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Tuesday, May 14 - Session Descriptions
11 - 11:50 a.m.

 ​+ = technical session

A Space for GIS Developers: Sharing Ideas and Fostering Collaboration
Patrick McKinney, Cumberland County
11 – 11:50 a.m. | Room 204
Have you ever written a Python script or built an interactive web map application? Are you looking to get started with GIS application development? Are you stuck on a project and want to get fresh ideas from your peers? Then stop by this informal gathering of GIS developers. We'll share projects we've completed, discuss our victories and losses, and most importantly, get to know one another. The experienced developers will help guide new-comers to this challenging and rewarding niche within the GIS profession.
Integrating Imagery and LiDAR for Useful Land Cover Datasets
Drew Meren, Quantum Spatial
11 – 11:20 a.m. | Room 205
With the increasing availability of imagery and LiDAR comes the possibilities for generating land cover and land use datasets that can support development and emergency response planning. However, many general land cover datasets do not provide support for the specific questions local governments face. So it is important that the dataset created is designed to answer the questions that need an answer. Using a combination of automated and manual approaches, there are a suite of land cover datasets that can be developed, ranging from a basic impervious dataset that can answer questions on stormwater runoff, emergency access to buildings, and locations and heights of buildings for flood risk, to ecosystems maps for assigning areas to protect or restore. This presentation will show a range of land cover maps that can be developed from the newly accessible PEMA and USGS datasets and where they can support local government decision making.
Hydroacoustic Monitoring of SAV in the Delaware Estuary
Mike Campagna, Drexel University
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. | Room 205
Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is essential habitat for fish and other wildlife. It provides spawning and protective habitat to ecologically important species and removes nutrients from the water column and increases dissolved oxygen concentrations. It also provides sediment stability and wave attenuation, aiding in both decreased erosion and turbidity. Despite these ecologically important attributes, the extent of SAV in the Delaware Estuary has not been quantified or characterized to date. An aquatic habitat survey utilizing a single-beam echosounder collected hydroacoustic data that were then analyzed to assess bathymetry and SAV height and coverage. Collected data were compared with visual observations to provide accurate interpretation of SAV distribution. Where data density is highest, interpolation techniques were applied to derive continuous surfaces of SAV habitat. Results of this multi-year study will inform management decisions and how this essential habitat relates to water quality and sediment characteristics in the Delaware Bay estuary.
Coordinate PA: Collaboration for Utility Planning - Release 2 Update +
Bob Pliszka, JMT Technology Group
Jonathan DeMoss, Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.
11 – 11:20 a.m. | Room 206
In 2017, JMT Technology Group implemented “Coordinate PA”, a planning and project collaboration system for The Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. (POCS). POCS continually works to prevent damage to underground utilities by providing an effective communication network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners, which includes providing access to guidelines, safety information, and FAQ’s. “Coordinate PA” is a statewide system that assists users with project coordination. Participating project scopes, phases, and locations are searchable on a statewide map to make it easy for contributors to identify collaborative project opportunities far enough in advance to recognize cost savings and minimize disruption to the public. The system is GIS and map-centric, with key spatial information including project locations, street centerlines, administrative boundaries, moratoriums, and detailed basemaps. This presentation will cover the updated business and GIS aspects of CoordinatePA, such as new features including spatial queries, additional GIS import capabilities, and intra-project communications.
Georeferencing the Past into the Present +
Mark Haas, Sullivan County
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. | Room 206
Georeferencing a hand drawn map from the 1800's requires more than GIS software and a scanner. Utilizing as many geographic layers as possible can aid in mapping features no longer in existence.
GIS Tools for MS4 Compliance Reporting +
Alfred Guiseppe, Spotts, Stevens and McCoy
11 – 11:20 a.m. | Room 207
A GIS-based infrastructure asset management program can be used to document all MS4 activities, including outfall inspections, basin assessments, public outreach activities, employee training, and BMP installation and maintenance. In addition to functioning as a records management database, the program can be used to generate required compliance reports electronically.
MDTA’s Expanded Use of GIS for Asset Management and NPDES Permit Compliance +
Marian Batton, JMT Technology Group
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. | Room 207
The use of GIS systems to maintain compliance with a stormwater National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit has become common practice. The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) use of GIS has included ArcGIS Desktop, Collector for ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, and SQL Server to inventory and maintain stormwater Best Management Practices and storm drain systems, as well as map impervious areas. MDTA has expanded the use of GIS to inventory TMDL tree plantings and use Survey123 for field data collection. The use of out-of-the-box, configurable software for field inspections enables MDTA to identify probable areas of concern and prepare for future maintenance needs. This presentation will provide an overview of MDTA’s use of GIS for NPDES permit compliance with a focus on new TMDL related datasets and field collection activities.
First Responder Data Mapping
Katie Prichard, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission
Danielle Rohler, Lycoming County
Mark Haas, Sullivan County
11 – 11:20 a.m. | Room 208
How many people out there call 9-1-1 and expect someone to show up within minutes to help? Many people do not realize the struggles that our emergency services go through, especially in the rural communities. Our volunteer base in Pennsylvania, and the nation as a whole, is rapidly declining. The five Northern Tier Counties of Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Wyoming have joined together to show this in the visual form of a map to approach government officials, fire/ambulance chiefs, and the public to educate them and persuade them to take action.
New Resources and Applications at PASDA
Maurie Kelly, Ryan Baxter, James Spayd and Scott Dane, PASDA
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. | Room 208
This brief presentation will cover new data, applications, and services at Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA). The presentation includes both discussion and demonstrations of new resources. It is an opportunity for users to provide input and ask questions of the PASDA staff.
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