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2012 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts and Bios

2012 Ohio GIS Conference

OGRIP, CEAO, & URISA Making Ohio Spatial
 

September 19-21, 2012

Wednesday 9:00 am - noon
Track 1, McKinley
Workshop: Getting started with ArcGIS 10.1
ArcGIS 10.1 promises to be an exciting release by making it simpler to put mapping and geospatial analytics into the hands of more people without requiring that they be GIS experts. With cloud computing playing an increasingly critical role in how users get their work accomplished, you'll want to see how ArcGIS 10.1 allows users to easily deliver any GIS resource, such as maps, imagery, geodatabases, and tools, as a web service. Please join us for this instructor-led workshop where we'll provide an overview of the enhancements to ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server, and present best practices for migrating to 10.1.

Eric Rodenberg - Esri
Eric Rodenberg is a Solution Engineer and has been with Esri for 10 years. Eric specializes in designing ArcGIS platform deployments and implementing efficient GIS workflows. In 2011, Eric earned the distinction of Ceritified Enterprise Geodatabase Management Assoicate. Eric is also an Esri Certified Enterprise Administration Associate since 2010. Eric has presented technical workshops at the Esri International User Conference and Esri Developer Summit. Since joing Esri, Eric has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of users during his time as an instructor. Eric is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. In his spare time, Eric enjoys traveling with his family, playing sports and following his Wittenberg Tiger football team.

Wednesday 9:00 am - noon
Track 2, Grant
Workshop: Object-Oriented Imagery Analysis using eCognition presented by OhioView
Object-oriented imagery analysis has become one of the most useful approaches to the use of imagery available to public authorities. This workshop will present the use of the preeminent object-oriented-imagery software package, eCognition, as applied to various sorts of imagery, including both Landsat satellite imagery, Aerial Photography as flown by OGRIP and USDA/NAIP, and LiDAR. The goal of the workshop will be to familiarize attendees with the scope of eCognition and the sorts of applications it might bring to agencies in Ohio.

W. B. "Pete" Clapham, PhD - Cleveland State University
Education: Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, 1968 B.A., Geology, Amherst College, 1963

Kevin P. Czajkowski - University of Toledo, Department of Geography
Dr. Kevin Czajkowski spent three years developing remote sensing research at the University of Maryland. Upon arrival at the University of Toledo, he established a research program in remote sensing and the Geographic Information Science and Applied Geographics (GISAG) Lab. His main areas of interest are remote sensing, climate change and K-12 outreach. His research includes the use of remote sensing to investigate water quality, i.e., assessing the source regions and destinations of contaminants in the Lake Erie watershed. He has developed a K-12 educational outreach program called Studnets and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Investigate the Earth from Space (SATELLITES) that brings geospatial technology to K-12 students through teacher professional development and an annual student conference.

Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Track 3, Harding
Workshop: GIS & Surveying: Where Does One Start and the Other Stop
GIS and Surveying has many overlapping aspects including field data collection, analysis and map creation. However to be a Surveyor you must have a license from the state. So when is it OK to perform one of these overlapping functions if you don't have a license? When is a license required? This is often a gray area. This presentation will look at where the dividing line may be and suggest ways to help remove the gray areas so GIS Professionals don't stumble into areas they are not qualified or legally allowed to be.

Tripp Corbin, CFM, GISP - eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin is the CEO and a Co-founder of eGIS Associates, Inc. He has over 20 years of surveying, mapping and GIS related experience. Tripp started out his career working on survey crews from rod man to crew chief. Later he transitioned into IT and GIS. He's recognized as an industry leader who holds multiple certifications including Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Floodplain Manager, Certified GISP, Comptia Certified Technical Trainer and Esri Certified Trainer. Tripp is a past President of Georgia URISA and currently serves on the URISA International Board of Directors. He's also a member of the GISP Application Review committee and an At-Large GITA Southeast Board Member. Other contributions include helping to draft the new Geospatial Technology Competency Model that was adopted by the US Department of Labor, presenting at various conferences and workshops around the US, and providing help to other GIS Professionals around the world on various blogs, lists and forums.

Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Track 4, Garfield
Workshop: An Overview of Open Source GIS Software - A URISA Certified Workshop
An overview of current developments from technical and management perspectives of the leading OSS in the industry.

Sara Yurman, GISP - Spatial Focus, Inc
Sara Yurman, GISP, is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in addressing and spatial data. In that capacity she has worked nationally and internationally, handling projects in locations as diverse as Little Rock, Arkansas, Bandah Aceh, Indonesia and Zrenjanin, Serbia. Sara is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the Street Address Data Standard. Prior to the Spatial Focus startup in 1998, Sara served as a GIS Manager for local, regional and state government organizations. She has been an active member of URISA throughout her career and is a former president of Georgia URISA.

Wednesday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Track 1, McKinley
Workshop: Getting Started with Google Maps Engine
Google Maps Engine is a revolutionary geospatial solution that lets you publish your mapping data on Google's secure, cloud based mapping platform and share it quickly and easily through Google Earth, Google Maps, and Android phones. This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of getting started with Google Maps Engine so you can evaluate whether it is right for you.

Mano Marks - Google
Mano Marks is the Lead Developer Advocate for Google Maps. He has been at Google since 2006, working with companies and organizations that are implementing Google geospatial technologies.

Wednesday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Track 2, Grant
Workshop: Working with ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Online allows an organization to extend GIS beyond its traditional reach. This hands-on workshop will examine what anyone can do to find and use data in ArcGIS Online, build and share maps with others, and incorporate ArcGIS Online into your organization's GIS workflow. Readily available Esri web solutions will also be highlighted.

Eric Rodenberg - Esri
Eric Rodenberg is a Solution Engineer and has been with Esri for 10 years. Eric specializes in designing ArcGIS platform deployments and implementing efficient GIS workflows. In 2011, Eric earned the distinction of Ceritified Enterprise Geodatabase Management Assoicate. Eric is also an Esri Certified Enterprise Administration Associate since 2010. Eric has presented technical workshops at the Esri International User Conference and Esri Developer Summit. Since joing Esri, Eric has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of users during his time as an instructor. Eric is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. In his spare time, Eric enjoys traveling with his family, playing sports and following his Wittenberg Tiger football team.

Thursday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES OF CREATING A STORM WATER UTILITY GIS
This presentation looks at the history, development, and implementation of a Stormwater Utility project for The City of Brunswick. Brunswick's Utility program was created to help the city manage storm water infrastructure repairs and expansion.

Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd. digitized impervious surfaces and helped to establish the Equivalent Resident Unit (ERU) that is used to determine the stormwater fees paid by business and residents. The information was then placed into a GIS for mapping purposes. A GIS viewer based on ESRI ArcReader was created to aid city employee's abilities to locate and find utility information for individual city parcels.

John Woodard, M.S. - Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd.


Thursday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
Parcel Data Models for the Geodatabase
GIS data in a geodatabase is commonly stored and maintained as a polygon model, coincident boundary model, or the new parcel fabric model or could be a hybrid of these models. Each model has its own data maintenance workflow, benefits, and requirements. This presentation will compare and contrast these models to help the audience evaluate each model and potential for use in their GIS project.

Joyce West - The Sidwell Company
Joyce has been with Sidwell for 19 years and primarily serves local government clients. She seeks GIS opportunities for data conversion, workflow analysis, integration, photogrammetry, website, GPS, and other services. She earned her B.S. in Geography from Western Illinois University.

Thursday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
GIS Solution for Updating Current Agricultural Use Values (CAUV) in Ashtabula County
In 2011 the Ohio Department of Taxation made modifications to the Current Agricultural Use Value of Land Tables. These modifications brought agricultural land values in line with current market factors such as cropping patterns, crop yields and prices, capitalization rate, and non-land production costs. Due to relatively low values in the recent past and increasing yields and prices some values increased by 200% to 300%.

The CAUV values are calculated based on two spatial components, soil type and land use. Past methods for calculating values involved time-consuming delineations of land use and paper-based area calculations. Because of a new soil survey and the significant change in values, Ashtabula County chose to update their methodology and utilize the power of GIS to calculate values automatically and efficiently.

This presentation outlines the techniques used to define land use categories, calculate land use / soil type combinations, and present the results in an auto-generated data-driven format. In three months over 4,300 parcels were divided based on land use, calculated for CAUV values, and individually mapped to PDF documents showing land use and soil units as well as listing area calculations adjusted to deeded acreage and taxation requirements. The maps were provided to the public to assist in resolving discrepancies and to provide landowners with a geographic justification for the current values.

James Branch - Ashtabula County Auditor
Jim Branch, GISP has over 16 years of GIS experience and works full-time as the Senior GIS Applications Specialist for the Lake County GIS Department where he has been for the last 12 years. In his spare time, he provides GIS consultation services for clients like the Ashtabula County Auditor's Office. He attended Kent State University where he received his BS in Anthropology in 1997 and his MA in Anthropology / Archaeology in 2000.

Dennis DeCamillo - Ashtabula County Auditor


Thursday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Using Geospatial Tools to Build Analytic Models for Retail Decisions
Retailers today are capturing a significant amount of information about their stores, performance, and customers. Much of this information has a geographic component including where stores are located and the features around that location, where customers live and how that impacts how they shop, and where competitors place stores and how that changes store performance. Retailers now have tools to access, analyze, and interpret this large and dynamic set of geospatial data to make strategic business decisions. In this presentation farsite will show how to access that data quickly and easily, and how to analyze the data to make decisions in real estate strategy and merchandise planning.

Michael  Gold - farsite
Michael, co-founder of farsite, directs farsite’s overall strategy and manages client projects. He is the point person on each account, ensuring that the team of data scientists are providing exactly what the client needs. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota. Michael also has an MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He has worked as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Liaison Business Affairs Desk, and also for SmartBrief, a Washington-DC based start-up that publishes daily B2B news briefs.

Thursday 9:35 am - 10:05 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Housing Condition Rapid Assessment: an iPad App and Web Mapping Service
This presentation demonstrates a mobile iPad app and web mapping service created for a rapid assessment of housing conditions. By combining mobile devices and cloud computing with traditional desktop GIS capabilities, this project will help the City of Lakewood develop its housing maintenance strategy. City housing employees walk neighborhood streets and use the iPad app to quickly rate exterior maintenance quality for all single- and two-family dwellings. The app inserts the rating, house number, street name, and parcel number into Google Fusion Tables, a web mapping and data visualization service, where city planners can view the collected data in real-time as a choropleth map and a variety of charts. They can also manipulate the data using filters and aggregations without having to learn a special language. Results of exploratory spatial data analysis from the data collected with the app are also presented, including spatial clustering to determine if the house condition ratings are random, clustered, or dispersed, and hot spot analysis to show the significant hot and cold spots for the lowest and highest ratings. This project has been conducted as a part of a graduate-level GIS capstone course at the Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Chris Bata - Bata Construction LLC
In May, Chris received the GIS Certificate from the Levin College of Urban Affairs under the guidance of Dr. Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang. Chris is an independent iOS app developer. He lives and works in Lakewood, Ohio.

Thursday 9:35 am - 10:05 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
Glen Este High School’s “Turtles and Telemetry” Project
In 2002, Glen Este High School science teacher, Jon Souders called Clermont County GIS asking for ideas for teaching students the use of advanced technology, while instilling in them a sense of community and teaching them to become contributing members of their community. Clermont County GIS responded by teaching the teachers and the students to use GIS software. They took it from there…

Since 2005, students from Glen Este High School in Clermont County have been tracking eastern box turtles at The Cincinnati Nature Center in Southwestern Ohio. Originally started with a grant from the Ohio Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Education Fund, over 100 students have experienced real-world research while increasing knowledge of box turtle movements and habitat preferences. Students locate box turtles at CNC after their emergence in mid-April. Each turtle is weighed, measured, photographed, and assigned a unique identifier. A radiotransmitter is attached to the turtle’s carapace and the turtle is returned to the place where it was located. On a weekly basis, students use directional antennas and radio-receivers to track the movements of the “tagged” turtles. When each turtle is re-located, temperature, humidity, latitude, longitude (via GPS) and surrounding vegetation data are recorded. Data collection continues until mid-November.

Using GIS, students have now begun the data analysis portion of the project.

Kelly Perry - Clermont County GIS
Kelly serves as Clermont County’s GIS Administrator where she has managed the County’s geographic information system since 1998. She has been involved with Clermont County’s GIS since delivery of the first aerial photography in 1995 and has been instrumental in its growth into an enterprise system used by numerous departments and agencies. Kelly obtained her GISP certification in 2008 and is a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Jon Sounders - Glen Este High School


High School Students - Glen Este High School


Kurt Whitford - Glen Este High School


Thursday 9:35 am - 10:05 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
Cleveland Metroparks Trail Finder Application: A public mobile and desktop trail routing application built on an Open Source Stack
Cleveland Metroparks has recently revised its inventory and assessment of trail infrastructure, using map-grade GPS to capture the alignment and condition of 400+ miles of trails and trail structures. This dataset is invaluable for internal operational support, but also provides an opportunity for the provisioning of detailed and comprehensive trail information for park users. To this end, Cleveland Metroparks will deploy mobile and desktop trail applications. The desktop application will allow the end user to generate print-quality pdf maps of desired trail routes and loops. The mobile web application will allow the user to perform live point-to-point and looped routing e.g. what's the route to the closest restroom, or what are the available 3-5 mile walks from current location as well as proximity alerts e.g. "To your left you are approaching Tinker's Creek Gorge; note the false lily-of-the-valley near where the trail branches ahead. The application will be built on top of existing Open Source libraries, middleware, and databases, including JQuery Mobile, PostGIS/PostgreSQL, and PGRouting and will go live before the end of 2012.

Stephen Mather - Cleveland Metroparks
Stephen Mather studied GIS at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he received a BA in Human Ecology. He went on to study GIS and Remote Sensing for an MA in Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. He has also studied landscape ecology and biophysics at the graduate level. Stephen's most recent job before working at Cleveland Metroparks was at Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center as a Research Associate doing continental scale mapping of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Stephen sees GIS primarily as a tool for decision support, and especially appreciates its usefulness within the context of operational support, environmental planning, and natural resource management.

Thursday 9:35 am - 10:05 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Laser Scanning - From Static to Mobile
The explosive growth of terrestrial LiDAR has dramatically changed the ability to quickly and comprehensively acquire highly accurate GeoSpatial data. The number of points collected in a day by a Mobile Mapping system exceeds the number of points collected by a surveyor in a lifetime; while doing it at highway speeds, without endangering our employees. This presentation will demonstrate many successful applications of both static and mobile LiDAR while providing safety and cost savings advantages.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert Inc.


Thursday 10:25 am - 10:55 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Using GIS and Section Data to Locate MS4 Stormwater Outlets in a Suburban County.
The Butler County Engineer’s Stormwater District and Stantec Consulting completed the mapping of NPDES Phase II stormwater outlets in five (5) Townships, three (3) Villages and the City of Trenton, within a predominately rural area of Butler County. Because of the shear size of the area to be mapped, over 161 square miles, GIS analysts utilized imagery and contour data to identify potential sites and then field located those sites within each of the 238 Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Sections to manage both the field work and the follow-up QA/QC of the data collected.

Emily Whitehead - Stantec
Emily Whitehead is a Project Manager with the Cincinnati office of Stantec Consulting in her ninth year of professional practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emily received a BS in Geography from Ohio University and IT certificate in web development from the University of Cincinnati. Emily has worked directly with municipalities designing and developing GIS for stormwater sewer systems. She has experience with GIS implementation planning, data collection, database development, spatial analysis, and spatial information product development.

Adam Pooler - Stantec
Adam Pooler is a GIS Analyst with the Cincinnati office of Stantec Consulting in his sixth year of professional practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Adam has participated in a variety of municipal and data collection projects that have included utility location and conversion, GPS training and support, and customizing ArcPad GPS forms. Adam is skilled in manipulating GIS data obtained from multiple sources and formats including DWG, DXF, DGN, shapefile, and geodatabase, and producing locational maps for efficient planning of field data collection efforts.

Thursday 10:25 am - 10:55 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
Univ of Akron’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) GIS/LIS Degree
The University of Akron’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Geographic and Land Information Systems (GIS/LIS) was formally approved by the Ohio Board of Regents for a Fall 2005 start date. The degree is housed in the Engineering and Science Dept of Technology as has a strong surveying emphasis with hands on Esri software courses. The degree’s focus is to develop GIS technicians to enter the job market at the local, regional, and national level. Prof Shubat is the current Program Director and will outline the development of the degree.

Larry Shubat - The Univ of Akron
Professor Shubat received his Masters Degree in Geodesy at The Ohio State University in 1987, and a second Masters Degree in Geography/GIS in 2005 at The University of Akron. He served 20 years in the US Army in the Mapping, Charting and Geodesy fields. He has been teaching at the University of Akron in the Surveying and GIS Programs since 2001. Prof Shubat is the current Program Director of the Geographic and Land Information Systems (GIS/LIS) Associate Degree Program (AAS).

Thursday 10:25 am - 10:55 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
New and Historical Topo Maps for Ohio
Ohio now has statewide coverage of new US Topo maps and also complete collection of historical topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey. These maps are available online at no charge. US Topo is the next generation of digital topographic maps from USGS. Each map is constructed from key layers of geographic data – orthoimagery, roads, geographic names, contours, and hydrographic features - found in the National Map.

Charles Hickman - U.S. Geological Survey
Charley has been a geographer with USGS since 1985. He is currently the National Map Liaison to Ohio and acting liaison to Michigan. His master's degree in geography is from Ohio State.

Thursday 10:25 am - 10:55 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Unmanned Aircraft Systems at the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 2
This presentation will cover the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for a variety of GIS\remote sensing operations such as roadway construction project documentation, asset locations and conditions. We will be presenting some lessons learned, the present state of the technology, current public policy on UAS operations in government as well as the future direction. Advanced photo stitching and terrain modeling software for UAS’s will also be covered.

Fred Judson - Ohio Department of Transportation
Fred Judson is a certified GIS Professional from the Geographic Information System Certification Institute (GISCI). Education includes Bachelors of Science from Excelsior College and a Post-baccalaureate Certification in GIS from Pennsylvania State University. Fred also has a Private Pilot Airman Knowledge Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and a swinglet CAM Unmanned Aircraft System Certification. As well as, over 10 years experience in Geographic Information Systems from the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 2. He is responsible for the execution and the integration of district’s enterprise GIS standards, GIS web implementations and applications with a specialization in asset management. Additional experience includes assisting all levels of government in the matters of geospatial technologies as well as, universities and research institutions.

Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Using ArcGIS Server for Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Tracking
The City of Columbus has developed a Flex-based ArcGIS Server CIP mapping site which integrates with the City's Project Management Information System (PMIS). This site is used across the City to view the locations and extents of CIP Projects. Custom tools were created to search by categories such as project managers as well as locations such as neighborhoods and planning areas. Users have the ability to filter projects by project status, stage and phase. This application also allowed users to detect conflicts between multiple CIP projects by geographic location and project dates. This city-wide initiative truly integrated City departments in communicating CIP activities in an enterprise manner for more efficient decision making.

Todd Pulsifer - City of Columbus
Todd Pulsifer has over 12 years of experience implementing GIS and Asset Management solutions for both Public and Investor-owned Utilities. After consulting for many years, Todd joined the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities as their GIS Manager about 3 years ago. He has a BS in Geography from George Mason University and a MBA from the University of Richmond.

Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
Wheels of Future
The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) is a forum and resource where regional partners identify priorities, develop public policy and implement collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in Dayton region.

Since last Fall, MVRPC, in collaboration with local jurisdictions in the Dayton metropolitan area, has been developing a 2040 Regional Growth Framework map, a regional long-term strategic land development framework as part of its Regional Land Use Planning initiative titled “Going Places: An Integrated Land Use Vision for the Miami Valley Region.”

This Framework map is unique in that: 1) it offers types of future land development approaches at different parts of the Miami Valley Region, synthesized from numerous geospatial data; and 2) its interactive process design founded upon a systematic approach to achieve its objectiveness in an effort to balance the preference of where to develop in the future and the land development opportunities/constraints; and 3) GIS was used as a backbone throughout the entire process of developing the Framework due to its unique capability.

The session will begin with a brief overview of MVRPC’s GIS and the Going Places initiative. The main focus of the session is to share the unique knowledge and experiences obtained during the iterative design and implementation phases of the Growth Framework Map development process, illustrating how data from a variety of sources we

Martin Kim - MVRPC
Martin Kim is the Director of Regional Planning with over 14 years of experience in strategic planning, transportation planning, land use planning, and GIS. Mr. Kim received a Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning and a Master of Urban Administration. Martin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified GIS Professional (GISP), and an adjunct professor at Wright State University.

Tom Harner - MVRPC
Tom Harner is a GIS Coordinator with over 20 years of experience in the GIS field. His experiences include enterprise GIS, enterprise database management, cartography, and spatial analysis. Mr. Harner received a Bachelor of Geography.

Kathryn Youra Polk - MVRPC
Kathryn Youra Polk is a GIS Specialist/Planner with over 4 years of experience in the GIS and planning field. Her experiences include land use planning and GIS with special emphasis on spatial analysis. Ms. Youra Polk received a Bachelor of Art in Communication, Master of Urban Planning, and Master of Geographic Information Systems.

Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
Implementing the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Cadastral Data Standard in an Appalachian Ohio partnership.
In 2011, the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership was founded to support the adoption and promotion of geospatial data standards in the underserved Appalachian Region of southeastern Ohio. With an FGDC CAP grant, this partnership developed a standardized, seamless cadastral dataset across a three county jurisdiction. The ground-up creation of a standard cadastral data set, using Esri’s Local Government Information Model, allowed these counties to analyze multiple data sets in relation to the cadastral data and begin to provide trusted data to all government agencies as well as private industry, nonprofits and academia. The cadastral base will support future environmental planning and infrastructure management. The partnership has documented benefits of universally consumable, standardized cadastral data, along with strategies for financing, implementation and maintenance. Development of strategic GIS partnerships allows for a collaborative environment built on educating, creating, sharing and maintaining GIS data for everyone to consume.

Thomas Fisher - Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Mr. Fisher has eighteen years of experience in the private and public sectors of GIS and currently holds the positions of Information Systems & Technology Manager for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) and President of the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership (AOGDP). He supervises five full-time staff members whom currently manage spatial data for the Muskingum River Watershed, compiled from eighteen counties on an annual basis. Mr. Fisher holds two Bachelors of Science degrees, one in Cartography/GIS and the other in Network Communications Management. He is a Certified Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP) and is an active member of the American Planning Association and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

Bret Allphin - Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley RDD
Mr. Allphin has eleven years of experience in GIS with the Buckeye Hills – Hocking Valley Regional Development District including extensive data creation, editing, cartography, software installation support, web based data delivery, remote sensing/ field data collection, as well as GIS project and staff management experience. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies. Brett is a GIS Professional (GISP) and is an active member of Ohio's Chapter of URISA, a member of Hocking College's GIS Program Curriculum Board, and an organizing member of the Development District Association of Appalachia's annual GIS Conference.

Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Solar Potential Mapping for Ohio.
Conservation through the use of renewable energy sources has often been cited as way to realize higher quality of life standards as well as a way to trigger job creation. Renewable energy systems such as solar power collectors use resources that are constantly being replaced in nature making them less polluting. These systems are often expensive to install. Ohio proudly boasts of statewide coverage of both imagery and LiDAR datasets. The goal of this presentation is to show how these datasets can be leveraged to create a geographic information system (GIS) for estimating the amount of solar potential of any area of the state. Such a database would provide property owners throughout the state the resources to enable them make informed decision regarding installing solar panels.

Daniel Ngoroi - Woolpert, Inc


Thursday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Automated Solutions to Water Resource Evaluations: CNMS Tools and Practical Approaches to Real-World Problems
Through smart implementation of ESRI Model Builder and scripting, GIS tasks that would seem daunting are reduced to a few button-clicks. CNMS (Coordinated Needs Management Strategy) was developed as a method to evaluate the need of new FEMA studies on particular streams. CNMS is comprised of 17 different validation checks, many of which use GIS. Some of the more detailed evaluations are complex beyond what a person could manually complete in a reasonable time and budget. We have been using specialized tools to complete these tasks, automating analyses to increase efficiency and accuracy. In this talk, we will describe the particular tools we used in our tasks in order to gain an understanding of some capabilities of automated GIS processes and shine some light on possible ways to improve other workflows.

Katherine Skalak - ODNR Floodplain Management Program
Katherine Skalak joined ODNR’s Floodplain Management Program as an Environmental Specialist in January 2011. Ms Skalak coordinates the state’s activities in FEMA’s floodplain mapping initiatives, including mapping needs assessments, preliminary DFIRM reviews, and Flood Risk Information Open Houses. Additionally, she coordinates the state’s involvement in FEMA’s latest mapping initiative, Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment, and Planning), which is aimed at bridging the gaps between flood hazard identification and flood risk assessment. This involves collecting and prioritizing flood hazard study needs, developing work statements, and managing mapping grant activities and budgets. Katherine also provides technical assistance to communities concerning floodplain management and floodplain engineering related questions. Ms Skalak is an Engineer in Training. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, concentrating in Soil and Water Engineering from Ohio State University.

Melissa Williams - Stantec Consulting
As a civil engineer with experience in both the public and private sectors, Melissa Williams utilizes GIS to assist in hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, floodplain mapping, stormwater management, and watershed planning. She has also served as the technical manager for several major facilities and asset management projects. Ms. Williams has extensive knowledge of ESRI software and routinely uses Model Builder and Python to develop customized tools for GIS data conversion, attribute population, and analysis.

Ryan Branch - Stantec Consulting


Thursday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Track 2, Franklin Room B
History of the GIS-World, Part I: A look at the history of GIS in Film and Television
Where was the first place you saw GIS or GPS? Was it in high school or college, or maybe in a news cast? Think harder. Chances are that you might have caught your first glimpse of these technologies in movies and on television, perhaps even before they were invented. Since the early 20th century movies and television have been portraying GIS and geospatial systems. From map tracking devices in James Bond, to police station maps plotting criminal activity to sci-fi futurescapes were every piece of information is spatially modeled (and available by talking to a voice-enabled computer). This presentation will provide a historical look of how GIS technologies have been presented in the past in both film and television and how predictions made about the state of spatial technology have (or have not) come true so far.

Todd Tucky - Heartland GIS
Todd Tucky GISP – Todd is the senior consultant and owner of Heartland GIS. He has been using GIS technologies for the past 22+ years and has an extensive background in GIS planning and implementation projects. He teaches GIS classes at Columbus State and serves on their GIS program advisory board. His is a certified archaeologist and GIS/Information Systems professional, and has vested interest in Ohio’s archaeological and historical cultural heritage as well as the development of emerging technologies. Recently he served as primary author of Ohio’s GIS Statewide Strategic Plan and has been active in Ohio GIS for several decades.

Gene  DelGreco -
Gene Del Greco GISP, GIS Manager of KE McCartney and Associates, brings 35 years of experience working with local governments in three states. As GIS Manager for the Richland County, Ohio GIS Consortium he guided the efforts of a 22 member GIS Consortium. As Development Director of Weirton West Virginia he coordinated the citywide GIS and as Planning Director of Chautauqua County, New York he headed up the county’s initial GIS development efforts. Gene has been an active member of the GIS professional community for 20 years. He has served as Chairman of the Ohio Chapter of URISA and served for two years as Chairman of the OGRIP GIS Forum. He has been a member of URISA International since 1990 and has served on many URISA Subcommittees.

Thursday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Track 3, Franklin Room C
Clermont County Tornado Response
On March 2, 2012 Clermont County was hit by an EF3 tornado that nearly destroyed the entire town of Moscow. GIS staff was called to the Emergency Operations Center to provide support for the numerous emergency responder agencies. During the following week countless agencies pulled together to help in the recovery. Please join us as we relive that week and review what worked well and where we need to improve.

Kelly Perry - Clermont County GIS
Kelly serves as Clermont County’s GIS Administrator where she has managed the County’s geographic information system since 1998. She has been involved with Clermont County’s GIS since delivery of the first aerial photography in 1995 and has been instrumental in its growth into an enterprise system used by numerous departments and agencies. Kelly obtained her GISP certification in 2008 and is a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Chris Bussell - Clermont County GIS


Thursday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Object-Oriented Image Processing and its Applications
Object-oriented geospatial image processing has become one of the most useful approaches to the uses of imagery. This talk will compare several different approaches to image segmentation and classification, with applications such as CAUV, Environmental Issues, and Planning.

This will be part of the OhioView session.

Pete Clapham - Cleveland State University


Thursday 1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Problems and Solutions: Creating a Universal Routing Application
Building off the success of a bulk refuse pickup application, the City of Columbus, Department of Public Service (DPS) created a routing application that could be used by any City employee to both analyze existing routes and efficiently respond to service requests. This task involved leveraging multiple technologies including ESRI ArcGIS, Python and Oracle as well working with a variety of users, to achieve a result that is powerful, flexible, and easy to use. This presentation will highlight the technical aspects of this project, including publishing geoprocessing tools to ArcGIS Server, Python scripting and debugging, and custom interface creation.

Rick Garrabrant, P.S. - City of Columbus
Rick Garrabrant is a registered professional surveyor and has been with the City of Columbus for 32 years. He is currently serving as GIS Manager for the City's Department of Public Service.

Erick Lobao - Stantec


Nick Soltes - Stantec


Thursday 1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
Track 2, Franklin Room B
High school students partner to learn GPS/GIS by mapping Rural Emergency Plans.
First responders are at a disadvantage when they arrive on the scene of a farm emergency due to the fact that every farm has shut off points, chemicals, animals and equipment in different locations. Speaking to local fire departments about the relevance of utilizing GPS and GIS to create the first Rural Emergency Plans (REP) confirmed to programs need in our rural community. The fire department is extremely appreciative when they arrive at an emergency and they know where the key shut off points, chemicals, animals and equipment are because of the REP maps. First responders expect the long term implications of this project to save lives and reduce farm inventory losses due to their ability to know what is on the farm from information found in the REP waterproof, reflective tubes. Consultations with the Canadian Government of Alberta, 2 fire departments and 1 EMS squad assisted the APC in designing 9 farm safety description sheets to accurately record 25 key emergency items on farms by August. Relationships were established with 20 farmers in our community. The APC met with them to map out each farm’s key REP points by February. Professor Dode Makely from Rhodes State College utilized distance learning in February to teach 22 FFA members to pin points on Google Earth and produce a REP map for each farm. REP tubes were designed and built with reflective tape, by March, to place on 20 farms to protect the REP documents for use by first responders in an emergency situation.

Stephanie Jolliff - Ridgemont Schools


Cody  Seiler - Ridgemont FFA


Colin Turner - Ridgemont FFA


Andrew Scharf - Ridgemont FFA


Thursday 1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
Track 3, Franklin Room C
Data Creation, Management, and Access for the Clinton County GIS Department Data Library
The Clinton County Ohio GIS Department currently has stored in its library of GIS Data, more than 900 separate and distinct data layers. This collection includes GeoDatabases, a few Shapefiles that have so far eluded conversion, many years and flavors of aerial photography, and decade’s worth of archived, scanned and georectified tax maps of each of our municipalities and townships.
Also included in the data library is nearly a decade’s worth of archived property data, complete with attributes, and many years worth of property information stored in easily accessible databases.

Through the clever use of publicly consumed web pages, an in-house data access web page, and a simple Microsoft Access database, anyone can sift and sort all of our data to drill down to just the layer they are interested in.

This presentation will include how it came to be that rural Clinton County has managed to amass such a large number of GIS datasets, the reasoning and logic behind their creation, and how we make the library available to the public at large.



Joe Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office


Thursday 1:35 pm - 2:05 pm
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Geospatial Technology For Free
The growth of geospatial technologies and their applications has been occurring at a rapid pace in society. Companies and agencies are using these technologies for a variety of different uses. Universities are offering new classes in geospatial technologies, especially at the introductory level. Similarly, workshops and other educational outreach programs allow for teachers at the K-12 level to learn about geospatial technologies and bring this knowledge back to their classroom to have students use these technologies. However, budgets are often limited, and being able to teach or use GIS, remote sensing, or other geospatial applications often proves challenging. This presentation outlines many freely available resources for geospatial technologies (including software, data, and web-based tools) and how they can be utilized in a variety of different settings.

Bradley Shellito - Youngstown State University


Thursday 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Track 1, Franklin Room A
Utility Billing Integration and Flex Based Application Development
The City of Lancaster, Ohio uses the InHance software package from Harris Corporation built on SQL Server to maintain their utility billing system. The data gathered by the Utilities Department has inherent spatial applications, which had been previously unutilized. Using ArcGIS Server for SQL the City has developed scheduled tasks to allow the two systems to communicate. In this presentation we will outline the procedures created to import the utility data in to GIS using Modelbuilder and Python. Then we will show how these procedures are performed by the server on a regular schedule. Lastly, we will show the web based applications using this newly created spatial data developed with ESRI’s Flex API.

Scott Snider - City of Lancaster
Scott has been the GIS Coordinator for the City of Lancaster since January, 2011. He received his B.A. in Geography and Environmental Science from Wittenberg University and his M.A. in Geography from Ohio University. Before joining the City of Lancaster Scott was employed as the GIS Supervisor for Knox County. Scott has also been an active volunteer in the local GIS Community as well. He has served as Chair of the Ohio Chapter of URISA and has been an active volunteer with the Ohio GIS Conference for several years.

Thursday 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Track 2, Franklin Room B
Introduction to Spatial SQL
This session introduces spatial SQL. Basic syntax, applications, and advantages are discussed.

Matthew Fancher - Public Utilities Commission of Ohio


Thursday 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Track 3, Franklin Room C
ArcGIS Flex at FEMA: Raising Awareness to Reduce Risk
FEMA Headquarters and its Regional offices, assisted by The Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR), developed the Risk MAP Multi-Year Planning tool. Risk MAP seeks to increase public awareness and deliver quality data so that action may be taken to reduce risk to life and property. Utilizing the ArcGIS Flex API, FEMA and STARR created a web tool through which FEMA stakeholders can input, review, and revise the spatial data used to develop prioritization plans for Risk MAP efforts. The visual nature of the tool allows users to see the impact project sequencing will have on how Risk MAP program goals will be met at State, Regional, and National levels. The tool features extensive statistical analysis, charting, and visualization features that provide significant insights into the spatial patterns associated with managing risk. This tool helps inform decision makers tasked with managing risk throughout the U.S. This presentation will focus on the different aspects of the tool, as well as data creation, and hurdles that arose.

Brad Ziss - Stantec
Brad Ziss is a Senior GIS analyst in the Columbus, Ohio office of Stantec Consulting. Brad has a Bachelor of Science in Geography, specializing in GIS, from the Ohio State University. Recently, Brad has been active in FEMA’s Map Modernization and Risk Map efforts throughout the US, including projects through out the US, focusing on floodplain mapping and map production and Risk MAP.

Thursday 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Deriving Measurement Endpoints Using Moderate Resolution Sensors: Monitoring and Assessment for Hydraulic Fracturing
Ecological risk assessment evaluates the potential adverse effects that human activities have on the components that comprise an ecosystem. The risk assessment process provides a mechanism to develop and organize scientific data to support informed environmental decisions. When conducted within a well defined geographic location, the ecological risk assessment process can be used to identify vulnerable and valued resources, and link human activities with their potential effects. In this paper the endpoint question is examined and the role of earth observational satellites as a means to measure and monitor ecological endpoints for risk assessment is appraised. With the goal of exploring the feasibility of deriving generic endpoints from moderate resolution sensors, research examines the endpoint issue using hydraulic fracturing activities in the Marcellus and Utica Shales as the risk propagator and suggests an approach to support compliance inspections using generic measurement endpoints derived via remote sensing.

James Lein - Ohio University
Dr. James Lein is a Professor of Geography at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Lein specializes in the application of remote sensing and geographic information systems in environmental risk assessment, impact analysis and regional planning. His major publications include the books Environmental Sensing: analytical techniques for earth observation, Integrated Environmental Planning, and Environmental Decision Making: an information technology approach. Lein has served on the faculty at Ohio University since 1989.

Friday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
ODOT Culvert Management Program
This session will discuss the ODOT Culvert Management Program and the use of GIS and mobile equipment to develop a state wide enterprise database. The proposed secession will cover the background behind the program, challenges encountered, the lessons learned, and the future direction of the program.

Jeffrey Syar - ODOT
Jeffrey Syar, P.E. 1996 Graduate of Ohio University – Civil Engineering 1996-2002: Project Engineer in Transportation Department at R.D. Zande & Associates 2002-2006: Hydraulics Engineer in ODOT Office of Structural Engineering 2006-2011: Mapping Section Manager at ODOT Aerial Engineering 2011-Present: Office Administrator ODOT Office of Hydraulic Engineering

Friday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
At Your Service
Map services are powerful tools for sharing data, and with easier and cheaper ways to publish services, now is a great time to start a discussion about them. Do you make a few services containing lots of layers or lots of services with a few layers? How are you going to publish them to gain maximum reusability? How can cartographic decisions affect application level use? What type of service to publish: cached, dynamic, feature, other? We will share some of our experiences and get some from the crowd too.

Rick Frantz - City of Dublin
I'm an analyst at a municipal government. Dislikes: static electricity, hard boiled eggs.

Friday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
Web Enabled CAUV and Recoupment
GIS centric applications built to streamline processes and cross train staff.

Marty Rowe - Lorain County Auditor's Office
Mr. Rowe is the GIS Manager for the Lorain County Auditor’s Office. He has been with the Auditor’s Office since 1998. His main duties include data creation & analysis, maintenance of the Lorain County Auditor’s interactive website, project management, and GIS technical and end-user support for multiple county departments, agencies, and local communities.

Brian Hall - Stark County Auditor's Office
Mr. Hall is the GIS Director for the Stark County Auditor's Office. He has more then 10 years of experience as GIS Director for a county Auditor's Office and 17 total years of GIS experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of Cincinnati. His primary duties include managing the activity and direction for all GIS centric data within Stark County. He is also responsible for growing the Auditor's GIS department to be in a position to support multiple county offices, agencies and local communities with any GIS related requests and/or projects. He is most proud of his wonderful family which includes his wife Amy and two children Makenna and Kyle.

Steve Koenig - Bruce Harris & Associates
Mr. Koenig is the GIS Client Relations Manager for Bruce Harris & Associates. He has 14 years of experience in the GIS industry, the past seven with Bruce Harris. His responsibilities include Project Management, technical support, GIS training, and project implementation. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Bowling Green State University.

Friday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Integration of industry standards in geospatial education.
Growth in the geospatial sector creates opportunities and challenges for higher education. The demand for skilled workers continues to outpace the labor pool, supporting the case for more courses and degree programs in geospatial technology. The rapid evolution of the field, however, presents challenges for higher education in providing graduates with the skills needed by the labor force.

In this presentation, we describe the role of the geospatial industry in the development and implementation of a degree and certificate program in Geospatial Technology at Lakeland Community College. We feature industry resources that have been critical to program development: (1) the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), which identifies core competencies; (2) multiple points of input from local GIS professionals; and (3) National GeoTech Center curriculum and assessment resources. The resulting academic program integrates college learning and industry skills assessment, in order to identify and implement curriculum changes as the geospatial industry evolves. For students, this approach supports geospatial skills that can be tracked and assessed through their education and in their transition to the workforce.


Mark  Guizlo - Lakeland Community College
Mark Guizlo is Professor and Chair of the new Department of Geography and Geospatial Technology at Lakeland Community College. Mark serves as a subject matter expert with the National GeoTech Center, a National Science Foundation center of excellence that has just released a model national curriculum for geospatial technology education. In addition to his full time work at Lakeland Community College, Mark is working on his dissertation in geography at Kent State University, where his research focuses on using geographic information systems to model the suitability of land for wine grape production in Ohio.

Dr. Steven Oluic - Lakeland Community College
Dr. Steven Oluić has been Lakeland Community College’s Dean of Social Sciences and Public Service Technologies since 2010. He is a retired Army officer whose career spanned over 27 years. Dr. Oluić’s last assignment was as the Associate Dean of Strategy and Policy at the US Military Academy, West Point. He also served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering, teaching courses on Europe, Russia & the former Soviet Union, Physical Geography, World Regional Geography and Urban Geography. Dr. Oluić received his doctorate from Kent State University in 2005. He is the recipient of the Association of American Geographer’s (AAG) 2004 George and Viola Hoffman National Award for his research in Southeastern Europe. Dr. Oluić has spent well over ten years overseas, including places such as Germany, Korea, Bosnia, Mauritania, and Iraq.

Friday 9:45 am - 10:25 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
The Central Ohio LBRS Cooperative Maintenance Project: Developing New Tools for Coordinating Regional Updates of Roadway Centerlines and Addresses
Transcend Spatial Solutions partnered with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to develop a GIS-based Web map editing application for MORPC member agencies who do not have extensive GIS capabilities. The application is also designed for the Franklin County Auditor and Engineer’s Offices. MORPC’s old system allowed “power user” governments to update and maintain address attributes through file replication. Now, map layers are combined into a regional base map so that all users can directly access the files from the MORPC server, perform address attribute edits and generate reports, and provide redline tools for submitting proposed edits to road centerlines.
This project initially involved collecting and coordinating needs and requirements from many users. Design, development, and implementation of integrated components were based upon a centrally accessible regional base map layer and database. The components include a data aggregation toolset, Web viewer, and Web editor.
This project is an initiative of the Ohio Location Based Response System (LBRS), resulting in the ability to share and coordinate highly precise road centerline layers and address attributes among counties and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The presentation will discuss how local and regional data sharing and coordination is being improved through the application and prospects for expansion of functionality to other jurisdictions in Ohio and within ODOT.

Don Kiel - Transcend Spatial Solutions


Friday 9:45 am - 10:25 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
I Use Python and I’m a Dummy
Let me start out by saying that I’m not a Python expert by any means. In fact, as I’m sitting here writing this abstract in mid-March, I’ve used Python a grand total of two times. By the time Ohio GIS rolls around, though, I’ll be able to teach it to you. I plan to learn enough Python in the next six months to be able to show you a few useful and cool tricks to help improve your productivity. I’m still not saying that I’m going to be a Python expert. All I’m saying is… if I can use Python, so can you!

Damon Leonhard - City of Dublin
Damon Leonhard has been with the City of Dublin GIS department for four years, and was previously an intern with the GIS department. He loves all kinds of maps, as well as computers and electronic gadgets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles.

Friday 9:45 am - 10:25 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
GIS Centric Paperless Reappraisal
These tools are built to cut internal cost for a county during a full appraisal. routing routines, electronic property record cards interacting with an extract database cuts costs and increases transparency.

Jarra Underwood - Wayne County Auditor's Office


Jon Cross - Bruce Harris & Associates
Mr. Cross is the GIS Account Manager, Ohio Region, for Bruce Harris & Associates. He has 18 years of experience in the GIS industry within the private sector. He has held various positions ranging from GIS Programmer to GIS Department Head.

Matt  Bryant - Bruce Harris & Associates
Mr. Bryant is the Head of Product Development at Bruce Harris & Associates. He has 11 years of GIS programming experience and has been serving in the role of Technical Manager, System Design and Lead Programmer for the implementation of Wayne County's GIS Centric Paperless Reappraisal system.

Travis Gregorich - Wayne County Auditor's Office
Mr. Gregorich is the GIS Director for the Wayne County Auditor’s Office. He has 6 years of GIS experience and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. His management responsibilities include the implementing and deploying the tools and software developed for the current Paperless Reappraisal, coordinating daily operations, and managing department workflow. Travis also spent four years working for TechniGraphics Inc., where he was involved with quality assurance for there digital data and map products, as well as the GIS instructor for new employees.

John Cleminshaw - John G. Cleminshaw, Inc
John is the Owner and President of John G. Cleminshaw, Incorporated, a mass appraisal firm headquartered in Ohio that assists County Auditors with their real estate valuation responsibilities. John G. Cleminshaw, Incorporated has performed well over 150 reappraisal projects and consulting assignments for counties both large and small throughout the entire state. John has nearly twenty-five years in the business. He represents the third generation of Cleminshaws in the mass appraisal field – an industry that was pioneered by his grandfather and great uncles. Not surprisingly, John’s family lineage in the appraisal of property for tax assessment purposes ensured that his education in real estate appraisal began long before his full-time employment with the family company. John is Certified as a General Appraiser by the State of Ohio. He is active in several organizations, most prominently the County Auditors Association of Ohio.

Friday 9:45 am - 10:25 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Coupling Persistent Scatterer interferometry (InSAR) with resistivity surveys, in order to refine a weighted multivariable GIS model.
Throughout the 1800’s and still today, coal mining practices, primarily room-and-pillar mining, have resulted in a very intricate system of caverns and void space beneath urban locations. The complex nature of the coal seams, combined with poor documentation of mining locations, continues to make predicting subsidence difficult in this area. Results from interferometry are overlain over existing abandoned mine maps and documented subsidence locations. This allows interferometry results to be analyzed in an integrated GIS environment, and aids in understanding, identifying, and quantifying where subsidence has occurred. These are used in a model to help identify causes for subsidences (rapid or gradual), with the potential of identifying locations at high risk of future subsidences, developing a robust predictive model for determining where mine subsidence will occur in the future, and making recommendations to mitigate the areas of high and extreme risk hazard.

Kyle Siemer - University of Toledo


Richard Becker - University of Toledo


Friday 10:50 am - 11:30 am
Track 1, Franklin Room A
BUILDING A GIS SYSTEM FOR THE MEDINA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
This is the story of the Medina County Health Department's (MCHD) partnership with Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd. (CVE) to build a system that would fulfill any GIS needs of today and the future. MCHD suffered through several contractors who promised a lot but delivered nothing, and left the department staff disappointed and disillusioned about GIS in general. MCHD reached out to Chagrin Valley Engineering’s partner Ryan Cummins for help, and a partnership was formed.
CVE’s GIS Specialist worked very closely with MCHD’s staff members in designing and implementing a new GIS system for the health department. CVE’s GIS Specialist became a GIS coach and mentor using the design process to teach the MCHD staff basic GIS mapping, data collection and analysis. The original project was completed three months ahead of schedule at that time the MCHD staff started producing maps for their efforts with: mosquito control, hazardous waste and flu response, etc. CVE’s GIS Specialist then transitioned into an advisor/troubleshooter “on-call” for the MCHD staff.


John Woodard, M.S. - Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd.


Steve Mazak, R.S. - Medina County Health Department


Jim  Brown, B.S., S.I.T. - Medina County Health Department


Friday 10:50 am - 11:30 am
Track 2, Franklin Room B
ODOT District 4 GIS Construction Plan Retrieval System
ODOT District 4 has over 6,000 sets of scanned construction plans dating from the early 1900s to the present. In the past, trying to devise an appropriate indexing scheme in order to search for these plans was very difficult. Highways were usually built under different route numbers than what they are currently called today. Also, the alignment of many routes were changed over the years, especially inside cities. Our solution to overcome these issues required several changes to our former plan vault program and file structure.

First we devised a strict and logical file naming convention to help automate the path to each plan location. Every plan was examined and indexed as if it was a project being built today and a custom-built application was developed that locates all of these plans on a map. When combined together the final product allows a user to draw a box on a map or use a text search area to obtain a plan or group of plans for a particular area. The program was built using a combination of open-source and commercial programming libraries and tool-kits including DotSpatial and ESRI’s ArcPy. We have drastically reduced the amount of time and frustration it takes to find construction plans anywhere within the district. Other benefits of the program include project history on paving segments as well as on bridges, culverts and other items that were contained within the scanned construction plans.

Tom Buckler - Ohio Department of Transportation


Jim Bruner - Ohio Department of Transportation


Friday 10:50 am - 11:30 am
Track 3, Franklin Room C
How Huber Heights Maintains Its Sign Management System in Real Time with Mobile Apps
Over the past three years, the City of Huber Heights has implemented a comprehensive asset management system to better maintain its street infrastructure. The City’s system is based on ArcGIS. The database holds information on City-owned assets, including: Signs, signals, pavement conditions and road centerlines.

To keep the asset management system up-to-date, Huber Heights decided to create apps for mobile devices. These apps will give maintenance crews direct access to the database and provide updates as they work in the field.

The first mobile app was developed for sign management. It will allow the City’s sign crew to access the sign database in the field. Crews can easily edit 2 or 3 data fields of the sign inventory and keep the database current as signs are replaced or repaired.

Using this app, Huber Heights sign workers will be more efficient and have more information at their fingertips.

Public works will benefit from the mobile apps by eliminating separate data entry work in the office, which can now be done in the field. This means that the database will always be current, eliminating the need for complete re-inventories of all signs every 5 years.

During the presentation, we will demonstrate the mobile app and show the simple workflow implemented by Huber Heights to maintain their traffic signs.

Craig Schorling - Transmap
Mr. Schorling provides Transmap Corporation with sound fundamentals in both GIS project management and client development. He employs his extensive experience with Esri products, database tools, asset management databases, commercial asset management systems, project consulting, system implementation and training, and customer support to provide project management for many of Transmap’s clients. Mr. Schorling’s background includes 10 years of experience in a management capacity and a combined 17 years of experience using and developing GIS tools. Mr. Schorling has worked primarily with cities and counties to improve the process and systems behind Transmap’s customer-centric management approach. Most recently, He assisted The City of Wilmington, North Carolina in obtaining a $22 million dollar bond over 4 years because of Transmap’s reporting and analysis. Mr. Schorling is a graduate of the State University of New York, Albany with a major in Geography.

Anthony Pagan - City of Huber Heights, Ohio
Anthony is the GIS Technician for the City of Huber Heights, a position he has held since 2003. He has been practicing GIS for nearly a decade in local government and public safety. He has over 8 years’ experience working with GIS in local government. Anthony has been with the City of Huber Heights for 9 years. He holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Drafting and Design from ITT Tech, and a certificate in GIS from Columbus State Community College plus several training certificates from ESRI.

Friday 10:50 am - 11:30 am
Track 4, Franklin Room D
Using GIS Analysis for Fiber Connectivity
This presentation will discuss the City of Columbus’ Comprehensive Mobility Plan. The Mobility plan is a capital project to greatly enhance and increase the use of mobile computing technologies across the Columbus city government. Integration of GIS and Mobile technology is at the heart of these solutions. The efficiencies gained through the Mobility Plan will result in better government services and expanded networking infrastructure will enable the City of Columbus to keep pace with speed of business now and into the future.

Nicole Woodward - City of Columbus Department of Technology


Jinhu Ju - City of Columbus Department of Technology


Robert Parsons - City of Columbus Department of Technology


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