Geospatial Forum 2017 - Session Descriptions

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Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges of Crowdsourced Data, Big Data, and the Growing Cloud Through the Strava Metro Lens - Brian Riordan, Strava Metro
Description: Over the last few years, the cloud has grown and become a commonplace term when discussing all forms of data. Strava is the global social network for cyclists and runners.  The synergy of Strava and the cloud is exciting but is also at times complicated. This talk will explore how Strava has grown up in the cloud and how they are now leveraging it for large-scale geoprocessing.

Bio: Brian is the Customer Success Lead of Strava Metro at Strava, Inc. He has been involved with the GIS/GPS industry in transportation and climate change for the last 20 years. He is now actively involved in the global effort to use crowd sourced cycling and pedestrian data to facilitate change and progress within the alternative transportation industry. Strava Metro’s mission is to produce state-of-the-art spatial data products and services to make cycling, running and walking better. Strava believes in the power of data to transform cycling infrastructure across the world. As the Customer Success Lead of the Strava Metro data product, Brian has been working with cycling advocacy groups, regional planning groups and engineering firms around the world to help facilitate conversation and promote action. Brian is an avid XC Mountain Biker and President of his local Mountain Bike chapter while not busy wrangling his 4 aspiring cyclist-children. 


ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 and Pro - Matt Deal, ESRI & Tom Schwartzman, ESRI
Description: In this session we will give an overview of Esri’s desktop suite including ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. We’ll look at what’s new, the strengths of each product and where things are heading.  We will take some time to dig into Pro to introduce users to this powerful desktop GIS.

ArcGIS: Mobile Solution Offerings - Matt Deal, ESRI & Tom Schwartzman, ESRI
Description: Extending GIS into the field is one of the fastest growing uses of GIS, driven largely by the advancements and availability of smart phones and tablet devices. Esri continues to develop solutions to help streamline field data collection and field workforce activities.  Esri’s focus is on delivering configurable tools to meet your field workflow needs. By employing this approach, organizations are able to rapidly deploy solutions at low cost and realize a return on investment quickly. Please join us as we discuss Esri’s mobile offerings.

Building a Mobile App for MassDOT Called “GoTime”:  Overview, Challenges, and Innovations - Mark Haberle, VHB
Description: MassDOT’s Real-Time Traffic Management (RTTM) systems consists of over 700 miles of statewide highway and more than 137 signs displaying travel times to over 300 destinations. Close to 2.2 million motorists view the signs daily. MassDOT engaged VHB to design, develop, and deploy the GoTime mobile application to complement the ongoing roll-out of the RTTM system. This presentation will overview the challenges and innovations behind this successful deployment.

Creating Curve Data on Local Roads to Support Safety Analysis - Michael Trunzo, Vtrans & Johnathan Croft, Vtrans
Description: The Mapping Section at the Vermont Agency of Transportation is in the process of working with a consultant to develop curve data for all the local roads within Vermont based on road centerline geometry.  Through a series of scripts and automated routines, the centerline geometry yields curve data which meets the MIRE data element requirements and will serve as an input into safety and crash analysis. The presentation will discuss the principals of curve extraction for road centerline geometry, improvement of the centerline geometry to yield better curves, and an overview in the use of this data in safety and crash analysis.

Developing and Managing a Statewide Mobile Data Collection Program at Vtrans - Evan Brasseur, Vtrans
Description: VTrans was challenged to implement GIS technology within the Maintenance and Operations Bureau to assist in statewide roadside asset inventory and inspection efforts. This is currently being accomplished through inner agency agreements and a flexible program plan.

Drones for GIS-Based Mapping - Tayler Engel, UVM Spatial Analysis Lab & Ernie Buford, UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Description: Drones can be used for a broad range of GIS applications. This presentation will highlight dozens of case studies throughout the United States, showing how drone data can be rapidly integrated into desktop and web-based GIS for rapid decision making and analysis.

High-Resolution Land Cover Mapping for the Lake Champlain Basin Program - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, UVM Spatial Analysis Lab & Sean MacFaden, UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Description: With funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program the University of Vermont is developing a high-resolution (1-meter) land cover dataset for the entirety of the US portion of the Lake Champlain Basin. The session will provide an overview of the project, share preliminary results, and gather stakeholder feedback.

Humanitarian Mapping: From Drones to Mapping Parties - Tayler Engel, UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Description: This session will provide examples of how Universities can help with disaster response using UAS technology and crowd-sourced geospatial data creation.

In-House Web App Development Roundtable - Joanna Grossman, VT Agency of Agriculture
Description: Join colleagues sharing their experiences developing web apps without the benefit of outside consultants.

Jack and Jill Should Not Go Up That Hill: Preliminary LIDAR-Based Landslide Modeling For Better Zoning and Municipal Decision-Making - John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College
Description: The municipalities of Vermont typically develop new town plans every five years. As part of this process they - and the planning commissions that serve them - are also encouraged to explore projected land use changes, include a local hazard mitigation plan (LHMP) and multi-hazard mitigation plan (MHMP). As the Vermont LIDAR initiative continues to release new LIDAR across the state, it provides opportunities to improve decisions regarding long-term land use and zoning. One such opportunity involves using the landslide susceptivity protocol developed by Clift and Springston (2012) to highlight areas of concern. During the summer of 2016 this protocol was applied to recently released LIDAR covering Addison County, Vermont. In addition to producing multi-hazard maps for three towns and susceptibility maps for every town in the county, preliminary fieldwork was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of modeling.

MapInfo Pro 16.0 Advanced and Raster processing - Andrei Veselov, Pitney Bowes
Description: MapInfo Pro Advanced is a powerful AddIn for MapInfo that provides next generation raster grid visualization and analysis capabilities. The new multi-resolution raster (MRR) file format can handle huge data sets even beyond 1 terabyte in size with amazingly fast rendering speed. The MRR format is very flexible and powerful allowing you to gather data at differing resolutions and still manage to do meaningful analysis with easy rendering, as MapInfo handles all of the complexity for you. Most of raster processing operations done as background processing which allows you to use the full capabilities of MapInfo while doing large raster processing operations.

News From VCGI - John Adams, VCGI
Description: Topics will include: VCGI's move to the newly created Agency of Digital Services, Project Updates, Staff Updates, and more!

Panel to Discuss the Future of Desktop GIS - Andrei Veselov, Pitney Bowes; Matt Deal, ESRI; Haynes Bunn, Strava Metro;
Description: Participants in this panel will share their thoughts on how the role of desktop GIS may or may not be changing as other solutions emerge.

Terrestrial Static LiDAR in Transportation - Daniel Jarvis, Vtrans
Description: The VT Agency of Transportation recently acquired a terrestrial static LiDAR scanner for the survey and monitoring of transportation assets. In this talk I will present how this technology is currently being used operationally and experimentally within the Agency.

Using Business Intelligence Tools with GIS as a Management Reporting Tool - Erik Engstrom, ANR
Description: An overview on how ANR is using Business Intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI and ESRI Operations Dashboard to create meaningful visuals of our data for reporting and decision making.

Using GIS to Develop the Vtrans On-Road Bicycle Plan - Erica Wygonik, RSG &  Sommer Bucossi, Vtrans
Description: As part of Vtrans' On Road Bicycle Plan, high use bicycle corridors were identified. High use was quantitatively determined by analyzing potential and current bicycle use. Potential use was mostly by traditional methods such as land use density to capture roadways with the greatest potential for bicycle use. However, current bicycle use was captured using a crowd sourced wikimap where over 2000 unique users provided information and using Strava data ( Strava Metro is an on-line application used by bicyclists to track recreational and commuting bicycling trips).

Using Maps for Community Engagement in Local Planning - Emily Nosse-Leirer, CCRPC
Description: This session will provide examples of successful efforts to use paper and online maps to engage citizens in decision-making for local planning.

Using SQL to Automate Quality Control - Meg Petroski, Pitney Bowes
Description: Tired of Doh! moments, where you really wished you could have quickly sorted through a database to find that missing record or extra whitespace? Dreaming of an easier way to manipulate a giant spreadsheet of data to find the one improperly formatted address? Come learn about the magical language of SQL and how a few short, free, online tutorials can set you on the path to great data quality.

Wondrous Widgets, Astounding Analyses or Tantalizing Trumperies: Exploring the CARTO Builder Interface - John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College
Description: This session will provide a very brief overview of the new(ish) CARTO Builder interface and then transition to a hands-on exploration of widgets and analyses. CARTO (formerly of the CartoDB persuasion) offers a variety of new drag-and-drop options that allow users to build maps tied to interactive dashboards and perform many traditional geoprocessing functions powered by a PostGIS backend. Participants do not need to bring their own data but will need their own computer.

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