2019 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts and Bios

 2019 Ohio GIS Conference

 CEAO  URISAOGRIP

September 23-25, 2019 (Monday - Wednesday)

This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change. Last Updated: 9/13/2019
Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Franklin Room B&C
Workshop - Survey123 for ArcGIS. Tricks of the Trade Intermediate
A full hour with live demonstrations uncovering not so widely known techniques to get the best of Survey123 for ArcGIS. Learn how to automate e-mail notifications when a survey is submitted, how to create high quality reports out of your Survey123 data, how to edit existing GIS features with Survey123 and much more.

Ismael Chivite - Esri
Ismael Chivite works as a senior product manager at Esri. With over 20 years of GIS experience, Chivite is passionate about building ArcGIS products that help organizations use geography to improve the way they work.

Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Madison Room
Workshop - Using GIS as a Stepping Stone BasicIntermediateAdvanced
While GIS continues to be a growing industry with many career opportunities, some professionals have found the GIS industry helpful for them as a “Stepping Stone” to move forward in their careers. This panel discussion is with five individuals that have advanced their careers beyond just GIS as an industry. Some of the questions and topics for the panelists will center around: Why did you get into GIS? How did you advance your career? How has GIS helped your career? What is your current position in relation to the GIS Industry?

Meet the panelists.
• Bret Alphin / Development Director / Buckeye Hills Regional Development
• Matt Hilliard / Assistant Director / Montgomery County Strategic Services
• Paul Leedham / Chief Information Officer / City of Hudson
• Larry Rover / IT Director / City of Hamilton
• Rob Slane, Madison County Administrator

*Panelists could be added or changed due to availability

Mark Yandrick - City of Centerville


Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Fairfield Room
Workshop - Architecting the ArcGIS Platform: Best Practices Basic
An appropriate set of architectures practices (business, information, technology) is necessary to support the delivery of desired business outcomes. Attend this session to understand best practices and practical approaches around people, processes, and technology that contribute to a successful and sustainable implementation of the ArcGIS platform. Participants can use these guidelines to maximize the value of their ArcGIS implementation and meet their organizational objectives.

Ryan Sellman - Esri
Ryan Sellman is a Solution Engineer with Esri, where he focuses on developing GIS solutions that support the business requirements of local government customers. Ryan specializes in ArcGIS platform design and Web GIS implementations within the local government space. Prior to his role with Esri, Ryan worked for Summit County, OH's Planning & GIS Division as a GIS Technical Application Administrator for 4 years. Ryan earned a B.A. from Youngstown State University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Planning & GIS from the University of Akron in 2012.

Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Marion Room
Workshop - NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow (Part 1) Intermediate
This URISA Certified Workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP).

This technology shift will have profound impacts on local data maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 9-1-1 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 9-1-1, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and to illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

Learning Objectives:
Become familiar with basic next generation 9-1-1 terminology and concepts
Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system
Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 9-1-1 system
Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for next generation 9-1-1

Keri Brennan - Michael Baker International
Keri is the Product Manager for Michael Baker International’s DATAMARK public safety GIS group. She is also the incoming president of URISA International. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and has been working in the GIS industry for 25 years. With experience in the fields of Forestry, Mining, Cadastral Land Records and Public Safety, Mrs. Brennan has industry knowledge across the gambit of GIS related fields. With years of GIS experience, Mrs. Brennan has worked with both small and large organizations in Canada and the United States to implement GIS solutions. Along with project implementation and training, Mrs. Brennan has presented at local, regional and international conferences on GIS and enterprise implementation.

Monday 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Room
Optimizing Field Operations with ArcGIS Intermediate
Optimizing Field Operations with ArcGIS

Ismael Chivite - Esri
Ismael Chivite works as a senior product manager at Esri. With over 20 years of GIS experience, Chivite is passionate about building ArcGIS products that help organizations use geography to improve the way they work.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room B&C
Workshop - ArcGIS Apps, Better Together. A How-to Session Intermediate
In this technical session we will introduce techniques to integrate ArcGIS apps together. Learn how to launch a smart form in Survey123 from Explorer and Collector, how to integrate Workforce for ArcGIS with Survey123 and Collector and how to build real time dashboards on top of all data you capture in the field.

Ismael Chivite - Esri
Ismael Chivite works as a senior product manager at Esri. With over 20 years of GIS experience, Chivite is passionate about building ArcGIS products that help organizations use geography to improve the way they work.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Madison Room
Workshop - Exploring Professionalism and Productivity in GIS BasicIntermediate
Please join us for a discussion of what it means to be a “Professional” in the context of a GIS career. From personal presentation (i.e. how we dress) to the development of a professional persona (i.e. who we are at work), we will discuss the cultural implications of “professionalism” for women, men, and minorities, and how we are perceived in a national workforce that is increasingly trending “casual.”

Additionally, we will talk about the concept of “Productivity” and how it both helps and harms the American workforce. Can we squeeze more productive time out of our already-overfull lives? Is multitasking really a thing? Can we really “Have it All?” Come prepared to discuss your experiences with professionalism, productivity, and balancing your forever-growing to-do list with the reality of a career in GIS where we are constantly putting out unexpected fires.

Kelly Wright - LJB, Inc
Kelly Wright is a GIS Analyst with LJB Inc, an A&E firm near Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas (2004) and a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California (2017). She was the recipient of the 2018 Jacques May Thesis Award from the American Association of Geographers’ Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, and the 2017 USC Esri Student Development Center Student of the Year Award for her work developing GIS applications to help humanitarian aid workers collect demographic data about Tungiasis, a parasitic disease affecting millions living in the tropics. She received her GISP certification in 2018 and regularly presents at conferences and workshops about career development, negotiation, the GISP certification, and technical topics.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Fairfield Room
Workshop - Collector App & Web-Based Survey 123 Workshop Intermediate
This workshop will focus on mobile data collection using ESRI’s Collector App and the web-based Survey 123 platform. Participants will take a project from concept to deployment with outdoor data collection. Basic Collector steps covered will be building a geodatabase with the proper settings for use in Collector, best practices for publishing to ArcGIS online for Collector, how to take your collector app offline without data or Wi-Fi, and how to sync data back to your organization. The web-based Survey 123 functionality is relatively new and a much simpler setup than the full-blown Survey 123. Participants will learn about the differences between the traditional Survey 123 methods and the new simpler web-based method. Each participant will need a laptop with ArcMap 10.x, a mobile device with both Collector Classic (note that the new Collector is not yet available for Android, so we will focus on Collector Classic) and Survey123, and membership in an ArcGIS online organization (capable of creating groups). (Note: All learning materials will be made available to participants. Trouble-shooting and methods for using ArcPro and the newest Collector app will be included, but not worked through in the workshop).

Robbyn Abbitt - Miami University
Robbyn Abbitt is the GIS Coordinator for Miami University. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Public Administration from Indiana University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. Robbyn has worked in the field of GIS for over 20 years focusing on natural resource management, reserve site selection, habitat suitability modeling, food accessibility, and resource use and allocation. She has worked for universities, non-profits, and government cooperatives. Robbyn has been teaching GIS at Miami since 2005 and manages the GISci Certificate programs at Miami University.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Marion Room
Workshop - NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow (Part 2) Intermediate
This URISA Certified Workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP).

This technology shift will have profound impacts on local data maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity. We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 9-1-1 terminology or needs. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 9-1-1, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and to illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.

Learning Objectives:
Become familiar with basic next generation 9-1-1 terminology and concepts
Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system
Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 9-1-1 system
Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for next generation 9-1-1

Keri Brennan - Michael Baker International
Keri is the Product Manager for Michael Baker International’s DATAMARK public safety GIS group. She is also the incoming president of URISA International. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and has been working in the GIS industry for 25 years. With experience in the fields of Forestry, Mining, Cadastral Land Records and Public Safety, Mrs. Brennan has industry knowledge across the gambit of GIS related fields. With years of GIS experience, Mrs. Brennan has worked with both small and large organizations in Canada and the United States to implement GIS solutions. Along with project implementation and training, Mrs. Brennan has presented at local, regional and international conferences on GIS and enterprise implementation.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin Room A
Missing Meters: Using Spatial Analysis to Capture Lost Revenue Intermediate
Each day, American Electric Power field workers collect thousands of electric meter readings via radio frequency while driving their routes. Unfortunately, sometimes these readings are not connected to a bill account, so no one can be charged for the electricity usage. This results in lost revenue for the company and ultimately higher prices for paying customers. Learn how AEP has developed and implemented an ArcGIS-based workflow that includes data collection, cleanup, analysis, and web application to enable and support the retrieval of these lost and stolen meters.

Robb Watson - American Electric Power
Robb Watson, GISP is Location Intelligence Supervisor for American Electric Power (AEP), where he is responsible for creating and delivering location-based insights to answer questions and solve problems for the Customer Organization. He has 17 years of experience in GIS and planning across several industries. Robb holds a BA in geography from Miami University and a Master's in City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin Room B
GIS Data and Analysis for Fire Departments Intermediate
NFPA Standards, 90th Percentiles, Incident Types, Preplans, Fire Districts, Fire Management Zones, Service Demand Zones, Response Districts, Risk Levels...... The list can go on and on. When you receive a request for information from a Fire Chief, do you know what they are requesting?
This presentation will look into the requests by emergency services, how to handle them, and possibly some questions that need to be asked before moving forward. We will also look into how to create data from nothing, collect data, and ways of presenting the data that is easy to retrieve.
There will be 4 parts of the presentation: Standards, Collecting and Cleaning Data, Ways to Analyze Data, and Resources for Public Safety.


Chris Goessl - Union Township FD / City of Kettering
Chris Goessl Brings 27 years of Fire & EMS service knowledge and 13 years of GIS experience to give insight on how GIS can drive change in Fire and Emergency services. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire & Safety Engineering Technologies from The University of Cincinnati. He works Full-Time for the Union Township Fire Department, Clermont County as a Lieutenant. He also works Part-Time for the City of Kettering as a GIS technician. Chris has performed multiple job tasks including but not limited to: Peer Assessor for Center for Public Safety Excellence, Assistant Accreditation Manager, ESRI Enterprise System Administrator, Python Scripting, Data Analysis with GIS Mapping, and attempting to use GIS Pro Daily.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin Room C
Jurisdictional Editing Made Easy with Collector Basic
Delaware County Ohio had a sign problem. It was difficult to determine at times whose sign was whose. The Delaware County Engineer and Auditor’s GIS along with ESRI software solved the issue by using ArcGIS Online and Collector to update the County Sign and Culvert inventory. After that successful update, the Engineer’s office contacted Berkshire township to add their signs to the county dataset. This has allowed for greater transparency over ownership in situations where a sign has been damaged. The success of the project has enabled us to expand to several more townships with the final eventuality of maintaining a county wide sign and culvert database across multiple jurisdictions.

Rob Parsons - Delaware County Auditor
Mr. Parsons has been with Delaware County, Ohio Auditor for 5 years. He has over 25 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems. He serves as the Director of GIS for Delaware County not only with the Auditor but serves all departments of Delaware County that utilize GIS. The Auditor’s GIS section oversees all Cadastral data maintenance for the county. Rob is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Mike Love - Delaware County Engineer
Mr. Love has been with the Delaware County Engineer for 7 years. He has over 25 years of experience in Traffic Engineering including maintenance, design and operation. Along with his duties as a Traffic Engineer Mr. Love is the GIS Liaison for the department and has been instrumental in expanding the use of GIS especially with the townships. Graduate of The Ohio State University.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin Room D
Intermediate Python - Data Structures Intermediate
Python has a rich assortment of built-in and add-on data structures. The SearchCursor tool in arcpy is extraordinarily useful in getting data from a geodatabase but it has some limitations. Based on the lessons learned from incorporating a televised sewerline database into a geodatabase, this presentation will explore some of the ways we can enhance arcpy tools using Python's data structures. This will be a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of Python Dictionaries and other data structures beyond simple lists.

Bill Mellman - Clermont County Ohio
Bill Mellman has a BS in Computer Science and started his career in IT. In the early 2000's he lateralled into GIS. He has worked for Clermont County since 2008, first for the Stormwater Department and now for the Office of Environmental Quality. He sees Python as a hammer for which all the world's problems are but a nail.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin Room A
Geospatial Web Apps for All! Intermediate
At the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) we serve as a bridge across academia, industry and the policy sector by providing spatial analysis of economic, social, environmental, and health issues in urban and regional settings in Ohio and beyond. We aid researchers on and off campus in creating custom web-applications and tool-kits to further their research goals. These products integrate interactive maps with simplified spatial modeling and analysis tools to help make geospatial data accessible to people of all levels of expertise.

In this presentation we aim to show how custom web mapping applications can help you share your data story with non-expert audiences. We will demonstrate an example web application that we created for this purpose and walk you through creating simple web mapping application from start to finish, using only open source tools and no coding required, specifically QGIS and Leaflet.


Katie Phillips - Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
Katie has her BS and MS in Geology from Ashland University and Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at the Ohio State University, she worked at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District as a GIS Technician for almost 6 years. In her role as CURA's Outreach Coordinator, Katie builds relationships with students, instructors, researchers, planners, policy makers, and other people interested in urban issues and data science. By investing the time to understand the problems our partners are trying to solve, Katie can offer expert recommendations on how CURA can help solve those problems. Katie also manages CURA's guest speaker series and other GIS related events.

Adam Porr - Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
Adam is the GIS Project Manager at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) and a recent graduate of the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at the Ohio State University. After spending a decade as an electrical engineer (B.S. 2006 and M.S. 2013, both from OSU) in the defense industry, Adam discovered a passion for sustainability and began pursuing a career more closely aligned with this. Adam and his family reside in Clintonville (Columbus). He is a tireless advocate of Free Software and transportation cycling, and enjoys backpacking, gardening, and fermenting all sorts of things.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin Room B
Holmes County’s Tax Office Modernization Efforts Intermediate
Holmes County’s six year odyssey of modernizing the tax map office included a partnership with the Sidwell Company to address multiple parcel data migrations (currently utilizing the parcel fabric), the development of a deed review system and a parcel history web application with multiple integration points. The culmination of these efforts is a fully integrated parcel web viewer linking to all of the various files in the tax map office.

Van O'Brien - Sidwell


Erik Parker - Holmes County, OH


Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin Room C
Comparative Analysis of Routing and Travel Time in Publicly Available Data Sources Basic
There are numerous providers of publicly available routing and travel time information on the market, such as Google Maps, ESRI, Open Street Maps, Bing, Map Quest, etc. These services typically provide results that are good enough for everyday travel, but it is difficult to tell how consistently a provider's results align with competing services and real world data. This study will use the publicly available Uber Movement data set for the Cincinnati Area as part of a side-by-side comparison of these services. Several factors will be analyzed between these providers, such as the initial route choice, travel time, and time of day differential, when available.

Jacob Roope - Wells Gaming Research


Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin Room D
Professional Metamorphosis: Making the Transition from Student to Work Life Basic
Making the transition out of student life into a professional career can be stressful for anyone. Prior preparation can provide a smooth and successful approach to this transition. This presentation aims to provide peace-of-mind for any undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated student looking for a career in GIS! The lesson starts with important steps to take while still in school and ends with what to do after successfully landing your first position while discusses everything in between. Topics such as internships, networking, and communication lead into how to successfully negotiate into a career. Once obtaining a full-time position, it is easy to lose track of time and maintain a healthy schedule. Due to this, other ideas such as mentorship, joining professional organizations, and making a professional development plan are important to maintain a successful future within the workforce.

Meghan Jones - LJB Inc.
Meghan T. Jones is a GIS Specialist with LJB Inc, and A&E firm in Miamisburg, Ohio. She recently finished her degree, with a B.A. and M.A. in Geography and a certification in GIS from Miami University. She is currently working towards publishing her Master's research on priority landscape modeling. Meghan is a board member of the Young Professionals Network within LJB working to promote continuing education, social and professional engagement, and mentorship among emerging professionals. Ms. Jones uses GIS to build web-applications, create spatial-analytical models, apply automated scripting, and more!

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin Room A
Python Data Automation and Scripting in GIS Workspace: Creating Efficiencies Across a Project Intermediate
Python and other scripting tools are widely utilized by GIS professionals to automate repetitive tasks, perform batch processes, and facilitate data transfer. These techniques are especially significant in the engineering and environmental consulting profession, where project managers seek reliable and cost effective means for working more efficiently and producing quality deliverables. Utilizing automation to eliminate repetitive tasks can lower the total labor required for a project, allowing it to come in under budget and ahead of schedule. This presentation will provide examples of Python workflows that can be applied to the “life cycle” of GIS-intensive environmental and engineering project tasks, from data acquisition to map production. We will present examples of Python scripts that automate downloads from data clearinghouses (including OSIP), produce project location maps from relational database tables, and add custom functionality to data driven page commands for creating large map sets. We will also discuss general Python scripting techniques and lessons learned in the development of these tools, while emphasizing the utility and accessibility of this language even to the more novice GIS developer.

Matthew Kramer - Civil & Environmental Consultants


Mark Maguire - Civil & Environmental Consultants


Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin Room B
Life Finds a Way: How Geography has Shaped Life as We Know It Intermediate
Providence, Manifest Destiny, luck, or maybe something else? Words like “Manifest Destiny” have shaped the American landscape both literally and figuratively. So, what are the real factors that lead to these movements of people and things? What lead to the location of our major cities both in the U.S and abroad? Why did cities like New York, London, and Paris become world powers in economic and political strength? Even more, what role has water played on the movement of people and animals? The United States has almost 4 million square miles of freshwater, how has that shaped our Union? How did water lead to the founding of cities like Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the driest parts of the country? How also did water and geography shape the history of nations in terms of industry and in war? Were the battles of Yorktown, Gettysburg, and Midway given victories or did geography play a role in the outcome for revolutionaries, union armies, and allied soldiers? During this talk we hope to provide insight on why people live where they do and explain the history that geography helped make happen.

Todd Tucky - Heartland GIS
Todd is Senior Consultant and owner of Heartland GIS. Since being formed in 2009, Heartland GIS has provided consulting services for multiple State/Local Agencies and State/Local/National agricultural associations. Throughout his career, Todd has designed several award winning and nationally recognized GIS systems. He has been using GIS technologies for the past 29+ years and has an extensive background in GIS Planning, Data Visualization and Mapping. His is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and also teaches GIS classes at Columbus State. He has been active in Ohio GIS for three decades and continues to try and communicate and promote the personal application of GIS and its connection to people, places and events. In particular, using GIS technologies for creating engaging presentations of historical places, events and people, and awareness of the importance and interconnectedness of agriculture the modern world.

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin Room C
GIS Data Management Discussion Intermediate
Several years ago, I presented a presentation on data management which discussed leveraging database replication between databases. Overtime the Kirks and Kahns have changed, as technology has changed, leaving me with a big question… Is this the right way to continue managing data? Join me as we discuss some industry trends related to data management, and explore different ways to manage GIS data. This is an interactive workshop. I will be presenting a few points, but overall I would like to get feedback from different folks about how they are managing their data and how they think the industry trends will affect how they will manage data.

Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS Department
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for over 9 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 the entire ArcGIS Platform. He spends a lot of his free-time doing GIS Side Projects just for fun. He has also been a part time Adjunct GIS Instructor and Learning Support Specialist at Columbus State Community College since 2018.

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin Room D
The Portal. Implementation and Beyond... Intermediate
What happens after you install Portal for ArcGIS? How will you use it? Who are your users? What rights and privileges will you give them? From exercises to providing GIS capabilities to users without desktop software. We are giving agencies the ability to have mapping web applications without a GIS expert. This session will be a journey with the State of Ohio and see how we are using the portal. Topics will include helpful hints, creating users, groups and categories. We will also demonstrate how we have been using the portal across departments and hear from other departments how the portal has helped them.

Jennifer McFarland - State of Ohio/OGRIP


Linda Slattery - Ohio EPA


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room A
Cartographic Masking with ArcGIS Pro Intermediate
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Technical Services has recreated the official State Transportation Map in ArcGIS Pro 2.3.2. Let’s look behind the scenes at the tools implemented in the creation of this map publication. Cartographic masking is an essential drawing technique for maintaining readability on a crowded map by hiding layers underneath symbols and annotation. We’ll review the options for generating masking polygons, techniques for implementing masks, and methods for automating with Python. Additionally, we’ll review a few other tools in the Cartography Toolbox that made the ODOT Transportation Map possible.

Katherine Robertson - Ohio DOT


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room B
Moving Data Between GIS and Other Systems Basic
This presentation will provide you with an overview of the methods of integration that you can use to move data between GIS and the other systems. Organizations spend a lot of money building their datasets, but the data is often stored in silos. Find out how data integration and application integration can help you maximize the value of your data by moving data where it’s needed. Attendees will learn the advantages of each integration method, so they can identify what’s best for their organization. Join this session to find out how you can enable your organization’s data to flow between GIS and your other systems, so it can power decision making.

Holly Coxon - Safe Software


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room C
GIS Without the G: When ‘Where’ Isn’t the Main Question Intermediate
At the City of Sandusky we have been building our GIS system for the past three years. We have made leaps and bounds in asset collection and along the way we have found some unexpected uses for our data collection apps. Several of our public works divisions utilize a combination of Collector, Workforce, and Survey123 for daily logs as well as asset inspections. For example, Sewer Construction logs, Hydrant Flushing, Pothole Logs, Service Calls, CSO/I&I Logs, Grounds Logs, and Snow Plowing. The information collected in these surveys allows us to review cumulative data not just on the inspections done on assets but the amount of time and resources employees have spent on those as well. Our use of GIS in this manner supports long and short term administrative decision making at all levels by providing detailed answers to the question ‘Who did what, when, and how often?’. We can look at the number of potholes filled as well as the number of hours spent filling them. How many hours do we spent on main breaks a year? Could hiring additional crew members be justified? How often have we serviced this pump station or filled this street? The information that we can pull from these daily logs gives us insight into all of these questions and more. I will take this time to go over the ways in which several of our divisions are expanding their use of GIS by shifting the main focus from 'Where'.

Tiffany Taylor - City of Sandusky


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin Room D
Unmanned Collection and Calibration Basic
In the world of surveying and mapping, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been gaining exposure. Applying traditional photogrammetric techniques and the addition of RTK/PPK functionality is providing a brand new level of achievable accuracy to these tools, as well as derivative products such as stereo compiled features. This session will discuss specific use cases and the benefits and challenges of planning and utilizing these high resolution, easily deployable tools.

Ryan Bowe - Woolpert
Ryan Bowe was hired at Woolpert in October 2016 to be a Phase Manager. Since then she rapidly demonstrated her capabilities and dedication and is currently the Team Lead for Quality Control in Dayton, Ohio. She provides quality control and metadata for a range of geospatial programs including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ryan has additional experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, where she provided metadata, seamline databases, and project reports for over 500,000 square miles of high-resolution orthoimagery and lidar. Ryan has also provided metadata for state, local, and municipal clients as well the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and Departments of Transportation in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Jeff Lovin - Woolpert


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room A
Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps Basic
Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a configurable web apps that provides location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. In this session we will introduce the key features of dashboards, walk through examples of the many different types of dashboards and finally demonstrate the configuration and deployment of an Operations Dashboard.


Ryan Sellman - Esri


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room B
USGS Update on National Map, 3DEP, US Topo, NHD, ... Basic
As part of the National Map, USGS efforts in Ohio include support for the lidar-based 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), and new US Topo maps. One goal of 3DEP in Ohio is to help refresh the OSIP statewide lidar and elevation layer with new, higher resolution data. 3DEP and other National Map elements will be discussed during this presentation.

Charles Hickman - U.S. Geological Survey


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room C
GIS Modeling and Parcel Prioritization for Strategic Conservation Planning Basic
Anthropogenic activity is contributing to the loss of biodiversity worldwide. Factors causing this loss include habitat degradation, transformation—or clearance for development, and fragmenting landscapes. With this, a divide in land conservation management is occurring, prioritizing public land preservation over private through nature reserves and park; causing a need to direct land protection towards private property owners. This research attempts to provide a solution to the problem, incorporating GIS and conservation management with a nonprofit land conservation organization primarily targeting riparian habitat and agricultural land in southwest Ohio. This research involved creating an open-source, geographic information model to assist decision-makers in prioritizing parcels of land for conservation. Providing an easy application automating the integration of data to perform spatial analyses. The tool provides a means of identifying land of the highest conservation value. Results prioritize pristine land in SW Ohio for the conservation trust to further ground truth and engage with property owners. Though data limitations due exist, the versatility and openly available data provides a useful land management tool for future conservation.

Meghan Jones - LJB Inc.
Meghan T. Jones is a GIS Specialist with LJB Inc, and A&E firm in Miamisburg, Ohio. She recently finished her degree, with a B.A. and M.A. in Geography and a certification in GIS from Miami University. She is currently working towards publishing her Master's research on priority landscape modeling. Meghan is a board member of the Young Professionals Network within LJB working to promote continuing education, social and professional engagement, and mentorship among emerging professionals. Ms. Jones uses GIS to build web-applications, create spatial-analytical models, apply automated scripting, and more!

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin Room D
DGN to GIS in Collector Intermediate
So, you have implemented an enterprise Asset Collection process! Now What?
Many users have converted CADD to GIS in the past, but is the process repeatable? Is the workflow defined? Are responsibilities outlined? AND, most importantly, are your Enterprise Collector datasets automatically updated following a formal QC Process?

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) spends roughly $2.1 Billion dollars annually to manage our current transportation system; 96% of which is simply taking care of what we have. Excluding pavements and bridges, ODOT maintains all ancillary assets with ESRI Collector and that translates to roughly $28 Billion in infrastructure. To put it in simpler terms, over 601,000 individual assets are now being tracked and assessed with Collector since its introduction at ODOT in June 2016.

Join the conversation as ODOT walks you through the idea and implementation of an automated CADD to GIS conversion workflow using FME (Feature Manipulation Engine). You will be subject to the thought behind the process and additional considerations when implementing an enterprise practice of this capacity to make your data more reliable and easier on your workforce.


John Puente - ODOT


Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Franklin Room A
Survey Says: Green Means Go! Modernizing Traffic Signal Inspections with Survey123 Basic
The capabilities of Survey 123 continue to expand, and the City of Columbus Traffic Signal Inspection Project takes advantage of this powerful software. With approximately a thousand traffic signals throughout the City of Columbus (and each one requiring an inspection every 4 years), the former 14-page paper inspection form was unable to keep up with the goals of the inspection program.

With Survey123, field inspectors now only see what is relevant to each signal type, and the reported inspection results are more thorough, include asset photos, and are delivered faster. The inspection survey automatically scores based on how questions have been answered, reducing scoring subjectivity and potential for errors. Survey123’s reporting tool has become a bridge for delivering inspection results into an external work management system. With integration of high-precision GPS collection, the signal inspection survey also doubles as an asset-management inventory tool, and results are integrated into existing datasets.

As the inspection program develops, understanding the nuances of Survey123 and relevant workarounds has helped navigate how to best leverage Survey123’s capabilities. Survey inspection results have allowed for better decision making in determining traffic signal rebuilds, as well as budget and resource forecasting.


Kim Baillieul - City of Columbus


Andy Volenik - City of Columbus


Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Franklin Room B
Meeting the Geospatial Data Challenges of a New Era Intermediate
Meeting the data requirements of new/changing government regulations, such as NextGen911, can prove quite challenging, often requiring many hours of manual data manipulation to deal with misalignment, topological errors, and errors in attribution. Critical layers such as address points, pipelines, road centerlines, and boundaries (e.g. Parcels, PSAPS) as well as CAD (Computer Aided Design) data can prove especially difficult with misalignments, improper attribution and the need for change detection between vintages. This presentation will cover how local and state governments such as Maryland and LA County are leveraging 1Integrate to validate and integrate data sources coming from local jurisdictions or other departments. Learn about the 1Integrate technology underpinning the validation application and how to get your data fit for use using the 1Integrate application. Also, learn how organizations such as the US Census, State of Nebraska, Arizona Department of Transportation and many other public and private organizations are successfully meeting many of these same challenges by implementing a rules-based approach to deliver enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle.

Chad Baker - 1Spatial


Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Franklin Room C
Go with the Flow: Identifying Opportunities to Reduce Non-point Source Nutrients Across the State Intermediate
The Nature Conservancy has worked for several years in the western Lake Erie basin to identify agricultural locations that will help achieve reduced nutrient levels in Lake Erie. Finding sites that provide the best setting for implementing changed land and water management practices helps focus efforts on areas that will provide the greatest return for our efforts. By using a variety of publicly available data, we are able to find the best locations to try different methods for the drainage and storage of water on the landscape. We will discuss how we are expanding our process from western Lake Erie analysis to the rest of the state.

August Froehich - The Nature Conservancy


Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Franklin Room D
NSRS Modernization: Replacing NAD83 and NAVD88 with New Datums for the Future Intermediate
The North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) are scheduled to be replaced by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) in 2022. The NGS is the agency designated by the US Government to provide geodetic control to all civilian agencies, via the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The datum replacements are part of a broader overall mission at NGS, referred to as NSRS Modernization, and includes other items like the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022). The presentation will be focused on the new datums that will replace NAD83 and NAVD88, but will also include information on the State Plane modernization, existing online NGS Web Services, and methods for estimating the datum change in your area.

Jeff Jalbrzikowski, P.S., GISP - NOAA National Geodetic Survey
Jeff Jalbrzikowski, P.S., GISP, is your Appalachian Regional Geodetic Advisor with the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). He began his geospatial career when he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Surveyor, then went on to earn a degree in Surveying and Mapping from the University of Akron. He’s had stints with a land development firm performing construction and boundary surveys, as a cadastral surveyor with the BLM, as a GIS technician with multiple employers, and came to the NGS from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District. Jeff has a varied background, with field and office experience in a variety of geospatial projects including manual parcel digitization & maintenance, automated classification of point clouds, and performing GNSS surveys for LiDAR registration.

Tuesday 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Room A
GIS Outside of the Workplace… Basic
Do you think about GIS in the middle of the night?
Did you know that GIS can be used outside of the workplace, beyond a typical GIS workflow or topic?
Don't wait another minute… Come to this presentation as we will explore the value of the side project and how having fun with GIS can help you in the workplace.


Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS Department
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for over 9 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 the entire ArcGIS Platform. He spends a lot of his free-time doing GIS Side Projects just for fun. He has also been a part time Adjunct GIS Instructor and Learning Support Specialist at Columbus State Community College since 2018.

Tuesday 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Room B
Today’s Connectivity: Using Historic Data to Anticipate Future Risk Intermediate
What lies beneath the surface of any given site? Risk. Specifically, the risk associated with unknown conditions during project conception and initial design. Unanticipated subsurface conditions have the potential to force delays and cost overruns on even the best-managed and well-executed projects.

In this digital era, mitigating risk associated with subsurface exploration and unanticipated subsurface conditions during construction is a top priority. Utilizing processes for compiling and managing data, and GIS methods to analyze and present site data along with historical subsurface information, we can ultimately lower risk for the entire project team.

Consider for more than a century, geotechnical professionals have meticulously documented the location and conditions encountered in hundreds of thousands of subsurface borings. Digitizing the historical subsurface information creates a catalyst for an interactive, web-based platform that combines the publicly available information and collected data, and culminates with the invaluable opinion of a local, experienced geotechnical engineer. This connectivity aids in the reduction of risks associated with unknown conditions on prospective project sites, and for our valuable team members.

By using past information to better understand the present, we are developing smarter work scopes and able to more efficiently anticipate subsurface conditions.

Michael Frawley - Terracon


Tuesday 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Room C
Using 3D GIS Data to Facilitate Permit Reviews Advanced
JMT is building a new web-based system for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas to support registration, financial assurance, permitting, field operations, and emergency operations related to oil and gas wells. The new system uses GIS to determine the rules and regulations that an oil or gas well must comply with based on its proposed location. Such conditions include the presence of underground drinking water, underground mines, and other geologic features. Oil and gas wells are not always drilled straight down into the ground. Viewing the proposed wells in 3D gives ODNR staff the ability to identify possible conflicts with nearby wells. The system generates multiple views of the well based on information entered by the user, such as the schematic view, 3D view, map location, and well requirements. This presentation will feature a discussion on how the 3D mapping component was built and challenges that had to be overcome to display proposed oil and gas wells in three dimensions.

Phill Izenson - JMT Technology Group


David Starr - JMT Technology Group


Tuesday 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Room D
GIS/Image Streaming: Providing Resiliency, Cost Effectiveness and Increased Productivity Basic
With the increased technology demands placed upon state and local government GIS personnel, an option to offload IT functions, such as, managing servers and software (including ArcServer) and get back to performing GIS analysis and serving the public are essential for an office to succeed.

This presentation will offer an overview of GIS/image streaming and hosting/data extraction solutions (SmartView 3D), including live demonstrations of each. Real world experiences (pros/cons) will also be shared with the audience, including feedback from Greene County.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert, Inc.


Travis Owens - Greene County, Ohio Auditor's Office


Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room A
Utilizing GIS to Create Special Improvement Districts and Improve Communities Basic
A Special Improvement District (SID) is an economic development tool that allows private property owners in a contiguous and self-defined area to establish a program for services or improvements and pay for the program with assessments on all properties in the defined area. Under Ohio law, private property owners may use SIDs to fund any services or improvements they want to fund. Utilizing GIS, ms consultants has developed a series of processes to calculate parcel frontages and square footage within the defined SID area. By manipulating the GIS parcel data of a county, the frontage and square footage is then used to calculate the property owners’ financial responsibility to the SID based on the proportion of their property’s frontage, square footage, and property value to the whole SID. This planning development tool is helping communities like Franklinton (Columbus), Ashtabula (Ashtabula Harbor), and Mansfield (Miracle Mile) redevelop and revitalize areas that are outside the normal level of service provided by the city. The return on investment of a SID include increased property values, a safe and clean downtown environment, increased occupancy rates in downtown buildings, and special community events.

Vince Matheney - ms consultants, inc.


Rachel Pohnan - ms consultants, inc.


Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room B
Streamlining the Highway Performance Monitoring System Basic
The Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) is a national program run by the Federal Highway Administration that includes information for all the Nation’s public roads. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is required to submit geospatial data per HPMS reporting requirements bi-annually to support this effort. Data collected for the HPMS is used to create a biennial Conditions & Performance report of the future highway investment needs of the nation and is mandated by Congress.

Collecting, processing and reporting large amounts of geospatial data to Federal standards is a very challenging task. At ODOT, pavement distress data, road inventory data and traffic data are all managed by different data owners and stored in a variety of formats. Historically, processing these diverse datasets to meet HPMS reporting requirements has been a manual effort. Currently, ODOT is working to develop tools to automate this process and better manage a growing volume of data elements required by the Federal Government.

In this presentation, we will discuss the solutions developed by ODOT and its partners to improve the accuracy and efficiency of reporting geospatial transportation data as part of the HPMS effort. We will examine the benefits as well as the challenges of this project and how various data owners can work together to achieve important goals.


Erin Westfall - ODOT


Victoria Hankus - ODOT


Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room C
Leveraging Open Source for Timely Election Reporting Basic
In 2016 The Delaware County GIS created and implemented a Voting Results application that is available on election nights. What started as a purely ESRI solution has morphed into an Open Source Web interface that is fast and secure. During election night after the results have been processed and are uploaded to the Secretary of State, automated processes take that data and update our local web application enabling all National, State and Local ballot issues to be viewed. It has recently been updated to conform to the new election system that was implemented in May of 2019. This talk will speak to our process to how the system is integrated with our new Voting software.

Rob Parsons - Delaware County Auditor
Mr. Parsons has been with Delaware County, Ohio Auditor for 5 years. He has over 25 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems. He serves as the Director of GIS for Delaware County not only with the Auditor but serves all departments of Delaware County that utilize GIS. The Auditor’s GIS section oversees all Cadastral data maintenance for the county. Rob is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room D
GIS in Hazard Mitigation Planning Intermediate
Employing GIS into the hazard mitigation planning process creates better data to inform mitigation plans and provides defensible supporting evidence for mitigation projects and the pursuit of grant funding. Using case studies inside and outside Ohio, we will illustrate how tools and methods such as Hazus, depth grids, tornado tracks, and more can help evaluate both city-wide and site-specific datasets to better identify and assess risk.

Matt Lesher - Stantec
Matt Lesher is a project manager with experience managing and working on all aspects of hazard mitigation planning, floodplain management, FEMA Flood Hazard and Risk Analysis projects and grants management. He supports FEMA Region II and V on multiple riverine, Levee Analysis and Mapping Procedures (LAMP) and Discovery projects in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and New York.

Ryan Branch - Stantec
Ryan Branch is a Senior GIS analyst with 11 years of experience on FEMA flood hazard mapping projects. He has aided in hazard mapping and analysis for dozens of Ohio counties and numerous environmental management projects.

Ben Schattschneider - Stantec
Ben Schattschneider, CFM, is a Senior Hazard Mitigation Planner at Stantec with experience in floodplain management and hazard mitigation. He is a Hazus trained practitioner and his background includes creating risk assessments for multi-hazard mitigation plans, developing flood risk products using Hazus for RiskMAP projects and supporting FEMA in community engagement and riverine RiskMAP studies.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room A
GIS For Leaders: Seven Elements of a Successful Enterprise GIS Intermediate
It takes more than technology for an enterprise GIS to be successful. It requires business and IT management skills. This session will review the seven elements of a successful enterprise GIS and provide strategies how GIS Managers can implement them. The seven elements are:

• Vision and Leadership
• Understand how GIS can contribute to your organization’s success
• Develop and maintain a GIS Strategic Plan
• Implement effective governance
• Implement evolutionary approaches (change management)
• Deploy engaging apps
• Recruit, develop and maintain good staff


Adam Carnow - Esri
Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities. He inspires customers to maximize their return on investment in the ArcGIS platform. He works closely with the Esri teams and Partners to assure customer success. He helps these organizations use the ArcGIS platform to transform from mapmakers into solution providers, through the application of location intelligence, to deliver spatial insight. He strives to assist customers in creating and reaching their vision, and gaining professional recognition for their efforts, like awards, presentations, articles and videos. Mr. Carnow has over 25 years of experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. He holds a BA in Geography, and a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and has achieved certification as an Urban Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP).

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room B
Using GIS to Support Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Basic
Prescribed fire is the planned application of wildland fire under carefully defined conditions in order to achieve natural resources management objectives. The use of prescribed fire on public and private lands in Ohio is expanding, and this is yielding benefits in terms of creating and maintaining wildlife and pollinator habitat, reducing potential wildfire fuels, and providing hands-on firefighter training. Prescribed fire is not without risks, however, and pre-burn planning must address potential escaped fires and air quality impacts. This presentation will discuss how GIS can be used to support planning and implementing prescribed fire projects beyond simply providing maps of the burn units.

Jeremy A. Keller, GISP - Bellefontaine Fire & EMS
Jeremy is a volunteer member of Bellefontaine Fire & EMS, serving as the department's rural operations coordinator. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BS in Forestry and MS in Natural Resources Management) and Western Oregon University (BS Fire Administration), and is a Certified Forester (CF), Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (CWMS) and GIS Professional (GISP). Jeremy's full-time gig is as State GIS Specialist and Resource Inventory Coordinator for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Ohio. Previously, he worked a variety of wildland fire and forestry-related positions with several state and federal agencies around the country.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room C
The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal: Facilitating Geospatial Data Discovery and Access Basic
Geospatial data and methodologies have become increasingly popular among researchers and professionals across a wide variety of fields. The ever-expanding availability of geospatial data resources and the varied nature of the platforms through which they are served can make discovering, accessing, and evaluating these resources difficult and time-consuming, particularly for users with a more limited knowledge of geospatial data. The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Geoportal was designed and launched with these concerns in mind, with the overarching goal of enhancing geospatial data discoverability and accessibility among member institutions and for data users across the states served by our institutions. Selected resources include substantial state-specific geospatial data sets and digitized map collections held by member libraries. The collaborative nature of this project reduces workloads for individual institutions, simplifies workflows, and encourages communication between institutions and key stakeholders in the broader geospatial data community. In this presentation, two Ohio State University librarians will provide an overview of the BTAA Geoportal project and platform, our university’s involvement in the project and associated goals, and current and future possibilities for collaborating with geospatial data creators and consumers in municipal, county, state, and other agencies across Ohio.

Joshua Sadvari - The Ohio State University Libraries
Joshua Sadvari is the Geospatial Information Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering educational activities to support the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in research and teaching and for acting as a project consultant for faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines who are working with geospatial data, methods, and tools. Through his work, Sadvari saves researchers time by connecting them with appropriate geospatial information resources at their point of need and helps them to effectively use GIS in impactful ways in their scholarship. In addition, he serves as one of Ohio State’s liaisons to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project to coordinate contributions to and increase awareness of the BTAA Geoportal (https://geo.btaa.org/) through engagement with GIS professionals and key stakeholders across Ohio.

Daniel Dotson - The Ohio State University Libraries
Daniel Dotson is The Ohio State University's subject librarian for multiple science disciplines, including Earth Sciences and Geography, and also serves as the map librarian. He also serves as one of Ohio State's representatives to the BTAA Geoportal (https://geo.btaa.org/), where he currently serves as a member of its Interface Committee.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin Room D
Your Lidar Data in the Cloud Intermediate
Robust lidar data is exceptionally useful for government agencies, but it doesn’t come without its share of headaches. The high cost of storing, maintaining and manipulating lidar data can diminish its efficacy—and in some cases, render it virtually useless.
What if there was an easy-to-use, low-cost alternative to traditional lidar data storage and dissemination methods? A solution that makes maintaining and accessing data simple and effective would broaden the usage of lidar data, leveraging it for the benefit of communities across the country—and the world.
This presentation will discuss different methods for hosting data, managing maintenance/hardware upgrades and creating specialized, on-demand derivative products. Attendees will learn about the various models for managing lidar data, including a new, web-based tool that uses cloud technology to slash data storage and hardware costs. They will also discover new ways to provide their constituents with access to this valuable data.


Jeff Lovin - Woolpert


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room A
ArcGIS Pro: Going Beyond the Basics Intermediate
So you can navigate yourself around ArcGIS Pro. You can also replicate your existing workflows from your ArcMap days. So what are you missing,? What’s the big deal with Pro anyways? Come to this session to advance your knowledge of ArcGIS Pro. Learn how to leverage what you already know about Pro with some advanced topics like Arcade, tasks, the Solution Deployment tool and more. We will also review some of the key new features in ArcGIS Pro 2.3.


Gustavo Castro - Esri


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room B
Leveraging Your GIS Program to Meet Compliance Challenges: Three Case Studies Intermediate
While GIS enables water and wastewater utilities to view and edit system assets, it can also assist utility personnel with capital project planning, asset management implementation, and tracking regulatory compliance through intentional database design and web app development. Due to additional regulatory requirements in Ohio, the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program has enhanced its supporting geodatabase and web applications to enable smaller water utilities to 1) document water line repairs, 2) plan, record updates, and monitor progress in replacing lead service lines, and 3) track asset management preventive maintenance activities, such as valve exercising and hydrant flushing. Straightforward enhancements to web and mobile mapping applications and the use of dashboards support the ability to record actions, monitor activities and measure compliance through meaningful visualizations and access to summary information. This presentation provides demonstrations to show how work done in the field can be monitored in real-time, and visualized to track the level of compliance with guidelines. Future uses of the adaptable dashboard will be discussed including analyzing utility data to assist with seeking support from municipal officials and funding, as well as additional asset management requirements. While the examples are based on water utility needs, the tools presented apply to any industry needing to record data and report on activities to maintain compliance.

Laura Schuch - GLRCAP


Sam Eitner - GLRCAP


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room C
2020 Census Redistricting Voter District Verification Project Intermediate
The purpose of this project is to develop a common unified database for redistricting in the State of Ohio after the 2020 U.S. Census. The database unifies population and election results data with geographic data containing Census political boundaries and block boundaries as well as election precincts for the State. This unified mapping database provides all interested parties the geographic and tabular data they need to propose, discuss, and negotiate new Congressional and General Assembly districts for the State.


Jessica Schaudt - Ohio University


Matt Trainer - Ohio University


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin Room D
Rounding Out the GeoSpatial Imagery Database of Record Intermediate
You probably recall the recent AT&T ad… “When it comes to wireless networks, just OK, isn’t OK.”.

Nothing is more on point when you consider the GeoSpatial Imagery Database of Record. Just OK can never be OK.

The paradigm has shifted. The landscape now forever changed. New Terrestrial Imagery coupled with Terrestrial LiDAR, Ultra High Definition Imagery, Ultra sub quarter inch pixel resolution, superior accuracies (locational and relative), allow for not simply viewing data but analyzing the data. It’s no longer about pretty pictures. It’s about Actionable Intelligence.

This session will focus on the technology and how it compliments what is missing in the current GeoSpatial Imagery Database of Record, specifically Orthos and Obliques.


Frank Daly - CycloMedia Technology Inc.
Frank Daly has been in the technology space for over 30 years, with over a third of that time within the GeoSpatial Imaging Industry. He was involved in the early evolution of Pictometry International as a Regional Vice President and assisted the company in changing the paradigm on how aerial imagery is utilized within government. As a result, aerial imagery became "Democratized" and now oblique aerial imagery is a standard. Frank is doing the same at CycloMedia Technology Inc., changing the paradigm on how how ground level imagery is being used withinin government. Moving from static jpeg images to high definition, highly accurate panoramic imagery and data providing "Actionable Intelligence".

Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room A
Nuts and Bolts of GIS: An Artistic Way to Map Basic
Have you ever looked at your newly minted map and thought it was depressingly boring? Maybe not, but we have all made the requisite "first map" in ArcGIS (especially switching to ArcGIS Pro) with tan basemaps, black text, ArcGIS colors...snooze fest! We will walk you through how to take your maps from blah to rocking. We fully admit there is a time and place for boring and dull, but it is not in our maps. Not today.

John "Woody" Woodard - Davey Resource Group


Ryan Bowe - Woolpert
Ryan Bowe was hired at Woolpert in October 2016 to be a Phase Manager. Since then she rapidly demonstrated her capabilities and dedication and is currently the Team Lead for Quality Control in Dayton, Ohio. She provides quality control and metadata for a range of geospatial programs including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ryan has additional experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, where she provided metadata, seamline databases, and project reports for over 500,000 square miles of high-resolution orthoimagery and lidar. Ryan has also provided metadata for state, local, and municipal clients as well the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and Departments of Transportation in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room B
The Benefits of Participating in OSIP - Value Added Datasets Intermediate
The need for improved planning, assessment, and response has been a heightened subject of concern for federal, state, and local agencies nationwide. As conditions in the economy increasingly impact resources, more cost-effective and efficient means of managing and maintaining a state’s assets are becoming more of a challenge. The statewide imagery program provides a current, accurate and seamless solution to produce an interoperable resource used by all agencies, eliminating duplication of maintenance and collection efforts while providing improved communication between organizations.

This presentation offers a review of the benefits of a statewide imagery program, primarily focusing on the value-added products, which can be gleaned from the initial investment by the use of feature extraction techniques, to produce data layers including, but not limited to: building outlines, impervious surfaces, land-cover, change detection, cropland delineation. The presentation will also touch upon the technical differences between the current and the prior iterations of OSIP.


Crystal Childress - Woolpert


Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room C
Tracking ADA Compliance Basic
In 2018, ODOT developed and implemented a GIS solution for ADA compliance using Collector, a Web App and Dashboard. This presentation will walk through the tools and processes we provide our workforce to help facilitate our ADA/504 Program.

Michael Weakley - Ohio Department of Transportation


Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin Room D
QL0 LiDAR - a Local, Federal, and Private effort Intermediate
The City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities (DPU), entered into an agreement with Woolpert to collect QLO LiDAR in Spring 2019. Afterward, DPU was made aware of a grant opportunity from the United States Geologic Survey; which was pursued and later awarded.

This presentation will: describe the LiDAR collection process and why QL0 was needed, outline the USGS grant approval process, the ongoing partnership to collect and deliver a final product, along with potential uses from a local and federal perspective.

Mike Edwards - City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilties
Mr. Edwards currently manages the GIS Mapping Section for the City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities where he oversees a staff of 17. Mr. Edwards is in his 18th year in the GIS industry. He previously worked in the private sector for several civil engineering firms focused on engineering projects with a heavy GIS focus.

Charley Hickman - USGS


Brian Stevens - Woolpert


Wednesday 11:00am - 1:30pm
Union Room
The Underutilization of GIS and How to Cure it Intermediate
When most non-GIS professionals hear "G-I-S", they think "M-A-P". Now that GIS is a location intelligence platform, the underutilization of it is critical and career-limiting. As a GIS professional, your purpose is to do more than make maps. It is vitally important that you proactively evangelize and market all of the GIS capabilities. This presentation will provide strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.

Adam Carnow - Esri
Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities. He inspires customers to maximize their return on investment in the ArcGIS platform. He works closely with the Esri teams and Partners to assure customer success. He helps these organizations use the ArcGIS platform to transform from mapmakers into solution providers, through the application of location intelligence, to deliver spatial insight. He strives to assist customers in creating and reaching their vision, and gaining professional recognition for their efforts, like awards, presentations, articles and videos. Mr. Carnow has over 25 years of experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. He holds a BA in Geography, and a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and has achieved certification as an Urban Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP).

Suggested Audience Experience Level: BasicBasic  IntermediateIntermediate  AdvancedAdvanced