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Monday, October 29


Field Data Collection Track. Using ARCGISOnline, Collector, and Survey123 as Field Data Collectors and Report Publishers
AUTHORS: Richard O'Gara, PEER Consultants, P.C.

ABSTRACT: The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) is a $2.3 billion construction project to extend the Green Line from Lechmere Station in Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and Tufts University in Medford. The Green Line Extension (GLX) Extension Project consists of construction of 7 new stations and over 4.3 miles of new Light-rail track and appurtenances.

PEER Burlington was awarded the contract for providing the Pre-construction survey services in support of the GLX project. The survey requires performing damage assessment and elevation surveys for approximately 1000 properties along the project right of way. The large number of properties, separate survey crews, and varied types of data and deliverables necessitated a structured, computerized approach to field data gathering and data reporting. PEER chose to use ARCGIS, ARCGISonline, Collector, and Survey123 to collect data in the field, check the data, and create deliverables.

Mr. O’Gara has more than 25 years of experience developing, analyzing, and visualizing large infrastructure and environmental geographic data sets for the public and private sectors. He has significant experience developing geospatial data models. Mr. O’Gara has managed several data creation projects. He has also provided technical services and guidance on a wide variety of topics. Richard has been “in the field” on many occasions, but only got his work truck stuck in mud once!

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


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


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


Water Track. Water Analytics: Using ArcGIS Online to Integrate Stormwater Utility Models with near Real-Time Data Feeds
AUTHORS: Brittney Gibbons, CDM Smith; Darren Mackiewicz*, CDM Smith

ABSTRACT: A ‘Water Analytics’ platform was implemented by CDM Smith and the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) of Hartford, Connecticut to empower proactive real-time geospatial decision-making—enabling a smarter infrastructure approach to monitoring, operating and improving collection system infrastructure. This is accomplished through automated integration of system data and hydraulic models for validation of expected performance, displayed through an easy-to-use geospatial web viewer.

The platform is proving to be valuable in monitoring and refining the MDC’s $2 billion Clean Water Project to mitigate combined sewer overflows (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), and has enabled the MDC to identify and address collapsed pipes, capacity constraints and other O&M issues proactively before becoming larger problems.

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


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


Water Track. Who's Down with GPV? Yeah, You Know Me!
AUTHORS: Michael Olkin, Alex Hiller, Kyle Barna – Springfield Water and Sewer Commission

ABSTRACT: Water utilities of today must marry century-old infrastructure with 21st century technology to meet workflow demands and customer expectations. Due to the varied and expansive nature of the water sector, such technology must be versatile in order to realize efficiencies. GIS applications play a pivotal role in construction, maintenance, planning, communication, and daily operations at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC). This presentation highlights how SWSC is using AppGeo’s open source General Purpose Viewer (GPV) web mapping technology to bring GIS data, CMMS content, and other SWSC systems together to improve operations and customer experience. The SWSC GIS staff’s approach to the process of testing, implementing, providing training, and supporting the use of a new web technology will also be covered. Demonstrations will include GPV capabilities that have been leveraged to automate or enhance SWSC workflows including upstream/downstream tracing of sewer pipes, user-friendly queries that help to automate asset reporting, enhancements in emergency management communication processes, and improvements to interdepartmental communication. SWSC provides drinking water to the residents of Springfield and Ludlow, Massachusetts, while wholesaling or providing peak water service to six other communities in the Pioneer Valley. SWSC is responsible for maintaining three reservoirs with a total capacity of more than 25 billion gallons, approximately 19,000 acres of property, and over 1,000 miles of water and sewer pipe.

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


Web Apps #2 Track. Data Management Tool (DMT): How a Web-based Application Helps to Manage and Inventory Multiple Internal, Private and Public Geodatabases, Map Services and Online Items Throughout an Enterprise
AUTHORS: Michael Blair, Innovate! Inc.

ABSTRACT: Innovate developed a custom application, or Data Management Tool (DMT) to improve the quality, consistency, and transparency of US EPA Region 9 geospatial resources. As background, the US EPA Region 9 utilizes a wide range of Esri products in multiple internal, sensitive, and public environments. Maintaining an up to date and accurate inventory of data in enterprise geodatabases, ArcGIS Server services, and ArcGIS Online items is both arduous and complex. Further, a historical focus on project-centric operations tended to silo data by project area or support division, often resulting in data and metadata replication. While EPA Region 9 has deployed previous data management systems, their faults were often in the reliance of manual inventory updates and user input.

The DMT application provides a searchable, sortable, user-friendly interface that not only relates all of the content but checks for the existence of and completeness of related documentation, including hosting environment, metadata, unique identifiers, update cycles, and sharing settings. The application serves as a live, single point of entry for all analysts to find resources, and immediately identify their location, accuracy, and relevance.

The new DMT leverages the backends of enterprise geodatabases in Microsoft SQL Server, ArcGIS for Server, and the ArcGIS Online API to harvest and relate features in all three Esri products. The system is deployed in each environment and automatically harvests items in the enterprise geodatabases and those related to map service layers, including the metadata for all ArcGIS Online items to identify if any contain rest services.

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


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


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


Environmental Apps Track. Implementing an Environmental Compliance Tracking System at MBTA
AUTHORS: Dale Abbott, Sam Berg - VHB

ABSTRACT: VHB is assisting the MBTA Environmental group in the design and implementation of a GIS-based Environmental Compliance Tracking System that can support tracking of various environmental assets on MBTA-owned property. In support of the Environmental Compliance Tracking System, VHB is assisting MBTA in adopting data collections standards, inspection protocols, and documentation of existing workflows, which will be leveraged by the system. VHB and the MBTA are focusing on designing and building out the application for monitoring wells and Activity and Use Limitations (AULs) for disposal sites. The architecture of the Environmental Compliance Tracking System is a highly configured deployment of Esri’s ArcGIS Online web mapping system, using the full suite of ArcGIS Online software (Collector, Workforce, Operations Dashboard). The system includes mobile data collection tools and desktop applications for viewing and editing data. The system will also integrate with MBTA’s LandTracker property management system, which MBTA uses for property management purposes. Implementing an Environment Compliance Tracking System will allow MBTA to leverage GIS technology to improve the way environmental assets are managed, and develop a robust environmental asset inventory that supports business requirements at multiple levels.

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


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


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