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Lightning Round Smorgasbord

Lightning talks on a variety of geospatial topics. There is sure to be something here for everyone!

Sorted alphabetical by title.

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Survey in a rugged region known as the Pinal Highlands, has historically consisted of coverage limited in scope. While scholarship surrounding landscape use derives from few archaeological investigations conducted here or from happenstance findings, much of the land and its past occupants' histories remain poorly understood. Posed at the edge of varied archaeological landscapes the Pinal Highlands hold more than is presently known. Recent survey efforts in a remote portion of the Highlands resulted in the documentation of an interesting archaeological phenomenon habitations and resource processing locales, are characterized by the use of geologic formations tentatively termed "hanging valleys." Aiding land managers, cultural resource specialists, and clients alike, a model positing archaeological sensitivity and spatial suitability in the Highlands is now developed. Upon spatially defining and isolating the biophysical characteristics and thus, the locations of "hanging valleys", this model might be used in cultural resource inventory and project design planning, as well as elucidating our understandings of settlement systems in altogether, modernly inaccessible topographies.

 

Southern Company has been using UAS/UAVs to collect data, but the process of turning this data into information was complex required many manual steps. Renato Salvaleon has now created a streamlined approach to turning data into information for decision makers. In turn, the project delivers business results and has boosted user confidence in GIS deliverables.   In this presentation, we will briefly cover Renato's original workflow, and then demonstrate how his new workflow has streamlined operations. He now copies UAS data from a memory stick into a folder, and the rest is automated. Attendees will learn how they can automate the migration of imagery, pictures, and data from hundreds of drone flights onto maps.

 

ArcGIS for Desktop does not include tools for creating PDF map files that are accessible to those with disabilities, such as documents that are screen-reader friendly.  This talk will include tips on how to create accessible PDF maps and tables utilizing the tools available in Microsoft Word.

 

Emergency Address Portal (EMAP) is the modern web GIS application designed for Arizona's E911 communities to collaborate on the state-wide address database.  As the lead developer of EMAP, the presenter will share her experience on orchestrating the key technologies and data sources under the hood of the software.

 

Managing a 100,000 street-light data collection project in only a span of six-months can have its fair share of obstacles, but can be achieved successfully through communication, productivity and efficiency. Using ESRI's Collector application and AWS (Amazon Web Services), the Evari GIS Consulting field team uses mobile mapping to provide quality streetlight maps for The City of Phoenix, which will be used for future energy efficiency and savings. This presentation would provide insight on the scope project, such as: the practices of field data collection (i.e. mobile mapping, approaches, etc.), the challenges faced during the project (obstacles, lessons learned, etc.), and newer methods of efficient data collection using various applications (Voxer, Fleet Cards, etc). Lastly, the presentation would close with discussing what the most effective strategies for managing a GIS project with a field team (Costs, Safety, Communication, Productivity).

 

Showcase of Borton Magnet School (k thru 5th grade) GIS and data collection projects. Introducing the student to GIS thru the ESRI Get ConnectED grant and field tools. At Borton, students learn to ask big questions and engage in authentic, real world learning to become change makers, creators of new knowledge, and stewards of the earth. A perfect fit for GIS.

 

On January 11, 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. The law provides funding for communities to clean up and redevelop brownfields, industrial areas with environmental contamination or the potential for contamination. Pima County has a Brownfield grant for the large area west of Davis Monthan Air Force Base, which has a size of  11,923 acres (48 square kilometers) and contains 6078 parcels. To target parcels with the most potential for contamination, Pima County and the Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI) compiled environmental data from the USEPA, state of Arizona, and Pima County into a database using GIS. This data included USEPA data hazardous waste permits and toxic releases; air quality permits; wastewater permits; and storm water runoff permits. Fieldwork was conducted to verify the data, and the team ranked the environmental hazards of each parcel in the study area. The final list contains about 550 parcels.

 

How we are leveraging and expanding Web App Builder for Developers for our County Workforce.

 
 
 
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