Smorgasboard Lightning Round
This session includes a variety of 7-10 minute presentations covering a broad array of geospatial topics. There is a little bit of everything in here so you're sure to find something that piques your interests!
- Title: Geomatics at Westland Resources
Presenters: Renee Witzke, Patrick McGarrity
Abstract: An overview of Geomatics at WestLand incorporating all our disciplines : Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Land Survey, GIS, Drone Surveys, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning/Permitting and Water/Wastewater Engineering
- Title: Using GIS in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Prosses.
Presenters: Corey Archer
Abstract: How GIS tools helped with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Processes. How GIS was extremely helpful for the team working on the project. The team was made up of environmental consultants, scientists, and forest service resource specialists such as biologists and archeologists. their goal was to complete an environmental analyses (EA) for the project to determine if the impacts of the project reached the level of significance. Being able to see Environmental, recreation, and the proposed project design layers using tools like WebMap and apps helped the group assess possible impacts and determine how significant those impacts might be. Also, with layers available for everyone involved in the prosses from the beginning, the project can be designed to minimize impacts from the start.
- Title: Provenance in GIS
Presenters: Bill Beaver
Abstract: Provenance is a way of capturing the history of a data object. This goes beyond metadata and is used to build trust and to provide for replication of scientific data. I will talk about provenance and GIS data and various means to add provenance to your data.
- Title: Evaluation of Remedial Capture Zones using GIS Tools
Presenters: Gabe McGowan
Abstract: Remedial pumping capture zones and their relationship to contaminant plumes are often incorporated as compliance criteria under groundwater contamination corrective action plans. Capture zones are typically drawn by hand from piezometric elevation contours. The potential for calculating capture zones using GIS tools for hydrological terrain analysis was evaluated at a site with multiple remedial pumping wells. Calculated capture zone areas agreed with hand-drawn capture zones within the margin of error created by grid spacing. Using GIS tools for hydrological terrain analysis in the calculation of remedial capture zones from piezometric surfaces provides regulators and consultants with a physically robust and independent verification of hand drawn capture zones. Such tools can be implemented in commercial as well as open-source GIS packages, which also allow capture zone calculation workflows to be scripted.
- Title: Story Maps for County Issues
Presenters: Bill Beaver
Abstract: Story maps can be used to explain complex issues to many types of audience. Here I go over how Story Maps are developed and demonstrate several Story Maps that we have developed.
- Title: ReImagining the Rio Salado: a Tempe Beach Park Inventory
Presenters: Nikolas Smilovsky
Abstract: This lightning talk will review a research project completed by ASU Landscape Architect students this past Spring. The project is associated with the Rio ReImagined Research effort and focuses on the benefits of trees and vegetation at a park in Tempe, Arizona. Using GIS, advanced GNSS, and the software iTree the students conducted a comprehensive site inventory of the Tempe Beach Park for the computation and analysis of associate environmental benefits. The project is a pilot endeavor showing the capabilities of using GIS for advanced environmental design and planning. Results from the inventory will be discussed and recommendations made for a resilient and sustainable future.