2007 SHRUG GIS Work Shop
November 15th-16th
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center - Tallahassee, FL
 
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C. Henry DepewThe Presentation This presentation is on the basic considerations to present material in an informative, interesting, and useful manner. No matter how important the material, an un-focused, over-detailed, or uninspired presentation can be detremental to the audience`s understanding and comprehension.
C. Henry DepewData Accuracy Considerations The accuracy of GIS data depends on the scale, projection, datum, and equipment used. The purpose of this presentation is to acquaint the users of the possible negative impact of using data without knowing its source or method of development.
Tripp Corbin, MCP, GISPUnderstanding the DWG formatAs more and more engineers, surveyors and other design professionals begin to see what a powerful tool GIS can be, GIS professionals are having to interact and share data with them much more frequently than in the past. Unfortunately most of these design professionals do not use the same software or data formats that we do in the GIS world. They typically use some form of computer aided design (CAD) software, such as AutoCAD. This means we, the GIS professional, must import and export the data created by the design professional. <BR><BR>Unfortunately many GIS professionals have little to no experience with AutoCAD. This means many of us do not fully understand the AutoCAD data we receive. This often leads to confusion and problems when trying to use the data. So inorder to effectivel used the CAD data generated by these pther professionals, we must understand what a DWG file is and what it can contain.
Jay JohnsonRefining Basins, Watersheds and Catchments with LiDARTLCGIS`s acquisition of accurate topographic data from a LiDAR project created a need to update legacy Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) data, including Basin, Watershed and Catchment boundaries. This presentation will cover the methodology used in refining these boundaries, some "lessons learned" and examples of the changes in the data as a result of the project.
Gary WatryOpen Source GIS Software and its potential use in the Post Grad EnvironmentOne of the major issues that arise with the introduction of Geospatial technology in a post-college education or research program is the inherent cost of Commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS). The initial cost and annual maintenance fees for most COTS, is hard to justify by the occasional use of these applications in Non-GIS courses and research projects. The introduction of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) at the college and post-grad level will make available the powerful tools of Geospatial analysis without the cost. As FOSS applications achieve parity and in many cases exceed the capabilities of the comparative COTS tools, a valuable tool is available to the grad student or research assistant. Once educated in the usefulness and availability of FOSS applications, the individual would be able to download, utilize, and then discard the appropriate GIS tools until the next time they were useful. Several other benefits are also obvious in that the research assistant or student has the ability to verify what is going on internally and the flexibility to tweak any aspect of the system in experimentation to achieve the correct results. A benefit to the education/research community itself is the ability to disseminate solutions to other researchers without requiring them to acquire software licenses first. The community is able to build their own tools or build on top of existing tools. Then in subsequent years, different researchers and student continue adding on to it. The end result of this collaborative effort is a more comprehensive package than would be available if the researcher had purchased a canned product (COTS) or started from scratch on their own. If and when the FOSS applications are not capable of meeting the needs of the user, then and only then should the individual be encouraged to examine COTS.
Jeff ArnoldFAST Data CollectionFAST Data Collection is being used by the Centers for Disease Control to conduct rapid assessments in the field. The application allows them to customize their software on-the-fly to respond to unknown situations.
Michele LundeenWhat`s New in ArcGIS 9.2An overview demonstration of the enhancements coming in the ESRI ArcGIS 9.2 products. This presentation will cover both desktop and server products.
Greg MauldinThe WAM Model and Estimation of Groundwater Nitrogen and Phosphorous Nutrient LoadingsThe WAM Model, developed by Soil and Water Engineering Technologies, (SWET), of Gainesville, Florida is a combination engineering and ArcView 3x geospatial model used for generating predicted nutrient loadings to the surface and groundwater. WAM also produces predicted daily time-series data for stage, depth, velocity, flow conditions, as well as, nutrient concentration levels for total suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorous, and biological oxygen demand. Additionally, WAM produces ESRI Grid datasets which represent average annual nutrient loadings. This paper describes a case study for a WAM application in the Woodville Recharge Basin, located in Leon County, Florida. The goals and requirements of this EPA funded study is presented. Additionally, the required input geodatasets, the required input engineering and climatologic paramters and the output results are described.
Mark AlexanderGIS and Service Oriented ArchitecturesA ‘Service Oriented Architecture’ is a software system architecture that employs the use of services which are not built into a specific software application, but instead are loosely coupled and potentially distributed over a network, and that typically perform a set of reusable functions. A ‘service’ in this context might be a web service, or a client-server database, or an email server. Services are generally accessed over a network using protocols such as http.<BR>ISC continues to be focused on the integration of GIS within Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). ISC provides both products and services that provide State and Local government agencies with the benefits of GIS in a service oriented architecture.<BR>ESRI’s ArcIMS was the first widely successful product that provided GIS related services within a SOA context. Today, web services are deployed and serve a role in many, if not most, enterprise software systems operated by State and Local governments. <BR>How is GIS evolving to become more highly integrated, easier to access, and more useful for a variety of applications? In order to answer that question, one must explore Service Oriented Architectures and GIS. <BR>
Karen Kebart & Chris GundryUse of Wetland Designations as Supplement to Existing Zone A Floodplain BoundariesAs part of the FEMA Map Modernization process, the use of areas designated as wetlands by the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) to supplement existing Zone A floodplains has been proposed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. In cooperation with Dewberry, Inc., a methodology has been developed and tested, and reviewed and approved by FEMA. <BR><BR> <BR><BR>Utilization of this methodology includes many geoprocessing techniques as well as aerial photo interpretation. A general discussion of FEMA Map Modernization and current related activities within Northwest Florida Water Management District will be included.<BR><BR> <BR><BR>
John E. Matthews“Interacting with GIS and Remote Sensing in a Stereo Base Map Environment”“Interacting with GIS and Remote Sensing in a Stereo Base Map Environment”<BR> <BR> Utilizing remote sensing as an accurate stereo base map for use in a GIS environment forms a substantial platform for interactive use by a myriad of multi-discipline operations. Using stereo base maps for three dimensional (3D) data extraction allows for the creation of accurate 3D GIS data sets, overcoming many of the accuracy challenges of typical geographic information systems. Increased accuracy results in expanded usability of the data sets by multiple disciplines for multiple purposes. Stereo imagery creates a real world visual environment and allows for intelligent analysis of 3D vector data residing on a stereo image for an enhanced backdrop. Stereo base maps also provide Q/A, Q/C processes that allow for a visual environment to qualify existing data sets and resolve issues and conflicts without field visits to the project site or study area. This paper explains how multiple disciplines utilizing GIS and Remote Sensing can create new highly accurate 3D GIS data layers and utilize them in existing GIS applications. <BR> Specialized tools have been developed for viewing and extracting data from Geo-Spatial Digital Base Maps to update the Florida Department of Transportation’s, District 3 (FDOT D-3) roadway inventory and associated Straight Line Diagrams (SLD’s) without the need for data collection on the roadway. These new tools allow for a safer and more accurate way of collecting data with the residual benefit of 3D color stereo images usable for many other purposes. Three-dimensional digital images, for over 2,000 miles of on-system roads are now being centrally-served and used throughout FDOT D-3 in multi-discipline offices, i.e. Planning, Surveying and Mapping, Right of Way, Environmental Management, Maintenance, Design, etc. <BR> A customized tool for the collection of 3D survey-specific roadway features using, standard procedures and file formats consistent with the Electronic Field Book (EFB) has been developed and is being utilized for FDOT Resurfacing, Restoration and Rehabilitation (RRR) projects and other planimetric feature extraction projects throughout the country. This application, SurveyCreator, generates output file formats, which can be directly imported into roadway design applications such as CAiCE and exported into CAD or GIS environments such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, ArcMap, etc. Data extracted using this tool provides the foundation geodetic point, and chain data for various design projects and development of triangulated irregular networks (TIN`s) and full digital terrain models (DTM`s). These stereo images can also be utilized throughout the community to meet requirements in other disciplines. Development of these new applications allows all disciplines to utilize the same mapping information for more consistent GIS, mapping and planning applications and has the additional benefit of reducing the time and expense for acquiring data in the field.<BR><BR><BR>John E. Matthews, PLS<BR>HSA Consulting Group, Inc.<BR>jmatthews@hsa.cc <BR>Phone/Fax 850-309-7510<BR>
Tim TorresThe City of Hamilton, Ohio Enterprise GIS Case StudyOver the last two years, the City of Hamilton, Ohio has undertaken an effort to implement an Enterprise GIS as well as GIS-aware business solutions to meet the growing demands placed upon the City. IN addition to a complete transformation of the GIS software, tools and data within the City, Hamilton has implemented asset management, land management, and addressing systems that leverage the City’s enterprise GIS investments. These business systems perform critical business functions enabling business units to meet their mission and mandates while at the same time leveraging an enterprise data mart of parcels, addresses and other spatial data layers. The Enterprise Addressing System, built upon ESRI’s ArcGIS technology, provides front end tools to manage addresses. This data is then published to a data mart for use in Cityworks for asset and maintenance management as well as Govern Software for permitting, code enforcement and inspections. All data is available through their corporate spatial portal built using PV.Web.<BR><BR>This presentation will provide an overview and lessons learned from this 3 year project covering as well as the benefits.<BR>
Jim HuntUtilities GIS for Compliance - Maintenance and ManagementThis paper will cover the steps necessary to implement GIS as the business tool of choice for a public utility to meet compliance. We will provide an understanding of how the Rational Unified Process works in data development for both maintenance and managment of assets. We will focus on the roles of participants and the expertise the parties incorporate as well as the implementation process and how each step is reviewed and modify future development from all perspectives. Expand on newer technologies that can enhance not only data collection but expands the number of users. We design and develop the utilities system through iterations and offer criteria for measuring the project’s products and activities. By reviewing all factors that relate to project cost for utilities mapping we develop a basic understanding of the technical criteria systems utilize and the benefit gained by meeting compliance.
Jon Anthony (Tony) StallinsSuburban hotspots: Using GIS to investigate lightning anomalies associated with Atlanta`s urban heat island.In this presentation, I review some of the GIS-driven results of research documenting the density of cloud-to-ground lightning flashes around Atlanta, Georgia. Because of their higher atmospheric heat content and concentrations of aerosol pollutants, large urban areas have been hypothesized to increase the convective instability of thunderstorms and enhance lightning flash production. With data purchased from the National Lightning Detection Network, we mapped twelve years of flash data (1992-2003) in ArcGIS so as to reveal the extent of any urban influences upon lightning across this intensively developed region. Our findings indicated a large region of high flash activity to the northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County that is associated with storms that track over downtown Atlanta. Until recently, most lightning projects have relied upon non-GIS software, typically older stand-alone Fortran programs, to visualize lighting patterns. However, within a GIS, we can more adroitly employ map algebra, select flashes by location or specific date, and in general invoke a more visually creative investigation of urban lightning patterns. We seek to communicate with GIS professionals about ways to make our analyses more streamlined and efficient, and to present a glimpse of how broad-application GIS programs are making their way into meteorological analyses in the place of earlier programs designed solely for weather and climatological analysis.
Jim GriffinThe Use of New Technologies to Optimize and Improve Lake AssessmentsThe determination of the physical, chemical and biological properties of lakes has long been a basis for the assessment of lake health. This process involves a survey of the lake morphology including depth profiles, qualitative and quantitative sampling of lake vegetations, sampling and analysis of water chemistry and in some cases macro-invertebrate sampling. While the lake assessment is an important element in lake management, the complexity of the process and the time required to complete the process has limited its use. This paper explores the application of new technologies which will allow lake managers to complete a comprehensive lake assessment with a minimum expenditure of time and at a reduced equipment cost. The approach employs: (1) new “fish finder” bathymetric survey systems that combine positional (x,y,z) accuracy with integrated digital recording and an improved visual display; (2) portable geographic information systems with check out-check in geodatabase technologies; (3) integrated digital camera/GPS technologies; (4) improved water quality sensor technology and (5) a rapid assessment standard operational procedure. The approach is being developed by the University of South Florida for the assessment of twenty four lakes in Hillsborough County Florida as part of the County’s Lake Management Program (LaMP). The goal of this project is to assess and provide Web-based documentation of twenty four County lakes during a three month (peak growing season) period.<BR>
Jim GriffinThe Use of New Technologies to Design, Develop and Implement a State of Florida Water AtlasA watershed atlas for the entire state of Florida has long been a dream of the University of South Florida’s, Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) and many of its partners. Until recently, the cost in terms of people, machines and operational budget made this dream impractical. FCCDR began the design of the first web-based atlas of lakes in 1996 when the use of web-based technologies for spatial-data systems were in there infancy; however in the last ten years the technological foundation for this type of web-based data dissemination, viewing and analysis have improved dramatically. FCCDR now believes that these technologies have matured to the point where a State of Florida Water Atlas is feasible and, based on the popularity of its one regional (Tampa Bay) and seven County (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Lake, Manatee, Seminole and Orange) Water Atlas web-sites, desirable. This paper will present the details of the proposed State of Florida Water Atlas and the technologies that are now being used to implement the Water Atlas web-site.
Bill Alfred, GISP Becoming a Certified GIS Professional (GISP)In January 2004, the GIS Certification Institute began accepting applications for “GIS Professional (GISP) Certification”. As of August 26, 2006 there are 1,268 GISPs. 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. * 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 Process<BR>
Lee HartsfieldArcGIS Server Emergency Operation Center ApplicationTallahassee-Leon Counnty has partnered with ESRI in developing an Emergency Operation Center application in ArcGIS Server. The application will allow for real-time edits during a disaster. The browser-based technology will allow the all critical emergency support staff to visualize real time events spatially.
Richard ButgereitUpdate on Florida DEM LiDAR ProjectFlorida Division of Emergency Managment (FDEM) has initiated an effort that will result in the update of the Regional Evacuation Studies (RES) for the State. This process will require updates to the coastal surge modeling tools with more current and accurate elevation data using LiDAR. This presentation will provide an update on the development of baseline specification for LiDAR and orthophotography and statewide LiDAR inventory and acquisition activities.
Pam Cote“Case Study: Horry County Enterprise GIS/CAMA Integration ”In 2006, Horry County South Carolina contracted with a leading CAMA and GIS consulting firm to implement a solution that utilizes a GIS Centric CAMA data model. Specifications include: non-redundant features such as zoning, situs address; no duplication of data maintenance (GIS and CAMA); native CAMA spatial analysis viewing to live SDE layers and oblique photography; field collection using GPS technology; and integration with other departments. This topic will discuss the benefits and lessons learned.
Michael Brown“Oblique Aerial View (OAV) Imagery Evolves; Integrating OAV Data with the GIS”Traditional, overhead aerial photography has long been a tool for monitoring growth, analyzing change and documenting ground conditions. A select number of imagery providers are now offering oblique perspective images in addition to the traditional top-down images. OAV technology provides contextual information about ground features by viewing them from a 45 degree angle in multiple directions, but up until now there has been no way to fully integrate this image data with GIS and CADD applications. Furthermore, the imagery products came in the form of thousands of relatively small photos that resided in an imagery database that could only be accessed via custom, third party viewers. GIS superimposition could only be achieved via these custom applications and greatly reduced the usability and portability of OAV imagery. <BR>This presentation details the latest developments in OAV for GIS, Assessment and Emergency Response applications. This three-line, scanning digital camera technology paired with an innovative image creation workflow based on photogrammetry can be used in any GIS or CADD environment, natively, offers full zoom and roaming capabilities, supports existing plug-ins and extensions, and is web ready using a variety of spatial data web servers.<BR>
Valerie JohnsonMap Design 301: How to Use ArcScene to Create and Print a 3-D MapPresenter:<BR>Valerie Johnson, GIS Analyst, City of Tallahassee Stormwater Management Division<BR><BR>The presenter recently had to learn how to use 3D Analyst and ArcScene (in ArcMap 9.1) to create and print a map showing a 3-D "cutaway" view of a neighborhood. If you have access to a digital elevation model (DEM), then you can do this, too. It`s not hard to do, but there are several settings you have to adjust, and, unfortunately, ArcMap`s "Help" files on this topic are thin. This presentation will show the basic steps to make a simple 3-D map and print it.
Chris Gundry & David JonesAutomated Flood Insurance Rate Map CreationDewberry has designed and implemented an enterprise system to automate Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) production in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Modernization initiative. This system includes a geodatabase and tools using ArcGIS 9.0, ArcSDE 9.0, and Microsoft`s SQL Server to create a robust, multi-user flood map creation and production environment. Currently an upgrade to 9.2 is planned. The geodatabase automates quality control and enforces integrity through the use of topological rules, database domains, versioning, and feature-linked annotation. The tools, called "GeoFIRM", facilitate the engineering and production requirements of map creation. Together, the geodatabase and tools guide project activities from initiation, through engineering and map production, and on to final digital database and hard-copy delivery. The maps created through this process meet both the exacting cartographic and spatial data specifications required by FEMA.
Frank J. ConklingDeveloping an Accurate Parcel Layer without Robbing a BankConsidering the many applications in which it is now being utilized, there is continued pressure to increase the spatial and attribute accuracy of the Property Appraiser`s Parcel Layer. Many proponents of this increased accuracy are advocating a complete multi-year re-engineering program that takes traditional approaches to developing an accurate layer. While this approach is valid, there are several decision points during the devlopment of the layer that have a dramatic impact on the overall cost and time of the project. This session will walk you through those decision points and review ways in which money and time can be saved without sacrificing the quality or acuracy of the project.
Sandra FoxArc Hydro at St Johns River Water Management District: Extending Beyond Water Quality ApplicationsDevelopment of Arc Hydro at the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) centered around the needs of the Surface Water Quality Monitoring (SWQM) program in order to better define the drainage areas for water quality monitoring sites. The SWQM program used the Arc Hydro geodatabase and customized tools to create a series of Watershed and Water Quality Fact Pages (http://www.sjrwmd.com/archydro/) to facilitate communication with the public. Additionally, the SWQM program has updated and modified a pollution load screening model for function within the Arc Hydro environment. In the spring of 2005, the SWQM Arc Hydro geodatabase was converted to an SDE enterprise geodatabase to facilitate the extension of Arc Hydro applications to other programs at SJRWMD. A new set of Arc Hydro tools with advanced functionality followed. One major function of the new toolset is to facilitate disconnected editing of the Arc Hydro geodatabase while maintaining the hydrologic integrity of the Arc Hydro geometric network. This tool will enable updates to be made to the enterprise geodatabase by the establishment of the necessary workflows between the data stewards and Information Resources. A second function of the toolset is to create Water Quality Status and Trends Reports on-request for monitoring sites in the Arc Hydro geodatabase. The tool functions by running a customized SAS program in the background (of the ArcMap interface) and then linking the results back to the selected water quality monitoring points for display of water quality status in the ArcMap interface. A third and potentially very useful function of the toolset is to create an inventory of existing models linked to the appropriate features within the Arc Hydro geodatabase. A planned project to link ground water model results to the Arc Hydro geodatabase through this system will enable permitters at SJRWMD to have quick access to the model results they need while reviewing permit applications. This presentation will provide an overview of current Arc Hydro developments at SJRWMD.
Gary CookLiDAR Therapy SessionLet’s have a truthful discussion about problems we’ve had with LiDAR and how they were solved. Not only a presentation but a round table, open forum for LiDAR users and people interested in this technology. I’ll show you what I’ve accomplished and obstacles I’ve encountered to getting what I want out of LiDAR. You’re welcome to present your issues too. Maybe we’ll discover a solution to them. <BR>I don’t want to be limited to these but here are some suggested topics:<BR>• Handling the large dataset<BR>• Credibility issues<BR>• Lack of software for users<BR>• Getting anything useful out of it<BR>• Any LiDAR topic you’d like to vent about<BR>
John Sykes IIIThe Need for Greater Accuracy in Standard GIS Data SourcesSurveying and mapping accuracy has improved considerably over the last several years due, primarily, to technological advances in GPS equipment. Even greater capabilities are becoming available in the next few years that will make centimeter-accuracy GPS surveys routine. However, the base maps used for the majority of GIS applications often have not kept pace with the advances in field measurement technology. Consequently we frequently find ourselves in the situation of trying to plot centimeter-accuracy field data on base maps that only have ±12 meter (i.e., 1:24,000) overall accuracy. This results in apparent mismatches between field data and geographical features, such as roads, property lines and other geographical features. This paper demonstrates some of the issues with base map accuracy and challenges data stewards to reevaluate their basic data sources and improve overall data quality in the future.
Kevin HardesterBuilding A More Accurate Parcel Base Map - From Realignment to Full Re-engineeringThere is a greater demand today for better quality and accuracy for maps than ever before. The Internet has opened the door for public scrutiny of information and parcel maps that cannot properly overlay over accurate digital orthophotography. This is embarrassing and cannot support government enterprise business needs. This presentation will take the audience through the issues and steps needed to build a more accurate geodetically controlled parcel base map with an eye on the enterprise. Issues to be explored will be considerations for small, medium, and large counties including resources, ROI, expectations, planning, needed products, and a blueprint for success. The presentation will conclude with a real world case study. <BR><BR>
Patrick Pence & Mike KissaneCreating a Crime Reporting IMS Application for Tallahassee, Part IThis presentation will provide a preliminary report of the background need and design specifications required for an internally developed ArcIMS web application. This application will fulfill a need for the availability of TPD crime incident locations and query toold, for both internal and external City of Tallahassee customers.
Anna J AustinCollecting Utility Systems Data Using the ike304™ike304™, a newly developed mobile data capture tool, is evaluated for bulk<BR>GPS data collection for DoD Public Works utility infrastructure. The tool<BR>integrates a GPS, GIS, compass and inclinometer, digital camera, laser<BR>range finder, and mobile PC software into a single, handheld device. <BR>Demonstration and evaluation of the ike304 was performed for Fort Jackson,<BR>South Carolina as part of an initiative to update and centralize<BR>planimetric, environmental, and utility infrastructure data.
Tim MinterSFWMD Arc Hydro UpdateSouth Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is in the process of implementing its Arc Hydro Enterprise Database (AHED). AHED prototype and pilot projects have been completed, and AHED district-wide population will be completed in 2007. During 2006, SFWMD staff have participated in the Florida Arc Hydro Working Group (FAHWG) efforts to develop an interface standard for the AHED database schema, coding standards, and a Memorandum of Understanding with other FAHWG member organizations. Internally, SFWMD stakeholders have collaborated to complete a cross-system shared data model definition of "sites," "structures," and "locations," and are now in the process of identifying a shared model for time series data. SFWMD`s AHED schema will be modified to support both of these data models.
Diana BurdickSWFWMD ArcHydro UpdatePreceding Florida Arc Hydro presentations at SHRUG provided the details of the implementation of the Arc Hydro data model and associated tools at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The SWFWMD has made significant advancements on the database implementation and associated tools to support the maintenance of this database including the development of dendritic and non-dendritic connectivity commonly found in the State of Florida. This presentation will provide a quick overview of the background history of this project, update the detailed database design and tools created for implementation.<BR><BR>
Mark Nelson / Richard ButgereitStatewide LiDAR Mapping and SpecificationsFlorida Division of Emergency Managment (FDEM) has initiated an effort that will ultimately result in the update of the Regional Evacuation Studies (RES) for the State. This process will require updates to the coastal surge modeling tools with more current and accurate elevation data, i.e. LiDAR. <BR>FDEM is cataloging all existing LiDAR data and related products (bathymetry and orthophotography) within areas of the state affected by hurricane surge. Existing LiDAR data products that meet minimum specifications will be acquired from their respective sources. Areas that do not have LiDAR data products meeting the minimum specifications will be flown again with the intent of capturing terrestrial LiDAR, bathymetric LiDAR, and orthophotography. It is the intent of FDEM to foster cooperation with other government agencies for the purpose of collecting LiDAR data products that meet established minimum specifications, and alternate funding agreements may potentially be established with affected jurisdictions to acquire data that lie outside the hurricane surge zones or to ensure that existing LiDAR acquisition projects are in compliance with specifications. <BR><BR>
Sandra FoxArc Hydro: An Opportunity to Rethink the Way That Water Resources Data is Represented in GIS“Water is fundamental to human life and the function of the natural environment. The scope and scale of water resources problems makes geographic information system (GIS) software a powerful tool for developing solutions, and the advent of ESRI® ArcGIS™ has created an opportunity to rethink the way that water resources data is represented in GIS. Arc Hydro opens the way to building hydrologic information systems that synthesize geospatial and temporal water resources data to support hydrologic analysis and modeling.” (Quote taken from the ESRI® book, Arc Hydro – GIS for Water Resources edited by Dr. David Maidment from the University of Texas). The purpose of this brief first presentation will be to introduce some basic concepts of Arc Hydro. It will be followed by several technical presentations from Florida’s Water Management Districts and consultants actively working with Arc Hydro.
Sandra FoxThe Florida Arc Hydro Working Group: Overcoming Boundaries in Order to Better Protect Florida’s Water ResourcesWhile the focus of the preceding Florida Arc Hydro presentations at SHRUG 2006 is on technical advancements in Arc Hydro, this session will focus on the activities of the Florida Arc Hydro Working Group (FAHWG) and the establishment of a larger Arc Hydro user community. FAHWG developed following a November 2005 statewide meeting that was held in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s Water Institute entitled ArcHydro in Florida: Core Principles and Collaboration. FAHWG is an ongoing collaboration of water resources professionals actively using Arc Hydro from Florida’s water management districts, county governments and private consultants. Topics in this presentation will include: the development of a common Statewide Arc Hydro Database Design (schema) and where we are headed; the tools for translating to and from water management district Arc Hydro schemas; interoperability with the National Hydrography Dataset; training and outreach; and setting-up a statewide Arc Hydro users group. Attendees will have the opportunity to help direct the development of a statewide Arc Hydro users group during this session. This is an opportunity for water resources GIS professionals interested in using Arc Hydro to meet with members of FAHWG to discuss how the users group and FAHWG will work together. The UF Water Institute has volunteered to spearhead the development of the users group.
Jack HampsonArc Hydro and the Digital WatershedArc Hydro is a national data model for managing Water Resources data. It is an ESRI data model and comes with a free ArcGIS Extension for creating and analyzing the geodatabase (Arc Hydro Tools). <BR><BR>In Florida, Arc Hydro has been enhanced by individual Water Management Districts to integrate with hydrologic and hydraulic simulation models, with water quality data, and with real-time water data including rainfall, water levels, and flows. These Florida enhancements to Arc Hydro mirror ongoing development at the national level, led by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI). <BR><BR>The integration of enhanced Arc Hydro with time-varying data from gauges and from simulation models, at the regional and national level, forms the foundation of an emerging functional, GIS-based system for Water Resources dubbed the "Digital Watershed". Conceptually, the digital watershed represents all the relevant information required to create a realistic watershed in a digital format. This presentation will discuss the needs, as well as current and future applications, for the Digital Watershed.
Sandra FoxDevelopment of the Florida Arc Hydro Users GroupDuring its development phase, the Florida Arc Hydro Working Group (FAHWG) realized that the scope of its purpose needs to be limited and that active leadership in the broader community of potential Arc Hydro users within the state needs to be within a different organization, which has initially been referred to as the “users group.” The Water Institute at the University of Florida has volunteered to spearhead the development of the Florida Arc Hydro “users group” and members of FAHWG will be present at this session to help get the users group started. Attendees at this session will have the opportunity to help define the functions of the users group; participants and leaders are needed!
Kurt SaariIntegrating Google Earth Enterprise in an ESRI EnvironmentThe South Florida Water Management District has implemented a Google Earth Enterprise system to bring GIS data to the mainstream. The Google Earth Enterprise configuration houses SFWMD imagery and vector layers. SFWMD users see layers from the District enterprise GIS database including structures, canals, District-owned lands, water use permits and environmental monitoring stations instead of the shopping, dining and other layers in the Google Earth free database. The system sits behind the District’s firewalls and is composed of a development and a production server and provides access to 500 desktop clients. <BR><BR>SFWMD is an ESRI shop and efforts have been made to keep the enterprise GIS SDE library as the system of record and the Google Earth database as a client to that repository. All data in the Google Earth system is housed and documented in the SDE library. This presentation will provide an overview of the Google enterprise system and how data moves from the enterprise GIS library to the Google Earth System while focusing on the opportunity that Google Earth plays at the SFWMD.
Randy GossGIS Based Traffic Concurrency ManagementFlorida Senate Bill 360 (SB 360) became effective on July 1, 2005. It requires that local governments update their Capital Improvements Element (CIE), including the Five-Year Schedule of Capital Improvements. The purpose of the CIE and the Schedule is to identify the capital improvements that are needed to implement the Comprehensive Plan and ensure that adopted Level of Service (LOS) Standards are achieved and maintained for concurrency related facilities (sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage, potable water, parks and recreation, schools, and transportation facilities, including mass transit, where applicable).<BR><BR>Some concurrency requirements became effective immediately, while other become effective in 2006, 2007 or 2008. CarteSoft is developing a comprehensive concurrency suite of applications that will aid local governments regarding SB 360 compliance. <BR><BR>The first component of this suite, Concurrency Management Pro, manages transportation concurrency by projecting future development impacts across a roadway network. It comprehensively manages impacts including accounting for all current and future projects, provides extensive reporting and can be customized to reflect local ordinances or local requirements. We believe this is the only application on the market today that meets or exceeds all traffic concurrency management requirements dictated by SB 360.<BR><BR>Concurrency Management Pro can also be easily modified to conform with traffic concurrency requirements of other states.<BR>
Alan C. Foley, P.E.ArcHydro Applications in Florida - part of ArcHydro SessionThe concept of ArcHydro has captured significant attention from a variety of potential users nationally and within Florida. Many people are still determining what ArcHydro can be and what it means to their work. <BR><BR>The first part of this presentation will demonstrate enhancement and application of Hydro tools to address unique hydrologic conditions in Florida. The second part of the presentation will discuss geodatabase design to support drainage infrastructure asset management, hydrologic and hydraulic model maintenance, and other potential applications.<BR><BR>
Yoav RapapportGIS based Non-Point Source Pollutant Loading Model for SWFWMDThe Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) tasked Parsons Corporation to create a GIS based Non-Point Source Pollutant Loading Model (NSPLM). The NSPLM contained entirely within ArcGIS calculates non-point source (NPS) gross pollutant loads and allows screening of best management practices (BMP) facilities for pollutant load reduction. The model utilizes the EPA Simple Method to calculate mass loads based on soils, land use, and event mean concentrations (EMC) and interfaces with GIS for integration of spatial characteristics. Model output can be utilized by ArcMap to delineate areas and attributes of NPS loads and the influence of BMP facilities. This provides a management tool for evaluating water quality issues.<BR><BR>The model is based on the Comprehensive Watershed Management Non-Point Source Pollutant Screening Module (CPSM). Similarities between the NSPLM and CPSM include the use of the EPA Simple Method to calculate mass loads based on soils, land use, and event mean concentrations (EMCs). Important differences include new functionality to estimate runoff using continuous rainfall data and EPA SWMM, ability to sum and approximate attenuation of loads, and improved reporting.<BR><BR>The results of the NSPLM are intended to serve as a planning tool. The water quality estimating procedures used by the NSPLM for watershed management projects are very simple and approximate, yet water quality estimations by any means are not precise. Nevertheless, the loading estimates represent a reasonable estimate that can be used to guide management actions.<BR>
Mark NelsonStreamling Geodatabase Updates w/ Modelbuider and Geoprocessing ToolsKeeping an up-to-date enterprise geodatabase of city, county or utility infrastructure is challenging, especially in a growing community. One of the first steps to meeting this challenge is establishing CAD standards. It also helps if these standards take your geodatabase into consideration. With the foundation in place, geoprocessing tools can be strung together within Modelbuilder to streamline the migration of data into an enterprise geodatabase. This presentation will outline the associated steps and challenges to making this process a reality.
JohnCheck for Polygon OverlapsThis ArcMap/VBA Application checks a feature layer for<BR>overlapping/duplicate polygons and creates a shapefile on disk.<BR>Specific ArcGIS functionality demonstrated include:<BR>- Useage of the ListBox and associated events/buttons. Also passing<BR> values from a calling subroutine using the ListBox tag property<BR>- Getting layers from the Table of Contents and displaying only those<BR> that are polygon feature layers with non-empty feature classes.<BR>- Start/stop editing a feature layer<BR>- Creating/deleting a shapefile on disk<BR>- Adding/removing a feature layer to the Table of Contents<BR>- Iterating through a feature cursor<BR>- A Progress Dialog w/cancel feature<BR>- Using a Spatial Filter and Itopological Operator to find overlaps/duplicates
Alex WoodAQUIFER VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS: IMPLEMENTATION AND ONGOING PROJECTSAQUIFER VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS: IMPLEMENTATION AND ONGOING PROJECTS<BR><BR>WOOD, H.A.R., CICHON, James R., BAKER, Alan E., Advanced GeoSpatial Inc., 2441 Monticello Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32303, awood@adgeo.net.<BR><BR>Aquifer vulnerability assessment projects are designed to provide science-based tools for environmental, regulatory, resource management and planning professionals to help minimize adverse impacts to ground-water quality from surface contamination sources. A statistical predictive technique known as weights of evidence is applied in these projects to quantify relationships between spatial input layers (evidential themes) and water quality analyte occurrences (training points) to produce relative vulnerability assessment maps. By calculating the statistical significance between training points and evidential themes, interactions are analyzed to yield data-driven, predictive models. Output data layers are raster-based probability maps representing the vulnerability of an aquifer system based on the extent of the study area. To date, two major aquifer vulnerability projects are complete: Florida Aquifer Vulnerability Assessment (FAVA), which included the statewide extent of all three major aquifer systems; and Wekiva Aquifer Vulnerability Assessment (WAVA), which focused on the Floridan Aquifer System (FAS) of the Wekiva Spring Basin. <BR><BR>Implementation of assessment results into regulatory, planning and management programs in various Florida agencies has followed development of aquifer vulnerability maps and prompted several Florida counties to undertake their own projects. Specific applications of the vulnerability maps and model results include land-use planning amendments, prioritization of land purchases overlying areas designated as more vulnerable, and prioritization of well sampling protocols. In addition, Marion County, Florida has recently launched an aquifer vulnerability assessment of the FAS. Model input under consideration includes soil permeability, recharge data, thickness of aquifer confinement, thickness of overburden, karst features and dissolved oxygen data from well samples. Results of this project will be used to support local land-use planning and ground-water protection programs.
Jim VanRiperThe Convergence of GIS and IT This presentation is intended for Geographic Information Systems and general Information Systems Managers who face the increasingly complex challenges of extending GIS into their organization outside of the traditional realm of GIS users.<BR><BR>Topics will include discussion about the integration of GIS into mainstream information technology systems such as financial, and asset management and maintenance systems based on real world examples at The City of Tallahassee. <BR><BR>The discussion will address issues surrounding software/application development requirements as well as the cross-over between traditional GIS and IT skills and workforce impacts such as training and teamwork required in order to rapidly deploy new GIS solutions to the organization. This topic will include discussion on the roles and responsibilities of GIS and software development professionals.<BR><BR>Suggestions for implementation of application development standards and integration technologies will be followed by a question and answer period.<BR>
Lee HartsfieldBuilding a Florida Geo-spatial ConsortiumRichard Buchereit, with DEM, Lee Hartsfield with TLC GIS, Linc Clay, with DEP and others will be providing an overview of ongoing efforts to create a statewide GIS consortium. This session will provide an update as to where the effort stands and where it is going.
Jacob CobleTLCViewer - An Arc Engine Mobile ApplicationWe will present the ArcEngine-based version of TLCViewer. This is an easy to use and easy to customize mobile application. TLCViewer fills the gap between a free program like ArcReader and an expensive, complicated application like ArcMap. TLCViewer has geocoding and GPS capabilities and it can use personal geodatabases.
Jacob Coble and Scott WeismanTLCViewer - An Arc Engine Mobile ApplicationWe will present the ArcEngine-based version of TLCViewer. This is an easy to use and easy to customize mobile application. TLCViewer fills the gap between a free program like ArcReader and an expensive, complicated application like ArcMap. TLCViewer has geocoding and GPS capabilities and it can use personal geodatabases.
Luke GranlundFAST Data CollectionFAST Data Collection is being used by the Centers for Disease Control to conduct rapid assessments in the field. The application allows them to customize their software on-the-fly to respond to unknown situations.
Ian Johnson, David ArthurInteractive Campus MapThe students at FREAC have put their GIS and web skills together to make an interactive campus map of FSU. The current campus maps at fsu and many other schools are simple static images that are limited in providing information to students. We set out to create a useful tool to organize and present geographic information relevant to students. Our team used industry standard GIS (ESRI) tools to collect data about the campus and the latest web technologies (WMS,DHMTL,AJAX,PostGIS) to build the interactive campus map.
Ian Johnson, David ArthurInteractive Campus MapThe students at FREAC have put their GIS and web skills together to make an interactive campus map of FSU. The current campus maps at fsu and many other schools are simple static images that are limited in providing information to students. We set out to create a useful tool to organize and present geographic information relevant to students. Our team used industry standard GIS (ESRI) tools to collect data about the campus and the latest web technologies (WMS,DHMTL,AJAX,PostGIS) to build the interactive campus map.
Dr. Elizabeth PurdumApalachee Bay: Recollections and ChangesRecognizing that places change not only physically, but culturally, socially and economically, we worked with biologist and author Jack Rudloe of Gulf Specimen Marine Lab to develop the mapping website "Apalachee Bay: Recollections and Changes." For each point on the map, Jack reads from his book <i>The Living Dock</i> and gives commentary on physical and cultural changes he has observed since the book was published in 1972. This website combines GIS and multimedia.<BR><BR>
Dean K. JueThe Evolution of Florida Natural Areas Inventory`s Web Mapping ApplicationsThe general public expects the Internet to provide timely, up-to-date, and relevant information. Consequently, many public agencies have increased their presence their use of the Internet for providing such information to the general public. If properly implemented, Internet-based solutions can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of information dissemination by an agency. It may also become possible for citizens to provide relevant data to an agency over the Internet that will eventually be incorporated into mission-critical databases. <BR><BR>FREAC has been developing Internet-based mapping solution to its sister agency, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), over the past three years. This talk will share the knowledge and experience both FREAC and FNAI have obtained from designing map-based Internet applications. FNAI map applications that will be highlighted include its tracking list, its conservation lands database, its biodiversity map, and its invasive exotics map.
Mike MurphyProfiling Diabetes Prevalence Across the NationThe Diabetes Atlas is a unique online tool that arms health advocates and policy makers with the capability to articulate the scope of health disparities in diabetes. The Diabetes Atlas provides the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by race/ethnicity, age, and gender in the United States, by individual state, and in congressional and legislative districts. Using GIS provides the ability to create customized maps identifying diabetes disparities at a local level. These maps can be downloaded and disseminated to support educational, advocacy, and public affairs initiatives. <BR>
Richard ButgereitHAZUS-MH HAZUS-MH is a powerful risk assessment software program for analyzing potential losses from floods, hurricane winds, and earthquakes before or after a disaster. A Florida HAZUS user group has formed to promote networking, technical expertise, data development, and training for this application built on ArcGIS.<BR><BR>This presentation will provide an update on the Florida HAZUS user group as well as provide one local user`s perspective on HAZUS.