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Presentations

Below are the proceedings for the 20-25 minute and keynote presentations given at the 2018 AGIC Education & Training Symposium.

Presentations are listed in alphabetical order by title. To find a specific presentation by presenter or key word, use the search at the top of the page. 

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With the myriad of desktop software out there, just about anyone can make a map, presentation, or graphic. But just because we can make a map does not mean it is a good, effective map. Good design requires more than just knowing how to put a north arrow on a map or a picture of puppies on a PowerPoint slide. In this session you'll learn the starting points of making great data visualizations from your data. The tips and techniques you will learn in this brief session can be applied to any data visualization project.

 

We will discuss how we used an expert panel and existing data in combination with rapid GIS analysis to inform Department of Forestry and Fire Management's statewide prioritization of urban tree planting and invasive plants management. This is a transparent, management driven method for filling spatial information gaps and guiding decision making.

 

Most software used for sUAS image processing utilizes a technique called Structure from Motion. This technique is able to combine pictures into an orthomosaic without many of the requirements associated with traditional photogrammetry. We’ve found that the quality of the orthomosaic is dependent on the quality of the individual photos. Here, we offer seven standards for sUAS “better pictures.” If followed, these standards – involving the use of checklists, software best practices, spatial resolution, spectral resolution, radiometric resolution, radiometric corrections, and georeferencing—should provide end users with a repeatable, consistent product that meets their remote sensing needs.

 

During the Hurricane season of 2017, the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which covers Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, had the Texas Gulf Coast portion of the Southwest Region suffer the full impact of Hurricane Harvey.  After the hurricane made landfall near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge at Port Aransas, Texas, the Regional GIS Office based in Phoenix, AZ worked with the incident response team in Texas to provide safety checks & rapid damage assessment using ArcGIS Online, Collector, and the Operations Dashboard.  Staff on the ground in Texas used Collector to capture facility damage assessment, while the Phoenix based GIS team used ArcGIS online to provide support to the incident command team.  The Operations Dashboard provided up to the minute communications to the leadership team in Albuquerque, NM and to the incident command team in Texas.   Use of these tools supported employee safety and streamlined damage assessment workflows.  This presentation provides an overview of getting started,  the virtual GIS command center, after action lessons, and archiving the data for the long-term.

 

The State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) will soon change, and NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) encourages your input!  A new version (SPCS2022) will replace the existing version (SPCS 83) as part of the transition from the North American Datum of 1983 to the Terrestrial Reference Frames of 2022.  Because this change will significantly impact U.S. mapping, surveying, and engineering activities, NGS welcomes stakeholder contributions on the design of SPCS2022 map projection zones within their states.  Since zone designs must follow the new SPCS2022 policy and procedures documents (currently in draft but will be finalized in the latter part of 2018), this presentation will go through those documents in detail.  That will include the rationale behind the policy and procedures, map projection concepts, the design process, “default” designs, statewide zones, low distortion projections, and deadlines.  The goal of NGS is that SPCS2022 be a technically sound and practical component of the nation’s spatial data infrastructure of tomorrow, fully satisfying the broad needs and applications of the geospatial community for years to come.  Stakeholder input will help make that a reality.

Audience: Anyone who uses state plane projections, wants to understand projections and datums, surveyors, geospatial profesionals, etc…

Take away: a thorough understanding of the datums, state plane projections, changes to expect with 2022, tips on preparing for 2022 updates.

 

The Arizona Governor has declared opioid abuse an epidemic and has dedicated resources to better understand how opioid abuse is affecting state communities.  However, there are no studies planned that will research how opioid abuse is affecting use of social support services in the state.  This project will conduct several interrelated studies, which will include: examining the spatial dependence of individual datasets, including opioid mortality rates and use of social support services, using exploratory spatial data analysis; correlation analyses using scatterplot charts; and multiple regression analysis using spatial econometric regression models.  These studies will provide an understanding of how opioids may be affecting the state's social support programs, which will be represented by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and children active in foster care.  The project will include both Arizona-specific and national level studies, which will allow Arizona to be compared to national trends.

 

Communities across the country and around the world are struggling with the rise of fatal and non-fatal use of heroin and prescription opioids. While the opioid epidemic is a community-wide problem, first responders and health officials have been heavily impacted by the epidemic and face the burden of immediate response. To help communities tackle their opioid problem, Esri has developed a series of mapping solutions that deliver critical capabilities across all aspects of the opioid epidemic- from community education, to response, prevention, and treatment. We'll examine the solutions as well as examples local governments are doing across the country and in Arizona.

 

The mission of NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is “to define, maintain and provide access to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) to meet our nation's economic, social, and environmental needs." NSRS is the system of latitude, longitude, elevation, and related models and tools, which comprise the nation’s foundational positioning infrastructure.  NGS has for several years been developing – and promoting – the ongoing modernization and evolution of NSRS, toward the 2022 goal of replacing the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88). The new positioning paradigm will impact all users of geospatial data, either directly or indirectly, and an understanding of the whats, whys, hows, and whens of this effort will ease your transition.  This presentation will update you on today’s status of the NSRS modernization and help you prepare for 2022.

 

Is your town's web mapping platform delivering it's full value and return on investment? Do you know who is using it and how? At AppGeo, we've been monitoring usage statistics across 100 local government web mapping sites for over 8 years. In this talk, we invite you to come learn about what we've discovered. We'll be sharing some tips and tricks that you can employ right away to improve the use, usability, and usefulness of your Web mapping system. We will demonstrate innovative ways that your web mapping system can deliver value to anyone from a curious citizen, to a local business, to your town's staff.

 

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) maintains over 2,400 miles of roads throughout the unincorporated areas of the County.  To support the planning, design, and maintenance of its transportation network, MCDOT leverages a GIS-based transportation asset inventory integrated with an operations management system (OMS).  This system was recently implemented during a two-year project.  This presentation will discuss the multiple phases of the implementation including the migration of a legacy system known as Roadrunner to a new system that utilizes the latest Esri technologies including Roads and Highways. The presentation will also share MCDOT's experience integrating its in-house GIS with a hosted OMS known as Cartegraph.  Other topics that will be discussed include: data governance, migration challenges, and field collection. Finally, the presentation will introduce the Road Information Tool (RIT) which is the GIS-based system of engagement used by MCDOT staff for viewing and reporting roadway data.

 

The National Map is a collection of digital public domain base mapping resources. The National Map elevation data theme is supported by the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). 3DEP's goal is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data for the nation over a multi-year period. A new round of 3DEP funds is expected to be made available later this year.  The 3DEP Broad Agency Announcement will allow local, state, Tribal, educational, and other organizations to partner with USGS and other federal agencies to acquire new lidar data. 3D Nation is a major new study in conjunction with 3DEP as the program progresses toward national elevation coverage. The study will document and refine the requirement and benefits of mission critical needs that use 3D elevation data. It builds on a previous analysis (National Enhanced Elevation Study) that originally documented the benefits of 3DEP. 3D Nation expands to seek input on inland, nearshore, and offshore bathymetry needs and to help direct the program as initial coverage across the country is completed. This presentation will provide the latest information on 3DEP and 3D Nation for Arizona. This will include details on completed, in work, and planned elevation data, and the efforts of a number of Arizona organizations contributing to 3D Nation.

 

This brief highlights how a critical GIS analysis of past conditions can shine a light on better range management decisions with respect to woody vegetation overgrowth. For over 100 years, drought, lack of natural fire, and, in some cases, unmanaged grazing have combined to create conditions where mesquite and other woody species outcompete native grasses in the Altar Valley (south-central Pima County). The subsequent decline in native grasses caused a less productive environment and soil more prone to erosion. The 10,000 acre Elkhorn Ranch in the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains have been managing mesquite and other woody vegetation for almost 35 years. A GIS and aerial photographic analysis of the ranch's efforts to reduce mesquite and other woody vegetation include orthomosaic combination of historic single frame aerial photos; vegetation classification of aerial datasets from 1972, 1993, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2017; critical analysis of the accuracy of those classified datasets; density and change analysis; correlating change with management efforts; and finally, the development of an online story map to showcase the effectiveness of the ranch's efforts to other ranchers and the greater conservation community.

 

Large scale wildlife capture efforts to deploy data-collecting radio collars on animals require countless hours of preparation and coordination. Once these efforts are underway, events move quickly as many moving parts come together. During 2017 big game capture efforts, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Highways Crew and GIS Team worked together to configure a series of Esri mobile applications to enhance the efficiency and safety of these efforts. Collector was utilized for plotting locations of active target species and on-the-ground observers. Survey123 replaced paper forms that were filled out for each captured animal. Workforce displayed nearly real-time locations of all parties involved --including aerial team members observing from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Data from these three applications were integrated into a dashboard built in Operations Dashboard. Being able to harness the powers of these mobile applications was instrumental to the effectiveness of the 2017 capture efforts. An increase in situational awareness between the ground and aerial crews enhanced the overall capture safety, and nearly real-time updates of spatial data allowed the project coordinator to distribute radio collars evenly across both the landscape and between target demographics.

 

ADWR is the data owner for many GIS statewide datasets regarding water rights for both surface water and groundwater.  Sharing this data to all water professionals within the state to have consistency with analysis internally and externally has been a priority at ADWR.  ADWR has implemented an Enterprise GIS system consisting of web applications, Open Data portal, and backend with an Enterprise Geodatabase managed utilizing Python.  This presentation will focus on Python automation of ADWR's GIS data updates and using web applications to integrate spatial and tabular data.

 
 
 
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