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Welcome to the 2021 Washington GIS Conference

This is your Day of Event Guide

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Speakers

Abstracts

 Sponsors


Schedule

Note: Tracks 1 & 2 are Zoom ‘Webinars’, similar to Zoom ‘Meetings’, but designed for a ‘conference’ format. Attendees of Tracks 1 & 2 will not be on video, nor audio, during the Conference, but will have an opportunity for Q & A at the conclusion of most sessions. Each day will have a separate Track 1 and Track 2 URL link  at the top of the schedule to access the sessions. Thus 6 (six) different links over 3 days. The WGGL and Women in GIS Breakfast have separate zoom 'Meetings' links. 

If you are having issues with Zoom contact technology@waurisa.org for other conference related questions contact cc@waurisa.org

**Small changes/edits may still be coming to the below schedule. Schedule will be considered final on the morning of Tuesday the 25th.

Tuesday May 25th

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Track 1 – Vendor/Tech Track (Link will be Here)

Track 2 – Applications/Projects (Link will be Here)

Time
Speaker
Title
Speaker
Title
9:00
Welcome

  

9:30
Keynote Dawn Wright
 
 
10:00
10:30
Summit Winner/Logistics 
 
 
11:00
11:30
Matt Vaillant

Delivering flexible, configurable ArcGIS-based mobile applications (Abstract)

Brian Wood Moving Beyond Demand-Based Decision Making For Active Transportation—Level of Traffic Stress, Gap Assessment and Route Directness (Abstract)
12:00
Lunch
12:30
1:00

Arnab Bhowmick

 

 

How to start and fund Asset Management program from scratch (Abstract)
 
Nermala Krishna Amy Johnson Jefri Peters Roadmap to Recovery- Departmental Compliance through use of Esri Survey123 and Microsoft Power BI (Abstract)
1:30
Frank Roberts Survey123 and dashboards for wind events in Hope Idaho (Abstract)
2:00
Georgianna Strobin Tumwater Treed! Developing a SVM tree canopy cover assessment at the City of Tumwater (Abstract)
2:30
Break
3:00
Erick Caceres

How a Culture of Quality and Testing Can Improve GIS Tools and Experience (Abstract)

Frank Roberts Using LiDAR to evaluate dock locations in Hope Idaho (Abstract)

3:30

David Howes Eric McAvoy John Sharrard

 
ArcGIS Experience Builder: Development, Implementation, and Associated Considerations (Abstract)  Joshua Greenberg & Christina Kellum Washington State National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and how you can be involved (Abstract)
4:00
Bryce Bradshaw Historic Mapping of City of Bayview Water and Sewer (Abstract)
4:30

David Howes

It's Time to Move On: A Persuasive Case for Transitioning from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro (Abstract)

Jared Yost Small Municipal GIS comes out of its Cocoon (Abstract)



Wednesday May 26th

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 Don't forget to vote in the 2021-2022 WAGISA Board Elections!


 

Track 1 – Vendor/Tech Track (Link will be Here)

Track 2 – Applications/Projects (Link will be Here)

WGGL Track 

Zoom Meeting ID: 996 2723 9081 

Passcode: wggl

Time
Speaker
Title
Speaker
Title
 Speaker
Title
8:00
  Kelly Stone Critical Infrastructure National Datasets and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Platform (Abstract)     
8:30
Matt Vaillant Transforming Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS® widget development (Abstract) Katy Ruckle GIS and Privacy (Abstract)
9:00
John Sharrard Land Records in ArcGIS Pro (Abstract)  Toby Semroc Implementing a Water Shutdown System At the City of Seattle (Abstract)

Matthew Lewin

What Separates Geospatial Leaders from the Rest (Abstract)
9:30
 
10:00
 Break
10:30
Scott Moore  Best Practices for Publishing ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise Services (Abstract) Gavin Jaravata Bringing Cemeteries to Life with ArcGIS Online (Abstract)

Panelists: Don BurdickChristopher Wright, Josh Boulware, Jennifer Radcliff, Ed Whitford

Moderator: Katie Heim

Washington GIS Government Leaders Panel Discussion (Abstract)

11:00
Tyler Cowdrey Mapping Bull Kelp Forests of Puget Sound with UAV Imaging Platforms (Abstract)
11:30
Anish Adhikari Developing custom feature action for Webappbuilder application to view Solid and Hazardous Waste complaint history (Abstract)  Max Marno Drone Data Collection: Teton Valley Aquatics Center (Abstract)
12:00
Lunch
12:30
1:00
Scott Moore  ArcGIS Arcade: An Introduction (Abstract)  Jennifer Hackett Mapping recreation in the time of Covid (Abstract)   
1:30
Joanne Markert  How GIS responded to our most critical issues in 2020 and where we go next (Abstract)
2:00

Matt Vaillant

Modernizing how you work with linear referenced data (Abstract) 
2:30
Break
3:00
Brett Ruoti Using risk & condition to develop asset management strategy (Abstract)  Jared Yost Providing Students Opportunities and Getting your City Further Ahead (Abstract)    
3:30
Shane Clarke 
 
ArcGIS Apps for the Field: Newest Developments (Abstract)  Marilyn Nielson Geospatial Learning in Rural Schools: Opportunities and Implementation (Abstract)
4:00
  
4:30

Gregory Lund

Options at the University of Washington Tacoma (Abstract)


Thursday May 27th

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Track 1 – Vendor/Tech Track (Link will be Here)

Track 2 – Applications/Projects (Link will be Here)

WWGT (Link will be Here)

Time
Speaker
Title
Speaker
Title
Title
7:30
     Washington Women in GIS Breakfast 
8:00
Arnab Bhowmick  New Tech Normal: Upcoming Tech in Public Works (Abstract)   
8:30
Shelley Grant (Project Lead), Emily Cone, Dana Olsen, Addie Schlussel Novel Approaches to Estimating Urban Park Usage: Using big-data GIS analytics to estimate major Seattle parks activity across COVID-19 phases (Abstract)    
9:00
Chris Marsh  ArcGIS Experience Builder (Abstract) Steve Fang  GIS Modernization at the City of Seattle (Abstract)
9:30
10:00
 Break
10:30
Randy Bonds Jr.  Tips & Tricks: Moving from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro (Abstract) Joanne Markert

How and why we make the round world flat: Datum 2022 (Abstract)

   
11:00
Arnab Bhowmick   Digital Revolution - How to build your digital archive for data and maps (Abstract)  
11:30
T.J. Moore OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean and Coastal Planning Data to Your Fingertips (Abstract)
12:00
 Lunch           
12:30
1:00
Membership Meeting                     
1:30
2:00
Summit Award 
2:30
DTA, ArcGIS Online student competition and Poster/App Winners 
3:00
Q&A 
3:30
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Speakers

Anish Adhikari, GISP

I have been working for the Kitsap Health District for 5 years as a GIS developer and I have 6 years’ experience in GIS. In my current role, I do everything from development,  cartography, Spatial Analysis, GIS application/infrastructure support and maintenance etc. I enjoy working in different areas and specially enjoy automating manual processes. I have a master’s degree in GIS from Arizona State university and recently received GISP certification. Outside work I enjoy travel, good food, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.

Arnab Bhowmick

Mr. Arnab Bhowmick has more than 21+ years of technical and managerial experience in business and operations, asset management O&M, GIS, emergency management, IT security, strategic planning etc. He is currently the Chair of American Public Works Association (APWA) Asset Management Committee and has been advising the CxO level executives, City and District managers and department heads for couple decades on asset management, GIS and IT strategies, business continuity, technology trends, and e-governance. He has worked for many coveted corporations including Weston, ESRI, Tata Group and founded Aktivov Asset Management and Aakavs Consulting. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and couple M.S. in Business Information Systems, GIS, and Sustainable Technologies.

Randy Bonds Jr.

Randy is currently employed with the City Of Yakima as the Web Applications Developer. He is the ArcGIS Online and Open Data Portal Administrator and works heavily in the ESRI JavaScript API. He has 15+ years of IT experience ranging from Systems Engineering to Application Development.

Josh Boulware

I have worked in IT/GIS industry since 1996. After graduation from the University of South Carolina, my first paid job in GIS was as an hourly technician at the University of Georgia's Information Technology Outreach Service, developing highway and forestry maps (yes, hard-copy maps) using a Sun Solaris workstation and command line Arc/Info. In 1998, I relocated to Charleston, SC, first working with a DOD contractor in support of the US Navy, but eventually settling into a 19-year period as either GIS Manager or Database Administrator for several local and state government entities in the Charleston area, including 14 years as GIS Manager with the South Carolina Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management. In the summer of 2019, my family and I relocated to Seattle, WA. My first position in the Seattle area was with Community Transit in Everett, WA. In November of 2020, I began my current position as GIS Manager for the City of Renton.

Bryce Bradshaw

Bryce Bradshaw is a GIS Technician for Innovate! Inc. With 5 years of GIS experience under his belt, he’s always looking to better his GIS skills/knowledge.

Don Burdick

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Erick Caceres

After years and countless miles of driving and flying around the world playing drums in a diverse set of musical acts, Erick Caceres found a proverbial fork in the road - and he took it. While a touring musician and side-gigging software tester, Erick was honing his testing skills and tasked with building up Quality Assurance from scratch into fully functional departments. The testing side gig eventually became a full-time career and he has now spent 16 years in several industries, bringing a culture of quality and testing innovation into various software and hardware companies.


Shane Clarke

Shane Clarke is a Solution Engineer on the State and Local Government sales team for the Esri Olympia regional office. Shane has been working in GIS for more than 30 years, during which time he has focused on a variety of areas including GIS projects, technical support, product release, and product management for mobile GIS apps. His current focus is helping cities and counties in the Pacific Northwest to use GIS to both meet the many challenges being faced as well as to build thriving communities.

Emily Cone

Emily Cone, B.S. in  Environmental Studies (Western Washington University), holds research interests in spatial demography and social justice and the development of innovative online maps and user interfaces.

Tyler Cowdrey

Tyler Cowdrey is a Master's student in the Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College and a remote sensing intern with the Washington Department of Natural Resources Nearshore Habitat Program. This project represents a year's work on his thesis and was conducted in collaboration with his three primary co-authors at WADNR AQR: Helen Berry and Max Calloway of the Nearshore Habitat Program, and Andrew Ryan of the Aquatics GIS Unit.

Steve Fang

I work in the GIS group at Seattle IT.  I have over 20 years of experience implementing IT/GIS solutions for our customers at the City of Seattle.  I was the program manager for the GIS Modernization program.  I am still coordinate our modernization activities with other GIS professionals.  My current role is supervising the GIS Operations group which is in charge of the enterprise GIS infrastructure at the City of Seattle.

Shelley Grant

Shelley Grant, PhD in Geography (Queen Mary University of London), is certified in Applied Biostatistics and a member of AAG, RGS-IBG, NACIS and ESHRE, pursues international research on reproductive health, policy analyses and population mobility.

Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg has recently started working for the Washington Department of Ecology as the NHD Steward. He has served on the WAURISA board, helped form the Washington GIS Local Government interest group and the Annual Spokane GIS Conference. Josh earned his B.A. in Geography from the University of Vermont with a minor degree in Zoology. In 1991 he moved to Washington State where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. from the U.W. College of Forest Resources Ecosystem Science program. When he isn’t getting paid to geek out, he is often listening to music, flying his drone, paddling the kayak his wife built, or cooking pizzas in his wood fired oven.

Jennifer Hackett

Jennifer Hackett started her GIS consulting business, Manastash Mapping, in 2009 with the goal of helping people share information about their communities. She has an MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University where she has taught GIS. In her previous life, she spent 16 years with the Defense Department finding creative ways to use available data to answer national intelligence needs. For the Washington Hometown project she draws on her skills in GIS, data mining, and resource management to pull recreation data from many sources into a single dataset that can be used for maps, apps and analysis.

David Howes

David Howes runs his own GIS tools and processes consulting business (David Howes, LLC, dhowes.com) and has a Ph.D. in geomorphology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.Sc. in GIS from the University of Edinburgh. He is a regular supporter of GIS professional development through his GISPD.com entity.

Gavin Jaravata

Gavin has 2 years working within the geospatial industry. His specialties include GIS data management, asset management, geodatabase design and organization, and helping local governments in utilizing GIS, whether that be implementing GIS or improving their current usage of it.

Amy Johnson

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Christina Kellum

Christina Kellum is the GIS Manager at Washington Department of Ecology where she works with an awesome team of GIS data managers and developers that maintain and support the GIS infrastructure, develop custom web mapping applications, manage GIS data for the agency and steward the National Hydrography Dataset.  Prior to being a manager, Christina’s GIS career included being a GIS analyst, data steward, developer, and spatial database administrator.  She has B.S. in Ecology, two teenage daughters, and enjoys backpacking, skiing, and mushrooming during her free time.

Nermala Krishna

Nermala initially started her time at Metro Parks Tacoma at a GIS intern in fall 2019 and was promoted to a part-time position as a Jr Business Intelligence GIS Technician in winter 2020. She graduated from University of Washington Tacoma with a certification in Geographic Information Skills and Restoration Ecology in 2020, she is acquiring new skills, hands-on with the GIS/Business Intelligence team at Metro Parks Tacoma.

Matthew Lewin

Matthew Lewin is the Director of Management Consulting at Esri Canada and is a versatile and accomplished technology strategist and consultant. His focus is helping organizations develop strategies to use digital and geospatial technology to grow and run their business. Matthew specializes in complex business and technology transformation using Enterprise GIS and Location Intelligence. His industry experience spans Municipal, State and Federal Governments, Energy Resources, Transportation, Utilities and Retail sectors. Matt is the author of the e-book Geospatial Strategy Essentials for Managers.

Gregory Lund

Gregory Lund, is a Full Time Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. Gregory has over twenty years of teaching experience, eleven of which have been in the field of GIS. Gregory earned a Masters of GIS at the University of Washington Seattle, a GIS Certificate from the University of Washington Tacoma as well as both a Bachelors/Masters of Science degrees in Education from the State University of New York (Brockport). Gregory teaches five GIS Courses per year and is the Geospatial Lab Manager. Gregory has been involved with the Esri Middle/High School ArcGIS Online StoryMaps competition for the past two years. He is a member of the WAURISA (soon to be WAGISA (Washington GIS Association) and a member of the WAGISA Conference Technology Team.

Joanne Markert

Joanne Markert is the Washington State GIS Coordinator for the Washington Office of the CIO.  She has over 25 years experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies.  She is a positive and focused leader with a collaborative and entrepreneurial drive for practical, common sense technology solutions that integrate geography for decision making.  She is an enthusiastic and consistent advocate for GIS technology and the dedicated professionals that make the magic happen.

Max Marno

Max Marno is a GIS Developer with Innovate and holds his FAA Part 107 cert. He believes in the power and cost-effectiveness of sUAS data collection and is working to bring Innovate’s drone services into the spotlight. 

Chris Marsh

Chris Marsh is a Solution Engineer with Esri working out of the Olympia Regional office on the State Government team. Chris works with state agencies by assisting users with technical advice, architecture design, application development and general best practices. Chris main focus is on “Web GIS” all the way from data design/architecture, system design/architecture, to web and mobile development and everything in between.   Chris has been with Esri since 2019 after spending 18 years in State Government, most recently as the GIS Coordinator for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Eric McAvoy

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Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri on the State Government Team and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS.  Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping, server and mobile based GIS, developer technologies, automation, open data and integrating drones with enterprise GIS.  He has been with Esri since 2006.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus on GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1998.  Prior to joining Esri, he was a Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager for the City of Chandler, Arizona where he built the City’s Enterprise GIS.

T.J. Moore

T.J. Moore, GISP, works for CSS Inc. and supports the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. He is the West Coast Regional Geospatial Coordinator and is based in Seattle, Washington. The Office for Coastal Management programs focus on coastal zone management, estuarine research, coral reef conservation, and the Digital Coast (data, tools, and training). He has worked with geospatial technologies for over 20 years.  His background includes the application of GIS to marine spatial planning, marine mammal conservation research, and spatial decision support.

Marilyn Nielson

Marilyn Nielson is Director of the Northeast Washington Geospatial Environmental Technician Education Project (NWGETEP), an NSF-funded endeavor to bring geospatial concepts and technologies into rural high school classrooms. She is faculty in the Environmental Sciences Department at Spokane Community College and holds a Masters’ degree in Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho. Spring Quarter she lives in the GIS lab teaching incoming students ArcGIS Pro.

Dana Olsen

Dana Olsen, B.S. in Geosciences (University of Nevada Las Vegas), studied soil, paleontology and climatology, is skilled in thematic cartography and has professional experience with state park facilities management.

Jefri Peters

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Jennifer Radcliff

Jennifer Radcliff, GISP, has a B.S. in Geography with a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), and an M.A. in Geography, both from Kansas State University. She has employed in the GIS field since 1996, working mostly for local governments in Kansas, Colorado and Washington. Jen enjoys variety, and has worked on everything from database design and data creation for assessor's offices, to analysis for Emergency Management, to application development for Planning.  She has also worked on multiple enterprise solutions. Jen is currently the GIS Coordinator for the City of Tumwater. 

Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts is the Director of Information Technology for Innovate! Inc, and. manages a very talented group of geospatial analysts and geospatial programmers.

Katy Ruckle

Katy Ruckle started as Washington state's Chief Privacy Officer on Jan. 1, 2020. She was appointed by state Chief Information Officer and WaTech Director Jim Weaver.  During her first year as Chief Privacy Officer, Katy has increased training for state agencies on privacy and data protection including COVID-19 contact tracing, data breach assessment, de-identification of records and the Public Records Act. In addition, her office finalized foundational privacy principles for Washington agencies to incorporate into their data governance practices. Katy also co-chairs the Washington State Autonomous Vehicle System Technology and Data Security Subcommittee.

Brett Ruoti

Brett has been with Cityworks since 2016. He has spent this time working with local government and utility companies in development of asset management and permitting strategies. Providing the best in class solutions to leverage GIS in execution of those strategies. Prior to his time at Cityworks he has spent 10+ years in sales and development of multiple technologies.

Addie Schlussel

Addie Schlussel, B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies, is a non-profit land stewardship professional with experience in habitat restoration and multi-language programming.

Toby Semroc

I have worked as a GIS developer at the City of Seattle for more than 15 years delivering GIS applications to desktops, web browsers and mobile devices. I also lead a team of 8 GIS and CADD developers.

John Sharrard

John Sharrard is a GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri and works as part of team supporting Esri customers in the Pacific Northwest He has been working in the GIS field for 34 years. John concentrates on GIS solutions for Local Government, 3D GIS, Geo-Design, Land Records, and Transportation solutions. John is a graduate from the GeoScience program at Oregon State University.

Kelly Stone

Kelly Stone has over 20 years of experience in GIS at the local and Federal government level as well as teaching GIS at multiple institutions. Kelly currently works for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the Region 10 office in Seattle. She serves as the lead analytic and geospatial analyst for the region. In addition to her work at CISA she also teaches GIS within the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management Program at University of Washington. Previously Kelly worked at FEMA Region 10 for 9.5 years as a risk analyst focusing on multi-hazard risk assessments, geospatial analysis, and provided oversight for grants relating to risk assessment, floodplain maps, and LiDAR acquisition. Prior to FEMA she worked for two local governments in Virginia for over 6 years in GIS. She has Master’s degrees in Geology as well as Environmental Science. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. Kelly is a certified GIS professional (GISP) as well as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Georgianna Strobin

Georgianna is a GIS Technician at the City of Tumwater, and a MSGIST student at the University of Arizona. She enjoys sewing, weightlifting, and learning new analysis techniques. She can often be found creating “no-recipe recipes” in the kitchen or caring for her many houseplants.

Matt Vaillant

Matt Vaillant is a Geocortex Account Manager with VertiGIS North America. Matt works with organizations across the North West to help them solve their GIS and web mapping challenges.

Ed Whitford

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Brian Wood

Brian Wood works in the Active Transportation Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation as the State Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator. Brian’s duties include grant management, plan development, technical assistance, data analysis and policy work. Brian has a Masters in Sustainable Transportation from the University of Washington’s college of Environmental Engineering. Prior to WSDOT Brian worked as the transportation planner for Island County and the Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization where he developed key planning documents such as their human services transportation plan. Of recent note, Brian has been part of a dedicated team that has worked to complete Part I of the Washington State Active Transportation Plan.

Christopher Wright

Chris Wright is the GIS Manager for the Tulalip Tribes.  Chris and Tulalip’s GIS Department, part of the Tulalip Data Services Division, provide GIS services across the Tulalip Tribal organization.  From enterprise GIS management to developing custom field and web mapping applications, Chris believes empowering users with GIS technology leads to improved communication and informed decision-making.  Chris is a former Dick Thomas Student Presentation award winner and a University of Washington Bothell alumni. 

Dawn Wright

Dr. Dawn Wright  is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software and data science company. Core to Esri’s mission is to inspire and enable people to positively impact their future by connecting them with the geoanalytic knowledge needed to make the critical decisions shaping the planet. Hence, Esri believes that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. She was appointed to this post in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University (OrSt). As Esri Chief Scientist, Dawn reports directly to the Esri CEO with a mission of strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the international scientific community. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OrSt.

Dawn’s research interests include geospatial data science; seafloor mapping, coastal/ocean informatics, and environmental education. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles and ten books on marine geographic information systems, hydrothermal activity and tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and coastal/ocean informatics. Dawn has participated in over 20 oceanographic research expeditions worldwide, including 10 legs of the Ocean Drilling Program, three dives in the deep submergence vehicle Alvin and twice in the Pisces V. Her fieldwork has taken her to some of the most geologically active regions of the planet, including the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Tonga Trench, and volcanoes under the Japan Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Dawn’s recent advisory board service, includes the Science Advisory the NOAA Science Advisory Board, the US National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, the Board of COMPASS Science Communication Inc., the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, and many journal editorial boards.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, The Oceanography Society, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford’s Leopold Leadership Program, as well as a former Oregon Professor of the Year. She holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UC-Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois). Other interests include road cycling, 18th-century pirates, apricot green tea gummy bears, her golden retriever puppy Riley, and Spongebob Squarepants.


Jared Yost

Jared Yost is a GIS Developer with Innovate! Inc. Using his 20 + years of GIS experience he enjoys enabling clients to make sound decisions by providing exceptional applications and making data useful and understandable.


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Abstracts

Delivering flexible, configurable ArcGIS-based mobile applications
Matt Vaillant

GIS teams are experiencing exploding demand for mobile mapping applications that work in connected and disconnected states. Whether it's inspecting hydrants, managing utility infrastructure, or tracking pest trapping, the expectations for mobile GIS applications are growing. When it comes to deploying ArcGIS-based mobile applications, there are plenty of options to choose from. Most notably are Survey123 and Collector for ArcGIS, or the ability to build custom apps in AppStudio. But what if you need something between Collector or Survey123, which can't be modified, and an expensive purely custom app? In this talk, we'll run through the various options for deploying ArcGIS-based mobile applications based on your needs, and explore what's available for folks that need flexibility without the cost and risk of custom development.


How to start and fund Asset Management program from scratch
Arnab Bhowmick

Local govts. are still struggling with maintenance and operations of their assets, while trying to comply with regulations, condition assessments, budgeting, and reporting requirements. We will touch on the maintenance management and asset management basics, and go beyond into strategic / capital planning and project execution. Local govt. confront challenges with comprehensive plans and rate studies, spends a lot on those, yet they are not equipped with a plan based on real time condition and data from the field. This session will discuss beyond the basics, how ailing and failing infrastructure can be identified and prioritized for repair, rehab or replacement, how capital budgets and plans can be developed, how maintenance crew becomes integral part of the strategic planning, how activities and tasks can be forecasted and budgeted, and how projects can be managed within budget and timeline effectively. It’s an immersive session also including strategies how to fund and start such program within your organization.


How a Culture of Quality and Testing Can Improve GIS Tools and Experience

Erick Caceres

Erick Caceres has eclectic experience leading software testing efforts in the gaming industry including Sony, Netflix, Amazon Web Services and in a wide variety of software companies. In this discussion, he will cover topics including culture of quality, and practical tips for bringing quality to your GIS app development and application portfolio management efforts. Topics will include: test planning and resourcing, automation frameworks focused on GIS mapping, release management, getting over the unknowns of integrating QA into your project schedule, how to develop and implement a testing program


ArcGIS Experience Builder: Development, Implementation, and Associated Considerations
David Howes, Eric McAvoy John Sharrard
ArcGIS Experience Builder is Esri's latest web mapping application development technology and has the same look and feel as, for example, the new ArcGIS Online Map Viewer, ArcGIS Hub, and ArcGIS StoryMaps, all of which are built using the React JavaScript library, Version 4 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, and TypeScript. The purpose of this collaboration session is to introduce this technology, especially for the benefit of anyone interested in extending the capabilities of Experience Builder through the development of and use of custom widgets. The session will consist of four parts: (1) An introduction to the builder capabilities; (2) An overview of the development technology and implementation options; (3) A review of associated considerations regarding adoption of Experience Builder; and (4) An opportunity for audience engagement. For the technical part of the session, a balance will be struck between explaining widget development to those who are new to the topic, either as potential developers or as widget users, and providing helpful guidance to those who are already familiar with the widget development process and may have experience in developing widgets for ArcGIS Web AppBuilder. A simple example widget will be used to illustrate the development process and concepts and to highlight the substantial differences between the widget development frameworks for Experience Builder and Web AppBuilder. Naturally, some users of Web AppBuilder may have concerns regarding what the availability of Experience Builder means for their installations and operations, especially with respect to custom widgets. Parts three and four of the session will address these concerns.


It's Time to Move On: A Persuasive Case for Transitioning from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro
David Howes

ArcGIS Pro is Esri's powerful and modern desktop application, supporting data visualization, advanced analysis, and authoritative data maintenance in 2D, 3D, and 4D, as well as integration with Esri's web GIS technology through ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Now at version 2.8, ArcGIS Pro reached parity with ArcGIS Desktop some time ago and is a stable and mature product. Nevertheless, two polls conducted during recent local conference sessions suggested that 60% of attendees had not started using ArcGIS Pro, which makes it incumbent on those of us who are taking full advantage of ArcGIS Pro to encourage them to start to make the transition from ArcGIS Desktop. The purpose of this collaboration session is to support that effort. The session will consist of four parts: (1) An overview of ArcGIS Pro and why it's worth switching from ArcGIS Desktop; (2) An example of a hybrid ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro approach for completing a complex project, while gradually transitioning from existing workflows to new and improved ones; (3) ArcGIS Pro tips and tricks; and (4) A period of audience engagement, during which attendees will be invited to offer their own perspectives and seek advice from other attendees. As the session title states, a persuasive case will be made, on the grounds that it is better to be persuaded to make the move to ArcGIS Pro now than it is to stressfully make the transition in the face an impending deadline, beyond which ArcGIS Desktop will no longer be usable.


Moving Beyond Demand-Based Decision Making For Active Transportation—Level of Traffic Stress, Gap Assessment and Route Directness
Brian Wood

Many of the decisions we make about our transportation system are based on existing demand. A demand-focus works well for understanding a motorist’s issues and needs, but only because the driving network is basically complete. Active travelers, including pedestrians and bicyclists, generally lack complete networks (where they are willing or able to operate) so existing demand is suppressed. Both physical and functional gaps in active transportation networks limit the value of the existing facilities for reaching destinations and for other travel purposes. Starting from the premise that active travel should be just as efficient, network-wise, as motorized travel, new tools are needed to inform planning efforts. WSDOT has used three new tools to help inform it’s new Active Transportation Plan. The first is Level of Traffic Stress (LTS). LTS is a tool that quantifies roadway characteristics to identify gaps in the active transportation network. The second tool is gap assessment, which is a method of associating information, such as safety and equity data, with LTS gaps. A final tool is a method for measuring route directness. Route directness data allows planners to understand how far out the way active travelers must go to get across the highway in order to complete their travel purposes. Each of these tools are new to WSDOT, but the preliminary data has already been used to help make decisions. The next steps involve refining the methodologies and conducting business analysis to better understand how the data can be integrated into existing processes for planning scoping and design.


Roadmap to Recovery- Departmental Compliance through use of Esri Survey123 and Microsoft Power BI
Nermala Krishna, Amy Johnson, Jefri Peters

Metro Parks Tacoma manages an extensive network of Parks, Open Spaces, and two Nationally accredited Zoos, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and NWTrek. With the onset of COVID19 Metro Parks Suffered a severe budget shortfall. To provide animal life support and maintain parks with only 20% of staffing levels the COVID19 safety Officer (Jefri Peters) partnered with our GIS team (Renee Opatz & Nermala Krishna) and Data Analytics Administrator (Amy Johnson) to streamline new safety protocols to follow State and Local Authorities. A challenge our safety officer had was managing and analyzing paper logs of visitor sign in forms at all employee and visitor worksites. The GIS and Data Analytics staff quickly developed a solution using Survey123, Power Automate and Power BI to deliver a product that made visitor logs paperless and records searchable for contract tracing purposes. Please join us for an overview of this workflow. Metro Parks Tacoma tapped teamwork, and innovation to support our “new normal” requirements for business operations within a pandemic.


Survey123 and dashboards for wind events in Hope Idaho
Frank Roberts

In September of 2020, a windstorm revenged the communities around Hope Idaho.  Thousands of trees were toppled in the course of just a few hours.  Given timber values are at an all-time high value, one community utilized Esri’s Survey123 to create a fallen timber inventory and come up with the value of downed trees.  Local community members were trained in how to use the form to allow for quick and efficient data collection. In addition, a ArcGIS Online Dashboard was created to inform the community of the value of the timber so landowners could assess the best course forward with the cleanup activities.  The talk will walk through the creation of the Survey123 forms that were used in this project and talk through the additional data that was collected to support the activity.


Tumwater Treed! Developing a SVM tree canopy cover assessment at the City of Tumwater
Georgianna Strobin

Urban tree canopy cover is extremely important to the health of a city and provides numerous benefits. In the fall of 2020, the City of Tumwater’s GIS Team set out to replicate a tree canopy cover analysis completed by a consultant. Our duplication process quickly transformed into a completely new analysis. In sum, we experimented with LiDAR, Maximum Likelihood, and Support Vector Machines (SVM) classification methods. Ultimately, we determined that SVM is best suited to determining urban tree canopy cover within the City. We discovered that approximately 42% of Tumwater was covered by canopy using 2019 1-foot leaf-on aerial photography. This presentation will guide you through our process, provide tips and tricks, and aims to encourage other jurisdictions to complete their own urban tree canopy cover analysis.


Using LiDAR to evaluate dock locations in Hope Idaho
Frank Roberts

Using the data currently being served up by the Idaho State Lidar Consortium, a bathymetric data set was created for the near shore water depth around Lake Pend Oreille.  The data provided by the Idaho State Lidar Consortium was perfect for this application.  The demonstration will show how the data was downloaded, processed and then used to create a bathymetric map for helping the Highlands Homeowner Assocation determine the optimal location for a new dock on the lake.


Washington State National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and how you can be involved.
Joshua Greenberg & Christina Kellum

Washington State Department of Ecology has been a Principal steward of the USGS National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for almost 20 years. While the NHD originally was developed to support the National Map program, the data has served as a single authoritative GIS water layer.  The NHD is the State OCIO Hydrography Data Standard and has become an essential GIS layer for other local government and non-profits organizations. In this presentation we will outline both the data structure and functionality of the NHD. We will demonstrate its value by providing examples of  how the data has been successfully used in Washington State. We will end with a discussion about how you can provide feedback and get more involved with the future direction of NHD.


Historic Mapping of City of Bayview Water and Sewer
Bryce Bradshaw

With the rise of GIS, many city municipalities are turning to GIS solutions to bridge the gap between historic and modern data. The Bayview Sewage and Water District relies on an ER (equivalent residence) book to track sewage line usage. The problem, the book was created in 1990 and only references 1990 data. 30 years later and countless parcel/ownership changes, Bayview Sewage and Water District no longer knows how many parcels have sewage lines attached. In this demonstration, I will walk through the process Innovate took to link Bayview Sewage and Water District historic data to 2021 data using ArcPro and ArcGIS Online. 


Small Municipal GIS comes out of its Cocoon
Jared Yost

Organizations large and small always have moments of momentous change. In this presentation we will discuss Bonners Ferry, Idaho’s GIS system transformation from a single GIS administrator to a secured and accessible deployment of ArcGIS online managed by a contractor.  In 2016 the City of Bonners Ferry started investing in GIS for decision making. Over the years data has been collected and added into the system, however data management policies have not been set in place and confidence in the data has been dropping steadily. In addition, the distribution and visibility of the GIS data has been limited to primarily a public city web map and sharing KML for use with Google Earth.  Learn how Innovate Technologies combined policy and AGOL to generate data confidence and to enhance accessibility to the Cities GIS data, setting them on a path to success.


Transforming Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS® widget development

Matt Vaillant

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS® is a great framework for quickly delivering purpose-based web GIS applications. In situations where you may need capabilities that aren’t offered out-of-the-box, the typical path has generally been custom widget development… but it doesn’t always need to be. While custom development has its benefits, there can be costly drawbacks, particularly as technology evolves and custom functionality needs to be rewritten. In this session, you'll learn how Geocortex is transforming widget development in Web AppBuilder. We'll show you how you can deliver custom experiences and functionality in your applications, all through configuration. See how we can add value to your investment in Esri technology with intuitive, web-based design tools to help you save time and money. Best of all, you can do it all without writing custom code!


Land Records in ArcGIS Pro
John Sharrard

Esri’s Parcel Fabric: This session will introduce the new parcel fabric and parcel management capabilities in the ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Pro client will be used to demonstrate common record-driven parcel editing workflows, such as: merge, Split From Parent Parcel, Split Metes and Bounds, Split using areas Description, Parcels from CAD. We will also show common quality-driven workflows: fixing parcel boundaries, parcel alignment and the parcel fabric validation process. A brief overview describing how ArcGIS Insights can be used to aid in fair, equitable, and uniform assessments will also be covered.


Critical Infrastructure National Datasets and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Platform
Kelly Stone

An overview of the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Dataset (HIFLD) will be provided to include an overview of key infrastructure asset data. HIFLD data (https://hifld-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/) includes information on energy, communications, emergency services sectors etc. at the national level and is used by all levels of government and the private sector. HIFLD replaced the previous version of the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) dataset. Access to both HIFLD Open and Secure will be reviewed in this session. Dependencies/interdependencies will also be discussed highlighting the importance of electrical substations, communications towers, water treatment plants etc. on critical infrastructure such as hospitals, manufacturing etc. An overview of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will also be provided and will include an overview of current infrastructure resilience projects occurring in Washington. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secure web viewer, the Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) will also be reviewed which can be utilized by Federal, Tribal, State, and local partners. If you work in any infrastructure field including energy, transportation, communications, water/wastewater, etc. this is your opportunity to see what data is available at the national level which could easily be incorporated into your GIS system and workflows.


GIS and Privacy
Katy Ruckle

This presentation will cover the background of the Office of Privacy and Data Protection, proposed legislation regarding geolocation data and privacy, determining privacy risks in geolocation data, challenges of geospatial data and confidentiality, and incorporation of Washington State Agency Privacy Principles in managing risks to privacy.


Implementing a Water Shutdown System At the City of Seattle
Toby Semroc

Many electric utilities, including the City of Seattle, have web-based Electricity Outage maps that provide self-service for customers to know the status of a power outage. Seattle Public Utilities needed a way to communicate directly with customers about planned and emergency water outages. The City's GIS Applications group worked with the Utility to develop an application that streamlined its shutdown process and facilitated communication, both internal City staff and external customers (public). The SPU Water Shutdown system provides: Network isolation tracing to reduce customer impacts, Approval and notification processes to coordinate efforts between field staff, SCADA control center, service inspections, the operations control center and water quality staff,  Public map to communicate upcoming, active, and recent water outages. The system was designed and developed by GIS staff, and is an example of GIS as a supporting technology in a larger system. Spatial technology is used to create shutdown areas that consist of valves, watermains, hydrants and services. The system allows the Utility to track a shutdown from its creation to its approval to actual shutdown, while keeping the customers informed.  This presentation will discuss business process improvement gains, interface design and technology decisions, and how GIS is a foundational component of Seattle Public Utilities’ water shutdown system.


What Separates Geospatial Leaders from the Rest
Matthew Lewin

Organizations leading the way with location intelligence didn't get there by accident. Research indicates that commitment to a set of 14 essential practices across 5 pillars of location intelligence differentiates organizations that use geospatial data and analytics to compete and win. How are leaders different? What are the essential practices? And what can organizations do to join the leaders’ circle? In this presentation, Matt Lewin answers these questions and discusses what it takes to do spatial at scale.


Best Practices for Publishing ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise Services
Scott Moore

Are you looking for a guide on how to deploy and work with Esri’s numerous service types? Look no further than this workshop! Learn about the different types of layers and services you can publish to ArcGIS Online and/or ArcGIS Enterprise portal and how you can use them. Understand the unique capabilities and features of each service type, and explore the many different options for publishing web content.


Developing custom feature action for Webappbuilder application to view Solid and Hazardous Waste complaint history
Anish Adhikari

Kitsap Public Health District’s “Solid and Hazardous Waste” program annually on average receives and responds to 500 complaints throughout Kitsap county. Solid and Hazardous waste staff were using a Webappbuilder based GIS web application for their various needs. They wanted a way to be able to click on the map or search on the map and be able to view complaint history for the parcel they clicked or searched. In this presentation I will be discussing about how I was able to accomplish this by developing a custom Feature action and using eSearch widget. I will also be doing a demo of the Feature action and going over the coding part.


Bringing Cemeteries to Life with ArcGIS Online
Gavin Jaravata

Is your cemetery data in an old book? Need to manage it better, and wondering how to convert it into an efficient data management system that anyone can use? Gone are the days where cemetery data needs to live in stacks of binders, faded old drawings, and the institutional knowledge of a soon-to-be-retired coworker. This session will showcase how to integrate different forms of cemetery data into ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap, the groundwork involved prior to publishing to ArcGIS Online, designing a web app to manage the cemetery data, and the challenges faced throughout the process.


Mapping Bull Kelp Forests of Puget Sound with UAV Imaging Platforms
Tyler Cowdrey

Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) is an important primary producer in Puget Sound that fills a critical niche in local marine ecology. Kelp beds provide essential functions such as the dampening of tidal energy, production of vegetative tissue, and provide habitat for diverse species of invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals. In recent years, evidence of the decline of bull kelp within Puget Sound has led to renewed interest in establishing robust long-term monitoring protocols for this species. Existing boat-based survey methods provide rich and detailed datasets but are time and resource intensive. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present a compelling opportunity to complement these methods with the ability to rapidly collect remote sensing data over large areas. As a proof-of-concept, eight kelp forest sites within Puget Sound were surveyed over the course of the 2020 summer season in collaboration with the WA Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Resources Division (AQR). All surveys were conducted with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro carrying a Hasselblad 20MP 1” CMOS RGB camera sensor, and on two occasions a DJI Matrice 200 carrying a Parrot Sequoia multispectral camera was flown as well. Survey imagery was stitched into georeferenced orthomosaics using the software Agisoft Metashape, and then imported into ArcGIS Pro for image classification. Classification using a supervised random forest classifier as well as reclassing based on spectral band indices (VARI, NDVI, etc.) are currently being compared, with the former appearing to be a more reliable method of differentiating kelp from the surrounding water. Aerial surveys were conducted concurrently with boat-based data collection by the AQR Nearshore Habitat Program to provide real-time ground-truthing on metrics such as total canopy cover extent, canopy density, and other morphological characteristics. Statistical comparisons between remote-sensed data and ground-truthing to prove the efficacy of this UAV-based monitoring method are forthcoming.


Drone Data Collection: Teton Valley Aquatics Center
Max Marno

sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems) data collection can provide a safe, cost effective, and powerful solution to data acquisition as highlighted here with the City of Driggs, ID. A pre-construction flight of the selected site for the new aquatics and fitness center was completed in November 2020.  Using Esri’s Drone2Map, Innovate generated several 2D and 3D data products including high-resolution imagery and a 3D mesh (model) that will be used for specific site selection, marketing, and other analyses. Having generated several useful datasets from a single flight, the City is able to utilize them as it sees fit. For example – as part of the feasibility study conducted, the City is exploring the geothermal potential of the area and intends to utilize these resources for hot-springs, and potentially hydroelectric power if possible. The provided DTM (Digital Terrain Model) will be used to calculate the onsite water storage capacity quickly and accurately for the proposed test well. The talk will provide a brief overview of process including planning, ground control, flight, post processing, and analysis. 


WGGL Panel
Don Burdick, Christopher Wright, Josh Boulware, Jennifer Radcliff, Ed Whitford

Join local leaders to hear their mistakes, successes prioritizing work when work is coming from all directions, and how they navigate the difficult decisions and conversations that happen. This is a special conference track specifically for city and county GIS leaders. If you are interested in learning more about the Washington GIS Government Leaders special interest group email wggl@waurisa.org for invites to regularly schedule speaker series after the conference. 


ArcGIS Arcade: An Introduction
Scott Moore

ArcGIS Arcade is an expression language that can be used across ArcGIS. Learn how to leverage Arcade to create innovative data visualizations, meaningful pop-ups, and informative dashboards. In this session, we will investigate what Arcade is (and what it isn’t), why it was created, and how to get started putting it to use in your projects. We’ll demonstrate workflows that can be used in the new ArcGIS Dashboards Beta, Web maps, and ArcGIS Pro.


Modernizing how you work with linear referenced data
Matt Vaillant

Whether you're managing a road network, water pipeline, or utility network, chances are you're working with linear referenced data. Linear referenced data represents events (point and range) along a linear network. Working with this data inside a web GIS has historically been difficult: once you start layering events such as intersections, speed limit, road type, and elevation on top of a line feature, you almost immediately lose the ability to visualize that data in a meaningful way. To get around this, most organizations export this data into straight-line diagrams or alignment sheets that allow you to look at bands of the data. The challenge with this is that the data is instantly stale and can’t integrate with other tools and data that live in your GIS. Geocortex Inline represents a major innovating in this space. You can now visualize and interact with your linear data dynamically inside your web mapping applications, opening up new possibilities for how you work with this data. Join me to see the innovative way Geocortex has addressed the challenges of working with linear data.


Mapping recreation in the time of Covid
Jennifer Hackett

The week that Washington State shut down for Covid-19, Washington Hometown was preparing to start signing up businesses for placement on a new OHV/ORV web map and app for Apple and Android that was being released at the end of March. Like so many other businesses, we had to do a quick pivot and figure out how to be relevant in the unprecedented conditions. One of the biggest challenges facing our community was the complex mix of closures and rules that limited opportunities for outdoor recreation. The announcements of what was open and closed were made on a manager-by-manager basis and listed on organization web sites, but community members rarely know exactly who owns or manages a given property. In King County, for example, all state and county lands were closed, most Seattle Parks were open (although some were closed), USFS lands were open but the facilities (including trailheads) were closed. Because Washington Hometown has developed a statewide data set of recreation that includes information on owners and managers, we were able to quickly adjust our web map and release a crisis map showing current conditions. Over the next few months, we added in Distilleries that were producing sanitizer, medical facilities, food banks and businesses that were offering carry-out or virtual service and we did weekly, or even bi-weekly updates to account for changes in the rules. In this talk we will discuss the challenges of mapping recreation under Covid, what we learned about the way that information about recreation is managed, and some ideas about how the lessons of responding to a crisis could be applied to better supporting recreation users in all situations.


How GIS responded to our most critical issues in 2020 and where we go next
Joanne Markert

2020 was a year unlike any other in recent memory.  We had a pandemic, wildfires and even murder hornets!  GIS was a critical part of the response for each of these and solidified the importance of geography in decision making.  This presentation celebrates a few of our successes from this past year and calls us to be ready to respond to the next challenges, whatever they may be.


Using risk & condition to develop asset management strategy
Brett Ruoti

Providing safe, sustainable water, wastewater and storm water solutions is a critical priority for community leaders, utility managers and a reasonable expectation of citizens. Many utilities rely solely on age based deterioration to forecast asset condition and replacement strategies. This session will discuss best business practices for incorporating risk and physical condition into your asset maintenance strategy. Risk is defined as Probability of Failure and Criticality of Failure. Maintenance workers can score their assets based on these risk factors to better understand potential impact to services provided. Furthermore, adding condition assessment based on physical deterioration of assets helps prioritize where the maintenance dollars should be spent.


ArcGIS Apps for the Field: Newest Developments
Shane Clarke

Mobile data collection is the backbone of many of today's modern workflows. Empower your mobile collection crew with modernized, end-to-end solutions for capture, collaboration, and analysis. With ArcGIS, you can leverage a single application to configure maps for viewing, data capture, and tracking in the field with ArcGIS Field Maps, create intelligent form-based solutions with ArcGIS Survey123, and capture data at speed with ArcGIS QuickCapture. Join the discussion and learn how you can take your mobile data collection projects to the next level.


Options at the University of Washington Tacoma
Gregory Lund

As a Professional member of WAGISA, and sponsor of the 2021 WAGISA conference, I respectfully submit this short 30 minute presentation for consideration by the Conference Committee. The purpose of the presentation is to explain what opportunities are available within the School of Urban Studies. The University of Washington Tacoma is a long time sponsor of WAURISA Conferences and advertisers in ‘The Summit’ newsletter. Prior to Covid-19, we’ve been a ‘double booth’ participant handing out materials and answering questions from conference attendees. In lieu of an in-person conference we will present our information in an informal, fun, educational/technical format and allow time for questions and answers from the participants. The School of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma has a variety of educational opportunities for people interested in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technologies. Opportunities include an Undergraduate GIS Certificate, Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, with a concentration in GIS/Spatial Planning, a ‘2+1’ Track to our Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies (MSGT) and our 11 month Master of Science Degree. We welcome all applicants to our programs whether they are beginners, just learning about GIS, to seasoned professionals looking to advance their career.


Providing Students Opportunities and Getting your City Further Ahead
Jared Yost

Organizations are always being asked to do more with less.  Have we got a deal for you!  Students around the country are looking for opportunities to share their skills and to complete capstone projects. With your help we can transform them from students to GIS professionals. This fall I mentored 6 students on projects for 3 different municipalities. In this presentation I will provide guidance on how to find these opportunities and how to make these projects work for you and for the success of the students.


Geospatial Learning in Rural Schools: Opportunities and Implementation
Marilyn Nielson

Many traditionally rural job sectors operate at the cutting edge of geospatial technologies. The Northeast Washington Geospatial Environmental Technician Education Project equips rural students to meet this demand through career exploration, teacher mentoring, and dual-credit pathways. We present creative solutions to bring GIS to rural high schools and equip students with the skills and education to meet regional workforce needs. The Northeast Washington Geospatial Environmental Technician Education Project (NWGETEP) is supported by grant #1800981 from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program (NSF 17-568).


New Tech Normal: Upcoming Tech in Public Works
Arnab Bhowmick

The whole world is moving online more and more, and now accelerated by the pandemic. What are the best tools to do your jobs in local govt? What kind fo technology you should be investing in? What protocols or trends are upcoming that you should consider leveraging? This session will deal with the basic understanding of the paradigm shift, and provide managers in all ranks ideas and tools to bank on.


ArcGIS Experience Builder
Chris Marsh

ArcGIS Experience Builder empowers you to quickly transform your data into compelling web apps without writing a single line of code. Build apps with or without maps and display them on a fixed or scrolling screen, on single or multiple pages, and configure for mobile devices.  Choose the tools you need from a rich set of widgets, design your own templates, and interact with your 2D and 3D content—all within one app.


Novel Approaches to Estimating Urban Park Usage: Using big-data GIS analytics to estimate major Seattle parks activity across COVID-19 phases
Shelley Grant (Project Lead), Emily Cone, Dana Olsen, Addie Schlussel

This contribution presents the initial findings of a UW post-graduate GIS student team's application of big data techniques in multivariate GIS analyses on the estimated COVID-19 impact on urban public parks usage. This pilot project, launched in December 2020, required specialized GIS analytics on park visitation under competing pandemic-related policies aiming both to slow disease transmission through comprehensive “social distancing” and to allow “safe” public use of outdoor recreational spaces under varying “stay at home” mandates. Here, team members review the key geoprocessing and cartography decisions, dilemmas and resolution strategies used to model complex spatio-temporal change and develop original user interfaces for future parks authorities use.  Beyond addressing the evident imperative for delivering statistically accurate estimates on pandemic effects, the team also comments on their efforts to add design flexibility to ensure reproducibility and to respond to the ethical constraints involved in using third-party aggregated personal mobile device location data to evaluate non-commercial and personal health activities (McKenzie and Adams 2020, Sparks et al. 2019).  

Presentation points include estimates on the year-to-date change in park visitation volume between pre- and post-pandemic periods for a large tier site within the Seattle Parks and Recreation system, details on the acquisition and management of high-volume datasets accessed using human movement studies approaches (Janowicz et al. 2019, Zhu et al. 2019), a summary of supplementary qualitative and biostatistics methodologies used to categorically include circumstantial variables and non-spatial factors of public health rules and parks facility policies, and a review of prototype deliverables and promising project extensions. Project sponsors are senior staff from the Esri Olympia office, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Management, and the University of Washington GIS PCE Certificate Program.


GIS Modernization at the City of Seattle
Steve Fang

The GIS platform at the City of Seattle has a rich history of providing spatial data and decision making capabilities to our customers.  However, the platform is showing its age due to a lack of continuous investments and improvements.  In 2020, Seattle IT GIS embark on a 6 month GIS Modernization Program.  The program consisted of 10 sub teams focusing on specific area of improvements.  This presentation will share what the program is about, the work performed, and lessons learned.


Tips & Tricks: Moving from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro
Randy Bonds Jr.

Looking to move from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro but aren't sure how? This is the session for you! We'll cover topics that directly relate on how to use the same workflows in ArcGIS Pro that you are used to in ArcMap. This session has been updated for this year!


OceanReports Tool Brings Ocean and Coastal Planning Data to Your Fingertips
T.J. Moore

OceanReports is the most comprehensive web-based spatial assessment tool for the ocean and coasts in the U.S., designed to improve decision-making and increase transparency for users. It was developed by a partnership of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), and the NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM). The tool contains approximately 100 distinct data layers and is capable of analyzing energy and minerals, natural resources (including species and habitats), transportation and infrastructure, oceanographic and biophysical conditions, and the local ocean economy for any area of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. In this presentation, we will explore how this report-centric tool can provide coastal planners and resource managers with a high-level analysis for their custom-drawn area of interest. Additionally, this presentation aims to spark a conversation on decision-support tool collaboration opportunities to facilitate efficient and effective coastal planning across Washington state and the wider region.


How and why we make the round world flat: Datum 2022

Joanne Markert

Joanne will explain why cartographers, after all of the trouble of proving the earth is round, are trying to make it flat again. Well, not exactly, but there is a shift in the way we are representing the earth on flat paper and it will be coming to Washington soon. Datum 2022, coming soon to a map near you.


Digital Revolution - How to build your digital archive for data and maps
Arnab Bhowmick

Accessing GIS maps and other information and data on mobile devices is no longer a luxury today; it's a necessity to effectively make decisions and run your operations. It also prevents data loss (data otherwise stored on various other methods) and ensures business continuity and data protection. We will go through various considerations and steps how to build your digital archive including GIS maps, important information, and rich multimedia files e.g. pictures, videos, voice files, O&M manuals, pdf, excel, word, scanned documents, text files, etc. and disseminate information through cloud and mobile technologies. You will have a foundational understanding and action items/ steps on how to migrate from paper and human intensive processes to the digital world to optimize and run your operations seamlessly and efficiently.

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Cityworks, a Trimble Company, is the leading GIS-centric solution for public asset management. Built exclusively on Esri® ArcGIS®, Cityworks is designed to help organizations manage public assets and their associated data, work activities, and business processes. Cityworks is Empowering GIS® at more than 700 organizations around the world. http://www.cityworks.com/ 


University of Washington, Tacoma - Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies: The University of Washington Tacoma offers a one year Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies which prepares students to use and apply geospatial hardware, software, and data in urban and environmental planning scenarios. In the program, students become proficient in the management and utilization of geospatial technologies (including location-based mobile applications and web-based geospatial data) and gain an understanding of their application in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Curriculum in the program complements technical training by introducing a theoretical/critical focus on the relationship between technology and urban and environmental problem solving. http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/urban-studies/urban-studies-home


GeoTerra, Inc. is a leading provider of Aerial Acquisition, Mapping, LiDAR, and GIS Services for all types of projects requiring engineering quality mapping. Based in the Pacific Northwest, the Company focuses its efforts on geospatial data acquisition and processing to include; aerial imagery acquisition, GPS control surveying, feature data collection, terrain modeling, contour development, orthophoto generation, LiDAR data acquisition, processing & integration, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS.) www.geoterra.us


FLO Analytics - We are intrinsically grounded in “place,” and its relationship to people, the land, and the built environment. Whether you are a local government, school district, utility, association, or conservation organization, we are committed to helping you use GIS and data analytics to make informed decisions. https://www.flo-analytics.com/


Blue Marble Geographics® is a GIS and geodetic software company that provides cutting-edge yet accessible products designed for both novice and experienced geospatial professionals. For nearly three decades, the company’s products have been used and trusted by organizations around the globe — including government agencies, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. Blue Marble’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of the geospatial technology sector with a particular focus on coordinate conversion, lidar and photogrammetric point cloud processing, geospatial software development, and user-driven product development. marketing@bluemarblegeo.com 


GeoCortex by VertiGIS  Since 1999, Geocortex products and services have addressed common GIS application development challenges. Geocortex offers pragmatic solutions to improve developer productivity, help solve complex business problems, and enable a better user experience when deploying Esri web GIS technology. The most popular capabilities of Geocortex can be used in Web AppBuilder, allowing you to accomplish even more. http://www.geocortex.com



Esri, the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers use The Science of Where to unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75% of the Fortune 500, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, IoT, and location analytics to create the maps that run the world. https://www.esri.com/en-us/lg/industry/government/20/esri-state-local-connect 



Access Geographic, LLC has proudly served the Northwestern United States for over ten years, acquiring and processing effective geographic information and analytics that help our clients move forward. Using the latest technology matched with detailed quality control practices, our firm has built a national reputation for reliable geospatial deliverables. Ranging from countywide aerial projects to street corner planimetrics, we truly enjoy the science and art of geography and it shows in our products. http://www.accessgeographic.com/


EagleView Technologies  For more than a decade, EagleView has been the gold standard for accurate property measurement data. EagleView captures high resolution oblique and ortho imagery with our own fleet of fixed-wing aircraft equipped with our patented camera system. EagleView property measurements are calculated down to the individual image pixel for the highest degree of accuracy. https://www.eagleview.com/ 


The Gartrell Group is a small, woman-owned geospatial consulting firm based in Portland, OR. We're focused on enabling our clients to better understand and fully capitalize on the role that location plays in their business. We work closely with our clients to boost their location intelligence with GIS hosting and cloud services, GIS systems integration, and GIS application development. www.gartrellgroup.com


Sanborn Mapping Company  In business and continual operation since 1866, Sanborn is a geospatial solutions company that specializes in providing a broad range of geographic information products and services to government agencies and commercial organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Our offerings include aerial imagery acquisition and processing – vertical and oblique, UAV/UAS capability, digital orthophotography, satellite imagery, airborne and terrestrial lidar acquisition and processing, planimetric and topographic mapping, remote sensing analysis, 3D infrastructure modeling, GPS surveys and field data collection, parcel and facility mapping, utility mapping, corridor mapping, GIS consulting and training, and GeoIT support, including cloud-based hosting and data deployment solutions. https://www.sanborn.com/

 





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