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Thursday, April 20

 Existing & Upcoming Horizontal Vertical Datums and the impact to the Mapping Industry

Vasileios Kalogirou "Vas"-  Halff Associates, Inc.


This presentation will cover a review of the existing and the upcoming Horizontal & Vertical Datums. NGS Tools that can be used towards the transformations between them and their limitations. The Impact of the new NGS 2022 Datums to Mapping projects after 2025 and the Mapping Industry

Marginalia: Illuminating the ArcGIS PowerShell DSC

Jordan Carmona, GISP


 Accompanying the manual process of transcribing precious texts by hand, illumination allowed scribes to expand upon the canonical work utilizing the visual media surrounding the written word. These images were powerful, playful, and at times subversive; a glimpse into the cultural conversation of medieval Europe. This presentation scribbles in the margins of the official ArcGIS PowerShell DSC, provides color to the configuration templates, and brings to life a successful re-deployment of the ArcGIS Enterprise to a more desirable state in the Town of Prosper, Texas.

Think Beyond Work Management to Asset Lifecycle Management

Brent Wilson – Woolpert


 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.

All Black Towns of Oklahoma - Remembering Safe Havens

Marcus Young - OK State Historic Preservation Office


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.

Cityworks Round Table

Bill Moss and Other Cityworks Users


Cityworks and GIS are becoming more intertwined.  Join this Round Table discussion to meet with other Cityworks user and see what networking opportunities may be available.

The Oklahoma Historical Aerial Digitization Project

Colin Brooks and Madeline Dillner – OK Corporation Commission


 The Oklahoma Historical Aerial Digitization Project (OHADP) started in 2007 as the Archival Photo Imaging Project, a Special Project in the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Department of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Before 2007, OCC acquired and scanned aerial photos on a case-by-case basis. But since 2007, the OCC has made a concerted effort to locate, scan, and georeference all the historical aerial photographs of Oklahoma. This presentation will explain the production of historical aerial photos and their acquisition, georeferencing, and use at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, as well as demonstrate the various ways the public can acquire these aerial photos for their own use—including the brand-new ArcGIS Enterprise-powered photo viewer.

Machine Learning Approaches for Accurate Lidar Classification

Angie Pelkie- Fugro



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 Texas, 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.

Utilizing Esri ArcPro for Single Family Rental Tracking & Analysis

Robbie Highfield - City of Fate, TX


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.

Empowering Communities and Engaging Citizens through GIS-centric Software

Craig J. Dixon- Tyler Technologies


What is a “connected community?”  This brief session will introduce ESRI-based software and digital best practices that serve the entire community: local government agencies and their constituents.  This includes Public Safety, Tax, Transportation, Development Services, Licensing, Public Works, and more. 

The Case for 311: Using ArcGIS Survey123 and Cartegraph

Neil Rose, GISP - City of New Braunfels


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.

Friday, April 21

Using Arcade in Everyday Mapping

David W. Allen, GISP - City of Euless


Arcade can be used in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online to do field calcuations, handle symbology, and control the items in your pop-ups. I'll demonstrate a few of the ways I'm using Arcade everyday in these three areas.


Garri Grossi, North Texas Representative


So you're now a member of the South Central Arc User Group and this is your first conference. Or, you're an established member looking to contribute more to the GIS community. This session is a primer for GIS professionals looking to get the most out of the experience and perks of being part of this organization.

The 5 Coolest Things Arcade Does

David W. Allen, GISP - City of Euless

Esri is fast including Arcade into more and more segments of their software. With that, there are some really exciting and new ways to use it in things like dashboards, field maps,  and pop-ups. I'll show the 5 coolest things Arcade does and how to set it up for your own uses.

USGS HUC 12 (Hydrologic Unit Code) subwatershed boundary dataset research

Yanli Zang -  Stephen F. Austin St. University


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.

I Do More Than Make Maps!  How to "Sell" GIS to Stakeholders

Neil Rose, GISP City of New Braunfels, TX;  Chris Akin GISP - Paratum Solutions


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!

Reflection on Disaster Response GIS Since the Columbia Shuttle Disaster

Dr. Darrell McDonald  - Stephen F. Austin St Univ., Prairieview A&M


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.

The Integrated Power of GIS & GPS: A Municipality Case Study

Laura Chapa -  Esri,  Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP- Bad Elf


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) help constituents collect, assess, and visualize complex spatial data for the purpose of finding patterns and trends that are otherwise unable to be recognized. GIS as a tool helps organizations better understand and manage their physical and digital assets for enhanced decision making. Physical assets are collected in the field using a combination of mobile apps and high-accuracy GPS devices. These digital assets are then maintained in geodatabases, which are accessible throughout an organization's GIS infrastructure. If you would like to learn more about GIS and how it can help your specific organization, join us for an insightful and unique presentation on the benefits of implementing the geospatial technology through the eyes of a fast growing municipality in Texas. We'll discuss the software, hardware, and strategies for effectively deploying this technology in a local government setting.

Visualizing Real-Time Data to Provide Situational Awareness for Emergency Response

Susan Olson - City of Frisco, TX



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.

ArcGIS Online: Accessibility Best Practices for Web Apps

Sean Gill and Ana Rodriguez - Esri


 Web applications provide the capability for your audience to interact with your data and maps. Designing apps with accessibility best practices ensures that all audiences can easily interact with and understand your information. Come to this session to learn how to optimize support for screen readers, keyboard navigation, and other assistive technologies across ArcGIS Online. In this session, you will learn about testing accessibility in web apps. You will also be introduced to tools and techniques that ensure you are developing an inclusive app experience.

From Visiting a Cool Conference Booth to Saving $400,000 While Improving the Student Experience

J. Scott Sires - Dallas College


This presentation will focus on the application of innovative imaging technologies for our spatial industry. The long road to our current success was not planned in detail but was nonetheless executed, over time, through several events and many small steps. Some of those events were intentional while others purely coincidental yet crucial to have landed in the spot where we find ourselves today; GIS credit students and alumni are able to execute a project in support of the facilities operations of Dallas College. In the presentation our experience will be shared which begins with a bit of background, to set a context.

We can agree our field is innovative, a lives at the leading edge of emerging technologies. Innovations are often first seen at a conference, in a booth, or a session, talking to a colleague about a project. It is this that inspired us to add cool technologies to our program and to educate students on the practices and the workflows for field data collection using imaging innovations. Early on we started to see drones were not the only innovative technology that would garner attention and curiosity. Through our own experience we knew we would benefit from external funds so we applied for and won an NSF grant. The grant made possible many of the acquisitions, experiences and content development for the GIS program. The grant empowered us to change and from the change to rethink our program and from that design improvements.

Due to the successful grant we are empowered to study new aspects of our applied technology. New conversations were occurring at meetings and around the coffee machine. Conversations focused on ideas of how we could use imaging to improve our work at Dallas College. A comment at the coffee machine led to a December 2022 meeting which resulted in a service learning project for the GIS program. Before GIS was involved an $800k budget was created to perform a simply survey of each room in our 4.8 million square feet. 99 buildings were to be surveyed. Tables of data were to be returned. GIS can do better. For half the funds budgeted the GIS program is able to deliver a much richer data product in a far more useful structure, accessed via a web app.

The GIS program setup the Spring 2023 semester to contextualize the student lessons and experience within this service learning project. Three of this semester’s 8 classes are heavily focused on this project. Students in varied GIS classes are studying aspects of the Dallas College floor plan project. Some studies are of the data model needed, the data collection techniques, GIS lifecycle management, using ArcGIS solutions such as Survey123, the Field Maps app, Dashboards, and coding in Python.

Despite paying GIS students over $15/hour, and purchasing 2 additional SLAM sensors, the GIS program is expected to deliver our final product on December 31, 2023, for half the available funds.

The SLAM data collected will empower the GIS students to work with AI to extract features. AI and implementing aspects of the ArcGIS Indoors solution are in the plans beginning Fall 2023.

Building A Real-Time Application

Greg Hakman and Pamela Kersh - Esri


Learn how to build apps that allow you to connect to, visualize and analyze real-time feeds. In ArcGIS, you can use ArcGIS Velocity and GeoEvent Server to connect feeds, then analyze them in real-time and serve data to ArcGIS client apps via ArcGIS Stream Services.  We will show how you can use these Stream Services in apps built with the ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript and ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps, including various ways to visualize information, interact with it and analyze it. 

Frisco ISD Camera Health Check Application

Laura Stroupe - City of Frisco


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!

Acting Professional: Behavioral Tips and Tricks No One Teaches You

Chris Akin, GISP - Paratum Solutions


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.

I've realized over a 20-year career that there are certain behaviors many seasoned professionals repeatedly do.  While these actions are often unspoken, they are widely accepted across the board.  I have had to learn some key professional behaviors by simply watching, absorbing, and trial and error. 

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.

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

Diane Johnson


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?

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