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Monday, May 21
 

7:30am

Registration
Monday May 21, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Hotel Lobby

8:30am

Introduction to Insights for ArcGIS (HALF Day)
Insights for ArcGIS is a web-based, data analytics workbench where you can explore spatial and non-spatial data. Answer questions you didn’t know to ask. And, quickly deliver powerful results. Use maps charts and tables to visualize and tell your story like never before. Advanced algorithmic spatial analysis is as simple as drag-and-drop. Created the perfect process to analyze a dataset? Insights for ArcGIS intelligently records your analysis workflow so you and others can run it again to solve other problems. Easily share your analysis so others can iterate further, or use it to make better decisions.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Everyone


Speakers
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Scott Moore

Solutions Engineer, ESRI
Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri 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... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
State

8:30am

Introduction to the Utility Network Management Extension (HALF Day)
The Utility Network (UN) platform is a next generation operational management tool designed to model infrastructure for electric, gas, water and telecommunication networks. It can model all aspects of utility systems with operational and structural components configured to maximize performance. The Utility Network is designed off a services-based architecture which allows the collaboration of operational infrastructure across all of your business units. This half-day workshop will be designed to provide the audience with an overview of the UN design, capabilities and use cases for municipalities all the way to large operational utility companies. Discussions will include a high-level briefing of requirements for full integration across all ArcGIS platforms, modeling concepts and representations. Demonstrations of
best management practices for data quality and validation will be conducted to illustrate support best practices for GIS teams. Utility use cases will be conducted to demonstrate operational capabilities, emergency response modeling and work plan management across electric, gas and water networks. Finally, demonstrations of mobile and web applications will be shown to illustrate the adaptive nature of the Network Utility model for municipalities and utility organizations.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Anyone interested in learning about the Utility Network Management extension

Speakers
RM

Remi Myers

Remi Myers is the product owner of the Utility Network Management Extension for ESRI. His has over 20 years experience in providing GIS solutions across electric utilities, transportation, land management and public health. Prior to ESRI, Remi worked in transmission maintenance, survey... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Rainier

8:30am

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation (FULL Day)
Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Municipalities are under enormous pressure to improve efficiencies, boost productivity and effectively manage resources and assets while at the same time being expected to enhance worker safety. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This URISA Certified Workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This workshop is intended for operations, utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Mobile GIS Solutions
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • Compliance Reporting
  • Life Cycle Management



Monday May 21, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cedar

8:30am

Web Mapping with Vector Tiles Using Geospatial Open Source Tools (FULL Day)
Workshop will describe and demonstrate various open source geospatial tools to create vector tiles, style vector tiles, and build web-maps using vector tiles. Government open data will be used to demonstrate vector tile creation. Hands-on exercises will cover styling vector tiles and creating web maps. The Mapbox Studio workflow will also be explored.

Hands-on instruction will require a laptop with admin privileges, Mac/Windows 10 Professional/Linux.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Learn to use the following open source tools for specific tasks (steps).
  1. GDAL/OGR - data format transformation; shp → geojson
  2. Tippecanoe - vector tile creation
  3. Tileserver-gl - vector tile web server publication
  4. Hands-on: Maptunik (local or web hosted version) - style vector tile data and export files for web-mapping
  5. Hands-on: Github Gist - publish vector tile web-map on-line to share

INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • Desire to explore and learn new tools and workflow to enhance existing web-mapping skills is a must.
  • Interest in Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) tools.
  • Some GIS and web mapping knowledge will be helpful.
  • Interest in discussing various vector tile workflows in order to obtain a broad overview of vector tiles for making web maps.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Keum

Peter Keum

GIS Specialist- Senior, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Peter Keum has worked for King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) GIS for over 20 years and has been an Esri user for all those years. He has been a huge open source GIS enthusiast who lives in Seattle, WA. He is a member of CUGSO (Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source... Read More →
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Paul McCombs

Paul McComb is a Master GIS Specialist with King County GIS Center. Founding member of Puget Sound QGIS User Group. Organizer of OpenStreetMap (OSM) Seattle. Co-instructor for King County GIS Academy: Efficient Geoprocessing Using Model Builder. Active member of local CUGOS.


Monday May 21, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Puget

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday May 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Getting Started with the ArcGIS API for Python (HALF Day)
ArcGIS API for Python is a new Python library for working with maps and geospatial data, powered by web GIS. It provides simple and efficient tools for sophisticated vector and raster analysis, geocoding, map making, routing and directions, as well as for organizing and managing a GIS with users, groups and information items. In addition to working with your own data, the library enables access to ready to use maps and curated geographic data from Esri and other authoritative sources. It also integrates well with the scientific Python ecosystem and includes rich support for Pandas and Jupyter notebook.

This hands-on session will cover how analysts and data scientists can use the ArcGIS platform in combination with data science libraries from Python for mapping, visualization and geospatial data analysis. In addition, we will cover how ArcGIS administrators can use this library to automate common functions within their web GIS.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:
Students should have some familiarity with Python scripting.

Speakers
SM

Scott Moore

Solutions Engineer, ESRI
Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri 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... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
State
 
Tuesday, May 22
 

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday May 22, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Hotel Lobby

8:30am

A Practical Overview of Geospatial R (HALF Day)
Intended Audience:
This course is for students who are familiar with geospatial analysis (this can be in working with ArcMap or QGIS, or even Python) and possess beginner to intermediate programming skills for at least one language. We would like attendees to know basic data structures (lists, arrays, and matrices), know basic conditional and looping constructs (if/else, for, while), and have a grasp on the purpose of functions when writing code. We also expect attendees to be familiar with common geospatial vector and raster operations.

Overview:
R is at the forefront of reproducible research. With R Markdown you can share your work with clients and colleagues for quality control or transparency. It’s all open source, which means anyone can check your work or collaborate with you on a given analysis without having to pay for licensing. It has multiple tools and packages for data visualization, making it easy to test out new ideas and analyses. It also has one of the biggest package repositories for data analysis and statistics.

In this workshop we will introduce students to R and its capabilities with both tabular and spatial data.

Our goal is to cover the basics of the R language using data manipulation examples, show how to document work, then dive into geospatial analysis for both raster and vector data structures. We will work in R Markdown, a way of documenting your methods and code in a file that is interpreted by R and outputs a document that can be reviewed by others. These markdown files will act both as teaching materials and as a reference that students can use after the workshop. For the geospatial component, we will teach students about the capabilities of the sp, sf, and raster libraries. We will also cover some of the basics of functional programming and parallel processing along the way.

Learning Objectives:
• Working with R Studio
• R Markdown
• Using R’s base data structures: vectors, lists, matrices, data.frames
• Basic plotting
• Functional programming concepts
• The *apply (apply, lapply, sapply, mapply) family for functional programming
• magrittr pipes
• sp vs sf libraries (we will focus on sf)
• The raster library
• The parallel library
. . . and if we have time. . .
• tidyverse
• data.table

We will implement these tools to perform a geospatial analysis using R Markdown.

Speakers
avatar for Caileigh Shoot

Caileigh Shoot

Graduate Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager, University of Washington Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory
Caileigh Shoot has been working with multiple remote sensing focused research projects that she has been involved in at the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Remote sensing and geospatial analysis in the School of Environmental and Forest... Read More →
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Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor has been programming in R for over 5 years and has been exploring its geospatial capabilities for nearly as long. He currently works as a bioinformatics analyst at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and has over 7 years of experience solving geospatial problems.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
State

8:30am

GIS Return on Investment -  A URISA Certified workshop (HALF Day)
Determining the Return on Investment (ROI) for GIS can assist in securing support and funding for the project/program. Developing metrics to compare GIS implementation, operation, and maintenance costs with quantifiable benefits can be a daunting task. This workshop will present a method to accomplish this goal.
Audience: IT Directors/Managers, GIS Managers, decision makers and operational personnel responsible for quantifying return on investment.
Lectures and Facilitated Discussion Topics:
•Types of benefit cost studies
•What are we measuring?
•Costs
•Benefits
•Categorizing the results
Hands-on Exercises
•Identifying and documenting costs
•Identifying and measuring benefits
•Putting it together
Prerequisites and Recommendations
Prerequisites and Recommendations: Participants will need to bring a laptop computer with spreadsheet capabilities to participate in hands-on exercises.
What You Will Receive
  • 3-1/2 hours of instruction from our URISA-certified instructor who is a subject-matter expert and workshop author.
  • Students who bring a laptop will receive a copy of the Excel ROI template described in the workshop.
  • A copy of the workshop presentation and exercises.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (0.4) and GISCI points (0.1) earned.



Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Olympic

8:30am

Introduction to Survey 123 for ArcGIS (HALF Day)
Intended Audience: Anyone needing to convert a paper form into a smart form. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is
recommended. No previous knowledge of ArcGIS is required.

In this half-day technical workshop you will learn how to use Survey123 for ArcGIS to optimize form-centric data collection workflows in your organization. Through interactive exercises you will learn how design effective smart forms and how to make them available for data capture from web browsers, smartphones and tablets. You will not need any previous practical knowledge about Survey123 before this workshop, but it will be beneficial to watch the Survey123 product overview (3:36 minutes) video prior to attending the workshop.

Prerequisites:
• A basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is recommended. No previous knowledge of ArcGIS is required.
• A computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, with Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet program and Survey123
Connect and Survey123 for ArcGIS installed. You can download Survey123 Connect and Survey123 for ArcGIS
from https://doc.arcgis.com/en/survey123/download/
• A smartphone or tablet with the Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile application installed. You can download
Survey123 for ArcGIS from the iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Windows app stores.
• A login to an ArcGIS Online organizational account with Publisher rights. If you do not have access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account, you can create a free 21-day trial at https://www.arcgis.com/features/free-trial.html.
• One or more paper forms that you will use to create a digital smart form using Survey123.

Agenda:
• Introduction to smart forms, field data collection and Survey123
• Creating smart forms with Survey123 Web Designer
• Capturing data from web browsers and the Survey123 mobile app
• Analyzing data with the Survey123 website
• Introduction to Survey123 Connect and XLSForms.

Speakers
SC

Shane Clarke

Solution Engineer, Esri
Presenter Bio: 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Rainier

8:30am

Using AutoCAD Data in ArcGIS Desktop (FULL Day)
This workshop focuses on the using and integrating DWG and DXF files in ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap and ArcCatalog). Students learn how to display, georeference and convert data from drawing files into Geodatabase feature classes and shapefiles. The learn how to deal with common issues associated when trying to work with these CAD files inside of ArcGIS. While we focus on using data created in AutoCAD, these same concepts and tools apply to Microstation DGN files as well. 
Intended Audience
This workshop is for anyone that needs to convert and integrate data created by engineers and surveyors using AutoCAD based software into their GIS using ArcGIS Desktop. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand differences between AutoCAD and its variants
  • Understand data formats and their differences

    • AutoCAD DWG & DXF
    • Shapefiles
    • Geodatabases
    • Microstation DGN
  • Simple tools for Converting CAD data to GIS in ArcGIS Desktop
  • Georeferencing CAD files
  • Common Problems encountered with working with CAD files
  • Exporting GIS to CAD

Speakers
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Nathaniel Keith

Mr. Keith is a senior GIS Support Engineer for eGIS Associates. He has over 12 years of experience with GIS, GPS and drafting applications. He is familiar with a variety of data models and methodologies for creating and maintaining tax parcels, zoning regulations, political jurisdictions... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Puget

8:30am

Working with LiDAR (FULL Day)
Intended Audience: Anyone who is currently working with lidar data, or those who would like to learn
about lidar data and its applications

Lidar, or light detection and ranging, provides a high resolution elevation dataset that offers exceptional value to hazards mapping, habitat management, forestry, urban growth and change, and utilities. With
an active lidar program at the state level, over 5,000 square miles of new lidar data has been collected
over the past two years with another 8,000+ square miles to be added by 2019. While this data has a
wealth of information, working with and managing these datasets can be challenging – especially when
it comes to utilizing lidar’s original and most informative format, the point cloud. This workshop will
explore the state’s newest lidar data collected in 2016 and 2017, take a look at potential applications,
and how to find and download data. The workshop will also introduce three software programs – Esri’s
ArcPro, QGIS, and Quick Terrain Modeler - that can be used to manage, analyze, and derive key lidar
products to make lidar data and information accessible to lidar novices and advanced users alike.

Speakers
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TJ Abbenhaus

Solution Engineer, ESRI
TJ Abbenhaus is a solution engineer on the State and Local Government team for Esri-Olympia.
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Abigail Gleason

LiDAR Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Abby Gleason is the Lidar Manager at the Department of Natural Resources Washington Geological Survey. Prior to joining DNR, Abby worked as a Photogrammetric Cartographer characterizing and reviewing terrain data. Abby holds a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems... Read More →
avatar for Caileigh Shoot

Caileigh Shoot

Graduate Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager, University of Washington Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory
Caileigh Shoot has been working with multiple remote sensing focused research projects that she has been involved in at the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Remote sensing and geospatial analysis in the School of Environmental and Forest... Read More →
MU

Michael Umansky

Director, Applied Imagery
Michael Umansky is the Director of Product Marketing for Applied Imagery, maker of the Quick Terrain Modeler LiDAR exploitation software. He currently is responsible for state, county, and civilian markets. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cedar

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

1:15pm

WGGL Interest Group (HALF Day)
All too often city and county GIS managers have to make decisions isolated from their peers. The purpose of this session is to break down those silos and better support our local GIS managers and leaders in their work goals. The Washington local Government GIS Leaders (WGGL) group has been created as a Special Interest Group (SIG) under the auspices of the Washington chapter of URISA (WAURISA). The WGGL group was formed to provide a forum specifically for GIS leaders in local government.

This half day session will have some presentations specifically geared towards issues GIS managers face.
We will start with a panel discussion: How is GIS being shared State to Local and Local to State
With 4 amazing panelists:
  • Connie Michener - Director of Government Affairs CIO office
  • Joanne Markert – WA State GIS Coordinator
  • Adam Wasserman – E911/Military
  • Kristina Swanson - Director of Operations for the Office of the Washington State Auditor
Afterwards presentations about WGGL opportunities and group discussions that will provide attendees time to give feedback about  the future of WGGL activities.

Intended Audience
GIS Supervisors (Managers, Coordinators, Directors, and Department Heads) working at City and County organizations in Washington State. If not part of the intended audience please check with the organizer before signing up at:  workshops@waurisa.org
.
WGGL Goals
Increase communication between local government GIS leaders;
Increase accessibility and sharing of management skills and knowledge;
Increase the representation of County and City GIS interests to state officials;
Increase opportunities to provide education/training for City and County GIS managers on roles,
responsibilities, and requirements of GIS departments


Speakers
avatar for Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg

GIS Analyst, WAURISA
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term growth... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:15pm - 5:00pm
Olympic

1:30pm

ArcGIS Pro For ArcMap Users (HALF Day)
Audience:  GIS users who have been using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog) and who
are considering, or ready to migrate to ArcGIS Pro

Objectives:Gain an understanding of the pros and cons of ArcGIS Pro vs. ArcMap
Make the transition from ArcMap to Pro easier, quicker, less scary and more fun

This workshop will present the pros and cons of transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. Aimed
at current ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) users, the workshop will compare and contrast ArcMap and
ArcGIS Pro in terms of:
● Projects:
  ○ .mxd files vs. .aprx files
● Data management:
  ○ ArcCatalog vs. Catalog View
  ○ Catalog Window vs. Catalog Pane
● User interface:
  ○ Toolbars / Windows / Views vs. Ribbon / Tabs / Panes
  ○ Data View / Layout View vs. Maps / Layouts
● Geoprocessing:
  ○ ArcToolbox vs. Geoprocessing Pane
  ○ ModelBuilder Window vs. ModelBuilder Pane
  ○ Results Window vs. Geoprocessing History
● Cartography:
  ○ Layout View vs. Layouts
  ○ Data Frames vs. Maps

In addition, we will go over the basic ArcGIS Pro operations, such as:
● Importing existing .mxd files into Pro
● Default geodatabase, toolbox and project file (.aprx)
● Licensing and extensions
● Folder connections
● Symbology
● Editing
● Tables (adding fields / calculating values)
And we’ll look at some of the new possibilities in terms of:
● Multiple layouts
● Layout elements / properties
● Tasks
● Exporting packages (maps, layers, projects, geoprocessing...)
● Data driven pages
And we’ll have a brief discussion / look at:
● 3D mapping (the majority of this workshop will be 2D)
● Python
● Interface with ArcGIS Online

Throughout the workshop new concepts and functionality will be highlighted, as well as things
that you may have been taking for granted that are no longer possible (with some work­around
options)... In other words, we’ll cover both the reasons why you might want to make the switch
to Pro and some of the reasons why you might not (yet). With an eye to the future, this will help
you determine if and when it makes sense to make (or begin) the transition to Pro and to help
you get started whenever you choose to do so.

Participants are welcome to bring a laptop with ArcGIS Pro installed (and a license checked out
so it can be used offline) but this is not necessary. This workshop will consist of examples,
demonstrations and discussion along with plenty of questions and answers. No ArcGIS Pro
experience is necessary but having looked at it a little is helpful.

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan

GIS Specialist / Adjunct Faculty / Assistant Director, The Spatial Institute, Western Washington University
Stefan has been teaching GIS and Cartography courses (using ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcMap and now ArcGIS Pro) for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Spatial Institute at WWU he worked for Terralogic GIS and the Whatcom County Planning Dept. as GIS Analyst. He also teaches workshops for... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
State

1:30pm

Deep Dive Survey123 for ArcGIS: (HALF Day)
Intended Audience: Any attendee who has previous experience with creating forms using Survey123 Connect, or who attended the “Introduction to Survey123 for ArcGIS” workshop.

This half-day, hands-on technical workshop provides an opportunity to deepen your Survey123 technical skills. Topics covered include
• Advanced XLSForms techniques for creating more complex forms
• Creating forms for sketching and annotating diagrams or photos
• Extracting and using location and photo EXIF information
• Creating print templates
• Creating surveys from existing feature services
• Editing of exiting features
• Integration of Survey123 with other ArcGIS apps, such as Collector for ArcGIS and Explorer for ArcGIS.

Prerequisites:
• Experience with creating forms using Survey123 Connect.
• Experience with Microsoft Excel.
• A computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, with Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet program and Survey123 Connect and Survey123 for ArcGIS installed. You can download Survey123 Connect and Survey123 for ArcGIS from https://doc.arcgis.com/en/survey123/download/
• A smartphone or tablet with the Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile application installed. You can download
Survey123 for ArcGIS from the iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Windows app stores.
• A login to an ArcGIS Online organizational account with Publisher rights. If you do not have access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account, you can create a free 21-day trial at https://www.arcgis.com/features/free-trial.html.
• One or more paper forms that you will use to create a digital smart form using Survey123.

Speakers
SC

Shane Clarke

Solution Engineer, Esri
Presenter Bio: 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... Read More →


Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Rainier

5:15pm

Welcome Evening Social
Join us at the Hotel RL Lobby as we welcome you to the 2018 WA GIS Conference! We will have appetizers and live music featuring the Speakeasy Jazz Cats in the hotel lobby from 5:15 – 7:30. Reconnect with old friends or meet new ones as you get settled in for 2 great days of conference.


Tuesday May 22, 2018 5:15pm - 7:30pm
Hotel Lobby
 
Wednesday, May 23
 

8:00am

Registration
Wednesday May 23, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Hotel Lobby

9:00am

Opening Plenary
Wednesday May 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom

10:30am

Map Production Using arcpy.mapping Python Module
Washington County Cartography, within Assessment and Taxation division, publish and maintain more than 2800 assessor maps. Maps are created in ArcMap and then exported to PDFs. Maps have different scales according to the taxlot density. In rural areas, the taxlots are large and few in number. Urban settings have just the opposite situation. The county maintains several map scales. In order to print the maps efficiently, a Data Driven Page mxd is set up to export maps. However, since there are element changes with map scale, arcpy.mapping module is used to move text elements to correctly display in each map scale, turn on the appropriate annotation layers, and define visibility of layers and features within layers. Arcpy.mapping also allows SDE version printing. This lightning talk will include sample of the python script and the script tool created in ArcMap and a demo of the tool in action.

Speakers
avatar for Binh Le

Binh Le

GIS Analyst, Washington County
Binh Le is a GIS Analyst for the Washington County Assessment and Taxation department in Oregon. He maintains an enterprise geodatabase with more than 200,000 taxlots and 2800+ assessor maps. He has a GIS certificate from San Francisco State University and a B.S in Biology from UCLA... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
Puget

10:30am

Using risk and physical condition to develop asset management strategy.
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.

The session will include case studies of cities within the United States using Cityworks© as their Asset Management System.

Speakers
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Brett Ruoti

Regional Sales Manager, CityWorks
Brett has been with Cityworks for 2+ years working with cities in the western US. Meeting weekly with 4-6 cities each week addressing needs of asset management at all levels. Brett has worked with multiple software companies providing implementation services and sales support for... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
Olympic

10:30am

Washington State: Harnessing the Power of Where
This is an exciting time to be a GIS professional. The opportunities to involve more people in 'harnessing the power of where' are growing exponentially with the tools we have available. This presentation will focus on the resources available from the Geospatial Program Office to assist with that growth as well as glimpses into the future possibilities for Washington State.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Markert

Joanne Markert

State GIS Coordinator, Office of the Chief Information Officer
Joanne Markert is the Washington State GIS Coordinator. She has over 20 years experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, including being a GIS instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She started her career... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
State

10:30am

Guidance for Web AppBuilder Widget Development
Esri’s Web AppBuilder supports the creation of web applications that can be extended using JavaScript widgets. In this rich instructional session, targeted at the beginner and intermediate level, guidance will be offered with respect to the creation, implementation and deployment of widgets, using as examples simple widgets, created from scratch during the session, and more complex examples developed for Polk County (Oregon) GIS and the City of Seattle Department of Transportation’s Bike and Pedestrian Safety Analysis project. Following an introduction to core widget concepts, further considerations will be addressed, including development and deployment strategies, useful tools and the direction of the Esri Web AppBuilder program. In keeping with the GISPD.com goal of supporting GIS professionals at all levels, the session is designed to be as helpful as possible while striking a balance between specific details and general concepts. The session was prepared with assistance from Eric McAvoy, GIS Programmer/Analyst II at Polk County, Oregon, whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

Speakers

Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Rainier

10:30am

NG911 Meeting (by invitation)
Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:30am - 1:00pm
Peninsula

10:45am

Electronic Field Forms and GIS: Options and Workflows (Vendor Technology Track)
Wondering how you can best leverage electronic field data collection with your GIS and other data? This session will demonstrate how FLO Analytics is implementing field forms and integrating them with GIS and non-GIS workflows, using Esri technology (Collector and Survey123) and Flowfinity. The presentation will describe some general approaches and lessons learned along the way, including data management considerations and decision points, options for extending and integrating systems, using additional tools such as ArcGIS Pro and SSMS, and the importance of testing.

Speakers
avatar for Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant Herbert has 14 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consortium member... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am
Puget

10:55am

Shifting into Overdrive: Running your GIS on all Cylinders
Geospatial technology growth has accelerated in recent years, and it’s branching out in new directions. Gone are the days when GIS was only used to store data, do analysis, and make maps. Modern GIS solutions provide for these essential capabilities of course, and now so much more! Organizations of all sizes and types are implementing GIS-supported technologies such as BI, UAVs, sensors, and AR. At the same time, more departments than ever require sophisticated spatial analytics to support decision-making. This presentation will take a road trip through nine modern “patterns” of GIS, explaining how each is implemented. We’ll rev you up with real examples to incorporate into your GIS program. Don’t be left behind – hop on the GIS super loop speedway for a journey into the modern capabilities of GIS.

Common Patterns of GIS use:
Mapping & Visualization
Data Management
Analytics
Field Mobility
Monitoring
Design & Planning
Decision Support
Constituent Engagement
Sharing & Collaboration

Speakers
SC

Shane Clarke

Solution Engineer, Esri
Presenter Bio: 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... Read More →
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Heather Glock

Account Manager, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
Heather Glock is an Account Manager for the Local Government team at Esri. Heather has over 18 years of experience in GIS, focusing primarily on city and county government. Heather will receive her Master in Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College in June 2018... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 10:55am - 11:30am
Olympic

11:15am

Moving your Enterprise GIS to the Cloud (AWS): Things to consider
This presentation will focus on planning an organizational approach to moving partially or completely your enterprise GIS into the cloud.
How does one prepare to do so? What are your main objectives or reasons driving this? How do you evaluate success? How do you explain and gather support for your initiative from your executives, colleagues, users?
I derive my experiences from a recent move to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for an esri based Enterprise GIS setup at RAMTeCH Software Solutions Inc. where I serve as a Senior GIS Systems Architect and the AWS administrator.
If as the GIS Manager or GIS Technical Lead, you are planning to move to the cloud (whether AWS or something else), please plan to attend and we can have a good discussion at the end of the talk.

Speakers
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Subu Swaminathan

Subu Swaminathan, GISP is a Senior GIS Systems Architect at RAMTeCH Software Solutions Inc. Subu has extensive experience with enterprise GIS deployments and ability to manage multiple application development projects that makes him an ideal fit for meeting the client’s needs. Subu... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am
Puget

11:15am

Shaping Washington’s Strategic Plan
The Washington Geographic Information Council’s purpose is to foster the advancement of Geospatial information and its use by federal, state, regional, local governments, tribal and private entities within and around Washington State. The WAGIC executive committee has been working on updating the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan and this presentation shares the thoughts and ideas around the proposed modifications. Join, listen, and contribute! Extra time is allotted for discussion.

Speakers
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Christina Kellum

Christina works as the IT GIS Manager for Washington Dept. of Ecology and is currently the Washington Geographic Information Council (WAGIC) chair. She’s been doing GIS for the last 15 years, and took on the GIS manager role and WAGIC chair last year. She enjoys skiing and camping... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
State

11:30am

Displaying theme layers and gathering usage information in an ArcGIS Web AppBuilder (WAB) app
Pierce County Spatial Services has developed a new public-facing web app, PublicGIS (https://matterhornwab.co.pierce.wa.us/publicgis) based on ArcGIS WAB.

One new function is that the app offers several themes. Each theme consists of a group of related layers that deliver a message such as crime information or land development considerations. Unlike layers in a table of contents (TOC), layers of a theme are added to the map on-the-fly when the user selects the theme. This allows us to efficiently manage many related layers without affecting categorized layers maintained in a specific order in the TOC.

To maintain GIS data efficiently, we need to gather information on usage, such as how many times layers and reports have been viewed. Each map navigation activity such as pan and zoom counts as a request of the map service, so using vendor-provided map service analytics does not provide a realistic measurement of use. We have found that Google Analytics (free version) can track both apps and events, which allows us to exclude map navigation activities. By selecting a time-period of interest in Google Analytics we generate a report of usage information. We also use Python to count how many reports have been downloaded.

Using these methods we are exploring how we would serve spatial information in response to current local events and gather valuable usage data to keep our GIS data and applications relevant and responsive.

Speakers
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Yunsik Choi

GIS Programmer, Pierce County IT
GIS Programmer/Engineer2 at Pierce County


Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Rainier

11:30am

Redesigning GIS Centric Websites with Usability in Mind
Making GIS data and software available to non-GIS users in an easy to use format. The Thurston County GeoData Center has recently implemented a new public facing website. This has been challenging due to the technically advanced concepts and our diverse customer base. To meet this challenge we have utilized usability research and concepts during our redesign process. This talk shares our process, lessons learned, our customer training, future plans and shows off our redesigned website.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Donovan

Crime Analyst, Thurston County Sheriff Office
Elizabeth Donovan- Crime Analyst for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. She has a degree in Criminal Justice and a GIS Certificate from UWT. She has over 5 years of experience working with GIS in county government and with the general public. | | Kenneth Clark- A lieutenant... Read More →
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Kelly Alfaro Haugen

GIS Analyst II, Thurston County GeoData
Kelly Alfaro Haugen is a GIS Analyst II for the Thurston County GeoData Center with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors working with GIS data, analysis, cartography and education. She works primarily with Public Health and Resource Stewardship Departments... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Olympic

12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday May 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

Delineating Stormwater System Catchments in a Deranged Urban Environment
Knowing where water comes from and goes to is essential for a stormwater utility. It can help trace and detect spills, educate citizens, prioritize maintenance and plan new projects. But how do you combine above and below-ground flow in an urban environment with streets, ponds, streams, and sinks? Come hear how the City of Olympia used LiDAR, our geometric network, and ArcHydro tools to approach the problem and where we want to go next.

Speakers
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Kira Nelson

City of Olympia


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:00pm - 1:15pm
State

1:00pm

Spatial Decision Support for Active Transportation planning in mid-sized cities
Abstract: In this presentation, the authors demonstrate an integrated process to evaluate proposals based on their impacts and costs and promote decisions informed by data and geospatial information. Active Transportation projects for cities/municipalities are the focus. We describe an approach developed by the Urban Transportation Center, and demonstrate how it can be applied to transportation projects to a mid sized city in the Puget Sound. We describe how the freely available Ecosystem Management Decision Support tool can be used to jump start the analysis in ArcMap, the data needed, and expertise required of a city. Finally we discuss the benefits and challenges of the approach for mid-size cities.

Speakers
PM

Philip Murphy

CEO, InfoHarvest Inc.
Philip Murphy founded InfoHarvest Inc, a decision consulting company in Seattle in 1995. He has been designing, building and consulting on spatial decision support systems for 15 years. His focus is on building applications that help groups of of people make knowledge-driven decisions... Read More →
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Christina Thomas

GIS Analyst, InfoHarvest inc
Christina Thomas is a GIS Analyst working for InfoHarvest Inc. in Seattle She is the lead GIS Analyst on projects ranging from planning support systems for cities to an online map system helping people discover which permits they need to fill out for their projects. What connects... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:10pm
Puget

1:00pm

GIS and NG9-1-1: Where We Are and Where We're Going
Washington State has moved from an Enhanced 911 to a Next Generation emergency call routing system (NextGen 911). Next Generation 911 is a location-based call routing system comprised of Emergency Services IP networks (ESInets). This system allows for a variety of call types (land line, cell phone, VOIP) and differing communication methods (voice, messaging, email, pictures and video) to transmit information to county 911 centers known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). With the implementation of NG 911, the Master Street Address Guide is replaced with multiple GIS layers, including: polygon layers for the three types of emergency services (fire, law, and emergency medicals service), a roads layer with address fields, and a polygon layer for the PSAPs in each county. In this new NG 911, when a caller dials 911 from a landline the road layer is used to assign the call a longitude, latitude, and a point-in-poly query is applied to determine the correct PSAP and emergency response agencies for the caller’s location.
This panel will discuss what exactly that means for GIS professionals in Washington State at a local and state level in addition to bringing in the perspective of our keynote speaker, Ty Wooten, who works at the federal level for NENA.

Speakers
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Ty Wooten, ENP

Education Director, NENA: The 9-1-1 Association
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Melissa Liebert

GIS Analyst, Comtech Telecommunications Corp
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Dan Miller

E911 GIS Manager, Washington Military Department
Dan has been with the Washington State E911 Program since March 2012. Prior to that, he worked for 5 years in Washington Military Dept. Facilities Management Office collecting and maintaining GIS data for Army National Guard installations around the state. Prior to this work, he spent... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rainier

1:00pm

Panel discussion: Promoting GIS in K-12 Education
Panel with three to five presenters, each speaking 8 – 10 minutes on:
o The value of promoting use of GIS in K-12 education
o Their experience promoting use of GIS in K-12 education
o Obstacles and opportunities for use of GIS in K-12 education
o Recommendations for actions that could be taken by individual GIS Professionals, government entities (jurisdictions, OSPI), Universities, and/or WA URISA

Followed by Panel Discussion (30 – 40 minutes) with questions from audience.

Speakers
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Katie Heim

GIS Manager, City of Arlington
Katie Heim is the GIS Manager at the City of Arlington in northern Snohomish County. She was the first GIS Analyst hired at the City and over the years has built the GIS department to serve the needs of all City staff and citizens. She is the co-chair of the Snohomish County GIS Users... Read More →
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Jenny Konwinski

IT Specialist, WA State Office of the CIO
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Cathy Walker

GIS Data Administrator/Analyst, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Olympic

1:15pm

Kitsap Public Health District Food Inspections Application
Kitsap Public Health District's Food program is responsible for inspecting 1260+ food establishments in Kitsap county. Inspection results were previously accessible by a text-based search system on the health district’s website. The health district decided to modernize the search system and create an intuitive and easy to use web mapping application. I will discuss about how I leveraged the ArcGIS online platform, Python and SQL to quickly create and deploy a responsive Food mapping application.

Speakers
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Anish Adhikari

GIS Developer, Kitsap Public Health District
I am a GIS Developer for Kitsap Public Health District. I have been with the health district for 2 years and have 3 years overall experience in GIS. I have a Master's degree in GIS from Arizona State University.


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:15pm - 1:30pm
State

1:30pm

Agricultural Land Use Mapping in WA - Using a combination of GIS desktop and mobile technologies
This presentation will look at and demonstrate the various GIS technologies used to obtain agricultural land use data in WA. These technologies integrate ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and mobile applications including Collector and Explorer. Each of these technologies provide a role in obtaining quality data in the most efficient manner possible. This data is published as GIS data and web maps/apps for consumption.

Speakers
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Perry Beale

Perry Beale is the Agricultural Land Use Mapping project manager for Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Perry has a strong agricultural and farming background with a BS in Agronomy from Washington State University. He developed and implemented the crop mapping program... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm
State

1:45pm

Esri Demographics, an overview
Demographic data brings insight to your maps and context to your analysis. Esri Demographics offers current demographic and socioeconomic characteristics down to the neighborhood level so that you can make the most informed decisions possible. In addition to annual demographic updates, Esri produces databases that track consumer behaviors and preferences. Esri Demographics also offers Tapestry, a geodemographic segmentation system that integrates consumer traits with residential characteristics to identify markets and classify US neighborhoods. Join me for a high-level overview of Esri Demographics; find out who we are, what we do, and how we can contribute to your goals.

Speakers
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Kyle R. Cassal

Chief Demographer, Esri
Kyle R. Cassal, Chief Demographer at Esri, is the lead developer for Esri’s Data Development team. His team is responsible for producing independent demographic and socioeconomic updates and forecasts for the United States. These data are leveraged across the Esri platform through... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm
State

2:00pm

Update to Washington Coordinate System
The Future of Washington State Plane Coordinates: Where did my monuments go and why?” Update to RCW 58.20 concerning the existing North and South Zones, and the addition of a new Statewide Lambert Zone.

How this all fits in with the National Geodetic Surveys proposed datum North American Terrestrial Reference Frame (NATRF2022). We will also cover the revision to the new vertical component and how gravity along with GPS were used to redefine the Geoid.

Speakers
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Patrick J. Beehler

PATRICK J. BEEHLER, P.L.S., CFedS | | Mr. Beehler has over 50 years of experience as a Land Surveyor, both in the public and the private sector. | | He began his surveying career in 1967 with the Department of Natural Resources on a survey crew retracing and restoring General... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
State

2:10pm

Using an expert system to determine the permits needed for a project based on its locations and nature
When planning a project to change your land, one of the most daunting questions is what permits will the work require? This systems uses a formal expert system to link the location of the project on a map, its type and features and its proximity to sensitive resources to generate a comprehensive list of federal and county permits that the work will require. The list includes the reasons why each permit is necessary and links to the permit itself. By using best available data for sensitive resources and jurisdiction boundaries, this online system can answer many difficult environmental resource questions for the project proposer. It also show cases the use of expert systems in delivering high value solutions for the general public that are easy to maintain. The talk will highlight the basic principles and demonstrate a prototype of the system for a subset of permit types in the Puget Sound.

Speakers
PM

Philip Murphy

CEO, InfoHarvest Inc.
Philip Murphy founded InfoHarvest Inc, a decision consulting company in Seattle in 1995. He has been designing, building and consulting on spatial decision support systems for 15 years. His focus is on building applications that help groups of of people make knowledge-driven decisions... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 2:10pm - 2:25pm
Puget

3:00pm

Lidar Program at the Washington Geological Survey
Lidar data has broad benefits for the range of applications it supports: from emergency management, hazards mapping, natural resources, and habitat restoration to urban development, agriculture and wildfire mitigation. In 2016, the Washington Geological Survey started a lidar collection program with hazards mapping as a primary motivation, but with the vast array of applications in mind, it began a wide-scale collection approach focused on consistency and quality. In order to provide this data to the public, the WGS also developed an online distribution portal, making lidar data and derivatives available for download. With the data from the first large-scale collection project delivered and posted to the portal, this talk will review the mapping and distribution approach and look at some examples of the recently complete dataset. There is a lot of the state yet to cover in order to have consistent data coverage, and the approach for future collections will also be discussed.

Speakers
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Abigail Gleason

LiDAR Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Abby Gleason is the Lidar Manager at the Department of Natural Resources Washington Geological Survey. Prior to joining DNR, Abby worked as a Photogrammetric Cartographer characterizing and reviewing terrain data. Abby holds a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
State

3:00pm

Making Insightful Data Relationships and Presentations
This presentation will focus on the usability, capability and functionality of using Insights for ArcGIS at the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). We will describe our processes for Insights workbook development including the data flow process from data location or database to final visualization. We will include examples from different business areas using Insights and how to incorporate your organization’s Portal information with your tabular data to produce more meaningful visualization. Our presentation will also include tips, tricks and lessons learned from using Insights.

Speakers
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Bryan Huebner

GIS Database Administrator, Washington Dept of Labor & Industries
Bryan is a Washington native, and avid angler, that enjoys everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Working in the GIS field has given Bryan a fervor for cartography, and aspirations to take mapping and data analysis beyond expectations.
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Winston McKenna

GIS Product Administrator, Washington Dept of Labor & Industries
Winston McKenna and Bryan Huebner are the GIS team at Washington's Department of Labor and Industries. They both enjoy data management, data visualization and 80's movies. When not working Bryan can be found searching for fish across western WA. Winston prefers to be in the ocean... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Olympic

3:00pm

Modern AVL/GPS Telematics Information System Provides Real Time Information to Support Operations
Problem: Where are my crews? What are they working on? Where is my closet crew? How long it take to complete that job/inspection? How can I reduce my fuel budget? When will this vehicle be ready for an oil change? These are just a few of the manty questions an AVL/GPS telematics technologies can help answer on a day today basis to support City and County mobile Operations Managers. Solution: GPS telematics technology supports our ability to see crew/vehicle locations in our Enterprise Asset/Work Management System (EAM/WMS) operation map with updates every two minutes” says Vince Guillet, GIS Manager. AVL/GPS telematics can provide all City/County Managers with a constant and consistent flow of real time data and metrics to support performance driven KPI’s. Whether your crews are inspecting signs, hydrants or plumbing or electrical work, etc., knowing where you crews are, what they are working on, how long have they been there and what have they accomplished are just a few of the many questions, critical to all operations, that a GPS telematics system can provide without the need of human input. AVL/GPS telematics is a machine2machine (M2M) or IoT technology. The Internet of Things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to connect and exchange data without requiring human-to-computer interaction. Set the business rules and collect a stream of consistent data! Attend to learn more about how AVL/GPS telematics technologies are beginning to support the Cities of Vancouver, Tumwater, Renton and King County with their day-to-day operations.

Speakers
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Terry Bartlett

Senior Account Manager, Marshall & Associates
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Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth Marshall is Founder and CEO of MarshallGIS. MarshallGIS is a nationally recognized WBE software and services company specializing in innovative location based solutions. Elizabeth has been a leading pioneer in providing location based systems to help streamline information... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Puget

3:00pm

Utilizing GIS for Law Enforcement Patrol Allocation
This is a case study of law enforcement utilizing GIS and 911 CAD data to illustrate challenges and opportunities for staffing and allocation of LE officers. This presentation will walk through the Thurston County Sheriff Office experience of utilizing the Police Allocation Model (PAM) and the GIS presentation of its findings.
We will walk you through: How we collected and transformed the tabular 911 data into spatial data. How the spatial data was then refined to create the inputs needed for PAM. How we answered the questions that PAM brought to light. Finally, preparing the results to be presented to a non-technical, budget and decision-making audience.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Donovan

Crime Analyst, Thurston County Sheriff Office
Elizabeth Donovan- Crime Analyst for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. She has a degree in Criminal Justice and a GIS Certificate from UWT. She has over 5 years of experience working with GIS in county government and with the general public. | | Kenneth Clark- A lieutenant... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Rainier

3:30pm

Mapping Affordability in Seattle: What a Year of Housing Sales Can Tell Us
We worked with the Sightline Institute to map every residential home sale in the City of Seattle over the 12 month period starting July 1st, 2016. By analyzing price differences between single-family and multi-family homes sold both citywide and within each of Seattle's 77 neighborhoods, we were able to show that single-family homes cost 42 percent more than multi-family homes. We used Carto to build an interactive web map showing the average sale price for single-family and multi-family homes by neighborhood, as well as every individual sale. We will explain how we used data from the King County Assessor to analyze and map the home sales, and provide a step-by-step explanation of how we imported our data to Carto, stylized the map, and added functionality and custom legends.

Speakers
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Matt Stevenson

Principal, CORE GIS
Matt Stevenson is Principal at CORE GIS where he specializes in cartography, spatial analysis, web mapping, and GIS project management. He works primarily with government agencies and non-profits focused on public policy, natural resources, and conservation.


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
State

3:30pm

How 3D Geospatial Technology helped Puget Sound Energy Save Trees and Upgrade Their Transmission System
For a power utility, powerlines and trees present a complicated dynamic when planning for upgrades. Federal fines for high voltage power outages caused by vegetation can be substantial and precautionary tree removal measures can upset the customers utilities seek to serve. When Puget Sound Energy sought to upgrade 18-miles of transmissions lines to meet increasing demand in the Seattle metropolitan area, it looked to The Watershed Company to use geospatial technology to model potential tree impacts. Using a combination of survey and field data, arboricultural inventory, and terrain modeling, the geospatial model allowed for a tree-by-tree case assessment to gauge potential impacts across multiple design scenarios and identify and resolve potential issues along the project’s path.

The Watershed Company’s multidisciplinary geospatial experts’ Amber Mikluscak and Amanda Jobmann share how Puget Sound Energy is using the latest geospatial technology to comprehensively account for regulatory requirements and homeowner needs along this large-scale project’s public and private property route. Attendees will learn how PSE and The Watershed Company are using field inventory and geospatial data to quantify and track tree and vegetation removal and mitigation across the project’s five jurisdictions and the lots of hundreds of individual property owners. The presentation will demonstrate how 3D mapping technology is enabling the project team to efficiently conduct analyses and calculations in the field and facilitate discussions with property owners at the parcel level.

Speakers
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Amanda Jobmann

GIS Specialist, The Watershed Company
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Amber Mikluscak

Senior Landscape Architect + GIS Manager, The Watershed Company
Amber Mikluscak, GISP, PLA is a licensed landscape architect and certified geospatial information professional with more than 12 years of private and public experience in natural resource management. Amber manages the landscape architecture and geospatial services departments at The... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Olympic

3:50pm

ArcGIS Pro - Does your computer have enough horsepower
ArcGIS Pro is Esri's newest desktop GIS application. It allows users to work with larger datasets, create 2D and 3D maps, and leverage modern computer hardware because if Its new 64 bit architecture. All of this comes with a price. ArcGIS Pro requires a lot more computing power to run smoothly. So does your computer have enough under the hood to run ArcGIS Pro? Learn what the requirements and recommendation are for running this new powerful application.

Speakers

Wednesday May 23, 2018 3:50pm - 4:30pm
Puget

4:00pm

GIS Needs Assessment Concepts: Understanding Your Needs Before You Begin
What are you doing? Why are you doing it? If you work in GIS - for a company, for a non-profit, or for a public agency - these are valid questions. How do you answer?
Hopefully your GIS program was conceived and initiated to meet some defined business goals for GIS. And the work that you do supports the individual objectives necessary to achieve those goals. Most, but not all, GIS program began after a GIS needs assessment and development plan was developed. Many GIS operations have gone ten or more years without a reassessment of its business needs. Needs change, technology changes, the business environment changes, and you change, as well. Proceed without a periodic updated plan at your own peril.
Unfortunately the term ‘GIS Needs Assessment’ has come to mean many different things. The term is not used consistently by academics, by consultants, and by GIS managers themselves.
This presentation will clarify the components and minimum process requirements of a valid and useful GIS needs assessment. It will clarify the many related concepts: swot analysis, strategic plan, implementation plan, business plan, ROI analysis, operating and maintenance plan, etc. It will provide guidance to help you decide what components would best serve the needs of your GIS program and its key stakeholders. It will help you decide if you doing your planning on a DIY basis, or call in professional help.
This presentation will also provide a checklist for you to build a scope for a GIS needs assessment by understanding your planning needs.
If you have a GIS needs assessment in place, you should be ready at any time to answer: This is what I’m doing and why. And this is the value that my GIS program and my work provides.

Speakers

Wednesday May 23, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Rainier

4:00pm

The League of Places: National and Global Comparables of your City, County, and State
A case study of Thurston County, WA will exhibit a methodology for finding and analyzing global and national comparables for any city, county, state, watershed, or sub region.

Outputs will guide a discussion on "best management practices" for ecological and public financial sustainability.

National datasets cover 30,000 municipalities; 3,000 counties; and
50 States and leverage the US Census of Governments Data

International datasets cover 75,000 global urban extents; 16,000 "county equivalents"; 4,600 "State equivalents", and 195 Nations and leverage NASA SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) data.


Speakers
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Greg Schundler

Founder, Wellsight Consulting
Greg Schundler works for Thurston County as a GIS Analyst III and through his own enterprise, Wellsight Consulting. He worked at Earth Economics in Tacoma, contributing spatial analysis and cartography to several natural capital valuation and outdoor recreation projects. He also co-founded... Read More →


Wednesday May 23, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
State

4:30pm

Exhibitor Social
Wednesday May 23, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

6:00pm

Tour of the Washington State Legislative Building
Be sure to sign up for a tour of the Washington State Legislative Building. The Legislative Building is home to the Washington State Legislature and the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. These private tours will be after the building has officially closed and will last approximately 50 minutes.

Tours will start at 6:00 and 6:30

Shuttles will depart at 5:45 and 6:15 for those who need it. Plenty of street parking is available for those that want to carpool.

Space is limited so please sign up early at the registration desk.


Wednesday May 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Offsite

6:30pm

Tour of the Washington State Legislative Building
Be sure to sign up for a tour of the Washington State Legislative Building. The Legislative Building is home to the Washington State Legislature and the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. These private tours will be after the building has officially closed and will last approximately 50 minutes.

Tours will start at 6:00 and 6:30

Shuttles will depart at 5:45 and 6:15 for those who need it. Plenty of street parking is available for those that want to carpool.

Space is limited so please sign up early at the registration desk.


Wednesday May 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Offsite

6:30pm

Conference Social
Wrap up a great first day of conference at the iconic Fish Tale Brew Pub in downtown Olympia. We provide the appetizers and you provide the great conversations. We have arranged for a couple shuttle rides back to the hotel at the end of the social for those that want to try the assortment of beer and ciders on tap.


Wednesday May 23, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Offsite
 
Thursday, May 24
 

8:00am

Registration
Thursday May 24, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Hotel Lobby

8:30am

Semi-automated, remote sensing based approach for updating the National Wetland Inventory in Washington State
In Washington State, the existing statewide wetland maps (National Wetland Inventory [NWI] maps) are out of date and inaccurate in many locations. These errors of omission have been recorded to be as high as 50% in some areas, and may be as high as 90% in some forested areas. Inaccuracies and errors of omission are due in part to the difficulty of photo-interpreting certain land cover types (e.g., forested wetlands, wetlands on slopes, and vernal pools), especially when using lower spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution imagery from the 1980s. Also, many wetlands on agricultural lands were not mapped. Recent development of a suite of new tools has shown an improvement in mapping efforts of wetlands, however, most studies were tested in more homogenous landscapes compared to the rugged and diverse terrain dominated by evergreen trees found in areas like Washington State. The objectives of our research was to 1.) Compare the accuracy of two high resolution remote sensing classification techniques; Random forest classification and rule based classification, integrating object based image analysis, Lidar-derived datasets, and hydrologic flow models in two areas representative of land use and ecological diversity of WA. 2.) Determine mapping and classification error among different wetland types, geographic areas, land uses, and ecological systems (incorporating ground-truthing) in the study areas.

This abstract is part of a land cover, wetland, and change mapping session which include the following 4 authors: Nate Herold, Meghan Halbisky, Ken Pierce, and Suzanne Shull.

Speakers
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Meghan Halabisky

Meghan is a landscape ecologist, conservation biologist, and remote sensing scientist with over 15 years experience working with geospatial tools. Her interests lie in understanding ecosystem dynamics and landscape change through the development and application of high-resolution... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Puget

8:30am

Getting outdoors - a look at the organizations providing recreation access in Washington State
Washington Hometown has developed a dataset of over 13,000 recreation resources in Washington State drawn from over 110 sources. Our data set includes an attribute database with over 100 fields and spatial data maintained as point, line and polygon shapefiles. We collect information on everything from the largest National Forests to the smallest pocket parks, regional trails stretching across counties to short trails through neighborhood parks, official boat launches and parks that happen to be on the water, as well as facilities such as campgrounds, wineries, museums and more. The information that we capture in our database includes who owns and manages each place and what facilities it has. In this talk, we will briefly discuss how the data set was developed as well as its strengths and weaknesses. We will then mine the data to analyze who provides recreation access and facilities in different parts of the state and at the distribution of these services. We will examine what regions of the state are most dependent on a single recreation provider and which have the most complex mix of recreation ownership. The talk will focus on three types of recreation resources: public recreation lands, public campgrounds, and places offering water access.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hackett

Owner, Washington Hometown
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... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Rainier

8:30am

University of Washington Tacoma Students’ Spatial Science Presentations
Research projects presented by current GIS Certificate and BA Urban Studies | GIS & Spatial Planning Majors. (5 Minutes Each)
Master of Science in Geospatial Technology students presenting Environmental GIS Course Group Projects (20 Minutes Each)
  1. Impacts of Crime on Youth Experience State by Augustine Canales, 2018 GIS Certificate Candidate at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Every person has different experiences. Experiences are impacted by the area that people live, so want to see how the catchment area surrounding Lincoln High school impacts students. For my research, I will be looking at how crime, vacant land, schools, parks, and streetlights impact students travel throughout their neighborhoods. My analysis will consist of indexing crime parks/school areas and streetlight to see the areas that might be used the most and creating a crime/vacant land index to see areas that are avoided. This information will be overlaid with pilot data to see the different impacts on student travel.
  2. Re-imaging Public Transit: Reconstructing Bus Service to Better Serve Pierce County, by Rafael Regan, 2018 GIS Certificate Candidate at the University of Washington-Tacoma. As the Puget Sound region continues to grow in population, Pierce County is seeing an influx of new residents who work both within the county as well as who commute up to points north in Seattle and South towards Olympia. Public transit has, and will continue, to play an integral role in how people move around the region. Focusing solely on Pierce County and specific parts which would benefit from newly introduced bus service provided by Pierce Transit, the analysis done aims to find efficient ways to feed commuters to transit centers and park and rides with direct service to points both north and south in King, Snohomish and Thurston counties. By analyzing targeted population groups within the county and current fixed route bus services, a better understanding can be had as to what communities are already supplemented with efficient commuter based service and what areas may be lacking. In using ArcMap to perform this analysis, a visual argument can be made for potential public transit expansion not based on politics, but on numbers and the people it aims to serve.
  3. Urban planning and the relationship between design and use of urban park spaces in Pierce County, Washington, by Bhagirath Bhatt, 2018 GIS Certificate Candidate at the University of Washington-Tacoma. Open spaces, such as public parks, in urban environments provide many advantages to its communities. GIS is a powerful apparatus in conducting spatial analysis and planning processes for urban regions which offers opportunities for data analysis of open space use. This analysis seeks to identify challenges that designers face in creating urban parks for contemporary use. How well do designers predict use of spaces they have created? How confident can they be that a place designed for certain types of activity and occupation will serve its users’ needs well? The outcome would be the creation and blueprint of shared metadata amongst the jurisdictions which would aid in making better use of the resources and would ensure that the future recreational areas are planned from a knowledgeable viewpoint. Data will aid in planning future recreational spaces in Pierce County.
  4. Adolescent Utilization of Public Space by Roger Hernandez, 2018 GIS Certificate Candidate at the University of Washington-Tacoma. Adolescents are often excluded and discouraged from using public spaces. Research by Owens (2002), has found that municipalities exclude adolescents from public spaces by design and by using public policies such as skateboarding, curfew and loitering ordinances that directly target teenagers. If teenagers have nowhere else to gather, where do they socialize? What alternatives do they consider? This research conducts geospatial predictive analysis around the Lincoln High School catchment area in Tacoma, Washington, to predict where teenagers turn to for gathering places. It concludes that adolescents prefer both traditional and unorthodox convenient spaces away from the supervision and scrutiny of adults (Kelly, 1974).
  5. Mount Rainier & Puyallup River Earthquake Hazard, by Ryan Mitchel. If Mount Rainier were to erupt, lahars would pose the largest threat. Lahars are composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water. The largest will the one formed by the Puyallup River. About 80,000 people are at risk, and that number will only increase thanks to the economic prosperity the region is currently seeing. Key infrastructure such as major highways, utilities, economically important businesses, hydroelectric dams, and major seaports are also in danger. This project looks at those that would be hardest hit, economically. Hopefully this model can be used to model other natural disasters.
  6. Accessibility of Dog Parks in Kitsap County: an analysis of population density, current off-leash dog parks, and possible future sites by Katrina Harris 2018 GIS Certificate Candidate at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Kitsap County has experienced a significant population increase over the past 15 years, potentially creating areas of off-leash dog park inaccessibility. This analysis looks to locate areas of high population density and low accessibility to off-leash parks within Kitsap County. Within these areas of off-leash park inaccessibility, school grounds and dog prohibited parks will be analyzed for potential misuse. Current dog prohibited parks within these areas will be analyzed for expansion to include an off-leash dog park, thus eliminating the public safety issues created by improper use of school grounds and dog prohibited parks.
  7. Data Modeling: ASARCO’s Toxic Footprint, by Kevin Bogue, Janelle Kueck, Matt Sayler and Nathaniel Wiseness, 2018 MS Candidates at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Decades after the shutdown and demolition of Tacoma’s ASARCO copper smelter, remediation efforts remain underway to remove surface soil contaminated with lead and arsenic (by-products of the copper smelting process). These heavy metals have been proven to be carcinogenic, and without intervention, will persist in the 1000 square miles of soil surrounding the stack for decades to come. Determining and predicting which sites are likely to have concerning concentrations is of great importance to the overall success of the remediation project. These determinations are arrived at through data modeling. Using historical soil sample data and previous model results, different data models have been applied and compared.
  8. Inside and Out: Examining the Impact of the Tacoma Smelter Plume Cleanup on Social, Economic, and Environmental Health, by Corrine Armistead, Fikadu Balcha, Floyd Bull, and Austin Jennings, 2018 MS Candidates at the University of Washington, Tacoma. The Tacoma Smelter Plume cleanup effort has had wide-reaching impacts on Pierce County. Thousands of properties have been remediated, to the tune of nearly $130 million dollars. But, 25 years after cleanup began, how have these investments impacted the social and economic health of the region? In this project, we examine the trends in data for three defined regions with varying levels of cleanup investment. We also highlight areas which may still be at risk and offer cost estimates of site remediation. We compare socioeconomic metrics from each of the three cleanup areas using maps and an interactive data dashboard. These outputs can be used by decision-makers and local residents to explore the costs, benefits, and feasibility of expanding cleanup investment into areas that might otherwise remain contaminated. They also provide educational resources for residents to better understand the risk and extent of contamination in their community.

Speakers
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Gregory Lund

Lecturer, University of Washington, Tacoma
Lecturer at the University of Washington, Tacoma in the Urban Studies Department. | Teach: | GIS 311 - Intro to GIS and Maps | GIS 312 - Intermediate concepts in GIS | GIS 414 - Advanced concepts in GIS


Thursday May 24, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Olympic

8:30am

UAS in the Public Sector of Washington State: Developing and Running government programs
The development of UAS (Drone) programs in Washington state government has had a rocky start. Agencies are leery of the public perception of UAS and with somewhat tricky regulations the majority of programs have either been halted or put on hold. Recently we are seeing more UAS programs evolving in Washington State. This panel session brings together three experts to share their experience and expertise of UAS regulations and best practices for use and development. The focus of the discussion will be UAS programs in the Public Sector but will cover a variety of topics.

Moderators
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Joshua Greenberg

GIS Analyst, WAURISA
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term growth... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul Haugen

City of Auburn
(More details to follow soon) | Paul Haugan – City of Auburn UAV program. Lessons learned | Alex Alben – WATECH “Washington State Policy Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft Systems” | Michael Dement-Myers - FAA – Regulations from FAA and how to follow the rules.


Thursday May 24, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
State

8:45am

High Resolution Coastal Land Cover Mapping
Understanding land cover patterns and their changes is essential to comprehensive natural resource management, land use planning, and conservation efforts. ​​This data provides information for inventory and assessment activities, tracking progress of management goals or policies, and monitor ongoing change. Through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has been producing standardized, accurate land cover and change information in the coastal U.S. for over two decades. While the bulk of this data has been focused regionally (using 30-meter Landsat imagery), recent increases in the availability of high resolution imagery and lidar along with improvements in processing capabilities are enabling more cost-effective production of high resolution land cover products. Such detailed information will provide more precise regional information and support more local, or site specific applications.

This presentation will be focused on NOAA efforts to establish operational high resolution land cover products nationally, and on pilot results specific to Washington’s Puget Sound. We will showcase examples of recently completed products (in Snohomish, Island, and San Juan Counties), discuss techniques utilized in their production, accuracy assessment results, information related to cost, schedules for additional production areas, and possible partnership opportunities.

This abstract is part of a land cover, wetland, and change mapping session which include the following 4 authors: Nate Herold, Meghan Halbisky, Ken Pierce, and Suzanne Shull.

Speakers
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Nate Herold

Nate Herold is a Physical Scientist with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. He leads NOAA land cover mapping activities through the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). He has been with NOAA for 14 years. He has a bachelors in Soil Science from the Pennsylvania State University... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Puget

9:00am

Terrestrial Change in the Coastal management Zone in Puget Sound 2006-2013
High resolution change detection using 1-m aerial imagery was used to assess shoreline changes involving tree canopy removal and new impervious surfaces along the 4,000 km of Puget Sound shoreline. The Shoreline Management Act of 1971 designates shorelands as the area within 200’ of the ordinary high water mark. This study reviewed 2,950 mapped change locations which were within or crossed the 200’ line with regard to the change within the 200’ line. These changes were compared to those within the 200’-400’ and 400’-600’ bands. This study assessed area, canopy loss, impervious surface gains and change due to natural processes, principally landslides along the shore. Results and data access will be provided.

This abstract is part of a land cover, wetland, and change mapping session which include the following 4 authors: Nate Herold, Meghan Halbisky, Ken Pierce, and Suzanne Shull.

Speakers
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Kenneth Pierce

Dr. Pierce has 21 years of experience conducting spatial analyses in terrestrial and aquatic systems. His experience includes high resolution change detection, analysis of land-use trends, forest fuels mapping, spatial analysis of stream networks and mapping topographic radiation... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am
Puget

9:00am

Public Crowd Sourcing Using Explore for ArcGIS and Survey 123 for ArcGIS
People love to get out in the woods and explore but are often intimidated by complex trail and logging road networks and sometimes fear getting lost. ArcGIS mobile map packages downloaded using Explorer for ArcGIS allow anyone to identify their exact location relative to features in a published map. These maps can be used both connected and disconnected. Explorer for ArcGIS can be integrated with Survey123 for ArcGIS which allows users to report information about the features in a map (e.g., fallen tree, illegal trash dump, blocked culvert). The theme of the discussion will focus on trail maintenance scenarios but these concepts can be easily extended to almost any other field of interest. You will learn all the steps necessary to build a mobile map package, consume it using Explorer for ArcGIS, and interact with features to report issues using Survey123. If you can, download the apps ahead of time and bring your mobile devices. There just might be a survey or two for you to play with!

*** This is submitted as a 60 minute talk

Speakers
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Jeff Barrette

Jeff Barrette – Esri Software development: ArcGIS Desktop Layout and Python Map Automation. Outdoor enthusiast and data collector. | Scott Moore – Solution Engineer, State Government Team
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Scott Moore

Solutions Engineer, ESRI
Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri 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... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Rainier

9:15am

Assessing Tidal Marsh Resilience at the Landscape Scale
Using current marsh condition, vulnerability to sea level rise, and potential for adaptation metrics derived from a combination of Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) data and other national datasets this project is developing a protocol to assess tidal marsh resilience at the landscape scale. The protocol will support standardized comparisons of marsh conditions over large areas (HUC 12 scale) with broadly similar land use, land cover, and hydrology characteristics, along the coasts and within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Used in tandem with other NERRS-based marsh assessment tools, it can provide an integrated continuum of assessment to inform efforts to study, restore, or protect tidal marshes at the local, state, regional and national scale.

Tidal marshes are under significant pressure from sea level rise and development. There is an urgent need to evaluate marsh resilience to such pressures in order to inform relevant research, monitoring programs, restoration projects, and marsh management plans. However, there are few tools to support “apples to apples” comparisons of marsh conditions across large geographic areas. By using nationally standardized data sets that look at current and future conditions, this protocol provides a mechanism to compare marshes in different places in a systematic way that is not possible with variable, site-specific data. It incorporates information about surrounding land conditions, making it a useful tool for screening large areas for marshes with particular characteristics, targeting fieldwork, and strengthening experimental design. Because the protocol’s metrics take future conditions into consideration, it can be used for marsh restoration and migration planning. It is particularly valuable for assessing marshes that are difficult to access or infrequently visited.

This abstract is part of a land cover, wetland, and change mapping session which include the following 4 authors: Nate Herold, Meghan Halbisky, Ken Pierce, and Suzanne Shull.

Speakers
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Suzanne Shull

GIS Specialist, WA Dept of Ecology
Suzanne Shull is with the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Suzanne has been using GIS and remote sensing to map and track changes in the intertidal habitats of Padilla Bay since 1997. She has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am
Puget

9:30am

NOAA’s How to Map Open Space for Community Rating System Credit
Preserving open space within floodplains helps protect residents, businesses, and infrastructure from floodwaters and allows communities to return quickly to normal after flooding occurs. Under FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS), it can also help flood insurance policyholders earn discounts on their insurance premiums. However, many communities lack the resources needed to identify eligible preserved open space and document their potential CRS credit. The How to Map Open Space for Community Rating System Credit and companion GIS Workflow and Mapping Guide were recently developed by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) to help coastal and riverine communities with varying levels of GIS capacity identify and earn credit for preserved open space under the CRS Activity 420 (Open Space Preservation). This presentation will introduce the new online products and step-by-step guidance for mapping and calculating eligible preserved open space credit within a community’s regulatory floodplain using GIS software and data. Tips on where to find relevant national and regional spatial data to conduct the parcel-scale analysis, and ways to identify areas that could earn a community additional credit if preserved in future will be discussed. The talk will also highlight how NOAA OCM is working with its partners and communities at the city and county level to improve the products and lower barriers to success in the CRS program.

Speakers
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Melissa Rosa

Geospatial Specialist, The Baldwin Group at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management
Melissa Rosa is a Geospatial Specialist with over 10 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing applications in natural resource management, conservation and climate adaptation planning. At the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, she develops geospatial products and provides technical... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Puget

9:45am

CRAB GIS-Mo
GIS-Mo will replace the County Road Administration Board's (CRAB) nearly fifteen-year-old, in-house developed, Mobility© software with a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) software solution. GIS-Mo will provide the 39 Washington State counties an affordable, state-of-the-art, asset management system, which facilitates the preservation and enhancement of our transportation infrastructure. GIS-Mo will promote collaboration and efficiency by incorporating geospatial data, supporting mobile devices, with or without, an internet connection, and integrating with systems at the local, state, and federal level. GIS-Mo is the next evolution of CRAB technology, assisting county road departments in providing safe and efficient movement of people and goods over county roads.

Speakers
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Eric Hagenlock

Originally as a software developer, and now the Information Services Division Manager, working with CRAB, Washington County Public Works, and various other partner organizations for more than 13 years in the areas of IT, county roads, and asset management.


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:45am - 10:00am
Puget

10:30am

ArcGIS Online Open Data: Implementing an Open Data Strategy
Washington State has two levels of Open Data sites – 1) a centralized ArcGIS Open Data site that aggregates data from other agencies and 2) agency specific Open Data sites. This presentation will cover both perspectives. It will include an overview of Open Data and why it is important for public agencies to provide their readily available data in an open format, as well as some best practices for: site configuration, preparing data for publication, metadata, tagging recommendations, item thumbnail standards, and access/use constraints. This session will be rich with tips (pitfalls to avoid), tricks (clever workarounds to those tricky pitfalls) and best practices.

Speakers
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Julie Jackson

GIS Mapping, Training and Support Supervisor, WSDOT
Julie Jackson, is the Washington State Department of Transportation’s GIS Mapping, Training and Support Supervisor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Evergreen State College and a Master’s in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Julie... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Markert

Joanne Markert

State GIS Coordinator, Office of the Chief Information Officer
Joanne Markert is the Washington State GIS Coordinator. She has over 20 years experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, including being a GIS instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She started her career... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Puget

10:30am

GIS for Managers – The Seven Elements of a Successful Enterprise GIS
It takes more than technology for an enterprise GIS to be successful. It requires business and IT management skills. This session will review the seven elements of a successful enterprise GIS and provide strategies how GIS Managers can implement them. The seven elements are:
• Vision and Leadership
• Understand how GIS can contribute to your organization’s success
• Develop and maintain a GIS Strategic Plan
• Implement effective governance
• Implement evolutionary approaches (change management)
• Deploy engaging apps
• Recruit, develop and maintain good staff

**This is submitted as a 60 minute talk.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Carnow

Adam Carnow

Community Evangelist, Esri
Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
State

10:30am

10:30am

Ethical Dilemmas for the GIS Analyst
This is an open session to discuss ethical dilemmas and awareness of ethics in the GIS community. As GIS professionals what is our responsibility to behave ethically? How do we in the GIS profession ensure that ethics and the ethical use of data is understood, promoted, and supported? Are there gaps? If so, how should we address them to fill the void?

Speakers
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Scott Carte

GIS Coordinator, Thurston Regional Planning Council
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Elizabeth Donovan

Crime Analyst, Thurston County Sheriff Office
Elizabeth Donovan- Crime Analyst for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. She has a degree in Criminal Justice and a GIS Certificate from UWT. She has over 5 years of experience working with GIS in county government and with the general public. | | Kenneth Clark- A lieutenant... Read More →
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Kelly Alfaro Haugen

GIS Analyst II, Thurston County GeoData
Kelly Alfaro Haugen is a GIS Analyst II for the Thurston County GeoData Center with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors working with GIS data, analysis, cartography and education. She works primarily with Public Health and Resource Stewardship Departments... Read More →
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Janene Michaelis

GIS Analyst, Thurston County
avatar for Gary Montgomery

Gary Montgomery

GIS Coordinator, City of Lacey
Drones, photogrammetry, autonomous vehicles, fiction, tattoos, cartography, design, futurism, municipal government, enterprise GIS, motorcycles
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Sarah Smith

GIS Analyst II, Thurston GeoData Center
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Cathy Walker

GIS Data Administrator/Analyst, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Thursday May 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Rainier

11:00am

Creating and using the WA DNR GIS Open Data Site
ESRI Open Data sites are becoming common for organizations to share their Geographic information Systems (GIS) data with other organizations and the public. This presentation will describe how the Washington Department of Natural Resources set up their site at
http://data-wadnr.opendata.arcgis.com/ and how you can download data stored on the site.
For cities, towns, counties, or the public who need Washington State data from the Department of Natural Resources, the presentation will show how to download GIS data from a hosted feature services for a specific area of interest. The WA DNR GIS Open Data site also has links to Web Applications that display maps for anywhere in the State. Maps for specific areas can be printed from these applications.
For GIS Developers planning to set up their own Open Data site, part of the presentation will describe how the site was built. It uses services from ArcGIS Enterprise running Portal and ArcGIS Server 10.5.1. ArcGIS Online Items and Groups to link the services to the categories in DNR GIS Open Data Site. A python script runs periodically to update File Geodatabases that are also available for download.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Holden

Jeffrey Holden

Geographic Information Systems Developer, Washington Department of Natural Resources
Jeffrey Holden is a GIS Developer for Washington Department of Natural Resources GIS Team. Last May he led the implementation of the WA DNR GIS Open Data Site. Recently the DNR has upgraded their services to use ArcGIS 10.5.1 and Portal. Services are used for the WA DNR GIS Open Data... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Puget

11:20am

Building a Portal for GIS Maps/Apps/Data with ArcGIS Hub & Open Data
The City of Tacoma is undergoing a transformation of making GIS data and applications available to staff and the public. Inspired by other communities’ GeoHub concept, Tacoma has begun the task of developing a one stop ‘portal’ that can direct users to the right public maps, applications and data to be able to answer spatial questions.

This presentation will describe the process Tacoma has used to build this portal, including a discussion of the tools used (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Hub) as well as some of challenges associated with trying to replace a popular, but aging govME infrastructure.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Schunzel

Steve Schunzel

GIS Technical Lead, City of Tacoma
Steve Schunzel is the GIS Technical Lead for the City of Tacoma. He has worked in the GIS field for over 20 years, the last 5 with the city.


Thursday May 24, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am
Puget

11:30am

A Proposed Municipal GIS Implementation Maturity Model
This presentation will outline a new proposed Municipal GIS Implementation Maturity Model.
There has been considerable work done in modeling GIS operations for cities, counties, regional agencies, and other municipal type governments. Some models focus on the GIS operation and its staff, users, capabilities and processes. Other GIS models focus on the overall developmental stage of a municipal GIS, with maturity stages that typically range from initial exploration, to individual adopters, department focused adoption, to an enterprise wide GIS.
However, for GIS managers and the agencies that employ them, to understand the potential for GIS implementation within their organization a new model is needed to analyze adoption and use of GIS within typical municipal business units.
Municipal governments vary considerably in their organizational structure. Within the United States, city and county responsibilities are usually defined by state constitutions, individual charters, and the specific business case for the jurisdiction. Within other countries, national and/or provincial law defines a range of local government agency responsibilities. For every local government agency, other factors influence their organizational structure, including geographic factors, economy, demographics, etc.
The proposed model will allow local government agencies and their GIS management to identify areas where GIS is underutilized within their jurisdiction. The model will be customizable, so this it is both relevant to the specifics of the jurisdiction, while allowing peer-agency comparison. It will facilitate data and information sharing between agency GIS managers to help leverage existing GIS resources and increase GIS value and ROI. The model will help the GIS industry focus on underserved municipal business functions. And it will help the academic community focus research and training for both GIS professionals and GIS end-users.

Speakers

Thursday May 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
State

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday May 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom

12:30pm

WAURISA Member Meeting
Thursday May 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

1:30pm

Building the Data Pillager
A lightning talk discussing best practices and development lessons learned from building a python tool to download data from Esri REST services. Starting with a simple script, the tool has grown to add functionality and handle edge cases as well as improve performance, and this journey provides some valuable development lessons. Using only standard ArcMap supplied libraries, it will cover techniques such as accessing URLs and consuming JSON, authentication and tokens, and using arcpy cursors. The Data Pillager tool and source code are available via GitHub under an MIT license.

Speakers
avatar for Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant Herbert has 14 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consortium member... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm
State

1:30pm

Routine Coliform Sampling with ArcGIS Collector
The Silver Lake Water and Sewer District has started collecting routine water quality samples using ArcGIS Collector and a Bluetooth connected barcode reader. Field staff locate sample locations and enter sample details on their Android phone using Collector. For speed and accuracy a barcode reader that is connected to the phone with Bluetooth is used to scan sample barcodes. At the end of each day, an automated FME process runs that exports that day’s sample data into the CSV data format expected by the sampling lab. Staff then reviews the CSV file and emails it to the lab. We are working on automating additional water quality sampling processes.

Speakers
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Chad Phelan

Technical Services Manager, Silver Lake Water and Sewer District
Chad Phelan is the Technical Services Manager at Silver Lake Water and Sewer District.


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Rainier

1:30pm

OpenStreetMap in Your Community
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free and editable map of the world. It is a prime example of the powers of volunteered geographic information. It was started by Steve Coast in the UK in 2004. With over 4 million users, and a million contributors, OpenStreetMap now covers the world.

2010 was a major milestone in OpenStreetMap’s history. The Haiti earthquake in 2010 was the catalyst for the incorporation of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) immediately after the disaster. Since then HOT has been involved in numerous natural disasters throughout the world. Later Missing Maps, a partnership with the American Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and others, formed to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world.

This talk will look at the history, where it is being used, how to contribute, and how you can use it. We will look at how OSM uses open data to improve OSM and how you can use OSM to improve your maps. OSM is also a place where people can explore their interests which include accessibility, hiking, cycling, trains, and even high voltage power lines.

Speakers

Thursday May 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Puget

1:30pm

1:45pm

Publishing Parcel Reports Using SQL Server and Geocortex Report Designer
Customized parcel reports are being created using a nightly SQL Server process to create a database table with dozens of fields to be made available to the report. These parcel reports are configured in Geocortex Report Designer and generated in a Geocortex Viewer application; however this workflow allows for additional reporting to be done in SQL Server Reporting Services if desired. Separate reports are created for different departments to attach to permit applications. Using this purpose alone it is estimated attaching parcel reports to permit applications has saved front office staff 5 hours a week (5 min per permit for an estimated 60 permits submitted a week). These parcel reports give staff an indicator of critical areas to be aware of, standardize the way multiple staff keeps notes on environmental factors and provide basic parcel information required for processing permits.

Speakers
avatar for Becca Blackman

Becca Blackman

GIS Coordinator/Administrator, Island County
Becca Blackman is the GIS Coordinator/Administrator for Island County. Becca has worked at Island County for 10 years, most recently as the GIS Coordinator/Administrator in Public Works. She earned her BA in Geography at Western Washington University in 2007, her Master’s in Geographical... Read More →



Thursday May 24, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Rainier

1:45pm

Small Unmanned Aerial System - How are drones used in our industry? Just another tool in the toolbox?
What are drones and how are they used in our industry? How does this drone technology integrates with GIS field? What do you need to know about policy, rules, and regulations for drone use? Come to learn all about the benefits and requirements for this new technology.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Keum

Peter Keum

GIS Specialist- Senior, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Peter Keum has worked for King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) GIS for over 20 years and has been an Esri user for all those years. He has been a huge open source GIS enthusiast who lives in Seattle, WA. He is a member of CUGSO (Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:45pm - 2:25pm
State

2:00pm

Tableau Mapping Capabilities
Organizations may be tempted to cut costs by using Tableau as their primary mapping software. The presenter will give a brief overview of Tableau data visualization software, discuss the pros and cons of creating geographic analyses in Tableau, weigh the benefits and drawbacks of presenting geographic analyses in Tableau, and discuss the integration of geographic analyses into Tableau data dashboards.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Saul

Robert Saul

Consultant, EMI Consulting
Robert Saul, a Consultant at EMI Consulting, specializes in demand-side management energy program evaluation, market research, geographic analysis, and large-scale data analysis. Mr. Saul has worked with utility clients across the country and helped pioneer new methods for estimating... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Puget

2:15pm

Make it Interactive - Next Level ADA Transition Plans using WebGIS
Want to track your ADA self-assessment data collection? Do you need to visually communicate data to those who don’t use GIS regularly? Is there a need for more public involvement for your ADA Transition Plan? Instead of using traditional paper maps or PDFs, use WebGIS. In this session, I will show you what you can create to show and track all ADA self-assessment and Transition Plan data using ESRI WebGIS. This includes everything from data collection through analysis to improvement tracking.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Sisco

Bob Sisco

GIS Specialist / Technical Advisor, Transpo Group
Bob brings over 20 years of experience in computer technology with 13 years in GIS/Civil Engineering. Served as both a consultant and a public agency employee, he offers a unique understanding of client needs. He specializes in multiple platforms in both GIS and CAD software environments... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Puget

2:15pm

Tips & Tricks for passing certification exams
A 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.

Speakers

Thursday May 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Rainier

2:25pm

LEAN basics for managers/supervisors
All governments are being asked to do more with less. With slashed budgets, reduced staff and eliminated programs, government employees are still expected to deliver required services in a timely, accurate and customer-focused manner. Lean performance improvement strategies can help governments deliver services to citizens more effectively by reducing variation, waste and delays in complicated processes. These strategies are common in business and industry, but often new to government organizations. Debra Hentz, the Lean Specialist in the Performance Center at the Washington State Auditor’s Office, will share her knowledge and insights into how Lean strategies can be applied to improving government services and how your organization can get started or continue being a Lean operation. This short presentation is targeted to leaders, managers and supervisors who want to understand the basics of Lean culture, methods and tools. Also, you will have the opportunity to learn about the free Performance Center Lean services provided to Local Governments in Washington State.

Speakers
DH

Debra Henz

Debra is the Lean Specialist for the Local Government Performance Center within the State Auditor’s Office specializing in Lean Academy training and facilitation. | | Prior to joining the State Auditor’s Office in January 2014, Debra spent 5 years with Clark College Student... Read More →


Thursday May 24, 2018 2:25pm - 2:55pm
State

3:15pm

Closing Plenary
Thursday May 24, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom