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“Transportation GIS (GIS-T): Specialized Tools Becoming Mainstream” – Stewart Barry; Caliper Corporation Mapping Software

In every day, we see transportation as fundamental to all human activity. Business users want more advanced transportation tools, and so transportation planning and G.I.S. software are merging, making the analysis of business and customer behavior much more realistic.

“Lessons From Above: The use of UAS in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System” – Susan Bickford; Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

What is the highest best use for drone technology? Delivering pizza is one option, but getting critical time sensitive information into the hands of important decision makers such as emergency personnel, municipal and state entities and land/natural resource managers is quite another. This presentation will focus on the efforts of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to coordinate the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in natural resource management with its 29 reserves. The goal of this effort is to integrate this remote sensing technology as a valuable new tool in our toolbox with an emphasis on collaborative projects.


“Change Detection in Coastal Geomorphology using LiDAR Data” – Patrick Cunningham; Blue Marble Geographics     

Technology improvements over recent years have seen the cost of LiDAR data acquisition decrease and consequently the coverage and availability expand dramatically. Hardware miniaturization has given rise to on-demand data collection with UAVs taking the place of manned fixed-wing or rotary aircraft in the collection process. As a consequence, point cloud data is increasingly used as the raw material for precise measurement and visualization of change over time. Nowhere is this process more evident than in coastal areas where shifting patterns of erosion and deposition can have devastating effects on shoreline communities. In this this presentation, we will examine a coastal area that has been subject to significant beach erosion. Using point cloud data collected over a five-year time period, we will explore the procedure whereby the raw data is processed to create precise bare-earth models and how the difference between these surfaces is calculated and visually represented to show areas of significant erosion or deposition.


“Studying Public Health and Environmental Health in the Fitchburg Area Using GIS” – Dr. Jane Huang, Timothy McLaughlin, Nicholas De Paula, Jacob Hogue, Sean Beverly; Fitchburg State University

In the summer of 2017, nine professors and eighteen students of Fitchburg State University worked together on two interdisciplinary research projects targeted on public health and environmental health in the Fitchburg area. The projects were funded by a three-year, $240,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, one of the largest grants Fitchburg State has ever received.

GIS was intensively used in both projects. In the public health project, the fitness/recreation resources in Fitchburg (parks, gyms, and trails) were inventoried and mapped online; over a hundred Fitchburg residents were surveyed and educated with the online map, the perceptions of fitness/recreation resources among the participating residents were analyzed, and the results led to certain recommendations regarding the usage of parks.

In the environmental health project, GIS was used to examine the changes of land use in the Fitchburg area and to simulate the terrain through 2D and 3D models. It was also used to study the potential water infiltration and runoff in the area. A drone imagery of a section of the Nashua River was collected, and a Story Map of the environmental health of the area and particularly of the Nashua River was created.


“Integrated Watershed Management using the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST)” - Tim Stagnitta; U.S. EPA

Integrated watershed management is an effective planning strategy to balance tradeoffs between competing water uses within a watershed. WMOST is an Excel-based decision tool to aid planners in making cost effective decisions that meet water quantity and quality regulations. WMOST is a spatially explicit model with the capability to extract input data directly from the Estuary Data Mapper (EDM) a GIS-based data repository. WMOST can assess tradeoffs between different management options such as land conservation, construction of best management practices (BMP), upgrading treatment facilities, stream bank restoration, or outfall enhancement. A case study in progress assesses multiple management options for the Taunton river basin, MA, which is heavily impaired by nutrient loads. Preliminary results show that implementing infiltration basins is the most cost-effective BMP for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loadings in the upper Taunton river basin.


“Open Source Adoption Counseling” – Guido Stein; Applied Geographics, Inc.

What to expect when you are expecting to use open source geospatial tools. This talk will share the experience of moving from using primarily proprietary tools to using open source tools for geodata processing and geoanalytics. This talk will cover the use cases for tools such as QGIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR libraries, including live demo examples. Attendees will also learn how to get help within the open source community as well as what contribution to the community looks like.


“Open Source GIS Software in the Enterprise” – Andrew Walter; The Jones Payne Group

We will discuss a fully open source stack of QGIS for the desktop, PostgreGIS as a spatial data store and GeoServer as a web mapping service - Taking a look at how these applications work together to provide a full set of tools that serve as the building blocks for an enterprise level system. After a basic setup review we will cover getting data into the system, styling, editing, and printing as well as publishing to WMS and sharing with other desktop GIS users or web applications. Along the way we will contrast this setup with the tools you use now.

Open source GIS software:
1) enables organizations to startup quickly and distribute clients as needed without complex licensing cost.
2) is designed for enterprise level work and integrates with proprietary systems.
3) facilitates access and collaboration among many users.



“Will they be found: E911 addressing for public safety and emergency management” – Thad Dymkowski; Prime 3SG

In any emergency- natural disaster or public safety, every second counts. If responding emergency personnel cannot quickly and easily find the correct location, it could be the difference between life and death. E911 addressing is a vitally integral GIS data set for computer dispatch systems to route police, fire, ambulance, and other first responders accurately and without the delay of confusion. Having a standardized formatted address data set that is geographically accurate is imperative. In this presentation, I will review and discuss addressing standards, methods for improving address data, and maintenance practices to help enforce currency and accuracy. An addressing project for a major municipality will be referenced and presented as an example.


Post-Dam Removal Monitoring of Invasive Species and Fish Passage” – Gregory Ostrinski; Central Connecticut State University

Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound has recently undertaken a large amount of dam removals throughout the state of Connecticut. In order to be permitted to remove these dams, regulatory agencies required five years of post-removal monitoring and action to prevent invasive species from becoming too prevalent, as well as a request from the CT DEEP to track fish passage in newly-available spawn routes. GPS and ArcMap were used to perform analysis on vegetative health and species, as well as fish migration data.


“Game Changer: Development of Web-Based, Geospatial, Interactive Dam Breach Inundation Maps for Great River Hydro's Dams” – Dan Boudreau, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

GZA was retained by Great River Hydro, LLC to update Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for 16 dams. A key component of an EAP is the inundation maps, which illustrate the anticipated extent of dam breach flooding. This project included dam breach modeling and flood wave mapping for over 450 river miles, resulting in 81 impacted towns. EAPs are typically provided to stakeholders as hard copy reports. A goal for this project was to provide an innovative and efficient means to access and distribute the EAPs and inundation maps. The solution was to provide web-based interactive inundation maps hosted through GZA's GeoTool (C) web mapping application. This innovative tool provides interactive access to EAP information including the inundation mapping, dam locations, hydrographs and EAP documents, via desktop and mobile services.

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