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Wednesday, May 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
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  1. Husky Lines Mobile App: Adapting transportation studies to our changing technologies. The Husky Lines research project took a mixed methods approach to identifying barriers to public transit usage for the student population of the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington. The Husky Lines Mobile App was created as a part of that research project to look at ways mobile technology can be used to support transportation studies. This mobile app taps into built-in sensors to estimate a user’s mode of transportation and is augmented with a traditional travel diary to first capture a user’s mode of transportation and then compare it to a self-reported diary.  This research explores one way that mobile technology can be used to enhance traditional transportation surveys as well as the potential uses of data derived from mobile applications in academic research.
  2. Web GIS and the PACE Pea Patch. PACE Engineers, Inc. (PACE) is committed to reducing our firm’s impact on the environment and encouraging employees to live healthy, active lives. In keeping with these values, PACE joined the City of Kirkland’s Community Gardening program in 2016. We adopted a Pea Patch plot and sowed an organic flower and vegetable garden. The garden was so successful, providing organic produce for three office-wide lunches, PACE is sponsoring a plot again in 2017. In this presentation, PACE introduces its web GIS solution for tracking the growth and health of our 2017 Pea Patch. We will showcase a data-collection web application for use on tablets and mobile devices. The easy-to-use app populates an ESRI ArcGIS Online hosted feature service. Data in the feature service is fed into two map services. The first is a 3D time map, which documents plant growth and harvests throughout the 2017 season. This informative service not only raises awareness within the office, but also documents successes and failures to assist with future garden planning. The second service maps pests and diseases present in the plot. This service functions as a planning reference for gardeners to ensure adverse growing conditions are managed in a timely manner. At the time of this presentation, we will not have a full season of real data. Instead, we will showcase the test data used to develop the application and map services. 
    The Pea Patch Web GIS project is accessible to PACE staff on the PACE’s ArcGIS Online site. In addition to bringing awareness to our sustainability and wellness programs, it introduces our GIS department’s web GIS capabilities, which can be applied to a wide range of disciplines.
  3. Lean the GIS Request Process. Pierce County Surface Water Management (PCSWM) was in need of a process for managing and capturing all internal GIS requests.  There was confusion on how to submit a request and who to talk to in order to start a request.   Customers were unclear as to where their requests were: where they forgotten, being worked on, or in a queue waiting.  At year end, it was difficult to catalogue all GIS work that had been accomplished that year.
    Seems familiar?
    Come see how PCSWM uses Trello, a free online kanban board, and MS Outlook to improve customer service, create an easy to follow process, and standardize how requests are received.  This process allows for tracking of requests, viewing of current work load, and the ability to query current and past requests.
  4. Bringing High Resolution Land Cover Products to Coastal Washington and the Nation. Understanding current conditions and past change is essential to improving natural resource management in the future. Through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management produces standardized land cover and change information for the coastal U.S.  Current products include both regionally focused, moderate resolution (30 m) data that is updated every 5 years and high resolution (1-4 m) maps that provide more detail in areas experiencing high rates of land cover change, bringing this national framework to the local level. Recent increases in imagery and LiDAR data availability combined with improvements in processing techniques are enabling more cost-effective production of high resolution land cover products. This talk will highlight techniques NOAA and its partners are using as part of the 2016/17 update cycle to develop detailed land cover information across broadening geographies, including coastal Washington, and how these products will be used to better meet regional resource management needs.
  5. Tacoma Permit Dashboard. Discussion and demonstration of a dashboard to display Tacoma permits.  Built using Google Maps and other free resources.  See the website at http://tacomapermits.org/dashboard
  6. Discussion and demonstration of the top ten ESRI Web AppBuilder widgets used by the City of Tacoma, Community & Economic Development Department for building interactive web maps.  Widgets will include both customized and off-the-shelf ESRI widgets. 


Elisabeth Leaf

Permit Specialist, City of Tacoma/Planning and Development Services
Elisabeth Leaf is a cartographer, designer and avid traveler. She is a recent graduate of the Masters of Geospatial Technologies program at the University of Washington. Her recent research includes the utilization of mobile device sensors in transportation studies and the integr... Read More →

Trevelyn Lough

GIS Analyst, PACE Engineers, Inc.
Trevelyn is a GIS Analyst for PACE Engineers, Inc. with over 9 years of experience producing, managing, and analyzing complex geospatial data and analytical findings. She has a passion for creating innovative and custom GIS solutions tailored to unique project needs. Trevelyn hol... Read More →

Johnny Mauger

Asset Management Specialist 3, Pierce County Planning & Public Works
Johnny has a B.S. in Cartography from Ohio University. He has worked in the field of GIS for 10 years. Currently, Johnny works for Pierce County's Surface Water Management division.
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Mike Murnane

Senior Technical IT Analyst (GIS), City of Tacoma
Senior Technical GIS Analyst at the City of Tacoma for 20 years performing mapping, analysis, and application development primarily for the planning and economic development departments. Previously, worked over 10 years for natural resource agencies (private, state, federal) on d... Read More →
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Melissa Rosa

Geospatial Specialist, The Baldwin Group @ NOAA OCM
Melissa has a background in remote sensing and landscape change monitoring, and specializes in developing geospatial applications for natural resource management and conservation. At NOAA OCM, she provides technical assistance to coastal partners in California, Oregon, and Washin... Read More →

Kimberly Stanfield

Asset Management Specialist 3, Pierce County Planning & Public Works

Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 317

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