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GIS-T Workshops

Sunday, April 15, 2012

All GIS-T workshop registrations include your choice of 2 half day workshops and a lunch. Please indicate which sessions you would like to attend when you register. Registrants will be asked to sign up for specific sessions at time of registration so that we can plan for the appropriate room sizes. Materials will be available on the morning of the workshops. Students registering for the Symposium are automatically entitled to two workshops. If you have any general questions concerning the workshops contact Ben Williams.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building a Successful Enterprise GIS Strategy: An ROI Approach

Terry Bills, ESRI
Post 2010 changes, New Census Boundaries, MPOs, and Functional Classification

Chris Henrie, US Census Bureau
Ben Williams, FHWA Resource Center
Joe Hauseman, FHWA Office of Policy
The Use of 3D-GIS Applications for Planning and Design

Charles Hixon, Bergmann Associates
Jeff Volpe, Bergmann Associates
Navigate the mobile world: Extending the investment of traditional spatial technologies to embraced the cloud based mobile world

Bud Luo, Michael Baker Corp
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Latest in GPS Technology and Field Data Collection

Bill Schuman, Transcend Spatial Solutions
Robert Boehm, Jacobs Engineering
URISA Certified Workshop: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

Allen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions
Jason Amadori, Data Transfer Solutions
Google - Adventures in Geospatial

Sean Maday, Google
LiDAR Data Management and Exploitation

Steve du Plessis and Joe Mostowy, Intergraph/ERDAS

Building a Successful Enterprise GIS Strategy: An ROI Approach

Instructors: Terry Bills, ESRI
Victoria Kouyoumjian, ESRI
Mark Ford, Mark Ford Associates

"Sustainable Enterprise GIS initiatives are dependent on obtaining organizational buy-in and delivering measurable (ROI) results. This presentation introduces a methodology for quantifying the often elusive tangible benefits of an Enterprise GIS Initiative. Specifically, the workshop will cover how to: (a) develop a ROI-driven GIS Strategic Plan (b) establish a financial business case using a diverse set of ROI-based methods to justify geospatial projects (c) obtain buy-in from decision makers and stakeholders; (d) successfully deliver measurable business results from geospatial projects. This presentation is based on the methodology described in the book "Business Benefits of GIS: An ROI Approach" (www.esri.com/roi). Participants will also learn how to use the digital tools and templates, available online, in order to put the insights gained during this presentation into practice in their own organization. In addition, real use cases and studies will be provided to underscore the impact of a defensible ROI strategy in the transportation industry."

Post 2010 changes, New Census Boundaries, MPOs, and Functional Classification

Instructors : Chris Henrie, US Census Bureau
Ben Williams, FHWA Resource Center
Joe Hauseman, FHWA Office of Policy

Many of the changes that spurred by the 2010 Census are now just becoming a reality that will change transportation programs. This session will talk about several of those. The Census Bureau Geography Division has been busy in 2011 defining changes to urban and urbanized areas . In Spring of 2012, they will be releasing these new boundaries to be used to redefine metropolitan areas. The Bureau of Census will be sharing with us the process that created these new boundaries as well as those that effect the census information that every State and MPO uses to project traffic growth such as the Public Use Micro Data Areas and Traffic Analysis Zones.
Based upon the work of the Census, FHWA and FTA will be designating areas that will have to create new MPOs and new Transportation Management Areas. Both of these changes will bring new decision makers into the transportation programs for use to work with. Among the other changes Congress has been considering for the transportation program reauthorization also has been new size changes for MPOs. Ben Williams from FHWA will be talking about where we are with the requirements to have to make the changes to State transportation investments.
Another Change that every State and MPO makes to their system after a decennial census is to reexamine the functional classification of the road networks. FHWA released an update to the Functional Classification Manual in 2011. Joe Hausman, FHWA, will be reviewing the changes in that manual and what work that States will have to do to adapt to it.

The Use of 3D-GIS Applications for Planning and Design

Instructors: Charles Hixon - Business Development Manager, Bergmann Associates
Jeff Volpe - GIS Business Segment Leader, Bergmann Associates

As transportation agencies begin to implement new 3D technological planning and design processes such as Civil Integrated Management (CIM), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Lidar and other 3D CAD related tools, it has become imperative for the need to develop databases that will manage all of this information.

While 3D planning and design technologies have been around for several years, only recently have more robust 3D database driven applications and processes been made available. The result of these recent technology advances has been the lack of standardization and guidance in selecting and implementing 3D applications and processes.

With an eye on the future, the City of Rochester has initiated a 3D-GIS Spatial Model project, which will catalog GIS based data in a 3D environment. Information such as wayfinding, signage placement, asset management, infrastructure improvements such as a proposed intermodal station and permitting information will now be analyzed and presented in an interactive 3D-GIS environment.

Navigate the mobile world: Extending the investment of traditional spatial technologies to embraced the cloud based mobile world

Instructors: Bud Luo, Michael Baker Corp.

This workshop intends to assist the GIS managers at state and local agencies to have a better understanding of the mobile world (Smart Phones and Tablets) from both technology and business perspectives. The focus is on how to extend the investment of the traditional spatial technologies and data to better serve the increasingly cloud-based mobile world.

The workshop will be divided into three sections. The first section is an overview on Mobile technologies and Cloud Deployment. Topics include major mobile ecosystems, major software development SDKs, cross-platform development, market segmentations, HTML 5 versus native applications, major mapping and GPS options, and application deployment options.
The second section focuses on the cost analysis of different mobile development and deployment options. Topics include how to estimate the total cost of application development and deployment, how to gather the scalability and performance requirement, and techniques that may help you prepare for sudden usage spikes. We will discuss various technology components and business practices that can help you to achieve the desired scalability and performance economically.

The final section focuses on the IT governance issues that GIS managers do not have to deal with in a traditional desktop and local network environment. Topics include how to enforce standards and also techniques to check on the availability and stability of the third-party applications and services. We will also take a closer look at pros and cons of application deployment options (enterprise versus App Stores), especially how to provide and manage application support using Social Media mechanisms.

The Latest in GPS Technology and Field Data Collection

Instructors: Bill Schuman, Transcend Spatial Solutions
Robert Boehm, Jacobs Engineering

This workshop will be divided into three sections:

1.Classroom Instruction
Transcend and Jacobs Engineering will discuss the most recent advances in GPS and field data collection technologies. This discussion will include GPS device cost vs. accuracy information and the pros and cons of different data collection approaches. We will ask one or two DOTs or other attending agencies to demonstrate how they are using GPS and field data collection tools. We will ask them to cover lessons learned and adoption of best practices.

2.Hands-On Field Data Collection
Following the classroom instruction, we will divide the participants into several groups (4 or 5 would be ideal). Each group will be given a different type of field collection device with varying degrees of accuracy. Before the workshop, 5 or 6 points around the conference center will be accurately located and flagged. Each group will be given a different order and will be asked to use their devices to collect the locations of the points. After all points have been collected and documented into a spreadsheet, a final GPS coordinate will be revealed. Each group will then be asked to find the corresponding location in the field. "Prizes" will be hidden in the final location.

3.Verification and Analysis of Results
The final part of the workshop will again be in the classroom. The points collected in the field will be consolidated into a spreadsheet and analyzed for accuracy. Transcend will use the spreadsheet results to prepare final report that will be distributed to all participants later in the conference.

URISA Certified Workshop: Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation

Instructors: Allen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions

*URISA Certified Workshop*

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

Specific topics include:

* Strategy and Planning
* Data Collection Methods
* Software Solutions
* Information Management and Decision Support Tools
* Evaluation and Performance Measures
* Life Cycle Costs

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for transportation, engineering, planning, utility and environmental managers as well as analysts of the public and private sectors.

Google - Adventures in Geospatial

Google runs the world's most accessed mapping platforms. Google Maps is used over 1 million hours each day, and Google Earth has been downloaded over 1 billion times. These consumer mapping technologies have changed the way that individuals and organizations are interacting with maps. This session will show how companies, governments, and researchers are leveraging Google's platforms to deliver their own geospatial data.

Google extends programmatic access to their mapping platform through application programming interfaces (APIs). The Google Maps family of APIs is the most implemented API series on the Internet, and is used by over 600,000 different websites. This workshop will highlight how Google Maps and Google Earth are being used for transportation and logistics. Participants will leave this session with basic familiarity about Google Maps API, Google Earth Builder, Google Fusion Tables and Google Earth Portable.

LiDAR Data Management and Exploitation

Instructors: Steve du Plessis and Joe Mostowy, Intergraph/ERDAS

In recent years, LiDAR technology has become an increasingly valuable and popular tool in a variety of applications requiring accurate surface models. But, is it right for you? If so, how do you efficiently manage and exploit a profuse archive of massive LiDAR datasets?

During this workshop, we will highlight the benefits of LiDAR data and explore government and DOT workflows that use LiDAR data in conjunction with other data types. We will demonstrate the successful management, dissemination and exploitation of LiDAR data in highway planning, 3D incident investigation, and hot spot analysis.

Topics Covered:
o What is LiDAR?
o LiDAR data management
o Server-side Exploitation
o LiDAR workflows for DOTs

Who Should Attend:
o GIS users in local, state, and federal government
o Remote sensing professionals
o Novice LiDAR data users

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