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Sunday, October 28
 

2:45pm

GIS Educators Day (Presentation): Transforming UNH Cooperative Extension Outreach with ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, and Mobile Mapping
AUTHORS: Shane Bradt, UNH Cooperative Extension

ABSTRACT: While geospatial technologies have been taught as a topic and employed in outreach at UNH Cooperative Extension for nearly two decades, the recent increased use of ArcGIS Online and related applications have made substantial improvements to outreach programs in New Hampshire. Once focused on desktop GIS and standard GPS units, the Geospatial Technologies Training Center now teaches a variety of workshops on online and mobile mapping technologies, including ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, crowdsource mapping, Survey123 and Collector. In addition to helping the NH public learn how to put these technologies to use in their lives, UNH Cooperative Extension has begun incorporating ArcGIS Online-base approaches across a variety of outreach programs, as well as, for internal communication and collaboration. While some applications of ArcGIS Online have served simply as a way to improve web-based communication with the public, others have deeply changed the way in which programming is delivered. In these cases, not only has ArcGIS Online allowed UNH Cooperative Extension to create new programming, it has allowed the organization to reach new audiences. Come join this session to learn how UNH Cooperative Extension is using ArcGIS Online for outreach and share examples of your own outreach using online mapping.


Sunday October 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Broadway 4
 
Monday, October 29
 

10:30am

Education Track. Transforming UNH Cooperative Extension Outreach with ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, and Mobile Mapping
AUTHORS: Shane Bradt, UNH Cooperative Extension

ABSTRACT: While geospatial technologies have been taught as a topic and employed in outreach at UNH Cooperative Extension for nearly two decades, the recent increased use of ArcGIS Online and related applications have made substantial improvements to outreach programs in New Hampshire. Once focused on desktop GIS and standard GPS units, the Geospatial Technologies Training Center now teaches a variety of workshops on online and mobile mapping technologies, including ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, crowdsource mapping, Survey123 and Collector. In addition to helping the NH public learn how to put these technologies to use in their lives, UNH Cooperative Extension has begun incorporating ArcGIS Online-base approaches across a variety of outreach programs, as well as, for internal communication and collaboration. While some applications of ArcGIS Online have served simply as a way to improve web-based communication with the public, others have deeply changed the way in which programming is delivered. In these cases, not only has ArcGIS Online allowed UNH Cooperative Extension to create new programming, it has allowed the organization to reach new audiences. Come join this session to learn how UNH Cooperative Extension is using ArcGIS Online for outreach and share examples of your own outreach using online mapping.


Monday October 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Alabama

10:30am

Field Data Collection Track. Using GIS Field Data Collection Tools to Help Protect NY Lakes
AUTHORS: John Marino, NY Natural Heritage Program; Cathy McGlynn, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

ABSTRACT: Across New York state there are many boat launch steward programs (aka Watercraft Inspection Stewards). Perhaps you have spoken with a boat launch steward? Watercraft Inspection Programs are an integral part of the state’s aquatic invasive species prevention work. Over the past several years the number of organizations sponsoring boat launch stewards has grown substantially, and with that growth there has been a need to have standardized data, collected statewide, that is easily accessible. To that end, the NY Natural Heritage Program, a partnership between SUNY ESF and NYS DEC, has developed a Survey123 app (titled the “Watercraft Inspection Steward Program App” [WISPA]) with help and support from numerous partners including NYS DEC and NY Sea Grant. In 2018, 15 organizations participated with WISPA, representing over 200 boat launch stewards, and over 100,000 records were collected. Cathy McGlynn will highlight the statewide effort and the value of the standardized, centralized data. John Marino will discuss the specifics of the Survey123 app, the AGOL online map editor interface, and “dashboard”.


Monday October 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Broadway 3

10:30am

UAV #1 Track. Drones for High Accuracy Mapping and 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry, LiDAR and Beyond
AUTHORS: Tayler Engel, GIS Analyst and Drone Pilot, ARE-AirShark

ABSTRACT: Drone technology has advanced rapidly in the past few years allowing for LiDAR and advanced photogrammetry techniques to be readily available for a wide spectrum of projects. This presentation will dive into the world of drones and the various sensors available to create survey grade data. When to use LiDAR over photogrammetry and what benefits you can expect to receive out of both methods will be discussed in detail. A variety of projects will be displayed where multiple sensors were used, from mapping of campuses using photogrammetry to environmental mapping of shorelines with LiDAR. 3D modeling of bridges and buildings using LiDAR and photogrammetry will also be discussed in this presentation.


Monday October 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Saratoga 1/2

11:00am

Education Track. Carbon for Conservation: A GIS Suitability Model for a Private-Public Partnership
AUTHORS: Alex French, Institute for a Sustainable Environment Clarkson University; Carol Cady*, GIS Program, St. Lawrence Univeristy; Dakota Casserly, GIS Program, St. Lawrence Univeristy; Jessica Rogers, Environmental Studies Department, SUNY Potsdam

ABSTRACT: Through a collaborative effort between Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment, St. Lawrence Land Trust, St. Lawrence University’s GIS Program, and SUNY Potsdam’s Environmental Studies Department, forested private properties within St. Lawrence County, New York have been identified as potential sites to participate in an experimental carbon offset project through Clarkson University. These properties would be placed under conservation easements with Clarkson University paying the easement transaction costs in exchange for the University being able to claim the carbon offset benefits.

The project started with an assignment in a GIS class at Clarkson, and continued in SUNY Potsdam’s introductory GIS class. The outcome was to identify large forested properties within the County. Due to the time constraints of the classroom, it was decided that the project needed to be refined before presenting the final results to the Land Trust. Data acquisition and analysis were split among the above academic programs. Four faculty and staff with several classes from these institutions created a suitability model. Over 100 properties were identified as suitable for easements. The owners of the 20 largest properties were then contacted by letter to discuss a conservation easement on their property. As of this summer SLLT has begun the easement process with one interested land owner.

During our presentation we will discuss the suitability model and analyses used, the collaborative process itself, and how this process may be used with other land trusts and academic institutions in our area to create a sustainable carbon for conservation model.


Monday October 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Alabama

11:30am

Esri Session. ArcGIS Enterprise: Architecture and Deployment
PRESENTER: Derek Law, Product Manager, Esri-Redlands

ABSTRACT:  This session provides an overview of the ArcGIS Field Apps which include: Workforce for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, and Explorer for ArcGIS. It will also present the general field apps workflow and how these apps can be deployed in a unified workflow.


Monday October 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Highrock

11:30am

Education Track. Teach with GIS, A new resource for educators from K-12 to college
AUTHORS: Lyn Malone, World Views GIS; Mike Wagner, Loudon County Public Schools

ABSTRACT: Teach with GIS (https://learn.arcgis.com/en/educators/) is an incredible new resource for teachers, schools, and districts eager to integrate their curriculum with geospatial technologies. This session will provide an overview of the classroom version of the guide which includes Skill Builder Lessons, Tips and Tricks for Classroom practice, an interactive Curriculum Builder, and an ArcGIS Organization Management Guide for classroom teachers. As soon as you see it, you’ll want to add Teach with GIS to your GIS took kit. One comment summed it up this way, “This site [Teach with GIS] will now be my go to resource for K-12 implementation and PD planning.” BYOD so you can test drive the site during the session.


Monday October 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Alabama

11:30am

Field Data Collection Track. Are You Ready Yet? ArcGIS Online: Helping to Bring the Field to You
AUTHORS: David W. Pollock, Lloyd’s Register

ABSTRACT: ArcGIS Online is becoming the primary hub of many organization’s GIS activities. Most computing functions are either already in the cloud or offer cloud options. ArcGIS Online provides the online foundation for your cloud-based GIS. As a focal point of Esri’s development, it continues to improve and grow at a rapid pace. As part of this growth, the “locate and capture” field applications that tie into ArcGIS Online: Collector, Survey 123, and Explorer have also matured and expanded their capabilities. This presentation will take look at the use of these field applications and ArcGIS Online on several distinctly different projects and uses to demonstrate their versatility in field and how that translates to enterprise data management. Municipal applications such as structure inspections and sign inventory, to job safety survey forms and a marketing tool for pipeline survey and construction materials tracking will be discussed. These demonstrations will show that data collection using these tools can be an easier, more streamlined process, allowing it to be applied in more field situations than ever before. The lessons learned, including on the hardware used, will be shared in the hopes that both those thinking about getting started or implementing similar solutions can take away something valuable.


Monday October 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Broadway 3

11:30am

UAV #1 Track. So You Built a Multi-million Bathhouse: Assessing the Past, Present, & Future of a Beloved New England Beach Using Drones
AUTHORS: Tracy Tien, Spatial Fellow, Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College
Jon Caris, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College
Robert Newton, Professor of Geoscience, Smith College

ABSTRACT: Popham Beach, Maine experiences extreme shoreline and dune changes that pose potential threats to park facilities and private properties. For many years, students from Smith College make a spring trip to Popham to assess the dynamic beach processes and learn a field data collection methods. Professor Robert Newton’s geomorphology class conducts recurring ground-based surveys each year to discern the how, why, and what if’s of the sedimentation process at the beach. The Spatial Analysis Lab recently introduced aerial surveying with drones that complements the research with large-scale, high-resolution orthomosaics to offer analysis on beach erosion and restoration overtime. Analysis of drone imagery with ArcGIS confirms drone mapping is suitable for accurate shoreline monitoring. The UAV data collected also enhances the work by addressing the resiliency and adaptability of the state park to sea-level rise.


Monday October 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

1:30pm

Esri Session. Field Mobility Workflows using Workforce and Collector
PRESENTER: Derek Law, Product Manager, Esri-Redlands

ABSTRACT: This session provides an overview of the ArcGIS Field Apps which includes: Workforce for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, and Explorer for ArcGIS. It will also present the general field apps workflow and how these apps can be deployed in a unified workflow.


Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Highrock

1:30pm

3D Track. 3D Solar Rating for Cambridge Street Trees
AUTHORS: Katie Grillo, City of Cambridge, MA

ABSTRACT: The City of Cambridge has nearly 30,000 street trees that are maintained by the City's Department of Public Works (DPW). DPW was interested in reviewing their watering plans and also investigating tree mortality in relation to a tree's location. ArcGIS Pro tools and models were used with both LiDAR and 3D multipatch buildings to determine how much sunlight each street tree receives throughout the summer. As a way to make the results of this study more accessible to city staff, the solar rating is incorporated into the street tree data and displayed in a 3D web scene on ArcGIS Online.

Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

1:30pm

Public Sector Apps Track. Using ArcGIS Online for your Municipal Website
AUTHORS: Mike Doyle, Founder, Hilltop Northeast Enterprises

ABSTRACT: Esri has been developing ArcGIS Online for many years now, and it is now at a point where municipalities can use it as their municipal website. Implementing this technology unleashes the power of Esri’s maps and apps for any and all departments within your organization, and can now even be used to make abutters lists! I will discuss available maps and apps, management of data in the Esri cloud, syncing strategies, and managing access.


Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Broadway 3

1:30pm

Water Track. Enabling Best Practices for Stormwater Through a Standards Based Framework
AUTHORS: Ricardo Lopez-Torrijos, CasaAlba Consulting

ABSTRACT: Municipalities and Stormwater Authorities confront significant challenges in getting their arms around their goals and workload. They must cover the update of asset inventories, integration of business and technical information, planning and managing improvements and maintenance, and communication with multiple partners, funding sources and regulators. Key for alignment of the diverse workload is having the base information set in a framework allowing its use in all workflows. Tools drawing data from such information framework enable the alignment. Incorporation of existing and emerging Standards and Best Practices for water related data provides the framework.

Bringing experiences in stormwater system mapping projects large and small, from Washington DC to Kingston, NY, the presentation shows how standards for hydrography, stormwater, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling are the framework that allows tying the base information to workflows, communication and funding activities. Reviewed best practices include: LiDAR based updates; road culvert and stormwater sewer system inventory and characterization; integration with surface runoff, Natural Resource Inventory and Green Infrastructure. Mapping and modeling standards covered include NAACC for culvert inventory, high resolution NHDPlus for surface and stormwater system integration, StreamStats and the National Water Model for H&H modeling, and other emerging stormwater system mapping standards.


Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Broadway 1&2

1:30pm

Web Apps #1 Track. How Unique (Search) Is Your Widget?
AUTHORS: Michael Blair, Innovate! Inc.

ABSTRACT: The Query widget is great for predefined searches, however, what do you do when you want to find data across multiple attributes and many unique values per attribute? Innovate! solved that problem by developing a custom widget to make use of a unique value SQL view to serve the data dynamically through a service. The widget then consumes the JSON response and builds a multi-selection search interface. Additionally, there is a geographic filtering function that allows for the querying to be conducted within a drawn geometry. See how you can be unique too!


Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Alabama

2:00pm

3D Track. NYS Elevation Data: Lifecycle on Collecting, Reviewing, and Sharing Elevation Data
AUTHORS: Jeffrey Langella, New York State Information Technology Services - GIS Program Office

ABSTRACT: This presentation will highlight how New York State is working with other County, State, and Federal Agencies on where to collect Elevation Data. A high level overview on how the data is reviewed for quality and accuracy using several different GIS packages. The end of the presentation will focus on all the products we make available free of charge. These products include bare earth DEMs, Hillshade, Contours, and LAS Point Clouds. We will focus on how we make all of this data available to the public via direct download and web services.


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Saratoga 1/2

2:00pm

Web Apps #1 Track. Using GIS Tools to Better Manage Staff, Projects and Better Utilize Acquired Data
AUTHORS: John Diaz, Robert Nalewajk – Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

ABSTRACT: GPI is actively utilizing in-house UAS services for a variety of project related tasks. These can vary from obtaining simple graphics for marketing/presentation purposes to complex, surveys and infrastructure assessments. Keeping track of the flights, in terms of planning, scheduling, assigning pilots and notifying Project Managers of the completion of the flight as well as data processing was becoming more difficult as more and more applications for UAS services grew. One of the biggest issues was communicating with the UAS pilots to assign projects and for them to notify staff of the status (planning, complete, etc.).

Utilizing a variety of ESRI GIS products; including Workforce, Collector, Web Apps, AGOL and Desktop, GPI was able to provide a more direct way for Project Managers to coordinate and schedule UAS flights. Through building a Web App, Managers could submit a flight request and check on the status of the flight. Through integrating the Flight Request with Workforce, the flight could be assigned to the UAS Pilot through the mobile application. Integrating the Collector application with Workforce allowed the UAV Pilot to view all details of the project as well as giving them the opportunity to edit relevant data from the field.

Once the flight was completed, a dashboard was developed to provide a quick update of the flight request status.

The discussion will also include GPI's use of Collector and Survey 123 as tools to more efficiently and effectively collect field data for a variety of applications.


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Alabama

2:30pm

3D Track. 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study
AUTHORS: Dan Walters, USGS

ABSTRACT: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are gathering information from users across the Nation to improve the availability and consistency of 3D elevation data, including both terrestrial and bathymetric data, for the United States and its territories. The 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study will shape the future of Federal elevation data programs.
A previous and similar study conducted by USGS in 2012, the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment resulted in the formation of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The presentation will review the progress and results of 3DEP; provide detailed information about the information being gathered now; and an overview of how the information will be used to improve 3DEP in the future.


Monday October 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

2:30pm

Public Sector Apps Track. Creative Applications of Spatial Analysis in Public Sector Auditing
AUTHORS: Hilary Papineau, Rachael Southworth, Bob Mainello, Heather Pratt, Andre Spar, Theresa Nellis-Matson, Lisa Rooney, Marsha Daugherty, Jonathan Julca, Rachelle Goodine – Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of State Government Accountability

ABSTRACT: The Office of the New York State Comptroller’s (OSC) Division of State Government Accountability (SGA) conducts performance audits of New York State and City entities to determine if taxpayer money is being used effectively and efficiently and to help improve government operations, programs, and financial management. SGA recognizes the value of using GIS to conduct spatial analysis and enhance its audit reports by highlighting risk in public programs and increasing the impact of its audits. This presentation discusses examples of SGA audits using spatial analysis in unconventional ways – analyzing relationships between traditionally unrelated data sets and identifying gaps in services across the State – with the end goal of strengthening public health and safety. For example, in an audit of the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) entitled Registration and Enforcement of Automotive Services, Sales, and Salvage Facilities (Report 2016-S-71), SGA auditors identified locations where automotive businesses could potentially be operating without a valid registration by matching land use data from New York State tax parcels with DMV records. SGA’s audit of the Department of Environmental Conservation entitled Drug Management and Disposal (Report 2016-S-82) identified large areas of the State that were underserved by the program. SGA has found that the creative application of geospatial technology to diverse data sets allows public programs to more strategically and proactively focus their limited resources. We aim to engage organizations responsible for overseeing public programs in how GIS can be an innovative tool for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and improving government operations.


Monday October 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Broadway 3

2:30pm

Web Apps #1 Track. You’ve Captured the Data – Now Put it to Use! NYSDOT’s System of Engagement
AUTHORS: Steve Wilcox, Director, Maintenance Program Planning Bureau, NYSDOT
Mike Rossi, Asset Management Program Engineer, NYSDOT

ABSTRACT: Most computer system projects are focused on collecting data for use by experts within an individual functional area. These “systems of record” include systems for safety, project tracking , fiscal management, maintenance management or asset management. This presentation will describe how NYSDOT created strategic alignment across the agency and began developing a “System of Engagement” to traverse multiple DOT and publicly available data sets to serve particular purposes.
NYSDOT has begun a three- year project to build 47 apps and the infrastructure necessary to support these. The apps will be designed to be used on any device including: cell phone, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. This will provide the user access to key authoritative information without having to find a system’s “expert” to interpret, analyze and report in response to requests for information.
These apps are made available through a single destination or “Portal” from where the agency can access current, authoritative and accurate information. Think of this as creating a DOT “App Store”.
This first year is focused on the configuration of eleven critical apps prioritized for two purposes. The first is to create data viewers including: projects, pavement, bridge data, STIP, environmental surface waters, maintenance and safety, as these will serve as the basic web service building blocks for more complex apps. The second focus area is for emergency response, including a Winter Ops App for managing snow and ice operations and a Flood Response App for managing the response to flooding events.


Monday October 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Alabama
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

8:30am

Data Analysis/Visualization Track. Using IoT and Dashboarding to Enhance Efficiency and Improve Sustainability
AUTHORS: Elizabeth Arabadjis, VHB

ABSTRACT: This presentation will highlight projects undertaken for sustainability groups to leverage technologies to meet goals including IoT, business analytics, and GIS. Various data are analyzed to better understand the planned initiatives. Trends, deficiencies, and the power of the “where” in the data can be used to better understand what is working. Methods used to screen sustainability initiatives using evaluation criteria to determine feasibility, costs, and benefits will be discussed.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Broadway 3

8:30am

Lidar/3D Track. Topo and Bathymetric Lidar Capture for the City of New York
AUTHORS: Kristen Grady*, NYC DoITT; Jarlath ONeil-Dunne, UVM Spatial Analysis La; Drew Meren, Quantum Spatial; Michele Giorgianni, AppGeo

ABSTRACT: The City of New York has realized the importance of developing accurate and current elevation and land cover data in support of resiliency and green infrastructure initiatives. In 2010, the City acquired high accuracy, bare-earth processed Topographic LiDAR data for the full extent of New York City. This data was used to support a variety of projects such as coastal storm and sea level rise inundation, flood risk assessment, and mitigation, green infrastructure and tree canopy planning.

In 2017, the City began to collect new Bathymetric and updated Topographic LiDAR data. This new data will support City operations with data analysis, policymaking, resiliency and environmental planning. In addition, the use of the 2010 and 2017 data will be used to analyze how Hurricane Sandy and human interventions have recently altered the City’s landscape. Since 2010 the evolution of Aerial Bathymetric LiDAR (TopoBathy) has allowed for elevation data below certain depth of water in and around the City. In the Spring and Summer two aerial missions were set out onto the City to collect both the Topographic and TopoBathy LiDAR data. Collection was captured from 2 different planes. Coordination with the City, FAA, media, the weather and contractors required well organized procedures and systems between all involved. This abstract will look into these tasks during the scope development, coordination and acquisition stages.

Direct and derived products - land cover, tree canopy change, and Digital Elevation Models - will provide an unprecedented opportunity to analyze change and to support future resiliency planning.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Saratoga 1/2

9:00am

Lidar/3D Track. Expanding Vermont Spatial Data Infrastructure with Statewide QL2 Lidar
AUTHORS: Mike Brouillette, Lidar Program Manager, Vermont Center for Geographic Information

ABSTRACT: Vermont has achieved statewide Quality Level 2 (QL2) lidar coverage in 2018, positioning the state to pursue robust Vermont Spatial Data Infrastructure (VSDI) goals previously out of reach. Primary among these goals is a statewide, 17-class land cover layer at 0.5m resolution with an overall accuracy of 90% or better. The geometric information in lidar along with the spectral information in various statewide imagery supports Automated Feature Extraction using an Object Based Image Analysis framework to produce this data. Increased data accuracy, reduced acquisition costs, and advancing technologies are increasingly enabling those responsible for finding innovative solutions to an array of Vermont’s challenges. A pre-release of the land cover data will be shown along with other current efforts (Statewide Property Parcel Mapping Program), as well as a brief overview of the lidar program and lidar-based services.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Saratoga 1/2

9:30am

Lidar/3D Track. Vegetation Analysis in 3D
AUTHORS: Andrew Flynn, Vermont Electric Power Company

ABSTRACT: LiDAR data can be a powerful tool to support decision making at an organization, but simply viewing the data can be a cumbersome process that limits its usage to a handful of individuals. Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) has deployed tools in ArcGIS Online to empower users across the company by providing on demand access to LiDAR deliverables in a high performance 3D environment.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Saratoga 1/2

9:30am

Web Apps #2 Track. Custom Widget Development: Making Sense of Map Widgets in ArcGIS Javascript API 4.0+
AUTHORS: Stephen Patterson, Terracon

ABSTRACT: The ArcGIS Javascript API has quite a few existing maps widgets that perform some basic functionality, but we needed some additional features to interact with data. Come learn about building custom Typescript widgets in the ArcGIS Javascript API and see how we made widgets for Annotation, Measuring, Bookmarks, and a Loading Icon.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Alabama

10:30am

UAV #2 Track. UAS Lidar and Imagery in the NERRS: Evaluating the Effectiveness of UAS Sensors and Platforms for Multi-Purpose Mapping of Marshes and Beaches in the NERRS Sentinel Site Network
AUTHORS: Kirk Waters, NOAA OCM; Sue Bickford, Wells NERR; Jamie Carter*, TBG at NOAA OCM; Nina Garfield, NOAA OCM; Andrea Habeck, Jacques Cousteau NERR; Nate Herold, NOAA OCM; Jared Lewis, San Francisco Bay NERR; Jonathan Pitchford, Grand Bay NERR; Melissa Rosa, TBG at NOAA OCM

ABSTRACT: There is a near universal need within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and by other natural resource stakeholders for accurate Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and habitat maps to support a diversity of applications. Applications include supporting sea level rise research and management and flood forecasts; evaluating the impact of specific vegetation management practices on elevation in marsh micro-environments; assessing beaches after storms for damage assessment and restoration purposes; and identifying high priority invasive and sensitive vegetation. Our intent with this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of unmanned aerial system (UAS) platforms to produce multiple mapping data and products for elevation and vegetation mapping in marshes and dune systems. We sought a UAS solution that could fly multi-spectral and lidar elevation instruments sequentially on the same platform. We contracted UAS data collection to the private sector (Quantum Spatial, Inc., and PrecisionHawk) and conducted the ground truth ourselves (NERRS and NOAA staff). We used multiple NERRS sentinel sites as test beds. Data from multiple high-resolution multi-spectral sensors and lidar elevation were acquired for three NERRS sites: Jacques Cousteau, NJ; Grand Bay, MS; and Rush Ranch in San Francisco Bay, CA. The data were evaluated on their ability to meet specifications, primarily positional accuracy and resolution, and their potential to improve habitat mapping.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Saratoga 1/2

11:00am

Enterprise GIS #1 Track. The Ups and Downs of Upgrading Hardware, Software, and Websites
AUTHORS: Dan Goodrich, Connecticut Water Company; Mike Doyle, Hilltop Northeast Enterprises

ABSTRACT: The Connecticut Water Company aims to be a world-class water utility, which is why our GIS group has been working to elevate our enterprise GIS platform to world-class levels. This means saying goodbye to ArcGIS 10.3 and our Flex based website in favor of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 and Portal for web delivery. It also means upgrading our virtualized editing environment from Citrix to a new hardware stack running VMWare VSphere to provide better speeds for editors across all parts of New England. We will review our process, our pain, and our eventual success! We will focus on our preparation for the project and our testing throughout.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Alabama

11:00am

UAV #2 Track. Beyond the Drone
AUTHORS: Ted Covill, WSP USA

ABSTRACT: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) aka. Drones have been in use for several years and users have found many uses for data that can be produced using these systems. These applications range from basic imagery for marketing or personal use to more advanced applications such as orthophoto rectification or topographic modeling. This presentation will focus on the photogrammetric application know as Structure for Motion (SfM) and how sUAS imagery can be used to create ground surface model and 3D models of other objects such as tanks, towers and piers.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Saratoga 1/2

11:30am

Enterprise GIS #1 Track. Dr. Strange Locus, or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Common Gateway Interface
AUTHORS: Stephen Washburn, GZA GeoEnvironmental; Justin Ivas, GZA GeoEnvironmental

ABSTRACT: This presentation will cover the automated mapping platform we have developed using python, JS, CGI, and ESRI API that we have dubbed “GZA Automap”. It provides an easy to use front end or “user interface” on our company SharePoint. The platform allows users to interact with the front end on SharePoint to automatically generate project specific maps derived from information stored in in our SQL enterprise databases. We have begun with the most commonly used and simplest to automate, the Site Locus Map and the Site Plan.

As the platform progresses we hope to add support for the automation of textual reporting, exploration location plans, geotechnical or environmental sub-surface profiles and much more!

presentation outline (subject to refinement):
1. Introduction
2. The concept is born (here at NEARC fall two years ago!)
3. The Early Days (developing and refining individual functions for the application)
4. Operating on an Island (application works but only locally on individual workstations)
5. Planning the Exodus (understanding client/server applications and migrating the application to the cloud)
6. The Face of the Platform (UI/UX)
7. Nuts and Bolts (server side python application aspects)
8. Web Server Configuration
9. Future Sight
10. Q & A


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Alabama

11:30am

UAV #2 Track. UAS Management: Integrating Drone Operations in an Enterprise Setting
AUTHORS: Nate Ward, Terracon

ABSTRACT: Managing your Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) fleet, flight crews, authorizations, batteries, and records can be time consuming and tricky. Coordinating drone operations across an organization requires these aspects to be done in a management system. As a case study on choosing a management platform, we will look at the current options on the market and how they can help your organization simplify its UAS management.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

1:30pm

Data Collection Track. A GIS Centric Modus Operandi for Infrastructure Improvement
AUTHORS: Kevin M. Gildea, Melisa Ennella, Christopher Kobos, William Selders  - H2M Architects and Engineers

ABSTRACT: The components of a public water distribution system are commonly designed with a 100-year lifetime which requires water purveyors to replace approximately one-percent of their system annually to ensure optimal functionality and water quality.  However, capital improvements in historically urban areas routinely encounter obstacles that make the projects difficult to execute.  To compound the issue, constructed and existing assets are subsurface assets that are only visible for a timeframe of hours throughout their 100-year lifetime.  Additionally, the 2017 enactment of the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA) in New Jersey requires all water purveyors to have a comprehensive asset management plan and geographic coordinates of all installed valves and fire hydrants based on GPS or other location technology.  To solve the multitude of issues that water purveyors are faced with, H2M created a GIS-centric method of managing water distribution construction projects using ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, Survey123, and Collector by ESRI.  The mobile technology provides H2M field engineers an interactive map to update on-site as assets are ‘daylighted’, structured field report generation via Survey123, and a file geodatabase with the client’s data schema for the addition of new assets with geographic coordinates to seamlessly enter into the client’s asset management system.  The workflow and data schema can be modified to benefit a variety of clients working on infrastructure projects across multiple verticals.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Broadway 3

1:30pm

Facilities Track. Where am I? Floor Plan Application Integrating Multiple Facilities and Human Resource Data
AUTHORS: Michael Blair, Innovate! Inc.

ABSTRACT: Innovate! Inc. developed a web-based Floor Plan application tool for US EPA Region 9 that provides access to information about Region 9 people, places, and resources. It displays the current list of all Region 9 employees, including contractors, grantees, volunteers (if any), and other EPA and federal agency staff stationed in R9. It also provides detailed floor plans for each space at EPA R9 Headquarters, other regional offices and place-based individuals. There are many layers that can be turned on that offer details of resources and emergency information for the building. The application was built using Esri JavaScript API and ArcServer and integrates AutoCAD floor plan data. Innovate was honored with a Federal Small Business Specialty (FSBS) Award during the Esri FedGIS Conference. Innovate! was named Esri’s 2018 Innovation Partner for our innovative usage of Esri technology in support of our client’s operations (https://www.innovateteam.com/innovate-inc-honored-at-esri-fedgis-conference-as-2018-innovation-partner/).


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Alabama

1:30pm

Remote Sensing Track. High Resolution Land Cover for the Northeast (and Beyond)
AUTHORS: Nate Herold, NOAA Office for Coastal Management; Jamie Carter, The Baldwin Group, Inc. on contract for NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

ABSTRACT: Understanding current land cover patterns and past change trends is essential to comprehensive management, assessment, and future planning. For more than two decades, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has been producing consistent, accurate land cover and change information for the coastal U.S through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), with the goal of continually updating these maps every 5 years. In recent years, NOAA has been working to establish an operational higher resolution land cover product line, bringing the national C-CAP framework to the local level and allowing for more site specific applications. This work has been possible because of the wealth of available imagery and lidar data, improved software and hardware capabilities, and artificial intelligence classification techniques. This talk will highlight the results of this work in the Northeast, with particular emphasis on products recently released for Massachusetts and Connecticut.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

2:00pm

Facilities Track. Modeling and Managing Indoor Data in Your GIS
AUTHORS: Stu Rich, PenBay Solutions

ABSTRACT: Indoor GIS is gaining a lot of interest due to the great value that can be gained by applying the power of GIS to indoor problems. There are a number of factors that make developing and managing an indoor GIS a bit different than your typical outdoor GIS. We will discuss lessons learned about modeling and managing information about the indoor environment gathered through years of experience. We will compare and contrast some of the more prevalent information models and best practices for getting started with your indoor GIS. You should come away with an appreciation of some of the success factors involved and a basic roadmap for how to get started.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Alabama

2:00pm

Remote Sensing Track. Statewide High-Resolution Land Cover Mapping
AUTHORS: Jaralth O'Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont

ABSTRACT: From statewide orthos to NAIP imagery to LiDAR, we are awash in high-resolution remotely sensed data. While these data can serve as great basemaps, the investment in these data truly pays off when we turn them into information. This presentation will discuss several statewide land cover mapping projects that are currently underway in New England. Participants will gain insight into the tools and techniques used to transform terabytes of high-resolution imagery and LiDAR data into land cover information, along with the challenges of doing so when datasets vary with respect to quality, acquisition date, and specifications. Prepared to be amazed at how far automated feature extraction techniques have come and how this technology can be leveraged to help resource managers make more informed decisions.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Saratoga 1/2

2:30pm

Data Collection Track. Leveraging Collector and Survey123 Together for Effective Field Data Collection
AUTHORS: Scott Manley, GIS Analyst, VHB

ABSTRACT: Did you know you can call a Survey123 (S123) form from within a Collector application? This process of invoking S123 from Collector means you can pre-populate portions of your S123 form, including a further-refined set of domains. Users can take advantage of the map-centric nature of Collector along with the robust, easy-to-use data entry forms available in Survey123. In this presentation, we will walk through the steps of building out a service to be used in a Collector map and then demonstrate how the submitted survey’s results build on other data collection efforts.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Broadway 3

2:30pm

Facilities Track. Mapping a University, Inside and Out
AUTHORS: Rylee Wrenner, Alexander Okscin – University of Massachusetts Amherst

ABSTRACT: Creating geodatabases and visually representing their attributes enables more effective management of campus furnishings and infrastructure. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we have used ArcCollector to inventory bike racks, benches, waste bins, and other outdoor assets over the past year. Our ultimate goal was to map all campus spaces. As we transitioned from outdoor to indoor mapping, we switched from ArcOnline to ArcPro, using georeferenced CAD floor plans and 360 photos rather than aerial imagery. Locating indoor assets is not a trivial undertaking, as it requires greater attention to measurement accuracy and and a higher level of security than outdoor assets. In our presentation, we will describe our experience using ArcPro and its AutoCAD integration to inventory indoor campus assets and create a Campus Network for pedestrian accessibility. We will discuss our successes and challenges in developing an efficient data collection methodology and assisting campus stakeholders with mapping indoor assets within 12.9 million gross square feet of building space on the flagship campus of Massachusetts.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Alabama

2:30pm

Remote Sensing Track. Estimating Percent Impervious Cover from Landsat-based Land Cover: An Evaluation of a Simple and Transferable Regression Model
AUTHORS: Jason R. Parent, Qian Lei – University of Connecticut

ABSTRACT: Percent impervious cover (PIC) is often estimated from moderate-resolution satellite data which is known to overestimate PIC in urban areas and underestimate PIC in rural areas. Regression-based models (e.g. ISAT, ETIS) have been developed to calibrate Landsat-based PIC estimates to improve accuracy. However, it is unknown how these models perform if they are used outside of the geographic area for which the models were developed or if the size of the analysis units (e.g. watershed) affects model performance. Furthermore, these models tend to be applicable only for specific land cover datasets and may require ancillary data such as population estimates. This study evaluated the robustness of a simple regression model, based solely on Landsat-based impervious land cover, to estimate PIC for different geographic areas, land cover datasets, and analysis units.

We tested the model for analysis units ranging in size from 2 to 100+ ha for four locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio. The model was developed in southwestern CT and validated in the three other locations. Model RMSE values ranged from 1.5% to 10.0% with the performance improving as the analysis unit size increased. The model had slightly lower performance (0.0 to 2.7% higher RMSE) when applied outside the area in which it was developed. Overall, this study showed that a simple PIC estimation model, based only on the impervious cover classes of Landsat-based land cover datasets, can be effective for a variety of analysis unit sizes and for locations outside of the model calibration areas.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Saratoga 1/2

4:00pm

Enterprise GIS #2 Track. Implementing an ArcGIS Hub: Tips and Tricks and Lessons Learned
AUTHORS: Nicholas Floersch, Katie Budreski, David Healy – Stone Environmental, Inc.

ABSTRACT: The ArcGIS Hub is a new data-driven approach to frame a community's open data, and engage with that community, and its constituents, around specific community initiatives and goals. Stone is working with a Vermont community to develop an ArcGIS Hub solution within their ArcGIS Online environment. We will share our approach to gaining interest from non-GIS audiences, defining a framework for outlining initiative content, collecting and centralizing a community's data, developing stories around the community's data, and using the contextualized data to engage the community towards its initiatives. We will also discuss strategies for ongoing maintenance.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Alabama

4:30pm

Enterprise GIS #2 Track. The 4th Industrial Revolution and the Role of the Geospatial Professional
AUTHORS: James Gaynor, Terracon

ABSTRACT: Many organizations across a wide spectrum of industries seek to radically transform the way information is collected, analyzed, and communicated throughout all levels of their organization. Geospatial professionals have a unique opportunity to facilitate this digital transformation by demonstrating practical data integration workflows and implementing spatial technologies to help solve specific business challenges. This presentation will show how a location-first approach is helping to shape the conversation of digital transformation within a large multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm in the AEC industry. Using examples of successful and unsuccessful initiatives, we will highlight some of the challenges in digital transformation and where geospatial professionals have the greatest opportunity for professional growth and the facilitation of organizational change.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Alabama