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19th Annual
OKSCAUG Conference Poster Presentations

Title:  Drone Registration and Locations in Oklahoma - Download Poster


Janelle Williams – Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust


The poster will identify the aggregated number of unmanned aerial systems (UAS - drones) registered with the Federal Aviation Administration in each county of Oklahoma.  The information will be further divided by the type of registration listed, either Commercial or Non-Commercial, hobbyist.  FAA regulations require UAS operators to notify local airports and air traffic control towers if flying within five (5) nautical miles of an airport. The poster will depict these 5 mile buffer zones.

 The FAA has published rules for UAS operations and developed both web and mobile applications to assist the public in meeting the requirement to ensure the flying public’s safety.  The poster will display samples of the regulations and mobile applications available.



Title:  GIS Analysis of Residential Property Sales in Canadian County - Download Poster


Joel Foster  Canadian County Assessor’s Office


Property tax systems around the nation rely on gathering and maintaining accurate data on all property within a jurisdiction so an accurate estimate of value can be derived. In Oklahoma, each county has an elected Assessor who is responsible for appraising each property within that county each year to support the property tax system. Location is always said to be the most influential driver of real estate value. Using GIS to analyze real estate data, particularly real estate sales, can give a complete picture of how property location determines its value. This data can then be incorporated into mass appraisal methods to derive accurate property values that will ensure equitable and fair administration of the property tax system. This poster explores residential real estate sales in Canadian County from 2011 to 2015 using geospatial methods to analyze density, average sale price, and changes in both over time.

Title:  Linguistic Zones Derived From the Bureau of Ethnology Vol 7 Plate 1


Gano Perez Jr. – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Historic & Cultural Preservation Deptartment


Thousands of years before any explorer ever visited what is now labeled North America, numerous tribes and languages existed and flourished throughout this continent. Literally hundreds of dialects were being spoken in the matters of oral traditions, ceremonial orations, free trade and commerce, along with countless other vocal interactions amongst native factions.

This map features data derived from the Seventh Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1885-1886 by J.W. Powell (Director), sub-titled Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico. Focusing on the southeastern region, where the Muskhogean language flourished, the Linguistic Zone Map displays the ancestral homelands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation along with other Muskogean dialect tribes and neighboring tribal linguistic stocks such as Iroquoian, Caddoan, Siouan, and Algonquian, etc. This data exhibits the expansive coverage of the Muskhogean influence even though to this late period of inhabitation circa early 1800’s.

Luckily there have been scholars in the scientific fields of ethnography, anthropology, archaeology and linguistic field research; who thus created various records of their own and compiled extensive data from previous scholars’ work which originated from the early exploration accounts of our native lands. The scholarly report mentioned above is bound within the pages of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE); formerly the Bureau of Ethnology, which was established in 1879 for the purpose of transferring archives, records and materials relating to the Indians of North America from the Interior Department to the Smithsonian Institution. A rich collection of annual reports and bulletins were notably created from this repository mission therefore contributing tremendously to the files and documentation of this precious world heritage.

Title:  Modeling and Simulation of Water Management in the Rio Grande River Basin - Download Poster


Kyndra Hanson – University of Oklahoma - Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Jennifer Koch – University of Oklahoma - Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability


The Rio Grande River basin (RGB) stretches through Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, spanning a politically, socio-economically, and environmentally diverse region. Management decisions in this highly complex system may lead to unintended outcomes in other parts of the basin, both upstream and downstream. One example is the management for the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow. The Silvery minnow, an endangered fish species, is affected by many water management decisions in the RGB, as it requires a minimum in-stream flow to sustain life. Under certain climatic conditions, the in-stream flow requirements may compete with irrigation requirement for agricultural production, essential to sustain the needs of local farmers. A change in climatic conditions is likely to aggravate these management conflicts in the RGB. We will use the Envision framework to create a simulation model for the RGB. Envision has the ability to represent landscape characterizations, behaviors of decision-makers, and many other plug-ins that represent components of the Rio Grande River. We will focus on 10 regions of the basin to further understand how water resources are allocated, how the river is perceived by conservation managers, and how the public and managers value of the river. With Envision, we will develop scenarios based on climate change predictions and use these to guide future decisions within the Rio Grande River basin in order to support sustainable management decisions. 

Title:  Overview and Details of FME (Feature Manipulation Engine)


Kelby Thomasson – City of Midwest City


Feature Manipulation Engine, or FME, is a process and workflow application used in data management.  It is a very powerful program that can work with all formats of data, and can be used to convert that data to another format.  This becomes helpful when working with workflow processes:  you can show how the data is presented at the beginning of the process, to how it ends up in the final format along the entire process.

FME has a wide assortment of tools called “Transformers”.  These transformers are used to QAQC, manipulate, and create new databases, as well as perform analysis and processing of data.

Databases, and the associated features of those databases, can easily be translated in a very broad assortment of programs and software, including ArcGIS, allowing for multiple divisions to use data from one department to the other.  The author shows the many different ways that FME can be used in several aspects of business, and within city government applications and data management areas.

The purpose of this overview is to inform software users and management of the capabilities and power of the FME software, by showing the potential of FME within and across departments, and how it can be used to solve problems, or reoccurring issues, that may be plaguing certain departments.  The question that is purposed is ‘would the cost of the software actually add justifiable efficiency and benefit to workflows and data processing?’

Title:  Spatial Implications of Oklahoma Senate Bill 808


Lauren Wood – Oklahoma State University

Stephen J. Stadler  Oklahoma State University


The wind industry in Oklahoma has grown fast enough and generated enough backlash to pass Oklahoma Senate Bill 808.  The bill was created in order to keep the base of a new wind turbine one and one half nautical miles away from public schools that are within public school districts, hospitals, and the center lines of a municipal-owned airport, public airports, and private-use airports that meet with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.  The bill specifically affects the locations of wind turbines built after January 1, 2017.  This poster examines the spatial consequences of Senate Bill 808.  If the bill had been passed before the construction of the existing wind turbines, how many of these turbines would not be in compliance with the bill?

Title:  Using GIS to Help the Collection of Transit Ridership Data and Mapping - Download Poster


Nimish Dharmadhikari  INCOG


The Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority (MTTA) or Tulsa Transit was established in 1968. (Tulsa Transit, 2016) Currently Tulsa Transit operates 27 fixed routes with the help of 66 buses out of which 5 routes are nightline bus routes. Tulsa Transit needs to alter the routes and scheduling periodically based on the ridership changes. The ridership changes are captured with the help of data collection and mapping. We established a method of using GIS to help with the data collection and mapping. First step of the method involves the development of the data instrument used on the bus with the help of route shapefiles. Second step is actual data collection. Third step consists of data analysis and mapping of the data. Using this approach we helped Tulsa Transit to make decisions about their nightline routes.


Tulsa Transit. (2016). About Tulsa Transit. Retrieved 07 26, 2016, from


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