in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to this position, he worked as Sr. GIS Technician for Forsyth County Tax Administration where his responsibilities included parcel mapping, street centerline maintenance, mapping of use-value program properties and GIS analysis of sales and assessment data. Prior to his employment with Forsyth County, Jason... Read More →
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Mark Leipnik

Mark Leipnik is a Professor of Geography since 1996. He is the author of two books, over 100 articles, and papers on GIS applications.
avatar for Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Research Fellow, Cleveland State University
Mark Salling is a Senior Fellow in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and is a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP). Dr. Salling has published papers on redistricting and voting rights, GIS, public participation GIS, residential mobility, computer applications... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

3:30pm

GIS Goes Hollywood!

An intriguing look at how GIS has appeared in entertainment media. From James Bond and Star Trek to CSI, GIS has been seen in many movies and television shows as a key technology that either helps or hurts the hero. This presentation presents a multi-media survey of GIS in television and film and show how fictional representations of technologies in past movies and on TV foretell future developments in GIS, GPS, and other geospatial technologies.

  • History of the GIS-World, Part I & II: A Look at the History of GIS on Film & TV
    Gene
    DelGreco, GISP, KE McCartney & Associates, Weirton, WV

Moderators
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Andrew Hayslip

Environmental Specialist/GIS Analyst, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Member of URISA's 2013-2014 Vanguard Cabinet and Suncoast Regional Director for FLURISA. | | Environmental Geographer. Planner. Water Wonk. Dwelling at the intersection of science and policy for sustainability in the American South. Research focuses on environmental governance and water resources planning and management.

Speakers
avatar for Gene DelGreco, GISP

Gene DelGreco, GISP

GIS Manager, KE McCartney & Associates
Gene Del Greco GISP, GIS Manager of KE McCartney brings 35 years of experience working with local governments in three states. As GIS Manager for the Richland County, Ohio GIS Consortium, he guided the efforts of a 22 member GIS Consortium. As Development Director of Weirton West Virginia, he coordinated the citywide GIS and as Planning Director of Chautauqua County, New York, he assisted in the county’s initial GIS development efforts... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Couteau

3:30pm

Innovative Uses in the GIS Toolbox

Part of the definition of GIS can be stated as a tool for human decision-making. GIS processes and tools are not ends unto themselves.  The tools that GIS professionals use are vital to any organization that is driven by Social, Economic, and Environmental factors. The GIS toolboxes presented here highlight technologies that are being developed in innovative ways to support water quality, transportation, and general organizational workflows in today's world.

 

  • Analyzing Water Quality and Geologic Data Using 3-D GIS Tools
    Cam Conrad, GISP, Stanley Consultants, Inc., Coralville, IA
  • A practical approach to Cross Platform Mobile, Cloud and GIS Applications
    Joseph Doherty, PMP, OCP, GISP, Microdesk, Weymouth, MA
  • Pioneering Work in Street-Level Mapping for Professional and Consumer Use
    Paul Smith, Cyclomedia, Walnut Creek, CA

Moderators
avatar for Christina Boggs

Christina Boggs

Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
Christina Boggs is an Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management North Central Region Office, in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section. Christina has two Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento, one in Geology and the other in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Christina loves helping people collaborate and work together better. Christina... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cam Conrad

Cam Conrad

Stanley Consultants, Inc.
Cam Conrad has fourteen (14) years of Applied Environmental GIS Experiences in both the public and private sector as a GIS Analyst, Internet GIS Administrator, and Data Management Coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography/GIS from the University of Iowa and is a Certified GIS Professional (GIS).
avatar for Joseph Doherty

Joseph Doherty

Project Manager / Software Engineer, Microdesk
Joseph Doherty is a Software Engineer at Microdesk where he works on a range of projects, typically centered on web applications that bring together corporate information systems, databases and GIS. A number of his projects involve field data collection using wireless providers, which has prompted his interest in mobile technologies. Joe has an MS in Computer Science from Boston University. Joe is Project Management Professional (PMP), an... Read More →
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Paul Smith

General Manager, CycloMedia Technology, Inc.
Paul E. Smith - Mr. Smith is a geospatial industry veteran with over 25 years in GIS, remote sensing, and location-based data products. He's lead teams focused in geo content acquisition and integration within many vertical markets including; real estate, property insurance, national and local governments, local search, transportation, and infrastructure management. Paul graduated from Cook College at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

3:30pm

Surveying and Geodetics in the GIS Profession
Does mapping in GIS equal surveying? Is surveying GIS? This session will be a moderated discussion of the issues related to GIS and Surveying. By using case studies on how GIS, Surveying, and Geodetics are interrelated, the panel will engage the audience in a discussion of mutual benefits. The take-away should be a greater understanding and appreciation of our fellow Surveyors and GIS Professionals and a desire to collaborate for the betterment of geospatial technology and information.

  • Everyday Geodetics
    Jasmine Bird, Blue Marble Geographics, Hallowell, ME
  • Using and Supporting the California Geodetic Control Network
    Bruce Joffe, GISP, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA
  •  Needed GIS/Survey Cooperation, New  Opportunities
    Peirce Eichelberger, gDBMS, Inc, Collegeville, PA

Moderators
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →

Speakers
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Jasmine Bird

Application Support Specialist, Blue Marble Geographics
For over two decades, Blue Marble Geographics has been at the forefront of the GIS data processing software business for 20 years. Companies in every corner of the world, who appreciate the importance of maintaining the quality of their critical data, have come to depend on Blue Marble software. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper and... Read More →
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Peirce Eichelberger

GIS Manager, gDBMS Inc.
Peirce Eichelberger has had the great fortune to implement and manage two important and well-known GIS programs. From 1986-1993 he was the GIS Manager for the Orlando/Orange County (FL) GIS. The Orlando/Orange County program was a model in the implementation of a multi-government management/funding consortia, large-scale application development from a geographic data perspective (1,500 named tables with 18,000 data elements in an advanced DBMS... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.



Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Oak Alley

3:30pm

Utilizing GIS to Protect the Environment and Respond to It When It Gets Mad
Land use and land cover play a significant role as drivers of environmental change and indicators of threats and vulnerabilities.  All disasters are better dealt with when emergency responders and crisis managers can work in a collaborative environment.  This may help to plan for the unforeseeable like in June of 2013 when Calgary experienced the largest flood in its history due to increased volume of water in both the Bow and Elbow rivers that was unprecedented in modern history.  Come and hear how spatial technologies are being deployed for environmental protection, emergency planning at schools, and environmental disaster response.

  • School Safety Plans in in a Virtual Environment
    Steven B. McKinney, PhD, SICS Consultants, LLC, Florence, AL
    Lamar Davis, Auburn University at Montgomery 
     
  • Applying Land Cover Data and Tools to Enhance Coastal Community Resilience
    Jamie Carter , The Baldwin Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center, Yarmouth, ME

    Calgary Flood 2013: Supporting Sustainability and Resiliency with Spatial Technologies
  • Robert Skoye, B.A.Sc., M.Sc., City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →

Speakers
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Jamie Carter

Sr. Remote Sensing Analyst, The Baldwin Group at NOAA OCM
Jamie Carter is a remote sensing analyst with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and serves coastal communities primarily in the Northeast Region. He has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Tulane University, a master’s degree in Physical Geography from Oregon State University, and over 10 years of experience developing and delivering geospatial decision support tools to strengthen coastal management and planning. Jamie’s core... Read More →
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Lamar Davis

Vice President, SICS
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Steven B. McKinney, PhD

President, SICS Consultants, LLC
avatar for Robert Skoye, GISP

Robert Skoye, GISP

Leader, Business Direction & Client Relations, City of Calgary
Robert (Bob) Skoye, M.Sc., is a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 20 years experience and proven leadership in urban and regional Geographic Information Systems design and implementation. Since 2008, Bob has worked with the City of Calgary Geospatial Business Solutions Division to broaden and deepen knowledge and use of geospatial concepts and technology across the corporation. As Leader of Business Direction and Client... Read More →



Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Chenier

3:30pm

Vendor Solutions – Smartphones, Filling the Gap Where Internet Connectivity is Lacking

Do you remember when pagers and cell phones allowed us to be connected to others on the go. Times have changed since then and the development of smartphone technology continues to advance at rapid speeds. Please join AmigoCloud as they discuss the past, present and future of GIS data collection using a contemporary phone, the myriad of sensors and vast amounts of vector and raster data in these powerful portable devices.

  • The Problem With Mobile GIS Data Collection
    Ragi Burhum, AmigoCloud, San Francisco, CA
  • Can you hear/see me now?
    Alex Hepp, EagleView/Pictometry, Rochester, NY
  • No Connectivity? No Problem! Maintaining Productivity for Mobile Workers
    Scott Stafford-Veale, Latitude Geographics, Victoria, BC, Canada

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ragi Burhum

Ragi Burhum

Founder, AmigoCloud
Ragi began his geospatial career over a decade ago as an engineer at ESRI, where he worked on the Geodatabase team creating, designing, and maintaining ArcGIS core components. At Microsoft, he worked on the main GIS data pipeline of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He ran a successful GIS consulting company in the Bay Area where he helped organizations like NVIDIA and CSR with their GIS challenges. In addition to founding GeoMeetup, the largest... Read More →


Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gallier

5:00pm

Mentor Program Meetup

Come enjoy a laid back meetup with the Vanguard Cabinet’s Mentoring Committee before we all head out to the social.  Learn how to sign up and meet others looking for a Mentor/Mentee.  This is also a good time to meet your Mentor/Mentee that you have already been paired with face to face.  


Wednesday September 10, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Foyer

6:00pm

Conference Social Event
Rock 'n' Bowl in MidCity - a New Orleans institution! Enjoy bowling (if you like) and cajun music, food, drink and awesome conversation! Buses will be staged on Canal Street beginning at 5:30 PM. You must bring your GIS-Pro 2014 Social Event ticket to gain access. Don't miss this!

Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Rock 'n' Bowl 3000 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
 
Thursday, September 11
 

7:30am

GIS-Pro Committee Meeting
Thursday September 11, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Nottoway, 4th Floor

8:00am

Introduction to MS Project Workshop

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Introduction to MS Project Workshop

Instructor:  Peter Croswell, PMP, GISP, Croswell-Schulte IT Consultant

Pete Croswell is offering this 2 ½-hour course as an overview of project management practices and using Microsoft Project software. 

  • PM concepts and terms
  • PM best practices
  • Overview of MS Project software interface and functionality
  • Task type and structure
  • Introduction to Project Views, Formatting
  • Timing constraints
  • Task Predecessors, lags, leads
  • Setting up new project plan


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articipants must bring a laptop that can run Microsoft Project software

Participants in this session will need to have Microsoft Project Standard or Project Professional software loaded and operating on their laptop computer before arriving.  This could be Project version 2010 or 2013 (but v2013 is preferred). Project version 2007 will NOT be acceptable since the interface is considerably different.  You may purchase the software from Microsoft or a third party distributor (one suggested vendor offering substantial discounted price is: jet-customers.com) Also, Microsoft offers a free trial version of Project 2013 Professional which you may access at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/professional-project-management-desktop-software-project-professional-FX103797571.aspx. Microsoft does not offer a trial version of Project Standard.  There may be third-party distributors that do offer trial downloads for Project Standard, which you may try. 

Prior to the conference, send an email message to the instructor, Peter Croswell (pcroswell@croswell-schulte.com) and he will reply with several sample files that will be used in the training.


Moderators
avatar for Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

Comprehensive Planner, City of Maryland Heights
Hilary has over 20 years experience working with GIS in both the public and private sector.  She is currently the Comprehensive Planner for the City of Maryland Heights, Missouri. Her previous GIS and planning work in transportation, environmental, urban planning, and community development has provided a variety of leadership and management opportunities on a wide range of projects. She is keenly interested in the use of GIS by the public... Read More →

Speakers
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Pete Croswell, GISP, PMP

President and Consultant, Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants
PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00am - 10:30am
Oak Alley

8:00am

Registration Hours
Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00am - 11:00am
Grand Foyer

9:00am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by ESRI Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.  

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace.  A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise.  Each lesson typically takes about 45 to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Ed Services instructors are on hand in the to assist users with questions and to discuss Esri products, other training opportunities and Esri Technical Certification. 

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to provide new and up-to-date content. HOLL software and exercises are currently using ArcGIS Desktop 10.2. 

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 HOLL include (subject to change): 

  1. Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop
  2. Creating a map in ArcGIS for Desktop
  3. Basics of the geodatabase model
  4. Editing with ArcGIS for Desktop
  5. Getting started With ArcGIS Pro
  6. Introduction to versioned editing
  7. Editing and maintaining parcel data in a parcel fabric
  8. Geocoding with ArcGIS for Desktop
  9. Introduction to ArcGIS Network Analyst
  10. Introduction to linear referencing
  11. Using geometric networks for utilities applications
  12. Introduction to ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  13. Introduction to ArcGIS for Server
  14. Designing web applications using ArcGIS for Server
  15. Sharing maps and tools using ArcGIS Online
  16. Sharing data with the Community Maps Program
  17. Spatial statistics for public health
  18. Working with CAD in ArcGIS for Desktop
  19. Introduction to geoprocessing using Python
  20. What’s new in ArcGIS for Desktop 10 and 10.1

Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Edgewood AB - 4th Floor

9:00am

It’s About the Data! GIS, Photogrammetry and Surveying – Understanding the Boundaries of Practice

The opportunities for utilizing GIS are almost without limit. However, it is important to

know when an authoritative determination of location is required. A licensed surveyor is the only professional that can establish or measure a geographic location that has a legal standing in court. It is important for any individual using or managing a GIS to know where the boundaries for the practice of surveying are and to make sure we respect those boundaries and facilitate the employment of surveyors to improve the accuracy and legality of our GIS data. It is also important for us to understand the role of the certified photogrammetrist as well. Together, GIS, photogrammetry and surveying can make sure that the right data is used in the right way at the right time. 

This panel will hopefully be the beginning of a long discussion between GIS, photogrammetry and surveying professionals to better understand how we can work together to establish a shared understanding of how we can complement and promote each other’s work. 

Panelists:
Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Esri, Vienna, VA
Peirce Eichelberger, gDBMS, Inc, Collegeville, PA
Bruce Joffe, GISP, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA
Ryan Bowe, GISP, Photo Science, Nicholasville, KY
Michael Zoltek, GISP, EagleView/Pictometry, Rochester, NY 

 


Speakers
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Ryan Bowe, GISP

GIS Technician, Quantum Spatial
Ryan Elizabeth Bowe, GISP works for Photo Science, a Quantum Spatial Company, in Lexington, Kentucky.  She has a passion for metadata and she has created tens of thousands of metadata files for geospatial datasets, some of which she acquired, edited, documented and delivered to clients.  Co-author of “Avoiding Last Minute Metadata Misery” in ArcNews Summer 2012, she stays active in her profession as a URISA Vanguard... Read More →
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Peirce Eichelberger

GIS Manager, gDBMS Inc.
Peirce Eichelberger has had the great fortune to implement and manage two important and well-known GIS programs. From 1986-1993 he was the GIS Manager for the Orlando/Orange County (FL) GIS. The Orlando/Orange County program was a model in the implementation of a multi-government management/funding consortia, large-scale application development from a geographic data perspective (1,500 named tables with 18,000 data elements in an advanced DBMS... Read More →
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Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.
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Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →
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Michael Zoltek, GISP, CP, LS, CFedS

Vice President of Surveying & Mapping, Pictometry International, Corp.
Mr. Zoltek is a Licensed Professional Surveyor experienced since 1990 in a wide variety of public and private sector projects and currently holds active Surveying/Photogrammetry registrations in 23 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as being a Nevada State Water-Right Surveyor, a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) and a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).   Mr. Zoltek received his Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom B

9:00am

Mapping People, Their Neighborhoods, and Their Best Friends

Location data matters when it comes to mapping populations, of all kinds. Learn how communities are using GIS to understand how cities are changing, analyze the distribution and characteristics of animal shelters, and improve their neighborhoods through environmental design.

  • Utilizing GIS to Investigate the Impact of Globalization on Urban Geography
    David Gladstone, UNO Dept of Planning & Urban Studies, New Orleans, LA
    Aimée Préau, FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office
  • X Maps Spot: Using GIS to Help At-Risk Dog and Cat Populations
    Greg Miller, GISP, AICP, ASPCA, Portland, OR
  • Community Participatory Mapping: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
    Wansoo Im, Ph.D. Principal, VERTICES, New Brunswick, NJ  

Moderators
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Heather Milton

Core Committee Member & Graduate Student, GISCorps & Tulane DRLA
I'm focused on Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid using GIS, social media, and other collaborative technologies.

Speakers
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David Gladstone

The University of New Orleans
David Gladstone is an Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.
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Greg Miller

GIS Analyst, ASPCA
Greg Miller has a background in regional planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He completed his undergraduate studies at Frostburg State University (in Maryland) and earned his master degree in geography and GIS from the University of South Florida. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2008 and became certified as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) that year. | | Greg has... Read More →
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Aimée Preau

Aimée Préau is the Geospatial Intelligence Unit Lead Analyst at FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office



Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom E

9:00am

Responsible Land Use: Costs and Consequences
Consumer centered society and the resultant wastes require careful consideration when making decisions on use of lands, the lack thereof. Land use designation can often have wide and lasting effects on related regional planning efforts. The long-term consequences of land use decisions can lead to social costs that may outweigh present economic benefits. This session will explore the use of GIS in finding relationships between potential Brownfields sites and surrounding demographic characteristics, the high health costs of cheap landfills, and how the politics of land use decisions can impact regional transportation planning.

  • Correlation Between Field types, Location and Demographics and Potential Greenfields
    Darlette Meekins, GISP, VDOT –Instructor, Richmond, VA
    Shobha Sriharan, VSU, Ettrick, VA
    Techniques and Politics of Regional Land Use Planning Modeling
    Lynn E. Dupont, ASLA, GISP, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, LA
  • Georgia Hazus Project – A Model for Success through Collaboration
    Kevin J. Mickey, GISP, The Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Earn 1.5 AICP Credits by attending this session

Moderators
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →

Speakers
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Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission
Since 1999 Lynn Dupont has been employed at the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans as principal planner and GIS Manager handling enhancement projects, land use studies and data integration in the region. Her emphasis has been in working with State and Federal agencies in procuring usable data for use at the local level. She represents Planning and Development Districts on the Louisiana GIS Council and has been an active participant in... Read More →
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Darlette Meekins

GIS Analyst/Cartographer, Virginia Department of Transportation
Darlette Meekins is currently employed as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst/Cartographer, for the State of Virginia, and functions as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia State University teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GSP). Bachelor of Science degree in Geology was earned from Virginia State University. In 1990, she received a Master of Science Degree in Geology from Iowa State University... Read More →
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Kevin Mickey

Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University
Director, Development and Geospatial Technologies Education; URISA Board of Directors; Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council; Chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; previous Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors, over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions.
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Shobha Sriharan

Professor of Environmental Science, Virginia State University
Shobha Sriharan is the Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Agriculture at Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia. She administers grants funded by the USDA NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) on teaching of Geographic Information System (GIS), Climate Change, and Global Contemporary Studies. As a result of teaching GIS course, both science and non-science majors gain knowledge of basics of the GIS... Read More →



Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Couteau

9:00am

GIS Drives Organizational Change
The implementation of GIS in support of business processes often drives change in the way organizations operate. This is based on necessary changes in the business processes and helps achieve the efficiencies enabled by the use of geospatial technology. In this session, you'll hear about the organizational challenges and benefits of implementing GIS for emergency response related to Next Generation 9-1-1, the organizational challenges and benefits of developing a consortium approach in a rural county, and the organizational challenges and benefits of enabling non-GIS professionals to use web mapping tools.

  • The True ROI of Accurate GIS Data for Public Safety
    Patrick Melancon, GIS Data Resources, Inc, Nashville, TN
  • Local Government GIS Consortia
    Stephen Berry, GISP, Clark County GIS, Winchester, KY
  • Exploiting GIS for the Non-GIS User Deploying a Web Map
    John Wright, GISP, Range Resources Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

 


Speakers
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Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →
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Patrick Melancon

Patrick Melancon has 15 years experience building and maintaining GIS datasets. He recently started with GDR,inc as VP of product innovation and customer solutions to bring his expertise of building GIS data for Next Generation 911 to other agencies.Starting for GDT who was bought out by TeleAtlas and finally bought out by Tom Tom Patrick has worked in all aspects of the data build process finishing up his 10 year career as the custom solutions... Read More →
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John Wright, GISP

GIS Analyst, Range Resources
John Wright has Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Akron in 2003 and has been a GIS Analyst for Range Resources Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, for the last 10 years.



Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Chenier

9:00am

Vendor Solutions – Theme E
Thursday September 11, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Gallier AB

10:30am

Wrap-up of Challenges Discussion
Thursday September 11, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom

11:00am

Closing Keynote Address - 20 Government Innovations That Matter

Hear from Steve Ressler, Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” as he discusses their latest report "20 Government Innovations That Matter" based on survey and interviews with thousands of government employees across the globe.  He will discuss key top technology trends in government from Internet of Things to Mobile Service Delivery and how you can apply these innovations at your agency.


Speakers
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Steve Ressler

Founder and President, GovLoop
Steve Ressler is the Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” which connects and fosters collaboration among over 100,000+ members of the government community. On GovLoop, members use social media such as blogs, videos, and forums to discuss best practices and share ideas on improving government. Mr. Ressler is a 3rd generation public sector leader and spent 6 years in roles at Social Security... Read More →


Thursday September 11, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

URISA Board of Directors' Meeting
Thursday September 11, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Nottoway, 4th Floor