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Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).
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Monday, April 22 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
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Map My Form: GIS & Electronic Data Collection
Grant Herbert, FLO Analytics
Electronic field forms are quickly becoming a must-have tool for organizations that keep track of hundreds of complex and interconnected assets, such as utilities. In this presentation, Grant will highlight how electronic field forms can be combined with GIS to provide robust, streamlined data collection and visualization workflows for projects as well as daily activities, increasing efficiency and quantifiable saving time and money. He will walk you through the steps involved—from conception, through implementation, to successful outcomes—so you will leave the presentation empowered with the knowledge of how to begin the process of using electronic field forms at your organization. 

Essential Web AppBuilder Widgets for Local Governments
Solomon Pulapkura, VESTRA Resources, Inc.
 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.

"Am I doing something wrong?": A usability evaluation of a PPGIS interactive map application
Zuriel van Belle and David Banis, Portland State University
Geoweb-enabled Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) methodologies incorporate interactive map applications as the main driver for public engagement and data collection. However, little is known about exactly how the public interacts with these applications to produce spatial data, a fact that contributes to criticisms of final data quality. Usability evaluation offers a solution for developing better PPGIS data production systems by identifying problems in the application interface with which the public engaged. Drawing on a case study example of a PPGIS application developed to collect socio-spatial data from members of the public, this presentation evaluates usability using two analysis techniques. The first technique uses controlled experimentation methods to capture performance, preference, and data production metrics. The second technique employs verbal protocol analysis (VPA) and structured interviews with map application users to explore the nuances of how these participants use the tool. Taken together, these analyses allow us to critically assess the application interface and suggest design changes to mitigate future usability problems with similar PPGIS applications. (Please note: there are four authors for this presentation: Zuriel van Belle, David Banis, Tim Hitchins, and Rebecca McLain)

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Camille Westlake

Senior Solutions Developer, Quantum Spatial
I have been working at Quantum Spatial (formerly Watershed Sciences) for 10 years. I help develop new LiDAR products and specialize in electrical utilities. Quantum Spatial is hiring so feel free to ask me about our open positions.

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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 →

Solomon Pulapkura, GISP

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

Zuriel van Belle

Researcher/Instructor, Portland State University

David Banis

Associate Director CSAR, Portland State University
David is the Associate Director of CSAR and in that capacity works with a wide variety of federal, state, and local partners on applied GIS and cartography projects.

Monday April 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 327/328