Vendor Showcase Presentations
Presenter: Tim Donze
Organization: Surdex Organization
Abstract: An overview of the 2014 MO/AR partnerships that facilitated one of the largest state and federal LiDAR collaborations in the nation. Details of the project and the partnering efforts will be summarized as well as lessons learned.
Presenter: Jeremy White
Organization: Azteca Systems, Inc
Abstract: This presentation will be a success story of how GIS and Cityworks can be used to track recovery efforts after a major natural disaster.
Being prepared for a natural disaster the size of a category-5 hurricane may sound impossible, from an information services standpoint, Gulfport’s Public Works Department was as prepared as they could be. Hurricane Katrina hit Gulfport on Monday morning, August 29, 2005, with winds of up to 150 mph and storm surge levels up to 30 feet high. The lengthy infrastructure recovery process following the storm was expedited by the City’s GIS-centric asset work management system. The system helped mitigate damages by generating crucial utility and street maps, locating assets under piles of debris more than 10 feet high, and serving as a geospatial damage report depository. The latter was instrumental in gaining federal assistance and aid from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
As soon as it was humanly possible, the City had people in the field repairing the severely damaged water and sewerage systems. The recovery effort began in the middle of the storm and went around the clock amid chaos as workers labored to plug and cap holes and shut off valves to keep Gulfport’s water tanks from completely draining. Many of the damaged lines were underwater or beneath rubble and debris, making their exact location difficult to pinpoint and access. This is where GIS and their asset management system became invaluable.
They started tracking and mapping the damage done by the hurricane. They used this highly detailed geo-spatial information to report to the EPA. In short time the EPA made a recommendation to FEMA that Gulfport receive the funding to rebuild its water, sewer, and storm drain infrastructure near its coast. Such a project also required new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and asphalt roadwork. With EPA’s recommendation, FEMA approved the multiyear project at an estimated overall cost of more than $100 million.
Presenter: Matt Gaffner
Organization: Weather Decision Technologies (WDT), Norman, OK
WDT is a premium weather content provider that has been in business since 2000. WDT has always used GIS, but in the last 18 months WDT has been working to stand up a reliable set of Map Services. WDT adds value to many basic weather layers like radar, satellite, and surface observations through our unique QA/QC procedures. In addition, WDT also runs unique algorithms to produce premium weather layers such as lightning, hail swaths, and real-time potential tornado paths. WDT’s warehouse of weather data and expert meteorologists allow WDT to provide quality weather data or custom tailored weather solutions for your industry.
Presenter: Bartley Estes
Organization: CEC // Infrastructure Solutions
Abstract: When most people think of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), they imagine wide-area aerial mapping. However, LiDAR has been brought down to earth and made practical for incredibly fast and accurate data collection. Imagine having the ability to map a city’s assets as you drive in real time. With LiDAR mobile mapping, we can leverage the technology to enhance data collection efforts. This presentation will give a basic overview of how LiDAR technology works, as well as explore how it is revolutionizing how we approach data collection in the GIS community.
Presenter: Nick Tonias , Elias Tonias
Abstract: With over 200,000 installations world-wide and a GIS market share of over 40% one of the major benefits ESRI offers its users is the ability to customize ArcGIS and develop applications which run on top of ArcGIS. This presentation discusses some applications which have been developed for the surveying, engineering and utility communities. These applications are tightly integrated with ArcMap so that projects can be started and completed entirely within the ArcGIS environment without the need to utilize other 3rd party software. Some the applications that will be discussed in this presentation include: well pad design, well spotting, web based data entry/maintenance, footage call calculations, generation of oil and gas line profiles, preparation of plan and profile drawings and optimized routing for heavy and wide-load vehicles.
Title: Benefits of digital field work in today’s workplace
Presenters: Allison Alford & Cody Cantrell
Organization: Western Data Systems
Abstract: A look at how current GPS equipment can benefit a GIS professional in today’s workplace. Changing from paper to digital has shown that field work productivity increases and errors are reduced. Going digital also reduces time spent validating data back office. However, at times it is hard to get away from “the way we have always done it”. Customer stories show real world application in oil & gas, environmental, utilities, and even cemetery restoration.