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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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Wednesday, August 7
 

8:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall Set-up
Wednesday August 7, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

8:00am EDT

Registration Opens: Training and Exhibitor Arrival. Coffee Available
Check-in at the Second Floor Lobby.

Wednesday August 7, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Second Floor Lobby Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Big Data, IoT, BI, AI, ML and Blockchain
We often hear about these terms of emerging and disruptive technologies without a clear understanding of what they do, how they coexist, where they diverge, and how they interact with geospatial technology. This workshop provides a high level introduction to these emerging technologies, including technologies and data pipelines associated with both BI Tools and Big Data, as well as a basic introduction dealing with the origins and motivations for the Blockchain, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO’s) and decentralized Applications (dApp’s). The discussion also introduces the device integration technology known as the Internet of Things (IoT), positioned within a framework of process automation and then introduce methods in AI and Machine Learning (ML) that have become important to processing big data for policy learning and automation. Finally, we take a look at how these technologies are currently being utilized in the geospatial field.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McLoughlin

Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →
avatar for Karl Keller

Karl Keller

Consultant, JMT
Karl Keller is a technology consultant in the Emerging Technology Group at JMT and has a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. As a practitioner of AI and machine learning since the early 1980s, Karl is a leader in AI/ML both as a published... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 3101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

GISP Certification Application
This workshop provides information on the process for becoming a geographic information system certified professional (GISP) focusing on the application requirements and exam content. Recent changes in GISP certification process by the GIS Certification Institute will be discussed. GISCI has introduced the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam so any new applicant will be subject to this exam. The workshop highlights the portfolio requirements, online application process, and exam content.

Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Ground, Air, and/or In Between - When to Use Ground Surveying, Aircraft or UAS
This session covers today’s decision-making process for employing three automated surveying technologies when approaching a mapping project. The session presents considerations for using land surveying, aircraft, UAS and/or a combination of the three techniques for a particular mapping project. Consideration of scope, accuracy, precision, site location, site conditions, site access, FAA airspace limitations, deliverables, budget and schedule are all factors to be evaluated in order to be competitive, meet client requirements and expectations, and be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

Speakers
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Justin Lahman

President & CEO, AXIS GeoSpatial


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Working with CAD Data in a GIS World
Working with CAD data as a GIS professional can be a very frustrating experience, but one many of us deal with every day. What does ArcMap have to do with my CAD data when I add it to the map? Why can’t I edit it? What is the best way to export GIS data to CAD? Why is my Howard County wetland boundary showing up in Northern Africa? In this class, learn how Esri handles both AutoCad and Microstation files, and the best methods to export GIS data to both DWG and DGN file formats. This class involves open discussion and hands-on training. We will cover the use of seed files, CAD fields, DWG imports and exports, and a number of other tips and tricks I have picked up over my 23-years as a CADD Drafter and GIS Analyst.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Smith

Dan Smith

GIS Analyst/Project Manager, CEM


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 2101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

ArcGIS Pro: Tips & Tricks for Beginners and Beyond
Has your organization switched to ArcGIS Pro? In this workshop, you will learn some common practices and tips & tricks within ArcGIS Pro. This course introduces you to project structure and setup, and moves into tips & tricks for editing, symbolization, geoprocessing, labeling, time series, data visualization, sharing, customization, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Lynn

Sean Lynn

GIS Application Developer/Programmer, Washington College GIS Program
Sean Lynn is currently the GIS Application Developer/Programmer with the Washington College GIS Program. Lynn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2014. Lynn has been... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
LA 2329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Big Data Geoprocessing with the Postgres, QGIS, and Python
This course introduces attendees to the world of big data geoprocessing in the context of free and open source software. For the class you will learn how to load, prepare (pre-process), analyze, and present really large, nasty datasets. In the morning we’ll work together with some smaller datasets to help you understand the concepts and processes, and in the afternoon we’ll finish the class with some very large databases. Some of the concepts you’ll be introduced to are spatial databases, spatial indexing, spatial SQL, statistical and spatial procedures to summarize data, and the concepts of distributed and parallel processing. In the afternoon, we will harness the power of each computer in the room to process a really large data set. This is an advanced workshop, and not for novices. On the other hand, you don’t have to be a Mensa member, either. Rather, it is geared toward GIS analysts who are comfortable using GIS software like QGIS or ArcGIS. The course only has 15 available spots due to the deep nature of the subject matter.

Speakers
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Arthur Lembo

Technical Director, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC)


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4114 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Intermediate ArcGIS Online and MD iMAP
This course is intended for individuals with basic knowledge of ArcGIS Online and are already familiar with the MD iMAP program. Participants will discover Maryland data and consume it in ArcGIS Online; create and edit spatial data; perform analysis and create web maps; and publish web mapping applications using Web AppBuilder. An introductory level ArcGIS Online course (Thinking Spatially) can be accessed via https://imap.maryland.gov/Pages/training-online-course.aspx.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Nemphos

Christina Nemphos

GIS Specialist, TU Center for GIS
Christina Nemphos is a GIS specialist at the TU Center for GIS. She uses GIS technology to solve problems, create visualizations, and develop and deliver software training. She has over 10 years of experience and is currently pursuing a master's degree at TU.
avatar for Alex Mikulski

Alex Mikulski

GIS Specialist, Center for GIS
Alex is a GIS Specialist at Towson University’s Center for GIS, where she creates cartographic products and web-based maps and applications. She also develops technical processes, documentation, and delivers GIS training.


Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
LA 3330 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
LA 4150

Wednesday August 7, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

12:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Building Story Maps with ArcGIS
This course introduces students to innovative ways to communicate their stories to peers and easy approaches to share work using ESRI Story Maps. This course is for anyone who has a story to tell. Whether it’s a story about parks and recreation, public works, administrative services, or environmental protection, every story deserves to be told and ESRI Story Maps web application lets everyone share their work and bring attention to a particular topic. We will learn how different organizations using ESRI Story Maps to communicate their work, get hands-on practice with some of the most popular templates, learn how to incorporate state and federal resources (such as MD iMap, NOAA) into your stories and explore best practices for refining your ESRI Story Map. This workshop is designed for everyone and does not require any prior experience.

Speakers
avatar for Anastassiya Suprunova

Anastassiya Suprunova

GIS Analyst, ESRGC
Mrs. Suprunova earned her Bachelor of Science in Geodesy and Cartography from Karaganda State Technical University in 2011 and her Master's Degree in GIS Management in 2017 from Salisbury University. Anastassiya is the GIS analyst at Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative tasked... Read More →



Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:00pm EDT

The Language of Spatial Analysis Workshop
Spatial analysis is something we all do, whether we’re aware of it or not. It’s how we understand our world — knowing where things are, learning how places relate and interact, figuring out what it all means, and what decisions to make or actions to take. During this sessions, Esri staff will discuss the six pillars of the Language of Spatial Analysis, how they are applied and have a hands-on session for each pillar. We will discuss how those techniques are used in the ArcGIS Platform and show a new ways to leverage those skills in Insights for ArcGIS and some new Machine Learning/GeoAI patterns and techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Puzzo

Anthony Puzzo

Account Manager *speaker at conference, Esri
Anthony Puzzo is a senior-level Account Manager and Team Lead for Esri with the State & Local Government practice, based in Washington, DC. Esri is the world leader in geospatial information systems, which provides a powerful platform to discover, use, make and share geographic data... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Viverito

Matthew Viverito

solution engineer, Esri
Matt Viverito has over 18 years of GIS experience working with Federal, State, and Local government agencies. In August 2016, Matt joined Esri as a Solution Engineer to support State government customers. Prior to Esri Matt worked as GIS consultant for Dewberry, an engineering and... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 3101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:00pm EDT

Working with Topographic LiDAR in Maryland
This half-day course teaches best practices in working with available topographic LiDAR in the State of Maryland. In this workshop, you will learn how to access the latest topographic LiDAR data in Maryland for preparing, downloading, and processing on your local machine. We’ll start with compressed LAZ format point cloud data, showing you how to download, extract and organize the data efficiently for further processing in ArcGIS for Desktop. You will learn how to build LAS and mosaic datasets and explore the functionality of each. We will explore custom raster functions for a variety of LiDAR derivative products, as well as the functionality of the Image Analysis Window in ArcGIS for Desktop for quick and on-the-fly processing of LiDAR data. The last section of this course, briefly covers custom LiDAR focused ArcPy script tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their own storage device so they can keep the modules, script tools and derivative products from this workshop.

Speakers
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Logan Hall

GIS Analyst, ESRGC
Mr. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2013. Logan became an FAA certified Remote Pilot and earned his GISP Certification in 2018. Logan is a GIS Analyst tasked with providing support to a wide range of projects including LiDAR processing... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 2101 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:00pm EDT

Exhibitor Hall Open
Connect with partners and explore products, technologies, and solutions.

Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: ArcGIS: Smart Communities
Led by Keith Swavely, Esri

Smart cities and smart communities make the lives of their citizens better. Esri is the leader in spatial thinking and pioneers the technology that helps governments of all sizes build smart communities. With GIS technology, they can meet current challenges; rethink “business as usual” mindsets; and reimagine a community based on technological advances that support infrastructure needs, humans in crisis, climate change, and whatever else the future may bring.

Join Esri to learn about its smart community information system, which establishes four technology tenets governments need to deliver smart communities and smart cities.
  • Planning and Engineering
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Data Driven Performance
  • Civic Inclusion

The following is the tentative agenda for this Special Interest Group.
  • 2:00–2:45 ArcGIS Smart Communities Overview, Keith Swavely and Lauri Dafner, Esri
  • 2:45–3:15 Transforming Field Crews, Elliot Plack, KCI
  • 3:15–3:45 Amazing Maps Help Tell the Story, Andrew Bernish, MDOT, KFH
  • 3:45–4:00 Open Discussion

Speakers
avatar for Lauri Dafner

Lauri Dafner

Team Lead Solution Engineer, speaker at conference, Esri
Lauri Dafner is a Team Lead for Solution Engineers on the Esri State and Local Government team. She has been a Solution Engineer at Esri since 2012 and is focused on helping state and local governments solve problems and make better decisions through the use of GIS. Lauri attended... Read More →
avatar for Elliott Plack

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 →
avatar for Andrew Bernish

Andrew Bernish

Planner, Cartographer, GIS Analyst, MD Dept of Transportation, KFH Group, and George Washington University
Andrew is a transportation planner and GIS specialist with the KFH Group and currently is assigned to the Maryland Department of Transportation. His cartography has been recognized with a Special Achievement in GIS award by ESRI in 2019 and as a winner in the first annual ArcGIS for... Read More →
avatar for Keith Swavely

Keith Swavely

Account Manager,, Esri
Keith Swavely is an Account Executive for Local Governments with Esri. Keith has been in the Geospatial field for over 25 years and supports Local Government agencies by assisting with GIS best practices and implementing the ArcGIS Platform. He is a 1992 graduate of Penn State University... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Coding
Marty Roberge, Towson University

This is a support group for anyone who writes code. From simple scripting to software development, there are a lot of tools, techniques, and strategies that we have in common. Come share your experiences and learn how your colleagues have tackled the same issues that we all face. Java, Python, JavaScript—all are welcome.

Introductions: Who we are, what we do.
Discussion: Tell us about your current project. For work or something you do on your own time, we all have something we’re working on. Tell us about something you’ve posted to GitHub and want to advertise, or tell us about an obscure problem that you facing this week. Either way, it is great to get feedback from strangers with a common interest, and it’s fascinating to hear about how other people approach the same issues. Round robin format.
Demonstration: Contributing to Open-Source Projects What goes into making a useful contribution? How do you find a good project to make that first step? This presentation will mostly revolve around projects hosted on GitHub, but is language agnostic. The Contributor’s Guide is essential to figuring out how you can help a project, but there are unwritten things going on too—psychology, culture, personalities. Learn how to read through the commit history to learn about a project. Also, how does making a contribution help you?
Discussion: Testing How do you balance the need to ‘get stuff done’ in the short-term against the long-term need to keep a project maintainable? How do you find the balance between ‘cowboy’ coding and code-review processes that are so complex that it takes weeks to learn how to submit a pull-request? Is testing just a hassle that gets in the way? Or do you find yourself constantly having to be a unit-testing evangelist?
Future planning

Speakers
avatar for Marty Roberge

Marty Roberge

Professor, Towson University



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Elevation
Roger Barlow, United States Geological Survey; Erin Silva, Salisbury University; and Kevin Coyne, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The elevation special interest group will educate, inform, and support the advancement of Maryland elevation data. Our discussion will focus on active topics in the Maryland elevation community. These are expected to include the following:

  • Elevation Portal: Updates and discussion
  • Lidar Acquisition: Status updates on lidar acquisition for Ellicott City, Howard County and Lower Eastern Shore
  • Shoreline: Discussion of elevation topics pertaining to Maryland’s shorelines, including standards: Derivation, scale, source data, and tide coordination
  • Unifying Maryland data for and making it available via NOAA CUSP

Speakers
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Kevin Coyne

Program Manager, MD Dept. of Natural Resources
Kevin manages the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Center for Geospatial Products and Services. Part of DNR's Chesapeake and Coastal Service, his group works with various units within the agency to analyze and map ecological and environmental data to effectively manage... Read More →
avatar for Roger Barlow

Roger Barlow

Physical Scientist, USGS
Roger has been with USGS over 40 years and is active in state coordinating bodies in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, DC, and throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Roger chairs the New Jersey Elevation Task Force and the Maryland Elevation Work Group. Roger is also the Federal coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Erin Silva

Erin Silva

Project Manager, ESRGC


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Emerging Professionals
Michael Herzberger, GISP, CFM, Maryland Environmental Service; Anthony Dowell, AECOM; Patrick McLoughlin, Maryland Department of Information Technology; Christina Gladmon, Anne Arundel County; Mary Buffington, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative; and Michael Manen, Maryland Environmental Service

This session is designed to help attendees prepare for a career as a GIS professional, whether entering the GIS profession or looking for a refresher when shifting careers. Whether you are about to graduate college, making a change in your career, or looking to apply for a new job, this session will serve as a primer for attendees attempting to market themselves to prospective employers during the conference, and beyond. The session will include:

  • A panel discussion covering perspectives from numerous sectors of the GIS industry
  • Recommendations on how to prepare for submitting an application and interviewing for a job
  • Suggested areas to ensure you are well rounded
  • Questions and answers with industry and subject matter experts
  • Hands-on breakout sessions

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Dowell

Anthony Dowell

Associate Vice President, AECOM
avatar for Mary Buffington

Mary Buffington

Project Manager, ESRGC
As the manager of GIS projects at the ESRGC, Mary’s responsibilities include data analysis and visualization, project design, setup and oversight; and quality control. Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2007, a Master of Science... Read More →
avatar for Patrick McLoughlin

Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →
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Frank Klemm

Applications Specialist, Maryland Environmental Service
avatar for Christina Gladmon

Christina Gladmon

Geographic Information Systems Technician, Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.
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Michael Herzberger

Chief, Geospatial and Engineering Services, Maryland Environmental Service
Mr. Herzberger is Chief of the Geospatial and Engineering Services group of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES). MES is a not-for-profit Independent State agency. The organization focuses on working with both governmental and private sector clients to find innovative solutions... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Project Management & Leadership
Jeff Tirschman, PMP; Brad Spittel, PMP; and Feyi Ladejobi, PMP, CSM; KCI Technologies

The growing and evolving field of GIS technologies has placed a demand on project management professionals. This special interest group will explore project management and leadership best practices, opportunities, and challenges faced by the geospatial community. Our mission is to foster collaborative solutions with regards to project management within the geospatial community and identify opportunities for career growth and alignment of the skillsets of advanced geospatial professionals to the demand of project managers. This session will include:

  • Facilitated panel discussion
  • Client perspective on project management needs and desired outcomes
  • Emerging project managers and leadership roles
  • Discuss opportunities for skill set development to become a project manager and positioning yourself as a leader
  • Case study—How to manage a geospatial project?
  • Open questions and answers with the panel

Speakers
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Brad Spittel

Business Development Manager, KCI Technologies Inc., Geospatial Solutions
Has 15 years of GIS/IT experience leading large/small-scale requirements, design, database modeling, documentation processes, as well as, development, COTS configuration, testing, training and implementation services for GIS/IT solutions. His services are focused in the GIS/IT markets... Read More →
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Feyi Ladejobi

Project manager, KCI Technologies
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Jeff Tirschman

Regional Practice Leader - Geospatial Solutions, KCI Technologies
Jeff leads a team of 35 Geospatial professionals for KCI Technologies and has 20 years of experience in the field of GIS project management. Jeff has led numerous enterprise solution projects for state and local clients. Jeff is an adjunct professor for Towson University teaching... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Public Sector
Julia Fischer, Department of Information Technology

This meet-up is intended for public sector employees only. Members of the public sector (state, county, municipal, higher education and other associated government entities) will meet, in private, to discuss important statewide initiatives related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The participants will be briefed on and discuss current statewide initiatives to incorporate their thoughts on plans for future activities. The participants will also receive briefings and discuss current “hot topics” that are of general interest. Near the end of the SIG, sponsors will be given an opportunity to join the group, introduce themselves and offer a few words about their goals for the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

Geographic Information Officer, State of Maryland Department of IT
As the Geographic Information Officer for the State of Maryland my focus is to champion the benefits and expand the impact of applying geospatial data and technologies to address the business needs of our customers and our communities. Located within the Maryland Department of Information... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: QGIS
Introduction
Anne Canoune, Century Engineering

This session is intended for novice and experienced QGIS users alike. Four speakers will showcase how they use QGIS in their professional and side projects. Presentations will be 20 minutes long with five minutes for questions. We will wrap up the session with time for attendees to ask additional questions and some closing remarks regarding the QGIS Maryland User Group.

Presentations
Migrating Data Development from ArcGIS to an Open Source Stack
Shawn Pickett, Century Engineering
Setting up an efficient editing environment is a crucial part of any data development task. We will explore two editing environments, ArcGIS/QGIS and PostgreSQL, used for a multi-year data development project involving multiple consultants. In addition to technical considerations, this talk will address changes to the overall workflow of the project, project team communication, and lessons learned.

Updating a Campus Lighting Plan Using QGIS
Dave Hinton, Howard Community College
Dave will share how Howard Community College used QGIS to map the locations of its parking lot lamps.

Spatial Analysis Tools in QGIS
Jonathan Gross, City of Baltimore
Jonathan will discuss the processing toolbox and spatial statistics available in QGIS and compare those with the ones in ArcMap.

Working with QGIS 3D Canvas
Hannah Davis, Century Engineering
Using QGIS 3.4, Hannah will demonstrate how to transform, visualize and work with data in 3D. This discussion will cover a range of topics that include: data sources, 3D canvas navigation, configuration, working with various data types and multiple layers, styling and creating animations

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Gross

Jonathan Gross

Epidemiologist, Baltimore City Health Department
Mr. Gross is an epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department. He collects, analyzes, and maps data for several youth and trauma services programs. In addition, he assists with overdose prevention and space-time analysis: https://github.com/bchd/Nonfatal-Overdose-Surveillance... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Pickett

Shawn Pickett

Data Analyst, Century Engineering
Shawn works as a Data Analyst for Century Engineering focused on database design, Python / JavaScript development, and periodic data wrangling. Shawn is a 2014 Towson University Geography and Environmental Planning graduate (B.S.) and CCBC-Essex alumnus (Geospatial Applications... Read More →
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Anne Canoune

Application Developer, Century Engineering, Inc.
Anne is an Application Developer with Century Engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the geospatial industry working first as an analyst and then moving over to application development. She is passionate about open source software for GIS and is part of an effort to start... Read More →
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Hannah Davis

GIS Analyst, Century Engineering, Inc.
Hannah Davis received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Sociology from UMBC in 2014 and her Advanced GIS Certificate from CCBC in 2016. She is a GIS Analyst and a member of the Information and Spatial Solutions (IS2) team at Century Engineering.
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David Hinton

professor, howard community college



Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:00pm EDT

Special Interest Group Meeting: Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Jonathan Austin, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are shifting the data collection paradigm for mapping and surveying. These devices carry a wide variety of sensors that empower safer, less interruptive, faster, cheaper, and more effective ways to complete data collection. Whether you’re a Part 107 licensed pilot, or just starting to consider how to use drones in your mapping or survey workflows, please join the UAS special interest group to discuss these topics and network with like-minded professionals.

  • Introductions: Who are the folks in the room and why are they interested
  • Information regarding UAS activities in MD
  • Information regarding any legislation concerning UAS activities in MD Next steps: where do we go from here

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Austin

Jonathan Austin

Mobile LiDAR Project Manager, GPI Geospatial, Inc.
Jonathan Austin works for GPI Geospatial, Inc. as a Mobile LiDAR Project Manager in their Columbia, Maryland office. He has 9 years of experience in remote sensing and GPS data collection. In 2010, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Virginia Tech. He currently lives... Read More →


Wednesday August 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

4:00pm EDT

TUgis Signature Networking Happy Hour
Please join us in the Central Gallery and celebrate day 1 of the conference with our Networking Happy Hour! LA 4209 and LA 4211

Wednesday August 7, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

6:45pm EDT

Mappy Hour @ Charles Village Pub and Patio
Headed to TUgis this year? Join us at Charles Village Pub and Patio in Towson around 7ish after the TUgis Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday the 7th. Help us celebrate the one-year anniversary of the reborn MaptimeBmore by turning all that exciting TUgis energy into some awesome new mappy ideas! // https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/maptime_bmore/events/259445572

Wednesday August 7, 2019 6:45pm - 8:45pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
 
Thursday, August 8
 

8:00am EDT

Registration, Networking + Continental Breakfast
Check-in at the Second Floor Lobby

Thursday August 8, 2019 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Second Floor Lobby Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

A Practical Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Participants should expect to leave with an understanding of the foundations of AI/ML that will allow them to: 1) select good candidates for AI/ML applications, 2) launch and manage their own AI/ML projects, and 3) integrate the technology in practical ways over the life cycle of a product to enhance the intelligence of production applications.

Speaker: Karl Keller is a technology consultant in the Emerging Technology Group at JMT and has a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. As a practitioner of AI and machine learning since the early 1980s, Karl is a leader in AI/ML both as a published author in the ML sub-field of genetic algorithms and as an entrepreneur with the first commercially available ML rule-engine technology based on the SOAR cognitive architecture. Karl’s current focus is on leveraging the convergence of AI/ML, big data, and IoT technologies in practical engineering contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Keller

Karl Keller

Consultant, JMT
Karl Keller is a technology consultant in the Emerging Technology Group at JMT and has a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. As a practitioner of AI and machine learning since the early 1980s, Karl is a leader in AI/ML both as a published... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

Are You Ready for the 2022 Datum Change or "Why is My Data Moving?"
A panel discussion with Surveying and GIS professionals to discuss the upcoming National Geodetic Survey release of the horizontal coordinate and vertical elevation systems in 2022. It will cover what is NATRF2022 and NAPGD2022, the two new acronyms you will being seeing a lot. Why newly collected features may be 6 feet different from the same features already in your database. What are the GIS vendors doing to prepare for the change.

Speakers: James Shaw, Maryland Society of Surveyors; David Doyle, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services; Alan Dragoo, Maser Consulting

Alan R. Dragoo is a licensed surveyor in Maryland and was employed for 27 years by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, MD, where he was a geodetic project manager in charge of high precision horizontal and vertical geodetic surveying projects using GPS and classical methods in support of the WSSC Control Network. Alan also worked at Trimble Navigation for eight years as a technical support representative. He also worked for Keystone Precision Instruments for eight years as sales manager for land survey products. He currently serves as assistant survey department manager at Maser Consulting in Sterling, VA.


Speakers
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James Shaw

Professional Land Surveyor, JMT Technology Group
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David Doyle

Owner, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Service
Dave Doyle has been involved in geodetic surveying since 1967. He joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972 and functioned in various positions dealing with national adjustments and datum transformation and outreach to the surveying and geospatial community. He held the position... Read More →
avatar for Alan Dragoo

Alan Dragoo

Surveyor, Maser Consulting
Alan R. Dragoo is a licensed surveyor in Maryland and was employed for 27 years by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, MD, where he was a geodetic project manager in charge of high precision horizontal and vertical geodetic surveying projects using GPS and... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Industry Talks, Planning

9:00am EDT

GISCorps: Putting GIS Volunteers into Action
URISA’s (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) GISCorps coordinates short term volunteer GIS services to underserved communities worldwide. Since its inception in October 2003, the Corps has attracted over 5,000 volunteers from 82 countries. To date, GISCorps has deployed hundreds of volunteers to over 200 missions. These volunteers have contributed over 15,000 working hours in emergency and non-emergency response missions in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the United States. This talk will include information about several GISCorps’ implemented missions as well as the GISCorps volunteering process.

Speaker: Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP; CEO of Data Transfer Solutions, has over 25 years of professional experience in GIS, asset management, and software development. Allen has been involved in URISA for over 20 years and is a past president of the organization. He has been involved in the GISCorps Core Committee for over 10 years. Allen holds a master’s in geography and urban planning from the University of Iowa.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

President, Data Transfer Solutions
Will submit at later date


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Industry Talks

9:00am EDT

ISO 55000, Asset Management, and the Critical Role of GIS
Presented by the USA delegation chair to ISO 55000, this talk will explain exactly what the ISO 55000 asset management standard is, how it creates value, why you should adopt it, and how to rapidly begin applying it to your organization using GIS. The talk will demonstrate why and how the GIS federation of asset information is a best practice for enterprise asset management.

Speaker: Ryen Tarbet has 25 years professional experience in asset management business consulting and technical asset management software implementation. He is the current chair of the U.S. committee to ISO 55000, the international standard on asset management. He is a subject matter expert in the use of geographic information systems in asset management, has specific expertise in capital renewal, and investment planning for infrastructure and its spatial-temporal analysis. Ryen holds a graduate degree in geography (GIS) from the University of California, Davis and studied finance at the UC Davis graduate school of business.

Speakers
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Ryen Tarbet

Chair - US Technical Advisory Group, ISO 55000


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

The (R)evolution of GIS in Public Safety
GIS in support of public safety has evolved dramatically over the last decade. Public safety practitioners are excited about, buying into, asking for, and investing in GIS. The evolution of technology has facilitated cross-collaboration in the industry. GIS has also become more accessible, allowing operators in the field and command to leverage the power of GIS in real-time no matter if they are in the same room or miles apart. We are shifting rapidly into an era of geo-enabling decision-makers, field teams, the public, and even our plans. This shift is freeing up GIS analysts to perform the ‘So What?’ analysis—moving beyond “making maps” to providing decision-makers with actionable information to save lives and improve the outcomes of survivors.

Speaker: Tari Martin, GISP, is a program manager with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, where she is responsible for managing a team of technologists in the development of technology solutions used by emergency managers and first responders in the field, at the Incident Command Post, and in the Emergency Operations Center. She also serves as a lead subject matter expert in the design and curation of location-enabled tools and resources for risk analysis, preparedness planning, and exercise design and conduct. Tari holds a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland College Park.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa  Martin, GISP

Theresa Martin, GISP

Director, National & Federal, National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation
Theresa Martin, GISP is the Director of National and Federal Programs for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, where she is responsible for managing a team of technologists in the development of technology solutions used by emergency managers and first responders... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

The Cybersecurity Threat Landscape
Ransomware has become a common attack vector, with recent attacks against Baltimore City, Georgia's Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts, Lake City, FL, and Key Biscayne, FL in the news. Some attacks are the result of nation-state actions, like the June 2017 attack against Maersk which caused $250 million (or more) in damages. Other attacks are like the 2013 Target breach, which attacked point of sale servers. Attackers are becoming more sophisticated and have learned new ways to monetize their attacks. Organizations of all sizes and types need to be aware of these emerging threats. We will discuss types of cybersecurity threats organizations face today, from phishing to credential-stealing to ransomware, and look at methods to mitigate their risks.

Speaker: Mike O’Leary, Ph.D., is a professor at Towson University and the founding director of the School of Emerging Technologies. He has developed and teaches hands-on capstone courses in computer security for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has coached the Towson University Cyber Defense Club to the finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Speakers
avatar for Michael O'Leary

Michael O'Leary

Director, Center for Applied Information Technology - Towson University
Mike O’Leary is a professor at Towson University and the founding Director of the School of Emerging Technologies. He developed and teaches hands-on capstone courses in computer security for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has coached the Towson University Cyber Defense... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

9:00am EDT

UAS Research Shaping the Geospatial Landscape Today and Tomorrow
The uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are exploding across practically every application and industry imaginable. This use builds on advances in processing, sensor development, and communications, to name just a few. It also builds on work being done in other domains and is contributing to the evolution of automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. We will discuss the technical solutions and challenges, specifically, as they apply to GIS, the teams and individuals that are doing the work, as well as the regulatory landscape and the future of UAS markets, locally, and globally.

Speaker: Matt Scassero is the director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, where he focuses the resources and efforts of the state of Maryland on working with the FAA to integrate UAS into the national airspace, and enabling public access to these valuable assets to empower a flourishing civil and commercial UAS industry. His focus is to lead the University’s efforts to be a premier force in advancing UAS safely, efficiently and effectively, while delivering products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.

Moderators
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Jonathan Austin

Mobile LiDAR Project Manager, GPI Geospatial, Inc.
Jonathan Austin works for GPI Geospatial, Inc. as a Mobile LiDAR Project Manager in their Columbia, Maryland office. He has 9 years of experience in remote sensing and GPS data collection. In 2010, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Virginia Tech. He currently lives... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Scassero

Matt Scassero

Director, University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site
anything involving research with unmanned aircraft systems



Thursday August 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Industry Talks

10:00am EDT

Networking Break
Thursday August 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:00am EDT

Exhibitor Hall Open
Connect with partners and explore products, technologies, and solutions.

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

GIS Cloud Migration - Experience Based Solutions
Moving your GIS in part or in its entirety to the cloud has some attractive attributes: lower I.T. cost, lower hardware cost, lower maintenance cost, and much less downtime. As cloud resource providers expand their offerings for virtualization and storage, competition between them is driving down cost. These recent developments have positioned many GIS departments to move many of their services and most of their data off site. The upgrades in availability, scalability and managed infrastructure have made cloud migration a logical and equitable option for many. However, this move offsite does present some challenges: how to efficiently use the variety of storage and access options available, ways to mitigate costs without compromising functionality, and how to implement a disaster recovery plan. Perhaps the most difficult challenge is how to train staff and users to effectively adopt the changes that come along with new systems and processes. After migrating our own data and that of several clients, we have developed some strategies to overcome the inherent obstacles presented. One of the first tasks is probably the most important to the sucess of your migration project, selecting a hosting provider. There are many options some more well know than others, we found that by trying out the tools and processes for a provider we could get a feel for what working in that environment every day would be like and if that was an environment we felt comfortable in.
Also, test the customer support, call your account manager, try to get an engineer on the phone, time these tasks and see what platform offers a level of service you would expect on a production deployment. We would like to share our hard lessons learned and ideas on ways to make your migration as smooth as possible.

Moderators
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CarolAnn Williams

GIS Analyst, WBCM
CarolAnn is a GIS Analyst for WBCM working with the Prince George's County DPW&T - Office of Highway Maintenance. She supports maintenance operations for stormwater management, transportation management, road maintenance, snow operations, and other special services within the org... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Bratcher

Technical Lead, Atlas Geographic Data
A graduate of the Appalachian State University geography program and GIS professional for the past 15 years. Technical lead for Atlas Geographic Data for the past 10 years.
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Tyler Simmons

IT Lead, Atlas Geographic Data
Graduate of the UNC Wilmington Masters of Public Administration program. Manages more than 60 websites and project manager on several gis cloud migration projects.


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

An Introduction to ArcGIS HUB
ArcGIS Hub allows organizations to organize and engage communities around policy initiative. It uses data, visualization, analytics, and collaboration technology to support data-driven work on policy initiatives and measure the impacts. During this presentation we will introduce the concept of Hub and how you can leverage it in your existing ArcGIS environment. We will also walk through existing examples from all levels of government. Finally, we will go behind the scenes and show you how to build a Hub site and use it to foster 2 way engagement with the community

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Puzzo

Anthony Puzzo

Account Manager *speaker at conference, Esri
Anthony Puzzo is a senior-level Account Manager and Team Lead for Esri with the State & Local Government practice, based in Washington, DC. Esri is the world leader in geospatial information systems, which provides a powerful platform to discover, use, make and share geographic data... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Viverito

Matthew Viverito

solution engineer, Esri
Matt Viverito has over 18 years of GIS experience working with Federal, State, and Local government agencies. In August 2016, Matt joined Esri as a Solution Engineer to support State government customers. Prior to Esri Matt worked as GIS consultant for Dewberry, an engineering and... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Reading Room (4th Floor) Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  ESRI Reading Room

10:30am EDT

Integrating GIS with Asset Management Applications for the Baltimore City Subsurface Utility Network
The Baltimore City Conduit Division performs engineering, maintenance, construction and inspection of conduit infrastructure within the city’s right of way and ensures accurate reviews between submissions provided by developers, contractors or internal agencies/resources and Permit granting authorities. GIS applications such as ArcMap and ArcFM have historically been applied and customized for processes related to field data capture and analysis thereby allowing proper review, approval and oversight of proposed conduit facilities. As an enterprise funded division of the City, the leasing of space in the more than 12,000 utility manholes (with over 1,600 miles of conduit) to power utility, telecommunications and fiber optic companies, is the primary method its operational revenue is generated for new builds and maintenance. The Conduit Manager Extension in ArcFM, developed by Schneider Electric, a leading company in digital transformation of energy management and automation is the primary application used to build underground facility diagrams for each manhole structure and to capture occupancy updates. From this data, a series of analytical processes can occur to produce industry specific products to determine occupancy, ownership and configuration. The latest development supporting business intelligence and asset monitoring is integrating an asset management application process called Cityworks, the leading GIS-centric system for public asset management supporting linking assets with work requests. In addition, a hybrid application called Activity Manager allows the manhole inspectors to electronically update the duct occupancy as well as the exact linear footage. This process allows the city to digitally document the occupancy updates “near real time” and generate reports and dashboards based on those updates for accounting and/or billing.

Moderators
avatar for Kendrick Faison

Kendrick Faison

President, SpatialGIS, LLC
Kendrick O. Faison is the President/CEO for SpatialGIS. Mr. Faison is no stranger to the Maryland GIS Community. He has served in many capacities managing local, state and federal GIS programs. Mr. Faison started his GIS career at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA... Read More →

Speakers
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Claudia Turkson

GIS Analyst, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Both Eric Goods and Claudia Turkson have worked in tandem on utility projects for various units in the City of Baltimore but have been primarily focused on conduit or “dry” utilities. They have participated in the design, development, customization and migration of GIS applications... Read More →
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Eric Goods

GIS Technician, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Both Eric Goods and Claudia Turkson have worked in tandem on utility projects for various units in the City of Baltimore but have been primarily focused on conduit or “dry” utilities. They have participated in the design, development, customization and migration of GIS applications... Read More →
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Joseph Weinstein

GIS Analyst, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Joseph Weinstein obtained his Associate of Applied Sciences in Geospatial Applications from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2015, including a certificate in Advanced Geospatial Applications. In October of 2018 he was hired as a GIS Analyst for the Baltimore City Department... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

The Use of GIS in Baseline Data Collection and Public Outreach for Baltimore DOT Comprehensive Transportation Plan
As the second largest agency in Baltimore City, the Department of Transportation maintains 4,750 lane miles of roadways, 248 bridges, 3,600 miles of sidewalks, curbing, and gutter, 400 miles of alleys, 20,000 linear feet of retaining walls , 26 million linear feet of conduit, 1,400 signalized intersections, 16 BCDOT facilities, 12 buses, and city wide bicycle facilities and pedestrian lighting. BCDOT is proceeding towards preparing a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Baltimore City and has defined a three-phase process to develop the Plan. The objectives of phase I (baseline Data Collection) consisted of compiling relevant recommendations from current plans, studies, and existing conditions reports as well as coordinating with stakeholder agencies; and then reviewing the recommendations. Phase II (stakeholder/public engagement) was for elected officials and community engagement to validate the plans and establish priorities. The actual draft of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan will be prepared in Phase III (starting from winter 2019).

During phase I and phase II, GIS technology has been proven to be a very significant tool. The research materials have been complied in spreadsheets and Onbase library and lastly incorporated into various atlas maps and interactive maps. The last 10 years of transportation related recommendations have been laid out in a user friendly GIS based web application. To showcase the progression of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, a story map has been developed to reach out to both City Council members as well as the general public. Furthermore the public meeting venues, dates and public attendance have been projected on an interactive map. By the completion of the final plan, all transportation recommendations categories will be shared with a series of interactive web maps in a gallery.

Moderators
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Adam Travis

GIS/CADD Specialist, Savin Engineers, P.C.

Speakers
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Bineeta Sihota

GIS Analyst, City of Baltimore, MD
Bineeta Sihota has Doctorate and master’s degrees in Geography from the Agra University, India. Her PhD thesis “Status of Basic Social Facilities and their Planning in Aligarh City (India)” is focused on the spatial distribution of Basic social facilities (including Education... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

Capturing and Processing UAV Aerial Imagery for 3D Models
GIS professionals are increasingly using drones as a cost-effective way to collect high-resolution data for clients and other stakeholders. Drone technology allows professionals to conveniently collect data in areas that are difficult to access on foot, in detail that cannot be captured by traditional methods of aerial imagery collection. In this session, we will outline a typical UAV data-collection workflow for creating 3D models using a DJI Phantom IV. We will showcase post-processing techniques used to create high-resolution photogrammetry, and discuss potential applications in asset management, damage assessment, and planning.

Moderators
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Scott Jeffrey

GISP Community College of Baltimore County, School of Technology, Art & Design

Speakers
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Nathan Phillips

Data Analyst, Century Engineering, Inc.
Nathan Phillips received his Bachelor's Degree in Geography from the University of Delaware in 2017. He is a member of the Information and Spatial Solutions (IS2) team at Century Engineering, where he works as a Data Analyst.
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Hannah Davis

GIS Analyst, Century Engineering, Inc.
Hannah Davis received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Sociology from UMBC in 2014 and her Advanced GIS Certificate from CCBC in 2016. She is a GIS Analyst and a member of the Information and Spatial Solutions (IS2) team at Century Engineering.


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

High-Accuracy Data Collection with Esri’s Collector: Is MSL Possible? A Case Study with Greensboro NC Water Resources
The popularity of Esri’s Collector for field data collection continues to grow, in large part because of its ease-of-use and low-cost deployment. On its own, Collector does not provide high-quality and the most accurate location data. With the shift toward Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GNSS receivers paired with Collector, we can now efficiently capture accurate location data horizontally, but what about vertically? This presentation will detail what MSL (or Orthometric Height) is, why users need it and how Greensboro Water Resources has implemented the acquisition of MSL in their Collector deployment. There will be a particular focus on the acquisition of reliable and accurate vertical MSL values with a mapping-grade GNSS receiver.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Spangler

Julie Spangler

Business Development Specialist, JMT
Ms. Julie Spangler has 19 years of experience providing GIS and database management support to state and local government organizations. She excels at strategic planning and has served as a trusted GIS advisor to the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration and MDOT Maryland Transportation... Read More →

Speakers
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York Grow

Sales Manager, Duncan-Parnell
York has served the geospatial community with GPS solutions for over 20 years in the mid-Atlantic area. He now manages a sales team with territory from this region down to Florida. York enjoys the challenges of changing technology and how to solve customer problems with effective... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

Providing Traffic Safety Data through GIS
Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is currently working on a wide variety of projects that span a gamut including environmental analysis, criminal data analysis, and traffic safety analysis. The focus of this presentation is to discuss how the GIS Program is leveraging the powers of GIS to work with law enforcement, emergency medical services, educators, and engineers, throughout the state of Maryland to help reduce fatalities, severe crashes, and crashes overall.

Moderators
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Charlene Howard

Manger, Planning Data Resources, MWCOG

Speakers
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Sean Lynn

GIS Application Developer/Programmer, Washington College GIS Program
Sean Lynn is currently the GIS Application Developer/Programmer with the Washington College GIS Program. Lynn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2014. Lynn has been... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

Smart GIS for Smart Cities
The idea of a 'Smart City' refers to a Data Driven City, which theoretically would fully exploit all the areas of data science - from data visualization to predictive analytics and everything in between to solve problems of day to day city/county operations and to prepare our cities/governments for the future. Because of the gradual integration of machine learning algorithms and other 'data science' tools into GIS (which itself is an area of data science) - GIS is becoming more and more powerful that could be exploited for 'smart city' initiatives.

This presentation will discuss the opportunities and appropriateness of GIS to make our cities and governments smarter.

Moderators
avatar for Linda Loubert

Linda Loubert

Associate Professor, Economics, Morgan State University

Speakers
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Mehdi Khan

GIS Program Manager, Anne Arundel County
Mehdi Khan started his career as an Architect and worked in several architectural, construction and planning projects in different countries as a design professional. He has always been interested in using technology to improve built environment, which led him to study IT/GIS and... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

Maryland NG911 Strategic Plan
The ENSB, DoIT, MSGIC NG911 Subcommittee, and MCP will present the NG911 GIS Strategic Plan to guide State, County and Local GIS efforts in support of NG911 migrations across the State. This Collaborative effort defines roles, standards, interoperability requirements, staffing and systems necessary to facilitate the statewide NG911 effort. The panel will discuss the plan and the broader scope of the contract in supporting implementation of the plan recommendations.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

Geographic Information Officer, State of Maryland Department of IT
As the Geographic Information Officer for the State of Maryland my focus is to champion the benefits and expand the impact of applying geospatial data and technologies to address the business needs of our customers and our communities. Located within the Maryland Department of Information... Read More →
avatar for Robert Horne

Robert Horne

Consultant, MCP
Robert is the Project Manager for the ENSB GIS Support Contract awarded to Mission Critical Partners, llc (MCP) in January 2019. This effort is a continuation of a support contract with the ENSB for 2017-2018.


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

Lifecycle Asset Management
Municipalities and Departments of Transportation face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. These agencies are under pressure to improve efficiencies, boost productivity, and effectively manage resources and assets. Asset management can play a major role in helping agencies cope with these challenges. In this intermediate-level workshop, the presenters will discuss how asset management programs can assist these agencies in managing assets during the entire period from deployment to retirement. Specific topics include:• data collection methods
• emerging data collection technologies
• software solutions
• mobile GIS solutions
• information management and decision support tools
• life cycle management
• condition inspections
• asset valuation
• factoring in risk
• project aggregation
• working with budget constraints
• dashboards
• reporting

Speakers
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

President, Data Transfer Solutions
Will submit at later date


Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4315 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

10:30am EDT

11:00am EDT

A Conversational Mapping Application: Adding a Bot to Your Application Using Amazon Lex
Keyboards are on the verge of becoming “quaint” as more end users turn to conversational interfaces. These interfaces, or bots, offer the user a more convenient means of accessing and understanding data. For example, a user who is not adept at SQL would find it much easier to ask questions in a conversational style than to [perhaps] arrive at the same answer through syntax research and lots of trial and error. A bot eliminates this knowledge barrier and allows the user to ask more sophisticated questions of the data. It opens their imagination to all the questions the data might be able to answer and brings them closer to understanding the “Why?” instead of just “Who?”, “What?”, “When?” and “Where?”.

There are three major Natural Language Processing (NLP) platforms: Microsoft LUIS, IBM Watson Conversation, and Amazon Lex. In this talk we’ll focus on Amazon Lex and the ways in which a developer might want to incorporate it into their application. We’ll show how we added Amazon Lex to a mapping application and discuss the questions that informed our development decisions such as: “What type of end user might benefit from this service?”, “What should a user be able to do via voice command?”, and probably the most important question, “Is this a good use case?”.

Moderators
avatar for Linda Loubert

Linda Loubert

Associate Professor, Economics, Morgan State University

Speakers
avatar for Eric Czajkowski

Eric Czajkowski

Sr Application Developer, Century Engineering, Inc.
Will update.
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Anne Canoune

Application Developer, Century Engineering, Inc.
Anne is an Application Developer with Century Engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the geospatial industry working first as an analyst and then moving over to application development. She is passionate about open source software for GIS and is part of an effort to start... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

Deploying Serverless GIS Applications with Amazon Web Services and ArcGIS
What is serverless computing? It is a term that gets thrown around as a buzzword frequently, but ranges from Relational Databases hosted in a cloud environment to Function as a Service (FaaS), where a software engineer can develop applications without needing to worry about building and maintaining the infrastructure usually necessary to create these applications.

Serverless computing (more specifically, in this presentation, FaaS), can have significant benefits over traditional application deployment methods, including higher stability and availability, isolation from neighboring programs with conflicting dependencies, reduced cost, increased performance for more regions across the globe, and increased redundancy in the event of catastrophe. However, many GIS organizations are not taking full advantage of these benefits.

In this talk, I will discuss these concepts, the benefits of not needing to manage your own servers, and give a demonstration and how-to on deployment of serverless, cloud-based GIS applications using Amazon Web Services' Lamdba, s3, and Fargate services.

Moderators
CW

CarolAnn Williams

GIS Analyst, WBCM
CarolAnn is a GIS Analyst for WBCM working with the Prince George's County DPW&T - Office of Highway Maintenance. She supports maintenance operations for stormwater management, transportation management, road maintenance, snow operations, and other special services within the org... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mattaini

Michael Mattaini

GIS Developer, EBA Engineering, Inc
Michael Mattaini is a Full-Stack Software Developer who has worked in the GIS and Civil Engineering Industries since 2014 at EBA Engineering, Inc (previously GeographIT). Prior to that, he studied Marine & Freshwater Ecology, Wildlife & Conservation, and Environmental Science at Gettysburg... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

At the Intersection of Asphalt and Forest: Geospatial Analysis of Wildlife Collisions, Landscapes, and Roads as a Planning Tool to Mitigate Highway Impacts to Wildlife
To assist the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration in its mission to make Maryland roads safer, Coastal Resources Inc. (CRI) provided geospatial analysis support to examine wildlife-vehicle collision data, traffic data, and landscape analysis. Through data analysis and subsequent field reviews of proposed SHA projects, upcoming bridge replacements were recommended for wildlife mitigation, utilizing guidance developed from CRI’s geospatial analysis. To support future projects, a comprehensive wildlife mitigation geodatabase was developed to provide baseline analysis of SHA’s bridges, and populated with the field review results. Future analysis recommendations included streamlining roadkill data collection, rolling reviews of upcoming projects to track them within the wildlife mitigation geodatabase, and wildlife corridor analysis to examine the “natural” highways used by wildlife that cross our own highways to further reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.

Moderators
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Adam Travis

GIS/CADD Specialist, Savin Engineers, P.C.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Montgomery

Alison Montgomery

Environmental Scientist, Coastal Resources Inc.
Alison Montgomery is an Environmental Scientist with Coastal Resources Inc. (CRI), with a background in ArcGIS software and applications, including ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, Python scripting, Microsoft Access, database development and management, and hydrological and landscape modeling... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

ArcGIS Mobile Workflows
Learn how to use ArcGIS apps to help plan, coordinate, run and monitor field operations. In this session we will demonstrate how ArcGIS Apps (Workforce, Navigator, Collector, Survey123, Explorer, Operations Dashboard) work together to optimize field work. We will also highlight new capabilities. Including new capabilities with Collector for ArcGIS and a new product called Tracker for ArcGIS which enables organizations to capture the tracks of field staff, monitor where they are, and analyze where they have been.

Speakers
avatar for Lauri Dafner

Lauri Dafner

Team Lead Solution Engineer, speaker at conference, Esri
Lauri Dafner is a Team Lead for Solution Engineers on the Esri State and Local Government team. She has been a Solution Engineer at Esri since 2012 and is focused on helping state and local governments solve problems and make better decisions through the use of GIS. Lauri attended... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Reading Room (4th Floor) Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

Charting the Course: Uses of Topographic and Topobathymetric Lidar
How many ways can you use high resolution elevation data? Have you explored all the possibilities, and all the potential applications? If not, this presentation will highlight some of the ways that high resolution Topographic and Topobathymetric lidar is being used to create seamless elevation datasets covering our nations shoreline, as well as areas impacted by natural disasters like Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. This presentation will also provide an overview of how these elevation datasets can be used to support emergency response operations, and also the process of developing nautical charts.

Moderators
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Scott Jeffrey

GISP Community College of Baltimore County, School of Technology, Art & Design

Speakers
avatar for Sid Pandey, CSM

Sid Pandey, CSM

Senior Geospatial Technology Manager, Dewberry Engineers Inc.
Sid is an associate and senior geospatial analyst with several years of experience providing geospatial and technology services in support of federal, state and local clients. He regularly works with emergency management, asset management, geospatial, engineering, programming and... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

Implementing GIS for Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate
This presentation will explain how GIS was implemented for Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate (JHFRE). An office that provides facilities, planning, design, construction, and real estate services for Johns Hopkins, the amount of spatial and spatially related data that flows through the office, as well as the many decisions made within the group, made for the ideal case for implementing GIS. Cumulating with an online GIS application for the office’s stakeholders, the GIS team has completed the beginning step in the larger vision - to use GIS as the data hub for all of the office’s enterprise systems. With essentially no GIS or spatially compiled data, the office prioritized data collection and compilation in an effort to establish an authoritative basemap. Once the basemap was established, the team worked with the office’s internal stakeholders to determine operational layers that could be created as part of the first phase of GIS. The team implemented the latest Esri Enterprise software to manage and publish the data. In addition to details of how the data was compiled and organized in an enterprise geodatabase, the presentation will provide technical tips and tricks used within Esri’s out-of-the-box solution and detail how WebApp Builder was used to create the application that has been served out to the stakeholders. Most importantly, the GIS team is currently working through the lessons learned during this first phase. Included in these, is how the team is working to increase the user base and usage of the online application through one-on-one sessions with JHFRE staff, additional GIS services, and adding additional data layers to the application.

Moderators
avatar for Kendrick Faison

Kendrick Faison

President, SpatialGIS, LLC
Kendrick O. Faison is the President/CEO for SpatialGIS. Mr. Faison is no stranger to the Maryland GIS Community. He has served in many capacities managing local, state and federal GIS programs. Mr. Faison started his GIS career at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gabe Borroni

Gabe Borroni

Sr. GIS Analysis, JMT
Mr. Gabe Borroni is a Sr. GIS Analyst with JMT Technology Group. He has over a decade of experience working in the A/E/C industry, specializing in transportation systems and infrastructure. His skillset includes GIS data collection, editing, manipulation, and spatial analysis. Mr... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

Custom Reporting Using Esri’s Survey123 Application
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) Cultural Resources Section is tasked with identifying historic resources that are within the I-495/I-270 Managed Lanes Study Area. That group is responsible for submitting Determination of Eligibility (DOE) forms for these resources to the Maryland Historical Trust. Eligible resources include approximately 300 identified items that are 40 years of age and older (based on the 1978 construction year). Traditionally, the forms were manually compiled using a costly and time-consuming process. Mr. Siwinski and Mr. Plack of MDOT SHA’s GIS team were tasked with streamlining the processing using the new, integrated reporting functionality in Esri’s Survey123 application. Paired with tools such as Collector for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and Google Photos, the duo was able to automate the form generation process.

Moderators
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Charlene Howard

Manger, Planning Data Resources, MWCOG

Speakers
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Chad Siwinski

GIS Analyst, JMT Technology Group
Mr. Siwinski holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Planning with a minor in GIS from Towson University. He is currently serving JMT Technology Group as a GIS Analyst and has been there for over four years. Mr. Siwinski consulted on-site part-time at the Maryland... Read More →
avatar for Elliott Plack

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 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:00am EDT

Persuading Engineers to Put Away the Paper
It’s an exciting time to be a GIS professional. The barriers to developing and sharing geospatial data have been dramatically lowered. Commercial-off-the-shelf solutions like Collector for ArcGIS can be quickly configured to support field collection, and standing up a web application to share your data can be done in a matter of hours, not weeks. Sometimes the hardest part of your job is convincing stakeholders to try using these tools. In this presentation, we will talk about how to make the case to your co-workers to put away the paper and use their mobile devices to collect data, and monitor project progress in real time from their desktop. Topics will include how to build relationships with people in your organization, how to raise awareness about available tools, identifying and leveraging advocates within your organization, and measuring and reporting return on investment.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Spangler

Julie Spangler

Business Development Specialist, JMT
Ms. Julie Spangler has 19 years of experience providing GIS and database management support to state and local government organizations. She excels at strategic planning and has served as a trusted GIS advisor to the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration and MDOT Maryland Transportation... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:30am EDT

Exhbitor Showcase: Masters Programs in GIS and GEOINT at the University of Maryland
The Master's Programs at the University of Maryland in Geospatial Information Sciences and Geospatial Intelligence are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date education on geospatial technology, theory, and applications. The courses cover spatial analysis, statistics, programming, databases, modeling, remote sensing, Web GIS, Mobile GIS, big data analytics, drones for data collection, Open Source GIS, and others. Both Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates are offered. All courses are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. All courses are offered in traditional classrooms or GIS labs and simultaneously broadcast online. The online teaching is interactive and dynamic through WebEx, very much like sitting in a real classroom. Now accepting students for both fall and spring enrollment!

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Resop

Jonathan Resop

Senior Lecturer, University of Maryland
Jonathan Resop is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland in the Department of Geographical Sciences. Jonathan earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Biological Systems Engineering. At Virginia Tech he worked on projects related to spatial modeling and remote sensing, in particular... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:30am EDT

Exhibitor Showcase: ESRGC: Taking Partnerships Places
More to come soon.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Buffington

Mary Buffington

Project Manager, ESRGC
As the manager of GIS projects at the ESRGC, Mary’s responsibilities include data analysis and visualization, project design, setup and oversight; and quality control. Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2007, a Master of Science... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Exhibitor Showcase

11:30am EDT

Exhibitor Showcase: JMT: DiSC: A Communication Tool to Build a Winning Team
Speaker: Candice Ottley-Francois, PMP, GISP

Have you ever been in a meeting that is dominated by one person, while other meeting participants with valuable information to share stay silent? Why are some people very cautious and never speak up, while others can talk for hours without taking a breath? Are these kinds of interactions holding you and your team back? How can you encourage everyone to contribute?

Effective communication is an essential skill for everyone on a project team, and it is one that you can continually improve upon no matter where you are in your career. This talk will introduce an assessment system called DiSC, which you can use gain insight into your behavior and learn ways to adapt to others to create stronger relationships. We will discuss the traits of each type of behavior, identify potential blind spots for each trait, and outline the best ways to communicate based on traits.

Speakers
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Candice Ottley-Francois

Transportation Technology Manager, JMT Technology Group
Ms. Ottley-Francois is JMT Technology Group’s Transportation Technology Manager. She has 13 years of experience leveraging technology to support decision making and reporting in transportation markets. Over the course of her career, she has served as a GIS analyst, business analyst... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:30am EDT

Exhibitor Showcase: KCI Geospatial Solutions, Client-Centric, Forward-Thinking Industry Leaders
KCI’s Geospatial Solutions has established itself as a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), information technology (IT) integration, application development and exceeding client expectations. Evolving from our roots in the Baltimore/Washington region, Geospatial Solutions has consistently expanded at an annual rate of 20% over the past six years providing professional services across the United States. Geospatial Solutions provides enterprise solutions from small townships to large-scale multi-agency (local, state and federal) partnerships. KCI’s managers, business analysts, IT architects, developers, field crews, and GIS analysts work one on one with clients to provide innovative and reliable solutions. Our understanding of business requirements allows us to guide clients from field data collection of real world assets to sophisticated enterprise solutions. In this presentation, we will discuss several core services within our Geospatial Solutions and Asset Management.

Speakers
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Brad Spittel

Business Development Manager, KCI Technologies Inc., Geospatial Solutions
Has 15 years of GIS/IT experience leading large/small-scale requirements, design, database modeling, documentation processes, as well as, development, COTS configuration, testing, training and implementation services for GIS/IT solutions. His services are focused in the GIS/IT markets... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Exhibitor Showcase, Careers

11:30am EDT

Exhibitor Showcase: Remote Sensed Data and Processing Methods for 3D Transmission Corridor Modeling
Power companies use high-density aerial LiDAR and Imagery to model transmission lines; this presentation will focus on the 3D Project Delivery Process which includes setting and observing ground control panels along with weather stations; flight planning and acquisition of aerial LiDAR and Imagery; processing, calibrating and feature coding of point clouds; extracting planimetric and topographic data; and finally delivering a 3D PLS-CADD model along with Plan & Profile sheets and GIS parcel information.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kundrick

Robert Kundrick

Vice President / Geomatics Operations Director, GPI Geospatial, Inc.
Robert A. Kundrick, PLS is the Geomatics Operations Director of GPI Geospatial and a Professional Land Surveyor. He has practiced land surveying in Maryland for over 34 years and has been involved with the Maryland Society of Surveyors most of his career. His professional surveying... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:30am EDT

Exhibitor Showcase: Trimble Handheld Android Solutions
Many solutions with Esri Collector or Survey 1-2-3 include a personal cell phone or tablet along with an external GNSS receiver. However for productive field work, the "all-in-one" solution of the Trimble GeoExplorer series has been the mainstay of asset data collection. Trimble has now released two products that take the power of Trimble's GNSS technology and put it in a platform (Android) that can allow a user to select the data collection app of their choice including the Esri options.

Speakers
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York Grow

Sales Manager, Duncan-Parnell
York has served the geospatial community with GPS solutions for over 20 years in the mid-Atlantic area. He now manages a sales team with territory from this region down to Florida. York enjoys the challenges of changing technology and how to solve customer problems with effective... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

11:30am EDT

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
LA 4150 / 3150

Thursday August 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

Digitizing Recreational Trails with Open LiDAR, Strava, and OpenStreetMap
Update: link to presentation.
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.



Moderators
avatar for Gabe Creighton

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Elliott Plack

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

1:15pm EDT

A Comparison of Post Wildfire Regeneration of Invasive and Pioneer Species
Wildfire is a destructive event that has potential to occur in any region where forests exist. A natural and balanced regeneration of vegetation is paramount to forest and animal health after a wildfire is extinguished. Monitoring and understanding regeneration patterns can aid environmental professionals in promoting healthy forest regeneration. This presentation focuses on post wildfire vegetation regeneration in Glacier National Park. Multiple fire perimeters from the 2003 fire season are used to identify and map the perimeters using multispectral imagery. Cheat grass, an invasive species, and western larch, a pioneer species are identified, mapped, and analyzed using remote sensing techniques. An Object-Based Image Analysis classification workflow is presented to demonstrate how species are identified and classified. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI), and Normalized Burn Ration (NBR) indices are utilized to identify burn areas and new vegetation growth. The results reveal regeneration behaviors of the vegetation species and how they relate to overall patterns of burning and other environmental factors. The results will show that western larch thrived in the post wildfire regeneration period by out-competing other species to occupy larger amounts of land than previously occupied. Not much competition was found between the species as cheat grass was found to occupy steeper south facing slopes while western larch was found on flatter slopes. Western larch was found to correlate strongly with moderate burns while cheat grass is found in more severely burned areas.

Moderators
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Julia Heslin

GIS Specialist, Maryland Environmental Service

Speakers
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David Duncan

Cartographer, BAE Systems
David is currently pursuing a Masters in GIS from Penn State University after having received his bachelors in Geography and History from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over 10 years of experience working as a cartographer for BAE Systems in which he develops, builds, and executes... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

Comparing Streamline Generation Tools for Large-Scale Applications
A time-consuming and labor-intensive task of floodplain modeling is reconciling the detailed geometry of a studied stream with its greater stream network and watershed. The hydrology and watershed of the studied reach can be adequately determined with lower-resolution DEMs, but the corresponding hydraulics and floodplain extents necessitates higher-resolution DEM data. That is, the streamline of the studied reach must match not only aerial imagery but also high-resolution lidar. As higher and higher resolution DEMs become available, the effort required to produce a high-quality streamline also becomes higher and higher. Readily available National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)+ Hi Res streamline data contains important reach connectivity information, but often fails to match the resolution of the best-available lidar. Even the best lidar typically hydro-enforces bridges, but not culverts or dams. Although hydro-connectors resolve this issue, this data is not always available, and to create them using only visual inspection is a tedious, time-consuming, and expensive task. High-quality DEMs also come at the cost of longer and more intensive computing requirements. Fortunately, there are a multitude of tools, algorithms, and GIS platforms that can reduce both human and computing cost. Newer versions of Esri's ArcMap Desktop and ArcMap Pro offer more complex flow direction algorithms in addition to faster processing speeds. GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) and Whitebox offer similar capabilities, but do not require expensive licenses. These free, open-source softwares also include hydrology-tailored toolboxes that rival or even surpass that of the well-known Esri ArcHydro toolbox. This presentation will outline some of these tools and compare and contrast the algorithms, processing time, and output quality associated with each of them. This analysis can help floodplain modelers devise a cost-effective strategy for automating streamline generation across a variety of terrains.

Moderators
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Jennifer Pfister

GIS Analyst III, KCI Technologies Inc., Geospatial Solutions

Speakers
avatar for John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller

Water Resources Planner, Wood
Mr. Miller is a certified hydrologist-in-training (HIT) and an expert in multiple areas of water resources science and regulatory support. His work has helped more than a dozen municipal and private clients meet permitting requirements for MS4, TMDL, SWPPP, and NPDES regulations... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Mosuela

Kristine Mosuela

Water Resources Engineer, Wood
Kristine Mosuela is a water resources engineer at Wood. She specializes in developing hydrologic and hydraulic 1D and 2D models for various floodplain studies. When she is not clicking away on HEC-RAS, she enjoys participating in her department’s “Coding Collective” group, where... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

ArcGIS Online Tips and Tricks
ArcGIS Online gives you the ability to create interactive web maps and apps that you can share with anyone. With ready-to-use content, apps, and templates, you can be productive right away. From sharing your work with others to preventing accidental deletion of items and more, this session will provide tips and tricks that will help you maximize your use of ArcGIS Online.

Speakers
avatar for Lauri Dafner

Lauri Dafner

Team Lead Solution Engineer, speaker at conference, Esri
Lauri Dafner is a Team Lead for Solution Engineers on the Esri State and Local Government team. She has been a Solution Engineer at Esri since 2012 and is focused on helping state and local governments solve problems and make better decisions through the use of GIS. Lauri attended... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Reading Room (4th Floor) Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

Modernizing the NEPA Process: A Virtual GIS-Based Platform
McCormick Taylor supported the Maryland Department of Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT-MTA) with the development of two web applications to help modernize their NEPA process for the Baltimore–Washington Superconducting Maglev Project.

The first web application was an interactive GIS mapping application integrated into the project’s website which allows the public to view project data, leave comments spatially by dropping a pin on the map, and vote on preferred alignments. The GIS mapping application also has an administrative portal which allows MDOT-MTA staff the ability to track and review comments, view preferred alignment voting, visualize comment responses as heat map visualizations, and import comments from phone calls, e-mails, letters, and handwritten comment forms. The application was built using a suite of open source libraries such as Leaflet and GeoServer.

The second web application is a document management system (DMS) application designed to facilitate agency review of Maglev Project NEPA documents. The DMS application allows MDOT-MTA staff to upload PDF documents, assign document commenting periods, distribute the document to agency reviewers, view usage statistics, and compile comments and responses into a document errata. The DMS application provides a collaborative document review environment where agency reviewers are able to see comments submitted by other agencies during the review process. The application was built using the React JavaScript library and node.js JavaScript run-time environment.

We will delve into the process of creating these web applications, explore the functionality the applications provide, and discuss lessons learned.

Moderators
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April Dunn

GIS Techniciain, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

Speakers
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Dawn Blanchard

Manager, GIS Services, McCormick Taylor
Ms. Blanchard joined McCormick Taylor's GIS Team as a GIS Analyst in May 2015. With over 17 years of experience in her field, Ms. Blanchard has mastered a wide array of GIS software and development tools. She has an extensive background in database design and management coupled with... Read More →
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Joe Knieriem

Manager, GIS Services, McCormick Taylor
Mr. Knieriem has been with McCormick Taylor since 2005. With a background in computer science and 14 years of experience as a GIS analyst and developer, he has helped to develop and design custom analysis models and databases, as well as provide GIS support to transportation planners... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Government, Planning

1:15pm EDT

ProMow, a Proactive Dashboard Approach to Maintaining Baltimore City Owned Property through PowerBI
Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for maintaining over 5,300 properties owned by the Mayor and City Council (MCC). Historically, the City relied on spreadsheets to manage this work which presented challenges and introduced inefficiencies. Recognizing the need for improvement, DPW officially implemented the Proactive Mowing program, or ProMow, in the spring of 2018.

By leveraging the work order data from Cityworks and the asset’s spatial information with Microsoft’s Power BI, an interactive web-based dashboard providing real-time analytics was developed. Aptly named the ProMow Dashboard, the application allowed customized results based on the needs of responsible parties throughout the Department, while providing access permissions based on the individual’s role.

The ProMow Dashboard has proved to be one of the most valuable assets driving this program. It has provided insight that Cityworks or spatial data alone could not have done. The dashboard displays overall program performance, down to the productivity of the individual cleaning crews, in an interactive and easy to digest way while saving decisions makers time. Although the program has only been around for one cleaning season it has brought the average number or lots cleaned per crew, per day from 10 up to 21, more than doubling productivity.

Moderators
avatar for Bineeta Sihota

Bineeta Sihota

GIS Analyst, City of Baltimore, MD
Bineeta Sihota has Doctorate and master’s degrees in Geography from the Agra University, India. Her PhD thesis “Status of Basic Social Facilities and their Planning in Aligarh City (India)” is focused on the spatial distribution of Basic social facilities (including Education... Read More →

Speakers
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Babatunde Oyinloye

GIS Analyst, City of Baltimore
Babatunde Oyinloye is a GIS Analyst for Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works, Data Management Division. He has over 14 years of experience in the Geographic Information field with experience managing large and multi-use discipline projects; public utilities GIS and Asset... Read More →
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Shannon Eagan

GIS Analyst, City of Baltimore DPW
Shannon Eagan joined the City of Baltimore’s Office of Asset Management as a GIS analyst in August 2018. She received her B.S. in Geography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has worked in the geospatial field for the past 8 years. During her time in the private... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

Save Time, Effort, and Money Through Street Level Visualization (and Data Analytics)
The CycloMedia solution offering is comprised of high-resolution street-level imagery and mobile LiDAR. When coupled with our SaaS offerings, the resulting solution provides seamless, 360-degree visualization that allows users to remotely assess sites, assets, features, and conditions. This informational session will highlight several ways State and Local Government customers are leveraging this technology to solve real business challenges (and realize a high ROI) across the Assessment, Transportation, and Public Safety fields.

Moderators
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Joseph Weinstein

GIS Analyst, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Joseph Weinstein obtained his Associate of Applied Sciences in Geospatial Applications from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2015, including a certificate in Advanced Geospatial Applications. In October of 2018 he was hired as a GIS Analyst for the Baltimore City Department... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Sealy

Jason Sealy

Cyclomedia Technology, Inc.
With 18 years of experience serving the public sector, Jason gains great satisfaction in helping State and Local Government customers address their ever-changing business challenges by leveraging enterprise solutions. He has a diverse history – and maintains a continued fascination... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

GIS Management Workshop
Many people entering and advancing through the GIS profession often receive extensive training on tools and technology, and find themselves needing to manage people, projects, budgets, and strategies. Too often, a lack of understanding how to manage these concerns may lead to poor results despite best intentions. This workshop includes an overview of areas that should be considered for managing a GIS project or program. Hands on portions of the workshop include basics on developing work plans, project plans, and prioritizing activities (risk). Additionally, an overview of established frameworks, certifications or other resources will be discussed to help participants better understand more indepth opportunities they might want to pursue.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

President, Data Transfer Solutions
Will submit at later date


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4315 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:15pm EDT

Delivering Data to Marylanders – How MD iMAP is Extending the Reach of Information Sharing
Data is the state’s most valuable asset, delivering insight to information to make better decisions for Marylanders. The Maryland Department of Information Technology’s Geographic Information Office has strived to ensure data, and the infrastructure, services, and applications leveraged to assist in data-driven decision making, are readily available to both government agencies and the general public. This presentation will cover how the State of Maryland is delivering more data, services, and apps; the different platforms for accessing this data; the programs in place to ensure data continuity over time; and how you can begin using this data on a daily basis.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Patrick McLoughlin

Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Lowe

Lisa Lowe

Senior GIS Analyst, MD Department of Information Technology
Lisa has over 25 years of experience with Maryland State government and over 16 years of experience in the GIS field. She manages the State's High Resolution Imagery Program, the State's GIS Training Program, and serves as the Addressing Coordinator.
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Logan Hall

GIS Analyst, ESRGC
Mr. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Salisbury University in 2013. Logan became an FAA certified Remote Pilot and earned his GISP Certification in 2018. Logan is a GIS Analyst tasked with providing support to a wide range of projects including LiDAR processing... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Working with Data

1:15pm EDT

Drone Lidar Data Processing Pipelines using ArcGIS and LAStools
Drone laser scanning, or UAV-based lidar, is an exciting new platform for lidar remote sensing that provides ultra-high resolution point clouds (greater than 400 points per square meter) of the environment. This mini-workshop will provide a brief overview of drone laser scanning and highlight some of the differences between drones and other traditional lidar platforms such as aerial and terrestrial. It will then provide hands-on training of lidar data processing with ArcGIS and LAStools using real-life drone lidar data. Topics include lidar data classification to determine ground and vegetation (through automated algorithms and manual methods), lidar data rasterization to produce digital terrain models, digital surface models, and canopy height models, creating lidar extent masks, and other common lidar data products. The mini-workshop will also demonstrate how to develop simple data processing pipelines using ArcGIS Model Builder and Python scripting to help automate these workflows.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Resop

Jonathan Resop

Senior Lecturer, University of Maryland
Jonathan Resop is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland in the Department of Geographical Sciences. Jonathan earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Biological Systems Engineering. At Virginia Tech he worked on projects related to spatial modeling and remote sensing, in particular... Read More →
avatar for Cully Hession

Cully Hession

Virginia Tech
https://cullyclan.weebly.com/


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
LA 4118 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:27pm EDT

Metadata for MD iMAP Services
MD iMAP is the State of Maryland’s Mapping and GIS Data Portal, maintained by the Geographic Information Office at the Department of Information Technology. The utilization of metadata for GIS web services is key in providing authoritative data. Metadata for MD iMAP services contain summaries and descriptions of the map service contents, keywords and tags related to the content, data ownership, publication date, and other pertinent information about the data. The importance of metadata cannot be understated as it provides users with detailed information about authoritative data sources, and provides confidence to users that they are working with the correct data layers. The metadata from these services are used to create downstream products such as the MD iMAP Status Dashboard, Data Freshness Report, and other data search tools. This lightning talk will illuminate our procedures and protocols in metadata creation and maintenance for our MD iMAP services.

Moderators
avatar for Gabe Creighton

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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Samuel Hayek

GIS Technician, MD DoIT
Sam Hayek is a GIS Technician for Spatial Systems Inc., and a contractor for the Maryland Department of Information Technology. He supports the MD iMAP Platform and the Open Data Portal. Sam has 7 years of professional experience in GIS having spent time in the private sector as well... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:27pm - 1:39pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:39pm EDT

Garbage or Gold? Inspecting the Quality of MD Data
The State of Maryland DoIT Geographic Information Office hosts and serves a large quantity of datasets, both spatial and non-spatial. Many of these datasets contain hundreds of thousands to millions of records. Hosting and serving these massive datasets is a useful service to our customers but are we serving them quality as well as quantity? To answer this question we need insights that human inspection just can't provide. Come learn about our automated approach to this issue and where you can view the results yourself.

Moderators
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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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Conrad Schaefer

Senior GIS Systems Specialist, MD DoIT
Conrad is a GIS Developer on the MD DoIT GIO team. He currently wrangles data and works to improve operational efficiency through process automation. He has a BS in Geology and Environmental Science, a MS in Geology, is a GISP, and has been doing GIS for 10 years. He began with paper... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:39pm - 1:51pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Lightning Talk, Data Sharing

1:45pm EDT

Guiding Land Preservation Through Value Based Proximity Analysis
The loss of undeveloped land in rapidly urbanizing areas decreases quality of life. State and local governments have prioritized initiatives establishing guidelines to aid in land-preservation and resource management as planning decisions begin to be more closely scrutinized for impact on existing resources. The administration of New Castle County Delaware, aware of increasing population trends (.35% growth rate in 2017), has focused on of the fitness of existing planning processes for the preservation of limited open spaces and natural resources within the county.
To meet the challenge of protecting valuable undeveloped land, a GIS analysis-based evaluation process has been developed which offers consistency, documentation, and reproducibility. Land value types of open space, farm land, protected lands, and parks are assessed for their proximity to each other, sewer access, and public transportation. Calculated proximity scores are then used to assign a land valuation to be considered during the approval stage of a proposed land development. Through the assessment of pre-determined criteria and the determined valuation in the land review process, long-range planning, assessment, and the management of existing and proposed open space can develop. This discussion details a complete needs assessment for New Castle County and describes the process developed for calculating land value scores intended for land preservation strategies that ultimately will improve the quality of life in New Castle County.

Moderators
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Jennifer Pfister

GIS Analyst III, KCI Technologies Inc., Geospatial Solutions

Speakers
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Ron Holmes

GIS Coordinator, New Castle County / Penn State University
Ron is currently pursuing the degree of Master of Geographic Information Systems at Penn State University (expected graduation: December 2019) while also serving as a lead GIS professional with the Department of Land Use in New Castle County Delaware. He is proud of the influence... Read More →



Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204
  Environment, Planning

1:45pm EDT

WSSC's GIS Driven Outage Management Tool
For over a 100 years, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met and exceeded strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Following our strategic vision, WSSC, in partnership with Esri, has implemented a GIS driven system to simulate service outages in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. This outage system will allow planners and field staff to evaluate the most efficient and safest approach to identify, isolate, repair, and return water service to our customers. This new system is currently being incorporated with our upcoming Commission-wide Customer to Meter and Work Asset Management deployments. This talk will provide a glimpse of the main features of the system, how it will be used in production in the near future, and potential applications of the tool at the enterprise level.

Moderators
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Bineeta Sihota

GIS Analyst, City of Baltimore, MD
Bineeta Sihota has Doctorate and master’s degrees in Geography from the Agra University, India. Her PhD thesis “Status of Basic Social Facilities and their Planning in Aligarh City (India)” is focused on the spatial distribution of Basic social facilities (including Education... Read More →

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John Schlee

GIS Manager, WSSC
John Schlee is the IT – GIS section manager for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Mr. Schlee has managed GIS programs at the local and regional level, overseeing projects through the complete system development lifecycle. Most recently at WSSC, he has been involved... Read More →
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Luis Carrasco

SR. GIS Support Analyst, WSSC
Dr. Luis Carrasco has been with WSSC since 2017. He's a Senior GIS Analyst with the IT GIS Section and is involved in day-to-day production aspects of GIS applications as well as the integration of GIS to enterprise IT initiatives. Luis has worked as GIS analyst and Project Manager... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:45pm EDT

ArcGIS Ecosystem to Connect Farmers of Bangladesh
Netherlands Space Office (NSO) initiated a project called Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS) for Farmers under its global initiative called Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW). Under this project a small team of Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI), in Dhaka is working to democratize spatial information to paddy farmers of Bangladesh. For the first-time farmers can now see the disease and pest vulnerabilities of their lands through smartphone. For the first time, producers, retailers and policy makers are sharing a common space where everyone is spatially connected.

In ACI, a group of analysts started this journey in 2016 with a hope to identify different stages of rice with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image called Sentinel-1, starting from its transplanting stage to harvest stage. While different pest and diseases spread with different temperature and weather condition, the idea is to develop a model to map this pattern and the places where they are probable to outbreak. With the right weather forecast, the model creates a vulnerability map for each crop stage. The crop lands of Bangladesh are fragmented, heterogeneous and sometime patternless, making the whole task even more challenging. The lands here are geographically diverse, demographically intense and economically apprehensive. Fortunately, the techniques of remote sensing kept evolving.

The ArcGIS Enterprise is currently under development to systematically manage these data and develop interactive services considering multiple end-points where users can collaborate. The database collected from the satellite image analysis will be further processed and monitored with the help of Web Feature-Services and REST API endpoints to use with smartphone app called 'Fosholi'. The dashboards created using Web AppBuilder software will help to develop a decision support toolbox for academicians, students, entrepreneurs and policy-makers.

Moderators
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Julia Heslin

GIS Specialist, Maryland Environmental Service

Speakers
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Sunbeam Rahman

Manager - GIS and Remote Sensing, ACI Ltd, Dhaka
Sunbeam Rahman works for Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) as Manager, GIS and Remote Sensing since 2017. He works for a project called Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS) for Farmers, initiated by Netherlands Space Office (NSO) under its global collaboration called Geodata... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:45pm EDT

Mapping with Mobile LiDAR
Asset inventories and roadway mapping can be achieved by collecting high definition LiDAR and imagery at highway speeds. I will discuss the benefits of using Mobile LiDAR for various types of projects including Asset Inventory, Pavement Condition Assessments, Roadway Mapping, and DTM Modeling. I will talk about the different tools that are used together on the Mobile LiDAR vehicle and how they can be implemented for mapping features along highway corridors. The presentation includes a case study in which Mobile LiDAR data and imagery were used to map signs on over 6,000 miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Moderators
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Joseph Weinstein

GIS Analyst, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Joseph Weinstein obtained his Associate of Applied Sciences in Geospatial Applications from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2015, including a certificate in Advanced Geospatial Applications. In October of 2018 he was hired as a GIS Analyst for the Baltimore City Department... Read More →

Speakers
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Jonathan Austin

Mobile LiDAR Project Manager, GPI Geospatial, Inc.
Jonathan Austin works for GPI Geospatial, Inc. as a Mobile LiDAR Project Manager in their Columbia, Maryland office. He has 9 years of experience in remote sensing and GPS data collection. In 2010, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Virginia Tech. He currently lives... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4303 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:45pm EDT

NG9-1-1 in Maryland: Tips and Lessons Learned for Local Government
In a fully operational Next Generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). In order to route calls correctly, NG9-1-1 includes multiple standards around minimum data quality requirements for GIS data being provisioned into the Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet). For the purposes of current generations of 9-1-1 systems a 98 percent accuracy rate is far better than good, but for the NG911, 98 percent isn’t quite good enough. Public safety systems that do not synchronize their data beyond 98 percent accuracy will face boundary gaps and other issues that have potential to negatively affect call routing — perhaps even misdirecting a call. Additionally, the 98 percent figure does not address requirements for the other PSAP systems used. Therefore, exceeding the 98 percent accuracy levels that are adequate today will allow public safety organizations to support all PSAP systems moving forward. But, how do you determine if your GIS address data – centerlines and address points – is ready to support the critical path of emergency response?

Moderators
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Stanley Max

Lecturer Mathematics, Towson University

Speakers
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Annie Cahill

Public Safety GIS Tech Manager, DATAMARK - Michael Baker International
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Drew Fioranelli, GISP

Business Development Manager, Michael Baker International - DATAMARK
Drew Fioranelli has been involved with GIS and supporting local government geospatial efforts for over 15 years. Prior to joining DATAMARK, Mr. Fioranelli served as the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA. During his time in Fauquier County, Mr. Fioranelli helped lead the development... Read More →
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Ashley Buzzeo

Public Safety GIS Expert, DATAMARK - Michael Baker International
Mrs. Buzzeo has over 15 years of experience in the GIS industry, providing analytical, technical, and research services for all levels of government. She is seasoned in utilizing geospatial products to achieve cost efficient, effective, and relevant outcomes, and has extensive experience... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

1:51pm EDT

Site Suitability Analysis for Youth Dormitories in Maryland
The state of Maryland approved a plan in May 2015 to build a $30 million jail facility to detain teenagers charged with crimes until their trials. The intent of this plan was to remedy the practice of housing young defendants alongside adults. Another more effective alternative would be to use these funds to house young people who might commit crimes in a college dormitory.
A study done by Northeastern University showed a link between high school dropout rates and juvenile crime. If young people are engaged in positive activities such as school, work or mentoring programs, then they will be less likely to conform to negative influences.
A GIS analysis was performed to find three optimal locations in Maryland where a dormitory for young people held for crimes could be built. The optimal locations were based on factors including high dropout rates, access to public transportation and proximity to community colleges.
Recommendations:
Based upon the GIS Spatial Analysis with criteria of: 1) most routes via public transportation and 2) within counties with high rate of high school dropouts, the top locations near which to build dormitories are near: Baltimore City Community College - Liberty Campus; Prince George's Community College; and Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury in the Eastern Shore.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Laura Cutrer

student, Maryland
Laura Cutrer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from Spelman College. She is currently taking courses in GIS and Data Science.


Thursday August 8, 2019 1:51pm - 2:03pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:15pm EDT

Networking Break
Thursday August 8, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

Prioritizing Land Conservation for Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia
This lightning talk will present a poster and demonstrate a WebMap showing how GIS was used to prioritize land parcels for acquisition or conservation easement for the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (RRVNWR) in Virginia. The prioritization analysis takes into account the Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) goals. The Virginia Wetlands Catalog (VWC), a landscape scale modeling effort performed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, was used to rank each parcel within the Refuge's Limited Acquisition Boundary (LAB) by conservation value. 

Moderators
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Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →

Speakers
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Leslie Pitt

Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Leslie has worked for the USFWS Chesapeake Bay Field Office for 26 years. Currently she works as a biologist in the Coastal Program to promote the Service’s mission and priorities, deliver landscape-scale conservation, and implement strategic habitat conservation. She uses GIS to... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 2:42pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

Smart Detours
The Prince George’s County Traffic Management Division is responsible for designing and implementing road closure detours. In the past detours were planned manually with pen and paper. An application was created using an ESRI solution, Geoform, and the MDOT Road Closure Reporter application, to automate detour planning, and road closure public notification. The presentation will go through background, needs, objectives, development process, limitations, and conclude with next steps for the project.

Moderators
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Christina Gladmon

Geographic Information Systems Technician, Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.

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CarolAnn Williams

GIS Analyst, WBCM
CarolAnn is a GIS Analyst for WBCM working with the Prince George's County DPW&T - Office of Highway Maintenance. She supports maintenance operations for stormwater management, transportation management, road maintenance, snow operations, and other special services within the org... Read More →
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Ed Jones

Prince George's County
Engineer at Prince George's County DPW&T - Traffic Management Division


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

Enterprise Stormwater Management Geodatabase for NPDES Reporting
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, helps address water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. As part of the NPDES municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) permit, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is required by law to report stormwater management and watershed restoration activity to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Multiple agencies in Prince George’s County, supported by various consultants, work together to ensure stormwater management compliance, as well as planning and executing water quality projects to improve watershed health in Prince George’s County. As part of this program, County is required to track stormwater management facilities installed within the county.

In order to effectively coordinate between various County agencies and public stakeholders to meet permit conditions, as well as produce a comprehensive annual report, it was obvious that the County needed to develop a central Geodatabase that would support the various stakeholders workflows, standardize data collection, data entry, perform summary analytics to track permit compliance, and allow for the MDE Geodatabase to be updated on an annual basis to submit.

An Enterprise Stormwater Management Geodatabase was implemented to track all NPDES data as well as support the missions of the County departments as they pertained to stormwater. Workflow manager was used to create workflows for the entry of BMP data from developers and the inspection of BMPs. A field collection application was developed using Collector and Survey 123 for the inspection of BMPs. The application also provides summary analytics based on the condition of the BMPs. Operations Dashboard was used to pull data from ESM and give summary analytics on pollutant reduction and watershed restoration progress.

Moderators
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Patrick Callahan

GIS Manager, Prince George's County, Maryland Office of Information Technology/GIS
Patrick Callahan has more than 32 years working in the GIS field with 26 years working at the local government level.  For the last 18 years, Patrick has led all multi-agency GIS initiatives for the Prince George's County Maryland's Office of Information Technology as the GIS Manager... Read More →

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Charles Walsh

GIS Developer, Prince George's County Department of the Environment
Charles Walsh has been working on NPDES reports for Prince George's County for the last 5 years. He graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor's in Geography and a Master's Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences.


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

The Underutilization of GIS and How to Cure it
When most non-GIS professionals hear “G-I-S”, they think “M-A-P”. Now that GIS is a location intelligence platform, the underutilization of it is critical, and career-limiting, for GIS professionals. GIS is designed to do more than make maps. It is vitally important that organizations proactively evangelize and market all of the GIS capabilities. This presentation will provide strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.

Speakers
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Keith Swavely

Account Manager,, Esri
Keith Swavely is an Account Executive for Local Governments with Esri. Keith has been in the Geospatial field for over 25 years and supports Local Government agencies by assisting with GIS best practices and implementing the ArcGIS Platform. He is a 1992 graduate of Penn State University... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Reading Room (4th Floor) Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

One-Maryland-One-Network (OMOC) Project Status
Maryland DOT’s (MDOT) One Maryland One Centerline (OMOC) Project is a three-phase project to modernize the DOT’s Linear Referencing system and streamline the workflows that involve it. Phase I involved the implementation of ESRI Roads and Highways (R&H) Advanced Linear Referencing Tools, it was completed in April 2018; Phase III, implementation of reporting, data analysis and visualization tools, was also completed in April 2018. A summary of these phases will be provided.
The presentation will focus on the Phase II of the OMOC project which addresses the workflows of local data integration which took the form of two pilot projects with Garrett and Anne Arundel Counties. The pilots were preceded by an evaluation of existing centerline datasets and centerline use cases in Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. The result of this evaluation included recommendations for the processes and workflows for MDOT and local jurisdictions to maintain one seamless and authoritative-based centerline in a collaborative environment.
The first Phase II Pilot was conducted on Garrett was kicked off in early March 2018 and completed in October 2018. The second pilot was started in November 2018 and completed May 2019. The creation of single OMOC centerline involves: a conflation process to assign MDOT SHA route Id’s to the jurisdictional centerline data; transfer and cleanup of MDOT SHA calibration points to the new centerline; and migration of the new centerline and re-registration of the MDOT SHA business data to the R&H route network. The Data conflation involves not only roadway geometric representations but business data, e.g.; Speed Limits, Bike/Ped and Ownership. The fully conflated data will be stored in an NG-911 compliant schema within a Geodatabase.

Moderators
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Marshall Stevenson

Director, Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani
Mr. Stevenson is an accomplished GIS Program Manager with over 25 years of GIS experience. He comes from a very diverse GIS background working in state and local governments and private sector. Mr. Stevenson has served as the chair of the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee... Read More →

Speakers
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John Hudler

Project/GIS Manager, Transcend Spatial Solutions
John Hudler is a Project Manager/ Sr. Business Analyst for Transcend Spatial Solutions and has been working with the Maryland State Highway Administration on a variety of Geospatial projects. He has worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation as the Local Government Coordinator... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

The Planning, Implementation and Documentation of the Redesign and Harmonization of Agency Geodatabases
Baltimore County, Maryland took advantage of an opportunity to redesign and harmonize the agency’s geodatabases to coincide with the migration to a GIS centric work management system, Cityworks. The goals of the project were to provide a common user experience between database themes, reconcile inconsistencies in the schemas between themes, and provide for the implementation of new tools within ArcGIS. The department’s data fits nicely into five broad categories: infrastructure/asset inventories, regulatory land use, emergency management, districts/administrative, and mapping reference; all of which were considered part of this project. The need for the redesign and harmonization was obvious based on the 25 plus years of designs, the sheer number of different designers and the availability of mature design standards and best practices. The redesign evaluated hundreds of database objects (over 900) and domains (over 450). The project included the build-out of new database environments (production, development, test and training) as well as full implementation of database roles. In the redesign and harmonization, the agency attempted to retire unused or repurposed attributes and standardize domain values, enterprise and asset management attributes. All of the geodatabase modifications were vetted by the data’s program managers. The project included the updating of geodatabase documentation and database objects metadata.

Moderators
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Kathryn Maglio

GIS Specialist, Anne Arundel County, Office of Information Technology

Speakers
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Doug Adams, GISP

Engineering Program Manager (GIS), Baltimore County Government
Doug is the GIS Program Manager for Baltimore County, Maryland’s Department of Public Works and Transportation. He has over 30 years of experience in the geospatial industry. Doug is an adjunct professor at Towson University where he teaches GIS Database Design and Application of... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

Developing a Cached Map Service in ArcGIS using OpenStreetMap Data
This presentation discusses the processes utilized in authoring a customized map service using mostly OpenStreetMap data. The deliverable of the effort is a cached map service, used as a basemap within a WGS 1984 projected disconnected environment. The major discussion points center around the reasoning for the effort, and then focus on the ultimate workflow. Data acquisition, conversion, storage, integration, symbolization, publishing, caching, sharing, and automation will be described in the presentation. A brief demo of the resulting cached map service will follow.

Moderators
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Shawn Wampler

GIS Coordinator, City of Annapolis
Shawn Wampler, GISP,  is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Annapolis overseeing all geospatial development and managing the city’s GeoPortal. Her skills in geospatial mapping and application development have led to the design of products such as the Substance Use Disorder Bed... Read More →

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Christian Zumstein

GIS Engineer, Zekiah Technologies
Christian Zumstein is a GIS professional with seven years of experience developing GIS solutions for customers in both the public and private sector. He has a BS in Geography and an MS in GIS Management, both from Salisbury University.


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:30pm EDT

GIS Solutions for Hurricane Damage Assessments
When JMT was awarded a project to assess bridge and road sites in Puerto Rico that were damaged during Hurricane Maria, we used GIS to help meet the accelerated project schedule. In this presentation, we’ll explain how we leveraged ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, Survey123, Collector for ArcGIS, and the Python API for ArcGIS to support field data collection and generate assessment reports within seven days of each site visit. We’ll discuss lessons learned including the pros and cons of using a disconnected ArcGIS Enterprise environment, logistics of training field teams, and managing a fast-moving data collection effort.

Moderators
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Ryan Mello

GIS Project Coordinator, ESRGC

Speakers
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Jennifer Lishman-Nunn

SR. GIS ANALYST, JMTTG
Ms. Jennifer Lishman Nunn is a Sr. GIS Analyst with JMT Technology Group who has served the industry for the past 12 years. She supports GIS needs across many disciplines including planning, transportation, environmental, stormwater management, utilities, and demographics. While she... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:42pm EDT

Managing an ArcGIS Online Organization
This lightning talk will highlight how the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) manages its ArcGIS Online for Maryland Organization. Learn how DoIT manages its user accounts, credits, content, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick McLoughlin

Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →

Speakers
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Lisa Lowe

Senior GIS Analyst, MD Department of Information Technology
Lisa has over 25 years of experience with Maryland State government and over 16 years of experience in the GIS field. She manages the State's High Resolution Imagery Program, the State's GIS Training Program, and serves as the Addressing Coordinator.


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:42pm - 2:54pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

2:54pm EDT

Communicating Everything with Anyone: Purple Line and Community Impacts Within an ESRI Story Map
The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light-rail passenger line extending from New Carrollton, Maryland to Bethesda, Maryland. Once completed, the enhanced rail will not only provide expanded passenger travel to the existing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, MARC, AMTRAK, and local bus services, but will also bring other tangible benefits to the community.

Through the use of a ESRI Story map, this presentation will provide an overview of why the application was created and explore the techniques and challenges in communicating a complex topic to the public. The presentation will close with a discussion of benefits, lessons learned, and what is on the horizon.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick McLoughlin

Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →

Speakers
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Sean Adkins

GIS Specialist II, MNCPPC
GIS Specialist II with the Prince George's County Planning Department. Originally from Baltimore, I now live in Largo with my dog, frog and musical instruments.


Thursday August 8, 2019 2:54pm - 3:06pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

Piloting the Vision Zero App for Cloud Sourcing & ReportLab Integration
The presentation will have two focuses: 1. Montgomery County GIS's configuration of the Esri Vision Zero application template for collecting citizen's input for improving pedestrian safety in the County and 2. our integration of REPORTLAB for report generation for the app.

Moderators
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Christina Gladmon

Geographic Information Systems Technician, Spatial Systems Associates, Inc.

Speakers
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Apollo Teng

GIS Manager, Montgomery County Gov't - GIS
GIS Manager, Montgomery County (Maryland) Government_x000D_ Co-chair, National Capital Region GIS Committee
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Varun Chudiwale

Senior GIS Specialist, Montgomery County Gov't GIS
Senior IT Specialist
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Alex Tsai

Senior IT Specialist, Montgomery County DTS-GIS
Senior IT Specialist


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 4110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

NPDES Next Generation: A COTS Solution for MDOT SHA
MDOT SHA once relied on Esri’s ArcEngine platform for performing storm water inventory and BMP inspections. With Esri’s decision to no longer support ArcEngine, MDOT SHA pursued the development of a new data editing solution to support MDOT SHA’s requirements. Using a combination of Collector and Survey123 for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, and custom processing scripts, MDOT SHA has developed new comprehensive workflows for inspections and stormwater inventory updates. A custom user interface was designed and implemented to support various ETL and data verification processes to move the data from a field schema back to the existing production database. Since the production release of the new tools, more than ten different consulting firms are currently performing 3,500+ inspections and hundreds of updates to various structures and conveyance features in the MDOT SHA production NPDES database utilizing the next generation solution. This presentation will outline the new solution including platforms and specific workflows for data editing. As well, future enhancements including maintenance tracking will be discussed.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Callahan

Patrick Callahan

GIS Manager, Prince George's County, Maryland Office of Information Technology/GIS
Patrick Callahan has more than 32 years working in the GIS field with 26 years working at the local government level.  For the last 18 years, Patrick has led all multi-agency GIS initiatives for the Prince George's County Maryland's Office of Information Technology as the GIS Manager... Read More →

Speakers
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Kiona Leah

Drainage and Stormwater Assets Manager, MDOT/SHA
Kiona Leah is a professionally licensed engineer who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in environmental engineering. Kiona worked in private consulting as a site design engineer for ten years before moving into the public sector as a transportation design... Read More →
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Andrew Blowers

Business Analyst, KCI Technologies Inc., Geospatial Solutions
Andrew Blowers is a Geospatial Analyst at KCI Technologies, Inc., who works primarily on NPDES related tasks, including inspections and stormwater inventory. He graduated from CCBC Catonsville with an A.A. in Geospatial Applications. Following CCBC, Andrew attended UMBC, graduating... 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 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 4310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

Leveraging 3D BIM Technology for Facility Asset Management
Cataloging, understanding, and leveraging vertical and facility inventories can be a formidable challenge for many organizations. Knowing what to capture and at an appropriate level of detail is only half of the issue, as finding useful ways to use this information is of equal importance. This presentation will cover how asset registers are designed for 3D spaces, how data are captured and compiled into asset inventories, how workflows are utilized to determine appropriate asset levels, and how 3D data from BIMs can be leveraged for visualization and usage in systems such as CMMS (computerized maintenance management systems) and BI tools such as Power BI.

Moderators
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Ryan Mello

GIS Project Coordinator, ESRGC

Speakers
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Alan Foster

Sr. Business Analyst, KCI Technologies
Mr. Foster has expert experience in GIS and infrastructure asset management. At KCI, he has supported Baltimore DPW's Office of Asset Management as Chief, DPW Data Management Division, and is a project manager at KCI. He is experienced with CMMS, workflow optimization, business intelligence... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 4331 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

Deploying ArcGIS Enterprise to Fit Your Organization
Implementing ArcGIS Enterprise can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. In this presentation, you will learn how ArcGIS Enterprise has been deployed at two organizations: a university and a federal agency. This high-level talk will outline the basic principles of a typical ArcGIS Enterprise deployment and provide examples of different deployment use cases. By the end of the discussion, participants will be better equipped to decide what level of ArcGIS Enterprise best suits their organization and next steps for implementation.

Moderators
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Shawn Wampler

GIS Coordinator, City of Annapolis
Shawn Wampler, GISP,  is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Annapolis overseeing all geospatial development and managing the city’s GeoPortal. Her skills in geospatial mapping and application development have led to the design of products such as the Substance Use Disorder Bed... Read More →

Speakers
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Gabe Borroni

Sr. GIS Analysis, JMT
Mr. Gabe Borroni is a Sr. GIS Analyst with JMT Technology Group. He has over a decade of experience working in the A/E/C industry, specializing in transportation systems and infrastructure. His skillset includes GIS data collection, editing, manipulation, and spatial analysis. Mr... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 3110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

FME: The Tool You Didn't Know Existed and Now Can't Live Without
The Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) from Safe Software is a powerful tool set for working with data from different sources (i.e. CAD, GIS, BIM, .csv, raster, etc.) to produce new datasets and products. With almost 500 unique transformers to choose from, FME can tackle almost any data problem you throw at it. This talk will be a high-level review of tasks and tips for improving workflows with FME.

Moderators
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Kathryn Maglio

GIS Specialist, Anne Arundel County, Office of Information Technology

Speakers
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David Brooks

Regional Director, JMT
David Brooks is the JMT Technology Group DC Metro Region Manager. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and GIS Professional (GISP). David has extensive experience in automating and integrating systems for facility management. He has spent time in business development... Read More →
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Mark Butterfield

Senior GIS Analyst, JMT
Mark Butterfield is a Senior GIS Analyst with JMT Technology Group and a certified GIS Professional with over 13 years of experience. He is responsible for designing and administering multi-editor enterprise geodatabases, developing and implementing quality control plans, providing... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:00pm EDT

Maryland’s Statewide Properties Program - Where are we now?
The Statewide Properties Program was initiated in 2017 with a goal to provide Governor Hogan insight into what properties the State owns, what purpose they serve, and which department or agency is responsible for them. To meet this goal, the State needs a complete inventory of properties – what we own and where. Through this inventory, the Governor, his staff, and cabinet of agency secretaries will gain strategic insight into the State’s property ownership, informing policy and providing understanding about properties.

The Statewide Properties Program is led by the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT). DoIT Secretary Michael Leahy previously served a role in Governor Hogan's administration as a strategic advisor for real property. In that role, Secretary Leahy's requests for Agency property records were met with a variety of files. Some agencies provided a database or GIS files, while others gave spreadsheets, documents, or hard copy binders. It was immediately apparent that the State needed a modern technological solution to this problem.

Over the past two years, DoIT has initiated the Statewide Properties Program with a goal to provide a single, authoritative source for information about State-owned properties. In doing so, DoIT has partnered and collaborated with key State agencies that are responsible for building and maintaining the property inventory at the State and local levels, and with State agencies holding a vested interest in this program, through significant ownership and management of the State’s property assets.

This presentation will provide a summary level overview of the program, status of the efforts, lessons learned, and the geospatial, relational, and web technologies that are being leveraged in support of the program.


Moderators
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Marshall Stevenson

Director, Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani
Mr. Stevenson is an accomplished GIS Program Manager with over 25 years of GIS experience. He comes from a very diverse GIS background working in state and local governments and private sector. Mr. Stevenson has served as the chair of the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee... Read More →

Speakers
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Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →
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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 →


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
LA 2110 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:06pm EDT

A Simple Geospatial Approach to Identify Crash-Prone Road Segments Using Historical Data: A Case Study of Washington, DC (2009-2018)
The number of crashes on US roads and highways are increasing daily, with over 40,000 U.S. crash-related deaths in 2018. Washington DC suffered a thirteen percent increase in car crashes in 2018. This study will measure the trend of the severity of the crashes (fatal, major and minor) that have occurred in the last ten years in Washington DC. The aim is to identify the frequency of the occurrence of each type of accident and find the most crash-prone road segments in Washington DC. The data is collected from the open data source of District of Columbia. A frequency analysis in ArcGIS identified the total number of crashes in each road segment and rank the roads into low to high crash-prone classes. Finally, the results show the four most accident-prone road segments to be 1. Georgia Avenue NW, 2. Massachusetts Avenue NW, 3. North Capitol Street, and 4. New York Avenue NW.

Moderators
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Patrick McLoughlin

Direct, Business Intelligence, Maryland Department of Information Technology
Patrick McLoughlin, GISP, is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), and is responsible for working with state agencies to optimize the way they use data, visualizations, and analytics to support their program’s mission... Read More →

Speakers
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Md Muhib Kabir

Student, Morgan State Univcersity
Mr Kabir has worked in the field of Transportation and Planning as a Geo-spatial Expert from last three years. Presently he is pursuing his Masters degree in Transportation and Infrastructure studies at Morgan State University. In this period, he has explored the applicability of... Read More →
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Nashid Khadem

Graduate Research Assistant, Morgan State University
Nashid K Khadem is doing her Ph.D. in Transportation and Infrastructure studies at Morgan State University. She is also working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University. Her research interests are transportation engineering... Read More →


Thursday August 8, 2019 3:06pm - 3:18pm EDT
LA 3310 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204

3:30pm EDT

Closing Session: Ice Cream Social + Map Competition Awards
West Gallery

Thursday August 8, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Breaks Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204