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Welcome to the 22nd Annual California GIS Conference. CalGIS 2016 will take place May 10-12 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort.

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Tuesday, May 10
 

8:30am

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow

Half-day training, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructors:
Sandi Stroud, Public Safety GIS National Director, Michael Baker International
Steven Bein, GISP, GIS Manager, Michael Baker International

This workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 911 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 911 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This will have profound impacts on local maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 911 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 911, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic next generation 911 terminology and concepts
  • Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 911 system
  • Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 911 system
  • Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for Next Generation 911

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

Registration Fee: $50


Speakers
avatar for Steve Bein, P.E., GISP

Steve Bein, P.E., GISP

GIS Technician Manager, Michael Baker International
Steve Bein, GISP manages Geospatial Services at Michael Baker International and is responsible for the development and use of GIS and Internet based technologies to enhance the success of clients and projects. Mr. Bein is a registered Civil Engineer with a background of over 25 years in GIS and Public Safety, Water Resources, Land Development and Transportation engineering. He teaches courses in GIS at the University of California, Irvine... Read More →

Workshop Instructors
avatar for Sandi Stroud

Sandi Stroud

Public Safety GIS National Director, Michael Baker International
Sandi Stroud is the Public Safety GIS National Director at Michael Baker Jr., Inc.  She specializes in NG9-1-1 GIS.  In her former professional life, Sandi spent her time working in the public sector as the former GIS Coordinator for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the GIS support to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of Health and Human Services’ operations center and as a GIS manager for the City of Laurel.  She... Read More →


Tuesday May 10, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Palm West

8:30am

Deploying Mobile GIS

Full-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own)
Instructor:
Tripp Corbin, GISP, CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, GA - URISA President-Elect

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the benefits and resources needed to deploy different mobile solutions within their organization
  • Gain better understanding of supporting technologies including mobile platforms, communications and GPS
  • Be introduced to different methods for deploying mobile solutions
  • Be introduced to different supporting architectures for supporting mobile deployments
  • Understand the guidelines needed to build a mobile GIS
  • Understand the obstacles of implementing a mobile solution and practical ways to overcome these.

Registration Fee: $100


Workshop Instructors
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

Tripp Corbin, GISP

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


Tuesday May 10, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Garden A

8:30am

Open Source GIS

Instructors:
Jeffrey Johnson, Terranodo LLC
Landon Blake, Hawkins & Associates Engineering
Aaron Steele, CartoDB 

Full-day training, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, with break for lunch on own)

Open Source GIS Tools
Open source GIS is bringing the power of geospatial technology to all sorts of different organizations in California. During this full-day workshop members of the California OSGeo Chapter show you how they are using open source GIS software in their own organizations. The speakers will demonstrate how to use popular open source desktop GIS software (including QGIS, PostGIS, GeoServer and others), explain how open source GIS software fits into their own workflows, and provide examples of projects where they have successfully implemented open source GIS. 

Making Dynamic Maps with CartoDB
In this session, we will quickly unpack how to tackle common and complex GIS challenges and analysis as we go from raw data to beautifully insightful, dynamic, interactive maps for the web.  Participants will learn fundamentals of making maps in the CartoDB editor, and progress into advanced topics such as using Torque.js to create animated visualizations for pattern and anomaly detection, robust real-time enabled spatial queries and comprehensive spatial analysis using PostgreSQL & PostGIS. Focusing on working with different kinds of spatial data, participants will be equipped to use CartoDB's editor and advanced functionality in future analysis and prediction projects after completion.

A laptop computer is required for this session and we recommend you install QGIS before hand. 

Registration Fee: $100


Tuesday May 10, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Garden B

12:00pm

California GIS Council Working Session - Everyone is welcome!

12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
Garden C 

California GIS Council Working Session - Everyone is welcome!

Facilitator: Mark Greninger, Council Chair

The California GIS Council is the primary organization for GIS professionals to work together to promote the greater understanding and use of GIS across the state of California, and is open to GIS professionals who share an interest in promoting GIS across the state. This working session of the Council will be a brainstorm session focused on developing the Council’s Strategic Plan, focused on the following areas:

  1. Planning and Strategy
  2. Advisory
  3. Collaborative Policy Development
  4. California Spatial Data Accuracy
  5. Collaboration
  6. Communication

Come bring your experience and expertise to help develop strategies and tactics for the Council around these areas.  Everyone is welcome! (Pick up a lunch at one of the hotel outlets and bring it to the meeting. Lunch is not provided.)


Moderators
avatar for Mark Greninger

Mark Greninger

Geographic Information Officer, County of Los Angeles
Mark Greninger is the Geographic Information Officer of the County of Los Angeles. He graduated from Stanford University in 1996 with a degree in Environmental Geology, but quickly became passionate about GIS and has been in the field since then. He began his work at the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. After building a GIS system for the EPA, he moved to the County, where he now oversees the deployment and effective use of... Read More →

Tuesday May 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Garden C

1:00pm

Esri Story Maps Workshop

Esri Story Maps Workshop
Half-day workshop, 1:00-5:00 PM

Presenter: Rupert Essinger is a member of the Esri Story Maps team.

Description: In this workshop you'll learn how to create story maps with the ArcGIS platform. Story Maps are interactive web applications that let you combine interactive maps, narrative text, images, videos, 3D web scenes and other media to engage and inspire your audience. In this workshop we'll show you how to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story: whether you want to tell the general public about a planning project; engage supporters and the media about a conservation issue; present the results of your GIS analysis work to stakeholders inside your organization; or simply create a personal story about a trip or place you love. We'll show you the different story map application templates you can choose from and walk you step-by-step through the process of building, refining, and publishing a story map. Learn the basics plus get tips and tricks to turn your story map into a polished communication product. We'll also show you best practices for promoting your story map to your audience. But most of all we hope to inspire you to tell your story!

Audience: Anyone interested in location-based storytelling. There are no prerequisites for this course. You may have a story map idea already in mind. Or you may just want to find out more about what these tools may offer your organization.  Optionally, attendees can bring a laptop and we'll get you up and running making story maps. ArcGIS Online knowledge a plus but not required. No web development skills required.

No registration fee required. Participation is limited.


Workshop Instructors
avatar for Rupert Essinger

Rupert Essinger

Member of the Esri Story Maps team, Esri



Tuesday May 10, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm West

5:00pm

CalGIS 2016 Mappy Hour
Gather at teh Sheraton's Pool Bar for an informal non-hosted Meet and Greet. Whether you're attending a pre-conference workshop or arriving on Tuesday, it is a great way to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy some time together.

Tuesday May 10, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Pool Bar

7:00pm

Angels/Cardinals Baseball Game

New Opportunity… Angels MLB Game on Tuesday evening:

We were able to bulk purchase tickets to the Angels/St Louis Cardinals baseball game on Tuesday, May 10 (7:05 PM start time). The seats are all together in the right field pavilion (section 247). Tickets are $20 each and include an Angels baseball cap. 30 tickets are available on a first-come/first-served basis. You must pay for and pick up your ticket(s) by 4 PM on Tuesday, May 10 at the conference registration desk. Please send an email ASAP to Pat Francis (pfrancis@urisa.org) to reserve your ticket(s). 


Tuesday May 10, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Angels Stadium 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
 
Wednesday, May 11
 

8:30am

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address: The Human Era of GIS, Clint Brown
8:30am - 9:00am - Welcome

9:00am - 10:00 am - Opening Keynote Address - The Human Era of GIS
Clint Brown, Director of Product Engineering, Esri

Ten years ago, as people everywhere on the planet began to use and be amazed by Google Maps and other web mapping tools, we all became GIS users.

The recent implementation of Web GIS and social computing are creating exciting new opportunities to move beyond our traditional, highly technical application of GIS. We are on the verge of big changes - for who will be engaged by GIS and how it can be used by virtually everyone. We are entering the Human Era of GIS.

This is an important story about where GIS has been and where we are headed. As practitioners, how will we transform our dialog and communications about our work to make GIS more broadly accessible by an ever-expanding community of new users.

Speakers
avatar for Clint Brown

Clint Brown

Director of Product Engineering, Esri
Joined Esri in 1983. Since then, Clint has been responsible for managing all Esri product releases in use today in hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. Clint manages a division of hundreds of GIS analysts, app programmers, writers, and test analysts. |   | Clint’s Product Engineering teams work closely with the Esri Software Development teams managed by Scott Morehouse, Esri’s Visionary and Sud Menon, Esri’s... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Park Ballroom

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Plaza Ballroom

10:30am

Customizing a SharePoint GIS to provide Construction Information to LAX
  • Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the process of delivering more than $4.5 billion of Capital improvements at LAX Airport. The Airport Development Group is tasked with managing and coordinating over 200 construction projects per year. This coordination effort is managed by the Coordination and Logistics Management (CALM) Team. Given the scale and scope of the construction projects, the CALM team developed a SharePoint GIS tool to track all construction and improve project coordination and planning throughout the central terminal area. This presentation will focus on the latest developments with CALM SharePoint GIS 2.0 including creating a SharePoint map application integrated with EPPM scheduling software. This has enabled the project team to fully control the map application as well as schedule information. The CALM SharePoint GIS provides a benefit to LAX by coordinating project teams and preventing construction conflicts resulting in expensive time delays.
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  • Presenter: Donald Chinery, GISP, GIS Project Manager, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles, CA

Moderators
avatar for Christina Boggs

Christina Boggs

Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
Christina Boggs is an Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management North Central Region Office, in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section. Christina has two Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento, one in Geology and the other in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Christina loves helping people collaborate and work together better. Christina... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donald Chinery, GISP

Donald Chinery, GISP

GIS Project Manager, Los Angeles World Airports
Don has worked as a Consultant for Los Angeles World Airports at LAX for 6 years. He works in the Airports Development Group with the CALM (Coordination and Logistics Management) team. Don has worked with in the GIS consulting field for over 15 years and holds a BA from Northwestern University in Geography/Economics. Don is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and has received his GISP.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Garden AB

10:30am

Investigating Roam: An Open Source Tablet Solution
Intramaps Roam is a free and open source mapping app for Windows tablets. Harnessing the speed of the QGIS rendering engine with a field-friendly user interface, Roam offers the ability to store and utilize enterprise-wide datasets offline, including aerial imagery. Panning, zooming, editing, and taking pictures is extremely smooth and fast. Come and see how Los Angeles County is investigating this apps use.

Presenter: John Hickok, GISP, LS, Principle GIS Analyst, Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services, Norwalk, CA

Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Palm East

10:30am

Real Time Transit Data changing Trip Planning With Open Trip Planner
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority teamed up with AmigoCloud to create a multimodal open trip planner (OTP) implementation for Santa Clara County, CA.  By injecting large amounts of real time transit data into the trip planner, VTA and AmigoCloud have fundamentally changed how transit trip planning operates.  Focusing on inter-modal trip planning capabilities and real time transit information VTA has provided an innovative experience for existing and potential transit riders.  VTA is able to use 100% of the data collected by the OTP to improve transportation in Santa Clara County.  Providing multi-modal opportunities to the community will improve transport opportunities for all.  The project is based on open source software and its currently available on the VTA website; tripplanner.vta.org

Speakers
avatar for Marshall Ballard, GISP

Marshall Ballard, GISP

Senior Transportation Planner - GIS Coordinator, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
A Senior Transportation Planner and the GIS Coordinator at the Valley Transportation Authority, he is at the intersection of transportation technology and transportation planning. Recently he helped enact an Open Data Policy, and he is currently focused on delivering a real time transit information inter-modal trip planning app. Occasionally, he still finds time to make a map.
avatar for Ragi Burhum

Ragi Burhum

Founder, AmigoCloud
Ragi began his geospatial career over a decade ago as an engineer at ESRI, where he worked on the Geodatabase team creating, designing, and maintaining ArcGIS core components. At Microsoft, he worked on the main GIS data pipeline of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He ran a successful GIS consulting company in the Bay Area where he helped organizations like NVIDIA and CSR with their GIS challenges. In addition to founding GeoMeetup, the largest... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Garden C

10:30am

Thinking Way Outside The GIS Map: A 30 Minute Tour of Next Gen Innovative Geospatial Analytics Tools!
Presenter: David Savlowitz - CEO/Founder – Competitive Analytics

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Orton

Jeff Orton

Director GIS, Wonderful Citrus

Speakers
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David Savlowitz

CEO/Founder, Competitive Analytics
David has spent over 30 years developing and perfecting data driven strategies to help clients with their analytical needs. David specializes in price optimization, demand/supply forecasting, valuation analytics, market research, and strategic planning. David used his comprehensive knowledge of data and analytics to develop the DECIPHER™ Business Intelligence Platform, which Competitive Analytics uses to deliver all nine functions of the... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Palm West

10:55am

Making PostgreSQL View Tables Work for You
Have you ever had routine calculations or spatial analysis to run on frequently updated data? Instead of setting up a script to run your models or calculations, let a PostgreSQL view table provide always updated spatial data and attributes. You can tailor these "layers" to show whatever your audience needs to see and access them via your desktop software of choice (QGIS, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro) or via your web page.

This presentation will cover the basics of how to set up a view table and show some examples of ways it can help you manage your data. These workflows are ideal for open source users.

Presenter: Bond Harper, GISP, ENV SP, Senior Analyst, Arup, Los Angeles, CA

Speakers
avatar for Bond Harper, GISP, ENV SP

Bond Harper, GISP, ENV SP

Senior Analyst, Arup
Bond loves spatial analysis, organized data, bike commuting, and all the animals. She spends her weekdays with the amazing Digital Insight team at Arup.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Palm East

10:55am

The Niche of Asthma: Using GIS Sensors & Machine Learning to Understand Asthma
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with severe morbidity and mortality in California. It is also an environmental justice concern, as it disproportionately affects poor, communities of color. Asthma attacks are triggered by a variety of environmental exposures but analyzing the relative importance of each exposure is difficult using traditional epidemiological methods. Our research uses a portable GIS sensor to track location and time of rescue asthma inhaler use.
For each inhaler use, we retrospectively estimate environmental exposures, including (1) climate, (2) traffic-related air pollution, (3) ambient air pollution, (4) land use type, and (5) proximal pesticide exposure. We use this data to build an ecologic niche model to map the relative contributions of each environmental layer in predicting the likelihood of asthma inhaler use, and create a predictive model of future asthma attack risk.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Pepper

Joshua Pepper

Berkeley, CA, Medical Student and Researcher
Josh Pepper is a second year medical student in the UC Berkeley, UCSF Joint Medical Program. His research focuses on the realtime geospatial relationship between asthma inhaler use and environmental conditions. Josh is from Fresno, CA and has dual undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Civil/Environmental Engineering from UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Garden C

10:55am

The Power of Database Views for Complex Data Display
Moderators
avatar for Jeff Orton

Jeff Orton

Director GIS, Wonderful Citrus

Speakers
avatar for Russell Mercer, GISP

Russell Mercer, GISP

Owner, Get Spatial Consulting
I have 15 years of experience in building GIS databases. Most of my experience is in utility-based GIS. For the last 4 years, I have been focusing on building a GIS in a mixed proprietary and open-source environment at the City of Imperial Beach. My current interests are in the areas of GIS database development and structure, and task streamlining and automation. In the near future, I want to gain more experience in serving task-focused... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Palm West

10:55am

Water Main Replacement Analysis Utilizing GIS & Annualized Lifecycle Cost Model
Historical methods of selecting water mains for replacement were centered on anecdotal knowledge of field staff and were poorly supported by objective data. A common practice to select a replacement candidate was: The main on Maple St is leaky lets replace that one. These methods are outdated and insufficient to meet system performance needs, given budget constraints and labor resources, now and in the future.
A new approach utilizing GIS analysis and lifecycle cost calculations in Excel was piloted in 2014. Spatial analysis was performed to aggregate disparate pipe segments into analytical units, which were then analyzed for historical leaks and proximity to risk factors such as sensitive watersheds and freeways, and approximately 15 other factors. The result of this spatial analysis was a short list of replacement candidates.
The short list was then processed in Excel to apply a lifecycle cost model considering replacement cost and operations and maintenance costs to further narrow the list of replacement candidates. The results of the Excel analysis were applied to the GIS data and the final pipe replacement projects were selected.
Map books were created showcasing each proposed project and an ArcGIS Online web map was created to provide system-wide context to engineers.
The final outcome of the analysis being a strong list of data-driven pipe replacement candidates, supported by objective analysis, submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission for the Company’s 2015 General Rate Case.
The spatial analysis processes will be of particular interest to a GIS-centric audience. The entire workflow was coded in Python and several unique data challenges had to be overcome to achieve the desired, accurate results.

Presenter:
Nathaniel Mirin, GISP, GIS Analyst, California Water Service, San Jose, CA

Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Mirin, GISP

Nathaniel Mirin, GISP

GIS Analyst, California Water Service
Nathaniel Mirin is a GIS Analyst with the California Water Service (Cal Water) in San Jose, CA, an investor-owned water utility with over 450,000 service connections and 1.7 million customers in California. He has a BA in Geography from the University of Washington and a Minor in Earth and Space Sciences. Nathaniel is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and has nine years of professional experience in the geospatial... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Garden AB

11:20am

An Automated Mapping Problem with a Feature-Driven Solution
Mapping polygon shapes of varied size and distribution can be a challenging task. Often the cartographer relies upon their experience or trial and error when making the decision over which features to map together. A client requested that QK develop an automated solution for the creation of thousands of map sets, many with dynamic definition queries between map pages. This rendered manual mapping impractical and data-driven pages unworkable. A modular approach to automated map creation, utilizing Python scripting, allows for better management over map extents, scale, and feature queries. Our presentation will explain proven automation methods that save time and money, increasing the value of GIS mapping.

Presenters:
David Clark, GIS Analyst, Quad Knopf, Inc., Bakersfield, CA
Kris Law, GIS Developer, Quad Knopf, Inc., Bakersfield, CA

Speakers
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David Clark

GIS Analyst, Quad Knopf, Inc
David Clark is a GIS Analyst for Quad Knopf, a professional consulting firm that provides an extensive range of services, including: biology, environmental and land use planning, civil and traffic engineering, land surveying, construction management, GIS, utility coordination, and landscape architecture. His experience with GIS includes population growth models, traffic and transit analysis, environmentally sensitive areas, hazardous release... Read More →
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Kris Law

GIS Developer, Quad Knopf, Inc
Kristoffer Law is a GIS Developer for QK, a professional consulting firm that provides an extensive range of services, including biology, environmental and land use planning, civil and traffic engineering, land surveying, construction management, GIS, utility coordination, and landscape architecture. His experience includes spatial database development, managing ArcGIS REST Services and deployments to ArcGIS Online, programming custom GIS web... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Palm East

11:20am

Bridging GIS and Document Management for an Enterprise Integration Framework

For local and municipal government GIS was the technology that was suppose to integrate or unify the information and data within the walls of government agencies to streamline business processes, provide business knowledge to all staff in an organization and reduce the need for redundancy. GIS on every desk was the mantra in the 1980s.  Well either developer found this too hard to do or it just wasn’t cost effective or both. 

Throwing a web-based application up and giving staff access to basic mapping functions and minimal integration with the rest of the organization was just a shortcut but did not solve the real issues within the walls of a government or utility based organization. Typically GIS in local and municipal government and the those utility agencies that serve them usually ends up as a map making endeavor or specialty applications for work orders, permit processing and the like. These applications usually require GIS software and some other vendor to work with. 

A good example of this would be GIS and document integration. This usually requires 2 vendors (a GIS vendor and a document manager vendor) then these applications pulled together to provide a point and shoot and document retrieval application. 

But these applications are again specific and tend not to be a framework for unification of information required for business process improvement.  One usually finds basic assessor information with rudimentary document attachments to be the focus of a general web based applications intended for all staff. 

The Enterprise Data Window uses the mobile model for deployment, cost and application maintenance to provide all of the advantages of a web/mobile application while maintaining the robust powerful nature of a solid client side application. You can see the difference in this respect between Google earth where the client is downloaded to the workstation and Google map a browser based application.


Speakers
avatar for Radek Nemecek

Radek Nemecek

President, USA IMAGING, Inc.
Founder and President of USA IMAGING, Inc.
avatar for Keith Russell

Keith Russell

Director of Product Development, USA Imaging Inc
My last 15 years emphasized product development with spatial and business data using a document management framework and manufacturing business process integration. Prior to that my experience included, (1986) City of Encinitas GIS Analyst , (1990) San Diego Data Processing Oracle Design, Programming & GIS Developer, (1995) Otay Water District GIS Manager , (2000) Union Bank Oracle Delphi Developer. | Education | 1976 1983 Civil... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Garden C

11:20am

GIS Data Management for Large Infrastructure Projects
Large rail and highway projects use and generate substantial volumes of spatial information, often requiring complex and creative management solutions. This presentation will discuss some of the unique requirements of data management on large infrastructure projects, including processing complex CAD models to generate intelligent GIS datasets, making key project information available to project users, and automating common tasks using FME and PostGIS.

Presenter: Roland Martin, CGeog (GIS), FRGS, Senior Consultant, Arup, Los Angeles, CA

Speakers
avatar for Roland Martin

Roland Martin

Senior Consultant, Arup
Roland Martin is a Senior Consultant for Arup Digital in Los Angeles. He has been responsible for all aspects of data creation, analysis, management, and visualization, for a wide range of projects and clients in different parts of the world.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Garden AB

11:20am

Look to the Future, Leave the Past Behind
Everything happens somewhere. Location intelligence is now a core competency in our data rich, rapidly evolving world. In this session I will discuss how CartoDB works with leaders in the business intelligence sector to solve real world problems.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Orton

Jeff Orton

Director GIS, Wonderful Citrus

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Steele

Aaron Steele

Sr. Vice President of Business Development, CartoDB
Aaron is our Sr. Vice President of Business Development, where he thinks creatively about the future and heads up CartoDB San Francisco. | Aaron holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Before CartoDB, Aaron was CTO and Principal Software Engineer at World Resources Institute. His career started in academia, bridging gaps between biodiversity science, big data, and the web. | Outside of CartoDB... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Palm West

11:45am

Geocoding in Excel

Through a variety of methods, it is possible to geocode your data live in Excel or Google Sheets. This has many useful applications, including automated geocoding, geocoding with multiple geocoders (e.g. The Census Geocoder and Google’s Geocoder), as well as the ability to have numerous people working on one set of data to manually geocode more rapidly.

This presentation could discuss but isn't limited to the following topics: methods used to prepare the data for geocoding using Powershell ISE, how to make API calls from Excel, how to structure API calls, formulas used for prioritizing various geocoders in Excel, using Google Sheets to geocode as a team, as well as using Excel macros and batch files to expedite the process.

Presenter: Ben Harloe, GIS Technician, Evari GIS Consulting, San Diego, CA

Speakers
avatar for Ben Harloe

Ben Harloe

GIS Technician, Evari GIS Consulting
Ben Harloe is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands, where he studied Business, Mathematics, and GIS. During his time there he interned at ESRI for 6 months. He now lives in San Diego and works at Evari GIS Consulting performing a variety of beginner and intermediate technical work for the company, both related and non-related to GIS.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Palm East

11:45am

GIS and Asset Management Integration- From 0 to 60 in 6 Months

As more Cities and Counties utilize GIS to store asset information and also use other applications to manage work orders, capture maintenance activities, plan for capital improvements, and custom reporting, many are looking to migrate and move toward an enterprise system.

This presentation will focus on the steps necessary to implement a synchronized GIS and asset management system. The topics will be generalized so they can be applied to similar types of projects. Some specific examples will be given from City of La Mesa integrating GIS with Cartegraph; and City of San Clemente integrating GIS with Lucity.

Presenter: Melisa Caric Lee, GISP, President, Compass Rose GIS,Oceanside, CA

Speakers
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Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Garden AB

11:45am

GIS Professionals Affecting and Affected by Public Policy Issues

As GIS applications permeate our social workspace, an increasing number of public issues affect, and are affected by, what we do.  GIS professionals have specific expertise that can inform important public policy, and we are also impacted by public policies propounded by others.  Let's review several examples with the intention of getting more involved in the issues we know and care about:

  • Assuring access to our governments' geospatial data
  • Calculating ROI for GIS data to account the benefits of geospatial applications
  • Monitoring legal definitions of the professional boundary defining the work of Surveyors and GIS Professionals
  • Using NSRS for geodetic control of geodatabase themes
  • Preserving GPS infrastructure
  • Responding to proposed Federal legislation that concerns mapping agencies' procurement policies
  • Balancing divergent concerns about the use of UAS (drones) for mapping
  • Advocating for Addresses to become the eighth FGDC Framework Theme

Presenter: Bruce Joffe, GISP, Principal, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Garden C

11:45am

Innovative Web Mapping Using Big Data, Scripting, and Infographics
Presenter: Brandon Haydu, Transportation Consultant, Fehr & Peers, Los Angeles, CA
It is an exciting time for GIS professionals as new ways to understand and visualize Big Data develop. Summarizing data is becoming increasingly important to help decision makers make swift, informed choices. Using examples from three projects, Brandon will illustrate a process to automate development of infographics that can be integrated with web mapping to help agencies better understand complex data in their region. Using this process to better understand travel patterns, thousands of visually rich infographics were created with cell phone data, transit ridership information, and a variety of other big data sources. More specifically, Python was used to develop customized charts and histograms with varying styles, and Esri’s Data Driven Pages was modified to style infographics. Esri’s Web App Builder was used to display data and distribute infographics which can be downloaded to supplement grant applications or help local agencies better understand travel patterns in their jurisdiction and compared to the region. This process encourages more informed local planning by providing analytics that would otherwise be costly to create individually. 

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Orton

Jeff Orton

Director GIS, Wonderful Citrus

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Haydu

Brandon Haydu

Transportation Consultant, Fehr & Peers
Brandon Haydu is a transportation consultant for Fehr & Peers, specializing in data analytics and transportation modeling. He enjoys visualizing complex data to help clients make informed decisions.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Palm West

12:00pm

1:30pm

Dessert Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday May 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:00pm

Panel Discussion - Data Visualization
Panelists
Mark Harrower - Mapping and Visualization Engineer  - Esri
Steve Lytle, Director of Location Analytics - QlikMaps
Sarah Battersby - Research Scientist - Tableau, President - Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
Bogdan Rau  MPH – Project Coordinator – California Health Interview Survey
Aaron Steele - CartoDB
David Savlowitz, CEO/Founder Competitive Analytics


Moderators
avatar for Jeff Orton

Jeff Orton

Director GIS, Wonderful Citrus

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Battersby

Sarah Battersby

Research Scientist, Tableau Software
Sarah Battersby is a research scientist at Tableau Software. Her primary area of focus is cartography, with an emphasis on cognition. Her work emphasizes how we can help people visualize and use spatial information more effectively. Her research has covered a variety of areas, including perception in dynamic map displays, geospatial technologies and spatial thinking abilities, and the impact of map projection on spatial cognition. She works... Read More →
avatar for Mark Harrower

Mark Harrower

Mapping and Visualization Engineer, Esri
From Smart Mapping, to Maps We Love, to Data Visualization, I am a leader, designer, and evangelist on new mapping initiatives within Esri. I was hired to collaborate and coordinate across teams to push the boundaries of what's possible with GIS and mapping. In my current role I help to envision, research, design, and build the latest mapping technology for the worldwide leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
avatar for Steve Lytle

Steve Lytle

Director, Location Analytics, QlikMaps
Steve Lytle is the Director of Location Analytics at Analytics8, creators of QlikMaps. Steve has devoted his entire professional career to using, deploying, and advancing the use of mapping, geographic information, and location analytics technologies. He has worked directly within the Esri, MapInfo, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, and Qlik ecosystems. He also gained comprehensive knowledge of geospatial data and associated contextual content while... Read More →
avatar for Bogdan Rau, MPH

Bogdan Rau, MPH

Online Data Dissemination Manager, California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
Bogdan Rau is the Online Data Dissemination & Visualization Manager for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). He manages the development, implementation, and maintenance of multiple public health surveillance tools powered by The California Health Interview Survey, including AskCHIS, CHIS' flagship online dissemination product, and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition, a hyper-local health query system that provides health estimates and... Read More →
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David Savlowitz

CEO/Founder, Competitive Analytics
David has spent over 30 years developing and perfecting data driven strategies to help clients with their analytical needs. David specializes in price optimization, demand/supply forecasting, valuation analytics, market research, and strategic planning. David used his comprehensive knowledge of data and analytics to develop the DECIPHER™ Business Intelligence Platform, which Competitive Analytics uses to deliver all nine functions of the... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Steele

Aaron Steele

Sr. Vice President of Business Development, CartoDB
Aaron is our Sr. Vice President of Business Development, where he thinks creatively about the future and heads up CartoDB San Francisco. | Aaron holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Before CartoDB, Aaron was CTO and Principal Software Engineer at World Resources Institute. His career started in academia, bridging gaps between biodiversity science, big data, and the web. | Outside of CartoDB... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Park Ballroom

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday May 11, 2016 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Plaza Ballroom

3:45pm

Student Competition & IGNITE Session

Student Competition
Students of geospatial technology in California colleges were invited to submit abstracts and videos for their projects to compete for the opportunity to present at CalGIS 2016. This session features the finalists who will present their work and answer questions from the panel of judges and the audience. Judges will then deliberate and select the winners. Your attention and encouragement for these future GIS practitioners is welcomed

  • Teresa Hodges - Chicago Crime: Taking it to the Streets: Analyzing Gun Crime through Neighborhood Street Configurations 
  •  Thomas Crimmel - North County Food Policy Council Web App 
  •  Kari Palm - Highway Bridges at Risk in San Diego County


IGNITE
A big hit every year, IGNITE presentations (also known as lightning talks) are limited to five minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). The best presentations are both educational and entertaining!

  • Quick Maps Using Micorsoft's Excel Power View and Power Map
    Fred Dominguez, GISP, Research Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Crowdsourcing Bike Parking Locations with Esri's GeoForm
    Carrie Carsell, GISP - Senior GIS Specialist - Fehr & Peers
  • California GIS Council
    Mark Greninger, LA County Geographic Information Officer, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
  • GIS Professionals Affecting and Affected by Public Policy Issues
    Bruce Joffe, GISP, Principal, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Carsell, GISP

Carrie Carsell, GISP

Senior GIS Specialist, Fehr & Peers
Carrie Carsell is a Senior GIS/Visual Communications Specialist and has worked with GIS and graphic design since 1998. As an avid visual communicator, Carrie focuses exclusively on advanced spatial analysis and converting technical information into attractive and effective illustrations for communication. She's a passionate believer in the importance of compelling visual images for advocacy, public education and enabling decision makers to... Read More →
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Fred Dominguez, GISP

Research Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Current work involves data analysis using an array of statistical and database, along with mapping platforms to create strategic reports that are easily understood. | | Previous work involved constructing health disparities maps for community based organizations.
avatar for Mark Greninger

Mark Greninger

Geographic Information Officer, County of Los Angeles
Mark Greninger is the Geographic Information Officer of the County of Los Angeles. He graduated from Stanford University in 1996 with a degree in Environmental Geology, but quickly became passionate about GIS and has been in the field since then. He began his work at the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. After building a GIS system for the EPA, he moved to the County, where he now oversees the deployment and effective use of... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Park Ballroom

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception & Poster Session
Poster Participants
  • Is California's Aging Infrastructure the Principal Contributor to the Recent Trend of Power Outage?
    Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
    Claremont, CA
  • Trail Planning Using GIS
    Juan Ramirez, GISP, GIS Specialist/Environmental Planner, CDM Smith,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • MWD Annexations - Moving Into the 21st Century
    Enrique Chen, GISP, Survey & Mapping Technician IV, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Elevating Your GIS Platform
    Sandi McDaniel, Business Development Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc., Redding, CA
  • Clouds Are GOOD For Orthoimagery!
    Eric Ingbar, GISP, Senior Consultant, Applied Geographics, Inc., Boston, MA

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM

Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM

PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Vivian Sultan is an Adjunct Professor at California State University (CSULA), College of Business & Economics. She is a certified professional in Supply Management with experience in account product management, operations, and automated system projects development. Vivian holds MBA and MSIS from CSULA and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Vivian is a PhD candidate in Information Systems... Read More →

Poster Participants
avatar for Enrique Chen, GISP

Enrique Chen, GISP

Survey & Mapping Technician IV, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Enrique Chen has worked for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for almost 25 years, and has been an ArcGIS user since 2002. He is a proud member of the Geodetics & Mapping Team located in MWD's headquarters building in Downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Union Station. His team's passion is to generate the best product possible for their in-house customers as well as external agencies and requestors, whether it be mapping or... Read More →
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Eric Ingbar, GISP

Sr. Consultant, Applied Geographics
Mr. Ingbar is a Senior Consultant with Applied Geographics. He has over a quarter century of trials and tribulations as a GIS professional.
avatar for Sandi McDaniel

Sandi McDaniel

Business Development Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc.
Sandi has more than 17 years of experience in business development, marketing, training, and consulting to her role as a Business Development Manager for VESTRA Resources, Inc. She brings a vitality, professionalism, warmth, and a mindset of service and advocacy to her work with clients.Sandi's primary focus is to build awareness about VESTRA's unique capabilities among prospective clients, and develop and maintain relationships with current... Read More →
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Juan Ramirez, GISP

GIS Specialist/Environmental Planner, CDM Smith
I am an environmental planner with eight years of experience in NEPA/CEQA compliance and impact analyses for light and heavy rail transportation, water resources, public facilities, and redevelopment projects. I am proficient in Geographic Information System (GIS) applications, such as Esri ArcGIS Suite. I am also a frequent user of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Google Earth Pro, and Google SketchUp.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza Ballroom
 
Thursday, May 12
 

8:30am

USGS National Geospatial Program 3-Dimensional Elevation Program for California
The national 3D Elevation Program, also known as 3DEP, has become a focal point around which states can bring together communities of practitioners whose programs depend upon mission-critical terrain datasets such as liDar. As the managing body for liDar across the nation, the 3DEP program of work includes development of strategies for stakeholder communities, data acquisition partnerships, experienced data acquisition contractors, technical expertise, standards and specifications, and, most importantly, high-quality elevation data. This presentation will describe the current status for CA in terms of data coverage, funding awards for the first 2 cycles, status of FY16 funding, as well as partnership strategies and progress for CA data development.

Presenter: Carol Ostergren, BS, MS Geology, Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey, Sacramento, CA

Moderators
avatar for Jane Schafer-Kramer

Jane Schafer-Kramer

GIS Specialist, California Department of Water Resources
I am the technical lead for the National Hydrography Dataset stewardship program for California, and serve as Chair of DWR's Enterprise GIS Training & Outreach Subcommittee, Chapter President of NorCal URISA for 2016, and also the coordinator for the City of Davis Community Garden.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Ostergren

Carol Ostergren

Geographer, US Geological Survey
Carol Ostergren is a National Map liaison serving the USGS Pacific Region. She supports expert user Communities of Use to align agency science needs with mapping resources and works with outside organizations to coordinate mapping projects supporting The National Map.


Thursday May 12, 2016 8:30am - 8:50am
Garden AB

8:30am

Utilizing Esri ArcGIS Online for Multi-agency Regional NPDES Reporting
Coordinating and collecting data about pollutant assessment, inspection, and sampling activities in the field is a significant challenge. These challenges are further amplified when multiple agencies must collaborate on regional National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Existing methods of information collection and management include numerous paper documents, Excel spreadsheets, GIS files, digital photos, and other data that must be laboriously reconciled, complied, and merged into a regional database. 

The Contra Costa Clean Water Program (CCCWP) has undertaken a pilot program to determine if ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS could be used as an application framework for a regional NPDES database supporting its 21 permittees. This paper will present the structure and components of the pilot system and results to date as to how the system is performing for trash and PCB baseline and pollution reduction activity reporting.

Presenter: Brian Hoefer, GISP, Senior GIS Consultant, Psomas, Inc., Roseville, CA

Moderators
avatar for Nanette Pratini, GISP

Nanette Pratini, GISP

GIS Associate, Albert A Webb Associates

Speakers
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Brian Hoefer, GISP

Senior GIS Consultant, Psomas
Mr. Hoefer has over 30 years of engineering and information technology industry consulting and project management experience. He has developed a broad-based technical project management background specializing in geospatial technology, including: system design; database design and development; application design and development; system installation, integration, and quality control; user training and rollout support. Many of the GIS and IT... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 8:30am - 8:50am
Palm East

8:30am

Esri Gold Sponsor Session: Vision of ArcGIS: Leveraging Web GIS and Advancing Technology

Vision of ArcGIS: Leveraging Web GIS and Advancing Technology

Description: This session will focus on the vision of Web GIS and how that is transforming organizations and the use of GIS.  In addition this talk will highlight the technology advancement in ArcGIS to drive efficiency and improve decision making.


Speakers
avatar for Damian Spangrud

Damian Spangrud

Director of Solutions, Esri
Damian Spangrud is the Director of Solutions at Esri. In his 20+ years at Esri, he has focused on making the power of GIS understandable and often travels to speak with customers about the role of geography and GIS in society. As the Director of Solutions, Damian focuses on corporate strategy and leads a team that builds industry specific ready-to-use maps and apps that make it easier for users to use GIS across their organizations. Prior to... Read More →



Thursday May 12, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Palm West

8:55am

Lightweight Change Detection & Feature Extraction for GIS Update
Performing change detection and feature extraction to update your GIS can be complex. You typically have to be an expert image analyst using variety of software algorithms and data sets to perform sophisticated image processing to get a result. Using the intuitive workflow of Zonal Change Detection and Region Growing simplifies the process significantly. All you have to know is which data sets to use. This presentation describes how to use multi-date image data, assisted digitizing, and automated vector clean-up functionality to update building data within the flagged parcels.

Presenter: Frank Obusek, Applications Engineer, Hexagon Geospatial, Asheville, NC

Moderators
avatar for Nanette Pratini, GISP

Nanette Pratini, GISP

GIS Associate, Albert A Webb Associates

Speakers
avatar for Frank Obusek

Frank Obusek

Applications Engineer, Hexagon Geospatial
Frank Obusek is an Applications Engineer at Hexagon Geospatial supporting the US Sales Team. He has a bachelors and masters degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Frank Obusek has worked in the field of remote sensing for nearly 20 years. He has worked with all sectors of government and many private industry vendors, including owning his own small business. Frank’s expertise includes remote sensing, GIS, and feature... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 8:55am - 9:15am
Palm East

8:55am

US Census Bureau: 2020 Decennial and Other Updates
Update on the preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census and Census products.

Presenter: Tim McMonagle, Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau, Van Nuys, CA

Moderators
avatar for Jane Schafer-Kramer

Jane Schafer-Kramer

GIS Specialist, California Department of Water Resources
I am the technical lead for the National Hydrography Dataset stewardship program for California, and serve as Chair of DWR's Enterprise GIS Training & Outreach Subcommittee, Chapter President of NorCal URISA for 2016, and also the coordinator for the City of Davis Community Garden.

Speakers
avatar for Tim McMonagle

Tim McMonagle

Geographer, US Census Bureau
Tim has worked in the Geography Department of the Los Angeles Regional Office for more than 25 years. The 2020 Census will be the fourth Decennial Census he has worked on. He has worked extensively with state, local, and tribal government officials on a variety of Census Geographic programs (Statistical Areas, LUCA, etc.).


Thursday May 12, 2016 8:55am - 9:15am
Garden AB

9:20am

Field Test Accuracy Comparison for GNSS Receivers for Mobile GIS Use

Presenter: Matt Alexander, Vice President, Anatum Field Solutions, LLC, Beaverton, OR

We field-tested five Bluetooth-enabled GNSS submeter units to compare accuracy and precision for usage in a mobile GIS workflow.  We also included a Trimble handheld GNSS unit for accuracy comparison to the Bluetooth GNSS receivers. Units were tested against known benchmarks. Points were digitized with a tablet paired to each test GNSS unit. Accuracy and precision was determined by using ArcGIS to compare collected point data to known benchmarks. Tests found that in ideal, clear-sky conditions, all GNSS units performed to their specifications. However, when tested in difficult conditions with varying amounts of tree canopy overhead, performance differences became apparent.

Moderators
avatar for Jane Schafer-Kramer

Jane Schafer-Kramer

GIS Specialist, California Department of Water Resources
I am the technical lead for the National Hydrography Dataset stewardship program for California, and serve as Chair of DWR's Enterprise GIS Training & Outreach Subcommittee, Chapter President of NorCal URISA for 2016, and also the coordinator for the City of Davis Community Garden.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander

Vice President, Anatum Field Solutions, LLC
Matt has 20 years of experience in the design and completion of scientifically rigorous wildlife field studies and surveys. During the last 5 years, he has been heavily involved with the development of mobile GIS solutions utilizing tablets as data collection devices implementing external submeter GNSS devices for higher accuracy. He has developed GIS app solutions, designed electronic data sheets, and quantified the benefits of working all... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 9:20am - 9:40am
Garden AB

9:20am

Improving the Spatial Data Infrastructure for L.A. County Water Management

Integrated Water Resources Management relies on effective and efficient cooperation and coordination among relevant stakeholders. However, water management in Los Angeles is very complex, decentralized, and uncoordinated. There are over 100 water suppliers in L.A. County that use, access or author disparate geospatial data sets. This context creates a barrier to a unified knowledge base on water related information. Improving the spatial and non-spatial data infrastructure upon which water management information is shared would make the current system more transparent and accountable, therefore creating opportunities for better decision-making around water use and other emergent environmental issues.

This presentation envisions an improved Spatial Data Infrastructure in the context of L.A. County water management and suggests some best practices to implement a unified, authoritative, and transparent geospatial knowledge base around water resources. Establishing standards such as numeric identifiers for all water supply entities, and other best practices are discussed.

Presenter: Anna Zisa, MSc candidate, Student Intern, McGil University & California Center for Sustainable Communities, Montreal, Quebec - Canada

Moderators
avatar for Nanette Pratini, GISP

Nanette Pratini, GISP

GIS Associate, Albert A Webb Associates

Speakers
avatar for Anna Zisa, MSc student

Anna Zisa, MSc student

Student Intern, McGil University & California Center for Sustainable Communities
Anna Zisa holds a B.A. in Environment and Ecological Agriculture from McGill University. She is from Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is currently doing her MSc at McGill University enrolled in the Integrated Water Resources Management program. From January to April 2016, Anna conducted research at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. Anna is interested in how GIS catalyzes regenerative sustainable design.


Thursday May 12, 2016 9:20am - 9:40am
Palm East

9:45am

GIS as Centerpiece to Public Works Strategy - City of Anaheim Case Study
As the 7th largest city in the California, and the most populous city in Orange County, the City of Anaheim is highly regarded for diversity in its residential, business, and commercial environment and progressive services it provides. In support of the City’s mission to provide first class services, the Public Works Department has engaged Psomas to develop the departmental strategic plan that prescribes the management and operational road map for next 7 to 10 year.

This presentation will recount how a business and operations driven strategic plan for a public works department identified GIS as the foundational and enabling technology, and a mission critical strategy for the Department to implement, expand, and sustain in the future. Psomas will also describe the inherent business connections to enterprise GIS implementation, and other technologies, systems, and information, to municipal government entrusted to protect, enhance, and benefit the health, safety, and comfort of its citizens, businesses, and visitors.

Presenter: Han Chu, PE, PLS, Vice President, Psomas, Riverside, CA

Moderators
avatar for Nanette Pratini, GISP

Nanette Pratini, GISP

GIS Associate, Albert A Webb Associates

Speakers
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Han Chu, PE, PLS

Vice President, Psomas
Mr. Chu serves as the Director of Spatial Technology Solutions for Psomas, a California multi-discipline consulting firm, and has been managing technology programs for over 20 years. He is currently directing management consulting, technology, and GIS programs for public agency clients, focused on Public Works management/operations and asset management practices. | As a registered civil engineer, licensed surveyor, and real estate broker, Mr... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 9:45am - 10:05am
Palm East

9:45am

VRS for High Accuracy GPS, An Educational Break Down of Exactly How it Works
This presentation will take a detailed look at how VRS works and how it is able to provide high accuracy real-time corrections to GPS users in the field. The presentation will be non-denominational and will focus on the theory of GPS errors and VRS corrections. Other real time correction sources will also be discussed and a look at some real world results will be presented. The presentation will also include a discussion on how and why GPS calculations contain errors and the implications of GPS accuracy, or lack thereof on decision making and the use of GPS positional data in a GIS database.

Presenters:
Isaiah Mack, M.S GIS, Manager, Mapping and GIS Department, California Surveying & Drafting Supply, Sacramento, CA
Jon Gipson, GISP, PG, Mapping and GIS Team Member, California Surveying & Drafting Supply, Sacramento, CA

Moderators
avatar for Jane Schafer-Kramer

Jane Schafer-Kramer

GIS Specialist, California Department of Water Resources
I am the technical lead for the National Hydrography Dataset stewardship program for California, and serve as Chair of DWR's Enterprise GIS Training & Outreach Subcommittee, Chapter President of NorCal URISA for 2016, and also the coordinator for the City of Davis Community Garden.

Speakers
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Jon Gipson, GISP, PG

Mapping and GIS Team Member, California Surveying & Drafting Supply
Jon Gipson is a GISP and registered Geologist. Jon has extensive experience working with GPS and GIS for many years in the San Diego region. Jon is an expert with high accuracy GPS and helping users with challenging data collection projects.
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Isaiah Mack, M.S GIS

Manager, Mapping and GIS Department, California Surveying & Drafting Supply
Isaiah Mack has been working with GPS and GIS for 15 years. Isaiah is a graduate from the USC Geospatial program with a Masters in Coastal Geomorphology and a graduate certificate in GIS. Isaiah also earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon. Isaiah regularly Teaches a one day GPS Class for the USC GIS Catalina Island Field class and has been involved with academia and worked with many Colleges and... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 9:45am - 10:05am
Garden AB

10:05am

Exhibit Hall Break
Thursday May 12, 2016 10:05am - 10:30am
Plaza Ballroom

10:30am

911, What's Your GIS Emergency? - Using GIS to Help Emergency Response

The GIS data in Merced 911 dispatch is being used to help people and the absence of block address points within the GIS address point file was hindering the dispatchers from being as efficient at their jobs as they could be. Also, since a point needed to be created for every block for every street within the city, it wouldn’t be as simple as adding the extra points manually. The first solution started with the existing road centerline file as the source data while using the Feature to Point tool in Arc Tool Box. This tool generated a point on the midpoint of each line segment in the road centerline file. These new points retained all the attributes of the road centerline file. A new field [BLOCK] was added to the new point file and was populated by using rounded values (to the nearest hundred) of an existing address range field ([RADD_FR]). Another field was added [ADDRESS] and it was populated using a concatenation of the new field values, string, and an existing street name field [STREET]. ([BLOCK] &""&"BLOCK OF"&""& [STREET]).

The DeleteIdentical tool was used to delete the records in the [ADDRESS] field that had identical values. These points could now be merged with the master address point file. At first glance, it seemed that the problem had been solved. However, upon further investigation, it was found that there were many blocks that didn’t have a corresponding address point. This was the case whenever the road centerline segment spanned multiple blocks from intersection to intersection. For instance, if a road centerline had a range of addresses from 200 to 800, an address point for the 200 block would be created but address points for the 300 block through the 800 block would not, since the Feature to Point tool creates just one point per line segment. Too much data was missing for these new address points to be useful for the 911 dispatchers.

The project needed to be redone, this time using a copy of the master address point file as the source data. New fields were added and populated using the same methods that were used previously, except an existing house number field was rounded instead. Records that had identical values were deleted. Upon inspection of the data, it could be seen that the new dataset was very comprehensive and there was an address point for virtually every block, with just a few exceptions. Finally, Python scripting was used to move each address point from its original location and snap it to the nearest road centerline segment with the same street name. The new points were added to the master address point file for the 911 dispatchers to use. Using ArcGIS helped to transform valuable GIS data into something even more beneficial and kept this project from being laborious and tedious. Those who distribute GIS data may need to generate points like this to make the data more useful to emergency responders.

Presenters:
Natalia Austin, GISP, GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments, Merced, CA
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of Merced, Merced, CA

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Austin, GISP

Natalia Austin, GISP

GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments
Natalia Austin has been in the GIS field for 18 years. She is a GIS Analyst for Merced County Association of Governments. MCAG disseminates GIS data and facilitates GIS projects in Merced County.
avatar for RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Palm East

10:30am

A Decision Support System for Crop Cultivation in Northeastern Thailand
In order to provide for their families, farmers in Northeastern Thailand need to cultivate their farms throughout the year, even during the dry season, when they do not have enough water to irrigate their crops. However, most farmers leave their land fallow during the dry season because they do not have adequate information on which dry-season crops to grow where, how to grow them, and where to market them. Without adequate information and guidelines for dry season farming, farmers in Northeastern Thailand will continue to leave their farms fallow. This research creates a decision support tool that helps farmers identify the best-suited dry season crops for their specific areas, and also provides them with information on the best practices for growing the identified crops, economics, and marketing information for the crops. GIS and remote sensing technologies were and will be employed to develop the application. Two experts who evaluated the algorithm that the decision support tool is based on indicated that the algorithm is useful and logical. However, the experts recommended that an accuracy test to validate the decision support tool be undertaken before it is introduced to Thai farmers.

Presenters:
Watanyoo Suksangiam, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
J. Kimani, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Moderators
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Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →

Speakers
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J. Kimani

PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Kimani Mbugua is a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University, California. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering from University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Masters in International Agriculture from Cornell University, New York. He has worked as a testing, design, and development engineer in Kenya. Kimani has also worked as a GIS research assistant in both the University of Wyoming and Claremont Graduate University. His current research is focused... Read More →
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Watanyoo Suksangiam

PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Watanyoo Suksa-ngiam is a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University, California. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Control System Engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He also received a Master of Business Administration from National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand. Suksa-ngiam worked as a researcher, mostly relating to business and technology... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Garden C

10:30am

Advancing Environmental and STEM Education Through GIS Service Learning
The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) is a California nonprofit organization with a mission "to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the earth and to provide programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature." In addition to owning and operating the largest nonprofit nature preserve system in California, the organization provides more free outdoor education programs to California youth than any other organization the state. 

Over the past year, TWC has expanded its traditional outdoor education programs at Oak Glen Preserve to include service learning field trips that engage middle and high school students in GIS field data collection using ArcGIS collector on smartphones and tablets. Students have gathered data on tree size, irrigation infrastructure, and biologic control of invasive plant species. Data is then used by managers to make real-time management decisions, and students are encouraged to take their new GIS skills back into their own classrooms and communities.

Moderator: Sophia Garcia

Presenter: Tory Elmore, GIS Coordinator, The Wildlands Conservancy, Oak Glen, CA

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Speakers
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Tory Elmore

GIS Coordinator, The Wildlands Conservancy
Tory Elmore is the GIS Coordinator at the Wildlands Conservancy, a California nonprofit organization with a mission "to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the earth and to provide programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature." She received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Brown University in 2013.


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Garden AB

10:30am

Invigorating an Organization’s GIS Perspective
Whether you’ve just graduated or you’ve been working in the Geospatial sector for years and want a change… Whether it’s a change in organization, or just a change in attitude about GIS… This talk will provide you the outside perspective to face your ‘new’ challenges. Sometimes in GIS, all you need is a new view of the world.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Rodriguez, GISP

Rachel Rodriguez, GISP

Resch Prg Spc II/GIS - GIS Coordinator, Caltrans - District 7


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Palm West

10:55am

Big County NG9-1-1 Implementation: What Will It Take?

With NG9-1-1 data standards pending and GIS data collection ongoing, what will be the GIS data needs for a large County when it’s time to upgrade to an NG9-1-1 network?

We will use as key examples counties such as Los Angeles County, California and Santa Clara.

What impacts will data requirements have on the multitude of GIS authorities throughout the county, including the improvement of currency and precision?

How different will the needs for the County be when compared to other Counties large and small throughout the Golden State?

This session will be the virtual case study for examining the steps counties like Los Angeles County and Santa Clara will need to take to prepare their GIS data to support mission critical 911 call routing workflows inherent in NG9-1-1 ESInets. We will identify key stakeholders expected to contribute information to PSAPs in the county, examine the data true-up process, the near-real-time maintenance needs, and the extensive coordination (both internally and with neighboring counties) necessary for the mutual aid data footprint to become an operational reality.

Presenter: Steve Bein, GISP, GIS Technician Manager, Michael Baker International
Irvine, CA

Speakers
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Steve Bein, P.E., GISP

GIS Technician Manager, Michael Baker International
Steve Bein, GISP manages Geospatial Services at Michael Baker International and is responsible for the development and use of GIS and Internet based technologies to enhance the success of clients and projects. Mr. Bein is a registered Civil Engineer with a background of over 25 years in GIS and Public Safety, Water Resources, Land Development and Transportation engineering. He teaches courses in GIS at the University of California, Irvine... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Palm East

10:55am

Importance of an Education in Geography for the Emerging Drone Industry
The drone industry is booming, with future projects in the multi-billion dollar range. The wealth and investments have not been limited to manufacturing as applications and the ability to provide services with drones continues to take off. Consequently, remote sensing has become natural fit for service providers. Lacking, in many cases however, is a proper education in geography, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, or other geomatics discipline. This presentation will explore the "uneducated-drone remote-sensing-phenomena" but also provide examples of how powerful this technology can be when in the hands of the experienced and educated geographic professional.

Moderator: Sophia Garcia

Presenter: Jeffrey Miller, MA, Geography, Vice President, GeoWing Mapping, Oakland, CA

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Speakers
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Jeffrey Miller, MA

Vice President, GeoWing Mapping
Jeff is a geomatics professional who has been working in the consulting industry since 2008. Jeff’s interest in UAS began in 2013 when he started doing research for his master’s thesis. His blog, iphonedroneimagery.com chronicles that research, and his experience has carried over to the GeoWing team. | | Jeff is a huge fan of professional wrestling. He is attending Wrestlemania in Dallas this year and hopes to be a part of the crowd that... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Garden AB

10:55am

Modeling Rockfish Habitat Suitability

Suitable habitats for different species of rockfish were determined by using the benthic terrain modeler in ArcGIS. Each species of rockfish has habitat preferences. For many species, substrate type is a major component in their niche.  Multibeam sonar imagery and sediment files from the USGS were analyzed to determine where different species of rockfish would be found. L3 Klein side scan sonar data obtained from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department was overlaid on the USGS files to define the study area.

The coastal marine ecological classification system (CMECS) crosswalk tool and United States Geological Survey (USGS) sediment classification tools were used to interpret sediment types and create a raster surface. Fish species were match to substrate preferences and illustrated in the map legend. Developed models will be ground-truthed on a fishing expedition with Ventura Sportfishing. Students at Clark Magnet High School designed and built descending devices to safely release fish suffering from barotrauma, due to rapid decompression during ascent to the surface, back to the ocean. Any rockfish caught during the ground truthing operation will be released using the student created descending devices.

Presenter: Devon Taylor, High School Senior (Student), Clark Magnet High School,
La Crescenta, CA

Moderators
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.

Speakers
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Devon Taylor

High School Senior (Student), Clark Magnet High School
Devon Taylor a senior at Clark Magnet High School. He has participated in research at Caltech and is currently the Prototyping leader on the robotics team.


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Palm West

10:55am

Using ArcGIS Online and Collector to Maintain US Memorial Sites

One of the primary goal of the RVETS pilot project is to map and publicize all American war memorial sites using data collected over many years and curated by disabled American Veteran and RVETS member Brian Rooney.  

Interactive Web maps will enable broad dissemination of the memorial site locations, their descriptions and other details such as their physical condition. A team of volunteers armed with mobile data collectors will support Mr. Rooney in his mission by collecting updated information about existing sites and new sites. Information about all of these sites will be carefully curated and become available to the general public through interactive and engaging web maps with photos, descriptions, links, directions and other information.  

With cutting-edge web and mobile GIS technology, the enthusiastic cooperation of valuable partners and contributors, and the technical support and resources provided by Burns & McDonnell, Mr. Rooney will be able to get closer to realizing his long-held dream and personal mission to increase the visibility of all memorial sites in memory of all those who have served and sacrificed for their country.

Moderators
MC

Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Haney, GISP

Andrew Haney, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Inc


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
Garden C

11:20am

GIS Applications Examining the Spatial Distribution of Damselfish Populations

With increasing habitat degradation, ocean acidification and coral reef mortality, understanding the role of competition in partitioning spatial resources is a topic of growing interest in the ecological community. This study explores spatial movement in damselfish populations following its release from a competitively dominant species. In this study, we observe the spatial effect of the removal of Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus on 4 inferior species: Pomacentrus bankanensis , Pomacentrus adelus, Neoglyphidodon nigroris, and Chrysiptera unimaculata surveyed  at various long and short term periods before and after the removal. A 22m x 20m study area in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, this project is the finest scale removal study of its kind and requires an innovative use of Geographic Information Science.

Nearest neighbor analysis is used to quantify the degree of closeness of each species before and after the release from the dominant species. Contrasts of mean c enter and directional distribution is used to track the movement of each species throughout the reef study area over time in relation to the removal of the dominantly competitive species. From these methods, it is found that there is a change in the degree of closeness and mean location of each species immediately following the removal of the dominant competitor, followed by return to the original state prior to P. lacramatus removal in the long term. P. adelus, the most abundant species on the reef, however, does not return to its original state in the long term. This finding serves as a gateway for further spatial and ecological studies.

Presenter: Ahna Miller, Grad Student, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Moderators
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.

Speakers
avatar for Ahna Miller

Ahna Miller

Grad Student, Clark University
Ahna Miller is a graduate student in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University. She has a background in aquatic biology and is currently applying this interest by conducting spatial statistics research examining the spatial distribution of damselfish species in Papua New Guinea. Prior to graduate school, she worked in GIS for a California agriculture company and for the City of San Jose Public Works


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Palm West

11:20am

GISP Certification Updates
Much has happened since the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) added a written exam to the existing GISP Certification requirements last July. This presentation will provide updates from the GISCI.

Moderator: Sophia Garcia

Presenter: John Hickok, GISP, LS, Principle GIS Analyst, Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services, Burbank, CA

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Thursday May 12, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Garden AB

11:20am

Is California's Aging Infrastructure the Principal Contributor to the Recent Trend of Power Outage?
The United States electric power infrastructure is in an urgent need of renovation. The recent incidents of major power outages in the city of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Simi Valley, San Diego, and San Francisco have drawn attention to the unreliability of California's electric power system. President Obama discusses America aging power infrastructure and California Public Utilities Commission calls for a comprehensive review of the causes of the recent power outages. This report explores Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their aim to identify a correlation between the power plants age and the power outages in the state of California. Utilizing ArcMap Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) modeling tool, data analysis shows no correlation between the power outages and the infrastructure age.

Presenters
Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University,
Claremont, CA
Ahmed Alzahrani, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Hind Bitar, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Norah Alharbi, PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Moderators
MC

Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →

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Norah Alharbi

Claremont Graduate University
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Ahmed Alzahrani

Claremont Graduate University, PhD student
Ahmed is pursuing his Ph.D at Claremont Graduate University. His main interest Centered around GIS, Social Networks, Data Mining and Machine Learning.
avatar for Hind Bitar

Hind Bitar

Student, Claremont Graduate University
I am a Ph.D student at Claremont Graduate University. My background is in CS, and my Master degree is in IS. I am a long life student. I have three years of experience in teaching. My concentration is in health informatics and energy systems.
avatar for Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM

Vivian Sultan, MBA, MSIS, CPSM

PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Vivian Sultan is an Adjunct Professor at California State University (CSULA), College of Business & Economics. She is a certified professional in Supply Management with experience in account product management, operations, and automated system projects development. Vivian holds MBA and MSIS from CSULA and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Vivian is a PhD candidate in Information Systems... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Garden C

11:20am

Variations in Population Exposure and Pedestrian Evacuation Potential to Multiple Tsunami-Evacuation Phases in Alameda, California

Tsunami-evacuation planning is challenging for California communities due to the many potential tsunamigenic sources. One maximum-inundation zone based on a composite of all estimated tsunami sources is currently used for all tsunami evacuation planning in California. An unintended consequence of using one composite evacuation zone is the potential for over-estimate the need for evacuation during smaller tsunami events. In order to help avoid this problem, the California Geological Survey and the California Office of Emergency Management are developing the Evacuation Playbook of phases or zones that relate to specific modeled tsunami events to further assist emergency managers and planners. We investigate the community-level implications of this evacuation playbook approach for Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, the two main regions of the island community of Alameda, CA.

In the past, U.S. Geological Survey reports estimated a significant difference between numbers of Alameda residents in the maximum-inundation zone and those exposed if an event-based inundation zone is used. A population exposure analysis was conducted for the four Alameda evacuation phases in order to identify variations in the types of residents and businesses within each phase. A pedestrian-evacuation analysis using an anisotropic, path distance model was also conducted to estimate clearance times for each evacuation phase zone. Results suggest that for phases 1 and 2, Alameda Island could face challenges evacuating many boat docks and a large beach, while Bay Farm Island is unaffected for these phases but might be challenged with evacuating for phase 3 and the maximum phase due to long distances to safety. Initial results also illustrate potential challenges for communicating the need for evacuations due to expected short arrival times for tsunamis generated by local earthquake sources. A better understanding of the population exposure within each tsunami-evacuation phase and the time it would take to evacuate out of each phase by foot will help emergency managers decide which phase to evacuate during an actual tsunami event.

Presenter: Jeff Peters, MA Geography, Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey
Menlo Park, CA

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters

Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey
Jeff Peters uses Geographic Information Systems/Science (GIS) to estimate community exposure to tsunamis, as well as model evacuation for tsunamis. Community emergency managers use these analyses to plan for future events. Understanding community exposure and evacuation for tsunamis before an event happens helps minimize costs for post disaster relief and loss of life.


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am
Palm East

11:45am

A Geospatial Survey of Anglers to Assess Fish Consumption from San Diego Bay
Presenter: Steve Steinberg, Ph.D, GISP, Principal Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)

Nationwide concern by public health agencies and the public that fish caught and consumed by recreational anglers may contain chemical contaminants that pose risks to human health. San Diego Bay is the third largest protected natural bay and one of the five largest ports in California. It is a major receiving water body for the San Diego Bay Watershed with over one million residents. The potential for contamination exists from many sources including numerous urban and industrial discharges. In 2013, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) with the California Environmental Protection Agency released Health Advisory and Guidelines for Eating Fish from San Diego Bay; however, little is known about the actual consumption patterns of anglers in the bay. The last study was completed by the Environmental Health Coalition in 2005 and limited to pier anglers. We conducted a year-long consumption survey of pier, shoreline and boating anglers in and around the Bay. Our goal is to improve understanding of the types and amount of fish caught and consumed and associated risk to human health. Preliminary results indicate many anglers come from lower-income neighborhoods and identify primarily as Caucasian and Latino. More than half of those surveyed fish once a week or more. However, the majority (90%) of anglers do not eat the fish they catch. Findings from this study will provide valuable information to public health agencies regarding actual consumption rates for San Diego Bay better informing decision-making and policy appropriate to the local context. 

Moderators
avatar for Bruce Joffe, GISP

Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce provides GIS planning and implementation management services, organizational therapy and geospatial public policy assistance, over 36 years. Bruce is Chair of the California GIS Council's UAS Policy Work Group, member of the GIS Council's Geodetic Control Work Group, Past Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee, and past member and Secretary of the URISA Board of Directors.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP

Steven Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP

Principal Scientist - Information Management and Analysis, Southern Coastal Water Research Project Authority
Dr. Steven J. Steinberg leads SCCWRP's Information Management and Analysis Department where he oversees development of data acquisition, management, analysis and visualization tools and methods. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999 where he worked with the team that developed the opensource MapServer, and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP). Dr. Steinberg oversaw the geospatial program at Humboldt State University... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Palm West

11:45am

Comprehensive Tsunami Evacuation modeling to Inform Emergency Management: A Case Study of Balboa Island, California

The west coast of the United States contains a significant number of population centers at risk from tsunamis, yet many communities lack an understanding of their capacity to evacuate. Modeling to estimate clearance times provides insights into factors that help or hinder successful evacuations, such as limited egress options, high population density, and evacuee mobility. We use the island community of Balboa Island in the City of Newport Beach, California, to examine the interaction of these factors in a study of tsunami evacuation potential. Although various scenarios suggest the island would be completely inundated by tsunami waves, it is unknown whether residents would be able to evacuate before wave arrival and how various mitigation strategies (e.g., contraflow, vertical evacuation, and infrastructural improvements) could reduce clearance times.

A multi-modal evacuation model was developed that allows for exploratory analysis of potential tsunami evacuation scenarios. Components include comprehensive travel demand estimation and agent-based queuing simulation focused on congestion. Modeling provides an understanding of overall evacuation time, or clearance time, for a variety of evacuation scenarios for the study area. Incorporating evacuee response time, background traffic, shadow evacuation, and employee and tourist populations improves the models representation of reality over traditional evacuation models that often underestimate clearance time. Results indicate a wide range of clearance times based on   potential opportunities and constraints to evacuation. Research results can be used to guide local decision makers to implement targeted mitigation strategies that reduce evacuation clearance time.

Presenters:
Kevin Henry, Student Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey Portland, OR

Speakers
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Kevin Henry

Student Contractor, U.S. Geological Survey
Kevin Henry has an interest in developing methods to better define and communicate risk and vulnerability to natural hazards. Current work for the U.S. Geological survey covers a variety of different hazards and methodologies ranging from exposure analysis, to evacuation modeling, to risk visualization. He is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho receiving, a M.S. in Geography.


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Palm East

11:45am

Educational Resiliency through Place-Based GIS Learning
This presentation examines how GIS can be used to help adult learners to develop a place-based learning skill set that ultimately translates into spatial thinking and analysis. We examine the important role that GIS can play in spatial thinking for adult learners at the university level. We focus on the topic on educational resiliency and how adult learners develop a more robust skill set through GIS. There are many working professionals who seek to complete their college degree through adult learning programs- which can include learning in both the online and blended format. This paper explores various examples of how GIS can be integrated into teaching adult learners about various topics especially the social sciences.  In these examples we draw from our various experiences working with adult learners in a non-profit, educational setting especially and focus specific on how learning GIS contributes to educational resiliency.

Moderator: Sophia Garcia

  • Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences, Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Moderators
Speakers
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Sheila Steinberg

Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences, Brandman University
Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is a Professor of Social and Environmental Sciences at Brandman University-Chapman University System, Irvine, CA. The theme throughout her research is examining people and their relationship to space and place using a diversity of research methods. | In 2015, she co-authored a book entitled GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives for Esri Press and has also co-authored a chapter on this topic... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Garden AB

11:45am

Social Media, Big Data, and GIS: A Case of Predictive Crime Analysis
Social media is the de facto communication apparatus to disseminate one’s self revelations. These profound disclosures often contain double-talk, peculiar insights, or contextual information about real-world concepts. Natural language processing is regularly used to uncover both obvious and latent knowledge claims within disclosures submitted amid such a complex environment. For example, a bystander may have first-hand knowledge of criminal incident, and using social media publish critical information about it. A geographic information system (GIS) is capable of large-scale point data analysis and possesses methods that enable processing, evaluation, and automatic spatial visualization of its dataset. Such artifacts when fused with traditional environmental criminology theory and social media erect guidelines, tools, and models for substantive construction and evaluation of GIS crime analysis solutions. On condition that a social media stream is timely and correctly processed, corrective action can be taken.

The construction of a natural language processing social media annotation pipe, to identify latent indicators extracted from a social media corpus, was an integral part of societal mishap prediction. Spatial visualizations and regression analyses were used to describe and evaluate project artifacts. As a result, social media corpora was operationalized; and subsequently used as a proxy for a traditional environmental criminology risk layer in construction of a social media GIS crime analysis artifact. Using such multi-domain collaboration, the artifact was able to increase the predictive crime incident outcome with an overall R-squared increase of 7.26%. This result is the state-of-the-art; there are no other results to compare it to.

Presenter: Anthony Corso, Ph.D., M.B.A., Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

Moderators
MC

Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →

Speakers
AC

Anthony Corso, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Dr. Anthony J. Corso earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University in 2015. He earned his M.B.A. in Technology Management from University of Phoenix in 2001 and B.A. in Computers, Video, and Imaging Technology from Cogswell Polytechnical College in 1996. In 2009 he completed all educational requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant and is eligible to sit for the California Board of... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
Garden C

12:00pm

Women in GIS Meeting
Speakers
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Christina Boggs

Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
Christina Boggs is an Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management North Central Region Office, in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section. Christina has two Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento, one in Geology and the other in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Christina loves helping people collaborate and work together better. Christina... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Bram

Danielle Bram

Director, Center for Geographical Studies
Danielle Bram is the Director of the Center for Geographical Studies at CSU, Northridge. She has been working as a GIS professional for over 16 years, focusing on water resource, wetland mapping, transportation, and municipal projects.


Thursday May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Garden C

12:00pm

Young Professionals Vanguard Meeting
Thursday May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Garden AB

1:00pm

1:30pm

Ground Truthing UAV Imagery Application in Easter Island Archaeology
With what certainly can dimensions taken from aerial imagery captured from fixed wing UAVs be used in analysis that involves precise measurements of dimension or distance? This investigation will use orthophotos produced in Photoscan and Pix4D from a January 2016 field expedition to Easter Island to answer this question. Archaeological features were selected in the field, their dimensions recorded along with their GPS location, in order to ground truth measurement taken from the orthophotos in GIS. When creating metadata for the orthophotos it is important to report the level of accuracy one can expect from measurements made from the data. The application of the findings will enrich data analysis of archaeological features for the island.

Moderators
avatar for Russell Mercer, GISP

Russell Mercer, GISP

Owner, Get Spatial Consulting
I have 15 years of experience in building GIS databases. Most of my experience is in utility-based GIS. For the last 4 years, I have been focusing on building a GIS in a mixed proprietary and open-source environment at the City of Imperial Beach. My current interests are in the areas of GIS database development and structure, and task streamlining and automation. In the near future, I want to gain more experience in serving task-focused... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kris Reinicke

Kris Reinicke

MSGISci Candidate, Cal State Long Beach
Kris Reinicke is an MSGISci Candidate at Cal State University, Long Beach, Archaeologist, and GIS Specialist with Brian F. Smith & Associates.


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Garden AB

1:30pm

Photorealistic GeoDesign
Planners and designers typically had to choose either geospatial accuracy or photorealistic results. If both were needed then a very long and iterative process was endured to obtain the desired results. In this session we will investigate the uses of geospatially accurate photorealistic results to engage stakeholders while streamlining workflow to maximize efficiency and flexibility. Examples will include habitat restoration alternatives, urban design application, and site level visualizations.

Presenter: David Leonard, AICP, GISP, Senior Project Manager, Parsons, San Diego, CA

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Speakers
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David Leonard, ASLA, AICP, GISP

Senior Project Manager, Parsons
David Leonard has been managing projects and workflow in urban design, visualization services, and planning services for 15 years. David is the immediate past chairperson for the American Society of Landscape Architects Digital Technologies Professional Practice Network. He is a regular conference speaker on the latest off-the-shelf 3D visualization technologies, typically in conjunction with such companies as E-on Software and ESRI. David has... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Palm East

1:30pm

Precision Mapping from Street Level Imagery for Asset Management
Terrestrial photogrammetry is not a new science, but AIMM is a new application of that proven science. Leveraging the technological advancement of digital imagery and processing power, the technology now exists to use vehicle mounted camera systems to acquire high overlap stereo imagery, georeference the imagery, and extract feature data with precise geo-location information within a corridor or Right of Way. This presentation will look at the results of several completed projects and the precision of mapped features and measurements from those projects.

Presenter: Chris Aldridge, CP(ASPRS), RPP, PS, Geospatial Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Moderators
avatar for Natalia Austin, GISP

Natalia Austin, GISP

GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments
Natalia Austin has been in the GIS field for 18 years. She is a GIS Analyst for Merced County Association of Governments. MCAG disseminates GIS data and facilitates GIS projects in Merced County.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aldridge, CP(ASPRS), RPP, PS

Chris Aldridge, CP(ASPRS), RPP, PS

Geospatial Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Mr. Aldridge is the geospatial manager in the Surveying and Geomatics COE at David Evans and Associates, Inc. He has been practicing photogrammetry for over 30 years and has performed virtually every technical tasks associated with photogrammetry from project planning through final map generation. He is experienced in terrestrial photogrammetry, LiDAR, flight and control planning, image processing, aerial triangulation, stereo compilation... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Palm West

1:30pm

The GIS Blueprint for Conducting Rapid Damage Assessments
GIS professionals are key to streamlining rapid damage assessments. I will demonstrate and show real world examples of the newest geospatial technology for conducting rapid damage assessments. Any local, county, state or federal GIS professional and emergency manager can utilize these tools following a disaster. I will demonstrate off the shelf and open source GIS platforms that can be used to drastically increase response time and decrease recovery times for communities. I will show advantages and disadvantages around using the three imagery collection techniques to conducting PDAs: satellite, aerial, and ground. As well as show cost saving methods for aerial and ground imagery collection, the preferred methods. Lastly, I will present a quick outline on how the use of the TCPED (Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation and Processing) process can help organize and streamline the technology and PDA process.

Presenter: Cory MacVie, Product Manager, Fulcrum Mobile Solutions, St. Petersburg, FL

Moderators
avatar for RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.

Speakers
avatar for Cory MacVie

Cory MacVie

Product Manager, Fulcrum Mobile Solutions
Cory serves as the Product Manager of Fulcrum, a mobile data collection platform. His love of building technology platforms that solve problems has been prevalent throughout his life. After graduate school he went to work for FEMA. While at FEMA he developed platforms that shorten response times after disasters, increased accuracy of damage assessments, and allows hurricane evacuates to see aerial imagery and the condition of homes remotely... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Garden C

1:55pm

3D Spatial Analysis for Local Governments
Discuss different methods of 3D Spatial Analysis including ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS for Desktop using the 3D Analyst extension, ArcScene. The different options available in each product will be discussed with an example of the output from each.
The presentation will focus on an example from a specific project for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The City is considering creating towers in two locations to allow for a point to point wireless connection between a park and City Hall.

Presenter: Mary Ellen Rosebrough, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst, Interwest Consulting Group
Elk Grove, CA

Moderators
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Russell Mercer, GISP

Owner, Get Spatial Consulting
I have 15 years of experience in building GIS databases. Most of my experience is in utility-based GIS. For the last 4 years, I have been focusing on building a GIS in a mixed proprietary and open-source environment at the City of Imperial Beach. My current interests are in the areas of GIS database development and structure, and task streamlining and automation. In the near future, I want to gain more experience in serving task-focused... Read More →

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Mary Ellen Rosebrough, GISP

GIS Consultant, Interwest Consulting Group
Mary Ellen has 18 years of experience in GIS and IT. She has installed, configured, and trained end users to IT Managers on a variety of software applications including three tiers SQL Server based CRM, web applications, GIS applications for Crime Analysis, and GIS applications for local government agencies and utilities.


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Garden AB

1:55pm

Statistics About Groundwater Wells, I Didn't Just Pull Them Out Of My Hat
Water in California is a magical topic. With the passing of the Strategic Groundwater Management Act and increasing awareness of groundwater topics, people are becoming more interested in learning about the sustainability of their groundwater systems. One key element of understanding groundwater sustainability is the number, location, construction, and capacity of production wells installed in your neighborhood. Historically these numbers have been very challenging to determine statewide, but recently a new Online System for Well Completion Reports went live and as part of that project hundreds of thousands of well completion reports were migrated to this system and, by utilizing the online reporting features, we’re able to derive well statistics across the state. Follow along as we show the magic of well information across California.

Presenter: Christina Boggs, Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources, West Sacramento, CA

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Christina Boggs

Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
Christina Boggs is an Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management North Central Region Office, in the Geology and Groundwater Investigations Section. Christina has two Bachelor’s degrees from CSU Sacramento, one in Geology and the other in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Christina loves helping people collaborate and work together better. Christina... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Palm East

1:55pm

Streaming 3D Maps for All: The Magic of the Cloud
Blazing fast Streaming 3D Maps elevate projects to a game changer!  Accurate, yet light, smart 3D buildings with multiple attributes plus surrounding terrains make planning, design, analysis, and communication easier and more cost-effective.  Add them to an open source globe and voila! cloud magic with Streaming 3D Maps!  These Streaming 3D Maps work in all environments including desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.  Streaming 3D Maps are the cutting-edge way to leverage your project in  government and AEC markets with interactive data that is compatible with major software platforms and delivered in most 3D file formats.  Make 2016 the year your city or project goes from flat 2D to state-of-the-art Streaming 3D Models.

Presenter: Kevin DeVito, Founder, Executive Director CEO, CyberCity 3D, Inc., El Segundo, CA

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RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.

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Kevin DeVito

Founder, Executive Director, & CEO, CyberCity 3D, Inc.
Kevin DeVito is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of CyberCity 3D, Inc.™ a global leader for web-based 3D building content headquartered near Los Angeles. A visionary, Mr. DeVito runs the Company’s domestic and international operations, always focused on the strategic positioning of 3D products. He oversees the CyberCity 3D team’s modeling and visualization efforts, and is co-author of the Company’s 3D modeling... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Garden C

1:55pm

Web-Based Tool for Mitigation and Permit Compliance

Land owners implementing large scale projects have numerous mitigation measures and agency permit requirements that range from very broad to very specific. A significant amount of field compliance, monitoring and reporting is required and off-the-shelf products are useful, but not adequate by themselves to address the complexity of these projects. To address this need, Dudek built a custom Compliance Tracking tool.

The Compliance tool incorporates various technological elements, such as a SQL database, an ArcGIS HTML5/Javascript Web Application, and a customized dashboard using various programming languages such as Python, PHP, and HTML5. The system integrates these technologies into a web-based user interface that has the ability to query, map, assign work orders, and produce reports.

Presenters:
Mark McGinnis, GIS Manager, Dudek, Encinitas, CA
Kyle Harper, Application Developer, Dudek, Encinitas, CA

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Natalia Austin, GISP

GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments
Natalia Austin has been in the GIS field for 18 years. She is a GIS Analyst for Merced County Association of Governments. MCAG disseminates GIS data and facilitates GIS projects in Merced County.

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Kyle Harper

Application Developer, Dudek
Kyle Harper has over 15 years’ experience in information technology, database architecture, computer programming, and Web application development. In addition to his programming experience, Kyle has a B.S. in Ecology and 6 years of focused experience in the biological field, with emphases on botany, plant ecology, and wetland ecology. Kyle’s dual experience in the natural sciences and technology sector aligns with his passion for developing... Read More →
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Mark McGinnis

GIS Manager, Dudek
Mark McGinnis is the geographic information systems (GIS) Manager with 15 years’ professional experience in geospatial technologies and application development in both the private and public sectors. As the GIS Manager, Mr. McGinnis has been responsible for project management and coordination, application development, software integration, spatial modeling/analysis, best practices initiatives, data development, and map production. His... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Palm West

2:20pm

Adventures with ArcGIS Online

As online and mobile mapping technology become more common, solutions for more efficient and integrated systems have become imperative. To satisfy this demand, the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) has begun to incorporate ArcGIS Online in its daily GIS applications. Since its introduction ArcGIS Online has provided and continually introduced new features resulting in a rich online mapping platform. This presentation will explore recent uses of the ArcGIS Online platform at SCCWRP in the context of water quality data analysis, visualization and storage.

The presentation will include a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of the platform in meeting our needs, including lessons learned through our experience.

Presenter: Abel Santana, Principal GIS Analyst, SCCWRP, Costa Mesa, CA


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Russell Mercer, GISP

Owner, Get Spatial Consulting
I have 15 years of experience in building GIS databases. Most of my experience is in utility-based GIS. For the last 4 years, I have been focusing on building a GIS in a mixed proprietary and open-source environment at the City of Imperial Beach. My current interests are in the areas of GIS database development and structure, and task streamlining and automation. In the near future, I want to gain more experience in serving task-focused... Read More →

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Abel Santana

Principal GIS Analyst, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Abel Santana is a Principal GIS Analyst and Network Administrator in the Information Management and Analysis department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. He received his Bachelors Degree and recently his Masters Degree in Geography specializing in GIS at California State University, Long Beach.


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Garden AB

2:20pm

Benefits of Large Volume Production of High Density Airborne LIDAR using Geiger
The demand for airborne LIDAR elevation data and derived products across diverse business sectors has grown significantly over the past two decades. To meet this increasing need in a cost-effective manner, sensor developers, data collectors, and production sources are always looking to improve the efficiency of their operations. 

Originally developed for US military applications but becoming increasingly available in the non-defense market, LIDAR systems built with Geiger Mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) detectors provide significant efficiency gains for airborne mapping when compared with currently available linear mode sensors. Because GmAPD detectors are physically compact and single photon sensitive, they can be packaged into large arrays and powered by readily available lasers with sub-nanosecond pulse widths. These two factors enable the development of GmAPD LIDAR systems that can collect very high density airborne data (i.e. 10 20+ points/m2) at very high instantaneous area of coverage rates (greater than 1000 km2/hour). This increase in collection rates does come at the cost of much noisier point cloud data and alternative collection strategies.

This presentation will describe the processes and technologies developed over the past 15 years for efficiently and cost effectively collecting and producing high density point clouds and derived products using GmAPD LIDAR systems. Topics to be covered include: 1) GmAPD sensing fundamentals, 2) collection strategies for GmAPD collection, and 3) efficient, high volume data production systems. Examples of high density GmAPD products will also be shown.

Presenter: Anthony Palizzi, Major Accounts Manager, Harris Corporation, Highlands Ranch, CO

Moderators
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RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.

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Anthony Palizzi

Mr. Palizzi is a dynamic and results focused sales, marketing, business development and management executive with over 20 years of progressive experience for diverse organizations. He has provided geospatial solutions and technologies to a variety of organizations from government to national and global corporations.


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Garden C

2:20pm

Combining Sensors to Map Urban Surfaces: An Object-Based Classification Approach
As urban centers develop, heat emanated by anthropogenic activities and impervious surfaces cause a climatic condition known as urban heat island (UHI). Urban Heat Islands have become more prominent in areas of rapid urbanization due to land cover change (LCC) and are related to certain land-cover types. This also has adverse effects over the population; heat islands make cities less comfortable for living. Most important, deaths during heat waves occur more frequently among residents living in areas with few green spaces. Hyper spectral remote sensing has been applied to urban land cover mapping and to study the relationship between land cover and urban heat islands. Therefore, this study aims to combine different remote sensors to map urban surfaces based on object-based classification to better understand the relationship between surface temperature and land cover.

Presenter: Ana Rivera MS.c, Graduate Student, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Moderators
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Natalia Austin, GISP

GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments
Natalia Austin has been in the GIS field for 18 years. She is a GIS Analyst for Merced County Association of Governments. MCAG disseminates GIS data and facilitates GIS projects in Merced County.

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Palm West

2:20pm

Regional Bicycle Gap Analysis for Fresno County
Availability and accessibility of transportation,in all its modes, has a major impact on the quality of life for the residents of Fresno County. The transportation system’s key role in connecting workers to good jobs is generally understood; limited transportation options can negatively impact job possibilities and income of residents. However, the impact of the quality of the transportation system is not just related to connecting workers to employment. Affordable and accessible transportation options allow residents to shop for necessities, attend school, visit the doctor, and conduct other key aspects of life without excessively draining household budgets or taking up large portions of time. Additionally, easily available options for non-motorized transportation modes such as biking and walking can directly encourage healthy habits that improve communities.

Fehr & Peers conducted a thorough analysis of the regional bicycle and trail facilities between local jurisdictions, taking into account reasonable biking distances. They then developed solutions for closing those gaps, including costs and funding sources for proposed projects. This presentation will detail the methodology in choosing the highest priority routes.

Presenter: Carrie Carsell, GISP, Senior GIS Specialist, Fehr & Peers, Roseville, CA

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Carrie Carsell, GISP

Senior GIS Specialist, Fehr & Peers
Carrie Carsell is a Senior GIS/Visual Communications Specialist and has worked with GIS and graphic design since 1998. As an avid visual communicator, Carrie focuses exclusively on advanced spatial analysis and converting technical information into attractive and effective illustrations for communication. She's a passionate believer in the importance of compelling visual images for advocacy, public education and enabling decision makers to... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Palm East

2:45pm

GIS Integration with StreetSaver Pavement Management

he presentation would focus on specific GIS integration projects with StreetSaver Pavement Management software. Presentation content will be pulled from work with the cities of Compton, Bell, and St. Helena.

Topics will cover the following:

  • GIS setup, coordination, and products required at the beginning phases of a new pavement management survey collection. 
  • ntegrating the pavement survey information back to your GIS. 
  • Map products and data overlays to assist with the Street Improvement Project development.
  • Developing map solutions to help communicate the newly developed Street Improvement Projects.

Presenters:
Mark Dumford, GIS Manager, Interwest Consulting Group, Elk Grove, CA
Brad Findlay, GIS Analyst, Interwest Consulting Group, Elk Grove, CA

 


Moderators
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RuthAnne Harbison, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Merced
RuthAnne Harbison, GISP, GIS Coordinator for City of Merced. Professional associations include CGIA, CentralCal URISA, San Joaquin Regional GIS Council, CalGIS, and hosted 4 GeoSummits at UC Merced.

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Mark Dumford

GIS Manager, Interwest Consulting Group
Mark has 25 years of experience in GIS. His experience spans all levels of governments. He is skilled in providing GIS services in GIS implementation, strategic planning, system integration, data creation, map creation, emergency management, and mentoring. Mark currently manages the GIS Solutions team at Interwest Consulting Group.
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Brad Findlay

GIS Analyst, Interwest Consulting Group
Brad has 11 years of experience in GIS database creation, spatial analysis, as well as static and interactive map design as it relates to the fields of planning, environmental management, and public works. Brad currently work with Interwest Consulting Group and spends the majority of his time at the City of Rancho Cordova in their Public Works Department.


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Garden C

2:45pm

GIS-Aided Production of Equipment Locator Maps for Metro Rail Maintenance and Support

Many U.S. cities are expanding passenger rail transit to improve transportation system performance. This is particularly the case in Los Angeles and has presented specific challenges for Los Angeles Metro's rail maintenance, safety, and external emergency services personnel. Rail maintenance personnel require familiarity with the location of stations and a variety of rail equipment (crossing gates, power supply, signals, etc.) for routine maintenance and especially during emergency incidents. A common question asked by Metro field personnel is where is the equipment item located? Typically, answering this question would require prior field knowledge, engineering drawings, or computer systems, none of which may be available in an emergency. However, as part of a solution, a paper-based, pocket size Rail Equipment Locator Map (RELM) was developed for Metro’s Traction Power department. While these maps proved useful, the development process presented challenges involving quality assurance, mapping and data management.

The goal of this study was to establish a viable development, production and maintenance methodology that would improve quality, require less development time while fitting Metro’s current hardware/software environment. By combining Esri desktop geographic information system (GIS) tools including ArcGIS, ArcCatalog, ArcPy; MS Access local database management software, MS PowerPoint, and MS Visual Basic for Applications with partial automation it required less time to update the new RELM test product, while achieving format consistency, improved spatial accuracy, and reduced risk of errors. In the final analysis, the new methodology demonstrated a significant time based benefit-to-cost ratio improvement and should result in greater rail operations efficiency.

Presenter: Michael Quant, Software Engineer, Los Angeles Metro, Los Angeles, CA


Moderators
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Natalia Austin, GISP

GIS Analyst, Merced County Association of Governments
Natalia Austin has been in the GIS field for 18 years. She is a GIS Analyst for Merced County Association of Governments. MCAG disseminates GIS data and facilitates GIS projects in Merced County.

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Michael Quant

Software Engineer, Los Angeles Metro
Michael Quant is currently employed as a Software Engineer with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In addition, he is a student enrolled in the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, GIST Master’s program. Within Metro, he is a member of the Rail Operations Strategic Planning department and provides support to the Wayside Systems Light Rail department. He is responsible for developing equipment locator maps, rail track... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Palm West

2:45pm

HealthyCity.org - Information + Action for Social Change

HealthyCity.org is a sophisticated web mapping and data platform that transforms how decisions are made by providing community organizations and advocates with innovative tools and methods to expose and resolve structural inequities.  Communities throughout California rely on HealthyCity.org to map community conditions, demonstrate community needs, and create strategies and materials for engagement with local representatives and officials.  The website democratizes access to data and GIS technology by providing an intuitive interface for constituents to map social indicators and services and share the resulting analysis.  Users can upload their own data about their communities to overlay with existing data, use our WikiMaps feature to catalogue community assets and threats, and collaborate with one another through personalized Group Pages.

Since its inception in 2003, HealthyCity.org has pioneered the use of data, community-based research methods, and web mapping to effectively make the case for change.  The website is powered by established open-source GIS technologies including MapServer, PostGIS, and OpenLayers, and its technical foundations have evolved over the years as these projects have matured.  We are currently in the process of another revamp of the site architecture to capitalize on the latest developments in open-source GIS.  This upcoming revision, set for release in Fall 2016, is being built with GeoDjango and incorporates Python data capabilities with the latest improvements to our core stack.  This poster highlights the key GIS functionalities of HealthyCity.org, provides examples of its real-world applications, and delves into the most significant technical upgrades coming in the next release.

Presenter: Robert Graham, MS, GISP, GIS/Web Programmer, Advancement Project Los Angeles, CA

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Robert Graham, MS, GISP

GIS/Web Programmer, Advancement Project
Rob Graham, GISP is a GIS/Web programmer for Advancement Project, a next generation multi-racial civil rights organization working to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. Rob is committed to GIS technology as a tool to improve social conditions and build community power, and has worked with a variety of public interest and advocacy groups to create engaging visualizations and interactive mapping to... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Palm East

2:45pm

Maps and Database Design as Communication Tools

Maps and mapping tools are at their core, a means of communicating spatial information. As GIS professionals it is our job to interpret data and data needs in order to provide spatial solutions for clients and end users. Throughout this session we will revisit the fundamentals of good map products and explore new and effective ways to adapt and apply these fundamentals to current technologies.

The discussion will outline various concepts of communication as they apply to maps, geodatabase design and data visualization as well as highlight tools available to the GIS professional that aid in effective spatial communication.

Presenter: Jeff Stiles, GIS Anaylst, Michael Baker International, Irvine, CA

Moderators
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Russell Mercer, GISP

Owner, Get Spatial Consulting
I have 15 years of experience in building GIS databases. Most of my experience is in utility-based GIS. For the last 4 years, I have been focusing on building a GIS in a mixed proprietary and open-source environment at the City of Imperial Beach. My current interests are in the areas of GIS database development and structure, and task streamlining and automation. In the near future, I want to gain more experience in serving task-focused... Read More →

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Jeff Stiles

GIS Analyst, Michael Baker International
Jeff Stiles is a GIS Analyst with Michael Bakers Geographic Information Technology department. His areas of expertise include Python programming, data visualization; GIS database design, ArcGIS Online, and mobile data collection. He is experienced in GIS database management and administration for large and small scale mobile data collection efforts and is responsible for the development and implementation of automated processes to create... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Garden AB

3:15pm

Closing Keynote Address - Delivering GEOINT in the Open
Over the last year the NGA has strived to be the first transparent intelligence agency. As such it looks to deliver GEOINT to all users when, where, and in the format needed. This new architecture is a hybrid of proprietary and open technology. In addition to proprietary and custom software and government data it is also deeply dependent on a broad swath of open source software, open standards, and open data. This talk will cover the road to this new system of GEOINT Services.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Tuttle, PhD, Geographer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Benjamin Tuttle, PhD

Geographer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Benjamin T. Tuttle is a geographer at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He holds a BA in Geography and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MS in GIS and PhD in Geography from the University of Denver. His research interests include human environment interactions and nighttime satellite imagery. Ben is also focused on development of web and mobile geospatial applications to enhance data... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Park Ballroom