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Monday, May 20
 

7:30am

Registration
Welcome

Monday May 20, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Hotel Murano Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Addressing: A Practical Guide (Half Day)
Addressing, and more specifically, documenting and managing addresses in a GIS environment, is more an art than science. This workshop will inform participants of the many considerations that need to be undertaken when establishing and maintaining GIS-based address databases and applications.
The follow items will be covered:

· History of Addressing
· The anatomy of an address
· Managing addressing in GIS
· Public safety implications of addressing
· Other governmental enterprise implications of addressing
· Aggregating multiple address databases into a master address database

Intended Audience:
GIS professionals that support address management and/or public safety

Presenter Bios: 
Jeff Ledbetter is a GIS, public safety, addressing and GIS technology subject matter expert with nearly two decades in GIS. His unique skill as a "translator" helps both technical and non-technical people understand public safety, addressing and GIS concepts and the technology that supports them. Since 2009 Mr. Ledbetter has been supporting GIS technology in PSAPs and Emergency Operations Centers. Mr. Ledbetter is a Public Safety GIS Expert with Michael Baker International based out of San Diego, CA and holds GIS Professional (GISP), Emergency Number Professional (ENP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

Speakers
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Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, ENP

Public Safety GIS Expert, DATAMARK/Michael Baker International
Jeff Ledbetter has been working with GIS technology since 1998, and in 9-1-1/Public Safety applications of GIS since 2009 when he joined the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network in Houston, TX as the GIS Manager. Since then, he's been the Program Manager for the San Diego... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 3 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

8:30am

Esri Application Configuration: Creating Apps with Minimal to No Custom Coding (Half Day)
This session will describe how to configure and customize web applications. The session will emphasize configuration best practices and will also describe how you can customize configurable web apps to meet your organization’s needs. We’ll explore how to configure the apps to specify an organization color scheme, add a logo, configure capabilities and more. Tips and tricks to get the most out of Esri’s configurable apps and Web AppBuilder will be covered.

*Bring your own laptop or device and access to an ArcGIS Online portal to follow along.

Intended Audience:
Beginning to Advance GIS users and managers will benefit from this workshop.

Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Online is recommended.

Learning Objectives:
Students will learn how to effectively deploy Esri’s configurable apps to meet end-user needs. Students will also learn to use Web AppBuilder’s configuration and customization functionality.

Instructor Bio: 
Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri in Olympia, WA working on the State Government team. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server based GIS, developer technologies, and making spatial technology available to everyone. He has been with Esri since 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998. Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS.


Speakers
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Scott Moore

Solution Engineer, Esri
Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 4 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
  • Important Information: Laptop Required

8:30am

Migrating to ArcGIS Pro (Full Day)
This course is designed to make existing ArcMap and ArcCatalog users proficient in the basic skills required to be productive ArcGIS Pro users. You will learn the new terminology associated with ArcGIS Pro, how to navigate the interface and more.

Topics covered
  • Introducing ArcGIS Pro
  • Navigating the User Interface
  • Creating 2D & 3D Maps
  • Creating and managing Projects
  • Creating Map Layouts

Intended Audience
This course is intended for existing ArcMap and ArcCatalog users which need to learn how to translate those skills and workflows to ArcGIS Pro.
 
Prerequisites and requirements
Students taking this course must have prior experience using ArcMap and/or ArcCatalog. No previous experience using ArcGIS Pro is needed.

Students will need to provide their own computer capable of running ArcGIS Pro and be assigned an ArcGIS Pro Basic or higher license from their organization prior to class which can be accessed from the web. This should be verified prior to the start of class. You can find the current system requirements at http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/get-started/arcgis-pro-system-requirements.htm. If your organization cannot assign you a license before the workshop, you can use a free trial license which you can request from https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-pro/trial. You will need to use an email address that is not associated with your employer.
 
Course Materials:
  • Learning ArcGIS Pro eBook by Tripp Corbin, GISP
  • PDF copies of lecture slides
  • Certificate of Completion

Presenter Bios:
Tripp Corbin is the Chief Executive Officer and Lead Instructor for eGIS Associates. He is an award winning Certified Trainer with over twenty years of experience orchestrating and managing geospatial projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety of geospatial software packages including Esri, Autodesk and Trimble products. Tripp has authored the two books on ArcGIS Pro, Learning ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Pro 2.x Cookbook. He is a past President of URISA International and serves on the editorial board for the CDCs Journal on Preventing Chronic Disease. He holds many certifications including GIS Certified Professional, Esri ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Professional, ArcGIS Enterprise System Design Associate, CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer, Microsoft Certified Professional, and URISA Workshop Instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

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


Monday May 20, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 1 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
  • Important Information: Laptop Required

8:30am

Practical Python for the GIS Analyst (Full Day)
Feeling a little stuck with your Python skills? Do you dabble in Python but wonder how to get to the next level of skill? Do you get stuck in the debugging process of a script? Are you a GIS specialist or analyst with a to-do list longer than feasibly possible to accomplish? Do you wonder if there’s a way to automate the boring stuff so you can do the fun stuff? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, this class is designed to help you!

Extend your reach as a python programmer by learning tips and tricks to take your programming to the next level in this full day workshop. We will cover a wide range of topics in lecture format - no getting bogged down with step by step exercises. Topics will be demonstrated, discussion will examine when and why you want to use these new skills, and you’ll walk away with handouts that outline what we did and why in enough detail for you to try it back at your desk when you are ready to use new skills in your everyday work. Bring your laptop along if you like, or sit and absorb without the distraction of it. These ideas should get you inspired to try new things, fix old problems, and code faster – like a pro!

Practical Python is a python class unlike any other you may have taken. It’s filled with practical tips, tricks and examples used by a Senior GIS Analyst with 20 years of experience in the GIS field. These are not recipes or cookbooks. These are tools you’ll use over and over again in all your GIS scripts, every day. You’ll come away with ideas for automation, knowledge about better debugging methods, a better understanding of tools and resources available for help, steps for building robust scripts that fail gracefully and notify you when they do. You’ll have a bigger picture understanding about how to use automation and python to grow your GIS by working smarter, not harder.

Take this class to learn practical python skills that can be used across a broad range of tasks. Learn about better logging, emailing yourself results and notifications, using JSON files to automate inputs to your scripts, automating tasks overnight so you walk into a fresh GIS system in the morning with a morning report waiting for you in your inbox.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore and understand better and more robust coding tools (IDEs) and the benefits they provide
  • Explore better and more robust error checking and notifications
  • Understand how to set up a script to run automatically and notify you of any issues
  • Understand how to  set up a central script library and logging location
  • Understand how to email yourself and others when a script fails or succeeds.
  • Understand how to use JSON files for controlling your scripts and allowing others to modify your scripts without actually touching (and breaking) them.
  • Explore scenarios for automating common GIS tasks.
  • Understand common python tools that help you work better such as
    • os.path,
    • yield and glob
    • sets for comparing large quantities very quickly

Your Instructor:
Ann Stark is a python programmer that vividly remembers what it was like to learn to program without the benefit of a computer sciences degree. Because of this she provides a unique perspective not found in other classes – she doesn’t assume you have a computer science degree either. Ann’s sense of humor and easy-going style will make learning enjoyable.

Intended Audience: Intermediate Python Programmers
This class is about working smarter not harder. You’ve already learned some basic python. You understand the point of ArcPy in a script – but how do you take the next step to becoming a skilled GIS analyst with powerful python tools you can use to make your job easier – even more fun? This is most definitely not a beginner class. There will be very many things we assume you understand about scripting with python already. Make sure you understand the prerequisites and call if you have any questions.

Prerequisites
  • Sense of humor
  • Experienced in successfully writing simple python scripts.  For example, able to write a script that uses a feature class to clip another and save the output to a new location.
  • Understand these basic python concepts (we won’t be going over them):
    • Indentation and the importance of it in python scripts
    • Try/except statements
    • Looping
    • Lists
    • If/else statements


Speakers
avatar for Ann Stark

Ann Stark

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellingham
Ann is a Senior GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham. She received her M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University and has 20 years of experience in natural resource and government applications of GIS. Her interests include automating GIS tasks with Python and cartography. She was... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 2 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

1:30pm

Getting Started with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and ArcGIS Enterprise Sites – A Best Practices Approach (Half Day)
ArcGIS Enterprise is a key component of the ArcGIS platform. It provides you with a complete GIS that runs behind your firewall, in your infrastructure, on-premises, and in the cloud and works with your enterprise systems and policies. In this lecture-format workshop, we will discuss how to successfully deploy ArcGIS Enterprise in your organization. We will also discuss new capabilities which have recently been released as part of ArcGIS Enterprise, like ArcGIS Enterprise Sites. Using ArcGIS Enterprise Sites, you can create a tailored experience that supports easy discovery of maps, apps, and other content shared to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal. Come get an overview of Sites options, learn design tips and tricks, and see the steps to build intuitive web pages that reflect your organization’s branding and support users of all experience levels.

Intended Audience: 
Beginning to Advance GIS users and managers will benefit from this workshop. It is expected that advanced technical discussions will take place. A high-level understanding of ArcGIS Enterprise components is recommended to get the most out of the workshop.

Learning Objectives: 
Students will learn why ArcGIS Enterprise is an essential component to a sustainable GIS strategy. Students will learn how to leverage ArcGIS Enterprise Sites to maximize portal accessibility for various groups of portal users.

Instructor Bio:
Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri in Olympia, WA working on the State Government team. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server based GIS, developer technologies, and making spatial technology available to everyone. He has been with Esri since 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998. Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS.

Speakers
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Scott Moore

Solution Engineer, Esri
Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 3 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
 
Tuesday, May 21
 

7:30am

Registration
Welcome

Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Hotel Murano Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Disaster Response and Preparedness (Half Day)
This half day workshop will focus on Esri solutions to prepare for and respond to disasters. We will discuss how to use ArcGIS online in preparation for supporting a large and coordinated response to a natural disaster. ArcGIS online provides a platform that is scalable and agile for rapid response, however some early forethought and preparations are required to be prepared for these types of events. We will use this time to show various approaches and lessons learned from the devastating fires in California in 2017 and 2018.

Intended Audience: Beginning to Advance GIS users and managers. Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Online is recommended, but not essential.

Learning Objectives: Learn ArcGIS Online techniques to prepare for and respond to disasters, with tips for inter-agency coordination.

Workshop Format: Lecture format.

Instructor Bio:
TJ Abbenhaus is a Solution Engineer on the sales team for the Esri Olympia regional office. TJ has specialized in Imagery and LiDAR solutions. Currently working for the State and Local government sales team and has extensive experience with workflow and outcomes desired for State and local GIS.

Speakers

Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 3 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

8:30am

Introduction to Drone Techonlogy for GIS and Enterprise Program Development for Public Agencies (Half Day)
With advances in drone technology and its growing use worldwide, drones are becoming increasingly beneficial in a wide range of applications. The workshop is divided into two parts. The first part describes drone technology and its various uses in GIS. The second part covers how to create a drone program within an organization: including  managing a large number of flights; employing software; training pilots; and implementing risk mitigation procedures. This workshop is about giving you the tools to make your program a success.

Learning Objectives:
Use drone technology in the context of GIS including:
● Various drone hardware
● Data processing software
● Workflow for drone related projects
Intended Audience:
● GIS specialists who want to learn about drone technology and its benefits.
● GIS specialists who are interested in developing a drone program within their organization.

Presenters Bio:
Peter Keum, GISP - Senior GIS Specialist with King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Drone enthusiast, flying since 2014. FAA Certified Drone Pilot. Developed the Wastewater Treatment Division drone policy/guideline for King County and coordinates drone vendor with various WTD operations. Open source enthusiast, active member of local CUGOS (Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source), Co-Organizer of Puget Sound QGIS User Group and participant of Seattle Maptime and OpenStreetMap (OSM) Seattle.

Greg Lang, GISP - GIS/IT Lead Systems Engineer with Pierce County. Greg has over 18 years of local government GIS and Asset Management enterprise level implementation, training, and coordination experience, plus over a decade of non-profit leadership experience including extensive flight operations training and mission experience in a rescue role.  His current role includes IT technical leadership and coordination of GIS, GNSS, Drone, and Asset Management services for Pierce County Washington and is an FAA Certified Drone Pilot.

Speakers
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Peter Keum

GIS Specialist- Senior, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Peter Keum has worked for King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) GIS for over 20 years and has been an Esri user for all those years. He has been a huge open source GIS enthusiast who lives in Seattle, WA. He is a member of CUGSO (Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 4 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

8:30am

Working Smarter with Geocortex and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (HALF DAY)
Working Smarter with Geocortex and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS is a framework for quickly delivering purpose-based web GIS applications. But for those who want to take their applications further and go beyond the out-of-the-box capabilities, the typical path has been custom widget development. We’ll show you how Geocortex Workflow 5 technology is transforming Web AppBuilder development. Our intuitive web-based design tools let you build virtually anything without writing custom code. Learn how our powerful framework is providing organizations the flexibility of custom development, while helping them avoid the costly drawbacks.

Intended audience:
  • Intermediate
  • Geocortex Administrators
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Administrators
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developers
  • GIS Professionals (Coordinators, Specialists, Manager, etc.)
Learning objectives:
  • What is Geocortex Workflow 5
  • How to deploy workflows in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
  • How to create a workflow
  • How to create forms in workflows
  • What is Geocortex Reporting
  • How to build a report
  • How connect a report to a workflow
Requirements:
  • Laptop that can connect to the Wifi internet and a notebook
Instructor Bio:
Ryan Cooney oversees all development as the Product Owner for Geocortex Workflow, Reporting, and Printing 5. Ryan’s background is in geography, C#, and JavaScript development. He has been working with the ArcGIS platform and Geocortex web mapping software for more than 10 years in various capacities. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Geocortex Essentials 5-series products and is committed to helping Geocortex customers accomplish even more with their investment in the ArcGIS platform.

Speakers
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Ryan Cooney

Latitude Geographic


Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 2 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

8:30am

Editing Data in ArcGIS Pro (Full Day)
This course takes you through the basic editing workflow used in ArcGIS Pro 2.x. Students review the Edit tab plus the Modify Features and Create Features pane. Feature templates are introduced and explained to provide a thorough understanding of how they work in the ArcGIS Pro editing methodology. The snapping environment is also explained. The skills and knowledge you gain in this course applies regardless of the licensing level you use (Basic, Standard or Advanced).

Course Lessons:
This course includes the following lessons:
Lesson 1: Introduction to ArcGIS for Desktop Editing Workflow
Lesson 2: Creating New Features
Lesson 3: Editing Existing Features
Lesson 4: Editing Attribute Tables
Lesson 5: Editing using Topologies
Lesson 6: Editing Annotation

Target Audience:
This course is for those wishing to learn more about editing GIS data using ArcGIS Pro. Some ArcGIS Pro experience is assumed.

Prerequisites and recommendations:
Students taking this course should have completed the Migrating to ArcGIS Pro or Learning ArcGIS Pro 1: Maps and Projects courses or have similar real world experience. In addition, they should have a general understanding of computers and how to work in a Microsoft Windows environment.
Students will need to provide their own computer capable of running ArcGIS Pro and be assigned an ArcGIS Pro Basic or higher license from their organization prior to class which can be accessed from the web. This should be verified prior to the start of class. You can find the current system requirements at http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/get-started/arcgis-pro-system-requirements.htm. If your organization cannot assign you a license before the workshop, you can use a free trial license which you can request from https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-pro/trial. You will need to use an email address that is not associated with your employer.

Presenter Bios:
Tripp Corbin is the Chief Executive Officer and Lead Instructor for eGIS Associates. He is an award winning Certified Trainer with over twenty years of experience orchestrating and managing geospatial projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety of geospatial software packages including Esri, Autodesk and Trimble products. Tripp has authored the two books on ArcGIS Pro, Learning ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Pro 2.x Cookbook. He is a past President of URISA International and serves on the editorial board for the CDCs Journal on Preventing Chronic Disease. He holds many certifications including GIS Certified Professional, Esri ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Professional, ArcGIS Enterprise System Design Associate, CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer, Microsoft Certified Professional, and URISA Workshop Instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

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


Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 1 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
  • Important Information: Laptop Required

9:00am

Washington Government GIS Leaders meeting (Full Day)
All too often city and county GIS leaders have to make decisions in isolation, with no peers in their organization with the relevant experience to advise them. The purpose of this session is to break down the silos between GIS managers and leaders as a way to help them address issues and work more effectively to meet their goals. The Washington local Government GIS Leaders (WGGL) group has been created as a Special Interest Group (SIG) under the auspices of the Washington chapter of URISA (WAURISA). The WGGL group was formed to provide a forum specifically for GIS leaders in local government to share ideas.

Morning Session with a panel discussion:
Best Management Practices in GIS across organizations of different sizes:
Panelists with Intro by Greg Babinski – King County
  • Stephen Beimborn - City of Seattle, Manager of Departmental GIS / GIS Coordinator.
  • Katie Heim - City of Arlington, GIS Manager
  • Geoff Almvig – Skagit County, GIS Manager
  • Jason Eklund – Kittitas County, GIS Coordinator
Afternoon session will have 3 presentations:
  • Debra Hentz, BSME, MPA. Lean Specialist, Washington State Auditor’s Office
    • Practicing Lean techniques for the GIS Manager
  • Adam Carnow, ESRI Community Evangelist
    • GIS for Managers – The Seven Elements of a Successful Enterprise GIS
  • Joanne Markert, State GIS Coordinator
    • State Activities that can benefit local government GIS departments
Intended Audience
GIS Supervisors (Managers, Coordinators, Directors, and Department Heads) working at City and County organizations in Washington State. If not part of the intended audience please check with the organizer before signing up at: workshops@waurisa.org

Speakers
SB

Stephen Beimborn

GIS Manager, Seattle Public Utilities
Speakers will be from the following groups: • GIS Professional(s), Professor(s), Graduate Student(s) who have assisted with use of GIS in K-12 Education • K-12 Teacher(s) with experience using GIS in their work or curriculum • Career and Technical Education (CTE) representative(s... Read More →
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Joshua Greenberg

GIS Analyst, WAURISA
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term growth... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Cavallino 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

1:30pm

Introduction to GIS for Equity & Social Justice (Half Day)
This workshop will serve as an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). GIS professionals are bound by the GIS Code of Ethics to consider the impact of their work on society. For hundreds of years mapping has sometimes been a tool for creating and preserving inequity. During the past 25 years there have been some uses of GIS for issues related to equity or social justice. We will explore critical race theory (CRT) and trends in critical race spatial analysis. We will review recent literature and academic programs around the topic of GIS for ESJ. Most importantly we will outline best practices for GIS professionals in doing GIS for ESJ work. This includes creating a data/mapping/application support framework both for their own work and to support the work on non-GIS professionals. Non-GIS professionals will become the largest community doing actual ESJ work with GIS. These non-GIS professionals include those who work for agencies, non-profits, and NGO’s with an ESJ mission, as well as government policy professionals who want to use GIS to support an ESJ lens for developing upstream agency policies.

Intended Audience:
GIS professional plus Equity & Social Justice and public policy practitioners

Learning Objectives:
1. Why GIS for Equity and Social Justice
2. GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
3. Principles of equity and social justice
4. The role of GIS professionals
5. The role of ESJ practitioners
6. The role of public policy
7. Critical race theory
8. Critical race spatial analysis
9. How upstream policies impact downstream outcomes
10. Understanding how maps and GIS can be used to create long-term inequity
11. How GIS and maps can expose oppression and inequity
12. How GIS can be used to manage and monitor pro-equity policies
13. Examples of public agencies with ESJ policy priorities
14. Educational resources for GIS professionals
15. The URISA GIS for ESJ workgroup

Presenter Bio(s):
Nicole Franklin develops workable, pragmatic solutions to technology access problems faced by underserved communities. She serves as the chief equity officer for the Department of Information Technology, where she leads efforts to ensure social justice and equity in her workplace and community. She previously managed the department’s data center for two years and served as administrator of the organization’s enterprise business continuity program. She’s currently piloting a version of performance management with ESRI with the goal of determining whether current equity actions are changing desired outcomes. She holds a master’s degree in demography from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor degrees in computational and applied mathematics; sociology; and statistics from the University of Washington.

Greg Babinski is Marketing Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional. Babinski is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg also teaches GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In his spare time Greg likes hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Babinski, GISP

Greg Babinski, GISP

GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center
I am the Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle. Previously I was the GIS Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. I have an MA in geography from Wayne State University. I am a Past-President of URISA and founder... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Franklin

Nicole Franklin

Chief Equity Officer, King County GIS Center
Nicole Franklin develops workable, pragmatic solutions to technology access problems faced by underserved communities. She serves as the chief equity officer for the Department of Information Technology, where she leads efforts to ensure social justice and equity in her workplace... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 4 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

1:30pm

Portal/ArcGIS Online Governance and Best Practice (Half Day)
Your ArcGIS Online and/or Portal for ArcGIS design is an integral part of your GIS ecosystem, enabling you to reach a broad audience that includes GIS professionals, decision makers, knowledge workers, your mobile workforce, and the public. Using real world examples presented in a step-wise fashion, this fast-paced workshop offers guidance, tips, and details best practices that will enable you to create a successful and vibrant organization that meets your needs and goals. Whether you’ve already lifted your organization, or are just beginning to think about it, you’ll get ideas on how to configure it for the best experience and results, and how to develop governance to support and engage users of all types successfully.

Intended Audience:
Beginning to Advance GIS users and managers will benefit from this workshop. It is expected that advanced technical discussions will take place. A high-level understanding of ArcGIS Enterprise components is recommended to get the most out of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:
Students will learn Esri’s “Best Practices” approach to the design and governance of your organizations GIS portal technology (ArcGIS Online for Organizations and/or Portal for ArcGIS).

Instructor Bio:
John Sharrard is a Solution Engineer with Esri on the Local Government team working in the Pacific Northwest. John has been working in the GIS field for 31 years. The first seven years were with the State of Oregon and the last 24 years have been with Esri. He is a graduate from the GeoScience program at Oregon State University. John focuses on assisting Esri software users with Web GIS, 3D GIS, GeoDesign, Land Records, Transportation and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS.

Speakers
avatar for John Sharrard

John Sharrard

Solution Engineer, Esri
John Sharrard is a GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri and works as part of a team supporting Esri customers in the Pacific Northwest. He has been working in the GIS field for 32 years. John concentrates on GIS solutions for Local Government, 3D GIS, Geo-Design, Land Records, and Transportation... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 3 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

1:30pm

Using SQL to query and manage your GIS data (Half Day)
Join me as we explore new ways of using and managing your GIS data . This lecture-based workshop will examine how we can use SQL queries to explore and manage relational database management system (RDBMS) data.

We will explore the GIS data, using SQL statements that take advantage of wealth of GIS attributes and also the spatial relationships in your data. We will look at how to write SQL query statements using ST_Geometry to apply spatial analysis tools such as buffer, intersect and union.

We will expand your understanding of the geodatabase, what makes it unique and how we can use information stored in the system tables. We will dig into the relationship between system tables and feature classes and how to tie the two together to leverage all the information. We will also understand discovery functions and understand the situations where we can edit the GIS data through SQL.

Topics Covered 
  • What is RDBMS support for ArcGIS
  • Database tools that help you explore your GIS data
  • Understand the different ways your ArcGIS applications access the RDBMS
  • Understanding the Geodatabase in an RDBMS
  • SQL statements that leverage spatial functions
  • Handy SQL statements for managing query output
  • Business cases for using SQL to query and manage the data.
  • Understanding discover functions
  • Editing geodatabase feature classes in versioned and non-versioned environments using SQL

Instructor 
Don Burdick has been managing and developing GIS solutions for a wide variety of local government departments. As part of that experience, Don has utilized SQL as another tool in the tool chest to provide innovative and effective solutions. He will bring insight from his proven track record of integrating workflow and business systems with GIS in local government. Don will not just teach the technical aspects of SQL but also provide examples and discussion around how to apply SQL to business solutions.

Intended Audience 
GIS Analysts, programmers or spatial data managers with an intermediate knowledge of the geodatabase, SQL and relational databases.

Prerequisites 
  • Familiarity with RDBMS concepts
  • Knowledge and understanding of the geodatabase model
  • Basic understanding of SQL statements/syntax

Speakers
avatar for Don Burdick

Don Burdick

GIS Project Manager
Extensive experience managing a Geographic Information System program and projects including coordinating GIS activities and integrating business processes with GIS. Experience with GIS integration with construction/land use projects, permitting, asset management and document management... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano, Venice 2 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

5:00pm

Welcome Social
Social

Tuesday May 21, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hotel Murano The Gallery
 
Wednesday, May 22
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Food & Coffee

Wednesday May 22, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
GTCC Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:00am

Registration
Welcome

Wednesday May 22, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:00am

Open Plenary
Hello

Wednesday May 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GTCC Ballroom Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:15am

Wednesday Morning Break
Take a break, stretch, hydrate, ect…

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

ArcGIS Web AppBuilder (WAB) – Elevation profile widget customized to use local elevation data
Esri has provided the WAB elevation profile widget, but it uses USGS DEM data and requires an ArcGIS Server Advanced license to use. Pierce County Spatial Services has customized the widget to instead utilize the County elevation data and no longer requires the advanced license. This presentation would be helpful to organizations that have quality elevation data.

Speakers
YC

Yunsik Choi

GIS Programmer, Pierce County IT
GIS Programmer/Engineer2 at Pierce County


Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Pedestrian with Limited Mobility Routing using OpenStreetMap
Pedestrian with Limited Mobility Routing using OpenStreetMap

Speakers

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Essential Web AppBuilder Widgets for Local Governments
Local governments have three important workflows (among others) that are performed repeatedly. These include –
• Mailing notices to owners and/or tenants
• Generating reports as part of various activities
• Researching information that is often spread across many systems.
GIS can be used very effectively, to perform the above. This presentation will show three widgets that will allow local governments to quickly and easily generate mailing labels, create reports, and view information combined from several business systems in one location, within a Web AppBuilder based application. The widgets are essential to local government workflows and can save hours of effort and research time.

Speakers
SP

Solomon Pulapkura, GISP

GIS Project Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc.
Business Development Manager


Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Building and leveraging GIS vs. CAD for infrastructure
Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demands, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Technologies are changing, and specific uses are emerging for engineering designs and operations management using CAD and GIS software. We will share knowledge base on how to develop GIS from scratch or enhance within your organization, the differences in application and purposes with CAD. This will help improve staff productivity, performance, reduce long term costs, and maximize ROI on your assets.

Speakers
avatar for Arnab Bhowmick

Arnab Bhowmick

Founder & CEO, Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management
Mr. Arnab Bhowmick is the Founder and CEO of Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management, which has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by US SBA in 2017. He and his team have implemented several technology including GIS, Asset Management, Cloud, Resilient systems over last couple decades... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:00am

Dude, where's my cube?
Washington's Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has used GIS and Active Directory data to solve the eternal issue of locating rooms and employees. L&I has developed the Locate, Offices, Open areas and Cubicles or LOOC application to allow employees to find employees and other resources at each of it's 21 offices. The LOOC app is based of the Esri Campus Viewer application. Data management and process workflow is the secret sauce that powers this app and helps to answer the question, "Dude, where's my cube?"

Speakers
WM

Winston McKenna

GIS Product Administrator, Washington Dept of Labor & Industries
Winston McKenna and Bryan Huebner are the GIS team at Washington's Department of Labor and Industries. They both enjoy data management, data visualization and 80's movies. When not working Bryan can be found searching for fish across western WA. Winston prefers to be in the ocean... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:00am

Using the Power of GIS to Collect, Mine and Analyze Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Inventory and Condition Data
Using Collector for ArcGIS, the City of Vancouver was able to collect asset and condition information for over 10k curb ramps and 620 center-line miles of sidewalk. Along with the sidewalk and curb ramp asset information, the city collected roughly 170k defect points along the sidewalks. The defects that were collected were used to determine the condition of each sidewalk segment and curb ramp. Additionally, as part of the project, the city hired a planning consultant, who helped identify pedestrian demand across the entire city. This resulted in a layer with 5 demand classes (1 being lowest demand and 5 being highest demand). The demand information was used to help identify sidewalk and curb ramp priority. Finally, using all of the collected data, the city built several dashboards and other web tools that allows managers and leaders to visualize and mine the collected data. Today the city uses a combination of these tools and others to communicate and track sidewalk issues, repairs, and correspondence with property owners.

Speakers
avatar for Eugene Durshpek

Eugene Durshpek

GIS Supervisor, City of Vancouver
I have been with the City of Vancouver since May of 2005. When I started, the City was migrating from RJN Cassworks asset/work management software which was not integrated with GIS. I played a key role in moving Public Works towards embracing GIS and integrating GIS with the current... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:00am

What’s new in ArcGIS 10.7
This presentation will provide an overview of recent updates in the ArcGIS Platform. This will include what’s new in the ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 releases, ArcPro 2.3, ArcGIS Online, and the many apps that are part of the ArcGIS Platform. Brief mention will also be made of new products to be introduced in 2019, including ArcGIS Urban, ArcGIS Indoors, Tracker and more!


Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:30am

Does your computer have enough horsepower to run ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Pro is Esri's newest desktop GIS application. It allows users to work with larger datasets, create 2D and 3D maps, and leverage modern computer hardware because if Its new 64 bit architecture. All of this comes with a price. ArcGIS Pro requires a lot more computing power to run smoothly. So does your computer have enough under the hood to run ArcGIS Pro? Learn what the requirements and recommendation are for running this new powerful application.

Speakers

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:30am

Drawing The Line: The Role of GIS in Determining Jurisdictional Boundaries
GIS professionals know that it's important for jurisdictions to have clear geographical boundaries to delineate areas of responsibility. At a practical level, how are these boundaries resolved when the lines are fuzzy? This presentation will go over the importance of boundaries to the public safety industry, and delve into a case study involving two Washington State counties and Oregon. GIS professionals will learn what factors must be considered in resolving boundary lines, who must be involved and in what order, and how we can enable and prepare our public safety partners in establishing clear and accurate boundaries.

Speakers

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

12:00pm

Lunch
Food

Wednesday May 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GTCC Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

12:00pm

WWGT Lunch
WA Women in GIS and Technology user group meeting during lunch.  Come join us to learn more about our group.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:00pm

Comparison of Online Print Services
You've designed a map and want a to print a small run to sell or distribute. There are many online companies clamoring for your business, but their services vary in many areas including pricing, available sizes, paper, finish, speed, and quality. How do you know where to order and what to expect? To answer this question, I ordered prints of the same cartographic image from over a dozen online printers. In my talk, I’ll share the resulting prints and what I learned.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Leroux

Kate Leroux

Cartographer, Amazon
Kate Leroux spent almost 15 years in the Seattle software industry, filling a wide range of roles including graphic design, business analysis, coding, testing, and system administration. This disparate skillset finally came together when she switched to cartography five years ago... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:00pm

Integrating GIS into Asset Management Programs at Pierce County
Pierce County uses a non-GIS-centric asset management program called Enterprise Asset Management to track work, assets, and labor across many county departments. In order to combine the strengths of the asset management program and the power of GIS, the County maintains a GIS integration that allows users to view GIS data within the asset management interface. The integration utilizes both ArcMap and ArcGIS Online to sync data between programs, and display GIS maps within the asset management interface.

In this session we will explore the integration, learn how the programs interact, what the requirements are for the integration, and what it provides to users.

Speakers
AB

Alexa Brockamp

Alexa Brockamp works for Pierce County, WA as an IT Technician in the IT/Spatial Services Division. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Tacoma, with a BA in Sustainable Urban Development.


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:00pm

Models, Scripts and Consultants: Guidance for Ensuring Successful Geoprocessing Outcomes
When using the ArcGIS desktop products to support geoprocessing requirements, an analyst will typically consider either, or a combination of, (1) building their own models, (2) writing their own Python code, or (3) hiring a consultant to help them. This collaborative professional development session will focus on a range of matters pertinent to these possibilities with a view to providing guidance for GIS analysts from both a technical perspective and a soft skills perspective. With respect to the former, topics will include the relative value and applicability of different approaches, how to transition from one approach to another, and the related challenges and opportunities. With respect to the latter, topics will include the benefits of seeking external support, the nature of the client-consultant relationship, and the range of reasonable expectations useful for ensuring successful outcomes. The presenters will establish a basis for collaboration using examples drawn from their current work for First American Title in Portland, which pertains to the development of tools and processes for tax lot information management. Attendees will be encouraged to build on this basis and, thus, enhance the discussion by contributing their own, examples, ideas, and responses.

Keywords:
ArcGIS, desktop, Python, tools, processes, professional development


Speakers
avatar for David Howes

David Howes

Geospatial Information Scientist, David Howes, LLC
David Howes is a geospatial information scientist and the sole owner at David Howes, LLC (dhowes.com) in Seattle, WA, specializing in the development of GIS tools, processes, and supporting infrastructure for a variety of clients from small operations to multinational corporations. With 28 years of academic and private sector experience in both the United Kingdom and the United... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:00pm

Using Augmented Reality to Interact with Your Spatial Data in the Real World
SiteVision is a high-accuracy augmented reality system, which allows users to interact with their spatial GIS data in the context of the real world. It enables users to easily understand information such as new designs, existing underground services, and how future landscapes will look over time, without the need to interpret drawings or maps. Overall SiteVision is a productive construction tool, allowing users to plan and visualize the progress on site, complete quality management, and identify issues early reducing costs and time. We will present a real customer example and how they have employed this exciting technology to increase efficiency. There will also be a field session so attendees can experience virtual reality in the field.


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:15pm

GISP Certification: What is it and how do you earn it
The GISP certification is one of the most recognized certifications in the geospatial industry. But what is it and how do you earn it? This presentation will discuss the history of the certification, what are the requirements to earn it and where it appears to be going.

Speakers

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

Surfing the GIS Waves to Success
Like other technologies, GIS continues to evolve in a series of waves. We cannot ignore or fight these waves. We have got to learn how to harness them to power our organizations forward. This presentation will review proven, best practice strategies and real world examples on how you can surf these GIS waves to success. These best practices include:
• Focus on the Big Picture
• It’s all about the business!
• Focus on Analytics and drive towards realizing Value
• Implement a Change Management Program
• Innovate
• Keep it simple
• Measure, document and publicize your impact
• Cultivate executive sponsorship
• Deploy Actionable Open Data
• Use of GIS provides benefits, so expand its use

Speakers
avatar for Adam Carnow

Adam Carnow

Community Evangelist, Esri
Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:45pm

Tips and Techniques to Land the GIS Job You Want
A presentation that goes over dos and don'ts for your application, resume, cover letter and interview to help you get that GIS job you want. The goal of the presentation is to help you communicate what you can bring to your new organization while avoiding common mistakes made in the job hunt.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Heim

Katie Heim

GIS Manager, City of Arlington
Katie Heim is the GIS Manager at the City of Arlington in northern Snohomish County. She was the first GIS Analyst hired at the City and over the years has built the GIS department to serve the needs of all City staff and citizens. She is the co-chair of the Snohomish County GIS Users... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:00pm

Mobile Application for Maine Citizen Scientist
The State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has developed a mobile application for Citizen Scientist. The application is useful for tracking bird species, fisheries and the environment on an easy to use mobile platform. This presentation will walk the audience through the Timmons Group process of persona creation, prioritization and user interface development.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Glass

Marcus Glass

Regional Manager - Pacific NW, Timmons Group
Local dude who likes maps


Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:00pm

The future with GIS, and how to make the most of it
Speakers
avatar for Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg

GIS Analyst, WAURISA
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term growth... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:30pm

Wednesday Afternoon Break
Take a break, stretch, hydrate, ect…

Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

GIS and Washington 2020 Census Efforts
This presentation will address the importance of getting an accurate census count for Washington and how GIS is being used to support 2020 Census programs.

Speakers
TK

Thomas Kimpel

Tom Kimpel has been using GIS for 25+ years. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University and a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia. He has been working for the WA state Office of Financial Management, Population Unit for the past 12 years... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

Distributed Collaboration with ArcGIS Enterprise
Distributed collaboration allows you to connect your GIS with a wider network, reaching beyond departmental and geographic boundaries. Collaboration establishes a foundation of trust, allowing you to send and receive content with others as you work toward shared goals and initiatives. Hear use cases, accompanying collaboration patterns, and illustrations. Learn how to set up a collaboration network, manage your participants, and share your content across your collaboration network. Stay informed about recent enhancements and new functionality in distributed collaborations, while picking up tips and tricks to streamline administration.

Speakers

Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

Sites and Structures: Stewardship of Addressing Data
Public safety technology requires a current, complete, and accurate addressing database. How many sources of addressing data does your area have? Which source would you use in an emergency? This presentation will illustrate how agencies can select the best address data out of disparate sources, introduce the concepts behind a Master Address Database, and discuss how to future-proof datasets to meet stringent public safety standards.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, ENP

Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, ENP

Public Safety GIS Expert, DATAMARK/Michael Baker International
Jeff Ledbetter has been working with GIS technology since 1998, and in 9-1-1/Public Safety applications of GIS since 2009 when he joined the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network in Houston, TX as the GIS Manager. Since then, he's been the Program Manager for the San Diego... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

Resilient Asset Management vs. Emergency Preparedness
The market has already moved on to cloud and mobility for GIS based asset and maintenance management in the field and overall asset management in the office. Organizations face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less to address emergency preparedness, resiliency, compliance, legal and regulatory requirements, asset and infrastructure management, capital budget planning, political imbalances, economic landscape changes, and capital and operating budgets constraints. Resilient Asset Management is the solution to address these moving gears, and improve citizen services, business continuity, and operations efficiency. Such a system should provide cutting edge features and functions at an affordable cost on mobile and cloud platform. We will also discuss benefits, ROI, and case studies - how other local govt. entities are already using these technologies to streamline their business, and manage resources for most efficient and best use. We will share local govt. success stories, and most importantly lessons learned that will help you implement such programs.

Speakers
avatar for Arnab Bhowmick

Arnab Bhowmick

Founder & CEO, Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management
Mr. Arnab Bhowmick is the Founder and CEO of Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management, which has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by US SBA in 2017. He and his team have implemented several technology including GIS, Asset Management, Cloud, Resilient systems over last couple decades... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:30pm

WA: Harnessing the Power of Where - Plan. Innovate. Participate
This is an exciting time to be a GIS professional. The opportunities to involve more people in harnessing the power of where are growing exponentially with the tools we have available. This presentation will provide an update on what we’ve accomplished this past year, the vision for the future of GIS at the state and how you can be involved.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Markert

Joanne Markert

State GIS Coordinator, Office of the Chief Information Officer
Joanne Markert is the Washington State GIS Coordinator. She has over 20 years experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, including being a GIS instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She started her career... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:45pm

Innovative Uses of GIS Across the State
**Technology Track Abstract**
Get ready to learn about the innovative ways entities across the state are using GIS! During this session, we will provide unique insight into what a variety of different GIS professionals are doing with GIS to achieve their goals. You’ll hear about some of the GIS work being done at cities, ports and utility districts, from data capture and organization, to AGO adoption and training, to GIS Strategic Planning. In the spirit of collaboration, there will be plenty of time during this session for Q&A, and the opportunity to share about your own innovative uses of GIS as well.

Speakers
avatar for Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant Herbert has 14 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consortium member... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

4:00pm

CRAB—GIS-Mo Project
CRAB is developing a new information system for the counties to maintain and report county road data
to the State and Federal level. The GIS-Mo project is a conglomeration of technologies, such as DTS LLC’s
VueWorks asset management suite and ESRI’s Roads and Highways. The objective is to create a feature
rich transportation asset management system for the counties. This new project is to replace the
historical in house developed software called Mobility. CRAB is making a large organizational change in
handling county data in a geospatial format.


Wednesday May 22, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

4:00pm

The Washington State Lidar Plan
Over the past year, the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Office of the Chief Information Officer have collaborated with stakeholders across state and federal agencies, counties, cities, and tribes to develop a comprehensive State Lidar Plan for Washington. This plan describes the strategy for completing statewide coverage at a high resolution as well as considers the course of action for updates and refreshing lidar collection. While the State Lidar Plan is published, there is still plenty of opportunity for discussion. The Lidar Advisory Committee aims to do just that twice a year as we establish priority areas for collection, talk about funding opportunities, business needs, and even how some new technologies for terrain data may be incorporated. The State Lidar Plan is reviewed, along with opportunities for involvement and upcoming meetings to discuss lidar coverage for the state.

Speakers
AG

Abigail Gleason

LiDAR Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Abby Gleason is the Lidar Manager at the Department of Natural Resources Washington Geological Survey. Prior to joining DNR, Abby worked as a Photogrammetric Cartographer characterizing and reviewing terrain data. Abby holds a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

4:30pm

Exhibitor Social
Social

Wednesday May 22, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

6:30pm

Wednesday Evening Social
Wednesday May 22, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
7 Seas Brewery and Taproom 2101 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
 
Thursday, May 23
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Food & Coffee

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
GTCC Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:00am

Registration
Welcome

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:00am - 1:00pm
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Using Simple GIS Solutions to Engage and Empower the Community
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma and is the fourth-largest container gateway in North America. Part of NWSA’s mission is to conduct outreach and educate the public about Port activities and events. Typically, these efforts are led by our Communications Department who do an amazing job of engaging the community through social media posts, website updates, articles, newsletters etc. With the pending arrival of 8 new super-post-Panamax cranes from Shanghai, China, however, we wanted to try something different to inform and engage the community. The GIS Department partnered with the Communications Department to include GIS as part of the community engagement strategy to inform the public about the cranes’ arrival to the Port of Tacoma last February and again in March of this year.

When the first 4 cranes arrived in February 2018, we created a crowdsourcing map that allowed both internal staff and the community to track the cranes’ current location in near-real time as it traveled through the Puget Sound and add photos captured as the cranes passed their neighborhood.

For the last 4 cranes arrival, we created a similar crowdsourcing map but added the ability for the viewer to see the route the vessel traveled from Shanghai, China and view both the current and previous vessel’s position (in near-real time). We also created a dashboard with drone video footage of the cranes leaving China, information on the vessel’s position, number of days at sea, estimated distance traveled and the estimated time of arrival at the Port of Tacoma. Both applications were displayed on big screens in the Port of Tacoma’s Administration Building and shared through social media. These simple GIS solutions provided a unique and fun way for the community to participate in the event.

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Kauhi

Tonya Kauhi

GIS Programs Manager, Port of Tacoma
Tonya has more than 18 years’ experience focusing on GIS, databases and applications. She is currently the GIS Programs Manager for the Port of Tacoma. She plans, coordinates, oversees and participates in the development, implementation, integration, operation, and maintenance of... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

How I have built a successful career in GIS
I attend many conferences and workshops every year and get asked by those just getting started how did I build my career. What did I do to be successful, learn, get jobs and projects and more. In this presentation, I will discuss the ins and outs of my career path and its many twists and turns. I will try to provide some guidance and advice on things I have learned along the way, often the hard way. Hopefully this will help those relatively new to the field avoid some of the pot holes I have encountered over my 25 plus years.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Insights for ArcGIS
Insights for ArcGIS is available as part of ArcGIS Enterprise and Online and provides a new user experience for analysis that focuses on simpler ways to work with your data in order to answer questions and share results—including visualization, drag and drop analytics, and on-the-fly filtering and aggregations. Insights for ArcGIS is designed to make interactive and exploratory analysis fast and intuitive so that you can gain understanding from your data in a spatial context. You will learn how to get started with Insights for ArcGIS, including adding data from numerous sources, exploring some of the available analyses, and seeing how to share results and models, as we work through some analysis examples.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Improved 911 Indoor Location Accuracy For Mobile Devices
Today more and more people rely on mobile phones as their primary phone service and are disconnecting wireline service altogether. As a result, more 9-1-1 calls are being placed from mobile phones than ever before, including inside buildings where traditional 9-1-1 mobile phone location technology does not work well. New location technology solutions are emerging that make calculation of indoor positions for mobile phones during a 9-1-1 call possible, and include major technology announcements from both Apple and Google in 2018 in this area. The ability to track mobile phones indoors during 9-1-1 calls will create new demands for 2D and 3D indoor GIS maps for 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, and emergency responders. This session will explore these new innovations in the 9-1-1 world, and discuss their impacts to GIS


Thursday May 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:45am

Stakeholder Engagement for Planning with ESRI Story Mapping
Using ESRI Story Maps for stakeholder outreach and engagement is an emerging use for story mapping and one that offers flexibility and beautiful design. The ability to smoothly integrate spatial and non-spatial data, along with web content and embedded survey questions allows easy stakeholder education and feedback all in one platform. The possibilities with story maps are limited only by your imagination…and how far you want to push the ESRI template.

For this lightning talk, I will go through the process I used to build an Online Open House for King County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. The map acts as one tool, yet it’s actually five different story maps and one web app all combined to function as one. I will share some insights on combining and ‘stacking’ different story map formats and share both the successes and challenges with using story mapping as a platform from which to engage stakeholders.

The templates built into the ESRI platform have great, targeted uses, and combining the different templates really allows story mapping to shine, and I hope to share that with you through this talk.

Speakers
BS

Ben Silver

I am a GIS Analyst, and have a background in cartography, environmental planning, and sustainability management. I enjoy using mapping and geospatial analysis to help empower communities, and to lend understanding to complex data and systems that would otherwise be inaccessible to... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:00am

Cannabis Identification and Prioritization System (CIPS) - Using GIS To Identify Cannabis Grows And Prioritize Water Quality Concerns In Northern California
Over the last several years, the trend in California has been for marijuana growers to move their operations from the High Sierra forests to lower elevation foothill and valley locations to take advantage of better climatic, soil, and overall growing conditions. This has resulted in significant, additional environmental and water resource related concerns over Northern California watersheds, due to potentially increased pollution in the local, regional, and state water supplies through increased soil erosion, and nutrient and pesticide laden runoff.
Given the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) jurisdiction over waste discharges, the development of efficient tools that accurately and efficiently identify and characterize grow sites was desired. This resulted in the development of the Cannabis Identification and Prioritization System (CIPS). CIPS enables SWRCB and other stakeholders to identify priority water quality concerns by ranking those watersheds where marijuana grows pose the highest threats to water quality.
The goals for the CIPS solution include - a) Accurately identify marijuana grow locations and characteristics, b) Utilize the Water Boards’ ArcGIS platform, c) Develop user interfaces that enable the Water Boards and other agency end-users to access CIPS, assess conditions, and establish priorities for mitigation, and d) Scalable, both in terms of the geographic extent, and number of end-users accessing the system.

Speakers
SP

Solomon Pulapkura, GISP

GIS Project Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc.
Business Development Manager


Thursday May 23, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:00am

An Overview of Spokane Tribe GIS (2019)
At the 2015 ESRI UC in San Diego, we first presented “An Overview of Spokane Tribe GIS”, at the 2018 National Tribal GIS Conference in Albuquerque an update. This is an update for 2019…

In 2010, Spokane Tribe GIS started on a new path beginning with the formation of the Spokane Tribe GIS Planning and Executive Committees. A draft strategic plan began in 2010 with comprehensive updates in 2013 and 2017. The program has evolved from 1000's of shapefiles to a centrally managed database with over 100 vector and raster layers. Since 2015, we experienced reservation area wildfires in 2015 and 2016; GIS supported federal BAER teams (satellite imagery and GIS data). Recent highlights have included the acquisition and processing of LiDAR and high-resolution imagery. Past projects have included efforts with GIS programs at the University of Washington and the CS program at Eastern Washington University. Tips, tricks, and lessons learned will be shared.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:15am

Technologies for Local Govt Crisis Management
The market is becoming overly complex with technology options and IT jargons. Organizations face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less to address emergencies, compliance, legal and regulatory requirements, IT and GIS strategies, and resiliency. Optimal systems and processes are needed to address these moving gears, and improve business performance, plan for resiliency and business continuity, and operations efficiency. Understanding, planning, and implementing right technologies in the correct way at the right time is key to successfully deliver citizen services. Technologies like drones, virtual and augmented reality, cloud services, mobile apps, scenario and time series analysis etc. are becoming commonplace to enable local govt. achieve their resiliency goals and serve citizens better. We will also discuss how some organizations are already using these technologies to be responsive and getting more done with less resources.

Speakers
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Arnab Bhowmick

Founder & CEO, Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management
Mr. Arnab Bhowmick is the Founder and CEO of Aakavs Aktivov Asset Management, which has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by US SBA in 2017. He and his team have implemented several technology including GIS, Asset Management, Cloud, Resilient systems over last couple decades... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:30am

The USGS NHDPlus High Resolution Dataset and its Value-Added Attributes
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains hydrography datasets for the Nation. The National Hydrography Dataset Plus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR) dataset integrates the High Resolution National Hydrography Dataset, Watershed Boundary Dataset , and 3D Elevation Program digital elevation models. Value-added attributes (VAAs) within the NHDPlus HR dataset provide pre-calculated network characteristics. NHDPlus HR VAA’s provide users with a rich source of data for hydrologic analysis and modeling to help our understanding of how water flows through the network and aid in predicting impacts of events such as flooding and contamination anywhere along the network. VAAs usefulness in the analysis and visualization of network characteristics will be highlighted and demonstrated in this lightning talk.

Speakers
KM

Kevin McNinch

Kevin McNinch is a cartographer and spatial data architect with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) working on hydrography data for the National Hydrography Dataset. Kevin works in an applied research role helping to solve problems and integrate new technologies.


Thursday May 23, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:45am

Resilience of seagrasses communities exposed to pulsed freshwater discharges: A seascape approach
Seagrass communities display complex population patch dynamics at seascape scale that are presently poorly understood as most studies of disturbance on seagrass habitats have focused on changes in biomass at small, quadrat-level scales. In this study, analyses of remote sensing imagery and population modelling were applied to understand seagrass patch dynamics and forecast the fate of these important communities in Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida, US. We evaluated the historical influence of freshwater deliveries from the Florida Everglades on seagrass communities and documented how changes in salinity can cause seascape fragmentation. Seagrass fragmentation rates were higher in sites adjacent to freshwater canals compared to sites spatially removed from these influences. Furthermore, we documented a clear trend in patch mortality rates with respect to patch size, with the smallest patches undergoing 57% annual mortality on average. The combination of higher fragmentation rates and the higher mortality of smaller seagrass patches in habitats exposed to pulses of low salinity raises concern for the long-term persistence of seagrass meadows in nearshore urban habitats of Biscayne Bay that are presently targets of Everglades restoration. The combined remote sensing and population modelling approach used here provides evaluation and predictive tools that can be used by managers to track seagrass status and stress-response at seascape levels not available previously for the seagrasses of South Florida.

Speakers
CS

Clinton Stipek

Clinton Stipek is a Spatial Analysis Assistant at the University of Miami studying population dynamics of seagrass populations within Biscayne Bay in Florida.


Thursday May 23, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:15am

Thursday Morning Break
Take a break, stretch, hydrate, ect…

Thursday May 23, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

DTA Presentation - Creative Economy in Seattle through a Racial Equity Lens
There has been a groundswell of interest and demand for data that speaks to the creative economy workforce of the city of Seattle from diverse public agencies such as the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS), Office of Economic Development (OED), Washington Filmworks, and the City of Bellevue, ArtsFund, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). There is a window of opportunity not only to understand and assess the creative economy but to use it as a driver of the economy to promote social inclusion, equity, diversity, and development. In the last 20 years, the city of Seattle has undergone a profound transformation that has resulted in a number of opportunities and challenges as a magnet for talent in the areas of technology, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Under such circumstances, Seattle can become a leader in the development of the creative economy agenda. The Seattle MSA area had an estimated 131,163 creative jobs and over $23 billion earned in the region, gaining 12% since 2016 (Creative Vitality Suite, 2019). However, we don’t know who are the most marginalized communities of artists and art organizations by the rising economic inequality, gentrification and displacement in Seattle? As well as how are they geographically distributed throughout King County? By mapping where these creative occupations and industries are can set a direction for stakeholders intervention and policies that maintain a vibrant city and especially one that is equitable for all communities in Seattle. Through the use of GIS, the goal will be to determine if location is one of the factors for the failure of representation in the creative economy and make appropriate recommendations to address the issues. 

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Thursday May 23, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Examining the Effects of Physical Barriers on Healthcare Accessibility in the West Bank
Travel restrictions imposed by the Israeli government in and around the West Bank presents myriad access issues for residents of the West Bank, including access to critical healthcare. The political situation renders standard methods of measuring healthcare access ineffective; this project seeks to mitigate that by using a different methodology to get a more realistic representation of primary healthcare access levels for West Bank residents. The short supply of specialty healthcare services throughout much of the West Bank forces Palestinians to travel through Israeli-administered areas - where they are subjected to various impediments including checkpoints and road closures - to receive medical care. Thus, using simple proximity to the nearest hospital to measure healthcare access, a typical method of measurement, is inadequate for much of the West Bank. This research project uses the floating catchment areas (FCA) methodology to address travel time - making it possible to measure the impact of the checkpoints and road closures - and availability of resources to determine a more realistic measure of healthcare access for the population. This presentation will illustrate which population centers have the lowest access and are therefore most at-risk, and will show how this method can be used to identify locations for future facilities with high potential to alleviate current shortfalls.

Speakers
JS

James Skoryanc

Geospatial Analyst, United States Air Force. Penn State University Masters of GIS, student


Thursday May 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Free open source software for GIS (FOSS4G): what is it?
This talk will introduce attendees to Free Open Source GIS. There are many tools available to GIS professionals, but where to begin? This talk will show you where to start. An explanation of Free and Open Source Software will be followed by a discussion of the best open source GIS tools for desktop, web mapping and database that are comparable to Esri’s ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and Geodatabase (SDE).

Speakers
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Peter Keum

GIS Specialist- Senior, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Peter Keum has worked for King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) GIS for over 20 years and has been an Esri user for all those years. He has been a huge open source GIS enthusiast who lives in Seattle, WA. He is a member of CUGSO (Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Women in GIS
The number of women working in GIS careers has grown over the past several years.  This panel discussion will feature professional GIS women in different stages of their career; from those just starting, those at the mid-level, and those who’ve been in it for the long-haul.  Learn about each person’s unique experiences that have guided them to where they are today and ask the panel questions that may help you on your path.  Discussion topics will include navigating geospatial careers as women, mentorship (both received and given), and much more.

Thursday May 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:45am

DTA Presentation - Applying GIS to support salmonid conservation efforts in the Lower Nehalem Watershed, OR
Despite coho salmon acting as a key economic, ecological, and cultural staple throughout the Pacific Northwest, populations have significantly declined over the past several decades due to fishing pressure and habitat loss through commercial timber harvest. As a result, considerable effort has been taken to establish regulatory policies and remediation practices to restore populations of spawning adults. The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council (LNWC) cooperates with local, state, and federal agencies to preserve and protect 310 square miles of the lower reaches of the Nehalem River on the coast of northern Oregon. Currently, however, the LNWC lacks a unified database of habitat and species information. To aid in identifying existing data gaps, the LNWC and contributing partners have developed the Nehalem Strategic Action Plan for coho salmon, which relies on a rapid bio-assessment strategy to identify key factors limiting salmonid distribution and reproduction. We have collaborated with the LNWC to generate spatial information related to habitat characterization and species distributions using geoprocessing tool packages in ArcMap, such as network analyst and spatial analyst. Our analyses has aided in the identification of key anchor habitats that consist of large fish abundances and high numbers of spawning individuals, in addition to those areas with high numbers of fish but low seeding rates, to help the LNWC prioritize candidate areas on which to focus restoration efforts. Our work has also resulted in an online open-source tool and generation of several maps that provide a visual representation of the current status of salmonids and other fish or mammalian species of interest throughout the watershed. The strategies employed here will help to establish base-line metrics that can be used to evaluate the efficiency of conservation efforts, and that can identify long-term trends relevant to the management of coho salmon and other species of interest.


Thursday May 23, 2019 10:45am - 11:05am
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:00am

Python Tooling and Debugging in ArcMap
Do you want to build Python scripts and tools for the Esri environment, but aren't sure what tooling will be useful? Need to debug your code from ArcMap or Pro but aren’t sure how best to go about it? What happens when you upgrade something? This session is designed to introduce the benefits of using an Integrated Development Environment for Python, how to connect an IDE to ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, and how this can help your debugging experience. This presentation will also introduce how to incorporate git version control and understand when you might benefit from it.

Speakers
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Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant Herbert has 14 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consortium member... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:00am

Urban to Wild: Connecting People to Parks in King County
Natural beauty and outdoor opportunities are two of the defining characteristics of the Puget Sound region. From hundreds of miles of trails to scenic park land to play areas in neighborhood parks, there are opportunities to match a wide variety of outdoor recreational desires. Access to nearby nature should be available across the region, yet almost 25% of King County residents are unable to enjoy the numerous benefits associated with easy access to parks and open space. As the region’s population grows by 50 people per day, public land becomes increasingly scarce, which restricts access to those with money and resources to get there. Our talk will explain how we worked with The Wilderness Society’s Urban to Wild program to combine data from the US Census, King County, PSRC, and other sources to measure walking access to parks, transit access to parks, park pressure, and a number of other factors across a variety of sociodemographic characteristics. We will explain how to use the GTFS and Better Bus Buffers analysis tools in ArcMap, how to extract relevant data from the American Communities Survey, and explain how our findings can help policy makers increase accessibility to outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the County.

Speakers
EA

Elena Arakaki

Urban to Wild Coordinator, The Wilderness Society
Elena Arakaki is the Urban to Wild Coordinator at TWSIn her role as the Urban to Wild Coordinator, Elena Arakaki merges her commitments to social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability. Before becoming Coordinator, Elena worked as the Urban to Wild Intern for eight... Read More →
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Matt Stevenson

Principal, CORE GIS
Matt Stevenson is Principal at CORE GIS where he specializes in cartography, spatial analysis, web mapping, and GIS project management. He works primarily with government agencies and non-profits focused on public policy, natural resources, and conservation.


Thursday May 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:05am

DTA Presentation - Sound Transit's Interactive Noise Map Application (INMA)
Sound Transit requested an Interactive Noise Map Application (INMA) to display noise information pertaining to the Link Light Rail and its expansion projects. The project consisted of creating a noise map on ArcGIS Desktop and publishing the feature layers to a server, which then conveys the noise data to a community-based website. The map used open-source parcel information from King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties, and noise data from the 90% Final Design Documents of the Lynnwood Link Extension project. INMA currently focuses on the North Link Light Rail expansion from Northgate Mall to Lynnwood, Washington. However, INMA has the potential to accommodate all of the Sound Transit projects. The website is designed so that users can search by address or parcel ID, scroll through the map, and retrieve specific noise information by selecting a parcel. The website is accessible on all devices and autofits to the device. The goal of INMA is to create a website that effectively displays noise information for the community. The map uses three core layers: Link Light Rail Track, Link Light Rail Station, and Parcel Noise Data. The Parcel Noise Data shows existing noise levels in the area, both before and after mitigation. The user can choose which type of noise map is displayed. The map’s symbology classifies noise into five different groups: 0-56 dBA, 57-59 dBA, 60-65 dBA, 66-70 dBA, and 71-80 dBA. These groups were specified by Sound Transit, as any level under 60 decibels (dBA) is not a concern. Levels between 60 and 65 dBA could approach the maximum allowable noise level. Parcels above 65 dBA are at risk of exceeding the allowable noise levels specified by the Federal Transit Administration. Details of INMA’s creation and design can be found in the Technical Report submitted to Sound Transit.


Thursday May 23, 2019 11:05am - 11:25am
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:25am

DTA Presentation - Beaver Relocation in Upper Columbia River Basin
Beavers (Castor canadensis) are foundation species that have many positive impacts on the hydrology and ecology of temperate watersheds through their modifications of small, low-gradient streams, but can be considered a nuisance when their activities are in conflict with human land use. Beaver populations in North America were greatly reduced due to the high demand for beaver pelts and because of human competition for  productive valleys, but have increased over the last century, although often in human-conflict areas. Many land managers now recognize the benefits of relocating nuisance beavers to suitable locations in remote areas to provide maintenance and restoration of stream and riparian ecosystems. Trout Unlimited (TU), a non-profit organization with the mission to conserve, protect and restore cold water fisheries, watersheds, and ecosystems,  is implementing a multi-year project to relocate nuisance beavers to suitable locations in upper Columbia River watersheds. Under their sponsorship, we are implementing a GIS-based model to determine stream reaches within the Entiat, Okanogan and Methow Basins that are (1) suitable for beaver relocation and that have been (2) identified as critical areas for fish recovery efforts. The spatial criteria we are using to predict high beaver potential include stream gradient, streamflow, basin width, vegetation type, land use and fish restoration priority ranking. Since the presence of beaver dams in Upper Columbia basins is difficult to detect with remote sensing, we will also develop an Esri Collector mobile application to support field observations for restoration projects. Our model will benefit current conservation efforts by Trout Unlimited and collaborating organizations, and will be designed and documented so that it can be modified for field data collection and site selection for other watersheds.


Thursday May 23, 2019 11:25am - 11:45am
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:30am

Creating an Accessible Resource Guide for Pierce County using Operations Dashboards
At Comprehensive Life Resources, we have been providing behavioral health services to the Tacoma and Pierce County community for over 50 years, and homeless outreach services for over 20 years. In the last two years, there has been a need for an easily accessible, easy-to-use, electronic resource guide for those experiencing homelessness and poverty. This project, Pierce County Resources at www.piercecountyresources.com, was the culmination of many hours of research and coding and data management and is still a work in progress. Using Operations Dashboard and Survey123, as well as Squarespace for website management, an interactive tool was created to allow for users to conduct their own research for resources in their area. Categories include: Clothing, Food, Shelter, Substance Use Treatment, Employment Services, Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Services, and many more. Since many services are gender-specific, there is an easy to follow pictogram guide to filter services to men, women, families, veterans, or members of the LGBTQ community. The response to the launch of this website in December 2018 has been overwhelmingly positive, despite the site needing more resources.

Speakers
RC

Rainey Carlin

Rainey Carlin is a recent graduate of the GIS Certificate program at University of Washington in Tacoma and the Data & Solutions Analyst for the Homeless Outreach team and the Tacoma Gang Prevention Initiative team, Rising Above the Influence (R.A.I.N), at Comprehensive Life Resources... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

11:30am

Why a Jupyter Notebook Makes a Fabulous Open-source Mapping Application
A Jupyter notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create documents that contain live code, charts, and yes, maps! When combined with open-source Python libraries like geopandas, matplotlib, shapely, and others, we have everything we need to create and share a robust, attractive, and reproducible GIS workflow. In this talk, we’ll go over the ins and outs of the Jupyter Notebook and give several demonstrations of the unique qualities they bring to spatial analysis.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

12:00pm

Lunch
Food

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GTCC Ballroom Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

12:00pm

WAURISA Member Meeting
Meeting with your fellow WAURISA Members. Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

DTA Presentation - Historic Preservation Downtown Kent Core Walking Tour
The project focuses on the Historical Preservation of historic buildings and landmarks in Kent, Washington and public art – the dragonflies. The purpose of the project is to identify historical building and landmark, identify its integrity, community engagement and ultimately recognize these building and landmarks as the city’s assets. Furthermore, I am interested in the sustainability of the Historic Building and Landmarks preservation, therefore, identifying economic opportunities for local business. I am conducting this research project to find out all the historic buildings and landmarks in the target area and do a walking tour to visit the historic buildings and landmarks and the public art - dragonflies.     The project has three research questions; 1) Where are the historic building and landmarks in Kent and its historical significance? Answering this question will give me the extent and location of the historical building and landmarks. The Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that works closely with the community and the City of Kent in preserving Kent’s history has two lists that will be my start point for the research. Second, what is the infrastructure available for vehicles and pedestrians if any to access all the historic building and landmarks in Kent? I am interested in finding out if a vehicle is needed to access the historic building and landmarks or if a resident can walk to access it. The walkability is a major part of the analysis and scope of the capstone. Third, how can the City of Kent leverage the historical building and landmarks as assets by economic development, community engagement, actively promote and preserve the sites? Sustainability of Historic Preservation is vital for the long-term. By answering the third question, I can identify community assets, stakeholders, and add value to the historical building and landmarks.   The intended audience of the Historic Preservation GIS Capstone are, the City of Kent, Mayor’s Office, the Landmarks Commissioner, the community of Kent, local schools, children and tourists. The City of Kent has a rich history that most of us are unaware of. As population increases, more than ever, pressures are placed on limited resources for rapid economic development and regeneration projects to fulfill the growing demands of urbanization. Thus, historical building and landmarks are at risk of being lost or redeveloped and by identifying and recognizing as assets will become a placemaking tool for the city and community. The project is relevant because it connects residents to the history of the city, created significance to the place and creates a private and public moment as visitors experience the space with community and love one. The sense of place and belonging is created with shared experiences.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

Use of LIDAR data to help with mapping wetland boundaries
The Planning Division in Pierce County maintains a wetland layer for unincorporated Pierce County known as the County Wetland Inventory that is edited based on field visits related to land development. This method ensures that a wetland boundary is verified and accurately mapped within the property being reviewed. The problem with this method is that there is no mapping of the wetland boundary outside of the property being reviewed. This is where the use of LIDAR data to visualize the ground elevations has been beneficial for many instances.

LIDAR and derived products viewed through LP360, as an ESRI ArcMap extension, has been used to expand the capabilities of wetland mapping for the past two years. It has been used to refine previously mapped wetlands as well as expand the boundaries of wetlands verified and delineated during field visits. LIDAR has not been the answer in all cases but has been very helpful. Until a time when all wetlands have been mapped in the field (not likely) a tool such as LIDAR will continue to play an integral role.

Speakers
AP

Aaron Petersen

Mr. Aaron Petersen is a GIS Specialist with the Pierce County department of Planning and Public Works. He has worked as a GIS professional for over ten years, with experience working with both local governments and federal natural resource agencies. He holds a M.A. in Geography from... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

Developing recreation data so you can tell custom stories
Washington Hometown has developed a statewide data set of recreation and culture with information (attribute and geometry) on over 16,000 recreation resources from national parks to pocket parks, trails, museums, boat launches and more. As we add more information and use the data for maps, apps and analysis, we are constantly faced with the challenge of making sure we are collecting the right information about each place to be able to meet diverse needs. Snowmobilers, hikers, campers, and wine-tourists are looking for different information and yet many places are relevant to more than one use. When we developed our classification scheme and decided what information to collect about each place, we modeled it on existing systems. But as we have acquired data from over 150 sources and used it to create numerous maps and apps tailored to different users, we have been forced to adjust what we collect about each place. We have had to consider our classification schemes: is a pocket park the same as a plaza? We have had to reconsider what information we collect: does road biking and mountain biking capture the full bike experience or do we need to include e-bikes, embikes and fat tire bikes. And we are constantly adjusting the information we deliver to give each user group what they need without overwhelming them. In this talk we will look at some of the challenges that we have faced in figuring out how to classify places, deciding what information to collect, and determining what information to use on each tailored map or app.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hackett

Jennifer Hackett

Owner, Washington Hometown
Jennifer Hackett started her GIS consulting business, Manastash Mapping, in 2009 with the goal of helping people share information about their communities. She has an MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University where she has taught GIS. In her previous life, she spent... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

The Tacoma Equity Index: Advancing Opportunity Mapping to Inform Local Policy
In the decade since Opportunity Mapping has come onto the scene, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity has employed the methodology in partnership with cities across the country to better understand equity and opportunity. This work has led to policy changes that have made cities and regions more equitable. This presentation will explore the Tacoma Equity Index, an index designed in partnership with the City of Tacoma Office of Equity and Human Rights to inform the creation of policies to create a more just and equitable Tacoma where all people have the opportunity to succeed. This presentation will walk participants through the equity index process, which employs a participatory design approach and focus on how local data can be incorporated into these indexes to achieve a more nuanced understanding of local equity and opportunity priorities. Next, participants will explore the tool and learn firsthand how such a tool can be used to craft equitable policy at the city and neighborhood scale. Presenters will then answer questions from the audience.


Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:45pm

DTA Presentation - Proposed Remediation Sites Due to Arsenic and Lead Contamination: Protecting Vulnerable Populations
In 1993, a nearly 100-year-old remnant of the Asarco copper smelter was demolished along the Ruston and Tacoma, Washington waterfront. Though the smelter was shut down in 1985, the effects are still seen throughout the South Sound region. An estimated 1,000 square miles, known as the Tacoma Smelter Plume, has been affected by the decades the air emissions, mostly arsenic and lead, from the plant. However, despite the smelter having been demolished in the 1990s, Asarco and Washington State did not reach a settlement until 2009, allowing for a more comprehensive Soil Safety Program. With a new influx of funding, the previous years of soil samples could be assessed to determine which sites require remediation. In this project, the city of Tacoma will be analyzed to determine the high-risk areas for arsenic and lead exposure for high-risk populations. The result will be specific parcels in Tacoma where the anticipated levels of arsenic and/or lead will be higher that the acceptable levels for Washington state, as well as have high density of children under 10 and high likelihood of homeless populations.

Speakers

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:05pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:00pm

Using Google Earth Engine to Map Riparian Vegetation Change in Chelan County
How do you measure riparian vegetation change over time? There are many possible solutions, ranging from visual inspection of air photos to object oriented classification of satellite imagery. When we were asked by Chelan County to map riparian vegetation change between 2011-2017 to help them with their Voluntary Stewardship Program monitoring report, we chose to use Google Earth Engine because of its speed, flexibility, and replicability. Our talk will cover three main topics: 1) How we determined the extent of riparian vegetation in Chelan County; 2) How we classified vegetation and analyzed change between the two time periods; 3) How we used a digital surface model to measure vegetation height and increase the accuracy of the change detection by reducing the number of false positives and false negatives. We will look at a few lines of Javascript, but primarily will focus on the overall process--how we did it, what worked well, what was challenging, and what we might do differently on subsequent analyses.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Stevenson

Matt Stevenson

Principal, CORE GIS
Matt Stevenson is Principal at CORE GIS where he specializes in cartography, spatial analysis, web mapping, and GIS project management. He works primarily with government agencies and non-profits focused on public policy, natural resources, and conservation.


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:05pm

DTA Presentation - Time-Space Mapping in Congressional Districts—Using Distance Cartograms to Explore Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering, a process of spatial exclusion and marginalization, has a long and sordid history in the United States. The upcoming 2020 US Census and subsequent need for alterations to political districts are again bringing this topic into focus. GIS has been identified among the best tools for identifying and preventing this practice. However, most GIS analysis of gerrymandering (or, indeed any spatial phenomena) to date has relied almost exclusively on approaches that use absolute representations of space (O’Sullivan et al. 2018). Yet these strictly Euclidean perspectives may fail to account for inequalities that continue to exist in alternate—but very real—relational and experienced spaces. To this end, we revisit the quantitative revolution in geography, a period during the 1960’s and 70’s when researchers (Tobler, Harvey, Bunge, Forer and others) were exploring new ways of representing space. While these perspectives offered exciting new insight, these types of transformations required complex mathematical computation and methods that were not yet well-developed. These technical challenges were among the many reasons that the pursuit of these types of visualizations were largely abandoned. Using new and improved computational tools, we hope to improve upon these efforts, providing a process for generating new visualizations that explore these relational spaces within congressional districts. Specifically, we look at representations of space as travel time, not distance We also discuss the challenges, successes, and future applications of this tool for providing new representations of the complex and dynamic relational spaces that exist all around us. [O'Sullivan D, Bergmann L, and Thatcher JE, 2018, Spatiality, maps, and mathematics in critical human geography: Toward a repetition with difference. The Professional Geographer, 70(1): 129-139. doi:10.1080/00330124.2017.1326081]

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Thursday May 23, 2019 2:05pm - 2:25pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:15pm

Public Agency Collaboration through Community Asset Mapping
Public Agency Collaboration through Community Asset Mapping
Public agencies across the Puget Sound region are examining how they can work together and use their existing resources to equitably and holistically meet the needs of a rapidly changing region. Public entities and tribes in the Tacoma area have long worked together through the Joint Municipal Action Committee (JMAC), which brings representatives from these entities together to discuss common interests.

Forterra, City of Tacoma Information Technology, and Metro Parks Tacoma Information Services were tasked by JMAC with developing a community asset map and recommendations that improve coordination and cooperation across the public sector in deploying and activating their real estate assets for community, economic, affordable housing, recreation, and environmental benefits.

The GIS model started with the identification of redevelopable publicly owned land followed by gap analysis designating serviced and not serviced areas by agency.

Public agency staff was surveyed and asked to rank the criteria most important to them when evaluating land to meet their strategic priorities to serve the public. High priorities shared across each agency included displacement risk, planned growth, access to transit, proximity to parks, and neighborhood amenities.

Agencies also had individual priorities that were specific to their strategic plans and projects. These criteria were then turned into indicators that eventually became a composite index that meet the highest-ranked criteria shared by all agencies, and individual indices that meet the highest-ranked criteria specific to each agency.

These were then visualized through a story map in ESRI ArcGIS Online that showed geospatial data and recommendations for collaborating and coordinating real estate asset needs. This story map and recommendations will provide a data-driven understanding of how publicly-owned parcels can be deployed to serve agency-specific strategic needs, as well as how these agencies could collaborate to achieve multiple benefits.

Speakers
avatar for ADRIANA ABRAMOVICH

ADRIANA ABRAMOVICH

Senior, IT Analyst (GIS), City of Tacoma
Adriana Abramovich, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Tacoma IT-GIS Adriana has 15 years of experience supporting Municipal Governments currently working as Senior GIS Analyst for the City of Tacoma. She provides technical support in projects throughout the organization, contributes to... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:25pm

DTA Presentation - Washington State Rooftop and Community Solar Installations: A Spatiotemporal Analysis
The cost of rooftop and community solar applications has been falling, becoming more cost competitive with traditional sources of electricity. Consumers have recognized this cost saving opportunity and taken advantage of incentive policies, such as the Washington State Renewable Energy System Incentive Program (RESIP); however, there has been limited research to understand how these incentive programs have performed, or where residents have applied for them. This project’s goal is to study the spatiotemporal patterns of rooftop and community solar installations registered under RESIP during a 20-month period over the years 2017 and 2018. The data was obtained from the Washington State University Energy Program. A time series analysis using small multiple maps provides enhanced detail about how the geographies of solar installations changed on a monthly and seasonal basis. This analysis examines the raw number of installations, as well as the total electrical capacity of the installed systems. These variables are shown using choropleth maps, as well as hot spot maps derived using Getis and Ord’s Gi* statistic. The maps show consistently high uptake clusters in Northwestern Washington, with seasonal summertime trends in South Central Washington. Installations and capacity in South Central Washington saw significant expansion during the summer months of 2018. Learning how solar uptake has spread across the state can assist policy makers to identify why solar is installed in certain areas, help enhance advertising by focusing on low uptake areas, and improve future incentive policies offered by both local and state governments.

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Thursday May 23, 2019 2:25pm - 2:45pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:30pm

The Land Use Mapping Tool: The Arcpy Mapping Module in a Land Use Planning Context
Land use planners are also cartographers, mapping projects in relation to regulated areas such as streams, wetlands, shoreline buffers, and geologic hazards. Planners also serve as liaisons between project proponents, other agencies with jurisdiction, and the public. Information concerning location, physiographic setting, and relevant jurisdictional boundaries is disseminated to these stakeholders electronically, often with GIS generated maps. However, many planners are cartographers by circumstance rather than by training. Map generation by less experienced GIS users can be time consuming and error prone, while producing visually unpleasant maps. The arcpy mapping module provides a possible solution to these issues, providing quickly generated, accurate, and visually pleasing maps for dissemination during project review. In the Kittitas County jurisdiction of Washington, the Land Use Mapping Tool has been developed, allowing fast, efficient generation of project maps. The process uses a layerfile and server location as inputs and applies a python function to test whether project boundaries intersect regulated areas. Areas intersecting project areas are mapped, while certain areas maps are exported regardless of intersection to provide necessary information to project reviewers and the public. Tools such as the Land Use Mapping Tool demonstrate the power and versatility of automated cartography in land use planning contexts.

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Dusty Pilkington

I recently completed a Master of Science degree in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management at Central Washington University, titled "Two Post-Glacial Fire Records at the Wildland-Urban Interface, Eastern Cascades, Washington". The work involves using charred particle analysis... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:30pm

Using ESRI Tools to Update Tacoma Water Work Processes
Twice a year, the Tacoma Water Electrical team visits 400 Cathodic Protection Test Stations to take readings. These readings were done by hand in a notebook and then manually entered into an Access database back at the office. This data was then ported to Excel and visualized with an unwieldy table and graph. Using GIS, we revamped this process to allow workers to use Survey123 to enter readings directly into their phone or computer in the field. These readings are automatically sent to the server and processed daily using a Python script that updates a Geocortex Map and an ESRI Dashboard that the supervisor can easily analyze.

This presentation will dissect the journey to create and implement this new process and cover topics like:

Linking Survey123 to existing datasets
Visualizing season to season data along linear assets
Handling attachments created in Survey123
Programming with ArcGIS API for Python
Visually Stunning Charts using Plotly
Programmatically Entering Data into SAP Asset Management System

Speakers
avatar for Keith Burdette

Keith Burdette

IT Analyst, Tacoma Water
Computer Science Graduate with 3 Years of GIS Experience at Tacoma Water


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
GTCC RM 316 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:45pm

Where’s that Data
This talk will provide a case study of a problem one of our clients and embedded staff had that is likely a common problem across GIS shops, “Where’s that data??”.  GIS has been around long enough that GIS practitioners have a wide variety of places they have pigeon holed data over the years.  These places range from the local users hard drive, portal hard drives on a shelf, ArcGIS Online, SharePoint, Google Drive, Network Attached Storage (NAS) storage, and the organizations central data repository in a relational database.  In addition, most shops have a regular fire hose of new data coming in from a wide variety of sources, such as regional GIS clearing houses, contractors, and federal sources.  Lastly, people likely receive numerous emails, periodicals, and other notification of cool data sites that might “one day” be really handy.  In the talk we will show how our client and our embedded staff overcame the problem of sorting through all these potential data locations and came up with a way to figure out how to answer the question “Where’s that data??”


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

2:45pm

DTA Presentation - Characterizing the impact of the Kariba Dam on the geomorphology of the Zambezi River using a GIS based model
Dams cause significant geomorphological changes to river systems by attenuating floods and preventing the transport of sediment downstream. Satellite images from the European Space Agency were used to understand the effect of the Kariba dam on the sediment transport of one of the world’s largest rivers, the Zambezi river, by developing bathymetric maps of the river downstream from the Kariba Dam. A calibration curve was developed using depths recorded in the field using a sonar-based depth sounder. Translation of sand bars is apparent on the maps and allows us to estimate the rate at which sand is moving downstream. The volume and velocity of these moving sand bars was measured by developing a GIS based model characterizing the depth of the river. Using high resolution multispectral images captured from the Sentinel 2A satellite on July 19th and September 2nd, 2018, the images were converted into a raster layer of pixels whose values represented estimated depths of the river at any given location. Sand bars, visible from high resolution satellite images, are present in reaches downstream of the Kariba Dam and have appeared to be moving steadily over time. Sediment transport to this reach of the river is essentially cut off by the dam leaving the source of these sediments unknown. It is likely that the river bed elevation is dropping as the sand washes downstream and is not replaced. Sand bars located in a reach of the river where image resolution and quality was highest were manually digitized in GIS. The rate at which they move downstream was calculated by measuring the distance between the position of the sand bars over the two images taken 44 days apart.

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Thursday May 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

Thursday Afternoon Break
Take a break, stretch, hydrate, ect…

Thursday May 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
GTCC Foyer Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:15pm

Closing Plenary
Goodbye

Thursday May 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
GTCC Ballroom Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402