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Wednesday, February 25
 

8:00am

9:00am

Deploying Mobile Solutions: What to Consider (Full day workshop) (AICP)
One way to meet demands for providing superior service levels and operational efficiencies under tightening budget constraints is to leverage new technology that places GIS data in the hands of field crews. This allows for improved management and better maintenance of work processes to properly appraise infrastructure assets and to meet service request response times.

This workshop is designed to provide local government managers with practical guidelines for building an effective mobile GIS program across multiple departments.

Specific topics include:

• Practical guidelines for building a mobile GIS
• Business drivers for moving GIS technology and data into the field
• Alternative strategies for implementing GIS-based field solutions
• Overcoming obstacles to automating field processes
• Steps in the mobility implementation process

Intended Audience: Supervisors and managers responsible for public works operations. GIS and IT department managers interested in mobilizing user applications and Mobile GIS project managers.

Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →


Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room 206

9:00am

Emergency Preparedness for GIS (Full day workshop, first half) and North Carolina Emergency Management – GIS Training (second half) (AICP)
  • Emergency Preparedness for GIS (1/2 Day - First Half)
    As GIS goes from being a silo technology in an organization to an integrated enterprise solution, there is a pressing need for cross training on the non-technical disciplines GIS staff is being asked to support. Specifically, public safety (emergency management, police and fire services) and the ridged work flows which accompany their daily duties, often prove foreign to those unfamiliar with these specific disciplines. In order to accommodate their needs in a time-sensitive situation, out experience is that by taking the 'GIS' out of the analyst-emergency responder relationship is the best approach. The key is to arm the GIS professional with enough knowledge so they can effectively discern the needs of the incident commander and quickly produce the spatial document(s) which best support decision making in an emergency.

    This workshop is divided into a two part structure:
    First, an overview of the incident command structure and the national incident management system. We will briefly discuss common situations specific to each discipline and show case studies/examples of how GIS is used to support each. We will also discuss relevant data sets to public safety and suggestions for the integration of GIS into their organizations disaster preparedness planning.

    The second part of the workshop will include an interactive emergency technology table exercise with participants from the audience and provide take away knowledge that can be implemented in their own organizations.

    Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.

  • North Carolina Emergency Management - GIS Training (1/2 Day - Second Half)
    North Carolina Emergency Management uses GIS to run analysis for Events that occur in the state. This course will cover the Common Operating System called NC SPARTA. This is the process flow and process management system where the state participants coordinate their efforts to respond to an event. Also covered will be the viewer that is fed by the data collected in SPARTA. Locational information is also viewable in Sparta and can be used by each of the Emergency Service Functions to help determine answers for events.

    There are also a series of analysis that are done by the GIS section during an event to answer questions about amount of flooding, number of people impacted, number of buildings impacted, etc…. This information will be broken down and discussed to share.

    Finally we will discuss the capability of working with the state to recover and restore after an event. This is where data is held, how data is distributed and the information that is made available to other groups during an event.

    Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.


Speakers
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Carla Bissette

WebEOC Adminstrator, NC Emergency Management
Carla Bissette has been a member of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for twenty-five years; currently serving as a Business and Support Analyst within the Risk Management Section……with the responsibility as the agency’s WebEOC Administrator.  Ms. Bissette received her Applied Science Associates Degree in Computer Programming from Wake Technical Community College; and, she has earned a Geographic... Read More →
avatar for Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

GIS Ananlyst, Dept. of IT, City of Laurel, Maryland
Theresa Martin has over 10 years experience in emergency management and is currently the GIS Analyst for the City of Laurel in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a technical subject matter Expert for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and member of the Mid Atlantic Regional Leadership Team.
HM

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current Statewide LiDAR collection.


Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room 205

9:00am

Introduction to Public Participation GIS: Using GIS to Support Community Decision Making (Full day workshop) (AICP)
As GIS becomes more widely available, many organizations and community groups are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings. Using GIS technology to engage various “publics” in decision making requires more than traditional GIS skills.

This course focuses on the process of entering into this type of engagement. It will also review how GIS techniques and software can be adapted for use in community settings. Using real world examples, the course will explore both government and community-led projects that encourage citizen participation and engagement.

Although this workshop will be focused on PPGIS within North America our case studies will illustrate the wide variability in the presence of governmental, societal, and technological infrastructure in different communities.

Specific topics include:

• PPGIS for Civic Engagement
• Principles and Methods of Community Organizing and Engagement
• Innovative Use of Technologies
• Visual Communication

Intended Audience: Individuals who have GIS experience and want to expand their skills to reach out and engage the public. Participants should be well versed in GIS general practices and analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Colby-George, GISP

Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George formed Spatial Alternatives fifteen years ago with the goal of helping communities use GIS technology to enhance public participation in planning issues. She has extensive experience working with municipal and environmental GIS application. Judy has specialized in using GIS to communicate land use planning issues in a variety of forums. Judy co-wrote and has presented the Introduction to PPGIS workshop for URISA. Judy... Read More →


Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room 201

9:00am

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy (Full day workshop) (AICP)
As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security.

• What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws?
• What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns?
• Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data?
• What about liability for data errors?

This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame.
Specific topics include:

• State and federal Freedom of Information laws
• State and federal informational privacy laws
• Secrecy and homeland security protections
• Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
• Data sales vs. data access
• Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
• Policy and technical considerations

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for public sector managers, and policy professionals, database developers and administrators, and GIS professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →


Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room 203

12:00pm

1:00pm

Workshops resume until 5pm
Speakers
CB

Carla Bissette

WebEOC Adminstrator, NC Emergency Management
Carla Bissette has been a member of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for twenty-five years; currently serving as a Business and Support Analyst within the Risk Management Section……with the responsibility as the agency’s WebEOC Administrator.  Ms. Bissette received her Applied Science Associates Degree in Computer Programming from Wake Technical Community College; and, she has earned a Geographic... Read More →
avatar for Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

GIS Ananlyst, Dept. of IT, City of Laurel, Maryland
Theresa Martin has over 10 years experience in emergency management and is currently the GIS Analyst for the City of Laurel in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a technical subject matter Expert for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and member of the Mid Atlantic Regional Leadership Team.
HM

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current Statewide LiDAR collection.


Wednesday February 25, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
 

6:00pm

 
Thursday, February 26
 

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open (8am-10am)
Thursday February 26, 2015 8:00am - 10:00am
Ballrooms A & B

8:00am

10:00am

Plenary Session
  • Welcome  
               Tim Johnson, Conference Chair, Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

  • Welcome to Raleigh  
               Honorable Nancy MacFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh

  • Welcome from URISA  
               James Armstrong, President, Carolina URISA; Allen Ibaugh, Past President, URISA

  • Overview of the Conference  
               Tim Johnson

  • Presentation of G. Herbert Stout Local Government Awards  
               Tim Johnson; Mrs. Lewanna Stout
   

Speakers
avatar for James Armstrong

James Armstrong

Partner, Spatial-Relationships
James Armstrong is a near 30 year veteran of the GIS industry.  Having obtain his Masters Degree in GIS from  NC State in 2012,  last year he retired from public service as the Richmond County Director of GIS to open Spatial-Relationships, a GIS Consultant firm, with his wife (and former CURISA President) Kathryn Brewer. They both now reside in Boston with their two children.
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is the immediate past-president of the organization on the Board of Directors. URISA is a nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Tim is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA). NC CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS under the NC Department of Information Technology. He manages agency operations and provides staff support to the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC), a legislatively established body that guides GIS implementation in North Carolina. Tim has been with NC CGIA for 28 years, serving as... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Ballroom C

10:45am

Break
Thursday February 26, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
 

10:45am

Exhibit Hall Open (10:45am-7pm)
Thursday February 26, 2015 10:45am - 7:00pm
Ballrooms A & B

11:00am

Open-ing the Future of NOAA GIS
Provide an update on NOAA’s enterprise geospatial activities. Highlights to include NOAA’s efforts to provide easier access to discover and access geospatial data and services through new approaches including the Big Data Partnership; operationalizing much of NOAA’s weather and climate data as 24/7 mapping services; and advances in the development of software applications and open data approaches.

 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Dobson

Greg Dobson

Research Scientist | GIS Coordinator, UNC Asheville National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Greg Dobson serves as a Research Scientist and the GIS Coordinator for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. His work focuses on the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in support of a wide range of projects including decision support tools, land use, 3D applications, and weather and climate.

Speakers
avatar for Tony LaVoi

Tony LaVoi

NOAA Geospatial Information Officer, NOAA Office of the CIO and NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Tony serves as the NOAA Geospatial Information Officer (GIO). In this position he is the focal point for NOAA-wide strategies, policy development, standards, and coordination activities related to geospatial technologies out of the NOAA CIO Office. Tony is also the chief of the Integrated Information Services [IIS] division within the Office for Coastal Management. The IIS division delivers the full range of enterprise information services for... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 305 A/B

11:00am

State Data Initiatives: Approaches and Outcomes
NC OneMap continues to provide new data and now a new ISO metadata profile which promises to be easier to use and more relevant for our modern times. Come hear what's new and how to get started.

  • Statewide and Framework Datasets: Approaches and Outcomes
             Jeff Brown

  • NC's New ISO Metadata Profile
             Steve Averett, Sarah Wray



Moderators
avatar for Jeff Brown, GISP

Jeff Brown, GISP

Coordination Program Manager, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Jeff Brown is the Coordination Program Manager for the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) in the Government Data Analytics Center in the Department of Information Technology. Since joining CGIA in 1996, has worked on a variety of GIS projects as an analyst and project manager. In addition to coordination duties related to the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council, he manages the NC Parcels program.

Speakers
SA

Steve Averett, GISP

GIS Manager, City of Greensboro
avatar for Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.


Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 301 A/B

11:00am

The Map: Your Know It All Friend
When you hold your phone or tablet in your hand, you have access to the most detailed, useful, and powerful map ever created. History has never seen such a finely tuned and comprehensive spatial index of the world. Every day we use this map to connect with the people and places that are important to us. The trusty map provides confidence when navigating unfamiliar cities, offers suggestions for new experiences, and warns us when a truck hauling chickens overturns on the interstate and threatens to turn our 10-minute commute into an hours-long delay while the chickens have a dance party on the interstate.

A company called HERE spent the last 30 years indexing the world, building a map, and developing location services with one vision: help people navigate their lives with ease and confidence.

HERE believes quality mapping is a local and collaborative activity. HERE partners with thousands of local governments and volunteer mappers in the U.S. who contribute their native expertise to the HERE Map. Just as you want a clean house when visitors stop by, these map experts want their corner of the world to be accurate on the map. In this presentation, get a (non-technical) behind-the-scenes look at HERE and the expert contributions that power a map accessed over 100 million times per day on mobile devices, in cars, and in enterprise applications around the world.

 

Moderators
DP

Dawn Perry

GIS Project Coordinator, Orange County Tax Administration
Dawn Perry has been working in the GIS mapping world for the last 17 years, mostly as a local government employee. She has been an active member of the NCPMA, serving on the Program Committee, Location Committee, and Certification Committee. 

Speakers

Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 302 B/C

11:00am

The Rise of 3D GIS on the Web
With the introduction of WebGL and the wide availability of fast GPUs on desktop and mobile, the foundations for web-based 3D GIS have been laid. Web-based 3D GIS enables plugin-free, cross-platform, compelling visualization. The challenge now is to build apps and data workflows to bridge GIS to the web. Using Cesium, an open-source JavaScript library for creating 3D globes as a case study, we will explore industry trends and future development.

 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Patrick Cozzi

Patrick Cozzi

Principal Graphics Architect, Analytical Graphics, Inc. 
Patrick is the Principal Graphics Architect at Analytical Graphics, Inc., where he leads the development of Cesium, an open-source JavaScript library for creating web-based 3D globes and 2D maps.  He is the coauthor of 3D Engine Design for Virtual Globes, editor of WebGL Insights, and coeditor of OpenGL Insights.  He works with Khronos on open-standards for 3D content on the web .  He also teaches GPU Programming and Architecture at the... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 306 B/C

11:30am

Box Lunch
Thursday February 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Ballrooms A & B

12:00pm

Special Group Meetings
Special Interest Group meetings are planned for the following groups. Pick up a box lunch in the Exhibit Hall and join your group!

Carolina URISA - Room 206
Federal Interagency Committee of the GICC - Room 205
NC ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG) - Room 201
NC Association of Regional Councils GIS Group - Room 204
NC Higher Education Academic Community - Room 203

Thursday February 26, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 

1:30pm

3D
3D Data and WebGL for Large Data Sets in Your Browser. Technology is constantly moving forward in collecting, manipulating, and visualizing large 3D data sets. In these sessions new methods of collecting and manipulating point cloud data will be demonstrated, along with new methods of displaying large 3D point and surface sets in web browsers using WebGL technologies. 

  • Single Photon Lidar
             Dr. J. Marcos Sirota
    Single Photon Lidar (SPL) is now a mature operational technology, which has been developed over the last several years by Sigma Space. Multiple systems operating from 3 to 30 kft, capable of topographic and bathymetric applications have been deployed. The systems use 100-beam arrays rapidly scanned over the terrain, producing up to 3.2 million multi-stop pixels per second. Multiple returns per pixel per laser fire are recorded due to the fast recovery of the receiver, a stark contrast to typical “Geiger-mode” systems. With a receiver deadtime of only 1.6 nsec (~20 cm), obscurant multi-layer measurements are readily obtained for foliage, water or any diffuse targets with single laser firings. Swaths of 2.4 km, flying at 200 knots and with minimum point densities of 8 points/sq meter are standard for the high altitude units. Medium altitude (7,500 ft) systems produce 1.6 km swaths, for an aereal coverage of about 600 km2/ hr. Additional technical specifications, data samples, and data quality analysis will be presented.

  • Commercial Geiger Mode LiDAR the Next Paradigm
             Mark Romano
    Originally developed for US military applications Harris has developed the first commercially available LiDAR system built with Geiger Mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) technology. This new technology provides significant efficiency gains for airborne LiDAR mapping when compared with currently available linear mode sensors. This system can collect very high density data (over 20 PPM) at instantaneous area of coverage rates greater than 1000 sq. km per hour providing lower cost with higher data quality.

    This presentation will describe the processes and technologies Harris has developed over the past 15 years for efficiently producing high density point clouds from GmAPD lidar data, and discuss how these capabilities support non-military applications. Topics to be covered include: 1) GmAPD sensing fundamentals, 2) collection strategies for GmAPD collection, and 3) automated, large volume data production systems. 4) comparisons of existing vs new technologhy project solutions. Examples of high density GmAPD products will also be shown.

  • plas.io and Greyhound: Point Clouds in Your Browser
             Howard Butler
    Point cloud data have a deserved reputation for being unwieldy, noisy, redundant, unstructured, and huge. Despite this, the pace at which these data are available continues to accelerate. LiDAR, in the form of laser scans captured from aircraft, vehicles, and stationary sensors, has gone from a finicky technical oddity to a nearly everyday arrow in the quiver of a GIS practitioner looking for elevation data. Sonar captures are transforming from simple interpolated surfaces of sounding depths to detailed characterizations of the the underwater environment. Finally, Structure from Motion (SfM) technologies are enabling UAV-captured point clouds to be available to the everywoman for unprecedented cost in unprecedented volume. plas.io is standard HTML5 software that allows developers to create richly customized applications for interacting with point cloud data in your browser, and Greyhound is the open source server component that feeds those clients. Both technologies build on the PDAL and LASzip open source softwares to enable point cloud data processing and compression. All of these softwares are powered by a community of developers who use them to solve many tasks, and I will show you how you can leverage them to innovatively deliver point cloud data to your clients.



Moderators
HM

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current Statewide LiDAR collection.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Butler

Howard Butler

President, Hobu, Inc.
Howard leads a small company open source software developers in the Iowa called Hobu, Inc. He and his firm have led the development of open source projects like PDAL, libLAS, plas.io, and Greyhound which work together to provide a processing and visualization stack of capabilities in the LiDAR and point cloud domain. Howard has also served OSGeo as a board member, a contributed to MapServer and GDAL projects as a software developer, and served on... Read More →
avatar for Mark Romano

Mark Romano

Geospatial Product Manager, Harris Corporation
In his capacity as the Harris Corporation Geospatial Product Manager Mark is Responsible for commercialization of Geiger mode LiDAR and other air, land, and sea remote sensing capabilities for the federal/civil and commercial community. Mark has an extensive background (20+yrs) leading innovative remote sensing technology hardware and software development with numerous published papers, journals, text books, specifications, committees, and expert... Read More →
DJ

Dr. J. Marcos Sirota

President & CEO, Sigma Space Corp.
Marcos is co-founder and CEO of Sigma Space Corp.  He has been working on optical instrumentation and lidar systems for aerospace applications for 25 years.  Sigma produces state-of-the-art lidar instruments for ground, airborne and space borne platforms, including cloud physics, aerosols, wind and topographic measurement systems.   Sigma provides scientific and/or operational instrumentation to NASA, DOD, DOE and EPA.  Various commercial... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 C

1:30pm

Apps, Apps, and More Apps: Lightning Round (AICP)
Web, mobile, and desktop Apps continue to become part of everyday GIS practice and are used by both highly-skilled GIS professionals as well as non-GIS users. This session will showcase some of the latest and greatest Apps from across a broad range of user applications that are useful for information presentation and decision making.

  • Easement Clearing App
             Rob Bailey

  • Using ArcGIS Online for the 2014 US Open
             Rachel Smith, Rachel Patterson
    Using ArcGIS Online for public safety and security during the historical back to back US Opens. Moore County GIS coordinated mobile mapping for federal, state and local agencies to use during the US Opens in Pinehurst, North Carolina. What we learned from a unique event.

  • Go! NC
             John Farley, Tom McKay
    This is NCDOT's implementation of ArcGIS Online. GO! NC is system for the sharing and collaboration of geospatial business data owned and maintained by NCDOT.

  • Enhancing Local Government with Story Maps
             Scott Longerbeam
    This presentation will look at the ways that local governments can enhance their existing online presence through the use of ESRI's Story Maps. The presentation will utilize the experience gathered by the City of Danville through the implementation of both Collector for ArcGIS and ESRI's Story Maps to create an online tour of our River Walk Trail system.

  • Volunteer Stream Monitoring and ArcGIS Online: Enabling Field Collection of Observations Over Time
             Chase Barnard, Dave Almond
    The Town of Chapel Hill utilizes volunteer stream monitors to collect water quality data monthly or quarterly at assigned locations. In order to minimize the time investment required by Town staff to maintain the volunteer monitoring database as the program expands, a solution utilizing ArcGIS Online was developed. This solution enables volunteer monitors to enter data through a web-based interface, effectively eliminating internal data entry.

    Related tables are used to store multiple observations of a given feature over time. Unfortunately the current ArcGIS web-editing environment does not easily support this data model. However, utilizing ModelBuilder and python-scripting, Town staff developed a workaround which enables this functionality. Ideally, communities can implement this solution to support automation of programs requiring maintenance of multiple inspection records over time for various features using ArcGIS Online.

  • AGOL Use Case Scenarios
             Melanie Williams
    NC DENR has had several occasions where decision-makers needed maps and speed was of the essence. This presentation will present several types of use case scenarios of recent deployment of AGOL websites, as well as the impacts these are having on decision-making, from every day activities like where to look for frogs to disaster response.


Moderators
JS

Julie Stamper

GIS Coordinator, Pasquotank County
Julie has been the GIS Coordinator for Pasquotank County for 14 years. She has a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and won the G Herb Stout for Visionary Use of GIS in 2007 and was named one of the 50 Leaders to Watch by GPS World.

Speakers
DA

Dave Almond

Stormwater Specialist, Town of Chapel Hill
Dave is a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC and has worked for ToCH Stormwater Management since 2007 as a water quality specialist. Dave is certified as an ESRI Desktop Associate and is presently pursuing a graduate certificate in GIS from the NC State MGIST program. He currently lives in Durham with his wife, Colleen, and his kids, Jackson and Peyton, and spends rare free time flat-picking, finger-picking, or bottle-necking... Read More →
avatar for Rob Bailey, CMUD

Rob Bailey, CMUD

City of Charlotte
avatar for Chase Barnard, GISP

Chase Barnard, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Town of Chapel Hill
Mr. Barnard has been working in the GIS field for over 20 years and has spent the last 8 years as the GIS Coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill. He especially enjoys how his job allows him to take a spatial approach to variety of disciplines including land use planning, transportation, and resource management among others. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and subfreezing 5:30 AM workouts.
avatar for John Farley, GISP

John Farley, GISP

Manager, GIS Unit, NC Dept. of Transportation
John is currently the GIS Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Over the last twenty one years, Mr. Farley has worked at all levels of government and the private sector. His work spans many fields of GIS to include local government, transportation, utilities, environmental, and security. Mr. Farley also continues to advise the Federal Government on GIS Transportation data and data modeling. In 2004 he received his... Read More →
avatar for Scott Longerbeam

Scott Longerbeam

Senior GIS Programmer Analyst, City of Danville
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a double major in geology and geography. My first exposure to GIS was through mapping geologic structures. I then turned to cadastral mapping, civil site design, utilities, and finally to local government GIS management, programming, and analysis. My hobbies include music (I’m a hopeless audiophile), reading, woodworking, and the relentless pursuit to know at least a... Read More →
avatar for Tom McKay, GISP

Tom McKay, GISP

Engineering Technician (GIS), NC Dept. of Transportation
Tom hails originally from Rochester, NY. Since graduation from the State University of NY at Oneonta, Tom has held several jobs across several sectors of GIS from private to public, with his total GIS experience numbering over 7 years. At NCDOT, in addition to his role on the GO! NC team, Tom helps to maintain NCDOT’s state road network.
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Rachel Patterson, GISP, PLS

GIS Programmer/Analyst, Moore County GIS
Rachel has been in the GIS profession for over ten years and still loves and is challenged by GIS. She graduated from Appalachian State University and is currently attending North Carolina State to obtain her Masters in GIS. In her down time she loves to spend time with her family and run when she can.
avatar for Rachel Smith, GISP

Rachel Smith, GISP

GIS Programmer/Analyst, Moore County GIS
Rachel Smith is a Programmer/Analyst for Moore County GIS. She joined Moore County in January 2011. She received her MBA from Campbell University in 2006. Her main focus is Addressing Administration but enjoys special projects for other departments. Her husband, James, and their two dogs resides in Sanford, NC.
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Melanie Williams

Basin Planner, NC DENR, Div. of Water Resources
Melanie Williams is a River Basin Planner for the Division of Water Resources. She has worked for DWR/DWQ in Raleigh, NC for the past 7 years and has recently focused on collaborated efforts across the Division to lay ground work for providing the public with more data in a user friendly and more visual manor.


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 301 A/B

1:30pm

G. Herbert Stout Student Award Presentations - Graduate Students
  • Total Surface Area of North America in Rivers and Streams Larger Than Previously Thought
             George Allen, UNC-CH

  • What’s All the Fuzz About? Examining Differences in Accuracy of Species Distribution Models Across Grain Size Using FIA Data at True and Fuzzed Locations
             Joseph DiRenzo, NCSU

  • Modeling the Nesting Suitability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) in North Carolina Using Geospatial Technologies
             Alyssa Randall, UNC-W



Moderators
DH

Dr. Hugh Devine

Emeritus Distinguished Professor, NC State University

Speakers
avatar for George Allen

George Allen

Graduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
George is a doctoral candidate in the department of Geological Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill and works with Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky in the Global Hydrology research group. He uses GIS, remote sensing, and image processing techniques to study the global fluvial system. George is building the first high resolution, global scale database of river planimetrics which will be used to constrain a wide variety of earth surface process models.
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Joseph DiRenzo

Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
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Alyssa Randall

GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC
Alyssa research areas of interest include conservation GIS, environmental modeling, coastal management, geostatistics, satellite image processing and environmental impact analysis. Her strong GIS background has allowed her to work on a number of exciting projects such as modeling species, analyzing hydrologic resources, and studying the perception of sea level rise and literacy. Alyssa has completed maps and analyses for the NC Wildlife... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 303

1:30pm

GIS and Ethics: How Society is Shaping and Being Shaped by Geospatial (AICP)
Geospatial awareness has become an essential element of our society.  This new normal (one with an ever-present geospatial foundation) allows for the continuing and rapid enhancement of how we view our society on a macro scale and how we interact on a personal level.  This session examines the ethics and decisions behind how our geospatial data are created, managed, shared, and analyzed, and will explore provider, customer, professional, and citizen perspectives to highlight GIS uses.

  • Ethics and the Geospatial Profession
             Max Baber
    This a paradoxical time for geospatial professionals, a veritable Age of Spatial Reasoning where the majority of our nation routinely uses geospatial data and technologies but remain largely unaware a geospatial profession exists. In relative anonymity our professional community continues to expand, and a growing number of geospatial professionals pursue certifications from organizations such as GISCI, ASPRS, and USGIF. Credentialed professions maintain ethical standards to assure and sustain public faith in a diversity of fields including engineering, medicine, accounting and - most recently - geospatial. Ethical issues for the geospatial community exist across individual, institutional, and policy domains. Questions regarding legal rights to individual privacy have been raised by civil libertarians around our nation, with potential for government policy shifts that can impact commercial geospatial activities spanning everything from unmanned aerial systems to location-based applications on portable smart devices. A number of geospatial organizations serve our professional community interests by taking advocacy positions on these matters. Geospatial professionals can support these efforts by joining and volunteering with one or more of these organizations.

  • Spatial Analysis and Social Equity
             Allan Parnell
    GIS is a powerful tool for making racial inequality visible. I present materials from civil rights litigation and civil rights advocacy, and discuss my strategies for effectively addressing the issues. I review research design including scale, access to public data, and building a spatial "narrative."

  • A Wanderer’s Guide to the Data Network: Navigating our Connected World
             Garrett Shields
    Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and information is becoming more readily available to the average person. As new forms of information exchange come to light, our interaction with so called “Big Data” becomes more frequent. Understanding the vast and sometimes complex way that spatial, tabular and social datasets are interconnected is the key to unlocking new and innovative ways to understand our dynamic world.
    This presentation will serve as a guided tour of the world of Big Data with emphasis on the fact that there is no such thing as an “unrelated dataset”. We will see how different methods of collecting data affects not only the information itself, but begins a chain of social, business and technological interactions that ultimately changes the way we live our lives. Leveraging how we adapt to and utilize the expanding market of information will allow us to move forward with new, innovative technologies and a better understanding of our connected world.


Moderators
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Rob Farrell

Information and Logistics Specialist, NCSU Libraries

Speakers
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Dr. Max Baber

Director of Academic Programs, US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Max began his career in the 1980’s working as a commercial real estate researcher in Atlanta, Georgia, which led to his pursing a master's degree in geography at Georgia State University, and later completing his Ph.D. | After completing his doctorate, Max spent a decade teaching at three different universities, most recently as an Associate Professor of GIScience at The University of Redlands in Southern California. Recognizing the... Read More →
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Dr. Allan Parnell

Vice President, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities
Allan Parnell, Ph.D., is demographer. He is currently Vice-President of the not-for-profit Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities and President of McMillan and Moss Research.  His AB (Geography), MA (Sociology) and PhD. (Sociology) are all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior positions include Research Associate, Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences and Assistant Professor of... Read More →
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Garrett Shields, GISP, CFM

GIS Production Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler
Garrett Shields works as the GIS Production Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler in Durham, NC. Mr. Shields is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Geography/GIS and is a GISP as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager and Certified HAZUS Practitioner.  During his career, Garrett has worked primarily in support of the National Flood Insurance Program through projects with FEMA as well as its various CTPs.  He... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 A

1:30pm

Mobility (AICP)
The Pew Research foundation reports that 61% of Americans have smartphones. That number is increasing. We are on the cusp of the age of 24/7 connectivity with each other and our devices and data will be the expectation. This session highlights mobile delivery of data & services.

  • A Web Mapping Application for Forestry Preharvest Planning
             David Jones
    The N.C. Forest Service, in collaboration with the NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division, has developed a web mapping application for forestry preharvest planning. The application includes user rights management, spatial data editing and manipulation, map production, and MS SQL Server Reporting Services. The application was built using a MS SQL Server, ArcGIS Server, and HTML/JavaScript stack.

  • Mobilizing the Workforce
             Carl Sterns, Cory White

  • ArcGIS Online & ArcCollector
             Bryan Payst


Moderators
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Janet Jackson, GISP, PLS

Geospatial Professional

Speakers
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David Jones

GIS Coordinator - Branch Head, Geospatial Services Branch, N.C. Forest Service
Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Ecosystem Assessment from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology program while pursuing a Computer Programming Certificate, both via distance education at NCSU. He has a diverse background in natural resource assessment and management with over 12 years of experience studying and working in the field, utilizing GIS... Read More →
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Brian Payst

Program Director for Infrastructure, The Nature Conservancy
Brian is the Program Director for Infrastructure at The Nature Conservancy. His areas of responsibility include collaboration platforms, desktop and mobile standards, identity management and spatial data systems for a 3,500 employee organization with over 600 offices spread across 40 countries. He has also worked as the Director of IT for the Division of Student Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill and held other roles at TNC. Many years ago he spent... Read More →
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Carl Stearns, GISP, PLS

GIS Planner II, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Carl began his GIS career doing field data collection for electric distribution and managed projects in North Carolina and Louisiana before joining the City of Durham Public Works GIS group from 2005 to 2013. He has managed the City of Raleigh Public Utilities GIS group since August 2013.
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Corey White

GIS Application Developer, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Corey has worked in local government and municipal GIS for 7 years and currently works for the City of Raleigh, NC Public Utilities GIS group. He began his career in GIS working for San Antonio Water Systems in 2007, and later worked 3 years for the City of Asheville, NC IT GIS group. Corey is currently in his second to last semester at NC State University where he is receiving a Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 A

1:30pm

Open Source, Open Discussion
Open Source, Open Discussion will follow an open Q&A format. The panelists will speak briefly about their background and experience with open source technology and data, then the floor will be open for general or technical discussions. If you are just getting started with open source solutions or curious about all of the open source buzz, this discussion should be on target and informative. Attendees with more open source experience may be interested in exchanging development or implementation recommendations.

Panelists:
         Ralph Dell GISP
         Randal Hale
         Jason Hibbets
         Dr. Helena Mitasova GISP


Moderators
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Jennifer Moore Myers

Resource Information Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Moore Myers is a Resource Information Specialist with Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. Her work includes geospatial analysis, database management, web development, and technology transfer activities. Jennifer received her B.S. in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and her M.S. in Forestry and Spatial Information Science from North Carolina State... Read More →

Speakers
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Ralph Dell, GISP

Programmer/Analyst, Catawba County GIS
One of my responsibilities is the design, development and maintenance of our GIS web pages. We use Open Source software tools on our pages. For our mapping sites we use OpenLayers and jquery on the client side, and Goeserver postgis and Apache web server on the server side. We started using Open Source tools in 2010.
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Randy Hale

Owner, North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
Randy is the owner of North River Geographic Systems. Specializing in all this geospatial. He enjoys long walks on the beach, laughter, and working with the Free and Open Source GIS Community. NRGS is also business partners with Fulcrum. So - if you've ever had a question on Mobile collection, QGIS, etc...track me down.
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Jason Hibbets

Project and community manager, Red Hat
Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat. He is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for opensource.com and has been with Red Hat since 2003. | | Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC. He has been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations in Raleigh for several years, highlighting the importance of transparency, collaboration... Read More →
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Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Geospatial Science and Technology Faculty at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at the North Carolina State University. She is a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the Open Source GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee and a co-author of the first book on Open Source GRASS GIS. Helena has developed graduate courses based on Free and Open... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B

1:30pm

Planning a Resilient Environment (AICP)
Managing the balance between our natural and built environment continues to be a major challenge facing our society. Therefore, decision makers need better planning tools to help plan for a future that will be more resilient to the effects of environmental hazards. Learn about some of the very latest geospatial tools designed to assist these decision makers.

  • Climate Explorer: The National Climate Resilience Toolkit Interactive Mapping and Graph Application
             Jim Fox

  • High Resolution Population Dynamics from Local to Global Scale
             Budhendra Bhaduri

  • Coastal Hazards and Green Infrastructure: Resources for Community Resilience
             David Betenbaugh


Moderators
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Alice Wilson, GISP, AICP

GIS Coordinator, City of New Bern

Speakers
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David Betenbaugh

Geospatial Analyst, The Baldwin Group at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management
David has been with the Office for Coastal Management (formerly Coastal Services Center) for 5 years working on products and trainings related to coastal flooding hazards.
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Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri

GIST Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Budhendra Bhaduri is a Corporate Research Fellow and is the director of the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also leads the Geographic Information Science & Technology group and is a principal member of the LandScan Global and LandScan USA population modeling programs. His research interests and experience include novel implementation of geospatial science and technology in sustainable development research... Read More →
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Jim Fox

Director, UNC-A, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Jim Fox serves as Director of UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. He oversees a variety of GIS projects primarily focused on the environment and land use. He works directly with such organizations as NOAA, USFS, and other state and local agencies. Last year Mr. Fox worked directly with the White House as part of President's Climate Data Initiative.


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 B

1:30pm

QA/QC: Best Data Forward
As the data coffers fill, GIS Professionals must dedicate an increasing amount of effort toward the organization and management of geospatial data resources and realize that data asset management is a valuable commodity. This session will focus on the data management needs of all stages of the data management lifecycle from planning and collection to analysis and publication.

  • Providing Quality Assurance and Quality Control Measures Within an Enterprise GIS Utilizing Data Reviewer
             Jonah Waterman, Tiffany Puett
    Ensuring data quality is one of the most important aspects of modeling geographical information. Over the years, updating legacy systems has posed many problems as new systematic rules are put in place and as new data types are added. One major challenge of converting data is to efficiently and effectively assess prior- and post-data quality while minimizing down time. We discovered a tool, Data Reviewer could actually aid with the various challenges surrounding data quality.

    Data Reviewer is a data quality management extension to be used with Desktop and/or Server that not only facilitates the resource-demanding process of QC but can also replace the manual task of sorting through all of the problems. Use industry standard batch jobs to run against your data for Quality Control or build your own with 40 plus tools out of the box. Coordinate staff effort for the review process and build reports for management.

    In this presentation, learn to leverage the tools of Esri's Data Reviewer extension to make better decisions, manage data quality, figure project costs/timelines, and generate reports for management. We will also discuss defining data quality, setting up a framework of governance, building a dataset matrix, and best QA/QC practices.

  • Semi-Automated Procedures to Assess the Quality of NCDOT GIS Data
             Tim Mulrooney
    For the Summer of 2014, some students and I worked on a project through a Research Grant to assess the quality of the NCDOT roads GIS database. We used some custom Python code, existing tools and old-fashioned QA/QC to assess horizontal accuracy, attribute accuracy and attribute completeness for their database. The NCDOT has our blessing to present the results, but I mainly wanted to focus on the techniques that we discovered to make our life easier in making these assessments.

  • From Flood to FLOOD: NCFMP’s FLOOD Geodatabase and Data Management
             Richard Fogleman, Gray Minton, Tonda Shelton
    The NCFMP’s FLOOD Geodatabase was commissioned in 2000 as the state’s digital data standard for the production of flood insurance studies. The FLOOD Geodatabase provides the primary source of data to drive all Regional Flood Risk Information System (RFRIS) functionality in support of NCFMP’s digital vision. The FLOOD Geodatabase has been modernized over time to be current with the industry’s technological advances as well as to capture desired functional outcomes for the NCFMP. Data management is critical within the FLOOD Geodatabase system. From contractor data development processes to deliverables and data archiving, the NCFMP has developed innovative data architecture concepts along with automated tools to support data integrity system wide.


Moderators
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Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Principal, GeoMaxim
Lynda Wayne is Principal of GeoMaxim, a consulting practice specializing in geospatial data and metadata, data sharing policy and practices, and the facilitation of issue-based geospatial dialogs and decision-making. Ms. Wayne is the former Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, the founding Chair of the GIS Certification Institute, and a long time coastal landscape ecologist active in the application of RS/GIS technologies. She... Read More →

Speakers
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Richard Fogleman, GISP, CFM

GIS Technical Director, AECOM
As Technical Director, Mr. Fogleman is responsible for directing software and technology implementations within the GIS department. He brings more than 17 years of experience with FEMA floodplain mapping and DFIRM projects as well as focused experience in GIS administration, workflow development and database management.
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Gray Minton, PE, GISP

Director of Research and Development, AECOM
Mr. Minton is Director of the Research and Development group, which is responsible for the creation of specialized computer programs that increase the efficiency of numerous operations. He has more than 19 years of experience as a civil engineer and programmer, with extensive experience in water resources modeling and programming for FEMA Flood Insurance Studies. In addition to managing the R&D group, he is responsible for the architecture... Read More →
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Dr. Tim Mulrooney

Assistant Professor, NC Central University
Tim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences at North Carolina Central University.  He is a graduate of Columbia University and earned his Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro.  He teaches a variety of GIS courses at NCCU and has recently introduced a Raster GIS class into NCCU’s graduate program.  His research with students revolves around accessibility and GIS data standards. 
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Tiffany Puett, GISP

Geospatial Trainer & Support Specialist, Duncan Parnell, Inc
Tiffany is a GIS Analyst with more than a decade of experience in managing geospatial information. Specializing in data conversion, editing, and project management she has particular expertise managing land records data inside of the Esri parcel fabric data model. Tiffany holds a B.A. Degree in Geography with a minor in mathematics from Appalachian State University and is an Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate and a Trimble Certified... Read More →
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Tonda Shelton

Project Manager, NC Floodplain Mapping Program
Ms. Shelton, a native of North Carolina, is the Program Manager of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program. Her primary responsibility is the day-to-day oversight of the State’s Floodplain Mapping Program. Ms. Shelton has worked in both public and private sectors in the area of geospatial technology management. Ms. Shelton has a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Jonah Waterman, GISP

GIS Technician, Greenville Utilities
Originally from the Island of Newfoundland, Jonah moved to the United States in 2000 and attended Appalachian State University graduating with a B.S in Geography with a concentration in GIS Science. He has recently received his ESRI Technical Desktop Associate Certification and his GISP License. His main role at Greenville Utilities is providing QA/QC Analysis, Digitization of As-Built designs, creating web maps through Flex-Viewer... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 B

1:30pm

The Data Well (AICP)
Data, data, everywhere, the servers filled to the brim. In this session we'll explore in-depth work to bring us much anticipated statewide seamless parcels, statewide centerlines, and how the 2020 Census will beneficially leverage these new datasets.

  • NC's New Seamless Parcel Database
             Tom Morgan

  • NC's New Statewide Centerline Project
             Tim Sheldon, Sarah Wray

  • 2020 Census Data Partnerships
             Bob Coats


Moderators
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Ken Shaffer

Deputy Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee

Speakers
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Bob Coats

Governor's Census Liaison, NC State Data Center
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Tom Morgan

Land Records Manager, NC Dept. of the Secretary of State
Tom is a North Carolina Native. Tom graduated from NC State in 1971 with a BA in geology. Tom went to work as a surveyor’s assistant (chainman) in 1971. After working for several different firms in the Raleigh area he received his license to practice surveying in the State of North Carolina in 1978. Tom moved to Holden Beach, NC in 1979 and started Brunswick Surveying, which he ran until 2006 when he sold the company.  In January of... Read More →
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Tim Sheldon, GISP

Business Analyst, Timmons Group
Tim has 9 years of experience in geospatial technology.  He received his Bachelor’s in Geography from Western Carolina University and his Master’s in Geography from Appalachian State University.
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Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 C

3:00pm

Break
Thursday February 26, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
 

3:30pm

3D: Becoming a Mainstream Application (AICP)
The use of 3D applications within GIS continues to increase and evolve. Recent technology advancements and friendlier data formats has enabled organizations of all sizes to use 3D for a variety of applications including hazard mapping, smart planning, sustainable growth, and insurance purposes. Once viewed as an advanced application only meant for savvy GIS professionals, current software makes 3D accessible to all GIS users.

  • Using 3D GIS to Build and Disseminate Flood-Related Scenario Visualizations
             Greg Dobson
    Visualizing environments in 3D can greatly aid community decision making when addressing flood scenarios, including flash flooding, sea-level rise, and storm surge. This presentation will look at some of the latest technologies for building, interacting with, and deploying 3D visualizations.

  • Visualizing Tomorrow, How 3D GIS Supports Urban Master Planning
             Eric Brady

  • The City of Raleigh - Transformation to a 3D Smart City
             Jim Alberque, Geoff Taylor
    This presentation will focus how the City of Raleigh/Esri has transformed their 2D GIS Data into a Smart 3D City Model and how it will be used to support the city and engage citizens. We will show how the use of 3D has moved beyond its earlier time-consuming and costly manual modeling routine into a practical, semi-automated modeling process. You will also be exposed to the concept of Procedural rules has enable the rapid modeling of smart 3D city models from data attributes. We will take a close look into the data requirements for creating a smart 3D city model, extracting features from existing LiDAR and imagery if data does not exist, the different levels of details of the 3D city model and benefits of each, WebGL, and potential use cases for 3D.


Moderators
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Judy Johnson

System Analyst IV/GIS Coordinator, City of Greenville

Speakers
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Jim Alberque

Web and GIS Program Manager, City of Raleigh
Jim is the Web and GIS Program Manager for the City of Raleigh. With the great team in Raleigh (including partners), the City has advanced the use of 3D.
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Eric Brady, GISP

GIS Project Manager, Bergmann Associates
Eric lead’s Bergmann Associates’ 3D GIS program and is amazed to see the evolution of geospatial technology over the last 15 years. He has an MA in Geography from University at Buffalo and most of his work experience has been as a GIS programmer. His passion is finding simple solutions to complex problems.
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Greg Dobson

Research Scientist | GIS Coordinator, UNC Asheville National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Greg Dobson serves as a Research Scientist and the GIS Coordinator for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. His work focuses on the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in support of a wide range of projects including decision support tools, land use, 3D applications, and weather and climate.
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Geoff Taylor

Esri
Working out of Esri's Charlotte, North Carolina office, he supports the 3D workforce in the Movie, TV, Gaming, Commercial, Government, and Architectural industries with their 3D modeling needs & CityEngine implementation. Prior to working at Esri, he served as a GIS systems engineer for Clemson University and is also a founding partner of HewittNassar Studio, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm with offices in South... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 302 C

3:30pm

Don't Fear the Open Source
How Open Source tools can be used to innovate and complement your existing Enterprise structure.

  • How to Build Fat Polygons
             Skip Daniels
    GIS professionals are being asked more than ever to combine and analyze an assortment of data from numerous sources. Often times this can present a problem if you are trying to mix databases, spreadsheets, open or propriety source software, and so on. However, KNIME is an open source product that bridges the gap and allows you to combine all the data you want without having to know programming. This session will demonstrate how KNIME can be used to create “Fat Polygons” which then can be used in your GIS Software for display or analysis.

  • How to Use GitHub to Hire Your Next Analyst
             Dave Michelson, Cameron Carlyle
    At the city of Asheville we have been doing quite a bit with Github lately. So far we largely use it as a version control system for some custom mapping apps. But Github also was some great features such as hosting web pages. Incredibly this includes hosting JavaScript based mapping websites. So, this year we advertised and hired a new analyst\programmer. As part of the hiring process we usually do a skills test. But the skills test have never provided much about the candidates real world working skills and habits. This time we tried a new approach, we asked candidates to submit a code project using Github and Github pages. The results blew us away and taught us way more about the candidate then have ever before. This has flat out changed the way we hire.

  • Open Data Kit (ODK) An Exciting, Free, and Open-Source Field Data Collection Alternative
             Eric Wilson
    GIS Professionals are regularly tasked with gathering data in the field for a variety of different clients and a variety of different asset types. Open Data Kit is an option KCI Geospatial Solutions is utilizing to meet the needs of clients requiring traditional long term data collection efforts as well as clients who need near real time data collection results along with a flexible mobile form design in regards to their collection options. “Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions.” (OpenDataKit.org) Open Data Kit provides a large increase in efficiency to KCI field personnel and a reduced amount of application developer expenses due to its design. ODK has provided an increased value to clients who need daily and even hourly reports of field progress as well as satisfying the need to alter digital input forms on the fly based on client requests.


Moderators
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Corey White

GIS Application Developer, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Corey has worked in local government and municipal GIS for 7 years and currently works for the City of Raleigh, NC Public Utilities GIS group. He began his career in GIS working for San Antonio Water Systems in 2007, and later worked 3 years for the City of Asheville, NC IT GIS group. Corey is currently in his second to last semester at NC State University where he is receiving a Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST... Read More →

Speakers
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Cameron Carlyle

GIS Analyst/Civic Programmer, City of Asheville
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Skip Daniels

GIS Software Developer/Analyst, MapForsyth
GIS Software Developr with Forsyth County since 2005 starting with ArcGIS Engine. For the past three years, working with Web Apps using ArcGIS JSAPI and Silverlight API and using Open Source GIS. After discovering Knime two years ago, I have developed many workflow projects to create new datasets using GIS data and many other types and forms of tabular data.
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Dave Michelson

City of Asheville
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Eric Wilson

GIS Developer, KCI Geospatial Solutions
Mr. Wilson is a GIS application developer with more than 19 years of experience in the field of GIS. He brings a wealth of experience from over 10 years in local government working with Anne Arundel County, Maryland and nine years in the private sector. He has a wide variety of experience in both application development and systems analysis and design in disciplines such as transportation planning, utilities, zoning, master planning and... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 306 A

3:30pm

G. Herbert Stout Student Award Presentations - Undergraduate Students
  • Update of the CERSER TeraScan Cataloguing System TeraScan Image Processing Scripts
             Jefferson Ridgeway IV, ECSU

  • The Multi-Disciplinary Use of GIS: Mapping the Effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Tar-Pamlico Watershed
             Kristen Ziegler, ECU

  • Streamlining Solar Panel Siting on UNC’s Campus
             Ellen Currin, Tait Chandler, UNC-CH



Moderators
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Dr. Karen Mulcahy

Teaching Associate Professor, East Carolina University

Speakers
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Tait Chandler

Undergraduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Ellen Currin

Undergraduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Jefferson Ridgeway, IV

Undergraduate Student, Elizabeth City State University
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Kristen Ziegler

Recent Graduate, East Carolina University


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 303

3:30pm

K-12: GIS in the Classroom
Students present exciting examples of how they are using GIS in the classroom.

  • Mapping to Increase Access to Youth Services in Wake County
             Thomas Ray, Club Leader
             Jake Evans, Club Leader
             Andres Alvarez, Club Member
             Dylan Dodson, Club Member
             Isaac Gichuru, Club Member
    The Wake County 4-H GIS Club addresses community issues with maps. The group has undertaken service activities through map making here at home in Wake County and around the world. Current projects include increasing access to youth service providers in Wake County and increasing access to fresh foods.

    This presentation will focus on work done in collaboration with Youth Thrive to increase access to youth services in the areas of health, education, spirituality, recreation, and personal and workforce development.

  • Treegonometry
             Elizabeth Morgan
             Jake Morgan
             Max Morgan
             Zoe Steenwyk
             Justin Taylor
             Skyler Taylor
    Bioluminescence 4-H group from Alamance county

  • Spatial History of Where We Are!
             Jane Forde, Teacher
             Maddie McMillan
             Kendra Krim
             Carter Bunn
             Adam Geringer
             Caroline Wells
             Tola Ejire
             Matt Dillon
    Broughton High School, Raleigh, NC


Moderators
HM

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current Statewide LiDAR collection.

Speakers
AA

Andres Alvarez

Club Member, Wake County 4-H GIS Club
CB

Carter Bunn

Broughton High School
MD

Matt Dillon

Broughton High School
DD

Dylan Dodson

Club Member, Wake County 4-H GIS Club
TE

Tola Ejire

Broughton High School
JE

Jake Evans

Club Leader, Wake County 4-H GIS Club
JF

Jane Forde

Teacher, Broughton High School
AG

Adam Geringer

Broughton High School
IG

Isaac Gichuru

Club Member, Wake County 4-H GIS Club
KK

Kendra Krim

Broughton High School
MM

Maddie McMillan

Broughton High School
EM

Elizabeth Morgan

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
JM

Jake Morgan

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
MM

Max Morgan

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
TR

Thomas Ray

Club Leader, Wake County 4-H GIS Club
ZS

Zoe Steenwyk

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
JT

Justin Taylor

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
ST

Skyler Taylor

Alamance County Bioluminescence 4-H group
CW

Caroline Wells

Broughton High School


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 A/B

3:30pm

Social Media Goes Both Ways
A look at how social media can be used to put the power of GIS at the fingertips of citizens as well as how it can be used by citizens to help improve our GIS.

  • Canada-United States Exercise CAUSE III: The Cross Border Collaboration Between Canadian and US Communities: Applying Lessons Learned to North Carolina
             Jeff Sopel, Alison Yeloushan
    A study was done back with Hurricane Irene on the uses of Social Media for situational awareness in ways more than trend analysis. The thought was that social media could be used to compliment communication and collaboration done through traditional media.
    1-Will walk through what was done with Hurricane Irene, have several screenshots and will provide participants a .shp or data set of every geo-coded public safety twitter account on the eastern seaboard.
    2-Review of CAUSE III, presented through a Story Map of a Hurricane hitting the eastern seaboard and going up into the Canadian Maritime provinces. The story map will walk through the various stages of response, recovery etc? and how social media contributed.
    3-Will close out with use cases in North Carolina with NC DPS and Charlotte Fire Department.

  • Differentiating Networked Branding with an Anonymous Presence
             Dale Loberger

  • Social Media and ArcGIS: A Two-Way Street
             Mike Sweeney
    Esri has many tools for leveraging social media. Come learn how you can share content via numerous social media networks. In addition, social media can serve as a valuable input to your enterprise. Discover different methods for mining social media for your organization.


Moderators
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Dan Madding

Emergency Programs, Information Support Services Director, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Speakers
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Dale Loberger, GISP

Community Manager, Bradshaw Consulting Services
Mr. Loberger has always had a love for both history and maps, but never believed he could make a living with either of them so he started his career in forestry. His introduction to GIS back in 1984 was strictly practical, however his interest soon turned into a life-long passion. While he works primarily in public safety applications of GIS today, his imagination still seeks application of GIS to understand and communicate history through... Read More →
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Jeff Sopel

Senior Consultant, G&H International Services
Mr. Sopel is an industry subject matter expert in the use of geospatial technologies with the public safety community. The community supported covers the whole spectrum from National Interoperability and Information Sharing initiatives with the US Department of Homeland Security’s First Responder Group to supporting operations with the Charlotte Fire Department. Projects of note that Mr. Sopel has worked on are the 2012 DNC, DHS S&T Virtual USA... Read More →
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Mike Sweeney

Solution Engineer, Esri-Charlotte
I have worked for Esri for 28 years, primarily as a Solution Engineer. My current focus is on state agencies in the Esri-Charlotte region.  
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Alison Yeloushan

Director Customer Solutions, G&H International Services
A GIS industry leader and ENFJ personality. Built Allegany County Maryland’s first Enterprise GIS. Went onto work for Esri as the Account Manager for Maryland and help drive Governor O’Malley’s initiatives for StateStat and BayStat, One Maryland One Map. Worked on Esri’s Federal Health Sciences Team and supported mobile applications for Food Safety and web applications for Facilities Management at NIH. Spent the past few years working... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 302 A

3:30pm

Soil and Water (AICP)
Soil and water are the physical foundations for life, and great strides are being made through state and federal GIS projects to map, standardize, and deliver updated soil and water data.

  • NC's Stream Mapping Effort
             Cam McNutt

  • USGS Pursuing Ele-Hydro
             Silvia Terziotti
    The 3DEP and NHD programs within USGS have recognized the importance of maintaining integrated elevation and hydrography datasets. Steps that are being taken and the vision of future products will be discussed. States will be active participants, and ways in which they can contribute will be outlined.

  • NRCS SSURGO Soils Data
             Chad Ferguson

  • What's New in NC StreamStats ver. 3: Stronger, Streamlines, and Added Functionality!
             Katherine Kolb
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) introduced the updated web-based StreamStats interface, version 3, in Fall 2014. The new format provides a smoother interface and added functionality, such as web geoprocessing services. The StreamStats application provides an accurate and consistent process that allows users to easily obtain streamflow statistics, basin characteristics, and descriptive information for USGS data-collection sites, as well as user-selected ungaged sites. In the North Carolina StreamStats application, users can compute more than 40 basin characteristics and various peak-flow frequency statistics for a delineated drainage basin. Select streamflow statistics and basin characteristics for data-collection sites have been compiled from published reports, and available data for a site also are accessible by querying individual sites with the StreamStats interface. This presentation will describe the new StreamStats version 3 user interface and functionality, as well as plans for additional future enhancements.


Moderators
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Brian Pointer

Ambient Monitoring System Coordinator, NC Division of Water Resources

Speakers
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Chad Ferguson

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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Katharine Kolb

Geographer, US Geologic Survey, South Atlantic Water Science Center
Kitty Kolb is a member of the StreamStats website national development team. Among her many other GIS duties for the South Atlantic Water Science Center, she is the technical support point of contact for the North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina StreamStats applications. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is pistachio.
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Cam McNutt

Water Quality Assessment Coordinator, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
Cam McNutt has been with the Division of Water Resources (Water Quality) for 15 years as a basin planner and for the last 10 years as the water quality assessment coordinator. He develops the state 303(d) lists and other assessment reports and tracks implementation of various water quality programs in North Carolina. Currently serving as Chair of the Stream Mapping Advisory Committee for the SMAC. He has a B.S in Biology from Texas Tech... Read More →
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Silvia Terziotti

GIS Specialist, US Geologic Survey, South Atlantic Water Science Center
Silvia Terziotti works with USGS Water Science Centers as a GIS Specialist on projects ranging from the preparation and analysis of geospatial data for hydrologic analysis; development of innovative ways to incorporate high density elevation surfaces into hydrologic studies; and flood and hurricane storm surge visualization. Silvia also serves as the Associate National Map Liaison for North Carolina.


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 306 C

3:30pm

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: What the GIS Community Needs to Know (AICP)
There’s a new technology we have to race to catch up with – what are the policy decisions we need to be thinking of?

Local government and commercial interests see opportunity for using UAS to assist with all sorts of activities - emergency management, damage assessment, economic development, land use planning, property tax assessment, etc. When does this become an invasion of privacy and how can we balance the competing interests? As with mineral rights, who "owns" the airspace above my home? Add the public awareness - what you can't see from the ground, what's your neighbor doing? Why are you looking over my fence?

Panelists:
         Kyle Snyder
         Krissy Culler
         Gary Thompson
         Bobby Walston
         Craig Mix


Moderators
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Tim Johnson

Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Tim is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA). NC CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS under the NC Department of Information Technology. He manages agency operations and provides staff support to the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC), a legislatively established body that guides GIS implementation in North Carolina. Tim has been with NC CGIA for 28 years, serving as... Read More →

Speakers
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Krissy Culler

Deputy State CIO for Administration and Finance, State of NC
Krissy oversees the Administration & Finance Division (AFD), which focuses on the day-to-day business of running OITS, including Finance, core IT functions, and administrative activities. She was most recently a division director for Navy Cyber Forces, where she led cross-functional, collaborative efforts around enhancing data flow, developing IT strategies, and ensuring IT throughput requirements. Her prior responsibilities include consulting... Read More →
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Col. Craig Mix

Director, Homeland Security, Trimble Navigation
Craig Mix is the Dir. of Homeland Security for Trimble Navigation.  Trimble was one of the first companies to attain its 333 Exemption from the FAA and is a leader in the UAS field.  COL Mix is currently a US Army Reservist, a former Blackhawk pilot and a Desert Shield/Storm Veteran.
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Kyle Snyder

Director, NCSU NextGen Air Transportation
In 2012 Kyle returned home to North Carolina to lead the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ecosystem as part of an effort to transition the state to a modern air transportation system.  Through his experiences in industry, academia, government, and the non-profit sector, Kyle has developed a unique perspective and skill set for transitioning new aviation technologies from research laboratories and prototype phases into... Read More →
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Gary Thompson

Chief, North Carolina Geodetic Survey
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Bobby Walston

Director of Aviation, NC Dept. of Transportation
Mr. Walston is responsible for all aviation functions regarding state system planning, airport and aviation system development, and programs that provide funding and resources to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout North Carolina.  He also oversees the division’s aircraft utilized by state agencies and is responsible for the division’s Safety and Education Program. North Carolina has 72 publicly... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 305 A/B

3:30pm

Which Way? Routing and Optimization
Getting from A to B is not as easy these days. Time, energy, economics, efficiency can be critical factors when moving people, services and commodities. Learn more about routing strategies for getting what you need, where you want.

  • Using NPMRDS Travel Time Data for Evaluating Roadway Congestion
             John Wisdom
    The recently available National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) provides transportation agencies with access to detailed travel time data which can be used to generate meaningful information on mobility and congestion. This presentation will discuss how these data can be analyzed with GIS to evaluate congestion, identify bottlenecks and generate other performance measures. Methodology and issues encountered when working with the data will also be covered.

  • GIS-Based Sanitation Route Optimization
             Scott Barnwell
    In an effort to streamline operations and reduce costs, the City of Asheville embarked on an effort to optimize and balance sanitation truck routes. After an extensive data cleanup effort and field data collection, city staff modeled sanitation collection routes and determined the variables that impact route efficiency. Applying the model led to significant reductions in time and cost to collect solid waste in Asheville.

  • Creating Routable Railroad GIS Layers for North Carolina with the NCDOT Rail Division
             Dwight Otwell
    Government organizations, international transportation corporations and design and development industries rely on accurate transportation network modeling to guide decision making. Such models require comprehensive and accurate dataset. North Carolina DOT has long maintained high-quality GIS data describing state and local street networks, available for public and internal use. Until recently, North Carolina did not offer comparable railroad layers, and what is available in the form of Tiger and Federal Railroad Administration data is incomplete and inaccurate.

    NCDOT Rail Division partnered with Moffatt & Nichol Engineers to develop an authoritative collection of GIS layers to describe track, crossings and transload facilities. The dataset contains all public and pedestrian crossings in the state and topologically connected linework representing all active track in North Carolina. Moffatt & Nichol continues to provide quarterly updates to this resource.
    We propose that Senior Data Analyst Dwight Otwell, GISP of Moffatt & Nichol present a narrative detailing the creation of this dataset, focusing on the importance of an accurate, routable network to support transportation planning and economic modeling vital to government and private interests. Mr. Otwell will explain the complex and conflicting source data and explain how Moffatt & Nichol's workflow takes advantage of many combined decades of experience in the rail industry to resolve these conflicts.


Moderators
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Kristian Forslin

GIS Coordinator, North Carolina Railroad Company

Speakers
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Scott Barnwell, GISP

Business and Public Technology Manager, City of Asheville
Scott Barnwell serves as the Business and Public Technology Manager for the City of Asheville where he promotes greater government transparency and an improved citizen experience with local government. As a technology professional, Scott manages the city's enterprise business applications (e.g. GIS, ERP, permitting, etc.) and oversees the city's open data program. Scott also serves as co-captain of Asheville’s Code for America Brigade... Read More →
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Dwight Otwell, GISP

Senior GIS Specialist, Moffatt & Nichol
Graduated from NCSU 2002 BS in Forest Management, NCSU 2008 MS Natural Resource Management with a specialization in spatial information systems. Has worked in the public sector as a research tech in the Joint Fire Science Program, an environmental tech for NC DENR on the floodplain mapping project, and as an instructor of GIS and spatial technology at Wake Tech Community College. Work in the private sector includes stint as IAVO’s... Read More →
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John Wisdom, GISP

GIS Specialist, CDM Smith
John Wisdom is a Senior GIS Analyst for CDM Smith. He has 24 years of experience in applying geospatial technologies in the fields of transportation, urban planning, and travel demand modeling. His experience includes corridor analyses and impacts assessments for new road and rail facilities, raster and vector-based spatial analyses, network analysis and linear referencing systems.


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 306 B

3:30pm

Workflows & Techniques
Presentations covering emerging trends & focusing on the newest innovative techniques involving open-source software & analytics.

  • QGIS for the Desktop
             Randal Hale
    QGIS is a free and open source software that has been in development for over 10 years. It's currently at 2.x for a release and has a vibrant and engaged of community of users. You can edit shapefiles, geodatabases, and use it as a client to postgresql/postgis. QGIS is OGC compliant so it works with any service or data that falls into that category. It has a very small foot print (less than 4 Gb of RAM is needed) for installation. It makes a great addition to your GIS toolbox/workflow - especially if budget is an issue.


  • GRASS7: New Features and Tools for Spatio-Temporal Analytics and Visualization
             Dr. Helena Mitasova
    GRASS GIS, a free and open source geographic information system, provides the functionality to manage, analyze and visualize geospatial data. The latest GRASS7 release incorporates an experimental new framework for managing and analyzing large, multitemporal data sets as a response to an increasing accessibility and importance of spatio-temporal data. The temporal framework supports efficient raster and vector data series analysis and simplifies data input for visual analysis of dynamic landscapes. GRASS7 can display synchronized animations of raster, vector and 3D raster data in two- and three-dimensional views and has been successfully used for visual exploration of high resolution 3D data in the Hunt library 270 degree visualization facility. GRASS7 also supports visualization, analysis and design using Tangible Landscape system to bealso presented at the conference.


  • MapLoom: A New Web-client With Versioned Editing (GeoGit) Integration
             Syrus Mesdaghi, Tyler Garner
    The capabilities include per feature and layer history, viewing difference between revisions, merging, conflict resolution, and synchronizing with multiple remotes through the UI. The ability to synchronize a repository with multiple remotes is just one of the reasons why development of GeoGit was the solution to our needs. GeoGit allows distributed versioned editing of geospatial data at a feature level and allows the repositories to be synchronized even in disconnected or reduced connectivity environments.



Moderators
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Mark Endries

GIS Analyst, US Fish and Wildlife
I've been a GIS analyst for over 15 years. I have been employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a GIS Analyst for the last five years. Prior to that I was employed as a GIS analyst by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Tallahassee Florida for 10 years. | My interests lie with applying GIS technology to assist with the conservation of species and wildlife.

Speakers
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Tyler Garner

Senior Developer, Noblis-NSP
Tyler is a Senior Developer and Geospatial Intelligence Analyst at Noblis-NSP where he works on the ROGUE JCTD.  Mr. Garner is a core committer on the GeoNode project and contributes to several projects in the ROGUE application suite.  Prior to coming to Noblis-NSP, Mr. Garner was a Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, in the Analysis directorate, at NGA where he developed several open source web applications that streamlined complex analytical... Read More →
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Randy Hale

Owner, North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
Randy is the owner of North River Geographic Systems. Specializing in all this geospatial. He enjoys long walks on the beach, laughter, and working with the Free and Open Source GIS Community. NRGS is also business partners with Fulcrum. So - if you've ever had a question on Mobile collection, QGIS, etc...track me down.
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Syrus Mesdaghi

Technical Lead, Noblis-NSP
Syrus is the Technical Lead for the ROGUE JCTD project which has developed web-clients, mobile clients, and other components with the goal of enabling data collection, sharing, and collaboration. ROGUE / GeoSHAPE is one of the primary forces behind making GeoGit happen with direct contributions from the ROGUE developers in addition to Boundless developers. ROGUE is entirely based on free open source geospatial software stack. 
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Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Geospatial Science and Technology Faculty at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at the North Carolina State University. She is a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the Open Source GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee and a co-author of the first book on Open Source GRASS GIS. Helena has developed graduate courses based on Free and Open... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 302 B

5:00pm

Poster Session and Social
Thursday February 26, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballrooms A & B
 
Friday, February 27
 

8:00am

Exhibit Hall Open (8am-11am)
Friday February 27, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Ballrooms A & B

8:00am

8:30am

Certification from GISCI
Learn everything about GISP certification from how to qualify to taking the exam.

  • GISCI and the Upcoming GISP exam
             Rebecca Somers
    In the past two years, GISCI has initiated some important and long-anticipated transitions in the GISP certification program. These developments include the addition of an exam to the portfolio-based certification process, alignment of the certification program with current professional certification standards and accreditation, and restructuring the certification process. This presentation will discuss these developments to help GIS professionals adapt to the changes coming in 2015 and beyond.

  • GIS Certification: to Certify or Not to Certify
             Tripp Corbin
    Certification is still relatively new to GIS and there much discussion on whether GIS needs certification or not. This presentation will discuss the benefits certification provides the GIS community and talk about some of the possible pitfalls. It will also explain the difference between licensure and certification.


Moderators
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Kristin Michel, GISP

Crime Analysis Unit, Management Analyst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Kristin Michel is an analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst for the City of New Orleans and worked in the Emergency Operations Center through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Speakers
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Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →
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Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 302 C

8:30am

Choosing the Right Online Mapping System
Organizations of all sizes face difficult decisions when implementing online mapping systems, including platform choices, IT and database integration, user experience, hosting, and other technical and IT-related considerations. This session will explore some best practices and other guidelines to help make those decisions more efficient.

  • ArcGIS Online Municipal Implementation
             Todd Hayes

  • Why AGOL?
             John Farley

  • Choices, Choices: Deciding How to Best Publish Your GIS Data Online
             Kent Rothrock


Moderators
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Jenny Korreck

GIS Technician, Office of University Architect, NC State University

Speakers
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John Farley, GISP

Manager, GIS Unit, NC Dept. of Transportation
John is currently the GIS Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Over the last twenty one years, Mr. Farley has worked at all levels of government and the private sector. His work spans many fields of GIS to include local government, transportation, utilities, environmental, and security. Mr. Farley also continues to advise the Federal Government on GIS Transportation data and data modeling. In 2004 he received his... Read More →
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Todd Hayes, GISP

GIS Analyst, City of Greensboro
Todd Hayes is a GIS Analyst for the City of Greensboro with over 20 years working in the GIS discipline. He is responsible for the implementation of ArcGIS Online with the City.
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Kent Rothrock

Project Manager, Highland Mapping, Inc.
Kent is an expert GIS analyst, programmer, and database administrator with a background in cadastral mapping and enterprise GIS implementations. With almost two decades of experience, he serves as Senior Project Manager and has worked for numerous Southeastern counties, municipalities, and non-profits in the US with projects ranging from E911, Utilities, and Land Records to custom tools, applications and remote DBA support. Kent holds a M. A... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 306 B

8:30am

Development (AICP)
Animating, analyzing, collaborating & sharing -Web mapping is here to stay. In this session we will talk through everything from getting started to what is possible.

  • Community Planning: Less Maps, More Design
             Nick Doiron
    Cartographer Nick Doiron draws a thread between a Boston bike map, Blockee (a Google StreetView hack from Code for America), and Chicago's Transit Future campaign. All use web maps to open city planning to the public, but they avoid traditional GIS interactions and interfaces. Includes open source maps using Leaflet, ArcGIS Server, and CartoDB.


  • Quality of Life Dashboard
             Tobin Bradley
    The Quality of Life Dashboard is award-winning open source software created by Mecklenburg County GIS to assess the quality of life in neighborhoods. Leveraging HTML5, Leaflet, and D3, the Dashboard presents data visualizations of over 80 metrics in a way that's both powerful and intuitive. By providing the Quality of Life Study as open data and the Quality of Life Dashboard as open source software, we have empowered citizens to create new and insightful analyses and enabled other organizations like Lexington and Durham to deploy new versions of the Dashboard to service their own communities. This talk will demonstrate the Dashboard and review the technology and design techniques used to create it, as well as lessons learned along the way.


  • Defaulting to Open (at least trying to…)
             Justin Greco
    With open source technology coming to the fore front of local governments, it is becoming more common to defaulting to this technology for web mapping app development. However, it is still difficult to abandon using proprietary GIS software, especially server side. The City of Raleigh, has been leaning toward open source for front end development, while still using ArcGIS for Server for much of it's backend web services. This presentation will cover some examples of city applications, some 100% open source, with some hybrid. The majority of City of Raleigh web applications now are using the Leaflet JavaScript library in place of Esri’s JavaScript API, and some applications are moving toward open source database’s such as PostgreSQL and even MongoDB.



Moderators
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Chris Lukasina, AICP, GISP

Executive Director, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Speakers
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Tobin Bradley

System Architect, Mecklenburg County GIS
Tobin works in theStrategic Planning and Program Support division of Mecklenburg County GIS and is the creator of Quality of Life Dashboard, a responsive, interactive map that uses HTML5, jQuery, Leaflet, and Google Charts. Mr. Bradley is involved in open-source mapping for goverment, and shares his insights through posting his projects to GitHub.
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Nick Doiron

Web Developer, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Nick draws a thread between a Boston bike map, Blockee (a Google StreetView hack from Code for America), and Chicago's Transit Future campaign. All use web maps to open city planning to the public, but they avoid traditional GIS interactions and interfaces. Includes open source maps using Leaflet, ArcGIS Server, and CartoDB.
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Justin Greco

Senior GIS Developer, City of Raleigh
Justin has been a GIS professional for 14 years and currently works for the City of Raleigh’s enterprise GIS division, which is part of the Information Technology Department. He started as a GIS Analyst working for engineering firms in Connecticut and Raleigh, before becoming the Senior GIS Developer for the City in 2009. At the City, he is primarily responsible for web mapping application development. He recently graduated with a Masters of... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 306 A

8:30am

Enterprise Architecture
The successful development and execution of strategy often depends on the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of enterprises and enterprise system architectures. Learn about where to start, how to move forward and learn about the maintenance of an enterprise system design.

  • A National Perspective on Enterprise Architecture Planning: URISA's GIS Management Institute® and the GIS Capability Maturity Model
             Allen Ibaugh
    This session introduces the new URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) as well as the online assessment tool. Session attendees will leave with information on how to complete an initial assessment of their own GIS operation.
    Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. Many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. However, almost no GIS operation would be considered to be 100% implemented. In fact, most enterprise GIS operations lack important resources to meet all of their potential business needs, their sustainability is uncertain, and ROI varies depending on the maturity of their GIS management practices.
    The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model will be described, along with its relationship to the GIS Management Institute®, including development of the GIS Management Body of Knowledge. The current development status of the GISCMM will be discussed and future uses and activities outlined. These will include development of new GIS management best practices and the offering of an enterprise GIS accreditation service.
    This session will be of value to those interested in the development, implementation, and use of GIS management professional standards and best practices.

  • Enterprise GIS Strategic Planning – The Importance of Change and a Location Platform
             Adam Carnow
    Modern enterprise GIS has recently morphed from a collection of software on different devices to a fully integrated location platform. For many established enterprise GIS departments, they are still managing and planning for their GIS based on the historic paradigm. This presentation will show the meaning and power of a location platform and how to plan to take advantage of the platform.

  • GIS Architecture for the Enterprise: Modeling a Technology Solution in UML
             Robert McKitrick
    In an environment with strict separation of duties, an n-tier system design, many levels of firewalls, and shared common services, managing the details of even a moderately sized GIS design can be a daunting task. Using the capabilities of UML to document and manage the complexity of the system makes management and communication of the design practical.


Moderators
CF

Charles Friddle, GISP

Director, Wake County GIS

Speakers
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Adam Carnow

Account Executive, Esri
Adam Carnow is an Account Executive with Esri who manages large local government GIS customers in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. For over twenty years he has been applying GIS and related spatial technologies to complex, award-winning projects across the globe in the realms of planning, transportation and environmental sciences for both the public and private sectors. Mr. Carnow holds a BA in Geography and a MA in Urban and Regional... Read More →
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is the immediate past-president of the organization on the Board of Directors. URISA is a nonprofit... Read More →
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Robert McKitrick

System / Application Architect, NC Dept. of Transportation
Robert has been developing software solutions for over 20 years. He has developed everything from embedded devices to enterprise class systems. He has been working in the NCDOT GIS Unit as a software engineer and system / application architect for over ten years. He helped NCDOT move from desktop GIS to server GIS hosting dozens of layers to serve the state of NC and is currently helping NCDOT to transition from a custom LRS to ESRI’s Roads and... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 306 C

8:30am

G. Herbert Stout Student Award Presentations - Graduate Students
  • Three Dimensional Modeling of Riparian Vegetation Using Structure-from-Motion and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
             James Balcomb, ASU

  • Documentation of Seaspace Ground Station Systems at Elizabeth City State University
             Andrew Brumfield, ECSU

  • Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration: GIS Mapping and Analysis of Select Land Use Land Change Carbon Sinks
             Glenn Koch, NCCU



Moderators
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Dr. Rebecca Dobbs

Geography Instructor, Western Carolina University
Rebecca Dobbs holds a PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also taught part-time for several years including courses in historical geography, practical GIS, and GIScience. She has published scholarly articles in Historical Geography and Social Science Computer Review about her research employing historical GIS. She currently teaches full-time at Western Carolina University.

Speakers
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James Balcomb

Graduate Student, Appalachian State University
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Andrew Brumfield

Graduate Student, Elizabeth City State University
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Glenn Koch

Graduate Student, NC Central University


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 303

8:30am

Open Data: Public and Personal Perspectives (AICP)
Local governments build and supply many datasets that are used commercially. Private industry, utilities, and commercial mapping companies are large consumers of local data. A better system of public/private data sharing is needed to benefit all users of GIS data. This will be a guided panel discussion on data sharing between public and private organizations.

  • Utilities Perspective
             Rob Floyd, Amy Barron

  • Commercial Perspective
             Travis Franz

  • Local Government Perspective
             Julie Stamper, Ralph Forbes



Moderators
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John Gallimore

GIS and Public Safety Administrator, Davie County GIS

Speakers
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Amy Barron, GISP

GIS Strategist, Duke Energy
For undergraduate and graduate school Amy attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked in both the public and private sector before landing at Duke Energy in Charlotte. She spent the first five years at Duke Energy in the Transmission Engineering Group where she used GIS to site substations and transmission lines. She spent six months in 2013 in a developmental opportunity within Grid Modernization in the Grid Concepts Group which... Read More →
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Rob Floyd, GISP

GIS Landbase Administrator, Piedmont Natural Gas
I have been working as the GIS Landbase Administrator at Piedmont Natural Gas since 2011. I’m originally from Lexington, NC and I got my BA in Geography from East Carolina University. I currently live in Stallings, North Carolina with my wonderful wife and 3 kids.
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Ralph Forbes

GIS Manager, Pitt County
Mr. Forbes has been employed with Pitt County Government for the past 29 years, serving as Pitt County’s GIS Manager for the last 24 of those years. He was instrumental in helping to create one of the first centralized GIS county governments in the State of North Carolina and in helping to develop one of the first (if not the first) GIS-enabled E9-1-1 system capable of locating and routing emergency vehicles based upon a rural route and box... Read More →
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Travis Franz, GISP

Project Lead, HERE
Travis has been with HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) for 10 years and has spent the bulk of his time there involved in map maintenance activities and strategies related to third-party data acquisition and ingestion. He currently oversees core map local data acquisition activities within the company's North America Field division.
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Julie Stamper

GIS Coordinator, Pasquotank County
Julie has been the GIS Coordinator for Pasquotank County for 14 years. She has a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and won the G Herb Stout for Visionary Use of GIS in 2007 and was named one of the 50 Leaders to Watch by GPS World.


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 305 A/B

8:30am

Spatial Analysis & Visualization I (AICP)
This session showcases innovative ways to create meaningful depictions of data that help us reveal patterns, identify concerns, and create useful tools for professionals of all types.

  • What Does Terrestrial Resilience to Climate Change Look Like for Natural Areas?
             Margaret Fields
    Using geophysical settings, landscape diversity and local connectedness, The Nature Conservancy has identified networks of resilient sites across the southeastern United States. These include models that measure a site’s physical complexity (landform variety, elevation range, and wetland density) and permeability (local connectedness and regional flow patterns). The metrics were calculated for a nine-state region in the Southeast US, and as part of the results, we compare the resilient sites identified in the report with sites previously identified by TNC for their significant biodiversity.

  • Reviewing Urban Renewal Online
             Eric Brelsford
    Urban Reviewer is a comprehensive guide to all 150 urban renewal master plans in New York City. An impressive work of opening up public data, while providing an interactive map that makes it easy to browse this complex information.

  • Environmental Hazard & Safety (EHS) Site Plan Mapping – A Data Driven Pages Approach
             Kathi Cotney
    This talk will give an overview of EHS Site Plan development for the City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation Facility Maps using Data Driven Pages. The NC Fire Code requires that qualifying EHS Facilities have site plans in the event of an emergency. This project was part of Phase 2 of the City of Raleigh’s Environmental Hazard & Safety Planning Process.


Moderators
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Doug Newcomb

Cartographer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Lidar, Open Source Geospatial Software, Endangered Species

Speakers
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Eric Brelsford

Lead Software Developer and Data Analyst, 596 Acres
Eric is a freelance computer programmer and mapmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He contributes his technical and data knowledge to 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant, publicly owned land in New York City. In the summer of 2014 596 Acres launched Urban Reviewer, a map of urban renewal plans also centered on NYC. Other projects he's helped with include a database that helps community gardeners to keep track of the amount of food they grow... Read More →
avatar for Kathi Cotney, GISP

Kathi Cotney, GISP

President, Spatial Analysis, Inc.
Kathi is the Lead Consultant for Spatial Analysis, Inc. She has worked in non-profit, utilities, architect & engineering firms, and private business. Kathi is the co-founder of the Triangle Area GIS (TAG) professional social networking site.
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Margaret Fields

GIS and Invasive Species Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy
Margaret has worked in GIS for seventeen years. Her most recent projects include assessing freshwater resources in North Carolina, using InVEST to look at nutrient loading on the lower Cape Fear River, and analyzing longleaf pine forest habitat to inform TNC's land acquisition priorities. She also works on statewide invasive species issues and occasionally set the woods on fire through our controlled burning program.


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 302 B

8:30am

Statewide Master Address Database
This panel will discuss the main aspects and challenges in North Carolina for address data consolidation at the State and Local Government levels. This session will also explore avenues for improved address data processing and sustainable maintenance in accordance with new addressing standards and current needs. Panelists will provide their experience and views from NC CGIA’s AddressNC 2014 consolidation and Forsyth County’s address management system.

Panelists:
         Luis Carrasco
         Joseph Sloop


Moderators
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Benjamin Shelton

GIS Analyst, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Speakers
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Luis Carrasco, Ph.D., GISP

Spatial Analyst, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Dr. Luis Carrasco has extensive professional and academic experience in geospatial analysis and environmental impact assessment. In an earlier life, Luis conducted environmental studies for energy projects in Peru before starting graduate studies at North Carolina State University. Luis's studies that had a GIS component concentrated in incorporating multi-scale geospatial analysis in regional environmental, health and conservation projects. Luis... Read More →
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Joseph Sloop

Geographic Information Officer, Forsyth County


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 301 A/B

8:30am

What's Up with the Trees and Forests?
One of North Carolina's most valuable commodities is it's trees and forests. This is true for many other parts of our country as well. However, they are constantly under attack from a wide-range of threats and therefore require constant monitoring and analysis. This session will show how GIS and remote sensing play a critical role in their health and management.

  • Airborne LiDAR for Evaluating the Impacts of Development on Urban Forest: A Case Study in the City of Charlotte
             Christopher Godwin
    Urban development continues to reshape forest landscapes and influence the carbon storage capacity of trees. To date, the impact of urban patterns on forest carbon density remains to be systematically evaluated. A major challenge is the lack of accurate and spatially explicit estimates of forest carbon storage over the entire urbanized area. In this study, we first develop an integrated approach that synergizes LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and aerial photography to efficiently map the landscape-level carbon storage per unit of tree cover with field measurements in an urban environment. Using a case study in the Charlotte Metropolitan Region, USA, we were able to determine the total amount of carbon stored in the local forests to be 3.8 million tonnes ($298 million value), with an average carbon density of 53.6 tonnes per hectare (t/ha). We further develop four separate models linking urban patterns (quantified using landscape metrics) and forest carbon density in four types of residential neighborhoods (categorized by the percent built-up ranging from low, medium-low, medium-high, to high). Results indicate a decrease of forest carbon density and an increase of carbon variance in neighborhoods where the intensity of development becomes higher. The landscape metrics that could significantly influence forest carbon density were also found to vary among these neighborhoods, demonstrating a non-stationary relationship between urban patterns and forest carbon storage. Hence, a proper design of the neighborhood level urban spatial patterns is essential to maximizing forest carbon storage at the landscape level.

  • Using Geospatial Applications to Build ForWarn
             Bill Hargrove
    ForWarn is a satellite-based forest disturbance monitoring system for the conterminous United States. It delivers new forest change products every eight days and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects, disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual weather. Archived data provide disturbance tracking across all lands since 2000. Interactive maps are accessible via the Forest Change Assessment Viewer.

  • A Web Application and Subscription Service for Landsat Forest Area Change Tools (LandsatFACT)
             Derek Morgan
    A web-based forest change viewer is required to deliver data to users and offer a pathway for viewing and interpreting change products. This requirement will consist of three primary deliverables: a Forest Change Viewer (FCV) web mapping application with a “latest change product” derived from various analysis methods (e.g., Normalized Difference Vegetation Index [NDVI], Normalized Difference Moisture Index [NDMI], Band 7 differencing, etc.); server-side file management, database transaction, and geoprocessing scripts; and data architecture designed in such a way to support the interface and scripts.


Moderators
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Jim Fox

Director, UNC-A, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Jim Fox serves as Director of UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. He oversees a variety of GIS projects primarily focused on the environment and land use. He works directly with such organizations as NOAA, USFS, and other state and local agencies. Last year Mr. Fox worked directly with the White House as part of President's Climate Data Initiative.

Speakers
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Christopher Godwin

Research Assistant, UNC-Charlotte (Formerly)
I am a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a degree in geography. Currently I am seeking employment within the field of geographic information systems. I am interested in finding more efficient ways of managing our environment and resources through the use of geospatial technologies.  
avatar for Bill Hargrove

Bill Hargrove

Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
Bill Hargrove received an M.S. in Entomology from University of Georgia in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of Georgia in 1988. He moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1990, and joined the ORNL staff in 2000 as a part of the Geographic Information and Spatial Technologies Group. He moved to the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) in 2001, and became part of the senior research staff in ESD in 2005. He joined... Read More →
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Dr. Derek Morgan

Senior Research Scientist, UNC-A, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Derek joined the NEMAC team in October 2011 as Applied Research Software Designer. He has a strong research interest in developing novel geographic information systems (GIS) solutions to emerging challenges at the environment/society interface. Derek has taught GIS courses (GIS Customization and Computer Cartography), Tools for Visualizing Climate Change Data, and multiple sections of World Regional Geography. While he greatly enjoys both... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 302 A

10:00am

Break
Friday February 27, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
 

10:30am

Data By and For the People! (AICP)
Citizens, students, private companies and other community members are increasingly involved in the development of geospatial data resources. Learn more about these efforts and the benefits, issues and best practices associated with public participation mapping initiatives.

  • National Map Corps: Crowdsourcing Map Features for the USGS
             Silvia Terziotti
    The mapping crowd-sourcing program, known as The National Map Corps ( TNM Corps), encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database. The Adopt-a-Quad program encourages citizen participation and updates. How has this program changed the way USGS updates its maps and how will it be expanded in the future?

  • Wake County Open Data: Where Will It Take You?
             Carter Vickery, Bill Scanlon
    Wake County has created an Open Data Site that offers the public a user friendly way to discover, preview, filter and download Wake County Data in a variety of formats. We have engaged in Open Data events in the Triangle to understand the data needs of this entrepreneurial community of new users of GIS data and services. The platform offers the ability for Municipal Partners to easily provide their live, Open Data via the site and for our data to be discovered by State and Federal Open Data Sites.

  • Citygram Charlotte: Subscribe to Your City
             Jim Van Fleet
    Created by the City of Charlotte's Code for America fellowship in 2014, Citygram is a geographically-relevant notifications platform that is powered by open data. It allows citizens to designate geographic area(s) they are interested in, subscribe to specific topics, and receive information when something they’ve subscribed to happens in their area.

    With Citygram, citizens can choose a topic of interested (which is powered by a department’s open data feed), enter an address (perhaps home or work), select the area that’s important , and decide how to be notified (text message or email). Citizens can also take a peek at recent events in their areas of interest, and get a sense for the frequency of notifications for the area selected.


Moderators
avatar for Scott Barnwell, GISP

Scott Barnwell, GISP

Business and Public Technology Manager, City of Asheville
Scott Barnwell serves as the Business and Public Technology Manager for the City of Asheville where he promotes greater government transparency and an improved citizen experience with local government. As a technology professional, Scott manages the city's enterprise business applications (e.g. GIS, ERP, permitting, etc.) and oversees the city's open data program. Scott also serves as co-captain of Asheville’s Code for America Brigade... Read More →

Speakers
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Jim Van Fleet

President/Founder, it's bspoke
In addition to being a leader of the software development community in Charlotte, Jim Van Fleet is President and founder of it's bspoke, a boutique software consultancy. His monthly startup newsletter has reached over one thousand subscribers. He has been programming computers professionally for over 15 years and has degrees in Computer Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University. He currently serves as Brigade Captain for Code for... Read More →
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Bill Scanlon

Open Data & Innovation Coordinator, Wake County GIS
Bill is part of a collaborative effort to develop Open Data & Innovation programs at Wake County. He has led the creation of an Open Data Group and has worked with the team to craft the vision, the policy elements and the approach for the program at Wake County.
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Silvia Terziotti

GIS Specialist, US Geologic Survey, South Atlantic Water Science Center
Silvia Terziotti works with USGS Water Science Centers as a GIS Specialist on projects ranging from the preparation and analysis of geospatial data for hydrologic analysis; development of innovative ways to incorporate high density elevation surfaces into hydrologic studies; and flood and hurricane storm surge visualization. Silvia also serves as the Associate National Map Liaison for North Carolina.
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Carter Vickery, GISP, MBA

Senior GIS Analyst, Wake County GIS
Carter is a member of the Wake County Open Data Group, and has worked with the team to craft the initial Open Data policy elements and the Beta site. She enjoys engaging with the Open Data Community to share ideas around apps and data.


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 305 A/B

10:30am

Effective Enterprise Examples
Learn how these organizations have tamed the Enterprise beast, and are doing things others only wish they could do.

  • Using GIS for Neighborhood Improvement: Durham's Neighborhood Compass
             Rob Cushman, John Killeen, Tyler Waring

  • Transforming Government in 12 Weeks with an Intern at the City of Mooresville
             Irene Mann
    Over the summer Esri had an intern that helped the Town of Mooresville. The summer internship was 12 weeks and during this time our intern worked with Town staff to deploy many meaningful information projects that support workflows across multiple departments. Please take a look at the work: http://mygov2.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=cbfa423306274549b2eae298911e8321. As you look through the map journal please keep in mind that some of the apps were internal, so we attached a screen capture to give you an idea of what the apps looks like. This project has completely transformed the Town. The Town went from using GIS as a tool by a very small group of GIS professionals to leveraging our COTs platform as a complete system for the entire Town (again this was done in 12 weeks)!

  • From Custom to COTS - GIS at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
             Haley Cleckner
    The two main GIS applications in use at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were custom and developed internally. These applications served the airport well for a long time and include a noise complaint tracker and a facility finder. As the GIS platform at the airport improved over time, the airport was limited due to these custom applications. The airport did not have the resources to update them. This left the airport stuck in an older version of GIS. In order to free the Airport GIS from the legacy version, it was decided to replace these applications with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. In a brief time, with limited investment, both applications were replaced with COTS applications, one which leverages cloud technology. The benefits and lessons learned from this project will help guide future GIS development at the airport.


Moderators
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Janet Lowe

NC Dept. of Transportation

Speakers
avatar for Haley Cleckner

Haley Cleckner

GIS Analyst, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Haley Cleckner has served as the GIS Analyst for the Charlotte Airport since 2012. She has an MA in Geography and a BS in Biology from East Carolina University. Haley started her career using GIS for environmental analysis and risk mapping but now has a passion for aviation. Her primary focus at the airport is asset management through GIS.
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Rob Cushman, GISP

GIS Analyst II, City of Durham
Rob Cushman has been providing spatial analysis to the City and County of Durham since 1996. He began his life-long commitment to locational awareness and community development at the knee of Mr. Rogers. Neighborhood engagement is scale dependent... "Won't you be my neighbor?"
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John Killeen

Neighborhood Compass Project Manager, City of Durham
John Killeen manages the Neighborhood Compass, a community indicators tool, for Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services. The Compass is part of a community-engaged effort to measure access to core services and needs, economic activity, housing conditions, and other phenomena throughout Durham County at the neighborhood level. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
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Irene Mann

GIS Administrator, Town of Mooresville
GIS Administrator, Town of Mooresville North Carolina. I earned my GIS Certificate in 2004 from UNCC. Mooresville is known as Race City USA. We are the home of many NASCAR teams. I serve all departments for the Town with GIS services with the help of the awesome IT Department that that I am a member of. Our base data is maintained and supplied by the Iredell County GIS Department.
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Tyler Waring

City of Durham


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 306 C

10:30am

G. Herbert Stout Student Award Presentations - Undergraduate Students
  • Mobility and the GIS Experience
             Brittany Berwanger, FSU

  • School Shootings Since 1960 and Their Relation to Firearms Data
             Edward Holley, Jr., NCCU

  • FOSS and Web Mapping
             Ashley Hanes, A-B Tech CC


Moderators
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Dr. Stacy Supak

Teaching Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
I teach a class called Principles of Geospatial Information Science for the MGIST program at NCSU. My research interests include Open Source GIS, Web Mapping and Geospatial Decision Support Systems.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Berwanger

Brittany Berwanger

Undergraduate Student, Fayetteville State University
avatar for Ashley Hanes

Ashley Hanes

Undergraduate Student, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
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Edward Holley, Jr.

Undergraduate Student, NC Central University


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 303

10:30am

GIS in Higher Education
As the demand for geospatial professionals grows, so does the need to train the workforce. Learn about GIS opportunities in higher education.

  • Applying the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)
             Rodney Jackson
    In collaboration with the US Department of Labor, the National Geospatial Technology Center has updated the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) so that it can remain relevant to the geospatial industry. Given the impending update to the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the move by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to base their exam upon Tier 4 of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), it was time to revisit the GTCM. This session will review the updated GTCM and the larger implications regarding geospatial competencies.

  • GIS Education in Community Colleges
             Vince Dinoto

  • GIS Higher Education Opportunities in NC
             Joanne Halls
    The UNC system has historically provided, and continues to provide, a breadth of GIS educational opportunities that covers a wide geographic area and also includes a variety of thematic and disciplinary topics at a range of levels from undergraduate certificates to PhDs. The purpose for this presentation is to provide a current synopsis of the opportunities that are available across North Carolina and helpful information about the programs and people who are instrumental in making these programs successful.


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Speakers
avatar for Vince Dinoto

Vince Dinoto

Director and Principal Investigator, National Geospatial Center of Excellence
Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr. is Dean of College and Systemic Initiatives and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is the Director/PI of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence. Vince has been PI, co-PI and senior team member on numerous grants including being co-PI of three different national centers and Project Director of a regional center. He has created numerous courses including some... Read More →
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Dr. Joanne Halls

Associate Professor, UNC-Wilmington
Dr. Halls started at UNCW in the Fall of 1999 and where she initiated the GIS program. Since then, UNCW has developed extensive curriculum across several departments and has hired several GIS and remote sensing experts. Dr. Halls is the coordinator for the minor in geospatial technology and the graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science that compliments strengths in several graduate programs such as Geoscience and Marine Science... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Jackson, GISP

Rodney Jackson, GISP

Co-PI: National Geospatial Technology Center, Davidson County Community College
Rodney Jackson received his MA in Geography from East Carolina University (ECU) in 1992 and worked in the GIS field for local government agencies prior to initiating a career in higher education in 1998. He began his efforts by developing the first Geographic Information Systems program in the North Carolina Community College System. Subsequently, Rodney has held various academic positions with East Carolina University, Central Piedmont... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 302 C

10:30am

GIS in Utilities: Working Behind the Scenes (AICP)
Whether overhead or in the ground, utilities are essential to the functioning of our society. Come learn how GIS has become an essential tool for managing our utility infrastructure.

  • Mobile Solution for Managing Municipal GIS Sites
             Teresa Barringer and Ricky Langley
    Salisbury Rowan Utilities (SRU) found that with using mobile devices and a web based program called Utility Cloud they could reduce the time needed to complete the annual FOG inspections program by 40 percent. It starts with using GIS to place asset sites, in this case grease traps, on the map. Each site is represented by a unique asset class icon that changes colors when work, the inspection, becomes due. The program provides the user with a visual of all site locations and wither inspections are complete or due. It provides the ability to edit site locations or attributes and verifies that the inspector is at the correct location. Once the inspection is completed the data is automatically forwarded to a customized report containing SRU letter head and is suitable for mailing. The program also provides a data storage cabinet for completed inspections, work orders, O&M manuals, system drawings, as built drawings, pictures and any notes that may have been taken concerning the site. It provides management with a real time view of the location of field inspectors, status of work and data being collected. This presentation will demonstrate how SRU uses Utility Cloud to manage their FOG program.

  • An Overview of North Carolina NC 811
             Jeff Bartley
    NC 811 is a not for profit organization that takes excavation information from contractors, utilities, homeowners or from anyone that is engaged in excavation activities. That information is transmitted to our members that have underground facilities in that specific area given on the notification. NC 811 maintains a database of the general area of underground utility information that has been provided by its member utilities in order to provide those members with excavation notifications.

  • GIS Based BMP Compliance Management Application
             Randy Trott
    As stormwater compliance regulations become more prescriptive, many localities are turning to geospatial database tools to help manage their stormwater programs and track compliance data more efficiently, specifically with regard to managing BMP data. Because geospatial databases are compatible with most existing locality GIS, they can be built to incorporate regulatory reporting requirements into a comprehensive stormwater program management and compliance interface.

    Stormwater program management using geospatial database tools begins with development of a data model that sets the framework for purpose and functionality. The data model contains, at a minimum, all of the regulatory data reporting requirements, and can also house the requirements for many other data attributes. Some of these parameters include defining features such as BMP type, geographic location, acres treated, and receiving stream. Compliance tracking and program management are then built in to the data model to include links to as-built plans, records of maintenance agreements, inspection scheduling and data forms, and enforcement tracking. Tools such as report generation, mapping, and querying are then designed to achieve ultimate user functionality. The databases are customized to provide flexibility for users to best control the immense amount of data associated with stormwater management facility assets. Once the database architecture is in place, its functionality is tested as it is populated with legacy BMP data.
    The end product is a comprehensive stormwater program management and compliance interface designed not only to efficiently enable annual regulatory reporting, but also to manage stormwater facility assets and daily stormwater program elements.


Moderators
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Sean Hawley

GIS Systems Coordinator, Greenville Utilities

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Barringer

Teresa Barringer

FOG Program Coordinator, Salisbury Rowan Utilities
Teresa Barringer is currently the FOG Program Coordinator for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities.  She has been with the City of Salisbury since 2005 first serving as the Permit Services Coordinator and later as the Development Services Specialist.   She became part of the Environmental Services Division of Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in 2010 as the FOG Inspector and advanced to the position of FOG Program Coordinator in 2011. Teresa... Read More →
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Ricky Langley

Advanced Enterprise Systems Corp. / Utility Coud
Education:  East Carolina University, Graduated 1982 with a BS in Industrial Technology      Work History:  Water Treatment Plant Operator 1983 to 1990,  Water Treatment Plant Superintendent from 1990 to Oct 1, 2012.  Retired with 30 years of service.  Currently independent contractor representing Utility Cloud an Advanced Enterprise Systems Corporation product.


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 306 B

10:30am

Identifying and Revitalizing Population Centers (AICP)
There is a growing trend for revitalizing our urban cores and communities. GIS provides the creative and sustainable methods needed to collaborate in the identification, assessment, and revitalization of population centers. Learn how decision makers are making best use of such tools.

  • Community Asset Index
             Bill Shroyer
    Socio-economic and Demographic data can provide a context for system improvements that can be applied to various initiatives within local governments like Wake County. Based on the previous research of a “Hardship Index”, variables within census data sets were combined to develop an overall “Community Assessment” index as a measure of Community Health and Well-Being among Wake County residents. In combination with the US Census Block Groups, data specific to Wake County can also be applied to determine potential gaps in service. A Census Block Group level analysis will aide in supporting multiple agencies throughout Wake County.

  • Collaborative Approach to Locating Distressed Areas in a Community
             Jason Clodfelter
    Using local datasets and GIS, MapForsyth created a collaborative approach to identify areas of socio-economic distress within Forsyth County, NC. This presentation includes project history, methodology, results and lessons learned. Discussion will also include how this one-time project evolved into an on-going program supported by 14 local government agencies and used by numerous non-profit and non-governmental entities. Key take-a-ways include; value of GIS champions, getting into the community and the importance of collaboration.

  • Metrics for Revitalization in Center Cities
             Rachel Atkinson
    There is currently no standard set of metrics used to measure progress in center city revitalization efforts - and thus, no way to easily compare progress in these efforts across cities. I am developing a set of these metrics. Much of the data will come from existing surveys such as the Census and American Community Surveys, but will be geographically limited to each city's unique downtown or center city boundary. GIS software is integral to this process, and will be necessary for utilizing these metrics in the future.


Moderators
PB

Paul Black

French Broad River MPO Director, Land of Sky Regional Council

Speakers
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Rachel Atkinson

Student, Research Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill
Rachel Atkinson is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, pursuing a self-designed major in Urban Planning & Sustainable Development. Her thesis research deals with the development of comprehensive downtown performance indicators.
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Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP

GIS Analyst, MapForsyth
Jason Clodfelter currently serves as GIS Analyst for MapForsyth City-County Geographic Information Office in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to this position, he worked as Sr. GIS Technician for Forsyth County Tax Administration where his responsibilities included parcel mapping, street centerline maintenance, mapping of use-value program properties and GIS analysis of sales and assessment data. Prior to his employment with Forsyth County, Jason... Read More →
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Bill Shroyer, GISP

GIS Analyst, Wake County Planning Department
Bill Shroyer has over 15 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Analysis. With a Masters of Natural Resource Management from N.C. State and a concentration in Geospatial Sciences Bill has used GIS in multiple disciplines including Forestry, Geology, Health and Human Services, Parks and Open Space and Land Use Planning. Bill has worked with Local Government Planning for over eight years supporting data driven decision... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 302 A

10:30am

Sensors and Sensibility
Some of the most exciting geotech advances are being made in the areas of lidar and imagery data capture. Come hear how North Carolina continues be on the cutting edge, benefiting all of us as data consumers and citizens.

  • Lidar QL2 - NC's New Lidar Data
             Hope Morgan
  • New GPS Advances and Trends
             Gary Thompson
  • 2nd Generation Digital Cameras used for the NC 911 Board Statewide Orthoimagery Program
             Darrin Smith, Keith Johnston


Moderators
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Carl Stearns, GISP, PLS

GIS Planner II, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Carl began his GIS career doing field data collection for electric distribution and managed projects in North Carolina and Louisiana before joining the City of Durham Public Works GIS group from 2005 to 2013. He has managed the City of Raleigh Public Utilities GIS group since August 2013.

Speakers
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Keith Johnston

State Photogrammetric Engineer, NC Dept. of Transportation
Mr. Johnston has worked in mapping and surveying for the past 31 years with the US Defense Department and the NC Department of Transportation. He is currently the manager of the NCDOT Photogrammetry Unit, and is an NC licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. Mr. Johnston holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from East Carolina University and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current Statewide LiDAR collection.
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Darrin Smith

Project Manager, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Darrin has over 21 years experience in the GIS industry and has been with CGIA over four years. He is the Project Manager for the NC 911 Board State Orthoimagery Program.
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Gary Thompson

Chief, North Carolina Geodetic Survey


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 301 A/B

10:30am

Serving The Masses (AICP)
To disseminate vast amounts of data for consumption or decision making requires server level technology. This session focuses on creating unique tools at the server level.


  • Project 596-Vacant Land Mapping in NYC
             Eric Brelsford
    596 Acres started mapping Brooklyn's public vacant land and working with communities to get access to that land in the summer of 2011. Since then it's expanded to cover all five boroughs in New York City and has partnered with groups in Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles to make similar maps in those cities. As a part of this effort, the 596 Acres team has written an open source platform and has dealt with the sometimes-abundant sometimes-lacking availability of urban landuse data.


  • Prioritization with GIS
             John Farley
    The NCDOT SPOT Online application is a web based tool that allows users to define transportation projects in one of 6 modes: Highway, Bicycle-Pedestrian, Public Transit, Ferry, Rail, and Aviation. Using a wizard-like set of data input screens and a map, users can define a project, mark it's physical location, derive estimated costs, and determine a score for each project. Users can also assign local Input points as a way to provide additional rankings of the importance of a project within a particular geographic area. Project information may be printed and downloaded in a variety of formats. The application was built using HTML and JavaScript with an Oracle database. The GIS components are based upon Esri's ArcGIS for Server technology. Co-developed by Esri and NCDOT development teams, the application was designed and built in less than 6 months in the latter half of 2013.


  • National Park Service GIS Data + OpenStreetMap = Places of Interest
             David Warren
    Like many others, we are huge fans of OpenStreetMap (OSM). We use OSM data in many of our projects, and it is also a critical component of our basemap, Park Tiles. Because of the important role OpenStreetMap plays in our projects and workflows, we have an interest in ensuring OSM coverage for our National Parks is as complete and accurate as possible. Therefore, we want our Parks to be active and engaged citizens in the OpenStreetMap community, and we also want the Park Service as an organization to contribute back to the community in substantive and meaningful ways. The NPS has a wealth of geospatial data that could improve coverage of these areas instantly.


Moderators
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David Chrest

Research GIS Analyst, RTI International
David Chrest began his GIS career in 1995 at the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA). He is now a Research GIS Analyst at RTI International, located in Research Triangle Park, NC, where he has been the past 17.5 years. David has 20 years of experience in the GIS field, specializing heavily in geospatial data visualization, cartographic design, spatial data analysis, and geodatabase management. A heavy ESRI... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Brelsford

Lead Software Developer and Data Analyst, 596 Acres
Eric is a freelance computer programmer and mapmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He contributes his technical and data knowledge to 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant, publicly owned land in New York City. In the summer of 2014 596 Acres launched Urban Reviewer, a map of urban renewal plans also centered on NYC. Other projects he's helped with include a database that helps community gardeners to keep track of the amount of food they grow... Read More →
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John Farley, GISP

Manager, GIS Unit, NC Dept. of Transportation
John is currently the GIS Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Over the last twenty one years, Mr. Farley has worked at all levels of government and the private sector. His work spans many fields of GIS to include local government, transportation, utilities, environmental, and security. Mr. Farley also continues to advise the Federal Government on GIS Transportation data and data modeling. In 2004 he received his... Read More →
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David Warren

Colorado State Research Associate/ GIS Systems Administrator for National GIS Program, National Park Service
David is the "data guy" on the NPMap team. He primarily focuses on database development, data services, and customer support. He works closely with NPMap's partners to develop and support spatial databases that are leveraged by NPMap. He moved to Colorado after receiving a B.S. in Meteorology at the University of South Alabama and joined the NPS team as a Research Associate at Colorado State University. He has been in this position for 8 years... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 306 A

10:30am

Spatial Analysis & Visualization II (AICP)
This session showcases innovative ways to approach data analysis and visualization that influence the world we live in.

  • Using Geodesign for Land Planning: Examples from a Landscape Architecture Studio
             R. Alfred Vick, PLA, LEED Fellow
    Geodesign can enable more sustainable land planning and design. Utilizing GIS to visualize and evaluate alternative land use scenarios provides planners with feedback about the benefits and impacts of each alternative. Feedback may include indicators of the provision of ecosystem services, which is a focus of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) V2 Rating System, in addition to other relevant indicators. This information can be useful to decision-makers seeking to identify the most sustainable alternative. This presentation will illustrate the geodesign process with case studies from a University of Georgia landscape architecture studio, including the application of the weighted overlay process to develop a suitability analysis and the LUCIS model to generate proposed land use scenarios.

  • Spatial Analysis of Wildfire Occurrences in North Carolina Using the R Project for Statistical Computing
             David Jones
    Wildfire occurrence point data and significant fire polygons were formatted using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and analyzed using the free and open source R Project for Statistical Computing. Additionally, data were interrogated using Netica, a payware Bayesian statistical software package developed by Norsys Software Corporation. This presentation will outline the procedure used to prepare spatial data for analysis, the steps taken to perform the statistical analyses, and a discussion of the findings. Lessons learned, tips, and tricks for formatting large datasets will be included in the discussion.

  • Point Cloud in Your Pocket
             Stephen Mather
    OpenDroneMap is an Open Source Toolkit for processing Civilian Drone Imagery, or balloon imagery, or kite imagery, or even street view imagery. As small unmanned aerial systems have dropped in price and become readily affordable, software for making meaningful geographic data from civilian drones has not. Until now. OpenDroneMap is fully Open Source postprocessing tool for highly overlapping unreferenced imagery, turning the unstructured data (simple photos) into structured data. What kind of structured data? How about colorized point clouds, digital surface models, textured digital surface models, and orthophotography? The project can be found at http://opendronemap.github.io/odm/. This session will act as an introduction to OpenDroneMap, give an overview of what the current status of the project is, detail what the anticipated next steps are in the project, and how you can participate as a user or contributor.


Moderators
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →

Speakers
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R. Alfred Vick, PLA, LEED Fellow

Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics, University of Georgia
Alfie is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia. He is a licensed landscape architect and a LEED Fellow. His work focuses on preserving and enhancing the functioning of natural systems while effectively and attractively integrating human use. At the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design he teaches landscape ecology and sustainable design and collaborates with other researchers in the... Read More →
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David Jones

GIS Coordinator - Branch Head, Geospatial Services Branch, N.C. Forest Service
Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Ecosystem Assessment from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology program while pursuing a Computer Programming Certificate, both via distance education at NCSU. He has a diverse background in natural resource assessment and management with over 12 years of experience studying and working in the field, utilizing GIS... Read More →
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Stephen Mather

GIS Manager, Cleveland Metroparks
Stephen has been working in GIS, Planning, and related fields since 1998, working for the last 7 years as the GIS Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He has been interested in the application of computer vision to geospatial analyses since 2004, and has recently initiated the OpenDroneMap project (http://opendronemap.org), a project to bring together and extend a suite of open source computer vision software for use with UAS (drone) and street... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 302 B

12:00pm

Luncheon - with Keynote Speaker Paul Ramsey
  • Welcome  
               Tim Johnson

  • Presentation of G. Herbert Stout Awards for Innovative Student Papers  
               Kevin Locklear, NC Property Mappers Association

  • Remarks from the State Chief Information Officer  
               Chris Estes, Chief Information Officer, State of North Carolina

  • Remarks from the Geographic Information Coordinating Council  
               Stan Duncan, Chair, GICC

  • Keynote Address  
               Paul Ramsey, Solutions Architect, CartoDB
      Join us as Paul gives a quick tour of the history of open source software, and some compelling reasons to explore it in your organization.

 

Speakers
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Stan Duncan

County Assessor/Collector, Henderson County Tax Office
Stan C. Duncan, serves as the Henderson County, NC, Assessor and Tax Collector, and was appointed Chair of the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council by NC Governor, Pat McCrory in May 2013.  Prior to becoming the Henderson County Assessor in 2003, he served for over 20 years as a liaison between the NC Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division and local units of government in all phases of ad valorem tax administration.
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Chris Estes

State Chief Information Officer (CIO), State of North Carolina
Chris Estes was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January of 2013. As a member of the Governor’s executive team, he provides oversight of information technology projects and manages IT operations for state agencies. Chris and his leadership team are executing the state’s strategy... Read More →
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Tim Johnson

Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Tim is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA). NC CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS under the NC Department of Information Technology. He manages agency operations and provides staff support to the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC), a legislatively established body that guides GIS implementation in North Carolina. Tim has been with NC CGIA for 28 years, serving as... Read More →
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Kevin Locklear

Property Mapping Supervisor, Wake County GIS
Kevin is the 2015 President of the North Carolina Property Mappers Association.  He has served on the NCPMA executive committee as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President Elect.  Kevin has also served on various committees throughout the organization including chairing program committee in 2010. Kevin has worked in the GIS field for 18 years specializing in Property Mapping.  He was employed with the Durham County Tax... Read More →
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Paul Ramsey

Solutions Architect, CartoDB
Paul Ramsey is a Solutions Architect at Cartodb. He has been working with geospatial software for over a decade: consulting to government and industry; building a geospatial software company; and programming on open source. He founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001, and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee. In 2008, Paul received the Sol Katz Award for achievement in open source geospatial... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom C

1:30pm

Applying the Public Records Law to GIS (AICP)
Ah, the Public Records Law ... sometimes it's clear-cut, and sometimes it's a little grey. Some like it, and some don't. Regardless, there's no denying that all data producers, consumers, and government officials need to understand it and do their best when applying it since the GIS community relies greatly on open public records.

NOTE: For claiming AICP credit from APA, this session will be titled "Economic Development & Public Records Laws."

  • Public Records Law: What Does It Say Today?
             Jonathan Jones
    Overview of current state of public records law as it stands now and how it relates to geospatial data

  • What are They Doing With Your Data?
             Amanda Henley, Philip McDaniel
    The North Carolina GIS community’s culture of data sharing is both progressive and beneficial for the citizens of our state. Each year, GIS Librarians contact local and state government employees to request spatial data on behalf of students and researchers. Do you ever wonder how your data are being used? In this presentation, GIS Librarians from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will give you a sampling of some of the ways researchers are using your data.

  • Open Data? Show Me the Money!
             Blake Esselstyn
    GIS is a major resource for economic development. From marketing to planning and construction, GIS is a key component to effective economic development in North Carolina. Sustaining GIS as a resource through public/private partnerships and data sharing will be crucial to the long-term effectiveness of economic development efforts now underway.


Moderators
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Jeff Essic

Data Services Librarian, NC State University

Speakers
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Blake Esselstyn, GISP, AICP

Consultant
After more than ten years working for the City of Asheville's Department of Planning and Urban Design, Blake recently ventured forth as an independent GIS and urban planning consultant – still based based in Asheville. He is particularly interested in telling geographic stories through data visualization, fostering urban resiliency, and using technology to encourage civic engagement. His degrees are from Yale (BA) and Penn (MCIT), and... Read More →
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Amanda Henley, GISP

GIS Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill Library
Amanda Henley has worked as a GIS Librarian in Davis Library since 2002. She has a BA in Geography from the University of South Carolina and a MA in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been a certified GIS Professional since 2008. She enjoys helping others integrate geographic resources into their research.
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Jonathan Jones

Director, NC Open Government Coalition
Jonathan Jones is a government transparency advocate and has served as the director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and its affiliated Sunshine Center at Elon University since August 2013. Jones worked as a newspaper reporter in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina for six years prior to enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a joint degree program in law and journalism. He worked for two years as a... Read More →
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Philip McDaniel

GIS Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill Library
Philip McDaniel has worked as a GIS Librarian in Davis Library since 2012. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as a Research Associate at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a BA in Geography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and an MA in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 B/C

1:30pm

G. Herbert Stout Student Award Presentations - Graduate Students
  • Exploring Spatial Data Infrastructure in an Open Source World
             Jacqueline Lowe, UNC-A

  • Dasymetric Techniques Improve Mapping of Vulnerable Coastal Populations
             Calvin Harmin, ECU



Moderators
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Dr. Viva Reynolds

Coordinator, GIS and GIST Certifcate Programs, East Carolina University
I have been an educator (K-5 and university) for 20 years and have lived in 6 states. For the last 5 years I have taught a course in Medical Geography, but also was trained as a geomorphologist. I love learning new GIST methods for solving real-world geographic problems.

Speakers
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Jacqueline Lowe

Graduate Student, UNC-Asheville


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 303

1:30pm

GIS: The 'Hero' for Next Generation 911
Current 911 technology is based on principles developed in the 1960’s. The National Emergency Number Association’s i3 solution (popularly referenced as "Next Generation 911") is based on implementing a robust IP-based network and will utilize GIS data layers and technologies to manage call routing. This reliance led one panelist at a national meeting to proclaim, "...GIS will become the 'hero' in the next-generation 911 world..."

The NC 911 Board's Next Generation 911 Committee is responsible for developing the state's i3 implementation strategy and working with public safety answering points (PSAP's) to make this improvement to public safety a reality. This session will provide background information on i3, the importance of GIS data and technologies, and next steps for improving data layer quality and integration.

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Joe Sewash

NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
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Richard Taylor

Executive Director, NC 911 Board


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 301 A/B

1:30pm

Mapping the Past (AICP)
Most GIS projects begin with collecting data, but a great many begin with referencing old maps and historical geography. This session will illuminate the historical map archives available in the state, as well as discuss a practical approach for historical map research.

  • Archival Land Records as GIS Data: Research on the Indian Trading Path and Colonial Settlement
             Dr. Rebecca Dobbs
    The versatility of GIS provides opportunities to turn almost anything into geospatial data. In my work on the Indian Trading Path and its influence on colonial settlement in the North Carolina Piedmont, archival 18th century land records from Granville District grants, held by the NC State Archives, formed the body of evidence used in addressing my research questions. In this presentation, I discuss technical issues involved in capturing and utilizing spatial and tabular data from such sources, issues of uncertainty in the project, and the uniquely effective visual output that can result from combining GIS analysis with archival data, including results from the project research.

  • Development of a Model to Predict the Alignment of Historic Transportation Routes
             Dale Loberger
    What should have been a simple process of rubbersheeting historical documents became a journey that ultimately led to the development of a weighted raster surface used with a pathing algorithm to define the probable alignment of past transportation routes. This presentation will cover the model creation as well as the results that demonstrate its usefulness and limitations in addition to suggestions for the next steps in its development.

  • Using Historic Maps in Research: A Case Study of Research in Burgundy France
             Amanda Tickner, Dr. Scott Madry
    This talk will discuss issues that arise when using historic maps in research such as scale, map quality, original map purpose, and historic cartography generally as they relate to placement within a GIS (georeferencing) and acquiring data from the GIS. Examples of how we have encountered these issues using the historic map based GIS in the Burgundy Landscape Working Group (members: Scott Madry, Elizabeth Jones, Seth Murray, website: http://burgundylandscapes.web.unc.edu/) will be presented as well general comments on the utility of interdisciplinary, non-spatial data in HGIS creation and use.


Moderators
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Amy Keyworth

Hydrogeologist, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

Speakers
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Dr. Rebecca Dobbs

Geography Instructor, Western Carolina University
Rebecca Dobbs holds a PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also taught part-time for several years including courses in historical geography, practical GIS, and GIScience. She has published scholarly articles in Historical Geography and Social Science Computer Review about her research employing historical GIS. She currently teaches full-time at Western Carolina University.
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Dale Loberger, GISP

Community Manager, Bradshaw Consulting Services
Mr. Loberger has always had a love for both history and maps, but never believed he could make a living with either of them so he started his career in forestry. His introduction to GIS back in 1984 was strictly practical, however his interest soon turned into a life-long passion. While he works primarily in public safety applications of GIS today, his imagination still seeks application of GIS to understand and communicate history through... Read More →
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Dr. Scott Madry

Research Associate Professor of Archaeology, UNC-Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Laboratories of Archaeology and The International Space University
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Dr. Amanda Tickner

Research Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill, University Library
PhD Anthropology UNC 2009 | Masters Library Science Candidate 2015, currently working in the Davis Library Research Hub | HGIS researcher since 2003 with the Burgundy Historical Landscapes Working Group


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 306 A

1:30pm

Professional Groups
A panel of representative from a number of different GIS related professional groups and organizations will speak about their group, what they do, who they are for, and how to join.

Panelists:
         Doug Newcomb, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
         Kevin Locklear, NC Property Mappers Association (NCPMA)
         Amy Barron, NC ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG)
         Kristin Michel, Carolina chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (CURISA)
         Chris Koltyk, NC Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA)
         Nancy Ross, Charlotte Metro GIS User Group
         Bryan Townsend, Geospatial Administrators Assoc. of SC (GAASC)


Moderators
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Dawn Perry

GIS Project Coordinator, Orange County Tax Administration
Dawn Perry has been working in the GIS mapping world for the last 17 years, mostly as a local government employee. She has been an active member of the NCPMA, serving on the Program Committee, Location Committee, and Certification Committee. 

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Amy Barron, GISP

GIS Strategist, Duke Energy
For undergraduate and graduate school Amy attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked in both the public and private sector before landing at Duke Energy in Charlotte. She spent the first five years at Duke Energy in the Transmission Engineering Group where she used GIS to site substations and transmission lines. She spent six months in 2013 in a developmental opportunity within Grid Modernization in the Grid Concepts Group which... Read More →
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Chris Koltyk, GISP

CIO, City of Jacksonville
Chris Koltyk has MPA from Appalachian State University and MSE in International Trade from Gdansk University, Poland. Koltyk is currently serving as a CIO for the City of Jacksonville, NC. He has worked in Catawba County and Moore County, NC where he was involved in GIS development. Chris has been involved in NCLGISA for the last 11 years and he is currently serving as professional development chair.
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Kevin Locklear

Property Mapping Supervisor, Wake County GIS
Kevin is the 2015 President of the North Carolina Property Mappers Association.  He has served on the NCPMA executive committee as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President Elect.  Kevin has also served on various committees throughout the organization including chairing program committee in 2010. Kevin has worked in the GIS field for 18 years specializing in Property Mapping.  He was employed with the Durham County Tax... Read More →
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Kristin Michel, GISP

Crime Analysis Unit, Management Analyst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Kristin Michel is an analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst for the City of New Orleans and worked in the Emergency Operations Center through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.
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Doug Newcomb

Cartographer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Lidar, Open Source Geospatial Software, Endangered Species
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Nancy Ross, GISP

Planning & GIS Specialist III, City of Gastonia
Nancy Ross is a GIS Specialist with over 27 years of experience in local and regional GIS. She has been with the City of Gastonia for almost 10 years and specialized in using GIS in Planning but works with every City department and the public. She has been the Chairperson for the Charlotte Metropolitan GIS User Group for the past 2 years.
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Bryan Townsend, GISP

GIS Manager, York County Government, SC


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B

1:30pm

Real-time Mapping (AICP)
Twitter hashtags, SMS texting, crowd-sourced data, and more delivered to customers so quickly it becomes part of the daily decision making process.

  • Real-time Road Closures for Blue Ridge National Parkway
             David Warren
    This map shows the real-time open/close status of the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Park staff use a simple online interface to keep the status of sections of the parkway up-to-date. Their changes show up immediately on the map. In leveraging the power of CartoDB, with its ability to work in CartoCSS and custom SQL queries, we were able to produce a visually-pleasing web map to visitors of Blue Ridge Parkways NPS.gov website. With CartoDB's easy-to-use process for data entry, park staff are able to go in and modify road status information and those changes are instantly replicated to the web map living on http://www.nps.gov/maps/blri/road-closures. This presentation will show you how we implement CartoDB for this map in order to produce real-time awareness of road closures for visitors at parks. It will also briefly mention the other work we are doing for real-time status mapping, including the development of Yellowstone Live.


  • Real-time GIS for Public Safety
             Kevin Armstrong
    In Public Safety, having access to the most accurate and up-to-date information is a critical need for success. Come see how several different agencies are using GIS to provide the means to meet this need. We will discuss how information can be harvested from social media and methods for distributing information internally including maps, texts, SMS, etc.


  • CrimeView Dashboard
             Brandon Inscore, GISP
    The Greensboro Police Department has implemented Omega's CrimeView Dashboard to support Problem Oriented Policing. Dashboard rests on ESRI’s powerful ArcGIS Server mapping engine and organizes complex information from multiple databases into visualizations that provide an instant snapshot of current activity for key decision makers. Data can be imported from any records or dispatch system and quickly viewed in several formats including heat maps, repeat call locations, day of the week charts and time of day graphs. These visuals allow for the rapid assessment and dissemination of critical information throughout an entire organization and supports Greensboro's Problem Oriented Policing approach to policing. This presentation will talk about the implementation of the software and demonstrate how it is being used to support Problem Oriented Policing.



Moderators
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Kathi Cotney, GISP

President, Spatial Analysis, Inc.
Kathi is the Lead Consultant for Spatial Analysis, Inc. She has worked in non-profit, utilities, architect & engineering firms, and private business. Kathi is the co-founder of the Triangle Area GIS (TAG) professional social networking site.

Speakers
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Kevin Armstrong

GIS Solutions Engineer, ESRI
Kevin has worked in GIS for 15 years in a variety of roles at the federal, state, and local government levels and private sector. For the last 7 years he has been working for the esri-Charlotte office focusing on public safety applications of GIS as well as management and analysis of imagery and lidar. He has a degree in Geography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has his ESRI Technical Certification for Desktop and... Read More →
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Brandon Inscore, GISP

Crime Analysis Supervisor, Greensboro Police Department
Brandon is the Crime Analysis Supervisor of the Crime Analysis Unit with the Greensboro Police Department.  He has over 10 years of GIS experience in municipal government and is a GISP.  He has worked for the Transportation, Water Resources, Field Operations, and Police Departments inside the City of Greensboro.  This experience has enabled him to use GIS to help decision makers identify, visualize, analyze, and solve complex... Read More →
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David Warren

Colorado State Research Associate/ GIS Systems Administrator for National GIS Program, National Park Service
David is the "data guy" on the NPMap team. He primarily focuses on database development, data services, and customer support. He works closely with NPMap's partners to develop and support spatial databases that are leveraged by NPMap. He moved to Colorado after receiving a B.S. in Meteorology at the University of South Alabama and joined the NPS team as a Research Associate at Colorado State University. He has been in this position for 8 years... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 B

1:30pm

The Healing Powers of GIS: Making Communities More Healthy (AICP)
As our population increases, basic needs such as access to clean water, safe and healthy food, and overall health are becoming a major concern for community leaders. GIS provides the power to help address these issues from a spatial analytical perspective.

  • Wake County's Use of GIS Datasets for Key Decision-Making in the Groundwater and Wells Program
             Dr. Caroline Loop, Wright Lowery
    The ability to successfully eliminate the consumption of contaminated groundwater in Wake County through outreach, testing, and technical services is dependent upon full, accurate, and timely data about contamination sources and movement of contamination into and through groundwater. The County now obtains real-time data on known contamination sites by accessing map services from NC OneMap. North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources data are combined with a layer showing EPA site data and the County's own well location and water quality data. These tools provide staff with important information to make decisions on well permitting, recommended water testing, and prioritization of outreach efforts.

  • Urban Foodsheds and Sustainability
             Christine Hill
    Within the context of a changing climate and resulting economic stressors, there will be an increasing food insecurity. The need to provide food for those who can least afford it will become more important. The possibility of achieving sustainability through the development of urban, and even sub-urban, food sheds is not only an interesting idea, it may become a necessity.

    The idea would be to analyse the area that is available within a defined region, and determine the potential nutritional yield, etc. and related factors. A similar study was done by the University of Chicago several years ago and was published in ArcUser, and I always wondered how our region might compare.

  • GIS and Public Health
             David Toren
    This presentation will highlight and discuss different ways in which GIS is being utilized in regards to public health in Forsyth County.

    Topics discussed will include the different platforms and technologies used, demonstrations of applications and maps that focus on both access to food, walking and exercise and environmental health issues.


Moderators
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Dianne Enright, GISP

Health & Spatial Analysis Branch Manager, North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics
I have worked at the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Health and Spatial Analysis Branch for 20 years.

Speakers
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Christine Hill

Stormwater Management Accounting Technician, Town of Chapel Hill
Christine has over 20 years in GIS development, data management and analysis. She brings experience managing GIS and data projects at the local, state and international levels GOs and in the private and public sectors.
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Dr. Caroline Loop

Hydrogeologist, Wake County Dept. of Environmental Services
Caroline Loop is a hydrogeologist in Wake County’s Groundwater Protection and Wells Program. She is interested in all potential applications of GIS to address groundwater quality and quantity issues, especially as they relate to private well owners.
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Wright Lowery

GIS Analyst, Wake County Community Services/GIS
Wright is an analyst with Wake GIS and supports the Wake County Environmental Services department on GIS needs and projects. He was a field conservationist with Wake SWCD for 12 years and has now been with Wake GIS for 14 years. GIS project support over the years includes wells, septic systems, sediment and erosion control, surface and groundwater quality, and GPS data collection.
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David Toren

GIS Analyst/Senior IS Analyst, MapForsyth
David Toren is a Senior GIS. Analyst for the City of Winston-Salem. He also works closely with MapForsyth, the Forsyth County GIS department. He has over 17 years I.S. experience and has been exclusively focused on GIS for over 10.


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 C

1:30pm

Wild Tracks
Scientist are able to gather data better than ever before. This session highlights impressive forms of remote sensing, and its impacts on a city, several different species, and an ancient civilization.

  • Archeology & Remote Sensing
             Nevio Danelon
    This presentation will present the GIS and Remote Sensing applications for the Duke University Department of Classical Studies Archeology Research. GIS analysis & especially the clues revealed by remotely sensed data are giving researchers more evidence & insights to ancient civilizations.

  • Wildlife Tracking in the 21st Century: There's No Place to Hide
             Rob Bierregaard
    Since the first animal (an elk) ever to be tracked via satellite in 1970, technology has made amazing progress, and the opportunities to monitor animals weighing only a few ounces anywhere on the earth are truly remarkable. Questions that we couldn’t even dream of asking are now being answered. Rob Bierregaard will review the wide variety of tools available to remotely track wildlife and present some discoveries that he has made in his 15 years of studying Osprey and Barred Owl movement.

  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Real-time Data Management
             Leslie Frattarol
    Cape Hatteras has developed a real-time rare bird sighting application that gives their staff the ability to make a quick judgement on beach closures at the park. The public facing beach closure site gives the community quick access to beach recreation availability.


Moderators
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Silvia Terziotti

GIS Specialist, US Geologic Survey, South Atlantic Water Science Center
Silvia Terziotti works with USGS Water Science Centers as a GIS Specialist on projects ranging from the preparation and analysis of geospatial data for hydrologic analysis; development of innovative ways to incorporate high density elevation surfaces into hydrologic studies; and flood and hurricane storm surge visualization. Silvia also serves as the Associate National Map Liaison for North Carolina.

Speakers
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Rob Bierregaard

Research Associate, Academy of Natural Sciences
I'm a wildlife biologist who studies birds of prey, mostly with radio or satellite telemetry.
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Nevio Danelon

Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Post-Doc, Duke University 
Mr. Danelon is experienced in the application of GIS & Remote Sensing in his work investigating cultural heritage in Archeology. He received his MA in History at the University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in Oriental Studies (Egyptology). He has joined the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University in 2013 as a visiting scholar thanks to a scholarship for the Regium@Lepidi project and he is now working as a postdoctoral... Read More →
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Leslie Frattaroli

GIS Technician, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Leslie is the GIS technician for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, working closely with biological staff to track threatened and endangered species’ movements and breeding behavior within park boundaries. Leslie earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and moved to Cape Hatteras after receiving her M.S. in Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 2011. Prior to moving to Cape Hatteras, she worked... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 A