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Tuesday, May 14 - Session Descriptions
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
+ = technical session
The Underutilization of GIS and How to Cure It
Dan Wickens and Keith Swavely, Esri
3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Room 204
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, for GIS professionals. GIS is designed to do more than make maps. It is vitally important that organizations proactively evangelize and market all of GIS’s capabilities. This presentation will provide strategies on how to spread the understanding and full value of GIS across your organization.
Helping Solve a Crisis - Inspecting Lead Water Service Lines in Pittsburgh
Jeremy Jurick, Michael Baker International
Alexandra Wasko, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Room 205
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Michael Baker International are teaming up to help solve a crisis in Pittsburgh – lead appearing in customer's potable water. Michael Baker is performing curb box inspections to determine the material makeup of the water service lines on both the public and private side. A GIS-centric workflow was developed that allows field inspection crews to inspect 15,000 residential water service lines in one year using web GIS.
Introduction to the ArcGIS JavaScript API: Conquer the Curve +
Christopher Jon Jursa, Washington County
3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Room 206
Web-based GIS is an excellent means to share interactive visual and spatial results with clients and stakeholders through a web browser. While ArcGIS Online and Portal provide templates and widgets for development, these widgets may require several clicks and menus where minimal input should be required. Designing custom interfaces for usability may require programming and introduces a learning curve. In this presentation, attendees will become comfortable with navigating the ArcGIS Online JavaScript Application Programming Interface (API) and constructing a simple interface in a browser. Functional libraries (i.e., JavaScript), presentation (i.e., CSS) and structural (i.e., HTML) elements will be presented. Functional components in JavaScript such as Promises and listeners will be introduced. Attendees will be warned of the several pitfalls and common mistakes that can occur. The goal of the presentation is for attendees to become comfortable in designing a simple web-based GIS interface and navigating the ArcGIS Online JavaScript environment.
ArcGIS GeoEvent Server: An Introduction +
Alexander Brown, Esri
3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Room 207
ArcGIS GeoEvent Server extends the Arc GIS Platform to connect and analyze any type of streaming information. Real-time observational data can come from moving objects, changing attributes of stationary sensors, or both. The session will give an introduction to the capabilities of GeoEvent Server, discuss the various parts of the manager GUI, give tips for getting started with streaming data, and demonstrate how to publish and configure data into a web application.
NG9-1-1 – Laying the Foundation for Pennsylvania’s NG9-1-1 GIS Solution
Justin Smith, Cumberland County
3:30 – 4:20 p.m. | Room 208
There are steps that your county can take now to prepare for NG9-1-1. Synchronizing with the ALI and MSAG address listings helps to ensure that your GIS dataset can route 911 calls. Mapping PSAP boundaries with your neighbors creates the geo-fence for routing 911 calls and edge matching data. Documenting the addressing process and problems can bring to light the challenges ahead. Reviewing the NENA GIS Data Model will highlight the standards that roads, addresses, and fire boxes layers will need to meet. PEMA is committed to helping counties get to NG9-1-1. In 2018 PEMA awarded Interconnectivity Grant funding to 14 county and regional NG9-1-1 GIS projects. These projects will help develop and remediate county GIS data that will perform 911’s next generation geospatial call routing function.
Giving Them What They Don’t Know They Need... The Evolution of GIS in Lebanon County
Cherie Prentice-Brown and Andrew Purzycki, Lebanon County
3:30 – 3:50 p.m. | Room 218
This presentation will discuss how Lebanon County evolved from “what do they do in that office?” to becoming an integral part of daily operations. A variety of web apps, story maps, surveys and dashboards will demonstrate how Lebanon County GIS was able to move data out of the office, off the paper map and into the hands of those who did not even know they needed it.
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