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2014 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts and Bios

 2014 Ohio GIS Conference

 CEAO  URISAOGRIP

September 22-24, 2014

Monday 9:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Rooms B & C
Workshop: Intro to ArcGIS API for JavaScript
This intro class will cover the basics of creating a simple HTML document, referencing the JavaScript API, loading modules, creating a map, and adding widgets.

Jon Woyame - T&M Assoc
Jon Woyame is a GIS software developer with the consulting firm T&M Associates. He has worked on a wide range of JavaScript map applications, including asset inventory and inspection, emergency response, vehicle tracking and reporting, customer service requests, CAD, photography, project management, survey, and public event navigation.

Lindsey Danforth - City of Toledo
Lindsey Danforth works for the City of Toledo as a (GIS) Specialist. She publishes maps using the Flex API but is currently learning JavaScript, HTML and CSS through Codecademy and Girl Develop It.

Monday 9:00am - 11:30am
Madison Room
Workshop: OpenDroneMap, QGIS, and Open Source GIS
This workshop will touch on a variety of open source geospatial tools, focusing on OpenDroneMap and QGIS. QGIS is an open Source desktop GIS tool that has a familiar interface, is very powerful, and can be used to view, access, and manipulate powerful open data projects like OpenStreetMap. OpenDroneMap is an open source project to unlock and make easy-to-use computer vision techniques, so that whether from street level photos or from civilian UAS (drone) imagery, the average user will be able to generate point clouds, 3D surfaces models, DEMs, and ultimately orthophotography from processing unreferenced photos. We'll be using ODM to process UAS imagery, and view and manipulate the results in QGIS. Pending time, we may also explore other open source projects, such as TileMill, GeoServer, and or PostGIS.

Stephen Mather - Cleveland Metroparks
Stephen Mather is the GIS Manager for Cleveland Metroparks, a lightweight contributor to and heavyweight user of a variety of open source geospatial projects, co-author of PostGIS Cookbook, and happy father.

Monday 9:00am - 11:30am
Fayette Room
Workshop: Introduction to Point Clouds
Point clouds, from LiDAR and other sources, have become standard geospatial datasets for GIS Professionals. Usage of this sort of data, and availability, increases with each passing year. So clearly it is a critical skillset to have - once you get your point clouds, what do you do to harness the value of this data? This entry-level course is designed for the point cloud beginner who has a need for a basic level of familiarity with, and skillset for, processing and utilizing point clouds. The LiDAR toolset within ERDAS IMAGINE will be used.
This workshop will cover:
• What is LiDAR Data?
• Accessing and Interpreting the LiDAR Point Cloud
• Multiple returns from LiDAR data and what they mean
• Enhancing the LiDAR Point Cloud with RGB
• Generation of dense terrain RGB Encoded point clouds from digital stereo aerials.

Frank Obusek - Hexagon Geospatial
Frank Obusek is an Applications Engineer at Hexagon Geospatial supporting the US Sales Team. He has a bachelors and masters degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Frank Obusek has worked in the field of remote sensing for nearly 20 years. He has worked with all sectors of government and many private industry vendors, including owning his own small business. Frank’s expertise includes remote sensing, GIS, and feature extraction.

Monday 9:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Room D
Workshop: GIS Program Management (Part 1)
Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for public and private sector managers, elected officials and policy professionals, database developers and administrators, GIS professionals and GIS Program Management. Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completed changed as new technologies and applications emerge. This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program. It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors. A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations. This course presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS. Specific topics include:
• Program development
• Project management techniques
• Budgeting
• Staffing
• Sustaining program support
• And managing consultants and vendors

Pete Croswell - Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants
Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. Previously, he was a consultant and company officer with PlanGraphics, Inc. and worked as an analyst and manager in charge of the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System (state of Kentucky). As a consultant, since the mid-1980s, he has provided support in GIS and IT planning and implementation to hundreds of public sector agencies, utility organizations, and private companies in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Mr. Croswell received a bachelor's degree in geography and mathematics from the State University at Albany NY graduating magnaPeter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. Previously, he was a consultant and company officer with PlanGraphics, Inc. and worked as an analyst and manager in charge of the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System (state of Kentucky). As a consultant, since the mid-1980s, he has provided support in GIS and IT planning and implementation to hundreds of public sector agencies, utility organizations, and private companies in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Mr. Croswell received a bachelor's degree in geography and mathematics from the State University at Albany NY graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and Master's degree in geography and geology from Western Illinois University. He has had extensive post-graduate education and training in GIS, IT, and public administration. Mr. Croswell is certified as a project management professional (PMP), ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist, GIS Professional (GISP), and Microsoft Professional (MCP), and Master Web Designer. He is noted author and a former Board member and President of URISA International and is the principle author and instructor for URISA's GIS Program Management Workshop. He is also the author of the recently published GIS Management Handbook which is now available for purchase from URISA.

Monday 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Rooms B & C
Workshop: Cartography Tips and Tricks using ArcMap
Don’t waste your time exporting to Illustrator, reading blogs or Googling, Ian and Kyle have already done that for you and have prepared a workshop on the most interesting and useful tricks to make eye-catching maps all from within ArcMap.

Kyle Schaper - Licking County Auditor
Kyle Schaper is the GIS Director for the Licking County Auditor. He is a certified GISP. The first 6 years of his career were spent in the private sector as a GIS Analyst working with public and private clients on projects involving GIS for: land development planning and entitlement, environmental assessment, transportation, and community redevelopment. He has a special interest in cartography, and was awarded 1st Place and Best Of Show in the Map Gallery at the Ohio GIS Conference in 2012. He was also awarded 2nd Place in the national GISCI map contest in 2012, with that map being subsequently published in a cartographic design book. He is now focused on increasing the quality and use of GIS throughout Licking County.

Ian Dunn - City of Perrysburg
Ian began his GIS career four years ago with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is now the Software Specialist for the City of Perrysburg, Ohio where he manages the City’s GIS program. Some of Ian’s past and present projects with the City include ArcGIS Desktop and Server deployment, the redesign of the City of Perrysburg’s website, implementation of mobile data collection and editing using iPads and Trimble units, crime analysis, general software support, web mapping application development, and map production. Ian is currently pursuing his Master’s of Public Health degree in hopes of working with GIS in the Public Health field.

Monday 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Madison Room
Workshop: Real-World Spatial and Grid-Based GIS Analysis
GeoMedia® Desktop is a powerful GIS solution that can be used to solve a myriad of complex spatial analysis problems. During this training session, users will obtain hands-on experience with the wide range of spatial analysis tools available in GeoMedia. This session showcases Grid Analysis, by highlighting the strengths of using both Grid and Vector data formats without having to worry about data conversion and translation issues. This approach allows users to easily apply analysis and modelling techniques that best suit specific needs. In this hands-on training session, the presenter will use real-world customer-based case studies to highlight the power of the GeoMedia Desktop within the workplace. Attendees will gain experience using Grid Analysis and GeoMedia 3D for a plethora of uses, such as: hot spot analysis, location identification, potential flood zones, parcel remediation, asset repair order, erosion and the least cost or fastest path between multiple locations.

Jeff Tomlinson - Hexagon Geospatial
Jeff Tomlinson has been involved in the geospatial technology field since 1994, with degrees in both geography and computer science. Mr. Tomlinson has held various positions in technical support and professional services. Currently, he serves as application specialist for Hexagon Geospatial. In this role, Mr. Tomlinson leads the customization, development and maintenance efforts for enterprise GIS implementations. He is also an active leader in several GIS user groups.

Monday 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Fayette Room
Workshop: Advanced Point Clouds
This course builds on the Introduction to Point Clouds course, providing additional analysis and processing techniques. The LiDAR toolset within ERDAS IMAGINE will be used.
• Topics to be covered include:
• LiDAR Point Cloud Classification
• Creating Bare Earth Elevation data and Contours
• Point Clouds gone Vector: Rooftops & Vegetation

Frank Obusek - Hexagon Geospatial
Frank Obusek is an Applications Engineer at Hexagon Geospatial supporting the US Sales Team. He has a bachelors and masters degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Frank Obusek has worked in the field of remote sensing for nearly 20 years. He has worked with all sectors of government and many private industry vendors, including owning his own small business. Frank’s expertise includes remote sensing, GIS, and feature extraction.

Monday 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room D
Workshop: GIS Program Management (Part 2)
Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for public and private sector managers, elected officials and policy professionals, database developers and administrators, GIS professionals and GIS Program Management. Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completed changed as new technologies and applications emerge. This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program. It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors. A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations. This course presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS. Specific topics include:
• Program development
• Project management techniques
• Budgeting
• Staffing
• Sustaining program support
• And managing consultants and vendors

Pete Croswell - Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants
Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. Previously, he was a consultant and company officer with PlanGraphics, Inc. and worked as an analyst and manager in charge of the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System (state of Kentucky). As a consultant, since the mid-1980s, he has provided support in GIS and IT planning and implementation to hundreds of public sector agencies, utility organizations, and private companies in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Mr. Croswell received a bachelor's degree in geography and mathematics from the State University at Albany NY graduating magnaPeter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design, planning, project management, and implementation support. Previously, he was a consultant and company officer with PlanGraphics, Inc. and worked as an analyst and manager in charge of the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System (state of Kentucky). As a consultant, since the mid-1980s, he has provided support in GIS and IT planning and implementation to hundreds of public sector agencies, utility organizations, and private companies in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Mr. Croswell received a bachelor's degree in geography and mathematics from the State University at Albany NY graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and Master's degree in geography and geology from Western Illinois University. He has had extensive post-graduate education and training in GIS, IT, and public administration. Mr. Croswell is certified as a project management professional (PMP), ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist, GIS Professional (GISP), and Microsoft Professional (MCP), and Master Web Designer. He is noted author and a former Board member and President of URISA International and is the principle author and instructor for URISA's GIS Program Management Workshop. He is also the author of the recently published GIS Management Handbook which is now available for purchase from URISA.

Tuesday 8:45am - 9:15am
Franklin Room A
GIS Partnership in Action
The City of Columbus Forester and the GIS Program at Columbus State Community College have been working in partnership to create opportunities for students needing work experience. This project has allowed students to gain field experience with GPS units to gather data in parks throughout the City.

This partnership has worked very successfully for both parties because the City of Columbus gets GIS technical expertise and the students from GIS program at Columbus State get valuable work experience. This presentation is a high level explanation of the partnership, how it came about, and explanation of project that the City is working on utilizing GIS. It will conclude with an overall vision for the future of the partnership and future of the project with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department.

Annie Parsons - Columbus State Community College
Throughout her 20 years in GIS, Annie Parsons has worked as a Software Engineer and Database Architect/Administrator on many large scale projects throughout the United States as well as working for Esri as a Technical Analyst specializing in database implementations. Most recently, she worked as the GIS Director for Delaware County, Ohio Auditor’s Office during which time the GIS systems were re-architected and a new Auditor's GIS website was launched. Annie Parsons is proud to be an Associate Professor and GIS Program Coordinator at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH. This program serves many professionals who have an active schedule who want to know more about GIS or for those individuals are actively seeking an advantage when job seeking. This online program offers 20 GIS courses that can be taken separately, as part of a GIS Certificate or as a part of the GIS Associate degree. In her spare time Annie enjoys the great outdoors with her husband and children.

Joe Sulak - City of Columbus - Recreation and Parks Department
Prior to coming to City of Columbus in 2011 as the City Forester, Joe Sulak served as the Urban Forester/Green Corp Program Director for the Greening of Detroit for 10 years, during which time he started MORE TREES! His Urban Forestry consulting firm. He also served as the Roadway Landscape Manager for Lee County, Florida for 5 years. Joe Sulak has been a Certified Arborist since 2002, is a graduate of the 2009 Municipal Forestry institute and the 2013 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. He has recently achieved the TRAQ qualification and is currently a member of Mayor Coleman’s Green team. He has also served on the Florida Urban Forest Council. Joe has planted over 70,000 trees in seven states and South Korea. In his spare time Joe enjoys camping with his wife and three children, Facilitating concensus driven planning sessions and assisting in the development of an intentional community in Western Michigan.

John Bowers - City of Columbus - Recreation and Parks Department
John Bowers is a GIS Technician for the Forestry section of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department. He completed the GIS certificate program at Columbus State Community College in 2013 and BS in Environmental Geography at Ohio University in 2012. John began working with the City of Columbus in 2012 and has assisted in developing a GIS data model for public street and park trees, configuring data collection, and integrating web applications. He has also worked with the Athens County Regional Planning Commission, through a partnership with Ohio University, conducting spatial analysis for natural hazard mitigation planning.

Tuesday 8:45am - 9:15am
Franklin Room B
Ohio/Indiana UAS Center: Putting New Tools to Work Supporting GIS
The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex is putting Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into service supporting State, County and Municipal GIS needs. These initiatives are focused on integrating new platforms for sensors, introducing a variety of sensors tailored for specific missions, and integrating the software, and knowledge delivery to support UAS mission needs. This presentation is on how the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center assists the capture, management, and analysis of all forms of geographically referenced information for reuse by various levels of government and industry through UAS.


Richard Honneywell - Ohio/Indiana UAS Center & Test Complex
Dick Honneywell Executive Director, UAS Center & Test Complex Dick Honneywell is the Executive Director of the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center & Test Complex which is located in Springfield, Ohio. He directs UAS activities for the State of Ohio supporting UAS development, commercialization, operational employment and business attraction in collaboration with over 80 partners across the states of Indiana and Ohio. Dick retired from civil service with over 32 years of service in support of the United States Air Force in April 2011. His last duty position was serving as the Director of Nuclear Surety, HQ AFMC at Wright Patterson AFB. He retired as Colonel from the Air Force Reserve with 30 years of service in January 2009. He has held numerous acquisition management positions in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Aeronautical Systems Center, Electronic Systems Center and HQ Air Force Materiel Comm

Tuesday 8:45am - 9:15am
Franklin Room C
Technical Details of ODNR's Online Watercraft Access Sites Map
ODNR has published an ArcGIS Server-Javascript API web application that delivers current Watercraft Access Sites information in an interactive map (https://gis.ohiodnr.gov/boataccessmap). It represents an evolution from the previous ArcIMS Watercraft online map with the goal of automatically refreshing the map features and linked content after they have been modified by Division of Watercraft editors.
This presentation will detail the following:
* ArcMap MXD and ArcGIS Services design to meet the application's functionality needs
* source-data processing to optimize SDE data for publishing and retrieval
* custom Javascript viewer and widgets to deliver the application's functionality, handling both desktop and small screen-format users
* custom workflow to automate refreshing of the published data after edits to the source Geodatabase have been made.


Mark Anstaett - Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
Mark Anstaett has been a GIS Application programmer at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 1981. Beginning with the OCAP PL1/IBM Mainframe-based system in the 1980's then purchase of workstation Arc/Info in the 1990s, he has written custom GIS software for each of the department's ESRI product upgrades since then. Current projects include writing and maintaining custom VB.Net Desktop applications, automating ArcGIS Server production and management tasks, and new Web applications for Flex and Javascript viewers. Degrees earned: 1980 B.A. The Ohio State University (Computer&Information Sciences) 1989 M.A. The Ohio State University (Geography - Computer Cartographics)

Tuesday 8:45am - 9:15am
Franklin Room D
Flexible Geodatabase Design Approaches
Flexible geodatabase design approaches are the foundation to provide, establish, and promote interdepartmental collaboration within a county government. Using multiple SDE geodatabases the Stark County Auditor’s Office has begun using this approach to assist multiple departments by bringing all of their data into one geodatabase, while maintaining each department’s ownership over production data. This presentation will explain the theory behind flexible geodatabase approaches, compare this approach to a single geodatabase approach, provide a view into the inter-workings of this approach, and demonstrate how this approach in conjunction with ArcGIS for Server will better serve the public by using web applications. Join us in this epic adventure as we look to the future and discover different ways to succeed in the wonderful field of GIS. Get Excited!

Joe Guzi - Stark County Auditor's GIS Department
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for almost 5 years. During his time there he has been working on moving GIS Solutions to the next level, by providing application development and automated solutions to daily tasks using ArcGIS version 10.2.2 (Arc Info license), Pictometry, and Accuglobe. He has been working on various projects involving data entry, data editing, and data storage within Geodatabases, as well as making many maps to assist in various projects. As of Spring, 2011, he was added as a member of the Stark County Incident Management and Assistance Team (IMAT) team, in order to assist the team with maps, geographic analysis, and Technical assistance in the IMAT command vehicle.

Tuesday 9:25am - 9:55am
Franklin Room A
City of Columbus Work Order Asset Management System Integrated with GIS
City of Columbus Work Order Asset Management System Integrated with GIS

Various Departments for the City of Columbus are in the process of implementing a new work order asset management system. The City's Department of Public Service is taking this one step further by integrating this system with features in its GIS.

The Department of Public Service went live with this system, for its Street Maintenance Operations Section, on December 23, 2013. Since that time all work orders relating to a segment of roadway have been forever associated to that segment within the system and GIS via a shared unique identifier. This capability makes managing our work and work crews much easier, while retaining a readily accessible history of all work by associated centerline roadway segment. We recently went live with a portion of these capabilities in a mobile application, and hope to enhance those capabilities over the coming summer.

We are currently implementing similar capabilities for our Traffic Maintenance Operations Section and hope to be operational by this fall. This implementation will allow work orders to be associated to a number of GIS feature types, including roadway centerlines, intersections, traffic signals, signs, parking meters, etc. Furthermore the system will provide read access and editing capability to extensive details about these assets also stored within its database.

The system will also be designed to allow for mobile asset data collection.


Clyde Garrabrant - City of Columbus


Tuesday 9:25am - 9:55am
Franklin Room B
Taking UAS to the Next Level
Following a long history of success in providing our clients with engineering-grade aerial mapping products using manned aircraft and the state of the art mapping sensor technology, Woolpert is investing in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to complement the manned aircraft operations. In order to provide our clients with the expected high quality products, Woolpert developed a metric acquisition system using a fine quality metric digital camera, dual frequency GPS, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and a stable unmanned aircraft platform. The presentation will provide insights into the overall workflow for producing engineering grade ortho-rectified imagery and digital elevation models using our metric UAS system. The presentation will also discuss the spatial accuracies for the generated products and evaluate it according to the map accuracy standard for large scales maps developed by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Requirements necessary to differentiate the metric acquisition system from other options currently used for small, non-metric UAS-based imagery collection solutions will be discussed in the presentation.

Matt Hutchinson - Woolpert
Dr. Matt Hutchinson is a Research Scientist and Associate-level shareholder at Woolpert, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, where he provides consulting services in geomatics. His education at Curtin University in Australia has included a Ph.D. in Spatial Science (2010), a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (2003), and a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science (2002). During his time at Woolpert, Dr. Hutchinson has worked extensively in defense contracting and most recently has led a team at Woolpert exploring the use of UAS for civil mapping and surveying. He has authored peer-reviewed publications, taught university courses and mentored staff and students. His research interests include agent-based software, spatial analysis and change detection from new generation satellites and UAS.

Tuesday 9:25am - 9:55am
Franklin Room C
GIS in the Cloud: A Perfect Tool for Improving Collaboration, Efficiency, and Transparency
In 2013, the Hamilton County Department of Planning and Development implemented three GIS projects in the cloud including web maps, web apps, and maps embedded in the County’s website. The department’s Stormwater Division is responsible for providing infrastructure mapping services to 36 jurisdictions by integrating and processing data from diverse County agencies. Web maps deployed through ArcGIS Online proved to be an excellent tool for collaboration and data sharing among all agencies and communities. Every year, the same division schedules stormwater detention inventory inspections to verify compliance with current regulations. However, the existing workflow included too many steps and needed to be improved. A web application was easily implemented without programming; it helped to avoid duplication of efforts among staff members and reduced time spent on the project. Finally, by embedding web maps in the County’s website the public currently have access to the County’s water service providers’ information and can search by their address specific contact details. This session will review each project in detail including major goals, technical steps implemented, and final results.

Ileana Abot - Hamilton County


Tuesday 9:25am - 9:55am
Franklin Room D
Using Collector and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
Providing the ability to use smartphones and tablets to visualize, collect and update GIS data regardless of an internet connection is critical to the success of your mobile solutions. We will discuss the capabilities that are new to the ArcGIS system to support disconnected use, and workflows for managing, publishing and synchronizing data for disconnected use and demonstrate how the Collector for ArcGIS can be used within your organization.

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS targets decision makers that need to monitor, track and report on daily operations. You will learn how to use this app, and how to create and share operational views that include interactive maps, charts, gauges, and other performance indicators.


Eric Rodenberg - Environmental Systems Research Institute
Eric Rodenberg is a Solution Engineer and has been with Esri for 12 years. Eric specializes in designing ArcGIS platform deployments and implementing efficient GIS workflows. Eric has presented technical workshops at the Esri International User Conference and Esri Developer Summit, and has earned Esri certification in Enterprise Geodatabase Management and Enterprise Administration. Since joining 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.

Tuesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room A
Utilization of GIS in the Study of Racial Segregation in Cities
GIS is an invaluable tool in understanding the spread of racial segregation in cities, which remains an embarrassing problem in the United States in comparison to other nations. Over the years, many various indexes and formulas have been developed to give a grade on the segregation between two or more racial or ethnic groups within a study area. Implementation of these formulas and indexes through GIS can give a higher visual aspect of the severity of the problem. The more the problem can be understood by a spatial-pattern point of view, the easier it can be to assess not only how segregated a place may be, but also gain information on the quality of the conditions that each group must endure for their living or working space.

Tyler Spears - Urban Decision Group


Tuesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room B
3D Technology in Your Pocket “A Panel on Image Derived Point Clouds”
This panel is formed from local experts on point clouds derived from imagery and their current and potential uses in the GIS\Geospatial industry. Currently imagery data is being collected by many different sources weather it is a phone, drone or robot the data is now being used for indoor navigation, image orthorectification and scene reconstruction. The goal of this panel session is to provide the audience with additional information on this evolving technology, identify resources and tools as well as information on future outlooks for the technology in the geospatial sciences.

Fred Judson, GISP - Ohio\Indiana UAS Center
Fred Judson is a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional with over 20 years of experience at the Ohio Department of Transportation (Ohio DOT), and the last year with the Ohio\Indiana UAS Center on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations and integration. He has a post bachelorette certification in GIS from Pennsylvania State University. Fred is responsible for the execution and the integration many GIS standards, applications with a specialization in asset management, UAS operations and data management. Additional experience includes assisting all levels of government in the matters of geospatial technologies across the US.

Stephen Mather - Cleveland Metroparks
Stephen Mather has been working in GIS, Planning, and related fields since 1998, working for the last 6 yeasr as the GIS Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He has been interested in the application of computer vision to geospatial analyses since 2004, and has recently initiated the OpenDroneMap project (http://opendronemap.org), a project to bring together and extend a suite of open source computer vision software for use with UAS (drone) and street level images. He is also coauthor of the PostGIS Cookbook.

Brandon Youngblood - 3D Aerial Solutions
Brandon Youngblood is a prior USAF trained GIS intelligence analyst. Following his initial GIS training he went to the USAF’s UAS program. After completing his enlistment Brandon went on to work with several other UAS programs for various contractors. Brandon currently works at the USAF Research Laboratory as a UAS Subject Matter Expert and is part owner of 3dAerial Solutions, a commercial UAS engineering and services company.

Charles Toth - The Ohio State University
Charles K. Toth is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, prior he was Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Mapping, spending a combined time of 26 years at The Ohio State University. He received a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Geo-Information Sciences from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. His research expertise covers broad areas of spatial information systems, LiDAR, high-resolution imaging, surface extraction, modeling, integrating and calibrating of multi-sensor systems, multi-sensor geospatial data acquisition systems, 2D/3D signal processing, and mobile mapping technologies.

David Dean - Michigan Tech Research Institute
Dave is a staff research scientist in the Environmental Science Lab at Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor MI. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Geography with a concentration in GIS and remote sensing from the University of Toledo. Research interests are applications of remote sensing for Great Lakes water quality, applications of remote sensing for transportation infrastructure assessment and applications of GIS to oil spill planning and response in the Great Lakes.

Tuesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room C
Google Geospatial from Cloud to Ground
During our session we will cover the many area's Google Geospatial Platform is changing the way State and Local Government approach GIS.

Our presentation will cover Google's On Premise, Cloud and Hybrid GIS solutions and how they complement existing legacy GIS platforms.

Specific Areas of discussion to include:

* Mobile Applications and the use of Google Maps
* Google Maps Engine (Cloud based platform build specifically for Geospatial)
* Google's 6" Ortho Imagery Solutions

We will also demonstrate many State and Local customer systems/use cases around:

* Safe Schools
* Emergency Management
* Department of Transportation
* Department of Agriculture
* Public Safety
* Department of Natural Resources
* Department of Labor

For our presentation, we would like to include Woolpert as one of our premier Google Geospatial Partners.

Kyle Campbell - Google


Tuesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room D
Offering the Power of GIS to Everyone in the Enterprise
Consumer focused location applications have grown exponentially and are driving the consumerization of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Google offers two Geospatial products to help the Enterprise make better decisions, optimize people and assets, engage their users, and build amazing apps.
Google Maps API is a collection of APIs that enable companies to overlay their own data on a customized Google Map.You can create web and mobile applications with Google’s mapping platform including; satellite imagery, street view, elevation profiles, driving directions, demographics, analytics, and an extensive places database.
Google Maps Engine offers the ability to store, create, and share custom Google Maps.

Google offers the world’s most accurate global coverage and an active mapping community that makes daily updates, giving users the benefit of continuous improvement and innovation.
Google Maps is not the same as the GIS technology professionals use to plan location-based initiatives as it contains only a subset of enterprise GIS capabilities. However, Google Maps has changed employees’ expectations for how easy it should be to put similar location intelligence to work for their business, which has made GIS less of the siloed practice it once was.
Onix will present the benefits of Google Maps and how it can allow organizations to get GIS into the hands of everyone in the Enterprise.


Derek Imes - Onix Networking
Derek Imes is a Geospatial Solutions Account Manager with Onix. Derek has a 10 year background in consultative and solution sales. He currently helps businesses adopt Google Geospatial Technology and resides near Onix HQ in Cleveland, Ohio.

Michael Sliwka - Onix Networking
Michael Sliwka is a Geospatial Engineer with Onix. Michael has a graduate degree in Geospatial Sciences from the University of Maryland. He has several years of experience in implementing geospatial solutions in the United States and abroad. He currently helps businesses adopt Google Geospatial Technology and resides near Onix HQ in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Room A
Online Survey Plats in Belmont County
Survey plats are scanned and put online for access to surveyors, and for title, law, real estate, oil & gas and other interests. A point shapefile with url's pointing to online pdf's is updated and is available for download. The shapefile is also updated on the Aerial Mapping page of the county's GIS web site using Autodesk MapGuide software. The availability of online information based on location as opposed to rummaging through the old file folders in the courthouse has gained praise from the surveying profession.

Don Pickenpaugh - Belmont County
Don Pickenpaugh, PS, GISP, was employed in the surface mining industry for 14 years in surveying and mapping. He was then employed by the Belmont County Engineer as Computer Application Specialist in 1988, and was named GIS Director in 2001. His department was awarded Honorable Mention in 2004 and the GIS Best Practices Award in 2005 from OGRIP, and County Engineer Employee of the Year in 2005 from CEAO. He served as President of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO) in 2011, and was awarded their Presidential Merit Award in 2014 for work on PLSO's Constitution and Bylaws He is a member of the Ohio Chapter of URISA and ASFPM. Don holds a BS from OSU ('73) and AAS from Belmont College ('01).

Dustin Reed - Belmont County Engineer
Dustin Reed is currently employed as a Draft Technician II within the Engineer’s Department for the last 2 ½ years. His daily duties at the department include creating, maintaining, and editing county tax map data (hardcopy and digital) and various databases used within the department using ArcGIS and AutoCAD. He is a 2010 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS). During his time at Penn State, he completed a spatial analysis project of Gulf Coast hurricanes and their impact on mobile homes in Sarasota County, Florida. Currently, Dustin is finishing his Master’s thesis at the University of Southern California for GIS and it involves a spatiotemporal study on historical temperature trends in Los Angeles County, California and the effect of population growth on temperature over time.

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Room B
Practical Applications for Remote Sensing Technologies
In this session, we will go over some of the uses of imagery and LiDAR. We will discuss mapping solar potential, impervious surfaces, land cover change detection, heat loss through thermal imagery etc. We will also look forward to the exciting future of remote sensing that includes rapid automated feature extraction techniques that is used in various emerging technologies such as augmented reality and self-driving vehicles.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert
Brian Stevens is a Project Manager and Shareholder at Woolpert, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio where he supports local government and private sector clients. He graduated with a BS in Geography at the Ohio State University and has worked at Woolpert for 18 years. During his 18 years with Woolpert, he has performed technical through managerial tasks and most recently as a project manager, supported the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program (OSIP).

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Room C
Using Web-based GIS to Add Value to Project Deliverables
As technology solutions continue to evolve, the ability to communicate information in real-time is also advancing. In many cases, people want and need to experience up-to-date information in a timely, visual fashion. This presentation will illustrate how using Web-based GIS can fulfill this need and improve communication among project team members – including government agencies and consultants.

Using GIS to actively communicate project information to clients during a study or design project can help them understand the project better than a hard copy report or quarterly update. Reports are static and become outdated the minute they are printed. Web-based GIS portals allow team members to review real-time information, including project progress and key areas of concern.

The ability to visualize how project elements interact with one another as the project develops can also help the team identify critical roadblocks. For example, if a planned roadway will impact an environmentally sensitive area, the team can visualize the conflict and develop alternative plans.

The presenter will use case studies from recent projects to illustrate how Web-based GIS can be used to facilitate communication. These examples will show how the GIS portal improved communication, which resulted in greater quality and efficiency.


Kevin Miller - LJB Inc.
Mr. Miller is a principal with LJB who has dedicated his career to providing innovative solutions to traffic operations throughout Ohio. His expertise includes traffic analysis, operations and signal systems, including fiber-optic interconnect. He also has experience with GIS applications, GIS for web-based integration and asset management projects including sign, guardrail, traffic crash, pavement marking and construction plan inventories. Mr. Miller has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in business administration.

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Room D
Rediscovering the Miami Valley Wetlands Inventory
In 1997, the Miami Valley Wetlands Inventory was completed for several counties in the Dayton area. This report included over 4,500 wetland sites, of which over 300 were visited. The visited wetland sites included a considerable amount of detail. This data was mapped in older GIS formats, including ArcInfo coverages and graphic files made with AML (Arc Macro Language).

For years, this data has only been accessible in paper form. As different regional partners have needed more and better access to this information, it became apparent that a new way of accessing the data was needed.

This presentation will deal with the original report compilation and migrating it to a more modern online platform, allow regional users to rediscover the geographic data in this important environmental report.

Tom Harner - MVRPC
Tom Harner, GISP is a GIS Coordinator with over 20 years of experience in the GIS field, both public and private. His experiences include enterprise GIS, enterprise database management, cartography, and spatial analysis. Mr. Harner has also been an adjunct with Sinclair Community College. Mr. Harner graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Geography.

Kathryn Youra Polk - MVRPC
Kathryn Youra Polk is a GIS Specialist/Planner with over 5 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 B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Urban Planning and a Masters of Geographic Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room A
The Census GSS Initiative: Expanded Partnerships Leading to Improved Data Quality
This session explores efforts of the Census Bureau to facilitate continuous updates to the MAF/TIGER Database through the Geographic Support System Initiative (GSS-I), an integrated program leveraging federal, state, local and tribal geospatial data to provide for improved address coverage, continual spatial feature updates, and enhanced internal quality measurement indicators. The GSS-I proposes for enriched MAF/TIGER data quality throughout the decade to support ongoing Census surveys, and to aid the decision for a targeted 2020 Census Address Canvassing operation. As the source for GSS-I updates within Ohio, Location Based Referencing System (LBRS) County coordinators will be exposed to some downstream benefits of their accomplishments. This session will also include information regarding the 2014 Census test, and available TIGER data portals.

Kevin Holmes - US Census Bureau
Kevin has been a Geographer with the US Census Bureau since 2001. In 2007, Kevin transferred from Census headquarters to their Philadelphia Regional Office, where he assisted in managing a multitude of Decennial geographic operations. Kevin currently works on the Geographic Support System Initiative (GSS-I) in addition to other update programs.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room B
Geospatial Analytics: The OhioView Experience - Big Data: A Geospatial Perspective on Remote Sensing Analytics
Big Data: A Geospatial Perspective on Remote Sensing Analytics

Big data refers to the collection of data sets so large and complex that they become difficult to process using traditional approaches. Recent advances both in GIS and Remote Sensing have helped to propel the big data revolution and added a geospatial dimension to this trend. Geospatial data, however, is difficult to work with in a “big data” environment where relational database management systems dominate. The problem is further compounded because what is considered "big data" can vary depending on the capabilities of the organization and the applications it employs to process and analyze datasets in its domain. Analytics is seen as one possible solution to the big data challenge. Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data and relies on the simultaneous application of mathematics and statistics, the use of descriptive techniques and predictive models and machine learning techniques, to spot trends in large, unstructured data sets and responding in real time to developing conditions on the ground. As a methodology, analytics offers new capabilities to exploit remotely sensed data and expand the scope and applications to which remote sensing can be applied. In this presentation the analytic approach to data discovery using remotely sensed data is examined and the opportunities to incorporate big data “strategies” in local government decision making are reviewed.

Jim Lein - Ohio University
James Lein is a professor of geography at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He specializes in the application of remote sensing and geographic information systems in land resource analysis, environmental monitoring and hazard assessment. He received his B.A. degree in Geography from San Francisco State University in 1978, his M.A. degree in Geography from San Jose State University in 1981 and obtained his Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University in 1986. Lein has served on the faculty at Ohio University since 1989 and has served as Executive Director of the OhioView Consortium for Remote Sensing Research and Education and as President of the Eastern Great Lakes Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. His major publications include the books Environmental Sensing: Analytical Techniques for Earth Observation (2012), Integrated Environmental Planning: (2003) and Environmental Decision Making: An Information Technology Approach (1997).

Terri Benko - OhioView


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room C
Deploying ArcGIS Online in an Enterprise
The City of Columbus acquired an ArcGIS Online for Organization (AGO) account in 2013. Since then, the Department of Technology has been working on building a robust and enterprise wide AGO portal whereby hundreds of GIS datasets are served effectively via various web maps and applications both internally and externally. The presentation will highlight the strategies, guidelines, and operations that supported the deployment of the enterprise wide AGO platform.

Shoreh Elhami - City of Columbus
Shoreh Elhami, GISP, MCRP Shoreh Elhami is the Citywide GIS Manager for the City of Columbus Department of Technology. She has been a GIS professional for over 20 years and has extensive experience in applications of GIS in local government. She taught graduate level GIS at OSU for 10 years and has served on many local, state, and federal advisory committees.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room D
Location Analytics - The World of Banking Through GIS
Banking may not be the first (or the tenth) industry that comes to mind for GIS applications. Nonetheless, many of the core business problems of a bank can benefit from geographic analysis to one degree or another. At JPMorgan Chase, GIS professionals and spatial statisticians work closely with analysts across the bank on a wide variety of challenges, including efforts to optimize branch and ATM locations, evaluate current and potential future markets, define relevant geographies for enterprise-wide analysis, and coordinate branch operations and security measures during natural disasters. This presentation will provide a glimpse into how advanced geospatial analytics is leveraged in the world of banking.

Dan Thompson - JP Morgan Chase
Dan Thompson is a GIS Analyst at JPMorgan Chase with over 8 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors. He has been with Chase for almost 3 years. Dan is a lifelong resident of central Ohio and he graduated from Ohio University in 2006 with a BS in Geographic Information Systems and a minor in History.

John Corvo - JP Morgan Chase
John Corvo is a GIS analyst representing the Branch Planning team at JPMorgan Chase. John has 4 years of military experience using GIS, satellite imagery, remote sensing, and blue force trackers in the United States Marines Corps while serving in multiple combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his honorable discharge, John utilized the Post 9/11 GI Bill to obtain a BS in spatial analysis from The Ohio State University. After graduation, John has spent the last year and a half at JPMorgan Chase as a GIS analyst where he is especially interested in analyzing retail markets, company asset distribution, and optimizing the accessibility of Chase customers over space and time. John is a Columbus, Ohio native and enjoys the outdoors, sporting venues, and academic research.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room A
Managing a Fiber Optic Network with ArcFM, City of Columbus Ohio Department of Technology
The City of Columbus maintains a fiber optic network between City facilities. Schneider Electric's ArcFM is an extension providing sophisticated network analysis and tracing tools for organizations managing complex utility networks. This presentation will introduce the ArcFM data model, discuss the process of populating the geodatabase from existing digital and non-digital data sources, and will discuss the benefits of utilizing GIS to manage network infrastructure. While the focus of the presentation will be on ArcFM, plenty of data conversion tips and tricks using ArcGIS desktop will be discussed.


Shoreh Elhami - City of Columbus
Shoreh Elhami, GISP, MCRP Shoreh Elhami is the Citywide GIS Manager for the City of Columbus Department of Technology. She has been a GIS professional for over 20 years and has extensive experience in applications of GIS in local government. She taught graduate level GIS at OSU for 10 years and has served on many local, state, and federal advisory committees.

Erick Lobao - T&M Associates


Cody Gierhart - T&M Associates


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room B
Geospatial Analytics: The OhioView Experience: Tree Canopy ID using Lidar - Applying the Geospatial Cloud
Tree Canopy Identification in Bowling Green Using Object-Oriented Classification and Lidar

The City of Bowling Green needs an inventory of tree canopy by land cover type. City representatives approached the University of Toledo to develop an inventory of trees in Bowling Green. Through a remote sensing class, students addressed this research question using object-based remote sensing and lidar. High spatial resolution, aerial photography and lidar imagery were collected from the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program (OSIP). This presentation will go through the techniques that were employed to identify and classify tree canopy. A rule set was developed in eCognition, an object-oriented, remote sensing software package provided through the OhioView Consortium. A rule set is the instructions used by the software to separate tree canopy from other cover types. Challenges and pitfalls of using eCognition and lidar data will be presented.

Applying the Geospatial Cloud

Cloud computing has become a common means of dealing with data and software tools in today’s world. Whether it’s streaming movies from the internet or storing files or backups on remote servers, the cloud structure is becoming integrated into everyday life. Similarly, the cloud is increasingly used for the development and deployment of geospatial information. Web maps, Web applications, remotely sensed imagery, and analytical geospatial tools are being utilized in a multitude of ways.

Kevin Czajkowski - The University of Toledo
Dr. Kevin Czajkowski is a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. 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 works with Lidar, high spatial resolution, and thermal imagery. He has developed a K-12 educational outreach program called Students 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.

Brad Shellito - Youngstown State University


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room C
Hiking Trail Maps in Ohio State Parks
There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Ohio. Many trails are not clearly marked and hikers can easily get disoriented. New signs are being developed to provide hikers with information regarding their position on a trail and nearby points of interest.

There are many challenges related to collecting, organizing, editing, and presenting trail information for an entire state. Due to time constraints and logistic limitations the data was crowd-sourced. Parks employees collected data in whatever manner was available to them and the data was handed over to the GIS team at ODNR to organize, standardize, and present.

The GIS team at ODNR built an authoritative dataset utilizing an enterprise multi-editor environment which allowed online editors to capture additional features. Cartographic Representations were used to derive rich a high-quality map product.

Future plans are for online web maps to allow users real-time access to trail information and use in on smartphone platforms for trail navigation.


Dean Martin - State of Ohio
Dean is currently a GIS Specialist in the Office of Information Technology at Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He has been with ODNR for over 9 years, attending to the department’s GIS and cartographic needs, primarily for the Divisions of Real Estate and Land Management and Geological Survey. Dean obtained his GIS Certificate from Columbus State Community College in 2005. Prior to his career in GIS, Dean was a Display Advertising Account Executive with the Los Angeles Times for 13 years.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room D
Python for Geoprocessing
The onerous task of processing and managing large geographic datasets can be simplified through the use of Python. From basic field calculations to interfacing with other data types (text files, SQL Server, Access, and Excel), scripts have enabled us to automate our workflow and use our time more efficiently. In this presentation, we will describe a number of situations where Python has greatly aided our processes, as well as offer some tips and tools that have made our GIS lives easier.

Melissa Williams - Stantec Consulting, Inc
Melissa Williams is a Senior Project Engineer at Stantec Consulting and has 15 years of GIS experience in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive knowledge of ESRI software and routinely uses ArcGIS Model Builder and Python to develop customized tools for GIS data conversion, attribute population, and analysis. Melissa received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Geography from Ohio State.

Ryan Branch - Stantec Consulting, Inc
Ryan Branch is a GIS Analyst with over six years of professional experience with an emphasis on flood hazard analysis studies. He received a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Geography. Ryan is a proficient user of ESRI ArcGIS software and extensions, Flood Map Desktop (FMD), Trimble GPS, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager and GISP.

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Room A
Mapping Safer Routes to School: A GIS Case Study from Toledo, Columbus, and Akron School Districts
Providing safer routes to school is one of many objectives for the Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Federal funding is made available to improve infrastructure around schools. Recently, as part of an overall Large District School Plan, the Toledo and Akron Schools Districts used GIS to identify sidewalk and crosswalk gaps by integrating student locations with most likely routes to school. This presentation will focus on how GIS was used for the project, including Desktop mapping, geospatial analysis, network analyst extension involvement, and about a custom ModelBuilder tool that was developed to supplement the project.

Douglas Lynch - TranSystems
Mr. Lynch is a certified GISP and GIS Practice Leader/Project Manager with TranSystems. He has over 15 years of GIS and planning related project management experience in the transportation, land use, real estate, and environmental fields. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2000 with a BA in Geography and GIS. He is certified with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) as a GIS Professional and provides innovative enterprise GIS solutions for clients and teaming partners with a range of GIS programming and application development, GPS asset management, photogrammetry, cartographic mapping, and geospatial modeling and analysis expertise. Doug serves as TranSystems Ohio regional GIS Project Lead.

Julie Walcoff - Ohio Department of Transportation


Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Room B
Western Lake Erie Area Committee Mapping Project (FlexViewer)
The Western Lake Erie Area Committee FlexViewer GIS program is an environmental emergency response tool which brings the public (local, state, federal) and private sector responders together working in one forum for spill response or planning. For contingency planning, we can introduce facilities to the communities which they may impact during a hazardous materials or petroleum release, and develop watershed containment data sheets which can provide specific response information during a release. The program can also be used during exercises of response plans by all participants through web access using the programs response tools such as plume modeling, and the draw tool widget with import/export features.

The development of the spill response layer consists of the environmental emergency responders determining which locations will provide the best containment/product collection sites, staging areas, and monitoring sites. By using the other GIS layers in the Flex View program to view Inland Sensitivity data such as water intakes, wetland areas, etc., the data sheets can then be developed for those sites downstream of a pipelines, rail lines, fixed facilities, etc. based on environmental risk. The information is best collected by the facilities which are associated upstream from the specific watershed containment locations, and the collected information confirmed by environmental emergency responders who may need to use the containment information during a response.

Jon Gulch - EPA
Since August of 2002, Jon has been an On-Scene Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Emergency Response Branch in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He has responded to over one-hundred emergency responses, overseen EPA Superfund Removal Actions in both Michigan and Ohio, and is certified as an Operations Section Chief and Satellite Communications expert in the Incident Command System. In addition, Jon has responded to several national events, including: Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA; Findlay/Ottawa Floods in Ohio; Indiana Floods; 2005 MLB All-Star Game in Detroit; the 2006 NFL Superbowl in Detroit, MI; the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, MN; and several others. Prior to joining EPA, Jon worked for the City of Toledo where he helped to establish its emergency response program, in addition to responding to local ERs. Jon has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University.

Mike Gerber - Ohio EPA
Mike has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Fisheries Management, a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource from The Ohio State University, College of Agriculture, and a Master’s of Public Administration from The Ohio State University, School of Public Policy and Management. He began work at The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 1987 under the Division of Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment conducting biological stream surveys and compliance waste water sampling. In 1991 transferred into the Emergency Response Unit as an On-Scene Coordinator for the Northwest District. He responds to and coordinates the clean-up of chemical, hydrocarbon, agricultural, and residential spills/releases. He has been a member of the Wood and Lucas County LEPCs, and is an active member of the Western Basin Lake Erie Area Committee.

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Room C
Landscape Disturbance and Water Resources Contamination Due to Shale-Gas Development in The Northeast U.S.
Shale-gas development has the potential to cause substantial landscape disturbance and the contamination of water resources. The Marcellus Shale formation, located in the Northeast U.S., is experiencing a rapid exploration on shale gas and has come under intense scrutiny by regulators, NGOs, and the public in regard to the potential environmental impacts from the water withdrawals necessary to support drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Drilling-related disturbance occurs due to road development or expansion of existing roads; drill pad and associated storm water system development; gathering-line placement to move extracted gas to main transmission lines; compressor station development to pump gas to transmission lines; freshwater storage pond creation for hydraulic fracturing; flow back water storage ponds and treatment facilities; and development of staging areas for equipment storage. This paper provides key observations for potential risks of shale gas drilling on forest fragmentation and the quality of water resources. By using GIS, operators manage issues directly to both exploration and the daily operations of their business, including leasing and land issues, water production, permitting, and overall environmental management of the site.

Anitha Kisanga - Central State University


Xiaofang Wei - Central State University


Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Room D
ArcGIS Online Best Practices
This session will explore the latest capabilities of ArcGIS Online, and best practices for working with an ArcGIS Online Subscription. Attendees will learn how to effectively publish, manage and share content, support mobile workflows on smartphones and tablets, geoenrich data, and build useful information products and applications with their authoritative GIS data.

Daniel Haag - Environmental Systems Research Institute
Dan Haag is a Solution Engineer Manager with Esri based in St. Louis, where he has worked 18 years. In his current position, Dan is responsible for leading a team of solution engineers who work with the Esri sales team to develop GIS solutions that support customer business requirements. Additionally, Dan is often involved with promoting Esri technologies and best practices by participating in national & regional conferences, seminar series and user group meetings.

Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Franklin Room A
GIS Centric Reappraisal: Two Years Later
The ability to completely integrate GIS into a county reappraisal is a relatively recent concept. The reappraisal process is an intensive and exhausting task that involves an immense amount of resources. Two years ago, the Wayne County Auditor, Jarra Underwood, along with Bruce Harris and Associates brought a customized suite of applications specifically developed for a county level reappraisal. At our 2012 GIS conference presentation, the system was at the initial state of deployment. Currently, Wayne County is entering the final stage of completion. Each application has now been vetted in both field and office settings. Both the Wayne County staff and associated venders have had a thorough chance to look back on the last two years. The system has yielded a wide array of results. This GIS-centric system not only changed the traditional workflows of reappraisal, but it also brought a whole new set of management tools to the table. Additional quality control applications also changed office dynamics. The Wayne County GIS Department now has become an integral part of reappraisal management. Customized thematic layers bundled with a map service, now has enabled the appraisal staff to consistently know what to expect and prepare for. Time stamps and dynamic query layers have allowed county staff and appraisal management to track progress on the fly with an executive dashboard. However, there have been many trials and tribulations along the way.

Travis Gregorich - Wayne County Auditor
Travis brings approximately 8 years of experience with him to the Wayne County Auditor’s Office as the GIS Director. 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. Prior to working as the GIS Director for the Wayne County Auditors Department, Travis completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. Upon graduating, he began working for the U.S.D.A Forest Service where he led two research projects. 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.

Jon Cross - Bruce Harris and Associates
Mr. Cross has been in the GIS industry for 20 years and has held the positions of GIS Programmer, Director of GIS Development and GIS Department Head. He has spent the last 7 years in his current position, GIS Account manager Ohio region for Bruce Harris & Associates.

Jarra Underwood - Wayne County
Jarra Underwood is the Auditor of Wayne County Ohio, where she manages a staff of 27 employees. Prior to being elected Jarra worked in the office managing the real estate department and as chief deputy auditor. She also serves as the Deputy Registrar for the Wooster License Bureau. Under her direction Wayne County has earned thirteen consecutive awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association along with awards from the State of Ohio Auditor for financial reporting. Jarra holds an accounting degree, has completed several real estate courses through the International Association of Assessing Officers and continues to attend educational conferences related to her position. She has served as President of the Ohio County Auditor’s Association, chairs the Agricultural Committee and has been appointed to the Executive and Legislative Committees for OCAA. Jarra is a frequent presenter at conferences and educational seminars for OCAA.

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. 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.

Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Franklin Room B
GIS at Ohio EPA
This presentation will outline GIS activities at Ohio EPA, including our latest accomplishments in interactive web applications, data availability, and collaborative initiatives in partnership with OGRIP. We will also share how our GIS is set up and how we implement projects in our organization. The presentation is intended to be an overview of our program.

Bridget Simpson - Ohio EPA


Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Franklin Room C
How Does a Community Utilize ESRI’s ArcGIS Online Functionality and How Can it be Incorporated into the Community’s Existing GIS Workflow?
Stantec Consulting is currently working with multiple communities/organizations to help them develop an ArcGIS Online workflow. This presentation will provide insight on an ArcGIS Users Entitlement and how a community can move forward with publishing maps on ArcGIS Online. The ArcGIS online capability will provide a fast economical method for disseminating items such as; internal work orders, trash/recycling routes, utility billing systems, snow plow routes, etc.

Adam Pooler, GISP - Stantec Consulting
Adam Pooler is a Senior GIS Analyst with the Cincinnati office of Stantec Consulting in his ninth year of professional practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Adam has received his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification. Adam has participated in a variety of municipal and data collection projects that have included utility location and conversion. Adam is skilled in manipulating GIS data and managing databases. Adam has working experience in ArcGIS Online and how it can be used within a community’s utility workflow and public outreach.

Troy Sova - Stantec Consulting
Troy Sova is a GIS Analyst with the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and is in his 10th year of professional practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Troy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography with a concentration in GIS from Central Michigan University. Over the past seven years, Troy has been involved with many aspects of FEMA’s Map Modernization project from scoping to floodplain mapping and DFIRM production. Troy also has participated in a variety of municipal and data collection projects that have included digitizing and attributing assets from as-built drawings, performing Quality Assurance /Quality Control on asset databases and producing locational maps for efficient planning of field verification efforts.

Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Franklin Room D
Cartographic Techniques using ArcGIS: How to Make Your Map More Effective and Engaging
With the abundance of data available today and the ease of creating maps, it is easy lose sight of different ways to present the data or keep the reader engaged. In the short time that I have been working with GIS I have really developed a passion for creating maps that do more than just display data but that really try and engage the reader and make the map more appealing to the non GIS oriented individual. There are many different easy to implement cartographic techniques that help capture the reader’s attention and help make the map more a more effective tool.

Some of the different cartographic techniques that we’ll explore include ways to focus the reader’s attention on the map, adding transparent images to your map document, making marker fill symbols that don’t get chopped in half, creating overlapping data frames with transparency, and ways to make your map more effective at getting the point across. There are many different methods for creating these effects listed above; however I am only going to focus on ArcMap in hopes that most people will be familiar with the basic functionality.


Ian Dunn - City of Perrysburg
Ian began his GIS career four years ago with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is now the Software Specialist for the City of Perrysburg, Ohio where he manages the City’s GIS program. Some of Ian’s past and present projects with the City include ArcGIS Desktop and Server deployment, the redesign of the City of Perrysburg’s website, implementation of mobile data collection and editing using iPads and Trimble units, crime analysis, general software support, web mapping application development, and map production. Ian is currently pursuing his Master’s of Public Health degree in hopes of working with GIS in the Public Health field.

Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Room A
Utilizing the Mobile Mapping System Technology to Improve and Maintain Transportation Infrastructure
In 2013, ASCE gave America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+ and they estimated $3.6 trillion dollars would need to be spent by 2020 to improve it. Unfortunately federal and state funding resources continue to dwindle leaving state budgets at a fraction of where they need to be. While new funding resources are sought, technology provides opportunities to help reduce overall cost of regular maintenance and repairs.

Technology such as the Mobile Mapping System (MMS) can assist in identifying various transportation infrastructure issues simultaneously. Using multiple high-density LiDAR systems with four adjustable cameras, the MMS system can help locate, identify, and rate condition issues for various surfaces and features. In addition the MMS system can collect the data at highway speeds covering larger areas faster than conventional surveying or observation techniques while maintaining survey grade accuracies. This presentation will discuss how MMS technology can provide additional infrastructure information for use by public agency managers, engineers, and contractors by identifying problems and prioritize needs.


Joe Cantz - Woolpert
Joe Cantz is a Geospatial Group Manager at Woolpert, Inc. in Dayton. Joe is a graduate of Kent State University and has over 23 years’ experience in the Geospatial profession. Joe is responsible for all aspects of Geospatial production including Orthoimagery, LiDAR(Aerial Terrestrial, and Mobile), 3D extraction, Remote Sensing, and GIS. During his time at Woolpert Joe has performed both Project Management and Production Management duties for federal, state, local, and private clients. His most recent interest include the expansion of the Mobile Mapping System and Remote Sensing Products.

Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Room B
The Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR) Web Application
With over 13,000 pesticide products and 30,000 licensed applicators working in the state of Ohio, there is a high risk for chemical damage to sensitive crops and organisms such as honey bees, grapes, strawberries, tomatoes and broadleaf vegetables. Good communication between beekeepers, producers and pesticide applicators is key to avoid personal/property damage while allowing target crops to benefit from applied pesticides. To facilitate this communication, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has recently launched the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR). A web mapping application, OSCR provides producers and apiarists a secure method to share their personal information and locations while giving pesticide applicators a simple and accurate tool to retrieve the data. This presentation will cover the policies and motivations behind the development of this application, as well its implementation and future developments in the Department.

Jared Shaffer - Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jared Shaffer is a GIS Specialist in the Plant Health division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, where he helped develop a web app for the mapping of pesticide-sensitive locations. Jared graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science from the Join Center of Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis. He completed his M.S. degree in Soil Science from the Ohio State University in 2013, studying the effects of spatial resolution on digital soil attribute mapping. Before joining ODA, Jared was a lecturer at OSU teaching an introductory course on spatial information.

Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Room C
Embracing ArcGIS for Local Government
The Delaware County Ohio Auditor's office recently replaced their legacy ArcIMS public GIS viewer with a state of the art ArcGIS for Local Government solution. This involved the implementation of an ArcGIS Online for Organizations portal and the development of a JavaScript web application which boasts a responsive design, making it suitable for both PC and tablet use. The web application is entirely configured using ArcGIS Platform applications. The underlying data is stored in an extended version of the ArcGIS Local Government Information Model and presented using a modified ArcGIS Local Government Basemap. This presentation is a high level explanation of the system architecture and exploration of the ongoing benefits that have resulted from embracing ArcGIS Online and the Local Government solution resources.


Robert Parsons - Delaware County Auditor's Office


Matt Bryant - Bruce Harris & Associates


Anna Sokol - ESRI


Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Room D
The Nuts & Bolts of GIS: Data Architecture and GIS!
John R. Woodard presents another chapter of the continuing saga about the “Nuts & Bolts” of a GIS system. This year’s presentation will discuss how GIS fits into a company’s data architecture. His presentation will demonstrate how a GIS can be adapted to work with today’s architecture prinicples, standards, goals, and processes. John will also discuss ideas, methods, and shortcuts to establishing an organized and efficeint GIS data structure.

John Woodard - Chagrin Valley Engineering


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room A
Using ArcGIS Online to Coordinate all 35 individual Zoning Jurisdictions Via the Lorain County Auditor's Office.
"In an effort to help its thirty-five independent zoning jurisdictions maintain current GIS zoning data, the Lorain County Auditor has created an online zoning maintenance application that puts the power of editing zoning polygons completely in the hands of the decision-making officials in each jurisdiction. The zoning application is built completely on ESRI’s ArcGIS Online platform, and provides a simple yet powerful editing interface that empowers each jurisdiction to maintain their own GIS zoning data housed on County servers without the need for specialized GIS training or costly hardware and software. Beyond the obvious cost savings achieved through this partnership, the project has spurred local communities to start thinking of how they can work with the County to incorporate GIS in everyday workflows."

Marty Rowe - Lorain County Auditor's Office


Steve Koenig - Bruce Harris & Associates


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Madison Room
3D Elevation Program - National Lidar Effort
The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) initiative is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the nation's natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period.
< http://nationalmap.gov/3DEP/ >

Charles Hickman - U.S. Geological Survey
Charley is the USGS National Map liaison to Ohio and Michigan. He has a degree in geography from Ohio State and has been with USGS since 1985.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Fayette Room
Developing a Web Application for a Sanitary Sewer Capacity Assurance Program
The City of Lexington’s (KY) 2008 Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State of Kentucky required the establishment of an information management system to track sanitary sewer system capacity as part of their Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). Stantec developed a web based platform to comply with the requirement and promote transparency amongst various stakeholders. The Capacity Tracking Information System, or CTIMS, provides many benefits to users from the city and other stakeholders. These benefits include the ability to track the earning and withdrawal of sewer capacity credits, spatially view real-time model results and capacity “bank” balances, and process capacity requests using the established workflow. This presentation demonstrates the features of CTIMS, including a web-based GIS application that utilizes Google Maps and SQL Server features for visualization.

Matthew Basanta - Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
Matthew Basanta is an Application Developer who has worked at Stantec for five years. He specializes in custom application/web development and GIS analysis. He has been involved in numerous web and desktop development projects and attempts to focus his development around an Agile development cycle.

Emily Whitehead - Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
Emily Whitehead, GISP, CFM, is a Project Manager with the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and is in her twelfth year of professional practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emily received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from Ohio University and an Information Technology (IT) certificate in Web Programming from the University of Cincinnati. Over the past eleven years, Emily has been active in GIS projects, many including custom web application development, for clients inside and outside of Ohio.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room D
ArcGIS WebApp Builder: JavaScript Apps Made Easy
Esri’s new ArcGIS WebApp Builder is a HTML5/JavaScript-based application that allows you to create your own intuitive, fast and beautiful web mapping apps, in 2-D or 3-D, without writing a single line of code. Developers also have an opportunity to create custom tools and app themes through the extensibility framework. Learn how you can configure workflow-driven GIS apps that run seamlessly across all devices, create both ready-to-use apps and ArcGIS WebApp templates for ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Portal, and use the application development model to customize and extend the application.

Daniel Haag - Environmental Systems Research Institute
Dan Haag is a Solution Engineer Manager with Esri based in St. Louis, where he has worked 18 years. In his current position, Dan is responsible for leading a team of solution engineers who work with the Esri sales team to develop GIS solutions that support customer business requirements. Additionally, Dan is often involved with promoting Esri technologies and best practices by participating in national & regional conferences, seminar series and user group meetings.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room A
Are You Providing Next Generation 9-1-1 Data to Your Jurisdictions?
GIS data will play a pivotal role in the nation’s public safety system as jurisdictions acquire Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) technology. GIS data will be paramount for call routing, call handling, call delivery, location validation, and emergency response. Since NG9-1-1 is driven by GIS data, accurate data must be provided for successful 9-1-1 emergency events. Are you providing Next Gen data to your jurisdictions? Noncompliance is simply not an option. Attend this session and learn what you need to do to prepare GIS data for the NG9-1-1 environment.

David Cordray, ENP - Digital Data Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Cordray has participated in mapping projects for over 60 counties in states including OH, MI, IN, AZ and FL. He has over ten years of experience in GPS processing, control network adjustment and quality control, and is well versed in the many different outlets of DDTI’s standard for data collection, data processing, QC and post production. He has provided GIS technical support to county government throughout Ohio and other states including TN, FL, WI, IN, MI, AL, NY and AZ. He has also participated in the installation and training of DDTi's AccuGlobe mapping and server products in many additional locations. Mr. Cordray has extensive experience delivering presentations on topics such as GIS Data, Collection, Maintenance Techniques and NG9-1-1 Standards to local county government officials, Ohio GIS Conferences and clients.

Dave Tenney - Digital Data Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Tenney is a valued member of the DDTI Data Creation and Production Team. He has participated in GIS Mapping Projects for over 30 counties in states including Ohio and Wisconsin. He has assisted in the development of methods and standards for data collection. Mr. Tenney is well versed and seasoned in field data verification, collection, and reduction.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Madison Room
ImageScan: An Automated Target Detection Processing Chain using ArcGIS
This is a capstone project for the Pennsylvania State University World Campus MGIS program.
Can you ever have too much data? Depending upon your resources, you can have too much data to analyze. It can inhibit analysts' abilities. It is often time consuming to search. Data flows become too massive to cope efficiently. For example, intelligence experts say the military is drowning in data but not able to convert that information into intelligible reports that break it down and analyze it. There is too much information and not enough intelligence.
ImageScan is an automated raster image scanning and reporting processing chain using ArcMap and other common software. The focus of this effort is to improve the processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) efficiencies for an image library with over a thousand raster images, identify all data sets with high intensity values pixels, alert customers, analysts, or end-users with a geospatial report of target locations and a subset list of priority images to analyze.
This presentation will show the ImageScan development, process, results and potential applications for the ImageScan system.


Peter Telek - Ball Aerospace/Pennsylvania State University


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Fayette Room
Leverage Google's Technology to Solve Your Critical Business Needs
How can your organization leverage Google’s cloud-based and on-premise geospatial technology to bring your data to an ever increasing user base? In this presentation we will discuss the specifics of Google’s geospatial technology offerings highlighting specific examples of how Google’s technology can scale-up to handle growing demand for your geospatial data and how it can be easily deployed to mobile platforms. In addition to the discussing the technology, we will introduce the audience to the Google’s many imagery offerings. This segment of the presentation will focus on exactly what the Google imagery is and how it can be used in day-to-day operations to solve critical business needs.

Marianne Cardwell - Woolpert


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room D
Avoiding the Past: Considering the Potential for Archaeological Sites when Planning Construction Locations.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation act requires that most federal, state and local government construction projects conduct a cultural resources survey in an attempt to identify any archaeological sites prior to construction. Most project planners do not consider the potential for cultural resources when choosing a construction location, only to have to face the dilemma of a significant archaeological site.
A case study of the Upper Clear Creek drainage system located in Fairfield County, Ohio demonstrates that OGRIP LiDAR data and spatial analysis can determine the most likely locations for archaeological sites. The physical attributes of previously unrecorded archaeological sites were used to show that the Upper Clear Creek drainage system was rich with prehistoric activity and that archaeological sites are located on predictable terrain. It can further be demonstrated that a similar spatial analysis approach can be applied to topographically diverse areas such as Pike County, Ohio.
Section 106 is a federal law that cannot be avoided, and the discovery of a significant archaeological site can be costly and time consuming; but by using detailed spatial analysis and consulting the known archaeological record as part of the process for choosing a construction location, the impact on cultural resources, and subsequently the monetary and time impact on a construction project, can be reduced.


Jamie Davis - Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.


Wednesday Luncheon
Franklin Room
How Long Exactly is this Talk? – A Brief History of Length Measurements
How big is a cubit? What does barleycorn have to do measuring length? How did church attendance affect the length of a rod? How did a great fire change the way we measure? How did the Gunter’s chain help spread democracy? What is the connection between the French Revolution, the North Pole and a standardize decimal-based unit of measure? These items, and many more, will be explored as a brief history of length measurements will trace the historical developments from the earliest record of distance measure to iodine-stabilized helium-neon laser stablilisation methodology.

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 24+ 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. He has been active in Ohio GIS for several decades and continues to try and communicate and promote the personal application of GIS and its connection to people, places and events.