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Session: Data Sharing & Standards

Rj Zimmer, PLS, GIS Manager, DJ&A, P.C.Engineers Planners Surveyors

The BLM’s Geographic Coordinate Database (GCDB) is the proper representation of the Public Lands Survey System (PLSS) to use as a mapping framework for the many cadastral layers that have a PLSS basis. This presentation describes some tools and methods to integrate legacy GIS data sets to the GCDB, and how to re-adjust GIS layers that are already on the GCDB, when the GCDB is updated or improved.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 20:26
Ron Singh

The Oregon State Plane Coordinate System was developed in the 1930s and for decades has served the surveying and engineering community well. However, the need for higher accuracy, inclusion of geodetic surveying in our everyday work, combination of terrestrial total station and GPS positioning, and blending of survey/engineering and GIS data has created the need to develop a modern improved coordinate system. This topic will discuss the problems with our legacy State Plane Coordinate System, challenges enountered when employing new technology, and options for new Low Distortion Projections in Oregon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 10:57

Session: Local & Regional Government

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
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
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
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

Session: GIS in Education

Phillip Davis, Ann Johnson

The GeoTech Center is a new NSF-funded effort to provide America's two-year community colleges with support to expand and improve their academic geospatial programs. The GeoTech Center is now prepared to assist educators, learners, and industries in developing their programs to their fullest extent through innovative technologies, such as GIS as a Virtual Service, Arcwebservices Mapping, and other technology. Our collaboration of 12 colleges and universities coast to coast provides an unprecidented opportunity to improve geospatial education in the 21st century.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:11
GIS in Education

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

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

Session: Poster

Wendy Eklund

Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board licenses specific areas to outfitters. Over 6 years close to 2000 areas for 40 different activities have been digitized. Idaho Fish and Game has produced a number of different maps to assist the board in its decisions about new areas and resolving conflicts which have become apparent now that the area descritions can be seen spatially. This map for use by the US Forest Service shows the areas for Elk and Deer hunting areas and the river segments.  Outfitter license area maps may also be accessed at

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 06:11