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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
 

8:30am

Keynote
Connected and Autonomous Mobility: Opportunities and Challenges
Connected vehicle (CV) technologies are quickly becoming ubiquitous, enabling communication from vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to everything (V2X). As CVs enter the automobile industry, these technologies could generate substantial mobility and safety benefits.

The performance measurement, assessment and monitoring of CV requires the collection and processing of high frequency spatial-temporal data (up to 10 times/second) calling for innovative data parsing and fusion methods. While CV technologies provide a unique opportunity to gauge travel behavior responses at the disaggregate level, they must come to terms with constraints deriving by the high frequency at which data will be generated and transmitted over local networks. This presentation will discuss the Tampa CV Pilot Deployment, focusing on the opportunities and challenges from which future planners and deployers can draw from as CV technologies become widespread.

Speakers
avatar for Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D.

Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D.

Program Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research
Dr. Concas leads CUTR’s Autonomous & Connected Mobility Evaluation (ACME) Program.Dr. Concas brings 18 years of experience as a transportation economist conducting economicimpact and benefit-cost analyses for public transportation, airport and roadway projects. He hasperformed numerous... Read More →


Monday April 22, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

8:30am

Poster/Map Gallery
A poster contest will be held for people to showcase their creative mapmaking work to their fellow peers. The maps are on display at Smith Center 3rd Floor ballroom.

Poster contestants entered for reasons such as to show their skills, to learn new skills, or to show their finished project after a long time of creating. Posters will be competing in categories for prizes.

Categories:
  • Analytic presentation - Communication of meaningful patterns in data
  • Student - Any enrolled in classes pursuing a degree or certificate
  • Display Only – Display at the conference and not on the ballot
Voting
A ballot will be given to everyone when registering. Place the marked ballot in the ballot box in the map gallery area. The voting box will be out until shortly before the vendor social on the first day.

Prizes
Prizes will be awarded in each category on the ballot.

Awards Announcement
Announcement of the winner will be at the closing of the conference. Ribbons will go on winning posters around the beginning of the vendor social.

Below are descriptions of the posters and maps on display at the conference.
Map of Opportunities
Muhammad Anjum, GIS Officer - Islamabad (capital city of Pakistan)
Category: Display only
Keywords: Tourism Promotion, Chipursan Valley of Hunza District, Unseen Territory, Explore Chipursan Valley.
Biography: I see myself as Geo-Spatial professional. Currently I am working as GIS Officer with Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Pakistan (AKAH). I worked as a (Volunteer) Remote Sensing Analyst for Food Security with AKF Geneva 124 Days. I did my graduation in GIS and Remote Sensing from University of Peshawar. In the field of research are, 1. I am co-author of the book “Yak on the Move: Transboundary Challenges and Opportunities for Yak Raising in a Changing Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (2016)” Section 3. Published by ICIMOD, link given here http://lib.icimod.org/record/31938 and 2. My Thesis: -Topic, Forest change detection of Diamer and Astore Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan-by using Geospatial tools.
Description and/or Special Instruction: This Map is to present the hidden valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. it shows the rich culture, Historical sites, High Mountains and much more. Through this map I want to let people know that this valley is an amazing place on earth, the minimum temperature goes to -20 in winter.

Sudan
Mohammed Jadallah, Urban Planner - Khartoum (capital and largest city of Sudan)
Category: Display Only
Keywords: None
Biography: None
Description and/or Special Instruction: None

Recreating the Landscape of the Willamette Valley through GIS Mapping of Historic Documents
Austin Pratt, GIS Intern - Eugene, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: Willamette Valley Project, Dams, Aerial Photography, Engineering Drawings, Archaeology
Biography: Austin is a graduate of Northern Michigan University who received a BS in Environmental Studies and Sustainability in 2017. After graduation he received a GIS Certificate from Michigan State University and moved to Oregon. He is currently serving as a GIS Intern in a partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Student Conservation Association.
Description and/or Special Instruction: The Willamette Valley Projects (WVP) has been partnering with Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to create a GIS database of historic properties on the WVP lands, which include the Willamette River Basin 13 dams and their associated lakes or reservoirs. Existing USACE documentation exists from all phases of dam construction through design drawings, dam construction photos, historic aerial imagery, real estate transactions, relocation contracts, and microfiche documents. This data was provided to CSU for georeferencing and digitizing to create a GIS database of historic properties in the WVP. While the individual files can be helpful, compiling them in GIS allows for greater analysis and a further understanding of their relevance to other data, such as LiDAR and elevation to assess impacts to historic resources. As the information is digitized, field visits check the accuracy of the GIS data and confirm the presence of additional historic sites. The most helpful data were pre-dam aerial imagery, engineered drawings of road and railroad relocations, and proposed reservoir clearing maps. In addition to discovering historic features, the GIS data identifies areas that have been heavily disturbed, which assists with environmental and cultural consultations for future projects.

Land Development Monitoring System for the Portland Region

Al Mowbray, Associate GIS Specialist - Portland, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: land use, housing, vacant land, redevelopment, analysis
Biography: After completing a degree in Fine Arts from Iowa State University, I ran away to the Peace Corps where I met my wife and began my professional journey toward science and conservation. After settling in Oregon in 2004 I spent some time doing science education and environmental restoration before getting a M.S. in Geology at PSU, which included surface elevation modeling of hot springs in eastern Oregon. My current projects as a GIS analyst at Metro include development of reporting measures for monitoring a commercial food waste-reduction program, and a Land Development Monitoring System for measuring regional growth.
Description and/or Special Instruction: None

PCC Board of Directors District Zones
Blake Morley, GIS and Architectural Design/Drafting Student - Beaverton, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: Cartography, PCC, RLIS, ArcMap
Biography: After a 25-year career as a QA/QC Inspector in corporate aviation, I decided to make a major career change and return to college. I have a love of cartography and a passion for well-designed architecture, so I’m combining those interests into studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Architectural Design and Drafting. I also enjoy 3D modeling, so I’m really looking forward to combining precision site analysis and the design and rendering of a commercial construction project. I’ll be completing my one-year GIS certificate in Spring 2019 and continuing with my Architecture (Commercial focus) drafting AAS degree, with graduation in June 2020.
Description and/or Special Instruction: This map shows the Portland Community College Board of Director District Zones boundaries in a bold and engaging format. It is designed as a public-facing replacement for the current map and was produced as an assignment in PCC’s GIS Cartography course.
Software: ESRI ArcMap, Adobe Illustrator

Hydroelectric and Wind Power in Washington State
Blake Morley, GIS and Architecture Design/Drafting Student - Beaverton, Oregon
Category: Student - any enrolled in classes pursuing a degree or certificate
Keywords: Wind, Washington, Student, PCC
Biography: After a 25-year career as a QA/QC Inspector in corporate aviation, I decided to make a major career change and return to college. I have a love of cartography and a passion for well-designed architecture, so I’m combining those interests into studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Architectural Design and Drafting. I also enjoy 3D modeling, so I’m really looking forward to combining precision site analysis and the design and rendering of a com

Monday April 22, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

10:00am

Break
Join us in the ballroom for snacks and refreshments between sessions.

Monday April 22, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

10:30am

The Road to the 2020 Census
The Road to the 2020 Census 
Emily Day, U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Geographic Partnership Programs provide tribal, state, and local governments an opportunity to review and update the addresses and boundaries the Census Bureau has for their communities. This authoritative local data completes the Census Bureau’s geographic framework for data collection, tabulation, and dissemination, and is vital to the success of the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and many other censuses and surveys. This session will provide an overview and update of the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation, the 2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP), the 2020 New Construction Program, the annual Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), and the 2020 Boundary Validation Program (BVP).

Moderators
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Alexa Todd

GIS Specialist, Oregon Metro

Speakers
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Emily Day

Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau
Emily Day is a Geographer in the Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, MD. She focuses primarily on outreach for the Census Bureau's Geographic Partnership Programs. She holds a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Planning... Read More →



Monday April 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 296/298

10:30am

Planning Tools
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.


Moderators
avatar for Matt Freid

Matt 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 →

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Joe Severson, GISP

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 →
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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
Room 333

10:30am

Developing Models and Workflows in Collaboration
Models, Scripts and Consultants: Guidance for Ensuring Successful Geoprocessing Outcomes
David Howes, David Howes, LLC
Anthony Falkner, First American Title

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. (1 hour)

Elevating the Cause: Strategies for Community Collaboration Workflows
Tim Hitchins, Portland Community College / Mapping Action Collective
Community-based GIS projects have the potential to elevate the spatial narratives and missions of many grassroots, non-profit, and frontline communities working toward social and environmental justice. But how exactly can GIS be leveraged to achieve this? Drawing on lessons learned from collaborative partnerships between Mapping Action Collective several local groups, this talk will explore specific examples of how custom scripting and database solutions can increase the capacity and advance the goals of social movements and organizations. (30 minutes)

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Neuman

Andrew Neuman

Principal GIS Analyst, City of Portland
Andrew Neuman is a Principal GIS Analyst for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services with 20+ years of Professional GIS experience. He largely works on integrating non-spatial business systems with GIS, GIS database administration and has recently begun developing... Read More →

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 →
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Anthony Falkner

GIS Specialist & Geospatial Data Administrator, First American Title - Portland, Oregon
Anthony Falkner has been with First American for 15 years, starting out in Customer Service and working his way into the GIS department. His main focus is on data management and development and automating processes using Python. He has a General A.A. Degree and a Certificate in GIS... Read More →
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Tim Hitchins

GIS Analyst/Developer/Instructor, Portland Community College / Mapping Action Collective


Monday April 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 238

10:30am

Web Applications
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)

Moderators
avatar for Camille Westlake

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.

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 →
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Solomon Pulapkura

Business Development Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc
Business Development Manager
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Zuriel van Belle

Researcher/Instructor, Portland State University
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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
Room 327/328

11:00am

Census Data Cleaning, Manipulation and Analysis in R (Workshop)
Limited Capacity seats available

A demonstration of utilizing open census data in R, including cleaning, organization and autocorrelation analysis of that data.
Workshop is intended for those with basic R experience.

Speakers
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Robert Nicholas

University of Oregon
Recent Spatial Data Science and Technology undergraduate.


Monday April 22, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 296/298

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday April 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

1:30pm

GISP Certification
So, You Want to Become a GIS Professional (GISP)
Eric Bohard, Clackamas County
This session with go through the process of earning the certification of GIS Professional (GISP) as administered by the GIS Certification Institute.  

Speakers
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Eric Bohard, GISP

Technical Services Manager, Clackamas County
Eric Bohard, GISP has been a GIS practitioner/manager for some 30 plus years working in a combination of private and public sector employers.  He has served on the URISA International Board of Directors and former Oregon URISA Chapter President and Board Member. Eric served on the... Read More →


Monday April 22, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 327/328

1:30pm

Utilities
Applications of GIS at NW Natural
Laurel Garrett and Shivon Van Allen, NW Natural
NW Natural provides natural gas service to over 740,000 customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A team of two specialists and nine technicians utilize GIS to map and manage assets, interface with customer account information, support data for feeds to internal clients, draft construction plans, and manage emergency response. Mapping and modeling natural gas distribution is critical for maintaining network integrity and meeting regulatory requirements. The importance of GIS is recognized by company leadership, and opportunities to update technology and expand applications are growing. Current and future projects include conflation to utilize public parcel landbase data, implementing an improved field mapping solution, and planning for the transition to the ArcGIS Pro utility network. This presentation provides an overview of everyday uses of GIS at NW Natural and highlights several utility-specific applications and challenges. We will also demonstrate an emergency response feature of a NW Natural web application.

Field Mapping Challenges and Solutions for Utilities
Patrick Gronli and Ben Hillam, Portland General Electric
Maps are integral to safety and reliability for the utility crews who keep the gas flowing and the lights on in our community, but the culture that exists "in the field" has traditionally been reluctant to adopt new mapping tools and workflows. The data behind the maps are often misunderstood by map users, who are quick to identify discrepancies or inaccuracies but who aren’t aware of the complex work processes that exist to get the data from design to construction to maps. It’s a virtual juggling act for us GIS Professionals, who must manage not only data and map products, but expectations as well. At PGE, opportunities to improve GIS data accuracy, visibility, and accessibility are ever-present; this discussion will introduce some of these opportunities and the solutions that have been developed to help our crews “keep the lights on”.

GIS In Utilities: Using Spatial Analysis for Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Asset Repair Prioritization
Gavin McRobbie, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department
The City of Hillsboro Public Works Department shares a common problem with most municipal utility agencies: aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance due to funding shortfalls. Historically, stormwater and sanitary sewer utility repairs within the City of Hillsboro have been prioritized based mostly on CCTV inspection ratings combined with a labor-intensive video review to ensure these ratings are valid (they are often not). While identifying the most important repairs is a thoughtful process, the approach is subjective and doesn’t easily allow for comparison amongst all assets throughout the City. In order to reduce bias and increase efficiency, a standardized scoring system has been developed for a data-driven, risk-based approach to rank and prioritize repairs. Utilizing spatial analysis alongside asset attributes and inspection data, this score provides a holistic assessment to predict an asset’s likelihood and consequence of failure. Employing an automated process to generate the score enables staff to quickly identify the worst assets city-wide or within a focused area while reviewing only a fraction of what was previously required, thereby freeing up valuable staff time for other projects.

Moderators
avatar for Shivon Van Allen

Shivon Van Allen

GIS Technician, NW Natural
Shivon Van Allen is a GIS Technician at NW Natural and has a background in land use planning, technical writing, and project coordination. She earned her MS in Geography and Certificate in GIS from the University of Alabama and her BS in Environmental Studies and Film from Portland... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Garrett

Laurel Garrett

GIS Technician, NW Natural
Laurel Garrett is a GIS Technician at NW Natural. Before her work at NW Natural, she researched image processing and automated classification of clouds at Lewis & Clark College. She is a graduate of the Environmental Studies program at Lewis & Clark College where she took a special... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Gronli

Patrick Gronli

GIS Manager, Portland General Electric
Patrick is GIS Manager at PGE, having previously spent time in similar roles at NW Natural and PacifiCorp. He is a graduate of PSU's Geography program and has been in the Portland area GIS community for 15+ years.
avatar for Ben Hillam

Ben Hillam

Sr. GIS Developer, Portland General Electric
Ben Hillam is a Sr. Application Developer at Portland General Electric. He has experience doing GIS work in city & state governments, oil, and electric utility industries. He also is a part-time faculty member at Clackamas Community College teaching Python programming courses in... Read More →
avatar for Gavin McRobbie

Gavin McRobbie

Management Analyst, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department
Gavin McRobbie has been working in the GIS field since 2012. Prior to working at the City of Hillsboro, he worked for G2-Integrated Solutions and the City of San Jose, California. Gavin has a bachelor's degree in Geography and GIS certificate from San Jose State University.



Monday April 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 333

1:30pm

Distributed Collaboration, Part 1 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

With distributed collaboration, you can connect and integrate your GIS across a network of participants, enabling you to organize and share content between individuals, businesses, and communities. Distributed collaboration (or simply collaboration) is based on a foundation of trust and driven by common goals or initiatives. Once you've established a trusted collaboration, you are able to extend your GIS content to a network of participants. Shared content becomes discoverable for each participant in the collaboration. There are many different patterns within distributed collaboration involving ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, or a combination of the two.

This workshop is a hands on/lecture style session. Attendees will be required to bring their own internet capable laptops and access to an ArcGIS Online Organizational account with “Creator”
level access (formally known as “Level 2”).

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 →



Monday April 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 296/298

1:30pm

Introduction to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Custom Widget Development, Part 1 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Esri’s Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS supports the creation of web applications that can be extended using widgets, which are built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. As an example, the Layer List widget consists of a button in the web application and an associated form, which provides information about map layers along with associated functionality. The goal of the workshop is to teach attendees the basic principles required to create their own custom widgets and, thus, add their own functionality to web mapping applications.

Specifically, widgets are based on the Dojo open source toolkit, while the ArcGIS API for JavaScript provides capabilities for working with maps and for performing associated tasks. Custom widgets are developed using the Developer Edition of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (https://developers.arcgis.com/web-appbuilder/), which allows for the creation of web applications that can be hosted by organizations, especially within an ArcGIS Enterprise environment (widgets cannot be deployed to ArcGIS Online applications due to security concerns).

The workshop will provide an introduction to (1) the role of widgets in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, (2) the creation of basic Dojo widgets, (3) the use of version 3.x of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript in widget development for 2D applications, and (4) widget deployment.

Visual Studio Code (https://code.visualstudio.com/) will be used for the demonstrations and a brief introduction to its features and capabilities will be provided.

Attendees will be given time to follow along during the demonstrations, but those who wish to do so must bring their own laptop with both Visual Studio Code and Web AppBuilder Develop Edition installed. Links for both products are provided above. Exploring the capabilities of these products prior to arriving at the workshop is strongly encouraged.

This workshop will provide attendees with a solid basis for developing their own custom widgets for use in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS applications, which will help them increase the value of their ArcGIS investment and enhance their standing and employability as GIS professionals.

Intended for GIS professionals having basic familiarity with web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and version 3.x of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

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 →


Monday April 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 238
  • about David Howes runs his own GIS consulting business, David Howes, LLC (dhowes.com), specializing in GIS tools and processes. With 28 years of academic and private sector GIS experience, including a Ph.D. in geomorphology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.Sc. in GIS from the University of Edinburgh, he is a regular supporter of GIS professional development activities, especially through GISPD.com.

3:00pm

Break
Join us in the ballroom for snacks and refreshments between sessions.

Monday April 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

3:30pm

Deployment
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.

Moderators
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Matt 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 →

Speakers
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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 →
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Wayne Coffey

IWMS Building Information and GIS Manager, Portland Public Schools
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Tanja Hopmans

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

Oregon Metro, GIS Specialist
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
Room 327/328

3:30pm

Natural Resources
Engaging Coastal Users to Update the Rocky Shores Management Strategy
Deanna Caracciolo, Oregon Coastal Management Program
Approximately 41% of Oregon’s coastline is composed of rocky habitat. These areas include the dynamic headlands, cliffs, tidepools and offshore islands that make the Oregon coast so memorable. Managing these highly diverse and utilized areas is complex and requires the incorporation of science, local knowledge, and best management practices. The state is currently updating the Rocky Shores Management Strategy (RSMS), which is part of Oregon's broader Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). The RSMS is the guiding framework for how agencies manage rocky shore resources within state jurisdiction (0-3 nautical miles from shore). For this update, multiple GIS tools and methods have been utilized to support community scoping as well as data synthesis and projection. This presentation will outline how staff are applying GIS tools to this update to create a more seamless management strategy.

An Innovative Approach to the Minimization of Environmental Impact to the Streaked Horned Lark
Sean Carroll, US Army Corps of Engineers
Understanding that Army Corps of Engineers activities impact the environment, specifically the placement of dredge materials, which result in the creation of deposition islands, the Army Corps of Engineers have actively adapted mitigation measures to minimize these impacts. One such example is mitigation measures to maintain the habitat of the streaked horned lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata), a subspecies of the wide-ranging horned lark, endemic to the Pacific Northwest, and listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Army Corps of Engineers, in association with the U.S. Geological Survey and Center for Natural Lands Management, have adapted an innovative approach to geospatial habitat suitability analysis utilizing the Google Earth Engine and ESRI ArcGIS Pro. These analyses have guided the Army Corps of Engineers in implementing a shifting-habitat-mosaic management approach to maintaining the streaked horned lark habitats during the planning stages of dredging activities. This approach has wide reaching implications and may serve as the foundation for similar developments to minimize the environmental impact of Army Corps of Engineer activities outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Cannabis Identification and Prioritization System (CIPS) - Using GIS To Identify Cannabis Grows And Prioritize Water Quality Concerns In Northern California
Solomon Pulapkura, VESTRA Resources, Inc.
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.

Moderators
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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.

Speakers
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Deanna Caracciolo

Rocky Shores Coordinator, Oregon Coastal Management Program
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Sean Carroll

Geographer, US Army Corps of Engineers
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Solomon Pulapkura

Business Development Manager, VESTRA Resources, Inc
Business Development Manager



Monday April 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 333

3:30pm

Distributed Collaboration, Part 2 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

With distributed collaboration, you can connect and integrate your GIS across a network of participants, enabling you to organize and share content between individuals, businesses, and communities. Distributed collaboration (or simply collaboration) is based on a foundation of trust and driven by common goals or initiatives. Once you've established a trusted collaboration, you are able to extend your GIS content to a network of participants. Shared content becomes discoverable for each participant in the collaboration. There are many different patterns within distributed collaboration involving ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, or a combination of the two.

This workshop is a hands on/lecture style session. Attendees will be required to bring their own internet capable laptops and access to an ArcGIS Online Organizational account with “Creator”
level access (formally known as “Level 2”).

Speakers
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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 →


Monday April 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 296/298

3:30pm

Introduction to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Custom Widget Development, Part 2 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity filling up

Esri’s Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS supports the creation of web applications that can be extended using widgets, which are built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. As an example, the Layer List widget consists of a button in the web application and an associated form, which provides information about map layers along with associated functionality. The goal of the workshop is to teach attendees the basic principles required to create their own custom widgets and, thus, add their own functionality to web mapping applications.

Specifically, widgets are based on the Dojo open source toolkit, while the ArcGIS API for JavaScript provides capabilities for working with maps and for performing associated tasks. Custom widgets are developed using the Developer Edition of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (https://developers.arcgis.com/web-appbuilder/), which allows for the creation of web applications that can be hosted by organizations, especially within an ArcGIS Enterprise environment (widgets cannot be deployed to ArcGIS Online applications due to security concerns).

The workshop will provide an introduction to (1) the role of widgets in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, (2) the creation of basic Dojo widgets, (3) the use of version 3.x of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript in widget development for 2D applications, and (4) widget deployment.

Visual Studio Code (https://code.visualstudio.com/) will be used for the demonstrations and a brief introduction to its features and capabilities will be provided.

Attendees will be given time to follow along during the demonstrations, but those who wish to do so must bring their own laptop with both Visual Studio Code and Web AppBuilder Develop Edition installed. Links for both products are provided above. Exploring the capabilities of these products prior to arriving at the workshop is strongly encouraged.

This workshop will provide attendees with a solid basis for developing their own custom widgets for use in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS applications, which will help them increase the value of their ArcGIS investment and enhance their standing and employability as GIS professionals.

Intended for GIS professionals having basic familiarity with web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and version 3.x of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

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 →


Monday April 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 238

5:00pm

Vendor Social
Monday April 22, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA
 
Tuesday, April 23
 

8:30am

Research
Warming, Vegetation, & Remote Sensing: The Use of NDVI to Track the Influence of Climate Change on Arctic and Alpine Plant Communities
Charlotte Copp, Lewis and Clark College
The Arctic is warming at a faster rate compared to the rest of the world and vegetation there can be used as a signal for a changing climate. In this research I ask, how will climate change alter arctic communities in Ísafjörður, Iceland and alpine communities in the White Mountains, New Hampshire? I used NDVI data to track climate responses at a global scale. I supported these findings with species observations in survey plots in the White Mountains and in Iceland. Although there a similarities in species composition in these two locations, climate change will affect them in different way. This is due to several factors including anticipated changes in climate at the local scale, land management style, and microclimatic conditions. Collectively this research suggests that effects of climate warming on plants are not homogeneous across latitudes or altitude and local management should be applied to support species conservation a the regional scale.

Refugee Camps as Climate Traps
Jamon Van Den Hoek, Oregon State University
As of writing, there are 19.9 million refugees under UN mandate in 126 countries who have fled war and political persecution. Despite the sheer size of this population, refugees are consistently excluded from national surveys and censuses meant to target the most marginalized, inform progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and improve measurements of poverty and living standards. The global refugee population is thus not only being “left behind” in pursuit of SDGs, refugees are also more likely to be trapped in intergenerational poverty and require special assistance to adapt to global environmental change, which may exacerbate the potential for economic isolation, social conflict, and economic instability. Using remote sensing, climate model, and geospatial datasets from 2000-2015, this study offers the first global assessment of camp-level environmental and climatic conditions at 922 UNHCR refugee camps in 60 countries. We find that refugee camps often share similar conditions as other settlements within a given host country, yet are consistently more isolated and, inevitably, vulnerable due to enclosure and land use policies that reflect and reinforce the securitization of refugees. Our results thus improve understanding of the potential for camps to act as ‘climate traps’ and help illuminate pathways for targeted investment in refugee livelihoods.

A Case Study of Human Ecology Mapping in Central Oregon Forests: What Public Participation GIS data can tell us
Alicia Milligan and Krystle Harrell, Portland State University
Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) has become increasingly important for generating socio-spatial data from users of a particular area to help influence land management and planning practices. In this case study we collected sociocultural data from users of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests in anticipation of updating forest plans to include human values and uses of the forest to comply with the 2012 Forest Planning Rule. This presentation will describe our development and implementation of an interactive web-mapping application which allowed data collection from a wide spectrum of forest users. Through data disaggregation by demographics and use characteristics, and employing a number of spatial analysis techniques, we are able to discover informative and distinct spatial patterns of forest visitation and activity diversity, as well as threats to the experience of specific places. The techniques described in our case study can be of use for a variety of land use planning applications where decision makers require or would benefit from an understanding of people-place relationships.

Moderators
avatar for Theresa Burcsu

Theresa Burcsu

Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator, State of Oregon
Theresa Burcsu is the Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator with the State of Oregon’s Geospatial Enterprise Office where she works to ensure that authoritative, foundational map data is available when and where it’s needed. As incoming ORURISA (Oregon Chapter of Urban and Regional... Read More →

Speakers
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Charlotte Copp

Student of Environmental Studies, Lewis and Clark College: Class of 2018
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Jamon Van Den Hoek

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
Jamon Van Den Hoek is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He maps social and environmental conditions and change in refugee camps, IDP settlements, and cities affected by conflict... Read More →
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Alicia Milligan

Masters Student of Geography, Portland State University
Alicia is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at Portland State University and working for the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research (CSAR). Alicia’s graduate research focuses on similar PPGIS human ecology mapping studies in the Mt. Hood National Forest with goals... Read More →
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Krystle Harrell

Masters Student of Geography, Portland State University
Krystle is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at Portland State University and working for the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research (CSAR). Krystle’s graduate research explores the use of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and GIS to better understand and... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 333

8:30am

ArcGIS Pro
Creating Cached Vector Tile Basemaps using ArcGIS Pro
Kyle Marenger and Russell Barlow, Oregon Department of Transportation
Vector tile layers utilize cached vectors; the data in vector tile layers are stored in individual layers which contain geometry, attributes, and styles. This means that one set of vector tiles may be styled in numerous ways without having to generate a new cache for each basemap - saving time and energy in map production and design. This presentation will cover caching, stylization and the publishing processes for creating a custom basemap ArcGIS Pro 2.2.4. and an analysis featuring ESRI Insights platform.

Link to Story Map presentation: https://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=2b75a2aedd714cc0bbfa075afe07d83a

ArcGIS Pro for Assessment Maps
Jonathan McDowell, Clackamas County Technology Services
Since January 2008, Clackamas County Assessor’s Office and GIS have relied on ORMAP data model and custom tools to maintain parcels and produce assessment maps. The tools that assist with maintaining the attributes and creating cartographic features use ArcObjects code. The tools used to create the assessments maps use Python code. ESRI is deprecating ArcGIS Desktop in favor of ArcGIS Pro. This requires an evaluation and redevelopment of the tools used for parcel maintenance and map production. This also provides the opportunity to attempt the replication of the ORMAP tools with out-of-the-box customization of ArcGIS Pro. Using the Map Series, Tasks, Location Services, and ArcPY Scripts it looks feasible to replace the tools without writing .NET code.

What’s new in ArcGIS 10.7
John Sharrard, ESRI
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! 

Moderators
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Andrew Neuman

Principal GIS Analyst, City of Portland
Andrew Neuman is a Principal GIS Analyst for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services with 20+ years of Professional GIS experience. He largely works on integrating non-spatial business systems with GIS, GIS database administration and has recently begun developing... Read More →

Speakers
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Kyle Marenger

GIS Data Analyst, Oregon Department of Transportation
Kyle is a PSU GEO/GIS alumnus and began working as GIS technician in 2016 and as a GIS analyst in 2018. His background is in transportation-related GIS and data-management.
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Jonathan McDowell

Information Software Specialist, Clackamas County Technology Services
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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 April 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 327/328

8:30am

Building Machine Learning Prediction Models for the Social Services (Workshop)
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will be lecture-based with time for Q/A. The instructors will discuss modeling approaches and best practices for building machine learning models for prediction in the social services. Examples of such models which have either already been developed or are currently under development within DHS will be provided.

Speakers
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Jordan Purdy

Department of Human Services
Research Analyst 4. Prior to joining DHS, I was a statistics professor.
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Brian Glass

Research Analyst, Department of Human Services, State of Oregon
Brian is a Research Analyst for the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services. His research focuses on developing predictive tools to inform decision making in social services. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Texas. Prior to working with Oregon... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Room 296/298

8:30am

Mapping Data from the American Community Survey and The Census in ArcMap (Workshop)
Limited Capacity filling up

Outline
  • Background on the Decennial Census and ACS
  • Using American Factfinder to select data of interest
  • Downloading and converting ACS and Census tables
  • Issues related to sampling related reliability in the ACS
  • Adding user defined fields for EST and MOE data
  • Connecting tables to the geodatabase
  • Symbolizing and styling of choropleth maps
  • Symbolizing sampling related reliability
  • Chart style maps
  •  Exporting maps to ArcGIS Online
Intended for persons wanting to make better use of data from the Census and the American Community Survey. Requires moderate skills in using ArcMap and Excel.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Lycan

Richard Lycan

Professor emeritus of Geography and Urban Studies., Portland State University
Have worked extensively analyzing and mapping data from the Census and the American Community Survey for use in demographic research. Currently a Senior Research Associate in the PSU Institute on Aging providing demographic analyses.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Room 238

8:30am

Poster/Map Gallery
A poster contest will be held for people to showcase their creative mapmaking work to their fellow peers. The maps are on display at Smith Center 3rd Floor ballroom.

Poster contestants entered for reasons such as to show their skills, to learn new skills, or to show their finished project after a long time of creating. Posters will be competing in categories for prizes.

Categories:
  • Analytic presentation - Communication of meaningful patterns in data
  • Student - Any enrolled in classes pursuing a degree or certificate
  • Display Only – Display at the conference and not on the ballot
Voting
A ballot will be given to everyone when registering. Place the marked ballot in the ballot box in the map gallery area. The voting box will be out until shortly before the vendor social on the first day.

Prizes
Prizes will be awarded in each category on the ballot.

Awards Announcement
Announcement of the winner will be at the closing of the conference. Ribbons will go on winning posters around the beginning of the vendor social.

Below are descriptions of the posters and maps on display at the conference.
Map of Opportunities
Muhammad Anjum, GIS Officer - Islamabad (capital city of Pakistan)
Category:  Display only
Keywords: Tourism Promotion, Chipursan Valley of Hunza District, Unseen Territory, Explore Chipursan Valley.
Biography: I see myself as Geo-Spatial professional. Currently I am working as GIS Officer with Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Pakistan (AKAH). I worked as a (Volunteer) Remote Sensing Analyst for Food Security with AKF Geneva 124 Days. I did my graduation in GIS and Remote Sensing from University of Peshawar. In the field of research are, 1. I am co-author of the book “Yak on the Move: Transboundary Challenges and Opportunities for Yak Raising in a Changing Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (2016)” Section 3. Published by ICIMOD, link given here http://lib.icimod.org/record/31938 and 2. My Thesis: -Topic, Forest change detection of Diamer and Astore Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan-by using Geospatial tools.
Description and/or Special Instruction: This Map is to present the hidden valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. it shows the rich culture, Historical sites, High Mountains and much more. Through this map I want to let people know that this valley is an amazing place on earth, the minimum temperature goes to -20 in winter.

Sudan
Mohammed Jadallah, Urban Planner - Khartoum (capital and largest city of Sudan)
Category: Display Only
Keywords: None
Biography: None
Description and/or Special Instruction: None

Recreating the Landscape of the Willamette Valley through GIS Mapping of Historic Documents
Austin Pratt, GIS Intern - Eugene, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: Willamette Valley Project, Dams, Aerial Photography, Engineering Drawings, Archaeology
Biography: Austin is a graduate of Northern Michigan University who received a BS in Environmental Studies and Sustainability in 2017. After graduation he received a GIS Certificate from Michigan State University and moved to Oregon. He is currently serving as a GIS Intern in a partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Student Conservation Association.
Description and/or Special Instruction: The Willamette Valley Projects (WVP) has been partnering with Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to create a GIS database of historic properties on the WVP lands, which include the Willamette River Basin 13 dams and their associated lakes or reservoirs. Existing USACE documentation exists from all phases of dam construction through design drawings, dam construction photos, historic aerial imagery, real estate transactions, relocation contracts, and microfiche documents. This data was provided to CSU for georeferencing and digitizing to create a GIS database of historic properties in the WVP. While the individual files can be helpful, compiling them in GIS allows for greater analysis and a further understanding of their relevance to other data, such as LiDAR and elevation to assess impacts to historic resources. As the information is digitized, field visits check the accuracy of the GIS data and confirm the presence of additional historic sites. The most helpful data were pre-dam aerial imagery, engineered drawings of road and railroad relocations, and proposed reservoir clearing maps. In addition to discovering historic features, the GIS data identifies areas that have been heavily disturbed, which assists with environmental and cultural consultations for future projects.

Land Development Monitoring System for the Portland Region

Al Mowbray, Associate GIS Specialist - Portland, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: land use, housing, vacant land, redevelopment, analysis
Biography: After completing a degree in Fine Arts from Iowa State University, I ran away to the Peace Corps where I met my wife and began my professional journey toward science and conservation. After settling in Oregon in 2004 I spent some time doing science education and environmental restoration before getting a M.S. in Geology at PSU, which included surface elevation modeling of hot springs in eastern Oregon. My current projects as a GIS analyst at Metro include development of reporting measures for monitoring a commercial food waste-reduction program, and a Land Development Monitoring System for measuring regional growth.
Description and/or Special Instruction: None

PCC Board of Directors District Zones
Blake Morley, GIS and Architectural Design/Drafting Student - Beaverton, Oregon
Category: Analytic Presentation - communication of meaningful patterns in data
Keywords: Cartography, PCC, RLIS, ArcMap
Biography: After a 25-year career as a QA/QC Inspector in corporate aviation, I decided to make a major career change and return to college. I have a love of cartography and a passion for well-designed architecture, so I’m combining those interests into studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Architectural Design and Drafting. I also enjoy 3D modeling, so I’m really looking forward to combining precision site analysis and the design and rendering of a commercial construction project. I’ll be completing my one-year GIS certificate in Spring 2019 and continuing with my Architecture (Commercial focus) drafting AAS degree, with graduation in June 2020.
Description and/or Special Instruction: This map shows the Portland Community College Board of Director District Zones boundaries in a bold and engaging format. It is designed as a public-facing replacement for the current map and was produced as an assignment in PCC’s GIS Cartography course.
Software: ESRI ArcMap, Adobe Illustrator

Hydroelectric and Wind Power in Washington State
Blake Morley, GIS and Architecture Design/Drafting Student - Beaverton, Oregon
Category: Student - any enrolled in classes pursuing a degree or certificate
Keywords: Wind, Washington, Student, PCC
Biography: After a 25-year career as a QA/QC Inspector in corporate aviation, I decided to make a major career change and return to college. I have a love of cartography and a passion for well-designed architecture, so I’m combining those interests into studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Architectural Design and Drafting. I also enjoy 3D modeling, so I’m really looking forward to combining precision site analysis and the design and rendering of a com


Tuesday April 23, 2019 8:30am - 1:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

10:00am

Break
Join us in the ballroom for snacks and refreshments between sessions.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

10:30am

Governance
How mature are we? Insights into Oregon's GIS Framework
Theresa Burcsu, State of Oregon
Oregon’s GIS Framework program, now in its official 19th year, has experienced tremendous success by building a strong network of Oregon GIS community members, increasing awareness of geospatial data value across partner organizations, and creating an impressive collection of datasets. The program is now preparing to start a major overhaul in response to legislation passed during to the 2017 Oregon legislative session. Before initiating major changes, it is important to have a clear understanding of the current maturity of Oregon GIS Framework to serve as a baseline for future assessments. This presentation will explain the methods used to perform Oregon’s maturity assessment and its outcomes. It will conclude with lessons learned as well as recommendations and plans for future activities in the near and long terms.

Geospatial Data Act and Oregon’s Spatial Data Infrastructure
Cy Smith, OSCIO Geospatial Enterprise Office
Information about people, places, and events in Oregon are key to effective and consistent provisioning of government services. Those services are sometimes provided by a government organization at a single level, but it is more likely that services are provided by a combination of government organizations that exist at multiple levels: city, county, special district, regional, tribal, state, federal. Those organizations often have to work together to provide needed services. If they can share information with each other and with their customers or clients, services can be provided more efficiently and consistently. The public can receive the same level of service in a rural area that they receive in a more urban area. That’s really the point of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and Oregon’s spatial data infrastructure, our geospatial Framework. Congress enacted the Geospatial Data Act in October 2018 to authorize the coordinated development of the NSDI. Oregon’s Legislature enacted ORS 276A.500-515 in July 2017 to authorized the coordinated development and sharing by public bodies of Oregon spatial data infrastructure. Both efforts are moving forward, and this presentation will describe the progress made so far and what the future holds for all of us.

GEOHub Portal Conceptual System Design
Marcus Glass, Timmons Groups
The State of Oregon Geospatial Enterprise Office (GEO) has undertaken the development of a Conceptual System Design for the GEOHub portal that will provide a platform to securely share data among public bodies that utilize the Framework layers designated by the Oregon Geographic Information Council. The GEOHub will provide cost-savings, a greater ROI for all participants and more importantly, create data consistency across all public bodies.
Our presentation will provide an update on the initiative and create a forum to ask questions of Cy Smith, Oregon’s GIO, and Timmons Group, consultant.

Moderators
avatar for Cy Smith, GISP

Cy Smith, GISP

Oregon State Geographic Information Office, OSCIO Geospatial Enterprise Office
Cy Smith, GISP is the State GIO for Oregon. He has been the President of URISA, President of NSGIC, and Chair of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Burcsu

Theresa Burcsu

Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator, State of Oregon
Theresa Burcsu is the Oregon GIS Framework Coordinator with the State of Oregon’s Geospatial Enterprise Office where she works to ensure that authoritative, foundational map data is available when and where it’s needed. As incoming ORURISA (Oregon Chapter of Urban and Regional... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Glass

Marcus Glass

Business Development Manager, Timmons Group
Marcus Glass is Western Region Manager for Timmons Group. He likes maps and camping under the stars.



Tuesday April 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 333

10:30am

Data Visualization
Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps
John Ruffing, ESRI
Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a configurable web apps that provides location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. In this session we will introduce the key features of dashboards, walk through examples of the many different types of dashboards and finally demonstrate the configuration and deployment of an Operations Dashboard.

Visualization workflows in Jupyter Notebooks, ArcGIS Pro, Portal, and PowerBI
Al Mowbray, Metro Data Resource Center
Metro has been in development of a program to reduce landfill-bound commercial food waste since 2015. My involvement on this project has been in data development and visualization. Jupyter Notebooks have helped me keep track of workflow steps and enabled easier iterative data development. ArcGIS Pro, Portal, and PowerBI have been used to visualize the data development work and create dashboards and reports to monitor the number of regional businesses participating in food-diversion measures. The benefits and drawbacks of each of these tools will be discussed in the context of this project.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Neuman

Andrew Neuman

Principal GIS Analyst, City of Portland
Andrew Neuman is a Principal GIS Analyst for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services with 20+ years of Professional GIS experience. He largely works on integrating non-spatial business systems with GIS, GIS database administration and has recently begun developing... Read More →

Speakers
JR

John Ruffing

Account Manager, ESRI
John Ruffing is the Esri account manager for Oregon and Idaho local government. He has a B.A. with a concentration in Spanish and G.I.S. at Northern Arizona University and a Masters in GIScience from Northwest Missouri University.
avatar for Al Mowbray

Al Mowbray

Associate GIS Specialist, Metro Data Resource Center
After completing a degree in Fine Arts from Iowa State University, I ran away to the Peace Corps for two years where I met my wife and began my professional journey toward science and conservation.  After settling in Oregon in 2004 I spent some time doing science education and environmental... Read More →



Tuesday April 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 327/328

11:00am

UAS
Drone Selection and Comparison of GNSS vs Drone Contour Maps
Jack Walker, Oregon Tech
The Geomatics Department recently purchased a drone with the intent of generating “Survey Grade” geospatial information. This presentation will discuss the selection considerations which lead the department to purchase an Intel Falcon 8+ UAS. Some of the growing pains associated with this new geospatial tool will be discussed. The drone was used to create a 1-foot contour map of a 25 acre parcel and compare the contours to an RTK GPS map of the same area for an initial evaluation of whether the drone could create a survey grade product.

Automatic Surface Change Detection Using DSMs Derived from sUAS Images
Geoffrey Duh, Portland State University
Change detection performed on digital surface models (DSMs) from different time periods can reveal landscape structural changes caused by, for example, urban development or natural disasters. This presentation introduces a change detection tool that automatically identifies terrain surface changes using DSMs generated from images collected by commonly available small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Although UAS-based photogrammetry can generate high-resolution DSMs, the positional accuracy of the onboard GPS and the distortion introduced in the generation of DSMs by the Structure from Motion (SfM) method make aligning the DSMs for change detection impossible without manual image registration or georeferencing with ground control points (GCPs). The automatic surface change detection tool streamlines the geoprocessing tools available in ESRI ArcGIS Desktop to align and detect changes on the 3D surfaces created in Agisoft Metashape without using any GCP. The presentation also describes a case study using the sUAS images collected in October 2017 and early 2019 for detecting surface changes due to urban expansion in a suburban area in Beaverton, Oregon. The desktop computer tool could augment the utility of sUAS in emergency response applications.

Speakers
GD

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 →
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Jack Walker

Professor of Geomatics, Oregon Tech
Jack A. Walker is a professor of Geomatics at Oregon Tech. He teaches courses including geodesy, map projections, least squares adjustment, and remote sensing.



Tuesday April 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 296/298

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday April 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

12:30pm

ORURISA Annual Meeting
At the ORURISA Annual business meeting you’ll learn more about your state URISA Chapter, meet people who organize events like GIS In Action, and find fun ways to get involved. We want to hear your ideas for future events and activities. We will hold our annual Board elections, and we will take nominations from the floor and vote on two open at-large Board seats. Come join us!

Tuesday April 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 238

1:30pm

Image Analysis
Identifying Impervious Surfaces within Open Spaces in the "100-year Flood Plains" in Oregon State
Jonathan Tissandier and Will Nolan, University of Washington
This project identifies impervious surfaces in the "100-year flood plains" in Oregon State using a process developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Esri's ArcGIS Pro. NOAA's Office of Coastal Management (OCM) has developed a GIS workflow to facilitate Open Space Preservation (OSP) credit calculations. Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) Activity 420, communities are given credit for activities that reduce development in flood plains, potentially lowering rates for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy holders in that community. Activity 420 OSP is one of the most credit rich CRS activities. This workflow consists of subtracting impervious surface areas from potential open space areas. In the past, National, satellite-derived impervious surface data were coarse. Our team will now derive more accurate areas from newly acquired one-foot imagery for Oregon using image processing within ArcGIS Pro. The image processing involves extracting color bands to distinguish features, segmenting the imagery and classifying by broad land-use types, and reclassification into either pervious or impervious surfaces. Not only do these methods contribute to specific flood-risk management activities such as the CRS, but they also serve as a foundation for other flood-risk identification and mitigation projects in other critical areas in Oregon state.

Moderators
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David Percy

Geospatial Data Manager, Portland State University

Speakers
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Jonathan Tissandier

GIS Technician, University of Washington, Oregon Coastal Management Program, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
Completed a Bachelor of Arts in Geography at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. During my BA, I focused on climate change studies, urban planning, and GIS. After finishing school, I got employed by the Queensland Government to work on the Great Barrier Reef. Researched and... Read More →
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Will Nolan

Student/Researcher, University of Washington
I graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in anthropology (archaeology concentration). My archaeological background has been focused on pre-Columbian peoples of America and I've assisted professors as a lab analyst researching the Northwest coast, Mississippian, and... Read More →



Tuesday April 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 327/328

1:30pm

Students
Leftscapes: A Quantitative Analysis of Electoral Trends and Partisan Geographies
Matthew Gregg, Portland State University
The west coast – in popular imagination as well as every four years on electoral college maps – appears to be a stalwartly blue jewel in the Democratic party’s crown. But no region is a monolith. This presentation focuses on examining the diverse electorate of the west coast and attempts to analyze how they vote, why they vote and what their votes achieve for themselves and their communities. Quantitative methods such as Ordinary Least Squares linear regressions were leveraged, along with observational and comparative analysis, to help answer these questions, revealing both the embrace and the rejection of expected party line outcomes.

The invasion ecology of ivy in Portland's Forest Park
Eric Butler, Portland State University
I am presenting results from a study on the invasive plant ivy (Hedera spp.) in a large Pacific Northwest urban forest, looking at sources of invasion vulnerability and resistance on the plot and landscape scales and how these relate to the overall health of an important ecosystem under urban stress. The factors I analyze include canopy cover, soil condition, interiority, understory shrub abundance, and fragmentation by roads and trails, as well as the spatial patterns of ivy distribution in the park. My findings will likely have important implications for how ecosystem managers think about and manage ivy in urban landscapes.

Biketown at PSU
Lauren McKinney, Portland State University
Bike share has become an integral part of transportation in Portland, Oregon. Sponsored by Nike and Motivate, the iconic orange bikes are now being used in core areas of the city. This project, in collaboration with PSU’s Living Lab and transportation department, looked at ‘PSU related trips’ (trips that started or ended within the PSU boundary). This information was used to determine patterns of use through density mapping and route simulation (generated through the creation of a network with ESRI ArcGIS’ Network Analyst tools). The product shows origin/destination hot spots, possible routes, and streets that were simulated to receive the most use (through routing). This information can be used to advocate for new projects and hub locations in the future.

LiDAR Predictive Modeling of Kalapuya Mound Sites in Oregon
Tia Cody, Portland State University
This presentation details the development and testing of a LiDAR predictive model to identify precontact mound sites in the Calapooia Watershed in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Mound sites are low-lying, generally ovoid, earthen features, which are considered culturally sensitive locations. Various sources and limited archaeological investigation suggest that some are burial sites. Little is known, however, about why and how people created these mound sites, how old they are, and how common mound sites are across northwest Oregon. Investigating and protecting these mound sites is a priority, however the watershed covers 234,000 acres and is 94% privately owned, making traditional archaeological survey impractical. These issues informed my primary question: where are these mounds located on the landscape? To address this problem, I used LiDAR data and aerial photography to develop a model that identifies probable mound locations in the watershed. This model takes advantage of the unique analytical capabilities of GIS as well as the malleability of LiDAR data. Development of the model revolved around the initial filtering of the LiDAR dataset so as to remove “noise” or non-mound features. From here the LiDAR dataset could be inverted and digitally flooded to identify “sinks” (e.g. inverted mounds). After the model was created, I tested the model by carrying out a pedestrian survey in the project area to assess the rate at which my model successfully identified mound sites.

Growing Old: Urban Design and an Ageing Population
Erin Leithead, University of Washington Tacoma
The city University Place, WA has invested in walkability and economic development over the past twenty years. What does a network analysis of their growing city center look like for seniors who constitute a large percentage of the surrounding residential area? Research includes interpolation of demographic age groups, network analysis of walkability between residential areas and sites of interest in the city core, and potential new access routes to improve pedestrian traffic around the city.

Traversing the Lents Neighborhood
Beth Lamb and Lindsay Palmquist, Portland State University
This project was partnered with the Green Lents staff. Green Lents is a non-profit, community focused organization in the Lents neighborhood. They work with community members in the Lents neighborhood to establish and develop projects related to safety and community resources.

Our project focused specifically on accessibility for pedestrians on foot and in wheelchairs in the Lents Neighborhood, both during the day and at night. Our first goal for this project was to quantify the experience of, and barriers to, mobility in the Lents neighborhood as a wheelchair user as compared to a pedestrian on foot. Our second goal was to find the safest, most well-lit walking routes in and around Lents during hours of darkness in order to reduce the safety risks to pedestrians on foot and in wheelchairs. This part of our project focused on street lights, where they exist, where they are needed, and which routes through the neighborhood utilize these lights as much as possible.

A guiding focus of this project was that of the Green Ring, a major Green Lents project that proposes "a loop of neighborhood streets and greenways" that connects popular Lents destinations. Currently, this loop needs transportation upgrades. Routes generated for this project looked at the traversability to and from these destinations in and around the Green Ring.

Link to presentation: 
http://pdxedu.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=e1b0b9416faa4a0190bde9f1e2eac610


Moderators
RL

Rich L'Esperance

Campbell Group

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gregg

Matthew Gregg

Student, Portland State University
Matthew Gregg is a graduate of Portland Community College's GIS certificate program and is currently pursuing his BS in Geography at Portland State University. Matthew focuses primarily on mapping political landscapes and exploring the territory between cartography and data visualization... Read More →
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Eric Butler

Master's student, Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University
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Lauren McKinney

Student, Portland State University
Lauren McKinney is a student of Geography and GIS at Portland State University, and is a member of the GIS club there. She works part time at the City of Hillsboro as a GIS analyst for the Transportation Department. She also works part time as a GIS tutor at Portland Community College... Read More →
avatar for Tia Cody

Tia Cody

Portland State University
Tia Cody recently graduated from Portland State University with a masters of science in archaeology. Her thesis was titled "LiDAR Predictive Modeling of Kalapuya Mound Sites in the Calapooia Watershed, Oregon".
avatar for Erin Leithead

Erin Leithead

undergraduate, University of Washington Tacoma
I am a senior in the Sustainable Urban Development program while also pursuing a certificate in Geographical Information Systems as well as a minor in Global Engagement. My undergraduate research centers on our ageing global population and how cities are responding to this challe... Read More →
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Beth Lamb

Student, Portland State University
Undergraduate of Geography at Portland State University
LP

Lindsay Palmquist

Student, Portland State University


Tuesday April 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 333

1:30pm

ArcGIS Enterprise Best Practices, Part 1 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, we will discuss how to successfully deploy ArcGIS Enterprise in your organization and 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.

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 April 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 296/298

3:00pm

Break
Join us in the ballroom for snacks and refreshments between sessions.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union - Ballroom Portland, OR 97201, USA

3:00pm

Get It Together: Volunteer Geographic Data Collaborations from Singular to Systems (Workshop)
Limited Capacity seats available

Citizen Science projects range in topics from human health, species observations, earth systems, atmosphere, and space. With these myriad programs, citizen science data has become prevalent. This workshop aims to leverage the vast and varied data collected from citizen science programs and foster data sharing and transfer collaborations between a diverse group of citizen science data managers and practitioners. Sharing and combining individual citizen science datasets allows more complex system-level research questions to be addressed through citizen science.

The workshop will consist of two parts; a citizen science data exploration activity and a data fitness activity. The beginning of the workshop will include a data exploration activity, we will use citizen science data collected from NASA’s Land Cover and Mosquito Habitat Mapper mobile applications as an example dataset. We will also have short presentations and time for discussion about citizen science programs and citizen science program data with a focus on spatial data (known as volunteered geographic information). This portion of the workshop will include discussions of the data lifecycle, data access, data ownership, data sharing and transfer, data discovery, and metadata best practices.  The second half of the workshop will then include a data fitness activity and discussion of how citizen science data can be combined with other data to answer system level research questions.  

Intended for anyone interested in learning more about using citizen science and volunteer geographic information in their work. 

Speakers
HF

Heather Fischer

Oregon State University
Heather is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at OSU and Peder is an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Heather and Peder are working together with NASA on the NASA GLOBE Observer Landcover citizen science... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 238

3:30pm

Technology for Safe and Efficient Communities
SCRAM and GIS: Building smarter, safer communities
Matt Vaillant, Latitude Geographics
Smart communities connect people, government, data, and technology to drive insight and improve the well-being of their citizens. The Security Camera Resource and Mapping (SCRAM) initiative that’s gaining traction across the US is an excellent example of a smart community program.
Through this initiative, citizens are able to share the locations of security cameras at their homes and businesses with law enforcement to help these agencies better combat crime. The program brings citizens together with their government to make their communities smarter and safer through the sharing of information and the power of location intelligence.
In this presentation, we’ll highlight an innovative Geocortex solution that leverages Esri's ArcGIS technology to make it easy for jurisdictions to implement a SCRAM program and keep their communities safe.

TriMet’s Next Generation Trip Planner: a leading-edge, multimodal, open source tool for mobility management
Madeline Steele, TriMet
This spring, after two years of innovative, collaborative development work made possible by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, TriMet will release its Next Generation Trip Planner to the public. This project built off two pre-existing open source tools: OpenTripPlanner (OTP) and the Pelias geocoder. A key enhancement to OTP is integration of shared-used mobility modes, such as Lyft, Uber, BIKETOWN, and car2go, with transit in individual trips. These mixed-mode trips help solve the “last mile problem” by improving people’s ability to travel door-to-door. Further, these multimodal trips are faster than transit alone in many cases, and they are cheaper than taking a Lyft or Uber alone. A deep link in the itinerary results can send the trip information (origin & destination) to the Lyft or Uber application for quick booking. Other major improvements to OTP include a modern, mobile-friendly new user interface, on-the-fly adjustments to trips based on real-time transit vehicle locations, and safer, more comfortable pedestrian routing. Pelias has been enhanced as well; it now supports searches for transit points of interest and intersections, allows for custom boosting of data types, and is much easier to set up and host. The project also included enhancements to OpenStreetMap data and the RLIS Master Address File. The final result is a comprehensive Trip Planner and a robust geocoder that are powered by open data and can be replicated throughout the world.

Cycling Specific Navigation: The Data and Beyond
Christopher Moravec, Dymaptic
In a world where routing is built for cars, can a navigation app show us which roads are most well suited for cycling?
In Portland, there is quality bike infrastructure of many types: dedicated, protected, and shared bike lanes, greenways, and more. Routing apps often treat all bike lanes as equal, when those of us that cycle know they’re not. Cities and municipalities track the location of these lanes as they do other roads, but they don't track which ones are safer or cyclist preferred.
While it's possible to extract some of this information from existing sources, these sources carry their own biases. We believe we can leverage these data sources to create a cycling map that reduces anxiety and makes cycling as a primary mode of transportation more accessible.
Modern routing apps fall far short of helping make cycling more inclusive to users of different comfort levels, but the technology exists. Given a bike-dedicated routing application we could easily extract helpful information from more experienced cyclists, such as where they deviate from the suggested route. We could also help new cyclists get around more comfortably by avoiding hills, prioritizing certain paths, and generally helping them leverage the bike infrastructure in a better way.
Dymaptic is integrating voice recognition and traditional routing to cultivate a useful, user-friendly navigational solution. We're combining the most recent advances in A.I. to build a navigation app for the future, today. Join us.

Presentation: https://dymaptic.com/dy-presentations/cycling-nav-gis-in-action-2019.html 

Moderators
avatar for Paul Cone

Paul Cone

GIS Analyst, City of Portland
I create maps for Portland area emergency response and management agencies. I also am part of the PortlandMaps team. I got my BA in geography from PSU in 2005.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Vaillant

Matt Vaillant

Account Manager, Latitude Geographics
avatar for Madeline Steele

Madeline Steele

Electronic Survey Developer and Analyst, TriMet
avatar for Christopher Moravec

Christopher Moravec

CEO, Dymaptic
Data nerd and CEO Christopher Moravec has spent many years in Server Architecture, GIS Applications, Process Engineering, SQL, and more ArcGIS than he cares to admit. He enjoys learning new tech, tinkering with gadgets, and gardening.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 327/328

3:30pm

Emerging Professionals Career Panel
Things I Wish I Knew Before My First GIS Job for Emerging Professionals
The ORURISA Emerging Professionals are hosting a panel designed to help students and recent graduates prepare for their next job interview and for starting an entry-level GIS job. The session features emerging professionals who have been through the hiring process and can provide insight into the challenges and rewards of your first GIS job. Bring your questions for a panel discussion and Q&A. Information will also be provided about the new ORURISA Emerging Professional mentorship program.

All are welcome at this session! Registration for the GIS in Action conference is not required.



Moderators
avatar for Shivon Van Allen

Shivon Van Allen

GIS Technician, NW Natural
Shivon Van Allen is a GIS Technician at NW Natural and has a background in land use planning, technical writing, and project coordination. She earned her MS in Geography and Certificate in GIS from the University of Alabama and her BS in Environmental Studies and Film from Portland... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Gregg

Matthew Gregg

Student, Portland State University
Matthew Gregg is a graduate of Portland Community College's GIS certificate program and is currently pursuing his BS in Geography at Portland State University. Matthew focuses primarily on mapping political landscapes and exploring the territory between cartography and data visualization... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Micah Babinski

Micah Babinski

GIS Project Manager, ELYON International Inc
Micah Babinski was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He earned a Bachelor's majoring in Geography from the University of Washington in 2011, and has worked in the GIS industry since 2010. He is currently a GIS Project Manager with ELYON International, working... Read More →
avatar for Eric Stipe

Eric Stipe

GIS Supervisor, NW Natural
Eric Stipe is an experienced professional in the GIS field with a history of working in the utilities industry and academia. He is currently the GIS Supervisor at NW Natural, where he provides daily support and supervision to a staff of 11 GIS Technicians and Specialists. Before his... Read More →
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Sachi Arakawa

Planning Associate and GIS Analyst, Cascadia Partners
Sachi is a geographer and GIS analyst with a background in urban and regional planning. She has done planning work in both the public and private sectors, and currently works for an urban and regional planning firm doing mapping and data analysis. Previously Sachi worked in Community... Read More →
avatar for Katelyn Michelson

Katelyn Michelson

Engineering Technician, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Katelyn holds an MS in Geography from PSU. She started interning with Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) during her master's program, and collaborated with BES on her master's thesis. Her thesis explored the spatial characteristics and role of using citizen-science to assess urban... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 333

3:30pm

ArcGIS Enterprise Best Practices, Part 2 (Workshop)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, we will discuss how to successfully deploy ArcGIS Enterprise in your organization and 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.

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 April 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 296/298

5:00pm

Post-conference Social
The social is hosted by ORURISA Emerging Professionals, the Columbia River Region of ASPRS, and GIS in Action.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Growler USA 615 SW Harrison St, Suite B, Portland, OR 97201