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Monday, October 29
 

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

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
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

8:30am

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
Alabama

9:00am

Web Apps #2 Track. MassDOT Highway Division Interactive Mapping Portal and Crash Tracking (IMPACT) Project
AUTHORS: Larry Spraker, Sam Berg – VHB

ABSTRACT: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division is tasked with collecting crash data and providing timely, accurate vehicular crash information to Federal, State and Local authorities in addition to ensuring the information is publicly available. The data is also critical to supporting Highway’s roadway safety management process. In 2018 the Highway Division embarked on an effort to streamline its existing crash data collection, geocoding, review and validation, and reporting processes by designing, developing, and deploying a modern, stable, extensible, scalable, and integrated enterprise system titled Interactive Mapping Portal and Crash Tracking (IMPACT). Deploying a methodology steeped in collaboration, the project has resulted in a suite of process improvements by developing streamlined workflows and integrating new functionality as elicited through a comprehensive requirements elicitation phase coupled with an agile development process. Balancing a desire for commercial off the shelf (COTS) based solutions with unique workflow requirements, IMPACT achieves the goals of replacing the existing system, leveraging Esri’s Roads and Highways, enhancing critical workflows, realizing an updated and integrated data model, and deploying a comprehensive reporting and analytical toolset. This presentation will outline process improvements, system design patterns, management challenges, and ultimate success realized through this important effort.

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

10:30am

Enterprise GIS #1 Track. Diversify Your Toolbox: How to Leverage Your Esri Data Investment with Companion Technologies
AUTHORS: David Breeding, Applied Geographics

ABSTRACT: Ensuring the greatest return on your geospatial data investments may well require your database infrastructure to communicate with a variety of modern mapping and cloud-based platforms. Are you prepared? This session will focus on methods that allow your existing ArcGIS for Server infrastructure or database content to communicate with the broader ecosystem of spatial resources that exist in the market today. You will learn about the communication protocols for transferring spatial data to Google, Carto, and Open platforms. The methods will be presented through a series of use cases that show you how to leverage your Esri managed content on these platforms.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Alabama

10:30am

Workshop Track. Leveraging the Power of Big Data to Capture and Visualize High-Volume Vector Data Change with ArcGIS and Amazon's Redshift Database
AUTHORS: Brian Hebert, ScribeKey, LLC

ABSTRACT: Leveraging ArcGIS tools and the high performance computing power of Amazon Web Services Redshift big data cloud database platform, Brian Hebert of ScribeKey, LLC, will demonstrate capturing and visualizing high volume vector data change. Metrics will be captured, presented, and analyzed to describe changes to the full national US TIGER Line street network layer (All Lines - EDGES), between 2013 and 2017, involving comparisons of tens of millions of individual street line features' geometry and attributes. Participants will gain a solid understanding of how big data engines can be leveraged and integrated with ESRI's GIS Desktop applications.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Broadway 3

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

3:30pm

Enterprise GIS #2 Track. ArcGIS Hub: Bringing it all together
AUTHORS: Pam Brangan, Melanie Needle, Chris Dubin - Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

ABSTRACT: GIS is integral to much of what we do at CCRPC, whether it is maps, data development, or analysis. Using ArcGIS Hub we will highlight our work and offer one-stop shopping of our data and online maps as well as develop Initiative pages for specific projects. This presentation will cover the design and development of CCRPC’s Hub, how we will integrate it within our existing website as well as how we plan to utilize Initiative Pages to engage our partners.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Alabama

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