Welcome to the 2019 TUgis Conference. TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University. TUgis is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The annual conference connects the Maryland GIS community to new ideas and trends and offers ample opportunities to find ways to collaborate.
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Thursday, August 8 • 1:15pm - 1:27pm
Digitizing Recreational Trails with Open LiDAR, Strava, and OpenStreetMap

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Recreational trail data is useful for understanding human transportation in recreational areas and to provide accurate trail maps. Trails that run deep in the woods are difficult to digitize using traditional cartographic methods. Dense tree cover interferes with GPS signals, making accurate ground survey challenging. Trails are hard to see in a typical heads-up-digitizing environment using leaf off imagery. However, the presenter devised a method to find these trails using a combination of freely available LiDAR data and open Strava heat maps. This presentation covers these methods with the goal of interpolating the precise geometry of off-road trails and integrating it into the OpenStreetMap project.

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Gabe Creighton

Project Manager, JMT Technology Group
Mr. Gabe Creighton has 16 years of experience providing GIS, data management, and analytical expertise in both the public and private sectors. For the past 6 years, he has supported state, county, and municipal clients in Maryland as a consultant and project manager. He applies analytical... Read More →

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Elliott Plack

Senior Business Analyst, KCI Technologies, Inc.
Elliott Plack is a senior business analyst focusing on configurable geospatial IT implementations in government at the consulting firm KCI Technologies, Inc. in Sparks, Maryland. He has been developing and using geographic information systems (GIS) since 2009. Elliott holds a Master... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:27pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204