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Voting is open until noon on Friday, December 14, 2007.
Below are candidates for the 2008 Board:
Carol Rogers, Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC)
Carol leads the IBRC’s work providing economic and demographic data to Indiana. She is the State Liaison to the Census Bureau, works with the Federal Cooperative on population projections, and is a leader of the State Data Center program. Under Carol’s guidance, Indiana data is accessible via the STATS Indiana website. Carol’s goal as IGIC board member will be to improve availability of GIS data and tools, and help users use these resources to yield insights.
Dax Denton, Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs)
Dax recently joined the Indiana Statewide Association of RECs as Manager of State Relations. In this capacity, he works with the legislature and state agencies to represent Indiana’s electric cooperatives. Prior, he was Deputy Legislative Director of the Association of Indiana Counties. One of his responsibilities was providing a voice for county governments on the IGIC Board where he served for five years, and provided valuable advice and leadership on legislation.
Fiona Solkowski, The Nature Conservancy
Fiona is the Site Conservation Planner in Indiana, where she also manages the GIS and provides user support. Fiona worked in Northwest Indiana restoring prairies and wetlands, and is now based in Indianapolis. The Nature Conservancy preserves the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth. In Indiana, they have protected over 45,000 acres of irreplaceable forests, wetlands and prairies. She served on the IGIC Board starting in 2003.
Matt Waldo, Indy Partnership
Matt is Research Manager for the Indy Partnership, assisting companies relocate or expand their operations to the 11-county Indianapolis region. He is responsible for overseeing all databases and libraries, assisting with data needs, developing marketing materials, and overseeing the Information Warehouse on the IP website. Previously, Matt worked for IVY Tech conducting labor market research, and at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Heritage Environmental Services and Hoosier Environmental Council. Matt has an MS in Public Affairs from IU.
Tom Renkert, MIBOR
Tom is Information Services Director for the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS (MIBOR). He oversees the service and support of MIBOR’s Broker Listing Cooperative (BLC), lockbox and membership services. The BLC offers real estate database services to over 9,000 real estate professionals in 10 Indiana counties. The database seamlessly ties a broker’s listing to geographical and public records layers throughout Central Indiana. Tom has a BA in Business Administration (Accounting Information Systems) from Western Michigan University.
COMMERCIAL GIS SERVICE PROVIDER Sector
Andrew Harrison, GISP, Schneider
Andrew has been involved with GIS activities across Indiana for over 20 years. This has given him experience on many public, private and commercial GIS projects. He has the knowledge, leadership, commitment to public education, and public relations skills needed to successfully develop GIS projects. Andrew is a previous IGIC Board member. He is a GISP. His two decades supporting Indiana GIS shows the commitment, experience and knowledge needed, and asks for your vote.
Brent Campbell, GIS Products Solutions
Brent has been in the GIS field for 10 years. He worked in the local government sector for 7 years before pursuing his own GIS consulting business. Brent brings a great deal of knowledge of local government processes, database design and development, along with extensive knowledge in the ESRI suite of software. Brent received his BS from Ball State University majoring in Natural Resources – Land Management Option with a Minor in Geography.
Eric Lowry, WTH Technology
Eric supervises GIS client support activities for over 3,000 licensed GIS software users in 65 Indiana counties. He desires to bring their views and ideas to the IGIC Board. Eric has served on the Indiana National Emergency Numbers Association Board and as an alternate on the Indiana Wireless Board. WTH Technology is an Indiana-based GIS company providing comprehensive GIS services. WTH has been an IGIC member and participated actively on committees for a number of years.
Jeff Leonhard, Pictometry
Jeff is the District Manager for Pictometry in Indiana, based out of Indianapolis. He has been with Pictometry for 2 years, with 8 years total in the GIS industry, with the focus on GIS in government and public safety. He has a BS in Cartography from Ohio University. If elected, Jeff would bring his experiences from the private industry’s relationship with government GIS, specifically in the emerging trends in aerial photography and GIS.
Jennifer Whitacre, M.J. Hardin
Jennifer works for M.J. Harden as National Account Manager for LiDAR Solutions (Columbus, IN). She is responsible for sales and management of LiDAR projects. Previously she worked for eMap International as Director of Project Design, and Spectrum Mapping as VP of LiDAR Operations. Jennifer has a BS in Geography from IU, and advanced GIS training from IUPUI. She served on the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Board (Rocky Mountain Region) and is a member of ASPRS.
John Hannel, Woolpert
John has over 18 years experience as a GIS service provider. While working for multiple companies in that time, John has compiled a resume consisting of services and disciplines ranging from parcel mapping to utility GIS, from enterprise information integration to all facets of geo-spatial services. John has been active on the IGIC Conference Committee. Leveraging these years and breadth of experience, John would be a valuable asset to the IGIC Board.
Joyce West, Sidwell
Joyce is a geographer with over 25 years of mapping and GIS experience. She is a GIS Account Manager for The Sidwell Company serving local government clients in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Joyce actively supports several county government associations and serves on the Associates Board of the Association of Indiana Counties and the Indiana Association of County Commissioners. Joyce hopes to share GIS perspectives among GIS service providers, local government, and the IGIC Board.
Mark Dann, ESRI
Mark is an Account Manager for ESRI in Columbus, OH. He has over fifteen years of experience in design and implementation of Geographic Information Systems, which included one of the first systems to be used for archaeological research in Greece. He would like to serve on the IGIC council to encourage statewide collaborations and GIS partnerships. If elected, he will work hard to ensure that IGIC continues to support a successful GIS conference.
Matt Bechdol, ESRI
Matt lives in Indiana and is currently a Federal Account Manager at ESRI focusing on USDA and AgroSecurity. He also teaches GIS at George Mason U. Previously he investigated geospatial technologies at NASA. His concerns are the 1) advancement of geospatial tools and thinking, 2) workforce development, and 3) improved data sharing and communication. Matt holds a BS from IU; a Certificate in European Public Administration from the Rijksuniversiteit; and an MS in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason.
Rick Kosinski, Williams Aerial & Mapping
Rick is the General Manager of this photogrammetric mapping company located in South Bend. He is a Commercial/ Instrument/ Multi-Engine rated pilot with over 4000 hours logged as an aerial survey pilot. Rick has 22 years experience, including stereo plotter operator, pilot, LiDAR collection, digital oblique imagery and film aerial, GPS and airborne GPS, and a photographic lab technician. Value to the council will be the sharing of knowledge gained from years of experience.
Scott Stephens, Manatron
With 15 years experience in the geospatial industry, Scott is the former Vice President and co-founder of Plexis Group – an Indianapolis based geospatial technology company which was acquired by Manatron in 2005. His focus as Vice President at Manatron is to bolster the integration of geospatial technology within Manatron’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal application and promote deployment of Manatron’s eGovernment solutions. Born and raised in Indiana, Scott has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering Technology from Purdue.
Toby Hardin, MapSync
Toby has an excellent knowledge of how GIS and GPS can be applied to any given situation in state and local government settings. He has been with MapSync for over 2 years and has lived in Indiana for over 10 years.
REGIONAL GIS CONSORTIA Sector
Cele Morris – Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Cele works as a Research Analyst at the Northwest Indiana Center for Data & Analysis at IU Northwest. Her position encourages her to be actively involved with the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum, in the local GIS community, and statewide for over eight years. Since GIS development within the state varies greatly, Cele provides metadata outreach and training to support their development at all levels. Cele received a BS in Geology from IU Northwest.
Greg Grabner, Evansville and Vanderburgh County
Greg is a GIS Manager with Mark Rolley Consulting, working extensively with Evansville and Vanderburgh County to coordinate and maintain their award winning GIS system. His work includes projects with IDNR and FEMA on flood modeling and floodplain boundary locations. Prior, he worked at the Evansville Building Commission as a GIS/Floodplain Technician. He has worked in the GIS field for more than six years. Greg studied Geology at the U of Southern IN, Evansville.
Joan Keene, IMAGIS, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Joan coordinates the GIS program for the Marion Co. Health Dept. She actively participates on the IMAGIS Technical Committee and Board, where she shares her technical expertise, and offers insights into health mapping, including disease tracking, mosquito control, health clinic patient mapping, inspections and health research. Joan’s specific technical knowledge, her interest in teaching non-users the benefits of GIS, and her experience with the GIS consortium will be valuable to the IGIC Board.
Mike Sudac, Johnson Co. GIS Task Force
Mike manages the Johnson Co. GIS. In his brief time there, he has created an active GIS, reaching out to all government, utilities, and schools to build a robust, cooperative GIS. He participates in GIS forums in surrounding counties to encourage data-sharing. Previously, Mike managed the GIS for North Texas Council of Governments (16 counties). His experience in multi-county GIS, his technical expertise, and his ability to build consensus will be assets to IGIC.
Anna Radue, IU
Anna is a database and GIS specialist at IU, providing GIS and remote sensing technical support to all campuses. She administers license agreements with ESRI, Leica Geosystems, and Lizardtech and supports the Indiana Spatial Data Storage Portal and Indiana Spatial Data Services. Her areas of interest include image encoding, enterprise GIS, and storage of imagery in relational databases. Anna is an IGIC Board member, and won awards for her efforts posting the 2005 orthophotos to the IndianaMap.
Christopher Miller, Purdue
Christopher has been a GIS Librarian at Purdue since 2006 and spent his first year adding GIS capabilities to projects by students and faculty who would not otherwise have had access to such powerful information capabilities. He feels that the work a library-based GIS does to democratize and expedite student and citizen access to GIS resources, information and applications translates well to the state at large, and therefore to the mission of the IGIC.
Erdal Yilmaz, IUPUI
Erdal is Senior Research Associate at the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. There he models airplane aerodynamics and air flow around turbine blades. Recently he began modeling wind flow around high-rise buildings in Indianapolis, which provides an understanding of window breaking, windmill placement, and deposition of airborne particulate matter. He is an Aeronautical Engineer, with an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at IU. His Ph.D. is from the Middle East Technical U.
Jeff Wilson, IUPUI
Jeff is Chairman and Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Geography. Research interests include GIS, remote sensing, and human health and the environment. Recent publication topics include environmental influences of zoning, correlates of childhood physical activity, estimating urban trail traffic, smart growth, adolescent travel patterns, and terrestrial components of climate change. He is active with Geographic Educators Network of Indiana, and authored “Indiana in Maps: Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State”. His Ph.D. is from ISU.
Kevin Turcotte, Ball State
Kevin is Professor of Geography at Ball State, with teaching and research specialties involving GIS. He works on tools for cancer registry, a neighborhood rate calculator for vital records, and lead screening. He created a GIS of the historic Lanier-Shrewsbury neighborhood in Madison, Indiana. He was chairman of undergraduate curriculum, and is involved in the Building Better Communities initiative. He is the vice-chair of the Indiana Cancer Consortium Data Committee. His Ph.D. is from ISU.
Larry Theller, Purdue
Larry is a GIS Specialist in Agricultural & Biological Engineering. He has many years of industry experience followed by lengthy association with GIS in the university system as an instructor and a researcher. This places him in a good position to fuel communication between public and private sector needs and expectations. He would personally work to see more young faculty appreciate and contribute to the effort needed to keep IGIC moving ahead. His MS is from Purdue.
Michael Robinson, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Michael is Assistant Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering, with specialties in sustainable development and ground water. He teaches students the power of GIS as a problem solving tool; with the ability to see the big picture and the power to analyze small details. His career has benefited from organizations such as IGIC. Michael would like to build upon that as a member of the Board of Directors. Michael is a PE; his Ph.D. is from Virginia Tech.
Qihao Weng, Indiana State
Qihao is Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change, and Associate Professor of Geography. His specialties include remote sensing, GIS, land cover change, and ecosystems of the urban environment. He is principal investigator for several grants: “Role of Urban Canopy Composition and Structure in Determining Heat Islands", and "Indiana Impervious Surface Mapping Initiative". Additionally, he is working on: ”Biodiversity and Habitat in Indiana in 2000". His Ph.D. is from U of Georgia.
REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION Sector
Andy Swenson, IndyMPO
Andy is a Principal Planner for the 8-county Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). There he manages GIS resources needed for the Travel Demand Model (and upcoming travel demand survey), and the Transportation Monitoring System. He also maintains the MPO's economic and demographic projections. Prior, Andy managed the Information Resources and Policy Analysis Section for Indianapolis where he was the point of contact with the Census Bureau (LUCA). Andy has a Masters in Urban Planning from the U of Illinois.
John-Paul Hopman, Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG)
John-Paul is currently the Network Model and GIS Coordinator for MACOG, a position he has held since 2004. He started his GIS career as a Travel Demand Modeler for MACOG, assisting in the development of St. Joseph and Elkhart County's GIS systems. Presently, John-Paul coordinates the Indiana Travel Demand Modelers Group, consisting of the thirteen metropolitan planning organizations in Indiana and includes staff from the Federal Highway Association, INDOT, and IDEM.
Lisa Gehlhausen, Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission
Lisa serves as the Executive Director, where she is responsible for development and management of community facilities, downtown renovations, water and wastewater infrastructure projects in 6 counties. Lisa also manages the technical and administrative activities of mapping, comprehensive planning and zoning, transportation planning, codifications, floodplain management, park and recreation planning, historic preservation projects, and environmental reviews. She has extensive experience in GIS and GPS. She serves on many Boards, including IGIC.
Larry C. Stout, PE, GISP
GIS Director, Hamilton County, Indiana
November 9, 2007
We have seen significant advances in the technology used for aerial photography and the production of digital orthophotography in the past ten years. During this time, we have reduced our delivery time for orthophotos from over a year to about four months. One of the best kept orthophoto secrets, however, is the availability of preliminary images from an aerial photography project. The cost for these is nominal (less than $3,000 in our experience) and you can have them within days of the aerial photography acquisition. All you have to do is ask.
This is a story about how Hamilton County discovered this valuable tool.
Hamilton County, Indiana is the fastest growing county in Indiana and one of the fastest growing counties in the Midwest. To keep up with growth and the associated public services the county frequently updates its GIS base map.
Hamilton County is square in shape with sides of 20 miles. We collect aerial photography and topography to a distance of about 2,000 feet beyond the edge of the county on all sides making our project area 434 square miles.
Hamilton County’s first digital orthophotography project was in 1996. This project included aerial photography and the capture of edges of pavement, water features, buildings (planimetric features), and 2-foot contours and spot elevations (topographic features). The orthophotos were delivered more than a year after the aerial photography. We didn’t want to wait that long to see what the camera had captured on the ground, so we had a full set of contact prints delivered a few weeks after the aerial photography acquisition.
One of the key uses of the contact prints was zoning code enforcement. The prints filled a
banker’s box. Anyone who wanted to see them would come to our office, look up the flight line and frame number on an index map, retrieve the contact print, and use a magnifying lens to examine it.
In 1998, we updated the planimetric and topographic features and obtained new orthophotography. Once again, we didn’t have the orthophotos for a year, and we received a set of contact prints. Another banker’s box
In 2001, we again updated our base map and obtained new orthophotography. During contract negotiations our vendor offered a price reduction of $7,500 if we would accept scans of alternate exposures (this was full coverage considering the 60% forward overlap) rather than contact prints. We agreed and received the scans in MrSID format with 20:1 compression. This turned out to be not only cheaper, but more useful as well. The scans were not georeferenced, but we put the footprint map and the scans on the server so they were available to all of our GIS editors from their desktop.
In 2004, we updated the planimetric and topographic features and obtained new orthophotography again. This was our first year for color photography. For this project we also acquired LiDAR, and specifically asked our vendor to speed up delivery of the orthophotography. They offered to fly the LiDAR in November 2003, acquire the aerial photos in April 2004, and deliver the orthophotos in October 2004 using the LiDAR data as the DEM for orthorectification. We again received the raw scans of the photos within a few weeks of the photography.
2006 was our first project for just orthophotography. Based on the success of the 2005 statewide orthophotography project, we requested digital acquisition using pushbroom technology (Leica ADS40 sensor or similar). With no film to scan, we asked for “preliminary unrectified images” to be delivered within three weeks of aerial photography acquisition.
The county was flown on Sunday, April 9. On Thursday, April 13, we received a box in the mail. It contained a hard drive with the images. Each flight line was 12,000 pixels (6,000 feet) wide, and was cut into rectangular tiles varying from 5,800 feet to 6,400 feet
high. Each tile had an accompanying world file. The tiles were neither color balanced nor mosaicked.
The flight lines were in the north-south direction and because the pushbroom sensor captures each flight line as a single image, the images matched perfectly to their neighbors on the north and south. The images overlapped in the east-west direction and the east and west edges of each tile were black fill. We developed a map of the image footprints and the software to serve the tiles to our Bentley users without their having to worry about tiles. We made an unmanaged raster catalog for our ESRI users to accomplish the same functionality.
We estimated the accuracy of the images was about ± 15 feet, but to make sure the users understood appropriate uses of this imagery, we caused a warning dialog to appear once a week stating the accuracy could be off by as much as 100 feet. We received the orthophotos in September (five months after acquisition).
Our 2007 project was another complete base map update with new orthophotography. We again required “preliminary unrectified images” within three weeks of aerial photography acquisition. The acquisition was completed on Monday, April 16 and on Monday, April 23 we had a hard drive with the images. This time, the vendor had rectified the images to the previous year’s DEM and told us the images were accurate to ± 4 feet. We received the orthophotos in August (four months after acquisition).
The technology used to produce digital orthophotography has changed considerably in the past ten years. We have progressed from film acquisition to digital acquisition. Control has changed from all ground control to less ground control and more reliance on airborne GPS. The hardware and software used to process the imagery has improved considerably. One result of these changes has been to shorten the time between acquisition and delivery of orthophotography from more than a year to just a few months.
The most significant improvement in my opinion, however, has been the availability of digital preliminary images within days of the acquisition. While these images cannot be used for analysis, and their accuracy is not as good as the orthophotography, they are becoming easier to deploy and more useful to our entire GIS user community. For less than $3,000 additional cost, these preliminary images have been the best bang for our orthophoto dollar!
Sparks, an experienced geography and mapping professional, has extensive knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) technology and experience in administration, policy development and planning.
“Having a dedicated GIS expert in Indiana government pushes our capabilities to the next level,” said Weaver. “Working with the state’s current GIS talent, Sparks will create a consistent framework of statewide public maps and data for all levels of government that will help save lives and money and improve government efficiency.”
To continue the coordination of enterprise information technology solutions that save the state, and ultimately taxpayers’, time and money, Sparks will report directly to Weaver, who oversees state IT.
About the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) – The Indiana Office of Technology is an internal service agency that was created by Governor Mitch Daniels on January 10, 2005. Its mission is to provide cost-effective, secure, consistent, reliable enterprise technology services to its partner agencies so they can better serve Hoosier taxpayers. For more information about IOT, please visit http://iot.IN.gov
In fiscal year 2000, GAO found that 85 percent of federal government obligations in grants to state and local governments were distributed on the basis of formulas that use data such as state population and personal income. The decennial census is the foundation for measuring the nation’s population. It provides a count of the population every 10 years, and is the starting point
for estimates of population made in years between the censuses.
Decennial census data play a key role in the allocation of many grant programs. In fiscal year 2004, the federal government administered 1,172 grant programs, with $460.2 billion in combined obligations. Most of these obligations were concentrated in a small number of grants. For example, Medicaid was the largest formula grant program, with federal obligations of $183.2 billion.
Make Sure You Get It Right
An accurate census relies on finding and counting people—only once—in the right place and getting complete, correct information on them.
The Clock Is Ticking
Only 17 days left to sign-up for LUCA if you want the full 120-day review period!
Invitations to participate in the program were mailed to the highest elected official of every unit of government on August 7, 2007. If you're a local official, we urge you to join your peers around the state and participate in this program—an activity that will yield a decade's worth of benefits.
- Sign-up materials must be postmarked by November 19, 2007, in order to have a guarantee of the full 120-day review period.
- It is a good idea to not wait until the very last day, however. If you are cutting it close, sending it by registered mail would be a very good idea.
You can sign up until December 31, 2007, but you won't get the full 120 days to participate because the Census Bureau must receive all materials back by April 4, 2008.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proclaims November 14, 2007 National GIS Day in the State of Indiana and invites all citizens to duly note this occasion.
Consider an industry in the public or private sphere and it most likely utilizes advancements in geographic information and mapping technology. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the National Zoo tracks endangered pandas and Asian elephants, FEMA manages disaster operations and businesses monitor marketing trends, to name just a few examples.
To spread the word about the impact of GIS on countless scholarly and professional fields, Indiana University will celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library. GIS Day is a worldwide, annual event showcasing GIS technology and its applications.
At IUs local event, GIS professionals from the Bloomington area will give brief presentations on topics including geotagging-a practice that integrates geographical information with other media such as historical photographs-the environmental applications of GIS, and the Indiana properties database, a real estate tool. Visitors can also talk to professionals and educators about the GIS job market and training opportunities, Internet mapping, ongoing projects and other ways that GIS technologies are shaping the way we live, learn and do business.
The centerpiece of GIS Day will be a keynote address by Gilbert Rochon, associate vice president for collaborative research at Purdue University, Information Technology (ITaP), who will speak at noon on "The Evolution, Applications and Convergence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing." Rochon has conducted research all over the world while working with the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other organizations.
Another addition to this years GIS Day events is the Earth as Art contest. Students, faculty and staff are invited to make art that draws its inspiration from the imagery made possible by GIS technology. Artwork can include, for example, satellite imagery, aerial photography, infrared data and other map features gathered from around the world. Entries will go on display in Wells Library during the event, and later in The Herron School of Arts Library at IUPUI.
Festival of Maps Chicago opens this weekend and runs all the way through January 2009. Over 30 cultural and scientific institutions are involved in dozens of exhibits, lectures, and events that "display humanity's greatest discoveries and the maps that record our boldest explorations."
Make sure to plan a visit to the Field Museum's exhibit "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" which runs from November 2, 2007 — January 27, 2008.
You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation to share your knowledge, ideas and project case studies with your colleagues and peers.
50% of conference attendees have 10+ years in the field, and 80% have 4+ years.
In post-conference surveys, attendees have consistently (and enthusiastically) requested more complex topics, and more detailed step-by-step instructions in presentations. Don't be afraid to give them what they want!
Last year's most popular presentations were:
- An Enterprise Approach to Using Oblique Photography/Oblique Aerial View (OAV) Imagery Evolves: Integrating OAV Data with the GIS
- Using Digital Elevation and Digital Surface Models
- You Want to Edit My Data? Distributed Maintenance of E911 Address Data
- Marrying Historic Information Into Your Local GIS
- Integrating GPS with Photo Images to Enhance Your GIS
- Tracking Parcel Genealogy
- Cartography in ArcMap 9.0
Presentation submissions are due by the extended deadline - November 21, 2007. In your abstract submittal, please include:
- Presentation Title (10 word limit)
- Presentation Description (100 word limit)
- Presentation Classification (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
- List of any Special Requirements (ie: internet, if available)
Along with your abstract, please supply all presenter names and email addresses, as well as a short biography for each presenter (25 word limit per person). Each presentation proposal must also include a primary presenter contact with their name, phone, fax, address, and email.
Presentations will be approximately 35 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions. There will be a maximum of 4 of people allowed for each presentation, except for panel presentations.
If accepted by the selection committee, you will be notified by email and your presentation will be assigned to a specific moderated session. Projectors/standard AV setup will be provided for every session. Please submit your abstracts by November 21, 2007 in Microsoft Word format by email or by mailing a cd to:
Brooke Gajownik Hamilton County Sheriff's Office 18100 Cumberland Road Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 776-2461 email@example.com
We require that all presenters register for the conference. Acceptance as a paper presenter does not register you for the conference, and registration fees are required. The online registration deadline is February 11th, 2008.
The purpose of paper presentations is to educate your peers about new and effective ways of using GIS. At no time is it permissible for a paper presenter to use his/her time slot to advertise or promote a product, service, or company. This rule will be strictly enforced.
The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is focused on major initiatives to support public/private cooperation including "Imagery for the Nation" and "Transportation for the Nation." Recently, Directions Magazine's Editor-in-chief Joe Francica interviewed John Auble, director of Tele Atlas's public sector division and a member of NSGIC's Transportation for the Nation Working Group. Indiana's 2005 Orthophotography Project is referenced throughout the podcast. You can listen to the 20-minute podcast here.
Developing Land Cover and Land Use Datasets Friday, January 25th, 1:00-3:30pm Indiana State Library 140 N. Senate Ave, History Reference Room Indianapolis, IN 46204 2008 IGIC Members: FREE Nonmembers: $20
Indiana has collected statewide digital imagery that can be used to produce information on what covers the landscape (land cover) and how these landscape elements are used (land use). This information can then be used to support stormwater, natural resources, urban planning, forestry and many others areas of land management.
This seminar will show a number of semi-automated approaches to creating impervious surface maps, canopy maps, land cover maps and land use maps, using remote sensing and GIS modeling techniques. There will also be an overview of the processes used, with examples of the final products, and their applications. The presentation will be given by Dr. Andrew Brenner, General Manager, Sanborn Ann Arbor.
This seminar will include a review and exploration of the considerable resources that are available to Indiana GIS users through the Indiana Geographic Information Council. These resources include opportunities for networking, education for both new and experienced GIS users, guidelines that can help users more effectively develop projects within their communities, and much more. The seminar will also provide an opportunity for participants to share their thoughts and ideas regarding how IGIC can best support the needs of GIS across Indiana. The presenter for this seminar will be Jill Saligoe-Simmel, PhD.
Excerpted from the Town of Westfield "The GIS Quarterly Legend"
GIS Web Server The GIS Web Server began serving up GIS maps and data this past summer and provides interactive web mapping capabilities. Currently, there are five maps available for consumption:
1. Town of Westfield 2. Washington Township Zoning 3. Parks and Trails 4. WPWD Utility Infrastructure 5. Project Tracking
The GIS Server allows for data sets that are used in a map to be identified and queried without the need for a GIS software program. The datasets reside on the GIS server. As they are updated, the changes are reflected in the maps. The only software requirement is an Internet browser window. You can access these maps and many more in the future at our Westfield GIS homepage http://www.westfield.in.gov/gis Here you can find the following link that can be activated with a simple click of the computer mouse
The Johnson County GIS Website (www.co.johnson.in.us/gis.htm) has been updated. On the left side of the page are links to maps and relevant information.
The Schneider Corporation has begun work on the E911 Data Compilation and Field Verification project. The following items will be competed:
1. Field verify 12,000 residential (single and multifamily), commercial, and industrial properties.
2. Update road centerline address ranges.
3. Realign road centerlines so they run down the center of the right-of-way.
4. Reconcile field collection data with the databases used by 9-1-1 dispatch, Master Street
Address Guide (MSAG) and Automatic Locator Index (ALI).
5. Integrate the updated addresses and road centerlines into the 9-1-1 dispatch software (Spillman CAD).
Fire fighters from all eleven (11) Johnson County fire districts were able to offset over $150,000 in costs by field verifying approximately 40,000 addresses in 120 out of 320 one-mile sections.
For more news from Johnson County, get their latest newsletter.
Several important enhancements of the GIS Atlas for Indiana were implemented on Monday, October 29.
On-line User Surveys
In order to improve the usefulness of the Indiana GIS Atlas, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to complete our new user survey. The survey includes only 16 questions, and your input will guide us in future development of the GIS Atlas.
We have received a total of 21 responses to our previous survey regarding a recent computer-server upgrade and its effect on the speed and performance of the GIS Atlas. Eight (8) users indicated that speed and performance had improved, while thirteen (13) indicated that they had noticed no change.
Four new layers were added that show mean wind speeds (meters per second) and mean wind-power densities (watts per square meter) at heights of 50 and 100 meters above the ground. The maps are derived from a numerical weather model (Mesoscale Atmospheric Simulation System, or MASS), coupled to a simpler wind-flow model (WindMap) which accounts for localized effects of terrain and surface roughness. The data were obtained from an unpublished report to the Indiana Department of Commerce prepared by TrueWind Solutions, LLC. The layers can be found in the following folder: ENVIRONMENT/BIOLOGY> Management Areas & Misc.
Two additional layers showing mean wind speeds at heights of 30 and 70 meters were not added to the interactive map, but they are available for download http://126.96.36.199/arcims/statewide_mxd/dload_page/environment.html.
The layer named “Surveyor Tie Cards” has been updated with new information for Bartholomew County. The layer can be found in the following folder: REFERENCE> Contours, Imagery, & Other.
On November 5, the layer showing “Time Zones” will be updated. The following counties will be changed from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time: Daviess, Dubois, Knox, Martin, and Pike. The layer can be found in the following folder: DEMOGRAPHICS> Political & Other Boundaries.
Maps of the Month
(The following links were created using the “Hyperlink” tool on the Indiana GIS Atlas)
Map showing the Mean Wind Speed at 100 meters layer.
Map showing the Mean Wind Power at 100 meters layer.
The GIS Atlas Support Team
The GIS Atlas for Indiana is an interactive map and data repository that contains more than 200 layers of
geographic, geologic, environmental, and other data for the state of Indiana. The GIS Atlas is produced
and managed by the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University with financial support from the
Indiana Department of Transportation.
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