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Session: Advances in Cartography

Ken Kato

Designing and producing maps and graphics that communicate well is challenging. We here often from GIS users that they are rarely afforded the time they wish for map design. Ken will present his ‘Top 10’ cartographic design considerations that the lab employs regularly, whether the project has several months available for design or several minutes. Examples from several of the Lab’s completed and on-going projects will be presented to illustrate cartographic design principles, methods, and work-flow strategies that have been successfully applied in the UO InfoGraphics Lab.

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 11:01

Session: GeoVisualization/3D GIS

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.

You can read more about the story here:

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:43

Session: Mobile GIS, GPS & Asset Management

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: Local & Regional Government

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

Session: Data Sharing & Standards

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: Collaborative Efforts

See the Panel below


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 their insights into what made these collaborative projects successful as well as offering advice on what situations to avoid. The session will also encourage attendees to share their success stories and the keys to their success. The session will be in a panel format and as the title suggests, we hope to make it entertaining.  


Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:34

Session: ESRI ArcGIS Server API Comparison

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, .NET, Java, or Silverlight. Previous applications have been developed in ESRI's software called ArcIMS. Membership is open to anyone. Meetings are mostly held in the Willamette Valley. The Google Group website is:


Thursday’s Lunch Discussion on API’s  (12:00 -1:00- Landmark 1)

Most of the GIS Developers for the interactive mapping systems are fairly new to using these programming languages. Many still are questioning which Application Programming Interface (API) to use. The Thursday lunch will be a round table discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each API and general discussion of what was learned during the conference week.  GIS Developers from other states are also welcome to participate in this discussion.

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 13:59

Session: GIS Implementation & Management

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 to GIS combines the software, architecture, management, and planning that is required to integrate GIS fully into the organization’s business. This approach is always important to GIS implementation and management; however, it is critical in times where competition for budget dollars is very tight.

Our speakers lead and support efforts in organizations where GIS is thriving. Each will present a different aspect of their successful approach to enterprise GIS in the current economy, including insights into technology, funding, project planning, coordination, and executive support. The session will conclude with a lively discussion among our speakers and the audience.

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 19:51