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Thursday, February 26
 

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
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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.

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Rob Bailey, CMUD

City of Charlotte
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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... 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... 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... 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
avatar for Janet Jackson, GISP, PLS

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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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

GIS Coordinator, City of New Bern, NC

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... 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... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 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, Coordinator North Carolina State Data Center Network, North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, Demographic and Economic Analysis Section
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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.
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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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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... Read More →


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

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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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →


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... 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... 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 Ve... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →


Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 305 A/B
 
Friday, February 27
 

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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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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... 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... 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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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... Read More →
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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
avatar for Eric Brelsford

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... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Fields

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... 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.


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

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... 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 p... Read More →
avatar for Carter Vickery, GISP, MBA

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.
avatar for Bill Scanlon

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... Read More →


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

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... 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... Read More →


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
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Paul Black

French Broad River MPO Director, Land of Sky Regional Council

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Atkinson

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.
avatar for Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP

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... 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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for David Chrest

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brelsford

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... Read More →
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... Read More →
avatar for David Warren

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... 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
avatar for Teresa Townsend, AICP

Teresa Townsend, AICP

Chief Executive Officer, Planning Communities

Speakers
avatar for R. Alfred Vick, PLA, LEED Fellow

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... Read More →
avatar for David Jones

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... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mather

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Jeff Essic

Jeff Essic

Data Services Librarian, NC State University

Speakers
avatar for Blake Esselstyn, GISP, AICP

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... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Henley

Amanda Henley

Head of Digital Research Services, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
I am interested in academic library services, technology, and spaces that support scholars using digital methods in teaching and research.
avatar for Jonathan Jones

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... Read More →
avatar for Philip McDaniel

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Amy Keyworth

Amy Keyworth

Hydrogeologist, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rebecca Dobbs

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... Read More →
avatar for Dale Loberger, GISP

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... Read More →
avatar for Scott Madry

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
avatar for Dr. Amanda Tickner

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

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
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.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Armstrong

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... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Inscore, GISP

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... Read More →
avatar for David Warren

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... 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... Read More →
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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