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Wednesday, May 23


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.


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 →

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


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.


Ty Wooten, ENP

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

GIS Analyst, Comtech Telecommunications Inc
Melissa Liebert is a GIS Analyst for Comtech Telecommunication Corp. Before moving to the private sector, Melissa was chair of the Washington State NG 9-1-1 GIS Subcommittee and was involved in developing NENA documents including NG GIS Data Stewardship, Standards for the Provisioning... Read More →
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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


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.

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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 →

Jenny Konwinski

IT Specialist, WA State Office of the CIO

Cathy Walker

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

Wednesday May 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Thursday, May 24


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.

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Joshua Greenberg

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 →


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


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?


Scott Carte

GIS Coordinator, Thurston Regional Planning Council

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 with... Read More →

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 →

Janene Michaelis

GIS Analyst, Thurston County
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Gary Montgomery

GIS Coordinator, City of Lacey
I'm the GIS Coordinator for Lacey, WA, a rapidly growing city of 50,000+ just east of Olympia, WA. I earned my MGIS from Penn State in 2012, and have been messing around with GIS since my first undergrad Remote Sensing/ArcView 3.x classes 20 years ago.

Sarah Smith

GIS Analyst II, Thurston GeoData Center

Cathy Walker

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

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