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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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Recently Added Abstracts

Anne Davidson

The Northwest Gap Analysis Project (NWGAP) has recently completed a land cover map depicting the distribution of Ecological Systems (ES) across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. Developed by NatureServe, ES represent a midscale vegetation classification system designed to be map-able with Landsat 30 meter resolution imagery. Three mapping teams have been involved in mapping...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 10:20
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
Lou Garcia

Asset management is typically viewed as a large and fiscally expensive program. It does not need to be. The ability to leverage advances in software and data interoperability create the very real environment for a cost effective and robust asset management program. With a well thought out approach and leverage of past and existing efforts it is possible to do “more with less”.


Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 10:47
Dorothy Mortenson

The Oregon ArcGIS Server Special Interest Group

The Oregon ArcGIS Server Special Interest Group provides a mechanism for sharing codes, ideas, strategies, and standards for developing interactive maps use the ESRI software, ArcGIS Server.  These applications are developed in Flex/ActionScript, JavaScript, ....

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 13:59
Ron Hall

The use of SketchUp, Google Earth, Google Sites to host a piece of custom kml about the Spokane River and the issues that are facing it today. Presentation includes government .shp files. All software used was open source. Server cost is free....

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:43
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
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
Prof. John Ritter

GIS Education in the University Setting

Baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in GIS are diverse in their intent and scope. A brief overview of GIS undergraduate and graduate programs in the Northwest will be given in light of a few of the educational needs noted by the recent publication of Geographic Information Science & Technology – Body of Knowledge.

Efforts being...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 13:30
GIS in Education
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
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

Top Rated

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
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
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
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
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
Anne Davidson

The Northwest Gap Analysis Project (NWGAP) has recently completed a land cover map depicting the distribution of Ecological Systems (ES) across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. Developed by NatureServe, ES represent a midscale vegetation classification system designed to be map-able with Landsat 30 meter resolution imagery. Three mapping teams have been involved in mapping...

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 10:20
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
Brent Thomas, Idaho Fish & Game

Map of the documented, suspected and reported wolf observations in Idaho for 2008.  Telemetry and research observations were analyzed to produce 95% minimum convex polygons of wolf pack territory.  For less well-documented packs estimated circles depict areas of occupancy.  Finally public observations collected via web, phone and conversations are summarized.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 14:19
Marshall Payne, Preston Beck

Those fortunate enough to implement an ArcGIS Server at the enterprise level, especially one previously based on ArcIMS are in for an interesting challenge. This presentation explores the elasticity of ArcGIS Server performance, the importance and consequences of applying “best practices” in architecting map services, and provides the pros and cons associated with various ADF and API...

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:42
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