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Session: Mobile GIS, GPS & Asset Management

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
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
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

Session: Collaborative Efforts in Natural Resources

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 – the Oregon Incident Response Information System (OR-IRIS). Affectionately nicknamed the Oregon Map of Everything, OR-IRIS leverages existing GIS datasets useful to understanding the natural, physical and jurisdictional setting of a hazardous release so that a safe, appropriate and efficient response can be conducted. OR-IRIS consists of pre-packaged GIS layers within a common projection, in an ordered group/sequence designed to provide critical information first, and in a format that allows for exploration and analysis by those without advanced GIS skills. Through collaboration with Portland State University’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, the cost for the first generation of the project has been kept impressively low. The impact of the project is not yet known, but promises to increase public safety and the quality of Oregon’s environment well beyond its modest costs to develop.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:30
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; digitizing archaeological data that exists only on paper; and of course getting all participants to speak the same language.

Practical benefits apply to many park programs beyond cultural resources, such as accessibility for visitors with disabilities, building and facilities management, structural fire, and trail upgrades. Additionally, there is some interesting background behind the development of the NPS standards, including an intense but successful field-test of the draft standards following Hurricane Katrina.

***NOTE*** This could also fit into the Natural Resources Track. I am flexible either way. ***

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:30

Session: ESRI ArcGIS Server API Comparison

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 application environments. Taking a “lessons learned” approach, information presented is based on real experiences associated with the implementation of ArcGIS Server and migration of a large scale enterprise GIS from ArcIMS to ArcGIS Server. Rare and little known nuances, those that result in a dented wall, will be shared with the audience as well as ADF and API development experiences. With shrinking budgets and resources it is becoming more important to select the best and most efficient approach or solution that can maximize your data and technology, ultimately make you a more effective organization, and may result in a few less headaches

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:42
James VanDyk

Latitude Geographics has built web applications using all of the APIs available with ArcGIS Server. This presentation will provide some insight into our experiences, including why Silverlight is the leading API to build lightweight mapping applications with. Latitude Geographics will also present a demonstration of a map-driven Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) solution using ESRI ArcGIS Server and the Silverlight API.

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:28

Session: Poster

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

Session: 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
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