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Kim Jackson & Ned CakeMentoring & Mapping at A Local Middle SchoolFor six weeks this Fall, the Middle School at the School of Arts and Sciences in Tallahassee, FL hosted a GIS extension class, for fifty minutes, four days a week. Two local GIS professionals became class mentors. Soon students begin using their school's free ESRI ArcGIS Online account with a 1000 credits. Join us to learn about the final products this class created, see some demos and check out their poster in the Gallery. Get tips on being a geo-mentor to students in your community!
Philip GriffithThere's not an app for that: Using Python to Structure Coastal Survey DataLearn about the development of an application for aiding the QAQC of semi-structured coastal survey data at the Florida DEP. Be moved by the power of custom classes and inheritance, discover the beauty of separating a project into modules, and marvel at the wonder of regular expressions. I'll also discuss the value of log files in the unique lifecycle of this project, as well as the use of matplotlib and PyQT in crafting a GUI.
William E. VanSickle, Xi Chen, Zuo ZhouAerial Imagery Digitizing & Archiving Project: Lessons LearnedThis summer, we began a multi-year project to capture, scan, catalog and share a collection of 24,000 unique aerial images taken over the past three decades. We would like to present the findings from the Demonstration and Pilot phases of the project, along with our plans to scale up and complete the project over the next 3 years. Topics include project management challenges, along with the technical and personal issues faced and resolved, and the lessons we learned from the experience.
Tripp Corbin, GISPTips and Tricks to Passing a Certification ExamA growing number of GIS certifications now require an exam if you wish to earn the credential. Many of us have not taken an exam since college so are not really prepared for what we might face. This presentation will focus on tips and tricks that will help you prepare and pass a certification exam. I have put these together based on my own personal experience of having taken multiple certification exams including Microsoft, Esri, Comptia, and more.
Tripp Corbin, GISPHow did I end up in GIS? Reflections on a Career and What I have LearnedGrowing up, I never thought I would end up as a GIS Professional running my own company. However after a 20 plus year journey, that is exactly what I am doing. The journey to get where I am has been long and winding. Over its course I have learned many lessons most of them the hard way. This presentation will reflect back on my professional journey and look at how I ended up in the GIS industry and many of the lessons I have learned along the way.
Tripp Corbin, GISPArcGIS Pro: The good, the bad and the uglyArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest desktop application. ArcGIS Pro allows users to create 2D and 3D maps using a new ribbon interface. While ArcGIS Pro brings some exciting capabilities to the table, it is still very much a work in progress. Learn the good, the bad and the ugly about this newest app from Esri.
Katherine Kendrick, Scott Pritchard, Chris DuClosVisualizing Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations Using an Interactive, Web-Based MapClustering of persons with vaccine exemptions can threaten herd immunity and increase risks for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD). We conducted a unique analysis to identify Florida census tracts with high proportions of religiously exempt children and developed a tool for persons to visualize the data. We used ArcGIS online to create an interactive, easily shared map. This tool helps state and county health departments target messaging and implement prevention strategies for VPDs.
Frank ConklingThe Land Surveyor and the Parcel FabricThis presentation will discuss the Parcel Fabric, the technology behind the ESRI Parcel Editing Solution. Topics include the way in which the Parcel Fabric accounts for differing boundary values (bearings and distances) for the same boundary line, the concept of measurement versus monuments, integration of survey control into the GIS cadastre and the application of controlled, rule-based adjustments using least squares adjustments.
Richard Butgereit and Sara WanderStatewide GIS CoordinationStakeholders from agencies in Florida and the Agency for State Technology have come together to increase statewide GIS coordination efforts and advance enterprise strategies. This session will serve as a brief description of these efforts and will turn into an open discussion for anyone who is interested in joining these efforts, questions, comments or other insights.
James GaboardiNetwork-Based Model Building for Discrete Location Allocation in Python: Integrating PySAL and GurobiThis is a demonstration of network-based location allocation model building utilizing the open source Python programming language while integrating an open source spatial analysis library developed by PySAL Developers, Python Spatial Analysis Library (PySAL v1.10.0), and an academically-licensed closed source mathematical programming solver developed by Gurobi Optimization, Gurobi Optimizer v6.0.2. Fundamental linear integer programming Facility Location problems will be solved.
Amy KnightThe Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Geodatabase (LPEGDB): Centralized Data for the Distribution and Ecological Condition of Longleaf Pine in FloridaLongleaf pine once covered 90 million acres in the southeast but only about 3% remains. To help support protection and restoration goals, FNAI and Florida Forest Service partnered to document the remaining sites in Florida. We used a variety of GIS techniques from mobile field data collection to file GDB management, spatial analysis and prioritization, and ESRI’s web appbuilder to facilitate access to this information. This work also integrates ecological and forestry data from many sources.
Adam CarnowThe Underutilization of GIS & How To Cure ItWhen most non-GIS professionals hear "G-I-S", they think "M-A-P". Now that GIS is a location intelligence platform, the underutilization of it is critical and career-limiting. As a GIS professional, your purpose is to do more than make maps. It is vitally important that you proactively evangelize and market all of the GIS capabilities. This presentation will provide strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.
Brian R. Garvey, PE, GISPApplication and Use of 360° Spherical Imagery for the Maintenance and Update of GIS Databases.Companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are driving around the world collecting 360° spherical imagery and presenting it to the world through various web interfaces. This presentation will demonstrate how these interfaces might be used to update and maintain a GIS database and discuss benefits and drawbacks. It will also describe the development and use of an internally developed interface to 360° spherical imagery that we have collected ourselves
Anthony PuzzoEnabling Open DataThis presentation will introduce you to ArcGIS Open Data - an app included in ArcGIS Online. Built as a configurable web app, Open Data lets you easily create a site to share your data. You can design a unique destination that lets your data be discovered, explored and downloaded by public users in open standard formats. See what the community is doing now:
Jamie HughesLeveraging Mobile GIS via ArcGIS OnlineCDM Smith conducted a street light audit for the city of New Bedford, MA using ArcGIS Online and the Collector application for mobile devices. Using this method, the project team was able to inventory over 10,000 light poles quickly and efficiently. The inventory was then used to streamline the conversion of all fixtures to LED lamps.
Shaun DavisFlorida's All Roads BasemapIn response to changes in federal law in 2006, the FDOT began developing the All Roads Basemap. The basemap provides the ability to locate events along any public roadway in Florida, using a unified and consistent linear referencing system. The basemap is a critical bridge between FDOT’s linear referenced data and data referenced to the NavStreets dataset or geographic systems. The presentation will cover the characteristics of the All Roads Basemap, current and future use cases.
Dixie Davis & Linc ClayIntroduction to MapProxyMapProxy is an open source geospatial data proxy. It can serve almost any GIS client and features tile caching, transformation, and data merging. Our business case relates to caching high-resolution statewide imagery for road network alignment. In this presentation we provide an overview of MapProxy including system and software requirements, installation, configuration, and use for caching imagery. We will present performance testing results and our experience to date.
Robert Kohler Sugar Access: An ArcGIS Extension Helps local governments connect residents and businesses with the destinations they care about, by measuring and testing the performance of transportation networks and development plans
Mike Zoltek, PSM, CP, CFedS, GISPImpervious Surface Delineation Using LiDAR and ImageryImpervious surface mapping is an important issue for many jurisdictions dealing with water runoff. This discussion covers the "why" and the "how" of utilizing of LiDAR and imagery data for delineating impervious surface along with the results of real world projects.
Keith SandellMultithreading with PythonMany GIS professionals leverage python for data automation and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes. This method of data management and manipulation is effective and more efficient than hand cranking your data through the GIS mill. However, there are still gains to be made. This presentation will demonstrate Multithreading in python. It's parts and how they work, and how all the parts work together to increase the standard performance of python scripts will also be discussed.
Kevin ShortelleProcessing GPX Data from iPhone Downhill Skiing and Hiking AppPresentation addresses the processing of GPX data using free on-line tools, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Online to provide GPS track, speed, and heading. Tradeoffs among the three alternatives will be discussed. GPX elevation accuracy relative to USGS DEM data will be demonstrated. Within ArcMap, GPX data is configured as a time-enabled layer to render an animation of a skiing and hiking track overlaid on a basemap.
Emerson ChewOpen Source GIS: What I Learned and Want to ShareThis exercise was performed out of sheer curiosity. I wanted to stand up a platform that would allow for, web map display and editing, a secure portal to manage applications, lightweight and, cheap--real cheap. Is this a perfect solution. No. I did however succeed in satisfying my four goals and would like to share with others. By the end of my presentation/demo/tutorial etc. you should have the tools necessary to do this yourself all for around $5 a month.
Georgianna StrodeThe Visual Census: A high-resolution Census data model using FDOR cadastral data and the US National GridAccurate population estimation is important in many fields of study. Census data is most often used as the population data source, in spite of the problems involving high labor intensity and low resolution. This research introduces a census data model that combines census data, FDOR cadastral data, and the United States National Grid (USNG) to produce an easy-to-use scalable high-resolution database structure.
Georgianna Strode and Benjamin ThorntonThe Business of Bivariate – Mapping Two Choropleths at OnceBivariate maps show two phenomena on the same map, potentially revealing patterns more effectively than side-by-side univariate maps. However, bivariate mapping is plagued with confusing maps causing readers to constantly refer to the legend. Trumbo’s Four Principles (1981) laid out logical ideas for thoughtful bivariate map construction using color. Sadly, Trumbo’s vision has not advanced into modern GIS usage. This research explains Trumbo’s ideas and provides guidelines for implementation.
Shawn LewersAn overview of FSU Student student projects using City Engine ModelingI will give a presentation that provides overview of modeling efforts done primarily by our students using ArcGIS and City Engine. I will also preview an upcoming class for Spring 2016.
Jason McEachern, Greg MauldinFully Deranged Data Model for Mapping Hydrologic Units in Leon County, FloridaArc Hydro tools were used to modify a high-fidelity Lidar DEM to produce fully deranged, detailed drainage units for all of Leon County and vicinity. The DEM preprocessing, the hydro-correction, and the drainage area delineation and aggregation methodologies are discussed, along with the project results. One of the surprising results is the discovery of previously unidentified drainage patterns that greatly affect how several longstanding legacy drainage basins are delineated.
Michael BerryGive My Regards to Broad Street: Myths and MapsJohn Snow’s map of the 1854 cholera outbreak in the Soho section of London is widely credited with popularizing the use of maps in epidemiological investigations. A myth has been perpetuated that analysis of a simple map inspired an immediate solution to the periodic cholera outbreaks then facing Europe. The truth is that his work was difficult, tedious, and slow to be accepted. We, as GIS users and ambassadors should remain aware that GIS cannot be a substitute for hard and diligent work.
Paul O'RourkeExamining the Transportation System Impacts of the Port Miami TunnelThe purpose of this study is to examine the potential impacts to the transportation system resulting from the opening of the PortMiami Tunnel. The study utilizes tabular and geospatial data from FDOT and other data sources. The resulting information provides FDOT with a better understanding of what impacts there are to the transportation system, the magnitude of these impacts, and where these impacts are occurring.
Jon OettingConservation Data at Florida Natural Areas Inventory: What’s New?FNAI develops and maintains many statewide datasets to help inform conservation planning and priorities. Learn about our latest updates including Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project (CLIP) datasets, new features of our Conservation Lands data, new distribution format for rare species and communities element occurrences, latest public web maps and services, and more.
Ana Nowak, Jessica RogersDesignating U. S. Bicycle Routes in FloridaA policy on U.S. Numbered Bicycle Routes was approved by FDOT on April 7, 2011. This policy enables FDOT not only to plan routes, but also to collaborate with a diverse group of organizations to contribute towards the designation of new sections for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. This presentation describes the workflow used to establish U.S. Bicycle Routes in Florida. It also includes an overview of the new Bicycle Friendly Roads app developed by FDOT-Surveying and Mapping Office.
Jennifer HarrisonSQL Tips and Tricks for Data QC and AnalysisSQL, Python and VBScript have many functions that are not exposed through the standard Attribute Query and Calculator dialogs in ArcGIS Desktop but nevertheless can be used. These functions, along with some other Desktop tools, are great resources for data QC and Analysis in ArcGIS. This seminar helps you learn how to use many of these functions for data QC and analysis
Jim VanRiperTransforming Outage Management at The City of TallahasseeThe City of Tallahassee recently completed project to modernize and upgrade the City of Tallahassee's electrical outage management application with a modern GIS centric system. Recent implementation of citizen reporting of outages using ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications will be highlighted. An overview of the project scope, impacts on GIS data and infrastructure will be reviewed as well as challenges, objectives achieved and lessons learned.
William "Luke" TabbertAssembling a Septic System Inventory in Leon County, FloridaThis presentation will offer a retrospective project review of the collaboration between the Florida Department of Health and the Tallahassee-Leon County GIS Department to assemble a parcel-based inventory of septic systems in Leon County, Florida. Topics of discussion will include data sources, selection methodology, common errors/issues encountered and final results.
Ned Cake, GISP/Dan Thomas, GISPWebmaps! Where it all begins. In this GIS lab session we will demonstrate webmapping & data hosting techniques along with custom pop-ups, definition queries, custom symbology and much more. This is a hands on lab with limited work stations. Participants should have their own ArcGIS Online organization or sign up for a free 60 day trial. All are invited to sit in and learn.
Ned Cake, GISP & Duane 'JT' Treadon, GISPStory Maps - Harness Your Creativity!In this GIS lab session we will demonstrate building an Esri story map. Participants will build their own story map using Esri’s popular Map Journal template. This is a hands-on lab with limited work stations. Participants should have their own ArcGIS Online organization or sign up for a free 60 day trial prior to the lab. All are invited to sit in and learn.
Chelsea Lincoln, Stuart KortePast, Present and Future of Aerial PhotographyThis presentation will discuss the history of aerial photography and the aerial photo archive collection at Florida Department of Transportation. We will also discuss the Aerial Photo Look-Up System (APLUS).
Carl FigueiredoThe Accela Civic Platform: Helping governments put their GIS data in the hands of everyday usersThe Accela Civic Platform provides the foundation for the GIS-driven automation of critical tasks associated with civic functions allowing professionals to leverage the power of GIS in their daily work. Highlighting the tight integration with Esri products, this presentation will explore how a government agency can leverage their existing GIS implementation within the Civic Platform Specific focus will be given to the new built-in Javascript map viewer and its associated analytical tools.
Scott WeismanFrom ArcIMS to COTS: The Journey to GIS Mapping Application ModernizationFor many years TLCGIS had deployed mapping applications on the once popular ArcIMS platform. Adopting modern application development platforms was evidently needed, but the journey has taken time. ESRI COTS solutions helped us be more creative and responsive in meeting the needs of our internal and public facing customers. This presentation will tell the story of that journey.
Jim VanRiper and Mark NelsonEnterprise Asset Management and PermittingThe City of Tallahassee is implementing a GIS based enterprise Asset and Work Order Management and Permitting Management system. This session will discuss the various departments involved and how they hope to gain efficiencies between departments as a result of the implementation. Discussion will include an architectural overview of the platform and discussion of the challenges of implementing a multi-departmental enterprise system in parallel.
Seth W. Bassett, GISP, Levi M. Hannon, Katherine MUsing QGIS and threejs to produce 3D web-ready contentThis presentation will illustrate how to quickly and easily generate web-ready, interactive 3D geospatial models using two free and open source (FOSS) software solutions: QGIS and the Qgis2threejs. Topics discussed will include how to prepare and format geospatial data for 3D visualization, threejs compatibility with popular web browsers, tips to improve the appearance of 3D content, and an honest evaluation of the software’s performance in producing professional 3D content.
Chad ThurnerIntro to UAV's This presentation will be a hands on approach to the various Unmanned Aerial Systems. The objective of this presentation is to education the GIS community on the different types, functions and software uses for UAV’s. The presentation will also cover the different legal aspects of the UAS market including FAA regulations and other frequently asked questions.
Allen NoblesOverview of the Datums and the 2022 Modernization of the National Spatial Reference SystemThis Presentation provides an overview and background of the horizontal and vertical datum and the shift that is coming from National Geodetic Survey in 2022. These new datums will be defined by a transition to be more closely aligned to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) and to elevations based exclusively on gravity observations.
Salina RandallAdvancing your GIS CareerThe starting point in building a successful career in GIS is a solid education. The key to staying relevant is Continuing Education. In this presentation we will examine the role of education on the GIS industry and its importance in the increasingly competitive job market. We will provide strategies to help you increase your current skill set and how to best highlight your education background on GIS focused resumes and portfolios.
Glen GardnerGIS and the Florida CAPS Program - ESRI's Survey123An overview of how GIS is used in Florida Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS). Includes a history of how GIS has evolved over the years for the program. Also will go into the testing and implementation of ESRI's Survey123 for the programs field data collection.
Sergio HernandezUnmanned Aerial Systems for Mapping/GIS ApplicationsUAS technology for the mapping and surveying industry is advancing at a very rapid pace. DSM and orthophoto mapping are incredibly useful tools for mapping and GIS applications such as internal progress reporting, boundary and topographic surveying, and volume calculation.
Bill Millinor, MS, GISPAMS Implementation to Optimize Operations and Enhance Work Flow EfficiencyThis session will take you through the process of establishing and implementing an AMS using Cityworks Server. We will explore the phased implementation of an AMS for Destin Water Users that integrated all facets of the utility, including data, personnel, and work flows across multiple departments. Unique aspects of the system included the development of a web-based purchase order application that interfaced directly with Cityworks Storeroom. The entire project was completed within 18 months.
Mehdi BehrooziGeographic resource allocation and equitable spatial partitioningThe problem of geographically allocating resources to a service region arises in many fields such as transportation, logistics, and robotics. A natural strategy for such allocations is to partition the service region. A desired objective in this approach is to obtain sub-regions with equal areas, equal shares of demand, or balanced workloads. We use analytical techniques from mathematical optimization, geospatial analysis, and computational geometry to efficiently solve this problem.

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