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Tuesday Breakout Session Descriptions
Call for Presentations
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Session Descriptions
2 - 2:50 p.m.
Session descriptions will be available in March 2021.
= technical session
New Point Database for Civic Boundaries in PA
Eric Jespersen, JMT Technology Group
Mark Leitzell, PennDOT
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 104
Most GIS datasets representing civic boundaries contain only lines and/or polygon features, despite the existence of monuments that specifically document the real, legal boundaries. PennDOT’s Bureau of Planning and Research maintains a comprehensive database of civic boundaries and engaged JMT Technology Group to develop a point feature database. The point data will improve the polygon data and simplify long-term maintenance and avoid repetitive review of lines with clear and compelling evidence. This session will solicit ideas and information to enhance the monument data set.
Geolocating Historical Aerial Photographs
Brittany Waltemate, Penn State University Libraries
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 104
This presentation will cover the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information’s recent project completing the Penn Pilot 1950s era historical aerial photographs. In the 1950s over 26,000 aerial photographs were taken covering most of Pennsylvania creating a wealth of historical geospatial data. Following a project in 2007 which made the 1940s, 1960s, and 1970s eras available the 1950s era was left incomplete. Combining historical geospatial data, GIS, and modern photogrammetry software as well as the collaboration between institutions, the project was able to be completed allowing for the historical photographs to be accessed publicly.
3D Building Models to Help Expand 2D GIS to a 3D World
Andrew Jordan, Fugro USA Land, Inc.
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 105
Pennsylvania’s nearly state-wide coverage of publicly available topographic lidar is prompting creative thinking to get the most out of the elevation data. As the Commonwealth continues to experience urban sprawl, the need for 3D data will become commonplace for managers seeking quick visualizations and supporting analytics. This discussion will cover the value-added products generated from lidar to expand usability and return on investment. The most requested product (other than contours) is 3D building models to help expand the 2D GIS to a 3D world. The 3D building models are generated by processing the classified LAS lidar source data - modelling building edges, height and roof detail. The result is a 3D model that can easily be ingested into an existing GIS, providing previously unrealized benefits for geospatial users. Join us for a look at how you can utilize existing lidar data to implement 3D models into your daily workflow.
How the USGS National Geospatial Program Supports New GIS Frontiers
Eliza Gross, USGS
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 105
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP) provides a foundation of digital geospatial data representing the topography, natural landscape, and manmade environment of the United States. From citizens to scientists, people can view and openly access NGP geospatial products and services through a variety of portals, such as The National Map, that will be demonstrated during this presentation. Lidar deliverable products, partners, and potential use cases for lidar data from the 3D Elevation Program will be discussed, with some examples specific to Pennsylvania. Also, online tools used to develop proposals and compare with existing data requirements, such as the US Interagency Elevation Inventory and the Public Areas of Interest Project Collector Tool, will be presented.
The Development of a Geospatial Technology Educator Certification
Nicole Ernst, Harrisburg Area Community College/GeoTech Center
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 108
The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) has conducted a pilot study of its proposed Geospatial Science & Technology Educator Certification (GSTEdC) program. The pilot study included 32 educators from across the United States representing secondary, two-year, and four-year institutions. This presentation will discuss the reasons for and the audience of a geospatial technology educator certification program, the content of the certification program, and the lessons learned from the first pilot study. Additionally, the session will discuss the resources leveraged to create the GSTEdC program. Last, the session will discuss the future of the GSTEdC program.
GeoVolunteering - Reflections by a Retiree
Stephen Beck, York College of PA/Shippensburg University
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 108
In August of 2018 I retired from a 43 year career that included nearly 30 years working in GIS. Like many retirees, I faced some uncertainty about the future but managed to address these concerns in a way that I now find very rewarding and satisfying. I am now a Geomentor, a volunteer GIS consultant to non-profit organizations, and an adjunct college instructor. This talk will focus on ways GIS professionals--those still working and those retired--can have fulfilling experiences by volunteering their time, knowledge, and expertise to organizations and individuals that can truly benefit.
ArcGIS Insights: An Introduction +
Tim Loftus, Esri
2 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 206
ArcGIS Insights is available as part of ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online and provides a new user experience for analysis. It is a simpler way to work with your data and share results in a number of ways. This includes visualization, drag and drop analytics, and on-the-fly filtering and aggregations. During this session you will learn how to get started with ArcGIS Insights, including adding data from numerous sources, exploring analysis capabilities, then sharing results and models.
Using Geodesign to Help Penn State Solve Land Use Issues +
Dan Meehan and Lisa DuRussel, Penn State University
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 207
What do you do when a University President asks an Academic Department for assistance on future plans for a key piece of land they own? You agree. This talk will highlight how the Landscape Architecture Department at Penn State University developed a hybrid 'community conversation' public input strategy and subsequent feasibility strategy for future plans for a sensitive, 355-acre University-owned property. Through a tightly structured design process, our team worked with a non-profit organization, community-groups and municipal officials, the general public, university leaders, and faculty and students to provide a range of scenarios and implementation strategies for the property in question.
Processing GeoLocation and Time-Series Data Using Modern Python +
Nick Romano, KCI Technologies Inc. Geospatial Solutions
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 207
With recent innovations in cloud services and gps-based technologies, geolocation data is becoming increasingly prevalent within many market sectors. In the coming years, as 5G comes online, we will see an increase in the prevalence and accuracy of this data. This means billions of connected devices, all emitting locations at frequent intervals, thus producing terabytes of data and opening up new industries to geographic based analysis. The GIS industry is skilled to help analyze and drive innovations through the visualization and analysis of this data. By performing data enrichment through traditional GIS operations such as nearest-neighbor and intersect, while integrating the data with existing GIS layers such as road networks, and existing assets, the GIS industry can provide unique datasets that can power decision making within its current market sector and new markets. Yet with that said, GIS professionals will have to look to existing data-science technologies to tackle new challenges that come with data at this scale, and with the added dimension of time. At KCI, we’ve looked to Python, and particularly the SciPy Stack that includes Pandas and Numpy, in close coupling with the ArcGIS for Python API to help clients integrate these new dynamic data sources with their GIS stacks. In this presentation we will walk through a case study from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission where we use these tools to work through a vehicle fleet location service that produces over a million data points each day. We use a python based algorithm to thin the data, relate it to the road network, and analyze the data to produce lap times for snow plows during a weather event. We’ll crack open the solution step by step to show the data transformations that take place at each stage, and describe design patterns that allow it to run quickly and efficiently. We’ll explain the vast set of python tools available to you in this space, which ones we like, and how they can be installed in your ArcGIS Pro environment. Finally In the end we’ll present how all this data boils down to just a couple rows on a spreadsheet.
GIS for Leaders: Introduction to Geospatial Strategy
Adam Carnow, Esri
2 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 218
Developing and executing a geospatial strategy is essential for you to maximize the impact of GIS on your organization. This talk will providing a high-level introduction to the approach, offer examples of how to apply the concepts, and what it means to you and your customers.
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