2021 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts And Bios

 

 2021 Ohio GIS Conference

 CEAO  URISAOGRIP

September 15-17, 2021 (Wednesday - Friday)







This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change. Last Updated: 9/14/2021
Wednesday 9:00am-11:00am
Franklin AB
Workshop - “Hands-On” DIY Raster Tiles with QGIS & GDAL BasicIntermediate
Rasters and orthoimagery are one of the key components of GIS, and thus raster tiles serve as the foundation for many web maps and applications. While there are a handful of tools to publish raster data to the web, in this presentation I will walk through the basics of tiling raster data from the command line using GDAL. I will also go over why you might want to use this method. For me, learning how to use GDAL has led to a deeper understanding of GIS, raster data, and web maps, and introduced to a wider GIS community.
The presentation will be much more informative if you can follow along using your own laptop. To participate you will need a laptop with GDAL installed. The simplest way to do that is by using the OSGeo4W64 web installer and choosing the “Express Desktop” install. If you already have standalone QGIS installed, uncheck QGIS in the options. Once you have “OSGeo4W Shell” available as an application and can type “gdalinfo –version” and get a response then you are good to go. I will provide sample data during the presentation or you can use any orthomosiac downloaded from the OGRIP Data Downloads page.

Malcolm Meyer - City of Lancaster
Malcolm currently serves as the GIS Coordinator for the City of Lancaster. He has previously held positions at the City of Zanesville, OVRDC, the City of Columbus and EMH&T. He has a passion for web mapping and data visualization. He has a Master's in International Affairs with ten years of experience in GIS. When not wrangling vector tiles or SQL queries Malcolm can be found digging in the dirt, strumming on the guitar, or hiking in the woods.

Wednesday 9:00am-11:00am
Franklin CD
Workshop - The Future of NG9-1-1 and GIS BasicIntermediate
Across the country, PSAPs are gradually making the switch to Next Generation 9-1-1 and Ohio will soon follow. This Workshop will provide an update to last year’s session but will technically delve deeper to identify the ESINet components and connecting GIS in order to build the Next Generation 9-1-1 vision. Experts will map out the flow and functionality of GIS and NG9-1-1. This workshop will include a breakout session and a panel of experts for Q&A.

Rob Jackson - State of Ohio
Administrator of the Ohio 9-1-1 Program Office

John Walsh - Comtech
Comtech is the State vendor responsible for Next Generation 9-1-1 Solutions

Jay Somerville - Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center
Director of Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center; Chair of Ohio ESINet PSAP Operations Sub-Committee and Executive Council of APCO

Wednesday 12:30pm-2:00pm
Regency Ballroom
General Session Intermediate
Keynote

Kerry Hughes Zwierschke, P.E., PhD. - Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Kerry Zwierschke is a Principal Engineer and project manager at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc. Bennett & Williams has over 20 years of experience focusing on the information barriers and challenges facing water and wastewater utilities as they implement GIS-based solutions. The GIS-based management systems supported by Bennett & Williams, provides the foundation for asset management, distribution and collection system mapping, compliance assessments, and water quality assessments and monitoring. Kerry currently leads the Bennett & Williams’ team that develops and deploys GIS solutions for rural and small to mid-sized communities and trains end-users in both desktop and online applications of GIS. Kerry is a professional engineer with experiences related to water supply, source water protection, hydraulic modeling and GIS integration with a variety of engineering applications. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in engineering from the Ohio State University and has experience related to the statistical analysis of environmental data, solid and hazardous waste landfill design and monitoring, wetland treatment systems, and contamination assessment. Kerry is an organizer of the Ohio Rural Water GIS User group that meets quarterly and provides training on desktop GIS and ArcGIS Online applications.

Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Franklin AB
Workshop - What is Data Science Anyway? Starting Your Journey in Models, Ethics, Data Prep, and Applications BasicIntermediate
Join us as we navigate beyond jargon for a foundational introduction to popular algorithms, data prep & modeling, and discuss business applications for spatial and non-spatial problems. In the first hour we will demystify “data science” and common buzzwords and understand core principles of approaching problems that will be familiar to many GIS Analysts. The second hour will cover getting started with important tools such as Python, Jupyter Notebooks, and useful data science libraries followed by the illustration of a full data science workflow from problem definition, data acquisition, prep, model training, results interpretation. We'll close with business application discussions and resources to continue your journey.

Langdon Sanders - City of Dublin
Langdon Sanders enjoys building tools for governments to improve city services. He is a Senior Data Analyst for the City of Dublin, Ohio. He holds a Masters of Public Administration, is a GISP, and has completed his first year of the Masters of Analytics from Georgia Tech.

Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Franklin CD
Workshop - Professional GIS Panel - Exploring GIS Career Growth  
The workshop of Professional GIS Panel will consist of professionals with backgrounds in public and private backgrounds as well as various parts of the GIS industry. The questions will be pre-submitted to our panel, and the audience will be able to ask questions of our panel too. The panel will offer direction for new professionals, and career growth for mature professionals. They will share their insights on a wide range of GIS Topics. This workshop will be informative and enjoyable for all that attend.

Kerry Hughes Zwierschke, P.E., PhD. - Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Kerry Zwierschke is a Principal Engineer and project manager at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc. Bennett & Williams has over 20 years of experience focusing on the information barriers and challenges facing water and wastewater utilities as they implement GIS-based solutions. The GIS-based management systems supported by Bennett & Williams, provides the foundation for asset management, distribution and collection system mapping, compliance assessments, and water quality assessments and monitoring. Kerry currently leads the Bennett & Williams’ team that develops and deploys GIS solutions for rural and small to mid-sized communities and trains end-users in both desktop and online applications of GIS. Kerry is a professional engineer with experiences related to water supply, source water protection, hydraulic modeling and GIS integration with a variety of engineering applications. In addition, she has a Ph.D. in engineering from the Ohio State University and has experience related to the statistical analysis of environmental data, solid and hazardous waste landfill design and monitoring, wetland treatment systems, and contamination assessment. Kerry is an organizer of the Ohio Rural Water GIS User group that meets quarterly and provides training on desktop GIS and ArcGIS Online applications.

Jennifer Sturges - Woolpert
Jennifer Sturges is a Geospatial Project Manager for Woolpert with over 11 years of AEG industry experience. A communications expert with a passion for geospatial technology, Jen is adept at building relationships throughout the industry to propel client success. Her knack for making connections within and across internal and external teams makes her an asset to Woolpert’s Government Solutions team. At Woolpert, Jen plays a key role in geospatial project management, cost estimation, resource planning, business development, marketing strategy, and proposal writing. She produces high-level deliverables through extensive collaboration with market and discipline leaders. Serving as a liaison between business units within Woolpert’s Geospatial sector, Jen also is well versed in simplifying complex data to maximize efficiency. Most recently, she developed an internal hydro schema that outlines the nuances of the new USGS Elevation Derived Hydro Acquisition Specification and Representation documents.

Ryan Bowe - Woolpert
Ryan’s GIS Career includes a range of work from true GIS to managing statewide orthophoto collections over more than 15 years. With a specialty in the authorization of metadata, Ryan has documented over 500,000 square miles of high resolution orthoimagery and lidar. Ryan and her team provide quality control and metadata for a range of geospatial programs across the world. Outside of work, Ryan is crafty – turning crochet into “research as art”; hanging out of planes for panoramas; and creating “mappy” prints in PhotoShop to be displayed in the Ohio Governor’s office.

Timothy Price - RA Consultants
Timothy Price is the GIS Director at for RA Consultants in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a Master’s graduate, from Ohio University, with professional background in geographic information systems and cartography. Extensive research, cartographic design, and analytical experience working with a broad range of software on multiple platforms. Timothy has experience as administrator, analyst, consultant, and project coordinator. He has taught classes in World Regional Geography and Geographic Information Systems. Timothy is a member of the Association of American Geographers and Gamma Theta Upslion.

Andrew Wilson - City of Hilliard
Andrew Wilson works for the City of Hilliard, Ohio as the GIS Administrator. He studied geography and urban and regional planning at Miami University and has a Master of Public Administration from Kent State University. Andrew worked for the City of Oxford, Ohio prior to working for the City of Hilliard. Professionally, he enjoys ArcGIS Story Maps and definition queries, concatenating cells in Excel, and integrating GIS with applications and web services. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys gypsy jazz, exploring new places, and petting dogs.

Joe Guzi - Stark County
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for over 10 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. 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.

Wednesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Delaware
Workshop - Maximizing Utility of the GeoPDF Format in GIS BasicIntermediate
The popularity of GIS and adoption of geospatial technology into the mainstream has increased the need to share information to a variety of new stakeholders. However, an obstacle to sharing geospatial data can sometimes be the large file sizes or that the end recipient does not have the appropriate viewing software or reader. The PDF format is widely accepted and is considered the de facto standard for printable documents on the web. This means that users do not require the any proprietary plug-in to read geospatial PDFs (GeoPDFs).

If you currently are not using GeoPDFs, or are using them but may not be harnessing the full potential of their capabilities, this workshop is designed to make you aware of the basic GeoPDF capabilities such as:
• Graphically represent vector and raster information
• Separate graphics content into different layers
• Associate of tabular information with graphical features

There are many uses for a GeoPDFs. After importing geospatial data into PDF, one can use the data in a variety of ways:
• Find and mark location coordinates
• Measure distance, perimeter, and area
• Change the coordinate system and measurement units
• Copy location coordinates to the clipboard, and then use them to show locations in several web mapping services
• Register a raster image to create a geospatially aware PDF

Additionally, emphasis will be placed on even more functions and capabilities of GeoPDFs using the TerraGo PDF environment. [Think of GeoPDF being born on Krypton and being exposed to the yellow sun on Earth type of additional functionality]. Help your organization more effectively communicate, visualize and distribute your maps in the most common document format on the web.
This workshop will be a hands-on workshop and attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop to explore the GeoPDF capabilities and uses in real-time. Files will be sent to attendees to bring pre-loaded to the workshop.

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 30+ 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. Heartland GIS specializes in projects and services that are designed to be for the betterment of all people, the environment and the world at large.

Jessica St. Pierre - Heartland GIS
Jessica is the GIS Project Manager for Heartland GIS. Her background is in Zoology from Miami University and received her Certificate in GIS from Columbus State. Her focus on GIS is in exploring our interactions with land use and agriculture, and she believes in working collaboratively with all stakeholders to help both farmers and the environment. Her goal is to promote GIS as a tool to communicate information for more tailored decisions that will have a positive impact for our clients and our world.

Thursday 8:30am-9:00am
Franklin AB
Public Engagement, COVID-19 Style Intermediate
Engaging the public has always been a priority for MVRPC. Whether it is interacting in person on specific projects and initiatives, or remotely by highlighting planning projects and accessing GIS data, public engagement plays a large role in the agency’s function.
This session shares how MVRPC’s public engagement efforts using GIS have evolved over the years, including the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic brought in the area of public engagement.

MVRPC is using GIS technology to engage Miami Valley citizens in 2 different ways.
One is the development and implementation of the Miami Valley Geo-Spark, MVRPC’s web site that uses Esri’s Hub technology. Launched prior to the pandemic in 2019, the site continues to grow and evolve to meet the agency’s needs. This web site has helped to engage the public by promoting agency projects, making web maps about a variety of topics readily available and serving as a large Open Data resource for the 6+ county Miami Valley Region.
Another topic is how the agency quickly addressed the need to change engagement methods early in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, as many of our communities’ on-going planning projects were quickly paused. To support this, MVRPC staff developed a new suite of GIS online tools in an effort to address the challenges of fostering meaningful public engagement. This topic will cover the development of these methods as well as their use in the projects they were designed for.

Tom Harner - MVRPC
Tom Harner has been at this for a while - the past 20+ years while at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) in Dayton, where he is currently the GIS Manager. Prior to that he worked with Clermont County and Woolpert. He studied Geography at Ohio University in Athens. When not listening to Mancunian post-punk, he is probably studying a map - occasionally these two things happen at the same time.

Martin Kim - Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Martin Kim, AICP, GISP, is the Director of Community and Regional Planning at MVRPC, an MPO in Dayton. With 25 years of experience, Martin directs both long- and short-term regional and community planning and GIS initiatives and manages planning and data services to local communities in the Dayton region for their successful planning and policy development efforts. Martin's expertise includes land use and transportation planning, scenario planning, strategic planning, planning support systems, GIS, and quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. Martin is a frequent speaker at many local, state, and national conferences and university classes and also an active member in many professional groups, including the American Planning Association Ohio Chapter and Miami Valley Section, and the Southwest Ohio GIS Users Group. Martin received a Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning from South Korea and graduated from Wright State University with a Master of Urban Administration.

Thursday 8:30am-9:00am
Franklin CD
A Practical Journey: Putting the Ohio 3DEP Lidar Program to Work for You Intermediate
As the availability and use of aerial lidar data grows, so does the need for efficient manipulation as a way to solve everyday business problems. In this session, focus will be placed on the data, products and technology. We will discuss several practical uses of 3DEP Lidar, emphasizing how it can be used in a cost-effective manner and at scale—as well as lessons learned from real-world project examples. We will also touch on how artificial intelligence and deep learning can substitute for personal attention in the tedious analysis of large geographic areas and provide examples of data products created through AI and DL, such as building footprints, impervious surfaces and transportation related applications demonstrating how sound methodology can increase product accuracy while decreasing time spent on mundane analysis.

Dave Blackstone - Woolpert


Brett Boothe - Gallia County, Ohio Engineer's Office


Brian Stevens - Woolpert


Thursday 8:30am-9:00am
Delaware AB
Big Spatial Data Advanced
Location can be used as a unique identifier for many large datasets and spatial big data can permit integration across many data types. Data engineering methods allow for interchangeability between multiple datasets allowing for information to be merged and combined in innovative ways. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the politicization of government data through restrictions and outright omission from the CDC and other state agencies, yet this was not new. In 2017, hyperlinks to data provided through multiple agencies began to break and access became increasingly difficult. Omission and limitations on access to public data is a new method, but the most effective is political legislation. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title -Commodity Programs, Subtitle F - Administration, Section 1619 on May 22, 2008, barred the Farm Service Agency (FSA) from sharing established geospatial data, even through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Common Land Unit (CLU) was previously available to the public and was the smallest unit of land that had a permanent, contiguous boundary, land cover, ownership, and agricultural producer & management style associated with USDA farm programs. This study recreates the CLU by using large spatial datasets from multiple sources to demonstrate the ability to circumvent restrictions using location and big spatial data.

Kimberly Panozzo - University of Toledo


Thursday 8:30am-9:00am
Delaware CD
The City of Kent: Using GIS for Outfall Inventory and Stormwater Control. Basic
Ms. Cori Finney, P.E., Senior Engineer for the City of Kent, and John R. Woodard, MS, GISP, EA will present how GIS has created both surprises (400 instead of 20 outfalls) and solutions for the City’s engineering department. The City of Kent’s investment in developing an Enterprise GIS (EGIS) system has started to show a good return on investment. The outfall and stormwater mapping projects prove that the City has been wise to invest in EGIS carefully.

Corinne Finney, P.E. - City of Kent, Ohio


John Woodard - Davey Resource Group


Thursday 9:10am-9:40am
Franklin CD
Webhooks for ArcGIS Online Hosted Feature Layers Advanced
Webhooks are automated ways to send messages between applications based on trigger events. ArcGIS Online Hosted Feature Layers now support webhooks opening new capabilities for real-time automation and tightly integrating separate layers and other applications. We'll introduce webhooks, requirements, middleware, and illustrate a working example. We'll build a webhook automation to create new work assignment features in ArcGIS Workforce when a separate asset or inspection layer is updated, all with ArcGIS Online hosted feature layers and a middleware client (such as FME Server, Integromat, Zapier, etc.).

Langdon Sanders - City of Dublin


Thursday 9:10am-9:40am
Delaware AB
A Practical Journey to the Cloud Intermediate
“I wish you well on your cloud native, multi-cloud, digital transformation as you DevOps your culture while taking a hacksaw to your monoliths.” That tweet by Kelsey Hightower was a tongue-in-cheek version of the buzzword-heavy phrases we’ve all heard in relation to digital transformation. But practically speaking, what does it mean? How much of it applies to your situation? And does it even make sense? In this session, we will discuss the prerequisites to a practical and successful cloud journey, including focusing on customer value and making decisions based on context rather than canned playbooks. We will talk project types, the goal-achievement mindset, platforms versus applications, and the reality of features and costs you may be unaware of.

Dylan Thomas - Woolpert


Thursday 9:10am-9:40am
Delaware CD
Mobile GIS Data Collection Alternatives: The Fulcrum App in Ohio and New Zealand Basic
There are numerous field collection solutions that are tied to commercial GIS software platforms, but what are your options if those tools do not fit with your project? EHS Support has set up a field sampling program that uses location-aware digital field forms created with the Fulcrum Mobile Data Collection App.
Fulcrum is a flexible low-code application that can be used to implement anything from field inspection photo logs, to lithology logs, to groundwater purge logs. To demonstrate this flexibility, we'll explore two projects on different continents: a lead-based paint inspection field effort in New Zealand and a remediation system inspection and sampling field effort in Ohio. We'll cover project set up, use in the field, data export and analysis, and advantages/disadvantages of this alternative field data collection application that combines both user friendly field forms and location-aware GIS data collection.


Alex Smith - EHS Support LLC
Alex Smith has over a decade of hands-on experience managing and utilizing GIS databases for a variety of properties and project types. As the Technical Lead and Data Team Lead at EHS Support, Alex strives to get data from the field to a final deliverable in the most accurate and efficient manner possible.

Thursday 10:20am-11:20am
Franklin AB
Hitchhikers Guide to the Multiverse of Maps Basic
Maps are in reality…not reality at all. Maps are abstractions of the real world around us yet as abstractions can only tell parts of the story that might be of interest to the map reader. Taken to the extreme, and let’s say the map is actually about a fictional location, we then as the map reader are drawn in to connect the pieces in our mind and we go on a journey…to places both real and imaginary so times at the same time. This talk is about ‘Fictional Maps’ and a journey through imaginary lands that takes us from the Shire to Mordor, an island having buried treasure where X really does mark the spot and a Marauder’s Map that we all kind of wish we had has teenagers arriving home a bit past curfew…just to name a few. But beware…Thar be Dragons and we prepare to go to Terra Incognita so Don’t Panic and be sure to bring a towel.

Todd Tucky - Heartland GIS


Thursday 10:20am-11:20am
Franklin CD
Enterprise Integrations Leveraging Esri COTS Intermediate
Implementing GIS COTS within an enterprise can be tricky. In this session we will walk through a real-life deployment that incorporates:
• Infrastructure
• Data
• Legacy systems
• Future systems
• Lessons learned

Join us as we discuss a cases study involving a large municipality, Esri COTS, Other COTS and custom web applications.

Tom Brenneman - Cultivate Geospatial Solutions
Tom is an energetic thought leader in the GIS industry with a deep understanding of how to deploy successful GIS systems. During a 25-year career at Esri, he engaged with all core business units within municipalities, Department of Transportations and Transit customers. Tom is a founder at Cultivate Geospatial Solutions and serves as a GIS Solutions Architect.

Dean Tran - Cultivate Geospatial Solutions
Dean is a highly motivated leader with experience, ranging from global corporations, to government and start-ups. During his time at ODOT, he oversaw the implementation of: • Asset Management • Data Governance • TIMS • TAMDST • Roads & Highways (RIMS) Dean is a founder at Cultivate Geospatial Solutions and serves as a Principal.

Thursday 10:20am-11:20am
Delaware AB
Open GIS: Exploring the Possibility of a Fully Open Source Geospatial Enterprise Intermediate
The cost of licensing any software can be limiting or even a non-starter when weighing cost versus benefits of their intended function. All of these costs, of course, must be paid before employing the workforce to implement, configure, maintain, and upgrade the software.

What would a geospatial program look like if the licensing budget could be spared and re-invested in your workforce, assets, or organizational innovation?
Fortunately, an alternative to proprietary geospatial technology exists in open source, but it isn’t without its own burdens. Software connectivity, software support, and/or ease of use of the open source versus the proprietary counterpart tend to be some of the biggest arguments against it.

Is it possible to take an open source toolset and architect a production environment that can address all or most of the previously-mentioned concerns? We believe so. This presentation seeks to explore the possibility of an open source enterprise solution with little-to-no coding required. We intend to draw an “apples-to-apples” comparison between some of our favorite open source solutions and some of the most popular proprietary software. Then, we’ll discuss and demo how all we’ve taken these tools and integrated them into a production-ready open source geospatial environment. Finally, we'll discuss when it might be a good idea to take a hard look at switching to/starting with open source versus when it might be a good idea to stay with the proprietary solution.


Aaron Laver - GEOACE
Aaron Laver is cofounder and CTO of GEOACE. He is passionate about helping organizations harness the power of location with the end goals of increasing operational efficiency and sustainable practices. Aaron is an Esri-certified Enterprise Administration Professional who loves to innovate and make computers play nice with each other so data can flow freely throughout the organization to be consumed by anyone with a need to access it. He has experience working with a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors. You can find Aaron on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-laver/), the GEOACE website (www.geoace.net), or email him directly at aaron@geoace.net.

Thursday 10:20am-11:20am
Delaware CD
CADD to GIS - ODOT's Complete FME Implementation Basic
Converting CADD drawings to GIS is not a new skill nor a difficult thing to do, but how many of us have taken full advantage of the technology? Join us as we explore a full FME production implementation of the technology and its return on investment at the Ohio Department of Transportation.

This discussion will lend itself to the conversion of Microstation design files (CADD) to GIS database features and the many deliverables, quality checks, auto notifications and direct integration with ODOT’s enterprise ESRI Collector inventories.


John Puente - ODOT


Amy Code - ODOT


Cody Lape - ODOT


Thursday 1:00pm-1:30pm
Franklin AB
You're Spatial - Your Skills Make You Valuable Beyond GIS Basic
I know that you have, and continue to build, top notch GIS and technical skills. I also know that sometimes we forget, or don't realize, how many other skills we have developed that make us highly valuable leading us toward untold riches (or at least helping out our organizations). Our training in critical thinking and problem solving, our visual communication, our research capabilities and ability to think at different scales can all be brought to bear to solve our organizations' toughest problems. To help us on our path to being a well rounded professional, I will use experiences to demonstrate tools and activities from the worlds of visual and verbal communication, Lean, facilitation, process improvement, human centered design and innovation thinking.

Brandon Brown - City of Dublin
I am creating an environment for futuristic governmental service delivery by focusing on continuous improvement and citizen centered design enhanced by data analysis and storytelling. I am building and directing the future of our Data Analytics and GIS teams to support operational functions and new programs focusing on continuous improvement and innovation.

Thursday 1:00pm-1:30pm
Franklin CD
Streamlining “Informal Reviews” During Countywide Appraisal Cycles: an Online Application Solution Intermediate
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the Delaware County Auditor’s Office conducted its required Triennial Update of property values as required by the Ohio Revised Code. Delaware County needed a way to allow property owners to submit documentation electronically for informally appealing new values, while limiting the number of “in person” meeting/” informal review” requests due to health orders and social distancing restrictions. During previous countywide revaluations and triennial update appraisal cycles, Delaware County would conduct “informal reviews,” a “one-on-one” meeting with an appraiser or representative from the Auditor’s Office, at remote locations throughout the county.
The Delaware County Auditor’s GIS Department configured a site based on our Bruce Harris GIS site, Survey123 and an ArcGIS online Dashboard. This site allowed for auto-fill capabilities for property information and the ability to upload accompanying documentation by property owners’. The Dashboard allowed managers and appraisers to view and change the status of each appeal as they were processed. This “in-house” developed system streamlined workflow, created a modernized way for property owners’ to submit an “informal review,” eliminated paper and duplicated logged in cases, and accelerated processing and resolution time.


Robert Parsons - Delaware County


Kelly Tennant - Delaware County Auditor


Tara Bennett - Delaware County Auditor


Megan Winnenberg - Delaware County Auditor


Thursday 1:00pm-1:30pm
Delaware AB
The Nuts & Bolts of GIS: Mixing Honeybees, Drones, and GIS!!!!!! Basic
The honeybee losses around the world are rising, and beekeepers are struggling to find ways to keep not only the honeybees alive but their small businesses too. Beekeeping as a hobby can be frustrating, time-consuming, and disappointing. However, when you move from hobbyist to small business (sideliner is the industry slang!), these losses can represent a significant loss of money and possibly one’s livelihood. There is a lot of potential to help the honeybees and beekeepers through a mix of drones and GIS.
John Woodard (Woody) MS, GISP, EA will present how drone and GIS capabilities intersect with agriculture, communities, beekeepers to create healthier and sustainable environments. The technologies of GIS combined with Drones can provide tools that leverage vegetation health, weather, bloom cycles, and locations. This information can help beekeepers, farmers, residents build a healthier and sustainable green and healthy environment.


John Woodard - Davey Resource Group


Thursday 1:00pm-1:30pm
Delaware CD
NG9-1-1 Through the Lens of a GIS Professional Basic
Next Generation 9-1-1 has a been a topic of conversation in the GIS community for well over a decade with no real action taken to develop or implement this concept, or so we thought. Due the latency of development and forward movement, it’s been easy to push this conversation to the side, but over the last three to four years, the steam behind NG9-1-1 has been building, and now we are seeing real action in this space. So now that things are moving, what does that mean for the GIS Professional?

This course will detail the history of 911 and the legacy network used to support 911 for the past 50+ years, and what a transition to NG9-1-1 means for the GIS community. The role of a GIS professional is evolving to support mission critical functions we’ve never had to support before. As the role evolves, so does the request for accurate, complete, and quality data. This course will focus on explaining the evolving role of the GIS professional in a NG9-1-1 environment and detail the data requirements to support geospatial call routing.

Learning Objectives:

Raise awareness of NG9-1-1

Explain the requirements of GIS data in a NG9-1-1 environment

Prepare GIS professionals for a transition to NG9-1-1

Define GIS data validation requirements for NG9-1-1

Drew Fioranelli, GISP - DATAMARK
Drew Fioranelli, GISP is a career GIS professional and thought leader supporting local government geospatial efforts for over 15 years. In his current role as a Business Development Manager for Michael Baker International’s public safety team, DATAMARK, Drew provides solutions and support for GIS and public safety professionals transitioning to Next Generation 9-1-1. He previously served as the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA, supporting geospatial efforts within the county and implementing emerging geospatial technologies to better serve the community. He is currently in his 3 year serving as the President of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), a global non-profit whose mission is to educate, connect, and advocate for geospatial professionals.

Thursday 1:40pm-2:10pm
Franklin AB
Combining Technologies to Create Innovative and Useful Tools Intermediate
The Knowledge Exchange at the Ohio State University uses ESRI products to enhance the discovery and communication of science-based and data-driven research in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University. Our goal is to provide a better conduit to ensure the translation and flow of scientific information between researchers and a variety of stakeholders such as OSU Extension and entities internal and external to the university. We also want to provide better collaboration between researchers. In this presentation, we will show how we have used a combination of ESRI and other technologies to create customized tools that enhance the research in our college. We will explain the techniques and methods we use when working with geospatial data and show examples of our tools and website. This presentation will be broken into three parts: the data, the technology behind the scenes, and creating the actual products.

Sean Quigley - Ohio State University
Sean Quigley is the Technologies Program Manager for the Knowledge Exchange. Sean received his BS in Sustainable Resource Management and later his certification in the practice of data analytics from The Ohio State University. Sean has over 20 years of GIS, data management, and software development experience supporting large, national water quality and public health studies at organizations such as the Great Lakes Environmental Center, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. He oversees the software and app development, data management and analysis, as well as the geospatial work that we do.

Katie Phillips - Ohio State University
Katie Phillips is the Data Management Coordinator at the Knowledge Exchange and assists with finding viable data sources for our various projects. She also manages the data catalog and assists in all products produced by the Technology Team. Katie is the Chair for the Regional Information and Data User Group (RIDG) hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). Katie holds degrees from Ashland University (BS), Bowling Green State University (MS, Geology). She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) from The Ohio State University. Her interests include geographic information science (GIS), environmental education, geology, and natural resources. These passions are reflected in her past work: Katie has worked as a GIS Technician for Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, and she served as Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis here at Ohio State.

Wajihah Baig - Ohio State University
Wajihah Baig is the GIS Technology Specialist for the Knowledge Exchange. She helps develop GIS solutions that support various researchers throughout the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science. Wajihah received her BS in GIS from The Ohio State University and before joining the Knowledge Exchange, she worked as a Geospatial Data Analyst at the U.S. Department of National Transportation.

Thursday 1:40pm-2:10pm
Franklin CD
Moving from Excel to Google Maps: Transit Data and an Introduction to GTFS Intermediate
Transit map providers such as Google Maps or Transit allow users to access public transit information and plan trips directly through a mobile device, at no cost to transit agencies. In order to publish this data these third-party companies rely on a General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) file which contains all the necessary information for the transit routes. There are various GTFS feed generators and validators on the web, and I will go through the City of Lancaster's process of traversing these tools and finally coming up with a solution that works for our data. If our feed is validated by Google (pending) we will explore trip planning on public transportaiton in Lancaster.

Malcolm Meyer - City of Lancaster


Thursday 1:40pm-2:10pm
Delaware AB
Trailblazing the 2020 Countywide Reappraisal with Homegrown GIS Solutions During the Pandemic Intermediate
In 2020 Ashtabula’s Countywide Property Reappraisal was delayed by 6 months due to the Pandemic. Using the resources at hand, the Ashtabula County Auditor’s GIS Department developed an ESRI-based solution to maximize office efficiency, including strategies for public engagement, workflow optimization and automated notifications.

Due to the largest residential value increase since the ’08 crash and limited staff, GIS was used to provide the public with their new values and allowed them to inquire about the changes for informal review before tax bills were sent out. With only 3 weeks before the project deadline the inquires rolled in as staff determined next steps.

Within the presentation we will discuss our workflow process and obstacles faced by a rural county in a time crunch.

(Topics include mass appraisal, Survey123, Operations Dashboard, and Jupyter Notebooks)

Caroline Petersen - Ashtabula County Auditor
Caroline Petersen is the GIS Coordinator for the Ashtabula County Auditor. She has a B.A. in Environmental Planning from Cleveland State University and has previously worked for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities, The Nature Conservancy, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Lake County Metroparks.

Alex Iarocci - Ashtabula County Auditor
Alex Iarocci is the Data Manager and Deputy Auditor for the Ashtabula County Auditor. He has a B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning and Development from Cleveland State University.

Thursday 1:40pm-2:10pm
Delaware CD
Why NG9-1-1 Requires Data Accuracy Beyond 98% Basic
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). To route calls correctly, NG9-1-1 includes multiple standards around minimum data quality requirements for GIS data provisioned into the Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet).

For current 9-1-1 systems a 98 percent accuracy rate is far better than good, but for the NG911, 98 percent isn’t quite good enough. But, how do you determine if your GIS centerlines and address points is ready to support the critical path of emergency response?


Drew Fioranelli, GISP - DATAMARK
Drew Fioranelli, GISP is a career GIS professional and thought leader supporting local government geospatial efforts for over 15 years. In his current role as a Business Development Manager for Michael Baker International’s public safety team, DATAMARK, Drew provides solutions and support for GIS and public safety professionals transitioning to Next Generation 9-1-1. He previously served as the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA, supporting geospatial efforts within the county and implementing emerging geospatial technologies to better serve the community. He is currently in his 3 year serving as the President of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), a global non-profit whose mission is to educate, connect, and advocate for geospatial professionals.

Thursday 2:40pm-3:40pm
Franklin AB
I Have a Plan. I Have a Plan. A GIS System Maintenance Plan Advanced
Man Plans and God Laughs… One GIS Team’s attempt to plan for GIS System Maintenance. This presentation will go over the reasons to have a GIS System Maintenance Plan, the components of our plan, and things to consider when making your own Maintenance Plan.

Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS Department
Joe Guzi has worked for the Stark County Auditor's GIS Department for over 10 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. 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.

Thursday 2:40pm-3:40pm
Franklin CD
What if It Were All Online? (Exploring a “Conscious Uncoupling” with ArcGIS Enterprise) Intermediate
Breakups don’t have to be all bad! The GIS Departments of the City of Monroe and City of Dublin are exploring moving all—or at least as much as feasibly makes sense—of their Enterprise GIS to ArcGIS Online. What does that even mean? Why are we doing this? What’s involved? Will the kids be all right? Intrigued yet? Come to our presentation and we’ll share the story of our breakup—that is, how we arrived at this decision—and where we are in the process.

Rick Frantz - City of Dublin


Langdon Sanders - City of Dublin


Damon Leonhard - City of Dublin


Kelly Wright - City of Monroe


Thursday 2:40pm-3:40pm
Delaware AB
More Insight, Less Effort: Putting Data to Work for You Intermediate
As the volume of geospatial data grows, so does the need for efficient data management and manipulation as a way to solve everyday business problems. In this session on data storage, products and technology we will discuss best practices for shifting big data to the cloud—reliably, cost-effectively and at scale—as well as lessons learned from real-world experience. We will also touch on how artificial intelligence and deep learning can substitute for personal attention in the tedious analysis of large geographic areas and provide examples of data products created through AI and DL, such as building footprints and impervious surface maps to demonstrate how sound methodology can increase product accuracy while decreasing time spent on mundane analysis. Finally, we will discuss how Data Cloud Solutions and Woolpert have joined forces to revolutionize property appraisal through the integration of assessment processes and geospatial technologies.

Matt Hutchinson, Ph.D - Woolpert


Thursday 2:40pm-3:40pm
Delaware CD
Utilizing Current Aerial Content for Parcel Detection & Real Estate Improvements Intermediate
Use of aerial imagery for property assessment has become an essential tool for residential and commercial assessors as it allows them to spend less time in the field and more time meeting or exceeding parcel assessment requirements. With an increased demand for imagery-based content comes greater need for high-tech tools capable of providing flexible solutions that improve workflows. Join Scott Yoder, GIS Supervisor for Fulton County Auditor’s Office and Bryce Hall, Account Executive at Nearmap as they discuss how employing high-quality aerial content alongside geospatial technology can help you efficiently identify new construction, permit violations, and changes in structures by enabling remote reviews – reducing the need for onsite visits.

Bryce Hall - Nearmap


Scott Yoder - Fulton County Auditor's Office


Thursday 3:50pm-4:20pm
Franklin AB
Post-Pandemic Cleaning (in ArcGIS Online) Advanced
What?
We're having company over??

We haven't cleaned in months!?

Know the feeling?
I think we have all had the feeling that at some point we're going to have to clean house. It's very easy to treat ArcGIS Online as a boundless attic to put anything and everything, but at some point it's nice (necessary?) to get a handle on what all is there.
In this session we will look at a Jupyter Notebook developed by the City of Dublin to look at items in AGO and determine their usage over the last year. Once you have that information you can start making decisions and acting on what to do with all this stuff.

Rick Frantz - City of Dublin


Thursday 3:50pm-4:20pm
Franklin CD
Landscape Context of Ohio's Watersheds Basic
Land Use plays a significant role in determining the ultimate quality of surface water. As part of an effort by The Nature Conservancy to develop priorities in Ohio's agricultural landscape, 53,322 NHD+ catchments and 1,594 HUC-12 sub-watersheds were evaluated and compared using wetland (NWI), land use (NLCD), soils (gSSURGO), nutrient (SPARROW)and elevation (DEM) data. All sub-watersheds and catchments were ranked and relationships among the data were analyzed to create priority locations in each of Ohio's HUC-8 sub-basins. While the data was developed with a focus on agriculture, the method and results have wider applicability.

August Froehlich - The Nature Conservancy


Thursday 3:50pm-4:20pm
Delaware AB
Top 3 Reasons to Move Your GIS to the Cloud & How to Make It Happen Basic
As GIS becomes more complex and integrated with other systems, the associated computing requirements, and the sheer amount of data continue to grow. The time has come for organizations to recognize the constraints of on-premise infrastructure and take a fresh look at the benefits that GIS cloud-based models have to offer.

In this webinar, you will learn:

-The benefits realized at organizations that have moved from on-premise infrastructure to a GIS Managed Cloud environment
-The top things to know before making the move to the Cloud
-How to work from anywhere, accessing your GIS via virtual workstations.

Jay Young - ROK Technologies
As a Senior Account Executive at ROK Technologies, Jay Young serves as Ohio's main point of contact for organizations evaluating a GIS cloud migration. A fellow Mid-westerner and Big Ten alum, Jay's responsibility is to listen to your GIS needs/goals and guide you through every step of the evaluation process. ROK's sole focus is to architect, deploy, and manage the ArcGIS Enterprise suite and desktop applications in a cloud environment. To best serve the GIS community, ROK takes a personalized approach to understanding the needs and complexities of each organizations setup.

Thursday 3:50pm-4:20pm
Delaware CD
Customizing an Asset Management Workflow in the Field Intermediate
Asset management integration with a field application can be a tricky sea to navigate even in a connected environment. Add in the requirement to have offline capability to swap out meter data with existing inventory data and the waters become even more choppy. Recently Pinellas County partnered with Woolpert to design a field collection workflow process to swap out or install new water meters throughout the county. The workflow process involves several key integration points with GIS and Asset Management. For this effort the Esri Field Maps application was leveraged to include ArcGIS Enterprise, Field Maps, Survey123, FME, and the CityWorks API. This session will talk about some of the challenges and hurdles with connecting the integration points and how they were overcome.

Cheryl Spencer - Woolpert
Cheryl is a GIS Specialist working with Woolpert for the past nine years. She works with a variety of Esri products in the ArcGIS Enterprise suite.

Darren Johnson - Woolpert
Darren is a GIS Specialist working with Woolpert for over 10 years. His main focus is the Esri ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise technology platforms.

James Lloyd - Woolpert


Friday 9:00am-9:30am
Franklin AB
The Writing Tracking and Distribution of ArcGIS Online Map Apps Intermediate
Here in Clinton County Ohio we have what is perhaps a unique perspective on GIS; unique, but shared among rural communities. The challenges we face in a normal year include budgeting, answering the spatial needs of our clients, and training, training, training. The year 2020 / 2021 certainly added to those challenges in that we had so many people working from remote locations due to the pandemic; this logically led to a much-increased roll in interactive, online maps and data since it was difficult if not impossible to travel. We began this process in March of 2020 with sporadic use of a couple of map applications, and now have a handful of apps that have received tens of thousands of hits and are often used by some as the sole means of accessing GIS information.
This presentation will focus on those apps, the process used to learn how to write them, the data utilized and how that data is managed, as well as an analysis of the metrics involved in the app use; this includes two years of collected data in the form of charts and diagrams which should make for a colorful and vibrant presentation.


Joseph Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office
I have degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration, but my first love was Archaeology. Over the years I have tried to keep up with all of the advances in technology in Archaeology and how GIS applies. Throughout my career I have been a First grade and second grade teacher, a consultant, a trainer, a sales manager a support technician and a department manager. I currently live and work in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, and have been here for more than 22 years. I have appreciated the opportunities for service and dealing with the challenges of building and maintaining a GIS Program. I have done GIS work for going on 32 years and have borne witness to recent changes in technology that 3 decades ago would've been considered the stuff of science fiction. It's an honor to once again represent the GIS Department of Clinton County here at the OHGIS Conference by doing a presentation on how we are building and using ArcGIS Online Applications.

Friday 9:00am-9:30am
Franklin CD
Replacing NAD83 – How to Prepare for the Dynamic Datum of the Future Basic
In this session we will discuss the ways you can start to prepare now for working in the North American Terrestrial Reference Frame of 2022 (NATRF2022). Raymond will help get you ready to embrace the concept of a “4D” datum, explain the terminology, and highlight the tools & models the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will provide to move your data into the future.

Raymond Foos - Ohio Department of Transportation


Friday 9:00am-9:30am
Delaware AB
Data Governance at Ohio DOT Basic
Data Governance is key to managing data successfully when we consider the vast amounts of information collected at any DOT. The Ohio Department of Transportation has built on an approved Data Governance framework and standards to jump into this arena. That said, bringing up a program while attempting to implement Data Governance at a billion-dollar organization is no easy task.

This presentation will dive into the success and lessons encountered while implementing a structured program at the organization. We will highlight approved processes, Policy, Standards, DG tools and change management techniques as part of the discussion.


John Puente - ODOT


Friday 9:00am-9:30am
Delaware CD
CAUV Values in a Snap Basic
In this session, you will learn how local government offices quickly and accurately calculate the CAUV, or fairest assessment for agricultural land using soil, parcel, and land use data. In addition, you’ll find out local government offices can easily share information with the public while prioritizing accessibility.

Using simple and robust set of GIS tools that are designed for agricultural land assessment processing, the Auditor can quickly and accurately calculate the fairest assessment for agricultural land. Learn how to automate the process of calculating assessments for agricultural land by using GIS technology to combine and analyze parcels, soils, and land use layers. See how easily your results can be shared with your CAMA system and posted online. What used to take hours can now be done in just a few minutes.

Kelly Robinson - Schneider Geospatial
Kelly brings many years of professional business development experience. With a focus on taking care of our current and future clients’ needs, Kelly is responsible for both sales and account management for his assigned states. Kelly works hard to build long lasting customer relationships with our clients, achieving the results they deserve.

Friday 9:40am-10:10am
Franklin AB
Solving the Frogger Dilemma: How Multimodal Trip Planning Helps Each of Us Get Our Metaphorical Fly Basic
In many places, a lack of mobility options leaves residents and visitors dependent on private automobiles to get around, and perhaps stranded if they don't have access to one! Some cities like Columbus have the opposite problem. An explosion of new mobility options have the potential to carry travelers farther and faster than ever, but like the hopping hero of the classic 1980s video game who had to navigate tightly-timed transfers between floating logs and the shells of suddenly-submerging turtles, travelers must attempt to coordinate a bewildering set of stop locations, time tables, and ever-changing vehicle availability. Luckily, thanks to the multimodal trip-planning capabilities of the Smart Columbus Pivot app, each of us has the power to overcome these obstacles and capture our tasty metaphorical fly!

We will discuss how researchers at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis used the open source routing algorithm at the heart of Pivot to model the area accessible to a hypothetical traveler before and after the introduction of Pivot. By measuring the increase in access to jobs and healthcare services made possible by the app, we will illustrate how GIS plays a critical role in realizing the promise of multimodal mobility.

Adam Porr - Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Adam is the Consulting Manager at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) and an urban planner (MCRP, Ohio State University, 2019). 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.

Jon Woyame - Etch


Friday 9:40am-10:10am
Franklin CD
Ohio Low Distortion Projections System (OH-LDP) Intermediate
The Ohio Low Distortion Projections System(OH-LDP)consists of a “low distortion” map projection for each of Ohio’s eighty-eight (88) counties. The map projections were designed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, office of CADD and Mapping Services.
The map projections have been designed such, that linear distortion is negligible within the limits of each county. Distances computed between points in the grid coordinate system are nearly equal to the actual observed horizontal distances measured on the ground. The maximum designed tolerance at 95% confidence level is 16.6 ppm (Scioto). The minimum designed tolerance at 95% confidence level is 2.7 ppm (Paulding). Note: 10ppm = ± 10mm/kilometer =± 0.053 feet/mile. The low distortion projections are true conformal projections (i.e., Lambert Conformal Conic and Transverse Mercator) with a direct relationship to the National Spatial Reference System allowing transformation between other coordinating systems (i.e., WGS-84, NAD83, State Plane etc.). Use of low distortion projections alleviates the need to compute grid to ground scale factors, project adjustment factors, “rubber sheeting” of GIS cadastral data sets to statewide reference datums.
Field testing/verification of each county low distortion project (LDP) was conducted by Buckley Group, LLC, GPD Group Inc, and KS and Associates.
The projection parameters for each county were submitted to NOAA, National Geodetic Survey to be reviewed and included in the modernized NSRS

Raymond Foos - Ohio Department of Transportation


Robert Canter - Buckley Group


Friday 9:40am-10:10am
Delaware AB
Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework | Steps Toward a Standard Model Intermediate
This presentation will be on the work done by Heartland GIS for The Nature Conservancy during 2020 and 2021 to run the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework tools for 86 HUC12 watersheds in the Auglaize, Great Miami and Paint Creek drainages here in Ohio. The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) is a concept for agricultural watershed management supported by high-resolution data and an ArcGIS toolbox, which are used to identify site-specific opportunities to install conservation practices across small watersheds. This non-prescriptive approach provides a menu of conservation options to facilitate conservation discussions for a variety of stakeholders. The framework is used in conjunction with local knowledge of water and soil resource concerns, landscape features, and produces conservation preferences to provide a better understanding of the options available in developing a watershed conservation plan. This talk will present the results and lessons-learned in the goal to develop standardized, apolitical approach to agricultural conservation practices.

Todd Tucky - Heartland GIS


August Froehlich - The Nature Conservancy


Jessica St. Pierre - Heartland GIS


Friday 9:40am-10:10am
Delaware CD
Increasing the Value of Assessments with Geospatial Intermediate
Eleven years ago, the iPad was introduced to the world, and just three months later, Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company, made its mark on the real estate industry by creating the first mobile assessment app to fully integrate with virtually every CAMA system. Tens of millions of automated parcel changes later, DCS is once again anticipating how emerging technologies will enhance the assessment process.

This joint presentation between DCS and Woolpert will expound not only on existing trends and synergies, but also on how emerging data and technologies are revolutionizing property appraisal. New solutions for mobile assessment includes subscription-based orthoimagery and building footprints hosted on STREAM:RASTER, a WMS/WTMS-compliant, cloud-based streaming platform.

Recognizing that it is not enough to simply follow the trends, truly innovative firms such as DCS and Woolpert strive to lead the curve. Join us in this interactive discussion to enhance our industry and improve our daily workflows.

In this session, participants will:
1. Learn how to leverage geospatial data and technologies for logical, phased and cost-effective reappraisals
2. Observe the benefits of integrating geospatial data and technology into existing appraisal processes
3. Discover how upcoming technology advancements will shape the industry


Daniel Anderson - Woolpert


Friday 10:20am-10:50am
Franklin AB
Beautiful Maps: A 30-Minute Crash Course On Basic Design Principles, Tips, & Tricks Basic
Bodies of water are typically shown as blue, sometimes labels are easier to read with halos around them, and never EVER forget the north arrow… What other fundamentals of map design do you know?

If you’ve ever found yourself rapidly clicking between dozens of different colors in your Symbology window, not quite sure how to tell whether this shade or the next looks best for what you’re trying to show-- or if you’ve ever looked at your maps at the end of the day, wondering why they don’t look quite as nice as other maps you’ve seen in textbooks or online… this panel is for you.

Join the group as we listen to a “speed-run” course of many of the essential fundamentals of cartographic design: including how to decide scale, color scheme, composition, fonts, sizes, map credits, and more. We’ll also briefly explain how to import your ArcGIS Pro maps into Adobe Illustrator to manipulate your maps with a bit more freedom. Lastly, we’ll share some neat tips and tricks to improve our maps for different situations, which could mean the difference between producing a map that you’re content with to a map that you’re proud of and eventually decide to submit to the Map Gallery.


Katrina Suing - Stark County Regional Planning Commission
Katrina Suing is a Transportation Planner for the metropolitan planning organization, Stark County Area Transportation Study. She has a multi-disciplinary background and skillset, and thus enjoys projects that demand combinations of design, urban planning, and technology.

Friday 10:20am-10:50am
Franklin CD
Enterprise GIS Data Management – Defining Your Data Strategy and Developing a Data Management and Data Governance Program Intermediate
As data has become recognized as an organization’s most valuable asset, understanding how to manage, govern, and leverage data is critical. This presentation will cover the rise of data driven culture in state and local government, and how to establish a strong data culture within your organization. The presentation will also cover developing your data strategy, differentiating between data management vs. data governance, and include high-level overview of implementing a data governance framework.

Patrick McLoughlin - JMT Technology Group
Pat has over 17 years of experience supporting data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects with state and local governments. He is a Data and Analytics Consultant with the JMT Technology Group, leading data management and data analytics initiatives for both the JMT organization and external customers. Prior to this, Mr. McLoughlin was the Director of Business Intelligence with the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), where he was responsible for planning, directing, and administering the strategic and operational aspects of the Business Intelligence Team. This included management and administration of the State of Maryland’s Open Data Program. In addition to the Business Intelligence team, Mr. McLoughlin also supported the State’s Geographic Information Office, managing the GIO’s data analysis team and providing enterprise platform support.

Friday 10:20am-10:50am
Delaware AB
Using GIS to Enhance Efforts of Public Private Partnerships Basic
In an effort to better serve Ohioans before, during and after a disaster, in 2014 the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) established the Ohio Public Private Partnership (OP3). OP3 consists of a collaborative network of businesses, associations, universities, and state and local agencies to enhance disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery so that decisions and resources can best support the needs of the impacted community.

In 2021, the OP3 program was enhanced using GIS. Survey 123 was utilized to ask for addresses, contacts, primary sector, and ways they can assist during emergencies. Dashboards were created using Operations Dashboard and Experience Builder to provide products to the public, the partners, and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for situational awareness. The GIS products provide targeted communication and resource identification to assist local emergency responders and the affected businesses and citizens in returning back to normal.


Linda Slattery - Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Linda Slattery is the GIS Administrator for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Prior to joining the Ohio EMA in March 2020, Linda spent 25 years at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, serving as a GIS developer in the Information Technologies division, and as a hydrogeologist in the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters.

Dustyn Fox - Ohio Homeland Security
Dustyn Fox currently serves as the Interim Administrator for the Ohio Public Private Partnership Program at Ohio Homeland Security. His responsibilities include providing program partners with regular informational notifications and training options; planning workshops, conferences and networking opportunities; leading the program’s Ambassador Council; identifying new partner resources; and coordinating with the state’s Emergency Operations Center during emergency activation and response.

Friday 10:20am-10:50am
Delaware CD
Water Demand in the Southwest - Municipal Water Usage with ESRI Dashboards Basic
EHS Support LLC partnered with a mid-sized city in the US Southwest to identify existing water use demands and establish an integrated geographic web-based tool to track, assess, and aid in long-term water demand planning efforts.
Working closely with the City, EHS Support integrated their non-spatial Water Utility Demand (WUD) data into a hosted GIS Geodatabase. This database acts as a central repository for historical and current data that EHS Support used to design an interactive and user-friendly water-use dashboard.
Access to the visualization tool, along with an automated data synchronization process, allows City team members to provide visualizations in near real time. This enhances team productivity and helps supply decision makers with a tool that can offer new opportunities and transparency associated with future water use planning efforts and decision making.
Even if water management is not your focus, you will easily see how your needs can be met using the visual capabilities of an Operations Dashboard.


Alex Smith - EHS Support
Alex Smith has over a decade of hands-on experience managing and utilizing GIS databases for a variety of properties and project types. As the Technical Lead and Data Team Lead at EHS Support, Alex excels at efficiently translating complex data sets into attractive and easy to understand deliverables for his clients.

Suggested Audience Experience Level: BasicBasic  IntermediateIntermediate  AdvancedAdvanced

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