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2015 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts and Bios

 2015 Ohio GIS Conference

 CEAO  URISAOGRIP

September 21-23, 2015

Monday 8:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Rooms A & B
Workshop: Building a GIS Enterprise Architecture
Have you noticed that your small easily managed GIS data has grown? Is it hard to locate files or provide metadata to your fellow users? Have people complained that the system is slow or does not offer the support needed? These are not uncommon growth issues in today's GIS world. Today's technology has created an explosion of information, BIG data is the norm, and GIS Professionals are expected to manage all of this information. This workshop will demonstrate how to build an Enterprise Architecture for GIS systems. Workshop participants will be introduced to Enterprise and Data Architecture principles and theories. Attendees will learn how to develop an architecture plan that will develop, implement, establish and grow a GIS system. Interactive sessions will teach attendees how to develop GIS BOAP, develop strategies for technology, information management, data lifecycles, and how to ensure that a GIS supports the organization’s primary goals.

John Woodard - Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd.
Currently John Woodard is employed by Chagrin Valley Engineering in 2007 and is the company’s GIS Coordinator. He is GISP certified and holds a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems and Geography. John has been actively involved in the GIS and Cartographic fields since 2000. As the GIS Specialist for the Summit County Combined General Health District he designed, developed and implemented the department’s GIS system. He had an instrumental role in the design and development of a data system to share information between the county’s first responders. In 2004, John published a paper detailing how to use a GIS system to predict and respond to a terrorist attack. John has authored several other papers, is a faculty member of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPHJ) program, and instructs the “Introduction to GIS” section of The Northeast Ohio Medical University, Master’s of Public Health Administration Program. John is currently working on a Masters in Digital Information Management at Kent State University. He graduated from The University of Akron in 2005 with a Master’s of Science in GIS/Geography. He completed a Bachelor of Art in History with certificates in GIS and Cartography from The University of Akron in 2001. John has also earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Kent State University in 1995 with concentrations in Design and Illustration.

Monday 8:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Rooms C & D
Workshop: Managing Layers in ArcGIS Online
Take a look at how to optimize web maps for high demand, by leveraging different layer types in ArcGIS Online. You will learn different approaches to publishing layers, updating data, and understanding the best layer to use in your web maps.

Andrew Stauffer - ESRI
Product Manager at Esri on ArcGIS Online and Open Data

Monday 8:30am - 11:00am
Madison Room
Workshop: 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. This workshop will cover: • Woolpert and UAS Overview • Discuss FAA Exemption and Impacts, Demo/Discuss Airframes • Overview and Examples of the Different UAS Data and Applications

Aaron Lawrence - Woolpert
A remote sensing geospatial specialist, Mr. Lawrence is experienced in using numerous types of GIS, GPS field collection and photogrammetric analysis software. Some of these include: ArcGIS, ArcInfo, Map Info, Definiens, ENVI and ERDAS. He is also skilled at using Trimble surveying equipment; Leica surveying equipment; Sight Survey and COGO software; AutoCAD and MicroStation. A specialist at analyzing numerous types of airborne and spaceborne sensor data including hyperspectral imagery Mr. Lawrence is leading the charge in the use of multispectral imagery for identification of landuse/landcover and wetland delineation and in analyzing numerous types of airborne and spaceborne sensor data.

Monday 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Delaware Room
Workshop: ArcGIS Pro: Visualizing your Data in 2D and 3D
Maps are the canvases on which you display your spatial data, whether it be 2D or 3D, and ArcGIS Pro provides new ways to work with multiple maps at once. This presentation will introduce how ArcGIS Pro allows you to work with multiple maps, easily convert your data into a 3D scene and view your data simultaneously in 2D and 3D. Working with symbology and labeling, as well as multiple layouts, will also be covered.

Keywords: ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, Desktop Mapping, 3D, Data Visualization, Mapping, Layouts, Cartography

Broader Applicability: ArcGIS Pro is the next generation of desktop GIS. It offers a new user experience, greatly enhanced capabilities and will change the way GIS professionals work with ArcGIS.

Problems/Challenges: ArcGIS Desktop users have always provided feedback about ways they would like to see ArcGIS software enhanced. ArcGIS Pro is a completely re-architected product that let Esri address some of these requests, for things like native 64-bit support, multiple layouts, and streamlined 2D/3D editing.


Michael Beavers - Esri
Michael Beavers is a Solution Engineer with Esri where he focuses applying his product expertise to formulating web-based GIS solutions for customers in City Government and in the Aviation Industry. Prior to working at Esri, Michael was the GIS Manager at a state-wide surveying company, where he oversaw the development and maintenance of an Enterprise-wide private sector GIS. Mike has extensive experience in public sector GIS management. He was a Senior GIS Specialist for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. He also served as the GIS Manager at The City of Mansfield, Texas and was the GIS Coordinator at the Ellis County Appraisal District. A military veteran, Captain Beavers was an Instructor Navigator in the Air Force. He worked as a commercial pilot, having flown as an airline pilot and in aerial mapping. Michael earned a B.S. from Texas State University, where he concentrated on cartography, photogrammetry, remote sensing and computer science. He earned a Master’s Degree in GIS from New Mexico State University. He taught as an adjunct GIS Instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. Mike serves on the academic advisory committees at Del Mar College and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Delaware Room A
GIS Applications with Web Service Data Access
There is great potential to improve and streamline business processes through the customization of ArcGIS. The processes relating to managing a stormwater utility can be complex and are ripe for automation. The City of Kissimmee, FL and EMH&T configured an application extension called the Stormwater Utility Management System (SUMS) that is able to bring together all the utility details and integrate them seamlessly with the web services representing the billing system which is managed by a third party. This presentation details the design and development of the application and the integration of the application with web service-based data stores.

Derek Mair - EMHT
Mr. Derek Mair is the Director of Geospatial Solutions with EMH&T and is a certified GISP. Derek oversees all public sector and private sector technology implementations including GIS. He is responsible for managing the creation of GIS, Document Management, and Work Order/Asset Management systems for EMH&T's clients.

Richard Moussopo - EMH&T
Richard has been with EMH&T since 2013 and is currently a GIS Developer. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Engineering and Geographic Information Systems. He started his field work at WWF (World Wildlife fund for Nature) in Gabon, Central Africa in 2008 as GIS Manager where he developed wildlife census data for 2 of the 13 national parks in the country. Richard became interested in being a developer in early 2007 as he was finishing college. Moving to the US in 2010, he went to Columbus State Community College where he completed computer programming science with a certificate in GIS. While completing his degree, Richard worked at ODNR as a GIS Intern helping the OIT (Office of Information Technology) with data development. Richard is now loving and enjoying The ArcGIS API for JavaScript and Web design.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Delaware Room B
Integrating Oblique Imagery into Assessment Workflows through Cloud Solutions
High resolution aerial imagery, including both Oblique and Ortho perspectives, is a powerful took for local government. Its use in Ohio is growing every year to more efficiently and effectively assess real property at county, city, and township levels. Topics covered will include various Pictometry cloud solutions including standalone web based applications, as well as fully integrated solutions for various CAMA packages. Real world examples will be demonstrated in a live environment. Change Detection will also be demonstrated through a Connect Assessment web interface. A current Pictometry client may participate in the presentation

Brian Kienle - Pictometry
Brian Kienle has been providing geospatial technology solutions to local government his entire career. He obtained a Geographics degree from Hocking College followed by a Business Management Degree from Franklin University. He was certified GISP in 2009. Brian worked for DDTI in Columbus Ohio for 8 years in positions ranging from field data collector, to Project Manager, and finally Implementation and Support Manager. He has since worked for Pictometry for the past 7 years, 5 of which was in Colorado as the Regional Technical Manager. The last 2 years he has served as the District Manager for Ohio and Michigan.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Delaware Room C
City of Perrysburg Fire Division Run Analytics: Determining the Need for a Second Station
The City of Perrysburg, Ohio is in the process of identifying the need for a second fire station. For some time there has been the idea tossed around that the City of Perrysburg is in need of a second fire station. Many people think that City has expanded to a point where a second station is needed or they think current response times are too long. There has not however, been a thorough examination of the data to back up these claims. GIS provides the perfect mechanism to examine the data and present factual, unbiased information to the appropriate decision makers.

I’ll explain how we used standard tools such as Mean Center, Directional Distribution, Point Density, Interpolation, and Network Analysis to present eight years of Fire Division run data to members of City Council. I’ll also explain how we used linear regression in combination with Network Analysis to create a more accurate and relevant travel time model which we used to rank hypothetical new stations.

The framework and methods presented here are a way to easily present complex data to decision makers. Analyzing the data is only half the battle. If decision makers cannot understand the analyses presented, then they cannot make the appropriate decisions. It is critical for anybody working with large complex GIS datasets to be able to analyze that data and present the results clearly and effectively which can be done using the methods outlined during the presentation.


Ian Dunn - City of Perrysburg


Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Delaware Room D
Benefits of Feature Extraction Using Remote Sensing Technology
For years, municipalities and local governments calculated impervious surfaces through manual methods, involving photo interpretation using stereo-imagery or by heads-up digitizing from ortho photography. Both methods are time consuming, costly and labor intensive. To provide a more timely and cost effective approach, the City of Springfield initiated a process of delineating impervious surfaces by utilizing ortho-imagery and LiDAR. Fusing the ortho-imagery and LiDAR provides an accurate means of deriving impervious surfaces located through-out the City and enables the City to maintain a more accurate and up-to-date impervious surface layer.

The presentation will cover the existing methods used to delineate impervious surfaces and review the benefits realized from implementing the automated process. Focus will be given to the technology and methodology utilized to automate the delineation of impervious surfaces and how the program has benefitted the City, as well as touch upon additional benefits/datasets available through the process.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert, Inc.


Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Delaware Room A
Using ArcGIS ModelBuilder for Conservation and Agricultural Drainage Projects
ArcGIS ModelBuilder has been used to streamline GIS workflow at the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). In the fall of 2014, Darke SWCD developed an ArcGIS ModelBuilder tool that utilizes OGRIP LiDAR data and other datasets to define watershed boundaries and analyze watershed characteristics. This tool has decreased the effort and time required to calculate runoff during the design of grassed waterways, to estimate assessments for agricultural drainage tile projects, and to delineate watersheds for agricultural pollution complaint investigations. Darke SWCD has shared the tool and provided training to technicians in several other SWCDs in west-central Ohio.

Janell Weiss - Darke Soil & Water Conservation District
Janell Weiss is the Nutrient Management Specialist/Agricultural Technician for Darke SWCD. Janell advises landowners on best management practices, locally implements Ohio agricultural pollution abatement rules, designs conservation practices, and updates fellow Darke SWCD technical staff on GIS and CAD software tools. She has a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Ohio State University and a M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she used GIS tools extensively in her research. Janell has been employed by Darke SWCD for 1 year.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Delaware Room B
LiDAR Data Used in Engineering Projects and General Mapping
Our engineering staff here in Clinton County has incorporated LiDAR into countless projects, focusing on drainage studies. Using that data has proven time and again to save money and provide information that is invaluable to finishing projects that require precision and accuracy. Alongside engineering projects, we have created countless maps showing elevation data that has proven beneficial to the public at large and to multiple local governments. We have gone to great lengths to disseminate elevation data in map form and to make those maps available in both online interactive map format as well as static, geo-enabled intelligent PDF maps, also available online.
This presentation will focus on how we have processed LiDAR data for inclusion into engineering projects, and how the GIS Department and the Engineers Office work together to create quality finished products.


Joseph Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office
Joe Merritt’s education includes degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration. He began his career in GIS in the mid-‘80’s, before GIS was an acronym that anyone would recognize. His work over the years has included consulting for Federal, State, County, and City Governments, and he has been employed by four major GIS Consulting firms. His titles have included Support Analyst, Trainer, Department Manager, Regional Manager, I.T. Specialist, and Miracle Worker. Mr. Merritt spent the better part of a decade working in Indianapolis Indiana and Columbus Ohio before taking the job of GIS Manager for Clinton County Ohio, where he has served for 16 years and continues working to this day. Throughout the last decade and a half Mr. Merritt has assisted neighboring counties and municipalities with GIS work, alongside IT implementations, and considers it an honor to help when and where he can.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Delaware Room C
Snow Plow Tracking and GIS: A Tale of Two Cities
The City of Columbus and City of Dublin have worked extensively with Esri’s GeoEvent Extension to track snow plow activities. Both cities bring a unique perspective of the data analysis tools and workflows used to provide a robust, web-interface for both operations and public viewing. This presentation will include details of GeoEvent Extension implementation, geoenrichment and general data management that each city utilized for a successful snow season.

Shoreh Elhami - City of Columbus


Erick Lobao - Prime3SG


Brandon Brown - City of Dublin


Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Delaware Room D
GeoSpatial Outputs from Flying Robots: Drone Construction through Photogrammetric Alchemy
OpenDroneMap is a new tool for processing unreferenced imagery, like street view, drone, balloon, and kite imagery. In this session, learn how to use OpenDroneMap to process your own images into geospatial data. OpenDroneMap is a fully Open Source postprocessing tool for highly overlapping unreferenced imagery, turning unstructured data (simple photos) into structured data, whether colorized point clouds, digital surface models, textured digital surface models, or orthophotography.

Stephen Mather - Cleveland Metroparks


Jon Woyame - Prime3SG


Tuesday 10:10am - 10:40am
Delaware Room A
Custom GIS Tools: Why and How
Many GIS tasks benefit from the use of custom-made tools, which can make production more efficient and reduce errors. Tools made with Model Builder and Python can help automate repetitive geoprocessing tasks, and allow operations to be standardized. In this presentation, we will talk about how to recognize where a tool would be appropriate, things to consider before creating a custom tool, and then briefly cover how a custom tool may be built.

Nick Soltes - Stantec Consulting Inc
Nick Soltes is a Senior GIS Analyst with the Columbus, Ohio office of Stantec Consulting Services. Nick has over 10 years of experience with GIS, encompassing a wide range of GIS tasks with a focus on municipal GIS solutions and implementation.

Matthew Basanta - Stantec Consulting Inc
Matthew Basanta is an Application Developer who has worked at Stantec for eight years. He is based out of the company's Lexington office and specializes in custom application 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.

Tuesday 10:10am - 10:40am
Delaware Room B
Ground to Grid, Lining up CAD data with GIS
Although there are thousands of map projections available to work within GIS, it’s the lining up of the data that presents a common problem, because not all of the CAD systems are using projections. This session will explain how to identify projections errors, as well as how to create custom projection files to fix the data alignment issues. Finding the projection is the first step in this process, but the most important step is finding the scale factor. Several options will be covered on how to find this number when unknown using the available sources – from survey control notes to USGS web site.
Since creating custom projection files is a repetitive task, Python will be discussed to show the ways to automatize the process.


Craig Gallant - LJB Inc


Tuesday 10:10am - 10:40am
Delaware Room C
Putting the LBRS and Other GIS data to Work for Traffic Flow Modeling in Erie County
The availability of data from the state of Ohio’s Location-Based Reference System (LBRS) program has enabled the development of both land use forecasts and routable networks for travel modeling that are more detailed than traditionally used. (In particular, the digital shapefiles for roadway centerlines and such “add-ons” as traffic control (signals, stop and yield signs) and speed limits in combination with other data from local, state and federal sources - from signal timing plans to ODOT Road Inventory to land parcels and floodplains.) This leads to both more improved traffic forecasts and their improved presentation/visualization, as they more accurately overlay other spatial datasets whether for roadways, land use, or other land features.

This presentation will cover work completed for the past two transportation plan updates in Erie County that have utilized this information.

Sam Granato - Ohio DOT
Sam Granato has been with the Ohio DOT for 13 years, working on travel models, data for models, and traffic studies in the Southeast and North Central sections of the state. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's in urban planning from the University of Iowa.

Carrie Whitaker - Erie County
Carrie is the Senior Transportation Planning Engineer for the Erie County Regional Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization in Sandusky, Ohio. She has over 10 years of professional engineering experience, including data analysis and mapping for both long and short range transportation planning purposes. Carrie graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2000.

Tuesday 10:10am - 10:40am
Delaware Room D
Utilizing UAS Technology for GIS Collection and Processing without the Need for Control Points
This presentation will go over the eBee RTK surveying UAS and the post-processing tool called PostFlight Terra 3D-EB. This system allows for GIS collection and processing of data without the need for control points all while maintaining a 3 cm horizontal and 5 cm vertical accuracy. This technology will greatly reduce the processing time and therefore the cost of accurate GIS data.


Tom Hughes - 3DAerial Solutions
Dr. Tom Hughes has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems Engineering, M.S. Experimental Psychology, and B.S. Industrial and System Engineering. Through his 31 year career, Dr. Hughes has worked to develop, refine provide instruction on methods to better understand and support the role of operators in highly complex socio-technical systems. As Technical Manager of an Unmanned Systems Group Dr. Hughes has worked in support of the Air Force Research Lab leading a team of 20+ scientists, software developers, and operational subject matter experts conducting a broad range of research and development programs focused on developing advanced concepts for UAV ground control systems.

Tuesday 10:50am - 11:20am
Delaware Room A
Your GIS Options are Boundless
Are proprietary software and server costs becoming too much for your organization? Is your data scalability limited by cost? Learn how IJUS, LLC (a Columbus engineering firm) has utilized Boundless OpenGeo Suite to manage and serve out geospatial data for free. This presentation will give guidance how each application within the suite (GeoServer, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, OpenLayers, and QGIS) interact, are used, and how to quickly serve out data.


Kevin Surbella, MA, GISP - IJUS, LLC
Kevin Surbella is the GIS Manager at IJUS, LLC, and a GIS Adjunct Instructor for Columbus State Community College (CSCC) with over 11 years’ experience working in both the public and private geospatial sectors. He has extensive knowledge using various suites of proprietary and open source applications and has a strong background in the following areas of GIS; database management, server administration, data analysis, and application development. He enjoys helping others strengthen their skills in GIS by mentoring through GISCI, GIS tutor for CSCC, and answering many questions on the GIS Stack Exchange website (alias name artwork21). Kevin received his B.S. in Conservation and M.A. in Geography from Kent State University.

Tuesday 10:50am - 11:20am
Delaware Room B
Evaluation of Spatial Accessibility to Ohio Trauma Centers Using a GIS-Based Gravity Model
Aims: Traumatic injury is one of the leading causes of death in all age groups. Ensuring adequate and effective access to trauma centers is key to improving the quality of care for injured patients. This study evaluates the spatial accessibility of Ohio trauma centers and identifies potentially underserved Ohio counties.

Methodology: A gravity based accessibility model using a Geographic Information System (GIS) was adapted to incorporate US census data, trauma center location data, and trauma center utilization data to quantify accessibility to trauma centers at both the zip code and county levels. An underserved index was developed to identify the location and clustering pattern of underserved regions within the state.

Results: Most served counties were about 10 times more served than an average county while least served counties were about 4 times less served than an average county.

Conclusion: Findings of this study are potentially useful for evaluating regionalized trauma care and provide evidence for trauma care system improvements.


Wei Chen - Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Wei Chen earned his PhD degree in GIS and MS degree in computer science both from The Ohio State University. His research has been focused on data analysis using natural language processing (NLP), machine learning and geographic information system (GIS). In the past two years, he has been working as a researcher at the research institute of nationwide children’s hospital on projects aiming to improve population health and the quality of operation. His recent research focus includes using geospatial and artificial intelligent methods to build predictive analytic models through the integration and processing of clinical, socio-economic, environment and market segmentation data. In regard to GIS, ArcGIS and Alteryx are on the top of his rack of tools for doing spatial-integrated analysis. He worked closely with the research R&D division of RISI particularly the data science team, big data team and data service team at NCH. Together, they are looking at ways of conducting spatial analysis on a large scale by combining Alteryx functions and their recently built Hadoop infrastructure.

Tuesday 10:50am - 11:20am
Delaware Room C
Mapping Rooftop Solar Power Potential in Greater Cincinnati
In March of 2015, Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) launched an interactive web map that provides information of rooftop solar power potential for over 700,000 buildings in greater Cincinnati. This presentation will cover how to go from building polygons and LiDAR data to a functioning web map and the challenges involved. The analysis will be walked through step by step with a discussion of assumptions and practical considerations along the way.

Brandon Flessner - OKI Regional Council of Governments
Brandon Flessner is a GIS Analyst with Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). He performs data analysis, uses Python for workflow automation and data acquisition, and develops interactive web maps using the ArcGIS API for Javascript in support of transportation planning and related activities in the greater Cincinnati area.

Tuesday 10:50am - 11:20am
Delaware Room D
Mapping with UAS: Experiences
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) developed for general mapping purposes provide inexpensive alternative to mainstream airborne systems. Due to the payload limitation, however, small UAS (sUAS) are typically equipped with small and lower quality sensors. For example, the low grade GPS receivers and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) provide adequate performance for executing a flight plan, but the low quality navigation solution is clearly insufficient for accurate georeferencing of the imaging sensors. Mapping form sUAS is usually based on using consumer grade cameras, which lack the metric quality. So the question is what mapping accuracies can be achieved by this simple sensor based systems?

The Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Lab at The Ohio State University has been testing sUAS technology with the main objective to assess the georeferencing and the point cloud generation performance from a mapping perspective. The sUAS basic navigation sensor suite was extended by a geodetic grade miniaturized GPS receiver and high grade Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) IMUs, allowing for accurate, cm-level, direct georeferencing of the platform that included three imaging sensors: a light-weight GoPro Hero 3+ camera, full-frame Nikon D800 Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and the Velodyne HDL-32E laser system. This paper reports about our experiences and discusses the various aspects of the system performance with respect to general mapping.


Charles Toth - OSU


Greg Jozkow - OSU


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Delaware Room A
Automating Processes with ArcPy to do Work so I don’t have to.
In this session we will explore Several Python scripts written with the ArcPy module. We will dive into their uses, how they work, and how they save time by automating processes. There will also be a Tips and Tricks portion so that users can take away examples of how these scripts were developed and how they can use these methods to develop their own python scripts. Join us as we look behind the curtain of Stark County’s GIS department and how they automated tasks within their organization. Get Excited!

Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS Department
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for over 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 10.3 (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 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Delaware Room B
The Benefits of LIDAR Analysis
What can you do with LIDAR data? This is a question that is asked by many in the GIS industry. LIDAR data can be used in various ways, adding a different kind of element to your GIS workflow. In this presentation, we will explore some common ways to derive significant value from LIDAR data sets within the ArcGIS environment, including visualization of the point cloud, land uses, and hydrological purposes. I will use a combination of PowerPoints and the ArcGIS LIDAR software extension - LP360 to demonstrate these topics of discussion. The overall aim is to provide GIS users, who have access to LIDAR, with ideas that can allow them to unlock hidden value in these often underused data sets.

Kayla Barnowsky - GeoCue Group


Nancy Graham - GeoCue Group


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Delaware Room C
Adventures in Data Collection
During the 2014-2015 academic year Miami University tested ESRI’s Collector App for field research, client-based projects, student-led projects, and elementary science days. This recent explosion of use was a direct result of the ability for the Collector App to go off-line and thus not require a wifi or data connection.

Research was done in remote areas of Mexico with smart phones and tablets. Advanced GIS course students tested the App for citizen science data collection for shoreline protection at an Ohio State Park. Students working for the Miami Police Department Parking Services tested Collector’s ability to collect detailed, accurate field data. One student took on a bike rack data collection project for the University’s sustainability project. Finally, 4th graders from a local elementary school used Collector to gather data during their science day visit.

Results using the Collector have been overwhelmingly positive. Research was done in a remote area that would not have been possible without Collector. The citizen science project was created and launched and is being used locally and will also be deployed in Alaska. Accuracy of device GPS antennas was a limiting factor with the Parking project. However, points were collected in other ways and then photos were collected in the field using Collector. The bike rack data will be used for sustainability maps for the campus. And the grade school project proved that properly setting up data ahead of time can empower those without any geospatial training to be competent field data collectors.

Robbyn Abbitt - Miami University
Robbyn is the GIS Coordinator for Miami University. She has a BS in Environmental Science & Public Adminstration from Indiana University and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. She has worked in the field of GIS for 18 years. Her current focus is teaching GIS courses, advising the GIS programs at Miami, and attempting to keep up with the every changing field of GIS.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Delaware Room D
Pix4Dmapper, a New Wave of Geographic Information From UAV Platforms
Novel image-based photogrammetry techniques along with the growing adoption of professional and consumer drones are generating 2D and 3D information at unprecentented pace. GIS users thanks to UAVs can now perform analyses on data they can generate on demand, easily and without photogrammetry skills. In this presentation, we will show selected application examples of integration of orthomosaics, index maps and digital elevation models into GIS.

Mr. Antoine Martin - Pix4D Inc.
Antoine Martin has a Master of Science in Electronics and Software and has worked with companies in airborne surveying and terrestrial laser scanning, from Fortune 500 to startups. He has been in the UAV/Drone sector since 2008, helping over 25 companies expand their businesses in this emerging industry. Antoine joined Pix4D in 2014 and heads its U.S. office, where he supports the growth of customers and partners though the use of Pix4D technology for automated image processing, mapping and modeling.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Delaware Room A
Consolidating Multiple Resources into One Application Using Esri's JavaScript API.
The Stark County Auditor’s Office was using three separate resources to assist appraisers with their daily tasks. Thanks to Esri’s JavaScript API, the Stark County GIS Department was able to apply portions of code to an internal application that consolidates the CAMA database, POL, and the county’s Interactive Property Map into one intuitive application that can be accessed via a web browser on the county’s internal network.

Join us as we take you through the trials and tribulations of conceiving this application. From brainstorming, all the way to daily use, we’ll share the road blocks, difficulties, and ultimately, the successful impact of this awesome application. Hopefully, you can make more informed decisions and ultimately apply best practices to your organization.

Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS Department


Brian Hall - Stark County GIS Department


John Reese - Stark County GIS Department


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Delaware Room B
The Evolution of an Enterprise GIS at the City of Newark
Newark began implementing GIS in 1999 with simple asset management and it has since evolved into a true Enterprise GIS. By combining multiple applications such as billing, service requests and work order management, the City created GeoAsset as the GIS gateway to all of this information. GeoAsset was created by using ArcGIS Server and has evolved from WebADF to Flex to JavaScript technology. This presentation will illustrate the growth and development of a municipal enterprise system.

Lindsey Brighton - City of Newark
Lindsey has been with the City of Newark for six years. She previously worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Emerald Ash Borer Program for three years. She graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a degree in Geography and earned her GISP in 2013.

Jon Woyame - Prime3SG


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Delaware Room C
Data Management in Emergency Prevention and Response
In emergency situations, it’s essential for field workers and incident commanders to communicate clearly and have access to accurate and comprehensive data. Gathering information from a wide range of sources is key to making decisions that save lives and protect property: How can workers on the scene reliably send up-to-the-minute information to their operators, and receive informed direction over the same channel? How can emergency response teams integrate vital information spread through social media? We will highlight technology advances that enable faster decision-making, giving responders and incident commanders a better overview of emergency situations. Managing data through ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server and the ArcGIS GeoEvent Extension for Server offers powerful ways for organizations to structure planning and responses to crises. This presentation will illustrate how an intuitive GIS application can play a central role in the successful resolution of incidents, keeping communities and response teams safe in the process.

Steve Maddison - Latitude Geographics


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Delaware Room D
Flying Sensors– Mapping with New Technologies
This presentation will cover the current technologies being used for surveying, infrastructure inspection and mapping. Highlighting existing projects in Ohio and around the world as this innovative technology enters into the GIS profession. The presentation will talk about new sensor and airframe technologies for geospatial applications beyond aerial imagery.

Fred Judson - OH/IN UAS Center


Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Delaware Room A
Use of Mobile Technology, Powered by Google API, to Assess Geo-Hazards on the Ohio Turnpike

Landslides cause public risk, accounting for up to $2 billion in damages annually across the nation. This risk demands an effective resource and asset management tool to manage slope stability. This presentation will demonstrate the use of ProjectGrid.com®’s iiCollectorTM, innovative mobile data collection software, to evaluate the landslide potential and geo-hazard risks in three Ohio Turnpike reconstruction projects. The intelligent integration of this mobile technology allows real-time access to ODOT’s geo-hazard matrix rating system for identifying high-risk landslides. The web app geo-tags and color-codes the locations of these geo-hazards in the field, creating detailed maps, reports, and other useful output. Additionally, engineers have real-time access to the field conditions, and can view data collected instantaneously.

With live access to maintenance and design manuals, field and office staff can use the application to prioritize repairs, document current conditions, or even document accidents. The location information can be integrated in GIS format into maps and design files. Because of the unique features of this web app, the condition and severity of damage to other roadway assets such as guardrail, shoulder, pavement, and pavement dropoffs could be documented at the same time as the rating of geo-hazards. Any standard form can be loaded into the software to make documentation for routine inspections faster, easier and more accurate.

Kamran Majidzadeh - Resource International, Inc.


Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Delaware Room B
Parcels for Everyone! A Journey Toward a State Wide Parcel Fabric
During this presentation, members of the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership will present the results of their recently completed Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund project entitled 'Appalachian Ohio's Open Geographic Information System Web Access.' The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of creating a central data repository where counties could contribute authoritative parcel data sets, and make them widely available for consumption by interested parties through the utilization of existing resources which could be shared. This presentation will cover all aspects of the project from the initial concept, collecting the 22 counties of test data, applying accepted data standards to the collected information, creating web applications for consumption, load testing those distribution systems, and finally sharing the final outcomes, observations, and lessons learned.

Bret Allphin - Buckeye Hills - HVRDDD


Elkan Kim - Ohio University


Dave Simon - Ohio University


Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Delaware Room C
Advanced Methods of Underground Utility Data Collection
The recent passing of Ohio's Senate Bill 378 (to provide enforcement of Ohio’s damage prevention law) has increased the importance of underground utility location. After struggling with the cost of ground penetrating radar and the unfriendly data interoperability of the field surveyor's underground utility field notes. We tried ESRI's Collector mobile application and quickly learned how difficult it is for users to collect 3D utility information. We decided to develop a mobile application focused on underground utility location and attribution. We integrated features from USGS's National Elevation Dataset and ArcGIS Online. We'll discuss and demo how we streamlined the field to finish data collection process.


Matthew Miley, PS, GISP - City of Lorain
With just over 8 years in GIS consultation. Matthew has gained experience with ArcGIS Server administration, ArcGIS Online, .Net, asp.net, Python, and Javascript.

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Delaware Room D
Ohio/Indiana UAS Center: UAS Operations in Ohio
This will be an overview of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations within Ohio and Indiana. This presentation will cover existing and planned activates within Ohio relating to UAS, highlighting the activities and technologies that are happening with other government agencies and universities. The presentation will also inform the audience of the services available from the UAS Center to help fly UAS for their mapping needs.

The OH/IN UAS Center is a joint venture between the states of Ohio and Indiana. The overall mission of the UAS Center is to advance UAS commercialization and support flight operations for government and agencies. It offers a mix of services and a variety of test ranges and capabilities to support research, development, testing and evaluation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies for businesses, government and academia. These activities will enhance economic development and place Ohio in a leadership role as the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to integrate UAS in to the National Airspace System.

Ryan Smith - State of Ohio


Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Delaware Room A
ArcGIS Online Best Practices from the Trenches
This presentation is about sharing the tips and tricks for getting the most out of your ArcGIS Online account. We’ve spent the time with ESRI Tech Support so you don’t have to! Topics that will be covered include:
•Demystifying credits
•Publishing techniques from tile packages to service definitions
•Adding secured services from your ArcGIS Server
•Labeling strategies
•Publishing an application
•…And more!


Lindsey Danforth - The Sidwell Company
Lindsey Danforth is a GIS Implementation Analyst focused on helping clients to publish web maps and JavaScript applications using ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online.

Bill Wetzel - The Sidwell Company


Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Delaware Room B
Mapping Honeysuckle Distribution in Large Forests Through Use of High Resolution Satellite Images
Honeysuckle is an invasive species in Ohio. On-site honeysuckle survey is impractical for large forests. The goal of this study is to offer an efficient method to map honeysuckle distribution through use of high resolution satellite images.

In the study area of Winton Woods Park in Hamilton County, Ohio, six sites of varying densities were sampled, including two low density sites, two medium sites and two high sites. A World-View2 satellite image was acquired on Nov. 9th 2013. The original image was converted into spectral reflectance data at first. Next, the reflectance image was classified with the Maximum Likelihood Classification method as 6 classes, including low, medium, and high density honeysuckle area, grasses/crops, construction/bare soil, and water/wet land. Of the six sites half were used as training data in the image classification process while the other half was used for validation of the classification result. The 3 validation sites show that the World-View2 image delineates honeysuckle distribution fairly well, in particular, for high density honeysuckle areas.


Hongmei Wang - Northern Kentucky University


Spencer Taylor - Northern Kentucky University


Bret Henninger - Great Parks of Hamilton Parks


Margaret Minzner - Great Parks of Hamilton County


Jim Mundy - Great Parks of Hamilton Parks


Ben Braeutigam - Great Parks of Hamilton County


Jessica Spencer - Great Parks of Hamilton County


Kelissa Hieber - Miami University


Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Delaware Room C
Elements of Environmental Management: GIS Within a Pipeline Project
A major aspect of GIS is interpreting and managing the environment around us. In public and private sectors, from park services to mining conglomerates, GIS is used to gain a clearer picture of our lands and waters. During the life of a water intake pipeline’s project, geographic analyses were held to inspect forest impact, parcel ownership, topographic variability, and more. In addition, the pipeline route, easements, and project information were largely stored in GIS. This talk will describe the many ways that GIS was needed for this project, showing how this technology can be used in today’s world.

Ryan Branch - Stantec Consulting, Inc
Mr. Branch, a GISP and CFM, has been an analyst at Stantec Consulting for over 7 years, focusing on environmental management, municipal infrastructure, and managing FEMA flood insurance studies. He was the primary GIS specialist in this multi-year pipeline effort, coordinating data needs within Stantec and between clients.

Tuesday 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Delaware Room D
Point Clouds in Your Pocket
This presentation will cover how the new cutting edge photogrammetry software is used to produce 3D models using small format cameras and inexpensive unmanned aircraft, robots or even humans to map things indoors and out. The presentation will cover the software methods, highlighting benefits and shortcomings of this new technology for GIS. Future directions of the technology will also be covered.

Fred Judson - OH/IN UAS Center


Steve Mather - Cleveland Metroparks


Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Delaware Room A
Map Distribution: Geo-enabled, Intelligent PDF Maps and Map Books Used Coincidently with Online Interactive Maps
In this age of interactive maps and access to copious amounts of data, how can one get a simple “map”? Sometimes – one just wants a map. Nothing fancy; perhaps I wish to print it; perhaps I wish to save a tree and NOT print it. So, I want it to be of printable quality. I want a legend (unless things are terribly obvious), a title, and a north arrow. I want the data on the map to be of the area in the world in which I am active; if I’m in the middle of Wayne National Forest I have no need to be able to see satellite imagery of the Indian Ocean South West of Australia. (Incidentally that’s the opposite side of the Earth from Wayne National Forest.)
Geo-enabled, intelligent PDF maps are easily created and simple to view on all devices, including smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers. There are free applications that allow those PDF maps to be viewed in the field and enable the user to add data to them, making them far more than just a simple “picture”. The ever present possibility of losing internet connection while using these maps is not an issue; because of their small file size they are easily downloaded to the device being used. For those of us that may be using intelligent PDF maps for fieldwork, or for recreational purposes, a steady internet connection may not be a given.
This presentation will focus on the roots and purpose of a geo-enabled, intelligent PDF map, and how that data is used IN maps and disseminated to the masses.

Joseph Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office
Joe Merritt’s education includes degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration. He began his career in GIS in the mid-‘80’s, before GIS was an acronym that anyone would recognize. His work over the years has included consulting for Federal, State, County, and City Governments, and he has been employed by four major GIS Consulting firms. His titles have included Support Analyst, Trainer, Department Manager, Regional Manager, I.T. Specialist, and Miracle Worker. Mr. Merritt spent the better part of a decade working in Indianapolis Indiana and Columbus Ohio before taking the job of GIS Manager for Clinton County Ohio, where he has served for 16 years and continues working to this day. Throughout the last decade and a half Mr. Merritt has assisted neighboring counties and municipalities with GIS work, alongside IT implementations, and considers it an honor to help when and where he can.

Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Delaware Room B
What do You Feed a Land Use Allocation Model? aka - Future Land Use Projections for MORPC’s 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

This is a presentation about how GIS plays an important role in forecasting the future of Central Ohio development patterns and identifying transportation needs. As the Columbus Metropolitan Planning Organization, one of MORPC's jobs is to prepare a long range transportation plan. A key aspect of transportation planning is predicting where the population, housing and employment will be located, which in turn determines travel patterns of people and goods. This presentation will provide insight into the wealth of GIS data used to feed the land use allocation model that MORPC uses to prepare the forecasts. We will touch on the structure of the model, data inputs, outputs,and how the information was shared to receive public comments on the results.


Cheri Mansperger - MORPC


Zhuojun Jiang - MORPC


Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Delaware Room C
Applying GIS to Enhance Critical Stormwater Modeling in Support of Green Infrastructure Planning
East Franklinton, a blighted industrial/residential area in Columbus, Ohio is slated for a large urban revitalization project that includes capturing stormwater runoff using green infrastructure (GI).

The simulated rainfall/runoff response is highly dependent on an accurate representation of field conditions. Initial estimates of percent imperviousness derived from the National Land Cover Dataset produced storm runoff 63% higher by volume and 48% higher by peak flow when compared to monitored flows.

To calibrate the model, a thorough assessment of actual surface conditions was performed. The study area was analyzed through GIS analyses using a 3-inch LiDAR dataset and 1-foot topography dataset. The field reconnaissance examined all properties within the project area and included: estimations of surface conditions and depressed areas, downspout conditions/connections, curb outlets and types, and storm inlet conditions.

By utilizing GIS analyses and field investigations, the project team determined runoff sources and patterns, and adjusted percent imperviousness values in the model accordingly, which resulted in an improved calibration of the hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) model to measured flows. This effort was extremely important to better estimate the appropriate GI facilities needed to capture stormwater and reduce or eliminate CSO activations.

Mike Edwards - CDM Smith
Mr. Edwards is a GIS Specialist with over 13 years of experience creating GIS datasets, performing QA/QC of existing data, managing field work collection, and integrating GIS data with hydrologic and hydraulic models.

Afaf Musa - CDM Smith
Ms. Afaf Musa, P.E., is a water resources engineer with experience in analyzing wastewater, combined and stormwater models, RTK calibration, as well as applying GIS and field data for hydraulic and hydrologic systems for SWMM 5 model development.

Tuesday 4:20pm - 4:50pm
Delaware Room D
Paving the Way for Precision Accuracy with UAS
In mid-2014 Woolpert submitted paperwork to the FAA regarding an exemption seeking relief from selected requirements of Title 14 of the code of federal regulations concerning operation of an unmanned aircraft system over the state of Ohio pursuant to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. In December of 2014 these exemptions were granted and Woolpert became the first mapping & survey firm in the United States to receive permission to conduct UAS operations commercially. This success was a combination of Woolpert maintaining a proactive approach to UAS and monitoring legislative and agency activity in the aviation arena, retaining innovative legal counsel and meeting and discussing current and future UAS developments with a wide range of people from industry, government and academia. This presentation will describe the process followed by Woolpert when preparing and filing the paperwork, the types of supporting information provided with the paperwork, what the approval means for Woolpert in practical terms and insights gained from throughout the exemption process. The presentation will also present conclusions and future direction regarding what is next for UAS in the United States and what is needed for the geospatial industry.

Jeff Lovin - Woolpert


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Delaware Room A
Media Deserts: Using GIS technologies to Map the Ohio Media Ecosystem
The Media Deserts Project, housed at Ohio University, uses geographic information systems to map the media ecosystem down to the zip code level. Our goal is to raise awareness about the changing media ecosystem and help communities pinpoint geographies where access to fresh news and information may be lacking.

We've created a zip code level map of Ohio and are adding more detailed methodologies such as content analyses and digital ethnography to get a deeper understanding of the changes to Ohio's media mix from 2007 to the present. We look at daily newspapers, online news sites, hyperlocal online news sites and other media sources to determine whether they are present in a community. We also examine these geographies based on demographic data to determine what remedies might be available to communities.

Ultimately, we'd like to be working directly with communities to leverage existing media assets and help determine what types of media interventions we might create in partnership with community stakeholders to remedy the media state of affairs.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier - Ohio University
Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and the principal investigator for the Media Deserts Project (www.mediadeserts.com) that tracks access to fresh, local news. Ferrier is vice president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change.

Michael Outrich - Ohio University
Michael Outrich is currently a junior at Ohio University. He plans to pursue a degree in meteorology with a certificate in GIS. He plans to go into the National Weather Service upon obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, or perhaps enter the military as a weather forecaster. Michael particularly likes severe weather events or heavy snow/ ice storms.

Dr. Gaurav Sinha - Ohio University
Dr. Sinha is an associate professor of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches courses in the multidisciplinary field of geographic information science and systems. His research focuses primarily on landscape cognition and the design of ontology driven geographic information systems for landscape information retrieval and analysis.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Delaware Room B
The Nuts & Bolts of GIS: Building a Geo-Database Architecture
This year’s Nuts & Bolts presentation will focus on how to build efficient, streamlined, and organized geo-database architectures. Solid data architecture (foundation) will ensure that the geo-database maintains focus, adaptability, and is always positioned to support the organization’s primary goals. A geo-database can do more than store feature classes, or relationships. It can be used to provide metadata, data dictionaries, etc. A well planned geo-database is the foundation of building a successful enterprise GIS.



John Woodard - Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd.


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Delaware Room C
Understanding Your Next Generation 9-1-1 GIS Responsibilities
The heart of any spatial system is its strong reliable database. The spatial database is complex in nature and requires special technical skills to prepare it for NG9-1-1, where it will be used to route calls to the proper PSAP. These databases need to be controlled and analyzed in such a manner that they ensure the safety of lives and property in addition to proper call routing. We’ll discuss, from first-hand experience providing the geospatial solutions for the largest NG9-1-1 deployment in the country, how the data is used, quality control measures, and explore some lessons learned to help you prepare for the imminent requirements of your data.

Dave Tenney - DDTi


Alex Kiene - DDTi


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Delaware Room D
Public Park District Applications of sUAS (drones) for Natural Resources Management and Engineering
Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS or drones) rapidly improves the currency, precision, accuracy, and flexibility of the generation of aerial imagery, point clouds, digital surface models, and digital elevation models.

During this session, we will discuss the implications of sUAS applications in local and state government broadly, as well as the specific implications for public park districts with respect to monitoring and assessment of natural resources and engineering projects.

Stephen Mather - Cleveland Metroparks


Fred Judson - Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Delaware Room A
Urban Greenspace Characterization: A Rapid Assessment Method Using Remote Sensing Assets
Urban green space typically describes programs designed to create and improve the vegetative cover of urban landscapes. Urban greening programs usually include creation and maintenance of green space, such as parks; planting and care of trees; and the creation of green infrastructure such as rain gardens and green roofs. Green spaces and plants in urban areas provide numerous environmental and community benefits such as reduced flooding and sewer overflow by absorbing large amounts of storm water, providing wildlife habitat, assisting to maintain air quality, reducing urban heat islands and providing green space for neighborhood socializing and community building. As programs move forward there is an opportunity to develop tractable methodologies to guide and prioritize urban green space creation, and the maintenance and protection of existing urban vegetative cover. This presentation introduces an approach to urban green assessment and evaluation based on the use of moderate resolution satellite imagery that can be integrated into a geospatial decision-support framework that offers a means to model urban vegetation in a manner that captures its inherent spatial and temporal variability in and among urban landscapes.

James 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).

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Delaware Room B
Performing a Hazus Level 2 Analysis
This presentation will provide attendees with information on methods for developing a Hazus level 2 analysis using User-Defined Depths Grids and other data sources. This analysis will look at the loss estimation for each return period as well as running an Average Annualized Loss (AAL). The presentation will touch on the uses for the level 2 analysis including hazard mitigation planning projects such as home acquisitions.

Adam Pooler, GISP - Stantec Consulting
Adam Pooler is a Senior GIS Analyst with the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Stantec Consulting and the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR). Adam has received his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification. Adam has been active in FEMA’s Map Modernization and Risk Map efforts in Ohio, Indiana, and throughout the United States, focusing on floodplain mapping, Risk Analysis, and DFIRM production. Adam has developed Level 2 AAL estimations for multiple Hazard Mitigation Plans in Ohio and Illinois.

Andy Dobson, AICP - Stantec Consulting
Andy Dobson, AICP is a Senior Planner with Stantec. He has over twenty years professional planning experience working with local government, county government, and private consultants. Projects Andy has worked on include land development regulation, community engagement, comprehensive planning, non-profit administration, transportation planning, floodplain management, and GIS mapping applications. Currently he is working on FEMA Risk Map projects building community awareness and information tools related to various natural hazards. Andy is from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a volunteer photographer for Cincinnati Children's Choir and the 2012 World Choir Games, and serves as Secretary to Queen City Bike -- an advocacy group for cycling and active transportation.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Delaware Room C
Current Tools for Asset Collection and Inspection
The collection, inspection, and maintenance of an organization’s assets are tasks that are commonly accomplished with a variety of disconnected systems, leading to differences in datasets and data of unknown quality and history. It is possible to create a single, integrated system using services and technologies provided by Esri and Trimble that will work together to provide a complete data collection, access, and management system for your entire organization. Tools are currently available that will allow users to collect high-accuracy data in the field, monitor the incoming data for completeness and the presence of unexpected attributes, and provide real-time reporting tools for management and planning purposes.

Timothy Michael - Geo-Precision Solutions
Timothy Michael is the Director of Solutions and Technology at Geo-Precision Solutions, LLC. Timothy earned a B.S. degree in Geography with an emphasis in Applied Geographic Technology from Slippery Rock University in 2005 and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS from Penn State University in 2009. Since 2005 Timothy has worked with forestry, local government, and GIS consulting firms and has played a key role in providing GIS services to numerous gas, water, and waste water companies.

Doug Kotnik - Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc.
Doug Kotnik, GISP, has 25 years of GIS and GPS experience across many disciplines in the private sector, consulting, and government industries. Doug was formerly the GIS Director for Butler County, Ohio and recipient of the 2007 Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) Best Practices Award. Doug is currently in charge of MGIS / GPS Sales and Service in Ohio for Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Delaware Room D
Applications of UAS in Natural Gas Development.
There are many GIS needs in the process of extracting natural gas and getting it to market. GIS is used to determine drilling pad location feasibility, environmental studies, pad layout, pad reclamation, pipeline planning and installation, infrastructure location, pipeline ROW reclamation, etc.
All of these can benefit from current high resolution imagery and the data derived from that imagery. The natural Gas industry is a fast paced environment with seasonal limitations, drilling technology changes, and short deadlines. There is a need for current imagery and data to be made available quickly.
UAS technology answers this need. Making use of high resolution cameras and the ability to fly lower and slower than manned aircraft. From the imagery collected, Remote Intelligence has been creating useful data sets for pipeline and drilling operations in Pennsylvania. These data sets can include LOD control, E&S events, 3-d modeling, critical point locations, volumetric measurements, and boundary areas. Remote Intelligence is looking to advance into different sensors such as gas sniffers and microtized LIDAR that produce high quality results.
This presentation will cover sample projects and the methodology used to collect the imagery and derive the data.


Rob Schwarz - Remote Intelligence, LLC


Wednesday 10:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Room A
An Introduction to Leaflet: Exploring Client Side Rendered Web Maps and Open Source Data Collection
One of the primary GIS projects at OVRDC is the collection of municipal infrastructure assets for small towns and villages throughout our region. These municipalities often do not have GIS staff or enterprise GIS software. Through Leaflet, we can now easily publish our data through secure, interactive and mobile-friendly web maps, in addition to traditional read-only platforms such as ArcReader projects and pdf maps. We have begun to expand our initial focus from web maps to include data visualization and mobile GIS data collection. Best of all, we are able to host these projects alongside our organization’s website on a simple Apache web server at no additional cost to the organization or the municipality.

In this session I will give a brief background as to why we chose Leaflet as our mapping library. I will then go through the building blocks of our web maps, and how we utilize the power of the Jekyll static site generator to facilitate website publishing. Finally, I will examine some other tools and resources GIS professionals can use to facilitate data collection and enhance their data visualization.

Malcolm Meyer - OVRDC
Malcolm works for the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission as a Research and Planning Specialist with a focus on GIS data collection and publication. Previously he held GIS positions with the City of Columbus, EMH&T and TechniGraphics. Malcolm received a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a BA in Sociology/Urban Planning from The College of Wooster. He is enthusiastic about open source software and through his work with OVRDC, hopes to expand the accessibility of GIS to small communities throughout southern Ohio.

Wednesday 10:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Room B
Water Over the Bridge and Other Challenges of NHD Stewardship
In Clermont County's ongoing effort to comply with the mapping requirement of the Small MS4 NPDES Permit, a more accurate set of stream channel and watershed spatial data was sought. Using Digital Elevation data available from the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program, was a start, but insufficient on its own due to artificial barriers. Clermont County Stormwater collaborated as a sub-steward with the USGS and the Ohio EPA in the National Hydrography Dataset Stewardship program. In cooperation with the Ohio EPA GIS team and the USGS, Clermont County Stormwater began training in the rigorous editing process created by the USGS. Clermont County was then able to improve the NHD with local, higher resolution information while leveraging the rich attribution of the NHD to improve data used for its Stormwater mapping and future modeling efforts. Perspectives from all three levels of participation will be discussed.

Bill Mellman - Clermont County Water Resources


Charles Hickman - U.S. Geological Survey


David White - Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Wednesday 10:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Room C
Affordable Vehicle Tracking and Sensor Logging Using the GIS Software You Already Own
An affordable fleet tracking alternative where tracking data is transmitted directly to your
Geographic Information Systems, where your other assets are currently mapped. Utilize fleet
tracking to save money on fuel, reduce idle time and obtain accurate fleet location
information for customer inquiries.
By linking directly to Esri ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server, AVL tracking can be seen with all existing GIS municipal assets, which are already being mapped. This direct connectivity is a huge benefit for your customer service representatives and dispatching
agents. In addition, there are many computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS)
that are built on the Esri ArcGIS platform.


Lydia Thacker - BCEO


Larry Rover - RA Consultants


Wednesday 10:30am - 11:00am
Delaware Room D
Digital Close Range Photogrammetry for 3D Modeling
In digital close range photogrammetry (DCRP), spatial relationships of objects imaged on multiple registered photographs are analyzed to gain information about the objects. DCRP can be applied to construct 3D computer models of real objects and surfaces from which precise measurements can be made. Two DCRP approaches, close range stereography and focus stacking, have been applied to construct 3D models of soil surfaces, although the techniques could be applied to any object. DCRP techniques can be simpler and less expensive than alternatives such as laser scanning. We provide a number of examples of applications of these techniques. In particular, volumes of small soil excavations can be measured, regardless of the size, shape or regularity of the excavation

Jared Shaffer - Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jared works as a GIMS Specialist in the Plant Health division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, supporting the pesticide, fertilizer, and plant pest regulation programs. He is a graduate of the Joint Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis program at the University of Cincinnati and holds a Masters degree in Soil Science from the Ohio State University, specializing in digital soil mapping.