NameTitle of PaperDescription
Frank ConklingDesigning and Implementing a Geodatabase for Parcel MappingThe introduction of true relational database structures has revolutionized the way in which we store and interact with parcel data. This presentation will discuss the advantages of migrating to this new technology and step the attendees through the decision process involved in designing and implementing a geodatabase for parcel mapping purposes. Discussions will include the benefits and approaches to conversion of existing coverage and shapefile-based parcel fabrics into the geodatabase structure, development of domains, subtypes and topological rules for data consistency and strategies to ease the transition.
Robert FinkleCRAFTING AN ENTERPRISE GIS: AN ENTERPRISING CRAFTKilleen, Texas, home to Fort Hood, one of the largest military bases in the country, is a dynamic and fast-growing city with a population of 92,000 and an expected growth rate of 23% over the next 10-15 years. With this growth potential, Killeen realized a need for improved citywide mapping and spatial analysis capabilities and began an implementation of an enterprise-wide GIS to greatly enhance their CAD-based, single-department mapping effort. With the implementation, however, came hurdles and issues that arise with any such project of this size. Killeen has taken an enterprising approach to make sure the implementation goes forward and is successful. This presentation discusses such common GIS program hurdles and how Killeen overcame them, such as: 1) acquiring a high-level GIS champion to promote and lead the program, 2) constructing a well thought-out and structured implementation plan to guide the City through the multi-year project, 3) achieving city council buyoff of the plan and budget by providing clear and relevant information, 4) providing a tangible product at every step of the implementation process to keep enthusiasm for the project high, and 5) other creative ideas to help the City implement its GIS in an efficient and timely manner.
Laura CarrLeveraging Digital Submissions for GIS -- Standards and Automated Tools for Utilizing Digitally Submitted Development PlansUpdating the GIS database using digitally submitted approved land development plans in CAD has been a key objective for many city GIS programs. Two primary things are needed to make this opportunity a reality: 1) clear, easy-to-adopt technical rules for structuring CAD files and 2) GIS tools that assist with the capture and population of map and attribute data.<BR>This presentation discusses the approach taken by the City of Killeen to implement digital submissions and to develop GIS data maintenance tools to facilitate the use of CAD data to update GIS feature sets. We will discuss the issues that need to be addressed by the CAD technical specification and we will demonstrate the GIS data maintenance tools and procedures City staff use to:<BR>• Import CAD data into ArcGIS feature classes<BR>• Automatically strip off CAD text to populate GIS attribute data fields<BR>• Fit and quality control CAD data to update GIS data sets<BR>
Linc ClayLeveraging ArcSDE with Oracle SpatialWhile ArcSDE is well tuned and suited for most GIS-centric applications, we have found that leveraging ArcSDE with Oracle Spatial provides significant functional benefits, but not without costs. This workshop presents the lessons learned over the past two years working to seamlessly integrate the tabular data world with the geospatial world of FDEP. Topics covered will include using the SDO_GEOEMTRY data type with ArcSDE, using the Oracle Spatial constructors, defining custom SRIDs, creating Oracle procedures with spatial data, performing spatial queries, and upgrade lessons learned the hard way.<BR>
Sara Moola3D Interactive Web GateWay to Your GISGIS, electronic mapping, GPS, and other forms of spatial electronic data have made tremendous inroads into the planning office within the last decade. Many planning offices rely on this technology for spatial analysis, map generation, and conveying scenarios in various public meetings. A relatively new application arising in this arena is 3D-Visualization, which utilizes geo-spatial data in a fashion that allows a computer to mimic real-world phenomena. <BR> The session opened with Ray Chiaramonte, assistant executive director, who gave a brief description of Hillsborough County, Florida's 3-D visualization system. He mentioned engaging this technology and finding it an invaluable tool for communicating planning scenarios to citizens. Jamie Robe then spoke about the technical aspects and capabilities of 3-D visualization. The audience was treated to a visual fly-over of Hillsborough County. Once the on-screen simulation approached ground-level, the screen illustrated individual downtown buildings, parks, etc., in 3-D. All the images were hyperlinked, allowing the user to access planning information on individual structures, parks, and other features. The images included moving vehicles and sounds. Robe summarized the hardware and software packages that make up the Hillsborough County 3-D Visualization. He noted that it is important that the images are accessible on a free viewer. <BR> Sara Moola of Skyline Software systems spoke about the capabilities of 3-D software. Skyline is the creator of Terra-Pro, the program Hillsborough County uses. She gave an overview of the mechanics behind integrating various forms of spatial data. She noted that the software enables the user to utilize current data capturing an event in progress. To demonstrate, conference attendees viewed a simulated emergency response. The screen depicted a fire in an actual District of Columbia intersection. It began with an aerial view that slowly descended to the emergency scene. Once at ground level, one could see an animated depiction of the fire and the emergency vehicles responding, a scene the audience found quite engaging. <BR> Moola noted that the software is capable of integrating current traffic conditions, exact locations of emergency response vehicles approaching the site, location of emergency personal, etc. This can be an invaluable resource for managing first responder vehicles by routing them around traffic jams. <BR> Angelo Lelekis of the Hillsborough County Planning Commission spoke about combining several software packages to create interactive 3-D images. He noted that the imagery is most effective in conveying potential problems to citizens. They tend to have a more personal feeling when they see a 3-D image of their residential area flooded as opposed to shaded areas on a two-dimensional map. <BR> Melissa Zornitta said the technology enables her to effectively convey scenarios to citizens in the initial stages of the planning process. The technology illustrated scenarios for the county's long-range transportation plan. It also provides a superior platform for three-dimensionally illustrating plan amendments and related agenda items in public hearings and community meetings.
Hugh RitchieHummingbird Enterprise for ESRIOrganizations can extend the value of their GIS linking the GIS maps to diverse types of content. Giving a user the ability to select a parcel of land, a pipeline segment, or a map feature of interest and then display a single cohesive view of all inter department and associated information all in a web environment. This seems a very simple idea and can have huge benefits to providing valuable access to critical information about your assets, customers and processes. The business value associated to this capability can be shown in terms of increased accessibility to corporate knowledge and improved business processes derived from the ability to quickly access information. Concepts around versioning, business process, collaboration, and records management will be discussed in terms of their impact to an existing investment in GIS. The discussion will use case studies and other examples to articulate the business value and ROI for implementing an integrated GIS/Content solution.
Hugh RitchieHummingbird Enterprise for ESRIOrganizations can extend the value of their GIS linking the GIS maps to diverse types of content. Giving a user the ability to select a parcel of land, a pipeline segment, or a map feature of interest and then display a single cohesive view of all inter department and associated information all in a web environment. This seems a very simple idea and can have huge benefits to providing valuable access to critical information about your assets, customers and processes. The business value associated to this capability can be shown in terms of increased accessibility to corporate knowledge and improved business processes derived from the ability to quickly access information. Concepts around versioning, business process, collaboration, and records management will be discussed in terms of their impact to an existing investment in GIS. The discussion will use case studies and other examples to articulate the business value and ROI for implementing an integrated GIS/Content solution.
Barry BittersView and How to Interact with Your GIS Data in Photo-Realistic 3-DFor many years, the U.S Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the airline industry have invested heavily in virtual reality technology. This technology has allowed these organizations to train and interact within virtual landscapes. However, until relatively recently, because of overwhelming hardware and software cost, this 3-D viewing technology has been limited to that small group of organizations that could spend millions of dollars to construct and then travel thru virtual landscapes. With the advent of low-cost and very powerful PC hardware and software, many of these VR capabilities have migrated to the low-cost PC environment and now allow inexpensive immersive interaction within virtual natural and cultural landscapes. All organizations that create, analyze, or view any form of spatial data should be considered as potential users for this virtual technology. Because these organizations must view spatial data, and because the traditional 2-dimensional map has always been an inadequate display of human interaction with the Earth’s surface, advanced 3-D visualization of virtual landscapes must be considered the wave of the future. <BR><BR>This paper describes a conceptual design for future database generation systems - software used to rapidly create synthetic natural and cultural landscapes for 3-D visualization. The concept is based on system modernization efforts currently underway at an operational government database generation site - a site with a worldwide, high detail database generation mission. This conceptual model addresses: efficient use of disparate data sets, integration of source data, conflation of feature data from multiple sources, ambiguities in feature classification, feature specificity, 3D modeling, and the general streamlining of the database generation process. All of these factors are instrumental in efficient development of timely, accurate, and detailed virtual natural and cultural landscapes for use in photo-realistic 3D simulations. <BR>
Alistair StrachanA comprehensive overview of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) for geospatial data users and managersAs a reasonably new, yet rapidly emerging technology, IFSAR has not yet gained the same level of acceptance of comparable technologies such as the recent mass-adoption of Lidar, or historically, photogrammetry. This can mainly be attributed to the startup costs of designing, and bringing to market, new technologies within the industry. IFSAR Commercialization started in the late nineties with a few companies moving into this high investment technology. Seven years later, there are several IFSAR operations worldwide and it has easily overtaken Lidar, based on the total area of elevation data collected.<BR><BR>This presentation will be targeted to the general geospatial community who already have a basic understanding of mapping/GIS but are not yet familiar with IFSAR data or derived mapping products. This will allow the attendee to gain an understanding of this rapidly emerging technology.<BR><BR>Real word examples of IFSAR - Lidar - photogrammetry comparisons will be discussed, along with quantitative research to demonstrate the pros and cons of these technologies when compared.<BR><BR>There will be examples of various real-world applications of IFSAR DEMS and imagery utilized by users worldwide, such as: Orthorectification (High resolution satellite & Aerial photography), Flood Modeling (drainage basins, Insurance apps), Contour & slope mapping, Haz-Mat apps, Agriculture apps, Viewshed, RF propagation modeling, Visualization (tourism, simulators, games!), Volume Calculations and 3D Vector capture.<BR>
Keanan BellDeveloping a Site Assessment Methodology Using ArcPad & GPS TechnologyEnvironmental site assessments offer prospective land purchasers a relatively inexpensive and expeditious means of acquiring valuable information regarding the potential presence of site contamination. GIS and GPS technology provide field scientists with powerful tools to assist site reconnaissance and data collection. This paper presents a methodology that effectively streamlines and automates portions of the assessment process. Developing a customized GIS environment allows for in-house preliminary assessments, which generate results that are easily transferred to handheld data collectors equipped with customized mobile GIS software and GPS receivers. This facilitates further field data collection with high levels of quality and accuracy.
Greg MauldinAdvances in Eliminating Redundancy in LIDAR Digital Elevation DataCreating TIN surfaces from LIDAR data can pose a significant challenge in a GIS environment. Due to the high sampling rates inherent in LIDAR surveys, the data volume is immense. TIN surfaces created from LIDAR elevation data can contain millions of triangles. Most GIS software cannot effectivly manipulate and display these large TIN surfaces. <BR><BR>A case study from Leon County, Florida will be presented. This paper, originally presented at the ASPRS 2004 conference, focuses on advances in dynamically adjusting the criteria used to identify data redundancy based on evaluating slope and frequency variables in the elevation surface to better identify and eliminate redundant data without compromising the accuracy of the resulting DTM. The effects of natural landscape geomorphology and urban landscape morphology on the effectiveness of the algorithm are examined.<BR>
John MarquezTallahassee/Leon County Metadata WebsiteThis presentation describes the process for producing a Metadata Navigation Website using FGDC xml metadata, modified ESRI xsl stylesheets, Microsoft’s XML parser “msxsl.exe”, an Active Server Page and a custom Visual Basic program. The process is described in 2 parts, a brief architectural flowchart then a more detailed implementation description.
Keanan BellDeveloping a Site Assessment Methodology Using ArcPad and GPS TechnologyEnvironmental site assessments offer prospective land purchasers a relatively inexpensive and expeditious means of acquiring valuable information regarding the potential presence of site contamination. GIS and GPS technology provide field scientists with powerful tools to assist site reconnaissance and data collection. This paper presents a methodology that effectively streamlines and automates portions of the assessment process. Developing a customized GIS environment allows for in-house preliminary assessments, which generate results that are easily transferred to handheld data collectors equipped with customized mobile GIS software and GPS receivers. This facilitates further field data collection with high levels of quality and accuracy.
Keanan BellDeveloping a Site Assessment Methodology Using ArcPad and GPS TechnologyEnvironmental site assessments offer prospective land purchasers a relatively inexpensive and expeditious means of acquiring valuable information regarding the potential presence of site contamination. GIS and GPS technology provide field scientists with powerful tools to assist site reconnaissance and data collection. This paper presents a methodology that effectively streamlines and automates portions of the assessment process. Developing a customized GIS environment allows for in-house preliminary assessments, which generate results that are easily transferred to handheld data collectors equipped with customized mobile GIS software and GPS receivers. This facilitates further field data collection with high levels of quality and accuracy.
Michael FranschmanWhen a great idea (Web-Based GIS) gets out, guess what happens?Do you ever get use to the pace at which technology changes? You hardly have time to brag about your new and improved GIS system before everyone else has something that leaves you defending your budget from last year.<BR>To help avoid this stomach turning scenario next time around, there are a few basics you can focus on. Central to your strategy will be a web-based deployment. To unleash the full value of your investment in GIS data, you have to put it to work in as many hands as possible. And besides, who can afford to buy license seats for every client machine? With web-based deployment, you’re looking at server-based licensing to serve many, many users.<BR>So what’s out there? What have the neighbours done that makes their web based deployments so successful? In a world with the web, that neighbourhood is, . . . well, . . . the world.<BR>In this presentation, you’ll have to buckle your seatbelts for a tour of web based GIS deployments from Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East. You’ll discover the varying challenges each faces in putting together solutions that fit their specific circumstances. You’ll also discover those “basics” they all use, and you too can employ the next time you’re aiming a bit higher with your GIS implementation.<BR>
Diana BurdickArc Hydro for Water Resource Management in Florida***David Kelly requested Arc Hydro presentation, please note, there are 3 presentations in 1 so 1 hour required****<BR>Abstract<BR><BR>Title: Arc Hydro for Water Resource Management in Florida<BR>Presenters: Diana Burdick, SWFWMD; Jack Hampson, PBSJ; Sandra Fox, SJRWMD<BR><BR>The ability to gather, store and manage water resource information through geographic information systems (GIS) has been enhanced with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)`s Arc Hydro data model. This template provides a method for standardizing hydrologic and hydraulic related spatial and temporal information. Three water management districts within the state of Florida have been collaborating with each other and with Dr. David Maidment of the Center for Research in Water Resources, PBS&J and Dean Djokic of ESRI for the enhancement of this basic template to meet water resource data management needs within each District. This presentation will provide the background history of these projects, describe the detailed database designs developed and tools created for implementation.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Diana Burdick<BR>Southwest Florida Water Management District<BR>Brooksville, FL <BR><BR>Jack Hampson<BR>PBS&J<BR>Tampa, FL<BR><BR>Sandra Fox<BR>St. John`s River Water Management District<BR>Palatka, FL<BR><BR><BR>
Diana BurdickArc Hydro for Water Resource Management in Florida**Requested by David Kelly - 3 presentations together so need 1 hour or set up as 3 separate presentations***<BR><BR>Abstract<BR><BR>Title: Arc Hydro for Water Resource Management in Florida<BR>Presenters: Diana Burdick, SWFWMD; Jack Hampson, PBSJ; Sandra Fox, SJRWMD<BR><BR>The ability to gather, store and manage water resource information through geographic information systems (GIS) has been enhanced with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)`s Arc Hydro data model. This template provides a method for standardizing hydrologic and hydraulic related spatial and temporal information. Three water management districts within the state of Florida have been collaborating with each other and with Dr. David Maidment of the Center for Research in Water Resources, PBS&J and Dean Djokic of ESRI for the enhancement of this basic template to meet water resource data management needs within each District. This presentation will provide the background history of these projects, describe the detailed database designs developed and tools created for implementation.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Diana Burdick<BR>Southwest Florida Water Management District<BR>Brooksville, FL <BR><BR>Jack Hampson<BR>PBS&J<BR>Tampa, FL<BR><BR>Sandra Fox<BR>St. John`s River Water Management District<BR>Palatka, FL<BR><BR>
David ButryDetermining Catastrophic Wildfire Risk and Optimal Treatment Strategies using Broad-Scale ModelsAnalyzing broad-scale fire patterns, we estimate fine-scale wildfire risk using an empirical model. We parameterize and validate the risk model using data on fire occurrence in the St. John’s River Water Management District (SJRWMD), comprised of 18 northeastern counties in Florida, during the period of catastrophic fires in May through July, 1998. Fire occurrence is modeled as a discrete choice using a variety of candidate estimation procedures, including probit, logit, and kernel methods. The resulting empirical models not only allow us to map and identify high fire risk areas, they also enable us to compare maps of locations of highest risk with corresponding maps of highest marginal effectiveness of pre-fire fuels management. We demonstrate that regions of highest risk and highest marginal effectiveness from treatment are not guaranteed to be the same, implying differing fuels management strategies. Using the estimated empirical levels of fire risk, we examine and map different treatment scenarios and their expected effect on the 1998 wildfires.
Peter ThumThe Next Dimension of GIS: Technical and Organizational ConsiderationsDriven by emerging data, system and application interoperability standards, GIS is quickly becoming a central and transparent part of business information systems. Also, major advances in mobile computing and wireless communications offer potential for anytime, anywhere location-based information access and decision support. This presentation will discuss this convergence of GIS with IS, taking a look at technical opportunities and organizational challenges.
William H. PollockStrategic Plans for GIS/GPS Implementation within the FDOH - Division of Environmental HealthThe Florida Department of Health (DOH) has made significant strides in recent years in the adoption and use of GIS and GPS technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its business functions. Past efforts have included acquisition and deployment of key GIS software and GPS equipment to facilitate the capture of important health related data in the field. <BR><BR>Recently, the Division of Environmental Health within DOH has completed development of a five-year strategic plan to help further the adoption and implementation of GIS/GPS within the agency. The plan identifies opportunities for integration of GIS with existing business information systems and defines technical and organizational models to support implementation of an enterprise-wide GIS system. This presentation will provide an overview of current GIS activities within the Division and highlight key strategies and planned initiatives to advance deployment of an enterprise level system. A description of the process employed to develop the plan will also be covered.
Lee HartsfieldBuilding a Florida GIS/Geospatial Consortium: What`s Happened and What`s NextAt the 2003 SHRUG Workshop, an open forum on "Building a Statewide GIS Consortium" was held, with the majority of attendees supporting further discussions on this topic. Since then, key GIS/geospatial users (representing state, regional, and local governments; universities; user groups; and private industry) from around the state have met to ascertain the interest and availability of creating a formal Florida GIS/Geospatial Consortium for promoting coordinated and efficient development of geospatial information within the State of Florida.<BR><BR>The benefits of a statewide organization include: a) Enhancing training opportunities; b) sharing resources; c) establishing standards; d) accessing contacts for grants; and e) establishing national representation.<BR><BR>Find out what`s happened and what`s next with this grassroots effort to benefit Florida`s GIS and geospatial users.
Valerie JohnsonGIS Professional Certification: What`s It All About?In January 2004, the GIS Certification Institute began accepting applications for "GIS Professional (GISP) Certification." Originally created by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the GISP Certification is intended to provide professionals who work in the GIS field with a formal process that will:<BR>-Allow them to be recognized by their colleagues and peers for having demonstrated exemplary professional practice and integrity in the field. <BR>-Establish and maintain high standards of both professional practice and ethical conduct. <BR>-Encourage aspiring GIS professionals to work towards certification for the purpose of professional development and advancement.<BR>-Encourage established GIS professionals to continue to hone their professional skills and ethical performance even as GIS technology changes.<BR><BR>This session will provide an overview of the GISP Certification program, as well as the steps and forms involved in the application process. Over 350 GIS professionals across the world have obtained their GISP Certification. If you`ve thought about applying, started to apply but had questions, or have already been certified but want to know what you need to do to maintain your certification, come to this session to get help.
Lonnie Hearne3D Visualization-The Next StepOne of the most exciting new trends in GIS is the movement toward “virtual GIS”, the use of geospatially accurate 3D visual layers for community planning and involvement. Major GIS packages now provide some level of 3D visualization capability and robust community planning packages are now emerging. The rapid introduction of this technology has many GIS Managers and Community Planning Directors trying to choose a proper implementation path for these new technologies. This paper discusses modeling efforts for two communities, Monticello FL and Franklin TN. One of these projects was accomplished by a commercial GIS feature extraction production crew and one was accomplished by co-op students working in a city GIS environment. Both projects involved selecting production and visualization tool environments, creating production processes, and training personnel in 3D modeling. Process development for both cases addressed data collection/sources, data pre-processing requirements, software options, machine considerations, operator-modeler training, and management buy-in.
Christi SantiThe GIS Data-Management Solution at the Fish and Wildlife Research InstituteThe Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) GIS data-management team has maintained the Marine Resources GIS (MRGIS) data collection for nearly two decades. This collection of data has grown significantly over the years and now spans two ArcSDE Oracle geodatabases, numerous CD and archive data holdings, and a terabyte of imagery. The MRGIS data and information, like two sides of a zipper, must be kept together to keep the whole functional. This presentation will discuss how FWRI’s GIS data managers keep the zipper intact and keep the data from “being caught with their pants down.” This presentation will focus on presentation of data to users, metadata documentation, database maintenance, and data archiving.
Georgianna StrodeRaster This! An Introduction to Vector MappingThis presentation introduces the concept of vector mapping. Examples demonstrate solutions to complex issues including animations.
Joel HearneAutomated Land Use and Volumetric Analysis for Airport Site SelectionAirport planning authorities are discovering the tremendous advantages geo-spatial analysis techniques in identifying potential land development sites. Recent advances in GIS technology have opened the way for the rapid production of comprehensive GIS site surveys that evaluate aerial obstructions, population displacement, environmental issues, and volumetric topographical changes. SimWright, Inc. has integrated these technologies into an analysis toolset that has been used to analyze thousands of potential airport sites, roadway alignments, and other construction projects for a variety of suitability factors. Analysis results are communicated via detailed reports, Internet mapping applications, and visual simulation models. This GIS tool-kit has been integrated into applications ranging from complex automated models to user-friendly manual analysis “plug-ins”.<BR> <BR><BR>
Michael RoseChallenges and Lessons to Implementing an Integrated Real Estate Information System GIS at SFWMDGeoAnalytics will discuss the challenges and lessons learned to implementing the Integrated Real Estate Information System (IRIS) – GIS Data Management environment at the South Florida Water Management District. The IRIS GIS used ESRI© ArcGIS© 8.3 technology with a customized ArcMap editing environment with a versioned, multi-user, ArcSDE-Oracle Geodatabase. The ArcSDE-Oracle Geodatabase was developed after validating and integrating information from both the legacy Oracle and GIS databases. Additionally, the IRIS GIS included a XML data transfer application to maintain database synchronization with another Oracle database.
Jason AmadoriDesigning an Enterprise Asset Management SystemGovernmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 34 (GASB 34)establishes financial reporting standards for state and local governments, including states, cities, towns, villages, and special-purpose governments such as school districts and public utilities. Governments should report all capital assets, including infrastructure assets, in the government-wide statement of net assets and generally should report depreciation expense in the statement of activities. Space Imaging and Jones, Edmunds and Associates, Inc. are working with the Marion County, FL Engineering Department to collect roadway asset data for incorporation into an integrated Asset Management System. This asset management solution utilizes field data collection and image-based feature extraction to build the required asset databases.
Chris AndersonDesign and Implementation of Cartographic Standards in a State AgencyIncreasingly, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)<BR>uses GIS as a tool for managing Florida`s natural resources. As growth<BR>continues, there is a need to establish a consistent look and feel to<BR>FWC-created products. NOAA nautical charts and USGS quadrangles best<BR>exemplify this ideal. Templates made for maps of various sizes and symbol<BR>sets created for base and project-specific data are two methods for<BR>accomplishing this task. Currently, FWC scientists use two versions of ESRI<BR>software: ArcView 3.3 and ArcGIS 8.3. Map templates, symbol sets, and other<BR>cartographic elements are being created for both versions of software. This<BR>presentation illustrates the steps used to create the various cartographic<BR>elements and discusses any problems encountered. Implementation of<BR>cartographic standards will also be discussed.<BR>
Dr. Rich WalkerA Different View: GIS, GPS and the InternetMost municipalities are evaluating tools for performing Automated Vehicle Locating (AVL) or some other type of location based technology. Most of these solutions require that you have a GPS unit tied to a laptop, an application to read in the GPS data display your location and all of the GIS residing on your local hard drive. The data poses the biggest problem because of the amount of storage it requires but also how to keep the data fresh. By using an integrated and secure WiFi network (i.e., data through the cell towers, etc.), existing GIS data and infrastructure and a small internet application, organizations now have the ability to view their current GPS location on a map without having all the data stored locally. This is a fundamental change in the way you think about GPS and tracking because it uses a standard browser to access the GPS data and sends this information to a website for placement and rendering. All that is returned is a small image of the created map over the WiFi network. A major benefit of this technology is that not only can you see and track yourself you can see and track all others logged into the system at the same time <BR><BR>This talk will discuss the technology and how it can be expanded to include other departments.<BR><BR>
Rich WalkerData Access and DeliveryOrganizations now have the ability to develop a GIS infrastructure using ArcSDE and ArcIMS based on enterprise-wide data access and deployment. ArcIMS provides the maps while ColdFusion or JSP provide the relational database connectivity, storage and retrieval. Using this combination allows GIS managers greater flexability with software licensing and at the same time providing simple to complex tools and functionality for all levels of users. An added benefit is that by using the intranet, you’re leveraging your ongoing investment in existing infrastructure and reducing costs by deploying applications with free desktop software. <BR><BR>This talk will discuss these benefits and how ArcIMS and a relational database can be used inconjunction to develop applications that were never dreamed of previously. Real world examples from other organizations and lessons learned will be given.<BR>
Kevin MadleyAssessment of Boat Propeller Scarring in the Greater Charlotte Harbor RegionSubmersed aquatic vegetation is an integral part of Florida estuarine systems. Seagrasses help to maintain water clarity, stabilize bottom sediments, and provide habitat and food for many fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish. Charlotte Harbor has experienced a 29 percent decrease in seagrass coverage since the 1940’s. The majority of this loss is believed to have originated from construction of the Sanibel Causeway, Intracoastal Waterway dredging and boat propeller scars. A Florida Marine Research Institute study found that Charlotte Harbor is one of the most severely seagrass scarred areas of Florida. An interpretation of aerial photography from the 1980’s was used to map extents, locations and severity of propeller scarring within the estuary. A follow-up study is now in progress using similar methods and 1999 aerial photography. After draft maps were created by interpretation of scarred areas in the 1:24,000 scale photography, field visits and over flights at heights of 1,500 feet were used to “ground truth” the draft maps. A Geographic Information System was used to conduct trend analyses to assess impacts of increased boater use within Charlotte Harbor. Preliminary results indicate that the extent and severity of propeller scarring has increased greatly within this estuary. The methods and results will be made available to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, as well as other interested agencies, to assist in natural resource management decisions.
Kamal JainROAD ACCESSIBILITY ANALYSIS FOR AN INDUSTRIAL AREATransportation is one of the important criteria for the industrial development. Raw material requirement, product demand and supply depend on the transportation infrastructure in that area. The primary constraints involved in transportation planning are environmental issues, cultural concerns, zoning regulations, hydrology, terrain, existing routes, which makes the process of establishing the most cost-effective route quite complicated. With the help of GIS the planning uptime can be reduced significantly and efficiency can be enhanced by a considerable amount. In the current scenario, GIS is being used as an efficient tool to support a range of functions such as traffic monitoring, logistic management, infrastructure planning and maintenance, safety and accident analysis and vehicle routing and navigation. The aim of this study is to identify and suggest the least-cost routing solution of a highway corridor for an industrial area using GeoMedia Professional and GeoMedia Grid. The basic parameters which are taken into account for this study are terrain, land use, and environmental considerations.
Carrie TurnerGO! Sync Enabling Technology For Using ArcGIS In the Field - A Case StudySynchronizing GIS data with the occasionally connected user is a technological challenge for many organizations, particularly when reconciling different versions. GO! Sync is a power tool built for ArcGIS to automate and facilitate sharing of GIS data between the field and office. This presentation will review the implementation in one city of ESRI`s ArcPad, Tadpole-Cartesia`s GO! Sync, and Trimble`s GeoXT`s to maintain and collect data in the field.
C. Henry DepewThe Future Starts In The Past Every step taken in the development of digital mapping builds on the past work that sets the <BR>foundation. If the foundation is weak, the present work will not be as complete and reliable as<BR>it could have been. The purpose of this presentation is to present some of the pitfalls and <BR>concerns that should be part of any GIS development process.
Joe TravisCAD and GIS IntegrationCome see how CAD and GIS are coming together in this interactive session that looks at a variety of state and local government and utility datasets. We will demonstrate how accurate engineering data and contiguous GIS landbase information has grown to be a valuable geospatial component in today`s lifecycle of data.<BR>
James J. Burd, Jr.Managing Agency-Wide Fish and Wildlife Research Through Internet-Based Mapping: A Prototype ApplicationResearchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) perform a wide variety of fish and wildlife research covering many different areas in Florida. In an attempt to get a better grasp of research activities, FWRI requires submission of research approval forms before starting new projects. Through these research approval forms, researchers agree to complete metadata describing each research project. FWRI has used this process to develop a comprehensive metadata database describing its research activities.<BR><BR>FWRI’s Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA) is in the process of developing an internet-based mapping application to facilitate access to and the use of FWRI’s research project metadata database. The foundation for this application is based on a Big Cypress Basin-Estero Bay research project management Web site located at http://ocean.floridamarine.org/bcb/. FWRI’s metadata database application will use ColdFusion and ArcIMS technologies and will allow users to interactively develop spatial and aspatial queries of FWRI’s research project metadata database. The query results will be displayed both within a map window and in a table. The query results table will provide links to complete Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant metadata reports for each selected project. <BR><BR>This presentation focuses on how both the public and managers can dynamically interact with FWRI’s metadata database application to develop a clear picture of FWRI’s research activities throughout Florida. Other topics to be described include the application components and design, the necessary technical infrastructure, and an overview of FWRI’s metadata implementation program.
Alan Foley / Jason SparksModernizing a Water/Wastewater GISGainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is a midsized utility serving approximately 55,000 customers in North Central Florida. The GRU Water and Wastewater (W/WW) Engineering Division began the process of GIS implementation seven years ago with conversion of hardcopy maps to AutoCAD drawings. Over time islands of data and redundant processes emerged. GRU wanted to consolidate its facility information to streamline internal mapping, modeling, and work management processes. Jones, Edmunds, and Associates, Inc. recently assisted GRU W/WW Engineering in implementing ArcGIS 8.x, ArcFM 8.x, and upgrading to Cityworks 4.x. ArcGIS and ArcFM tools are used with an Oracle SDE W/WW geodatabase (GDB) to support internal mapping and analysis and with Cityworks to support work management. This presentation will provide an overview of GRU`s experiences before, during, and after the software upgrades and GDB implementation.<BR>
Martin RocheGIS Based Land Use ForecastingEffective planning and growth management requires detailed forecasting and analysis of growth trends. Improved data availability and GIS tools now enable detailed land use and demographic forecasting to be accomplished to the parcel level.<BR><BR>This session will provide a conceptual overview the application of GIS to determine the carrying capacity for residential and non-residential development for vacant parcels and the distribution of projected population and employment to parcels. The process of ranking individual parcels for their attractiveness for development and the distribution of growth to the parcels will also be discussed.<BR><BR>Canin Associates Land Use Forecasting Model (LUFAM ) as applied to growth forecasting in Snohomish County, Washington and the Orlando Metro region will be used to demonstrate how GIS can be used to improve understanding of growth patterns and associated development impacts. <BR><BR>The utility of land use forecasting models to visualize the impact of land use changes, comprehensive plan amendments, and demographic trends will be demonstrated.<BR>
Douglas BraeckelNPDES Application Development for Duval CountyThis paper presents a detailed account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs behind seven years of GPS structure collection and application development required to map the 152,000+ storm water drainage structures of Jacksonville, Florida for compliance with the Clean Water Act`s, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
B.J. BukataDeveloping a Pre-Development Land Cover and Hydrography Dataset for the SWFWMDABSTRACT<BR>Pre-development land cover and hydrography is becoming increasingly important to plan restoration activities, review historical extent of wetlands and uplands, as well as provide supplemental hydrologic data to set State mandated Minimum Flows and Levels for surface waters. A pre-development land cover and hydrography dataset was generated for the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) for the Peace Creek and Lake Wales Ridge Basins in Polk and Highlands County, Florida. The intent was to generate datasets that depict land cover and hydrologic conditions prior to the 1900’s. The two main data sources used in this project were historical soil surveys and survey notes from the General Land Office Survey (GLOS). These two datasets provide the most accurate and spatially specific historical natural resource data available. This presentation will discuss the approach and methodologies used to generate the land cover and hydrography datasets for SWFWMD. <BR><BR>
Sarah Van WartCreating, Editing, and Analyzing Spatial Data through a Web Browser Using ArcIMS, ArcSDE, Map.NET, and Web ServicesThe Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has created a number of intranet-based mapping applications and organizational tools utilizing the .NET programming environment. This workshop will be a detail-oriented, technical discussion that examines application architecture and code samples relating to:<BR><BR><ul><BR><li>Standardizing addresses<BR><li>Geocoding<BR><li>Editing shapes and attributes in SDE<BR><li>Analyzing spatial data<BR><li>Reporting<BR><li>Saving ArcIMS-generated maps<BR><li>Querying, storing, and editing metadata in SDE<BR><li>Integrating Security<BR></ul><BR><BR>
Mark EndriesIntegrating the Technology of GIS with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Landowner Incentive Program.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) provides technical and financial support for private landowners interested in improving habitat conditions for wildlife listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. The technology of geographic information systems (GIS) is used to help reduce the workload of agency staff involved in the program by ranking the suitability of each applicant’s property with the LIP and assisting with onsite property assessments. To objectively rank each applicant’s land for suitability with the LIP, a GIS based habitat suitability model was created for the entire state of Florida. The suitability model incorporates a wide variety of information, such as land cover, wildlife potential habitats, and species occurrence data, and ranks 30 x 30 meter pixels comprising the state on a 0 – 100 scale. In the field, GIS technology is used for on site project need assessments and practice compliance verification. Biologists are equipped with global positioning unit enabled Tablet PCs running ArcPad. This technology allows biologists to help identify potential practices to be performed, calculate acreage, collect location information for any wildlife documented on the landowner’s property, and verify compliance of practices performed in the field. For the talk, I will describe the construction and use of the suitability model, the use of field enabled GIS, and highlight pros and cons of incorporating emerging technology with a state agency land conservation program.
Ron Butcher“HOMELAND SECURITY - GIS FOR CRITICAL COMMUNICATION”A key element of threat analysis, preparedness, and response capability is the management of information. And because most of the critical information is geographically based, GIS will play a crucial role in preparing for and responding to widespread emergencies.<BR><BR>State officials and emergency managers provide the regional planning and coordination function for preventing and responding to emergency events. Individual counties own, operate, and secure key aspects of the nation’s infrastructure such as airports, transit systems, water supplies, schools, and hospitals. Federal agencies will work with all of these organizations to coordinate a multitude of activities regardless of borders.<BR><BR>A general acknowledgment of the need for an improved state of preparedness has made geographic data collection and GIS development a priority for many organizations and funding for such efforts is beginning to surface.<BR><BR>A menagerie of Federal, State, municipal and private organizations must be able to communicate a variety of mission critical data quickly, accurately and effectively to the appropriate personnel in a secure, stable and consistent manner. <BR><BR>This presentation seeks to explain not only how to collect and disseminate the data, but to turn data into information for better, faster decision making. Those decisions must then be clearly transmitted to the appropriate parties and the results of those actions monitored and assessed for effect.<BR> <BR>This presentation will provide URISA attendees with a seminar that will assist organizations across the spectrum of government with determining, collecting and compiling data and disseminating coordinated information from emergency managers to the field and back to maximize effectiveness.<BR><BR>
Ron Butcher“COLLECTING QUALITY INFORMATION IN THE FIELD AND USING WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY TO DO IT”Utilities are driving the development of comprehensive toolkits to inventory critical infrastructure data. In this demonstration, attendees will learn about some of the innovations that are being applied to data collection for several local municipalities.<BR><BR>GPS field data collection software used in utility inventory projects will be demonstrated and can be modified quickly and easily to generate forms for data collection that minimize input errors and maximize efficiency. <BR><BR>Built-in data collection rules run in the field to dramatically reduce quality control from the office. The results are tangible—a GIS data collection environment that can be integrated throughout an organization; increased data accuracy; simpler processes for information access and maintenance; and controlled cost.<BR><BR>Now, there is the emergence of wireless technology that is having a positive impact not only on public works departments but also on county auditors and homeland security departments. <BR><BR>This presentation will explore how the two technologies come together to create an up-to-date GIS.<BR>
Ron Butcher“GEODATABASE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR PAULDING COUNTY, GEORGIA”As one of the top ten fastest growing counties in the United States, Paulding County has seen a tremendous growth over the last couple of years. Many of the datasets required for an enterprise GIS were either in development or in the process of completion. Paulding County needed a way to incorporate these disparate datasets into one seamless, maintainable geodatabase environment. The focus of this presentation is to review the steps necessary in developing, implementing, and maintaining an enterprise GIS at a county level. The presentation will go over the different geodatabases considered and how the ESRI templates were used in their development. The agencies that were involved in defining the geodatabases and how these same agencies contributed to the maintenance process. And finally the tools used to maintain the geodatabases and how they were defined to meet the users maintenance requirements.
Joe JohnsonCity of Tallahassee GIS-based OMS projectThe City of Tallahassee has contracted with UAI to provide a state of the art Outage Management System for the city’s utility department. UAI is developing an interface to the city’s ArcFM/ESRI ArcGIS GIS to seamlessly pass data to the OMS. This interface will incrementally update the OMS of any changes in the Tallhassee system network posted to the GIS.<BR><BR>Through use of the OMS system, dispatchers will be able to view all trouble calls coming into the system and the resulting outages. The OMS will also analyze all calls and predict the cause of the outage so crews can be dispatched more quickly to the correct location.<BR><BR>Joe Johnson, PE and director of business development for UAI, will present an overview of the Tallahassee project and how the city is planning to use GIS-based OMS to better serve its customers.<BR>
Rene Rodriguez“Patrick AFB, Integrating SDS and Military Standards with ESRI Technology”Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB) Implemented a utility GIS managed by ESRI technology. Combining ArcGIS 8.x/ArcSDE and Oracle as the backbone of a geodatabase modeled after Spatial Data Standards (SDS – CADD Standards developed and maintained by the CADD/GIS Technology Center). Supporting data gathered through GPS field collection and office conversion techniques, PAFB implemented a GIS that included consolidation of many digital and hardcopy formats, business process re-engineering, and tuning of a complex Oracle/ArcSDE/ArcGIS architecture. Following the lead of the GeoBase program initiative, PAFB implemented the foundations for future integration to Military Infrastructure Management and Analysis computerized systems. Setting the pace for harvesting the full potential of data stored and managed through SDS standards with the use of GIS state of the art software technology.
Tina UdoujFish and Wildlife Research Institute ArcIMS ApplicationsThe Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s mission includes the task of providing timely information to protect, conserve, and manage Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. As a state agency, FWRI must share with the public the research and products it generates. To achieve these goals, FWRI hosts a variety of ArcIMS map services on the Internet. FWRI uses ArcIMS to serve relevant GIS data to facilitate decision-making and research efforts across the state. Example map services include the United States Coast Guard Area Contingency Plans, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program Image Server, the Coral and Benthic Habitats Internet Map Server, the Big Cypress Basin - Estero Bay (BCB-EB) Regional Research Database Project, and the Marine Resources GIS. These map services provide unique avenues to coordinate oil spill response, evaluate temporal changes of seagrass distribution, observe underwater videos of corals, query regional water quality projects, or map manatee mortality distribution in Florida.
Jeremy ConnerHazardous Material Identification, Monitoring, and Abatement Using ArcMapThe US Navy selected 3001, Inc. (Gainesville, FL) to develop an application for identifying, monitoring, and abatement of lead-based paints and asbestos for bases in North Florida. The application is an ArcMap extension and uses data stored in Oracle or MS SQL Server (through SDE; or MS Access (Personal Geodatabase). The application is field deployed on Tablet PCs.
Shannon WhaleySpatial Classification of Estuarine Habitat Structure and Fish Communities in Charlotte Harbor, Florida.For several years, maps of biological communities and habitat availability have been used to prioritize the conservation and management of multiple species and habitats within terrestrial ecosystems. Similar spatial descriptions of estuarine habitats and biological communities may help in the development of estuarine conservation and management priorities. Many small estuarine fishes use salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrass habitats as refuges from predation and as important food sources. We leverage existing maps of these habitats to characterize fish communities across shallow waters of Charlotte Harbor. To help develop conservation goals and prioritize management efforts, these maps can be combined with spatial information detailing existing and proposed management areas and human-use of the estuary.
Mark AlexanderEnterprise Integration and GISISC has a repeatable solution that integrates enterprise systems with enterprise ready GIS capabilities. Example solutions will be explored. The enabling technologies and concepts will then be discussed. Web services figures prominently.
Brian R. Garvey, P.E.Using GIS for Stormwater Culvert Inspections and Operational AssessmentThis presentation will discuss the Stormwater Drainage Structure and Culvert Inspection Program developed for Orange County, Florida. <BR>Highlights will include the development of the inspection criteria, mobile GIS collection of field data using GPS, formatting of the data including the GIS data model and the development of reports and cost estimates for on-going repair and maintenance.
Carl WestergrenFlorida BlueWaysFlorida BlueWays IMS provides access to a wide variety of map-based data pertaining to the coastal environment for the purpose of facilitating integrated coastal resource management at the ecosystem level by providing mechanisms for simultaneous information display and comprehensive analysis. The IMS site was developed using ArcIMS and MapDotNet. MapDotNet is a rapid GIS development suite of ASP.NET server controls and web services. Data themes of interest, such as seagrass distribution, fishing and boating studies, and marine managed areas, are available. Multiple themes can be added to a single map to allow for spatial analysis of the layers selected. Nine different zoom tools provide capabilities for rapid location of features of interest. In the future, more types of data and additional analytical tools will be provided.
Charles KovachUsing remotely sensed data to map water quality parameters.The Department is evaluating the potential for mapping water quality parameters using data generated from airborne and satellite platforms. Data products generated from pilot projects on the west coast of Florida will be presented.
Vince FANSpeed up cadastral mapping onlinePTA MAPS(intranet application) serves 55 counties (out of 67 in Florida) parcel maps for the fields appraisers in 10 local office in Florida.<BR><BR>ActiveX Connector(Active Server Page) is applied in development. The parcel data are stored SDE database in SQL Server 2000 standard edition. There is 11.5GB parcel data and 100GB aerial photo. This application will allow user to search by parcel number, owner name, book & page number or advance search. User can zoom, pan, identify parcel on the map. <BR><BR>
Stephen M. HodgesGIS Selection and Prioritization of Environmentally Sensitive LandsStaff from the Tallahassee - Leon County Planning Department, the Leon County Department of Growth and Environmental Management, and Blueprint 2000, working with an expert citizens advisory working group, used GIS data to select and prioritize a selection of 63,396 acres of environmentally sensitive lands within nine drainage areas with a total size of 95,180 acres. The selected property parcels were ranked and prioritized using a combination of working group preferences and GIS attribute data, and a list of the highest ranked properties were given to the local water management district for use in their land and conservation easement acquisition efforts.
Alistair StrachanA comprehensive overview of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) for geospatial data users and managersThis presentation is targeted to the general geospatial community who already has a basic understanding of mapping/GIS but is not yet familiar with IFSAR data or products. This will allow the audience to gain an understanding of this rapidly emerging technology and widespread data availability.<BR><BR>This is particularly relevant to the Coastal Mapping Community, since NOAA has recently committed to acquiring the entire US coastline (Alaska excepted) with IFSAR and making it available to the entire US coastal community. NOAA has selected the Gulf Coast as the first region, with acquisition and production already commenced.<BR><BR>Real word examples of IFSAR/Lidar and IFSAR/photogrammetry comparisons will be discussed along with quantitative research to demonstrate the pros and cons of these technologies when compared. Real word examples of applications of IFSAR DEMS and imagery utilized by users worldwide will be discussed. Such as: Orthorectification (High resolution satellite & Aerial photography), Flood Modeling (drainage basins, DFIRM updates, Insurance apps), Contour & slope mapping, Haz-Mat apps, Agriculture apps, Viewshed, RF propagation modeling, Visualization (tourism, simulators, games!), Volume Calculations and 3D Vector capture.<BR><BR>As a reasonably new, yet rapidly emerging technology, IFSAR has not yet gained the same level of acceptance of comparable technologies such as the recent mass-adoption of Lidar, or historically, photogrammetry. This can mainly be attributed to the startup costs of designing, and bringing to market, new technologies within the industry. The true utilization of IFSAR began only in the late nineties with a few companies moving into this complex technology. Seven years later, there are still only several IFSAR operations worldwide but it has now overtaken Lidar on the amount of elevation data acquired worldwide.<BR>
Rick KrieselmanAn Information-Oriented Dot Net Enterprise Location-Centric Portal for Local GovernmentIn 2003, the Town Council of Cary, NC, in response to citizens’ requests for better access to information about the local activities, especially development, embarked on a project to create and implement an open-architecture, standards based, technology platform that focused on addressing current and future needs for access of location-centric information by the employees and citizens. The platform, envisioned as a Location Information and Management Portal, has resulted in more than an enterprise GIS solution; it has become an environment where standards-based technology allows hardware, software and communications to come together to play an instrumental role in the town’s planning, operations, maintenance, management, and citizen participation. <BR><BR>The system framework uses dot net technologies for portal management, web services, map services, and a variety of other standards-based information applications to provide an efficient and effective way to manage GIS and other data and deliver information to users via a location-based web interface. Developed in partnership with Cary GIS staff by JCH GeoInfo Solutions, the environment uses a range of best-of-breed technologies including MapInfo’s MapXtreme2004, MapMarker J Server, Microsoft’s SQL Server combined in a web services platform that includes Microsoft’s .NET, ASP.NET and J2EE. <BR><BR>Portal Management and dot net technologies allow for the system to be controlled and directed by user authentication levels. Town Cary staff can define map sets, establish security, upload and download necessary files, and control content. Users can access various GIS Map based Information modules, according to level of access. Analysis reports are available to track usage, errors, and portal changes. These components for the .NET Framework provide significant functionality and versatility at greatly reduce cost, as a result of the use of open source components and reduction of require development effort. The location based functions provide the end users with a means to retrieve information as answers, ranging from where to play tennis to the proximity of zoning changes. Standard map management tools combined with OGC standards-based WMS and WFS servers and sophisticated analytical and search tools based on traditional and spatial SQL queries provide an efficient route to quick answers to simple neighborhood problems or complex geographic analysis. <BR>

 

   
 
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