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Wednesday, May 17 • 11:30am - 11:45am
Lessons Learned Designing a Wetland Mobile Tool

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Maki Dalzell will be presenting on a process of creating, deploying, and maintaining FEN: an enterprise-level mobile and web application for use by wetland scientists across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 8 North American divisions. Designed specifically around regional guidance for site vegetation, soil, and hydrology, this custom application was taken from idea to implementation by our GIS development team. 
Fen runs on Apple iPads and utilizes the Esri Runtime Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS to provide mapping capability and integration with the geodatabase schema established for wetland determinations. Fen works in a disconnected environment without the need for 4G/LTE cellular data connection. GPS location data is captured either from the iPad’s internal GPS or via a Bluetooth connected sub-meter GPS unit. Photos taken with the iPad are directly related to data in the app. Data is stored on the device throughout the workday. Once field personnel return to the office in the evening an initial quality control check is performed using tools integrated into the application. Data is then is uploaded directly to our database server, using Esri’s ArcGIS for Server technology. The data is made available via a secured web site. The web app serves as the central hub for tracking project status, performing QC reviews, reporting and generating project outputs.
The web app also includes additional project management and configuration capabilities. Wetland task leads define project settings in the web app, which are then reflected on the mobile device. These features include the ability to create a new project, define USACE regions, assign field users and customize plant lists.

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Maki Dalzell

Environmental Scientist, HDR
Maki Dalzell is an environmental scientist with experience in wetland and stream delineation, and vegetation monitoring, as well as expertise in GIS analysis. As a wetland scientist, Maki has worked on wetland and stream delineation, functional assessment, mitigation projects in... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:30am - 11:45am
Room 315

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