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Session: Poster

Bob DenOuden

Every ten years, since 1790, the United States has conducted a census of its population. Next year, on April 1, 2010, the United States Census Bureau will conduct its 2010 decennial census. Preparation for this effort began long ago with a focus on enhancing partnerships with state and local agencies. Many of these partnership efforts have involved an increase in the use of locally provided GIS data. Lane Council of Governments has been involved in a number of Census programs aimed at utilizing local data and expertise in order to improve Census 2010 results. This poster will describe those programs as well as give examples of how Census data are used at LCOG.

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 14:24
Clint Chiavarini

Automated method for estimating building floor area and creating 3D models of existing buildings based on LiDAR data and building footprints.

Software used:
ArcMap/ArcInfo 9.3
ArcMap ModelBuilder including Spatial Analyst Extension tools
Lidar Processing: LP 360 by Q Coherent
ArcScene and Google Sketchup for displaying 3D extrusions

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 15:54
Ed Bottum - Boise River WMA

The low elevation fothills of the Boise River Wildlife Managment Area provide critical winter habitat for mule deer and elk.  Mule deer from as far away as the Sawtooth Mountains migrate here each fall to avoid the deep snow and extreme cold as higher elevations.  Deer survive winter by using energy reserves (body fat) gained during summer and by minimizing energy expenditure - that's why disturbance from people and pets can be so damaging to deer during winter and early spring.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 13:15
Tim Williams, Idaho Fish and Game

This shaded relief topographic map of Hells Canyon and the Salmon River was printed as a bandanna to raise money for the conservation of wild sheep. Major rapids and bighorn sheep frequented areas are identified.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 13:36

Session: GeoVisualization/3D GIS

Doug Smith, P.E., C.P., R.P.P.

We thought we had our pixels in a row. But now that we all understand how to plan for, acquire and use film based aerial mapping products (such as orthophotography, planimetrics and contours) all of the rules have changed. Well, not all of the rules, but a fair number of them. This presentation will provide a brief overview of how newer photogrammetric mapping technologies, including digital cameras and LiDAR, impact the planning and procurement process for digital image and topographic mapping projects. The emphasis will be on key project design parameters that affect accuracy, resolution and suitability for intended applications and how these compare with what was attained from conventional film based aerial mapping approaches. This discussion is targeted to GIS users and project coordinators and is focused on the “big picture” issues and planning considerations for new technologies, not on technical or flight planning considerations. Questions and dialogue are encouraged.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 14:45

Session: Mobile GIS, GPS & Asset Management

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

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

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

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
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