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Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of NEURISA Day!

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Monday, September 16
 

7:00am EDT

Registration
Conference Registration

Monday September 16, 2019 7:00am - 8:30am EDT
Atrium Lobby

7:00am EDT

Set UP
Situate Vendors, Registration Table, Volunteers, Signage (sponsorship & directional), Projectors working, laptops in rooms, Moderators


Monday September 16, 2019 7:00am - 8:30am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

7:00am EDT

Morning Refreshments Available
Morning Refreshments Sponsored by Milone & MacBroom Inc

Monday September 16, 2019 7:00am - 11:00am EDT
Second Floor Break Area

8:30am EDT

President's Welcome & Vendor Shoutout
Welcome to NEURISA Day 2019!  This is the 10th Anniversary of our awesome one day conference!

Speakers
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Pamela Locke

FIS Coordinator, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Pamela Locke is the Facilities Information Systems (FIS) Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received her undergraduate degree in Geography from Clark University and her Master’s Degree in GIS from Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to UMass Lowell... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Beverly Room

8:30am EDT

Poster / Web App Competition Displays
Vote on your favorite Poster and Web App!
VOTE HERE!

Monday September 16, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Second Floor Break Area

8:30am EDT

Vendor Displays
Visit our Vendors! Network! Learn how they can help you out!

Monday September 16, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Atrium Lobby

9:00am EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:05am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

9:05am EDT

2020 Census Geography Partnership Program Updates
Session 1

Accurate geographic data is the foundation of conducting a complete and accurate Decennial Census. Census Bureau Geography Partnership Programs are an opportunity to collaborate with state and local governments to improve our geographic data. The LUCA program and the New Construction Program give participants an opportunity to improve the accuracy of our master address file. The PSAP (Participant Statistical Areas Program) allows participants to review and update statistical geographies, such as census tracts and block groups. The BAS (Boundary and Annexation Survey) provides governments the opportunity to review and update legal boundaries, names and governmental status. The SAID (Spatial, Address and Imagery Data) Program allows partners to provide address point files, street centerline files and imagery data to our database. These programs are at different stages and we will be discussing each program in greater detail.

Author: Spiro Korizis

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Spiro Korizis

U.S. Census Bureau


Monday September 16, 2019 9:05am - 9:35am EDT
Rowley Room

9:05am EDT

The Power of Data: A K12 GIS Experience
Session 1:

Utilizing a week long facilitator training, I presented three workshops to encourage the use of ARCGIS Online in an K12 educational setting. Educators in a variety of disciplines, from across RI, learned how to use of GIS to answer questions, create storymaps, and online surveys to enhance their educational practice using Geospatial Technology.

Author: Peter Stetson

Speakers
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Peter Stetson

President, Educational Mapping Service
Peter Stetson is an experienced Science Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Skilled in Science Education, Secondary Education, Biodiversity, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking. Strong education professional with a Master's... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 9:05am - 9:35am EDT
Newburyport Room

9:35am EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 9:35am - 9:40am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

9:40am EDT

GIS & the Opioid Crisis
Session 2

The opioid crisis is impacting each and every global community. GIS has provided the tools necessary to analyze and fight back against this epidemic. Through my work at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), I have been able to utilize real-time EMS data to map the issues associated with opioid overdose. I would love to share this work with the NEURISA membership and attendants at the NEURISA Day Conference. Thank you for your consideration.

Author: Sarah Karim

Speakers
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Sarah Karim

GIS Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Health


Monday September 16, 2019 9:40am - 10:10am EDT
Rowley Room

9:40am EDT

Web mapping using FOSS in Foxborough
Session 2

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) GIS tools are very useful but often overlooked. While one of the main purposes of GIS is to share information, this can be difficult and proprietary software can be costly. This presentation discusses two case studies where FOSS tools proved to be very useful as well as why they were chosen over proprietary software. In the first, the Trails Advisory Committee at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, as well as town and DCR staff collaborated to create a map of the state forest and adjacent conservation lands, with the goal of being able to pull it up on a smartphone and find your location. Here the presenter discusses how the QGIS software and its QTiles plugin were used to accomplish these tasks. In the second, the Foxborough DPW was looking for a temporary solution for sharing GIS information throughout the department until the new town website went online and allow for a web-based solution. An additional goal was being able to access this information in the field either on a smartphone or tablet. Here the presenter discusses how QGIS, its QGIS2Web plugin, and Leaflet were used to create an intranet GIS for the DPW and visually share information throughout it.

Author: Ryan Norton

Speakers
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Ryan Norton

Town of Foxborough, MA


Monday September 16, 2019 9:40am - 10:10am EDT
Newburyport Room

10:10am EDT

Morning Break
Network and Vendor Visit in the Atrium Lobby!

Vote on your favorite Poster or Web App while grabbing a refreshment in the Second Floor Break Area!

Sponsored by Milone and MacBroom Inc !


Monday September 16, 2019 10:10am - 10:25am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:25am EDT

The Paradigm Shift That No One Noticed
Session 3

Modern GIS has changed the way we understand GIS workflows integrating many facets of what use to be a pain the the butt and expensive. Now we have access to it it all but many still leave features unused. This talk will dive into the tools we have available, why they are important, and why a system first approach is more pivotal than ever.

Author: Bradford Folta

Speakers
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Bradford Folta

GIS Architect, Honey Badger Analytics LLC.
GIS was never my calling... until recently. I started life as a geologist who became a geodetic technician who used GIS. All of a sudden I am a GIS-er. I love what I do and enjoy conversations on data collection methods and so on. I'm a nerd and love it!


Monday September 16, 2019 10:25am - 10:55am EDT
Rowley Room

10:25am EDT

Utilizing Survey 123, ArcGIS Online (AGOL), and GPS Technology for Capturing Meter Locations and Inspection Information
Session 3

Each summer the North Attleborough Electric Department (NAED) conducts electronic tabular inspections on approximately 11,500 residential meter locations. The purpose of the inspection is to verify meter operation and gather information about the condition of the meter, meter socket, customer secondary, and service drop. This past summer, NAED integrated a field mapping component utilizing ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and GPS technology to collect an accurate location of each meter, in addition to, a new inspection workflow using Survey123. This presentation will discuss how each technology was implemented, the project workflow, results and lessons learned.

Author: Danielle Verrier

Speakers
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Danielle Verrier

North Attleborough Electric Department


Monday September 16, 2019 10:25am - 10:55am EDT
Newburyport Room

10:55am EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 10:55am - 11:00am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

11:00am EDT

Addressing for Local Governments in the Age of NG9-1-1
Session 4

Address point, parcels and street centerline data are fundamental to NG9-1-1 and local governments have been mandated to maintain and provide this data to regional PSAPs and up to the state level. Developing and maintaining a comprehensive address database can be challenging for small towns with few resources. In addition, this data is also used by some local governments for a variety of use cases including permitting, document management, assessing, planning, etc. AppGeo has worked with several communities to develop workflows and processes to comply with state and national standards while accommodating local use cases. This presentation will share some of the challenges faced and the lessons learned in this context.

Author: Priya Sankalia

Speakers
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Priya Sankalia

Project Manager, Applied Geographics, Inc.


Monday September 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Rowley Room

11:00am EDT

GISCI GISP Update
Session 4

The PE, PLS, MD, DDM- all of these certified credentials lend credibility and authority to those who have achieved and attained them. According to the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), there are over 5500 active GISPs around the world. GISP is probably the most recognized certification in the field of GIS. The GISCI Board recently made long-anticipated changes to the GISP certification process that were decided during the first meeting of 2015. These changes affect both current and future GISP certification holders and were made in order to increase the value, recognition and long term viability of the GISP certification and the GISCI organization. This presentation will provide information on the certification including requirements and the process to attain the certification. Come learn about the credential that is lending credibility and authority within the geospatial information professional field.

Author: Thad Dymkowski / GISCI

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Thad Dymkowski

Town of South Windsor, CT


Monday September 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Newburyport Room

11:30am EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 11:30am - 11:35am EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

11:35am EDT

Keynote Speaker: Neil MacGaffey
Neil MacGaffey joined MassGIS in 2000 and has been the Director since 2015. Before joining MassGIS, Neil held a variety of positions in government and the private sector. Neil is also active with the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) where he is on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Working Group for NSGIC’s Geo-Enabled Elections Project.

Speakers
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Neil MacGaffey

Director, MassGIS
Neil MacGaffey joined MassGIS in 2000 and has been the Director since 2015. Before joining MassGIS, Neil held a variety of positions in government and the private sector. Neil is also active with the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) where he is on the Board of... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 11:35am - 12:10pm EDT
Beverly Room

12:10pm EDT

Lunch
Thank you to our Lunch Sponsor - VHB!

Monday September 16, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm EDT
The Conservatory, Tupper Manor

1:00pm EDT

Afternoon Refreshments Available
Afternoon Refreshments Sponsored by Spatial Relationships !


Monday September 16, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Second Floor Break Area

1:10pm EDT

Afternoon Break 1
Afternoon Refreshments Sponsored by Spatial Relationships !

Network and Vendor Visit in the Atrium Lobby!

Vote on your favorite Poster or Web App while grabbing a refreshment in the Second Floor Break Area! VOTE HERE!


Monday September 16, 2019 1:10pm - 1:25pm EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:25pm EDT

Methods and Applications of Overdose Analysis within the North-East Region
Session 5

Methods and Applications of Overdose Analysis within the North-East Region
Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, is suffering through an opioid epidemic with overdoses touching every community. GIS remains a key reactionary edge against the epidemic and the overdoses accompanying them. The methods, applications, and data for the overall analysis of overdoses have changed over time. While the baseline density/hotspots methods may complete the task of the most basic analysis; the overall problem cannot be properly understood. Utilizing different modalities of analysis and dissimilar data sets can lead to a wide variety of spatial-temporal questions being answered. These questions include but are not limited to, what the average time of day for an overdose is, when is the average date of overdose, along with the corresponding spatial correlation, etc. Bringing in dissimilar data sets may lead to unseen relations like the relation between prison releases and overdoses. Finally, dissimilar datasets have other applied applications, including cross/inter-department data standardization and review. The methods and applications were applied to multiple ongoing projects within the Worcester Division of Public Health. One of the projects includes the mobile Harm Reduction van with funding from the Massachusetts Opiate Abuse Prevention Collaborative. The goals of these projects are not only to understand the overdoses but to reduce opioid abuse, while providing residents with the treatment and care they need in the most effective manner.
---Please note no sensitive (PHI) data will be directly presented.

Author: Noah Berkowitz

Speakers
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Noah Berkowitz

Clark University
Noah currently is completing his final year of his Masters in GIS student at Clark University. He is also a Graduate Research assistant at Clark Labs, working on geospatial cloud computing and deep learning applications in spatial analysis. Noah is also Geospatial Health Intern at... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 1:25pm - 1:55pm EDT
Rowley Room

1:25pm EDT

We Should Talk: Conversations with Spatial Data
Session 5

GIS software makes it easy to perform complex spatial analysis. Thanks to the wide adoption of Open Geospatial Consortium data specifications, this power can also be harnessed directly within most relational database systems, including SQL Server, Oracle, SQLite and PostgreSQL. In this presentation, we’ll explore several ways to unleash the power of spatial queries in a relational database via views and stored procedures.

Author: Michael Olkin

Speakers
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Michael Olkin

Application & Database Support Manager, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
I'm a GISP with more than 25 years of GIS professional experience, specializing in municipal and utilty solutions. I had the honor of serving as the NEURISA President in 2012. I love SQL and I love maps.


Monday September 16, 2019 1:25pm - 1:55pm EDT
Newburyport Room

1:55pm EDT

Afternoon Break 2
Afternoon Refreshments Sponsored by Spatial Relationships !

Network and Vendor Visit in the Atrium Lobby!

Vote on your favorite Poster or Web App while grabbing a refreshment in the Second Floor Break Area! VOTE HERE!


Monday September 16, 2019 1:55pm - 2:10pm EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:10pm EDT

Got a Drone - Now What? Mapping with your UAV
Session 6

The rapid emergence and proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones promises to have a profound impact on our lives. If current speculation is to be believed, within a few short years, the skies overhead will be swarming with delivery drones, traffic monitoring drones, and even people-moving drones. For those of us in the mapping industry, this eye-in-the-sky technology is also heralding a seminal shift in how we conduct our business. No longer constrained by the limited availability or expense of up-to-date geospatial datasets, our GIS projects stand to benefit from the on-demand data collection capabilities of this versatile new technology. In this presentation, we will explore several GIS-based workflows that take advantage of UAV-collected data for visualization and analysis. Beginning with the simple process of rendering geotagged drone-collected images in a map view and recreating the flight path of the aircraft as a 3D fly-through visualization, we will subsequently follow the steps for generating a three-dimensional reconstruction of the target area using the principles of photogrammetric analysis. The resulting 3D point cloud is the raw material upon which countless geospatial procedures are based and as an illustration of the inherit potential of this data format, we will follow a series of workflows that utilize this data. After classifying and filtering the points to isolate those representing ground, we will create Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from which we will generate vector contour lines. We will calculate the volume of material in surface anomalies, such as those representing piles of extracted material, and we will compare the surface model to data collected during a previous timeframe for the purpose of detecting and measuring change. UAV hardware is rapidly improving even as the costs continue to drop. For those of us in the geospatial industry, this technology is quickly becoming a valuable and accessible addition to our geospatial toolbox.

Author: Patrick Cunningham

Speakers
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Patrick Cunningham

President, Blue Marble Geographics
Ask me about Global Mapper and low cost GIS.


Monday September 16, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm EDT
Newburyport Room

2:10pm EDT

Using GIS and Spatial Data to Prepare for the 2020 Decennial Census
Session 6

The U.S. Census Bureau is the largest statistical agency in the United States and conducts more than 130 surveys and programs. While the 2020 Decennial Census is just one of the operations undertaken by the Census Bureau it is by far its largest. With the mission of counting every person living in the United States, GIS and spatial data are used extensively during Decennial Census operations. Geographers at the Census Bureau (1) oversee various partnership programs to update spatial data ahead of the Decennial count, (2) perform quality assessments of point address data, (3) utilize GIS to delineate collection geographies, and (4) make maps to support operational decision making in the field. Now more than ever the Bureau is leveraging geospatial technology to make Decennial operations more efficient and accurate. Whether it is the Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS), the Listing and Mapping Application (LiMA), or the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM), GIS technology is being leveraged across the Bureau to “Count everyone, once and only once, in the right place”. In this session we will go over in greater detail how GIS is being used in the 2020 Decennial Census.

Author: Cynthia Gillham

Speakers
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Cynthia Gillham

Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau
Cynthia has seven years experience as an Economist for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics where she worked in the Boston and then New York Regional Offices. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Applied Economics at the prestigious National University of Singapore and now enjoys working... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm EDT
Rowley Room

2:40pm EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 2:40pm - 2:45pm EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

EcoDat 2.0: Natural Resource Field Data Collection Application
Session 7

EcoDat 2.0 is a custom application built using AGOL and Survey 123 to collect critical natural resource data in Vermont to be used for project design and environmental permitting purposes. The application uses a hybrid ArcGIS Collector and Survey 123 process to facilitate data collection. The application runs on the Collector Classic app on smart devices, typically iPad or Samsung android tablets paired with Trimble R1 GPS for sub-meter accuracy. The application is used on a daily basis by VHB ecologists during the field season to delineate natural resource features including wetlands, streams, vernal pools, protected plants, invasive plants and many other features. This presentation will detail how the application was built, how if functions in the field and the advantages that this data collection method offers.

Author: Joshua Sky

Speakers

Monday September 16, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Newburyport Room

2:45pm EDT

Forward-looking GIS Tools for Emergency Management Response
Session 7

Major highway construction projects produce fundamental changes to response coverage from emergency responders, both during construction and after completion. Emergency management professionals need tools that can plan for future changes and prepare for new realities as major infrastructure projects unfold. Using Esri tools like Custom Street Map Premium, this project shows new applications for building and interpreting data for emergency planners, EMS personnel, and the public they serve.

Author: Tim Woodfield

Speakers
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Tim Woodfield

Geospatial Specialist, Dawood Engineering
Dawood is currently using a combination of Survey123 and ArcGIS Online applications to complete an asset management project. The project requires the inventory and inspection of tourism signs across that state of Pennsylvania for the PA Signing Trust. In the field, the inspection... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Rowley Room

3:15pm EDT

Transfer to Next Session
Monday September 16, 2019 3:15pm - 3:20pm EDT
Wylie Inn and Conference Center at Endicott College 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

3:20pm EDT

GIS Professional Experience Panel Discussion
This panel consists of  experienced GIS professionals willing to share their knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with their peers.  The panel is intended to be a structured conversation with the NEURISA Day attendees, with prepared questions from a moderator and questions from the audience.  The idea is for the panelists, who have been "in the game" for a while, to share their experiences and lessons learned and give back to the GIS community by offering insights to those with less or different experience, including some "do as I say, not as I've done" advice.  This is an opportunity to share valuable bits of information that we would have appreciated getting, rather than have to struggle through whatever challenges we had to get where we are today.  We hope to get lots of audience participation!

Moderators
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David DosReis

GIS Manager, City of Providence, RI

Speakers
avatar for Jodie Gosselin, GISP

Jodie Gosselin, GISP

Director of Geospatial Technologies, Dawood Engineering
Jodie Gosselin is the GIS manager at Dawood Engineering, a multidisciplinary design firm founded in 1992. Mrs. Gosselin is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 15 years of experience in GIS with a focus on utilities and asset management. She is... Read More →
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Michelle Giorgianni

Senior Project Manager, AppGeo
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Steve Sharp

GIS Operations Manager, VT Center for Geographic Information
Steve is certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 25 years of experience. Steve is currently the GIS Operations Manager at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI).
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Shane White

GIS Analyst III, RIDOT
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Daniel Shinnick

GIS Team Leader, Weston & Sampson


Monday September 16, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm EDT
Beverly Room

4:10pm EDT

Mappy Hour
Thank you to Quantum Spatial for our Mappy Hour Sponsorship!

Come join us for Mappy Hour! We will raffle off our Vendor punch card game prizes, announce the Poster & Web App Competition winners, as well have a NEURISA Meeting (open to everyone!). Mingle with your fellow GIS-ers, network, get to know the vendors - relax, have fun!

Keep and eye out for Drink ticket raffles sponsored by Quantum Spatial!

Board of Director Nominations for the 2020/2021 Term - Enter here!


Monday September 16, 2019 4:10pm - 6:00pm EDT
Atrium Lobby