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Wednesday, May 15 - Session Descriptions
10:45 - 11:35 a.m.
+ = technical session
New GIS Layers for the City of Pittsburgh – Impervious Surfaces
Jeremy Jurick, Michael Baker International
Alexandra Wasko, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
10:45 – 11:05 a.m. | Room 204

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is taking on an effort to map everything that causes water runoff within the City of Pittsburgh. These impervious surfaces include buildings, road right of ways, driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, and other infrastructure, transit, and recreational features. Michael Baker International is assisting with photogrammetric compilation, GIS conversion, and quality control to provide a deliverable that can be fed into PWSA’s future stormwater management fee. Knowing that customers will be allowed to challenge the fee, PWSA has opted for high accuracy mapping of the features within the city.
Flush-It! See where your wastewater goes when you flush!
Matt Mercurio and Christian Gass, CivicMapper
11:15 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 204
Did you ever wonder what happens after the flush? Me neither, but whether you like it or not, that flush works because of many miles of pipe buried underground that move it to a treatment facility. Those pipes cost money to maintain, and are sometimes unfortunately “out of site out of mind”. Communicating the value of this infrastructure can be a difficult endeavor. Flush-it! was created by CivicMapper for 3 Rivers Wet Weather to highlight our connectedness to the local and regional sewer and stormwater infrastructure. The Flush-It web app shows a map of the wastewater path a flush traveled from a user-entered address to the treatment plant at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). The app also shows summary statistics of the flush path including distance traveled, estimated time to the plant, which municipalities the flow goes through, and fun facts about the ALCOSAN mission.
LiDAR Updates for Pennsylvania
Eric Jespersen, JMT Technology Group
Joe Petroski, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
10:45 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 205
An ad-hoc group of state, federal, and local government agencies and nongovernmental organizations have recently come together as the LiDAR Working Group (LWG). This group was formed to help coordinate efforts to acquire new LiDAR data for Pennsylvania and coordinate regular updates of Pennsylvania’s LiDAR data thereafter. This presentation will outline what LiDAR datasets are currently available to the GIS community today (and the differences amongst them), what new LiDAR is scheduled to be collected in 2019, and which parts of the state remain priority for future LiDAR data collection. In addition, the LWG has formed five application networks: 1) basic data management and pre-processing, 2) vegetation, 3) hydrography, 4) structure/infrastructure, and 5) topopgraphy/surfaces for the purposes of sharing LiDAR applications, tools, documentation, and overall helping members of the GIS community to get the most out of the free LiDAR data that is available to Pennsylvania.
Continuous Water Monitoring for Municipal Systems +
Scott Zubek and Blair Phelps, Tioga County
10:45 – 11:05 a.m. | Room 206
The purpose of this project is to deploy a countywide continuous water monitoring system that consists of water measuring equipment, data logging hardware/software, telemetry capabilities, and all necessary logistics support, so that the intakes from participating community source water systems in Tioga County can be autonomously monitored and quality water can be maintained. By measuring and recording the chemical signature of the raw water sampled from the source, prior to disinfection or treatment of any kind, participating community water systems will have a reliable, defensible record of source water quality.

The data collected is then permanently stored via a telemetry connection to a cloud-server system with end-user/web-based dashboard capabilities. These measures are coupled with an early warning system that provides automatic notification to designated personnel of threats to water supplies.

Note that this project has been organized via the Tioga County Source Water Protection Coalition (TCSWPC) and the Pennsylvania DEP.
ArcGIS Online Applications for Data Management at a PA Municipal Water Company
Aaron Ciarkowski, AECOM
11:15 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 206
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has united with AECOM Engineering Company to create a customized GIS geodatabase to support data collection applications in ESRI ArcGIS Online for the Lead Service Line Replacement Program.  These applications have helped to streamline the way data is collected, managed, and then communicated as required across multiple phases of the project.
Moving GIS to the Cloud +
Aaron Ward, Planet Technologies
10:45 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 207
Learn how to migrate GIS architectures into Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enable your organization to leverage cloud compute to reduce costs, increase performance and increase reliability.
The Role of Technology and Data-driven GIS for Disaster Management
Carrie Tropasso and Jonathan Anschutz, PEMA
10:45 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 208
The modern growth of geospatial technology positively interacts with, and influences all aspects of disaster management – such as mitigation (modeling hazards and vulnerability to develop strategies), preparedness (formulating emergency response and evacuation plans), response, and recovery (assessing damages, rebuilding, preventing recurrence, and educating the public). We cannot prevent natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other humanmade disasters, so it is important to prepare for, respond to and monitor potential hazards and ways we can help our communities. PEMA is the supporting agency for disaster and emergency management in Pennsylvania. In this session, we will demonstrate some of the GIS tools and resources PEMA staff use to ensure the safety and security of Pennsylvania’s communities, including Operations Dashboards, real-time data feeds, GeoEvent Server, and ArcGIS Online integration with WebEOC.
Put a Pin On It! Using Mapping Applications in the Planning Process
Amanda Taylor, Delaware County Planning Department
10:45 – 11:05 a.m. | Room 218
In this age of technology, the use of online mapping applications can revolutionize how we address public needs and write public policy. Using web mapping, we have the means to reach more residents and gather more data than we ever have before. The Delaware County Planning Department will present on how they use the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform to engage the public and the policy makers of our county. Delaware County’s ArcGIS Online software supports subdivision and land use planning with an interactive zoning layer, supports social services with a homeless point-in-time count and service locator, assists transportation planners by using Survey 123 and dashboard to leverage funding for projects, and supports its local municipalities with interactive mapping surveys (crowdsource) of public needs. This presentation will address the hurdles and successes that the department has experienced with these projects.
Mobile LiDAR for SR 2002 Section D50 for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Andrew Pickford, BAE Systems
Chris Holmes, Langan Engineering
11:15 – 11:35 a.m. | Room 218
Under BAE System’s Open-End Engineering Agreement for PennDOT Bureau of Design – Photogrammetry Department, BAE and Langan Engineering completed a Mobile LiDAR project for approximately five linear miles on SR 2002 in Luzerne County. The LiDAR point cloud data and associated imagery were registered to ground control survey targets, validated to absolute position. Multiple Mobile LiDAR passes were made within all travel lanes. This presentation will highlight the processing steps taken to control, collect, classify and extract 1”=30’ planimetric features and surface files capable of supporting 1’ contours, utilizing Mobile LiDAR methodologies within a project criteria that demands the highest of horizontal and vertical accuracies. The presentation will describe not only the methodology used to acquire and produce the mapping services, but also the QA/QC processes utilized to ensure the accuracies of the deliverable products.
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