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Wednesday, February 25


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

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

Specific topics include:

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

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

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Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin is the Chief Executive Officer and Lead Instructor for eGIS Associates. He is an award winning Certified Trainer with over twenty years of experience orchestrating and managing geospatial projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety of geospatial software... Read More →

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carla Bissette

WebEOC Adminstrator, NC Emergency Management
Carla Bissette has been a member of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for twenty-five years; currently serving as a Business and Support Analyst within the Risk Management Section……with the responsibility as the agency’s WebEOC Administrator.  Ms. Bissette... Read More →

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 →
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Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

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

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


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

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

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

Specific topics include:

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

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

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Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George: Judy owns Spatial Alternatives in Maine which specializes in using geospatial tools to engage people in policy making around natural resource issues like land use and ocean management. She has been working with various communities for over 20 years.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Kim McDonough, GISP

Senior IT Manager, GIS, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in... Read More →

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