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ArcExplorer 9.2—Java
ArcExplorer 4 (Free) is the Java edition of this useful software. ArcExplorer 4 can be used on Windows, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Linux operating systems. Esri
ArcGIS 8: The Complete
ESRI ArcGIS is a scalable system of software for geographic data creation, management, integration, analysis, and dissemination for every organization, from an individual to a globally distributed network of people. The 8.x releases introduce a comprehensive, integrated system designed to meet the needs of a wide range of geographic information system (GIS) users. Esri
ArcReader is ESRI's free and easy-to-use application that allows users to view and print maps. Esri
Image Analysis with
Agenda • Introduction to ENVI • Introduction to ENVI EX • ENVI – ArcGIS Integration • ENVI for ArcGIS® Server • Industry Examples • Summary Esri Australia
Spatial Data Standards
Geographic information system (GIS) technology is evolving beyond the traditional GIS community and becoming an integral part of the information infrastructure in many organizations. The unique integration capabilities of a GIS allow disparate data sets to be brought together to create a complete picture of a situation. GIS technology illustrates relationships, connections, and patterns that are not necessarily obvious in any one data set, enabling organizations to make better decisions based on all relevant factors. Organizations are able to share, coordinate, and communicate key concepts between departments within an organization or between separate organizations using GIS as the central spatial data infrastructure. Esri
Managing Natural Resources
  • Reading multidimensional datasets Working with charts
  • Looking at space/time change with animation tools
  • ModelBuilder tools
  • Suitability models
  • Running and executing models on remote geoprocessing servers
  • Sketching tools
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    Portal for ArcGIS
    Portal for ArcGIS is a private, collaborative, geospatial content management system. Through a series of demonstrations and presentation slides, attendees will learn why this might be a solution for their organization and what components and functionality are included with the product. Technical implementation requirements and patterns will also be covered.

    Featured Paper by Paul Ross, Wittaker Mathot
    Esri Users Group Conference
    SHPTRANS - Shapefile
    A high precision, high performance projection utility for shapefiles. NTv2 datum transformation support. Esri Canada
    ArcGIS for Desktop -
    Featured Paper by Charmel Menzel, Scott Cecilio

    ArcMap is the main component of Esri's ArcGIS for Desktop suite of geospatial processing programs, and it is used primarily to view, edit, create, and analyze geospatial data and create maps. This presentation and demonstrations will offer tips and tricks for working with ArcMap that will simplify your experience of performing your daily tasks.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Obesity GIS Data Library
    Featured Paper by Ilir Bejleri

    Obesity GIS Data Library and Tools for Obesity Research
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Managing the Quality
    Featured Paper by Christine Hopkins, Sherry Smith

    With GIS data being published and used throughout the federal government, it is more important than ever to ensure the quality of data published by your agency. Learn how to use ArcGIS Data Reviewer extension for Desktop to help you simplify and improve the quality control process, reducing your costs and improving confidence in your data.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS App Templates
    Featured Paper by Cardona James

    ArcGIS App Templates for JavaScript and ArcGIS API for JavaScript
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Building Tools with Python
    Featured Paper by Evan Caldwell

    A geoprocessing tool does three types of work: it defines its parameters, validates them, and executes code that performs the actual work. This session will focus on the first two types-parameter definition and validation. At the end of this session, you will know how to define parameters using data types, direction, filters, dependencies, and multivalues.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Building 3D subsurface
    Featured Paper by Norm Jones, Douglas Gallup , Gil Strassberg, Timothy Whiteaker

    Building a 3D subsurface model is a complex task that requires the assembly of many GIS datasets including terrain models, borehole data, geologic maps, faults, etc. These data are combined to derive a set of interpolated datasets that represent the subsurface to our best knowledge. We present a workflow for creating subsurface models within ArcGIS using a combination of standard ArcGIS tools and custom tools that are part of the Subsurface Analyst toolset.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Survey and GIS Integration
    Featured Paper by Yongmin Yan, Joe Betit, and Tracy McLane

    IT and Development - Approaches to Web GIS
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Data Integration and
    Agenda •Seamless integration between GIS and CAD •CAD Support in ArcGIS •Using GIS Data in CAD •Editing GIS Data in CAD Esri Australia
    GIS Data: Classification,
    Featured Paper by Steve Whitney

    Better Decisions with GIS: Avoiding Data Misuse
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Getting Started with
    Featured Paper by Charmel Menzel, Ken Gorton

    Are you interested in ArcGIS for Server but don't know where to start? Perhaps you've worked with ArcIMS and want to know what ArcGIS for Server can offer you. In either case, this is the session for you. You will learn how to make your maps, globes, and other GIS resources available to others by publishing them on a server. You will learn how to create web mapping applications.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS Runtime SDK for
    Featured Paper by David Cardella

    DevGeo - ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS - ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS allows you to extend the reach of your GIS on the Apple iPod touch platforms. The API can access data from ArcGIS Online or your enterprise servers and allows developers to implement custom ArcGIS functionality in iOS applications. During the second half, ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android will be discussed.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Teaching Site Selection
    Featured Paper By Donald Leone. There is an abandoned railroad track between Union Station in Hartford, Connecticut, and Griffin Park in the Town of Bloomfield. The Griffin Line supported active rail and freight service between downtown Hartford and it's northwest neighborhoods and suburban communities from the late 1800s until the last freight service ended in 1982. Recent plans call for the use of the Griffin Line as a light-rail commuter transporter. Based on site defining criteria and data available from the State of Connecticut, students are asked to select candidate sites within the Town of Bloomfield for a commuter station using ArcView. Esri Users Group Conference
    Introducing ArcGIS Online
    Featured Paper by Bonnie Stayer, Paul Ross

    The growing demand for accessible geographic information is a constant challenge to GIS departments everywhere. Now, with Esri's new ArcGIS Online subscription, organizations will have the ability to store, manage and host their mapping services in Esri's cloud and easily publish their geographic content using cloud services. Join this session to learn what you need to know to be cloud ready.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Use of GIS in Educational
    Featured Paper by Fawad Raza

    Education is a critical determinant of economic and social development and also of household livelihoods and food security status. Public sector educational data is compiled and released almost every year in Pakistan. Lengthy tabulated report with missing geographic visualization is less friendly for the intended audiences. There was a need to improve this information, not only in terms of data quality but also in terms of linkages with technological leverage like GIS and WWW.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS Integrations - Maximizing
    Featured Paper by John Dirkman, Christopher Folta Esri Users Group Conference
    How to Capture, Visualize,
    Featured Paper by Adam Mollenkopf

    Agencies often need to integrate and analyze real-time data, such as live GPS or sensor inputs with their GIS to manage operations and support situational awareness. This session will show how you can use the ArcGIS Tracking Analyst extension with Esri Tracking Server to monitor and analyze dynamic temporal data to meet these needs.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS as a Tool for Rainfall
    Featured Paper by Noel Estwick

    This paper examines the application of GIS as a tool to analyze rainfall events on a farm in southeast Texas. The study area is located in the Western Gulf Coastal Plain eco-region within close proximity to two other eco-regions. A case-study approach was adopted to explore the spatial variability of rainfall over a two year period. The objectives were to identify trends in rainfall events over the study period and determine if proximity to the two other eco-regions influenced the average rainfall in the study region.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Producing GEOINT with
    Featured Paper by Brian Demers, Eric Ray

    As publishers of data and maps critical to national security, defense and intelligence organizations require highly tuned data and map production technology. Learn how Esri Defense Mapping standardizes and streamlines production of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Custom Map Books in Arc10:
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Sylvester

    The presentation outlines two ways to create custom map books in Arc10. It also introduces the ArcPy mapping module and provides a set by step explanation of the data driven pages toolset, map template setup and adding and running scripts. The presentation provides a detailed explanation of creating map books using the new python tools and the ArcPy mapping module.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Using Spatial Statistics
    Featured Paper by Julie Spangler

    Using Spatial Statistics to Analyze Trends in Poison Center Data
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Bringing Building Data
    Featured Paper by Don Hong

    Building data is key to developing a GIS capable of supporting design assessment; construction planning; and real property, asset, and facilities management. Many organizations have invested a large amount of resources in collecting building data in a variety of formats. This session will discuss and demonstrate best practices for importing building data from common data formats-CAD, lidar, and building information modeling-into GIS as well as discuss the importance of utilizing a GIS data schema that corresponds to industry standards for facilities classification and taxonomy.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Survey-Grade GPS Field
    Featured Paper by Raymond Brunner

    GIS Integrations and Justifications in Municipal Government
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Robustness of Kernel
    Featured Paper by Michael Camponovo

    GIS for Public Safety and Emergency Management
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Imagery Management and
    Featured Paper by Anthony Calamito III, James Michel III

    This session will focus on new management and analysis techniques in ArcGIS 10. The new Mosaic Dataset and Image Analysis window provides enhanced capabilities for the management, analysis, visualization, and dissemination of imagery in ArcGIS 10. This session will also look at the operational use of imagery, discuss management of imagery with web applications, and help users understand when to use imagery or cache for their work.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    The U.S. Army's use of
    Featured Paper by Ray Caputo

    The U.S. Army Geospatial Center's [AGC] GeoPDF Project has implemented a third party extension for export and import of the GeoPDF file format within ArcGIS. These tools plus the ArcGIS native PDF Map export gives the Army the ability to produce better 'looking' mission specific products that are easier to view by the non-mappers in the Army.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Arc Hydro Groundwater
    Featured Paper by Water Resources

    Arc Hydro Groundwater is a data model (geodatabase design) for representing groundwater information within ArcGIS. The data models helps archive, display, and analyze multidimensional groundwater data, and includes several components to represent different types of datasets including: representations of aquifers and wells, borehole data, 3D hydrogeologic models (including cross sections, fence diagrams, and volume models), temporal information such as water level and water quality measurements and associated interpolated surfaces, and data from groundwater simulation models with focus on MODFLOW models.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    The Parcel Puzzle
    Featured Paper by Wendy Amy

    Land Records Management: System Integrations and Emerging Technologies
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Building a Business Case
    Overview • What is ArcGIS Server? • What are the advantages of ArcGIS Server? • Business Case preparation and writing • Building the ArcGIS components into the Business Case • Summary Esri Australia
    Using GIS to Visualize
    Featured Paper by Mark Carrozza

    Using GIS to Visualize Canadian Primary Health Care and Clinical Service Areas
    Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcIMS 9 Architecture
    The ESRI® ArcIMS ® 9 architecture and functionality have been engineered specifically to publish maps, data, and metadata on the Web. The software is designed so that it is easy to create maps, develop Web pages that communicate with the maps, and administer a Web mapping site. The software is also designed to be distributed across a network and to be scalable as the demand for maps increases. Esri
    Implementing a GIS-Based
    Featured Paper by Candice Ottley-Francois Esri Users Group Conference
    Coupling of ArcGIS with
    Featured Paper by Christoph Rapp

    Numerical hydrodynamic models are the basis for the establishment of flooding hazard zones, and GIS is a strong tool for geodata management. Combining both potentials are the condition for a better process support and optimization of flooding risk prevention.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS is a tool for Pipeline
    Featured Paper by Americo Gamarra

    GIS has proven to be a key tool for Pipeline Management during construction and operation phases. The first challenge was to daily report the progress of pipeline construction activities. Non-gis field crews reporting progress to be summarized in a map report useful for senior management and external organizations. Initial solution was to implement ArcSDE and use linear referencing capabilities of ArcGIS with a custom ArcObjects tool.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Geographic Masking Using
    Featured Paper by Su Zhang

    Better Decisions with GIS: Avoiding Data Misuse
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Geodatabase Designer
    GD2 is set of tools to export and import geodatabase schema using XML. Exported XML documents are dynamically "transformed" into a HTML schema report. GD2 also includes a geometric network connectivity rule editor. Esri
    GIS for the FaceBook
    Featured Paper by Daniel Miller

    The web is full of complicated GIS and mapping applications which are laden with tools, checkboxes and dropdown menus. These systems are designed (usually by GIS experts) for GIS experts, and are mostly unsuitable for the educational audience. Our goal was to design a powerful mapping application aimed squarely at the iPod and FaceBook generation - kids who never read the manual, but expect things to "just work".
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Bushfire Simulation with
    Project Overview 1. Federal funded grant by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) under the Digital Regions Initiative. 2. Project timeframe – May 2010 – June 2013 Esri Australia
    ArcGIS for Intelligence
    Featured Paper by Anthony Calamito III, Chris Albert, Suzanne Foss

    ArcGIS for National Government is a system that provides useful GIS maps and apps focused on enabling national government agencies and other authorities in accomplishing their missions - that is, to run their operations more efficiently; to communicate more effectively; to save money; to engage with the public; and to understand, plan, and set policies.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Web Editing - The Transition
    Featured Paper by Tim Lesser

    IT and Development - GIS Deployment Best Practices
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Managing Geospatial Content
    Featured Paper by Billie Leff, Sherry Smith

    Government agencies face pressure to produce authoritative data and maps quickly, with quality, and under tight budgets. This session will explore how Esri Production Mapping can help you publish standardized data and maps with exacting quality and output requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS and Asset Management:
    Featured Paper by Ming Zhao

    Utilities are facing significant challenges and opportunities in developing cost effective business processes for managing infrastructure and assets. Central to that task is the development of accurate and easily accessible asset related information. Whether it is cost, criticality, condition, life expectancy, or decision support - GIS tools and technologies are at the core of the design.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Exploring the ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Ben Conklin, Carolyn Fish

    This session will begin with an overview of ArcGIS as an enterprise system for defense and intelligence. We'll cover examples of how thousands of users across the spectrum are utilizing ArcGIS to better support the warfighter and national policy maker. We will explain GIS as a system, linking the different kinds of users from national to tactical levels, as well as introduce new ArcGIS 10 workflows that are important to this community.
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    Introduction to ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Gary Sheppard Jr

    Developers seeking to support modern platforms, including Windows (32 and 64 bit), Linux (64 bit), Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone should attend this session to learn about building powerful, small-footprint, easy-to-deploy GIS applications with ArcGIS Runtime. Java and Qt developers can build cross-platform solutions, WPF developers can build Windows solutions, and mobile developers can build apps for the platforms of their choice.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Implementing the Esri
    Featured Paper by Tim Abdella Esri Users Group Conference
    Upcoming Changes to the
    Featured Paper by Dave Minkel

    Better Decisions with National Datasets
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Creating Spatial Data
    Featured Paper by Marten Hogeweg

    In this presentation, users will be introduced to the concept of geoportals and their role in spatial data infrastructure (SDI). We will talk about Esri's open source Geoportal Server and explain how users can benefit from and contribute to the further development of this product when realizing SDI or open government data sharing applications. The session will also address other steps from Esri into the world of open source software.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Creating Spatial Data
    Featured Paper by Marten Hogeweg

    In this presentation, users will be introduced to the concept of geoportals and their role in spatial data infrastructure (SDI). We will talk about Esri's open source Geoportal Server and explain how users can benefit from and contribute to the further development of this product when realizing SDI or open government data sharing applications. The session will also address other steps from Esri into the world of open source software.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    The Parcel Puzzle
    Featured Paper by Wendy Amy

    Land Records Management: System Integrations and Emerging Technologies
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS Technology Supports
    Featured Paper by Alessandro Monteiro

    Pipeline projects are capital intensive and their construction and assembly involve many activities and risks that need to be handled in an effective and productive way to guarantee (a) project quality, (b) to stay under budget and (c) manage construction schedule as planned. PCMS is as integrated, GIS based, platform using ArcGIS technology as user friendly graphical interface.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Incorporating Stereoscopic
    OUTLINE • The SEPP 14 Wetland Mapping Improvement Project - inherent problems with mapping wetlands • Concepts: 2D, 3D modelling, and Stereo Visualisation • Our Approach • The Future of 3D GIS Stereo Imagery and the Spatial Planner Esri Australia
    Calculating Impervious
    Featured Paper by Julia Cole

    In April 2008, MSD implemented a revised structure for charging customer stormwater services. Fees were calculated based upon the quantity of impervious surface on the customer's property. Considerations included landuse type, multi-unit billing situations, estimations for buildings under construction, and allowances for environmentally friendly building practices.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Visualizing Australian
    Featured Paper by Andrew Bazemore

    Visualizing Australian Primary Health Care
    Esri Users Group Conference
    3D GIS Analysis for Redevelopment
    Featured Paper by Cory Whittaker

    Land-Use Planning, Redevelopment, and Urban Form
    Esri Users Group Conference
    A Data Management Approach
    Featured Paper by Liz Sabeff

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 160+ offices from which we administer over 250 million acres of U.S. public land. Programs and projects are often managed out of local, autonomous offices, contributing to diverse, individualized datasets throughout the Bureau.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    What’s New in ArcGIS
    Installing ArcGIS Server 10.1 • No install dependencies • Faster setup time - Cut time in half • Must be 64 bit operating system • Setup launches Software Authorization Wizard • ArcGIS Server Manager is opened after software authorization completes Esri Australia
    Using GIS for Analyzing
    Featured Paper by Yang Xu

    Using GIS for Analyzing Optimal Organ Allocation for Liver Transplantation
    Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS for Mobile - An
    Featured Paper by Bonnie Stayer

    Mobile GIS extends the reach of GIS from the office to the field. By implementing an effective mobile GIS solution, you can improve the efficiency of your field work force as well as the accuracy and timeliness of your geospatial data. During this session, you will learn how to leverage Esri's ArcGIS system to build focused mobile GIS solutions that target the needs of your field work force.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS for Targeted Clinical
    Featured Paper by Stephanie Foster

    GIS for Targeted Clinical Preventative Services
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Developing a National
    Featured Paper by Kuldeep Pareta

    Natural Disaster Risk Management is a complex and critical activity that can be more effectively addressed with the support of Geospatial technologies and Spatial-Decision-Support-Systems. The development of better processes, capacity, and systems integrating Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Modelling is a rapidly evolving field in Vietnam.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GeoSpace for Singapore's
    Featured Paper by Ming Khai Lim

    GeoSpace is the central infrastructure of Singapore's SDI. It is an integrated framework of spatial data, metadata, and tools that can be used by public agencies to share, discover and access spatial data in an efficient and flexible way on a whole-of-government level.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Using Nation-wide Imperviousness
    Featured Paper by Erin Marchand

    Better Decisions with National Datasets
    Esri Users Group Conference
    A Schema and Delineation
    Featured Paper by Jean Dupree

    The basin boundary is a fundamental entity used in studies of surface-water resources and for planning water-related projects. Drainage-basin areas published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in annual Water Data Reports and in National Water Information System (NWIS) are still primarily based on hardcopy methods.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    To Bike or Not To Bike:
    Featured Paper by Carrie Carsell

    The ultimate goal with any bicycle master plan is to increase the number of persons who bicycle for transportation to work, school, and errands, and for recreation. Sacramento County's Bicycle Master Plan Update was intended to guide and influence bikeway policies, programs and development standards to make bicycling in Sacramento County more safe, comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable for all bicyclists.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Using GIS for Evaluating
    Featured Paper by Abdulkader Murad

    Using GIS for Evaluating Accessibility to Health Care Centers in Jeddah City
    Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS in Irrigation Districts
    Featured Paper by Alejandro Paolini

    Henry Miller Reclamation District (HMRD) selected DCSE, for converting their stock maps into GIS and track their irrigation infrastructure. DCSE designed an Irrigation Data Model (first of its kind) to maintain HMRD's infrasructure. A major part of HMRD's business process is to maintain accurate land records. The accuracy of these land records translates to an owner's "stock" or owner's equity within the Company. DCSE used Merced County Assessor Maps and HMRD stock Maps, and the survey information in them, to rebuild HMRD's stocks.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Visualizing the Health
    Featured Paper by Sean Finnegan

    Visualizing the Health Workforce of the United States
    Esri Users Group Conference
    A Business Perspective
    Featured Paper by Andrew Hendrickson, Marwa Mabrouk

    This session will cover models and platforms for deploying ArcGIS for Server in the cloud from a business perspective. We will help you understand how to think about costs when deploying ArcGIS for Server in cloud infrastructures, private clouds, and so forth.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    An Integrated ArcGIS
    Target Audience •Defence (Navy) •Customs/Border Protection •Search and Rescue •Climate researchers •Operational forecasters •Maritime industry (shipping, fishing) •Recreational maritime users (yachting, fishing) •Commercial ‘value-add’ service providers Esri Australia
    Neighborhood Models to
    Featured Paper by Scott Bell

    Neighborhood Models to Identify MAUP Effects Using Spatial Regression
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Using ArcGIS and Problem
    Featured Paper by Kristi Frederickson

    Using ArcGIS and Problem Based Learning in the Secondary Classroom
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Developing a groundwater
    Featured Paper by Derrick Whitehead

    Developing a regional groundwater simulation model includes a wide array of information on subsurface formations, climate, water sources, discharges, land use, and more. For planning purposes, there is a need to predict how some of these variables will change over time, and how these changes will affect availability of groundwater resources.
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    Rapid Damage Assessment
    Featured Paper by Tom Counts, Allen Kniphfer

    Partner Solution Sessions
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Precision Forestry: Geoprocessing
    Featured Paper by Joabel Barbieri

    The objective of this study was to develop a potential forest productivity map for the convertion of a farm to a Eucalyptus plantation using geoprocessing techniques and soil samples (Chemical and physical) and relief characteristics collected from a sample grid. Site-specific forestry supported by advanced sensing and analytical tools is called precision forestry. The plantation was separated into three distinct multi factorial classes each with different potential productivity.
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    GIS Integration: A Multi-Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Carlos Wilderman

    Land Records Management: System Integrations and Emerging Technologies
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Maximizing GIS Performance
    Featured Paper by Chris Cushenberry, Arnisa Davis, Steve Veltman

    Leading Edge Applications of GIS
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Rapid Damage Assessment
    Featured Paper by Tom Counts, Allen Kniphfer

    Rapid Damage Assessment and Recovery When Seconds Count
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Advancing Geology: From
    Featured Paper by Rachel Lyles

    The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has been creating geology data and maps for many years. However, the processes from which the geologists create these products have continually evolved. From software packages to new file structures; USGS 7.5' Quadrangles to LiDAR derivatives; and simple symbology to cartographic representations: DOGAMI's entire methodology has undergone significant changes in order to produce a better product.
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    Integrated Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Biju Misra, Sridhar Devineni

    GIS Addressing Business Processes and Needs
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Integration of GIS with
    Featured Paper by SANJIV SHEKHAR

    In 2006 Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District(MSD), St Louis, MO evaluated and decided to migrate all its GIS and Asset information to ArcGIS 9.1 platform. MSD partnered with ESRI to identified its core areas that can be integrated with the GIS system. Areas identified for integration were Environmental Compliance, Billing & Collection, Asset Management (Maximo7.1) and Financial System (Oracle EBS R12.1).
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Use and Evaluation of
    Featured Paper by Tegan Callahan

    Use and Evaluation of GIS in CDC's Emergency Operations Center
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    Perspectives on the Future
    Featured Paper by Anthony Vannozzi

    Beginning with an examination of the role of the surveyor in society, this presentation will explore the most significant paradigm shift in the history of the surveying profession. Specifically: GPS and GIS technology are combining to fulfill the destiny of the profession on the one hand while rendering those reluctant to change obsolete on the other. Through a detailed examination of recent practice trends and the impact of emerging technologies, new pathways for practitioners to remain relevant and leverage technology in order to prosper will be presented.
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    Lessons leading the fusion
    Scope -Setting the scene -BIM – What it is and where it is at -What does it mean for GIS and geospatial professionals -Some lessons or observations -One view of the future Esri Australia
    Automated well permitting
    Featured Paper by Scott Kudlas, Thomas Griffiths , Alan Lemon

    Permitting new wells is a common task undertaken by many state agencies. In some cases, processing the permit requires running a groundwater simulation model to predict the influence of new wells on drawdown or flows within the regulated aquifers. This case study demonstrates the development of a workflow to automate the process of well permitting in Virginia. The workflow is based on a combination of ArcGIS and MODFLOW Analyst tools that together enable execution of a regional MODFLOW model and the generation of maps with outputs required for the permitting process.
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    Cadastre Information
    Featured Paper by Fernando Gil, Luís Mata

    The presentation will consist on the Cadastre Information System, designed to support Surveying and Expropriation activities. The presentation includes a brief description of project life cycle and its main milestones, business requirements, scalability, interoperability and standards issues. It will proceed with a demonstration of the solution focusing on key business processes and activities, including quality control, tracing and a platform for the approval process by the client. The demonstration will show the different map management capabilities focusing geographical, alphanumeric and imagery handling as well as associated documents and business outputs.
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    A GIS Powered Smart Utility
    Delivery of energy, water and sewerage services to 80,000 customers (pop. 230,000) across 1.3 million square kilometres of central desert and tropical north at the top end of Australia. Esri Australia
    Distributing Data via
    Featured Paper by Mark Stoakes

    Distributing Data via XML from ArcGIS
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Planning 2.0: Facilitating
    Featured Paper by Elizabeth Stahlman and Gregory Hildreth

    Government - GIS Supporting Local Government
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Putting Youth On the
    Featured Paper by Nancy Cassie, Estella Erbstein, Hartzog Geraghty

    Putting Youth On the Map: An Instrument Assessing Youth Well-Being
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Determining and Analyzing
    Featured Paper by Jordan Hamm

    SD1 is a regional agency in Northern Kentucky that manages the treatment of waste water. Since 2003, SD1 has also played a large role in managing storm water for thirty-three municipalities within its jurisdiction. Recently, the vast majority of these governments transferred their storm water infrastructure to SD1.
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    The 21st Century Utility:
    Featured Paper by Jason Bethke

    Data Access for Decision Makers and the Public for Asset Management
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Implementing a Modern
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Kuchar

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    Glendale Water and Power
    Featured Paper by Nagarajan Murali

    Leading Edge Applications of GIS
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Leveraging LiDAR Efforts
    Featured Paper by Richard Garcia

    Trends in the Transmission Market
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Integrating GIS and SAP
    Featured Paper by Bart Reynaert

    Pidpa is a Belgian water utility, offering drinkingwater and wastewater services to 65 communities in the Antwerp province. Over the past few years, Pidpa has implemented and extended an ArcGIS based solution, to maintain geographic information on drinking water and wastewater networks. With an important focus on integrating GIS and 'location awareness' in several workprocesses for technical as well as customer departments.
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    Tree Mapping: Cluster
    Rapidly expanding application of Feature Extraction, Image Processing and Computer Vision to populate the Geospatial Information Repositories – i.e. Roads, Trees, Buildings, Water, Signs (ground-based), Cars, People, Electricity Transmission Lines, Pools, Driveways, etc Esri Australia
    Best Practices and Options
    Featured Paper by Steve Anderson

    IT and Development - GIS Deployment Best Practices
    Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS for Demographics,
    Featured Paper by Charmel Menzel, Evan Caldwell, James Tedrick, Laura McNulty, Thomas Gibbs

    ArcGIS for National Government is a system that provides useful GIS maps and apps focused on enabling national government agencies and other authorities in accomplishing their missions - that is, to run their operations more efficiently; to communicate more effectively; to save money; to engage with the public; and to understand, plan, and set policies.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Got ArcGIS Server? Create
    Featured Paper by Donald Barker

    IT and Development - Geodata and Web GIS
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Calculating Impervious
    Featured Paper by Julia Cole

    In April 2008, MSD implemented a revised structure for charging customer stormwater services. Fees were calculated based upon the quantity of impervious surface on the customer's property.
    Esri Users Group Conference
    Increasing productivity
    Featured Paper by Dani Bramante

    Critigen (UK) has a major contract with London Tideway Tunnels (Thames Water) for a multi-million dollar urban waste water tunnel development. The GIS Team is comprised of only six people, supporting a project of almost 300, with very high demanding service requests in response to changing (project) priorities and requirements.
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    GIS Community Standards
    Featured Paper by David Danko, Mark Reichardt (OGC), Satish Sankaran

    Interoperability is critical for federal, civilian, and defense GIS. Learn about Esri's continued support for interoperability, including new functionality available in ArcGIS 10. This session will be beneficial to users wanting to understand what the various GIS standards accomplish and how they support interoperability. The presentation will cover many of the ISO, OGC, GWG, and FGDC standards critical to the GIS community.
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    GIS-Integrated Work Management
    Featured Paper by Skye Perry, John Garrett

    Leading Edge Applications of GIS
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    Implementation of Workflows
    LinkWater is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of potable bulk water pipelines and related infrastructure throughout South East Queensland. Esri Australia
    ArcGIS Online: Cloud
    Featured Paper by Katie Clift

    ArcGIS Online: Cloud Offerings for Your Organization
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    A ParcelDrillDown Report
    Featured Paper by Michele Dunham

    County government agencies and departments provide parcel-based services and information to the public and other governmental organizations. The GIS Division of Ventura County has designed a flexible and easily-configurable Parcel (polygon) Drilldown Report Web Service that leverages ArcGIS Server Map Services, the ArcGIS SOAP API, and a dynamically-generated Crystal Report.
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    Developing Environmentally
    Featured Paper by Lucy Arnold

    Renewable energy will play a major role in meeting UK targets for reducing emissions. West Coast Group of companies operates within the renewable sector, with West Coast Energy involved in the identification and planning of wind energy developments and Atmos Consulting providing technical and environmental support.
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    GIS in Emergency Management
    Featured Paper by David Parrish

    Technology usage, geographic information systems in particular, has been steadily increasing in the public sector over the past 30 years. During this time, policy makers have shifted their attentions away from the implementation of the technology to understanding the various aspects of organizational cultures in an effort to create a more effective and efficient method of technological response in disaster situations.
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    Disconnected Editing
    Featured Paper by Luke Wenschhof

    GIS in the Field (Mobile GIS)
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    GIS Data Assessment for

    Featured Paper by John Dirkman
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    Pennsylvania Historic
    Featured Paper by Patrick Jaquay and Samuel Steingrabe

    Government - Solving Real-World Problems
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    Making It Work: A Project-Based
    Featured Paper by Joshua Tootoo

    Making It Work: A Project-Based GIS Training Program for State and Local Health Departments
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    A Comparison of Aspatial
    Featured Paper by Molly Cohn

    The modifiable areal unit problem arises when the boundaries that define neighborhoods affect perceived levels of segregation. Scholars postulate that this problem is exacerbated when neighborhoods are defined as administrative units; doing so leads to an aspatial measure of segregation, which may not adequately account for the spatial relationships among residential locations.
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    A Web 2.0 Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Daniel Miller

    The host platform described in this paper is a composite of ESRI ArcGIS Server and IBM's WebSphere technologies where these softwares have enabled the NSW Land and Property Management Authority in Australia to converge its transactional business systems with its analytical platforms under a Web 2.0 Enterprise GIS Strategy.
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    Case Study - Using ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Wayne Russell

    This case study describes the methodology used to baseline the network infrastructure in a large, government, multi-tenant organization of over 300 buildings and structures. There are also multiple research and test labs connecting various networks. The purpose of this effort is to identify the locations of all networks, conduits, fiber, switches, routers, etc. and to ensure that these resources are updated on a regular basis.
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    Featured Paper by DEBAPRIYA DUTTA

    In its journey of planned development, the current emphasis in India is on local level planning as embodied in the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments. The concept of spatial planning is in the core of it. Considering the emphasis on development and adaptation of suitable technologies for local needs to make an impact on the lives of ordinary citizens, the Government of India has initiated a number of geo-ICT (Geographical Information and Communication Technologies)based programmes to support the local level planning since 1980s.
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    Implementing Mobile GIS
    Featured Paper by Douglas Braeckel

    CSX Transportation sought a mobile GIS framework powerful and flexible enough to solve field data collection needs in an extended enterprise environment covering 20,000 miles of railroad assets in 23 states.
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    Measuring Patterns of
    Featured Paper by Timothy Mulrooney

    North Carolina Central University has begun working with the Durham Police Department to measure patterns of crime around the campus of North Carolina Central University. This not only benefits studies in the geospatial sciences, but also coursework in Public Administration, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In addition, these data are used in community outreach endeavors around the NCCU campus such as Habitat for Humanity.
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    Using GIS and LiDAR to
    Featured Paper by Justin Cole

    In 2006, Monroe County flew a LiDAR elevation model for various utility or transportation improvement projects. Until a few years ago, most of this data was only available to the GIS group. The problem is, while ArcGIS can handle the size of the data, most of our consultants could not, so we came up with a workflow to help them use the data.
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    ArcGIS Server as An Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Tara (TJ) Houle, Brittany Wall

    Leading Edge Applications of GIS
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    Bus Accident Mapping
    Featured Paper by Leo Fothergill and Doy Miller

    Bus Accident Mapping and Analysis Application
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    GeoDesign and Analysis
    Featured Paper by Eric Wittner

    This session will demonstrate GIS models and techniques in 2D and 3D that are useful during the design and assessment of facilities, neighborhoods, and land-use plans. Topics will include the integration of 3D models from third-party sources into the geodatabase, 2D and 3D suitability analysis, the use of GIS to drive/simulate urban forms, network-based location allocation of amenities, and quality/quantity of view assessment based on line of sight.
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    Up in the Cloud: Migrating
    Featured Paper by Vicky Tam

    Cloud and Mobile/Field GIS - Supporting Public Safety & Security
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    GIS Analysis for Multicriteria
    Featured Paper by Johan van Zyl

    Development and siting of new water resources projects has become increasingly difficult in recent years due to intense scrutiny of stakeholders and special interest groups mobilizing resistance through the internet and social networking. Although public engagement in the decision making process is crucial, GIS combined with multicriteria decision analysis tools can provide a means of enhancing knowledge and information on impacts of the project for promoting compromise and reducing conflict.
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    The Cadastral Information
    Featured Paper by Claudia Olmos Gomez

    Using Geographic Information Systems Municipal Government updates the characteristics of the territory, such as infrastructure, equipment, services, etc. In conjunction with the Department of Ecology, civil defense, public safety, health, etc., We obtain useful information for decision making, thus minimizing work time, reduce costs and get a good tax revenue, according to the actual characteristics of premises and orderly urban growth.
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    In the Cloud or On the
    Featured Paper by Jesse Glasgow, Mike Fourman

    In the Cloud or On the Ground? Different Strokes for Different Folks
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    The Community Indicators
    Featured Paper by Jene Grandmont

    The Community Indicators Tool: User-Friendly Data Dissemination
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    Agro-Ecology of Malaria
    Featured Paper by Ben Wielgosz

    Agro-Ecology of Malaria in Uganda: A Spatial-Probit Model
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    Determining Optimum Ambulance
    Featured Paper by Serpil Ates

    Health care has been one of the basic human need since the beginning of the human life and if emergency medical services fails that will cause irreversible consequences.Well-defined system requirements and the organization of Emergency Medical Services must be fully established to perform their roles on time and effective way, especially in situations that require urgent intervention such as heart attack.
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    GIS for Everyone - Teaching
    Featured Paper by Rachel Kornak

    International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) is a research network made up of 13 collaborating universities and non-governmental organizations around the world. Since 1992, we have collected ecological and social data for over 350 community forests in 18 countries. Most of our partners are located in countries where funding limits easy access to GIS software.
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    Is your GIS ready for
    Featured Paper by Haritha Vendra

    DCSE helped Jurupa Community Services District in cleaning up their sewer data and migrating the data to the District's geodatabase. DCSE also configured ArcGIS Server for the District to enable everyone in the District to view District Data and leverage the same in their day to day workflows. The first two phases of the GIS implementation called for GIS data conversion from as-builts, and existing GIS, among other sources.
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    Using GIS to Develop
    Featured Paper by Chris Puglisi

    In the event of an emergency which requires evacuation, local emergency management agencies need to coordinate and provide transportation for those residents who may not have access to a personal vehicle. GIS software can be used to aid these agencies in more effectively allocating their available transportation resources.
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    Improving the Electrical
    Featured Paper by Jafrullah Mohammed, Abhinav Dehariya

    Improving the Electrical Design Process by Integration with Network Analysis Software
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    Disturbance Mapping and
    Featured Paper by Aaron Maxwell

    Mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia continues to be studied to evaluate its cumulative impact on aquatic and terrestrial systems. Vital to the evaluation is the ability to map disturbance features over large extents. Our approach was to integrate both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to classify disturbed landscape features for mining, forestry, and construction activities.
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    Streamline Your Cartographic
    Overview • Utilise ArcGIS 10 for smarter cartographic production • Create consistent, repeatable workflows • Increase distribution and reduce workload Esri Australia
    Using ArcGIS Server to
    Featured Paper by Brian Jensen

    MCO Group operates and maintains water and wastewater systems for many villages, cities, and towns throughout Central Wisconsin. With Operators located throughout a vast geographic area, MCO had a significant need to enhance collaboration between Operators and increase the efficiency among maintenance operations. ArcGIS Server 10 and the Flex API provided the solution to meet those needs.
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    Flood Map Web Application
    Featured Paper by Eric Hopkins

    Government - GIS Supporting Resource Allocation
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    Results of Southern Company’s
    Featured Paper by Richard Pike, Jeremy Myers

    Safety, Reliability, and Customer Satisfaction
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    A Comprehensive Method
    Featured Paper by Lance Loethen

    TRF manages the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI), which provides loan and grant financing for supermarket development in areas that are relatively underserved by fresh food retailers. TRF's Policy Solutions staff used ArcGIS to develop a methodology for identifying communities having disproportionately low access to supermarkets compared to the benchmark distances of their cohorts.
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    Advancing Water Utility
    Featured Paper by Brandon Pfleckl

    The Service Authority of Prince William County (SA), Virginia provides water and sewer services to a population of 360,000 and is in the process of transitioning from an Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 platform to ArcGIS Server 10. This will push the SA to the forefront of technology and business efficiency. The Autodesk platform is a standalone system with limited integration capabilities.
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    Imagery in the Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Dan Zimble, Daniel Oleary

    This session will walk attendees through an approach for providing a single view of an enterprise image library using image services based on the new mosaic dataset in ArcGIS 10. This approach can be used to support workflows for finding and provisioning imagery for use in analysis. The session will describe a geodatabase design for handling satellite sensors using mosaic datasets and orchestrating various capabilities through ArcGIS for Server services expressed in a Flex-based web application. The session will demonstrate an approach to designing and preparing mosaic datasets and the resultant image services for use in cached basemap services for fast visualization.
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    Metadata Lite: Faking
    Featured Paper by Donald Barker Esri Users Group Conference
    GEOCATMIN: Geological
    Featured Paper by William Hanco Mamani

    GEOCATMIN, is the evolution of the intensive use of information technologies that the Geological Survey of Peru has implemented with the purpose of disseminating in a single platform, the large amount of information that has generated in the last 50 years(47 layers).
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    GIS Mapping and Analyses
    Featured Paper by Fumiaki Yamazaki

    In Japan, many types of landslides exist and occur. Deep-seated landslide GIS maps have been completed thoughout Japan. In addition, many GIS data on geology and topography such as 10m_DEM are provided by several government, such as Geological Survey of Japan and Geographical Survey Instiute, Japan. Therefore, it is possible to analyze the relationship between the deep-seated landslides and geology and the other factors.
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    Implementing GIS Inside
    Featured Paper by Andrew Blues

    In the winter of 2008, the University of Kentucky began a quest to design, build, and implement a custom GIS application to support occupancy of the new 16 floor, 1.2 million square foot Level 1 Trauma Center, UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. UK teamed up with Esri Business Partner, 39°N, and built a system with the primary function of storing asset information and generating room data sheets for tracking and analyzing the status of occupancy.
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    Water Metering Project
    It has been suggested that there are 26 quantifiable variables associated with the installation of water meters in a residential setting in Tasmania catering for surface conditions, depth of meter, accessibility, whether the location of the stop tap is known, type of property usage. Esri Australia
    The Geography of your
    Tools for Working with Big Data •Enterprise Data Warehouse •Business Intelligence Reporting Tools •GIS Esri Australia
    Powering Web, Mobile,
    Featured Paper by Michael Haggerty

    IT and Development - GIS Deployment Best Practices
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    Cemetery Restoration:
    Featured Paper by Alfred Weiss

    Cemetery personnel face various management challenges such as monument conditions and land use maintenance. Having endured decades of physical neglect, the use of GIS has greatly assisted in the restoration of Jewish Graceland Cemetery located in Chicago IL. Problems such as immensely overgrown brush, monument wear, and possible tree hazard impacts against tombstone monuments were solved using GIS.
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    The Greater Accra Urban
    Featured Paper by Tyler Frazier

    The purpose of this research was to create an agent-based urban simulation based on land use at the plot level for projecting the disaggregated electricity demand of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). A simulation system comprised of location choice, regression, and simple models were used to project household, employment and land development decisions.
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    GIS Centric One Call
    Featured Paper by Lew DuBose

    Safety, Reliability, and Customer Satisfaction
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    Results of Southern Company’s
    Featured Paper by Richard Pike, Jeremy Myers

    Safety, Reliability, and Customer Satisfaction
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    Challenges of Maintaining
    Featured Paper by James Batcheller

    The Army Range Mapper (ARM) distributes worldwide GIS data to soldiers, trainers, planners and range control personnel. The ARM is one of the most utilized support web resources in the U.S. Army Europe community.
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    CitizenGIS - A Configurable
    Featured Paper by Tara Baldwin

    Chesterfield County, Virginia deployed a new Silverlight web mapping application called CitizenGIS in April of 2010. CitizenGIS was developed using ESRI ArcGIS Server, Microsoft Silverlight 3 and the ESRI Silverlight API and supports average citizens seeking GIS information.
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    GIS for Developing Local
    Featured Paper by Cindy Williams

    Despite the tardy realization by non-scientists that climate change is real, significant change already has occurred and globally is causing loss of over 300,000 lives each year. These changes are predicted to become even more severe during the rest of the 21st century. While resources dedicated to global and national climate planning are increasing, resources available for regional scales are sparse and virtually absent for local and individual scales.
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    Large Scale GIS\CAD Standards
    Featured Paper by Bart Matthews

    The Southwestern Regional Office of the US Forest Service has been providing engineering and surveying geospatial mapping products for the region for over 2 decades. The Regional office took on an effort to inventory and organize these robust geospatial datasets by developing a geodatabase design that supports engineering data derived from engineering related mapping projects.
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    Pipe Dream to Reality:
    Featured Paper by Kathryn Browning

    This presentation will discuss how Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility leveraged GIS for asset management to build a seamlessly integrated asset inventory of horizontal assets. We will discuss where we were and why a GIS upgrade project was necessary. We will explain what we wanted and how we justified the project. We will describe what we did and the payoff.
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    Role of Navy METOC - Manage Navy collected METOC data - Acquire other sources of METOC data Esri Australia
    GIS Based Incentivised
    Featured Paper by Veena Rao

    Where farmers have been provided with an incentive to produce yield of a certain quality and variety it is essential to monitor this method to ensure equitable distribution of loyalty privileges. In the current case study a GIS based method has been developed to maintain a database containing required parameters. The area of study is Sameerwadi, Karnataka, India. The primary crop is sugarcane.
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    Using GIS tools to build
    Featured Paper by Arturo Morales

    The Codelco-Chile, El Teniente copper underground Mine is located in central Chile. The analysis highlights the usefulness of GIS technologies, ArcGis 10 platform, to analyze designs offered to contractors to build new access roads and facilities for heavy equipments in order to build the new main access of 18 km into the mine.
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    Geospatial Capital Investment
    Featured Paper by Chris Kahn

    Utilities, Transportation, and A/E/C - Infrastructure Improvements
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    Spatial Analysis of NPRI
    Featured Paper by Tali Neta

    Spatial Analysis of NPRI Carcinogen Air Emissions in Canada
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    Public Access to County
    Featured Paper by Bruce Joffe

    In 2009, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the public's right to Santa Clara County's GIS basemap data, but the County has raised some new impediments. In 2010, the Sierra Club sued Orange County for their GIS parcel basemap, and lost in the trial court! They are now appealing the decision. We will discuss the facts of these cases and their implication for the GIS community.
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    Social Media & Maps
    Overview •What do we mean by Social Media? •How’s it being used? •Where’s the where? •Roll your own Social Media map Esri Australia
    Viewshed Analysis of
    Featured Paper by David Diggs

    Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), USA, is rich in Native American sites, many believed to have served religious purposes. Field and consultation data have been incorporated into successive generations of a Geographic Information System (GIS) project designed to model and predict the spatial distribution of sacred sites and ritual features believed to have constituted long-lost landscapes.
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    Long-term streamflow
    Featured Paper by Michael Wine

    Better Decisions using GIS: Floodplains and Riparian Areas
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    Next Generation 9-1-1
    Featured Paper by Jerry Steenson

    GIS for Public Safety and Emergency Management
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    The Power of Information
    Featured Paper by John Christiansen, Eric Williams

    GIS Addressing Business Processes and Needs
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    Critical Data Collection
    Featured Paper by Jianwu Chen

    GPS and mobile GIS technology are used for different projects at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Here, three projects will be presented: Healthcare Facility Data Collection, Vulnerability Assessment, and Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER).
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    Effects of Logging in
    Featured Paper by Rachel Kornak

    The Congo Basin in Central Africa is home to the world's second largest concentration of tropical rainforests. These forests have been used for multiple activities with competing goals such as timber extraction, conservation, and agriculture. Massive overhauls to laws governing forests were implemented in the region in the late 1990's in an effort to promote more sustainable logging practices.
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    Flood: Are You at Risk?
    Featured Paper by Dave Hansen

    This concerns studies in support of a determination on whether it is in the public interest to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Of particular interest to those living along the Klamath River downstream of these dams is the effect on flood risk. FEMA conducted a risk assessment and produced 100 year maps along the river several years ago.
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    Geographic Coordinates
    Featured Paper by emmor nile

    The primary concern for Incident Management Teams (IMT) is that of firefighter safety. In the 1990's the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) adopted a standard for the US National Grid (USNG). The push behind this effort was to standardize the map based coordinates used on an incident to enable communication about locations.
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    Risk Assessment to State
    Featured Paper by James Howell

    Mountain bugbane is an herbaceous plant associated with eastern hemlock in the southern and central Appalachians. It is rare in Maryland (10 occurrences) (NatureServe 2010) and is restricted to the westernmost county.It is found with the vegetatively similar and more common black cohosh which is wild-harvested for many ailments including menopausal symptoms. Amidst development pressure and hemlock decline, incidental collection may increase the vulnerability of mountain bugbane.
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    How GIS Supports Utilities
    Featured Paper by Susan Smith-Lee

    Partner Solution Sessions
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    Subnational Population
    Featured Paper by Robert Leddy

    Subnational Population Estimates for Responding to Global HIV/AIDS
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    Using Geography Improves
    Featured Paper by Christopher Hall

    MSD Cincinnati uses its CAGIS Online tool to improve NPDES pretreatment data quality by integrating its iPACS pretreatment system for address validation, field investigations and data sharing. Cincinnati's regional GIS utility assists interagency database coordination which allows data owners to manage their shared data and other agencies to reliably make use of attributes for facilities in which they have a shared interest.
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    ArcGIS Runtime SDK for
    Featured Paper by Jo Fraley, Nikki Golding

    DevGeo - Esri is extending the reach of ArcGIS to smartphone devices. Now you can carry your maps to the field on an iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone device to view and query maps, collect and update GIS features, and do much more. A configurable ArcGIS application and native API for each device platform are included. This presentation will provide an overview of ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Phone and illustrate how you can build and deploy mobile GIS solutions for Windows Phone devices.
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    The Impact of Travel
    Featured Paper by John Hufford

    The Impact of Travel Time on Patient Choice of OB Provider
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    A GIScience Application
    Featured Paper by Yi-Chen Yang

    This study presents two decision support plug-ins (uWATER and uWATER-PA) in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop. Both tools are designed to provide easy access to GIS analysis functions on spatial and attribute queries, then further extended for analyzing specific environmental issue of groundwater pumping impacts.
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    A Landscape Decision
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Boggs

    A customizeable spatial decision support system (SDSS) that combines principles of landscape ecology and conservation planning is now available as open-access modelbuilder and python scripts. The emerging online collaboratory welcomes interest and new users.
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    Benthic Habitat Mapping
    Featured Paper by John Knowles

    Benthic habitat maps are a critical base layer for marine conservation planning. For the country of St. Kitts and Nevis, which is using a GIS to zone surrounding waters, the identification of seagrass, coral reefs, sand and other benthic habitat is critical in setting conservation objectives within its multiuse zoning project. With funding from the US Agency for International Development, the St. Kitts and Nevis Government partnered with the Nature Conservancy and Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center to generate a relatively low-cost, high resolution benthic habitat map for surrounding waters up to 30m.
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    Hydrography Event Management
    Featured Paper by Kibri Everett

    The Hydrography Event Management (HEM) tools, developed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are ArcGIS tools that can be used to create National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) events for both state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs. These events link water related information with NHD surface water features.
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    Migrating the DenverGIS
    Featured Paper by Doug Genzer

    DenverGIS has worked with ESRI staff to modernize one of the most important information assets for the City and County of Denver: Parcels and the survey data that underpins them. Converted from hardcopy maps in 2002, the amalgamation of two previously-separate layers from the Assessor's Office (Tax Parcels) and the City Surveyor's Office (Subdivisions, blocks and lots) was a signal accomplishment.
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    Relationships Among Topography,
    Featured Paper by Peter DeCelles

    ESRI ArcMap software was applied to the Nepal Himalaya in order to understand the relationships among topography, geology, seismicity and land use. Development of a GIS-based multidisciplinary database involved scanning and manual digitization of topographical, geological and seismicity maps. From digitized topographical maps, digital terrain models, shaded relief, slope angle, slope direction and land use maps were developed and visualized in one data frame, providing a basis for several geospatial analyses.
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    Targeting Child Auto
    Featured Paper by Mohan Rao

    Targeting Child Auto Safety Programs to the Neighborhoods Most in Need
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    Analysis of Economic
    Featured Paper by Jesse Rozelle

    During the historic Red River flooding of 2009 and 2010 in the Fargo region it became a priority to develop a site specific structure dataset for use in FEMA's HAZUS (Hazards U.S.) flood model. With this structure dataset, we were able to assess the impacts to Fargo from various flooding event scenarios.
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    Connecting with Government
    Overview • Overview of • Guide to • Contributing data • Metadata • Data formats • Data location • Licensing • Updating and maintaining data • Finding data • Interrogating data • Providing feedback • Using data demo • The road ahead Esri Australia
    The On-Line Atlas of
    Featured Paper by Richard Lycan

    The on-line Atlas of Oregon Lakes was funded by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality through an EPA grant to facilitate sharing of water quality data. The content includes physical, chemical, and biological data; descriptive data for lake watersheds such as land cover and ownership; bathymetric maps; and downloadable PDF maps for 230 lakes.
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    Dekho in a Broad Organisational
    Office of Environment and Heritage *Approximately 4500 staff *Approximately 1200 ArcGIS users *Spread across NSW *Broad skill range *Varying IT infrastructure Esri Australia
    Exploring the ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Ben Conklin, Carolyn Fish

    This session will begin with an overview of ArcGIS as an enterprise system for defense and intelligence. We'll cover examples of how thousands of users across the spectrum are utilizing ArcGIS to better support the warfighter and national policy maker. We will explain GIS as a system, linking the different kinds of users from national to tactical levels, as well as introduce new ArcGIS 10 workflows that are important to this community.
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    Looking for Signs and
    Featured Paper by William Flynn, GISP

    Integrating and Serving Data to the Public
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    ArcGIS Software-Based
    Featured Paper by Khalid Al-Arfaj, Bader Al-Khlaiwi, Zhang Huaisu

    Detecting land use and feature changes over time is fundamental and necessary for updating GIS base maps and the management of both facilities and natural resources in Saudi Aramco huge land reservations. The extraction of feature changes was traditionally conducted by visual comparison between multi-date images, or between old maps and updated remote sensing images without reliable GIS or engineering accuracy.
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    Boulder County Moves to LRS
    Featured Paper by John Mosher, Dave Watson

    This presentation will detail the steps taken by the Boulder County Regional LRS Cooperative to solve the many technical and organizational challenges arising from a move to the new ESRI Linear Referencing Transportation Data Model. Project participants include Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont, and BRETSA, the regional 9-1-1 provider. The participants in this regional collaboration are working together to realize the advantages offered when multiple GIS agencies share a single editing process.
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    Piling On: Using GIS
    Featured Paper by Gary Ostroff

    Creatively applying GIS to individual built-structures provides ways to simplify engineering calculations, analysis, and inspection work. Halcrow used GIS to speed underwater inspections, to calculate load capacity surfaces (2 and 3-D), and to process LIDAR data to generate accurate bid and quantity specifications.
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    Status and Vision of Seoul GIS
    Featured Paper by Daegun Park

    The paper will touch about how Seoul e-government is using in its work process and service to citizens. The GIS mainly consists of the GIS portal and Mobile GIS. It also handles the future plans for the Seoul GIS. The comprehensive Seoul GIS come through three phases: expansion of e-government in 2005; launch of ubiquitous government in 2007; and achieving world's best ubiquitous government in 2010.
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    A Community Action Resource
    Featured Paper by Martin Wegman

    A Community Action Resource Atlas for Alachua County, Florida
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    Come on Baby Silverlight
    Featured Paper by Andy Wright

    Come on Baby Silverlight My Fire!
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    Developing Similar Applications
    Featured Paper by Shea Lemar

    Data Access for Decision Makers and the Public through Web Applications
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    NCR Geospatial Data Exchange
    Featured Paper by Heidi Hammel and Robert Horne

    Government - Spatial Data Management
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    GIS Approach: For Local/Community
    Featured Paper by Annette Gardner

    GIS Approach: For Local/Community Implementation Assessment
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    Bus Accident Mapping
    Featured Paper by Doy Miller

    AECOM and Towson University's Center for GIS (CGIS) partnered with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to create an Accident Mapping and Analysis Application. Prior to the application the MTA stored bus accident data in a SQL Server database with no spatial component. The team developed a web-based application using ArcGIS server, ArcSDE and ArcGIS desktop (ArcInfo).
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    Designing Object-Relational
    Featured Paper by Elif Demir

    The coordination and effective intervention of fire, ambulance, civil defense and other actors participate in disaster and emergency situations has become a priority need. Interoperable geographic data is urgent need for Disaster-Emergency Management, in mitigation and preparedness stages, access to the region, monitoring of rescue operations, control and management activities of various logistics services depending on the quality of data.
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    Supporting Federal and
    Featured Paper by Charles Hamilton

    The Western Regional Partnership mission is to provide a proactive and collaborative framework for senior-policy level Federal, State and Tribal leadership to identify common goals and emerging issues in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and to develop solutions that support WRP Partners and protect natural resources, while promoting sustainability, homeland security and military readiness.
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    The Runoff Reduction
    Featured Paper by Hajime Koshimizu

    This study simulated the storm water retention on the green roof systems. Simulations were using a rational formula and calculated a peak runoff volume per each building. To quantify the effect that these systems have on storm water runoff delay and retention, peak runoff was analyzed from three different conditions; the conventional roof, a green roof system with water condition in early rainfall phase, and late rainfall phase.
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    Transportation Development:
    Featured Paper by Joseph Messina

    In this research, I develop spatially-explicit model-based simulations of LULCC scenarios within the rubric of sustainability science for Nang Rong town, Thailand. The research draws heavily on recent work in geography, demography, sociology, and complexity theory. An Agent Based model was built named the Settlement model. Results of the simulations are used to examine the spatial distribution and composition of LULCC in the context of urban and regional sustainability in Thailand.
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    Using ArcGIS Server,
    Featured Paper by Brett Flodine

    In the summer of 2010 the Mayor announced an initiative to reduce the amount of graffiti in the City. This led to the City's GIS staff to be contacted by the police department's Major Crimes Unit to develop a mobile application to document graffiti in the City. The Major Crimes Unit wanted to use the information collected to prosecute the offenders and seek restitution.
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    Using Web GIS to Collect
    Featured Paper by Brian Gustafson

    This paper covers the processes and technology that can be used to capture data from a retiring workforce. It is common for utilities to have a large number of employees scheduled to retire within the next few years and when they do, they will take valuable knowledge and data with them that is not stored in an enterprise system.
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    Applying GIS for Knowledge
    Featured Paper by Kizito Nsanzya

    Applying GIS for Knowledge Management in Rural Limpopo Health Sector
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    Infectious Disease &
    Featured Paper by Carrie Kilby

    Infectious Disease & Biosurveillance Information Service (BioServ)
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    GIS platform for Orange Poland
    Featured Paper by Maciej Zuber

    Radio network planning in Orange Poland is based on comprehensive GIS database and tools. Database includes scanned topographic maps, clutter data, digital terrain models, buildings maps, cities vector plans, roads and railways network, hydrography and forestry maps as well as administrative borders. It covers all area of Poland. GIS tools are necessary for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing, and presenting spatial data. Topology rules are being used in acquiring process to verify data. Geographical and non-geographical data are stored in spatially enabled database and geoprocessing models plays key role in their analyzing an modelling.
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    Mapping and Caching Romania
    Featured Paper by Andreea Gutu

    The Romanian Community basemap project was split into three phases. The first phase, and also the most challenging one, was to create the spatial database from existing authoritative data sources: official maps and aerial images. Using official maps at a scale of 1:100 000, published by the Military Topographic Directorate, we were able to extract all the necessary information that cover the 1:18,000 to 1:72,000 scale templates.
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    Modeling & Simulation
    Featured Paper by Vic Baker

    The Modeling & Simulation Capability for Consequence Management prototype allows emergency planners to design and run dynamic, time aware, ArcGIS 10 based "what-if" gaming simulations depicting the impacts upon critical infrastructure and resource consumption during a large-scale mass evacuation from the National Capital Region to a host-State.
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    Building Great Apps using
    Why use ArcPad Apps? •Quick launch of ArcPad projects •Easy field data collection •Create task-driven ArcPad projects •Organise multiple ArcPad projects Esri Australia
    The Durango-La Plata
    Featured Paper by Nate Archibald

    The Durango-La Plata County Emergency Communication Center built a comprehensive geodatabase for e911 dispatch and record management that deploys a complex series of cascading geocode searches bundled into a composite geolocator. The query process allows dispatchers to rapidly call up location information on computer-aided dispatch (CAD) mapping software that provides spatial intelligence such as streets and intersections, residential and business addresses, common places, major and minor subdivisions, buildings, landmarks, highway mile markers, service zones, reporting districts and administrative boundaries.
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    Using Facilitated-Volunteered
    Featured Paper by Christopher Seeger

    This presentation illustrates how facilitated-VGI techniques and GIS Server processing have been used to collect and analyze information about the built environment from the perspective of individual users. Discussion will include the development of the Server API and geoprocessing tasks used in the processing and analysis of the information.
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    Visualizing High Speed Rail
    Featured Paper by Heather Schuchard

    As early as 2012, construction will begin on the Bakersfield to Merced section of the High Speed Rail. In addition to the over 100,000 new jobs it will bring, the 60-foot elevated platform and passenger station will change the face of downtown Bakersfield. Kern Council of Governments has developed 3D visualizations as a powerful public interface tool and has used them at public workshops county-wide.
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    Geographic Factors Associated
    Featured Paper by Mike Horst

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    Public/Private Partnership
    Featured Paper by Pete Magee

    Public/Private Partnership for GIS
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    Layers = Shapes = Actionable
    Featured Paper by David Schutt

    Layers = Shapes = Actionable Plans...Case Study: New Hospital Construction & Major Workforce Expansion at a respected Southern California Hospital District
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    MAG Demographic and Employment
    Featured Paper by Scott Bridwell

    Data Access for Decision Makers and the Public through Web Applications
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    The Modeling & Simulation
    Featured Paper by Vic Baker

    Government - GIS Supporting Resource Allocation
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    QA/QC: Assuring Quality
    Featured Paper by Robert Borchert

    Quality assurance and quality control are two elements of a GIS project that are either overlooked or not implemented. As our various projects grew more complex and the needs of our customers grew, our company decided we needed to a take firm step toward better QA/QC. One of the ways we did this was to develop a QA/QC Checklist. This paper will discuss the thought processes we used to develop our QA/QC Checklist for our use with electric GIS. This will not be about the actual QA/QC or methods used but will cover the checklist itself and the flow of its implementation.
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    Maritime Infrastructure:
    Featured Paper by Douglas Vandegraft

    Developing a marine cadastre can be a daunting exercise. This presentation will focus on a GIS vision for supporting the complexities of establishing and managing offshore boundaries and lease areas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is responsible for managing the offshore leasing program for the Federal Government, and has contracted with ESRI, Inc. for development of a special suite of geospatial tools.
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    Optimising the Geodatabase
    Overview •Design & Creation Part A •Design & Creation Part B •Production Esri Australia
    ArcGIS Online
    Overview • ArcGIS for Amazon EC2 • ArcGIS Online • ArcGIS Online Plans Esri Australia
    Using Esri Software to
    Featured Paper by Brandon Jones

    In 2009-2010 the California Department of Water Resources was tasked with conducting environmental surveys within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, an area directly east of the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Delta is approximately 740,000 Acres and is home to significant plant and animal life. Esri software was used to rapidly provide up to 60 surveyors with data collection tools.
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    Vegetation Community
    Featured Paper by Amy Forman

    The Idaho National Laboratory Site developed vegetation community maps in 1973, 1978, and 1992, however, no quantitative accuracy assessments were conducted. Our mapping process is being conducted using traditional image interpretation methods performed directly within a Geographic Information System (GIS). We digitized vegetation community boundaries in a GIS which allows image-derived data layers (e.g., NDVI, spatial texture), ancillary GIS datasets (e.g., soils, fires), and other imagery to assist with the delineation of vegetation patch boundaries.
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    The Northern Virginia
    Featured Paper by Michael Smith and Brendan Ford

    Government - GIS for Transportation Planning
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    The Virginia Rural Health
    Featured Paper by Steve Sedlock

    The Virginia Rural Health Data Portal: Phase II
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    Using Mobile GIS Technology
    Featured Paper by Andrew Mehos

    In 2010 the Philadelphia Streets Department became the first City agency to implement mobile GIS technology. This was achieved with deployment of handheld devices for its fleet of 45 uniformed sanitation officers to aid enforcement of rubbish collection, recycling and dumpster laws. In a later project the Streets Department deployed mobile devices to its Traffic Division, facilitating efforts to replace 70,000 incandescent stoplight bulbs with energy-saving LED's.
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    Wild life management:
    Featured Paper by Suparn Pathak

    Ranthambhor National Park, is located just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan (India). Some of the problems that are faced by park are excessive grazing by livestock, lack of adequate water and forest fires. Remote sensing analysis has been carried out using Resourcesat -1 multispectral satellite data along with DEM derived from IRS P5 stereo pair. Change detection analysis indicated areas of forest fires.
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    Geographic Clustering
    Featured Paper by Mike Horst

    Geographic Clustering and Factors Associated with Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Obesity Rates in Pennsylvania School Districts 2006-2009: Preliminary Results
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    Products & Services of
    Featured Paper by William Stone

    Better Decisions with National Datasets
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    A New Parks and Trails
    Featured Paper by Breece Robertson

    Sparsely populated and characterized by rolling hills, fertile farmland, forested hillsides, and miles of marine shoreline, the San Juan islands comprise a rural County with an economy based on recreational tourism, second-home development, and the retirement industry.
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    A process-based resource
    Featured Paper by Daniel Eriksson

    The information management system for mine action, has its roots in humanitarian demining. It is however increasingly used in sustainable development. Having been developed with usability and flexibility as the two core principles, the tool makes it easier for users with limited computer literacy to manage information flows. The tool includes functionalities from the creation of paper-based survey forms to the production of maps and statistical reports.
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    Applying the Community
    Featured Paper by Brett Horr

    This session will focus on the participation of the Town of York, Maine, in the Community Maps Program. The Town's participation was an opportunity to become the authoritative source of GIS data for the Town, in addition to opening up a new forum in which to share data.
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    The application of GIScience
    Featured Paper by Paul Doherty

    GIS has helped the Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) team improve its methods of operation and has been used successfully in searches for missing persons in Yosemite National Park since 2007. This presentation will highlight both applied and theoretical research developments in SAR-GIS over the past year. A blend of GIScience, GeoDesign, and interdisciplinary work within Search and Rescue is on the rise.
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    The City of Calgary's
    Featured Paper by John Lethaby

    The City of Calgary has been an innovator in the provision of base mapping (legal survey and ownership) services for over 30 years, maintaining the data in a highly customized MicroStation and Oracle environment. Although this environment was highly regarded for its mapping aesthetics and positional accuracy, The City recognized a growing gap between its business needs and the ability to deliver high-quality, integrated geographic information.
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    Examples of Cross-program
    Featured Paper by Kibri Everett

    The Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) provides a secure application for EPA staff to obtain reports and maps for managing programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The DWMA applies ESRI's enterprise map servers and the EPA's SDE-based enhanced National Hydrography Dataset (the NHDPlus) to locate drinking water surface intake locations within the NHD network and define source water areas relative to the intake facilities.
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    Using Hot-Spot Analysis
    Featured Paper by Christopher Krawczyk

    Spatial analyses were conducted using ArcGIS10 to provide an evidence-based methodology for the California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program to identify unmet need. WIC data were merged with vital statistics data for all documented births in California in 2008. Final analyses focused on mothers who were eligible to receive WIC services (i.e., had Medi-Cal coverage) but who did not ultimately receive them.
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    A Spatial Analysis of
    Featured Paper by Jane Garb

    A Spatial Analysis of the Genome
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    MedMap-Visualizing the
    Featured Paper by Robert Shankman

    MedMap-Visualizing the Field at HQ via the Web
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    GIS for Fire Station
    The mission of the fire service is to protect life, property, and natural resources from fire and other emergencies. With increasing demands, the fire service must utilize the best tools, techniques, and training methods to meet public expectations. Risk management, preparedness, and mitigation have taken on new importance with challenges facing fire departments today. One emerging tool that is helping the fire service optimize emergency services delivery is geographic information system (GIS) technology. Esri
    Marcellus Shale: Pioneering
    Featured Paper by Jerry Klink

    The Marcellus Shale just like the Barnett Shale supplies a large portion of today's natural gas within the US. Unlike the Barnett, however, the Marcellus sits beneath mountainous surface parcels divided by streams, roads, and fence lines. Range Resources began its Marcellus exploration during 2004. Leases were limited, well pads small, and facility systems were not within reach. ArcGIS was therefore utilized to develop this age-old region.
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    Powering the NASA-Wide
    Featured Paper by Kelly Boyd

    The NASA-Wide Institutional Portal is a GIS-based tool that provides consolidated access to data sets related to facility master planning, environmental, cultural resource management, and emergency management to improve situational awareness of location-based issues for NASA Headquarters and interested Center personnel. The portal is enhanced as ESRI technology evolves to leverage the ability for users to add attachments to data sets and to make feature edits.
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    The future of GIS and
    Featured Paper by Bernard Raterman

    KWR Watercycle Research Institute assists water companies in the Netherlands and Flanders by carrying out research and sharing knowledge. In 2009 the research project called Geo-information for water companies started. The goal is to determine and test promising technological developments for applications in the water utility sector, for example the use of Geo-services, augmented reality techniques and mobile GIS.
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    Annual Report in Just
    Featured Paper by Saunders Barbara & Marbury Gerald

    GIS Addressing Business Processes and Needs
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    Using Predictive Modeling
    Featured Paper by Christopher Oertel

    Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and GeoEngineers Applied Technology Group implemented a unique geospatial predictive modeling framework, which utilizes a combination of Bayesian statistics and GIS kriging to model the potential for environmental contamination. GeoEngineers' proven modeling framework was adapted through the project to predict where radiological constituents in the soil (Cesium 137) might be found on a large scale at DOE facilities.
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    A Space-time Simulation
    Featured Paper by Francesco Tonini

    Termites are destructive insect pests that cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. Exotic invasive species have become established pests in parts of the United States. Spread models predicting the areas of infestation following initial introduction of an invasive species are important for an authoritative response.
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    Customizing ArcPad for
    Featured Paper by Douglas Braeckel

    New Positive Train Control requirements from congress require high accuracy location of critical assets for railroads. CSX maintains +/- 28,000 yard switches and tracks for which it must provide sub-meter positional accuracy. The Yard Stamping project had to integrate into an existing scheduled maintenance application, and bypass ArcPad's native one-record-one-location approach.
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    Development of Residents
    Featured Paper by Eiji Nishikawa

    The purpose of this presentation is to show the possibility of developing an information management system for supporting residents to evacuate from their home to evacuation centers and help them inquire safety of their family members, relatives or friends. In order to overcome the sensitive subject of utilizing personal information, which is definitely needed to support residents, especially those who are vulnerable to disaster, in the case of emergency, we propose local governments to cooperate with local autonomous organizations such as "Jichikai" or "Chonaikai" or voluntary disaster prevention organizations.
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    Featured Paper by Antonio Gomide

    Distribution Planning is a very complex task in which the planners must ensure that the system will meet the demand regarding substation and feeder capacity. The basic goal of a distribution utility could be expressed as: Supply of electricity, Good economy and Good safety. The implementation took three years of development. The solution is called GISPLAN, and can perform several types of analysis on existing and planned network: Fault Analysis, Load Flow, Technical Losses Calculations, Load Increase, Outage Management Studies, Reliability Studies, Cost Benefit Ratios Determination, and others.
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    Dam Removal Modeling:
    Featured Paper by Jean-Paul Bell

    Dam Removal Modeling: A Case Study
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    Army Speech & Sketch:
    Featured Paper by Sean Johnson and Craig Oaks

    The Adapx CM2C2 (Capturx Multimodal for Command and Control) interface to ArcObjects allows the use of speech and sketch to multi-modally enter units (point features), control measures such as boundaries and phase lines (linear features), and areas (assembly areas, areas of interest, etc.) into a geodatabase.
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    Building an Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Petra Holzhaus

    Waterleidingmaatschappij Drenthe (WMD)is serving 450,000 people through 195,000 connections and producing 30 million m3 of drinking water through groundwater resources. WMD deals with changing regulations and technology, constrained budgets, aging infrastructure and departments using various data and information systems. The original need for GIS at WMD focused on map production, based on Smallworld technology.
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    Crises Information System
    Featured Paper by Martin Thoma

    Nowadays climate change is often discussed. Obviously, extreme weather conditions e.g. windstorms or lightning can have a large impact on the infrastructure of an electricity supplier. In times of crises events it's necessary for the crisis management group to quickly get information about the outages and influences on the network. Based on this information the group has the ability to decide which actions can be taken to face the problems.
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    GeoDesign and A Pattern
    Featured Paper by Curtis White

    In 1977, Christopher Alexander published "A Pattern Language" which described a variety of architecture-related design problems, each of which occurs over and over again in our environment. It then described the core of the solution to that problem as a design "pattern" that can be realized in many ways without ever being repeated exactly.
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    Air Pollution Emissions
    Data Access for Decision Makers and the Public for Asset Management Esri Users Group Conference
    From the Flintstones
    Featured Paper by John Newton, Maurice Thompson

    GIS Addressing Business Processes and Needs
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    Does Geocoding Positional
    Featured Paper by Geoffrey Jacquez

    Does Geocoding Positional Error Matter in Health GIS Studies?
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    Geomarketing for Public
    Featured Paper by Bram Piot Esri Users Group Conference
    Climate Change Proofing
    Featured Paper by Jorgen Neilsen

    Cities - in particular coastal cities - need to adapt their infrastructure to climate change. Climate change will hit first and foremost through the water. Raising sea levels in combination with changes in the precipitation patterns as well as storm patterns will stress the infrastructure not least through increased flooding. There is a need for methods that allow public as well as private organizations to assess the risks and evaluate the cost/benefits (and side effects) of different adaptation measures.
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    Developing and Implementing
    Featured Paper by Alys Wall

    The 2007 Water Act in Australia mandated the Bureau of Meteorology to coordinate national-scale water resource data across Australia. Unconstrained by jurisdictional boundaries, the National Groundwater Information System (NGIS) will enhance understanding of Australia's groundwater resources. Integrated with surface water models it is vital information for national water accounting. In addition, the NGIS will improve understanding of groundwater dependent ecosystems and be compatible with the Australian Hydrologic Geospatial Fabric.
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    Infrastructure Company
    Featured Paper by Joseph Hammel

    ASFINAG plans, finances, maintains and tolls the entire Austrian motorway and expressway network covering 2,178 kilometers. The ASFINAG Geographical Information System was established in 2003. The initial aim was to store basic information about the road network and producing various thematic maps. During the last 7 years the ASFINAG GIS developed into a strong tool within the company.
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    Leveraging GPS to Integrate
    Featured Paper by Haritha Vendra

    Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) awarded DCSE a Project to collect GPS locations, of its over 100,000 service meters, for water, recycled water and irrigation. The scope involved creating routes as well as linking service meters with parcels. DCSE started with route analyses and generated efficient routes, using service villages and books within them. DCSE field crew used Trimble GeoXH and a DCSE-designed ArcPad application to link parcels with meters, so as to integrate a wide variety of consumer information with GIS.
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    A Mobile Enterprise
    Overview •ArcGIS Mobile & your enterprise system •Mobile Workflow •Enterprise considerations •Wrap Up Esri Australia
    West Virginia Water Withdrawal
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Todd

    Knowing when it is environmentally safe to withdraw water from a stream is difficult. Looking at a stream one cannot determine if water can be removed with no deleterious effects. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has developed guidance and a browser based application (ArcGIS Server Flex API) to help the public know when water can be safely withdrawn from a West Virginia stream to protect the aquatic habitat.
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    Influencing Federal Health
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Rankin

    Influencing Federal Health Policy Using Online Data Visualization Tools
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    Soils Mapper - An Assessment
    Featured Paper by Cathy Raney

    Sediments and Soils: Business Justifications and Cost Benefits
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    Implementing an Analytical
    Featured Paper by Conrad Wilson

    To comply with the recently enacted Distribution Integrity Management regulation, MichCon is in the process of implementing an analytical risk model that executes within the ArcGIS environment. This session will provide an overview of the Distribution Integrity Risk Model, along with a discussion of the key project tasks and decision factors encountered during the model configuration effort.
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    LUCIS Modeling for Renewable
    Featured Paper by Erik Glenn

    Sources of renewable energy are becoming increasingly important throughout the United States. From an economic development standpoint, renewable energy can serve as an important source of jobs and local growth. However, the sighting of potential renewable energy plants depends on a variety of physical and economic factors to ensure their sustainable development.
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    An Enterprise Solution
    Department of Health, portfolios: • Public Health • Mental Health • Aged Care Esri Australia
    Leveraging on Technology
    About Geoscience Australia • A prescribed agency within the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolio • 750 staff across 3 business divisions and support areas • Custodian of national geographic and geoscientific information • Operational science and technical advice Esri Australia
    Safe to Save? Archive
    Featured Paper by Jefferson Essic

    Members of the Geospatial Mulitstate Archive and Preservation Partnership (GeoMAPP) have been engaged for the past three years in building state GIS data archives and developing recommendations for future archivists. One particular focus of study has been the suitability of Personal and File Geodatabases for long term data access and preservation, from which numerous questions have arisen, including: Will software in the future be able to read today's geodatabases?
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    Improved Quantification
    Featured Paper by Theo Laughner

    Trends in the Transmission Market
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    Analyzing Accessibility
    Featured Paper by Dennis Zielstra

    Transit service is only a realistic option for a pedestrian if the service is available at or near that person's location. Whereas there are a variety of measures for transit availability, such as service frequency, this presentation focuses on the spatial aspect of pedestrian accessibility to transit stations, that is, on service coverage.
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    Atlas of NSW - A framework
    Featured Paper by Pedro Harris, Stephen Lead, Danny Savic, Tony Hope and Daniel Miller.

    The Atlas Of NSW is a new online data-sharing framework, providing NSW Government with a mechanism for quickly web-enabling GIS layers and non-spatial datasets.
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    AxisGis: A web-application
    Featured Paper by Stefan Schlaefli

    Axis GIS has been developed to support the natural hazards modeling process. It was a basic requirement, that without any GIS knowledge, exposure data of any ReInsurance policy could be rendered on an interactive base map. The application offers a couple of configurable data reports which allow to visualize ReInsurance policies using different renderers on demand within the browser.
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    Connecting with Students
    Featured Paper by Michelle Kinzel

    Social Media can be used as a valuable tool for educators. Students engage and network in digital mediums and educators can leverage the interest and capabilities of digital learners to mentor students, promote geospatial awareness and develop career building skills. The tools of social media can also be used to promote educational programs, new courses and GIS certificates. Come and discover how you can create and maintain a social media presence that will teach as well as network.
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    Los Angeles Seamless
    Featured Paper by Jeff Wingate

    Los Angeles County has begun the task of consolidating two GIS landbases separately maintained by two county departments into a single landbase that can be jointly maintained by both departments. The purpose of combining these large datasets, each containing over 2.4 million parcels comprising over 4700 square miles, is to promote data sharing and reduce redundant effort.
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    What's New in Desktop
    Overview • Share your tradecraft • Streamline your mapping and visualisation processes • Manage your data more effectively Esri Australia
    Addresses and Spatial
    GNIS is “Highly” customized GIS system, working in the ESRI ArcGIS/Eview/Dekho and Telvent ArcFM environments. Esri Australia
    Educational Collaborative
    Featured Paper by Roberto Flores

    Although many GK12 science educators believe GIS to be an excellent tool to teach spacial analysis and reasoning, few educators are successfully implementing it in the classroom. To help solve this problem we are developing a generic ArcGIS web interface implemented as a Rich Internet Application. By emphasizing a web-based and an easy to customize platform, we aim at lessening the technological bar preventing GK12 educators from adding GIS projects to their science education curricula.
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    LUCIS as a Basis for
    Featured Paper by Paul Zwick

    The Land Use Conflict Identification Strategy (LUCIS) was developed at the University of Florida School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and describe in the ESRI press publication "Smart Land Use Analysis the LUCIS Model" March 2007. The strategy uses suitability analysis for determining land use conflicts between three major land uses 1) urban, 2) agricultural, and 3) conservation uses within a regional study area. The strategy may also be used to identify mixed use or redevelopment opportunities between 1) retail, 2) commercial, and 3) multifamily residential within urban areas.
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    Building an Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Bryanna Vaughan, Juliette Nabahe, Thomas Gustie

    The Bishop Paiute Tribe is the fifth largest California tribe situated on a small land base of 875 acres. Current GIS users consist of four Environmental Management Office (EMO) staff, although none are full-time GIS professionals. After approximately fifteen years of using GIS with no set protocol, EMO recognized a need for reorganization and standardization of overall data management. Our GIS overhaul started with a grant task to efficiently organize EMO GIS data files with standardized projections, scales and metadata updates.
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    Collision Motor Vehicle
    Featured Paper by Garren Burbank

    GIS for Public Safety and Emergency Management
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    CALMing Terminal Improvements
    Featured Paper by Donald Chinery

    Los Angeles World Airports Development Group has initiated the CALM (Coordination and Logistics Management) Program. The mission of the CALM program is to minimize passenger service interruption while over $1 billion of terminal upgrades are performed in the LAX central terminal area.
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    Interactive Alumni Mapping
    Featured Paper by Ben Overholt

    This session describes an alumni mapping application at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The alumni office had a database of 70,000+ records, but no way to understand the spatial distribution/concentration. Alumni are a significant source of revenue for the university tapped through direct mail, but also from alumni receptions and local alumni groups. Geography students used standard ESRI tools including Model Builder, and Flex web mapping.
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    LUCIS Modeling for Renewable
    Featured Paper by Erik Glenn

    Sources of renewable energy are becoming increasingly important throughout the United States. From an economic development standpoint, renewable energy can serve as an important source of jobs and local growth. However, the sighting of potential renewable energy plants depends on a variety of physical and economic factors to ensure their sustainable development.
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    Fast Tracking Management
    Featured Paper by Rouba Zantout

    We address when best to select a fast track technique for GIS Census project, and what are the constraints that are required in your project to successfully implement a fast track project management to product accurate and satisfactory results.
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    GIS Tools for accessing
    Featured Paper by Anita Nemesova

    The forecast project team have produced geospatial forecasts of roundwood production from private sector forests 2009-2028 in the Republic of Ireland. Three web-based GIS tools have been developed to aid in accessing the forecasts based on free software. The timber supply forecasts are available for the four provinces, the 26 counties and for 42 towns each with 60 and 80 km catchments, stored on web server and can be accessed by hyperlinked GIS tools.
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    Leveraging the "cloud"
    Featured Paper by Dave Williams

    How to improve ArcGIS Server's performance, reliability, and scalability by leveraging Akamai's suite of web application acceleration services. Akamai's Application Performance Services accelerate web content by utilizing servers 'closer' to the end user and off-load infrastructure requirements from your organization's infrastructure. Akamai serves ~25% of the Global Internet traffic across their >70,000 Edge servers.
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    Regional Management -
    Featured Paper by Bill Russell

    The Marine Corps GIS Program (GEOFidelis) has implemented regional geospatial technology centers in an effort to better serve the organization as a whole. Established, fully-funded, and charged with providing comprehensive geospatial and technology support to the Marine Corps Installations, the regional centers have recently experienced a significant decrease in available funding from the Headquarters level along with a directive to provide a reduced set of services.
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    Responding to an Oil
    Featured Paper by Evan Anthony Arias

    On 11 August 2006, the tanker MT Solar 1, carrying two million liters of Petron Corporation's bunker fuel sank off the southern coast of Guimaras Island and contaminated marine and coastal environments resulting to an environmental and economic disaster directly affecting 60 percent of the island's residents who depend on fishing for their livelihood.
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    Lighting up LiDAR
    Overview • Tools for assessing LIDAR data • Methods for Storing and managing lidar • Seamless DEM & DSM creation • What’s coming at 10.1 Esri Australia
    Baltimore Grand Prix
    Featured Paper by Hanna Peter & Potteiger James

    Cloud and Mobile/Field GIS - Supporting Public Safety & Security
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    Demographic Trends and
    Featured Paper by Toshio Yamazaki

    Minamiosumi-cho, located in the southernmost of Mainland Japan, is outstanding in its high aging rate of population. More than fifty percent of its villages are called "Genkai-Shuraku (Critical Village)"that means more than half of the residents are over 65-year-old.
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    Developing a Vegetation
    Featured Paper by Chris Zanger

    The Vegetation Departure Calculator (VDC) provides a comprehensive look at vegetation conditions across the contiguous United States. The VDC was developed using ArcGIS and exported to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for ease of sharing among partners. The VDC includes a Pivot Table that allows users to interactively summarize and compare current vegetation conditions in many different ways (geography, agency, protected status, ecoregion, portfolio status, etc.) using consistent and comprehensive data.
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    Ex Nihilo Nihil: Data
    Featured Paper by Gabe Lovasz

    Nothing comes from nothing. In the desert southwest, large expanses of land, low population density, and sparse vegetation and infrastructure make ideal bombing ranges; however, these are the same elements used to assess collection priorities for limited budgets. MCAS Yuma has management responsibilities of over 1.5 million acres of non-contiguous aviation training ranges.
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    Comparing Methods for
    Featured Paper by Aristithes Doumouras

    Comparing Methods for Modeling Access to Trauma Center Care
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    Applications of GIS in
    Applications of GIS in Health Sciences Esri
    Unearthing Convict History
    GIS APPLICATION •Cadastral parcel mapping •Compare 1800’s street alignment •Reference of historical plans / maps •View/ reference false colour NIR imagery •Cemetery Mapping / Burial database Esri Australia
    CalAgPermits GIS Application
    Featured Paper by Mikkel Hylden

    GIS Applications: Migration and Integration Strategies
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    ArcGIS for Aid Transparency
    Featured Paper by Bonnie Stayer, Dan Zimble, David Gadsden, Jeff Donze, Ken Gorton

    ArcGIS for National Government is a system that provides useful GIS maps and apps focused on enabling national government agencies and other authorities in accomplishing their missions - that is, to run their operations more efficiently; to communicate more effectively; to save money; to engage with the public; and to understand, plan, and set policies.
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    Transcending Organisational
    Overview •Transcending organisational boundaries •Some facts..... •GeoEnablement - The GIS becomes part of mainstream IT plumbing •Demo – BPM & ArcGIS •Wrap up Esri Australia
    Four Iterations of Statewide,
    Featured Paper by Lawrence Thornton

    Government - Spatial Data Management
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    Investigating Food Illnesses
    Featured Paper by Timothy Johnson Esri Users Group Conference
    Obstetric Fistula Patients
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Lemberger

    Obstetric Fistula Patients and Resources in Nyanza Province, Kenya
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    GIS Solution to Updating
    Featured Paper by Larry Rose

    Problems were discovered involving billing in our customer database. A variety of issues were uncovered that had eluded attention for many years---due to the lack of an efficient approach to solving them. GIS offered a simple and elegant way of spatially identifying the records that needed attention, as long as geographic information was available---it was not. A public/private sector cooperative effort was created to update and centralize all incorporated boundaries.
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    “Keeping it Tight”
    Common Business Benefits •High-value insight for both operational and strategic decision making •Improved internal and external customer service •Extensive power to leverage spatial data with your reporting analytical capabilities Esri Australia
    Jobs-Housing Balance:
    Featured Paper by Mike Pogodzinski

    This paper examines the regional jobs-housing balance at the MSA level in California. Jobs-housing balance has been a concern in economic development for many years. An imbalance, defined as a mismatch between jobs within a pay category with housing affordable to people within that pay category, may be an impediment to economic growth.
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    Building the Geospatial
    Featured Paper by Ivan DeLoatch, Karen Siderelis

    This interactive session will provide an update on the current status and next steps for the Geospatial Platform. A summary of related Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) activities will also be presented in order to describe key linkages between interagency projects. This session will specifically focus on recent progress made on Geospatial Platform technologies, federal geospatial portfolio management, and platform governance. It will also include updates from key Geospatial Platform partners. For more information, please visit
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    Redistricting Greensboro,
    Featured Paper by Stephen Sherman

    Release of the 2010 census population counts (P.L. 94-171) has obliged Greensboro, NC (population 250,000) to redraw its five council district boundaries to re-balance the population of each district. This paper addresses the development of an ArcObjects based application used by the public, staff and legislators to develop and analyze various redistricting scenarios.
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    Identifying Optimal Reintroduction
    Featured Paper by Dirk Cilliers

    The Southern Ground-Hornbill (SGH) Bucorvus leadbeateri has been indicated by various authors as a species that is vulnerable, threatened, or even extinct in parts of its historical range in southern Africa. Reintroduction of hand-reared SGH chicks are considered a viable option to address the aforementioned situation, but in order to successfully reintroduce populations into the natural environment, it is crucial to know where the most suitable reintroduction spots will be.
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    Home and Community-Based
    Featured Paper by Bob Laverty

    Home and Community-Based Medicaid Services and Local Success Factors
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    Quality Data Delivers
    NAVTEQ - working in many areas with Esri • Esri ELA with NAVTEQ • Among top 10 Esri ELAs • Hundreds of ArcGIS, ArcPad and other licenses Esri Australia
    Geodatabase Reporter.NET
    Geodatabase Reporter is a productivity and diagnostic tool for personal and SDE geodatabases. The key features of Geoadtabase Reporter.NET are: - Schema Reporting - Data Reporting - Geometric Network Rule Editor - Topology Rule Editor Geodatabase Reporter.NET is developed on top of Microsoft's .NET Framework and ESRI's ArcEngine by ESRI's Application Prototype Lab in Redlands, California. Geodatabase Reporter.NET can be used as standalone application or used in conjunction with ArcCatalog for ArcGIS 9.0. Regardless Geodatabase Reporter.NET consumes an ArcEngine (or better) license. For more information on regarding ESRI’s products and services pleace visit PREQUISITE: - Microsoft Windows 2000/XP - Microsoft .Net Framework v1.1 For more information or trouble shooting please read the user guide available from the start menu: START > PROGRAMS > GEODATABASE REPORT.NET > USER GUIDE. Esri
    ArcSDE Database Administration:
    Featured Paper by Greg Tudor

    The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) implemented SDE 3 (Spatial Database Engine) in 1997. Since that time, many changes and improvements have been made to the ArcSDE enterprise database and the geodatabase (GDB) extensions. When did we last review our SDE configuration? As part of the DNR’s GIS migration project, database administrators (DBAs) reevaluated the ArcSDE/GDB environment focusing on configuration, storage, tuning, monitoring, management, and maintenance. DBAs evaluated and modified the operating system, Oracle database, and SDE configuration parameters. DBAs improved storage portability and revised the sdedbtune keyword definitions. Spatial reference definitions, spatial indexes, and spatial view were tuned. SQL views of common orphan SDE/GDB objects and monitoring scripts were developed to assist with identifying problems and tracking usage trends. Several developing ArcSDE management and productivity tools were reviewed. The ArcSDE evaluation findings, recommendations, and results of implementation revisions are presented.
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    NTXShape - NTX to Shapefile
    Converts files from the CARIS NTX format into the widely supported shapefile format, preserving virtually all features and attributes. Supports points, lines, polygons, text, spot heights and soundings. Includes a batch utility, an API, and an ArcView extension. Esri Canada
    QA/QC for GIS Data: Starting
    This discussion provides a brief introduction of QA/QC and gives you a few ideas for getting started with a quality assurance program. Esri
    QA/QC for GIS Data: Initial
    Quality control must be organized to make the best use of time, tools, and people. Before you perform the most intensive, time-consuming inspection tasks, start with a set of quick and efficient quality control checks. This discussion provides just a few initial quality control ideas to make your QA/QC for GIS data more efficient. Esri
    ArcGIS Network Analyst:
    The Network Analyst extension provides network-based spatial analysis including routing, travel directions, closest facility, and service area analysis. This discussion introduces the network dataset and explains how to set its properties, including connectivity policies, connectivity groups, and network attributes. This discussion also covers how to include elevation, hierarchies, and turns in the analysis. Esri
    City, County, and School
    Traditional methods required long tedious work with #2 pencil and legal yellow tablets. Software advances allow users to graphically see the result and probably problem areas. The non-user can easily see the result in an understandable format. A picture is worth a thousand words. This paper presents the development of a graphical display using ArcGIS as the analysis tool, while incorporating data from AS400 applications as well as PC applications. It provides possibility thinking outside the box in the analysis of City planning, zoning, economic development, crime analysis, GPS for utility facilities, County planning of rural subdivisions, upgrading of current zoning regulations, future roads developments, and schools analyzing their bus routing, and desiring 500 pupil buildings to be centrally located. Esri Users Group Conference
    Five Best Practices for
    This discussion focuses on some best practices to help maintain the performance of an enterprise geodatabase. The content of this discussion is not specific to any supported database and is therefore applicable to all database administrators and ArcSDE managers. It is recommended that you are familiar with database and ArcSDE architecture and terminology. Esri
    Integrating ESRI Web
    Overview • Background • RFS Spatial Technology • Problem • Options • Solution • Challenges • Results and Benefits • Live Demo Esri Australia
    GIS for Building Interior
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has long been used by many organizations to model and manage their infrastructure. This information allows for questions about infrastructure utilization, operations and maintenance, property value, and protection to be answered. Facility and property managers are increasingly challenged with the task of managing assets both within buildings and across the landscape (i.e. a base, a campus, etc.). Infrastructure assets now include the physical space and environment within buildings as well as exterior structures such as roads, drainage and various utility networks.

    This presentation will provide an up-to-date look at the business challenges and performance measures being addressed by staff responsible for managing building interior space and assets -- facility and asset managers and real property managers --along with a number of helpful GIS solutions being developed to meet these requirements. The paper also illustrates how existing GIS analytical tools and methods need not be restricted to what is often considered outside plant but can be used with interior data sets for complete management of ‘inner and outer spaces and assets’.

    Several existing and emerging industry standards related to building models, interior space data modeling, and planning will also be discussed.
    Performance Tips and
    Explore tips and tricks in the context of accessing data stored in an RDBMS. This discussion is tailored to end users of the multiuser geodatabase, ArcSDE managers, and database administrators. Esri
    Avista’s Distribution
    Featured Paper by Erik Lee

    GIS Addressing Business Processes and Needs
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    System Design Strategies,
    The purpose of this document is to share a system design methodology that promotes successful deployment of geographic information system (GIS) technology. Guidelines include appropriate rationale and logic to deploy and support a system that will satisfy initial performance needs for most of ESRI's customers. Once the initial implementation is operational, the system environment can be further tuned and adjusted to fit specific customer requirements. Esri
    Assessing the Conservation
    Featured Paper by Brian Mac Sharry, IURIE MAXIM

    In 2007 the first systematic assessment of the conservation status of the 216 habitat and 1,182 species protected under the EU Habitats Directives was undertaken as part of a regular 6 yearly reporting cycle. This reporting covered 25 countries. The scale of this project was unparalleled, being undertaken by the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity of the European Environmental Agency.
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    Rural Planning: The identification
    Poultry Farms – Ground • Hatcheries • Meat Chicken Farms • Egg Production Farms Esri Australia
    Business Analyst Online
    Business Analyst Online combines GIS technology with extensive business, demographic, and consumer household data. For businesses and marketing professionals, it delivers Web capabilities previously available only through ESRI's Business Analyst desktop software. Esri
    Introduction to ArcGIS
    ArcGIS Server 9.2 provides GIS users with applications and functionality for data management, visualization, and spatial analysis. This discussion will describe the workflow for using ArcGIS Server, including authoring a GIS resource, publishing the GIS resource to ArcGIS Server as a service, and using the service from a client application. Esri
    Performance Tips and
    In this discussion, the presenters will explore tips and tricks that will help users improve their display and draw performance while working in ArcMap and ArcCatalog. this podcast is tailored to ArcGIS Desktop users who want to learn how to work more efficiently with their data. Esri
    City of Chicago Automated
    This presentation will discuss the technical details of providing a Web-based mapping and reporting system within ArcIMS. Key operational considerations during the initial roll out of the project and how the system has been received within City departments will be discussed. Additional insight will be provided on how to provide the system in an incremental fashion and how technical considerations were addressed as the system evolved over time during the project's implementation. Other points of interest will include technology enhancements that provide tangible benefits in key functional areas such as monitoring key vehicle maintenance items, ensuring personnel operate City fleet vehicles in a secure manner, and providing access to department applications and Citywide operations (such as the 311 citizen compliant system) to vehicle computers. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcSDE: Top Five Versioning
    This discussion dispels the most common misconceptions in the user community about how versioning works while also presenting some best practices. The intended audience is database administrators and ArcSDE managers, but may be valuable to anyone who has begun editing in a multiuser geodatabase. It is recommended that you are familiar with versioning terminology and workflows. Esri
    3D-GIS Application for
    In major cities in Japan, various issues have been appeared in urban development projects. Visual presentations are recognized as powerful tools for the project committee to reach a consensus. A 3D-GIS application prototype was developed to visualize the existing state of cities and to perform simulations of district development plan. In this application, the high-resolution 3D city model is introduced, combined with the 2D urban planning database. The Application was developed based on ArcView8 and 3D Analyst with ArcObjects, to analyze and visualize existing buildings, regulations for urban planning and results of simulations. Esri
    Utilizing Videography
    Featured Paper by Dawson Ingram, Cameron Shankland

    In this project study, GPC sought a cost-effective option to fly the utility ROWs and collect low-level, airborne, georeferenced videography complemented with georeferenced still imagery to enable GPC to complete its attribute data collection. The project results enabled GPC to access all ROW points of interest in GIS, and “fly” the line with oblique and downward perspectives from its computer screen. The digital video can be reviewed, allowing GPC to review each frame for careful, detailed analysis and to identify potential issues within the ROW. The high-resolution still imagery provides GPC with a closer inspection of site features such as encroachments and facility conditions on the ROW. Additionally, the data is incorporated within the enterprise GIS allowing the video, high-resolution images and facility attributes to be accessed throughout GPC, providing a more comprehensive analysis tool for quality assurance, interpretation and planning.
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    ArcGIS Network Analyst:
    This discussion provides an overview of network datasets used by ArcGIS Network Analyst. You will learn about the components of a network dataset and how to begin creating one. Esri
    An Overview of the Geodatabase
    The geodatabase is the common data storage and management framework for ArcGIS. This discussion describes what a geodatabase is and how GIS data is stored within it. It outlines five reasons why it is an advantageous data format for ArcGIS users to implement. Esri
    QA/QC for GIS Data: Creating
    A quality assurance plan should define every aspect of your quality assurance program. This discussion provides a strategy for creating a plan that sets expectations for data criteria and quality standards and describes methods and procedures for measuring data against those standards. Esri
    Geodatabase Designer
    GD2 is set of tools to export and import geodatabase schema using XML. Exported XML documents are dynamically "transformed" into a HTML schema report. GD2 also includes a geometric network connectivity rule editor. Esri
    Using Geography as a
    Featured Paper by Chris Hall

    Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC)utilizes geography to maximize analysis, investigation, collaboration and management of services to its countywide user and inter-agency customers. Our iPACS pretreatment system collects and manages information related to our POTWs industrial users. This information is often requested by other city/County/State agencies for investigation and problem solving such as environmental impact on surface water or residential customers.
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    Classifying and Symbolizing
    ArcMap provides numerous options for classifying and symbolizing your data. This discussion will explore the workflow for creating a weather map in ArcGIS including downloading, classifying, and symbolizing weather data and creating a raster surface from vector data using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools. Esri
    A New Curve Number Calculation
    Featured Paper by Allen Xu

    Runoff Curve Number is a key factor in determining runoff in the hydrologic modeling based on the SCS (Soil Conservation Service) runoff Curve Number (CN) method. The traditional method to calculate the weighted CN is very tedious, which takes up a major portion of hydrologic modeling time. CN is a function of soil type and land use. With the GIS, formatted soil and land-use data are becoming increasingly available from the public domain. This paper introduces data retrieving and processing using ArcGIS 9.1. After overlaying the soil survey data polygon, drainage subbasin polygon and land-use polygon, a new intersection shapefile can be created as a base file for the CN calculation. The technique to convert SSURGO soil data into hydrologic group and the method to calculate the weighted CN based on the polygon’s land-use category are also described. The CN calculation using this method can be dramatically simplified.
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    NORTHCOM's SAGE: Situational
    Featured Paper by Chris Mayfield

    US Northern Command's SAGE (Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise) bridges the gap between disparate situational awareness systems by integrating critical infrastructure, force tracking, interagency, and incident management data at the unclassified, NIPRnet level. NORTHCOM has taken a full service oriented architecture (SOA) approach to providing data both at NORTHCOM headquarters and throughout the unclassified DoD community in support of Homeland Defense and Homeland Security efforts.
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    GIS on the Move – Getting
    Overview • What is mobile GIS? • What mobile solutions are there? • What’s the right mobile solution for you? Esri Australia
    Spatial Interpolation
    Featured Paper by Julie Earls, Barnali Dixon

    Many GIS models for environmental and watershed management decision-making require rainfall as an input, in discrete or continuous format. The objective of this study was to evaluate spatial interpolation techniques for interpreting 2km OneRain data into 30m resolution using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst. The 30m interpolated surfaces from OneRain were compared to 30m interpolated surfaces generated from rain gauge stations in and around the drainage basin.
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    Not Just a Pretty Picture
    Overview •Image Management •Image Processing •Exploration •Dissemination Esri Australia
    ArcGIS Network Analyst:
    The Network Analyst extension provides network-based spatial analysis including routing, travel directions, closest facility, and service area analysis. This discussion introduces the network dataset and explains how to set its properties, including connectivity policies, connectivity groups, and network attributes. This discussion also covers how to include elevation, hierarchies, and turns in the analysis. Esri
    Orange County Sanitation
    Steve DeWilde, a GIS coordinator for the Orange County Sanitation District, which won a Special Achievement in GIS award, uncovers the process of implementing a GIS to meet the organization’s needs. In his discussion, DeWilde delves into the problems a GIS helped solve, the implementation needs, and how the technology helps the organization with facility management. Esri
    Enterprise GIS for Local
    Geographic information system (GIS) technology has been in use in local government (e.g., municipalities, townships, cities, counties) organizations for decades. In most, the GIS started in one department then gradually gained acceptance and was adopted in others. However, this expansion frequently resulted in isolated or, at best, loosely related departmental systems throughout the organization. Although efficiencies were gained within individual departments, the full potential of GIS to the organization as an enterprise did not materialize. Both technical and operational impediments yielded this result. This white paper introduces a set of best practices that has been shown to minimize and often eliminate those impediments and allow end users to benefit from an integrated GIS that serves the entire organization as an enterprise. Esri
    A Conservation Decision
    Featured Paper by Derek Brown

    Staff from New Zealand's Department of Conservation have developed a comprehensive GIS-database that provides a consistent national description of river, lake and wetland ecosystems, including their physical environment, biological character and degree of modification by human activity.
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    Results of Maryland’s
    Featured Paper by Ashley Buzzeo

    Government - Spatial Data Management
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    GEO-MODSIM Spatial Decision
    Featured Paper by Enrique Triana, John Labadie

    The MODSIM river basin management model has been extended to GEO-MODSIM for integration with GIS for spatial data base management, analysis, and display. GEO-MODSIM is a custom ArcMap extension that provides the foundation for integrated river basin management. Numerous geodatabase layers are loaded and processed in GEO-MODSIM, including topography, political divisions, hydrography, irrigated fields, soil maps, land use, field measurements, and satellite imagery. Spatial-temporal data bases are also loaded such as NEXRAD precipitation data, water rights, gauging station records, diversions, pumping wells, and monitored surface water locations.
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    Is It Worth It?—Migrating
    Featured Paper by Jackie Smith

    Many GIS departments continue to maintain data in ArcInfo coverages (such as Librarian or ArcStorm) despite strong suggestion that they move to ESRI’s geodatabase. They may 'convert' their data over to ArcSDE for viewing purposes only, delaying the time, cost, and effort of migrating ALL editing processes over as well. At HCAD, we have successfully migrated to the geodatabase and are currently maintaining our data layers and processes from within it. This paper will outline the benefits of migrating data and processes to the geodatabase. I will explain the issues discovered in the new geodatabase environment such as issues with data, maintenance, software, GIS staff, and application support. I will also describe our high-level migration plan and costs associated with the major undertaking of migrating to the geodatabase.
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    Maplex for ArcGIS: Tips
    Maplex for ArcGIS is an automated high-quality cartographic text placement and labeling extension for ArcGIS Desktop. This discussion will explore labeling options available with Maplex that can help ArcGIS Desktop users improve the quality of labels on their maps. Esri
    GeoWeb 2.0 and its Implications
    The GeoWeb has developed rapidly in the last few years and it is now commonplace for geographic data and applications to be used over the web. This has opened up new and innovative ways to use geography both in traditional professional GIS application domains and in the new areas of mainstream web use (e.g. mashups, neogeography, and volunteered GI). This paper looks at the technology and applications of the GeoWeb and assesses its role in the future of geographic information science and technology. Rather than see new web developments and traditional GIS in competition it is the perspective of this paper that there is great synergy, and that they are really part of the same long term trend. Esri
    How ArcSDE Fits into
    Beginning at the ArcGIS 9.2 release, ArcSDE is no longer sold as a separate product. Instead, ArcSDE technology is bundled with ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server products. This discussion identifies the role that ArcSDE technology plays within the ArcGIS 9.2 software suite. Esri
    Creating Stand-Alone
    Featured Paper by Laura Rodman, John Jackson

    With the introduction of ArcGIS 9 and Python support, it is now possible to write stand-alone applications in Python that use the geoprocessing functionality in ArcGIS. This provides an option to VBA, C++, or Java for developing spatial applications. Programming in Python is fast and allows for efficient development as well as connectivity to a vast number of open source programs written in Python, C, or C++. A Python application performs data mining in geographic data sets. This program identifies association rules that describe the relationships between geographic objects. This software relies on the ArcObjects geoprocessor in combination with Python open source libraries. For example, if the analysis requires a relational database, the Python application can use either the ESRI personal geodatabase or an external open source database such as MySQL. The creation of a stand-alone Python application, including packaging and GUI issues, will be discussed and demonstrated.
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    Urban Design Charrette
    In January 1995, Kobe was subjected to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Especially in Nagata ward, the area suffered severe damage. Residents, local government, designers, and planners have made the various efforts in its rebuilding. Even now, however, they have social, economic, and environmental problems. Therefore, we held the urban design charrette in Nagata. Esri Users Group Conference
    Load Balancing ArcIMS
    Featured Paper by Victor Conocchioli

    Load balancing hardware with ArcIMS delivers high-performance map services. This paper discusses the hardware and software requirements to integrate ArcIMS with load balancing hardware, Apache, Tomcat, and Firewall access to ArcSDE. The system architecture provides good throughput as well as security for public ArcIMS Web sites. Apache Reverse Proxy can serve Tomcat and ArcIMS content on the same or other networked server while translating URLs to control access to network infrastructure. RedHat Linux was chosen for the operating environment. ArcIMS deployment and operating procedures were developed for integrating MS Windows and Linux system users. The Minnesota Department of Transportation created an example of this architecture to publish a large volume of spatial basemap data.
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    Using Geocoding to Improve
    Featured Paper by Antonio Gomide, Gerson Kissula

    At Copel, UTM coordinates have been a long time acquaintance. This electric distribution utility (3,000,000 customers) has been building a database with electric network distribution data since 1975 when mainframes dominated. Amazing is that since then, UTM coordinates are being added to the records in the company’s Customer Information System. One of the problems is that, at that time, there was no easy way to visualize the electric network, so some mistakes made in typing the coordinates got by undetected. As Copel is moving from another GIS technology to ESRI’s, we are able to use new tools like geocoding. In this paper we describe the process used to compare the coordinates provided by geocoding with the coordinates that are maintained as attributes in customer records.
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    Geodatabase Replication:
    ArcGIS 9.2 introduced a new method of distributing shared datasets across several servers. This discussion describes the introductory concepts of geodatabase replication, such as the types of replica that can be created and the different methods available for synchronization. Also presented are several examples of where distributing your data using this capability may help to simplify data sharing workflows. Esri
    Facilitating Suffolk’s
    Featured Paper by Alisa Sposato

    The City of Suffolk (City) has entered into a Special Order by Consent (SOBC) with the VA DEQ and other agencies to reduce Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) from the wastewater collection systems. SOBC activities generate large amounts of data regarding the City's sanitary sewer system.
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    ArcGIS Server Provides
    Featured Paper by Jeffrey Duke, Mark Kramer, David Cox, Tyler Huehmer

    The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) has been using two separate systems to accommodate its staff’s GIS needs. The current systems, which have been in place for five years, consist of a desktop application and an ArcIMS application with limited functionality. The challenge facing NEORSD was migration of existing applications into a single intranet-based solution, which included all existing features of the old systems, while providing a sustainable path forward. After thorough evaluation and planning, NEORSD chose ArcGIS Server as the foundation for its enterprise-wide GIS application. Using ASP .NET, an intranet application was developed that provides NEORSD with an innovative and flexible framework for its evolving business needs. The user interface was designed to be intuitive and requires little training. The application provides end users with the ability to work with a map customized to their departmental and individual needs. Available tools range from simple reporting to complex analysis.
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    Time Series Contaminant
    Featured Paper by Mark Petersen, Todd Lanning

    Using ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst to develop a personal database, we have created several visualization tools to depict the spatial distribution of aviation gasoline contamination in groundwater at the spill site. The spilled aviation gasoline and associated aromatic contaminant plume covers approximately 50 acres within the commercial, residential, and recreational areas of the base, and effectively monitoring the site during cleanup has become a high priority. One of the specific techniques developed is the ongoing interpolation and depiction of the spatial distribution of chemical concentrations in groundwater throughout the site. A graphic representation of the temporal changes in floating product and dissolved aromatic chemicals has been exported for a time series presentation using PowerPoint software. This time series tracking information has proven useful in validating the conceptual site model, monitoring cleanup progress, and depicting site conditions to various stakeholders interested in monitoring cleanup progress at the site.
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    Linear Referencing Road
    Featured Paper by Janie Pierre, John Mosher, Amanda Hargis

    Boulder County, Colorado, is creating a countywide basemap of road centerline locations to be used for linear referencing. Data on road segments that relate to local road maintenance funding, asset management, pavement management, and the printed road map are the county Transportation Department’s priorities. Other departments are interested in using a new basemap, too.
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    Editing in ArcGIS: General
    Explore techniques that will help you become more efficient and productive while editing spatial features in ArcGIS. This discussion is tailored to users of the ArcGIS software who perform edits to data on a regular basis and who would like to improve workflow and productivity. Esri
    QA/QC for GIS Data: Recording
    A successful quality assurance program depends on a reliable and reusable method for recording and tracking the errors you find. This discussion explains the benefits of establishing an error recording and tracking mechanism and introduces a GIS strategy for implementing one. Esri
    Classifying Deep Water
    Coral reef ecosystems are the most varied on Earth. These valuable ecosystems see danger worldwide, continually facing destruction from anthropogenic effects and natural disasters. Among efforts to understand coral reef ecosystems is the Coral Reef Task Force's objective to map all U.S. coral reefs and, more specifically, to characterize priority deep water (>30m) reef systems in the U.S. and Trust Territories by 2009. This project satisfies that objective for coral reef systems around Tutuila, American Samoa, by using 3D visualization and high-resolution multibeam bathymetry, bathymetric derivatives (bathymetric position index, rugosity, and slope), acoustic backscatter imagery, and in situ visual ground-truthing in an integrated GIS to classify benthic habitats in Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, on Taema Bank, and at Coconut Point. Resulting habitat maps establish a classification scheme for American Samoa, pinpoint "hot-spots" for biodiversity, and help NOAA's Coastal Services Center develop a deep water benthic habitat mapping tool. Esri Users Group Conference
    Comprehensive Hydrology
    Featured Paper by Barry Schamach, Mark Boucher, Wiley Osborn, Chris Hallford

    Historically, Contra Costa County Public Works Department performed hydrology modeling using a FORTRAN program and hard-copy watershed maps. The modeling program required a stand-alone PC to perform calculations, and the annotated watershed maps often existed only as hard copies, putting them at risk. Public Works needed a better way to manage its hydrology data.
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    On-Site verification
    Featured Paper by Waylon Daniels

    Use of the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension for soil survey activities by NRCS is increasing. This paper presents a process using a digital terrain model (DTM) and the Spatial Analyst extension curvature function to delineate the land surface into the nine slope shape categories. This model is applied to DTMs created from a variety of elevation data sources with various cell resolutions. Points along slope shape delineation boundaries are selected in ArcMap. These points are loaded to a mobile computer using ArcPad to enable precise and accurate navigation. Results are verified by on-site visual examination.
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    GIS in Business and Industrial
    Featured Paper by Christine Nolan, Indraneel Kumar

    This project explores the use of GIS for industrial cluster analysis, a regional and urban economic development tool, using an Indiana region as a case study. The objective is to develop a GIS database that can be used for regional economic analyses; for support in identifying industrial clusters; to map industrial clusters; and prepare reports. The research will also attempt to attach “regional economic model” results into the GIS database for cluster analysis
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    Multifaceted Geographic
    Featured Paper by Marikka Williams

    Organizing, implementing and managing a centralized GIS for a city of any size is a complex and multifaceted process. This presentation outlines the structural design of a GIS tailored for a small municipality, illustrates how the GIS is utilized to facilitate municipal operations, addresses the challenges involved in the process of creating a comprehensive system and proposes avenues for future improvement. The city of Highland Village, a small municipality located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, serves as the study area. A GIS is employed by the city of Highland Village to integrate analog data with spatial data for the purposes of maintaining internal system integrity, performing analyses, documenting activity, disseminating information and planning for the future. To achieve these goals, a variety of databases, maps and exhibits have been created for asset management, infrastructure maintenance, emergency management, recreational event coordination, economic development and community outreach.
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    Habitat Restoration Monitoring
    Featured Paper by Ingrid Hogle, Jim Quinn, Joshua Viers

    Conservation organizations are increasingly looking to assess the effectiveness of their habitat restoration activities. Such analyses require an accessible record of land use and restoration activities over time. Too often, the important historical information and monitoring data needed are stored in obscure filing cabinets, reports, or the memories of land managers. GIS provides an excellent means by which land use, modification, and associated monitoring data can be easily entered, stored, visualized, and analyzed.
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    Strategies for GIS and
    Listen to Hecht compare and contrast two strategies for GIS/DMS integration. Esri
    City of Durango's 2004
    The City of Durango, Colorado, utilized ArcView 8.3 and ArcPad Application Builder to design and implement an inventory of all city-owned trees and planting sites within the city limits. Student volunteers were equipped with HP iPAQ handheld computers and field-trained in the use of GPS and the botanical techniques of species identification, measurement criteria, conditional assessment, and maintenance needs. Field data was then uploaded to city park personnel via customized ArcPad forms and stored in a geodatabase. Esri Users Group Conference
    Implementing Geodatabases
    Featured Paper by Nancy Towne

    Implementing geodatabases with data models requires processes and procedures that describe the transformation of the required data structure to a managed model-driven architecture of a logical data model, the transformation of the model to an implementation, and the migration of legacy schemas to compliant required implementations. The model should be specified and the initial transformation from an implementation-based standard to a model-based standard should be explained along with the methodology for producing implementations from the model, and the methodology for migrating legacy systems to the required compliant implementation.
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    Tips for Writing Python
    Python scripts are a great way to automate your geoprocessing tasks. This discussion offers some tips for improving the performance of your Python scripts, and discusses ArcGIS geoprocessing and system tools you can use with Python scripts to develop and execute your geoprocessing workflows. Esri
    Enterprise GIS at a City Level
    The city of Indianapolis/Marion County GIS (IndyGIS) is a mature software system that has been in existence since 1986. Over the course of time, the geographic information system (GIS) has evolved from a decentralized team of individuals in separate departments to a centralized division called the Geospatial Information Services division. As the division grew, more and more layers of information were included in the GIS. As a result, more staff in various city departments including public works, planning, and parks began using the system. No longer an on-demand map shop, IndyGIS evolved into an enterprise-wide system, providing 150 data layers to more than 500 GIS users throughout the cit Esri
    Fractal Generation of
    Featured Paper by Indrani Ghosh, Ferdi Hellweger, Todd Fritch

    Simulating urban hydrology using actual sewer networks can be tedious and even impossible for large areas, especially when considering high spatial resolution requirements of physically based models. Therefore, the rapid generation of artificial networks is of considerable interest, especially for city-scale analyses. Fractals are scale-independent, self-similar geometric shapes, and fractal trees are fractals consisting of a network of connecting lines. Dendritic and "space-filling" fractal trees could be used to generate an artificial urban drainage network, but what are the important properties of the actual network that need to be replicated in the artificial network (shape or area, maximum/average flow path, etc.)? Is the best approach to generate a fractal network that conforms to some coarse-scale features of the actual network via “anchor points?” This paper presents a discussion of these issues, a new public domain ArcGIS/VB application for generating artificial sewer networks, and comparative model simulations using the actual and artificial networks.
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    Editing in ArcGIS: Sketch
    Explore procedures that will help you become more efficient and productive while sketching new features or using the sketch tools to edit existing features. This discussion is tailored to users of ArcGIS software who perform edits to data on a regular basis, and who would like to pick up a series of useful techniques and pointers to improve workflow and productivity. Esri
    Drinking Water Mapping
    Featured Paper by James Rineer, Roger Anzzolin, Bill Cooter, Brandon Bergenroth

    The Drinking Water Mapping Application (DWMA) provides EPA with Web-based tools to generate reports and maps vital to managing drinking water programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The DWMA is an application within EPA’s Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results architecture that uses ESRI ArcIMS, the Oracle database, GIS mapping layers using ESRI’s SDE, and external image and feature layers from EPA, the USGS, and the Microsoft TerraServer.
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    Volume Calculations Using
    Featured Paper by Reina Downing

    In the environmental industry remediation projects often involve excavation of contaminated sediments out of a basin. An estimated volume of sediment must be calculated and promulgated in the contract as a measurement of achievement and payment. Many projects do not have the funds available to conduct pre and post bathymetric surveys. This paper discusses various methods used to calculate volume. Of the three traditional methods to calculate volume, kriging produces the most accurate estimate. Kriging the point data to predict a volume estimate prior to dredging or to confirm the volume removed post dredging provides a powerful tool for project planners and managers.
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    ArcGIS Network Analyst:
    This discussion is tailored to ArcGIS software users who may deploy geometric network functionality or ArcGIS Network Analyst functionality to model-directed or undirected network flow. Learn what the differences are and how to decide which is appropriate to use for specific applications. Esri
    Green Information Systems:
    Featured Paper by Kenneth Field, Howard Macey

    A key factor in encouraging individuals to recycle is convenience. This study critically evaluates factors that influence the use of bring-sites in areas where the public are encouraged to take their dry recyclables for recycling. ArcGIS was central to the analysis of the impact of spatial factors e.g. distance and time on recycling behaviour. A survey of urban and rural populations in Surrey, UK, found that geo-demographic factors are important determinants in recycling motivation. An analysis of the location of bring-sites found that alternative collection points were favoured by different geo-demographic groups.
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    Types of Geodatabases
    At ArcGIS 9.2, three different types of geodatabases are available: Microsoft Access-based personal geodatabase, file geodatabase, and scalable geodatabase. The scalable geodatabase is offered at three levels: personal, workgroup, and enterprise. This discussion will describe the different types of geodatabases and their implementations and will contrast their properties. Esri
    What is Enterprise GIS
    Listen to Dave Busser discuss Enterprise GIS and what organizations need to know in order to get started with an Enterprise GIS. Esri
    A Pipeline Case Study
    Listen to Hecht describe a pipeline company scenario for integrating GIS and DMS to help meet inventory and inspection requirements. Esri
    GIS Based Pipeline Route
    Featured Paper by Volkan Yildirim, A. Cagdas Aydinoglu, Tahsin Yomralioglu

    Determining the best route through an area is one of the oldest spatial problems. Till recently, route determination was created on the topographic maps manually. But nowadays, GIS technologies are used effectively in route determination process. Route selection is a critical first step in the process of pipeline design and construction and has a potential significantly impact the construction and operation of the pipelines. So, effective route selection process is very important for minimizing economic lost. In this study, in a test areas in the East Black Sea Region of Turkey, various thematic layers such as landslide, slope, geology, landuse, soil, stream, lithology, road, culture, and protected areas were generated and integrated using RS-GIS techniques. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analysis module, firstly, acquired layers were converted to raster format and than queries and analyses were performed.
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    DGN to ArcSDE and Back Again
    Featured Paper by Thomas Nicoski

    Kane County, Illinois, began its GIS journey in the DGN world and only recently converted to the ESRI world. ESRI's format and products such as ArcSDE, ArcIMS, ArcGIS, ArcObjects, and MapObjects have allowed us to package our GIS in a way that our CAD software never could. We are now doing what those who began our GIS could only dream of back in 1985. This includes GIS applications on the enterprise, Web, and mobile levels along with the integration of many of the county's traditional databases. Even though we gained so much by moving to the new format and products, we knew we would still need to move our data back to the DGN format for those few who were still tied to the DGN format. This presentation describes how ESRI's Data Interoperability extension enabled us to journey from DGN to ArcSDE and back again.
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    Right Tool Right Job--Migration
    Featured Paper by Shawn Croisier

    The city of Kingston in Eastern Ontario has implemented an enterprise Web GIS system aimed at increasing local economic development, improving local government efficiency, and increasing access to land information. Over several years many divisions within the city acquired GIS and CAD-related software/hardware, converted data, and acquired or developed applications to support various needs within their groups. This presented many problems including lack of resources to maintain data and duplication of efforts in maintaining multiple datasets. To ensure GIS technology was established as an integral part of Kingston’s business and to facilitate movement away from isolated planning and implementation of GIS initiatives, the city selected ESRI as the standard for its enterprise GIS platform with Orion Technology’s OnPoint Software as its Web GIS program. This paper will focus on the data issues related to migrating from AutoCad to ArcSDE, staff training, creating standards associated with the migration, and providing Web GIS solutions to overcome data sharing issues.
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    Geospatial Service Oriented
    Michael Young, Senior Enterprise Architect with ESRI's Professional Services Division, discusses his recent white paper Geospatial Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Esri
    Go Bike Boulder: ArcIMS
    Featured Paper by Laurence Ferguson, Terry Stonich

    This paper will outline the planning process, work tasks, and results obtained in creating Go Bike Boulder, an ESRI-based solution, interactive bike routing Web site, developed for the City of Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this project is to create an easy-to-use, bike routing Web site that promotes bicycling as a non-polluting, healthful, and economical means of travel for Boulder citizens. The principal development components of this project include ArcIMS, VB.NET, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Topology, and SDE.
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    Is It a GIS? Transforming
    Featured Paper by Catherine Lorbeer, Aaron Baker

    The wave of aerial photography and drawing software has propelled many communities into the world of computer mapping. These tools help city planners visualize future development. Oftentimes the products are referred to as GIS maps, but are they really? This presentation will describe how the City of Mesquite, Nevada is migrating a large volume of Autocad drawings and aerial photo resources into a true GIS. The discussion will highlight the accomplishments achieved with a very small staff.
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    GIS Based modelling For
    Featured Paper by P. Garg, S Ghosh, Shivprakash H

    In the present study, Gubbi taluk (tahsil) of Tumkur district, Karnataka, state which is drought prone, has been selected for drought assessment. The objectives of this work are to: (1) create a GIS database involving drought influencing parameters for drought analysis and (2) develop a GIS-based drought model to generate the seasonwise drought map at the village level.
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    A Flood Forecasting System
    Featured Paper by Michael Butts, Anders Klinting, Martin Ivan, Jacob Larsen, Jørgen Brandt, David Price

    Effective operational flood forecasting systems must provide the right information at the right time to decision makers responsible for initiating flood response measures and issuing flood warnings. Key information includes the current river levels, meteorological observations and conditions, rainfall estimates (for example, from weather radar and satellites), as well as quantitative precipitation and hydrological forecasts together with their uncertainty.
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    Isovist Analyst--An ArcView
    Featured Paper by Sanjay Rana

    Visual surveillance (e.g., CCTV) is now an essential part of the urban infrastructure in modern cities. One of the primary aims of visual surveillance is to ensure maximum visual coverage of an area with the least number of visual surveillance installations, which is an NP-Hard maximal coverage problem. The planning of visual surveillance is a highly sensitive and costly task that has traditionally been done with a "gut-feel" process of establishing sight lines using CAD software. This paper demonstrates the ArcView extension Isovist Analyst, which automatically identifies a minimal number of potential visual surveillance sites that ensure complete visual coverage of an area. The paper proposes a Stochastical Rank and Overlap Elimination (S-ROPE) method, which iteratively identifies the optimal visual surveillance sites. S-ROPE method is essentially based on a "greedy" search technique, which has been improved by a combination of selective sampling strategy and random initialization.
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    Enterprise GIS: Addressing
    Utilities implement enterprise GIS because nearly every key process involves location. Enterprise GIS reduces utility costs, improves decision making, enhances collaboration and communication, and ultimately closes the gaps in the utility's strategic performance targets. This paper will focus on how utilities can use GIS for nearly every aspect of their mission and how the latest developments in GIS fully support the critical activities of utilities. Esri
    Building Custom GIS Quickly
    Nobel Systems, Inc., a privately held corporation, provides geographic information system (GIS) data conversion, GIS data viewing and hosting, and GIS consulting. Nobel Systems is headquartered in San Bernardino, California, with offices in San Marcos, California; Reno, Nevada; and Vineland, New Jersey. It has an affiliate in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as an additional production facility in Bangalore, India. Founded in 1992, the company has as its mission to be the premier supplier of geospatial and GIS services for water-related markets in the United States, with a special focus on public agencies. Esri
    IT and GIS--A Complementary
    Featured Paper by G. Rao, Ajita Kini, Anwar Hassan, Saumyajit Roy

    GIS, integrated with DMS, CRM, GPS/RFID and ERP, has proven to deliver immense benefits to organizations like municipal bodies and utilities where work revolves around spatial information. This is what LAVASA - a privately developed lake city spread over 40 sq kms in western India, is trying to achieve. HOK-US (Masterplanners) and LAVASA’s promoters are building this city to international standards using spatial planning and aim to have the city governance systems supported by a state-of-the-art enterprise GIS.
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    Web-based Mapping Applications
    Mansour Raad, Senior Software Architect for ArcWeb Services at ESRI, discusses how GIS and non-GIS developers can use ArcWeb Services APIs, such as the Flex API, to build real-world mapping applications. Esri
    A Cost-Effective GIS
    The safety of highway travel in Florida is of paramount concern to the state authorities responsible for managing the highway system. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has developed a cost effective, user-friendly GIS-based safety analysis tool for law enforcement officers in Florida using MapObjects 2.2 development kit. The tool allows automatic creation of crash shapefiles using two crash location methods i.e., GPS coordinates and street information. The tool performs numerous crash analyses and creates crash maps by querying information from TraCS (Traffic Criminal Software) database. The tool was customized to allow law enforcement officers to perform numerous spatial analyses by integrating TraCS database with other spatial databases to obtain hazardous crash location in their jurisdiction and undertake appropriate measures. Through user-friendly interface, law enforcement officers and transportation officials could perform numerous analyses and produce maps that can be used for safety improvement programs in their jurisdictions. Esri
    Archaeology and GIS:
    Archaeologically, site-catchment analysis can provide valuable information on ancient survival strategies and social organization. From a cultural resource management perspective, developing models of prehistoric site selection and settlement patterns can improve analysis methodology. Digital access to archaeological data allows the incorporation of cultural resource information into the overall planning process and GIS provides a means to integrate environmental and archaeological information into an effective tool. GIS technology can be used to create environmental archaeology maps to facilitate cultural resource management, planning, mitigation, preservation, excavation, and analyses. This GIS research project establishes site-catchment areas and identifies environmental variables associated with those areas. The sites are then statistically evaluated to determine if the distribution of artifacts is due to chance or related to specific environmental variables. The results are interpreted with ecological, anthropological, and geographical theories to provide insight on prehistoric socio-economic behavior as reflected by the corresponding settlement patterns. Esri Users Group Conference
    The GeoWeb: Spatially
    As we in the geoinformation community move into 2006, a new age in our industry has already begun. Over the last two years, both consumer and commercial awareness of geospatial abilities and applicability has increased exponentially, catching up with, if not exceeding, governmental awareness and valuation of geoinformation. Geoinformation represents the use of geographic information to provide context for discussion, analysis, and decision making. Hardly a newscast, podcast, blog, newspaper, or Web site has not touched on, in one form or another, the use of geoinformation over the last year. Whether it is the direct use of 3D map visualizations in newscasts; map mashups in personal Web sites; or the furthering of discussion regarding phenomenal interest and implications of using maps to visualize our respective lives, communities, and organizations, the geoinformation industry has never had this much of a spotlight. Esri
    Utility of GIS in Search
    Featured Paper by Emrah Soylemez, Nurünnisa Usul

    The main purpose of search and rescue operations is making effective and efficient searches with the ultimate goal of saving lives in the determined area. Two key factors are important in these operations. The first is to determine and specify the incident area by shrinking it; since determining a smaller search area decreases the search time. Secondly, reaching this area in an optimal way, so that the search team will not loose time during the operations.
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    GIS for Land Use Planning
    Featured Paper by Mark Nebel, John Woods, Oliver Pierson, W. Christie, Robert Simpson

    Land use suitability modeling and optimization is a key land use planning tool for the Liberia Forest Initiative (LFI), a partnership of government, international, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to the rehabilitation and reform of Liberia's forestry sector. An iterative spatial suitability model was developed for each of three major land use categories: Commercial Forestry, Community Forestry, and Conservation.
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    Collecting and Managing
    Featured Paper by John Linehan GISP

    Enbridge Energy is going through an evolution in the methods used to collect and report information for pipeline compliance and system integrity. This evolution is steering the company to use data models and off-the-shelf GIS tools to query, manage, and store the increasing volumes of required data. This paper will discuss the approach Enbridge Energy is adopting to collect the necessary information such as using sub-meter GPS, calibrated smart pigging, and aerial interpretation. The goal is to economically gather, model, and process data for reporting items such as Base Assessment Plans, DOT class, High Consequence Areas, centerline location, and for maintenance budgeting in a timely and efficient manner.
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    Geospatial Service-Oriented
    Vendors around the world proclaim their alignment with the concepts of service-oriented architecture (SOA), but how can customers validate these claims? There are a variety of opinions about the key components of a service-oriented architecture, which leads to confusion for many customers and many questions. Esri
    3D Cadastre System using
    The foundation for the development of GIS throughout a local government is cadastral GIS applications. The applications need to maintain the cadastral data known as the tax assessment role, to evaluate land values including buildings and physical structures. Because the current 2D Cadastre systems with 3D visualizations (ArcScene) is a framework to support comprehensive land-related information such as land use, buildings, flood hazards, income and population at the parcel level, there are limitations in representing the complex internal structure of the buildings on geometric and thematic dimensions in the 3D entity (room units) level. It may create difficulty to understand and analyze the human behavior in micro-scale environments. This study, therefore, intends to propose a new approach in creating a 3D cadastre using a 3D topological data model based on Node-Relation Structure in order to represent the 3D attribute data integrated with the 3D spatial data (geometric and topological data) of 3D objects in 3D GIS. Esri
    Coffee of the Thousand
    Rwanda intends to increase coffee quality to compete in the specialty coffee market segment. Coffee operators need to build Washing Stations (WS) to produce high quality coffee. The National University is developing a GIS-based decision support system for investments in the coffee sector. The system will be capable of managing all aspects of coffee production, processing, transportation, and treatment of wastewater. It will also allow Rwanda to develop a marketing tool identifying Rwanda's unique coffee zones. A pilot study washing station was built in 2001 resulting in enhanced quality coffee production. An additional washing station was needed. ArcGIS vector-based spatial analysis was used to identify potential sites. A siting model was then developed using Spatial Analyst to select the best location within each coffee service area. This model incorporates coffee growing capacity, roads, access to clean water, slope, and elevation. Validation of the model was done in the field. Esri Users Group Conference
    Driving GIS productivity
    Featured Paper by Alan Gould

    With 12m km (7.5m miles) of copper and 2m km (1.2m miles) of fibre network being converted and generated for loading into BT’s GIS there are going to be some inaccuracies. Manually amending this data once loaded has proved necessary and needs to be simple and productive for an end user.
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    City of Fort Worth Emergency
    Featured Paper by Betsi Chatham, Robin Britton

    In emergency situations relating to safety and homeland security, spatial data becomes critical in developing responses, containment, and assessing damage. Geographic information systems and the spatial data they contain are tools that have been successfully integrated to augment the capabilities of the Fort Worth–Tarrant County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The City of Fort Worth Homeland Security Planning Group discussed ways to apply GIS to the needs of emergency preparedness and response, which set the wheels in motion for GIS integration with the Emergency Management Office (EMO). Response for EOC activation, standardized maps, emergency planning, continuity in data gathering for damage assessment and reporting, and data analysis and visualization were all identified as critical applications of GIS needed for emergency operations. With this newly found relationship between EMO and GIS, if and when duty calls, the City will respond confidently with a well-designed and practiced plan of attack.
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    Mapping Fish Diversity
    Featured Paper by Ken Buja, Simon Pittman

    Identifying, prioritizing and delineating marine protected areas (MPAs) are important marine resource management activities that often involve determination of habitats and species that are “representative” or “distinctive” (i.e., diversity hot spots and cold spots). To support such initiatives, ecologists from NOAA’s Biogeography Team at the Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment are increasingly called upon to provide accurate, quantitative and spatially explicit information on habitats and species diversity and abundance at relevant spatial scales. Here we present examples of our recent predictive modeling work. We used classical multiple linear regression, regression trees and artificial neural networks to develop fish habitat models that link our fish survey data to benthic structure in the surrounding landscape at multiple spatial scales. We then use GIS to apply the models to mapped sites around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by producing predictive maps at spatial scales suitable for resource management applications in the U.S. Caribbean.
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    Probability Grid Method
    Featured Paper by Richard Heimann, Bryan Hill

    The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, DC GIS group, has developed a comprehensive and streamlined predictive workflow within the ArcGIS geoprocessing framework called the Probability Grid Method (PGM). With multiple versions of the model, we have achieved a scalable tool that permits crime analysts to perform predictive modeling at all ESRI license levels. With variables set as model parameters, this is a complex yet customizable process that yields optimal results. The tool has multiple output statistical tables in addition to the final “probability grid” that is derived from multiple combined and weighed datasets.
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    Best Practices: Loading
    When loading raster data into an enterprise geodatabase, users can specify four raster storage settings: compression, pyramids, statistics, and tile size. This discussion focuses on some best practices for these settings, and raster data throughput between clients and the server. It is recommended that you are familiar with raster data concepts and ArcSDE architecture. Esri
    Best Practices: Working
    Storing symbology in the geodatabase requires planning. This discussion of cartographic representations addresses questions about when to create representations, how to name them, when to use multiple representations for a feature class, why style files are important, and how best to use rules, overrides, and explicit representation fields. To benefit from this discussion, you should have some working knowledge of representations. Esri
    Integrating GIS with
    Featured Paper by Clay Noble

    Over the last ten years, energy companies, including gas gatherers, transmission and distribution companies, have begun using GIS to make maps, meet regulatory requirements, and as a business development and planning tool. Because GIS and pipeline simulation software have similar characteristics and use the same data these companies have begun integrating the two. However, they are finding this easier said than done. This paper discusses the issues and experiences of creating pipeline simulation models from GIS and displaying the results in GIS.
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    Enterprise GIS: Powering
    Utilities depend on customer phone calls to find out what is going on with their system. Rare is the utility that can automatically determine outage location and extent precisely. Rarer is the utility that can reconfigure the distribution network to limit customer outage without human intervention. Ever increasing demand and fuel prices, an aging workforce and infrastructure, power quality requirements, reliability expectations and regulatory oversight are pressing issues. As a result of these issues and an increase in the need to address climate change, utilities must manage their assets and resources more closely.

    The utility of the future involves customer self-service, advanced metering, self-healing grids, automated load management and more use of green technology. Enterprise GIS provides the underlying means to display, manage and operate this vast array of spatially dispersed equipment. It can help utilities discover where to deploy new sources of renewable energy systems. Utilities can use GIS as a framework to apply geospatial information to a host of applications. As a result, GIS helps integrate information from many sources, both internally and externally. It can visualize information for the utility executives, managers and operators. Utilities will rapidly deploy new technologies, like smart meters, sensors embedded in distribution equipment and advanced control and communications equipment. These together with Enterprise GIS integrated within the utility IT framework provides a solid framework for the utility of the future.
    City of Las Vegas Geodatabase
    Featured Paper by Anthony Willis, Elizabeth Marshall, Masao Matsuoka

    With 500,000 residents and 113 square miles, Las Vegas is the largest city in the U.S. founded in the 20th century, and one of the fastest growing metropolitans in the country. The City of Las Vegas is one of ESRI's earliest adoptors, using ArcInfo since the late 1980s. Recently, the City implemented Hansen as its enterprise system. Integration between Hansen and GIS, creation of a spatial data warehouse, and migration to current ArcGIS technology became a priority.
    Led by the IT Department, the City's GIS users worked closely with professionals from Marshall to design a geodatabase that laid the foundation for both integration and migration. The geodatabase design takes advantage of ArcSDE, but also has built-in structures to allow effective synchronization between spatial and Hansen databases. This article summarizes the issues encountered and their solutions, the achievements, and the lessons learned during the enterprise geodatabase design process for a major city.
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    Postal Address Data Management—Adding
    New Zealand Post (NZ Post) is internationally recognized as providing one of the most effi cient and inexpensive postal services in the world. Every year, NZ Post delivers more than one billion items of mail to approximately two million delivery points in New Zealand. Esri
    An Introduction to Surfaces
    In this episode, Clayton Crawford, a product lead on the ArcGIS 3D Analyst team responsible for terrain datasets, and Colin Childs, an instructor with the ESRI Educational Services division, discuss how surface data is stored and managed in ArcGIS, what a terrain dataset is, and some common uses of terrain datasets. Crawford explains why terrain datasets can be a good solution for ArcGIS 3D Analyst users who work with large amounts of surface data. Esri
    Developer Summit: ArcGIS
    Art Haddad, Development Lead and Architect, Sentha Sivabalan, Senior Software Engineer, and Nathan Warmerdam, Product Engineer, discuss their technical session at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as Art, Sentha and Nathan talk about the types of applications that can be built using geoprocessing services and ArcGIS Server and what developers can expect to learn from their technical session. Esri
    ArcGIS Survey Analyst
    Clint Brown and Christine Leslie demonstrate the new capabilities of ArcGIS Survey Analyst. Esri
    A GIS-Based Kriging Approach
    Featured Paper by Ta Chien Chan, Po-Huang Chiang, Jen-Hsiang Chuang, Mei-Lien Chen, I-Fang Mao

    This research utilized data from the Bureau of National Health Insurance (NHI) and Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) during 2000 to 2002. We used asthma's daily outpatient visit record from National Health Insurance database (NHI) in Taiwan. Our definition o asthma case was coded in 493 which was defined by the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). We chose four air pollutants--sulfur dioxide, ozone, suspended part. <= 10 microns in diameter, and nitrogen dioxide. The Ordinary Kriging spatial interpolation technique was employed to create prediction maps for the pollutants. Exposure calculation and batching processing were performed using ESRI's ArcView 9 and ArcView Spatial Analyst extension. Unlike traditional buffer analysis in environmental health, the automated kriging method that we used here can be applied to a large number of sampling data in public health research.
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    Using Custom Editor Tools
    Featured Paper by Anna Fan, Mehul Shah

    Chicago's data infrastructure has evolved to a complex model of layers, tables, and relationships. This session highlights custom tools created to maintain buildings, zoning and utilities data while sheltering the editor from the complexities of referential integrity. The tools maintain many tables simultaneously and streamline the speed and quality of data editing.
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    Mobile GIS Applications
    Featured Paper by Robert Welsh

    Through the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Technical Innovations and Professional Services Branch, agency field offices and SMCRA State and tribal programs are provided with sophisticated mobile GIS software and hardware to adequately assess any impacts resulting from mining activities and to share data with the industry. The Mobile GIS Initiative includes ArcPad 7, GPS Analyst, and ArcMap deployed on a variety of platforms ranging from ruggedized and standard PDAs to Tablet PCs, and a wide range of GPS engines from PC card to Bluetooth-enabled units.
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    GIS Enables Flood Map
    FEMA developed a five-year plan, Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod), to update the NFIP’s digital flood insurance rate maps (DFIRMs). The DFIRMs depict potential flood hazard risk for communities throughout the United States and its territories. FEMA uses DFIRMs to delineate a community’s special flood hazard areas and risk premium. Because flood hazard conditions are dynamic, DFIRM data needs to be continually updated. FEMA contracts with state, local, and regional mapping partners to keep flood hazard maps current and to produce maps. FEMA needed an integrated software solution that could manage these updates and changes. Esri
    A Cost Efficient In-House
    Featured Paper by Matt George Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcIMS and Internet Animation
    Featured Paper by Jan Bliki

    The European Environment Agency developed an entire ArcIMS component library for Macromedia Flash making this development environment fully compatible with ArcIMS. The free component library allows you to make powerful client applications in minutes and gives developers full freedom toward the open source library. Functionalities include among many others zooming, panning, select, query, virtual layers, insets, etc. The extra power of animation makes it easier to handle and visualize complex environmental geospatial data. Operational map services based on ArcIMS and animation tools are developed by the European Environment Agency for several applications such as the first European-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water ), the European Nature Information System (, and the European land-cover viewer (
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    Using ArcGIS “On-the-Fly”
    Following Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the heavily petroleum-industrialized coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, the resources of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) were quickly deployed to that region at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard. OR&R is the primary federal agency that supplies technical and scientific support for oil spills to the U.S. Coast Guard. A true unified command arose in Mobile, Alabama, to deal with pollution response activities. This organization was uniquely successful because it held data management and presentation as critical objectives to ensure effective command, control, and status management of the situation. GIS played a pivotal role in that success. Multiple federal agencies (USEPA, USCG, NOAA) with different ways of managing information worked together to merge their information onto a single constantly updated map. This presentation will focus on lessons learned. Esri Users Group Conference
    Building Tsunami Analysis
    Featured Paper by Nazila Merati, Chris Chamberlin, Edison Gica

    Scientists at the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR) utilize a variety of software programs to develop and analyze tsunami propagation and inundation models results. NCTR software developers are developing tools and applications for ArcGIS and OpenGIS for data management, visualization, and analysis to enhance our capabilities. The ability to directly read netCDF into ArcGIS opens up the opportunities such as analyzing time series of propagation runs and integrating data sets such as critical infrastructure and census information that are not available using traditional tools.
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    GIS Improves Marketing,
    Who would have thought a company could create a lucrative business based on the loose change most Americans have lurking in their pockets, households, and purses? Coinstar, Inc., based in Bellevue, Washington, is the innovative company that has done just that. Coinstar has placed self-service coin-counting machines in the front entrances of supermarkets nationwide. The Coinstar machines count a person’s accumulated coins and dispense a voucher that can be exchanged in the store for cash or groceries. The company has a network of more than 12,500 machines currently available to approximately 165 million consumers in 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Coinstar’s record profi ts and growth demonstrate the company’s success and innovation. Esri
    An ArcGIS Path to Infrastructure
    Featured Paper by Darlene Lister, Leonard Barnhill

    The city of Ottawa, Kansas, has realized the value of GIS and has taken steps to implement a comprehensive program that will allow the city managers and governing bodies to make better decisions about their aging infrastructure. With the assistance and guidance of a local consultant, the Utility Department began by establishing a basemap in Kansas State Plane coordinates; rectifying existing CAD drawings; and field verifying all existing sanitary manholes, utility poles, hydrants, valves, and meters. Using Trimble GeoXT handheld GPS/data collectors, the process has been fast and allowed the city to save money by using temporary summer help to gather the data. Immediate payback will be seen through increased revenue from utility companies hanging lines on city-owned utility poles. Additional benefit has been increased knowledge of connectivity and locational accuracy of sanitary sewer network. This paper details the process of getting the GIS to today and future goals.
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    Implementing Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Hsin-Chih Li, Liang-Wei Chen

    The GIS Portal is a mature concept. Enterprise superintendents need to identify the explicit objectives and use of an interior GIS portal before building one, especially if the company plans to provide professional services to a large number of users. Development of an enterprise GIS Portal has several restrictions. The portal toolkit sets up metadata and map viewer services to satisfy staff of different fields across the enterprise. However, not all spatial data can be accessed and downloaded on the portal. The most difficult task is how to persuade and prove the value of an enterprise GIS Portal. The GIS Portal can integrate with the enterprise MIS and Knowledge Management system. This article introduces the establishment process of an enterprise GIS Portal.
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    Fulfilling EPA Requirements
    Featured Paper by Wendy Braun, Michael Benedict, Michael Bieberitz

    In accordance with EPA requirements, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was required to submit storm water system maps showing storm water outfalls and inflows, drainage systems, and drainage area boundaries along WisDOT maintained roadways.

    Preliminary drainage system information was obtained using as-built and design drawings, both paper and digital. Field data collection and verification were conducted with a GPS field-based system that allowed staff to determine locations and collect attribute information regarding storm water system components.
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    Integrating GIS and Capital
    Featured Paper by Tanya Komogorova, Robert O'Neil

    The Department of Infrastructure Planning and Geo-Resources implemented a sophisticated system for prioritizing projects based on two levels of attribute scores, weights, and a multiplier. First level attributes apply to all projects (service area, neighborhood support, previously committed funds, etc.). Second level attributes comprise socioeconomic, transportation, and planning factors. Scores at the second level are calculated using GIS tools, empirical factors, and Visual Basic for Applications code. A project multiplier was created to address additional public needs issues such as public health, safety, and economic development. This system helped identify projects of highest benefit to the public.
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    It's True! We Registered
    Featured Paper by Phil Hurvitz, Ara Erickson

    When faced with the daunting task of performing a land-use change analysis for all of western Washington over 20 years in three time intervals, the few months scheduled to finish the entire project appeared to be far too short. We had scheduled a substantial amount of time just for registering the 16 Landsat scenes covering the study area. After researching different alternatives for image-to-image registration, we serendipitously stumbled upon a program developed by Robert Kennedy at the USDA Forest Service. By collecting just one (yes, one!) point from the reference image and the input image in ArcMap, running Kennedy’s simple and free program ITPFind in IDL, and importing automatically generated text files into ERDAS IMAGINE's Geometric Correction tool, we were able to register all 16 images in less than one day. Why more people aren't using this method? Most likely because they don’t know it exists. Now you do!
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    Geodatabase for Evaluating
    Featured Paper by David Hansen, Barbara Simpson, Chris Curlis

    A common tool in the evaluation and use of remote-sensing data is the use of polygons for the comparison of spectral characteristics from satellite imagery. A geodatabase provides a useful structure and topology tools for evaluating polygons derived from spectral imagery with other data such as census tracts, administrative boundaries, water areas, or field borders. This office is using the geodatabase structure and associated tools for assessing spectral variations in the dynamic environment of the Central Valley of California. Geodatabases with ArcMap provide the basis for evaluating image information captured with image processing software. The geodatabase provides the flexibility to rapidly address a variety of issues. This includes identifying land-cover changes near facilities or on reclamation administered lands, the status of lands involved in fallowing programs, and baseline information for water conservation programs.
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    GIS for Emergency Response
    Featured Paper by Devon Humphrey

    Recently, there has been an increasing interest in the use of GIS for disaster preparedness and emergency response. While GIS has been maturing as a technology for many years, many emergency response organizations are still grappling with paper maps and fragmented information within their Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Making sense of all the various types and formats of information coming into the EOC during any disaster situation can be chaotic, but GIS can make it much easier to communicate what is happening to high-level decision makers, the general public, and the media.
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    Spatial Data Warehouse
    Featured Paper by Jessie Yan, Allison Bejarano

    One of the biggest challenges today's GIS market facing is the abundance and accessibility of geospatial data. Technology has evolved to enable the fast collection and efficient processing of high resolution earth digital data. To fully exploit the richness of this massive spatial information, organization must design and invest in spatial data storage infrastructure. By leveraging past effort and new technology, Intermap is building a comprehensive spatial data warehouse to accurately capture GIS information and efficiently disseminate to customers via internet. The success of this initiative lays the necessary foundation for sustainable growth.
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    Development of Wildboar
    Featured Paper by Sora Kim, Woo Kyun Lee, Won-Myoung Kim

    The objective of this study was to develop a habitat suitability model of wildboar, and model was based on the concepts of Multi-Criteria Evaluation and GIS. The process of the suitability modeling could be divided into three steps. First, GIS database for the modeling was collected by using wildboar location data in 1997 during 2003. Second, GIS database related to environmental factors affecting the habitat use and availability of wildboar. Finally, a multiple-criteria evaluation was performed as the final step towards a wildboar habitat suitability model.
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    Applying Geodesy: The
    Featured Paper by Patrick Cunningham, Victor Minor

    What good is a map if it is not accurate? When accuracy is important, the basics matter. This will be a discussion on the basic concepts of geodesy and mapping and applying those fundamentals to your day-to-day work. Some topics covered will include horizontal and vertical datums, methods of transformation between datums and their consequences, and the nuts and bolts of various map projections. We will examine how all the pieces add up and why every step is important.
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    Interactive GIS-Web Solution
    Featured Paper by Glendon Morgan, Justin Graham

    The City of Boynton Beach is a local government organization with increasing demands for enterprise-wide GIS web solutions. This has allowed the department to integrate a GIS Web base system within the city's infrastructure. Integrating a mature and comprehensive ITS-GIS Department as one unit, has allowed multiple internal departments to take advantage and utilize GIS technologies for there business solutions.
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    Reducing Crime with GIS,
    Featured Paper by Richard Faris, Shannon Northorp, Nora Donato-Hitchcock, Jason Krejci, Anthony Miller, Nora Donato-Hitchcock

    Lee County, Florida uses GIS to maximize the effectiveness of programs addressing crime. GIS maps and graphics coordinate the actions of the multiple police departments and public safety agencies responding to youth crime in the county. GIS analysis shapes the design and evaluates the efficiency of crime prevention and restorative justice initiatives.
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    GIS and GPS Technology
    Featured Paper by Syed Ali Naqi, Zawwar Hussain, Nadia Akhter

    GPS and GIS technology is the way of the future for the utility industry. Any organization that requires accurate location information can benefit from efficiency and productivity provided by GPS & GIS technology. Every day, from electric, gas and water utilities to telecommunications companies are using geospatial technology to manage their assets with greater precision, streamline everyday tasks, and analyze field data to make important and informed business decisions.
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    Featured Paper by Tim Haverland, Eric Finnen, David Nelson

    EcoGIS, a collaborative project between NOAA Fisheries, NOAA's Ocean Service, and the four fishery management councils for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, has developed a set of GIS tools to better enable both fisheries scientists and managers to adopt ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. We will present models and live demonstrations of the ArcGIS tools to address four high-priority functional areas: general ecosystem characterization, commercial fishery effort mapping, bycatch analysis, and quantification of interactions between fishing gear and bottom habitat. These tools are developed as an extension for ArcGIS 9.x and generate spatial and temporal analyses using specified criteria from a variety of data sources including basemap layers, commercial fishery observations and vessel trip reports.
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    Identifying Wetland Depressions
    Featured Paper by Janet Gritzner

    Processing DEMs for hydrologic modeling generally requires filling of depressions (sinks), features that inhibit surface flow. Majority of sinks are spurious artifacts of DEM creation. Yet some sinks represent real features (i.e., lakes, depressional wetlands, and karst landforms) and should not be filled. To maintain sinks, a threshold grid that identifies real depressions is first generated and, from it, a locate (or seed) mask. Creating a realistic threshold grid requires DEMs that properly resolve topographic depressions, a methodology for sink selection, and data for validation.
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    Managing Enterprise ESRI
    Featured Paper by Nigel Tait

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, is a local government user of ESRI software. In the United Kingdom, prices of ArcView software are about 75 percent higher than in the United States. The costs are one reason why we have developed an innovative ArcObjects application that manages our floating corporate licenses. At its simplest level, it allows us to fairly apportion maintenance costs to 120+ users of ArcView and its extensions.
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    Managing Spatial Data
    Featured Paper by Jun Wu, John Farley, Dana Nibby

    Increasing demand for GIS technology has driven organizations of all sizes to produce and collect massive amounts of spatial data. To leverage the full benefits of that data, organizations must plan for and invest in spatial data storage and infrastructure. When managed effectively, spatial data can support business processes at a larger organizational scale.
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    GIS Automates Utility
    Featured Paper by Steven Van Aartsen

    Contractors, public works employees, and utility companies are all very familiar with the one-call system. Anyone planning to excavate on public or private property calls the one-call center. The center notifies utility companies so they can mark out asset locations.

    The rapid growth of the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, made it difficult for city utility personnel to keep up with the large number of one-call requests (tickets). As the workload increased, the city had to either hire additional staff or find a more efficient way to handle the work requests. City staff worked together to develop a process to geocode the tickets, buffer utility locations, and forward information to the field personnel. ArcInfo, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, and GPS technology transformed the process to make it more accurate, more efficient, and easier to use in the office and out in the field.
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    Cartography and Mapping
  • Working with geographic features
  • Cartographic representations
  • Specifying rules for symbolizing and rendering features
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    A New Paradigm for Modeling
    Featured Paper by Steven Gay

    This presentation will demonstrate perhaps a new GIS model for managing and publishing address points. For Boone County, the primary focus of this initiative was to streamline the management and updating of address information across all data sets. Another focus of this project was automating the creation of a robust published address point layer that is more efficient and ultimately more effective for end users. A great deal of attention was also given to geodatabase topology rules that can be used to enforce spatial integrity and ensure an accurate address point data set.
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    Technology Trends in
    Listen to Jones talk about the trends in surveying and GIS that improve the spatial accuracy of survey data within GIS. Esri
    GIS-Enabled Modeling
    Featured Paper by Thomas Stanzione, Kevin Johnson

    Current C4ISR and simulation systems use different tools and formats for generating and storing geospatial information. C4ISR systems tend to use geographic information systems (GIS), such as C/JMTK, for this information, while simulation systems use proprietary terrain database formats that are generated from a number of different terrain database generation tools. This leads to problems sharing geospatial information between systems, making mission planning or embedded training difficult, as well as problems maintaining geospatial information as it is updated.
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    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Tamrat Belayneh and Nathan Shephard, both 3D visualization product engineers, talk about their technical session at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as they talk about important points to consider when developing 3D applications and discuss the best practices they will provide during their session. Esri
    Thinking about GIS: Geographic
    Listen to Dr. Roger Tomlinson talk about the third edition of his book Thinking about GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers. Esri
    City of Hartford, Connecticut,
    Eugene Cieri is the deputy chief of the Hartford Fire Department in Hartford Connecticut and a Special Achievement in GIS Award winner. Listen as Cieri discusses how the idea began for this project and how GIS was used in order to provide more information for first responders on scene. Esri
    Identification of Economic
    Featured Paper by Joseph Frizado, Bruce Smith, Michael Carroll

    Geographic proximity (co-location) is necessary for potential clustering activity. Therefore, the identification of potential cluster areas is the necessary first phase in a cluster economic development policy. Measures of spatial autocorrelation can used to delineate such clusters. Using the example of the transportation equipment industry in the United States, this research evaluates the application of spatial statistics in the identification of potential cluster areas.
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    PLTS for ArcGIS—Aeronautical
    Managing navigation features, such as great circles, bearing distance, and arcs, in a spatial database presents a unique challenge to the standard geographic information system (GIS) user interface that is optimized for standard feature collection. While these conventional spatial data layers are usually derived through on-screen drawing operations, navigational features are defined primarily as bearings, distances, and geodesic curves related to significant points. Esri
    Designing Service-Oriented
    Featured Paper by Javier Morales

    Technology has made it easier to access, manipulate, and exploit spatial data. Consequently, a more sophisticated spatial awareness has developed among users, resulting in growing dependence on people and organizations for spatial data. This translates to diverse and changing user requirements. This presents a challenge for any supplier.
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    ArcGIS as an Instrument
    Featured Paper by Tânia Nóbrega, Niedja Lemos, Katia Silva

    This work was developed in the city of Joao Pessoa, Brazil. First, we analyzed the improper occupation of public areas during the urbanization process. Areas originally planned to be used as public use areas were, due to disorderly occupation and undue invasions, deprived the population of green areas and public facilities that would have contributed to their well-being. The shape of city lots was used as a methodological procedure, where allotment aimed at becoming public use areas were highlighted and a database with information about those areas was created. Finally, we used the Tax Collection System database (SQL) to compare the intended use of those areas with their present use. Based on this data, we identified a 66 percent loss of green areas and a 74 percent loss of public facilities for areas of irregular occupation, private and/or religious facilities and community associations.
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    ArcPad Application for
    Featured Paper by Shelton Udayakumara, Mark Berkovitz

    Abstract Back ArcPad Application for Municipal Transportation Assets Management Track: State and Local Government Author(s): Shelton Udayakumara, Mark Berkovitz The City of Toronto Transportation Services needs field data collection application that can be used to observe and collect field data related to transportation assets such as pavements and sidewalks. ESRI ArcPad 6.0.3 was customized to design the field data collection tools using ESRI ArcPad Application Builder 6.0.1. ESRI ArcGIS 9.0 was used to manipulate supporting spatial dataset. Enhanced Municipal Pavement Management Application (MPMA), a third-party application, from Static Consulting provides required standardized attributes and historical data related to transportation assets.
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    Implementing Geomarketing
    Featured Paper by Rafael Marquez, Rodrigo Santos

    Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) is a major wireless operator offering services throughout Brazil. Each of our regions is unique and has different customer needs and competitive environments. GIS assures that important information, such as the behavior of our potential customers and competitors per micro region, can be visualized and analyzed
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    Environmental Mapping
    Featured Paper by Flynn Adams, Suzy Brunzell, Laura Audette, Michael McGuiness, Neil Quisenberry, Rob Simmonds, Edward Fairbanks

    The objectives of Environmental Mapping in Snohomish County are to assist in property development/permitting, improve regulatory review, and provide for land capacity analysis. The location of streams, water bodies, wetlands, and steep slopes on individual parcels is a desirable component. The estimate for a detailed ground survey mapping these features exceeds thirteen million dollars and is possible only with an extended timeframe. Alternatives utilizing remote sensing technology in conjunction with GIS are developed to model reality at considerably less cost.
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    ArcSDE: Log File Management
    This discussion focuses on the ArcSDE log file management options and ESRI recommendations for ArcGIS 9 with Oracle. The intended audience is database administrators and ArcSDE managers. It is recommended that you are familiar with database and ArcSDE architecture and terminology, and suggested that you first listen to ArcSDE: An Introduction to Log Files. Esri
    Geodatabase Archiving:
    ArcGIS 9.2 introduces a new method of maintaining a historical record of your data, called geodatabase archiving. When archiving is enabled, changes to your datasets are recorded and can later be queried to view the state of features at any point in history. This discussion describes how the geodatabase implements this archiving capability and includes general topics about historical data. Esri
    Introduction of ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Johan Häggqvist, Tomas Sandström, Thomas Sandstrom

    Trelleborg city in the very south of Sweden have used a new system for implementation of survey data to their new ArcGIS system. The complete system is new for us, leaving the old file-based Auto-Ka system and going to a complete ArcGIS/ArcSDE database system. This required some thinking, both for adding all the data and also for continuously works from survey to administration.
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    Enterprise GIS (Audio,
    John Young, Director, Enterprise Solutions at ESRI and former CIO of the CIA highlights real-life Enterprise GIS implementations from a CIO perspective. Esri
    The Geological/Geotechnical
    Featured Paper by Alessio Mereu, Luca Zini, Paolo Locatelli

    The Geological and Geotechnical Map of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy) is a project aimed at creating a geological database with maps at a scale of 1:5,000. The database has approximately 34,000 information points and the map is presently completed for 1,100 km2 (approximately 1,500 km2 will be added soon). This Map will allow to underline the geolithological, geostructural, geomorphological, geotechnical, geomechanics and hydrogeological characteristics of this region.
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    Building a Public Works
    Public works and geographic information system (GIS) technology have a long and successful history together. GIS has provided public works departments with the data management and visualization tools necessary to support daily operations from mapping to data collection to analysis— helping plan, implement, and maintain the critical infrastructure of the community. However, in recent years, information management has become an equally crucial function of local government, requiring a parallel infrastructure of computerized systems to help meet demand, track progress, and plan for the future. Esri
    Enterprise GIS for Utilities:
    A geographic information system (GIS) is a language for communicating content and processes for the utility business. People working in the utility industry need a better understanding of the context of change, what it means, and how they can manage their present and their future. They need better information and a framework for understanding and collaboration. As utilities merge and staff shrink, sharing workflows in an automated and systematic way is vital. The enterprise GIS platform facilitates collaboration by unifying the underlying data infrastructure and workflows with other key utility information system (IS) platforms such as SCADA; enterprise resource planning (ERP); asset, work, and outage management; and field force automation. Esri
    Traffic Road Book Quality
    The San Bernardino County Traffi c Road Book has been in use for more than 30 years. The Traffi c Road Book serves as an invaluable resource for county departments, such as the Public Works Department, to help staff respond to public inquiries. It is often referenced in reports and work orders. It is a large, hardbound book of black-and-white maps that presents a complete inventory of streets and street segments maintained by the largest county in the continental United States. The book is a collection of 166 maps divided into 37 pages showing roads and other thematic layers for multiple urban areas and 129 pages illustrating individual urban areas. Road features were not updated often until recently when the county decided to produce a new, full-color Traffi c Road Book using ESRI® ArcGIS® software. Esri
    The Smart Grid cannot
    Electric utilities face serious challenges. Normal demand continues to rise. Should a significant increase in the use of electricity for transportation materializes, demands will soar. Meanwhile, the infrastructure continues to age. Within a short period, a large percentage of skilled utility workers will retire. Many utilities will implement Smart Grid to cope with these challenges. This presentation details how Enterprise GIS is a key technology for Smart Grid. It illustrates how GIS can be an essential tool for the roll out of the Smart Grid technologies, which includes Advanced Metering Infrastructure, selfhealing and demand response components. Esri
    A Down-to-Earth GIS Plan
    How the City of Phoenix, Street Transportation Department developed a comprehensive GIS Implementation and Data Conversion Plan based on a simple set of concepts and a checklist approach to problem solving. Esri
    The Development of a
    Featured Paper by David Jackson, Vivek Srivastav

    A comprehensive address database has a broad range of uses in the efficient delivery of government services. Constructing a Master Address Repository (MAR) for the city of Washington, D.C., was a time-consuming, complex, and challenging task. The repository now has more than 133,000 unique, valid addresses assembled and researched from more than 20 unique sources. Along with building the repository, comprehensive methods and testing procedures are utilized to check and maintain the MAR’s integrity and accuracy. MAR has more than just the address information. It contains various critical geographies such as Ward and Police District, the location of the address, as well as attribution that links back to the District’s Street Spatial Database (SSD).
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    GISCorps at Hurricane
    Featured Paper by Katy Carpenter

    Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the coast of Mississippi and Louisianna, I was called by GISCorps to help. After a briefing in Jackson, I was deployed to Wiggins, Mississippi, which is about 35 miles from the coast. Here, there was a lot of damage from wind and fallen trees. During our stay, FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers came and made the depot their headquarters. We were able to help them navigate the county and find where the damage was. With the GIS information we had, we were able to send them to locations where there were people who needed the most help first. Overall in a disaster situation, it is important to realize at what capacity you have to work with in terms of facilities, people, and level of need when leveraging a GIS system. This paper will cover my experience and what I learned.
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    A RFID tag and ubiquitous
    Featured Paper by Shigeru Oishi

    In institution administrative tasks such as public facilities,It explains the case with system construction that makes the field operation related to the maintenance check and the maintenance of operation and maintenance facilities efficiency by using electronic tag (RFID) and portable terminal (PDA).

    The feature of this system is to be able to recognize facilities (facilities specification, positional, past check record etc.) where abnormality is caused instantaneously by using electronic tag (RFID) that records the facilities management number and the location information when an abnormal location are discovered on the site.
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    SOA What? GIS Services
    Featured Paper by David Mockert, Kenneth Parsons

    The state of Wisconsin is in the process of developing a robust enterprise geographic information system service. As part of a larger IT Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Wisconsin Enterprise GIS (WEGIS) is developing a set of geospatial technology service offerings that can be plugged into business applications and services that will be available on the state of Wisconsin’s Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) framework. These services will be developed using open standards and enterprise IT frameworks so users can incorporate GIS in almost any application, on a variety of computing and mobile devices, using geographic information accessed from databases and Web services kept in almost any format.
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    Uncertainty, Misinterpretation
    Featured Paper by Mark Leipnik, Sanjay Mehta

    Geospatial data stands on two figurative legs: geographic data and related attribute data. In this paper, the accuracy, completeness and appropriateness of the attribute data contained in responses to questions on forms for the U.S. decennial census and American Community Survey will be discussed. Specifically, issues of undercounts, mobile populations, falsification and misinterpretation of instruments, privacy and handling of low population areas and analysis of special groups such as gays and expatriates will be featured. The potential and actual misuse and misinterpretation of TIGER data in marketing studies, along with potential solutions available to cope with errors and reduce uncertainty in the use and analysis geodemographic attribute data, are the major emphasis of this paper.
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    Profit Driven Geomarketing
    Featured Paper by Bruno Marsili

    Operating in a tough competitive market such as the mobile communications in Brazil, Telecom Italia Mobile seeks for market leadership based on a sustainable company growth. The use of GIS as an integrated geo-database with comprehensive information (customer information and usage, distribution channel, demographics and market census), supports market behavior analysis and drives the implementation of tactical regional marketing plans.
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    ArcGIS Online Overview
    Bern Szukalski, Product Manager at ESRI, presents an overview of the new product ArcGIS Online. Listen as he discusses the content and capabilities that ArcGIS Online services provide to ArcGIS users. Esri
    Implementing Enterprise
    Featured Paper by James Mitchell, Joshua Kent

    A model for the implementation of enterprise GIS is presented. The model was developed for implementation at a state agency level, and is based on the concept of access to enterprise information assets for all levels of users. A four-level user model is described that defines the continuum of users from the non-GIS user, who seeks only information, to the most experienced "power user" who develops data and applications.
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    GIS in Education (Audio,
    Charlie Fitzpatrick, K-12 School Solutions Manager at ESRI provides examples on the importance of GIS in elementary and secondary education. Esri
    Developing and Deploying
    Most organizations today have application portfolio needs that span multiple departments, geographies, business units, and heterogeneous hardware and software platforms. A flexible and responsive IT architecture is needed to meet the business goals of such organizations. In response, many organizations are adapting a service-oriented architecture (SOA) style of enterprise architecture in their technology infrastructure. The appeal of an SOA approach is in its promise as an IT enabler of flexible, responsive business capabilities. Esri
    Automated QA/QC Tests
    BAE Systems produces cartographic products including Topographic Line Maps (TLMs) (1:50,000 through 1:250,000) and feature databases (FDBs). BAE Systems’ products and services must meet high quality control (QC) standards, be produced in a timely manner, and allow the production staff to make updates quickly. “Raw extraction or updating existing feature databases has been a primary task,” said Allan Blades, production manager at BAE Systems. “Some of the tools that we have used for feature extraction at our facility were good mapping tools but left much editing and end processing to be done to achieve a product compatible with customer specifications for FDBs.” Esri
    Critical GIS Integration
    Featured Paper by Andrew Webster, Jeff Kirshberg, Pete Muserelli

    The California State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted Order No. 2006-0003-DWQ, mandating that publicly owned sanitary sewer collection systems in California develop a Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP), in order to prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO). As this order mandates that the SSMP be updated internally every two years and externally every five, the development of a successful SSMP must emphasize the creation and maintenance of easily updateable data and analysis.
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    ArcGIS Tool for BFE Placement
    Featured Paper by Richard Stuhan, Andrew MacLeod

    Base Flood Elevation (BFE) contours are drawn on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to represent the 100-year flood water surface elevation. The FEMA Map Modernization Program (MMP) includes the creation of Digital FIRMs (DFIRMs). One goal of the MMP is to convert all flood maps from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88. BFEs are placed as whole-foot contour lines to represent the Flood Profile. Typically, the datum conversion value is not a whole number, which necessitates a revision of BFE contour locations. A semiautomated toolset was developed with ArcGIS ModelBuilder to assist in locating the datum converted BFE locations. This toolset uses existing streamline and cross section data as inputs and produces a point shapefile. This point shapefile is the location of the datum converted whole-foot BFE locations.
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    Building a Regional Traffic
    Featured Paper by Lina Kulikowski, Ilir Bejleri

    The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Broward County, Florida, has developed a procedure for mapping and analyzing automobile, bicycle and pedestrian crashes to identify problematic areas in order to prioritize transportation improvement funding and develop countermeasures. In the Broward County metropolitan area, traffic crash reports are generated and maintained by various local law enforcement agencies and state safety and transportation departments. This paper discusses challenges and successes of integrating crash databases from multiple agencies as well as the process of crash mapping using a customized ArcGIS geocoding extension and crash analysis using a combination of ArcGIS geoprocessing, linear referencing, ModelBuilder, Spatial Analyst, Tracking Analyst, Network Analyst, and 3D Analyst.
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    Condominium Conversions
    Featured Paper by J. M. Pogodzinski, Alicia Parker, Tito Vandermeyden

    Condominium conversions have gained popularity due to low interest rates, a lack of vacant residentially zoned land, and increasing construction costs. Conversions have also been viewed as problematical because they reduce the stock of rental housing and so are thought to have an adverse impact on lower-income households. This paper employs GIS to test a tenure choice/housing supply model that compares the cost of renting versus owning, given households’ income constraints. The model is designed to predict the proportion of people who rent under various circumstances. The model can also be used to make predictions of when it becomes profitable to convert rental apartments to ownership condominiums. We apply the model to a San Francisco Bay Area community. GIS is used to show the spatial relationships between predicted values of the model (e.g., condominium conversions) and demographic characteristics of the community (e.g., income groups).
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    Label Conflict Detection
    Featured Paper by Kevin McMaster

    A detailed mapping project that covers a large, complex area is prone to a number of issues not generally associated with maps of lesser complexity. Namely, labeling conflicts that can usually be detected visually are difficult to pick up when dealing with thousands of labels on top of complex feature datasets. The use of a search grid is useful, but still labeling conflicts will remain despite repeated passes as there is nothing to guarantee that all conflicts have been spotted and resolved. This paper examines the innovative use of data format conversion and raster modeling to pinpoint and highlight label conflicts. This method saved time and effort, but most important, it virtually guaranteed a final map product free of labeling conflicts.
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    Morphology Analysis in
    Featured Paper by Grzegorz Kunikowski, Tadeusz KRUPA

    The paper presents the results of morphology analysis (AIDA technique) for land suitability assessment. The methodology has been applied to energy crops potential assessment for liquid biofuel production within a European Union research project.
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    Geographical Underwriting-Risk
    Featured Paper by Michaela Unsinn

    The ability to manage catastrophe risks depends very much on the degree of familiarity with the risk situation, the risk concentration, and the lines of business involved in a certain area. To assess the overall risk better and to control or optimize the exposures, insurers and reinsurers must be in a position to give a competent answer to the question, “Where are the risks?” Geographical underwriting is a promising solution since the markedly different risk situation now confronting the industry makes a detailed spatial observation of risks indispensable.
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    Response Surfaces in
    Featured Paper by Rich Piel, Debra Prins, Christie Most, Bob Kaldor, Don Saxby

    By the end of 2003, the King County Department of Assessments had the ability to use GIS to spatially analyze and value real property. ESRI’s Geostatistical Analyst was looked upon to expand the usefulness of GIS in the real property valuation process by analyzing location influences. A Response Surface characteristic was viewed as a potentially valuable addition to model building in NCSS.
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    A Spatial Analysis of
    Featured Paper by Brian Ward, Bryce Wells, Brian Davenhall

    The NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the most popular events in both athletics and entertainment. Each year, millions of people watch the games, but not only that: they also bet on the games; travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see their teams play; and most important, they compete in NCAA tournament bracket contests. This study takes a look at historical NCAA Tournament results since 1985 (the year the tournament expanded to 64 teams) to determine whether or not there is spatial correlation between the distance of competing teams to their game sites, based on either their seeding and/or the Vegas lines, relative to their success in tournament games. The end result will not only be the results of the study but also a fascinating visualization of the last 20 years of the NCAA tournament.
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    GIS Techniques for Avalanche
    Featured Paper by Douglas Scott

    Until recently almost all avalanche and snowprofile data observations were recorded on hard copy and or did not have a spatial component. With the current advances in technology this has become affordable and reasonable to implement. This paper will present a geodatabse model based on the 2004 US National snow and avalanche observation guidelines and techniques for building avalanche atlas maps, sourced from newly collected and legacy data.
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    QA/QC for GIS Data: Visual
    Once data has passed initial quality control checks, a more intensive visual inspection is necessary to ensure quality and confidence in the data. However, this can be a time-consuming process that adds cost to the project. This discussion offers several methods that will save you time and reduce the costs of manually examining map features. Esri
    An Overview: GIS and
    Listen to Hecht present an overview of DMS technology and learn some of the benefits of integrating GIS with a DMS Esri
    Introducing PlaceLynx
    Listen to Hecht explain the basic features of PlaceLynx for ArcGIS, an integrated GIS/DMS solution. Esri
    Comparison of Kriging
    Featured Paper by Barnali Dixon, Nivedita Candade, Robert Stetson

    Kriging is a statistical technique that uses semi-variograms to produce a continuous surface from point data and provide an estimate for unsampled locations. This study aims to predict contamination wells using different kriging methods such as universal, ordinary, disjunctive, probability, indicator, and simple kriging to determine which method is optimal in predicting contamination of wells. Each method's performance was assessed by calculating the proportion of sites that were misclassified as non-contaminated when they were actually contaminated and vice-versa. The methods were validated with a subset of wells not included in the original simulation. The study looked at nine organic and inorganic contaminants. Comparisons of the various methods were made using ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst and MAPCALC. Results show that there are considerable differences in prediction of contaminate potential when different kriging methods were used. This study will provide a basis for future comparisons of vulnerability maps to the well contamination.
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    Municipal Land Development
    Featured Paper by Frank Miele

    The city has recognized that a crucial component to a growth management strategy is integrating database and developing information systems related to urban growth. This data must be comprehensively gathered, shared and communicated among internal departments, external agencies, and stakeholders. It is through the land development application process that growth-related activity is initiated. Keying on the business needs and workflows of departments and achieving good information management, will move the city toward meeting strategic goals regarding growth management. The automation of the land development approval processes is a complex task.
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    Job Tracking for ArcGIS
    Geographic information system (GIS) implementations, both large and small, often involve many people with different roles and skill sets; multiple tasks with detailed workflows; and a variety of datasets, software, and tools. It is critical for project success that this information (processes, staff allocation, progress, and status) be tracked while ensuring the work is completed in the most efficient and timely manner possible. Being able to facilitate and monitor these efforts in a way that does not encumber the business process and is tightly integrated with the software has traditionally been the challenge when it comes to job tracking and workflow management. Esri
    Methodology Statement:
    When considering where to expand your business, you must know if the prospective trade area is similar demographically to the areas around your existing successful locations. If you use vague or incorrect information as part of your site selection decisions, you can lose time and money when the sites don't fit your company's business model. ESRI's solution is the Scorecard Analysis. It will help you clarify the demographic element of site selection and select potentially successful sites. Esri
    Collaborative Capital
    The City of Charlotte is using ArcIMS GIS technology to support collaboration with Capital Investment Planning (CIP) activities across multiple departments and agencies. The effort is a multi-phased initiative designed for CIP submittal request data entry, multi-agency collaboration and reporting. Data management is enhanced by the centralization of CIP project requests via a web-based interface that populates and updates the CIP data model in SQL Server geodatabase format. CIP projects that have a spatial component, such as infrastructure or facilities, are identified by creating locations on a map. The collaboration component delivers view, query and overlay mapping functionality to identify opportunities for project timing, funding and other collaborative efficiencies. The application allows City budget staff to create funding status reports and track the CIP project lifecycle from a budgetary perspective. Esri Users Group Conference
    Applying GIS to Involve
    Featured Paper by Ya-Hui Huang, Jungchun Chen, Tien-Yin Chou, Ching-Yun Mu

    Albeit the primary focus of Taiwan’s agricultural sector has remained maximizing "production gains" over the past two decades, the agricultural industry underwent a paradigm shift. Sustainable agricultural development is being integrated methodically with the recreational industry, necessitating corresponding changes in commercial operations. Although GIS can aid propaganda via promotional Web sites and provide accurate travel information, it has rarely been used in these domains. A route planning map, for instance, facilitates trip planning and is indeed a valuable asset to tourism. Of late, a new trend in GIS is PPGIS (Public Participation GIS), wherein GIS is being used as a media to involve public opinion. We employ PPGIS as a tool to promote rural villages and local agriculture industry while simultaneously incorporating public participation. Villagers and other interest groups are provided an interactive graphical platform with simple model components to design better landscape scenarios, thus providing a comprehensive picture to the government.
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    An ArcGIS Schematics
    Featured Paper by Diego Portillo

    How do you display a network of more than 6 miles of line in a small monitor? Using the new version of ArcGIS Schematics and your network, your organization should be able to move its lines and points any where to make the display 'pretty and fitted.' Using your network, you are still able to do any trace, edit your data, move your points and line, and keep the integrity of it without duplicating work and efforts. You can even use your enterprise or personal geodatabase and bring it to the field. ArcGIS Shematics is not just for military applications, electric utilities can profit immensely from it. This is an example of the application.
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    Architectural Reconstruction
    Featured Paper by Todd Brenningmeyer, D.J. Begg

    Excavations conducted at the site of Tebtunis, Egypt, between 1929 and 1935 uncovered numerous architectural features representing more than 1,000 years of continuous occupation. Unfortunately, the results of these excavations were never fully published. Wind, sand and time have since buried or eroded much of the architecture identified during these excavations. In 1998, a series of overlapping stereo pairs of the site were discovered within the Archives of Gilbert Bagnani at Trent University. The aerial images provide a photogrammetric snapshot of the site as it appeared when fully uncovered during the 1934 and 1935 field seasons. A project to reconstruct the site’s architecture using these overlapping stereo pairs and ArcGIS and Stereo Analyst software is currently underway. Architectural details, as well as wall heights, widths, and excavated room volumes, are reconstructed using photogrammetric techniques and GIS software.
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    Integration of GIS with
    Featured Paper by Michael Garcia

    Historically for Public Works departments within a local government, managing infrastructure has been a difficult process. Hand drawn maps offered little to no information about the assets themselves or what condition they were in. This meant that most resident calls resulted in a more reactive response to repair something. GASB 34 and NPDES compliance have offered local governments the opportunity to shift their practice into proactive asset management. By utilizing GPS to map infrastructure, our inventory data has been migrated into GIS. We have integrated GIS with our existing work management system to implement a comprehensive asset management program. GIS and ArcIMS are being used by staff for routine field inspections to proactively monitor public assets. This enables field staff to better plan repairs or replacement activities and management to develop long-term capital improvement funding plans. GIS will provide better customer service and more responsible use of public tax dollars.
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    Scale-Dependent Rendering
    Featured Paper by Jinmu Choi

    The geometric representations of geographic features are mostly dependent on the visual scale. A building may be a point in a small scale but a polygon in a large scale. This paper describes a methodology that allows a scale -ependent rendering with a symbol knowledge base. To render features at a particular scale, we first specify scale ranges and symbol rules for each feature and then store them in a symbol knowledge base. The main contribution of the paper is an algorithm for feature geometry reconstruction based on the scale for adequate symbolization. Another useful methodology is the use of knowledge base for symbolization that can be accumulated and adapted for various mapping applications.
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    Understanding Threatrened
    In 2002 the city of Boston built a charismatic new bridge--the cable-stayed Leonard Zakim Bridge. Many places that were previously undistinquished now have new value because of views or potential to create views of this new icon for the city. Likewise, some of these windfall view corridors may be threatened because of view-seeking development that may happen in between. Esri Users Group Conference
    GIS for Coal Mine Site
    Featured Paper by Daniel Kestner

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy's Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) is responsible for ensuring the reclamation of land affected by surface and underground coal mining activity. The Federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and Reclamation Enforcement's (OSMRE) Technical Innovation and Professional Services (TIPS) TIPS helps strengthen the capabilities of States, Tribes, and OSM staff to enforce Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). Most, if not all, mining information is location-based.
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    Database Design and Process
    Featured Paper by Philip Campman

    The City of Austin's Watershed Protection and Development Review Department (WPDRD) has embarked on the development of an enterprise GIS constituting the drainage facilities that it owns and maintains. This project is directly related to a set of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) being performed to research and collect attribute data from both hard-copy sources (construction plans, section maps, etc.) and field research. While groundwork was laid to gather a broad set of information that will be collected for the research/field projects, a comprehensive database design of the infrastructure along with a process for implementing a 'day forward' maintenance of the database had not been completed.
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    ArcSDE Enterprise Geodatabase
    Featured Paper by David Torraca, Marsil Zook, Rupali Kale

    For the past several years, Loudoun County, Virginia has been ranked among the fastest growing counties in the nation. Loudoun's GIS, a mature, enterprise system, having its beginnings in 1986, is also growing as the SDE Enterprise Geodatabase model is being developed to standardize GIS operations throughout the organization. The County's mainframe database, DB2, is the relational database used with ArcSDE, which presents its own unique challenges. This paper explores the challenge of implementing ArcSDE in conjunction with supporting existing procedures and developing new business practices.
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    Water Utility GIS Development
    Featured Paper by Ryan Fernandes, Todd Thies, Kirk Contrucci

    The Public Works department in Fulton County, Georgia, is in its fourth year of a five-year initiative intended to create a comprehensive inventory of its water and sewer features. As part of the initiative, Fulton County contracted with Ayres Associates in the spring of 2006 to develop a surface model capable of supporting 2-foot contours from LiDAR (light detecting and ranging), as well as countywide 6-inch resolution color orthophotography. This data has already proven to be highly useful for infrastructure inventory and watershed analysis. The Public Works department's new datasets are also having an immediate effect on how Fulton County engineers make decisions.
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    Everyone knows the real estate mantra of "Location, location, location." Selecting the best site to locate a business is very difficult; if the wrong site is chosen, this decision can be costly. Storage USA predicts that the average cost of a new facility is more than $4 million dollars! Cory Grubbs, financial analyst with Storage USA says that, "Locating sites where our product can best serve our customers is one of the more challenging aspects of the self-storage business." Esri
    ESRI Trend Analysis: 2008/2013
    The predominant development in 2008 is not growth but decline—the fallout from the downturn in the housing market. There are still areas of growth and pockets of prosperity to report; however, there are few areas untouched by the decline of the housing market and the ensuing credit crunch. Esri
    Base Map Updates Using
    Featured Paper by Mita Mathur, Kristin Brown, Larry Stipek

    This paper presents an overview on the Base Map updates project taken by Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information System. OMAGI updates all base map data selectively according to development patterns. Various parts of the county are updated from aerial photography through stereo compilation and photogrammetry. Ground features are captured and attributed through the base map maintenance services contract kept by the county. Base Map data layers include planimetric (Buildings, roads, miscellaneous cultural features), environmental (Hydrology, forest cover), and topographic (elevation contours and spot heights) features. Many annual cycles (2000 to present) of base map update contribute to the development of these layers.
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    An Enterprise Approach
    The right mix of software components combined with a flexible development environment and organizational framework go a long way to implement a successful enterprise GIS for Adams County. This paper provides a detailed look at enterprise GIS from both a software design and system implementation perspective. It provides a proven approach to successfully managing,integrating, and delivering ESRI software to a diverse user base. Esri Users Group Conference
    Applications on Slope
    Land resources in Taiwan are limited, and two thirds of the territory is the mountainous and hilly areas that can't be highly developed. Due to the population explosion, people gather in urban areas. The slope lands predominate three fourths of Taiwan Island becomes the target of urban sprawling. The limited land resources are getting less, worse, and beyond its tolerance under the circumstances of over-development. Improper development causes damages to natural environment easily because of the complicated and special natural environment. Damages caused by natural disasters in recent years can approve the counterattacks of mother nature. Otherwise, insufficient human resource and heavy workload in supervising slope land developing behaviors lead to occurrence of frequently illegal development that is a threat to conservation and homeland security. Hence, RS, GPS, and GIS technologies are integrated and used to assist the monitorship on slope land development and to hold back the illegal behaviors. Esri Users Group Conference
    Enterprise Asset Management
    Featured Paper by Mike Casella, Steve Kerr

    PSE&G, New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility serving 1.6 million gas customers, recently implemented a Gas GIS system. This involved converting paper maps to digital format and migrating automated asset and customer data to the GIS. Concurrent with the implementation of the GIS, PSE&G implemented interfaces to keep the GIS synchronized with its Asset Management System and its Customer Information System.
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    Building an Enterprise
    Featured Paper by John Farley, Jun Wu, Hardee Cox, Terry Norris, Chris Tilley, L.C. Smith

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has long desired an enterprise linear referencing system. This desire has led to various efforts over the years without a successful implementation. To face and overcome the challenges and problems that have plagued the LRS efforts in the past, an LRS Task Force was formed. The purpose of this LRS Task Force is to clearly define the LRS Project in terms of deliverable data products, establishment of a repeatable business process and, finally, development of the ability to manage these products. This document will attempt to explain this purpose by providing an LRS model, business process, and a list of deliverables.
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    Creating Time Series
    Featured Paper by Michael Hickey

    The major goal of the Tulare Land Cover Classification System (TLCCS) is to develop a consistent set of land-cover maps, spanning the period 1986 into the future. Using ArcGIS ModelBuilder, Tulare County has generated a detailed time series of land-cover maps by blending data from several sources. These maps will be used to monitor changes in land cover in a rural county experiencing rapid urban growth in the San Joaquin Valley. The TLCCS has been organized to maximize integration with other classification systems, such as those used by California's Farmland Monitoring and Mapping Program (FMMP), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the United States Geological Survey's National Land Cover Database of 1992. The maps of the TLCCS are generated by blending information from these sources as well as the GIS PARCELS layer, which includes the Assessor's USE code for all parcels in the county.
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    Floodplain Delineation
    Featured Paper by Alfredo Frauenfelder

    Henrico County, Virginia, has been working with FEMA to accomplish a comprehensive update to the locality's Floodplain Management Program. This included complete redelineation of the locality's Special Flood Hazard Areas and creation of Enhanced Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (E-DFIRMs). This locality is one of the first localities in the nation to develop E-DFIRMs. This GIS-based effort allows the determination of floodplain extent on a site-by-site basis including all related flood study documentation in the form of a GIS-enabled relational database management system (RDBMS). The new floodplain delineation provides the basis for updating the locality's Code of Ordinances in regard to the management of floodplain areas in the locality. This comprehensive approach gives detailed and accurate planimetric and topographic data as well as provide the legislative framework to protect life and property in the locality.
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    Modeling Ungauged Tributaries
    Featured Paper by Carlos Aragón, Leonard Malczynski, Enrique Vivoni, Vincent Tidwell, Sarah Gonzales

    While there are many instrumented basins throughout the world, the majority of watersheds that act as tributaries remain ungauged, in particular for semiarid areas. In this study, we will present results from the application of a semidistributed watershed model in the Río Salado basin, New Mexico. The model is formulated in Powersim Studio 2005, a system dynamics software able to represent physical equations in a graphical manner. Geographic information systems are used to both preprocess data into the model domain (e.g., hydrological response units) and to postprocess spatial model results. For example, by processing data in ArcMap and Arc Hydro, land surface properties of a tributary can be used as input parameters for the model. The goal of this project is to combine current GIS tools with a dynamic watershed model to create maps depicting an estimate of the contributions of ungauged, semiarid tributaries, such as the Río Salado, to larger main stem rivers.
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    Oakland Citywide Sidewalk
    Featured Paper by Karl Pierce, Rob Mazur

    The city chose CMA as prime consultant to create an inventory of the close to 1,500 miles of street centerline in this city of more than 400,000 residents. This perhaps is the first geospatial inventory of its kind. The inventory would document the type, severity and area of sidewalk damage in all nine city council districts individually and for the city as a whole. The data collected will also include statistics on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance that will aid the city’s chosen consultant in preparing a PROW (Public Right-of-Way) Transition Plan for ADA purposes.
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    Spatial and Temporal
    Featured Paper by Jake Satin-Jacobs, Julie Henry

    Los Angeles Metro required the development of a GIS that would spatially and temporally track the supply (scheduled buses) and demand (ridership) for its buses on all bus routes. Analysis needed to be for any given time period and results had to be at the city block level. The completed system would assist Metro in adjusting the number of buses and coordinating schedules to anticipate demand. This need led to the development of the Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Transportation Statistics (STATS) GIS system. This paper will outline the methodology used to create STATS and give examples of its use by Metro.
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    GIS and Document Management
    Featured Paper by Stephen Sherman

    Greensboro NC (population 230,000) has partnered with Perceptive Software to integrate our GIS with the City's enterprise-wide document management system. In doing so, Greensboro has implemented a solution for storing and retrieving spatially referenced documents such as engineering drawings, contracts, invoices and the like. An ArcMap based interface allows users to index and associate any type of scanned or electronically stored document to GIS features.
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    City of Miami GIS Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Diana Umpierre

    The goals of the City of Miami GIS data infrastructure include to speed the process of quality-driven data updates, to streamline the process of exposing spatial data to other City systems (such as Police CAD, workflow-driven permitting applications and document management systems), and to facilitate data sharing with other government agencies and the public. This paper provides an overview of the current City of Miami GIS data infrastructure, its associated maintenance workflows and the user applications it supports. It includes a discussion about the automated ETL processes and custom editing applications currently in use.
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    An Introduction to the
    This discussion provides an overview of the Instructional Series Podcasts. Nick Frunzi, Director of Educational Services at ESRI, explains why we are creating podcasts and how you can provide feedback. Future plans and other general information are also discussed. Esri
    New Cadastral Editor
    Brent Jones, Surveying and Engineering Manager at ESRI, discusses how the new cadastral editor tools in ArcGIS Survey Analyst 9.2 improve parcel management. Esri
    Mapping Wind Exposure
    Featured Paper by David Barbour

    GIS has existed in Tillamook County since 1997, but failed to produce products to support County needs. In December 2005, a change in staff caused a change in focus to a more customer driven GIS. After meeting with Building Department staff, the need for maps displaying special hazard areas was identified. The first map series that was developed classified tax lots by High Wind Exposure. This was of special interest to the building inspectors and permit technicians.
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    ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS
    Bern Szukalski presents ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Explorer. Esri
    Geospatial Computer-Aided
    The primary mission of public safety is to respond to emergency events to protect life and property. Many communities are growing in terms of population and geographic area. Many are also exposed to increased hazards associated with industry, crime, and proximity to natural risks such as wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and severe weather. Increased exposure means emergency response requests are more frequent, complex, and dangerous. Esri
    Creating Enterprise Insurance
    Norwich Union is the largest insurer in the United Kingdom (UK) with a market share of approximately 20 percent, insuring more than 700,000 businesses, one in fi ve motor vehicles, and one in fi ve households in the UK. Esri
    Using GIS to Promote
    Economic development is a broad subject encompassing many business segments, usually a government agency or supporting service company, but it can also include utilities. If we consider the definition of economic development to be the improvement of land and infrastructure for the benefit of the community as a whole, it is clear that utilities have a key role to play. Without the participation of utilities, the fundamental services required to support development will be external to the development process and thus may limit the likelihood of success. Esri
    Modeling Urban Sprawl
    Featured Paper by Brady Foust, Lisa Theo

    This presentation examines the use of raw Bureau of the Census TIGER data to model urban sprawl. Because development follows roads, intersection density is an excellent way to anticipate urban infilling. Annual updates of TIGER provide historical data that can be projected ahead using geostatistical analysis.
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    Flooding is considered to be one of the most catastrophic forms of natural disaster. The adverse effect of flooding is recognised when it disrupts the road transportation system of a country since it is considered as a country’s socio-economic lifeline. The level of interactions between various measurable flood dimensions and transportation networks determines the potential impact of a flood. By determining interaction probabilities, the flood impact can be modelled, visualised, quantified and evaluated by developing a sophisticated GIS. Besides this, the ways for the reduction of flood impact on the road transportation systems can be demonstrated using the GIS. The paper presents the development of such a system within the framework of an advanced Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Finally, the application of the GIS has been demonstrated taking a case study area into account. This enables an understanding of the applicability of the system in analysing, visualising and reducing the addressed problem from various perspectives. In future, the system could be used to assess the flood impact on various objects apart from route networks in an interactive and user-friendly way and therefore can be used as a spatial decision support tool. Esri
    Analysis of Nitrate and
    Featured Paper by Anjana Sahay, Charlla Adams

    A project for the Idaho Department of Water Resources examines the relationships between land use and groundwater contamination of shallow aquifers in the western Snake River Plain of southwestern Idaho. Statistical analysis tools are used to analyze temporal and spatial data of nitrate and atrazine, and the results are represented in ArcMap in graphical and tabular forms to provide to regional environmental quality managers. Even given the limited data available, the results suggest activities at the surface that are reflected in nitrate concentrations in underlying groundwater. ArcGIS proves useful in analyzing temporal trends of groundwater quality and monitoring land use and contaminant levels. The results and methods of this study can be applied toward land-use planning for this and other regions.
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    ArcPad Application Supporting
    Featured Paper by Kevin Buckley, Janina Barnes

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has been using an Oracle database for several years to track inspections of sites where storm water runoff issues are a concern. An ArcPad interface has been developed running on Trimble GeoXTs that allows the inspection and maintenance records to be entered directly in the field. The field units can download/upload data directly with the main Oracle database. This system allows users to enter an inspection for each area of concern, with all of the related Best Management Practices (BMPs). Maintenance that is required or has been completed may also be entered. This allows for inspections to be completed and entered more quickly and accurately than with the previous paper map and inspection sheet. It also ensures follow-up is completed in a timely manner. The GPS aspect of the system ensures that users inspect the correct area and that areas needing maintenance can be easily located.
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    Determing Event Probability
    Featured Paper by Ron Swain

    When a significant event occurs, the time it takes to determine if the event was accidental or deliberate is crucial to providing the appropriate response. This decision affects the deployment of very valuable resources at the local, state and federal levels. An analysis of the geospatial characteristics of the specific event plays a crucial role in helping to make this decision in a quick and efficient manner. GIS can determine the geographical or geospatial relation of this incident to other predefined critical points of interest. Some of these critical points might include population and/or other sectors of infrastructure in the nearby area that may be affected such as energy, water, telecommunication, industry, government installations, etc. These attributes can be examined against those of similar past events. Using Bayesian and Neural analysis techniques, a statistically backed assumption can be made regarding the initial or resulting cause of the incident.
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    Land-Cover Change Detection
    Featured Paper by Sangwook Kim

    The Demilitarized Zone in the Korean peninsula--known as the DMZ--is 4 km wide and 250 km long. It is one of the most highly fortified boundaries in the world and also a unique thin green line. Environmentalists want to declare the DMZ as a natural reserve and a biodiversity zone, but these days through the strengthening of the inter-Korean economic cooperation, some developers are trying to construct a new town or an industrial complex inside of the DMZ. This study will investigate the current environmental conditions, especially deforestation, of the DMZ through the construction of GIS maps and to analyze the land-cover changes adopting remote-sensing techniques. This will be performed as a basic study to construct a decision support system for the conservation or sustainable development of the DMZ and vicinity in the near future.
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    Navajo Wind Energy Development
    Featured Paper by Grant Brummels, Thomas Acker, Susan Williams

    Navajo land and wind resource within Arizona were analyzed to determine suitable land for wind energy development and potential wind energy capacity. This presentation will show which areas of land can and cannot be developed on the Navajo Reservation. It will highlight how 30 m, ReGAP, satellite data can be used to identify developed land, wetlands, forests, and other important ecosystems. It will present Topographic Position Index, a method for identifying ridge crests, mesas, and other important landscape features pertinent to wind energy development.
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    Oracle and ArcSDE Deployment
    Featured Paper by Raymond Obuch, Christopher Skinner

    The U.S. Geological Survey Central Energy Resources Team (CERT) Oracle database contains oil-, gas-, and coal- related data in support of energy resource surveys and analyses. In addition, this spatial database system is accessed through a variety of desktop and Web applications using ESRI's ArcSDE middleware product.
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    Overcoming Challenges
    Featured Paper by Fathi Dwaik, Chandu Rao

    Saudi Aramco's Surveying Service Division (SSD) provides a full range of hydrographic, land, geodetic, and photogrammetric surveying and mapping services. In the last year, SSD has successfully completed the basemapping data migration from Intergraph MGDM database to ESRI ArcSDE geodatabase using custom cleanup and conversion tools. More than one hundred data layers with numerous features covering all Saudi Aramco's communities and reservations are now GIS enabled to better serve the corporation. This paper touches on geodatabase model creation, data migration methodology, issues encountered along the way, and how they were resolved.
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    GIS-Based Assessment
    Featured Paper by Sayma Rahman, Faisal Hossain

    This study demonstrates the value of ArcGIS as a tool to spatially analyze the water quality parameters along the peripheral rivers of Dhaka and thereby arrive at a solution for relocation of the intake point for surface water withdrawal. First, a map of the study area showing Greater Dhaka and the peripheral rivers was developed with the aid of existing themes on rivers, lakes, and present intake point of water withdrawal from the rivers. Sampling locations from GPS data were then digitized along with collected WQ data. Attribute tables were updated with relevant water quality data for the proposed spatial analysis. Next, the WQ parameters at the sampled locations were compared with the Bangladesh standards to identify locations that appeared suitable for water intake. GIS analyses facilitated the derivation of water quality profiles (as a function of distance) along the downstream and upstream reaches of the current intake location.
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    Visualization and Simulation
    Featured Paper by Joseph Burns, Eden Wells, Colin Brooks, Charles Hatt, Mark Wilson, Robert Shuchman, Eric Keefauver, Eden Wells

    Public health agencies are interested in making effective use of disease reporting data and developing a better understanding of disease outbreaks. Methods of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to accomplish these goals were investigated as part of a larger study of disease surveillance. Two GIS-related aspects of this work are presented. First, an ArcObjects-based tool was developed for visualizing and monitoring disease outbreaks using information that is now available in recently-developed electronic disease surveillance databases. This provides public health agencies with the ability to understand the geo-temporal nature of outbreaks in near real-time. The resulting tool has been demonstrated on both simulated and actual disease outbreak data. Second, a contact network-based simulation of disease outbreaks was developed to provide an environment for assessing new surveillance concepts. An important component of the model is a variable capturing the degree of connectivity for both individuals and areas. Concepts for generating contact networks from GIS data are presented. An example of generating an alternative index of connectivity based on travel times is discussed.
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    Survey Technique for
    Featured Paper by Tim Siwiec

    This survey technique is an inexpensive method of conducting impact analysis and shoreline inventory of submerged aquatic resources by means of geo-located photo documentation. This technique is capable of identifying, mapping, and recording the exact locations of submerged aquatic resources in low visibility waters. This is accomplished by a two person SCUBA dive team surveying the underwater environment by documenting the seafloor with an underwater digital camera taking photos at regular intervals along a contour of the shore.
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    Performance Tips and
    This discussion about ArcIMS performance is targeted toward ArcIMS developers, site administrators, and network administrators. In particular, Michael will explore changes that can be made to ArcIMS that will enhance the performance of the application. Esri
    GIS as a Planning Support
    Featured Paper by Ahmed Abukhater

    GIS is a cutting edge technological advancement that has a medley of useful applications in many scientific and practical fields. This paper argues for basic changes in the way GIS tools are commonly used as a mapping tool. The misuse and uncritical widespread reliance on GIS-based applications as mapping tools should end. Contrary to popular belief, the application and use of GIS technology is not confined to only mapping purposes, but rather it provides a comprehensive lens for analysis and collaborative community decision making. GIS built-in capabilities allow for multiple criteria evaluation (MCE), which is mainly characterized by allocating weights to assessment criteria for suggesting and ranking alternatives.
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    Drive-Time Analysis of
    Featured Paper by Jennings Starcher

    The focus of this project is to demonstrate how GIS can be used to show 30 minute drive-time analysis for West Virginia acute care and critical access hospitals. Data used in this project included two road files from TIGER/Census which were joined to give needed information such as road length, speed limits and Census Features Class Code (CFCC) classification. The result of this new road file implemented travel time. The road shapefile used ArcCatalog to create the network dataset. The hospital locations data was provided by the WV Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification and the United States Geological Survey. Network Analyst was then used to produce the 30 minute polygons that represent the two hospital classifications in West Virginia.
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    Aligning GIS to Developmental
    Featured Paper by Philip Farrant

    The advent of Integrated Development Planning has constituted a major watershed for local authorities in a post-Apartheid South Africa. In relation to the amalgamation process as defined by the municipal structures act, Buffalo City Municipality confronted a serious (geographical) information management problem. While the area of jurisdiction has expanded to include vast rural areas, little base line information has been available to support planning activities. The focus on Integrated Development Planning to combat inequitable spatial distribution of resources and imbalances between supply and demand, stressed the need for relevant and updated data as well as methods to analyse and improve the situation.
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    ESRI Geospatial Portal
    This white paper introduces ESRI's approach to the discovery and exchange of geospatial information on the Web and outlines the geospatial portal technology ESRI has developed in that context. The information presented below is intended to provide a basic overview and frame of reference for further technical inquiry and discussion. Esri
    Enterprise GIS Improves
    Before developing an EGIS, city employees faced delayed data updates and poor workflow. Field employees were often cutting and pasting address data from Accela’s Tidemark Advantage government enterprise software into an Excel® or Word document to organize their work. The data in this system was updated on either a one-week or five-week cycle. Employees would also print out corresponding maps from Internet search engines to visualize the addresses. This time-consuming and inefficient process needed to be better organized, and data needed to be updated more frequently. Esri
    ArcGIS Business Analyst
    For nearly 150 years, cooperative societies have played an important role in the commerce of Norway and its Scandinavian neighbors. Coop Norge AS, the dominant retail market cooperative in the country, includes 165 individual cooperative societies and more than 1,000 shops. Esri
    Enhancing a Fats, Oils,
    Featured Paper by Xavier Davis

    ArcGIS has aided Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA) in reducing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the local Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Facilities. Through geovisualization, ArcGIS has become a problem analysis tool to help identify possible root causes of line backups and sanitary sewer overflows due to grease from FOG generators. In addition, ArcGIS has simplified the routing and planning of required grease trap inspections. The Authority's ArcGIS serves as the central database for all FOG generators in which attributes are captured and locations are mapped. This has made responding to customer concerns and inquiries straightforward and effortless.
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    Challenges and Successes
    This paper discusses the challenges and successes of Enterprise-GIS Applications, YavGIS, for Yavapai County Government, Prescott, Arizona, moving from paper map to a Web-based application with digital Aerial map to Satellite Imagery. Applications of GIS for Yavapai County focus on property assessment, schools, law enforcement, land use, planning, roads, flood control, and facilities management. Property valuation, taxes, gographic reference, political resources (precinct mapping), and permit reference information are accessible over the World Wide Web to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week through an Interactive Mapping Application using ArcIMS, ArcSDE, and Microsoft SQL Server 2000. More than 50 GIS data layers on various features have been created. The paper also mentions the problems and solutions when migrating ArcStorm using Oracle to ArcSDE using SQL Server 2000. Currently, YavGIS is migrating from ArcInfo to the new ArcGIS technology. Esri Users Group Conference
    Datasets That Enable
    Featured Paper by Brian McMahan, Melani Harrell

    In a utility focused on customer service, creating datasets that distribute knowledge on the location and number of projects to the enterprise completed in a timely manner is a key business requirement. Initiated by users, the Project Tracking dataset records where projects have been completed throughout Charlotte. The dataset is updated monthly through coordination with the Storm Water GIS group who electronically receives all project closing information. Once the data has been quality checked, a shapefile of the completed work parcels is generated and then distributed throughout the enterprise. Among the tasks that the Project Tracking dataset is used for daily is to track project locations, costs, types of work completed, and staff productivity. Yearly, the dataset is utilized to prepare GASB 34 Asset Tracking for the federal government, determine trends in land development shortcomings, and forecast staffing and contract resources.
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    Assessment of Groundwater
    Featured Paper by Bernard Raterman, Kees Vink, Gijsbert Cirkel

    Drinking water companies need insight into the future quality of abstracted groundwater. Activities on the surface level linked to land use mainly determine the quality of groundwater. There is fundamental uncertainty about the quality of groundwater that will be pumped in the future because measurements of groundwater quality at monitoring wells only cover a very small part of a capture zone. RESPOND (Risk Evaluation of Soil Pollution for ProductiON of Drinking water) is a recently developed modeling instrument by which risks of groundwater pollution can be assessed. This instrument can be applied efficiently within an ArcGIS ModelBuilder environment, coupled with groundwater flow and transport models in which dilution, retardation and attenuation are taken into account. RESPOND facilitates the identification of effective risk-reducing measures such as changing land use in the capture zone or selection of additional monitoring sites.
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    Army Use of GeoPDF for
    Featured Paper by Ray Caputo

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center has begun to use georeferenced PDF files as a way to distribute NGA standard map products for demand-based replication. The small size (2-9 MB) makes it possible to disseminate the files across the Internet even with low bandwidth. The files support the distributed printing concept and enables customers to use local plotters to create standard products on demand.
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    Equitable Fee Collection
    Featured Paper by Lauri Sohl

    Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, pay their tax burden in many ways. One way is through the storm drainage fee, which is based on the amount of impervious cover per parcel. The amount of impervious cover is determined by two key variables: land use and parcel area. However, a wide range in impervious cover is seen for the same land-use assignments.
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    Mapping Hurricane Katrina
    Featured Paper by Constantin Andronache, Rudolph Hon, Barbara Mento

    ArcGIS is used to document the evolution of devastating Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area in 2005. We illustrate environmental changes caused by this natural disaster, and the impact on economy and society. The project shows how GIS combined with other information analysis tools can process complex datasets.
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    Moscow Urban Cadastre
    Featured Paper by Ulrich Baltzer, Joerg Schaller, Sergej Melnitschenko

    Political and economic transformations in Russia in the early 1990s led to the burst of private initiatives in real estate and other economic sectors as well as to the need to equip the Moscow City Government with modern IT-based tools to manage all public and administrative information resources.
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    Geodatabase Design Enhancements
    Featured Paper by Sarah Wray, Kristen MacDougall, Shuqin Jin, Richard Fogleman

    As the nation’s first Cooperating Technical State, North Carolina has assumed primary responsibility of the state’s DFIRMs. Because the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program’s (NCFMP) original DFIRM database design was completed before the geodatabase became prevalent in the industry, and given that each mapping contractor has since adopted the geodatabase model, the NCFMP database was updated for compatibility with the geodatabase, and data was migrated to an SDE geodatabase/SQL Server environment to eliminate the costly conversion process required for submittal. This data migration involved modernizing original field definitions and redefining domain table values. To facilitate NCFMP’s obligation to prepare the DFIRM geodatabase in a FEMA standard submission format, a Submission Standards Interoperability Tool was also developed. The increased efficiency for NCFMP and its contractors has simplified data maintenance and distribution, making critical data highly available to the general public, as North Carolina’s DFIRM studies transition more quickly from preliminary to effective status.
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    Groundwater Resource
    Featured Paper by Kurt Thomsen, Janet Agnoletti, Connie Pokorny

    To establish water resource baseline conditions using limited resources, the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) developed a method to produce baseline hydrogeologic unit maps from readily available borehole log data using GIS querying techniques. Borehole strata descriptions were converted to numerical values by establishing the average hydraulic conductivity of the combined soils making up the stratum of interest. These hydraulic conductivity values were then used to assign each stratum to a hydrogeologic unit based on typical ranges of hydraulic conductivity for aquifers, aquitards and aquicludes. In this manner, the well log data was queried to describe the shallow aquifer system. The bedrock surface, basal aquifer and overlying stratigraphy were described. Aquifers, aquitards and aquicludes overlying the bedrock were defined and preliminary interrelationships were established. Analysis of the resulting information produced cross-sections in areas of interest and identification of potential recharge areas.
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    A Practical Method for
    Featured Paper by Igor Lacan, Krishna Feldman, Kathleen Matthews

    To determine changes in water availability for the imperiled mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF, Rana muscosa), we used resource-grade GPS and ArcGIS with 3D Analyst to estimate lake volume, water surface area and perimeter as lake levels decreased during the summer. Water availability is crucial to MYLF because tadpoles require multiple years before metamorphosing into adults, and breeding is now often restricted to small, shallow fishless lakes that sometimes dry during the summer. To track intra- and inter-annual changes in volume we developed a method that did not require permanent depth markers or survey-grade GPS equipment to collect highly accurate altitude data. We constructed 3D lake bottom topography (bathymetry) in 3D Analyst of lakes at the beginning of summer (maximum water volume) by systematically recording horizontal GPS points on the lake bottom while simultaneously measuring the water depth at each point with a tape measure. Lake perimeters were mapped with GPS multiple times as the lakes receded during the summer, and their water surface areas (SA) were calculated. Because each surface area value is presumed to occur at a unique lake depth, we determined the volume for each perimeter mapped by adjusting the “height of plane” in 3D Analyst until the reported “2D area” matched our calculated water surface area (SA). The difference in volume estimated for one lake using this method and the volume calculated using a depth marker ranged from 0% to 12%. This technique is a practical method for measuring volume changes in small lakes where permanent markers can not be established.
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    Tips and Tricks on Using
    Featured Paper by Chris Rogers

    The Kirkland Fire Department has been using GIS software to produce and maintain prefire plans for several years. After some years of work, we've found several tips that make ArcGIS a useful program including

    -Standardization of plans and symbols
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    Calculating Soil Areas
    Featured Paper by Brandy Woodcock, Benjamin Byars

    The use of ArcMap to calculate soil areas for storm water pollution prevention plans has allowed for more accurate and comprehensive calculations. Present and proposed layouts of projects were initially used in AutoCAD to calculate the area of soil under the right of way; this value was then used to estimate the soil areas under the existing road and the proposed road. However, through the use of ArcMap the actual areas of individual soils under each of the roads can be calculated and eliminate any error caused by estimation.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Clint Brown, Director of Software Products at ESRI, gives a technology keynote presentation at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference that focuses on how GIS users can leverage advances in 3D visualization. Esri
    Progress in the Digital
    Featured Paper by Ulises Feliciano Troche

    CRIM is the organization responsible for the collection of all municipal property taxes in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It was created in 1991 as part of a municipal reform that was intended to position municipalities closer to their primary sources of revenue. CRIM provides fiscal services to 78 municipalities and, as a municipal organization is responsible for the segregation, appraisal, notification, and collection of real and personal property taxes and the distribution of public funds provided by the sources defined by law. In addition, it is responsible to bring up to date and to maintain the cadastre of Puerto Rico, now with more than 1M properties. During the past year, CRIM was able to increase its productivity by approximately 300 percent using GIS software and in-house application development, adding 65,000 new properties to the parcel map.
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    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Jeff Shaner, program manager, and Mike Shaw, developer, talk about their technical session at the upcoming ESRI Developer Summit. Listen as they discuss the applications that can be built with Mobile SDK and some of the best practices they will share during their session. Esri
    Developer Summit: Developers
    Craig Gillgrass, Senior Geodatabase Product Engineer, and Colin Zwicker, Geodatabase Product Engineer, talk about their technical session at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as Craig and Colin discuss best practices for working with the geodatabase and what developers can expect to learn from their technical session. Esri
    Metadata for Geoscientists
    Featured Paper by Don Downey

    Geologic interpretation projects generate hundreds of files over the lifetime of a project. A typical geologist creates an average of two to three important documents each week. The problem is how to find the critically important files needed for the next interpretation project. For a solution, look at how the government manages data, they had to be organized and created geospatial metadata standards.
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    Geospatial Technology
    Featured Paper by Njohjam Naburo, Agnes Eneme Emade, Vera Nzang Akain

    Over time, there have been landuse conflict in Tugi village as it is in any part of the world. In order to protect and manage the environment, Tugi village has put in place a rural land use planning committee with an objective to develop a sustainable landuse plan for natural resources management. Land use planning is the systematic assessment of land and water potential, economic and social conditions in order to select and adopt the best land use options that will best meet the needs of people today while safeguarding resources for the future generations.
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    GIS Empowers Emergency
    State-level public health agencies regularly deal with issues that require large amounts of data to be processed, integrated, analyzed, and distributed to many different end users. End users comprise a diverse internal and external group including concerned citizens, community organizations, health care workers and administrators, university researchers, and other state agencies. Within each group, technical capabilities and needs vary. With limited resources, these agencies need to determine the most appropriate way to make information available. Time and budget constraints, agency cooperation and collaboration, enterprise architecture, legacy processes, privacy concerns, and existing infrastructure are some of the issues. To facilitate most of this data processing, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has turned to geographic information system (GIS) technology. Esri
    "Spatializing" the Enterprise:
    Massive efforts have been expended over the last several years in streamlining and integrating exploration and production data. The problem has now turned into how to serve that streamlined data back to the user community in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly, low-maintenance, high accessibility, collaborative, and enterprise-wide deployment. An easily deployable thin client web portal with a GIS interface can greatly help visualize complex data sets and spatially enable the enterprise. Intelligent application launches from a map can bring real collaborative benefits to data management. Esri
    ArcGIS Tools for the
    This paper presents the use of ArcGIS in ecological modeling by Kiwa Water Research and Dutch Water companies. The ability to predict the effects of water management measures on wet terrestrial ecosystems is essential in environmental impact assessment and sustainable water resources management. Knowledge about steering natural processes, plant communities, and site conditions is used in various (GIS) models that we have developed in the past (in AML and Avenue). These models have recently been redesigned and developed for ArcGIS mainly using raster-modeling techniques and VBA. This paper elaborates on both ecological and GIS backgrounds and methods. Esri Users Group Conference
    Community-Based Mapping
    Many disaster mitigation and response projects throughout the world would benefit greatly from recent geospatial information and timely collection of data. In particular, vulnerable areas of the developing world have the greatest to gain--but these areas usually have minimal resources available. Skilled mapping teams and capable hardware are unlikely to be located in these areas when disaster strikes and prior information is often difficult to access. This presentation describes a community-based mapping system that can be used for disaster mitigation and response by members of the local community. In a preliminary trial of this system in a poor, flood-prone area of El Salvador, each of two teams of local staff used a handheld computer running ArcPad to conduct a digital questionnaire in residents' homes after less than ten minutes of training. The information was collected during the day and was synchronized and published at night. Esri Users Group Conference
    Implementing ArcView©
    Featured Paper by James Smalley, Michele Steinberg, Andre LeDuc

    From 2002 to 2004, 27 communities at risk from wildfire in the wildland/urban interface became designated ArcView/Firewise communities through a partnership between the national Firewise Communities® Program and ESRI. The communities adopted and were trained in the use of this GIS mapping program as part of an overall strategy to mitigate the wildland fire hazard through community planning and action. In addition, a selected number of these communities integrated ArcView with HAZUS, FEMA’s multihazard loss estimation and mitigation GIS system. These communities have now seen two or more wildfire seasons since the implementation of the program and have had experience with software installation, training, software upgrades, and use of GIS as a planning and, in some cases, emergency management tool. This session will report on an independent review coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association’s Research Foundation that gathered information about successes and challenges from early adopter communities.
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    Implementing the SDSFIE
    Featured Paper by Nancy Towne

    The Spatial Data Standards (SDSFIE Release 2.50) “free” toolbox consists of tools to browse the data dictionary (either generically or as a geodatabase user), create filters of specific features, correlate existing data to the SDSFIE data model, generate SDSFIE geodatabases, and load data into the SDSFIE geodatabases. There is a suite of SDSFIE geodatabase tools that work with ESRI ArcGIS 9.1. They include the Browser Lite, the Geodatabase Generator, Geodatabase Data Loader, and Geodatabase Data Checker. These tools are used to generate SDSFIE-compliant geodatabases, load existing data into the SDSFIE geodatabase (personal or multiuser), and run diagnostics on current SDSFIE-compliant geodatabases. Tools to generate FGDC required metadata are also available.
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    Keeping the Dust Bunnies
    Featured Paper by Katie Wingerd, Jayson Romig

    In 2003 Buchart-Horn, Inc., was contracted to conduct and prepare a Watershed Conservation Plan (WCP) for the 510-square-mile Conewago Creek Watershed (Watershed). The Watershed is part of the much larger Chesapeake Bay Watershed and, as a result, proper planning and management of the watershed is imperative. The goal of the WCP was to develop a long-term management plan for the Watershed. Often, these plans are left to collect dust on a shelf and are not used as the tool for which they were intended. Therefore, Buchart-Horn, Inc., decided to provide the WCP with an interactive GIS map format in addition to the paper document. This paper will discuss how GIS was used to provide local planners and stakeholders with a planning tool that provides easy access to data and plan recommendations as well as provides a method for monitoring the effectiveness of the WCP.
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    Customizing ArcPad for
    Featured Paper by Jesus Nieblas, Alan Girten

    Imperial Irrigation District has populated their electric GIS from the field collection of as-built facilities combined with pole inventory and inspection, customer geo-location and transformer ties, and synchronization of asset data to SAP and CCS. The key to this effort was a mobile field collection tool built on ArcPad technology. This provides an easy to use interface implementing all of the requirements necessary for building a valid electric geometric network from the substation source to the customer's meter.
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    Using Versioned Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Wendy Berelson, James Oakleaf, Joshua Decker

    The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming is working with Real Estate Operations (REO) on campus to automate the management of real estate transactions and provide for the maintenance and tracking of land records via SDE and ArcServer technologies. This project involved the development of a versioned Enterprise GeoDatabase including database design as well as the automation of current property holdings data such as land acquisitions, disposals, leases, and easements.
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    A Growing GIS for a Growing
    Featured Paper by Kara Kennedy

    Las Cruces, NM is currently the 11th fastest-growing city in the nation. In 2006, the city saw four annexations and the addition of 43 major subdivisions. The City GIS basemapper uses COGO within ArcEditor to maintain the parcel database as new plats are released. This parcel basemap serves as a foundation for all the City's data layers. It is used to create street centerlines and address points in the correct spatial locations and is directly implemented in the creation of features in many other data layers such as Rights-of-Way, Subdivisions, and Zoning.
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    BattleView: Integrating
    Featured Paper by Edward Liu

    BattleView is Canadian Army's command and control (C2) application deployable in high-level headquarters in network centric operations. GIS is instrumental to support battle management, situation awareness and operational planning. As an important system infrastructure in BattleView, GIS enables digital mapping, symbolization, geographic data presentation and management, terrain analysis, network analysis, 3D visualization, etc. GIS technologies provide the foundation for the C2 GIS capabilities in BattleView.
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    Development of GIS Aid
    Featured Paper by Dongquan Zhao, Jining Chen, Qingyuan Tong

    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can support a wide range of spatial query and analysis that can be used to support municipal drainage network planning. This paper combines the planning problems of drainage pipe system with the application of the supportive tool GIS and Object Oriented technology. It is structured in three different sections, current condition of municipal drainage pipe system planning in China, a particular design based on integrated computer program to support drainage pipe network planning and how it is used in a municipal storm water pipe system planning project in Beijing.
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    Los Angeles County Storm
    Featured Paper by Sean Christian

    The Storm Drain Initiative (SDI) is a cooperative effort to capture and maintain a complete GIS layer of the storm water management infrastructure within Los Angeles County. The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County are spearheading this effort for the benefit of local cities, county and regional authorities, and environmental interest groups. This presentation will provide valuable insight on how the SDI will provide the foundation for future benefits to local agencies and jurisdictions within Los Angeles County. Potential future applications of this data could include emergency spill response, Best Management Practices, dry-weather diversions, source identification, TMDL and permit enforcement, maintenance management, and watershed delineation.
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    Using GIS to Determine
    Featured Paper by Elizabeth Cahill, Jean-Claude Thill, Eric Delmelle

    As issues related to oil dependencies, rising gas prices, and global warming come to the forefront of topics of concern for Americans, the need for alternative modes of transportation has become critical. Urban settings are seemingly ideal for bicycling to become a predominant mode given the compactness of destinations. However, in the United States, bicycling is both scarcely used and very dangerous as bicyclists are 12 times more likely to be killed than automobile drivers. The purpose of this study is to use GIS to model bicycle accidents in Buffalo, NY in order to determine and compare risk factors of both child and adult bicyclists. Physical road characteristics such as intersection composition(arc-node connectivity), and road classification in addition to social variables and potential trip attractors are examined.
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    A Local Government Case
    Listen to Hecht describe a typical local government scenario for integrating the two systems and making it much easier to retrieve drawing documents. Esri
    GIS Increases Newspaper
    Like all daily newspapers, the Washington Times must provide timely, attention-grabbing news and compete for readers against a variety of media such as other newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet. It strives to be a market-driven publication that responds to the needs and interests of its readers. The Times’ circulation base is a delicate balance of product, price, service, and promotion. The Times wanted to significantly increase its circulation but needed to know about the types of people who read the paper, where these readers were located, and the best method to reach them. This initiative would require a multiphased analysis using data and software Esri
    Mobile GIS Speeds Disaster
    Natural disasters pose serious risk not only at initial impact but also in their aftermath. Outbreaks of disease and damage to infrastructure can quickly affect public health and the local economy. Armed with experience responding to disasters and knowledge of geographic information system (GIS) technology, the North Carolina Division of Public Health developed a mobile GIS application that improved its ability to collect information and mobilize aid following natural disasters. Esri
    Meeting Renewable Energy
    Throughout the developed world, there is an on-going interest in the development of renewable energy generation as a replacement for traditional fossil fuel generation. The motives for doing so vary in priority in different locales but can be summarized generally as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (a lower carbon footprint). Very often the strongest emphasis is on wind generation but renewable energy includes geothermal, concentrated solar, tidal, biomass and other types of generation not dependent on coal or natural gas. For the purposes of this paper, we will ignore small scale power sources such as solar panels on residential and small commercial buildings. Esri
    ArcPad and GPS Enhance
    ArcPad and GPS can be used to enhance the landscape design process, making design more aesthetic, accurate, and sensitive to the environment. Combining a PDA, ArcPad, and GPS provides a powerful tool for design. ArcPad and GPS can be used to collect detailed and accurate inventory and analysis information. GPS data can be combined with digital photography and video to seamlessly link the photography with actual positions. The design process continues with conceptual, draft, and final designs. ArcPad can be used to virtually walk through a design in the field, which is an extremely powerful tool that provides participants with an improved understanding of the future landscape. ArcPad can be used to create "as-built" maps, which show how the designed landscape features were actually constructed. How would you like to go for a "virtual walk-through" to a landscape design before it is built? Esri Users Group Conference
    Building a Geodatabase
    In Sanborn's current contract with the City and County of Denver coverage deliveries were required. The City and County also desire an enterprise GeoDatabase delivery at the end of the data conversion. This paper will address how Sanborn used ArcObjects together with their conversion software to produce the enterprise geodatabase. Topics that will be addressed are vector translations along with annotation translations and the issues encountered with both. How Sanborn addressed topology issues and how TrueType fonts were handled will be two of the detailed topics addressed in this paper. Also addressed will be how the raster data was handled in ArcSDE and the problems encountered with the loading of TIFF images. Esri Users Group Conference
    Customizing ArcIMS for
    Featured Paper by Dirk Craigie, Carin Pretorius, Rudolf de Munnik, Gerhard van Rooyen, Hein Lindemann

    The Department of Agriculture, South Africa, has developed a Web-based Agriculture Geo-information system, AGIS, on the ArcIMS/ArcSDE platform.
    The developers of the system had to accommodate technical requests from the client that could not be performed with off-the-shelf IMS code. As a result, a Java mapping interface was developed to include the basic IMS functionality and add the required requests.
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    Instituting Land-Use
    Featured Paper by Robert Beachler

    The 611 Air Support Group Geo Integration Office is employing ArcGIS and the Spatial Data Standard for Facilities, Infrastructure and the Environment (SDSFIE) to compile, integrate and disseminate environmental hazard information for U.S. Air Force installations in remote Alaska. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulations require that environmentally hazardous areas at active, inactive and excess installations be identified, delineated and have appropriate Land Use Controls (LUC). LUC describe the type and source of the contamination or hazard as well as the mandatory restrictions on development that are conveyed with the property. The presentation highlights the use of GIS to support environmental compliance issues, and discusses the challenges with integrating a wide variety of disparate data sources and formats.
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    Migrating Germany’s
    Featured Paper by Oliver Müller-Bertram, Peter Grüninger, Peter Grüninger

    The liberalization of the electricity market in Europe enforces energy companies to quickly position themselves in the competition. Therefore, the EnBW decided to use the strength of the modern GIS system, ArcFM UT, to enhance its performance along the whole value-added chain.
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    MoDOT Transportation
    Featured Paper by Tim Howerton

    The Missouri Department of Transportation maintains a Transportation Management System (TMS) that uses Oracle to store transportation data referenced by log mile locations. GIS users are able to query the database and display data as route events. TMS Viewer was designed to simplify this process. On startup, it checks for updates, installs any upgrades, and loads predesigned layers and templates into a new ArcMap document. Custom ActiveX tools provide functionality to look up locations and analyze data. ArcGIS Server utilizes the same ActiveX DLLs in the Web version of TMS Viewer. Written with ASP .NET, the Web version provides a more practical solution for intranet users in remote locations as well as a future solution to serve GIS data to external Web users. This paper will discuss the VB6 coding techniques used to create the libraries shared by both applications and the Visual Basic .NET code used to access the server-side libraries.
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    GIS Cookbook as Tool
    Featured Paper by Emma Marilyn Ulep

    With rapid urbanization and dramatic growth of population in urban areas, the Philippines is experiencing increased pressures on its natural resources that contribute to the degradation of the urban environment. Furthermore, as the country is beset with problems such as flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and other hazards, it is important that municipalities continually update their Comprehensive Land Use Plans to be able to guide the development of the municipality in the right direction.
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    Visualization and Management
    Featured Paper by Michael Liberti

    An ArcMap toolbar was developed using ArcObjects to visually analyze and manage time series water level records. Tucson Water maintains continuously recording data loggers in more than 60 monitoring wells. Many of these wells are affected by interference from other nearby pumping wells. The issue was to develop a tool for Hydrology staff to visually evaluate continuous water level data to eliminate nonstatic, pumping water level measurements.
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    Rebuilding the Levees with GIS
    Featured Paper by David McDaniel, Maik Flanagin, Michele Aurand

    The USACE New Orleans District has historically segregated its levee data into individual survey files, CADD design drawings, and overview GIS layers. Although each dataset addresses a different niche of levee data management, no single comprehensive data source yet existed. Following Hurricane Katrina, requests for maps displaying levee designs and construction project locations were met by duplicating levee features for each new use. By associating surveyed traverse stationing to centerline reaches and surveyed elevations to centerline vertices, the District created a reusable ESRI measure-based levee dataset.
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    ArcSDE: An Introduction
    This discussion introduces the topic of ArcSDE log files, including background information on what they are and how they are implemented in ArcGIS 8 versus ArcGIS 9. The content of this discussion is not specific to any supported database, and so is applicable to all database administrators and ArcSDE managers. It is recommended that you are familiar with database and ArcSDE architecture and terminology. Esri
    Developing a Corridor
    Featured Paper by Thomas McMurty, Lowell Elmer

    Developing future road alignments can be a difficult, but beneficial process. Corridor studies identify a specific corridor for preservation, and effective corridors studies can reduce the impacts of future transportation improvements. The Dixie Western Corridor is a good example of the corridor study process of collecting data, identifying relevant issues, weighting criteria, creating alignments, evaluating alignments, and selecting a recommended a corridor. The corridor study process relies on GIS analysis to evaluate design and environmental considerations for each proposed alignment.
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    Strategic Planning for
    Featured Paper by Melissa Clark

    Municipalities across the country are increasingly wrestling with issues resulting from urban sprawl and development. Thus, in order to maintain a high quality of life for their residents, acquiring additional parkland is a priority for many park departments. In some cases acquisitions are identified through non-strategic approaches, i.e. staff awareness of the parcels or interest initiated by the landowner. However, this reactive approach may result in haphazard acquisition of parkland and a disconnected park system. Thus, The City of Ann Arbor has utilized GIS to embark on a Strategic Planning Process for parkland acquisitions. Through GIS, vacant parcels were identified and ranked based on their suitability for acquisition as a park.
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    A Multifaceted Approach
    Featured Paper by Roobesh Modi, Ranjit Menon, Roshni Panwar

    Reliance Energy Limited (REL), incorporated in 1929 is India's leading private sector, integrated power utility company, serving 25 million customers about 125,000 square kilometers. REL has a well-established SCADA DMS (ABB) that monitors and controls the electrical distribution network. GIS, that is primarily used for asset and facility management was interfaced with SCADA to integrate static geographic data with real-time electrical information. The GIS-SCADA Interface project involved receiving messages from each SCADA server over a WAN and processing and displaying that information in the single, integrated GIS environment accessed by both local and remote users 1,000 miles away. Several technologies were used such as Distributed COM, DAIS Bridge, OLE for Process Control (OPC) as well as multi-threading, multicasting and .NET Remoting.
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    Mass Casualty GIS Data
    Featured Paper by John Medici, David Simms

    The threat of a new pandemic with consequences potentially as devastating as those during 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic necessitated the development of specific modifications to existing emergency operations plans. What was particularly weak was a detailed process for dealing with significant numbers of fatalities over cyclical periods of weeks to months. To effectively manage a pandemic it was obvious that all of the government agencies particularly the health, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies needed a single source of data. It was also obvious that linking data to GIS was an essential element to facilitate epidemiological efforts, locate medication distribution sites and the associated traffic control issues and to manage the establishment of temporary morgues.
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    Image Based Asset Inventories,
    Featured Paper by Marshall Stevenson, Jason Dong, Bangyeon Kim

    Although the desire to establish a countywide asset inventory has been high, the associated effort and costs has prevented Frederick County to initiate the project. Last year, the County successfully used an image-based asset tracking approach to develop the inventories of signs, guardrails, and pavement markings. The data collected has been integrated with a work order management system tracking the installation and maintenance history.
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    Developing Field Applications
    David Ruttka, Senior Software Architect at 3-GIS, discusses how his company is implementing ArcGIS Mobile to deliver field applications to their customers. Esri
    Lines in the Sand: Sustainable
    Featured Paper by Ronald Harris, Bilal Haciogullari, Alaa Shams, Sinan Abood

    Abstract Back Lines in the Sand: Sustainable Development in Iraq Track: Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affairs Author(s): Ronald Harris, Bilal Haciogullari, Alaa Shams, Sinan Abood This paper compares historical maps of the Middle East with contemporary maps of Iraq to consider its sustainability given present territorial boundaries. Iraq was mostly shaped in 1916 by a secret Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France and the Lausanne Agreement of 1923 with Turkey. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the Allied powers divided the spoils of war and drew lines in the sand. Perennial border disputes, ethnic and religious conflicts should call into question whether historic division of the Ottoman Empire is sustainable. We use our geodatabase to develop maps for sustainable allocation of natural resources among the Iraqi people.
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    A Very Spatial Podcast
    Jesse Rouse and Sue Bergeron comment on their use of GIS and their experience as the hosts of A Very Spatial Podcast. Esri
    Crime and Neighborhood
    Featured Paper by Qiang Xu, Yu Zhou

    Compared with the national crime rate, the City of South Bend has an extraordinarily higher crime rate for crime against person and crime against property. This project is designed to have a longitudinal study of the patterns and trends of crime in South Bend from year 2000 to 2005 via tools of the Geographic Information System. Specifically, this project will examine geographic variations of crime over time, the relationship of different types of crime with neighborhood characteristics.
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    Conflating a Traffic
    Featured Paper by David Knudsen

    Traffic modelers need to derive attributes of their abstracted networks from road layers maintained by highway departments, and planners want to present model predictions using these road layers, which the public recognizes and understands. GIS and data analysts may be responsible for developing and maintaining a codified relationship between the two data stores, neither of which they own or control. In the worst possible case, both stores may be completely redesigned simultaneously, breaking previously created relationships. Both out-of-the-box and ArcObjects-customized GIS tools making use of path finding on network datasets, topologies, versioned editing, SDE views, and carefully-designed symbolization ease the task of conflating two related but dissimilar data layers and error-checking the resulting many-to-many relationship.
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    Cut Field-Mapping Time
    Edgecombe County, North Carolina, likes to be known for its charm, hospitality, and environmental stewardship. A few years ago, the state informed the county that the freshwater aquifer was drying up. To better safeguard the water supply, Edgecombe economic developers set their sights on attracting environmentally friendly companies that would not pollute the freshwater aquifer. That motivation led to a $40 million engineering and construction project that will eventually replace the entire water and wastewater system in the 505-square-mile county. Using mobile GIS, the county decided to map the entire water/ wastewater infrastructure, both old and new, and have this database reside inside the county’s existing GIS. Esri
    A GIS Tool for Fish Habitat
    An ArcGIS fish habitat modeling tool is developed to model the extent of fish habitat under different flow conditions. The study of the impact of change in flow on availability of fish habitat in river channels involves biological sampling, river surveying and hydraulic modeling. Biological sampling seeks to associate fish species with the hydraulic habitat they utilize and the habitat conditions are defined in terms of depth and velocity. The velocity and water depth for different flow rates are obtained by using a two-dimensional hydraulic model. The fish habitat modeling tool combines the results of the hydraulic model and the biological sampling statistics to determine the spatial extent of available hydraulic mesohabitat and the available hydraulic habitat for individual fish species at each of a number of different flow rates. The application of the habitat modeling tool is demonstrated by applying it to a short reach of the lower Brazos River in Texas. Esri
    A Safe Approach in Implementing
    When a GIS solution was first considered at Petrobras Gas Business Unit by the beginning of 2003 the scenario we faced was demanding a reliable and efficient system to support the engineering division responsible for the conceptual design of new gas pipeline projects and management of the existing one’s. Esri
    ArcFVS: An Integration
    This paper presents the design and implementation of an integrated application called ArcFVS that links the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) and a GIS. FVS is the simulation system chosen for forests in the Upper Wabash river basin by two research projects in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. ArcFVS allows to select spatially or by attribute the forest plots to be projected by FVS, create the FVS input files for the selected plots and display in a geospatial environment different types of FVS output (FVS output files, tables with variables of interest and visualization image files). These functionalities are tested and demonstrated using FIA and newly collected field data from the Upper Wabash region. ArcFVS is designed using ESRI ArcGIS software and ArcObjects in the VBA programming environment. Advantages of ArcFVS include the new GIS capabilities, enhanced format translation functions, and the standardized programming environment. Esri Users Group Conference
    Automation of Cadastral
    As a response to Western Governors Association Policy Resolution 03-05, a partnership between Bureau of Land Management (BLM), State of Utah, and Millard County, is piloting a procedure to automate parcel boundary data for rural counties of Utah. The goals of the pilot are: provide seamless cadastral data across geo-political boundaries, convert land records from paper to digital format, and perpetuate the cadastral infrastructure. The pilot utilized current BLM Geographic Coordinate Database/Public Land Survey System legacy software to construct a cadastral framework suitable for import as the survey fabric within ArcGIS Survey Analyst. A consensus resolution of such overarching issues as, identification of the limits of data custodianship where cadastral jurisdictions overlap and efficient data sharing between independent custodians, will constitute the benchmarks of success for the pilot. Esri Users Group Conference
    City of Charlotte Enterprise
    The City of Charlotte has recently completed development and implementation of an Enterprise GIS Data Model to serve as the high-level framework for managing GIS data assets within the context of providing citizen service. Development of the model was initiated by a recommendation from the City's GIS Strategic Plan to achieve a number of goals including to identify, model, and leverage spatial and related data to improve business practices; provide a better way to maintain, manage, and share geographic information throughout the city and county; and eliminate redundant copies of data accessed by users and applications, thereby increasing efficiency and quality of data. Development of the model was based upon NSDI core themes as well as data initiatives at the State level. Local and regional business drivers such as air quality, urban development, and homeland security influenced the final design. Esri Users Group Conference
    Abuja Geographic Information
    Featured Paper by Anthony Adeoye

    Manual record-keeping has been in use by land-related departments of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (MFCT) since the inception of the Federal Capital Territory almost 30 years ago. The city and its surroundings have been expanding, and with this rapid expansion, manual record-keeping became inefficient, time consuming and prone to abuses. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shortly after assuming office, directed for the computerization of all land operations. This gave birth to Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS). AGIS has two components: GIS and land information system (LIS).
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    Challenges and Solutions
    Featured Paper by Ara Erickson, Luke Rogers, Phil Hurvitz, Justina Harris

    A land-use change analysis for western Washington produced repeatable, yet accurate, results in a short amount of time--primarily with automated methods. Combining ArcGIS with eCognition Professional® and ERDAS IMAGINE®, we tested and showed that a relatively simple and repeatable object-oriented classification is a fast, accurate, and realistic method of land-cover classification. Further processing of the land-cover data using eCognition and a number of customized applications in ESRI GIS software resulted in actual land-use classes for a large study area. Interfacing with ArcGIS 9.x and ArcView 3.x, multiple applications were implemented to produce seamless land-use maps for three time periods and the change in land use over those time periods. ThIS data will be used for local decision making as well as providing baseline land-use data for tracking future change at a regional level.
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    Color Infrared Survey
    Featured Paper by William Roper, Alfonso Blanco

    Color infrared (CIR) photography was used to identify failure of these on-site wastewater treatment systems within a large geographical area without depending on field surveys, which require time, personnel, and money. Once the CIR photos are obtained by flying a small commercial plane with a recording device, experienced analysts using the remotely sensed data, GPS and GIS can identify and georeference the failed systems. Investigations show that this approach reduces time, labor, and materials for identifying septic system failures.
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    The European Transtools
    Featured Paper by Otto Anker Nielsen

    ArcGIS was not only used for combining, improving and quality control of data but by also using the Geoprocessing Framework as the backbone for the model complex itself. This includes a regional economic model; freight demand and trade models; a freight logistic model; passenger demand model; an airport choice submodel; network assignment models for different modes; and impact models for economics, safety, environment, etc
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    Expanding Access to Large
    Featured Paper by Bonnie Burns, David Siegel

    The Harvard Geospatial Library is a catalog and repository of geospatial data (containing georeferenced historic maps, vector data and satellite imagery) that’s continually expanded and enhanced. It has been identified as the foundation of a university-wide platform to support all areas of teaching and research using geospatial analysis.

    Faced with the expectations of a diverse user community, all aspects of the system must be extended to a broad array of applications and services without abandoning library roots. As the Center for Geospatial Analysis at Harvard gains momentum, we are tasked with synthesizing data from different sources (such as the Harvard MIT Data Center), providing community and user-specific interfaces to the repository, and capitalizing on open communications protocols.
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    Generalizing Future Land-Use
    Featured Paper by Claudia Paskauskas

    Because each local government develops its future land-use categorization system to serve its own vision, there are large variations among counties and municipalities. The ECFRPC has developed countywide generalized future land-use (FLU) shapefiles for Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties. The agency gathered information in digital and hard-copy formats and then worked with the data as necessary to create datasets based on parcels where available. A crosswalk table was created to show how every county and municipal FLU category fits into a smaller number of generalized categories. Frequent comprehensive plan amendments mean that the information is constantly changing. This presentation will also outline the methodology for periodic updates.
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    Our Place in the World:
    Featured Paper by Thomas Tollett

    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe headquartered in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The legal description of the CPN’s Traditional Jurisdictional Area defines an area spanning from “North of the Canadian River, South of the North Canadian River, East of the Indian Meridian, & West of the Seminole County Line.” Originally, this area encompassed 900 square miles; however, through time and various governmental processes, the land actually owned and/or controlled by the Tribe was greatly reduced and developed into more of a checkerboard design. Through the use of ESRI’s GIS software, they are able to visualize all governmental components on a single platform. This allows greater understanding by the Tribal leadership and more detailed tribal development and planning.
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    Performance Measurements
    Featured Paper by Edgar Shrum

    This paper will first provide the results of an extensive program of performance measurements on the ESRI-based Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (C/JMTK) and the ArcGIS Military Analyst with Military Overlay Editor (MOLE). These results include • Low level tests comparing the speed and memory utilization of – MOLE renderers vs. MCS renderers – ESRI objects vs. .NET GDI+ objects • Latency tests for satellite networks • MOLE symbol conformance with standards
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    GIS and Land Preservation:
    Featured Paper by Justin Core

    The spatial analysis capabilities of GIS allow it to be a powerful tool perfectly suited for land preservation planning. The multifaceted functionality of GIS allows the Kiawah Conservancy to develop maps displaying a variety of data including property information, wildlife data, habitat quality information, and even fund-raising data. Developing maps based on these types of data greatly supports the “Enclave Preservation Program”--the Conservancy’s main effort to preserve undeveloped parcels on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Through analysis based on spatial relationships and relevant attribute data, this information allows enlightened decision making in regard to land preservation. Model building further supports strategic planning as it allows selection of undeveloped properties based on a variety of desired parameters. These parameters can include (but are not limited to) lot size, habitat quality (forest canopy cover, forest under story, etc.), appraised value, and sale date. This tool further strengthens land preservation planning at the Conservancy.
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    A GIS-Enabled Simulation
    Featured Paper by Dali Wang, Eric Carr, Jane Comiskey, Louis Gross, Michael Berry, Nicholas Buchanan, Shih-Lung Shaw

    A distributed simulation framework is presented to enable natural resource managers to take advantage of both GIS functionality and computationally intensive ecosystem modeling. Based on ArcGIS Engine, a user interface was developed to manipulate and visualize digital maps and spatially explicit simulation results. It is one of very few practical projects today to allow access to computationally intensive simulations while utilizing ArcGIS interface system. Distributed communication services were developed to support spatially explicit ecological modeling on both local and remote computational platforms. Such a capability is important for natural resource agencies that may have little in-house capacity for extensive computation and could greatly benefit from the use of a computing grid. Two ecological modeling cases were presented to demonstrate practical uses. In both cases, we illustrate how the framework provides user access to computationally intensive, dynamic, spatially explicit simulations, enhancing the capabilities available through a stand-alone ArcGIS Desktop.
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    Representation of Change
    Featured Paper by Tony Turner

    Current GIS has limited capabilities in modeling and visualizing time-varying phenomena such as moving objects and changing boundaries. These limits are partly conceptual, partly methodological and partly technical. Conceptually, they derive from the ontological view of change in the attributes of attributes or locations, and the epistemological view of representations as static and passive reflections of a given reality. Methodologically, they are an effect of the cartographical view of change as the difference between snapshots rather than the accrual of change from state to state. Technically, they have to do with the technical origins and transitions of GIS that apply changes to relations rather than scenes or situations. This presentation explores and demonstrates prototype workarounds that enhance GIS capabilities by drawing upon ideas and techniques from agent-based modeling and visualization software and proposes shifts at the conceptual, methodological and technical levels.
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    Using ArcGIS to Create
    Featured Paper by Thomas Stanzione

    This paper describes work MAK is performing for the US Army Soldier System Center to generate semantic terrain information, for the Infantry Warrior Simulation (IWARS), a constructive simulation being developed for analysis of infantry tactics and equipment.

    Current combat simulations use polygonal representations of the terrain, augmented with vector data, for modeling vehicle movement, targeting, and navigation, and basic terrain reasoning such as line-of-sight analysis.
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    Using ArcScene for GIS
    Featured Paper by Alexandra Wright, Judd Patterson

    The South Florida/Caribbean Network (SFCN) of the National Park Service used LIDAR imagery to produce 3D visualizations of SFCN monitoring programs at Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS). We acquired high-resolution LIDAR DEM's through a partnership with NASA and USGS and paired this data with aerial imagery of St. John, USVI, using ESRI ArcScene software. The LIDAR DEM was used to produce 3D imagery of both onshore bald earth topography as well as offshore submerged topography at one- to two-meter resolution. Using these visualizations, the user can explore 3D imagery of the offshore SFCN coral monitoring sites as well as terrestrial monitoring sites managed by NPS and other agencies. This tool may be used both for NPS visualization purposes as well as public outreach and education of our monitoring programs.
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    Managing Utilities and
  • Streamlining workflows and business processes
  • Enterprise integration of disparate applications across an organization
  • Maintaining integrity management in the field
  • Managing transactions
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    Connectivity of the American
    Featured Paper by Margaret Margosian, Karen Garrett, Kimberly With, J. M. Shawn Hutchinson

    Landscape ecologists and population biologists have been utilizing graph theoretics to study landscape connectivity for a number of years, specifically the connectivity of habitat or other isolated landscape patches. We propose to utilize the same methods to examine the agricultural landscape as a function of potential for crop pathogen spread. Using a geographic information systems network, we explored the assignment of meaningful values for disease transmission based on crop densisties to graph edges, and then attempted to identify subgraphs within the system by droping edges based on threshold values to isolate regions of the landscape that might be quarantined in the event of a pathogen outbreak.
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    GIS Supporting Business
    Featured Paper by Joao Pedro Sant Anna

    Understanding the customer and marketplace is a constant challenge for any company. To know "where they are" and "who they are": customers, competitors, and our telecom infrastructure & network, are the key components to guide the actions of marketing executives.
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    Best Practices: Defining
    This discussion is targeted toward ArcIMS Developers, Site Administrators, and General ArcGIS users who consume ArcIMS map services in client applications, such as ArcGIS Explorer, ArcMap and the HTML Viewer. Learn why it is important to include projection information in ArcIMS map services, and the steps involved in defining projection information. Esri
    Development of Data Standards
    Featured Paper by Thomas Chatfield, Barb Kett

    Enterprise GIS implementation within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has required the development of data standards for themes as they become "National Data Layers". As with many organizations, GIS technology within the BLM developed over time in a distributed environment. Creation of data standards during that time was limited by the lack of a centralized IT organization. Within the Enterprise Architecture, the BLM is establishing national standards for geospatially enabled data. The BLM has created processes for data standards development for all types of data, whether spatially enabled or not. The process normally calls for consensus on a logical data model (LDM). Recognition of the difference of spatially enabled data occurs with the identification of geospatial features and the relationships between those features within the LDM.
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    Eco-tourism and GIS
    Featured Paper by Sharon Mollick

    Cumberland County, NJ has an economic situation that is not unique in the Northeast. It is losing its manufacturing base. In order to maintain the economic viability of the County, other strategies have to be formed. Among the many projects initiated was an Eco-Tourism plan. Cumberland County is a mostly rural county of 489 square miles and a population of about 150,000. With 51 miles of Delaware Bay shoreline, 155 square miles of wetlands and marshes, 95 square miles of Wildlife Management Areas and State Forests, and more than 700 miles of rivers and streams, it is an Eco-Tourism paradise.
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    Developer Summit: Creating
    Divesh Goyal, Product Engineer, and Ranjit Iyer, Software Development Programmer, talk about their two technical sessions at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as Divesh and Ranjit explain how these two sessions relate to each other and what developers can expect to learn from both technical sessions. Esri
    ArcGIS Explorer Overview
    Bern Szukalski is ESRI's Product Manger for ArcGIS Explorer. Listen to his discussion of the evolution of ArcGIS Explorer, what can be expected with the initial release, as well as plans for the software in the coming year. Esri
    NCDOT Highway Milemarker
    Featured Paper by David Johnson

    The NCDOT GIS Unit was approached by the NCDOT Pavement Management Unit (PMU) to assist in the creation of a statewide highway milemarker inventory. The highway milemarkers presented a prevalent and consistent set of features for use as highway reference points, which could be used to help PMU track pavement deficiencies. The NCDOT GIS Unit soon realized that the milemarkers could be incorporated in the coordinate linear referencing method, already supported in the NCDOT LRS.
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    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Listen to Bradley discuss how Walgreens incorporates the use of GIS and ESRI technology in particular to support site selection of new store locations. Esri
    Embedding GIS in Disaster
    Featured Paper by Ken Sochats, Bopaya Bidanda, Shengnan Wu, Larry Shuman, Carey Balaban, Matthew Kelley

    Disasters are complex events that involve multiple actors trying to gain control over and manage rapidly changing situations. We have developed an "all hazards" disaster modeling system called the Dynamic Discrete Disaster Simulation System (D4S2) that seamlessly integrates ArcGIS 9.1, Rockwell Automation's Arena discrete event simulation, a custom built rule based decision modeling system, and a control interface that mirrors an emergency operations center. Each component informs the others continuously of decisions, status changes, and other situational variables that have changed as the event(s) unfold. D4S2 provides a circumstance independent laboratory for testing how the type and scale of an event, situational variables and command decisions affect responders' efficiency and effectiveness in dealing with disasters.
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    Modeling Transit Accessibility
    Featured Paper by Kerry Brooks, Michael Wilhelm

    This project is part of the Spokane (WA) JARC (Job Access and Reverse Commute) program implemented by a local consortium led by Spokane Transit Authority. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify accessibility improvements to the transit system. We have developed a fine-scale network model to represent the accessibility of pedestrian destinations from transit stops by people with mobility impairments. This presentation describes accessibility modeling on this network using Network Analyst as well as metrics and indices that facilitate comparison of results between service areas.
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    Mobile GIS Improves Asset
    Laurens Electric Cooperative (LEC) is a nonprofi t, member-owned electric distribution utility located in upstate South Carolina. After implementing an enterprise-wide geographic information system (GIS), LEC wanted to leverage its GIS data to cut costs and improve the productivity of its fi eld crews. Using ArcPad®, a solution was created that eliminated the need for printed map books and improved the data collection associated with asset management, redline staking, and circuit inspections. Esri
    Methodology Statement:
    A complete, current, and accurate snapshot of the retail marketplace is critical to strategic decisions made by retail trade and related food services establishments to increase business. There are two ways to measure activity in a retail market—supply and demand. Analysis of consumer spending reveals market demand or retail potential. Examining business revenues, retail sales, shows market supply. Esri
    Enterprise GIS for Facility
    Featured Paper by Mono Simeone, Shreepad Ranadive

    City College of San Francisco (CCSF) uses 300 facilities to accommodate over 100,000 students annually. In 2007, CCSF administration awarded funding to use GIS as a facility management and services tool by utilizing ArcGIS Server. The college had no previous existing GIS system; this paper will talk about, the challenges for migrating disjointed resources into a central ArcSDE repository, where it could be accessed through a single web-based solution. ArcGIS Server was chosen as the foundation and using ASP .NET allowed an application with flexible framework. The application provides a secure intranet browser for administration while allowing individual departments to customize maps for their needs. The public version serves the student population providing individual maps for each campus and the ability to query by building, room, and services.
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    Integration of Geo-Spatial
    Featured Paper by Hugo Groot, Marjolijn Kuyper, Bas Vanmeulebrouk, Marc Hoogerwerf

    Geo-spatial enabled web services enhance existing web applications resulting in innovative applications for complicated geo-spatial challenges. This presentation will show how the Adobe Flex development framework was used to create such a user-friendly Internet GIS application in which geo-spatial web services from different sources (both REST and SOAP) are integrated seamlessly. Examples of geo-spatial web services applied in this Flex Map Viewer include map services such as ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, WMS and WFS, catalog services, geocoding services, a coordinate transformation service and graphing services. In addition to the usual Internet GIS application functionality, the application offers some innovative tools which allow end-users to share spatial data across the Internet. Because of the modular design of the application, adding new functionality is easy. On top of that, changing the user interface and adding support for additional data formats is a breeze.
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    Creating Walking Routes
    Featured Paper by John Ritsko

    The City of Henderson "Walking Routes to School Program" is an annual program that will provide a comprehensive traffic and pedestrian safety plan for the elementary schools located within Henderson city limits. This program is developed with the use of the ESRI suite of products. The program involves an annual field survey and GPS collection of all school-related and City traffic control devices for the entire City of Henderson which includes 25 elementary schools. This inventory provides the foundation for the walking route network. The goal of our program is to create a web-based, user friendly application for the citizens of Henderson that will provide a visual representation of possible walking routes to school. These specific Walking Routes are generated with the Network Analyst Route Solver tool. We also use the Service Area tool to analyze walking distances from the schools to find deficiencies in our walking routes.
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    Land Evaluation in an
    Featured Paper by Rujee Rodcha, Aree Sawadruang, Werachai Narkwiboonwong

    The agriculture of Thailand may be traced through historical, scientific, and social aspects which produced modern Thailand's unique approach to agriculture. As Thai's population growth is dramatically, requirements of land for agricultures are also intensive. Remote sensing and GIS were used in order to evaluate and delineate value zoning map of agricultural land in Land Reform Area. The objective of this study conducted in Rayong province, Thailand, physical parameters was used to analyze for agricultural crops land suitability. Furthermore, the land suitability combined with the production yield, product price, production process expense, net income, etc. The value of land would be drawn as value zoning map which its value is calculated by its quantity and quality. This map will be useful for many stakeholders such as banker, farmer, agricultural land developer etc.
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    3D Analysis of Makkah
    Featured Paper by Abdulaziz Alhammad

    The task of the Development Commission for Makkah, Madina and the Holy Sites is to coordinate the development in this region in order to secure a fulfilling experience of visitors and pilgrims to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. As a major tool for this task an enterprise GIS has been established at the Commission.
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    An Integrated Enterprise
    This paper presents the implementation of an integrated enterprise GIS system for forest management at Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. The system is implemented by using ESRI GIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension plus ArcSDE) as well as Oracle database system, which is a GIS system to update all tabular and spatial data efficiently and manages and facilitates the forest management and local government planning. With the conclusion of this initial foundation GIS implementation, the system will help bring all of its source information into a single geodatabase and will improve communication and sharing of geospatial information with other management systems. Esri Users Group Conference
    Bangladesh Industrial
    BIPES is a modeling system which combines data from industrial with data on pollution emissions to calculate pollution intensity factors, i.e. the level of pollution emissions per unit of industrial activity. Esri Users Group Conference
    Broadband Mapping and
    A major goal for the State of Michigan is to sustain efforts needed to strengthen the state's economic base. While a number of strategic policy initiatives and programs have been enacted to meet this goal, none is more important than improving access to high-speed telecommunication services and assuring that comprehensive information is available from carriers and other service providers regarding the type, quality, and location of services. This paper presents the development of a "realtime" online mapping application deployed during the data collection phase of the LinkMichigan Regional Telecommunications Planning Program. The integrated software application designed utilized ArcSDE, ArcIMS, and Java to provide telecommunication providers a means to map their facilities, service areas, and proposed broadband networks online in realtime. The relevance of employing these technologies for creating realtime, online mapping applications is limited only by one's imagination. Esri Users Group Conference
    Cadastres (Land Registries)
    Ownership outside the bounds of formal property maps is possession by force; logically any country that does not formalize property ownership is doomed to internal violence or tyranny. That assertion, made in support of a GIS mapping project for Colombia, applies everywhere. Its corollary: Developmental projects waste time and money when attempted where property rights and transparent records don't exist. The consequence is obvious, and, among other things, advises industrial-level GIS cadastral projects for countries of special interest in the war on terrorism. The strategic and intelligence uses of property data are spectacular--land records, when placed in a geodatabase, uncover money laundering, extortion, and corruption. They support effective asset forfeiture and geographic crime prediction. Finally, when land ownership is public knowledge, when anonymity of wealth and impunity are gone, landowners are less likely to support terrorism. Esri Users Group Conference
    Comparing GIS Data Types
    The advent of an object-oriented GIS data model has facilitated the use of spatiotemporal hydrological event data. This paper presents the results of a master's thesis entitled "Spatiotemporal Queries of Hydrologic Event Data: A Comparison of GIS Data Types." The objective of this thesis study was to determine if there is a computational advantage to using a geodatabase based on the Arc Hydro data model over the coverage or shapefile data types using ArcGIS software. In order to determine if there was a computational advantage to the geodatabase, thirty queries were constructed and programmed in Visual Basic for Applications and run independently of user intervention against the three data types. Esri Users Group Conference
    2005 Hurricane Impacts
    Featured Paper by Karl Morgan

    Coastal Louisiana provides 27% of the U. S. energy production and transports 40% of its energy products through a pipeline system that extends for many miles offshore through the coastal marshes. Much of this infrastructure was severely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, resulting in rapidly rising energy costs for Americans.
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    2006 Census: Producing
    Featured Paper by Daniel Paquin

    With every census, the Geography Division of Statistics Canada produces a large quantity of maps. They are conceived in such a way that the enumerators could familiarize themselves rapidly with the extent and limits of their individual territories. The Geography Division reengineered their automated map generation software, CMS (Census Mapping System), using ArcGIS 9.x, ArcSDE, geodatabase, Visual Basic .NET, ArcObjects, and Maplex. CMS has allowed the Geography Division to meet its map production goals where it did not suffer any production delays and has in fact allowed the production team to complete its work one month in advance.
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    Escaping the Black Box,
    Featured Paper by Austin Streetman , Martha Isbister, Austin Streetman

    Too often, natural resources field data is collected, only to languish within a black box DBMS application. Many of these black box applications are driven by the details of field observations, not by the objectives of the overall resource management program. This can result in data loss and incomplete analyses that do not meet program needs.
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    Evaluating Water Quality
    Featured Paper by Cynthia Meyer

    In 2003, Pinellas County instituted a stratified random sampling program for ambient water quality monitoring. Pinellas County is a peninsula bounded by Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with 588 miles of coastline. Previously, water quality for each strata was determined by applying a mean calculation of water quality parameters to the entire area. To visualize the spatial trends of the data, spatial interpolation methods were applied to the chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen data. Investigation determined Inverse Distance Weighting (IDW) as the best interpolation method for the data. The IDW surfaces displayed overall trends and hot spots for extreme high and low values. Comparison with the State Water Quality Scores revealed that only small areas within several of the strata violated the impaired waters rule. The county can use spatial data analysis techniques to develop more effective watershed management plans by targeting the areas in need of remediation.
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    New York City's Spatial
    Featured Paper by Mario Gouvea, Marsha Kaunitz

    New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) recently expanded its ArcIMS hosting environment. It originally consisted of 25 Sun Microsystems servers running ArcIMS, ArcSDE, Oracle Enterprise Edition, Oracle Spatial and Sun Java System Web server supporting public facing Internet ArcIMS web application to include 19 new servers which support Intranet applications. The new infrastructure includes ArcGIS Server to support the creation of geospatial Web services, WebLogic Server Process Edition to support business process management and orchestrate them to enable the creation of composite Web services, which will support the needs of several NYC government agencies through this core service-oriented architecture (SOA). This paper will describe the infrastructure and some of the applications and services hosted by DoITT including New York CityMap, an application that utilizes an Ajax-based Web client to provide users with a "desktop-like" experience and interact with XML-based information services.
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    Online Marketing Your
    Featured Paper by David Gadish

    Organizations have been busy creating GIS datasets, creating custom GIS solutions, and providing GIS services. Much knowledge exists that is internal to organizations but which may benefit others. In this paper the author looks at different online marketing techniques and approaches that can be used by organizations to promote the sale or use of their data, products or services.
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    Geoprocessing Hydrometeorological
    Featured Paper by Jack Settelmaier

    The National Weather Service (NWS) issues weather warning and forecast information for the nation. This information is contained in a myriad of data and products continuously disseminated to partners and users. The intent of NWS information is to support our core mission--to protect against life and property losses and promote commerce.

    This paper will describe automated steps employed to gather, convert, geoprocess, and display hydrometeorological datasets to assess their accuracy and value. GIS’ involvement in this overall process provides atmospheric scientists with an enabling technology to assist in better understanding the relationships between absolutely accurate weather forecasts and ones that, although they may have some degree of inaccuracy, still contain useful or valuable information for users. GIS also provides necessary analysis tools to query and carve weather forecast verification data to better understand the temporal and spatial influences on the errors in the forecast data.
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    Using ArcObjects for
    Featured Paper by Alan Ager, Bernie Bahro, Mark Finney

    Fire sheds are geographic units used by the Forest Service to delineate areas with similar fire regimes, fire history, and wildland fire risk issues. A fire shed assessment is a collaborative process where specialists design fuel treatments to mitigate wildfire risk. Fire shed assessments are an iterative process where fuel treatments are proposed for specific stands based on fire behavior, and the resulting matrix of treatments is evaluated in terms of landscape scale fire behavior. The fire shed process uses an array of fire behavior models and GIS operations, making it difficult to analyze large numbers of scenarios in a timely fashion. We automated fire shed analysis with VBA macros and ArcObjects. The macros are implemented on custom toolbars in ArcMap and ArcGlobe, and link vegetation and wildfire behavior models with ArcGIS, MS Access, Excel, and Forest Service vegetation databases, providing the capability for real-time evaluation of proposed fuel treatments within ArcGIS.
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    WAM Enhancements within
    Featured Paper by Barry Jacobson, Del Bottcher, Jeffrey Hiscock

    The Watershed Assessment Model (WAM) is a comprehensive GIS-based program that has been used extensively for numerous large- and small-scale hydrologic and water quality evaluations including TMDLs. WAM is currently being migrated from ArcView 3.2 to the ArcGIS 9.2 and Arc Hydro database environments. The presentation will summarize the functionality of WAM as well as highlight the new user interface and Arc Hydro features that will significantly improve initial model set up, scenario testing, and output analysis and presentation. Inclusion of the Arc Hydro data schema will provide direct database compatibility with a number of water resources agencies across the country.
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    Automated QA/QC Tests
    BAE Systems is an international company of nearly 100,000 employees engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. BAE Systems designs and develops a family of commercial products that provides comprehensive imagery display, exploitation, and photogrammetric production software. BAE Systems serves customers in both the government and business sectors in more than 70 countries. Esri
    Using GIS in Areawide
    Featured Paper by Rosie Yacoub

    GIS is used as a decision support tool in the areawide management of glassy-winged sharpshooter in California. Locating traps using GIS/GPS, and then servicing the traps with portable data terminals and uploading on a daily basis allows finds in new areas to be identified quickly. Weekly mapping of trapping results shortens the time between when insects are found in the field and when treatments can be applied. Seasonal maps allow visual comparisons from year to year. GIS analysis tools can also further work in understanding the movements of the insects over time.
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    Geospatial Battle Management
    Featured Paper by Martin Kleiner, Scott Carey, Eric Nielsen, Harland Yu, Burhman Gates, Michael Altenau, John Roberts

    The Command and Control (C2) of military forces now relies primarily on digital systems. Battle Management Language (BML) is the unambiguous language used to command and control forces and equipment conducting military operations and to provide for situational awareness (SA) and a shared, common operational picture.
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    NEWGIN: Newark Geographic
    Featured Paper by Christopher Darby, Indrani Bose

    City of Newark needed an Enterprise wide GIS system to utilize geo-spatial information as an invaluable tool in the analysis of data for strategic planning in all city departments. NEWGIN is built on an industry-leading platform that includes ArcGIS, ArcSDE, and ArcIMS as well as Orion's OnPoint software.The city agencies are benefiting from using this Internet/intranet-based Web application (NewView) in areas that relate to managing items such as parcel information, school locations, libraries, hospitals, census information, disease trends, surveillance and prevention, trends in animal control cases to name a few.
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    Editing in ArcGIS: Working
    Explore procedures that will help you become more efficient and productive while editing multipart features. This discussion is tailored to users of ArcGIS software who perform edits to data on a regular basis, and who would like to pick up a series of useful techniques and pointers to improve workflow and productivity. Esri
    Using Real-Time Weather
    Featured Paper by Devon Humphrey

    The use of GIS within Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) combines visual intelligence and map data from a variety of sources within a real-time situation map. One type of information that is critical to any emergency response is weather. Temperature, winds, humidity, weather radar, and lightning strikes can all impact the situation and response tactics must adapt accordingly. Real-time sources of weather data are now available in GIS-friendly formats for use in the EOC. Real-time weather data can be used to feed trajectory models such as HAZUS MH and ALOHA, among others. This 'weather-aware' GIS also makes location-based notifications possible during a crisis.
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    An Introduction to ESRI
    This episode provides an overview of the many training solutions ESRI offers, and discusses how you can use the ESRI Training and Education Web site to find the most appropriate training for your needs. Esri
    Educating Ecologists
    Featured Paper by Charlene Nielsen

    Researchers in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, rely on the principles and tools of GIS to help them better understand many of their ecological questions. Just as one would not apply other analytical methods (e.g. statistical modeling) without prior education on the subject, neither should one haphazardly use spatial modeling techniques. An intermediate-level, hands-on tutorial on some of the common spatial modeling applications of GIS in ecology was developed to address this need and is described and presented here. The how-to guide is meant to be a handy reference for ecologists interested in the practical aspects of applying ArcGIS 9.x in vegetation and landcover mapping, landscape metric calculation, watershed and wetland modeling, movement and dispersal (e.g. home range and distance analyses), and habitat selection and scenario modeling.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Listen to Thomas discuss the topics that will be covered during the session he will be co-presenting at the upcoming 2007 ESRI International User Conference and who might benefit by attending. Esri
    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Lola Akinmade, System Designer at Woolpert Inc., discusses the services that they provide to customers and how they developed an enterprise-wide ArcGIS Server implementation for the city of Indianapolis. Esri
    Marine Geospatial Ecology
    Featured Paper by Jason Roberts, Pat Halpin, Ben Best, Daniel Dunn

    Duke University Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory is developing Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools, a free, open-source Python package for marine ecologists. Our presentation will demonstrate four sets of included tools. The benthic complexity tool predicts hardbottom substrate from coarse-resolution (90m) bathymetry. Oceanographic data tools perform batch conversion of oceanographic satellite data to Arc formats, and batch sampling. Habitat modeling tools execute multivariate regression techniques on sampled environmental parameters and identify optimal habitat patches from logistic habitat surfaces. Connectivity tools apply graph-theoretic algorithms for calculating least-cost paths between all patches, restricting networks based on dispersal distances, and calculating graph metrics such as degree and betweenness. The package is designed for interoperability and extensibility
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    Out of the Box Pipeline
    Featured Paper by David Nichter

    Pipeline operators have increasingly used GIS technologies to gather, store, and analyze data. The advent of the Pipeline Safety Act of 2002 requires that all operators gather and integrate data related to their facilities and perform more comprehensive analysis of these factors. Operators must consider data including condition of pipeline, hazards to the pipeline's safety and risks to population and environment as they interact to determine risk. This paper will focus on one operator's process for integrating all available data into a single map product that allows them the ability to examine this combination of datasets in a cohesive manner. Integration of paper records, spreadsheets, CADD drawings, GPS positions, and legacy data with data from a tabular risk modeling application was performed in an ESRI desktop environment. All work was performed with "out of the box" ArcGIS along with a few custom VBA procedures to ease data manipulation.
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    Geospatial Statistical
    Featured Paper by Charles Gillies

    Augmented geospatial data production directly impacts the requirements and associated costs of Quality Assurance inspections. Complete inspections (100 percent) and their findings may be variable, time-consuming, and result in diminishing returns and loss of productivity. With the introduction of standardized sampling processes and efficient quality management procedures, based on accepted standards and quantitative methods, quality assurance requirements may be reduced without any deterioration in the degree of acceptable quality. Two sets of standards, military (MIL-STD-1916) and international (ISO19114:2003), can be combined into a methodological framework for the development of quality assessment procedures.
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    GIS: The Geographic Approach
    Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, talks about the theme of the 2007 ESRI International User Conference, GIS: The Geographic Approach. In addition, Jack offers a product overview. Esri
    The Role of GIS Analysis
    Featured Paper by Jay Gerner

    This study evaluates a rapidly growing area of the state to identify transportation infrastructure that is likely to experience traffic congestion problems in a 25-year future timeframe. ArcGIS was employed to quantify the amount of currently available buildable land within the study area through the use of complex spatial queries between multiple polygon-based GIS layers. Forecasted population and employment growth rates and subsequent trip-generation model outputs were utilized to develop a 25-year base and build-out scenario. From this information, traffic congestion trends were derived and examined to identify roads and intersections that could need improvement in the future.
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    ESRI Technology and INSPIRE
    This document describes how ESRI® geographic information system (GIS) software products and solutions align with the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) vision for European geospatial information sharing and—more specifically—how they provide a technical foundation for activating that vision. The information presented is intended to provide a basic overview and frame of reference for further technical inquiry and discussion. Esri
    Cumulative Effects Study
    The scenic 670-mile Yellowstone River is dear to the hearts of people in Montana and around the globe. It is the longest undammed, naturally flowing river in the continental United States and supports economic activities such as agriculture, tourism, recreation, transportation, petroleum refining, and residential development. Esri
    Risk Analysis and ArcGIS
    Featured Paper by Dave Hansen

    The Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta is defined by waterways confined by levees. Over 1,000 miles of levees were constructed for wetland conversion to agriculture in the late 1800's. Exposure of the rich organic soils has resulted in substantial land subsidence. There have been over 160 levee failures since 1900. The levee system is at increasing risk from sea level rise or seismic activity. Information about the levees includes failure history, elevation, and materials. Associated information includes geomorphology, soils, and amount of subsidence. Levees consist of individual networks surrounding islands. Many of these island networks are in close proximity separated by narrow sloughs. These are supporting levee networks. ArcGIS is used to integrate this information for risk analysis, and Arc Schematics is used for display of related supporting levee networks.
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    GIS: An Integral Part
    GIS continues to evolve. Not long ago Enterprise GIS meant a geospatial technology used by many departments. IT mangers considered a GIS integrated with other IT systems like work, asset, outage and emergency management and occasionally customer billing and information systems as enterprise. Rarely, GIS displayed real time data from systems like SCADA. Still rarer did organizations use GIS for navigation and crew routing. Now, infrastructure industries are beginning to view Enterprise GIS differently. Instead of integrating with key IT systems, GIS has become a key IT technology. More and more companies want business solutions that fuse GIS data, functionality and representations with functionality from other key IT platforms. Esri
    An Enterprise Geodatabase:
    Montgomery County, Maryland has a long history of supporting GIS applications with a SDE/ArcSDE based geodatabase. By migrating into the latest ArcSDE release (ArcSDE 8.3), the County geodatabase has been advanced a big step and rose from a small scale, localized database into an enterprise level database. The geodatabase powered by the Oracle enterprise DBMS and coupled with enhanced ArcSDE functionality is serving the GIS users, IT specialists and engineers with a vast amount of vector data, raster data, attribute data, and CAD drawings. In addition to hosting and serving the GIS specific data collection, the geodatabase is also connected to multiple County databases, which enables data sharing and integration from heterogeneous data sources throughout the County. The details of system and architecture design, data organization, and the range of IT applications the geodatabase is supporting will be discussed. Esri Users Group Conference
    Building a GIS With the
    Georgia Power, the largest electric utility in the Southern Company, is an investor-owned company with $13.5 billion in assets and 100,000 acres of land. An Enterprise GIS Strategy is integrating GIS into Southern's business processes. Unique challenges lay ahead in modeling how land is bought, sold, and managed under a metes and bounds survey system. The original 13 U.S. colonies still use the system, which involves irregular parcel boundaries often based on physical "landmarks" such as trees or rock piles now long gone. The state of Georgia also has odd physical boundaries that are part of the legal description. Once a GIS is implemented, developers must tie a document management system containing more than 500,000 plats, deeds, and other items to each polygon. Esri Users Group Conference
    Integration of FalconView
    Featured Paper by Chris Bailey

    Military mission planning relies heavily on the use of maps and map-related information. As the mission planning process moved to a digital environment, war fighters required an easy-to-use and focused application for visualizing standard digital geospatial products and other relevant data. Originally produced for aviation mission planning as part of Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS), FalconView™ has come into widespread use across the Department of Defense to fulfill this requirement.
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    Modeling Karst-Sensitive
    Featured Paper by Cheryl Mullane, Mark Nelson

    Sinkholes are a common occurrence in karst-sensitive areas throughout Southwest Florida. As development pressures continue, more comprehensive regulations need to be developed to protect the aquifer in karst-sensitive areas from untreated storm water. A raster model was developed to help identify these areas where sinkholes are likely to occur. Conditions surrounding existing sinkholes were analyzed to find trends where sinkholes exist. Factors such as soil type, depth to aquifer, changes in potentiomentric surface, and depth to water table were evaluated. Once trends were determined, a raster model was created using the established criteria. Each contributing element was given a weighted rank, based on the advice of the project geologist, and combined to create a karst-sensitive area model. The model will help drive regulation that will protect the aquifer in vulnerable areas.
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    Monitoring Weed Growth
    Featured Paper by Mark Norris-Rogers, Fethi Ahmed, Pol Coppin, Jan van Aardt

    High-resolution remotely sensed imagery offers the opportunity to quantitatively monitor plantation forestry operations. Using a series of QuickBird images of a plantation forestry site in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, a combination of textural analysis and change detection techniques was tested to quantify weed development in replanted forest stands less than 24 months old.
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    GIS: An Effective Executive
    Featured Paper by Nehme Chakhtoura, Alexandra Dubovis

    GIS continues to evolve in so many ways and across many disciplines. Local governments have embraced this technology to become an enabler for agencies providing services to the general public. Daily operations require managers and executives to be in touch with field personnel and contractors while tending to organizational and strategic needs. The city of Jacksonville leveraged the technology by creating a multitiered approach to track operations live, thus allowing executives to stay in touch with daily field activities. The paper will also address various strategies and details used to plan, design, and implement these and other related applications.
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    GIS: Vital Tool for Fisheries
    Featured Paper by Madhavi Pikle, Sunit Charatkar

    Fisheries continue to be a thrust area of India’s development programs due to their very important contributions to employment generation, food security and foreign exchange earnings. There is a need for assessment of fisheries ecosystems, environmental problems due to prevalence of various activities and management needed. With a view to have a systematic approach, studies, such as coastline changes and their effect on coastal life, mangrove mapping and change detection, mapping of salt-affected and waterlogged areas for aquaculture, site selection for brackish water aquacuture, have been carried out using ArcGIS. Mangrove mapping of Mumbai showed 39.42 percent decrease in area of mangroves during 1990-2001. Brackish water aquauclture site selection showed 9.873 percent is suitable from the total study area. A study of shoreline changes of Mumbai coast gives around 26 km2 accretion and 1.1 km2 erosion from 1966 to 2002. GIS proved to be a vital tool for sustainable development and utilization of fisheries resources.
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    A "Technological Gearing"
    Featured Paper by Linda Way

    A staged implementation strategy was developed based on ESRI’s Enterprise Implementation Strategy and Microsoft’s Process Model for System Design. The key components of this strategy included the early purchase and use of one ArcInfo Desktop license to develop a number of small personal geodatabases and prototype applications. This relatively substantial purchase was supported and extended through the use of ArcExplorer to provide free internal data viewing and map display and Open Source Server Software to facilitate timely deployment of data to clients for ventures such as seismic survey reporting.
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    Understanding Threatrened
    Featured Paper by Paul Cote

    In 2002 the city of Boston built a charismatic new bridge--the cable-stayed Leonard Zakim Bridge. Many places that were previously undistinquished now have new value because of views or potential to create views of this new icon for the city. Likewise, some of these windfall view corridors may be threatened because of view-seeking development that may happen in between.
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    Using GIS for Microwave
    Featured Paper by Chris Hallford, Mehmet 'DJ' Kutsal, Steve Overacker

    Contra Costa County, located in Northern California, covers more than 500,000 acres. The terrain varies in elevation from sea level on three sides to Mount Diablo with an elevation of 3,849 feet and located approximately in the center of the county. Size and geographic diversity can create numerous obstacles when considering network connectivity with the traditional "land-line" methodology. Dealing with the very specific “line-of-sight” requirements of communication equipment can be a daunting task in planning and designing network changes and enhancements. Advances in wireless technologies will play a key roll in connecting the outlying areas of the county. This paper discusses the methodology used to locate microwave transmission and receiving equipment. ArcGIS and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst are utilized to develop the necessary data required for a viewshed analysis.
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    Analyzing Sanitary/Storm
    Featured Paper by Paul Tessar, Darren Mollendor

    Cross-contamination of the Storm Sewer System with exfiltrates from the Sanitary Sewer System is a common problem that has been difficult to address using traditional approaches and tools. This presentation will describe the methodology used to analyze current conditions, discuss how this information was fed into the City Work Order System to coordinate investigation and remediation activities, and review the current status of the project.
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    A Spatial Model for Protection
    Featured Paper by C. Parma

    The City of San Antonio, Texas, commissioned a Scientific Evaluation Team to develop a spatial model analyzing sensitive lands for protection of the Edwards Aquifer, the primary water supply for the region. The three-county study area covered almost 1,500 square miles over the aquifer. Built upon ArcGIS ModelBuilder, Spatial Analyst, and Python scripting functionality, three submodel components were developed. Permeability was composed of slope, geology, soils, caves, and faults; Biology used vegetation and endangered karst invertebrates; and Adjacency/Watershed utilized stream orders, parcel size, and adjacency.
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    ArcSDE: Log File Management
    This discussion focuses on the ArcSDE log file management options and ESRI recommendations for ArcGIS 9 with Microsoft SQL Server. The intended audience is database administrators and ArcSDE managers. It is recommended that you are familiar with database and ArcSDE architecture and terminology, and suggested that you first listen to ArcSDE: An Introduction to Log Files. Esri
    A Collegiate Geodatabase
    Featured Paper by Allen Bottorff, Dave Coleman, Henry Mogilevich, Brian Anyzeski

    Indian River Community College (IRCC) welcomes the use of new tools to analyze its campuses and help plan for the future. Engineering consultants suggested such a tool, a GIS representing IRCC infrastructure in the geodatabase format. Items such as historical engineering and architectural drawings and underground utilities could be viewable from the system. GPS data was collected for many visible assets, the data was imported to the geodatabase, and existing record information was added. IRCC has begun the GIS at two of its campuses and planning for the incorporation of more assets.
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    Development of a GIS
    Featured Paper by Ken Buja, Connie Kot

    Five species of sea turtles inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are listed as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). None of the species have yet met the recovery goals outlined in their respective recovery plans. To help meet ESA recovery goals for sea turtles, NOAA's National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) is implementing a strategy for sea turtle conservation and recovery in relation to Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico fisheries to reduce incidental capture of sea turtles in commercial and recreational fisheries.
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    How Understanding CADD
    Featured Paper by Melvic Degracia

    In an effort to leverage existing investments in our CADD systems, Harris County's Asset Management Team is attempting to utilize CADD functionality to tag asset features created in the CADD environment with asset information. This enables the tracking of asset costs from their inception in the CADD environment, through the asset's migration to the GIS core of the County Asset Management System (CAMS). Understanding the appropriate amount of effort to be expended on the CAD side of the equation versus the GIS side is essential.
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    Transportation Planning
    Featured Paper by Jack Lorbeer

    Just seven years beyond 2000, the Regional Transportation Commission Planning/GIS staff has begun a new initiative to identify future transportation corridors well beyond the federally required long range planning horizon of twenty years. With rapid growth in the Reno Nevada Metropolitan Area, it is clear that existing and planned twenty year transportation improvements will come far short of meeting the needs of the land available for development.
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    Climatology of Atlantic
    Featured Paper by Constantin Andronache

    Atlantic tropical storms are among the most damaging natural disasters for the coastal regions of Eastern and Southern United States. The forecast of these events, preparation for storm, population evacuation and damage management are paramount steps to minimize the impact of hurricanes on infrastructure and to reduce loss of life. Within ArcGIS framework, data of interest from various sources--climate, weather forecast, flood maps, population, and environment--can be analyzed in a timely manner.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Cain and Agrios share what they will discuss in their session at the upcoming 2007 ESRI International User Conference. Esri
    GIS for the Senior Executive
    Listen to Geringer discuss the importance of GIS for senior executives. Esri
    Development of an Intermodal
    Featured Paper by Aaron Falzarano, J. Hawker, Karl Korfmacher, James Winebrake, Stephen Zilora, James Corbett, Sai Ketha

    This paper describes a process for creating an intermodal freight transportation network within ArcGIS. In this process, ArcGIS Network Analyst is used to create an intermodal network and conduct optimal route analysis for various network attributes. In particular, the paper demonstrates how users can integrate highway, rail, waterway, and transit facility data from sources such as the National Transportation Atlas Database, as well as discussing existing database limitations to network analyses.
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    North Carolina's Geodatabase
    Featured Paper by Colleen Kiley

    In 2003, North Carolina instituted an innovative statewide program to provide stream and wetland mitigation called the North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP). From its inception, this award winning program relied heavily upon GIS as a tool to assist in watershed planning, project implementation, and site monitoring. As a new state program, the EEP needed to build a complex GIS from scratch that would allow tracking of spatial features associated with stream and wetland mitigation sites from planning through monitoring and could interface with other databases within the agency.
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    Colonial Pipeline Company—Managing
    Featured Paper by Chad Zamarin, John Beats

    The effective management of critical oil and gas pipeline infrastructure requires the administration of increasingly complex and costly assets with limited resources. As technology has improved, so has the ability to model our infrastructure and its interaction with the environment to better understand the potential for operational failure. In order to do this most effectively, an enterprise approach to managing and analyzing asset related information must be employed. With the introduction and evolution of the Geodatabase environment, enterprise asset management can now be performed to a more advanced degree than ever before. This paper will explore how Colonial Pipeline Company is implementing the ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model (APDM) and a foundation of ArcGIS technologies to achieve enterprise asset management and optimized preventive maintenance.
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    Virginia Department of
    Mindia Brown is the Information Systems Manager at the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), a Special Achievement in GIS Award winner. The VDOF recently developed the Integrated Forest Resource Information System (IFRIS). Brown discusses the process and results of developing this centralized Web-based enterprise information system that integrates GIS functionality. Esri
    From Bond Ratings to
    Featured Paper by Thomas Price

    Five years of GIS development and integration in a water utility has brought improvement to many aspects of the company. Progressing from semi annually updated micro fiche maps of field assets to intelligent GIS mapping functions on rugged field laptops. Improved customer service and GIS data access through a company wide IMS. ERP integrations ease access and analysis of work orders and notifications. Animated historical growth mapping is used to secure and maintain a high bond rating to lower interest rates. GPS data collection improves data quality and decreases time needed to locate assets in the field. GIS modeling allows for better planning and scenario analysis. GIS has went from a cryptic tool only used by a few computer specialists to being the one of most used applications in the company other than time sheets and office productivity suites.
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    Creating Client Proposals
    Lamar Advertising Company is one of the largest and most experienced outdoor advertising companies in the United States. By combining innovation, products, and strategic growth, Lamar has been helping clients find the right audiences for its products since 1902. Lamar currently operates 152 outdoor advertising companies in 43 states and is a leader in the highway logo sign business. Currently, Lamar operates more than 149,000 billboards and 97,500 logo sign displays across the country. Esri
    Postal Address Data Management—Adding
    New Zealand Post (NZ Post) is internationally recognized as providing one of the most effi cient and inexpensive postal services in the world. Every year, NZ Post delivers more than one billion items of mail to approximately two million delivery points in New Zealand. Esri
    Metrics and Tools for
    Featured Paper by Jason Parent, Shlomo Angel, Daniel Civco

    The change in the spatial structure over a ten year period for a global sample of 120 cities were analyzed using remote sensing and GIS. Land cover data, for each city, were derived from Landsat imagery for two time periods, circa 1990 and circa 2000. The land cover data were used in GIS analyses to identify and measure the characteristics of the spatial structures that are indicative of urban sprawl. These characteristics include polycentricity, ribbon and scatter development, increasing fragmentation of open space, declining population densities, and a declining compactness of the urban area. Metrics were developed to quantify rigorously each of these characteristics and map layers were generated for qualitative assessments. A Python script was developed to automate fully the GIS analyses for the 120 cities.
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    ArcGIS and Citrix - A
    Featured Paper by Wendell Hoskins, Jason Thacker, Adam LaBorde

    The United States Marine Corps has established two regional geospatial data centers in an effort to centralize GIS data storage and application hosting. Each of the two regional centers supports ten to twelve Marine Corps Installations and their tenant commands. Meeting application performance and GIS capability expectations is not easily achieved in a centralized environment. However, the Marine Corps model has proven successful where others have fallen short. Cornerstone components of this Enterprise GIS architecture include consolidated and pooled ESRI licenses, a centrally managed ArcSDE geodatabase, a common yet individualized browser-based map viewer via ArcGIS Server/Web ADF, and centralized hosting of the ArcGIS Desktop suite via Citrix Presentation Server (now called XenApp). Overcoming unique challenges with hosting ArcGIS Desktop in a Citrix environment, particularly within the Navy-Marine Corps network, resulted in valuable lessons learned and recommended configurations.
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    Geoportal Clients for ArcGIS
    CS-W Clients for ArcGIS—Enables discovering and using GIS resources available at a GIS portal directly from ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Explorer. WMC Opener Client for ArcGIS Desktop—Enables opening a saved map from a GIS Portal Toolkit Map Viewer for viewing and further analysis in ArcGIS ArcMap. Esri
    Developing 3D-Route Planning
    Featured Paper by Yi-Ching Chen, Wei lunyi

    This theme illustrates the implementation of the 3D-Router Planning System using ArcGIS Engine. Our system supposes that each aircraft has its facilities, like flight altitude, speed, oil usage, fly distance and turn angle.
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    A Highly Adaptive Rapid
    Conventional software development methodologies often fail to address the GIS application development needs due to the complex and dynamic nature of GIS projects. This paper presents a highly adaptive rapid development method for GIS application development. It was designed to quickly setup the GIS software development with small project initiation/startup cost, and allows high flexibility and continuous refinement and enhancement to the design during the software development process. It is an incremental development approach which strives to provide cost effective GIS solutions to meet customer’s short term and long term needs. It is a rapid application development process committed to quickly deliver quality GIS software products to customers in a tight schedule and offers continuous improvement as the customers gradually adapt to the new GIS system and become ready to take advantage of more advanced GIS and information technologies. Esri
    A Spatial Representation
    This study is based on Louis C. Peltier’s 1950 study “The Geographic Cycle in Periglacial Regions as it is Related to Climatic Geomorphology” published in the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and uses graphs that define the Chemical Weathering, Frost Action, Weathering Regions, Pluvial Erosion, Mass Movement, Wind Action and Morphogenetic Regions based on Mean Annual Temperature and Mean Annual Precipitation. The goal of this study is to create maps of the continental United States for each of Peltier’s graphs. The data for this project is from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is in PRISM data for the time period 1961-1990. The ASCII raster text format covers the lower forty-eight States. The raster files are processed using a complex methodology that employs GIS, Excel, Word, TextPad and WordPad to derive the new raster images. The resulting maps are used to illustrate the weathering, erosion and climatic processes occurring within the continental United States per Peltier’s graphs. Esri
    The local variation of terrain properties causes profound changes in the biosphere, microclimate, hydrologic cycle, and in the distribution of human activities on this planet. With the dawn of computerized technology, the terrain is represented in a digital form and new methods are needed to effectively describe, evaluate and quantify terrain properties. The purpose of this project is to develop new methods and procedures for terrain analyses within a GIS environment. The focus is to develop tools for capturing the local terrain variability. The selected parameters such as the hypsometric integral (modified Martonne’s index), roughness index, and basic statistical measures (mean, range and variance) are combined with newly developed dissectivity parameters, drainage lengths and landuse characteristics in one unified package and programmed in GIS using the ARC Macro Language (AML). The digital terrain data from this analysis can then be correlated with other spatial information to determine the influence of terrain properties on the ecosystem or other variables of interest including the human systems. Esri
    City of Boulder, Colorado,
    This paper will outline the processes, work tasks and results obtained in creating an interactive ArcIMS Web site application for the City of Boulder, Colorado Transportation Department. This ArcIMS application went online November 19th, 2003 and displays both existing and proposed transportation geographic features and attributes (bike, pedestrian, transit, and auto). The Web site serves the dual role of providing accessible transportation information to the public and also functioning as a desktop geographic work tool for engineers, planners and developers to help them better understand the city's transportation system, policy plans, and infrastructure needs. Esri Users Group Conference
    3D Visualization Using
    Featured Paper by Barry Bitters

    This paper describes the conceptual design, development methodology, and potential uses for a recently developed geographic feature ontology--a hierarchical data structure. The first version of this ontology is now available for public review and possible implementation in existing and future software systems. This new system is based on the logical union of more than 170 existing taxonomic structures. This new data structure now allows unambiguous inventorying of natural and cultural landscapes. It also assists in the unambiguous importing of disparate sources of feature data with minimal loss of information. A significant portion of this research effort also involved the creation of a public domain library of generic 3D models--models closely aligned to concepts in the ontology. The availability of the data structure will be discussed. The trials and tribulations encountered during development, potential uses of the data structure, and future developments will also be discussed.
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    Accessing Maryland Cadastral
    Featured Paper by Kuang-Yao Lee, Mike Lettre, John Coleman, Bob Dadd

    Since 1996 the Maryland Department of Planning has electronically maintained a statewide set of georeferenced property maps and parcel databases for Maryland's jurisdictions. Now completing the 10th Edition Year, the property maps and parcel databases along with a variety of related map layers are annually updated and released on CD-ROM for each jurisdiction. The property maps appear on the CD as georeferenced raster images in TIFF format and the parcel databases point shapefiles referenced by x,y to their location on the property map images. To increase the data accessibility, we developed a Windows-based desktop application that specifically displays the property map images and supports spatial queries of the parcel databases. This application is developed and maintained using Microsoft Visual Basic and ESRI MapObjects LT, which provides viewing, selecting, and printing capacities for spatially referenced property assessment information, market sales and transfer records, and detailed Computer-Aided Mass Appraisal data (CAMA). In addition, it efficiently displays seamless tax images with a transparent background, which consequently facilitates overlaying effects of map layers. This paper focuses on the approaches adopted to utilize Windows API and the downloadable ESRI ArcScripts to achieve desired functionality and improve performance.
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    An Analysis of the Heat
    Featured Paper by Shuuji Gotou, Daigo Ito

    This study resulted in the creation of the thermal environmental map in Osaka, which shows the characteristics of the thermal environment. At first, the infrared radiation sensor in an aircraft measured the ground surface temperatures in Osaka, a 1,000 km2 area. Next, the image data that showed the distribution of the ground surface temperatures was analyzed by using ArcGIS 9. In addition, the characteristics of the thermal environment in the region were identified by the heat island factors, anthropogenic heat, ground surface conditions and meteorological conditions.
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    An Approach to Regional
    Featured Paper by Bruce Durtsche, D. McCluskey, Christopher Benson

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking ways to maintain and conserve existing habitat connections and restore severed connections between habitat patches. BLM is developing and testing a raster-based approach to describe and report the location and extent of terrestrial habitat connectivity and fragmentation over large regional landscapes using a 30-meter minimum mapping unit. This analysis is spatially explicit and repeatable, thus allowing for monitoring and reporting of changes in landscape conditions in broad regions over time. GIS technology is used to link regional habitat (land cover) data with land-use activities, disturbances, and associated management actions. This methodology is being applied in the prairie-grassland region, rangewide sagebrush/greater sage-grouse region, and other large regions of the western United States in support of the BLM assessment-inventory-monitoring, greater sage-grouse, land-use planning-NEPA, and vegetation management national strategies.
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    Moving Toward a more
    Featured Paper by Sam Quon

    The city of Lansing’s first GIS parcel layer was inaccurate. In an effort to obtain an accurate parcel map at an economical cost, the city of Lansing partnered with the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) to convert LBWL property data from Smallworld to the ESRI GIS environment. Converting the parcel data is a one-time process. However, improving and maintaining the parcel data is a continuous process. This paper will discuss the methodology of the conversion process, direction of parcel maintenance, and power of partnerships.
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    GIS for San Francisco
    Featured Paper by Garlynn Woodsong

    This research paper will describe how GIS has been used to study and implement a regional vision for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The potential for TOD in the region was originally studied by using computer databases to map land use within a one-half-mile radius of existing and potential future rail and ferry transit station locations. Now, MTC has adopted a TOD policy that requires certain thresholds of development to be planned around stations prior to the release of regional discretionary funding for transit capital expansion projects. This paper will explain the role of GIS as the analytical foundation guiding the implementation of MTC’s TOD policy, explain it in outreach sessions, and support the analysis leading to the formulation of the thresholds contained in the policy.
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    GIS in Disaster Recovery
    Featured Paper by Alicia Williams, Robert Harrison

    This research applies geospatial analysis to the recovery of the trees at the historically significant site of the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, a 1,200 plus-acre nineteenth century cotton plantation. The grounds suffered the devastating effects of an F3 tornado on April 16, 1998. Since that time, a landscape restoration effort has been underway to repair the damage caused by the storm. The mapping of existing plant materials and landscape features is a critical part of this restoration. The primary objective of this project was to identify and analyze the existing dendrological resources and those that were destroyed in the tornado utilizing the latest geospatial analysis technology. The groundwork laid in this project will serve as a firm foundation for future additions to the GIS for this property. Furthermore, it will serve as a model for other historic sites that have not yet begun their venture into geospatial analysis.
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    Using ArcGIS “On-the-Fly”
    Featured Paper by Richard Knudsen, Chris Anderson

    Following Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the heavily petroleum-industrialized coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, the resources of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) were quickly deployed to that region at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard. OR&R is the primary federal agency that supplies technical and scientific support for oil spills to the U.S. Coast Guard. A true unified command arose in Mobile, Alabama, to deal with pollution response activities. This organization was uniquely successful because it held data management and presentation as critical objectives to ensure effective command, control, and status management of the situation. GIS played a pivotal role in that success. Multiple federal agencies (USEPA, USCG, NOAA) with different ways of managing information worked together to merge their information onto a single constantly updated map. This presentation will focus on lessons learned.
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    Variability in Time of
    Featured Paper by Darren Baird, Matt Breen

    The Soil Conservation Service’s time of concentration calculation methodology is one of the most universally used methods when computing the time of concentration for a hydrologic basin. The approach is to break up the path of a drop of water into three distinct flow types: (1) sheet flow for the first 300 feet of flow length, (2) shallow concentrated flow from the point at which sheet flow ends, (3) stream flow from the point the flow enters a well-defined channel. By using the raster calculation functions available within ArcView Spatial Analyst, the effects of finite increment calculations on the results of the SCS equations are examined. This paper presents the potentially large variability in time of concentration calculations introduced by performing the calculations as the cumulative of finite increment calculations.
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    “We Are Very SPATIAL
    Featured Paper by Tracy Moy

    Would you ask your electrician to fix your plumbing? Probably not! People who perform GIS come from many disciplines and possess varying levels of expertise. I like to think we are very "spatial" people, but I believe few are experts in everything.

    Just because someone is in the construction business does not make them an expert in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc., likewise, performing GIS functions does not make someone a programmer, database guru, network administrator, etc. Often the consumers of GIS inadvertently think we are proficient in all of these roles.
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    Managing Land Records
  • Parcel database workflows
  • Cadastral mapping
  • Tracking parcel changes over time
  • Distribution management tools
  • Disseminating information via the Internet with ArcIMS
  • Interactive MapTips and query tools
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    Using ArcGIS Server at
    The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) maintains a GIS of archaeological sites and investigations throughout Utah. Permitted archaeologists use this data for researching future projects. SHPO uses this data to advise other agencies in their compliance responsibilities. Keeping this data current, however, has long been a challenge. Distributed data entry applications were explored and rejected for complexity and maintenance problems. The nature of the data makes it impractical for users to submit GIS files for individual projects. An ArcGIS Server application was developed to provide for remote data entry, query of extant data, and business process management. The need for this tool has been brewing for many decades. At last, Utah’s archaeological community can begin using this data for the public good--for the research and protection of our shared cultural resources. Esri Users Group Conference
    Arlington County, Virginia,
    Featured Paper by Mary Beth Fletcher, William Roper

    The paper presents recent results from the GIS Mapping Center in Arlington County, Virginia, focusing on the application of a flexible integrated web GIS solution for data viewing, query and communication with the public. Multiple data sets are presented including engineering drawings, utilities, construction projects, transportation planning, parks and recreation area planning and management. For instance, for projects under construction the user can find geospatially referenced information on the name and location of a project, building plans, the year the site plan was approved and when construction began, information on the type of units (office, residential, retail), the number of stories, the height in feet, the number of parking spaces, etc.
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    Maintaining Data Quality
    Featured Paper by Rich Faglier, Faye Hall

    Southern Company has embarked on an implementation project to bring enterprise GIS to all of its four electric utilities. Southern evaluated "big bang" versus phased implementation options and chose a phased approach. Thus processes, procedures, and tools needed to be developed that would allow for a gradual adoption of the enterprise GIS while maintaining the quality and integrity of the previously migrated data. This presentation discusses the processes and tools developed to import drawing files into the enterprise GIS.
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    Web-Based Database Application
    Featured Paper by Suha Kilic, Yavuz Atila

    The Pebble Beach Community Services District's new Web-based information systems allow users with different needs and backgrounds to access property/infrastructure data and GIS maps simultaneously on the same page through an intuitive and unique front-end. The new technology replaced the previous Access database and ArcGIS combination which was cumbersome, less flexible, and costly to update and maintain. After an intensive analysis of cutting-edge technologies, it was decided to move to Microsoft SQL server environment with MS Internet Information Server 6.0 by using .NET framework; and use ArcIMS for the Web platform instead of ArcGIS.
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    Fire Suppression and
    Featured Paper by Elise Fisher

    Analyze fire department apparatus and alarm coverage areas using station locations, apparatus allocation and staffing. The coverage areas, based on either road segment lengths or travel times, are created using Network Analyst to determine which jurisdiction's road segments are covered by the fire department apparatus or alarm configurations. The two components necessary for the service area analysis are the identified road segments covered within a given travel time and the service areas for each station. Manipulation and analysis these travel-time polygons allow the identification of areas covered by apparatus from specific stations within 4 and 8 minutes.
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    Introduction to Bundled
    Bundled database servers are new at ArcGIS 9.2 and include personal geodatabases (Personal ArcSDE) and workgroup geodatabases (Workgroup ArcSDE). This discussion will describe the implementation and capabilities of these two levels of the scalable geodatabase. Esri
    Using Geoprocessing Tools
    This discussion will provide a brief overview of the geoprocessing tools for cartographic representations, as well as the purposes for which they were designed. A brief overview of some of the tools will help illustrate how and why they might be used to automate management of cartographic representations and map production work flow, and for quality control and error checking with feature representations. Esri
    City of Denver Addressing:
    Featured Paper by Allan Glen

    The City and County of Denver's many agencies and departments require accurate addressing to support daily business operations. A centralized addressing system has been developed to support increasing demands for address-related services. Multiple address databases have been centralized into an enterprise geodatabase. Web services have been developed to provide real-time integration with enterprise applications including customer relationship management (CRM) and permitting.
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    Overview of RouteMAP
    Listen to Hoffman talk about the latest release of RouteMAP IMS. Esri
    Planning for Sustainability:
    Featured Paper by Kurt Thomsen, Connie Pokorny, Janet Agnoletti

    To establish water resource baseline conditions using limited resources, the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) developed a method to produce baseline hydrogeologic unit maps from readily available borehole log data using GIS querying techniques. Borehole strata descriptions were converted to numerical values by establishing the average hydraulic conductivity of the combined soils making up the stratum of interest. These hydraulic conductivity values were then used to assign each stratum to a hydrogeologic unit based on typical ranges of hydraulic conductivity for aquifers, aquitards, and aquicludes. In this manner, the well log data were queried to describe the shallow aquifer system. This approach was used to estimate the health of the shallow aquifer system to plan for sustainability using a water budget model.
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    Public Safety and Homeland
    Historically, the most common means of obtaining situational awareness would be to identify what information is required for the mission and search through printed material, data repositories, Web links, news media, and voice communication. This manual process is very time-consuming and may not produce timely results. As such, IT infrastructure and systems have to be developed to collect data and information from disparate sources, process the data into logical outputs, and push it to the user to make better and more informed decisions. The systematic process of obtaining the right information at the right place and time is optimized by geographic information system (GIS) technology. Esri
    What's New in ArcPad
    The major feature introduced at ArcPad® 7.1 is an out-of-the-box solution for supporting "related tables." In previous versions of ArcPad, features in a geodatabase were exported during the checkout process and stored in shapefiles. Subtypes and domains were stored in the individual shapefile's edit form. Relationship classes defined in the geodatabase were not supported and user-specific customizations got overwritten after each checkout session. ArcPad 7.1 allows you to extract geodatabase feature classes with relationships to a single AXF file. Database rules (subtypes, coded value domains, range domains) are supported in the data and do not need to be manually added to forms. Esri
    Internet Mapping for
    MotionBased Technologies was founded on the premise that technology can help performance athletes get more out of their workouts. MotionBased had an idea to use a PC-enabled global positioning system (GPS) device to track training data. The company envisioned users turning on their lightweight GPS, going for a run, then logging on to MotionBased’s Web site to upload data from the GPS unit for viewing. Once uploaded, their training statistics could be viewed not only by traditional means, including charts and graphs, but also on a map. MotionBased needed a cost-effective way to incorporate maps and data into its innovative Internet application. Esri
    Using GIS to Meet Lessor’s
    Edens & Avant is one of the nation’s leading private retail real estate companies. It focuses on the acquisition, development, leasing, and management of retail centers leased to regional and national retailers such as Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and Target. The company has more than $2.5 billion in assets with its real estate portfolio comprising more than 200 owned and managed shopping centers in 18 states. The company is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, and has regional headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. Esri
    Hotspot Analysis of Bus
    Featured Paper by Jeff Neely, Julie Henry

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) needed to create an Accident by Line Analysis tool. The tool was created to provide METRO with a semi-automated way to analyze and map bus accidents that have occurred over a thirteen month period. The application was developed to work with ArcGIS 9.1 and ArcSDE connecting to an Oracle database which is running on an AIX machine.
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    QA/QC to Validate Position
    Featured Paper by Robert Baffour, Chris Davis, Mike Walker, Marcus Reese

    Over the past several years, municipalities mostly cities and counties have embarked on developing various GIS based stormwater inventory. This development is driven primarily by State and National regulations such as the EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 34 (GASB34). A review of most RFP’s in the market reveals that most municipalities want the data on the ArcGIS platform and also want the data to a positional accuracy of ± 1 meter or submeter
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    Using GIS in the Emergency
    Featured Paper by Devon Humphrey

    The role of GIS in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been expanding in recent years due to its inherent capability to serve as a data fusion environment. During a crisis, information from a variety of sources can be integrated into a Common Operational Picture using GIS so that decision-makers can plan and manage situations better. Elements can include realtime weather, plume models, GPS and other visual intelligence.
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    Advancing Conservation
    Ducks Unlimited Canada has been using GIS/GPS technology for more than a decade to help deliver wetland conservation programs throughout Canada. Program work including waterbird surveys, water quality sampling and remote sensing ground-truthing throughout remote forested regions of Western Canada is largely aerial based, requiring mobile GPS/GIS tools to aid staff in acquiring science based information. Application development for specific program needs has led to the development of a customized moving map software tool for ArcMap called "DUC Navigator," which includes support for multiple GPS data types; moving map navigation; the ability to upload and download GPS routes, tracks, and waypoints; and the central storage of the data in a personal geodatabase. This paper will provide an overview of the extension and its application to Ducks Unlimited's conservation work. Esri Users Group Conference
    Analyzing Head and Neck
    Age-, race-, and gender-specific information for 20 major cancer sites of the head and neck was obtained for the 46 South Carolina counties during 1979-2000 (mortality) and 1996-2000 (incidence). More than eighty age-adjusted analyses of head and neck cancer incidence and mortality by county were completed for these major anatomical sites. Many detailed maps presenting age-adjusted mortality and incidence rates by quartile at the county-level were prepared using both color-coding methods and three-dimensional displays, allowing rapid assessment of statistically significant geographic patterns. Multiple county-based indicators of healthcare access (distribution of physicians, dentists, and general hospitals) were obtained along with indicators of education, income, poverty, air emissions, and water pollution. County-based survey results indicating use of alcohol, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco by teenage respondents (N=223,663 respondents) was obtained. Many multiple regression models have been developed to investigate the etiology of head and neck cancer in South Carolina. Esri Users Group Conference
    Applying GIS in Stability
    GIS-based analysis is a key analytical tool which military intelligence analyst can exploit in Stability Operations and Support Operations (SOSO) when dealing with crime and corruption, terrorism, force protection and other mission related issues. This paper describes the development of GIS efforts and a geospatial common operational picture (COP) employed during Stabilization Force 13, beginning in the early spring through the fall of 2003. This effort involved various host nation civilian, US military, NATO allies, the United Nations, and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and was used to focus limited US and multi-national operational forces. The Geospatial framework and techniques were ultimately used to provided a rapid assessment of the Multinational Bridge North (MNB-N) area of operation (AO) by combining combat information from various sources. The paper also explores the technical, organizational, and operational challenges of creating and applying Geospatial technologies in a fluid SOSO environment. Esri Users Group Conference
    Buildable Land Inventory
    The City of Fort Collins, Colorado has developed a procedure to create, track, and maintain an inventory of vacant and buildable land inside the urban growth area. Ideally, this would be a clean and seamless system that would be updated as needed. But in reality, it is a time consuming assembly of various data from different sources that needs to be cleaned, massaged, and wedged into a GIS format. Then the fun begins. The data is run through a series of geoprocessing procedures that create the buildable land inventory. Esri Users Group Conference
    3-D model development
    Featured Paper by Steve Ramroop

    The development of GIS applications has over the years been increasing. The visualizations of the end results from such GIS applications form part of the end product that is used in the final output. This paper discusses the procedure and results adopted for the development of a three dimensional (3-D) model of the Troy University Campus, located in Troy, Alabama, USA. Further processing of the CAD datasets into a format usable for the generation of a 3-D model of the campus is presented. The processing included further enhancements such as adding an orthophoto and the draping of other physical features, such as extruded building, to make the model as realistic as possible. Updates to the CAD file were done by making use of field survey, which included adding the new changes to the University campus. Problems and the solutions of the entire approach are critically reviewed.
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    Earthquake Ground Shaking
    Featured Paper by Timothy Mote, John Egan

    An animation system was developed within the ArcGIS platform to visualize the spatial and temporal variation of earthquake-induced ground shaking. The system helps depict what one feels or would feel during an earthquake--the time history effects of seismic wave arrival, wave amplitude oscillation, and shaking duration. By integrating a GIS of geology, fault rupture, attenuation modeling, and ground motion recording stations to a database of readily available strong-motion datasets, ground shaking time histories across a study area can be produced by time-shifting and amplitude-scaling proximal records. Animations can be developed for observed ground motion datasets from recent earthquakes (e.g., 1989 Loma Prieta, 1992 Landers, or 2004 Parkfield) or for historic and scenario earthquakes from published models (e.g., 1906 San Francisco or Hayward Fault rupture). Funding for this project was provided by the California Department of Conservation--Strong Motion Instrumentation Program.
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    Archiving and Management
    Featured Paper by Timm Ohlhof, Rainer Syffus, Elke Weisgerber

    To handle petabytes of aerial and satellite images, raster maps, vector data, DEMs, and other geospatial intelligence data, an automated archive system and an efficient metadata information system are necessary. We have developed a high-performance solution for the archiving, management, retrieval, display, and dissemination of all kinds of imagery and geospatial information. The metadata and vector data are stored in an Oracle database, whereas the imagery and other mass data are stored file-based within a SAN (storage area network). During data ingest the original data is automatically georeferenced and converted into standard formats like GeoTIFF. All data can be queried, displayed in the form of footprints located in a reference map and ordered and downloaded in a LAN, an Internet, or intranet environment. The archiving and management software has been integrated as application within ArcGIS. It is in operation in several German civil, military, and intelligence agencies.
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    ArcView and ArcEditor
    Featured Paper by Walt Austin

    The state of Arizona's Department of Water Resources is in the third year of a pilot program designed to help farmers located in AMAs make the best use of groundwater. Maps of participants' farms have had to be created using base layers of aerial images, grandfather water rights, and farm field boundaries. Direct field observations are then made to add features, such as wells, turnouts, CLDs, field flow direction, sumps, pumps, pipes, and farm equipment, to the maps. Maps help track farmers' water management practices. Those who demonstrate good water conservation practices are given greater latitude in the types of crops they can grow and the amount of water they are allowed to use. ESRI ArcView and ArcEditor are employed to generate the maps. This discussion will show the steps needed for creating the customized maps used in this program.
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    The Extracting Areas
    Featured Paper by Toshiyuki Ozaki, Yuko Imoto, Sosuke Horimoto, Saki Tanaka

    Landslides occurring around overhead transmission lines (OHTL) are one of the most difficult problems in the field. The difficulty would be caused by the various factors is acted spatially and complicatedly. Satellite data is widely used to identify hazardous slopes as well as statistical method for various factors. And numerous studies have been performed using different methods (Quantification methods, Neural networks) up to the present. However, these techniques and studies are individually used in general.
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    A Fast Track implementation
    Featured Paper by Martin Demblowski, Sam Shamsi, George Brown

    The Allegheny County Department of Public Works is replacing their existing work order and asset management system due to the lack of developer support. The new system utilizes Azteca System's CityWorks Asset Management software package in conjunction with ESRI's ArcGIS platform to provide a GIS-centric and enterprise geodatabase-connected Management Information System. The overall goals of this project include establishing a replacement maintenance management system that addresses the following components: Service Request Module, Work Order Management Module, Asset Management Module, and a Pavement Management Module. The central focus of the new system is the maintenance of the following five assets: roads, roadside assets, bridges, parks, and buildings. The initial implementation was completed in record time frame--six months--with the efforts of Motorola and ATS Chester Engineers. The implementation is broken down into three phases and will aid in Allegheny County's pursuit of the American Public Works Association accreditation.
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    Implementing Publication
    Featured Paper by Steven Hope

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is charged with coordinating cadastral information under OMB Circular A-16 in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). To help facilitate this, the BLM Cadastral Survey has issued publication guidelines for a standard portrayal of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). In fiscal year 2005, the BLM Cadastral Survey staff members have been directed to implement the publication of standard PLSS framework data at several NSDI data hosts. Successful completion of the task requires the following: sound data stewardship agreements between intermingled stakeholders, collaborative participation from multiple organizations, guidelines for publication that adhere to the FGDC Cadastral Core Data Standard, and dataset adaptation that accommodates current and emerging GIS technologies. The publication and maintenance of a seamless, statewide PLSS dataset for the state of Utah provide a reference to illustrate the challenges encountered with implementation.
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    Mapping Migrant Deaths
    Featured Paper by John Chamblee, Daniel Deborde, Mark Townley, Gary Christopherson, Robin Hoover

    Thousands of migrants die annually crossing the desert into the United States. Humane Borders is a Tucson, Arizona, nonprofit agency that provides migrants with strategically placed drinking water stations. We also work for immigration reform. Through cooperation with the U.S. Border Patrol and local medical examiners, we produce maps showing the locations where migrants died. After ESRI donated ArcView 9.1, we launched an ambitious GIS program. Using personal geodatabases, we first created better maps showing migrant death. We then built Spanish-language warning posters that deter entry into the United States and warn migrants to stay away from the deadliest parts of the desert. Recently we developed viewshed models of cellular phone service illustrating how better coverage would save lives by allowing migrants to call for government rescue. This paper demonstrates how GIS furthers our efforts to, in the words of Humane Borders’ President, Rev. Robin Hoover, “take death out of the immigration equation.”
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    Neighborhood Characteristics
    Featured Paper by Scott Ashwood, Adrian Overton

    In this paper we will discuss the methods we have used to create a set of neighborhood-level measures and how we have used them in our analysis of physical activity (PA) in adolescent girls.

    This research is an ancillary study to a multicentered group (school) randomized controlled intervention trial, called the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls (TAAG), that is designed to increase PA among sixth grade girls over a three-year period.
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    Providing First Responders
    Featured Paper by Steve Harris, David Blankinship, Thomas Wrobel, Edward Kolarik

    The city of Colorado Springs facilitates delivery of critical GIS and AVL information including routing, resource and situation status to fire apparatus, dispatch centers, incident command and emergency operation centers simultaneously. This enhanced AVL system provides information from different departments and agencies in real-time in a way that has never been possible. This system provides routing on the fly, manages traffic signal preemption and displays these actions in the vehicle, which facilitates more effective response. Vital information is displayed via a touch screen monitor to the responder with very little interaction required. It automatically presents information needed to understand the location and nature of the incident, which allows the team to focus and prepare for the actual situation. By integrating multiple systems--traffic, fire, addressing, utilities, CAD, networks, wireless and GIS data and analysis--traditional AVL becomes greatly enhanced.
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    Providing Public Access
    Featured Paper by Michael Jenkins

    King County, Washington, develops and maintains a large amount of GIS data to meet the business needs of the departments and divisions within the county government. As a public agency, it has made a point to provide access to this valuable data to other state and local government agencies as well as to the general public utilizing data sharing agreements, standard data CDs, and Internet distribution. In the past five years, King County has made a substantial amount of this data available through the Internet by utilizing ArcIMS. This service has proven to be so popular that the county has received more than two million user sessions on its mapping server in 2005. This success assures that ArcIMS is part of the county's long-range strategy for providing public access to King County GIS data.
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    Smart techniques for
    Featured Paper by Peter Yurkosky

    This paper describes the implementation of the Mission-Driven Wildland Fire Mapping Project at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. The project, a simple data-collection and analysis effort, is burdened by the restrictions imposed on field data collection at Camp Pendleton. These restrictions spurred the innovative use of GIS. In 2005 the project produced valuable fire data that can be used for environmental planning.
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    Snakes to Storms: Implementing
    Featured Paper by Erik Henning, Rick Householder

    Mobile GIS/GPS is currently utilized by the South Florida Water Management District for numerous applications and projects requiring the gathering and dissemination of high-quality spatially referenced field data. Mobile technology has expanded rapidly throughout the District with the declining costs of professional-grade GPS receivers and the introduction of low-cost mobile GIS software. While this expansion has its benefits for daily district operations, it also creates numerous issues: incorrect receiver settings, lack of metadata and inconsistent GIS/GPS datasets, to name a few. Because of these and other issues, an enterprise-wide mobile GIS strategy needed to be developed and implemented. The key objectives in this strategy included a mobile GIS/GPS standards document, standard operating procedures, the creation of custom toolbars, task specific forms and a comprehensive internal training program for users.
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    Systematic GIS Development
    Featured Paper by Syed Ali Naqi, Zuhair Siddiqui

    Utilities are of prime importance to the worldwide development of urban and commercial centers. Natural gas is the most economical and reliable source of energy for commercial and domestic consumers. The natural gas pipeline network was developed in Pakistan during 1950-1960s, and major expansion occurred in 1980-1990s to cover almost all major urban and rural areas. Most of the information is stored on paper maps having variable scales and several geometrical problems. The satisfactory supply of gas to end users demands an efficient information management system to streamline all relevant data sources.
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    A Tailored GIS Forecasting
    Featured Paper by Claus Skotner, Anders Klinting, Finn Hansen, Jacob Høst-Madsen, Qian-Ming Lu

    Accurate and reliable flow forecasting forms an important basis for efficient real-time river management including flood control, flood warning, reservoir operation and river regulation. To achieve this objective, it has become a common practice to apply GIS-based software that integrates data management and forecast modeling tools in a single environment. Such systems provide the ability to interface telemetry; manage real-time data; carry out manual, event-driven or scheduled forecasts; publish results and generally serve as a tool for making decisions in real-time.
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    Countrywide Mapping Made
    Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC) is Colombia’s national mapping agency responsible for producing the official map and base cartography of Colombia, supporting geographic studies in the form of land development support and professional training and education in geographic information system (GIS) technology and coordinating the Colombia Spatial Data Infrastructure. Esri
    Enterprise GIS in Wastewater
    Featured Paper by Steve DeWilde

    The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) is responsible for the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater in northern and central Orange County, California. With a Fountain Valley reclamation plant, a treatment plant in Huntington Beach, 600 miles of sewers, and an ocean monitoring program, opportunities for GIS thrive. Enterprise GIS has implemented applications that help safeguard underground utilities, manage permits, and enable sea-floor sediment visualizations. We acquired additional desktop software licensing, selectively distributing the software to new users, and initiated a training program.
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    GIS Redlining Comes Full
    Featured Paper by Ellen Hirayama, AJ Romanelli, Keith Croteau

    Enterprise-wide redlining capabilities provide the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (HBWS) with a dynamic, continuous stream of updates to its GIS system from multiple GIS end user environments. Field crews submit updates via a mobile application (MANO), office users submit redlines via an ArcIMS system (HONU), and GIS editors collaborate with each other via redline submission and email follow-up (ArcMap). Each redline is reviewed by a GIS editor before it is entered into the enterprise GIS database (SDE).
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    Workforce Mobilization
    Featured Paper by Jacob Mundt, Ryan Pierson

    Ada County Mosquito, Weed, and Pest Control in Boise, ID is utilizing mobile GIS technology to enhance its mosquito abatement program. Field crews are outfitted with rugged field computers enabled with a customized ArcPad interface that records all abatement activity, replacing the previous system (constituted of tracking thousands of paper maps and duplicate data entry). The ArcPad application provides a simplistic functionality for personnel with little or no GIS training, and enables automated work order prioritization.
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    Use and Implications
    Featured Paper by Iris Patten, Margaret Carr

    Over the next 50 years the vast projected population increase will present several challenges to the East Central Florida region. These challenges include pursuing opportunities associated with competing in the global economy, protecting environmental and agricultural resources, and developing a transportation plan that will address expected demand. The Land Use Conflict Identification Strategy (LUCIS), developed by Margaret Carr and Paul Zwick, employs role playing and suitability modeling to predict areas where future land use conflict will likely occur. Carr and Zwick's findings for the regional visioning process are illustrated in the first part of this presentation. Applying LUCIS resulted in an illustration of development patterns and provided a means to distinguish the driving forces behind the outcome, given specific policy decisions and assumptions.
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    Developer Summit: ArcGIS
    Eric Bader, Java SDK Lead for Developer Resources, and Divesh Goyal, Product Engineer talk about their technical session at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as they discuss key concepts when working with EJBs and ArcGIS Server. Esri
    Setting Urban Tree Canopy
    Featured Paper by Holli Howard

    Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) goals and Forest Opportunity Spectrum (FOS) models are now being used widely throughout the Mid Atlantic region to enable cities to set tree canopy goals and facilitate regreening strategies in urban areas. Baltimore City has announced the goal of 40 percent total tree canopy by the year 2035 based on a pilot study conducting using UTC analysis. Casey Trees is working to set similar tree canopy goals for Washington, DC.
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    The Role of Natural Areas
    Featured Paper by Hugh Irwin

    Roads are widely recognized in the scientific literature as having a profound effect on the landscape and are one of the primary risks for a variety of environmental impacts. It has been recognized that unroaded areas and areas with low road density tend to have fewer and less severe impacts to their aquatic and riparian resources than heavily roaded areas.
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    Application of Multi-objective
    Featured Paper by Chen Hui-Wen, Chang Yu-Cheng, Huang Pi-Hui, Chang Chung-chi

    Since the aftermath of typhoon Herb in 1996, all sorts of flood and drought followed in 2002 have claimed lives and countless property, which have imposed serious economic damage on the country. The collection of flood information is the basis for establishment of flood prevention system. It is anticipated that flood information management system will include flood insurance, flood warning, damage notification, and incorporation with GIS in the future to provide further capabilities.
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    Utilizing GIS in Support
    Featured Paper by Eric Orndorff, Robert Rowe

    For a recent aerial mapping project in a metropolitan area of the United States, ESRI ArcGIS software was used to provide significant efficiency in support of the aerial ground control surveying and field editing. The mapping supported the engineering design of a 17 mile transportation corridor.
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    Implementation of a Crime
    Joe Kezon, GIS Manager at the Chicago Police Department, talks about the crime database that was built for the police department. Esri
    Interview with Authors
    Diana Sinton, Chief Program Officer for the Latitude GIS Initiative at the National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education, and Jennifer Lund, who supports the faculty at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, discuss their book Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum. Esri
    LIDAR and GIS in Coastal
    Featured Paper by Alvaro Martinez

    To know with certainty the characteristics of the Colombian coast lines, as well as the limit between State property terrains (public use goods) and the private property is of great importance for the National Maritime community, as well as Colombians who want to develop maritime activities and the General Maritime Direction. Nevertheless, to ensure this information, technical, administrative and juridical elements are required to be integrally approached. This presentation issues the current problems and proposes from a technical point of view, an operatively viable solution, based on state of the art technology for the acquisition and management of spatial information (As LIDAR, SIG, Others), in order to elaborate the cartographic base for these spaces to be defined, as well as contributing to the production of fundamental data the Colombia.
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    GeoFish: Integration
    Featured Paper by Tiffany Vance, Sharon Mesick, Christopher Moore

    In GeoFish, we have provided a prototype of integrating a GIS with oceanographic and fisheries models. Scientists are able to use a graphical interface to display datasets, select the data to be used, set the weights for factors in the model and execute the model. The results are returned to the GIS for display and spatial analysis. The project creates a framework for linking to other types of fisheries, oceanographic, and ecosystem models. We visualize and analyze the results of two models; a model for predator-prey interactions and a model to look at the effects of climate change on the recruitment of a fish species.
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    US Army Corps of Engineers,
    Justin Pummell is a Geographer with the Army Corps of Engineers, Hawaii, a Special Achievement in GIS Award winner. Pummell talks about the process and results of implementing an enterprise GIS along with data sharing with their partners in the Pacific. Esri
    City of Hudson GIS Department
    Paul Leedham is the GIS coordinator in the GIS department at the City of Hudson in Ohio. The department won a Special Achievement in GIS Award. Leedham discusses the development of the city's enterprise GIS including the challenges faced along the way and the benefits of this implementation. Esri
    A New Perspective on
    Featured Paper by Shannon Porter

    Oblique photography, which is low elevation angled photography taken in multiple directions, is becoming a popular tool for governmental agencies. The photos facilitate viewing structures on all four sides, measuring of heights, and creating 3D representations of buildings. In March 2006 Johnson County AIMS acquired oblique photography as part of a regional effort. In an effort to maximize the user base of the new imagery, AIMS was dedicated to integrating them into an Internet-based interface. To accomplish this, AIMS developed innovative means for displaying and distributing this dataset in a simple but powerful interface. An additional goal was to make the images accessible through various software packages specific to local government. These software packages included emergency dispatch systems for public safety and mass appraisal systems. Implementation into these sytems and integration challenges will be presented.
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    Web-Based GIS to Explore
    Featured Paper by Nigel Waters, Chantal Hansen, Heng Sun

    The Mapping the Media in the Americas Project is a three-year collaboration between the University of Calgary, the Carter Center in Atlanta and the Ottawa-based Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). An interactive web-based GIS tool has been developed to graphically illustrate and analyze where the media are located and which electoral districts they reach. Using ArcIMS, we have mapped socio-economic data, electoral results and the locations of the media (TV, Radio Stations and Newspapers) for Canada and eleven South and Central American countries. The aim of this project is to help untangle the complex web of media ownership in the Americas and to allow political parties and non-governmental organizations involved in monitoring the democratic process to determine the influence of the media on the electoral process.
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    Lifetimes at Risk: GIS-Supported
    Featured Paper by Janine Gottlieb

    This presentation will highlight the translational research strategies used to develop and implement Philadelphia's Adolescent Violence Reduction Program (AVRP), a targeted intervention program designed to prevent current and future violence amongst Philadelphia's youngest criminal offenders. The role of geospatial analysis in the design of the program and selection of target communities will be presented along with a preliminary analysis of the program's first six months (e.g. community impact assessment, outcome evaluation, etc.)
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    Understanding and Implementing
    Geospatial imagery is the foundation of most mapping and geographic information system (GIS) technology. Many organizations need to manage rapidly expanding catalogs of imagery from various sources such as scanned maps and aerial films, digital cameras, satellite imagery, and digital terrain models. Such huge quantities of imagery pose difficulties in managing, processing, and distributing data to users. Esri
    ESRI-Supported Open Geospatial
    ESRI's approach to interoperability fully encompasses the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 211 (ISO/TC 211) and Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC®), specifications and standards. Esri
    Enterprise GIS Improves
    Sears manages one of the largest home appliance repair businesses in the world, with six distinct geographic regions that include 50 independent districts. More than 10,000 technicians throughout the United States complete approximately 11,000,000 in-home service orders each year. The business of supporting a mobile workforce requires good management, and Sears knew that geographic information system (GIS) technology was the answer to routing, a geographic problem. Esri
    Internet Mapping Helps
    American Suzuki Motors Corporation (ASMC) started business in 1909 as Suzuki Loom Works. After World War II, Suzuki’s motorized bike, Power Free, was successfully introduced followed by the 125 cc motorcycle, Colleda. The lightweight car, Suzulight, helped bring along Japan’s automotive revolution, solidifying Suzuki’s reputation as a company optimizing the most advanced technologies available. Today, the company is constantly thinking ahead to meet changing lifestyles, and the Suzuki name is seen on a full range of motorcycles, automobiles, outboard motors, and related products including generators and motorized wheelchairs. Esri
    ESRI Demographic Update
    The predominant development in 2008 is not growth, but decline—the fallout from the downturn in the housing market. There are still areas of growth and pockets of prosperity to report; however, there are few areas untouched by the decline of the housing market and the ensuing credit crunch. Esri
    A Data Model for Representing
    Featured Paper by Paul Cote

    This talk will describe an ArcGIS Geodatabase model and model-builder toolkit for organizing and visualizing three-dimensional city models. This simple relational database schema provides means of organizing 3d model assets and retrieving logically consistent visualizations of the city at different time periods, proposed development scenarios, and at appropriate levels of detail. The presentation will discuss the extension of this model with reference to the emerging Building Information Spatial Data Model BIM Standards and CityGML.
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    Spatial and Temporal
    Featured Paper by Manoj Jha, Bheem Kattel

    Insurgency in the post 9/11 era poses a new threat to the United States' armed forces engaged in combat missions in hostile territories. While insurgency is not a new phenomena, in the post 9/11 era with a rapidly changing geo-political environment its characteristics are fundamentally different than previous insurgencies. An examination of recent insurgencies in Iraq reveals that insurgents constantly change tactics in carrying out their missions, to be successful and maximize damage. In this paper, we develop a GIS model to map the spatial and temporal locations of recent insurgencies in Iraq so that a decision-maker can obtain a historical perspective of insurgent activities. The model can assist in appropriately allocating resources and contingencies as part of counter-insurgency activities. Future works will include adding a 3-dimensional modeling capability and interfacing the GIS with agent-based models for improved decision-making.
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    The ArcGIS Landscape
    Featured Paper by Brian Morgan, Steven Greco, Mary Burke

    This session will focus on the process and results of designing the ArcGIS Landscape Management data model. Originally created with the needs of botanical gardens and zoos in mind, the data model scope has expanded to incorporate the needs of other public landscapes such as campuses and parks. This free to download template is designed to provide organizations of all sizes and funding levels a common starting point for implementing GIS projects. This session will give special attention to the underlying geodatabase schema of the data model, and show examples of how its features, attributes, and relationships can provide a return on investment even to organizations with tight operating budgets.
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    Urban Noise Mapping using
    Featured Paper by YongJoo Cho, GeunHan Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, Chulmin Jun

    Since the residential environment is greatly affected by the noise level, noise maps are being used increasingly in urban planning or design. However, most noise maps currently used are at regional scale and limited to 2D or 2.5D representations, it is impossible to express different levels of noise in a building. In order to represent the noise distribution varying not only horizontally but vertically, we need a different data structure than 2D GIS. In this paper, we expand 2D topological structure to 3D and show the process to build a 2D-3D hybrid data structure. We also test different situations of 3D spatial queries, visualization of temporal change of noise and varying noise levels with soundproofing walls.
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    An Alternate Approach
    Some two years ago the Hernando County Florida Property Appraiser's Office assembled a group of GIS Stakeholders composed of a wide variety of county, municipal and state government offices and agencies. The purpose of this meeting was to advise the attendees of the current status of the Property Appraiser's base map and to discuss the future of the GIS system in Hernando County. It was determined that the greatest common factor that affected every department and agency in one form or another was the county's addressing system. The concerns were that it had not kept pace with technological advances and that it was not a singular centrally maintained system that affected departments and agencies could access electronically. The Property Appraiser's Office selected 3001 Inc. who was contracted to migrate legacy data, create address point data, create geocoded centerline attributes from existing address data and to establish centerline directions in ArcGIS. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcIMS Intranet Application:
    At any given time, the City of San Diego has thousands of construction projects in various stages of planning, design, or construction. Many of these projects are pipelines or other work affecting the public right-of-way. These and other Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) requires coordination with other staff and citizens within the various communities. Esri Users Group Conference
    Automating GIS Analysis
    Sarasota County's Watershed Management Department processes applications to rezone parcels of land for development. Engineers process rezone applications by analyzing how the proposed changes will effect drainage patterns in the applicant parcel and surrounding land. Engineers previously used paper map sources to formulate estimates and make subjective judgments in their analysis of an application. Spatial data was developed to enable the engineers to provide a more objective analysis of these rezone applications. Spatial data provides definitive information regarding elevations, soil types, floodplains, hydrodynamic networks, and drainage basins in the applicant area. This GIS analysis was conducted manually. The analysis was soon automated using ArcView 3.3 and Avenue to produce an analysis summary. The analysis summary provides objective data to the engineers to make an application determination. The automated creation of an analysis summary saves time, enhances productivity, and provides documentation for the application determination. Esri Users Group Conference
    Developing Market Intelligence
    Featured Paper by Adam Khan, Steve Lackow

    In this presentation, we will examine how Altura Credit Union combines ArcGIS Business Analyst with the reality on the ground to develop trade areas and approach new market opportunities in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.
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    Disaggregated Travel
    Featured Paper by Changjoo Kim, Sunhee Sang

    GIS-T has become an essential tool for transportation planning and travel forecasting. In this study, a disaggregated travel forecasting model is used to predict journey to work changes in regional development, demographics, and transportation supply. The Census Transportation Planning Package summarizes information by place of residence, by place of work, and for worker flows between home and work. However, its spatial unit is too broad to be used in transportation planning. Thus, travel models with aggregated data often mislead the transportation planning. Twin Cities Metro Area is selected as a study region. There are 689 census tracts in Twin Cities Metro Area while 42,189 census blocks as of year 2000 are available. The results show that disaggregated GIS-based approach to transportation modeling is a fundamental means of improving travel forecasting.
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    Applying 'GIS Services
    Featured Paper by Sohail El-Abd

    Enterprise GIS could be defined as an architecture that integrates geospatial data and services sharing across an organization. The paper shows the traditional approach that is based on the presence of a central geodatabase in which the whole organization's datasets are migrated, highlighting the drawbacks of orienting the whole business toward GIS. The paper presents the GIS Services Bus (GSB) approach, which is a new practical approach of applying GIS in the enterprise based on service-oriented architecture technology. The GSB approach is most appropriate for high-level organizations that have many departments and where GIS isn’t mission critical. The paper explains the concept of generalizing global GIS services in a common service bus to broaden usability in the whole organization, serving users' required data along with the appropriate customized interface, creating on-call GIS services to be delivered to every user in the organization.
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    Business Performance
    Featured Paper by Steven Hills, Nicholas Macdonald

    The past decade has seen immense changes to the practice of forestry in North America. The modern forest management company has an ever-increasing wealth and complexity of data that is available to them. Integrating the flow of information into the business and ensuring that it is available to the decision maker are critical to the success of the company. The escalation of information available to and generated by forestry activities is increasing, without a proactive approach to management; the very information that should enhance business practices quickly becomes a liability. Louisiana-Pacific Swan Valley utilizes a Forest Information System, which is a fully integrated and comprehensive forestry supply chain management system. It provides access to critical business information enabling foresters to track and manage plans and activities across the full forest supply chain from planning and procurement to certification and financial settlements from the office to the field.
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    Bus Route Changes Impact
    Featured Paper by Linda Loubert

    This analysis of the Greater Baltimore Bus Initiative (GBBI) uses geographical information systems as a tool to incorporate data from the Maryland Transportation Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, and data compiled at the Institute for Urban Research to understand the relationship of changes in the bus stops and the population the lost bus stops serves. Three different views of the geographical areas are portrayed in this analysis. One uses the transportation analysis zone (TAZ) to understand where the bus routes take passengers compared to where jobs are located. The second analysis uses U.S. Census 2000 tract data to understand the relationship of populations over 65 years old and bus stops before and after changes in bus stops. The third analysis uses the neighborhood statistical areas (NSA) to understand the loss of bus stops created by GBBI in neighborhoods where 25 percent of workers use the transit system.
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    Cleveland's GIS Mapping
    Featured Paper by Brian Wopershall, Chris Davis

    In 2005, the City of Cleveland Division of Water began re-evaluating its work practices, looking for ways to improve response to unplanned events and overall efficiency. This initiative was named the DEEP Project (Developing Efficient and Effective Practices). The DEEP Project team identified a “quick win” by developing a new set of maps for field crews to use based on the water department’s Hydraulic Model GIS that was completed in 2003. Crews were given laptops with electronic copies of maps as well as hard-copy maps. With the flexibility of GIS, updates can be made quickly so that the crews have up-to-date information when responding to customer complaints. These new maps have saved time and frustration for crews responding to unplanned events.
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    Exploring Local “Tornado
    Featured Paper by Mary Passe-Smith

    Recent publications have noted small, local “tornado alleys” scattered across the eastern two-thirds of the United States but have not attempted to explore in-depth reasons for these local maxima. Other publications are noting possible effects of local topography upon approaching mesocyclonic storms. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and information gained in past models constructed for Oklahoma and Arkansas, I propose to first remove population bias from the dataset and explore the surface in and around these alleys to see if any environmental parameters, such as vegetation/land use, soil families, elevation/roughness, certain landforms and orientations, or other surface features, are common to all of the areas.
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    Implementing optimized
    Featured Paper by Yann Kacenelen

    The new Essonne County Fire Service (ECFS) Emergency Management System (EMS) will be operational by April 2006. Its cartographic interface is destined to location purposes and to aid decision making. It will be supplied by the ECFS GIS data stored in ArcSDE
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    Lessons in Geoprofiling
    Featured Paper by Sarah Simons

    The escalating crime rate in Kenya has drawn attention both at international and local levels. Increasing incidences of sexual assault are a distinguishable signature at crime scenes as violent crimes like carjacking, robbery with violence on public transport commuters, burglaries and muggings culminate in the inflicting of additional physical pain to the victim(s) through sexual assaults either by the individual assailant but more often by the whole gang. This includes raping of infants, juveniles, women and even unsolicited sodomy of men.
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    Linking Chemical Information
    Featured Paper by Eric Bernard, Daniel Andresen, Larry Erickson, Bhanuprakash Vanjaku

    Information about chemicals’ properties, potential hazards and regulations can be found in hundreds of Web sites from the EPA to state governments. Chemical information is critical for a multitude of business and government sectors in inventory management, environmental impact assessment, emergency response and public health. The Web-based Environmental Knowledge Assessment Tool (EKAT) developed for the United States Marine Corps catalogs more than 14,000 chemicals and queries policy and health regulations by jurisdiction via Web search. To leverage chemical information, Web services were developed in combination with an ArcGIS tool to integrate chemical knowledge with features stored in a geodatabase. Chemical information is linked to common features such as land parcels, buildings, soil or geologic formation, well/boreholes, streams/rivers, and transportation networks in existing data models. The power of ArcGIS spatial modeling and analysis can be harnessed for environmental modeling and assessment, hazardous substance inventory tracking and management, emergency and hazmat response.
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    Managing Waterway Navigation
    Featured Paper by Alexandra Carvalho, Kenneth Craig, John Messer

    Managing waterways requires quick access and rapid visualization of organized historical and recent navigation channel project information. Project information includes channel information and geometry, recent and historical waterway bathymetric survey, shoaling data, dredged material management area location and characterization, and excellent knowledge of emerging and recurring channel shoaling problem areas. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and the Florida Inland Navigation District have sponsored a research project to develop decision management systems to help waterway engineers and managers with the organization, display, reporting, and analysis of navigation channel information. Engineers have successfully applied these systems in the management of information from the Jacksonville Harbor, Ft. George, Nassau Sound, East Pass, and Atlantic Intracoastal and Okeechobee Waterways in Florida; St. Mary Inlet in Georgia; and Northeast Cape Fear and Morehead City Harbor in North Carolina.
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    Maryland's Emergency
    Featured Paper by Joe Bizzell, David Geeraerts

    The Maryland Emergency Geographic Information Network (MEGIN) is a coordinated information portal that serves geospatial information (metadata and secure map services) to the emergency management community at all levels of Maryland government. Developed by Towson University Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS) with ESRI’s GIS Portal Toolkit search interface and third-party software, MEGIN leverages existing data coordination efforts currently underway in Maryland into an interoperable architecture to find, share, and integrate data and secure map services into the decision-making process throughout an emergency incident. The current MEGIN Web portal is composed of secure metadata search and publish applications and a tool to set granular permissions on the records. The MEGIN system also provides a way for remote data providers to securely publish map services. This presentation will be a walkthrough of the MEGIN system architecture with discussion on the application, system, and network components.
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    NATO HeadQuarters--Situation
    Featured Paper by Giuseppe Nobile, Virginia Estevez, Stergios Pinakas

    Recently, the dynamic capability of responding to a major world crisis with comprehensive in-depth information has become a crucial aspect of all large organizations. The demand from high-level players for a more complete tool that would fuse various attributes associated with the same event requires the production of an effective result in a timely fashion.
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    GeoModeler--Linking GIS
    Featured Paper by Christopher Moore, Tiffany Vance, Nazila Merati, Sharon Mesick

    In responding to crises, researchers need to gather data, define interactions and model systems. Two important tools are the use of decision support models and geographic information systems. These two tools have not been well integrated for scientific uses. GIS packages are starting to expose code and objects to allow coupling of core GIS functionality and analytical/modeling tools. Through the use of Java-based APIs, a GIS is directly linked with models. ArcGIS Engine and ArcObjects are used to communicate with an ArcGIS software-based front end. The front end provides both setup--allowing the user to specify the datasets to be used, the weights for elements of the model and the output desired--and for display--showing the results of the model run in a map or other spatial output.
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    Power of ArcGlobe to
    Featured Paper by Tahsin Yomralioglu, Halil Sogut

    3D GIS allows users to create a realistic perspective image that drapes over a surface. ArcGIS 3D Analyst allows users to visualize global perspective and large sets of 3D geographic data, and it provides the capability to seamlessly interact with any geospatial information as data layers on 3D globe. Using the ability of ArcGIS with ArcGlobe, a 3D digital view of Trabzon city in Turkey has been successfully created on the Globe. Required large-scale data including a high-resolution satellite image was extracted from the current set of geographically referenced dataset of an urban GIS. This paper will explore how a 3D city modeling environment can be used in the real world with the power of ArcGlobe.
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    Stir It Up-Achieving
    Featured Paper by Mike Murnane, John Shell

    Achieving GIS interoperability between diverse systems can be achieved with ArcSDE, Oracle, and a few tricks.

    GIS at the City of Tacoma, Washington, uses a mix of desktop tools (ESRI ArcGIS, Autodesk Map, and GE Energy’s Smallworld), data types (some readable to only one desktop tool), web tools (ESRI ArcIMS and Autodesk MapGuide), and numerous staff dispersed throughout several departments.
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    Using GIS to Map the
    Featured Paper by Ljuba Veselinova, Jason Booza

    Work in two rather distinct disciplines, urban geography and sociolinguistics, readily points out the multiethnic and multilingual character of big cities. However, there is still demand for studies which establish the language structure of modern cities. This paper presents a pilot study where data on multilingualism is collected and presented visually using ArcGIS and ArcIMS. GIS technology together with census data and the results of fieldwork is used to arrive at an adequate description of the spatial distribution of languages currently spoken in the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan area. Two levels of language used are mapped: the mother-tongue speakers and the dominant languages used in work situations. The study thus suggests one possible model for the initial stages of mapping the multilingual city; moreover, the collected data provides the infra-structure necessary for further research on phenomena such as language shift and language death as well as other aspects of a dynamic multilingual situation.
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    Water Quality Issues
    Featured Paper by William Roper, Kevin Weiss, James Wheeler

    Following the passage of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left with 80 percent of its land area flooded. Waters quickly became heavily polluted with petroleum products, industrial chemicals, raw sewage, dead animals, etc. Pump out operations were a high priority to dry out the city and start recovery. A variety of approaches and technologies were evaluated to achieve treatment with minimal impact on pumping operations. More than 100 water quality sampling sites were set up to characterize water conditions. High-risk areas were identified and registered in a GIS to dynamically assist decisions. Lake Pontchartrain continues to be monitored. Long-term rehabilitation efforts will be predicated on water quality monitoring results. Lessons learned from a water quality perspective during this massive disaster are presented with the goal of assisting future recovery efforts.
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    Web-Based Dam Operation
    Featured Paper by Yungsuk Yoon

    KOWACO has recently developed a Web-based GIS system using ESRI ArcIMS and ArcSDE to maintain dam-related spatial data and to make effective use of dam support systems. The GIS system works with the 'dam operation systems' utilizing its spatial data.

    In this presentation, how the GIS system works effectively will be presented using real-time-based dam operations in conjunction with spatial data
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    GIS Supports Market-Focused
    The Arizona Republic brings news and information to approximately one-half million households and targeted advertising materials to 1.275 million households in Maricopa and Pinal counties in Arizona each week. Of the Arizona Republic subscribers, 800,000 receive advertisements by mail, and 475,000 are reached through an insert in the paper itself. The newspaper covers all its customers, subscribers or not, through an innovative total market coverage product called the Buyer’s Edge that allows it to reach everyone throughout the Phoenix market. Esri
    Micro-climate Solar Modeling
    Featured Paper by Nathaniel Vandal, Bill Hegman

    Incoming solar radiation (insolation) is the single most important source of energy at the Earth's surface. Solar energy variation on the landscape is the primary determinant for the spatial distribution of almost all natural and biological processes, including human life. There is, therefore, tremendous importance in the ability to accurately model incoming radiation on the landscape. This paper analyzes the results of Environmental Systems Research Incorporated's (ESRI) Solar Analyst on complex topography that includes land forms and buildings. Little solar modeling has been conducted on this scale, and no validated results have been published to date. The analysis in this paper starts with the development of high a resolution complex DEM of the Middlebury College campus which has a topographical range of 285 feet and contains over 80 buildings. Radiation was calculated over the study area with atmospheric data available from the National Solar Radiation Database. Validation of the model was conducted using on-site solar pyronometers placed at strategic locations within the study area.
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    Using GIS Models to Focus
    Featured Paper by Laura Kindsvater, Ruskin Hartley

    Save-the-Redwoods League has created a GIS model to prioritize and focus its land acquisition and restoration actions over the next three to ten years. Using available spatial and in-house modeled data for old-growth redwood and other forests, public and other conserved lands, habitat for species of concern, recreation potential, watershed function, ecoregional context, scenic values, and threats, the League mapped high-priority areas for conservation throughout the range of coast redwoods. Proposed conservation areas were then selected using three different conservation scenarios.
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    LBS Marketing
    Featured Paper by Jose Jesus Costa

    The Marketing, along with the Geographical Information Systems was one of the sciences that experienced a greater advance in the last quarter of the XXth century; although born independently from one another, both sciences have come closer throughout the years, specially when the subject was related with the business world. This article aims to show how GIS have changed Marketing, in its way of understanding the products, consumers and markets.
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    GIS and GPS for Hurricane
    Featured Paper by Regina Hagger, Michael Schmedt, Michael Schmedt

    As Hurricane Wilma made its course across South Florida in October 2005, the City of Miami contracted HDR to lead the effort to collect tree debris and document the results for submittal to FEMA for clean-up reimbursement. HDR, working with the City, created a collection process centered on a custom ArcPad application to collect information on trunk diameter of fallen trees, broken limb lengths and diameters, photographs, street addresses and location coordinates. In a coordinated team effort, field crews identified more than 7,000 locations where tree debris needed collection, which were then compiled by GIS office staff in a comprehensive debris database.
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    Implementing Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Shil Niyogi, Michael Zukoski

    Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) provides natural gas service to about 91,000 customer accounts in Southern California. For more than 80 years, LBGO has maintained all map data manually using a variety of paper based systems. LBGO is now creating an integrated enterprise GIS based on ESRI products. The goal is to integrate the Work Order and Service Order systems into the mapping functions and provide a single solution for compiling DOT compliance data. Nobel Systems will handle all data conversion for the project, converting from paper sources into a geodatabase. Nobel will also install GeoViewer Online, an ArcIMS-based application for browser based access. LBGO will be implementing Miner & Miner's ArcFM to assist in maintaining the GIS data.
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    Talking about Rasters
    This discussion will explore some broad topics and elementary concepts related to how raster data is implemented in ArcGIS applications. In particular, some of the topics that will be examined include: supported raster formats, effects of cell size, compression options, statistics, pyramids, and basics about raster rendering. Esri
    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Mark Bockenhauer and Dara Hughes, both product engineers, talk about their technical session at the upcoming Developer Summit. Listen as they talk about the three topics they will cover and the demos they will provide during their session. Esri
    Navy Emergency Response
    Featured Paper by Mark Jansen

    The Navy Emergency Response Management System (NERMS) is a consolidated Computer-Aided Dispatch system that combines traditional fire, police, and medical dispatch services with modern GIS real-time services such as address verification, automatic vehicle location, automatic vehicle recommendation and routing, map displays, and online GIS updating to enhance emergency response.
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    Public Health Services
    Featured Paper by Craig Newborn

    We present a process which integrates a relational database with the mathematical capabilities of Mathworks® Matlab and the GIS analysis capabilities of ESRI® ArcView. The process takes the data stored in the database and allows an analyst to perform statistical and GIS analysis using two state of the art software programs. We present examples of the data and analysis related to global demographic health analysis, public health assessment, and services funding for HIV/AIDS.
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    Geospatial Tactical Decision
    Featured Paper by Miguel Pacheco

    Environmental conditions are known to affect the efficiency and effectiveness of military platforms, weapon systems, and personnel. The translation between the environmental conditions and the impact they may have on platforms, weapon systems, and personnel is made based on pre-defined tables that result in a coloured mission impact diagram (MID).
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    Sensitive Species Analysis
    Featured Paper by Cindy Lou McDonald

    This paper will discuss project management using enterprise ArcGIS, ArcSDE and ArcIMS to develop GIS analysis and cartography for legal documents pertaining to sensitive, threatened, or endangered species in the western United States. Projects are developed with GIS staff from several agencies working concurrently across the state.
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    Bureau of Land Management
    Jeff Nighbert, past winner of the ESRI map gallery competition, reflects on his passion for creating great maps with ESRI's GIS software during the past 30 years. Jeff explains how his personality as a geographer and artist allows him to create maps that explore the landscape and reveal the beauty of the geography. Esri
    Featured Paper by Anja Hopfstock, Stefan Flury, Nathalie Delattre, Marcus Brühl, Andreas Pammer

    In the past years EuroGeographics and the National Mapping and Cadastral organisations in Europe established multifunctional, pan-European topographic reference datasets at medium (1: 250.000) and small (1: 1.000.000) scales. These datasets--EuroRegionalMap (ERM) and EuroGlobalMap (EGM)--are produced in close cooperation, using the official national databases.
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    Greeninfo Network (Audio,
    Larry Orman is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization GreenInfo Network, a Special Achievement in GIS Award recipient. Orman explains how the organization helps other non-profits use GIS. During the past 10 years, the program has worked with more than 280 groups, which are often located in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast. Esri
    Building an Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Michael Bieberitz, Sara Hackbarth, Michael Benedict, Sarah Seifert

    In an effort to improve business and mapping efficiency, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), a state-chartered, government agency providing wastewater services for 28 municipalities, developed an Enterprise Geodatabase as part of a requirements gathering and planning phase for the MMSD's Enterprise GIS solution. As an essential component of the planning phase, MMSD identified a need to assemble all its geographic data assets into a single Enterprise Geodatabase Model.
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    Spatial and Temporal
    Featured Paper by Changjoo Kim, Yong-seuk Park, Sunhee Sang

    Understanding how people move is critical as traffic volumes on urban roads continue to outgrow respective road capacities. This research seeks to gain an understanding of traffic volumes on roadways in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area for 1997-2006. Traffic volume analysis is conducted using data collected from detectors at stations to realize spatial and temporal patterns in traffic volume. GIS is utilized for visual delineation of spatially and temporally occurring traffic volume patterns. Implications of this research include a better understanding of urban transportation, as well as a foundation for future research on annual changes in traffic volume on the roadways.
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    Featured Paper by Hoori Ajami, Thomas Maddock III, Thomas Meixner

    RIPGIS-NET is an ArcGIS custom application developed in Visual Basic 2005, .NET framework 2.0 which runs in Environmental System Research Institute, Inc, (ESRI)'s ArcMap 9.2 application. RIPGIS-NET was developed to derive parameters for the Riparian Evapotranspiration (RIP-ET) package in MODFLOW. RIP-ET is an improved MODFLOW evapotranspiration module that simulates ET using a set of eco-physiologically based ET curves.
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    GIS and Water Resources
    Featured Paper by Jalayne Spivey, Elizabeth Cervantes

    The Middle Rio Grande is a 180-mile reach that supports the greater part of New Mexico's population, its agricultural base, seven Indian pueblos, and endangered species. The Middle Rio Grande is a fully appropriated, hydrologically connected system. Since 1907, the State Engineer has had statutory authority to administer water rights. Today, the OSE Water Rights Division has transitioned from manual cartographic methods to electronic methods of evaluation of water rights by utilizing GIS. The success of this practice has created the "MRG Project", its goal being spatial and temporal access to land and water use since 1907.
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    CampusGIS-3D Established
    Featured Paper by Simon Hennig, Ursula Baaser, Georg Bareth

    This paper presents recent improvements of the CampusGIS of the University of Cologne. Set up as an ArcIMS based online GIS environment in 2005, this application provides general and spatial campus information by connecting several existing relational database systems of the university with spatial data. The system is used for orientation and functionalities for facility management are planned
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    Transport and Works Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Shernette Sampson, Kenute Hare

    This is the story of how the Ministry of Transport and Works leverages Geographical Information Systems in driving effective business processes. Having this expertise has facilitated appropriate decision making at all levels, as well as provides transportation services to many organizations.
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    Web Based Bicycle Trip
    Featured Paper by Hartwig Hochmair, Jennifer Fu

    To promote the use of bicycle transportation mode in times of increasing traffic congestion and single-occupancy vehicle use, Broward County MPO funded the development of a Web based trip planner for cyclists.
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    An Open-Source Virtual
    With the recent addition of the capability to import and display OpenFlight 3-dimensional models into ArcScene, ESRI has entered the arena of traditional real-time simulation technology; a technology that has been used for many years by NASA and the Department of Defense. Real-time simulation technology is a mature simulation environment and is a viable means to display GIS data in conjunction with realistic virtual landscapes. A prototype version of a non-proprietary, virtual object model and its associated library of 3D objects were tested. The object model and its associated 3D model library provide translation and display mechanisms to port GIS data into the simulation environment. This paper will provide background on the history of real-time simulation, efforts to promulgate this technology into the GIS arena, and current efforts to deliver a robust virtual object model and its associated 3D model library. Esri Users Group Conference
    Animating the Battle
    On September 10, 1813, Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry met and defeated a British flotilla at the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry, with a squadron of nine ships, achieved one of the most significant victories of the War of 1812. The victory secured control of the lake for the United States and became a valuable morale booster for a country desperately in need of good news. To record this historical event, artists have made many paintings of the battle. These presentations, however, usually do not contain accurate spatial information. Scales and directions, for example, are always distorted. In this presentation, maps of ships' location at different time during the battle, based on the latest researches, are produced with ArcGIS. Landsat images are used as the background of the maps. An animation of the battle is also produced. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
    The Cleveland (Ohio) Division of Water has four main pump stations that deliver treated Lake Erie water to approximately 1.5 million customers. At 4:11 pm on August 14, 2003, these pumps were knocked out by the blackout that hit most of the Northeast United States. Using ArcInfo 8.3 and the Spatial Analyst extension, elevation data and hydraulic grade information taken at Cleveland Water facilities were utilized to produce hour-by-hour raster plots of water pressure and estimates of the number of customers without water from the time of the blackout until service was restored. With these plots, the impact of the outage could be realized on a detailed level, both spatially and temporally. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcMap as a Quality Assurance
    This paper presents the use of ArcMap, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension, and ET geowizards to perform quality assurance of targeting efforts, positioning of aerial photography and analysis of analytical aerotriangulation. Planned target location data are compared to GPS (global positioning system) surveyed target location data. Planned flightline photo centers are compared to airborne GPS derived photo centers to detect possible flightline anomalies. Aerotriangulation results are overlayed and analyzed to detect potential control and tie point problem areas and to determine flying height above terrain. The necessary reformatting of point data that is generated from different software packages is discussed. Esri Users Group Conference
    Butler County, Ohio Saves
    Butler County, Ohio recently saved several hundred thousand dollars using inmates of the Ohio Prison System to convert 8,000 infrastructure record drawings of water, wastewater, and storm assets into the ESRI-based enterprise GIS. In addition to the significant budget savings, the project demonstrated commitment to their community by training inmates in GIS software. The County also benefited from implementing simple, low cost, and highly effective ESRI extension software. ArcReader was deployed throughout the entire County for enterprise map printing with direct hyperlinks to raster scans of record drawings. ArcPad and ArcReader were deployed in the field on a tablet PC with similar functionality. In the near future, the County plans to deploy ArcGIS Schematics for water and sewer networks. With this asset register foundation investment in place, the County is prepared to move forward in business focused application development and system integration to support enhanced utility Asset Management. Esri Users Group Conference
    Combining Deterministic
    There are nearly 8,000 sites in the United States for which detailed climatologies of various atmospheric variables have been produced. However, spatial interpolation of these point climatologies via traditional techniques (IDW, kriging, etc.) is often not accurate, especially in mountainous regions, coastal zones, or data sparse areas. This paper discusses NCDC's preliminary efforts to combine deterministic and probabilistic methods to produce improved gridded climatologies. Two methods to combine multiple linear regression information with deterministic climatologies produced by the Advanced Climate Modeling and Environmental Simulation (ACMES) modeling system are described. GIS is used to visualize intermediate and final grids during the development of these techniques. Esri Users Group Conference
    Applying ArcGIS Server
    Featured Paper by Hsin Fang Chang

    Traditional educational administration relies on nonspatial information and lacks visual representation of regional difference. Web GIS technology is adopted to assist in visualizing the real world and to integrate data from various sources. ArcGIS Server is chosen to perform advanced GIS functionalities and to distribute information to the public. A Web service application is developed to help educational administrators distribute subsidies to the schools based on certain criteria. The functionalities include query, statistical analysis, and map display. The geodatabase contains locational data, school basic data, and subsidy data. The issues of integrating various data are discussed in this paper as well. In addition to existing functionalities, online data updating service will be introduced into the application in the future.
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    The Australian Soil Resource
    Featured Paper by David Jacquier, Linda Gregory, Neil McKenzie, Craig Pitman, Garry Swan

    In Australia, demand is increasing for soil information because of the emergence of large-scale environmental problems and the need for rural industries to be more efficient. The Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS) GIS Web application provides access to the best available information on soil and land resources in a consistent format across the country. ASRIS uses ArcIMS and ArcSDE in a clustered, load-balanced Web farm environment. The ASRIS data model is composed of a spatial hierarchy of land units. The upper three levels provide general descriptions of soils and landscapes across the continent while the lower levels provide more detailed information for regions where mapping is complete. A consistent set of land qualities (e.g., salinity, fertility) are described for land units, and descriptions from the lowest level are used to generate summaries for the upper levels.
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    Automation of Cadastral
    Featured Paper by Mike Cohen

    The County of San Bernardino has some of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. It is also the largest county in geographical area, covering more than 20,000 square miles. To improve the quality of government services and better manage development and growth, the county elected to complete the automation of its cadastral (parcel basemap) data. Lasting more than three years and costing approximately five million dollars, this project proved challenging for the county and its lead vendor, ESRI. Utilizing accurate coordinate geometry (COGO) technology and converting the cadastral data from coverage to SDE ensured both accuracy and compatibility with the newest technologies.
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    Health and Safety GIS
    Featured Paper by Silvia Severi, Piero La Pegna, Angelica Schneider Graziosi

    INAIL-The Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority-pursues several objectives: the reduction of accidents at work, the insuring of workers involved in risky activities, and the reintegration in the labor market and in the social life of work accident victims. Doing so acquires and uses billions of data managed through complex systems of traditional database.
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    Eye on the Future-Building
    Featured Paper by Steve Jalbert, Robert Rogers, Paul Christensen, Jim Hopkins, Tom Marshall, Daniel Jacobs, Devin Winton, Wendy Wassa

    The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) catalogs, stocks and issues more than 7 million items to ensure U.S. warfighters have everything they need to complete their mission. Maps and geospatial data are included in these items. How does the warfighter find the product he/she needs and get it in a timely manner? The current answer is: the DLA Map Catalog.

    DLIS continues to partner with ESRI to develop efficient, easy-to-use solutions to meet the ever changing needs of our customers. Starting small with ArcView 3.1 and ArcExplorer and growing to a robust ArcGIS system utilizing ArcSDE and ArcIMS, DLIS has sought to use the latest and greatest tools to bring the power of GIS into the map customer’s hands.
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    Impact of Suburbanization
    Featured Paper by Jun Tu, Zong-Guo Xia

    A study of water quality, land-use patterns, and population data is conducted at several watersheds in eastern Massachusetts to examine the impact of urban sprawl on water quality at three different spatial scales: watersheds, buffered streams, and buffered water sampling sites. GIS analysis is used to delineate the drainage areas using digital elevation models for the water flow passing the corresponding water sampling sites; to generate buffers of different distances for the streams and the sampling sites; and to derive the indicators of suburbanization such as developed land, impervious surfaces, and high-density population clusters for different scales. Statistical analyses are used to examine and quantify the relationships between water quality parameters and the indicators of urban sprawl. Results from this study will contribute to a better understanding of not only the impact of urban sprawl on water quality but also the appropriate scale for effective management of watersheds.
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    Implementing a Wastewater
    Featured Paper by Michael Zapior, Michael McGing, Michael Adornetto, Monica Day

    The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is the regional agency responsible for wastewater treatment facilities and interceptor sewers in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area, serving more than 1.1 million customers. The system includes 4,800 miles of sewer lines and three major wastewater treatment plants. The system dates back to the early 1900s and includes many combined sewers and unique structures. In 2001, NEORSD embarked on the implementation of a multiphase, enterprise-wide GIS program to manage a comprehensive collection system database. The size, age, complexity, and uniqueness of the NEORSD infrastructure presented many data modeling challenges. The geodatabase needed to address ways to edit, maintain, and add to the collection system data. The geodatabase was designed as part of a multiphase project. Each phase refined the geodatabase to complement the district’s desire to sustain the information. This paper describes the challenges and lessons learned in this endeavor.
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    Mapping the Landscape of Aging
    Featured Paper by David Phillips

    What does the spatial landscape of a growing senior population and the services they need look like? A collaborative mapping project between a senior citizen service provider, Jefferson Area Board of Aging, and a university GIS research course helped address several key issues. What is the nature of the growing senior population in the region surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia? How many seniors are able to stay in their own homes? What is the distribution of specialized services often needed by a more senior population? How accessible are those services? How effective have the senior services agencies been in reaching their intended audience? What are some of the social and public issues that are raised by this analysis? The results of this project and the methodological issues raised in its completion will be presented.
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    Modeling a Sea Grass
    Featured Paper by Rod Braun

    Loss of seagrasses has been documented worldwide and has been correlated with anthropogenic eutrophication and alteration of habitats. Developing a seagrass restoration target or numeric goal based on available understanding of the history and physical characteristics of an estuary sets up guidelines for ongoing and future habitat restoration projects. Palm Beach County (Florida) Department of Environmental Resources Management has developed a methodology to model a seagrass restoration target in Lake Worth Lagoon. Potential sea grass habitat is modeled using a bathymetric survey to develop a digital elevation model, seagrass mapping from aerial photography to determine seagrass distribution by depth, and estuarine substrate characteristics. A user can determine where seagrass restoration or recruitment is likely to occur and can assist in setting a restoration target based on these factors. Additionally, the information developed provides an effective management tool to determine where restorative and protection efforts should be focused.
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    Objects Generalization
    Featured Paper by Daniel Elena

    DEM can be used to generalize the objects that are controlled by topography features. First of all there are the streams and lakes. After the Hydrologic Analyst was applied the calculated streams are the bases to define the location of the streams data which are collected from more detailed maps than the map that we make now. We used a number of spatial operations to select detailed streams data and then combine them. Then we constructed the generalized basemap to present fuel and energy data for the Timan-Pechora oil and gas-producing province in Russia.
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    Parks Canada and NatureServe
    Featured Paper by David Clark, Rob Solomon

    Parks Canada’s mandate includes protecting ecological integrity (EI) now and for future generations. Conserving biodiversity including species at risk is a key component to protecting EI.

    Parks Canada needs a standard biodiversity information system that includes a standardized data model and standardized spatial mapping capacity to protect EI.
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    Rapid Deployment of EPA
    Featured Paper by Torrin Hultgren, Qi Dai

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the EPA had an urgent need for current geographic data on everything from known hazardous waste sites, current flood conditions, streets and building footprints, and high-resolution satellite imagery. To respond to this need and make the data accessible to EPA personnel in dispersed locations, a high-availability ArcSDE/Oracle data warehouse and ArcIMS server were rapidly deployed in the EPA’s National Computing Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Triage was performed on the terabytes of commercial imagery the NGA made available to federal agencies, and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and ArcToolbox ModelBuilder proved equal to the task of rapidly projecting, stretching and mosaicking large volumes of imagery.
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    A Spatial Approximation
    Featured Paper by Steven Castongia, Wei-Ning Xiang, William Tolone, Andrew Schumpert, Seok-Won Lee

    In the practice of homeland security planning, an important task is to isolate service areas that would be affected by a future catastrophic event in a power grid. The delineation of such areas is often hindered by the lack of information because most critical infrastructure (CI) data is in the private sector. Professionals who work in homeland security planning must experiment with a variety of spatial approximation methods in delineating service areas. The resource allocation method is more advantageous methodologically as it is capable of considering surface conditions. However, this method has two major challenges: (1) how to define and represent the demand of electricity and (2) how to allocate resources to meet the demand under certain constraints. Previous research has not dealt with these challenges. This paper will conclude with a real-world application of the methodology in a GIS and an assessment of its reliability and accuracy.
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    A Spatially Enabled Event
    Featured Paper by Pieta Le Roux

    This paper discusses a spatially enabled system that has being designed within the City’s Water Services Technical Operations Centre. This solution is tightly integrated into business processes and manages all incoming events generated within the City for Water Services. These events are spatially referenced, classified, and stored in the Geodatabase. The system has a set of rules which guides what response is initiated for each event (Standard Operating procedures, SOP’s). In addition to the SOP’s each of the spatially enabled events have rules to analyse spatial patterns (e.g. water bursts). The system is tightly integrated into the City’s existing GIS architecture and harvests the data through a map service. It also integrates with the City’s ERP (SAP)system, Tetra Trunking Radio & Scada networks as well as GPS enabled vehicles. It therefore ensures one point of access for all events and consistent responses to events within the City.
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    A Study of Spatial Analysis
    Featured Paper by ChungWeon Oh, Chulsue Hwang

    The purpose of this study is to see how an urban spatial configuration using Space Syntax theory is integrated into a GIS model for spatial structure analysis in Anyang city in Korea. This study examines urban land-use variation and urban spatial structure in a large development such as a New-town project in 1990s. The result of this study is as follows: First, there is a drastic change in urban spatial structure caused by extensive development. Second, the changes in commercial land-use patterns are caused by New-town project. Third, the changes in urban spatial structure is related to changes in commercial land-use patterns. In conclusion, the potential of the Space Syntax approach within GIS should be of interest to many GIS users.
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    Tale of Two Missouri
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    Over the past 8 years, two municipalities, one in southeast Missouri and one in southwest Missouri, have been developing geographic information systems to meet the needs of their city departments and their communities. This presentation will take an in-depth look at the similarities and differences with respect to the approach of data acquisition and modeling to attain each organization’s current GIS program. Even though there are similarities in size and population, there are geographical, cultural, financial, political, and development time issues that are specific to each entity and, therefore, have influenced the development of each municipal GIS.
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    Using ArcGIS Server at
    Featured Paper by Kristen Jensen, Matt Peters

    The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) maintains a GIS of archaeological sites and investigations throughout Utah. Permitted archaeologists use this data for researching future projects. SHPO uses this data to advise other agencies in their compliance responsibilities. Keeping this data current, however, has long been a challenge. Distributed data entry applications were explored and rejected for complexity and maintenance problems. The nature of the data makes it impractical for users to submit GIS files for individual projects. An ArcGIS Server application was developed to provide for remote data entry, query of extant data, and business process management. The need for this tool has been brewing for many decades. At last, Utah’s archaeological community can begin using this data for the public good--for the research and protection of our shared cultural resources.
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    Using GIS to Integrate
    Featured Paper by Jean Drew, Patrick Hartigan, Jon Meade, Matt Hollon

    The city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department’s recent Master Plan calls for solutions that integrate its flood, erosion and water quality missions. Past experience has revealed that single-mission capital improvement projects are more costly (ignoring opportunities and economies of scale) and often create unanticipated negative impacts on the very resources the Department is trying to protect. In short, determining the cumulative impact and synergistic benefit of implementing multiobjective projects in the same watershed is very complex.
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    Increasing Efficiency
    DS Waters produces and distributes bottled water products in the United States. DS Waters’ bottled water products include leading regional brands such as Alhambra, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs, and Sparkletts. The company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the U.S. leader in home and offi ce water delivery. Water is bottled at more than 25 manufacturing facilities, then delivered by a fl eet of more than 2,000 delivery trucks to millions of homes and offi ces across the country. Esri
    Historic Center Evaluation
    Featured Paper by Domenico Massimo, Antonino BARBALACE

    In Europe and Mediterranean areas an interesting focus of new urbanism are the small Historic Centres located around major towns. An important element is missed toward the implementation of the strategy for revitalization: their systematic knowledge and evaluation. Urban Appraisal provides a first step for organizing a state-of-the-art DataBase including rare historic censuses, cartographic almanacs, spatial data, scientific information. Data are georeferenced and dynamically updateable, prefiguring an "Atlas of Historic Centres", or GIS for Evaluation and Appraisal.
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    Development of the City
    Featured Paper by Clive James, Lorraine Gerrans

    Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, has since 1975 been the subject of a number of surveys to identify the cultural heritage resources of the city. In 2006 the City of Cape Town initiated a project to consolidate information from these surveys into a single GIS-based heritage inventory. As part of the project, a number of hand-drawn survey maps were scanned and georectified, before the information was captured on-screen into heritage feature classes. The feature classes have been incorporated into the City's Planning Geodatabase, which is linked to the City's electronic development control tracking systems.
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    Landfill Gas Extraction
    Featured Paper by Lea Anne Atwell

    Landfill gas extraction systems are designed to collect gas generated by the degradation of putrescible solid waste. To evaluate the effectiveness of these systems, gas parameters are monitored on a weekly basis, resulting in large amounts of data to be managed and interpreted. Presenting this data in a meaningful and tangible way to our landfill owner/operator clients and regulators is an ongoing challenge. Historically, data have been presented in cumbersome charts and graphs.
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    Using GIS to Define Federal
    Featured Paper by Richard Watson

    The Energy Acts of 2000 and 2005 require the U.S. Department of the Interior to conduct oil and gas inventories of all onshore Federal lands and to determine the extent of any restrictions or impediments to their development. Phase II of this inventory, which includes areas ranging from the North Slope of Alaska to South Florida, was released in 2006 and is available on the Bureau of Land Management's Web site at Using ArcGIS, a spatial intersection of oil and gas resources and Federal lands grouped into nine access categories allows quantification of surface acreages and underlying fossil fuel volumes.
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    Development of Low-Cost
    Featured Paper by Jan Wolf

    The ASAP (As-built, Subdivision, and Plat) Finder is a low-cost and freely distributable GIS application developed by the City of Newberg, Oregon that enables an individual to quickly retrieve documents based on geographic information associated with such documents. The ASAP Finder utilizes Python scripts and ArcObject code to integrate ArcGIS software and MS Access to provide a user-friendly way to access pertinent documents.
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    Building and Maintaining
    Featured Paper by Jennifer Reek

    The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin migrated closer to a City enterprise GIS system by integrating the utility based GIS data with the public works databases. In 2006, the City implemented a GIS and utility integrated system with the use of ArcSDE and a public works software application. This presentation describes migrating the data to build the system, integrating the public works system with geodatabases, maintaining the data throughout several city departments, benefits from using an integrated system, and future additions to the system.
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    GEOFidelis West: Establishing
    Featured Paper by John Kennedy, Carol Placchi, Bryan Perdue, Alex Lugo, Brian Burek

    Establishing a geospatial information office within the garrison structure of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has proven to be a balancing act between technology advancements and work-flow process integration. The vision for the geospatial information office at WSMR is GIS access on each PC desktop within five years. The two biggest hurdles have been access to GIS services, both online and in traditional work orders, and the integration of GIS technology into day-to-day workflows. Access to the WSMR GIS databases, using ArcSDE and MS SQL Server 2000, has been configured to use a combination of Smart Card access, local SQL accounts, and secured web services. Process integration has been assisted by the adoption of a spatial data standard for facilities and infrastructure.
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    Environmental Public
    Featured Paper by Linda Beale

    Within the framework of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (EPHT) the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) has further developed their Rapid Inquiry Facility. The RIF is embedded in ArcGIS and can link environmental and health databases using open database connectivity to enable rapid handling of environmental public health concerns. The RIF produces rates and relative risks for any specified disease endpoint in relation to environmental sources of pollution adjusted by age and sex, and for any number of other covariates.
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    Satellite Imagery: A
    Featured Paper by Carl Stearns, Sean McKnight, Edward Cherry II

    In 1994, the City of Durham, North Carolina began assessing a stormwater utility fee based on the amount of impervious area on individual parcels. The amount of impervious surface on a property is the foremost factor affecting the peak rate and pollutant loadings of stormwater runoff from developed property. Traditionally, impervious surface GIS data has been maintained by direct digitization using aerial photography, importation of CAD files, and permit drawings. In 2005 and 2006 the Stormwater Services Division obtained QuickBird satellite imagery and associated impervious area extraction for the city.
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    Using GIS to Study Animal
    Featured Paper by Elizabeth Podowski, G.W. Luther, T. Moore, C.R. Fisher

    Understanding the distributions of animals at deep-sea hydrothermal vents has been a focus of interdisciplinary research since their discovery 30 years ago. Recent technological developments allow collection of spatially explicit imagery and data of much higher quality than previously possible, enabling detailed analysis of the intact communities. During two research cruises to the Lau Basin back-arc spreading center in the territorial waters of the Kingdom of Tonga (June 2005 and September 2006), high-resolution, geo-referenced imagery of hydrothermal-vent communities was collected using a remotely operated vehicle.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Listen to David Maguire talk about his Technology Keynote session at the upcoming 2007 ESRI International User Conference. Esri
    ARCTool for Air Traffic
    Featured Paper by Justin Boesel, James DeArmon

    In air traffic control, each controller is assigned a 3D portion of airspace called a sector. Periodically, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) redesigns some sectors to accommodate new traffic patterns and to take advantage of technological changes. The MITRE Corporation works with the FAA to support sector redesign. As part of this work, MITRE uses a customized suite of Python-based ArcTools to help evaluate whether a proposed sector is likely to be too busy and to identify several common problems.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Don Cooke, Chief Scientist at Tele Atlas, reflects on his career and discusses his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference. Esri
    City of Denver Addressing:
    Featured Paper by Daniel Hauser

    The City and County of Denver relies on accurate addressing in order to provide location-based services to its residents, businesses and visitors. A centralized addressing system has been developed to support increasing demands for address-related services. Denver has developed a comprehensive addressing geodatabase model using Visio UML. Denver's address maintenance staff and DenverGIS have performed extensive data quality control and clean-up tasks to migrate data from legacy sources into the new Denver Address Database (DAD).
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    Interview with Author
    Ian Masser, visiting Professor at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College in London, discusses his inspiration for writing the book and the importance of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). Esri
    An Ecological Characterization
    Featured Paper by Bryan Costa, Tim Battista, Simon Pittman, Randy Clark, Connie Kot, Kate Eschelbach, Falk Huettmann, Ian Hartwell

    The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment's (CCMA) Biogeography Team collaborated with the National Marine Sanctuaries Program (NMSP) to perform a biogeographic assessment of the marine region surrounding Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This work integrated physical and biological GIS and remotely sensed datasets in an effort to temporally and spatially characterize fish, seabird, macroinvertebrate, and marine mammal distributions in the Gulf of Maine. The resulting statistical relationships among these variables were used to predict cetacean and seabird species distributions where there were gaps in the survey effort.
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    Linking LP Models with
    Featured Paper by Michael Buell

    Aspatial linear programming (LP) models of forest resource development are polygon-based, driven by a management objective, produce an "optimum" schedule, quick and inexpensive to solve, and are extensible to financial and log allocation analyses. However, these aspatial models cannot adequately represent the spatial relationships between critical features on the ground or patterns of disturbance.
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    GIS: When Lives Are on
    Featured Paper by Shannon Deckert, Colen Wilson

    In 2003, the City of Killeen Fire & Emergency Response Department implemented and installed Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) in emergency response vehicles. MDT technology is widely used in the emergency response industry to deliver 911-dispatch information to the emergency vehicles. With lives on the line, quick response is paramount.
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    ArcGIS Server (Audio,
    Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, talks about ArcGIS Server and how organizations are going to use it to collaborate and serve their data to users. Esri
    Creating the Saskatchewan
    Featured Paper by Will Stafford, Dana Jones

    This project was initiated by Saskatchewan Environment who wanted to utilize the Nature Conservancy Stream Classification System. The first step was to create a seamless stream network. The only data set available was Natural Resources Canada, National Topographic System 1:50,000 water courses and lakes. The first hurdle to overcome was the development of through lake arc segments that connected the input / output streams.
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    Travel Time: An Empirical
    Featured Paper by Steven Schonhaut, James Johnston

    The GIS Group in Planning and Analysis at Kaiser Permanente uses ArcInfo and the Network Analyst extension to examine the spatial relationships that exist between ZIP Code-level patient locations and clinical services throughout the California Health Care Network. This paper will discuss the use of sensor based highway speed measurements collected from loop detectors, third-party radar devices and field study methodologies to develop real and derived travel time impedance values and apply them to a statewide GIS transportation network. Kaiser has developed an empirical method to derive average drive time values where no observed data exists and thereby enhance the value of the Transportation Network.
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    Increased Efficiency—Improved
    “One of the best ways to determine a prime location is with a concept/customer profile and trade area analysis,” according to Sharon Wilkins, chief administrative officer for Northwest Atlantic. “We view real estate the same way retailers do. The first step is to understand our clients’ concept—their business and their customers. From there, we develop an understanding of the trade area in relation to the business location. We do not provide our retail clients off-the-shelf reports and maps. We are unique because we provide our clients a written market report highlighting the details of our analysis and explain why a specific location is the best selection within the prospective market.” Esri
    Creating Equitable Insurance
    Unprecedented levels of flooding in 2000 wreaked havoc across the UK for homeowners and insurance companies alike, who were caught unawares by the rising water levels. With the Environment Agency predicting that there would be a tenfold increase in the risk of similar river and lake flooding incidents over the next century, Norwich Union needed to find a better way to gain understanding of flooding patterns. Norwich Union wanted to be able to base insurance quotes on accurate, realistic information, thereby improving insurance premiums for customers and reducing risk for the organization. Esri
    GIS Makes Enterprise
    Pidpa is a progressive Belgian drinking water supplier dedicated to providing high-quality drinking water to more than 1.1 million people in a 2,581-square-kilometer service area. The extracted groundwater is carefully monitored and the water goes through a purification process prior to release into the distribution network and subsequent consumption. The company’s water network includes 26 water production centers, 62 water towers, and more than 12,000 kilometers of water mains. These are all part of Pidpa’s infrastructure, which produces and distributes more than 72 million cubic meters of water per year throughout the Antwerp Province. Esri
    GIS Transforms Company's
    Apex Office Supply is a small office supply company that thinks big about getting value from its geographic information system (GIS). Based in Vinton, Iowa, the company serves approximately 300,000 people in east central Iowa, bringing services and products to 1,500 active customers in two major cities, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. With a delivery radius of approximately 50 miles, five ever-changing routes, and an average of 200 deliveries a day, the company knew it had to make the best use of its fleet to stay ahead of local and national competitors. Esri
    Identifies the Best Sites—Quickly
    According to the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), small businesses account for 99 percent of the more than 22 million businesses in the United States. Each year, ASBDC member programs, such as the South Bend Small Business Development Center (SBSBDC), assist more than 500,000 companies and help establish the solid development of small businesses across America. Esri
    Development of a GIS-Based
    Featured Paper by Vinod Vasudevan, Vidhya Kumaresan, Shashi Nambisan

    The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate a safety analysis system that integrates crash data and roadway related information obtained from disparate sources. This system is developed using ArcGIS commercial software version 9.2 and its in-built VBA programming. Its customized user interfaces support queries for data analysis and display of results in graphical or tabular formats.
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    Aquatic Weed Control
    The State of California's Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is the lead agency responsible for controlling the invasive Egeria Densa and Water Hyacinth plant species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, its tributaries, and Suisun Marsh. For two years, DBW has been collecting paper-based information on the environmental effects of various weed treatments. Realizing the inefficiency of this paper-based system, DBW initiated a project to develop an automated method using geospatial technologies for field data collection, centralized data storage, distribution and analysis. The selected solution integrates mobile GIS (ArcPad), desktop GIS (ArcInfo and ArcView), enterprise data management (SQL Server with ArcSDE), and web-based map viewers (ArcIMS). DBW contracted with VESTRA Resources, Inc., an ESRI business partner, to assist with this 'enterprise' GIS implementation. The enterprise GIS deployment has improved DBW's workflow process, from field data collection to environmental reporting and has improved the efficiency of data collection and management. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS, HAZUS-MH, and
    Combining HAZUS-MH (FEMA's newest loss estimation model running on the ArcGIS 8.3 platform) with (the Visual Risk Technologies Hazard Mitigation Planning System), the State of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management developed a unique method of incorporating county mitigation plans into the State Plan with the click of a button. Contracting with private consultants, Arkansas was able to streamline the planning process to create their statewide plan as counties developed individual plans. Integrating the methodologies set forth in FEMA's "How-to Guides", HAZUS-MH generated reports and maps to develop "what-if" scenarios to determine the best mitigation strategies for counties to pursue, saving lives, property, and tax dollars. Esri Users Group Conference
    Combining Mobile GIS
    For local communities in developing countries to be accredited for their forest management by international carbon funds, they need to supply verifiable data to support their claims. A PDA running ArcPad software and connected to a GPS can supply the necessary technology to do cost effective data collection in community forests that can be verified internationally. Experiments in Tanzania, India, and Mali show that communities themselves using this technology can record their indigenous knowledge. This paper highlights the success of local communities in learning and using mobile GIS and the limits of this technology under difficult conditions. From these experiences a suggestion is made on how this technology could be practically implemented in developing countries. Esri Users Group Conference
    3rd Generation, Statewide,
    Featured Paper by Lawrence Thornton, Craig Coutros, John Tyrawski

    In 1984, the New Jersey DEP launched a pilot project to delineate the Land Use/Cover(LULC) at 2.5-acre minimum map unit (MMU) using 1984 orthophotos. The project was expanded to the entire state using 1986 hard-copy orthophoto basemaps. In 1995 the LULC was updated with a 1-acre MMU to 1-meter resolution color infrared (CIR) digital imagery using ArcView. The NJDEP has completed the third iteration of the detailed LULC mapping. 2002 1-foot CIR digital imagery was used. Anderson et al. (1976) was employed to code 80 classes. Statistics can be generated for any area of interest in the state for the trends in LULC from 1986-1995 and from 1995–2002. In addition, the NJDEP contracted for the entire visible stream network of the state to be redelineated to the 2002 imagery. The stream layer is currently being attributed and prepared for a geodatabase employing the Arc Hydro data model.
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    Development of Public
    Featured Paper by Masahiro Arima, Hajime Kawamukai

    Though the commitment of local residents to urban planning is crucial, lack of information on local community seems to have prevented residents from participating in the official process for urban planning in Japan. We introduced a concept named “Informed Decision by Informed Citizens through Geographic Information Systems” to try and verify the effectiveness and validity of the concept by conducting a pilot study in a typical Japanese local town, Shingu-cho in Hyogo Prefecture. In the pilot study, we conducted a questionnaire survey evaluating over 55 items such as public transportation, health and welfare services, education, and accessibility to stores or shopping malls in terms of satisfaction and importance to their daily lives to discover the needs from local residents for the local government or community and showed local residents the results by utilizing ArcGIS.
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    Enhancing Everglades
    Featured Paper by Michael DelCharco, Alexandra Carvalho, Chandra Pathak

    The South Florida Water Management District collects, validates, and archives hydro-meteorological data, a key component in the management of the water resources in the area. The need to add new stations for data collection continues to grow with the implementation of new projects and so do the costs of maintaining and operating the district’s extensive monitoring network. To address this issue, the district developed a pilot project to enhance its stage monitoring network in the Everglades wetlands area.
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    Common Operating Picture
    Featured Paper by Jeffery Marshall, Hans Peukert

    Common Operating Picture (COP) with support from COTS will enable interoperability, delivering on the promise of horizontal integration on the battlefield to help joint and coalition forces' transformation while enabling actionable knowledge.
    Objective of COP for support is to decrease the decision cycle time (aqua OODA loop--Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) of the force and to visulize the course of action
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    Creation of Human-Nature
    Featured Paper by Fumihide Onishi

    There has been a pressing need to solve the global environmental problems. These problems are supposed to be caused by interaction between growing activities of human beings and natural systems. This research aims to analyze human-nature system based on natural ecosystems and human ecosystems. For quantitative analysis on accumulation of human activities and the resilience of natural systems, a concept of watershed environmental capacity has been established. For modeling, five indices have been set: CO2 fixation, cooling, food resources, water resources, and wood resources. The analyzing unit, which is based on watershed as an ecosystem, includes three different scales to set the hierarchical watershed management model. To do the modeling efficiently, we’ve integrated scientific knowledge and environmental data accumulated by using GIS. Our target is to promote recognition on the raison d’être of nature and human attribute to contribute to development of environmental planning method and lifestyle.
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    Hong Kong Highways Maintenance
    Featured Paper by Craig Dovey

    China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC) is undertaking a four-year public/private partnership contract with Hong Kong Highways Department (HyD) for inspection, maintenance and repair of its road network. ESRI has been employed by CHEC to develop a customised Electronic Maintenance Management System (EMMS) for this project.
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    From ZIP Codes to a Better
    Featured Paper by Mike Byrne, Scott Christman

    ZIP Code level data is widely used to publish health care information for research and analysis. However, there are often too few data points from any one ZIP Code for public release under current federal law (HIPAA). More important, ZIP Code boundaries change frequently over time according to the needs of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Finally, ZIP Codes offer no consistent approach for delivering demographic indicators. This paper articulates a method of creating annual ZIP Code crosswalks to a more rigorous, census-based spatial framework--the Medical Service Study Area (MSSA). The approach makes use of weighted population centers, the MSSA and a probability score that a ZIP Code is properly matched. Development of these annual crosswalks enables data providers to maintain strict compliance with privacy rules, offers a more effective spatial unit for multiple year analysis, and supports meaningful demographic denominators for more robust patient care studies.
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    Integrating OGC Catalog
    Featured Paper by Onkar Chandel, Donna Roy

    In the role of fulfilling its mission of bringing biological information to the Internet, USGS-NBII has developed dozens of ArcIMS HTML Viewer-based applications targeting various biological issues or concerns. The focus of NBII’s interoperability framework is to provide users of each of these individual issues or concerns ArcIMS software-based applications with the capability to discover and visualize additional biological content from within that application. By extending the current and new ArcIMS applications to search and consume services from OGC Catalogs, NBII provides a richer user experience and exposure to its wide array of resources to users in the tools they currently use to perform their work.
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    Modeling Flow Paths through
    Featured Paper by Joseph Giacinto, Paul Petzrick, Leonard Rafalko

    For a proposed cement grout injection project, a model was developed using Spatial Analyst to estimate the path of grout along the slope of a mine tunnel floor network in an abandoned coal mine. The grout, consisting of coal combustion by-products (CCPs), would be injected through boreholes drilled into the mine voids to prevent and mitigate land subsidence. After the tunnels fill with grout, the grout dries and hardens providing previously missing structural support to prevent tunnel collapse and the resulting land subsidence above. The model was developed to better understand the required distribution of boreholes to stabilize land over a proposed technology business park. Given initial proposed injection points on the surface, the model offers an effective means to visualize the potential grout path through the mine tunnel network and efficiently adjust CCP injection points to fill mine voids and return otherwise uninhabitable land to productive use.
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    NOAA Sponsored 2005 International
    Featured Paper by Shawana Johnson

    Under a contract with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service Division, Global Marketing Insights, Inc, completed a comprehensive research study of international remote-sensing markets for aerial and satellite data technologies. This study includes a five- and 10-year analysis of the political, economic, and technical trends impacting the remote-sensing industry globally including ESRI software utilized globally for remote-sensing applications. A key aspect of this research was accomplished by online research surveys. The surveys encompass political and economic trend information impacting the remote-sensing industry as well as technology information concerning the aerial film, aerial digital, aerial sensors, satellites, and remote-sensing hardware and software sectors.
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    Northern Prairie Wetlands
    Featured Paper by Bruce Millett, Richard Voldseth, W. Johnson

    The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of North America contains millions of wetlands that provide abundant ecological services that are highly sensitive to climate change. We explored the broad spatial and temporal patterns across the PPR between climate and wetland water levels and vegetation by “moving” a wetland model (WETSIM) among 18 stations with 95-year weather records. A critical component to WETSIM was an accurate digital elevation model (DEM) for the wetland basin. Ecoregions were used as the spatial framework to select weather stations and to compare and contrast model outputs. Spatial analysis was performed on model outputs in ArcGIS. Simulations suggest that optimum wetland conditions would shift under a drier climate from the center of the PPR (Dakotas and southeastern Saskatchewan) to the wetter eastern and northern fringes, areas currently less productive or where most wetlands have been drained.
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    The Geographic Information
    Featured Paper by Roman Faber, Jiri Bradac

    The GIS for the Jindrichuv Hradec region was established as a common project of 26 small villages/towns and the city of Jindrichuv Hradec. The aim of the cooperation has been the creation of a unified system (i.e., software and geographic database) for the entire region, which is used by subjects of public sector (i.e., both autonomous [self-government] and state organizations). The system offers access to basic GIS layers (cadastral map, maps of medium scales, orthophotomaps, address system, utilities, etc.) and to many other thematic data (urban planning, environmnent, transport, municipal properties etc.). The GIS has also proved its usefulness in generally popular fields. It provides tourist and cycling track maps that are intensively used in this peaceful and picturesque region by the general public. The system is constantly being updated and amended with new data. The whole project demonstrates that combination of good ideas, sufficient funds and proper software can bring a result--quality GIS.
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    Predicting Changes in
    Featured Paper by Jerome Cranston

    Since 1999, the Foothills Model Forest Grizzly Bear Research Program (FMFGBRP) has been studying grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) to provide land managers with the knowledge and tools to ensure the long-term conservation of this species in Alberta. Raster-based GIS maps have been created covering 54 percent of the grizzly bear range in Alberta that combine GPS locations with remote sensing imagery to model two aspects of grizzly bear habitat quality-–resource availability and security-–as a function of landscape variables such as vegetation, terrain, and human access. The FMFGBRP has developed a script that incorporates proposed development scenarios into landscape variables and regenerates the habitat models based on these new inputs.
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    Using GIS to Analyze
    Featured Paper by Ken Waters

    ArcGIS was used to analyze National Weather Service warnings (tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, and special marine) from 2003-2005. Analysis included comparisons of areas of more than 100,000 polygon warnings versus county areas. In addition, warnings were compared to actual severe weather reports for use in compiling verification performance measurement statistics.
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    Using GRID to Evaluate
    Featured Paper by Julie Coonrod, Alandren Etlantus, Kristin Vanderbilt

    The Rio Grande runs through a water scarce region. Portions of the riparian forest are estimated to use as much as 40 percent of the water budget. Thus, accurate estimates of riparian evapotranspiration (ET) are imperative to water managers. Three-dimensional eddy covariance towers have been established and maintained throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley to measure ET. The tower data has been used to scale ET data to the corridor using remote-sensing imagery. Alternatively, a number of researchers have used imagery with energy balance methods to estimate ET in the corridor. Researchers using the different methods to estimate ET for the corridor were asked to supply their ET results in a GRID format to enable the use of ArcGIS for calculation of difference grids. The difference grids highlight where the methods compute the most similar/different results enabling further development of ET estimation methods.
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    Visualizing and Managing
    Featured Paper by John Reimers, Brian Sims

    The city of Pasadena, California, has rolled out a customized ArcIMS application (iMAP) and linked it to its parcel information tracking system (Tidemark-Oracle). Using real- and near real-time Tidemark data, the city provides Code Compliance inspectors and management with multiple maps of code violation issues and potential trouble spots, viewed at the parcel, neighborhood, or compliance territory level. Via iMAP, this information is made available to all city staff with access to the enterprise network. Layers include land use, vacant lots, vacant buildings, violations, violation severity, and residential density. The paper and presentation will describe information needs identified; data points and processes developed to meet those needs; how the GIS-Tidemark integration was implemented; and how Code Compliance has adjusted its resource deployment based on more informed decision making.
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    Locating Turf in Las
    Featured Paper by Judith Brandt

    The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) was established in 1989 by the State of Nevada to secure future water resources of Southern Nevada communities, including the fast-growing city of Las Vegas. Part of the effort to do this involves conservation of water in this dry desert community. Nearly 70 percent of water consumed is "lost" due to outdoor use-primarily irrigation of turf (grass). High resolution (6 inch) color infrared aerial imagery was flown in June of 2006 over the Las Vegas metropolitan area and surrounding communities. SNWA used remote sensing analysis techniques and GIS to determine the amount and distribution of turf and other vegetation within the Las Vegas Valley.
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    Riding the Technology
    Featured Paper by Julie Roisen, Mark Kemper

    Blue Earth County has a long history of taking a progressive approach to their mapping needs: they were among the first to move to a digital parcel layer in the early 1980s. The County continues to take advantage of every aspect of GIS technology at their disposal to enhance the services they're providing to both internal and external users of the data, including printing of maps with new orthophotography, and deployment of the GIS data throughout the enterprise. Recently, the County's Mapping Division, which resides in their Taxpayer Services Department, has elected to transition their farmland assessment to an upgraded ArcGIS-compliant application called FARMS.
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    Residential Capacity
    Featured Paper by Tracy Toutant, Tamara Schells

    During Sarasota County's updating of their Comprehensive Plan, a model was developed to automate the process of determining Residential Capacity for the Urban Service Area. The Capacity Analysis Model involves a set of GIS processes which first selects the study area and then, using cadastral and other local data sources, assigns spatial attributes that affect the existing and potential capacity. The database component of the resulting shapefile integrates into Microsoft Access allowing for sets of macros to run.
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    The Economic Benefits
    Featured Paper by John Halbert

    Since 1996 the Jefferson County, Alabama, GIS Division of the Department of Information Technology has been tracking the benefits of using GIS. The approach uses a fiscal based system that can be accounted for, measured and presented in a manner that can be examined critically. We now have more than 10 years of data that shows a pattern of growth that is projected to continue. This paper will describe the methods involved in measuring what many may consider intangibles. It will also describe issues that may make it more difficult to measure economic benefits as time and technology changes.
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    GIS Consortium Success
    Featured Paper by Makmur Widodo, Yakob Ishadamy, Helmut Krist, Richard Kidd

    GIS has played an important role in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Aceh after the devastating effects of the 26 December 2004 tsunami. The number of responding agencies both national and international have had a positive impact on the availability of spatial information in the region. However, this data will not be useful without the support of qualified staff who are able to continue operating, maintaining and analyzing this data in the future, after the aid community has left the area. A GIS community in Aceh, named the GIS Consortium, was established 29 April 2006.
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    Measuring Shortest Distance
    Featured Paper by James Burd, Jr.

    In fisheries research, tag and recapture data is very common. Fisheries scientists are often interested in the measurement of shortest distance between tag and recapture locations. In open marine systems, this is easily calculated within a GIS. However, in estuarine systems where fish movement is constrained by land, the calculation of shortest distance becomes more complicated. This presentation will compare using cost distance within Spatial Analyst and distance along a network to measure shortest distance in the Indian River Lagoon estuarine environment.
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    Delta Island Inter-relationships:
    Featured Paper by David Hansen

    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California is composed of a set of islands and adjacent areas which are home to over 800,000 people. Changing climatic, hydrologic, environmental, seismic, and land use conditions jeopardize the Delta's natural and human infrastructure. Failure of Delta levees can have devastating consequences on farms, communities, roads, railways, power and fuel transmission lines, water conveyance and quality, and the local and State economy. This paper examines the use of ArcGIS Schematics to portray and communicate interconnections and relationships between the islands to policy makers and the public.
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    Geodatabase Archiving:
    This second discussion on geodatabase archiving focuses on the new tools that ArcGIS 9.2 provides for working with archived data. Several methods of viewing and interacting with historical versions in ArcMap are covered, along with constructing historical queries. It is recommended that you are familiar with the new archiving functionality and suggested that you first listen to the podcast episode Geodatabase Archiving: Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities. Esri
    Building and Using 3D
    Featured Paper by Darryl Clare, Andrew Harrison

    Cape Coral, FL has experienced a recent rapid population and economic boom to make it one of the nation's top five fastest growing cities. They recognized the need to evaluate potential developments in the central business district early in the approval process to ensure the 'right' developments occur. The city worked with The Schneider Corporation of Indianapolis to create a GIS model of the city core and 3D architectural renderings of proposed developments as well as integrate the two and provide training for future analysis.
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    2007 ESRI International
    Scott Morehouse, Director of Research and Development at ESRI, provides an overview of information modeling as it relates to ArcGIS. Esri
    GIS for Public Works
    Chuck Cmeyla, Public Works Industry Solutions Manager at ESRI, talks about what attendees can expect at the upcoming Public Works seminar series being held in 19 U.S. cities this September and October. Esri
    Interview with author
    Fred Miller, author of the ESRI Press book GIS Tutorial for Marketing, talks about the reason for writing the book and how he got involved with ESRI Press at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference. Esri
    The Competitive Advantage
    John Young, Director of Enterprise Solutions at ESRI and a former CIO in the US federal government, talks about how GIS can deliver a competitive advantage to organizations throughout the public and private sectors and why senior managers should implement an enterprise GIS within their organizations. Esri
    Challenges in Student
    Featured Paper by Yasser Ayad

    Successful student recruitment efforts lead to higher enrollment in various programs. This helps the higher education institutions to sustain their resources and maintain high level of educational services throughout its wide variety of academic programs. This study proposes a method that involves the application of GIS in: first, better understanding the available body of student and school district data by means of inter-relating important variables such as the median household income and driving distances, and second, tracing recommendations for future recruitment efforts based on the observations and analysis results.
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    2007 ESRI Developer Summit:
    Jeanne Foust, Global Manager for Spatial Data Infrastructure at ESRI, talks about why interoperability is important to GIS users. Esri
    Grain Supply Chain Management
    Featured Paper by Matias Nardi, Stephen Sperry, Todd Davis

    This paper discusses the development of a GIS-based constrained linear programming model that minimizes production, storage and transportation costs for grain in Argentina for the 2004/05 crop-year. Given the demand of Argentine grain at the exporting ports, this study identified the lowest-cost grain producing regions; grain storage locations; grain transportation routes by truck, rail and barge; crusher facilities and exporting sites.
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    Harris County's Development
    Featured Paper by Andre Bally, Jackie Freeman

    How do you move the country's third largest county (by population), larger than 23 states, from what is essentially a very manual, very paper oriented environment to a digital world in terms of Asset Accounting and Asset Management, especially in light of the GASB guidelines? The first steps require self examination. An understanding of existing business processes, work flows and our asset life cycle, from inception through implementation, maintenance and finally asset retirement must be undertaken.
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    Geospatial Modeling of
    Featured Paper by Chengfeng Wang, John Callahan, James Corbett

    We present the Ship Traffic, Energy and Environment Model (STEEM) to predict the routes of inter-port ship movements, estimate ship energy use and air emissions, and to produce gridded ship emissions inventory. We built an empirical global waterway dataset with ~10,000 segments based on the network structure derived from 20-year historical locations of ships. Applying ArcGIS Network Analyst, we solved ~21,000 routes (unique pairs of ~1,800 world ports) on the global network for ~170,000 trips in North America in 2002. Based on the length of segments, ship attributes, emissions estimation algorithm, and relationship between individual ships, trips, routes, and segments of the network, we calculated number of trips, amount of air emissions from individual segments, and produced the gridded ship emissions inventory.
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    2007 ESRI Business Partner
    Listen to Rose talk about the two versions of Dream Builder software that The Planning Center developed to help ensure that building permits meet architectural design standards. Esri
    Capital Project Tracking:
    Featured Paper by Neil Garlock

    Seminole County's Public Works Department needed a way to view and share its 300-plus Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) among its' five divisions and residents in an easy to understand, accurate and up-to-date environment. Previously project data was only available though multiple spreadsheets and databases littered amongst project managers and budget administrators computers from five divisions, in multiple locations.
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    Missouri Department of
    Dr. William R. Elliott works as a cave biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Resource Science Division and won a Special Achievement in GIS Award at last summer's ESRI International User Conference. Bill applies GIS software in projects that help to protect caves and cave dwellers such as bats, cavefishes, snails, salamanders, and other species. By understanding which caves rank high in biodiversity and knowing the geographic distribution of those caves, Elliott and his colleagues can do a better job directing conservation resources to those sites. Esri
    Missouri Botanical Gardens
    The Missouri Botanical Garden received a Special Achievement in GIS Award for its longtime commitment to environmental education using GIS. Bob Coulter talks about how he has been creating GIS-based curricula for educators and hosting training events for more than seven years. Esri
    ArcWeb Services, Data,
    Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, briefly discusses ArcWeb Services, data, and solutions products. Karl Terry, Product Manager, demonstrates ArcLogistics Route in a paratransit application. Esri
    Methodology Statement:
    ESRI provides market potential data to measure the likely demand for a product or service in an area. The database includes an expected number of consumers and a Market Potential Index (MPI) for each product or service. An MPI compares the demand for a specific product or service in an area to the national demand for that product or service. The index is tabulated to represent a value of 100 as the overall demand for the United States. A value of more than 100 represents high demand; a value of less than 100 represents low demand. For example, an index of 120 implies that demand in an area is likely to be 20 percent higher than in the United States; an index of 85 implies a demand that is likely to be 15 percent lower. Esri
    Using GIS to Create Offi
    The mission of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is to provide safe, effective, and effi cient movement of people and goods. The Travel Division of TxDOT supports the TxDOT mission by inspiring safe and pleasurable travel to and within Texas. The Texas Offi cial Travel Map is one of several publications produced by the Travel Division for this purpose. Esri
    Presentation Detecting
    Featured Paper by Elaine Schele

    The Classic Maya ruins of Palenque, Mexico are located on a ridge at the base of the east side of Don Juan Mountain. Like so many mountains in Mesoamerica, Don Juan has special significance for the existing local Maya population. Archaeologists working in this part of Mexico believe that the ancient Maya viewed mountains and their caves as sacred places where the rain god resided. Ancient temple shrines have been found on this mountain, as well as caves with evidence of ancient Maya ritual pilgrimage activity. Through the utilization of ArcGIS and ERDIS tools and by using a digital elevation model, aerial photographs, satellite imagery and written sources the ancient paths, streams, caves and springs were detected and mapped on and across Don Juan Mountain.
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    Assessing the Environmental
    Featured Paper by Karl Daines

    This study has assessed the environmental sensitivity of petrol filling station locations across Europe, with regard to proximity to groundwater, surface water and ecological receptors, using a GIS-based methodology. The principle aim of this study is to promote a risk-based approach to implementing the EU Groundwater Daughter Directive. In addition, the study aims to provide a tool for both individual oil companies and the oil industry as a whole to identify areas of higher environmental sensitivity; encouraging rational investment in preventative measures where it is most needed.
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    The Strive for a High
    Featured Paper by Thomas Norlin

    The Swedish Road Administration has since the early 70-ties been building a National Road Database. In recent years communities and the forest industry have inserted private- and community roads into the database. This has been done in order to create a database suited for both operating the roads as well as transportation planning and ITS. The database is stored in an internal environment that complies with national and international standards and it is also available on the ESRI platform as a synchronized geodatabase. The creation of this road database is a very large investment and the quality of the data is of outmost importance. Critical parts of the data quality management are done with ArcGIS using Utility Network Analyst, standard GP-tools and specially developed applications. The relationships between different objects are examined and the thematic accuracy is evaluated through statistical selection where attributes are compared to the real world.
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    Using a Geodatabase to
    Featured Paper by Jon Becker

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Water Management Division (WMD) has developed a geodatabase to manage the georeferenced water quality assessment data from the region's eight southeastern states for various years. The geodatabase's relationships between various assessment unit features and detailed tables provide WMD GIS staff with powerful and versatile analytical capability. By integrating disparate state data formats into a common structure, the geodatabase enables much easier multi-year, multi-state spatial analysis than before. Answers to complex management requests or environmental progress reports can be generated in a fraction of the time it took when the georeferencing data was contained in various, unmatching shapefiles.
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    A GIS-Based Master Plan
    Featured Paper by Anubandh Hambarde

    Lavasa, a new Hill-Station of 25,000 acres of land, is located in the western mountain ranges of India, approachable from the two major cities, Mumbai and Pune. Lavasa will have 7 towns in its first and second phase.
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    GIS Application for Tea
    Featured Paper by Rajib Bhagat, Dibyajit Buragohain, Kumar Bordoloi, Mridul Hazarika, Rishi Dutta

    While waterlogging is a limiting factor for tea gardens of Bramhaputra plains, soil erosion and landslides are the major problems in the hilly tea plantations of Darjeeling and Barak valley of North-Eastern India. Considering the differences in the nature and extent of soil and water management problems, five major river basins in North Eastern India were selected.
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    GIS-based Approaches
    Featured Paper by Jonas Andersen, Alex Landex

    Catchment area analyses of stops or stations are used to investigate potential number of travelers to public transportation. These analyses are considered a strong decision tool in the planning process of mass transit especially railroads. Catchment area analyses are GIS-based buffer and overlay analyses with different approaches depending on the desired level of detail.
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    Integrated Application
    Featured Paper by Chen Hui-Wen, Lin Wen-Yung, Huang Pi-Hui, Chen Yi-Ching

    The data system of the land surveying and drawing is the core of the land information system. It includes the following contents: Control Surveying Results, Cadastral Map Data, Topographic maps, Aerial photography, telemeter the image of the satellite, and so forth. Nowadays, it is also the essential data of the national land planning, national land nursing, and calamity relieving, etc.
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    Using ModelBuilder to
    Featured Paper by Robert Done, Daoqin Tong

    Federal transportation law requires that state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations comply with environmental justice regulations in the development and implementation of transportation plans. Environmental justice requires that protected populations are neither disproportionately denied the benefits of nor disproportionately subjected to the detriments of transportation projects and programs.
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    A Biogeographic Assessment
    NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment has recently collaborated with the National Marine Sanctuary Program to assess large-scale biogeographic patterns of marine fauna in three California sanctuaries. Using ArcGIS and ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst extensions, CCMA conducted a suite of quantitative spatial and statistical analyses based on the distribution and abundance of species found in the study area. The sanctuaries are conducting a joint review process to update sanctuary management plans. The management plans for these sanctuaries have not been updated for more than 10 years and the status of the natural resources and their management issues in and around the sanctuaries may have changed. In addition, significant accomplishments in research and resource assessments have been made with the region. Thus, it is important to incorporate new and expanding knowledge into the revised management plans for these sanctuaries. Esri
    Automated Rectification
    Traditional vector rectification technology has produced unsatisfactory results as data integrity was distorted through rubber sheeting processes along with prohibiting consistent adjustment of associated annotation. An intelligent automated technique is now available, producing rigorous and repeatable results in bringing disparate vector layers (and associated annotation) synchronous and improving spatial integrity while adhering to ground control constraints and apparent occupation. The resounding success of the first U.S. commercial application in Jefferson County Colorado is presented and demonstrated. The result is more reliable, accurate, faster, credible, and usable GIS data. Esri Users Group Conference
    Building a European Spatial
    INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) is a recent initiative launched by the European Commission and developed in collaboration with Member States and accession countries. It aims at making available relevant, harmonised and quality geographic information to support formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Community policies with a territorial dimension or impact. Esri Users Group Conference
    Community GIS: University
    GIS is rapidly emerging as an essential tool for students to study local and global communities. With geography now included as a core subject in schools, training teachers to learn and apply geographic information systems techniques in their classroom will not only pave the way for a more environmentally conscious student population, but will provide their students with an improved geospatial sense of the world. In short, integrating GIS into the school curriculum answers the call for including critical thinking, integrated learning, and multiple intelligences in curriculum design. This paper describes how through training workshops and sharing of resources, schoolteachers from four elementary and middle schools partnered with Grand Valley State University to improve their curriculum by integrating GIS into their curriculum, and provides a framework for sustainability. Esri Users Group Conference
    Developing a GIS for
    Featured Paper by Serbülent Öcal, Nurünnisa Usul

    One of Turkey’s winter tourism centers, Kars-Sarikamis, is studied for its great winter tourism potential with a different approach using GIS. The aim of the study is to integrate GIS and a decision analysis technique for ski resort suitability evaluation in Kars-Sarikamis. A procedure is developed to produce georeferenced ski resort information based on a database composed of all environmental and urban features. For this purpose, the MCDA (Multiple Criteria Decision Aid) method is used as the decision analysis technique. Then, the results of the analyses are presented.
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    The Evolution of GIS,
    Featured Paper by James McNees, Trenton Botkin, Carl Albury

    The Office of the State Engineer (OSE) has been performing hydrographic surveys and adjudications of water rights since the turn of the last century. In the last 10 years the Litigation and Adjudication Program of the OSE has pushed to implement GIS and database technologies to perform surveys and support the adjudications. At first the new technologies replaced corresponding tasks in the existing process. Now new technologies are supporting changes in how the technical and legal processes interact to survey and adjudicate water rights.
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    Facilitating Information
    Featured Paper by Larry Zaragoza, Michael Bellot, Kevin Kirby

    While institutional controls (e.g., zoning, permits, and easements) provide an effective tool to prevent exposure to residual contamination, states and others have asserted that the absence of data standards for institutional controls has impeded the exchange of institutional controls data among the government agencies and other parties involved. In January 2006, the Institutional Controls Data Standard was adopted under the Environmental Information Exchange Network, which represents EPA, states, and tribes. The standard references a technical specification for GIS information, which is based on Federal Geographic Data Committee standards. As the Institutional Controls Data Standard is used to support data exchange, the exchange of information among EPA, states, tribes, local government, and others should be facilitated.
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    Integration of GIS, RS
    Featured Paper by Bogdan Chivoiu, Guofan Shao

    LANDIS is a forest model that simulates forest dynamics at large spatial and temporal scales. One of the main input files is a map of the tree

    species distribution as 10-year age cohorts on the landscape. To derive the species-age composition map for a fragmented forest landscape in north-central Indiana, forest inventory data is used to compute the major species proportions by size class and land type, based on forest plot locations. The land types are constructed from soil layers (Soil Survey Geographic Database). Forest patches are digitized from high-resolution aerial photographs and rasterized. Multiple species of a certain age are then randomly assigned to each forest pixel according to their respective proportions on a given land type. The species-age map is the initial forest condition that is used by LANDIS for simulating forest processes and disturbance interactions, which results in successive forest landscapes. Preliminary results of forest landscape simulations with and without land-use change disturbance are compared at landscape and forest patch levels. The simulation experiment shows that forest fragmentation increases as a result of land-use change, and forest composition and structure are affected, especially at forest patch level.
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    Joint Geospatial Enterprise
    Featured Paper by Daniel Visone

    Today’s C4ISR systems contain very limited geospatial capabilities that are disconnected from emerging netcentric geospatial technologies and databases. Future battle command and ISR services (i.e., Future Combat System, Distributed Common Ground System--Army) require timely, relevant, accurate terrain situational awareness. A Joint Geospatial Enterprise Service (JGES) capability is required to enable a dynamic, tailorable User-Defined Operational Picture, Situational Awareness, and decision aids.
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    Managing Vegetation Disturbance
    Featured Paper by Keith Hickey

    Off the west coast of Australia lies a unique island called Barrow Island, which is home to many diverse forms of flora and fauna. The island is unique because it hosts many species of fauna that have now become extinct on Australia’s mainland.

    This fragile environment has been classified as an "A" class reserve. But what makes this place so remarkable is that it also plays host to a 40-year old oil production field.
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    Mapping Media Influence
    Featured Paper by Nigel Waters, Chantal Hansen

    The Mapping the Media in the Americas Project is a three-year collaboration between the Carter Center in Atlanta and the Ottawa-based Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). In Canada and in 11 South and Central American countries, we are mapping socioeconomic data, electoral results and the locations of the media (TV and tadio stations and newspapers). This information is entered into an ArcIMS Web site that is eventually transferred to a university in the country concerned. The aim is to allow political parties and nongovernmental organizations involved in monitoring the democratic process to determine the influence of the media on the electoral process. This influence is demonstrated by visualization and the modelling of electoral results using geographically weighted regression. This paper describes our work in Peru.
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    Mapping the Distribution
    Featured Paper by Bartholomew Wilson, David Bruce, John Madsen

    The decline of the oyster industry along the mid-Atlantic region has initiated Delaware and New Jersey to partner in an attempt to assess the status of the oyster habitat in the Delaware Bay. Using remote acoustics (Roxann Seabed Classification and Chirp Sub-bottom profiler), along with field verification, 110 square miles of oyster habitat were mapped in the Delaware Bay. Bottom and sub-bottom sediment maps were compiled into an ArcMap database allowing the extent of oyster beds to be fully assessed. Historic oyster bed outlines (including historic shell planting datasets) were then incorporated into the distribution model.
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    Oregon’s 2005 Orthoimagery
    Featured Paper by Randall Sounhein, Corey Plank

    Contemporary orthoimagery datasets are proving to be valuable assets to government and industry groups that are utilizing GISs to evaluate, analyze, or update ground condition data. The state of Oregon Orthoimagery Framework Implementation Team created an imagery consortium to help facilitate the acquisition and sharing of 2005 mutliresolution orthoimagery datasets. Cooperation and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies allowed for the efficient acquisition of these datasets that would have otherwise been unobtainable
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    Geovisualization as Support
    Featured Paper by Hana Svatonova, Jaromír Kolejka, Svatopluk Novák, Petr Calupa

    Geovisualization of the landscape model--perspective tools of earth-related sciences and crisis management--in 2D, 3D, and 4D views provided a comprehensible presentation of the results from integrated geodatabase processing, possibilities of the usage of aerial photographs and the results of crisis simulations modeling. The high-quality geovisualization of model of crisis situation or real-time geovisualisation of actual situation help people to work out it succesfully and save their life.
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    GIS and Vital Statistics
    Featured Paper by Linette Scott

    Data about California’s registered births and deaths are collected and maintained by the Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services (CHS). Come and learn how GIS has been used to enhance the quality, analysis, and presentation of these datasets. With statewide implementation of an Electronic Death Registration System in progress and recent improvements to the statewide Automated Vital Statistics System, the CHS is in a position to begin routinely geocoding California’s vital statistics. The addition of longitude and latitude to birth and death records facilitates their use for a multitude of public and preventive health policy and business functions. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how GIS enhances the quality and utility of California’s birth and death datasets, important data privacy considerations in the geographical display of vital record data, and benefits from specific public health uses of geocoded vital record data.
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    GIS Data in yhe Field–Real
    Featured Paper by Mehmet Kutsal

    Contra Costa County Public Works Department (CCCPWD) uses PDA-based cell phones in the field to serve and collect geographically based information. This includes maps and associated attributes, documents, and photographs. We have integrated a submeter GPS with the phones, which fits on a small clipboard. Information collected is immediately posted on our servers and made available. If a crew is collecting data in one part of the county and someone wants to see it at the opposite side of the county, the turnaround is immediate. CCCPWD utilizes ArcIMS, SDE/Oracle, and our own programs to accomplish this seamlessly. The practicality of this system was demonstrated last fall when a landslide took out a portion of Morgan Territory Road along with a pickup truck. Data and photographs were immediately transmitted to the main office. Precautions were taken immediately to close the road and a press release was issued.
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    Photogrammetry, GIS and
    Featured Paper by Rami AL-Ruzouq, Abdel-Rahman Abueladas, Samih Al-Rawshdeh, Abdallah Al-Zoubi

    The archaeological heritage constitutes the basic record of past human activities. Its protection and proper management is, therefore, essential to the study and interpretation of present and future generations. The protection of archaeological heritage must be based upon effective collaboration between professionals from many disciplines. In this study, knowledge from different sources and research areas has to be integrated and established for complete documentation of one of the most important archeological discoveries of recent time (baptism area, Jordan). Photogrammetry will be used for planning, recording, reconstruction, and revitalization of heritage site. Geophysical methods, such as ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR), will be used to explore the underlying structure of the study area. For realistic representation of the study area, a three-dimensional geographic information application will be prepared for the baptism place in Jordan, where efficient generation, management, and visualization of such special data can be achieved.
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    Student Interactive Campus
    Featured Paper by James Wolfe, Edward Aractingi

    Marshall University is a state-funded university in Huntington, West Virginia. Like many universities, it is a large organization with multiple and diverse units (colleges, departments, centers, etc.) and depends on data to run efficiently. Much of this data is used by multiple entities. To better manage the needed data collected by the university, the Marshall University Geographic Information System (MUGIS) has been developed.
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    Upper Cahaba Watershed
    Featured Paper by Patrick Peters, Ellen Heath, Paul Leonard, Aylin Lewallen

    The 550-square-mile Upper Cahaba Watershed, in addition to being a primary source of drinking water for metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama, is nationally recognized for its biodiversity and recreational value. The purpose of Upper Cahaba Watershed Greenprint is to help inform decision makers about land use, conservation, and land development in the watershed. The Greenprint is one part of the ongoing effort to protect and improve the Cahaba River.
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    Urban Design Charrette
    Featured Paper by Takahiro Tanaka, Yoshito Yamazaki, Shusuke Inachi, Tomohiro Mikasa, Takuhiro Yamashita

    In January 1995, Kobe was subjected to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Especially in Nagata ward, the area suffered severe damage. Residents, local government, designers, and planners have made the various efforts in its rebuilding. Even now, however, they have social, economic, and environmental problems. Therefore, we held the urban design charrette in Nagata.
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    Using GIS to Map Invasive
    Featured Paper by Roslyn Selsky, Gregory Bugbee, Jason White

    The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s (CAES) Invasive Aquatic Plant Program (IAPP) is using GIS to determine the distribution of invasive aquatic plants in Connecticut lakes and ponds. In a first-of-its-kind survey in Connecticut, locations of plant species were recorded using a Trimble GeoXT and then downloaded to ArcGIS 9. Observed plant areas, converted into georeferenced polygons, were also added to the map. These maps are used on CAES IAPP’s website ( to educate the public on the subject of invasive aquatic plants, to provide baseline data useful in determining how native aquatic plant communities change in response to invasion, and to track the spread of invasive aquatic plants in Connecticut water bodies. GIS models will be used to predict future invasions in Connecticut lakes and ponds by comparing factors such as water chemistry, land use, and sediment type with successful invasions. Ultimately, GIS data will be used in the management of invasive aquatic plants in Connecticut.
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    Weather Conditions and
    Featured Paper by Marilyn Ruiz, William Brown, Julie Clennon

    The spatial pattern of West Nile virus presence in the northeast part of Illinois is clustered and shows strong association with certain housing and environmental characteristics. However, places with similar settings have different rates and temporal patterns of the virus as measured in mosquito testing and in human cases. In this project, we examine the effect of variations in temperature and rainfall across the greater Chicago region in the years 2001 to 2005 to assess the contribution of weather to the complex interplay among other factors. The analysis is carried out using interpolation of weather variables across time along with the use of satellite images to measure vegetation status using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index. After the data is brought into a common geographic framework using ArcGIS, statistical methods help to assess the relationships among the variables.
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    Wetland Drying and Succession
    Featured Paper by Eric Klein, Edward Berg, Roman Dial

    This study documents the scale and intensity of drying over the last half century in the Kenai lowlands of southcentral Alaska. Using historical aerial photos and field sampling of wetlands including muskegs, kettle ponds, and closed and open basin lakes, we present data on drying and successional changes in woody vegetation between 1950 and 1996. The results of this study suggest that the Kenai Peninsula is becoming both woodier in its vegetation and drier. A regional analysis of 1,113 random points indicated increased forest cover and decreased open and wet areas in both burned and unburned areas between 1950 and 1996. A census of water bodies in three subregions indicates that almost two-thirds of water bodies visited show some level of decrease in spatial area. More than 80 percent of field sites visited have experienced some level of drying, where vegetation transects indicate substantial invasion into former lake beds by facultative upland plants.
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    Why Does the Zoological
    Featured Paper by Jeannine Carlin

    Since the inception of the San Diego Zoo 90 years ago and subsequently the Wild Animal Park, there have been continual changes to their infrastructures from utilities to animal enclosures. This dynamic environment has been recorded for the most part either by memories or outdated maps and documents. WIth approximately 1,000 acres combined of the Zoo and Wild Animal Park there was a need to know where all of their features were and to be able to use that data for planning, analysis and conservation efforts.
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    Historic Preservation
    Featured Paper by Matt Peters

    The Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center and the office of Historic Preservation in Utah have teamed up to produce an Web interface for the public to locate and query Historic Sites and Structures in Utah. This required a database design and development of a application to query by address, district, or selection. This paper will explore the processes and lessons learned in working with the ArcGIS Server technology and discuss the future enhancements to create a one-stop site for historic structure and site information for Utah
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    Successful Single Agency
    Featured Paper by Colen Wilson, Shannon Deckert

    The City of Killeen's Department of Information Technology planned and hosted the Central Texas area's first GIS Day on November 15, 2006. The City's goal was to celebrate the technology and capability of GIS as well as expose applied geography to nearly one thousand sixth graders from the Killeen Independent School District. During the initial planning of GIS Day, a much smaller version of the event was considered; this quickly grew as the City realized the impact a large scale 'expo' would have on the area's students.
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    Displaying 3D Hydro-acoustic
    Featured Paper by Will Stafford, Ronald Hlasny

    Hydro-acoustics is a remote sensing tool used for aquatic assessments. It captures the return signal strength in decibels of a fishes or crustaceans body. The return signal can be converted into length based on the relationship between signal strength and size of the air pocket. Each return is stored as a single record in a data table with X,Y, and Z as depth below surface. A high quality digital elevation model of the lake is required to display this information in 3D. These two components are combined to visualize the sample data in 3D
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    Developing a Web-Based
    Featured Paper by Kit Na Goh, Keith Weber, Daniel Ames

    The GIS Center at Idaho State University, a member of the Geography Network, allows the public free access to approximately 11,000 GIS datasets stored within its spatial library. Unfortunately, the current Web-based search engine is not adequate as it does not reveal datasets stored within ZIP files (the bundling and compression method used). As a result, visitors are required to browse the spatial library's directory of folders to find data. In order to facilitate better discovery and delivery of geo-spatial data, we are developing and deploying a relational database containing geospatial metadata documentation for all datasets within the spatial library and an intelligent Web interface to help the GIS Center's visitors more efficiently find required geospatial data.
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    Large Volume Map Generation
    Featured Paper by Jeffrey Stewart

    Trekk has been using ArcWeb Services for several years now to generate custom route maps from a residential location to a point of interest for use in direct mail campaigns. These campaigns can range in volume from 10,000 recipients to 250,000 or more. Each requires a custom image to be generated. As demand for this service has grown, the need to produce more maps per hours has also grown. Trekk has evolved the process to increase production from 500 to 750 map images per hour to more than 15,000 images per hour.
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    An Integrated Multi-users
    Featured Paper by Yingjie Wang

    The Geographic Area Analysis and Delineation System (GAADS) is being developed in order to facilitate the analysis and creation of the geographic entities for 2010 Census. The system is designed to support multiple concurrent users to conduct remotely for reading and writing operations on a centralized database built using ArcSDE and Oracle. GAADS allows users to import data, delineate entities, visualize and analyze entity properties, and perform quality assurance checks. GAADS has been used for the delineations of Assignment Area (AA), Crew Leader District (CLD), Field Operations Supervisor District (FOSD), and Local Census Office (LCO)/Early Local Census Office (ELCO)
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    Health Crisis & IT Competencies
    Featured Paper by Tomoko Tachibana

    OBJECTIVES: To explore the competences necessary for using the Health Crisis and Risk Information Supporting Internet System (H-Crisis) of the public health center directors in Japan; to analyze indicators of individual IT abilities and the use of computers (IT competences) by prefectures; and to determine the relationship between the usage of H-Crisis and IT competences using a geo-referenced information system (GIS). METHOD: Frequencies of H-Crisis usage, response rates concerning IT competences were obtained through questionnaires and calculated to compare distribution patterns by prefectures. Statistical differences were assessed using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. RESULTS: The distribution pattern of frequent users of H-Crisis shows the same tendency for those of high skill in writing on a word processor, and being active in daily use of IT. CONCLUSION: The competences necessary for using H-Crisis of the public health center directors may be related to fundamental PC skills and the incentive to use IT.
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    Condominium Conversions
    Featured Paper by J.M. Pogodzinski, Alicia Parker, Tito Vandermeyden

    California has one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. The lack of affordable housing production contributes to steadily increasing home prices and rents. The 1980s condominium conversion trend has resurfaced as a way for developers to cash in on demand for ownership condominiums from entry-level buyers, investors, and baby boomers. This paper uses GIS to examine determinants of condominium conversions, including owner-occupied house prices, rents, and the characteristics of the housing stock.
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    2007 ESRI International
    David Maguire, Director of Products at ESRI, gives a technology keynote presentation at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference that highlights key approaches and new trends in dynamic modeling with ArcGIS. Esri
    2007/2012 Geographic
    Lynn Wombold discusses the geographic changes and demographics trends of the 2007/2012 demographic data updates. Esri
    Business GeoInfo Summit:
    Garry Burgess talks about his session at the upcoming Business GeoInfo Summit in Dallas, Texas. Listen to Garry discuss new features in ArcGIS Business Analyst and present highlights of the new product ArcGIS Business Analyst Server. Esri
    Developer Summit Overview
    Rob Elkins, Product Manager for Developer Products and Art Haddad, Development Lead and Architect for ArcGIS Server for the Microsoft .NET framework, present an overview of the upcoming ESRI Development Summit which takes place March 19–22, 2007, in Palm Springs, California. Esri
    Improving Polygon Shapes
    Featured Paper by Chris Curlis, David Hansen, Barbara Simpson

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation employs the Central Valley Habitat Monitoring (CVHM) program to monitor changes in habitat within various areas of California's central valley. Landsat 7 ETM+ imagery is the primary data used to generate spectral based polygons and conduct an image differencing based change detection. Unfortunately imagery from Landsat 7 is affected by the Scan Line Corrector (SLC) anomaly and has systematic data gaps.
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    Integrated ArcIMS Application
    Featured Paper by Takashi Furuya, Jin Wang

    PTA(Parents and Teachers Association) works closely with school and support sites to provide for the safety and security of elementary schoolchild and staff. Flash technology was utilized to generate a dynamic interface through a powerful and engaging interface design and allowing fast, smooth user interaction and real-time mail delivery to the pre-arranged PTA's cell phone with interactive maps such as panning and zooming control.
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    Applied GIS: Reducing
    Featured Paper by Kevin Gunn

    The City of Killeen, Texas is rapidly growing. The demand for critical infrastructure: streets, water/waste water, and drainage is outpacing the funding available for these projects. Leaders in the Public Works Department surmised that a significant portion of engineering and design fees were attributed to contingency. Under current construction practices, design consultants have to plan and budget for the unknown. Public Works staff theorized that by minimizing or even eliminating the unknowns for the design consultants the City could realize significant savings. GIS proved to be the means to accomplish the task.
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    Tracking the Great Whales:
    Featured Paper by Brett Lord-Castillo, Dawn Wright, Tomas Follett, Andrew Weiss, Bruce Mate

    Arc Marine presents a new framework for collaboration in oceanic and coastal biogeographic analysis. With a common data structure, researchers can share results without conversion, automatically integrate environmental datasets, and develop common tools. This case study explores how Arc Marine supports the scientific process for the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Program (OSU-MMP). The OSU-MMP has used satellite telemetry to track nine cetacean species across two ocean basins. Customization of the model creates a geodatabase fit for data exploration, hypothesis testing, and research permitting compliance.
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    Using GIS in Preparing
    Featured Paper by Bruce Burleson, Daniel Wunder

    This presentation will highlight the GIS techniques utilized to provide combat climatological products and services to the DoD community by the Air Force Combat Climatology Center (AFCCC), Asheville, NC. These techniques will include the use of ArcInfo, Python geoprocessing scripts to automate raster generation, Spatial Analyst, and Tracking Analyst to build climatological products.
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    Business GeoInfo Summit:
    Listen as Wilde discusses the IT brands and home consumer brands that MarketStar represents and how they use GIS to increase their clients' sales.. Esri
    Santa Fe Indian School
    Environmental science instructor Mark Ericson, one of the 2006 ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, uses ESRI ArcView software and the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension as an educational tool for connecting Santa Fe Indian School students with science and their communities. Students apply GIS to community, environmental, agriculture, and even utilities mapping projects. Esri
    Ordnance Survey: Bringing
    Featured Paper by John Dancy

    This presentation charts the movement of Ordnance Survey's 1:250000 map from a twenty year old digital production system to an ArcGIS platform. Subjects covered include creation of style sheets, use of the Interoperability Extension and PLTS, improvement in data quality through topological and other checks, automating repetitive data manipulation processes, creation of the editing environments using a variety of Layers and mxds and using the representation layers and cartographic tools delivered in v9.2.
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    North Carolina Stream
    Featured Paper by Roger Cottrell, Scott Edelman, Joe Sewash

    The North Carolina Stream Mapping Project was developed as a response to the NC General Assembly's request to improve the mapping and digital representation of surface waters in the state. Nineteen counties affected by Hurricanes Frances and Ivan in western North Carolina are designated as the first phase of the five-year project. The project uses state wide LIDAR data along with orthoimagery and other ancillary data to create local resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) data.
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    Keynote Presentation
    2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Professor Wangari Maathai, gives the keynote address at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference. Esri
    Methodology Statement:
    Based on the foundation of proven segmentation methodology introduced more than 30 years ago, the Community™ Tapestry™ system classifies U.S. neighborhoods into 65 market segments. Neighborhoods with the most similar characteristics are grouped together, while neighborhoods showing divergent characteristics are separated. Esri
    Hospital Situational
    Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) is strategically located in the center of Southern California, serving a vast area with a population of more than 3.3 million. This geographically diverse region spans some of the largest urban, rural, and wilderness areas in the country including the highest and lowest points (Mt. Whitney and Death Valley) in the continental United States. LLUMC is the only level-one regional trauma center for Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Esri
    GIS Helps Nebraska Tackle
    When influenza vaccine manufacturer Chiron announced on October 5, 2004, that none of the company’s flu vaccine would be available for the 2004–2005 flu season, the shortage caused a nationwide crisis. In Nebraska, flu vaccine distribution is privatized. To respond in a timely manner to this shortage, Nebraska needed a way to survey physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, rural health clinics, health departments, university health centers, and pharmacies to find out how much vaccine they had ordered from manufacturers Aventis Pasteur and Chiron and also the quantities they already had on hand. Then, Nebraska HHSS needed to get the available vaccine into the hands of those who needed it most: the elderly, the immune system deficient, and the very young. Nebraska needed a solution that would help store and analyze information and allow others to see the data when necessary to manage the vaccine distribution. Esri
    Sustainable Development
    Founded in 1970 in Lancaster, New York, environmental engineering fi rm Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E), is a broad-based environmental consulting, testing, engineering, and design fi rm operating from 27 U.S. offi ces and subsidiaries and affi liates around the world. A $100 million fi rm, its underlying philosophy is a worldwide commitment to supporting sustainable development through responsible environmental stewardship. Esri
    Network Deployment in
    The rapid migration toward a multi-service IP based network in a highly competitive environment is presenting unparalleled challenges to telecommunications companies. Previous network upgrades and new service deployments were managed within the framework of highly regulated environment. Today, these activites are occurring in markets that are highly competitive. If companies hope to survive the transition it will require an internal paradigm shift. In a regulated environment, all planning, design and engineering efforts were focused on cost containment. Competition introduced a new dynamic that many companies are only now struggling to understand - revenue growth. Speed to market, new products, revenue maximization and return-on-investment have replaced the previous emphasis on cost control. The key to success in this new environment is to incorporate new multidimensional data into the network deployment decision process. Networks must be planned with consideration to total return which requires a complex market and product analysis integrated into a network cost model. Due to the spatial nature of this modeling, it can only be performed effectively with GIS tools. While the industry has been slow to transition to GIS based models, some market leaders have emerged. Esri
    Making Geographic Data
    For more than 90 years, one of the leaders in helping people understand and enjoy the rich variety, complexity, and integrated nature of the world has been the National Geographic Society (NGS). NGS has championed and preserved the art and science of cartography through magazines, books, exhibits, and programs. Esri
    Methodology Statement:
    The escalation of immigration to the United States is rapidly changing the racial and ethnic structure of our population. In a nation built from more than 200 years of immigration, the number of intercultural marriages continues to rise, adding further complexity to our racial composition. In Census 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau began to measure racial composition with the option to report up to six different races. Tracking the growth of each racial and ethnic group is important; however, equally important is measuring each dimension of the development of minority populations. Esri
    GIS and Geostatistical
    Featured Paper by David Schiowitz, Scott White, Jeffrey Cary

    The La Plata mining district is located in southwestern Colorado, and contains numerous gold, silver, and copper deposits. Geologic and structural data for the district was obtained from digitizing historic geologic maps. New stream sediment samples were collected at 41 locations throughout the area, and analyzed for metal concentrations. Using ArcGIS's surface hydrologic modeling tools, individual watersheds were delineated upstream for each sediment sample location. A geodatabase has been created consisting of geologic formations and structures, veins, rock ages, historic mines, and geochemical anomalies associated with the 41 watersheds. The Spatial and Geostatistical Analyst extensions are being used to analyze the data to aid in visualization and quantification of the relationships among geology, structure, and geochemistry. The results will provide greater insight into regional geochemical domains of mineralization and in the modeling of spatial associations of known ore deposits within the mining district.
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    The City of Calgary -
    Featured Paper by Steven Waters

    The initial ESRI GIS environment at the City of Calgary was deployed in 1999. The goal of the GIS was to facilitate publishing of spatial information that originated in other systems and expand as data maintenance applications were migrated to the technology.
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    The Benefit of 3D/GIS
    Featured Paper by Marksuel Bastos, Alessandro Silva

    The management of equipments (manifolds, pipelines, platforms) in a 3D GIS environment, besides all of the analysis functionalities and queries presented in a conventional GIS, supports a better understanding of the data models, because in this environment, they are seen closer to the reality.
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    Reducing Traffic Fatalities
    Featured Paper by Dana Steil, Allen Parrish

    The majority of Alabama State Troopers utilize a GIS-enabled electronic citation system that captures location information. At the time a citation is issued the GPS location is used to automatically populate county and courthouse information. Each location is snapped to a state-route and milepost, the route is then segmented and displayed as part of a graduated line above the roadway. The lines can be filtered by any field within the citation (e.g. speeding citations, alcohol related citations).
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    Analyzing San Diego's
    Featured Paper by Soumya Chennapragada, Karen Franz

    This paper discusses how GIS is used at San Diego Coastkeeper to generate information packed maps and interpretations of the water quality monitoring data collected from 10(out of 11) watersheds of San Diego hydrologic region.
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    Investigation of Rainfall–Runoff
    Featured Paper by Veeranna Bommakanti, Muralikrishna Iyyanki, RAJAN EG, LAKSHMI BHAVANI NELAVELLI

    The aim of this study is to determine runoff volume of the Ashti sub-basin of River Godavari by SCS Curve Number using GIS. While determining the results various data sets such as IRS AWiFS satellite image, 1:50000 standard topographic map, drainage map of Ashti and soil map data. Standard 1:500000 are used. AWiFS image is classified by using digital image techniques for extracting Land Use and Land Cover and integrated into GIS with hydrological soil map.
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    Re-mapping the World's
    Featured Paper by Benjamin Hennig, Mark Ramsden, John Pritchard, Danny Dorling

    The Worldmapper project has successfully produced a series of maps to visualize data, concerning a range of issues facing the modern world, based upon the idea of density-equalising maps. The Cartogram Geoprocessing Tool incorporating this density-equalising method has also recently been made available for ArcGIS.
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    Using Hybrid GIS for
    Featured Paper by Joyu Liu, Fu-Jen Chien, Ming-Chang Tsai, T.Y Chou

    To manage and monitor diverse environment situations in Taiwan, a hybrid GIS is developed to meet the needs of different users and objectives. Various kinds of data includes multi-scale raster data, vector data and alphanumeric data from SDE, single files or other database can be displayed via one portal . AJAX, XML, web service and mashups are involved to develop the map platform.
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    ArcGIS 8.x Benthic Habitat
    Remotely sensed multibeam data can produce high quality maps of the marine and coastal benthic environment. However, to date there has not been a widely adopted methodology for translating multibeam data into a useful product for characterizing and predicting benthic biotic community assemblages. Our goal was to develop a systematic and robust methodology by which multibeam data can be transformed into a classified product that is useful for coastal and marine resource managers, scientists and educators in American Samoa. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcGIS 9: Deploying Sever-Based
    This presentation focuses on ArcGIS Server and its usefulness in providing GIS data and functionality in the form of web services. Address matching web service that utilizes standard geocoding services, exposed through ArcGIS Server, as a means to validate a user or machine entered address will be explored. Discussion will cover functionality of the service as well as design and implementation practices in an ArcGIS Server environment. Esri Users Group Conference
    ArcIMS Implementation
    The San Antonio River Authority has implemented ArcIMS and Metadata Explorer. The paper will focus on the issues observed when impl