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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 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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A Rural County's Experience Deploying ArcGIS Enterprise
Levi Roberts, Crook County
Crook County is a rural County with a relatively small population. The County had implemented a standalone version of ArcGIS Server, and used a hybrid Server/Online environment to host online mapping applications. This worked but there were many limitations, especially with ArcGIS Pro coming in the near future. Over the winter the County migrated to a full Enterprise environment. This presentation will cover the reasoning for making the jump, as well as the steps involved and lessons learned along the way.

Interfacing ArcGIS Desktop and GIS Server for Web-Based Basin Analysis GIS
Lesley Bross, Jarrett Keifer, and Geoffrey Duh, Portland State University
The Center for Spatial Analysis and Research (CSAR) at PSU is currently engaged in a multi-year agreement with the USDA-NRCS, National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) to develop a spatial decision support system (SDSS) for improving water forecast accuracy. One of the goals of the SDSS is to make the GIS data used in the analysis available to government and public users. We designed and developed a data repository framework (eBAGIS) that integrates the geoprocessing capabilities of an existing desktop basin analysis GIS (BAGIS) and an internet-based GIS server to share the basin analysis GIS data. This presentation introduces the PostgreSQL-based GIS repository developed in Django, a high-level Python web framework, and the REST APIs developed for interfacing with ArcGIS Desktop addins implemented with VB .NET framework. The internet GIS repository (webservices.geog.pdx.edu/ebagis/) allows NWCC water supply forecasters and hydrologists to upload their basin analysis GIS data created on their desktop ArcMap and share these data with water managers and the public over the internet.

Challenges Connecting Building Information and GIS
Wayne Coffey, Tanja Hopmans and Levi Cecil, Portland Public Schools and Christine Rutan, Oregon Metro
PPS has struggled for many years maintaining accurate building system information. Initiatives to re-build data infrastructure have resulted in updated AutoCAD floorplans and enhanced GIS infrastructure to manage and share school facility data. Our IWMS (IBM-Tririga) tracks detailed operations activity and integrates bldg/room bi-directionally with AutoCAD to maintain accuracy between area measures and labeling. Since GIS provides more accessibility using webmap services, our goal is to establish stronger connections between all three systems that gives building operations visibility to a wider audience.
Working with our local GIS vendor, The Gartrell Group, PPS established workflow processes that convert CAD floorplan geometry into a geodatabase with record ids (using a combination of Python and Lisp scripting) that can then integrate detailed data related to from the IWMS data warehouse into the geodatabase. The result is a more accessible and manageable source of key operations data that leverages ArcGIS licensing and tools while not disrupting the more complex IWMS/CAD tools. Currently PPS harnesses these processes into a “Portland Maps” like tool that provides a map interface with tiered data summaries of schools from the property, the building, the floor (where the floor plans are then visible) and room queries. Many issues still exists. Our team would like to demonstrate successes and how these parallel/differ from ESRI’s emerging Indoor Mapping application.

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Matthew Freid

Corporate GIS Manager, City of Portland
I manage the Corporate GIS Program at the City of Portland - we support GIS users across our enterprise and provide spatial data to the community at www.portlandmaps.com. I am a graduate of Humboldt State University and Oregon State University with 29 years of experience in the... Read More →


Geoffrey Duh

Associate Professor, Geography, Portland State University
Geoffrey Duh is an Associate Professor of geography and Director of GIS Programs at Portland State University. His research focuses on developing geo-computational theory and techniques to integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in spatial decision-making... Read More →

Levi Roberts

GIS Manager, Crook County
I am a local Central Oregonian and have been with Crook County for 7 years. I've been GIS Manager for the County for 2 years.

Lesley Bross

Senior Analyst Programmer, Geography, Portland State University
Lesley Bross is a senior Analyst Programmer in the Geography department at Portland State University and was an adjunct instructor of the GIS Programming course at PSU. Lesley has several years of experience in the Information technology industry and now enjoys applying these skills... Read More →

Jarrett Keifer

Senior Programmer, Geography, Portland State University
Jarrett Keifer is a Software Engineer and at Bigleaf Networks and a part-time Senior Programmer in the Geography department at Portland State University. He also previously served as the adjunct instructor of the Advanced GIS Programming course at PSU. His professional interests include... Read More →

Wayne Coffey

IWMS Building Information and GIS Manager, Portland Public Schools

Tanja Hopmans

Information Projext Analyst (CAD/GIS), Portland Public Schools

Levi Cecil

GIS Specialist, Portland Public School
I'm working on CAD to GIS integration and indoor GIS analyses.
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Christine Rutan

GIS Specialist, Oregon Metro
I currently work in the Research Center at Metro, maintaining land and boundary datasets in RLIS. I previously worked with facilities, transportation and boundary data at Portland Public Schools in the Planning and Asset Management department. I received my bachelor’s degree in... Read More →

Monday April 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 327/328