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Monday, October 29
 

10:30am

Census Track. The 2020 Census: Geographic Partnership Opportunities
AUTHORS: James Bogart, U.S. Census Bureau

ABSTRACT: As part of the 2020 Decennial Census operation, the Census Bureau provides many opportunities to collaborate with state and local governments through several different geographic partnership programs. The SAID (Spatial, Address and Imagery Data) program acquires partner data for continual updating of the Master Address File (MAF) and the Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Reference system (TIGER). The Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) allows local governments to review and update selected statistical area boundaries (tracts, block groups, census designated places (CDPs), and census county divisions (CCDs) to allow geographic data tabulations for the 2020 Census data and ACS data for the next 10 years. The New Construction program will give governments an opportunity to submit addresses for units constructed after the 2020 Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) operation. For governments who participated in the 2020 LUCA program, the Census Bureau will be providing submission feedback and entering the appeals phase in 2019, which will provide transparency to governments regarding the result of their address list update submission, and the ability to dispute any disagreements with the Census Bureau’s decisions. The annual Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) will continue to collect the legal boundaries as of January 1 of each year. Local geographic knowledge obtained through these programs is essential for the Census Bureau to provide the quality data local governments rely on when making decisions that affects the lives of their population over the next ten years.

Monday October 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Broadway 1&2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm

Data Collection Track. Mining Useful Data from Old and New Sources
AUTHORS: Samuel Lingeman, University of New Hampshire Facilities Campus Planning GIS

ABSTRACT: We are all familiar with the modern data collection techniques of today. LiDAR, Drones, RTK GNSS, GPS, Total Stations, remote sensing, smart phone apps etc. all provide valuable information for the now. But this data will become archived, obsolete at some point. Are you thinking about how someone 10 even 20 years or beyond might be able to use the data for something you haven’t thought of? Are you getting the best available data format for future use? This presentation will examine efforts by the University of New Hampshire Facilities GIS group to find and utilize data from historical or obscure sources for use in our GIS system as well as other facilities uses. We’ll examine some of the data we’ve created from multiple sources such as old drawings, maps and plans, old aerial imagery and historical documentation. We’ll also examine efforts to archive data currently being collected as well as look at standards and deliverable requirements for projects.

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

2:00pm

Environmental Apps Track. Environmental Monitoring: Collection to Reporting
AUTHORS: Andrew Flynn, VELCO

ABSTRACT: Environmental monitoring and reporting is an essential component of maintaining compliance on construction projects. Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) has adopted a streamlined data collection and reporting process using esri’s Collector application and GeoCortex web maps. We will focus on how VELCO incorporates ArcGIS Online, Collector, and GeoCortex to make data acquisition simple, and produce regulatory quality deliverables.

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

4:00pm

Tools Track. Python, Pro, and Portal: Deploying Geoprocessing Tools for a Complex Workflow
AUTHORS: Jason Wise, Terracon

ABSTRACT: We needed to deploy geoprocessing tools to multiple offices and automate a workflow involving ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Collector, and multiple in-house applications. At the same time, we were weaning ourselves off ArcMap, starting to use ArcGIS Portal, and responding to changes in Pro's Python management functionality. Learn how we deployed our own conda packages, used the Python API to manage portals, used Python to wrangle challenging Excel files, and streamlined tool installation and configuration for users and developers.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Saratoga 1/2