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PA GIS Conference
Tuesday Breakout Session Descriptions
Call for Presentations
Tuesday, May 12 - Session Descriptions
2 - 2:50 p.m.
Session descriptions will be available in March 2020.
= technical session
Savings from GIS-centric Asset Management
Mark Bowen, Lehigh Valley Authority
Steve Benner, Cityworks
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 204
Lehigh Valley Authority is recognizing significant savings from implementing the Cityworks GIS-centric asset management system. This presentation will review the tools used, including mobile solutions and dashboards, and describe the savings realized from automating the Authority's water hydrant maintenance program.
Maps and Geospatial Information Student Engagement
Tara LaLonde and Zhaogeng Ding, Penn State University Libraries
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 204
This session will highlight the activities and operations of the student employees within the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information at Penn State University Libraries. The team of student Maps and GIS Assistants are responsible for assisting library patrons, including students and the public, in terms of maps and geospatial inquires, and participate in multiple geospatial projects to benefit the greater library, university, and geospatial community. A selection of activities and projects, including ArcGIS Online projects and an aerial imagery scanning project, will be illustrated to demonstrate the types of skills undergraduates are gaining in this outside-of-the-classroom experience to broaden their experience with GIS software and geospatial inquiries.
Accelerating Hydrography Modernization for PA
Eric Jespersen, JMT Technology Group
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 205
Our current surface water mapping is over 20 years old and spatially inadequate for modern applications and analysis. PaMAGIC's Water Data Initiative has studied programs and policies, technologies, primary and supporting data, and drivers and obstacles for surface water data modernization. Main accomplishments to date are:
• A standard process for deriving hydrography from LiDAR is in beta testing now.
• A streamlined data structure to simplify maintenance is in design.
• DCNR Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey will curate hydro and topo together.
• We have about 15000 square miles of QL2 LiDAR now, and 15000 square miles in acquisition.
This presentation will describe the plan and timeframes for improving this fundamental dataset.
Geospatial Data Infrastructure: Municipal Water Systems
Scott Zubek and Blair Phelps, Tioga County
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 205
Several years ago, the Tioga County Source Water Protection Coalition (TCSWPC) realized that invaluable knowledge of municipal water and sewer system component locations could be lost forever, as long-serving township supervisors, and similar personnel, left their public roles. In an effort to capture that information and build a baseline from which to expand knowledge of local systems, the coalition members approached the Tioga County GIS Department with respect to mapping municipal system locations via geospatial technology. Since then, Tioga County GIS Department and the TCSWPC have worked together in order to create a geospatial data infrastructure, which serves as a critically important knowledge base for their respective communities. The purpose of this presentation is therefore to share how both the TCSWPC and the GIS Department worked together to in order to achieve the above outlined goals, and present it as a potential model to other organizations that face similar challenges.
ArcGIS API for Python: Administration Workflows +
Alexander Brown, Esri
2 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 206
The ArcGIS Python API is a powerful, modern and easy to use Pythonic API for GIS professionals, developers, organization administrators, content publishers and anyone with access to the ArcGIS Platform - specifically this refers to either ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. The session will provide a quick overview of the python API, how one can leverage the tools within, demonstrate Web GIS administration specific use cases, and provide additional resources to get started.
Modeling and Live, Real-Time, Emergency Response with Citizen Engagement +
Steve Kocsis, Cambria County
Jeff Bruce, Simtable
2 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 207
This talk will demonstrate the application of Simtable’s leading edge “safety & environmental modeling" capabilities coupled with realtime emergency services collaboration and citizen notification, augmented by Cambria County’s high-quality GIS data suite. Cambria County is the first county in PA, and perhaps nationally, to collect ortho and oblique views that deliver photo realistic 3D models and imagery over its 700 square miles of urban, rural, and hilly terrain. The geography and historical flood events of Cambria County, illustrated by this high quality imagery, provide an outstanding laboratory to demonstrate Simtable’s real-time collaboration, notification and modeling capabilities, to deliver a step-change improvement in emergency management and citizenry protection.
Land Records Maintenance in the Parcel Fabric
Lisa Schaefer and Brandon Tourtelotte, Pro-West and Associates
2 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 208
Does your organization maintain Land Records data? Do you have specific business workflows that rely on the data to be updated quickly? The Parcel Fabric is quickly becoming THE standard for parcel data maintenance because it is specifically built for efficient editing and maintenance of Land Records data. To utilize the Parcel Fabric, your current data will need to be migrated into the fabric platform. Your current data will dictate the path of migration . . . geodatabase, AutoCAD drawings, coverages, shapefiles, etc. No one’s data is perfect, however the parcel fabric has additional tools and information to help you improve the data after it’s migrated. Once migrated, your data is ready to utilize the built-in workflow tools and one-time entry to achieve the parcel data and dimension annotation. Come experience the Parcel Fabric, discuss the benefits of migration, and address your business needs for migrating to the newest platform.
Using GIS in Capital Planning for Local Governments
Beth Uhler, CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC
2 – 2:20 p.m. | Room 218
Functioning infrastructure is the backbone of every community. Capital improvements and maintenance activities need to be planned to maximize the use of limited resources and prioritize projects to avoid failures. This session will highlight a case study of a municipality in Chester County, PA, illustrating how out-of-the-box GIS apps and templates can be integrated in developing an effective capital improvements plan for local governments.
Discovering Mid-Century Architecture in State College, Pennsylvania
Albert Rozo, Penn State University
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Room 218
Combining an interest in architecture with GIS, and using all open source tools, the project improves the discoverability of mid-century modern architecture in State College, Pennsylvania. Preserving this unique style of architecture is important so that future architects and builders can observe, study, learn, and iterate from.
Utilizing open source software such as Open Street Map, Leaflet, QGIS, Docker, SQLite, TourML, Drush, and Drupal among others, an interactive web map was created, pinpointing building locations in town with popup windows for displaying specific building information. In addition, a mobile tour package was created to allow individuals to physically visit buildings of their choice around town.
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