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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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Chris Beaudette - Windsor Solutions

The Exchange Network is a partnership among states, tribes, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that is revolutionizing the exchange of environmental information. Partners on the Exchange Network share data efficiently and securely over the Internet. The objective of the Biodiversity Data Exchange project is to increase the effectiveness of the New York State Natural Heritage Program...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 10:34
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
Bob DenOuden

Every ten years, since 1790, the United States has conducted a census of its population. Next year, on April 1, 2010, the United States Census Bureau will conduct its 2010 decennial census. Preparation for this effort began long ago with a focus on enhancing partnerships with state and local agencies. Many of these partnership efforts have involved an increase in the use of locally provided...

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 14:24
Charlie Schrader-Patton and Alan Ager

Forests and rangelands of the western United States are vulnerable to environmental stresses and disturbances such as fire, insect infestation, disease, invasive species, drought, and development. These stresses can have significant and long-lasting effects on ecological and socioeconomic values. Land managers need state-of-the-art information and tools that help them anticipate and solve...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:31
Charlie Schrader-Patton

Each year, many millions of dollars are spent in suppressing wildland fires. What is the return on these expenditures? How can we best prioritize dollars spent fighting fires and in fuel reduction projects? The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Accounting Office (GAO) and Congress have asked these questions. In response, Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) has assembled a...

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 10:35
Kirsty Burt (Kirsty Burt GIS) – Moderator; Scot McQueen (ESRI); Ian Von Essen (GIS Manager, Spokane County); Dean Anderson (IT Director, Polk County)

How do we continue to build and manage a successful enterprise GIS in tough economic times? How can we leverage existing organizational initiatives for project dollars? How can I add capacity with a hiring freeze? This session will include real world strategies and solutions presented by some of the most experienced GIS managers and consultants in the Northwest. A solid enterprise approach...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 19:51
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The Bob, Bob, Bob & Dean Show – The Secrets of Collaboration Revealed
Moderator, Bob Haas, Deschutes County
This session will provide an opportunity to learn about three very successful projects that have involved a high level of collaboration. In addition to providing information about the projects, the presenters will share...
Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:34
Craig Greenwald

Managing mobile users and data in an enterprise GIS environment presents many challenges.  Files must be processed and organized, field edits must be checked for quality, and everyone in the organization always needs to have the most current and accurate data. Effective use of techniques like user logins, automatic tracking fields, and ArcGIS Geodatabase...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:19
Morgan Omdal - Tetra Tech

Mitigating Stranding and Trapping Effects on Fish Species During Hydroelectric Operations
Seattle City Light (SCL) is relicensing the operations of the Boundary Hydroelectric Project (Project) on the Pend Oreille River. The Pend Orielle River is located in Northeast Washington and is home to varied and important fish resources. These resources can be negatively affected...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 12:35
Dennis Scofield (ODOT), Loren Mueller (CH2M Hill)

Working in cooperation with CH2M HILL the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has created a suite of web-based GIS tools to view, integrate and distribute roadway asset information to agency employees across the state. Access to asset data is a crucial requirement in the process of scoping potential construction projects and performing many other tasks that ODOT employees complete on a...

Friday, September 25, 2009 - 16:19

Top Rated

Brent Thomas, GIS Analyst, Sr. - Idaho Fish and Game

At first glance, it seems intuitive to closely guard your data like a treasure chest. The standard practice is to charge for access: be it selling small sections for a price per unit, yearly maintenance costs or the incremental fees of cloud computing. The history of the internet, computing and the flow of ideas through society disagree. Ideas and information are spread by copying. Standing...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 14:04
Aileen Buckley

The credo of the 1-minute cartographer rests on three ideas: the need to clearly appraise what the map needs, the knowledge of how to make the appropriate edits, and the ability to evaluate the results. These are the secrets of the 1-minute cartographer – 1-minute appraisals, 1-minute fixes, and one minute evaluations. Design principles and common-sense cartography underpin the short-...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:13
Tom Carlson, Scott Van Hoff, Sheri Schneider

Part one:
Tom Carlson

The role of the USGS Geospatial Liaison and National Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest

The USGS Geospatial Liaison Network consists of USGS Geospatial Liaisons housed in National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Partnership Offices across the nation. These liaisons and offices perform numerous partnership related functions in...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 13:34
Steven Jett, Oregon DEQ Land Quality Division GIS Coordinator

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), funded by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Division and Portland State University’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, has created a response tool aimed at providing key geographic information needed to guide response efforts to emergency response personnel –...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:30
Bryce Gartrell, Principal, The Gartrell Group & Preston Beck, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of Tigard

Web-based crime mapping and reporting applications present a number of the persistent design challenges that confront GIS practitioners charged with providing the public with access to meaningful geospatial information. While reported crime data is typically available in an evolved structure of classifications, categories, and definitions, many organizations continue to struggle to expose it...

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:12
Andrew Lewis, Retional Manger, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:36
Brian Wachs, Crook County HS Teacher

In this presentation, I will focus on getting more from our resources and acquiring grants. Many opportunities are immediately available, but go unused. I will give suggestions on how to access this variety of resources and the logistics of quickly and efficiently utilizing them. Partnerships also play a major role in doing more with less. How to develop useful partnerships that...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 14:43
GIS in Education
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
Chris Wayne

Crater Lake National Park conducts several Search and Rescue operations each year. GIS and especially GPS are critical components of all phases of these operations. This poster will illustrate applications from various incidents of the last few years.

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 06:09
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