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Monday, May 15
 

7:30am

Registration
Stop by the front desk to register or pick up your conference badge, drink ticket, and information.

Monday May 15, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Rapid Cartography with QGIS

Speakers

Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Hotel Murano- Burano 1320 Broadway

8:30am

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation (URISA CERTIFIED)
Be sure to register for workshops at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1947995

Presenter: Allen Ibaugh AICP, GISP, Data Transfer Solutions LLC

See details here: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/WAURISA_Workshops_2017.pdf

Speakers

Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano- Torcello 1320 Broadway

8:30am

ESRI Survey123 for ArcGIS
Be sure to register for workshops at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1947995

Presenter: Shane Clarke, Esri Solution Engineer

See details here: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/WAURISA_Workshops_2017.pdf

Speakers
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Shane Clarke

Solution Engineer, Esri
Shane Clarke is the Solution Engineer Manager for the Esri Olympia regional office, and is part of a team who provide pre- and post-sales technical support to Esri’s customers. Shane has worked with a number of organizations to help them maximize their GIS with ArcGIS Online. P... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Room 316

8:30am

Practical Python for the GIS Analyst

Speakers
avatar for Ann Stark

Ann Stark

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellingham
Ann is a Senior GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham. She received her M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University and has 20 years of experience in natural resource and government applications of GIS. Her interests include automating GIS tasks with Python and cartography. She... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Room 315

8:30am

Working with Geodatabases and Linear Referencing
Be sure to register for workshops at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1947995

Presenter: John Schaeffer, GISP, Juniper GIS Services

See details here: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/WAURISA_Workshops_2017.pdf

Speakers

Monday May 15, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano- Cavallino 1320 Broadway

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)
Monday May 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

 
Tuesday, May 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Stop by the front desk to register or pick up your conference badge, drink ticket, and information.

Tuesday May 16, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS

Speakers
avatar for John Sharrard

John Sharrard

Solution Engineer, Esri
John Sharrard is currently GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri . He has been working in the GIS field for 28 years. The first seven years were with the State Of Oregon and the last twenty-one years have been with Esri. John concentrates on Web GIS, 3D GIS, Local Government, Land Reco... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Room 316

8:30am

Drone and UAV: From start to finish
Be sure to register for workshops at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1947995

Presenter: Jim Ayres, PE& Chase Fly, Jim Lahm

See details here: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/WAURISA_Workshops_2017.pdf

Speakers
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Jim Lahm

GPS-GIS Specialist, Frontier Precicion, Inc.
Jim has been in the geospatial industry for 29 years providing technical support, training and seminars on both GNSS hardware and GIS software. He had his own training business for 6 years and during that time, published a monthly newsletter, To The Point for GPS surveying and ma... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Room 315

8:30am

Washington Local Government GIS Leaders - WGGL

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg

Sr. GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS
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 gro... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano- Torcello 1320 Broadway

8:30am

Working with Geodatabases and Linear Referencing
Be sure to register for workshops at https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1947995

Presenter: John Schaeffer, GISP, Juniper GIS Services

See details here: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/WAURISA_Workshops_2017.pdf



Speakers

Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hotel Murano- Cavallino 1320 Broadway

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)
Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

ArcGIS Pro

Speakers
avatar for John Sharrard

John Sharrard

Solution Engineer, Esri
John Sharrard is currently GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri . He has been working in the GIS field for 28 years. The first seven years were with the State Of Oregon and the last twenty-one years have been with Esri. John concentrates on Web GIS, 3D GIS, Local Government, Land Reco... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 316

6:00pm

Welcome Social
Whether you are finishing a day of our workshops or just arriving for the conference, come join us for some time to reacquaint with your GIS colleagues. 

Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. 
1114 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 

http://steelcreekwhiskey.com/location/
 

Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Offsite
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

7:00am

Women in GIS Breakfast
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We are pleased to announce on Wednesday, May 17 the 4th annual Women in GIS breakfast will be happening at Bite in the Hotel Murano at 7 AM. Besides great food, this is an informal chance to network and make friends with other women in our field. 

The breakfast menu is attached. 

www.hotelmuranotacoma.com/location/
 


Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00am - 8:30am
Offsite

8:00am

Registration
Stop by the front desk to register or pick up your conference badge, drink ticket, and information.

Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

9:00am

Opening Plenary

Keynote: Layers of Social Change: Gender and Geographic Information 

As the medium of the map has changed, the data and society reflected in the map have evolved.  Geographic information is now almost ubiquitous in mobile phones and online repositories, but that information is not created equally.  Some demographics have contributed more and the corpus of crowdsourced information (Wikipedia, Google, OpenStreetMap) is reflective of those perspectives.  Many of the maps used in every day life simultaneously maintain and reproduce race, class, and gender biases.  This talk will discuss these social, spatial, and gender biases in geospatial data and how social change can happen online through democratic processes.  It will also reflect on the role of municipal opendata in social processes.   

 


Moderators
avatar for Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg

Sr. GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS
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 gro... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Monica Stephens

Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Our keynote speaker is Monica Stephens, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) in New York. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 2012 and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Kentucky.Dr. Stephens' research integrates methodologies in GIS with Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Big Data. She harnesses and critiques these methodologies with data from social media and user-generated content to trace inequalities across gender, race and economic status. She blogs with colleagues at... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:15am

Break
Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:15am - 10:30am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

From FTP to Map Services
Using nightly SQL Server jobs and ArcGIS for Server, Island County is generating feature classes and services out of updated csv files from the County Road Administration Board (CRAB) FTP site.  The feature classes hold detailed information regarding county road segments and collision data.  County engineers and project managers can use Geocortex to perform queries and instantly render the data with different symbologies to help aide decision making processes for future infrastructure planning. 

Speakers
avatar for Becca Blackman

Becca Blackman

GIS Coordinator/Administrator, Island County
Becca Blackmanis the GIS Coordinator/Administrator for Island County. Becca has worked at Island County for 9 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 Geog... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 316

10:30am

Using Survey 123 for Water Quality Samples
Water Quality field observations at Tacoma Water have historically been captured using paper and then later transferred to a digital record within an Access database. Survey 123 is helping this utility operate more efficiently by eliminating paper and providing a flexible tool.  This presentation will cover the pros and cons of survey 123 as well as provide a live demonstration of this software using an Apple IPAD and ArcGIS Online. 

Speakers
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Mary Hasty

Engineer Technician III, City of Tacoma Water
Mary has worked for Tacoma Water for 19+ years within the engineering, mapping and drafting disciplines. She has recently transitioned into the GIS career field. She was born and raised in the Tacoma Pierce County area and enjoys camping in the cascades.
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Andy Simpson

Senior IT Analyst, City of Tacoma Water
Andy is a GIS Analyst with Tacoma Water, and has over 15 years of GIS experience in both the local government and utility industries. Andy develops and applies GIS in support of many departments and daily activities at Tacoma Water including the Asset and Information Management t... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 315

10:30am

Lightning Talks
  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. 

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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.
avatar for Mike Murnane

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 →
avatar for Melissa Rosa

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 →
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Kimberly Stanfield

Asset Management Specialist 3, Pierce County Planning & Public Works


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

10:30am

What's New in ArcGIS v10.5
ArcGIS 10.5 is a significant software release for Esri.  This presentation will focus on three key product areas and the changes implemented with the 10.5 release.
 
ArcGIS Pro has matured into a “go-to” application GIS professionals.  ArcGIS Pro is a key component for managing spatial data, perform spatial analysis, and to publish your results for others to view and collaborate on.
 
ArcGIS Enterprise is the new name of the ArcGIS for Server product family that includes ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and ArcGIS Web Adaptor. While many of the software components that make up ArcGIS Enterprise system remain the same, others components (Image Server, GeoEvent server) have been significantly reengineered to take advantage of distributed and parallelized computing environments and are now joined by a brand new capability with GeoAnalytics Server that is designed for space-time analysis on massive vector and tabular data sets.
 
Insights for ArcGIS brings fast, powerful data discovery to everyone. Explore. Analyze. Iterate. 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. Insights blends spatial and non-spatial data, so you’re free to bring in spreadsheets, enterprise databases, and ArcGIS data.

Speakers
avatar for John Sharrard

John Sharrard

Solution Engineer, Esri
John Sharrard is currently GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri . He has been working in the GIS field for 28 years. The first seven years were with the State Of Oregon and the last twenty-one years have been with Esri. John concentrates on Web GIS, 3D GIS, Local Government, Land Reco... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 318

10:30am

ESRI Learning Lab
See attached document for available content


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 4:30pm
Coat Room

11:00am

Vector Vogue: Styling Vector Basemaps to Suit Your Needs
Curious about this 'vector tiles' thing you’ve been hearing about? Wondering if you can take advantage of their benefits? Or maybe you’d really like your ArcGIS basemap to look a little different but don’t know how to change it.

Vector tiles offer enormous promise: high resolution graphics, significantly smaller storage and bandwidth needs, and the ability to apply multiple styles to a single set of cached tiles without having to re-cache. Anyone can easily change colors, sizes, visibility, rotation, labels, and other symbology to make a basemap perfectly fit a need.

The process is fast, using a clear plain-text format or a web-based style editor. Don’t have your own vector tile basemap to work with? No problem: you can customize one of Esri’s. 

Cartographer Kate Leroux from the City of Seattle will introduce you to vector tiles, give practical examples of ways you might want to customize a basemap, and demonstrate how to restyle an Esri vector basemap for use in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Desktop. 

Intended audience: Anyone new to vector tiles, especially ArcGIS users. 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Leroux

Kate Leroux

GIS Analyst/Cartographer, City of Seattle
I spent years working in Seattle's startup software community, developing a wide range of skills including graphic design, written communication, business analysis, coding, testing, system administration, technical support, and data management. A few years ago I followed my lifel... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 316

11:30am

Lessons Learned Designing a Wetland Mobile Tool
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.

Speakers
avatar for Maki Dalzell

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

11:45am

Mobile Water Shut-Off Application - Four Year Update
Four years ago the City of Bellingham switched from paper-and-pen to mobile mapping for the task of completing weekly water shut-offs for delinquent water accounts. This presentation follows up on a presentation 4 years ago and checks in on lessons learned and ways we've upgraded the process.    Overall the switch has saved the city at least $40,000 a year.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Stark

Ann Stark

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellingham
Ann is a Senior GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham. She received her M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University and has 20 years of experience in natural resource and government applications of GIS. Her interests include automating GIS tasks with Python and cartography. She... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:45am - 12:00pm
Room 315

12:00pm

Lunch (provided)
Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:00pm

Creating Safe Walk Routes to Schools for Washington Kids
GIS based asset management is no longer an option but is becoming a necessity for local govt. Throw in mobility, cloud, and cyber security- the mix starts getting interesting fast! This session will provide fist hand information how to navigate from zero to hero. We will discuss best practices, gotchas, how to's, what not to's. no matter what level of job responsibilities you have, you will benefit from collective knowledge of your peers who have developed enterprise GIS from scratch geared towards various decision making applications including enterprise assset management. 

Speakers
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Cathy Walker

GIS Data Admin./Analyst, WA State Department of Education
Cathy Walker is the GIS Data Administrator/Analyst at the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Cathy is the lone GIS professional working at this agency, working to develop the GIS capabilities from the ground up. Cathy has a Master of Scien... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Room 315

1:00pm

Going Vector: Transitioning from Raster to Vector Basemaps
Esri recently removed the “beta” label from its implementation of vector tile maps, bringing this exciting new technology within the reach of ArcGIS enterprise customers. Vector tiles can now be authored in ArcGIS Pro and published to Portal or ArcGIS Online.

Currently, many GIS enterprises, especially governments, maintain raster basemaps on the ArcGIS platform. In recent years, Esri enterprise customers have watched companies like Mapbox dazzle the cartographic world with vector tile mapping and wondered when the benefits of vector tiles will be within reach. Esri finally introduced their own vector tiles in late 2015, built with industry-standard Mapbox specifications. 

Vector tiles offer enormous promise: high resolution graphics, better performance due to client-side rendering, significantly smaller storage and bandwidth needs, and the ability to apply multiple styles to a single set of cached tiles without having to re-cache. Users can quickly hide layers, change symbology, and ensure consistency using a clear plain-text format or a web-based style editor. With all these benefits, what do you need to know before leaving your raster basemaps behind? 

Cartographer Kate Leroux will share what she’s learned developing a vector tile basemap for the City of Seattle. She’ll demonstrate some paradigm shifts in how cartographers should organize a basemap, as well as best practices and new opportunities in vector mapping, advice on how to accomplish this transition efficiently, and a host of smaller tips, tricks, bugs, and stumbling blocks to avoid. 

Intended audience: GIS professionals who currently maintain raster basemaps

Speakers
avatar for Kate Leroux

Kate Leroux

GIS Analyst/Cartographer, City of Seattle
I spent years working in Seattle's startup software community, developing a wide range of skills including graphic design, written communication, business analysis, coding, testing, system administration, technical support, and data management. A few years ago I followed my lifel... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 316

1:00pm

Engaging Users with GIS
Successfully Engaging Your Users with GIS

Often one of the most challenging and vital aspects of a project is when we educate our users about the importance and power of GIS.  How do we impart the complexities of GIS in a simple, effective way?  Come join a presentation and discussion reviewing how to 'on-board' new users through informative presentation tools/resources, training opportunities, and documentation.

Navigating the Challenges of Working With Small Business/Agencies and Non-Profits

Not all businesses and agencies have the budgets and staff to have a complete GIS so how do we support their project and long term needs?  Learn how 3 GIS professionals have navigated the challenges of engaging a range of small project teams/organizations with a spectrum of GIS skills, lack of software availability and variable budgets to successful conclusions.

GIS For Risk Management 

How do we take these same skills and 'go big' with them?  This presentation and discussion focuses on engaging a larger project team with limited GIS experience.  This project highlights the opportunities of GIS to assist a project team working in multiple countries (Canada and US) and with limited electronic access for remote locations.  Good data collection, standardized map products, spatial analyses and a dedicated team guided this innovative risk management project. 

Speakers
TK

Tonya Kauhi

GIS Manger, GeoEngineers
Tonya has worked with GeoEngineers since 2000, focusing on geographic information systems (GIS) and evaluating historic and current environmental site conditions through site assessments. Tonya’s experience includes obtaining and/or creating relevant data including: environment... Read More →
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Joanne Markert

Technology Solution Principal, Leon Environmental
Joanne is a principal who leads the Technology Solutions branch of Leon Environmental. She is a program and project manager with a multidisciplinary background in science and technology. Joanne has over 20 years of experience delivering successful GIS and IT technology solutions... Read More →
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Maria Sevier

GIS Professional, NW GIS Consulting LLC
Maria is a geospatial professional specializing in GIS mapping solutions for government, private, and non-profit organizations with a focus on project and data management, demographic analysis and business processes. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 317

1:00pm

Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online includes an extensive set of spatial analysis tools that are both powerful and accessible.
This presentation introduces the spatial analysis capabilities available with ArcGIS Online. These ready-to-use spatial analysis tools are hosted in the cloud by Esri, and are designed to provide an intuitive, user-friendly experience. You will learn how to get started, and the overall features and benefits of the analysis tools in ArcGIS Online. The presentation will include demonstrations of different analysis workflows using the ArcGIS Online default map viewer, as well as how to include spatial analysis capabilities in web apps using the ArcGIS Web AppBuilder.

Speakers
SC

Shane Clarke

Solution Engineer, Esri
Shane Clarke is the Solution Engineer Manager for the Esri Olympia regional office, and is part of a team who provide pre- and post-sales technical support to Esri’s customers. Shane has worked with a number of organizations to help them maximize their GIS with ArcGIS Online. P... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 318

1:15pm

Putting Dunder Miflin Out of Business
On The Office (TV show), Dwight Schrute once claimed he kept a diary so he could keep secrets from his computer.  That describes the situation after Tacoma Water switched to an ESRI-based GIS three years ago.  During the transition, most of the data moved smoothly but the “secrets” in this case were hand-written notes on a collection of paper maps that had been generated using the previous generation of CAD data.  Much to the dismay of our favorite paper company Dunder Mifflin, the GIS team ceased the printing of these maps.  But some Tacoma Water employees continued to use the old maps and write new information on them.  With the help from quotes from Michael Scott and other characters from The Office, this story is about the solution to make these notes available online and how these “secrets” were vetted and migrated to the digital realm. 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Burdette

Keith Burdette

IT Analyst, Tacoma Water
After an early career detour to ESPN, Keith Burdette has settled into the Washington State GIS community as an IT Analyst with Tacoma Water. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and a certificate in GIS from the University of Washington.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 315

1:45pm

Moving Water Records from Physical to Digital
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) stored close to 25,000 Water engineering project files at its downtown site. While they were easily accessible to staff in that building, considerable effort was needed for employees at remote sites to make use of them.  
Project folders dated back to the late 1800s and many items were known to be the only information source. Contents of the folders varied: project plans, contracts, field notes, material and operation manuals, photos, memos, sketches, newspaper articles and videos. As the records accumulated over the years more storage room was required; it became challenging to maintain organization of the folders as well as track their whereabouts; and deterioration and loss greatly increased.
SPU’s Water Records Repository Project had the precise goal of scanning all the documents associated with the project files and ensuring that they would be available via an existing web application known as the Virtual Vault. While the goal was clear, the project team representing different lines of business across the Utility was diverse - and many times divided - in their viewpoints and expectations. Representatives drew from engineering, technical and delivery services, GIS and other staff thus members of the team were familiar with systems supporting their own unit’s work but sometimes not at all with those of others. Many of you likely know this does not lead to project harmony!  
During February, 2017 the tally was in: Nearly 1,000,000 Water project records went digital. Attend this presentation and you’ll learn of the challenges, pitfalls and successes the project team encountered which ranged from vendor selection, data security, image quality and metadata development to providing staff continued access to the files during the project.

Speakers
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Elaine Eberly

Utility_GIS Data Maintenance Supervisor, Seattle Public Utilities
Elaine Eberly is a member of the GIS Section in the IT Division at Seattle Public Utilities and has been the supervisor of the Utility GIS Data Maintenance Unit for the past 15 years.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 315

2:00pm

Using Open Source Tools to Create Vector Tile Basemaps
This talk will explain how to convert shape files into vector tiles which can then be stylized and published as a basemap through a local server. The talk will introduce open source tools such as  GDAL/OGR, tippecanoe, http-server, tilerserver-gl-light, and maputnik and how they work together to create a basemap that can be viewed using Mapbox-gl-js API in a browser.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Keum

Peter Keum

GIS Specialist, King County Wastewater Treatment Division/GIS Center
GIS Specialist working for King County Wastewater Treatment Division. He currently lives in Seattle and commutes to work in bike in summer. Open source and drone enthusiast, a member of CUGOS (cascadia users of geospatial open source).


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 316

2:30pm

Break
Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:00pm

Land Segregation in Washington
The Land Ordinance of 1785 marked the beginning of the Public Land Survey System. Over the next 100 years the great majority of the land within the United States would be subdivided from a “wilderness” into segregated parcels of “real property” owned by individuals and legal entities. 

Settlers encouraged by the Preemption Act in 1841 and the Oregon Treaty in 1846 preceded the PLSS surveyors into what would soon be known as Washington Territory.  The Donation Land Act in 1850 and the establishment of the Willamette Meridian in 1851 ensured that claims of private ownership to parcels of land in the area would explode. 
I will focus on the general methods used in the PLSS surveys that resulted in the establishment of Townships, Sections, Quarter Sections and Government Lots in Washington State. We will see how Township lines and Range lines are counted from the Initial Point of the survey. I will show how the boustrophedontic method led to the creation of Government Lots in the northern and western tiers of Townships. I will include how subsequent surveys deal with error in the PLSS. We will see how subdivision deeds and plats along with the regulations (or lack thereof) that governed platting would lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of individual parcels of land within Washington State. There will be discussion regarding the concept of a “bundle of rights” that determine what ownership of real property means in a legal sense along with how covenants, reservations, restrictions, easement rights and assessments impact real property ownership. Lastly, I will touch on the definition of a right-of-way and how public ownership of right-of-way differs from fee simple ownership.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Grissom

Allen Grissom

Seattle Information Technology
After 15 years in Land Surveying and land development, I was lured into GIS at the City of Seattle by the seemingly endless possibilities. Over the last 5 years I've had opportunities to work on projects involving aerial imagery, lidar, cadastral data and other city wide vector d... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 315

3:00pm

Holographic Technology Ready to Take GIS Apps to the Next Level
Increasingly advanced holographic technologies present new opportunities for municipalities, utility companies and pipeline operators. Different areas such GIS, 3-D mapping, VOIP communications, video streaming, equipment databases and are positioned to merge into a unified productivity application that will impact how municipalities, public utilities and utility service providers implement project planning and field work for maintenance, repair and infrastructure expansion.

This presentation reviews the latest in holographic visualizations and the opportunities it presents to leverage current GIS systems investments and prepare for future enhancements. Additionally, it looks at the disparate technologies that can contribute to the unified utilities management solution. The resulting system combines object holograms with object-specific data information to help field technicians understand the infrastructure they need to service while on-site, hands-free and connected to their peers and colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Alec Pestov

Alec Pestov

CEO, Meemim
I am a serial entrepreneur, founder of Meemim, tech industry observer. Huge GIS fan and productivity expert. I love chatting about GIS and its future, virtual and augmented reality, and technology in general.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 316

3:00pm

Innovative Analysis with ArcGIS: A Collection of 5 Minute Presentations
The power of GIS is best understood by its analysis capabilities. This session is comprised of 5-minute user presentations curated into an Esri Story Map. Presenters will discuss their ArcGIS spatial analysis work and how it has contributed towards innovative progress within their agency. The Story Map will be published for conference attendees to reference and derive inspiration for their future GIS analysis work. 

Speakers
avatar for Heather Glock

Heather Glock

Account Manager, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
I am a local government account manager for Esri. I love to apply the ArcGIS for Local Government platform to the issues and opportunities my city and county governments are working to solve. I am working on a Master's Degree in Public Administration (Public Policy concentration... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 318

3:00pm

UW Tacoma Student Presentations

1. Integrating GIS and Citizen Science to Monitor the Distribution of Microplastics in the Salish Sea, Chris Vandenberg, MS Candidate at University of Washington-Tacoma. Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that are generally smaller than 1 mm down to the micrometer range. They can come from a variety of sources, including; cosmetics, clothing, industrial processes, and the breakdown of larger plastic debris. Research conducted over the past decade indicates that microplastics are ubiquitous in marine environments, and pose a threat to biodiversity around the world. This study integrates Geographic Information Systems and mobile devices in the citizen science process, to address the issue of monitoring microplastic debris in the Salish Sea. Furthermore, this project will feature an exploratory analysis of interpolation techniques to accurately represent the distribution of Microplastics in this marine environment. The resulting geovisualization will raise awareness concerning the adverse effects microplastics have on the environment.
2. Identifying Locations for Remote Camera Traps in the North Cascades Ecosystem to Monitor Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Presence and Population Recovery. By Whitney Emge.In January 2017 the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) restoration plan to recover the population in the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE). The agencies plan to use remote camera trap stations to monitor grizzly bear presence and population recovery. Remote camera trap stations are a noninvasive wildlife monitoring and data collection method. The purpose of the present project is to identify ideal locations for remote camera trap stations in the NCE to monitor the recovery process. Locations will be based on habitat quality, human activity, and accessibility. Spatial analysis for this project is underway.
3.  Identifying Locations for Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Release Sites in the North Cascades Ecosystem and the Potential Affected Areas by Anna McDermott. The US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Parks Service have drafted a Grizzly Bear restoration plan in the North Cascades Ecosystem in Washington State. This was part of their historic range, but due to excessive hunting, they were functionally eliminated from the area. The proposal to restore the population naturally leads to the question of where they will go. My project aims to discover best possible release locations for grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem and assess the potentially impacted areas from these release points.
4. Analyzing the Effects of a Megaquake on Emergency Medical Access in Northwest Washington by April O'Donnell. This project aims to identify emergency medical services in Washington’s Clallam and Jefferson Counties for persons injured by an earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Analysis will determine if the current medical facilities can withstand a megathrust quake (magnitude 9.0) and subsequent effects, and will develop a post-quake road network. The effects of ground shaking, surface rupture, landslides, and tsunami are among the hazards that will be modeled to modify the current road networks and develop hospital service areas with projected drive-times.
5. Gentrification by Kevin Bogue. It is a word we are hearing on an increasingly regular basis, but what is it and why does it matter? Why are we good at determining places where it has already happened and, to a certain extent, areas where it is currently happening, but struggle to identify areas where it is likely to happen in the future? I propose that the process of gentrification is not random, but can be predicted. Using Tacoma, WA as a test site, my research has identified indicators which I believe can be used to predictively model an area’s susceptibility to gentrification. Using my findings in Tacoma, I have begun to create an automated tool that, when finished, could allow for the identification of gentrification susceptibility anywhere in the United States.
6. Evaluation of Bus Routing through Mobile Data Collection by Emily Pitman. Identifying patterns of current and projected public transportation use is important for proposing bus routes. A route may be utilized because it is optimal for their transportation needs, or it may selected because due to limited options. Through documentation of riders’ origin and destination locations, a bus system can be evaluated with respect to its efficiency in meeting consumer demand. This study will record participatory ridership information including the origin and destination addresses to determine routing effectiveness. A two-step process is proposed. First, a preferential routing system that utilizes fixed bus routes and walking via streets will be created. Through development of a preferential routing system, the routes and transfer locations utilized will be determined. Secondly, a location collection tool will be created to record participants' origin and destination addresses. If the development process is successful, preliminary suggestions for ridership and fixed route system evaluations will be provided following initial assessment of the collected data.
7. Analyzing the occurrences and trends of home-birth throughout counties in Washington State by Janelle Kueck. Less than 1% of births occur at home in the United States. Of the 39 counties in Washington State five have been identified as outliers, far exceeding the national average. My project will attempt to explain this discrepancy through a look at available clinicians, hospitals providing labor and delivery, and socio-economic status of the outlier counties (as compared with the state average).
8. The Migration of Gray Wolfs in Washington State by Eric Sievers.  Historically wolves were found throughout the state of Washington until the first part of the twentieth century when they were hunted to extinction in Washington.  Until 2008 Washington did not have any confirmed wolf packs.  As of June 2016 there were 21 confirmed wolf packs in the North East part of Washington.  There currently are no federal or state plans to reintroduce wolves into Washington, but there is evidence that wolves are continuing to migrate into the state.  I would like to find the most likely route of migration and possibly a timeline, based off of current migration.
9.  Evaluating the affects of Foreclosure by Gila Burton-Curl. The research project I’m doing is to examine the home foreclosure by evaluating what affects foreclosure has had on the surrounding neighborhood in the City of Tacoma, with a focus point on the area where there is a high neighborhood concentration of foreclosures.  In addition, this research seeks to expose evidence of the disamenity effects on the community and negative impacts due to foreclosures within surrounding neighbors. The total dataset has a total of 2634 entries as representative  sample for housing sales, foreclosure, and vacate properties within the City of Tacoma. I am seeking to answer what effects have foreclosures impacted Tacoma citizens from year 2007 to present with an emphasis on the African American population? One question that will be illuminated is the overarching effects that foreclosure has on low-income neighborhoods as an empirical analysis that “examines the relationship between foreclosure intensity and residential satisfaction in the neighborhood”.
10. Shelter Services Applications: Spatial tools for increased social service efficiency by Mattie J. Wheeler. The author presents research exploring systemic institutional borden's in managing resources for homeless populations to access social services and shelters. Minimal research has explored the best practices in transferring information of shelter availability to social workers or the homeless population. Recent increases in mobile mapping software hold promise for addressing problems in accessing shelters through implementing tools that allow connection to real-time representational spatial data. This presentation reviews how ESRI Collector app can be modified to address homeless populations access to shelters within Seattle, WA through the acquisition of data collection and automating data amendment for increased usability.
11. Data-Scraping Structure Information for Hazus Earthquake Models by Christopher Clinton. Structure value is a key component of Hazus disaster simulations that estimate economic loss. This information, however, is not easily accessible to individuals creating these models. In Washington State, county assessors evaluate real estate for the purpose of levying property taxes for local and state revenue. This data is often difficult to acquire in a timely manner without an automated mechanism to serve the data. Additionally, property values are dynamic and need to be continually updated. This project uses a script to utilize Okanogan County’s existing web service to access property values without the involvement of county staff or a formal public records request. The script automates a web browser to access the interface and mimics human interaction with the search

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Moderators
avatar for Greg Lund

Greg Lund

Lecturer, University of Washington, Tacoma
Gregory Lund is a graduate of the University of Washington, with an MSGIS in Geographic Information Systems, and the University of New York, Brockport, with an MS in Education. Gregory is a Full Time Lecturer in the University of Washington Tacoma's GIS Certificate Program.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Boucher

Amy Boucher

My mission statement is to walk mindfully and purposefully through each day knowing even the smallest of action, good or bad, has an impact on the world around me. | I will do my part to: contribute towards building social capital and engage with communities to foster ecological... Read More →
avatar for Emily Pitman

Emily Pitman

Masters Candidate, University of Washington Tacoma
Emily Pitman is a Masters candidate in the Geospatial Technology program at University of Washington Tacoma. She is extremely interested in resource management and public outreach and is currently pursuing her interests an intern on Pierce Transit's Capital Planning team. When Em... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 317

3:30pm

Presenting Survey Monuments in GIS: Like Chocolate & Peanut Butter
Back in the Dark Ages land surveyors had to phone their local agencies to find out what, if any, information was to be found about survey monuments.  Even worse, there was not even a map to help them locate useful survey marks.   The City of Bellingham has solved these problems with a new survey monument lookup tool.  

A monument feature class and four related tables provide access to basic structure information, historic visit records, coordinate data, and associated documents such as photos, sketches and recorded surveys and subdivisions. We deliver the information in a user-friendly format using a Geocortex application integrated with our document management system, OnBase.  If you think all of this is good news, just wait until you find out that all of this data is available live on mobile devices as well as desktop.  Surveyors can now get what they need while out in the field!  

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Prince

Sonja Prince

Survey Tech, City of Bellingham
Sonja has been with the city of Bellingham since 2007. Most of that time has been with the Survey/Property group. She has also spent time as a GIS technician. Sonja has a long held belief that surveyors and GIS people can coexist and benefit each other.
avatar for Ann Stark

Ann Stark

Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellingham
Ann is a Senior GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham. She received her M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University and has 20 years of experience in natural resource and government applications of GIS. Her interests include automating GIS tasks with Python and cartography. She... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 315

3:45pm

Boldly Going Where No Data Has Gone Before - Auburn Drone Program
In 2016 the City of Auburn, WA launched its drone program with 7 test pilots and a goal to implement drone flights into our daily workflow throughout the city. Through hours of flight training, FAA testing and regulations, and test flights, we have successfully created a full citywide program that utilizes every department and broadened our geospatial tool set to bring current aerial imagery, 3D mapping and modeling, high resolution DEM/DTM and point clouds, asset management inspections, an even wider range of marketing tools and tons more to the city. Now in the programs 2nd year, we have added new pilots to the program, and expanded our geospatial tool set to produce even better results. Join the City of Auburn as we 'explore new drone projects, to seek out new GIS tools and new results, to boldly go where no geospatial tools has gone before.'

Speakers
avatar for Alice Pence

Alice Pence

GIS and Database Specialist, City of Auburn
Alice received her BS from the University of Idaho in Geography with a certificate in GIS and minor in Climate Change. She has worked for the City of Auburn for 2 years now as a GIS and Database Specialist. Recently became a certified FAA UAS Remote Pilot and cabinet member of th... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Room 316

3:45pm

King County Regional Services - GIS, E911 and so Much More
This presentation will describe King County Regional services - now more than just GIS. GIS creates the unifying geographic matrix for government agency services. This presentation will provide information about King County's E911, I-Net, Radio Shop, and Cable services, in addition to the new expanded capability that KCGIS provides to help you succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Babinski

Greg Babinski

Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is a geographer, educator, consultant, and manager who has worked in GIS for 26 years. With an educational grounding in cartography, Greg has been helping customers use effective and well-designed maps for his entire career. 


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Room 318

4:00pm

How GPS Valve Inventory Resulted in More Accurate Water Mains
In 2015 we initiated an inventory of our water valves originally developed from paper maps and CAD. We used existing staff with a Trimble Geo7x rover to validate valve can locations. Along the way we found anomalies and errors, but we were able to leverage this opportunity to adjust the water main geometry so they correspond with the newly validated valve points. We would like to discuss methodology and use of institutional knowledge to develop these higher quality data layers.

Speakers
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Rick Lortz

CAD/GIS Coordinator, Lakehaven Utility District
Mr. Lortz has over 40 years experience; from drafting USGS base maps using ink on linen, through pin graphics, CAD, conversion into a GIS framework, and the ongoing development care and feeding of an Enterprise GIS. He has been involved in Washington Chapter of URISA since the la... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 315

4:30pm

Vendor Social
Visit our vendor booths, mix and mingle with friends and colleagues, and enjoy refreshments and light appetizers brought to you by our vendors!

Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

6:30pm

Evening Social Event
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

http://www.washingtonhistory.org/
 
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Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Offsite
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:00am

Registration
Stop by the front desk to register or pick up your conference badge, drink ticket, and information.

Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 1:00pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:30am

Introduction to Lidar Workflows with PDAL
PDAL is a widely used open source library for translating and manipulating point cloud data.  Large sponsors and users include NGA, US Army Corps of Engineers, USGS and RadiantBlue (now DigitalGlobe).  Here in the Seattle area, Azimetry and LizardTech both make use of this library.

Widely used for data format conversion, there is also very flexible workflow support including a variety of ground-point classification algorithms from academic literature, compression (laszip) and merging / tiling.  The interface is strickly command-line (no graphic editor) and involves some programmatic concepts.  However this talk is not targetted at programmers but interested users of Lidar data.

I'll overview Azimetry's experience with this library and demonstrate how it can be used to automate portions of lidar processing including initial identificatioan of outliers, course-grain classification, cropping and DEM creation.

Michael Rosen is a Senior Software Engineer with Azimetry, a medium sized Lidar production shop in Bellevue.  He is working on state-of-the-art Lidar-Production implementation efforts.  His professional interests include automated point cloud classification, multi-view photogrammetry and open source GIS software.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen, Azimetry
Michael Rosen is a Senior Software Engineer with Azimetry, a medium sized Lidar production shop in Bellevue. He is working on state-of-the-art Lidar-Production implementation efforts. His professional interests include automated point cloud classification, multi-view photogrammet... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 316

8:30am

Septic Mapping & Using GIS to Leverage an Antiquated Tabular Database
How does one go about tracking and mapping 100% of the Septic Systems in a jurisdiction? What happens when your septic tabular database relies on a primary key that is not stable or unique, like a Parcel Number? Once you have mapped Septic Systems what other analysis and outcomes can you realize?
Thurston County is approaching this problem with Septic Systems, in the County, by mapping and leveraging their spatial position. This is then being used to inform the tabular permitting database they are tracked in. In addition the accurate location of these systems is being used to model ground water, located wells, and so much more. 
This presentation walks through the process from data design to informing the database, through automation, and some of the cool new analysis and modeling we can now accomplish. 

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Alfaro Haugen

Kelly Alfaro Haugen

GIS Analyst, Thurston County GeoData Center
Ms. Alfaro Haugen is a GIS Analyst II with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors working with GIS data, analysis, cartography and education. Kelly has been with Thurston County, in Washington State, since 2007 where she supports the Long Range and Cur... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 315

8:30am

Asset Management
Timmons Group is a leading provider of AMS Strategic Planning and AMS Implementation services.  This proposal will provide an overview of AMS, recommended strategies for investing in the right AMS solution and examples of successful implementations in the western USA.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Glass

Marcus Glass

Business Development Manager - Western US, Timmons Group
+20 years of Geospatial experience. I love maps, making maps and helping clients to solve their mapping challenges. Let's talk about Asset Management which is a dynamic map to manage business processes, develop CIP's and create ROI for your agency and the public.


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 318

8:30am

Dick Thomas Award Presentations Part 1
1. Determining Shoreline Suitability for Hard Armor Removal in East Kitsap County Using GIS by Lisa Scheurer, Sam Bartish and Veronica Fusco. Advisor: Harvey Arnone.
2. Sea-Level Rise Implications for Coastal King County by Sultana Shah. Advisor: Matthew Kelley
3. Oil Spill Emergency Response Application for Washington State's Marine Waters by Ting-Jen Lin. Advisor: Harvey Arnone.
4. Historical Photo Point GIS Project by Nicholas Kunz. Advisors: Harvey Armone & Tom Nolan




See more information, visit this link: http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/Student_Competition_FAQs_2017.pdf
 

Moderators
AY

Anna Yost

GIS Analyst, City of SeaTac

Speakers
VF

Veronica Fusco

Student, UW
TL

Ting-Jen Lin

GIS Certificate Student, UWPCE
SS

Sultana Shah

Program Specialist, OSPI


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 317

8:30am

ESRI Learning Lab
See attached document for content


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Coat Room

9:00am

Lidar & Geologic Information Portal - Updates from the WA Geological Survey
Starting in winter 2016, the From the inception of the Lidar Program at the Washington Geological Survey (WGS) in 2016, building an intuitive, easily accessible data distribution portal that hosts all of the publically available lidar data in Washington has been a main focus. This talk will present the current portal functionality, available GIS services, tips on downloading data, and some of the data management challenges that we have encountered. Concurrent to this effort, the Geologic Information Portal is undergoing a complete update from a Flex application to the new JavaScript 4.x API. New features will include 3D enabled tools, an attribute query tool and related tables, custom print templates, compatibility with mobile devices, and will combine all of WGS’s geologic data into one web application. This talk will provide a preview of the new portal, coming online this summer. 

Speakers
AG

Abigail Gleason

LiDAR Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Abigail Gleason is the new LiDAR Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Division of Geology and Earth Resources. Ms. Gleason has a background in LiDAR program development and quality assurance, as well as in Digital Elevation Model analysis. Ms. Gleason... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 316

9:00am

Web GIS-Centric Apps for Public Asset Management
GIS has long been a mission-critical system of record for local government. Whether managing physical assets, like utility and public works infrastructure, or land records and business licenses, local governments have adopted GIS as their asset registry. In this presentation, learn how Cityworks and Esri’s ArcGIS come together as a system of engagement to perform intelligent and cost-effective condition assessment, decision-making, inspection and monitoring.

Speakers
HK

Hyrum Kruger

Account Manager, Cityworks
Regional Account Manager for the western United States at Cityworks/Azteca Systems 



Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 318

9:00am

Creating & Maintaining High Quality GIS Data
Over the years, creating accurate and useful GIS data has become much easier. Create high quality GIS data using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 Attribute Assistant, Edit Templates and Data Reviewer. Learn how Tacoma Water has used these tools to create and maintain data in support of everyday water utility operations.  This presentation will also demonstrate how all three of these tools specifically function within ArcMap to help staff maintain a highly accurate water utility network.  

Speakers
SP

Steve Pietzke

IT Analyst, Tacoma Water
Steve has worked for Tacoma Water for over 10 years and is relatively new the GIS career field. He has recently completed the UWT GIS certification program and is currently employed as a GIS IT Analyst. He is a Native Washingtonian and grew up the Tacoma Pierce County area. In hi... Read More →
AS

Andy Simpson

Senior IT Analyst, City of Tacoma Water
Andy is a GIS Analyst with Tacoma Water, and has over 15 years of GIS experience in both the local government and utility industries. Andy develops and applies GIS in support of many departments and daily activities at Tacoma Water including the Asset and Information Management t... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 315

9:30am

Tsunami Inundation Mapping Using Videos of NOAA's Seattle Fault
A method to translate video output from a NOAA tsunami wave model to produce wave run-up projections along coastlines is presented.

Coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest have long been aware of the threat posed by tsunamis.  Only recently have the communities surrounding Puget Sound realized the damage that could result from tsunamis generated by large subduction earthquakes along any of the mapped faults in or near Washington State. Snohomish County collaborated with NOAA to provide our emergency management department with inundation maps based upon NOAA’s modeling of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake along the Seattle Fault, which lies below Seattle, Washington.

NOAA provided Snohomish County with video animations of the model output showing the spatial extent of the wave propagation along with color coded wave amplitudes. Snohomish County staff conducted a series of image analyses and GIS processing tasks to extend the model results to include areas of potential wave run-up inundation and to provide estimates of value for structures subject to damage.  Specific tasks and analyses included; video to image conversion, maximum wave height extraction, projection of maximum wave height to a digital elevation model (DEM), calculating location-specific wave run-up data for all coastal areas using Klettner’s (2012) method, and mapping the inundation area.  After identifying the wave run-up areas, parcel data was used to estimate the potential economic impacts of the tsunami.

The method developed in this study can be applied to other areas where tsunami simulation video and accurate coastline data are available.

Speakers
GA

Gi-Choul Ahn

Principal GIS Analyst, Snohomish County Public Works - Surface Water Management
Gi-Choul Ahn is an expert in remote sensing and GIS and holds a Ph.D in Civil Engineering. He oversees a team of five GIS Analysts who execute advanced GIS scripting and spatial analysis. As the GIS specialist for watershed basin planning and the hydrologic modeling programs, he... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 316

9:30am

Pictometry Deployment Options and Tips for GIS Success

As Pictometry’s geo referenced oblique and ortho imagery has evolved and become more accurate and higher resolution, our software functionality has evolved to meet the needs of our customers. We have expanded the options for deployment from desktop and server to browsers and APIs in order to expand the value of the data and tools enterprise wide, leading to many fun new technologies using these enhanced capabilities.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Canizaro

Paul Canizaro

NW District Manager, Pictometry
PacNW District Manager for EagleView/Pictometry is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of engineering and business consulting experience including sensor development. Paul is also a commercial pilot with a multitude of remote sensing flight experience. He has always loved ma... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 318

10:00am

Break
Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

10:30am

Advantages of Spatially Tracking Enterprise Data Using Building Outlines
Similar to many local government organizations, Skagit County links database records to parcel boundary’s to create spatial data. This empowers County employees to access land records geographically through the County’s GIS. Currently Skagit County uses unique parcels IDs as the spatial link for land records. However, we are noticing that many issues and errors can occur over time from this type of approach that ultimately leads to unreliable data. To correct the problem, Skagit County has decided to use unique building outline IDs rather than parcel boundary IDs. This presentation will demonstrate the benefits of linking land records to building outlines and how building delineation can be a cost effective solution for improving the data integrity of many local government data sets.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Greenberg

Joshua Greenberg

Sr. GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS
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 gro... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 315

10:30am

Tacoma's Street Sign Inventory App
The Street Sign Inventory Web Application combines the City’ of Tacoma's Enterprise Resource Planning solution (SAP) with the GeoCorTex/ESRI mapping solution to provide Street Operations and Traffic Engineering with operational efficiencies. The mobile optimized site enhances the management of the City’s inventory of 37,000+ street signs. It reduces data entry by allowing users to display and edit street sign data stored in GIS
and SAP.

Speakers
avatar for Chris James

Chris James

IT Analyst, Senior, City of Tacoma
Chris James’ career has been focused on the application of computer technology to improve the business processes of large organizations. Chris currently serves as a GIS web developer and is focused on working collaboratively to design, develop, implement, and improve the portfo... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 316

10:30am

An Introduction to Geocortex and Building Powerful ESRI WebGIS Applications

Esri clients utilize ArcGIS tools like Web App Builder every day to quickly configure web mapping applications for their users. Even with all the rich capabilities included in ArcGIS, application requirements usually emerge that might require slow and expensive custom development. Custom reports and search tools? Map integration with non-GIS databases? Step-by-step workflows to guide end users to what they need? These common requirements can be difficult to meet with Esri’s out-of-the-box tools in ArcGIS. Geocortex is trusted by Esri clients around the world to provide a smart alternative to custom development that sidesteps some traditional development pitfalls.

 

In this introductory session learn how Geoocortex accelerates desktop and mobile application deployment and see a live demonstration of applications from local Esri clients that use Geocortex. Learn about recent developments and cutting-edge features like map-based collaboration, social media integration, and more.


Speakers
avatar for James Van Dyk

James Van Dyk

Account Manager, Geocortex by Latitude Geographics
Since 2008 James van Dyk has been a Senior Account Manager with Latitude Geographics. He works with Esri clients all over the Pacific Northwest to make the most of their ArcGIS web development efforts using Geocortex. Founded in 1999, Latitude Geographics is an Esri Platinum Part... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 318

10:30am

Dick Thomas Award Presentations Part 2
1. Analyzing Tripping Hazards on Central Washington University Campus by Caleb Valko and Floyd Bull. Advisor: Sterling Quinn
2. Banned from mapping: Analyzing OpenStreetMap user blocks to understand threats to crowdsourced data by Floyd Bull. Advisor: Sterling Quinn
3. Evaluating ESRI Story Maps as a Vehicle for Teaching Cartographic Literacy by Trinity Turner. Advisor: Bob Hickey, PhD
4. Finding Wetland Restoration Sites Using 3D Visualizations by Christina Chelf. Advisor: Britta Ricker.

For more information, see this link:
http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2017/Student_Competition_FAQs_2017.pdf
 

Moderators
AY

Anna Yost

GIS Analyst, City of SeaTac

Speakers
FB

Floyd Bull

Student, Central Washington University
avatar for Christina Chelf

Christina Chelf

GIS Analyst, GeoEngineers/ UWT
I am a GIS Analyst on my way to becoming a GIS Developer! I am currently enrolled in the final stage of the University of Washington Tacoma's Masters of Geospatial Technology Program where I am learning how to create mobile and web apps on a variety of platforms as well as automa... Read More →
TT

Trinity Turner

Student, Central Washington University
CV

Caleb Valko

Student, Central Washington University


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 317

11:00am

Field Data Collection with Collector
Collector for ArcGIS is one of many solutions for capturing GIS data in the field with smartphones and tablets. For an organization with enterprise ArcGIS assets, such as King County, Collector is a logical extension of those assets. Come see real-world example of the integration of Collector with ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online resources, relational database and web application.

Speakers
HK

Harkeerat Kang

GIS Analyst, King County GIS Center
Harkeerat Kang is a GIS Specialist, Senior with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. She’s worked with the county since 1999 as a GIS professional. Her projects include custom GIS Web applications using ArcGIS Javascript API, ASP.NET and SQL Server databas... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 316

11:00am

Modernizing Jefferson County GIS
In 2016, Jefferson County, WA (population 30,000), completed a comprehensive GIS modernization project, working with local government GIS partner Pro-West & Associates. Discover how the County is replacing its outdated system with an enterprise GIS that utilizes modern Esri technology, runs on efficient processes, provides scalability for the future, and meets public expectations through a project that encompassed:

- System infrastructure design
- Data standards & Centralization (Local Government Information Model, Parcel Fabric)
- System integration including tax, CAMA, and document imaging
- Training 
- Standardized publishing scripts
- Branded ArcGIS Online landing page for public solutions
- Field solutions 
- Leveraging Esri Enterprise Agreement for maximum value

Attendees will also be able to see how Jefferson County is expanding the project in 2017, with additional system integration and departmental collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Noltemeier

Doug Noltemeier

GIS Coordinator/Administrator, Jefferson County
Doug Noltemeier, GISP – GIS Coordinator/Administrator, Jefferson County, Washington | Doug has worked in GIS for 22 years with state, local and consulting organizations and has been with Jefferson County since 2005. Doug is also an adjunct physical geography instructor at Penin... Read More →
avatar for Kendis Scharenbroich

Kendis Scharenbroich

Vice President, Pro-West & Associates
I'm excited to be representing Pro-West at this year's WAURISA event! | Kendis Scharenbroich, Vice-President, Pro-West & Associates | Kendis has worked on local government GIS projects for 16 years, with the goal of helping Counties and Cities achieve success with GIS. Kendis is... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Stockard

Charlotte Stockard

GIS Analyst/Cartographer, Jefferson County, WA
Charlotte Stockard – GIS Analyst/Cartographer, Jefferson County, Washington | Charlotte has worked in GIS for 8 years, working in local government and with environmental consulting firms. She has been with Jefferson County since 2015. Charlotte holds a GIS Graduate Certificate... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 315

11:15am

A Deep Dive Into the AWC GIS Consortium: what’s in it for you

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) GIS Consortium, a partnership between AWC and FLO Analytics, increases the capacity of local government to utilize GIS technology.

Whether you need a little or a lot of GIS assistance, the GIS Consortium can help you with everything from being an on-call resource for any of your data or mapping needs to helping your organization develop an implementation strategy for ramping up or creating your GIS program.

During this session, we will take a deep-dive into what the GIS Consortium does and cover the many benefits that local governments can gain from joining.


Speakers
avatar for Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant has 13 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools with Python, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consorti... Read More →
avatar for John McKenzie

John McKenzie

GIS Program Lead, Association of Washington Cities
John conducts GIS, data analysis, and data visualization for all AWC departments, staff, and member cities. His work includes developing and managing the content of the AWC Open Data Portal (http://data.awcnet.org), creating GIS based story maps to address issues facing Washingto... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Vick

Tyler Vick

Principal, FLO Analytics
Tyler manages the operations and GIS service offerings at FLO. He is a specialist in providing implementation strategies for both GIS and database development projects, along with project management for the company’s most complex jobs. As one of the founding members of the Asso... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 11:15am - 11:45am
Room 318

11:30am

A Model for Stormwater Best Practices
The City of Kent’s GIS group has maintained an inventory of its stormwater management features since the late 1970s.  We maintain an extensive collection of stormwater-related features; however, the general schema for this data is a product of the old days of coverages.  New GIS data management principles, NPDES reporting standards, and increased demand for data access from Environmental, Permitting, and Maintenance staff have prompted the City to proceed with updating the Stormwater Data Management Model in GIS.  

The City of Kent’s Stormwater Data Management Model update is a work-in-progress.  The City can now take advantage of ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, and Portal for ArcGIS technologies.  This presentation will discuss the process of creating the first draft of the City’s new Stormwater Data Management Model in 3 primary steps: 1) reviewing the City’s current stormwater data, Esri’s Local Government Information Model (LGIM) for Stormwater Management, and other jurisdictions’ stormwater data models , 2) interviewing stakeholders and consumers of the stormwater GIS data throughout the city, and 3) creating a draft data model.  We will highlight the goals, major stumbling blocks, and lessons learned during this process, and then lay out our road map for moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Heath Brackett

Heath Brackett

GIS Analyst III, City of Kent
I have 8 years of professional GIS experience in regional, state, and now local government. Prior to this career, I obtained an engineering degree from Brown University and spent 10 years as a professional chef. I'm a food lover and outdoor enthusiast.


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 315

11:30am

Web App to Inform the Public of Regulation Changes
Every two years, under the guidance of the Pierce County Council , the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan undergoes an amendment process.  Through this process the County Council initiates changes to the text and/or land use designation maps as requested by staff or the public. 
In the last two cycles, proposed amendments have included  changes to the Pierce County Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) zoning  definition and mapped zoning.  The county sends a mailing to each effected land owner and those within 300 feet of the subject parcel .  Over the last two cycles (2014 and 2016) the division of Planning and Land Services has sent out 3,500 and 4,000 mailings respectively. 
In this presentation I will talk about the differences of how information was shared with impacted land owners and the general public between the 2014 and 2016 amendments.  About how the use of a simple web app built in Web App Builder made it easier for the public to see where the proposed changes were in 2016.  I will also compare how much less staff time was needed for responding to public inquires in 2016 versus 2014.  Much of this time savings can be directly attributed to the fact that a Web App was included as a tool on the Comp Plan Amendment website.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Petersen

Aaron Petersen

GIS Specialist, Pierce County, Planning and Public Works
Mr. Aaron Petersen is a GIS Specialist with Pierce County, WA. Aaron has worked on a wide variety of geographic analysis projects ranging from land use to natural resource management. He has worked as a GIS professional for over ten years, with experience working with both local... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 316

12:00pm

WAURISA Member Meeting
Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Room 316

12:00pm

Lunch (provided)
Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

1:30pm

Adventures with the Enterprise Geodatabase
The City of Tacoma Environmental Services Asset Management Group is responsible for mapping the sanitary and storm sewers throughout Tacoma.  The GIS team leverages an Esri multi user or enterprise geodatabase to manage the spatial data.  This talk will describe a number of techniques developed to manage the workflow and assure that data quality is maintained using tools including SQL Server, Python and FME.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Schunzel

Steve Schunzel

GIS Technical Lead, City of Tacoma
Steve is the GIS Technical Lead for the City of Tacoma IT Department. He has worked in the field for over 23 years with stops in a few local governments around Washington State.


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 318

1:30pm

CANCELLED--Spatial Decision Support for Active Transportation Planning
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
WL

William Levings

Principal, WHLevings, LLC
Bill Levings’ experience and interest is focused on using innovative technology to improve decision making and planning in government and complex organizations. He has overseen the design and implantation of global meteorological/oceanographic decision support systems; prioritize... Read More →
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 deci... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 316

1:30pm

Customizing WebAppBuilder Widgets
Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (WAB) is a popular platform for creating web mapping apps.  It provides widgets and tools, but there are some cases where widgets need to be customized.  I will introduce three customized widgets, DataMenu, TableOfContents, and MailingLabels and discuss the process to create those widgets.

Pierce County provides a GIS platform to our customers complete with data from multiple organizations via a data menu.  The DataMenu widget allows users to select a data source/organization.  The widget then populates the appropriate layers in a tree view, where the user can choose which layers to add to the map, and remove layers that are no longer needed. Icons in the tree view indicate the status of layers including those already present in the map.  Another critical complexity that was addressed was when a layer gets added to the map, its geometry type must be recognized and point/line layers are placed above polygon layers in the display order.  A series of Python scripts easily create/manage this data menu.

The TableOfContents widget allows the management of layers in the TOC. The complexity here is that each WAB widget resides in a separate folder, which means sharing processes/functions across different widgets is impossible without utilizing a medium that can be recognized by all widgets.  Since the TableOfContents widget needs to keep track of which layer has been added/removed by the DataMenu widget and vice versa, LocalStorage acts as the medium on the client side storing information about each layers’ in/out status.

Last, the MailingLabel widget allows the fast and easy generation of owner notify-type mailing labels from the selected tax parcels.  Since there is no reporting widget yet, a third-party library was used to create the pdf output.

Existing widgets are best, but customization is often not avoidable!

Speakers
YC

Yunsik Choi

GIS Programmer, Pierce County IT
Yunsik Choi has worked for the Pierce County IT Spatial Services since 2015. Prior to joining Pierce County he worked both in private and public sectors as a GIS Analyst/Programmer for six years.


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 315

1:30pm

Breaking out of the Mold
Experience GIS through a simple culture-rich everyday interface that delivers reliable information designed to connect people with events, activities and information.  This is a demonstration of a crude model utilizing GIS and the best practices of established standard communications protocol as applied by a few of our current generation of retiring veterans working in collaboration with Naccarato Network, Pt. Ruston Development, and Rebuilding Together South Sound. 
This lightning talk highlights a case study of the premier Pt. Ruston Development, located in the heart of the South Sound, through the experience of people living their lives. Watch the progression of development, find out what’s happened, is happening, and is planned to happen. See how to choose from one of many restaurants and make a reservation, rent a surrey bike, and get excited about what’s in the works. GIS is one of the essential elements of many readily available components that can make all this possible. Come listen to the idea, how it might work, and understand its value. 
Whether it’s the state's storied past of technological innovation, inspirational efforts of institutions such as University of Washington, or graduating digital citizen, the South Sound stands formidable on its own; pragmatic collaboration and a window of economic growth paving way for true victory in the GIS arena.

Speakers
avatar for David B Johnson

David B Johnson

Development Steward / Project Manager, City of Tacoma
Proud to consider himself a Tacoman, David is a builder, ambassador, and promoter of relationships to create a great place to live and work. He has thirty-six years experience in assessing needs and delivering built-environment services for projects as Development Steward, Buildi... Read More →
avatar for Nic Naccarato

Nic Naccarato

Principal Strategist, GSOC
Nic Naccarato is an entrepreneur with nearly 15 years working in family small business, 8 years military service, and a cultural anthropology student committed to ethical business practice & healthy, positive work environments.


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 317

2:00pm

Using GIS to Build Smarter Communities in Washington
GIS is an integral tool for local government. It enables efficient and effective planning across departments, provides a coherent overview for management, and allows for increased engagement with citizens. Unfortunately, many local government GIS employees lack sufficient capacity to fully implement GIS solutions. 

During this session, we will highlight local government case studies from across Washington in an engaging “lightning talk” format. Each featured case study will showcase local governments that have effectively implemented and improved the use of GIS resources in their community despite budget and capacity challenges, and deployed specific GIS applications to address a wide variety of issues. You’ll hear from different presenters on an interactive permitting tool created for the City of Sammamish, a GIS strategic plan developed for the City of Mukilteo, and GIS support for updating the City of Langley’s Comprehensive plan. 

By the end of the presentation, you will: 

1. Understand how GIS can help local governments with asset management, workflow efficiency, community engagement, preventing loss of institutional knowledge, and more.

2. See how other local governments across the state have leveraged GIS to address critical issues. 

3. Know what tools and resources are available to allow local governments to implement or better leverage GIS. 

Speakers
avatar for Beth Carpenter

Beth Carpenter

GIS Coordinator, City of Sammamish
Beth Carpenter GISP, GIS Coordinator, leads the technology and GIS efforts at the City of Sammamish, WA. During her 11 plus years at the city, Beth and her team have created an enterprise GIS from scratch, implemented permit and asset management systems, deployed custom web and m... Read More →
avatar for Grant Herbert

Grant Herbert

Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, FLO Analytics
Grant has 13 years of experience in the geospatial industry. His expertise includes GIS data management, asset management, spatial database and server technologies, creating automated tools with Python, and building Web-based data visualizations. As the lead for many GIS Consorti... Read More →
avatar for John McKenzie

John McKenzie

GIS Program Lead, Association of Washington Cities
John conducts GIS, data analysis, and data visualization for all AWC departments, staff, and member cities. His work includes developing and managing the content of the AWC Open Data Portal (http://data.awcnet.org), creating GIS based story maps to address issues facing Washingto... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Vick

Tyler Vick

Principal, FLO Analytics
Tyler manages the operations and GIS service offerings at FLO. He is a specialist in providing implementation strategies for both GIS and database development projects, along with project management for the company’s most complex jobs. As one of the founding members of the Asso... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 316

2:00pm

Enterprise GIS for Asset Management

GIS based asset management is no longer an option but is becoming a necessity for local govt. Throw in mobility, cloud, and cyber security- the mix starts getting interesting fast! This session will provide fist hand information how to navigate from zero to hero. We will discuss best practices, gotchas, how to's, what not to's. no matter what level of job responsibilities you have, you will benefit from collective knowledge of your peers who have developed enterprise GIS from scratch geared towards various decision making applications including enterprise asset management.


Speakers
AB

Arnab Bhowmick

Founder and CEO, AAKAVS CONSULTING
Arnab has been working with local govt organizations advising them how to build enterprise GIS for various business applications including asset management. He has worked with various geospatial dataset and applications, helped organizations build geospatial programs from scratch... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 318

2:00pm

Using Survey 123 in the Tacoma Homeless Outreach Program

The Survey123 App is being implemented by Comprehensive Life Resource (CLR) on behalf of the City of Tacoma for a Positive Interactions Homeless Outreach Program to collect information about homeless individuals and business affected by homelessness. The Relevant and Multi-select functionalities of that app have improved data collection workflows by only displaying relevant questions to the type of survey the field crew is collecting information on. Deploying the app to cell phones has helped keep the cost low and production high while replacing paper forms. The Web App Builder helped create custom apps for monitor homeless individuals, services disturbed to individuals, and field crew’s time while still being able to share the data on ArcGIS Online to other agencies.

This short presentation details the challenges facing Tacoma’s homeless population and how Esri Survey123 with custom development have been instrumental in helping CLR to record incidents, interactions between citizens and businesses, and many other aspect of homeless life.  James Pogue, the head of this important program and Jim Lahm from Frontier Precision, Inc. are co-presenting.


Speakers
JL

Jim Lahm

GPS-GIS Specialist, Frontier Precicion, Inc.
Jim has been in the geospatial industry for 29 years providing technical support, training and seminars on both GNSS hardware and GIS software. He had his own training business for 6 years and during that time, published a monthly newsletter, To The Point for GPS surveying and ma... Read More →
JP

James Pogue

Director, Comprehensive Life Resources


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 315

2:30pm

The Points, Lines and Polygons of a Life: Using AGO for a Family History Project

An ArcGIS Online Story Map can be an effective way to preserve, present, and explain the experiences of our dwindling cadres of World War Two veterans and to create structure, reveal patterns, and shed insights into family history. This presentation explains how the author used AGO to publish a Story Map related to his family history in general, as well as his father’s experiences for 2-1/2 years in WWII. Beginning with records and evidence 50 to 100 years old, the author was able to build a variety of frameworks, including chronology, geography, events, and people, to make sense of what he learned.

The author’s Story Map, The Flight of the Malfunction, is an example of displaying the structure of points, lines, and polygons that a life is lived within. This presentation will also address some of the limitations of AGO for this type of a project and provide suggestions for future improvement.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Babinski

Greg Babinski

Finance & Marketing Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is a geographer, educator, consultant, and manager who has worked in GIS for 26 years. With an educational grounding in cartography, Greg has been helping customers use effective and well-designed maps for his entire career. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 317

3:00pm

Break
Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402

3:15pm

Closing Plenary
Thursday May 18, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Tacoma Convention Center 1500 Commerce, Tacoma, WA 98402