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Monday, October 29


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. 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
Tuesday, October 30


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


Data Analysis/Visualization Track. Exploring Jupyter: Bridging the Gap Between GIS and Data Science
AUTHORS: Mark Zito, CDM Smith

ABSTRACT: Geospatial Analysis can be considered a subset of Data Science. To consider yourself a data scientist, you need to be skilled at programming, data visualization, statistics, machine learning, linear algebra and data wrangling. You also need to know the tools that make all this possible and Python and Jupyter notebooks are leading the pack. Through Esri’s ArcGIS API for Python, Jupyter notebooks are now baked into your desktop software package. In this talk, we will cover the basics of using the notebook with your organizations GIS data and even explore some machine learning models that push the boundaries of what you can do in GIS. You may be asking, why Jupyter notebooks? These notebooks allow you to create and share with live code, markdown text, visualizations including maps, statistical models and more. They are all the rage in the data science community and offer a simple way to share and document your code.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Broadway 3


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


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