OPENING BUSINESS BREAKFAST & PLENARY
OPENING BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Welcome - Mayor of Baton Rouge
Introduction of Conference Committee
Special Achievement & Distinguished Service Awards
Collaborative & Memorial Scholarship Winners
Founders & Thumbs Up Award Winners
App Contest Demos
2017 SCAUG Officers
A LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP USING GIS TO RESPOND TO A 1000 FLOOD EVENT
Rusti Liner, GISP | Deputy GIS Unit Lead | FEMA-4277-LA
Warren Kron, GISP | GIS Manager | City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge
In August 2016, a multi-billion dollar flooding event unloaded 7 trillion gallons of rain in the greater Baton Rouge region. As local rivers exceeded record levels, GIS teams in local, state and federal agencies leveraged their best GIS technology to map road closures, coordinate search and rescue operations, and provide timely information to decision-makers. Analysts compiled data from a variety of sources to develop estimated flood inundation areas and used this data to calculate damages to property and infrastructure. Hear from two GIS leaders who will speak about ongoing data challenges even in a Post-Katrina disaster environment, and how critical partnerships and coordination are improving. The speakers will also highlight innovative geospatial solutions used during the response and recovery periods of “The Great Flood.”
Rusti Liner has been a GIS professional since 1994 and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. An LSU graduate, mother of a beautiful ballerina who had her first professional dance debut with the Russian Moscow Ballet this past November, Ms. Liner appreciates the fine arts and incredible artist community in the Baton Rouge area. Rusti served as the Chair for the Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council this past year and as Vice Chair the year before. She has participated in multiple disaster deployments across the country including the 2004 Hurricanes in Florida, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and most recently the March and August flooding in Louisiana. During the BP Oil Spill, she served as a volunteer animal transport chauffeur, carrying injured and contaminated wildlife to treatment facilities. Ms. Liner has presented at the ESRI International User’s Conference as well as the National Emergency Management Summit. She is a certified GIS professional.
Warren Kron is the GIS Manager at the Department of Information Services for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Over the last 18 years, Warren's public service experience has been focused on the development of an Enterprise GIS Program. This effort has involved being part of multi-disciplinary projects, developing a data model, building web applications, and playing a key role in the City-Parish's shift to Open Data. He earned a bachelor's degree of landscape architecture from the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. He serves as the Louisiana Municipal Association member to the Louisiana GIS Council and was elected chairman for 2017. Warren is a certified GIS Professional and when he is not working, he enjoys golfing, gardening, and traveling.