2007 SHRUG GIS Work Shop
November 13th-14th
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center - Tallahassee, FL
 
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NameTitle of PaperDescription
Curt Hinton10 Ways to Improve Your Public Safety Using GIS –This session was designed to give the Public Safety Administrator and GIS Coordinator 10 ways to maximize the investment in 911 and GIS to produce highly efficient and effective mapping tools that depend on accurate GIS data. Attendees will be given the overall scope of how GIS data is used and developed for use in a 911 public safety mapping application such as crime/incident mapping, dispatch, fires and ems incident mapping, address management, mobile and avl, and public access tool. <BR>
Curt HintonUsing ArcServer applications to revolutionize the way your government does business– Examples of how the latest ESRI tools are allowing local governments nationwide to leverage the latest ESRI toolset to protect their community, manage their infrastructure, manage a centralized address store, and integrate with existing information technology investments. <BR><BR>
Curt HintonGIS: How Local Government Organizations are quantifying the Return on Investment (ROI)In the 1990s organizations focused on deploying GIS because it was interesting and sophisticated technology. Some recognized that GIS would allow them to do new things and accomplish more in less time. Local governments saw GIS as adding value rather than reducing costs or saving money. Some organizations bypassed the strategic planning process but did realize benefits immediately. Arguably, for many, GIS was new technology for new technology sake, implemented with “fingers crossed.”GIS strategic planning focused on the application and effective use of GIS, rather than on justifying the investment and developing a true business case that quantified ROI. <BR><BR>Today’s focus is on evaluating GIS before implementation. No matter how technically compelling GIS appears to be, if the business case and the payback are not documented, and all components are not embraced, GIS is flawed from the beginning, with diminished prospects for success. The approach to planning and implementation is changing. Even though organizations are focusing on the strategic, tactical, technical, and logistical issues of GIS, everyone wants the same thing MEASURABLE RESULTS.<BR><BR>
Bill TimminsGeoPDF - Sharing Geospatial Data For Geo-Collaboration With AnyoneThe GeoPDF file format allows for the sharing of goespatial data to GIS and Non-GIS users. The files can be enabled for markup and geo-notes so that recipients can return their input for geo-collaboration and/or incorporation into the original format. This presentation will show how the GeoPDF file format provides geospatial data to anyone with access to Adobe Reader allowing for easy access to GIS data without the complexities of GIS applications.
C. Henry DepewAccuracy Considerations Unless you build the file yourself, any data file (point, polygon, line) you use in GIS work could be in error. The error may be minor or major, but there are some considerations and checks that will help you determine the degree of error and the usability of the shape file in question.
C. Henry DepewThe PresentationThis 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 DepewUsing Air Photos To Show Development Air photos can provide a series of "point in time" pictures of an area. This sequence of pictures provides a starting point for a discusion of what was where and when it was there. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the use of some of the possible air photo configureations available and what not to attempt with air photos.
Tripp CorbinGeorgia Land HistoryAs one of the original 13 colonies, Georgia has a unique and interesting land history. From Past to present, Georgia has had no less than 7 different land systems. This makes surveying and mapping in the state interesting to say the least. This presentation discusses the various land systems used in Georgia, how they worked and how does that impact us today.
Brian BehaUse of Oblique Imagery for County Government and the ESRI Interfaces that Provide Distribution and Use Solutions <BR>Format: Lecture Style<BR><BR>Presenter Bio:<BR><BR><BR>Description<BR>This presentation will first introduce the technology of high-resolution oblique imagery and the combine software solution. The integrations with ESRI that include; The Pictometry ArcGIS Desktop Extension, Pictometry ArcIMS Extension, Pictometry ArcGIS Explorer Extension and Pictometry ArcGIS Server Extension will then be shown. The presentation will outline uses and specific applications involving the combination of GIS and oblique aerial imagery for Assessment, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Fire Departments, E-911, Transportation and Emergency Management. Applications will be showcased using a mixture of PowerPoint Slides and live Software and attendee interaction will be encouraged. <BR><BR>
John Sykes IIIThe Use of Digital High-Resolution Georeferenced Aerial Photos as an Aid in Data Quality AssuranceDigital georeferenced aerial photographs with resolution as high as 4 inches per pixel and ±3 pixel horizontal accuracy are becoming readily available to today’s GIS user. Previously, GIS mapping accuracy was often limited by data obtained from hand digitizing 1:24,000 or even 1:100,000 USGS topographic maps. At 1:24,000, a 1/16 inch error represents ±125 feet and at 1:100,000, a 1/16 inch error represents ±8,333 feet! Previously, film-based aerial photos were dependent on several parameters for their accuracy and were rarely better than several feet per pixel (as digitized) with horizontal accuracies of around ±40 feet. The current generation of digital aerial photos being produced by the Florida Department of Transportation are acquired at a resolution of 1 foot per pixel for suburban and rural areas of Florida and 6 inches per pixel, or better, for many urban areas. These aerials have a minimum horizontal accuracy of ±7 feet and many are accurate to ±3 feet or better. Private contractors are capable of offering even higher resolution and horizontal accuracy. This paper demonstrates a few of the techniques for using these digital high-resolution georeferenced aerial photos; to provide an anchor for other less precise data, to indicate the need to reacquire data and to act as a quality assurance check for high-accuracy land survey and/or GPS data.
William VanSickleUsing GIS in Environmental LitigationPresenter gives a brief (15-30 minutes) presentation of the recent effective use of GIS to defend state agencies in a lawsuit in Federal Court. Discusses lessons learned about appropriate and defensible use of GIS with special focus on the acquisition, georectification and presentation of aerial photography in a lawsuit involving drainage issues.
Gregory RossModeled Water Table Depth - A GIS Model for Arboviral Transmission in Peninsular FloridaWith the introduction of West Nile (WN) virus to Florida in 2001 and an endemic presence every year since, calculating transmission risk for mosquito-borne viruses (arboviruses) such as West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis has taken on added urgency. Timely analysis and interpretation of biotic and abiotic factors are imperative for an effective response to prevent arboviral transmission to humans. Modeled Water Table Depth (MWTD) has been shown to be a measurable abiotic factor with a known epidemic signature in Peninsular Florida. A Geographic Information System (GIS) model has been developed to analyze the spatial and temporal attributes of MWTD. This real-time GIS model can be used to forecast the risk of epidemic arboviral transmission in Peninsular Florida. Spatial analysis provided by a GIS and temporal analysis using animation can help decision makers better see the real-time regional risk of arboviral transmission and take timely steps to prevent the spread of arboviruses to human populations.
Frank ConklingGIS and Disruptive Technologies A disruptive technology is a technical innovation that causes dramatic change in the status quo of existing technologies. Just as surveyors experienced disuptive technology in the 1990s with the introduction of the handheld GPS receivers, GIS is experiencing a disruptive technology in the introduction and usage of Internet based mapping systems. These low end disruptions are serving a segment of the population that has previously been largely ignored or priced out of the technology. As is typical of low end disruptions, this new technology does not provide the full performance or functon of the status quo. However, we as GIS professionals must question whether this technology will relegate our existing systems to niche applications.
David StageFlorida Geographic Names BoardThe USGS Gazetteer is the source of official names for mapping which is maintained in the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The Florida Geographic Names Board was established in the 1980’s as an informal body to assist the US Board on Geographic Names with the maintenance of the Gazetteer. A panel of experts will review current efforts to formalize and restructure the board, discuss its Stewardship program, the current efforts underway to update GNIS, the placement of integrated footprints into GNIS, proposed operational procedures and the potential business applications for geographic names and the gazetteer. The panel will solicit input from the audience and discuss an upcoming workshop for potential stewards for the different feature type names data for Florida. <BR><BR>Pannel Session - two 25 minute sessions.<BR>
David StageState Stewardship for Cadastral DataThe FGDC Cadastral Data Subcommittee is to facilitate the production and publication of parcel data for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. This presentatio provids an overview of the FGDC Subcommittee’s perspective on the role and levels of stewardship for a state level organization in hosting and providing parcel data from the many parcel producers in the state. The goal is to describe a path for states to provide a trusted source for parcel data in their state.<BR><BR>Note: I have also submitteed an abstract for the Florida Geographic Names Board and since I`ll be presneting in both sessions I they shouldn`t conflict. Thank You - David Stage.
Peter ThumThe Power of Enterprising Addressing SystemsLocal government users of GIS technology and those who are maintaining tabular address information are actively discovering the need to have addresses created and managed from an enterprise perspective. This means addresses and addressing processes are organizational resources requiring care and maintenance equal to other mission critical data and operations. This presentation will cover recent advances in technology and management practices that have driven the creation of GIS-enabled, Enterprise Address Systems. The purpose of these systems is to deliver official street name and address data to all business users and applications in a standardized, timely, coordinated, and automated fashion. Case studies of two recent Florida County EAS projects will be discussed as well as technical strategies for database creation and data maintenance, business system integration, and organizational considerations for strengthening of address system regulations and system management.
Steve MulberryBuilding the next generation of web-based and mobile applications with ArcGIS Server and ArcWeb ServicesAre you interested in building more modern web-based and mobile applications? Take advantage of the new technology in ArcGIS Server to create applications that allow you to quickly visualize and utilize your GIS data on the web and in the field. During the session, see examples of applications being used by organizations for Emergency Management, Incident Analysis, and Asset Management. The session will also provide guidance for ArcGIS Server developers including publishing existing data and geoprocessing models via ArcGIS Server, optimizing performance with ArcGIS Server, utilizing ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Online, accessing ArcWeb Services, and building ArcGIS Mobile applications
Stephen HodgeIntroducing 4 New GIS Public Services for FloridaFREAC (the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center of FSU) introduces 4 new free public services for Florida: the Geographic Profile, "Do-It-Yourself" Demographic Service, High-Resolution Imagery Download, and the GeoSpatial Metadata Index. Find out what these services are and how they can be useful to your organization.
Brenda BurroughsEmergency Preparedness: Bringing Departments Together with TechnologyMany agencies and organizations have invested in a GIS infrastructure complete with an enormous database of geospatial content. Organizations can leverage that investment by bringing a collaborative geospatial visualization capability to the entire enterprise that offers the ability to enhance decision making whether it’s under an emergency situation or everyday decision processes. This is all done through complete situational awareness by accessing information and using it to monitoring city systems as needed or via real-time, all inside one tool. Utilizing accurate geospatial models as a base-map are used to visualize data from existing city infrastructure facilities and personnel the information and location. Cities employ a number of IT systems, many of which have one interface, unconnected to other sometimes relevant system causing uncontrollable delays in response. This presentation will discuss the capability of CityViz used for emergency response and monitoring to pull in data from various external IT systems for accurate and effective information gathering, dissemination, analysis, display, planning, and review inside one large secure location with all decision makers participating in addressing the same information.
Peter ThumOperational Challenges Facing Implementation and Management of an Enterprise Mobile Asset Tracking SystemSpecial challenges face organizations looking to embrace mobile computing and mobile asset tracking and management. Key challenges include satisfying a diverse set of business users when pursuing an enterprise solution, adopting more sophisticated data communications technologies and standards, and integrating mobile asset systems and data with GIS and other business information systems to accomplish true asset management.<BR><BR>This presentation will discuss how to initiate, implement and manage an enterprise mobile asset tracking system, as well as identify key operational requirements from both a technical and organizational perspective that should influence upfront system strategy and design decisions. Local case study implementations will be referenced for context. It will cover system architecture, how to bring both location tracking data as well as two way communications (text, voice) and form-based interfaces to back-end enterprise applications and databases, handling quality assurance, and managing user expectations.<BR>
Patrick PenceCreating a Crime Reporting IMS Application for Tallahassee, Part 2This presentation follows up last year`s preliminary report of the background need and design specifications required for an internally developed ArcIMS web application. <BR><BR>On August 1st, the City of Tallahassee and TPD launched the Tallahassee Online Police Statistics (TOPS) website, allowing public access to police and crime activity data via the web.<BR><BR>This application will fulfill a need for the availability of TPD crime incident locations and query tools, for both internal and external City of Tallahassee customers.<BR><BR>Our presentation will update the audience on the work needed to achieve the present status since the presentation at SHRUG 2006, as well as some early traffic statistics on the TOPS site.<BR>
Richard ButgereitHAZUS and the Florida HAZUS User GroupHazards in the U.S., Multi-Hazard (HAZUS-MH) is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s software package for estimating potential losses from natural disasters. The software is built upon the ESRI ArcGIS platform and allows users to analyze, map and report damage and loss estimates for hurricane winds, coastal and riverine flooding, and earthquakes. HAZUS uses GIS to combine nationwide datasets with loss estimation and risk assessment methodologies to estimate impacts of disasters, including physical damage, economic losses and social impacts. HAZUS can be used a component of emergency planning, including mitigation planning, and can also be used as an a operational tool to assist in managing response and recovery efforts. The Florida HAZUS User Group was formed to help users from differing organizations and backgrounds, better utilize the tools available in HAZUS. The group provides technical support, training and promotes HAZUS outreach efforts by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA. The group represents over 100 GIS and Emergency Management professionals from local, regional and state government agencies, as well as private sector companies.
Richard ButgereitStrategic Planning for Statewide GIS CoordinationFlorida has been long been a leader in the development, implementation, and use of geospatial technologies. In the absence of a formal statewide coordinating council, Florida has primarily achieved GIS coordination through ad-hoc methods involving GIS managers, regional user groups, and academia. Stakeholders recognize that a formalized approach is needed to further establish Florida’s geospatial infrastructure and promote data discovery and access. Using a Cooperative Agreements Program grant, a consortium of Florida GIS managers and users is developing a strategic plan to support implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and other objectives of the National States Geographic Information Council’s and the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Fifty States Initiative. This strategic plan is a crucial step in defining the criteria, characteristics, and activities that will lead to coordination. This workshop is your opportunity as a stakeholder to explore recommended coordination criteria, codify those which may already be achieved, identify additional criteria to achieve, and have your voice heard.
Kurt SaariEOC Situational Awareness with Google EarthThe South Florida Water Management District, Emergency Operations Center, GIS Unit provides situational awareness to EOC staff through the use of Google Earth. Information from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service are provided dynamically as KML served via the internet. SFWMD specific information is delivered as KML to Google Earth clients using ArcGIS Server or posted on demand by EOC GIS Unit staff using ArcMap and Arc2Earth. SFWMD generated dynamic data includes rainfall forecasts, potential impacts to employees and locations of calls to the district’s Citizen Information Line. This dynamic data is presented on the SFWMD Google Earth “flyable world” based on the Google Earth Enterprise software. This configuration houses SFWMD imagery and vector layers. SFWMD users see layers from the district’s enterprise GIS 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 over 500 desktop clients in addition to the EOC.
James C. GriffinThe Use of New GPS and GIS 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 GPS and GIS 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) “fish finder” bathymetric survey systems that combine positional (x,y,z) accuracy with integrated digital recording and a improved visual display; (2) portable geographic information systems with check out-check in geodatabase technologies; (3) integrated digital camera/GPS technologies; (4) a rapid assessment standard operational procedure that includes TIN generation and bathymetric map generation for display on the Water Atlas (www.wateratlas.org). <BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>
Alex WoodLeon County Aquifer Vulnerability Assessment and Related Projects: Ground-Water Protection and Management Tools WOOD, Alex, BAKER, Alan E., P.G. #2324 (FL), CICHON, James R., Advanced GeoSpatial Inc., 2441 Monticello Dr., Suite 600, Tallahassee, FL 32303, awood@adgeo.net, O: 850.580.4447, F: 850.577.1670, www.adgeo.net. <BR><BR>The primary purpose of the GIS-based Leon County Aquifer Vulnerability assessment, or LAVA, is to provide a science-based, water-resource management tool that can be used to help minimize adverse impacts on ground-water quality, including focused protection of sensitive areas such as springsheds and ground-water recharge areas. All of Leon County’s residents rely to some degree on the Floridan Aquifer System, which is the most important and prolific source of fresh water in Leon County. Identifying areas of Leon County where the Floridan Aquifer System is more vulnerable to contamination from these activities is a critical component of a comprehensive ground-water management program. Aquifer vulnerability modeling allows for a pro-active approach to achieve such protection, can save significant time and increase the value of protection efforts.<BR><BR>The modeling process used for the LAVA project is “weights of evidence”, and is based in a geographic information system (GIS). The main benefits of applying this technique to the LAVA project is that it is data-driven, rather than expert-driven, and model output is dependent upon a training site dataset which produces self-validated model output. Training sites are ground-water wells with water quality indicative of a good connection between the aquifer and land surface, or simply, aquifer vulnerability. Model generation is accomplished by associating training site locations with data layers representing natural conditions which control aquifer vulnerability. Data layers used for the LAVA project included karst features, aquifer confinement, and soil hydraulic conductivity. LIDAR-derived digital elevation provided a highly resolved dataset from which to estimate many of these input layers. <BR><BR>Related projects regarding aquifer vulnerability are currently underway for Citrus, Levy, and Wakulla counties in Florida. In addition, Marion County, Florida has recently completed a similar analysis for the FAS. Final model output of these projects consists of a probability map displaying zones of relative aquifer vulnerability across the study area. This local scale analysis provides a highly usable end product for planners, developers, and regulators working on the local level to develop solutions to water resource issues.<BR><BR>*Presenter requests early presentation time on first day of meeting, if possible.<BR>
Lee Hartsfield, John MarquezThe EOC Incident Mapper The Emergency Operations Center Incident Mapper Application has been developed in ArcGIS Server with the assistance of ESRI. The application has a SDE database which allows for real-time editing and reporting of incidents during an emergency. It has been developed to provide for both regional (natural or other types of man-made events) and more confined emergency operations such as hazardous material spills. The application allows for stratified security access and configuration according to user need and role. In addition, the application maintains date and time stamps for each action and status change for immediate reporting needs. Staff will demonstrate the program. The application has been developed in partnership with ESRI and should be deployable by anyone using ArcGIS Server.
Lee Hartsfield, Jay JohnsonKeeping the "G" in GISThe presenters will outline what makes GIS different from other information systems. As technology becomes more advanced and available, basic geographic priciples become less understood and observed. GIS professionals should hold fast to the "science" of geography and how it is utilized relative to technology.
Lee HartsfieldFLURISA Membership UpdateFLURISA is under new leadership and with a renewed vision for advancing the profession of GIS in the State of Florida. The session will outline several new efforts by the organization; to strenghten training opportunities around the State, to continue the support of the GISP, investigating the possibility of merging with the Florida ESRI User Group and strengthening the regional workshops. Your input and comments are genuinely needed.
Steven DicksAn Integrated System for Support Water Management at the SWFWMDThe Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is one of five regional agencies responsible for the management Florida`s water resources. The District has four primary areas of responsibility: Water Supply, Flood Protection, Natural Resources and Water Quality that are addressed through a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory activities. Historically these activities have been supported by a number of "silo" databases residing on disparate computer systems. In 2006 the District initiated a multi-year project that will result in an integrated information system known as the Water Management Information System. The system provides access to the District`s scientific and regulatory data as well as supporting the automated processing of permits. WMIS utilizes a combination of Oracle, ArcGIS, Stellent Workflow/Imaging and Business Objects technologies running on Windows and UNIX servers. Significant components of WMIS are currently in production and the presentation will describe the system as well as organizational and technological activities associated with the project.
John E. Matthews“Integrating/Extracting Geospatial Data in a Stereo Base Map Environment”<BR>“Integrating/Extracting Geospatial Data in a Stereo Base Map Environment”<BR><BR> <BR> Utilizing remote sensing as an accurate stereo base map for use in a GIS/CAD 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/CAD 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 as an enhanced backdrop. Stereo base maps also provide Q/A Q/C processes that allow 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/CAD and Remote Sensing can create new highly accurate 3D GIS/CAD data layers and utilize them in Photogrammetric 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 feature, 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. <BR><BR>This paper addresses “Integrating GeoSpatial Data” with today’s applications by combining GIS, Surveying, Planning and Photogrammetry in producing 3 Dimensional Stereo Base Maps capable of desktop data extraction. Development of these new applications allows a multitude of disciplines to utilize the same mapping information for more consistent GIS/CAD, mapping and planning applications and has the additional benefit of reducing the time and expense for acquiring positional data in the field.<BR><BR>John E. Matthews, PLS<BR>Vice President GIS/Surveying/Mapping<BR>HSA Consulting Group, Inc.<BR>1648 Metropolitan Circle, Suite A<BR>Tallahassee, Florida 32308<BR>jmatthews@hsa.cc <BR>Phone - 850-309-7510<BR>Fax - 850-309-0246<BR><BR>Mr. Matthews has over thirty years experience in surveying and data collection of all types of planimetric and topographic data. He has over 15 years experience in the fields of GIS, CADD, and GPS. Mr. Matthews has done work in most of the 67 Florida counties and his experience includes running his own surveying business and working as a contract/project manager for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Mr. Matthews also has extensive experience as a Professional Land Surveyor with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)’s Central Office working with survey data collection, GPS, GIS, & CADD. In the recent past, Mr. Matthews served as a consultant to the FDOT Office of Information Systems working on the Enterprise Wide Electronic Data Management System and GIS Information Portal applications. After joining HSA Consulting Group in early 2001, Mr. Matthews has been extensively involved in utilizing GIS for GPS Ground Control Surveying and Photogrammetric Mapping for inventory of roadway characteristics on the entire state roadway network in District 3. In addition, Mr. Matthews worked directly with the programmers to create and Photgrammetric Survey Extraction tool for collect survey grade features for roadway design for the Florida Department of Transportation. <BR><BR>
Bill Alfred, MS, GISPBecoming a Certified GIS Professional (GISP)In January 2004, the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) began accepting applications for “GIS Professional (GISP) Certification”. As of August 25, 2007 there are 1,709 GISP’s worldwide. Originally created by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 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 GIS 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 achievement.<BR>• Encourage established GIS professionals to continue to hone their professional skills and ethical performance even as GIS technology changes.<BR>This session will provide an overview of the GISP Certification process.<BR>
Mark EndriesUsing GIS to Assess Wildlife Habitat Conservation Needs In FloridaIn 1994, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) assessed the security of rare and imperiled species on existing conservation lands and presented the findings in a report entitled Closing the Gaps in Florida`s Wildlife Habitat Conservation System (Cox et al. 1994). The researchers used species occurrence data, a statewide habitat map, and various other datasets in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to determine the protection afforded to focal species on lands managed for conservation and identify important habitat areas in Florida with no conservation protection. These areas are known as Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas (SHCA). To identify SHCA, a GIS based potential habitat map of an individual species was created. Next, Population Viability Analysis (PVA) techniques were used to determine levels of security and identify if the potential habitat areas existing on conservation lands for the species were sufficient enough to support persistent populations 100 years into the future. If there were not enough habitat areas on conservation lands to support population stability, the privately owned lands needed to reach population stability were identified as SHCA. SHCA serve as a foundation for conservation planning in Florida and depict the need for species protection through habitat conservation. Since 1994, landscape-level habitat changes, transfer of land from private to public ownership, and changes in land use have altered the applicability of Cox et al.’s findings to assess Florida`s current biodiversity and wildlife conservation status. In 2004, efforts to identify SHCA for a new selection of focal species, including many species in the original report, were started. Advances in technological capabilities, updated habitat and species occurrence data, and advances in PVA techniques facilitated the reassessment. The results will help determine how habitat protection needs have changed since 1994 and where protection efforts should be focused to ensure conservation of Florida`s wildlife for future generations.
Amy KnightMapping Current and Historical Vegetation on Florida Managed Lands Detailed vegetation maps can help guide many land management decisions such as prescribed burning , recreation planning, and species protection. Since 2003 Florida Natural Areas Inventory has conducted detailed vegetation mapping on approx. 2,000,000 acres of managed lands in Florida. The work has resulted in about 38,000 ground-truthed GPS locations of natural communities with a large percentage of those points containing data on structure and composition of the community. In addition we have digitized about 30,000 polygons, creating detailed current vegetation maps for these lands. On over 500,000 acres of those lands we have created historic vegetation maps from georeferenced historic images from the 1940s and 50s. In addition to being useful for land managers these data could also be useful in statewide land cover mapping efforts.
Allen NoblesUnderstanding Survey Grade Laser ScannersThe purpose of the seminar is to stimulate and expose users to the use of laser scanners, both airborne and ground systems. This presentation is a fast paced overview covering the background, the capabilities and some of the limitations of these systems. The class will be geared for individuals that have had a limited experience with or understanding of survey grade scanners.<BR><BR>The presentation will expose the individual to what Laser Scanning is, how the systems work, types of scanners, reviewing data, scanner software, some scanning techniques, sources of error and a review of completed projects.<BR>
Greg MauldinNavigating the SSURGO Database for GIS Applications: Spatial and Non-spatial Data RetrievalThe Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS), is in the process of republishingthe 1:20,000 county-based soil surveys nationawide. Formerly, the soil survey was provided either in the form of a hard-copy manual containing maps and tabular data related to the<BR>detailed soil units, or as digital data of the detailed soil units. The new release of the soil suveys are in the form of an updated shapefile of the detailed soil units accompanied by a normalized MS-Access database containing all of the 1:1 and 1:many attribute relationships between the soil map units and the data in the National Soil Information System. This comprehensive spatial/non-spatial database is referred to as SSURGO (Soil Survey Geographic) database.<BR><BR>The SSURGO database provides unprecedented access to the full soil attribute data and also provides some very detailed reporting capabilities. However, first-time users of the SSURGO database may find that relating the horizon-based non-spatial pedologic data to the soil geography is not immediately intuitive. Moreover, some available data (such as septic tank location suitability) is not provided with the default download and the user must know where to ask for it.<BR><BR>This presentation condenses the contents of the SSURGO database within the context of use<BR>in GIS and provides a simple and straightforward explanation of how to link the basic map unit<BR>data with their associalted soil components, and further linkage to the soil horizon structure<BR>and texture. The new reporting funtions will also be discussed.
Greg MauldinThe Application of Increased Lidar Point Spacing for the Reduction of BreaklinesOver the past number of years, the pulse frequency of Lidar scanners has increased from approximately 25KHz to over 100Khz. The ability of the newer-generation systems to "paint the ground" with sample points allows the collection of highly detailed DTMs. Many surface elements previously required the incorporation of detailed breakline data along with the mass point data for the generation of accurate DTMs. However, with the higher points densities present in many newer Lidar surveys, breaklines can either be eliminated in some cases or can be created<BR>with their Z-values interpolated from normalized Lidar point data. This can result in significant<BR>cost-savings in the production of DTMs.<BR><BR>This presentation evaluates the relationship of Lidar point density to breakline requirements for generating accurate DTMs. Different types of artificial and natural featues are evaluated<BR>in different landcover conditions to demonstrate the evolving practice of collecting breaklines for high-accuracy DTMs. DTM surfaces are evaluated with respect to roadways, stormwater conveyances, and natural surface water features in vegetated and non-vegetated conditions.
Amber RickeFlorida Conservation Lands and Florida Forever Board of Trustees GIS DatabasesAs a complement to the rare species and other ecological data it tracks, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) maintains a statewide GIS database on conservation lands. Since 1990, FNAI has served as the central repository for information on lands managed for conservation throughout Florida. Its database is the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States and currently includes more than 1,800 different properties managed by federal, state, and local governments and private conservation organizations. The data is continually updated and provided to the public as a shape file on the FNAI web site. It is used by diverse agencies and organizations to inform land acquisition and land management decisions.<BR><BR>In addition to the conservation lands database, FNAI maintains a GIS database for the Florida Forever Board of Trustees (BOT) program. This database tracks potential acquisitions for the State’s Florida Forever program, the largest conservation program of its kind in the country. The list of Florida Forever BOT projects is the primary guide for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s land conservation strategy. This presentation will address creation, maintenance, and potential uses of these two very significant databases.
Steve MulberryArcGIS Desktop Tips and TricksAn ESRI expert will present a variety of tips and tricks for ArcGIS Desktop. The presentation will be targeted to current users of ArcInfo, ArcEditor, or ArcView. Learn about the latest enhancements in the 9.2 version plus productivity tools to make you more effecient.
Amit JainDisaster prediction assessment modelling in Urban Areas with Arc GIS and Google MapsNatural accidents like hurricanes, earth quakes comprise great danger to the environment and public health. A number of accidents have taken place in Urban with serious costs in terms of human life as well as with considerable – and in many cases irreversible – damage to the natural environment. Disaster planning in urban areas includes wide variety of techniques in order to determine individual factors of accidents and stress factors of the urban environment. Within these fields, monitoring and disaster modelling have been created with a few aims: to estimate short term and long term changes, to develop models that can simulate a real disaster situation, and to aid the decision making process. The paper is concerned with mathematical models of natural disaster prediction in Urban using Geographic Information System (GIS). The use of recent techniques like GIS in disaster prediction is at nascent stage in urban areas. GIS has been used quite extensively in transportation related research but only few studies have been carried out in disaster prediction related research by making use of ArcGIS and Google Maps. Further to assess the damage and carry out emergency planning and response exercise, it is essential to overlay the outcome on a map having features such as other industries, residential areas, schools, markets, road, rail, etc. Also the resources required such as fire and spill control, medical aid, etc. to combat the emergency situation arising out of natural accident, their location and access to site of accident can also be plotted. Keeping in view the plotting requirement along with linkages of various databases, it has been considered appropriate to use ArcGIS and Google Maps for emergency planning and response. The ESRI software ArcGIS and Google Maps is the instrument of choice in the implementation of the risk assessment models and the visualization of the results. ArcGIS and Google Maps are especially suited to maintaining and to managing line-based data and information by means of dynamic segmentation and to perform analyses based on spatial or geographical criteria. The implemented models reflect the current state-of-the-art in chemical risk assessment and were successfully built into the geographical context through the collaboration between engineers, GIS and IT specialists and the government authorities. Generally models available are from developed countries and they do not take typical urban characteristics into account. This is the main reason why most of the disaster prediction models fail in Urban. The study has taken into consideration into the different variables to be considered for developing the model. Limitations and underlying principles governing the models were studied. Proposed model has tried to overcome the limitation of existing models. Moreover the entire key variables specific to Urban has been taken into account. The model is robust and flexible at the same time.<BR><BR><BR>
Gary WatryMoodling Along: Experiences with Open Source GIS in the ClassroomThis is about the use of open source software in a web/classroom environment<BR>as a teaching tool for GIS software. It will cover the progress being made<BR>at COAPS, as well as at Idaho State University, University of Mass at<BR>Amherst, Penn State, and University of North Carolina.<BR><BR>If you are not aware of the open source movement in GIS, or the culture of<BR>open source more broadly, this is an opportunity to learn more about it. It<BR>offers free tutorials and online classes on a wide range of open source<BR>(open code, and FREE) software products.
Jonathan OettingFNAI`s Biodiversity Matrix Online Mapping ToolThe Biodiversity Matrix Map Server is a new screening tool from FNAI that provides immediate, free access to rare species occurrence information statewide. This tool allows you to zoom to your site of interest and create a report listing documented, likely, and potential occurrences of rare species and natural communities. <BR><BR>The FNAI Biodiversity Matrix offers built-in interpretation of the likelihood of species occurrence for each 1-square-mile Matrix Unit across the state. The report includes a site map and list of species and natural communities by occurrence status: Documented, Documented-Historic, Likely, and Potential. <BR>
Benton BelcherGIS 2.0 - Integrating GIS and Consumer-based Mapping ProductsThis is a demonstration and technical overview of how organizations are integrating GIS with Microsoft`s consumer-based mapping platform, Virtual Earth. The technical overview will outline how the City of Miami used MapDotNet Server and Virtual Earth to build the Virtual City of Miami.
Dave Coleman, GISPA GIS-based Concurrency Management SystemOne growth management concept in Florida is concurrency, which requires local governments to look at several public facilities in relation to pending, approved, and existing developments. The following public facilities which are required in the Florida Statutes were considered: transportation, water, sewer, public schools, solid waste, drainage, and parks and recreation. All of these features have geographic components, or could be viewed on a map. This lends itself well to being stored, managed, and viewed in a GIS format. The system can assist with analysis of concurrency to the point of potentially revealing new patterns or reprioritizing the implementation of capital improvements.<BR><BR>A GIS-based concurrency management system was designed by the team of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and Boyle Engineering Corporation through a grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The difficulties in managing concurrency and the variety, if not lack of, methods used by local governments in Florida presents reason enough for such a system. The team designed a system and created a data model that can be used as a blueprint for local governments to implement similar systems. The team worked closely with the City of Palm Beach Gardens to conduct a pilot project, yielding favorable results. The data model, pilot project results and future plans will be discussed. <BR>
Joe Noble / Josh PicotteModeling Fire Behavior and Assessing Post Fire Burn Severity for the 2007 Georgia Bay Complex FiresBeginning in April and ending in June 2007, fires making up the Georgia Bay Complex burned over half a million acres in North Florida and South Georgia. Limited access and extreme drought conditions provided unique challenges to firefighters and fire behavior analysts alike. Several sources of fuels and vegetation data were evaluated and modified for use in modeling fire behavior. We will discuss how these data sets were evaluated, modified, and used in predictive models on the incident. Additionally, In order to better understand and quickly respond to the impacts of these fires, Landsat TM images were taken directly after the fire. These images were modified by using the differenced normalized burn ratio (dNBR) algorithm to approximate post-fire burn severity. Subsequent ground-truthing suggests that the dNBR images are a reasonably accurate tool for assessing the initial post-fire burn severity. We will discuss how these burn severity datasets were developed as well as the utility of and potential management implications for such data.
Khansith BouphaDeveloping and Distributing 3-D Base Flood Data within the Suwannee River Water Management DistrictThe Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) is working to improve the quality and availability of floodplain information throughout its jurisdiction. As part of these efforts the SRWMD developed a web application, using ArcGIS Server 9.2, to deliver valuable flood information to users. In addition to traditional floodplain information, such as zone designations, the tool also provides base flood elevation (BFE) information. <BR><BR>The first challenge in developing the tool was to build geospatially accurate representations of the existing surface water models, which were in HECRAS. Then a TIN surface was created using lines of equal water surface elevation (cut-lines) covering the width of the floodplain. The TIN information was subsequently combined with parcel information to provide flood elevation information for each relevant parcel.<BR><BR>The web application allows users to select a parcel and get pertinent information regarding flood zone designations, base (i.e., 100-year) flood elevations, as well as the 2-year and 500-year flood elevations, if available. Finally, a set of tools, using model builder, was developed to allow for easy updates in future years as parcel and water surface information change. <BR><BR>
Sue McLellanGeospatial Technologies Assist in FL/GA Wildfires 2007In spite of wildfire prevention efforts, an extreme spring drought provided perfect conditions for an extreme wildfire season. By late April hundreds of fires were burning across South Georgia and Florida. Several national and state Incident management teams were deployed to manage the suppression efforts for these fires. Geospatial technologies are integrated into these established overhead teams providing essential information on fire growth and spread necessary for tactical planning, as well as for public relations. The use of standard operating procedures by GIS specialists has allowed mapping to be a fluid resource by the teams for decision making. Infrared (IR) night mapping was conducted by interpreters. This information was integrated with the GIS to aide in identifying perimeters on these fast moving wildfires. The Georgia Bay Complex and the Florida Bugaboo fires burned approximately 600,000 acres total over a 2 month period affecting both public and private lands. This presentation will provide an overview of how geospatial technologies were utilized by incident management teams to assist in the 2007 fire campaign for fire suppression decision-making.
Mark WelshEasing the Pain of Map Production: Automated Mapping Using ArcObjectsIn an effort to reduce map production costs and create uniform map standards, the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Statistics has developed a set of ArcGIS tools to facilitate the creation of County Key Sheet maps. This presentation outlines how ArcObjects was used to create an automated mapping system to ease some of the difficulties of map-making in ArcMap. Topics include application architecture, deployment strategies, and a demonstration of the Key Sheet Extension for ArcGIS.
Kay ChenGoogle Earth and Google SketchUpStarting with basic functions of Google Earth, this demonstration will take the audience through use of non-KML file formats in Google Earth, importing 3D contents, and other advanced features. SketchUp, an easy-to-use 3D modeling software of Google, can create 3D models quickly for Google Earth. This demonstration will introduce the essentials for building models using Sketchup for Google Earth, as well as importing GIS files for use in SketchUp.
Tony DiPollina Streamlining environmental data collection through the convergence of GIS, GPS, Tablet PCs and web-enabled technologies.For many scientists working on the field, the hardest part of their job is not on the field itself, but at the office; where notes, hand-drawn maps and paper forms must be classified, integrated and entered into one or many computer-based datasets.<BR>Advances in mobile technologies are providing the means to reduce the efforts in post-processing of field collected data. Field settings usually do not make it easy for users to work with traditional computers such as notebooks; and smartphones and PDAs only provide with limited solutions. Tablet PCs are bridging this gap, enabling users to take their computer applications to the field while using simple sketching and handwriting as entry methods; just like a notepad. <BR>In addition to this, integration with GIS and GPS make it possible to georeference this information and integrate it to a map on-the-fly. Also, recent developments in telecommunications technology, such as wi-max, will enable users with the ability to connect and synchronize constantly with their archives at the office. There will be no more need for taking paper notes: data will be input only once.<BR>This presentation will show how these concepts are integrated into GeoAgro Collector, a product developed based on soil scientists needs expressed by the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, and its application for environmental data collection needs in general.<BR>
Tony DiPollinaBuilding Public/Private partnerships for Conserving our Natural Resources. Case study at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.About 140 million acres, more than a third of the country`s cropland, is classified as highly erodible. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the lead agency administering conservation compliance. It coordinates the drafting of regulations, works with producers to develop and implement conservation plans, and visits a sample of the 1.6 million plan sites each year to verify implementation.<BR>NRCS currently manages 1,000,000 conservation plans across the nation; all these records are contained in the USDA National Conservation Planning (NCP) database. Between 5,000 and 35,000 customer folders are serviced daily during the workweek.<BR>As part of a new vision in IT Services delivery, the NRCS has partnered with private technology firms to enable interested parties outside the USDA to access their Conservation Planning information, including farmers and their certified Technical Services Providers.<BR>As a result of this public/private partnership, innovative products are becoming available to radically change the way conservation planning is done. This presentation will focus on the deployment of GeoAgro CPlanner, a product that integrates access to the NRCS conservation planning database, document exchange features, GIS management, field data collection and standard models through a simple web-enabled tool. It will include an overview of the technologies and how it is applied for a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning process.<BR>
Tony DiPollinaUsing Google Maps and Open GIS standards to empower your Enterprise GISJust a couple of years ago, GIS was used by a relatively small group of specialists. This has quickly changed, with the advent of GIS offerings from Internet companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google.<BR>Google Maps provides a very easy to use and powerful interface, combining high quality satellite images, hosted on Google’s own high-performance servers, and an optimized web-based client. But Google Maps images can only be viewed using Google’s clients, they are not available through open standards such as WMS.<BR>Fortunately, Google Maps also exposes an extensive API, which allows overlaying information from open standards servers such as WMS on top of Google’s images.<BR>This presentation will show practical applications that make use of this functionality and how it can be integrated with your Enterprise GIS.<BR>