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Akin, Chris GISP - Paratum Solutions                 
Acting Professional:  Behavioral Tips & Tricks No One Teaches You

Description:  You've learned your basic work skills through years of education and training.  Hopefully, a good leader has taught you the basics of being a working professional.But now you're engaging in higher level meetings with clients, vendors, and colleagues, and hopefully attending more conferences or industry events. However, no one has likely mentored you on making the most of these opportunities.

To help you fast-track your professional behaviors, this webinar will highlight some of those tips and tricks professionals use on a daily bases, including:
* attending business meetings,
* making the most out of professional events,
* using business cards to their full capabilities, and
* leveraging your professional network.

Akin, Chris GISP - Paratum Solutions
e Management Trinity: Feedback, Coaching, One-on-Ones, & Delegation

Description: Congratulations, you are now a Manager.  Or a Supervisor.  Or a Team Lead.  Or hope to be one one day. 

Holy, cow!  Now what?  You have to now lead our team, ensure they perform, grow their skills, all the while challenging them AND connecting with them.  Unfortunately, we are often not taught how to be a manager.  Even worse, many of us have the unfortunate experiences of a bad boss or two who are necessarily the best role models. Using the "Manager Tools" The Management Trinity, we will explore the keys to managing your team more effectively: Feedback, Coaching, One-on-Ones, and Delegation.
(And yes, the Management Trinity has four parts!)

Dixon, Craig - Tyler Technologies
Empowering Communities & Engaging Citizens Through GIS-Centric Software

Description:  Tyler is interested in providing a session at the upcoming South Central Arc User Group Conference that introduces ESRI-based software and best practices that serve the entire community agencies and their constituents, including Public Safety, Tax, Transportation, Development Services, Licensing, Public Works, and the "Connected Community."  This will be a slide deck with multiple videos—approximately 45 minutes. 


ArcGIS Online:  Accessibility Best Practices for Web Apps


Building a Real Time Application


Highfield, Robbie - City of Fate, TX

Utilizing Esri ArcPro for Single Family Rental Tracking & Analysis


This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how The City of Fate was able to utilize ESRI ArcPro’s robust capabilities for municipal planning issues. This presentation will specifically focus on the City of Fate’s Rental Registration Program. On August 19, 2019, the City of Fate adopted an ordinance establishing a rental registration and inspection program for single family and multi-family dwelling units. The program was implemented on January 1, 2020. The program is designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City of Fate’s residents, as well as retain and protect the property values of the rental properties. The program works as follows: each owner of a residential rental unit within the City of Fate shall register each rental unit; a separate registration is required for each rental unit; each residential rental registration application is valid for each unit for one year and is required to be renewed annually. If a property changes ownership, a new residential rental registration will be required.

What We Set Out To Do:
In October 2022, the City of Fate Building Department requested help from the Planning and Development Department to run a QA/QC check on the status of the rental registration program. The main intent was to identify which properties in Fate were rentals that had not registered with the City. With that information the Building Department could reach out to the landlords and/or property owners to register or renew their properties. A secondary desire was to be able to track the presence of housing stock that had been converted into rental properties by neighborhood as new properties registered with the City. ESRI ArcPro, along with other compatible programs, was utilized to take an inventory on the existing rental status prior to January 1st, 2020 by evaluating multiple separate data sets, identifying residential vs commercial/industrial products, and creating a working shapefile that can be constantly updated for easy access to track the percentage of owner vs renter housing status in all of Fate’s neighborhoods. This methodology was applied to both newer suburban subdivisions as well a large lot residential estate neighborhoods. This would allow the city to prepare reports and run analysis for decision makers. By preparing a visual aid in the form of a map, decision makers can better understand the magnitude of a neighborhood’s conversion from ownership to rental properties. To fulfill the Building Department’s request, the Planning and Development Department utilized ESRI ArcPro.

High-Level Overview of Methodology:
The first step was to create a method to identify commercial/industrial vs residential property. This was done by importing Rockwall County Central Appraisal District (RCAD) data and the City of Fate’s zoning map. By using the “Select by Location” feature, a new layer was able to be created that excluded the Industrial and Rental Properties. Using satellite imagery provided by ESRI ArcPro’s imagery base maps, vacant and raw land properties were identified and removed. Attribute data for the remaining parcels were exported to Excel. This table was then cross-referenced with a list of registered rental properties. Results were digitized into 1 and 0; 1 for rentals and 0 for owner properties. For the remaining properties, an IF Statement was performed to identify if the Situs Address and Owner Address matched. If they did, the property was assumed to be an owner property. If they were different, the property had the potential to be a rental. The resulting data table was imported to ESRI ArcPro and joined to the larger RCAD data set. This allowed us to prepare a Rental Registration Working shapefile that could be updated as new rentals registered with the city. Using this, plus neighborhood boundaries, the city has been able to run queries and reports, and conduct analysis on a wide variety of topics decision makers are interested in.  

Using the RCAD situs address and owner address methodology, the city was able to identify 1,168 parcels as suspected single family rental properties. When the cross-referencing methodology was applied to this list, the City was able to identify 642 total properties as confirmed single family rental properties. The remaining 526 properties were mailed a notice to register as rentals. As of February 8th, 2023, that mailer has resulted in an additional 154 properties registering into The City of Fate’s Rental Registration Program. At $100 per registration, this is $1,154 in fees the city has been able to collect. The city plans to send additional follow-ups to the remaining 372 property owners.

Johnson, Diane
It's Your Move: Impacts of Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels on Barrier Islands in the Assateague Island Vicinity


Rising sea levels due to climate change are forcing the relocation of inhabitants and businesses, such as NASA facilities, from low lying, vulnerable areas within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This poses a question regarding historic landmarks like lighthouses and traditions: where will they go? Where will the people connected to these places find comparable space? With respect to climate change and population size, how urgent should planning be to meet these needs?

McDonald, Dr. Darrell - Stephen F. Austin St Univ., Prairieview A&M
Reflection on Disaster Response GIS Since the Columbia Shuttle Disaster

Description:  The Columbia Shuttle fell from the sky on February 1, 2003 over East Texas. On the 20th anniversary of the event, the intent of the presentation is to review, remember and relate the current statue of a tragedy that triggered one of the largest coordinated responses to a national disaster ever documented using geospatial technology as a the primary response strategy. Using coordinated agencies, GIS, GPS and RM and ground-based teams, search and recovery efforts covered one of the largest geographic land areas in recent history. The presentation objectives will be to summarize the early use of geospatial tools in disaster response, the cultural impact of a national disaster on East Texas and identify current disaster response initiatives that have developed in recent years.  Within days the astronaut remains were recovered, greatly aided with the use of geospatial technologies, especially GIS. Initially, spontaneous memorials emerged as sincere expressions of sadness from locals but were ephemeral in places such as Nacogdoches and San Augustine, TX. More permanent memorials that paid tribute to the lost astronauts and event arose along the final flight line in East Texas extending from west of Palestine to Hemphill, Texas. Present landscapes retain memorials more overtly than do the memoires of the local populations essentially a generation after the event. But the pace and breadth of geospatial tool use in disaster response has emerged as an essential strategy to deal with a board array of natural and cultural tragic at scales from national to local events.   Notable memorials along the trail, the Columbia Museum, designated markers, and the Patricia Huffman NASA Museum; each with a defined purpose and mission. These landmarks have redefined place in affected East Texas communities and raised the profile of geospatial technology among people. Lastly, the presentation will identify current geospatial response strategies being utilized in Texas.

Olson, Susan - City of Frisco, TX
Visualizing Real-Time Data to Provide Situational Awareness for Emergency Response

Description:  Leveraging a strong partnership between Police, Fire, Dispatch, Transportation Engineering, IT and a local school district, the City of Frisco brought a vision for Situation Awareness for Emergency Response (SAFER) into being through the in-house development of a geospatial platform.  Since its initial implementation, SAFER has grown into a critical business application that provides first responders critical incident information through a common operating picture from nearly 30 integrated systems.  These include: 9-1-1 caller locations, RapidSOS, Vehicle and Motorola Radio GPS locations, Cityworks, Waze incidents and road closures, live-video feeds, real-time traffic, Weather Conditions, Hazmat Plumes, building floor plans and the location of critical infrastructure.

Pelkie, Angie - Fugro
Machine Learning Approaches  for Accurate Lidar Classification

Description:  Fugro will be presenting on using machine learning techniques to undertake advanced classification on existing USGS data to create lidar by-products including building footprints, 3D building models, and culvert polygons (Sense.Lidar®). There is an abundance of good quality USGS lidar data for Tennessee, and it’s crucial for regional planning agencies to extract all relevant Geo-information from these existing datasets. It’s only when GIS stakeholders have access to accurate Geo-data can they help improve the lives of citizens in their communities.

Rose, Neil GISP - City of New Braunfels
The Case for 311: Using ArcGIS Survey 123 and  Cartegraph

Description:  After years of struggling with outdated software, handwritten notes, and phone calls from residents, the City of New Braunfels, TX turned to ArcGIS Survey123 to create a modern, map-centric approach to request management. Today, they pair Esri tools with Cartegraph to efficiently respond to requests about potholes, traffic signs and signals, stormwater drainage debris, facilities set up, solid waste, and more. Learn how this fast-growing city saved time, streamlined processes, and improved service to its community with the power of GIS and Cartegraph.

Rose, Neil GISP City of New Braunfels, TX;  Akin, Chris GISP - Paratum Solutions
I Do More Than Make Maps!  How to "Sell" GIS to Stakeholders

Description:  We all know that GIS can solve all the world's problems. But why can't others see it?!?!

Unfortunately, most GIS professionals struggle with advocating our capabilities with non-GIS people. Come hear some proven tips and tricks on how to "sell" GIS to stakeholders, whether that's departmental managers, city mayors, the chairman of the board, paying clients, or anyone else who can benefit from spatial data and mapping applications.

Neil Rose from the City of New Braunfels and Chris Akin, GISP, from Paratum Solutions will give actionable advice to increase acceptance of your GIS services. And whether you're in the public or private sector, these tips are the same!

Stroupe, Laura GISP - City of Frisco, TX                   
ISD Camera Health Check Application

Description:  The close partnership between the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD has made it possible to quickly develop and share the latest technological solutions. Annually, for their assigned schools, the Student Resource Officers (SROs) review all existing cameras and report new cameras added but missing in GIS. This presentation will review a custom (web-based) application developed for the SROs that streamlines this process and drastically cuts down on the time and personnel required. As all SROs are Frisco PD Officers, this pre-established trust and understanding of our GIS solutions (thanks to the SAFER program), has made the adoption of new solutions like this application a non-issue.
Using ESRI’s WAB Developer’s Launchpad Theme as a starting point, this application contains several out-of-the-box widgets and two custom JavaScript 3.x widgets. We will review the two custom widgets in detail, discuss any issues encountered during the development process, and share our ideas and plans. Any level of programming experience will be enough to follow along (I was very much a beginner when I started this project) so come and see the monster-of-Frankenstein!

Wilson, Brent - Woolpert
Think Beyond Work Management to added Asset Lifecycle Management

Description:  Woolpert is an Architectural, Engineering, Geospatial, (AEG) and Strategic Consulting firm founded in 1911. With over 1900 employees in over 60 offices locations internationally. We have been helping our clients achieve full Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) for over 100 years. As a Platinum Partner of Trimble Cityworks and Gold Partner of Esri we have taken on some of the most difficult Asset Management organizational challenges around the world. Working at all levels within City, County, State, Utility, Aviation, Education, and the Federal Government we know Strategic Asset Management.

This presentation will explore Asset Lifecycle Management using Trimble Owner and Public Sector (O&PS) solutions. The solutions can help your organization from design and build to operating and maintaining. Trimble O&PS solutions are made up of Cityworks, e-Builder, AgileAssets, and Unity. The applications can take you from a permitting process in Cityworks to a construction process in e-Builder, on to the operations and maintenance process back in Cityworks and AgileAssets, all the while using Unity for Utility Mobile Management if needed. Here at the maintenance process, you might find it's time to start over again with designing the next upgrade to your assets and your Strategic Asset Management Plan. At this point, the entire process would start over with design, all in a single company solution set called Trimble ALM.

The Woolpert Strategic Consulting team has the knowledge and experience to help you build out your Strategic Asset Management Plan with our Institute of Asset Management-certified employees who can help you achieve your organizational goals, utilizing over 25 years of experience and partnership with Trimble and Cityworks.

Young, Marcus - OK State Historic Preservation Office
All Black Towns of Oklahoma - Remembering Safe Havens

Description:  This ArcGIS StoryMap highlights “the creativity, entrepreneurial spirits, and tenacity that helped build some of these Black safe havens” with connections to well-known Black history figures such as Booker T. Washington and John Hope Franklin.

 Zang, Yanli, Stephen F. Austin St. University
USGS HUC 12 (Hydrologic Unit Code) subwatershed boundary dataset research

Description:  USGS HUC 12 (Hydrologic Unit Code) subwatershed boundary dataset is widely used and the area ranges from 10,000 to 40,000 acres. This research selected multiple HUC 12 subwatersheds in Iowa and TX based on average slope within the subwatersheds. USGS most current DEM data were used to delineate the corresponding boundary and significant differences were found between the delineated boundaries and HUC 12 boundaries. 

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