Wed, October 30 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, November 01 2019, 12:00 PM [CST]
207 W Van Buren,
Box Office Only
Full Symposium Pass | Includes all meals & events.
Includes $100 Standard Registration Discount | Full Symposium Pass | Includes all meals & events.
Permits one full day access during symposium.
Requires full-time college and/or university enrollment with current and valid student ID.
Monday (10/28) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: CAST (TBD)
Monday (10/28) 1 - 5 PM | Lecture | Instructed By: Malcolm Willimson
Monday (10/28) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Adam Barnes & Nathan Sorey
Monday (10/28) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Shelby Johnson & Sunny Farmahan
Monday (10/28) 1 - 5 PM | (update pending)
Tuesday (10/29) 8 am - 12 pm | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Hayley Hames
Tuesday (10/29) 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Ken Wilkerson
Tuesday (10/29) 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: ESRI
Tuesday (10/29) 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Sunny Farmahan & Brian Culpepper
Tuesday (10/29) 8 AM - 12 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Aaron Shew & Aniruddha Ghosh
Tuesday (10/29) 8 AM - 12 PM | Lecture | Instructed By: Daniel Phillips
Tuesday (10/29) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Hayley Hames
Tuesday (10/29) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Ken Wilkerson
Tuesday (10/29) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed by: Brian Culpepper
Tuesday (10/29) 1 - 5 PM | Hands-on Computer Lab | Instructed By: Authur Crawford
Wed, October 30 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, November 01 2019, 12:00 PM [CST]
The 2019 Arkansas GIS Symposium returns to the Inn of the Ozarks & Convention Center in beautiful Eureka Springs. Home to some of our most incredible past symposiums! Join us for yet another exciting week or education, sharing, community, and fun!
This year the Arkansas GIS Users Forum celebrates 29 years! We're pulling out all the stops and planning the very best in GIS presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits, social activities, networking, and much much more!!
Pre-Symposium Workshops will take place Monday, October 28th & Tuesday, October 29th followed by the Symposium (and exhibit hall) taking place October 30th - November 1st. The Arkansas GIS Symposium is the single largest and most attended geospatial event in the region. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with the very best from our GIS community!
For information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities please email: email@example.com
Cancellation policy CANCELATIONS ACCEPTAED UP TO 30 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT. ANY CANCEALITONS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF EVENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FEE.
CANCELATIONS ACCEPTAED UP TO 30 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT. ANY CANCEALITONS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF EVENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FEE.
The Arkansas GIS Users Forum is a group of geospatial professionals that work to develop, publish, distribute and use geospatial information to help you get where you are going, know where you have been, or know what’s happening around you.
Our members come from a variety federal, state, county and local governments, as well as private and nonprofit organizations. Some of us work daily to ensure that emergency services find the fastest route when you call 911, others route pipelines and utilities to avoid damaging your property, we can even determine where to build a new fire station to provide the best service.
Others use GIS less frequently or with less dire consequences, but we all use this very valuable tool to add a spatial component to our work. So the next time you go online to look up an address and search for a nearby business or even when you unfold an Arkansas Highway Map from the ArDOT... remember you've used products generated by our members.
Rex Buchanan is Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas, and is currently the Director of the Consortium to Study Trends in Seismicity at the KGS. He grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He started at the KGS in 1978, and was the Interim Director from 2010 to 2016. He is the co-author of Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills (in press), Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks (rev. edition, 2010), and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils (rev. edition, 2010), all published by the University Press of Kansas, and co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press (1994). He served as Secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors. He chaired the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity from 2013 to 2016. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of GSA and in 2016 received GSA’s Public Service Award. In 2009 was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE. He provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Research Professor at Arizona State University, and holds many other affiliate, adjunct, and honorary positions at universities around the world. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received five honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.
Bill is a seasoned GIS professional with more than 34 years of experience. Upon completion of his MA in Geography at Michigan State University in 1984, he started his career at the New York State Department of Transportation, which at that time was the home of the statewide mapping program. His initial work involved converting the mapping program from photo-mechanical to state-of-the-art digital production, in preparation for color printing, publication, and sale of 1:24,000 scale quadrangles, county base maps, the NYS atlas, and other maps. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he and his team also led one of the largest civilian GIS deployments of that era, serving more than 1,000 users in 11 regional DOT offices. Since then, he rose through the GIS ranks in New York State government, culminating in being named New York’s first Geographic Information Officer in 2013. He retired from state service in 2016 and spent two years leading GIS program development in Washington, DC for the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which is responsible for nationwide broadband support programs on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In April of 2018, Bill joined Applied Geographics, Inc where he is applying his carpe geo philosophy of building trust through collaboration, of effecting fundamental change through thoughtful investment, and of consistent attention to excellence, as AppGeo’s carpe geo evangelist.
Born and raised in Carroll County and, after graduating from high school, Judge Sam Barr joined the United States Air Force, where he served in Korea as a K-9 handler. When he returned home, he chose to stay in Carroll County to resume his love of farming, and start a family. People know Sam as a hard worker, a generous man, a Christian who shares his faith through his music, and a man who will “roll up his sleeves” and work alongside those who call our community home. Judge Barr has worked in various trades throughout his life, including welding, heavy equipment, saw milling, pipelining, and co-owner of Davis-Barr Chevrolet car dealership. In 2008, friends urged him to run for the County Judge position. He won the county seat with 54% of the votes, and has proudly continued to serve our County ever since. On December 20, 2012, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr was presented a Senate Citation by Senator Randy Laverty for his accomplishments during his tenure. Judge Barr’s service has not gone unnoticed by members of the Arkansas Senate, and the Senator wanted to express his appreciation to Judge Barr on his past and continuing efforts to provide outstanding service to Carroll County.
Registration / Check-In
Conference Center Lobby
Maple & Walnut
Open to all registered attendees.
Exhibit Hall Open
Welcome to Eureka Springs
Maple & Walnut
Born and raised in Carroll County and, after graduating from high school, Judge Sam Barr joined the United States Air Force, where he served in Korea as a K-9 handler. When he returned home, he chose to stay in Carroll County to resume his love of farming, and start a family. People know Sam as a hard worker, a generous man, a Christian who shares his faith through his music, and a man who will “roll up his sleeves” and work alongside those who call our community home. Judge Barr has worked in various trades throughout his life, including welding, heavy equipment, saw milling, pipelining, and co-owner of Davis-Barr Chevrolet car dealership. In 2008, friends urged him to run for the County Judge position. He won the county seat with 54% of the votes, and has proudly continued to serve Carroll County ever since. On December 20, 2012, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr was presented a Senate Citation by Senator Randy Laverty for his accomplishments during his tenure. Judge Barr’s service has not gone unnoticed by members of the Arkansas Senate, and the Senator wanted to express his appreciation to Judge Barr on his past and continuing efforts to provide outstanding service to Carroll County.
JUDGE SAM BARR
Opening Speaker Address
DR. MIKE GOODCHILD
Break with Sponsors
Luncheon Keynote Address
WILLIAM F. JOHNSON
Arkansas GIS Board Meeting
Implementing Highly-available and Highly-scalable ArcGIS Enterprise in a Mature Business
Presenter: Chad Cooper, J.B. Hunt | In 2018 J.B. Hunt Transport, headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas, adopted the Esri platform to handle high-volume routing, geocoding, telematics, analytics, and visualization. What started as a proof-of-concept on a few internal servers has expanded to a full-fledged highly-available, highly-scalable ArcGIS Enterprise platform deployment wholly in the Microsoft Azure Cloud with development, test, and production environments consisting of Azure Functions, APIs, and dozens of virtual machines. This technical architecture-centric talk will cover the journey J.B. Hunt has taken to date implementing ArcGIS enterprise at scale, current initiatives at J.B. Hunt such as routing, geocoding, and telematics at scale, and what we believe the future holds for location intelligence at J.B. Hunt.
ArcGIS Apps for the Field Overview
Presenter: Chase Fisher, ESRI | ArcGIS includes a suite of mobile field apps to help you collect data, navigate to locations, coordinate assignments, and monitor field operations. Learn how Workforce for ArcGIS works together with Navigator for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, Explorer for ArcGIS, and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS to optimize fieldwork.
Implementing an Oil Field Data Repository with ArcGIS Online: Osage County, Oklahoma
Magnolia / Dogwood
Presenter: Mark Cooper, Buffalo Data Services, LLC | In 2017, Osageminerals.org was launched as a map-based pilot program for making oil and gas industry data in Osage County, Oklahoma available to the public free of charge. Over time, the Osage Minerals Council (OMC) acquired large quantities of data to be hosted on the site requiring compute capabilities that would challenge the financial feasibility of continuing to host the site on an AWS EC2 reserved instance. When the OMC expressed interest in having GIS capabilities for fieldwork and the need for non-GIS professionals to conduct basic GIS analysis and map creation tasks, ArcGIS Online emerged as the leading solution. The content of the Osageminerals.org pilot site was migrated from AWS to ArcGIS Online, resulting in a more robust, scalable, highly documented, user-friendly environment that also provides a basis for easily implementing GIS-based projects in the future and reduces overall hosting and maintenance costs.
ESRI Hands On Learning Lab (HOLL)
Oak / Hickory
The Hands-On Learning Lab (HOLL) is a training resource provided and developed by Esri Training Services. The Lab is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS users to a variety of Esri software solutions and training opportunities while learning to use Esri software.
Parsing ArcGIS Locator JSON using PHP
Presenter: Wes O’Donohue, AGISO |The Arkansas GIS Office recently converted the Department of Finance and Administration’s Sales and Use Tax Lookup tools from .NET to PHP. The older Lookup was originally created to use USPS based Zip Codes to match jurisdictions to calculate Sales tax at the City, County and State levels. The new lookup utilizes an ArcGIS composite locator to more accurately determine local jurisdictions for an individual Address. This presentation will provide details on how we parse the composite locator’s JSON results to determine either an exact City and County location or possible matches when an exact match is not given. The composite locator has an Address, Street, Zip and Municipal geocoder. The presentation will provide links to the Arkansas GIS Offices’ repository of development which has a copy of this code.
Presenter: Peter Lemack, Applied Geographics (AppGeo) |The farmland management landscape differs tremendously in acreage, commodities, and yields. From a grain elevator operating in Indiana, to a nationwide farmland management company operating properties across the Delta, the scale of the operations may not be equal, but the benefit from leveraging geospatial tools is proving invaluable with:
Field collection applications that enable property managers to collect quarterly inspection reports, and document the condition of wells, and pumps.
Mapping portals that allow individuals to visualize operational changes, and compare soils with flood zones, during due-diligence.
Web based viewers that integrate data, imagery and yield information, providing management a single source of truth for making well-informed operating decisions.
In this presentation, attendees will learn how farm managers have spatially-enabled their organization, providing their colleagues with data, tools, and mapping applications to create, manage, and disseminate strategic, location-based information across all business units of their operation.
A Broad Overview of GIS Web Development
Augmented Reality: The Next Evolution of Spatial Data Usage
Presenter: Scott Alsbrook, Navigation Electronics Inc.; Jeff Blanton, Trimble | Geospatial data is more sophisticated than ever and with those advancements comes new capabilities for using that data in ways previously reserved for Hollywood. With new Catalyst high accuracy positioning services, the Trimble SiteVision system brings your spatial data to life in an immersive augmented reality environment. Sharing and visualizing data from buried utilities to construction plans gives users and decision makers a real world view of the story we tell with the data we collect and create. This technology will change the way you SEE your data! Learn more at sitevision.trimble.com
High Accuracy Data Collection with GNSS and Collector for ArcGIS
Presenter: David Pritchard, TexianGeospatial | High Accuracy data collection utilizing GNSS Positioning Systems and Field Apps have greatly reduced the cost and increased the efficiency of field data collection. We will discuss how these solutions are utilized to successfully collect data in the field in connected and disconnected environments.
Creating Dashboards with Configurable Apps
Presenter: Chase Fisher, ESRI | Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS is a configurable web apps that provides location-aware data visualization and analytics for a real-time operational view of people, services, assets, and events. In this session we will introduce the key features of dashboards, walk through examples of the many different types of dashboards and finally demonstrate the configuration and deployment of an Operations Dashboard.
Empowering Municipal Field Crews with GIS
Presenter: Curtis Copeland, City of Branson, MO | The City of Branson has been using GIS technology and maintaining City infrastructure spatial features for many years. In an effort to improve data accessibility to employees throughout the City, as well as empower City field personnel as spatial data collectors and spatial data maintainers, the City of Branson GIS Division has been developing mobile GIS applications. The Division has been working closely with the Public Works and Utility Departments to develop mobile GIS applications that emulate the traditional workflows, work orders, and reporting processes used by employees in the field. This presentation will illustrate the use of multiple mobile GIS applications such as Collector, Survey 123, Workforce, and web map applications. Examples of use by the Streets, Parks, and Utilities Departments will be shown.
Telling your story with ArcGIS StoryMaps
Presenter: Chase Fisher, ESRI | Harness the power of maps to tell stories that explore locations, events, and trends that matter. ArcGIS StoryMaps brings text, photos, and videos together with custom maps to craft create a narrative that informs and inspires. You’ll have everything you need to produce remarkable stories that give your maps meaning.
Geospatial data fusion to identify multimodal freight paths
Presenter: Magdalena Asborno, University of Arkansas | Freight ports on inland waterways serve as key links in multimodal supply chains, and their access roads play a critical role in the efficiency and performance of the transportation system. To evaluate the impact of an investment on such assets, it is necessary to identify the project’s catchment area, defined as the geographic region encompassing the locations of freight facilities and paths/routes used to connect those facilities. State-of-the practice methods to identify catchment areas rely on shipper-carrier surveys, stakeholder interviews, and limited truck counts. However, catchment areas would be better represented by freight paths derived from spatially and temporally continuous data, such as Global Positioning System (GPS). This work combines GPS data from trucks and cargo vessels to identify the multimodal catchment area of an inland waterway port. This data-driven approach may serve to evaluate and prioritize projects developed by public or private funds with an interest in specific freight facilities.
Data Collection Guide
Presenter: Carl Jaynes, City of Fort Smith, AR | Ensuring you receive the GIS deliverables your organization was expecting.
Mapping Solutions for Overcrowding in Truck Parking Facilities of Arkansas
Presenter: Marjan Asadinia, University of Arkansas | Shortage of safe and available truck parking is a safety concern for truck drivers and highway users. The demand for parking often outstrips supply and drivers are confronted with the difficult choice of either parking illegally or violating hours-of-service (HOS) rules while searching for parking. Despite Arkansas having a long list of overcrowded truck parking facilities, the state struggles to fix parking issues due to budget constraints. We developed a web-based GIS decision tool enabling decision-makers to prioritize high-impact, cost-effective truck parking improvements. The tool, based on truck route optimization, uses truck GPS data to distill travel patterns (times, durations, and locations of rest, driving and other on-duty tasks); spatial distribution of public and private parking facilities with amenities; and cost estimates of bundled improvements (amenities, maintenance costs) and construction of new parking facilities based on overcrowding.
Using GIS in Elections Management
Presenter: Jennifer Wheeler, AGISO | Although elections security has been a hot topic, an often-overlooked aspect of elections is the accuracy of voter precinct assignment. You might be surprised to know that most states do not use spatial data to assign precincts but rather rely on a tabular-based street file to assign precincts in their voter registration systems. Due to the inherent issues with using street file tables, some estimate that possibly up to 10% of the population is assigned to the wrong precinct and is voting for the wrong candidates. In some cases, precinct misassignment has also negatively affected election results with narrow margins. Among other benefits, replacing street files with a GIS based system would help identify which voters are assigned incorrectly. This presentation will highlight some of the particulars of employing GIS in elections management across the nation as well as in Arkansas.
Using web GIS to Empower Utilities
Presenter: Charles Vuchiteh, City of Fort Smith, AR | GIS has evolved into a tool that simplifies the process of editing field data using mobile devices. Mobile applications are now being used to edit and collect field data. Currently, there is an increased demand for highly accurate locational information on mobile devices. Complex GIS task has been simplified into field data collection using mobile devices. The utility industry has widely used mobile applications whereby the spatial location of utility assets is critical for planning and management. The utility industry faced the challenge of aging assets as well as a field knowledge expert. The spatial location and representation of these assets will help streamline the process for capital improvement and strategic planning. In this session, you will learn the process that the City of Fort Smith Utilities Department has put in place in capturing and managing its utility assets.
Mapping Arkansas Truck Parking Demands
Presenter: Sharif Mahmud, University of Arkansas | Truck parking is currently ranked by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) as the fifth most critical issue for the trucking industry and, more importantly, as the second most important issue for truck drivers. Recent truck driver stated-preference surveys reveal amenities, e.g., restrooms, fuel, and showers are important considerations while seeking available parking. We used historical, anonymous truck Global Positioning System (GPS) data to cluster and map parking facilities by their hourly usage patterns—average parking duration, percentage of parked trucks, and parking usage ratio—
and show the extent to which they vary by amenity availability. The spatial distribution of clusters reveals higher frequency of long duration parking at interstates, which tended to be full service, typically commercial truck stops. This allows for practical applications such as prioritizing parking infrastructure investments like whether to construct restrooms, showers, or other amenities to mitigate overcrowding during peak, off-peak, and overnight time periods.
ArcGIS Solutions for State and Local Government Overview
Presenter: John Borisenko, ESRI | ArcGIS Solutions for Local Government is a collection of templates for common local government workflows, apps, and tools. Thousands of local governments around the globe have deployed ArcGIS Solutions for Local Government to improve operations and enhance service delivery saving time and money. This session will provide an overview of the templates and highlight some examples of these solutions that have been deployed by Local Governments to support organizational needs.
Biennial Symposium 5k Walk / Run
Unnatural Lines in the Natural State
Presenter: Dr. John C. Dennis, University of Arkansas, Monticello | Observing Arkansas from a satellite view, one can spot many of the natural boundaries that comprise the 'Natural State'. However, one can also see many ‘unnatural’ boundaries. While geomorphic processes can help describe how many of these natural boundaries formed, the question of how these ‘unnatural’ boundaries formed needs further explanation, especially for the GIS professional who attempts to draw boundaries for administrative purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of how the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) helped to create the distinct boundary lines that can be seen across the Arkansas landscape from the air and the ground.
Cartographically Speaking - Re-creating ARDOT's Map Series in a Dynamic Environment
Presenter: Sharon Hawkins and Don Dailey, ARDOT | For many years ARDOT has been generating statewide, county, and city maps in a CADD platform. The map series are used throughout the agency and by the public for various purposes. The GIS and Mapping section is currently re-creating those CADD maps in the ArcGIS platform. While the Department's enterprise data and outside feature services make the process faster, the cartographic challenges still exist. This presentation will showcase how the map making process has changed , the different challenges we've come across, and our plan to move forward with publishing a new map series.
EAST Project Showcase
Presenter: Josh Worthy, Ryan Bennett (5th Grade Student), Jadira Torres-Perez (5th Grade Student), Ellie Worthy (3rd Grade Student), Sonora Elementary - Springdale, AR | GIS in the classroom is an empowering tool for students, educators, and GIS professionals. EAST students in the state of Arkansas are making changes to our community through the power of GIS technology every single day. With the help of local GIS mentors from CAST (U of A), ESRI education representatives, local city GIS users, and many more, students as young as 7 years old are able to make a positive impact within the community through the power of mapping and data analysis. This session will showcase several GIS projects from the EAST classroom of Sonora Elementary, which we look to promote GIS professionals to step in to their local EAST classrooms to serve as geo-mentors in their community.
Esri Community Maps Program
Presenter: Arthur Crawford | Esri’s Community Maps Program is a collaborative effort between Esri and the ArcGIS user community to build rich basemaps and other foundation layers. This session will cover contributing to the Community Mas Program as a feedback provider, a data contributor, and a data editor using Esri’s new Community Maps Editor App. We will cover user successes, new tools and techniques, and tricks for making the most of Living Atlas layers as a Community Maps Contributor. See how your content can support your users while building the Living Atlas basemaps.
Gold Sponsor Demo
Arkansas GIS Office
May 2019 River Valley Flood
Shannon Scott, Western AR Planning and Development District, Inc. | During the May 2019 flood across the tri state area many agencies were strained beyond imagination. The unknown and probabilities of what was to come were taxing on patience both for the agencies and the public. To prepare for response and mitigation, Crawford County Emergency Management and the GIS Department at Western Arkansas Planning & Development worked in conjunction to analyze the risk areas and necessary response. Levee breach maps based on inundation areas were prepared for use by emergency officials for public notification. In this presentation we will share how we used GIS to prepare and respond to the May 2019 flood.
The National Address Database (NAD)
Presenter: Jonathan Duran, AGISO | In April 2015, representatives from cities, states, and federal agencies convened the National Address Database Summit to identify and discuss possible options for developing a National Address Database” (NAD). The vision for the NAD is that it will be an authoritative and publicly available resource that provides accurate address location information to save lives, reduce costs, and improve service provision for public and private interests. Following the Summit, a pilot project was conducted, in which Arkansas was a participant. Currently the NAD contains 55.7 million from 23 partner states.
New Statewide Orthophotography for Arkansas: NHAP from the 1980’s
Presenter: Adam Barnes, University of Arkansas, CAST | Between 1980 and 1989, the USGS led National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) program captured approximately 500,000 aerial photographs over the lower 48 states. Among these are 9x9 inch color infrared (CIR) photos acquired at 40,000 feet AGL with a scale of 1:58,000. When photogrammetrically processed and orthorectified, these historic photos provide high quality imagery of the 1980’s landscape with a ground sample distance of approximately 80 centimeters and a surface model with a spatial resolution of approximately 10 meters. This presentation will discuss the workflow developed at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and what end users can expect from the final orthophotos.
Presenters: Aileen Lennon, Scott Alsbrook, Tyler Post, Sharon Hawkins | This series of presentations will be quick talks on the following:
Measuring the Effects of a Tornado on the Crossett Experimental Forest with Drone Imagery
Digging in to 1943 Cartography
See Tracks, Think Train! ARDOT’s Railroad Crossing Program
What’s New in IDriveArkansas.com
GIS in the 2019 Arkansas River Flood
Presenter: Michael Couch, Meshek | In an emergency, what do you map? Who sees the map? How are the maps used? All these questions were confronted by our company and our partners during the May 2019 floods. Issues with data currency, consistency, and quality were encountered. Different audiences required different map formats (print or online). Different people could look at the same map and reach different conclusions, or see different information in the same data – sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly. What resources does it take to respond to an emergency such as what we faced? This presentation will cover these issues in brief and our lessons learned.
Local 911 Data: An Unexpected Journey
Presenter: Wes Garret and Lara Wood, AGISO | An open discussion and exploration of how the Arkansas GIS Office processes and uses various data from local 9-1-1 entities. Some data is perfect and some is not. We’ll discuss the in’s and out’s of how address points and road centerlines have a symbiotic relationship with both governmental and nongovernmental entities for a wide variety of uses.
Mapping Integration in 1963 Pine Bluff
Presenter: Gina Hopkins, ARDOT | This presentation highlights Pine Bluff’s integration progress in relation to other important places and events associated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and community activism during 1963.
Lunch with Sponsors
Forum Meeting & Officers Elections
Elevation Data in Arkansas
Presenter: Matthew DeLong, AGISO | Thanks large in part to the efforts of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) program, the Arkansas GIS Office was able to curate a Statewide 1 meter digital elevation data repository. This dataset consists of 1m digital elevation model (DEM) rasters produced by USGS for their National Elevation Dataset that were supplemented with DEMs from non 3DEP elevation data collection projects where needed to complete coverage. The DEMs were produced starting in 2011 and completed in 2017 and are available for download or dynamic consumption in Web Applications and/or GIS clients via RESTful and/or SOAP Application Programming Interface (API)s in several formats on gis.arkansas.gov. Additionally, the DEMs underwent several conversion processes to improve CAD software interoperability and overall use. Lastly, 5 foot contours were derived statewide and are available for download and/or use via several methods. This presentation will demonstrate the methods available for the use and download of these datasets.
U.S. Geological Survey Regional Water-Availability Studies
Presenter: Drew Westerman, USGS | The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting water availability studies to improve our understanding of how water resources are affected by changes in climate and water-use demands. Results from these comprehensive studies provide a predictive tool aimed at informing management and infrastructural decisions to ensure future water availability for both ecological and water-supply demands. Through these studies, multiple layers of Geographic Information System (GIS) data are created to develop hydrologic models. The produced GIS data are standalone products and can be used to help guide resource-management decisions. Examples of GIS data include the hydrogeologic framework that represent the altitude and thickness of units within regional aquifer systems, water-use data that identifies stress on the aquifer, geophysical surveys of aquifer properties including soil conductivity, and potentiometric surfaces which map groundwater levels in an aquifer. The USGS can quickly disseminate the GIS data using customized web applications or the USGS ScienceBase platform.
Leveraging GIS and Computational Statistics to Enhance Predictive Soil Modeling
Presenter: Bryan Fuentes, University of Arkansas | Bridging geographic information systems (GIS) and computational statistics engines leverages a wide array of tools to analyze spatial datasets and to produce new information. Spatial datasets, which first undergo through geoprocessing routines, can now be easily analyzed with statistical robustness and computational complexity thanks to this bridging. Data analysis and mining, simulations and predictive modeling are some of the computational statistics procedures now commonly applied to spatial information. In soil science, the comprehension of physical, chemical and biological properties of soils is fundamental to establish adequate management practices involving water, microorganisms and crops. The predictive modeling of soil properties becomes useful when precise management is required, but the lack of resources does not allow intensive soil sampling campaigns. This work exposes how the predictive modeling of soils becomes statistically robust and spatially accurate/precise, thanks to the integration of GIS and computational statistics engines.
The National Map Products and Services
Presenter: Chris Cretini, USGS | The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is easily accessible for display on the Web, as products and services, and as downloadable data. This presentation will provide a wide range of quick updates on current activities of the USGS National Geospatial Program. Topics will include the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), The National Map (TNM) data download functions, US Topo, and TopoView.
Meter Resolution Within Field Topographic Pattern Analysis
Presenter: John W. Nowlin, Arkansas State University | Irrigation is increasing on the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Withdrawals from regional aquifers are on the rise. A cone of depression in the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer (MRVAA) has formed west of Crowley's Ridge, southwest of Jonesboro, Arkansas. This area is known as the Cache River Critical Groundwater Area (CRCGA). This project outlines a process for using high resolution elevation surfaces to classify small scale land features. These surface patterns reveal within-field topographic variability. These measures of variability can be used to increase water-use efficiency and sustainability when planning irrigation schemes utilizing either groundwater and/or surface water.
Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Assess Habitat Health of Forested Wetlands in Arkansas
Presenter: Aileen Lennon, UA-Monticello | The NRCS Wetland Reserve Program has restored millions of acres of wetlands across America, including bottomland hardwood forests in Arkansas. Now 20 years into the program, habitat health of these parcels is being measured in Arkansas and drones are being assessed as potential tools to accelerate the process. Using a survey grade fixed-wing drone in conjunction with a Trimble R10 GNSS receiver, products derived from the aerial data will be combined and compared with traditional sampling methods to create a habitat health index with the hopes of future surveys being conducted primarily with drones.
LiDAR for Forestry Applications in Arkansas
Presenter: Brian Barns, USDA | By using the LiDAR datasets covering the Ozark-St Francis National Forests, land managers have another tool to help identify features that will be key components contributing to well-informed decisions. The Bare Earth Surface and its Slope derivative enhances the visibility of several features, including hydrological networks, road templates, boulders and bluff lines beneath the tree canopy. A Canopy Height Model has been developed for the entire forest, and is being used by foresters to help delineate stands and mark trees for harvest. Integrating this data with traditional aerial photos and topo maps helps personnel prepare for a day in the field by providing additional information about the terrain and vegetation, so they have a better idea of what to expect and how to locate points of interest.
Mapping NRCS Conservation Practices in Arkansas Watersheds from 1980-2018
Presenter: Samuel King, Arkansas State University | For several decades, the NRCS has funded and implemented Avoid Control Trap (ACT) conservation practices in the State of Arkansas with the task of incentivizing more environmentally sustainable practices in agriculture. While NRCS has established ACT practices on farms for decades, little research has assessed adoption rates of ACT practices by region through time. Thus, in this study, we collected data from the Resource Economic and Analysis Division (REAP) for 1980 to 2018. We observe the locations, time, and types of conservation practices the NRCS implemented and subset only the ACT practices implemented in Arkansas. We then analyze ACT practices based on their frequency by type, e.g., crop rotation, filter strips, prescribed burning etc., and duration within HUC-12 watersheds, counties, and crop reporting districts. Based on this analysis, we generate maps and plots to determine the adoption rates for different time periods and regions for different environments in Arkansas.
Quantifying Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Supply Transport Time for In-Home Dispensing in Public Health Emergencies
Presenter: Zachariah Neumeier, University of Arkansas | Public health emergencies pose a real and serious threat to public health and safety. Faster access to medical supplies can greatly reduce the ramifications of such an emergency. Analyzing the best methods of medical supply distribution that provide the greatest coverage in the shortest amount of time is a large emergency preparedness area of focus. In order to analyze an in-home dispensing distribution method, research was conducted with the guidance of Dr. Ashlea Milburn and the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas into how to better quantify the transportation logistics of healthcare personnel using this distribution method. Geospatial mapping tools were used to determine statistical transportation time and distance values for a case study involving five home health agencies in the Northwest Arkansas area.
Making a Square Peg Fit a Round Hole
Presenter: Robert Reed, ARDOT | Come see what inventive ways to solve certain situations have come out of the Environmental Division. In this presentation you will get to see how photographic evidence was collected of an inaccessible culvert that was done without a drone as well as intersecting a layer with itself to remove its data from itself......plus maybe a few other examples sprinkled in. We've all been in situations where you had to get creative to solve a problem - and that's what this presentation is all about.
Transportation Analysis, "Big" Data, and Mapping Apps
Presenter: Malcolm D. Williamson, University of Arkansas, CAST | A team from the University of Arkansas' Department of Civil Engineering and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, funded by ARDOT Project TRC 1702, used large (100-million+ records) GPS data samples of truck traffic across Arkansas to assess its value in statewide transportation analysis. There was a need to be able to visualize the processed data in online mapping apps, and it was not initially apparent whether the size of the data sets would allow this. Using a combination of open source databases for raw data processing, ArcGIS for Enterprise for serving map services, and Esri's Web Appbuilder for creating the actual online apps, we were able to wrangle these unwieldy data sets into something that an end user could visualize, compare, and analyze.
Naturally Fun in Sevier County
Presenter: Kelli Harris, UA Cossatot | Naturally Fun in Sevier County: A GIS inventory of recreational activities in Sevier County, Arkansas.
During this project, the students in the Fall 2019 Natural Resources course at UA Cossatot used Survey123 for ArcGIS to collect data about recreational activities involving natural resources in Sevier County, Arkansas.
Data collected includes: activity, geolocation, pictures, a brief description, and a rating from the collector about the activity. This presentation will focus on the design, implementation, and progress of the project, as well as how it enables teaching technical GIS skills, and data collection and presentation as part of the Natural Resources course.
Forecasting Red Spruce Restoration Using GIS to Support Decision Making in the USFS Monongahela National Forest
Presenter: Tia Francis, University of Arkansas | Within the Monongahela National Forest, extensive logging and mining practices have significantly altered the structure and composition of flora and fauna over the past two centuries. Of particular concern to regional land managers are red spruce (Picea rubens) stands in the Sharp’s Knob Red Spruce Restoration Area, which provide shelter and food to several endangered and threatened species. To aid red spruce restoration, this study mapped current and historical stands using a classification tree analysis in IDRISI TerrSet, forecasted red spruce extent to 2040 using TerrSet’s Land Change Modeler, and identified suitable habitats for red spruce restoration using the fuzzy logic toolbox in ArcMap 10.7. The results, specific to Sharp’s Knob, indicated that 562 hectares are suitable for restoration and found an 8% gain in red spruce stands across the study period. However, forecasting results indicate that management intervention will be necessary for this trend to continue.
Presenter: Elizabeth Bowen, NWARPC | Mapping Traffic Congestion in NWA. Using National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) for travel time reliability for Northwest Arkansas. This presentation will include a look at the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) dashboard, INRIX probe-based system traffic data and using downloadable data in ArcGIS.
Administrative Boundaries Tied to the Ground
Presenter: Shelby Johnson, AGISO | Administrative boundaries are among the first units of geography that demark the territory and function of government. These boundaries aid democracy by allowing the public to choose elected leaders from where they live. These areas generate real estate revenue for jurisdictions to provide essential services and divide territory for the provision of services. Throughout the relatively short history of digital boundaries these polygons have been developed at abstract scales. Absent the marriage of surveying and GIS many of these boundaries will continue to float around with varying degrees of precision. From the ground, aggregated up to regional and national levels the precision you'll see in the 2020 Census TIGER data will be impressive. This short presentation will share an Arkansas perspective on tying a few of these boundaries to the ground. The story will include lessons that are part history, part civics, part GIS and surveying all sprinkled together.
Project Wingspan - Citizen Science in Action
Presenter: Brian Culpepper, University of Arkansas, CAST | Project Wingspan seeks to increase monarch and Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (RPBB) habitat by building a network of trained citizen scientists’, engaging public land managers and private land stewards throughout the 8-state target region that includes Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Pollinator Partnership has developed a series of monarch habitat enhancement activities with the end-goal of enhancing and securing 10,000, acres of high-quality monarch and RPBB habitat. Extensive in-person and online training as well as a coordinated outreach with many volunteers will be conducted during this two-year project. Mobile GIS tools such as Survey123 and the ArcGIS platform played an important role in the coordination, data collection and management of this distributed conservation effort. This presentation will share the back story and geospatial technology behind this incredible, coordinated effort by these citizen scientists.
Location Services Enabled!
Presenter: Sunny Farmahan, ARDOT | Location services are enabled and shared by electronic devices and vehicles. The presentation will detail the uses of the data collected in planning future infrastructure and how Arkansas is using the data and technology.
VRS for GIS Mapping
Presenter: Scott Alsbrook, Navigation Electronics, Inc.; Sean Chard, Trimble; Robert Reed, ARDOT | With modern cloud based workflows becoming the norm, attention to real time accuracy is more important than ever. There are options for real time GNSS corrections and we’ll cover the pros and cons of each, but we will take a deeper look into Virtual Reference Station technology and how recent developments in Arkansas impact data collection and maintenance for GNSS users across the state. Real-time centimeter accuracy is now possible across a large portion of the state utilizing the ARDOT VRS system. We will cover setup for VRS corrections using two popular field applications, Trimble TerraFlex and ESRI Collector.
Social & Dinner Reception
2019 Arkansas River Flood Panel/Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Shelby Johnson, Arkansas GIS Office | In May 2019, historic flooding occurred on the Arkansas River. Record river levels prompted a Level 1 activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for two weeks. A host of state and federal agencies provided response support via 16 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). GIS data and mapping were an integral part of and at the core of the response. Of critical importance was the capture of digital imagery at or near peak levels of flooding as the river crest moved downstream. GIS was used to capture, report, and visualize locations of critical infrastructure, road closures, threatened levees, predicted areas of inundation, etc. This moderated discussion will review how GIS was leveraged at various levels of response. The panel will include GIS representation from city, county, and state officials. Given the scope of disaster, the moderator will also invite audience members who were in the flood fight to share their perspectives and lessons learned. The audience will hear first-hand accounts of the critical role played by GIS technology on a level never seen before in Arkansas. For the tightly knit Arkansas GIS community the end goal is to identify areas of improvement for supporting natural disasters of this magnitude.
Break / Hotel Checkout
Closing Remarks & Door Prize(s) Giveaway
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