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Thursday, February 26


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.


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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 →


Tony LaVoi

NOAA Geospatial Information Officer, NOS
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... Read More →

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


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.


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.


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


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


Alice Wilson

GIS Coordinator, City of New Bern, NC

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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


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.

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Judy Johnson

System Analyst IV/GIS Coordinator, City of Greenville

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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... Read More →
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Geoff Taylor

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
Friday, February 27


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


Jenny Korreck

GIS Technician, Office of University Architect, NC State University

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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 →

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... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →

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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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →

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


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.


Sean Hawley

GIS Systems Coordinator, Greenville Utilities

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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 →

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


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.


Paul Black

French Broad River MPO Director, Land of Sky Regional Council

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Amy Keyworth

Hydrogeologist, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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


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.

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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.


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.

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