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Session: GIS in Education

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 teacher competencies and standards alignment. Among other essential protocols are data storage and retrieval, network functioning, computer platform capabilities, appropriate learning activities and developing a coherent format that is replicable from one campus to another. This session demonstrates a successful school-based GIS program with its complementary college in-service model.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 17:24
GIS in Education
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 imagined. Sometimes the search for truth takes that path. This session will discuss the 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study, a project honored by ESRI, The History Channel. The Society for American Archæology, the Association of American Geographers, the American Association for State and Local History, and the National Council for Geographic Education.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 17:25
GIS in Education
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 made by the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) to promote GIS education will be discussed. These efforts include: 1) week-long training workshops for K-12 teachers in the use/implementation of GPS/GIS within their classroom; 2) the construction of articulation agreements with regional community colleges; and 3) the maintenance of suitable GIS curricula to support current degree programs at OIT (i.e., a GIS Minor, a four-year B.S. degree in Geomatics/GIS, and its intent to begin a Master’s program by the Fall of 2010).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 13:30
GIS in Education
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 cooperatively benefit both you and the community will be discussed. The presentation will end with the process of grants, grant writing, and determining what you need, how to get it, and what you are responsible for once you get a grant.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 14:43
GIS in Education
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 school teachers – will be discussed. We will illustrate how Web-based GIS is being embedded across the curriculum and how it is being used to teach important geospatial concepts and skills and educate students about GIS classes and careers.

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

Session: Local & Regional Government

Jason Yaich Associate Planner - City of Corvallis

This presentation focuses on software integration tools using Visual Studio 2008 and VBA, linking Permit Tracking software, GIS (ArcMap), and electronic document management systems (Laserfiche). Overview includes advanced software integration mapping tools for local government officials, and internet access for citizens.

Monday, August 31, 2009 - 10:47
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 management through monitoring. Using GIS techniques scientist and managers are able to efficiently establish and prioritize water quality projects. High quality GIS data can be applied to multiple water quality management projects therefore reducing data collection and processing cost.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 14:58
Bob DenOuden, Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), Eugene, Oregon

Since 2004, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) in Springfield, Oregon has been working with the U.S. EPA on a project designed to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks that idle in our communities. The project helps fund the addition of auxiliary power units (APUs) on trucks in order to provide a source of power for driver comfort systems while allowing the main engine to be turned off instead of idling. These APUs save 90% of the fuel that idling consumes and produce significantly less emissions than the main engine would.

In 2005 LRAPA partnered with LCOG’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group to provide analysis of how, when, and where these APUs were being used. Our goal on the project was to collect and analyze data to determine how many hours the APUs were in use, where these units were turned on, and calculate fuel and emissions reductions arising from the use of APUs. To accomplish this we employed a custom GPS tracking device linked to the APUs installed on a subset of trucks in the study to track the time and place that the APUs were in use. The tracking device included cellular phone based data uploading capability which allowed us to view the tracked trucks’ status in real time and download data for analysis remotely. Initially, this seemed to us a straight-forward GPS tracking and GIS analysis project. We soon learned that it would be anything but easy. This presentation tells a tale of perseverance and, eventually, a successful outcome to a difficult and unpredictable project.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:37
Chris Corwin

Like many other county and state governments, the Blaine County GIS department worked to develop a GIS shapefile consisting of all the parcels in the county. This project was started with a Local Government Startup Grant that included the program AV Parcel. Through this process, which included hiring contractors, turn over and an eventual AV Parcel blow up, the resulting shapefile was complete but had a great number of gaps and overlaps in the polygons. The Blaine County GIS department was presented with a new editor/feature within the Survey Analyst Extension called Cadastral Fabric Editor.

The Blaine County GIS department purchased the survey analyst extension in the hopes of importing its existing parcel shapefile and completing a positional accuracy review of its data utilizing the features of the Cadastral Fabric. The result would be a seamless parcel layer that also contained accurate positions. After many trials and tribulations of importing the existing parcel shapefile into the cadastral fabric, a method was devised and successfully implemented. Within six weeks Blaine County GIS went from working in a shapefile to working in the fabric to fix all the gaps, overlaps and position accuracy. This presentation will discuss the method used to complete this transition. The discussion will include the challenges of the importing process, of working in the fabric and ways to overcome them

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 12:58
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 through sufficiently coherent and simple graphical user interfaces. To deliver an effective crime mapping application, a development team must:
· Distill and aggregate domain specific spatial data into a presentation format that can be quickly and easily understood by a lay audience;
· Provide straightforward and highly intuitive means for users to search, filter, visualize, and review this data;
· Find ways to integrate the element of time, allowing users to view both data trending and conditions at particular moments;
· Avoid oversimplifying information or presenting information in a manner that may be misleading or easily misinterpreted.
In an attempt to tackle some of these challenges -in particular aggregation of crime data and display of multiple types of crimes- the City of Tigard has employed some of the latest dynamic web mapping tools and GIS technologies (ESRI’s ArcGIS Server, and the associated Flex API), to create a highly focused and easy to use crime visualization tool for its emerging Neighborhood Networks program. This presentation will discuss the objectives, design, development, and challenges of developing public-facing GIS applications with a focus on the City of Tigard’s experience with this dynamic web-based neighborhood crime application.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:12

Session: Mobile GIS for the Enterprise

Terry Bartlett

Abstract Title: Integrate and Mobilize your Enterprise – Case Study: City of Kirkland, WA - Public Works/StormWater Key words/phrases: ArcGIS Enterprise Application Integration – GIS-Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) integration, Mobile GIS, Asset Field Data Collection (FDC) Work Order & Service Request field automation, Asset management condition updates, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Abstract text: Throughout the years, organizations have invested a vast amount of time and resources in building corporate data systems including GIS. Many have established robust processes for maintenance and support of their information technology (IT) infrastructure. As a result, most organizations now have mature IT infrastructures to store, retrieve, and maintain their corporate data. Disseminating and providing access to crucial corporate data in the field in a highly reliable and secure manner is the next step in leveraging the investment you have made in your current information systems and the realization of the “enterprise information system”. Organizations are replacing traditional paper and telephone-based systems with mobile and wireless solutions that enable access to key information directly from the field. This step is paramount to delivering a higher level of benefits and realizing the full return on investment of time and money in your information systems. The City of Kirkland, WA Pubic Works Department (Kirkland) began integrating their ESRI GIS and Hansen EAM business systems years ago. A component to their integrated enterprise vision is mobilizing the integrated business information to the field to include operations as part of the overall enterprise asset management system (Infor/Hansen). Operational field staff are key cogs in the information management work flows of all organizations. Kirkland is getting digital mapbooks in the field integrated with their Hansen Asset/Work Management system and is beginning to automate their asset data update maintenance work flows in the field utilizing existing field maintenance staff. GeoResults Mobile is powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS and Microsoft’s “smart client’ technologies and is a cost-effective yet robust solution for Kirkland. This presentation will cover Kirklands’s implementation of an operational mobile field solution, how it integrates GIS and the enterprise, and a description of the paradigm shift in going paperless with their field operations. Author: Terry Bartlett Marshall and Associates, Inc. Phone: (208) 475-4908 Cell: (208) 908-2818 Email:

Monday, October 12, 2009 - 12:49
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 versioning, combined with well designed workflows, can help keep the best possible data flowing through an organization.  This session will show you how to manage base and operational data, design efficient mobile maps and workflows, and effectively exchange GIS data with all your field users.

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:19

Session: Mobile GIS, GPS & Asset Management

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, DGPS, EGNOS, MSAS and GAGAN systems. Many ESRI GIS users take advantage of these GPS augmentation systems and should be aware of how they are evolving. Which factors should one consider when using these different satellite systems. What are the current trends and developments that one should consider when preparing GPS mapping hardware budgets in the coming year(s)?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:38
Jon Aschenbach

Mobile GIS users are frequently confronted with difficult mapping situations. Mapping the pond lilies in Cheadle Lake, Oregon is an example of mapping project requiring the use of a laser rangefinder, a Pocket PC running ArcPad, and a sub-meter GPS unit. Mapping pond lilies in Cheadle Lake had a direct bearing on jurisdiction of the lake relative to the City of Lebanon and their future plans for turning the lake into a warm water fishing destination. Pond lilies have roots in solid ground and therefore define their location as land ownership. Normally, a lake would be owned up to the high water mark by the State of Oregon.

Mapping vegetation in a lake can be very difficult. Using is boat is feasible, but time consuming, expensive, and difficult. By taking offset GPS points with ArcPad, the process can be greatly simplified and the time required to do the mapping can be significantly reduced.

The project involved using a laser rangefinder to shoot the pond lilies which are barely visible in the water. All offset shots were taken while standing on the shoreline around the lake and from a island in the lake.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:37
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 effectiveness. This presentation will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets. Specific topics include: • Strategy and Planning • Mobile Asset Collection Vehicle – Digital Video/GPS • Asset Extraction from Digital Video Logs • Software Solutions Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:36
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”.

To achieve this, the program needs to be properly defined, expectations set and managed, and a phased approach built upon previous successes must be utilized. This presentation will begin with defining what asset management is, what an asset management program should be and how the program can be defined and developed specifically for the entity. The presentation will then move to how a strategically and politically driven approach is developed so that quick success can be realized and built upon. The most logical approach may not always be the most advantageous in securing future funding, therefore an approach that allows for some quick returns while supporting the overall strategy can be developed. The presentation will also discuss how past, current and future GIS initiatives can be and should be centric to an asset management program.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 10:47
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 operations. Weston is involved in various mobile GIS opportunities and has been helping the City of Renton recently to roll out their Enterprise Asset Management. After the initial deployment, the City intends to extend GIS application for asset management to the field crew. The City is using ArcGIS Server Mobile as the platform for mobile GIS. Weston is working with the City to help them achieve their GIS and overall strategic goals for the enterprise.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:50

Session: Natural Resources, Environmental Science & Conservation

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 land cover, species ranges and predicted distributions, land stewardship and management status. Additionally, to do a gap analysis to identify species and vegetation communities that lack representation or are underrepresented within the Northwest’s network of conservation lands (i.e., stewardship database), in other words, "gaps".

We are currently updating the NWGAP stewardship database by compiling boundary information as well as management status for federal, state, and locally managed conservation lands. We are also assigning GAP status codes, requesting user feedback prior to the final release, and exploring ways of applying these data to conservation planning. It is nearing completion and will become publicly available during winter 2009. The NWGAP stewardship database will be incorporated into the Protected Areas Database of the US (PAD-US) through the PAD-US partnership.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:05
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 team of fire researchers and GIS analysts to develop a model to approximate fire risk to highly valued resources - social, economic, and ecological. The model uses outputs from the Fire Program Analysis (FPA) System to estimate burn probability and flame length, and layers of highly valued resources such as power lines, wildlife habitat, and watersheds. The first approximation of the model will be published in a Forest Service General Technical Report (GTR, in review).

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 10:35
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 (NYNHP), which has the responsibility for collecting, managing, and disseminating information about rare plants, rare animals, and significant ecological communities. The NYNHP shares this information with NatureServe, a nonprofit organization that connects more than 50 Natural Heritage Programs across the country. NatureServe establishes scientific standards for biological inventory and biodiversity data management, develops comprehensive and current databases for at-risk species and ecological communities, and provides information products and conservation services to guide natural resource decision-making.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has a critical business need to make natural resource data more readily available and accessible to the public and to partners, particularly online. Windsor Solutions developed and implemented a Web-based application using the ArcGIS JavaScript API to provide enhanced access to this natural resource data.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 10:34