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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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Oregon Explorer Mapping and Reporting Tools for Planners
Janine Salwasser, Institute for Natural Resources
Come learn about the new Oregon Explorer mapping and reporting tools that have been developed for planners.  They include support for community wildfire protection plans, sage-grouse development siting, wetland mitigation planning, watershed restoration, land use planning, and more. Since it was launched in 2007, the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library (www.oregonexplorer.info) has been providing access to data, mapping and reporting tools, and archived scholarly information to help local citizens, planners and policymakers make more informed decisions about Oregon’s natural resources and communities. The Oregon Explorer program is a collaboration between the Institute for Natural Resources and the Oregon State University Libraries and Press. The presentation will include a demonstration of new planning tools sponsored by Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that are being used throughout the State. 

Boat Oregon – Use Cases of ArcGIS Online for the Marine Board
Joe Severson, Oregon State Marine Board
Presenting complex and proposed rule changes for the Oregon State Marine Board that will impact the boating public has been challenging at times. We’ve found that presenting this information through Story Maps has allowed the Marine Board and the public an opportunity to visualize proposed changes in an easy to use mapping application. This presentation will share an example of recently passed rules on the Willamette River through a Story Map that was shared to the boating community and the Board of Directors to help in crafting the rules. I will also highlight the use of a Story Map that presented a recent legislative concept for a Waterway Access Account with the Marine Board and examples of what it can do. This Story Map takes you on a journey across Oregon showing planned, constructed and potential projects that this account would help to create, should it pass legislation. Then I will highlight our ArcGIS Online Web Mapping Application –Interactive Boat Oregon Map or iBOM. This map shows the public where is public boating access, displays current rules and regulations on the water, and works with Survey123 to display boating hazards and obstructions on the water as reported by our Law Enforcement Partners across the State.

Discipline and Transparency in Allocating Limited Resources
Danila Cariello, Decision Lens
Across all governmental agencies, planners and managers must make tough decisions about allocating resources and justifying those decisions to elected and appointed leadership. Organizations face multiple competing priorities that must be balanced in order to optimize resources.

Each fiscal year, Washington State Government spends over $900 million on information technology, with 100 state agencies vying for that funding. State Legislation (RCW 43.88.092) requires a rigorous, categorical, and transparent priority ranking process. The Washington Office of the CIO (OCIO) was charged with ensuring every IT dollar advanced the governor’s policy objectives as required by statute. The existing process was inadequate to satisfy the requirements of the legislation.

Washington CIO engaged Decision Lens to implement our solution and process to resolve these challenges. The Decision Lens Solution improved their prioritization process by implementing structure, transparency, and effective project prioritization. They were able to develop specific and nuanced criteria and create prioritized lists that were easy to explain and justify. Constrained resources mean there are too many demands and not enough budget, requiring data spatial creation and maintenance:
  • What areas do I need to fly for updated photos and Lidar and how often?
  • What areas are priorities for Broadband?
  • Connecting to GIS to conduct “geographic project bundling,” for example, if we are repaving 5th St, are there utility projects also proposed so we don’t dig the street backup after.
Decision Lens has been used by both the public sector and private sector to help their organizations optimize the planning and prioritization process. Popular uses include Transportation & Transits, Facilities, Utilities, Environmental Remediation, and Information Technology.

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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 →


Janine Salwasser

Oregon Explorer Program Lead, Institute for Natural Resources at OSU
Janine is the program leader for the Oregon Explorer-- a natural resources digital library at Oregon State University. In this role, she coordinates the work, develops partnerships, and leads the outreach activities to facilitate the use of natural resource information to support... Read More →
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Joe Severson, GISP

Planning and GIS Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board
Joe is a Geospatial Information Systems Professional (GISP) with 10 years of experience applying GIS technologies and analysis with local and state governments in Oregon. Joe is a graduate from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in Natural Resources... Read More →

Danila Cariello

Account Executive, Decision Lens
DanIla Carielo has supported the implementation of Decision lens and it's methodologies for improving the planning process in State and Local Government over 5 years. Danila has worked closely to insure the success of Washington DOT and OCIO.

Monday April 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 333