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Doing More with Less
 

Applying GIS in Today's Economy

Oct 12-16, 2009 Sunriver, Oregon

"The 2008-2009 economic downturn is unprecedented and has affected every market sector including the Geospatial/GIS industry. Through comprehensive training sessions, open forum discussions, and networking the 24th annual NW GIS User Conference will focus on how to use your existing GIS to increase public access, improve decisions, and support highly effective business processes in today's challenging and changing business world."
        - Conference Committee

 

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Clint Chiavarini

Automated method for estimating building floor area and creating 3D models of existing buildings based on LiDAR data and building footprints.

Software used:
ArcMap/ArcInfo 9.3
ArcMap ModelBuilder including Spatial Analyst Extension tools
Lidar Processing: LP 360 by Q Coherent
ArcScene and Google Sketchup for displaying 3D extrusions

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 15:54
Poster
3.5
Tim Triesch

This map shows the extent of LiDAR coverage for the Willapa Bay Intertidal Area, placed over 2008 one-foot orthophotography. Oyster growing areas such as oyster beds, oyster bed leases, oyster farms, and oyster reserves are labelled and displayed. The map also shows intertidal areas, prohibited commercial shellfish growing areas, as well as recreational shellfish beaches. Additionally, the...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 09:33
Poster
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Steven Branting

For the past 8 years, the 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study has sought to combine and model the “best practices” of several associated disciplines and apply these methodologies to timely issues of local import. Every community has its intriguing historical questions that can benefit from but actually transcend a paper-and-pencil approach. These questions are appropriate practicum...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 11:02
Poster
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Steven Branting

Belying their tranquility, cemeteries harbor several contagions. Nineteenth century embalming methods are especially problematic. Undertakers routinely used an arsenic trioxide solution in large doses to control bacteria and postpone putrefaction. Some recipes recommended up to 12 pounds per corpse. However, it killed many practitioners and was banned by 1910. Arsenic sickens by allosteric...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 10:55
Poster
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Arnab Bhowmick, GISP, LEED (Program Manager, Weston Solutions Inc., Seattle)

Mobile applications are fast becoming a significant part of the enterprise in many organizations where field operations play a vital role. Some departments and industry verticals e.g. first responders, public works, asset management, transportation, telecom, gas and utilities, natural resources, event/ crisis management etc. are using or intend to use mobile GIS for their regular business...

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:50
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Arnab Bhowmick, GISP, LEED (Program Manager, Weston Solutions Inc., Seattle)

GIS has evolved to become more and more an integral part of the enterprise operations in any business. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is becoming a popular choice as deployment architecture. Various departments within an organization typically use or try to use the SOA to access services, data and applications to conduct their business. GIS and other services are being deployed and...

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:48
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Arnab Bhowmick, GISP, LEED (Program Manager, Weston Solutions Inc., Seattle)

Cadastral Editor is an extension to ArcGIS and has largely simplified the complex survey data management process. The primary objective of cadastre data conversion is to develop and maintain basemap layers with high degree of spatial accuracy. Controls such as ground survey points, GPS or RTK points and aerial photography are used to enhance accuracy of cadastre fabrics with time. It stores...

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:46
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Ken Kato

Designing and producing maps and graphics that communicate well is challenging. We here often from GIS users that they are rarely afforded the time they wish for map design. Ken will present his ‘Top 10’ cartographic design considerations that the lab employs regularly, whether the project has several months available for design or several minutes. Examples from several of...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 11:01
3.875
Doug Smith, P.E., C.P., R.P.P.

We thought we had our pixels in a row. But now that we all understand how to plan for, acquire and use film based aerial mapping products (such as orthophotography, planimetrics and contours) all of the rules have changed. Well, not all of the rules, but a fair number of them. This presentation will provide a brief overview of how newer photogrammetric mapping technologies, including...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 14:45
3.5
Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles

Historic barriers to wide-spread use of GIS in the classroom are being lifted as educators embrace the power of Web-based GIS and other Internet based geospatial technologies. Two NSF-funded projects at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon - MAPS-GIS (Mapping Analyzing and Problem Solving with GIS) for college level students and GEOSTAC (Geospatial Teaching Across the Curriculum) for high...

Monday, September 28, 2009 - 07:05
GIS in Education
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Top Rated
Abstracts

Annamarie Tiniakos

The City of Springfield designed this jam packed map to provide the community and potential developers with as much vital City information as possible in one map. The challenge brought to our GIS department was the need to see about 10 maps on 1 map without losing clarity, information and to maintain feature simplicity and balance. Although the battle was in the details, this cartographic...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 09:18
Poster
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Steven Branting

Few schools have successfully integrated geographic information systems (GIS) into the curricula of their K-12 social studies classrooms, even fewer into the wide variety of disciplines that can be effectively impacted by the study of spatial data. Organizing and maintaining a school’s GIS component depend on several crucial management criteria, not the least of which are the appropriate...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 17:24
GIS in Education
4.357145
Steven Branting

Will Rogers once commented: "It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you do know that ain't so." Historical research is a lot like that. You think you have all the answers, and they just don't pan out. For a group of dedicated junior high school students in Lewiston, Idaho (USA), the challenges of learning and applying GIS software led them to discoveries they never...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 17:25
GIS in Education
4.225805
Mason Croft

The Northwest Gap Analysis Project (NWGAP) is mapping and assessing the biodiversity for the five-state region encompassing Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. It is a multi-institutional cooperative effort being coordinated by the University of Idaho and the U.S. Geological Survey Gap Analysis Program. The primary objectives of NWGAP are to create detailed, seamless GIS maps of...

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:05
4.22222
Karsten Vennemann

The talk describes a web GIS application based on open source geospatial software components that was built for the Obama Campaign during the 2008 US presidential election. The goal of the application was to support the work of campaign field organizers in battleground states for voter targeting and prioritization purposes. Technically the application was hosted on an Amazon EC2 server running...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 22:14
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Eric Gakstatter

ESRI GIS users around the world are challenged to keep current with evolving satellite systems. There are new GPS satellites being launched and new GPS signals being broadcast with more being planned. Russian GLONASS and planned European Galileo satellite systems are experiencing change and advancement. Not only are the satellite systems changing but also GPS augmentation systems such as WAAS...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:38
4.2
Arnab Bhowmick, GISP, LEED (Program Manager, Weston Solutions Inc., Seattle)

Cadastral Editor is an extension to ArcGIS and has largely simplified the complex survey data management process. The primary objective of cadastre data conversion is to develop and maintain basemap layers with high degree of spatial accuracy. Controls such as ground survey points, GPS or RTK points and aerial photography are used to enhance accuracy of cadastre fabrics with time. It stores...

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:46
4.166665
Karsten Vennemann

The talk gives an overview on building web GIS solutions using open source geospatial software components. A selection of the most advanced and popular open source components and their roles and functionality in an application framework are described. A complete stack for building web GIS solutions may include a client-server application framework, a web mapping engine supporting cartographic...

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 14:08
4.16
Chris Wayne

Crater Lake National Park is currently developing a Cultural Resources GIS (CR-GIS) database based on National Park Service (NPS) standards. This effort requires collaboration between multiple divisions at the park and coordination with regional and national offices with the NPS. Challenges include linking existing digital data, such as building footprints, to external databases such as FMSS...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:30
4.125
Adam Fleenor

Clean Water Services in Washington County Oregon was issued a watershed–based National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by the Department of Environmental Quality. This permit allows a watershed wide approach to managing water quality in the Tualatin River watershed. GIS is being used to link watershed-scale planning, permitting, project implementation and evaluation, and adaptive...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 14:58
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