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Thursday, February 26
 

11:00am

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

 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Patrick Cozzi

Patrick Cozzi

Principal Graphics Architect, Analytical Graphics, Inc. 
Patrick is the Principal Graphics Architect at Analytical Graphics, Inc., where he leads the development of Cesium, an open-source JavaScript library for creating web-based 3D globes and 2D maps.  He is the coauthor of 3D Engine Design for Virtual Globes, editor of WebGL Insights... Read More →


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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

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



Moderators
HM

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

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

Speakers
avatar for Howard Butler

Howard Butler

President, Hobu, Inc.
Howard leads a small company open source software developers in the Iowa called Hobu, Inc. He and his firm have led the development of open source projects like PDAL, libLAS, plas.io, and Greyhound which work together to provide a processing and visualization stack of capabilities... Read More →
avatar for Mark Romano

Mark Romano

Geospatial Product Manager, Harris Corporation
In his capacity as the Harris Corporation Geospatial Product Manager Mark is Responsible for commercialization of Geiger mode LiDAR and other air, land, and sea remote sensing capabilities for the federal/civil and commercial community. Mark has an extensive background (20+yrs) leading... Read More →
DJ

Dr. J. Marcos Sirota

President & CEO, Sigma Space Corp.
Marcos is co-founder and CEO of Sigma Space Corp.  He has been working on optical instrumentation and lidar systems for aerospace applications for 25 years.  Sigma produces state-of-the-art lidar instruments for ground, airborne and space borne platforms, including cloud physics... Read More →


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

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
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 Brian Payst

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 →
avatar for Carl Stearns, GISP, PLS

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 →
avatar for Corey White

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

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
avatar for Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Tim is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA). NC CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS under the NC Department of Information Technology. He manages agency operations and provides staff support to the NC Geographic Information... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Krissy Culler

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 →
avatar for Col. Craig Mix

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 →
avatar for Kyle Snyder

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 →
avatar for Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

Chief, North Carolina Geodetic Survey
avatar for Bobby Walston

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

3:30pm

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

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


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


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



Moderators
avatar for Mark Endries

Mark Endries

GIS Analyst, US Fish and Wildlife
I've been a GIS analyst for over 15 years. I have been employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a GIS Analyst for the last five years. Prior to that I was employed as a GIS analyst by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Tallahassee Florida for 10 years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Garner

Tyler Garner

Senior Developer, Noblis-NSP
Tyler is a Senior Developer and Geospatial Intelligence Analyst at Noblis-NSP where he works on the ROGUE JCTD.  Mr. Garner is a core committer on the GeoNode project and contributes to several projects in the ROGUE application suite.  Prior to coming to Noblis-NSP, Mr. Garner... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Geospatial Science and Technology Faculty at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at the North Carolina State University. She is a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the Open... Read More →
avatar for Randy Hale

Randy Hale

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

Syrus Mesdaghi

Technical Lead, Noblis-NSP
Syrus is the Technical Lead for the ROGUE JCTD project which has developed web-clients, mobile clients, and other components with the goal of enabling data collection, sharing, and collaboration. ROGUE / GeoSHAPE is one of the primary forces behind making GeoGit happen with direct... Read More →


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

Chris Lukasina, AICP, GISP

Executive Director, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Bradley

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 →
avatar for Nick Doiron

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 →
JG

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

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
avatar for Doug Newcomb

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

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

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 →
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Brandon Inscore, GISP

Crime Analysis Supervisor, Greensboro Police Department
Brandon is the Crime Analysis Supervisor of the Crime Analysis Unit with the Greensboro Police Department.  He has over 10 years of GIS experience in municipal government and is a GISP.  He has worked for the Transportation, Water Resources, Field Operations, and Police Departments... Read More →
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David Warren

Colorado State Research Associate/ GIS Systems Administrator for National GIS Program, National Park Service
David is the "data guy" on the NPMap team. He primarily focuses on database development, data services, and customer support. He works closely with NPMap's partners to develop and support spatial databases that are leveraged by NPMap. He moved to Colorado after receiving a B.S. in... Read More →


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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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


Moderators
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Silvia Terziotti

GIS Specialist, US Geologic Survey, South Atlantic Water Science Center
Silvia Terziotti works with USGS Water Science Centers as a GIS Specialist on projects ranging from the preparation and analysis of geospatial data for hydrologic analysis; development of innovative ways to incorporate high density elevation surfaces into hydrologic studies; and flood... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Bierregaard

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

Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Post-Doc, Duke University 
Mr. Danelon is experienced in the application of GIS & Remote Sensing in his work investigating cultural heritage in Archeology. He received his MA in History at the University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in Oriental Studies (Egyptology). He has joined the Department of Art, Art History... Read More →
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Leslie Frattaroli

GIS Technician, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Leslie is the GIS technician for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, working closely with biological staff to track threatened and endangered species’ movements and breeding behavior within park boundaries. Leslie earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania... Read More →


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