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Monday, April 4
 

8:00am MDT

ArcGIS Open Data: Get Started & Use Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Government agencies and many organizations increasingly seek to make their information more discoverable and accessible to citizens. Through recent mandates, as well as organizational aspirations, open data is on the verge of broad   emergence and adoption. Esri provides trusted tools for hosting and analyzing data, and it is now possible to easily publish this authoritative data to the open community. This session will show you how to easily set up and share open data without changing your existing data management workflows. You will learn about the best practices for sharing data with citizens, businesses, and developers that drives adoption and community around your public services.

Speakers
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Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping... Read More →


Monday April 4, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Cartography Fundamentals
Limited Capacity seats available

Cartographers have been making maps for thousands of years now and many people that look at maps respond almost intuitively.  For example, you probably don’t need to look at the map legend to figure out that the blue polygon is water.  At this point in your life, you’ve seen it so many times that you don’t even consciously realize that you process this information.  Yet, in Montana, most rivers and lakes aren’t blue when you’re out in the landscape.  As GIS becomes more readily available, many people are producing maps without a cartographic or geographic educational background, and they’re not always conveying their message as easily as they might.  This team has nearly 50 years of cumulative cartographic experience and we’ll try to share the lessons we’ve learned in an interactive environment.  What other things do map readers respond “intuitively” to?  Most people won’t look at your maps for more than a few minutes, whether it’s a decision-maker trying to quickly understand all the information available or a citizen glancing at a map online.  What could you do to help people walk away with your intended message?  Do you know what projection to use?  Do you understand color theory?  Do you know what layouts are most effective and why?  Whether you answered yes or no to any of these questions, you should come and join the dialogue!

Speakers
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Gerry Daumiller

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years. He has... Read More →
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Kris Larson

Kris Larson graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geography, Cartographic emphasis. Ms. Larson has been active in the GIS community since 1989 and has served as the President of MAGIP, on the Montana Land Information Act Council (MLIAC), served as Vice Chair of... Read More →


Monday April 4, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

1:00pm MDT

Creating Great Web Apps: No Coding Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn how you can configure workflow-driven GIS apps that run seamlessly across all devices. Esri's new Web AppBuilder is a HTML5/JavaScript-based application that allows you to create your own intuitive, fast, and beautiful web mapping apps, in 2D or 3D, without writing a single line of code. If you have web applications that are using ArcIMS, Web ADF, Flex, or Silverlight then this workshop will be useful to learn how to build HTML5 and Javascript web applications that will work on all the common browsers and mobile devices. You will also learn how to create custom widgets for the Web AppBuilder.

Speakers
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Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solutions Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include web mapping... Read More →


Monday April 4, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

1:00pm MDT

Getting Started with ArcGIS 10.3
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop covers the basics of ArcGIS including navigating ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, and ArcMap. In addition, students will learn about many of the new tools and changes that have occurred with the release of ArcGIS 10 and how to leverage these tools to improve their workflow. This is an eight hour workshop and includes hands-on exercises.Prerequisites: familiarity with computers and basic concepts of GIS.

Intended audience: Novice GIS users and those who need to learn the ArcGIS environment.

Speakers
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Keith Weber

Keith Weber is the GIS Director at Idaho State University (ISU) and has held this position since the inception of the GIS Training and Research Center (GIS TReC) in 1998. He has been involved in the Geotechnology industry since 1989, is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and recipient... Read More →


Monday April 4, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

4:00pm MDT

Break
Monday April 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Convention Area

5:30pm MDT

ESRI GeoDeveloper Meetup
ESRI will host an exciting GeoDev Meetup!
Go to the following web site to register!
http://www.esri.com/events/geodev-meetups 

Monday April 4, 2016 5:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
Lewis/Clark Room
 
Tuesday, April 5
 

8:00am MDT

Communicating with Maps: ArcGIS Online
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed for people who want an introduction to the basic concepts of ArcGIS Online. The workshop provides an overview of what users can do in ArcGIS Online such as quickly turning data into valuable information by creating intelligent interactive web maps and sharing them privately or publicly. ArcGIS Online provides a platform that enables users to make spatial data available through an interactive web map, a web app, story map and a mobile app without the need for programming.  This means it is accessible to users any time on any operating system.

You will learn some of the uses of ArcGIS Online including: Using an interactive map, Creating an interactive map, Adding your own data, configuring the map display and creating an app. By the end of this workshop you will be able to create your own interactive map and app and share it with others.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Andersen

Brian Andersen

Planning Supervisor, Montana Department of Transportation
Brian Andersen is the Geospatial Information Supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been in the GIS field for almost 20 years working with GIS applications, cartography, database administration, project management, mobile data collection and spatial analysis... Read More →


Tuesday April 5, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Remote Sensing Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

This training session will utilize ArcGIS software and is designed to give an introduction and overview of remote sensing which will include:


  • An overview of remote sensing, satellite data sensors, satellite data sources.

  • Aerial photography platforms and data uses. 

  • How multispectral data is collected, what it means on the ground. 

  • Satellite image data acquisition and pre-processing-

  • Basic principles of image classification and interpretation

  • Vegetation indices and how they are they used

  • Supervised and unsupervised classifications

  • Using raw and classified satellite image data in ArcGIS

  • Organizing and managing satellite image data


Speakers
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Catherine Maynard

Catherine Maynard is the State Geospatial Analyst for the USDA-NRCS in Montana. She currently specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions. She has worked closely with the staff at... Read More →


Tuesday April 5, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Telling Your Story with ESRI Storymaps
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Geographer and Education Manager Joseph Kerski as we examine the benefits for using Esri Story Maps web mapping applications to communicate the results of your own GIS project to a broad range of constituents.  Story maps are a powerful multimedia web mapping set of tools and data that can serve as a means of rich communication but also are easy to create and modify.

Speakers
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Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including... Read More →


Tuesday April 5, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

1:00pm MDT

Collecting High Accuracy GNSS data using ESRI Collector and Trimble Mapping Products
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will be focused on integrating Android/IOS devices and cloud based solutions into your GIS and high accuracy GPS operations. In the class we will examine using two different solutions for this task, Trimble TerraFlex and ESRI Collector. We will work through the entire process of deploying a standardized geodatabase for field collection and then synchronizing field data back into our geodatabase. We will concentrate on the following workflows:


  • Configure a local project.

  • Publishing this project to the respective cloud services.

  • Configure the project for field collection.

  • Configuration routines to prepare the cloud based data for field collection.

  • Field collection - we will be using smart devices combined with high accuracy Bluetooth GPS devices in a disconnected environment.

  • Synchronize to the cloud services and examine field data.

  • Integrate this field data back into our local geodatabase.


At the end of this workshop attendees can expect to be comfortable with the entire office to field workflow using Trimble TerraFlex and ESRI Collector. Attendees are welcome to bring their own smart device for use in the workshop. However, before the workshop please ensure the latest version of Esri Collector and Trimble TerraFlex are downloaded and installed on your device. Elecdata will be providing temporary logins to both services for use in this workshop.

Speakers
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Michael Clancy

Michael Clancy is a sales and business development specialist with Electronic Data Solutions where he has worked for the last 3 Years. Michael received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and his GIS certification in 2008. Michael has been working in the GIS... Read More →


Tuesday April 5, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

1:00pm MDT

Spatial Analysis with ArcGIS Online
Limited Capacity seats available

You may use ArcGIS Online for its rich array of basemaps and thematic layers for your GIS projects, but did you also know that it contains a growing and powerful set of spatial analysis tools?  Join Geographer and Education Manager Joseph Kerski as we explore how to analyze data spatially efficiently and quickly in ArcGIS Online for natural resource management, human health, planning, law enforcement, and other fields, using map overlay, routing, proximity, spatial statistics, and other tools.

Speakers
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Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including... Read More →


Tuesday April 5, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

6:00pm MDT

Vendor Social / Public Night

The Vendor Social Night will be held Tuesday evening at the hotel. The event will include vendor exhibits, lightning talks, hors d’ oeuvres, no host bar, map poster gallery, treasure hunt and other games. There will be prizes awarded to the winner of the 50/50 raffle and treasure hunt. The event is open to the public and free of charge.


Tuesday April 5, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Convention Area
 
Wednesday, April 6
 

8:00am MDT

Sleepwalking into the Future? A World Without Spatial Thinking
Why the geographic perspective and geospatial technologies are critical to 21st century education and society.  Five converging global trends – geo-awareness, geo-enablement, geotechnologies, citizen science, and storytelling – offer opportunity for geographic content, skills, and perspectives to be taught in Colleges/Schools of Business. Curriculum focused on managing supply chains, selecting optimal retail sites, analyzing target markets, assessing risk, and other content taught in Schools of Business and through online courses including MOOCs can be enriched through GIS and the geographic perspective. Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we discuss these societal and educational trends, why they matter, and why ignoring them would be like “sleepwalking into the future.”

Moderators
avatar for Leslie Zolman

Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →

Speakers
JK

Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Using ArcGIS Online to create an Interactive Zoning Map
The power of interactive maps on the web goes beyond points, lines & polygons on a computer monitor; it’s an effort to relay data from your own GIS database to the public in varies different ways. One of the benefits of creating this interactive zoning map is nearly all skill levels can quickly know the zoning information and zoning boundary lines in a particular area or on a particular property location. This map is embedded on the City Planning Department’s webpage and is frequently used by public.

Moderators
Speakers
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Jeff Hedstrom

Jeff Hedstrom graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Earth Sciences, with a GIS emphasis. Jeff has been a MAGIP member for the past six years and is active involved in the Great Falls GIS community. He currently is the GIS Coordinator for... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Implementation of a field-specific spatial data monitoring and analysis framework to optimize input use, maximize profit, and minimize environmental impacts in Montana cropping systems
Increasing adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies by farmers in Montana has led to an abundance of valuable spatial data that can be used to inform management decisions. Seeding, fertilizing, and weed control can be applied at variable rates (VR) across a field using modern farming equipment and data is collected automatically. By using VR technology a producer can increase profits by maximizing yield and reducing input costs. The most commonly varied input is nitrogen, often a farmer’s greatest expense. Nitrogen is most often varied based solely on previous years’ yield maps and the current year’s yield goals. Although useful, yield data is limited, as it often co-varies with other drivers that influence crop yield. Additional information such as soil fertility tests, cropping history, weed density, and weather can and should be used in the decision making process to further optimize input efficiency. This is difficult, however, as significant obstacles exist for farmers and consultants in collecting, organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing these data. For example, agricultural companies force consumers to rely on their non-interoperable file types and proprietary data management software programs that often lack desired features. In response, we have implemented an on-farm precision experiment (OFPE) to begin to address the lack of a free, non-proprietary data organization, analysis, and management recommendation software infrastructure. We have created a participatory research network (PRN) of interested farmers throughout the state to help us design and test our approach. Cooperators in the PRN will provide us with previous years’ yield data, fertility treatments, herbicide treatments, and soil tests, and will manipulate nitrogen levels in two fields on each farm for our experiment. These data, in addition to derived products such as digital elevation models, topographic wetness indices, and climate data will help us to design the database schema, populate the database, parameterize models, and test the eventual graphical user interface through which farmers will be able to access and display their data in the future. The greater OFPE project involves agricultural scientists, database design specialists, computer scientists and agricultural economists. This presentation will focus on the challenges associated with first-level data collection and transformation to non-proprietary formats, yield data QA/QC and cleaning, creation of derived products, the various tools used to accomplish each step, and obstacles to overcome to reach the eventual goal of automating data flow from farm equipment to the OFPE user interface.

Moderators
avatar for Elaina Graham

Elaina Graham

GIS Program Manager, US Forest Service

Speakers
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Philip Davis

Philip works as a Research Associate at Montana State University on a large, interdisciplinary precision agriculture research project funded through a Montana Research and Economic Development Initiative (MREDI) grant. He works with an array of GIS software programs and spatial database... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Federal Indian Lands
An examination of the basis of land title in the United States via the Doctrine of Discovery, as it relates to Federal Indian Trust Lands and its enactment as Federal Policy via the Supreme Court Case 1823 Johnson v. McIntosh and later supreme court cases. Utilization of the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1896-97, Part 2, to plot with Geographic Information Systems successive Native American land cessions in the Rocky Mountain Region by Treaty and later Acts of Congress. Review of the effects of the General Allotment Act of 1887. Lastly to summarize the current status of Federal Indian Trust Lands and future implications for federally recognized Indian tribes.

Moderators
Speakers
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Frank Desmond Rollefson

Mr. Frank Desmond Rollefson Cartographic Technician Land Title & Records Office Rocky Mountain Regional Office Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of Interior 2021 4th Ave. North Billings, MT 59101 (406) 247-7993 Education: Bachelors Degree Biology, University of Montana, 1997 Masters... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:10am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Education Panel

Joseph Kerski will discuss trends and highlights in GIS in primary, secondary, university, and informal education around the world and in the USA, addressing the challenges that remain and the success stories that bring great optimism for the future.

Diane Papineau will discuss the MAGIP GIS Mentoring program, fostering peer-to-peer and classic career mentoring for members of MAGIP (GIS professionals, those entering profession, and other specialists who use GIS for their work).

Gerry Daumiller will discuss MAGIP scholarship and grant programs and how MAGIP promotes the exchange of geographic information technology to K-12 schools, colleges, universities and the public.


Moderators
avatar for Leslie Zolman

Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Ahl

Robert Ahl, PhD Remote Sensing Analyst RedCastle Resources / USFS Geospatial Group John Hogland Biological Scientist USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Dr. Joseph Bishop

Joseph A. Bishop is the geospatial coordinator for Riparia, a research center in the Department of Geography at Penn State. His responsibilities are primarily composed of the application of GIScience to the conceptual design and analysis of most of Riparia's projects, where he strives... Read More →
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Gerry Daumiller

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years. He has... Read More →
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Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including... Read More →
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Diane Papineau

Diane holds a BS degree in Communications (Ithaca College) and an MS degree in Earth Sciences (Montana State University-Bozeman) emphasizing GIS, remote sensing, historical and cultural geography, and GIS education. She currently works at the Montana State Library as a GIS Programmer/Analyst... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Utilizing Mobile Applications for Code Enforcement
In 2014, the Helena Parks and Recreation’s Code Enforcement Officer approached GIS Services requesting the development of mobile applications for field work. The Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for documenting and enforcing infractions for a variety of violations. After researching mobile options and capabilities, GIS Services created multiple theme-specific HTML5 applications providing ‘live’ editing in the field. The presentation will include an overview of the collaborative efforts between GIS Services and City of Helena Parks and Recreation to design the data and applications. The presentation will also include a brief review of Latitude Geographic’s Geocortex Essentials application, and how the COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) software has been utilized for mobile applications. Lastly, we will provide a live demonstration of the applications while sharing best practices.

Moderators
Speakers
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Jason Danielson

Jason Danielson is the GIS Database Analyst and Address Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County/City of Helena GIS Services. His duties include the assignment and/or re-assignment of roads and addresses within Lewis and Clark County, the creation and maintenance of our enterprise geospatial... Read More →
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Greta Dige

Greta Dige is the Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Helena Parks and Recreation Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Carroll College (2003). She has been working for the City of Helena since 2007 for Parks and Recreation and Engineering departments... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Building Resilience: Expanding Pollinator Habitat in Dryland and Irrigated Agriculture
I will be presenting my research project thats objective was to find the most suitable sites for implementing pollinator plantings in dryland and irrigated agricultural operations in the Mission Valley of Montana. To determine suitable plant species and prime habitat for the plantings, habitat characterizations for several types of flowering plants were completed using soil, aspect and land cover data. An irrigation type layer was created to overlay on the prime habitat sites to better understand irrigation driven vegetative characteristics of the valley as well to help rule out unsuitable sites.

Moderators
avatar for Elaina Graham

Elaina Graham

GIS Program Manager, US Forest Service

Speakers
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Heidi Fleury

I am a student at Flathead Valley Community College in the Natural Resources Conservation and Management Program. For the past two summers I have worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist Trainee learning the ups and downs of federal conservation... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

9:10am MDT

Break
Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:10am - 9:40am MDT
Convention Area

9:40am MDT

Treasure Hunt in the Treasure State: GIS Lesson Plan
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used within a wide variety of professional communities to solve a vast range of spatial questions. While the complexity of these systems has historically limited their use to specialists, today just about everyone uses GIS. Examples ranging from onboard car and cell phone navigation systems to google maps and the daily weather forecast highlight how prevalent the technology has become in our day-to-day lives and demonstrate the ability of the technology to convey information quickly and efficiently. Despite the prevalence of GIS and its ability to answer questions and convey information, few K-12 schools teach or use GIS as a teaching tool.
As a teaching tool, GIS can be used to not only teach basic geography but can aid and enhance skills in reading, writing, math, science, problem solving, public speaking, computers, spatial thinking, data manipulation, and computer programming. At Frenchtown Elementary we have embarked on a project that uses GIS to aid in teaching. Through a detailed lesson plan and multiple exercises that use a GIS to answer spatial questions, students learn problem solving skills and how those skills can be used to find treasure in the treasure state.
Come join us on our treasure hunt as our students show their findings! Over the course of the project they have used GIS to map locations of gold mines in the 9 Mile Watershed, and they have created predictive maps of undiscovered gold using resource layers such as streams, vegetation types, and elevation. Along the way they have learned about the different methods that were historically used to extract gold, discuss whether or not those methods used 150 years ago still have an effect on water quality today, and have designed a spatially explicit science experiment to test this question. Their study design includes sampling water quality upstream and downstream of 3 gold mine sites in the 9 Mile Watershed. To get to those locations they will try out their newly honed orienteering skills using traditional compass and pacing and will learn about GPS technology. While navigating to their sample sites they will learn about map accuracy and determine the accuracy of their “Map of Undiscovered Gold” by panning for gold. Back in the classroom, students will be testing their water samples, evaluating the results, and determining whether or not heavy metals are still present in the 9 Mile Watershed. Through facilitated experiments and discussion, they are “discovering” that the greatest treasures in the Treasure State include not only shiny minerals like gold but also resources like clean water.

Moderators
avatar for Leslie Zolman

Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →

Speakers
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John Hogland

John Hogland is a biological scientist working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests revolve around quantitative methods within geographic information systems (GIS) and understanding the relationships between landscape patterns and forested ecosystems processes... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:10am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

9:40am MDT

Public Comment Options in ArcGIS Online
This presentation will focus on four ArcGIS Online out-of-the-box applications for Public Comment. These applications allow for the general public and other interested parties to comment on proposed projects being heard by their local government. These projects could include upcoming road construction, identifying problem intersections and areas of congestion, or perhaps a cities land-use proposal or sidewalks or bike lanes that need repair. These applications provide online mapping (hosted by ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Server), that enable users to submit comments anonymously, provide configurable pop-ups and forms, and are flexible in a smartphone, tablet, or desktop environment.

Moderators
Speakers
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Corey Richardson

Corey Richardson is a GIS Analyst at the Montana Department of Transportation where he is currently the geodatabase administrator for MDT's SDE spatial data. He also publishes services through ArcGIS for Server and manages GIS projects for MDT's maintenance, Environmental, and Pavement... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:10am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

9:40am MDT

Karterra: Mobile Mapping
Karterra is a lightweight mobile mapping platform for the creation, interaction, and distribution, map content, providing instant innovation on or offline in a world far beyond city limits.  In addition to a rich set of drawing and navigation tools, individual users and enterprises alike can distribute spatial content privately, publicly, or make available for sale in a new spatial marketplace.  This Bozeman-based startup is creating a rich visual library of the world that surrounds us and seeks to change how the world interacts with 'where'... all in the palm of your hand.

Moderators
Speakers
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Scott Close

Scott is a serial explorer. Recently leveraging the power of big data for research and mineral project generation throughout the continent, alongside the creation of a new field mapping platform that doubles as a visual map library in your pocket (Karterra), his work led to the recent... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:10am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

9:40am MDT

The USFS Northern Region Existing Vegetation Spatial Database (VMap)
Consistent, continuous, and current vegetation data are fundamentally necessary to support the ecosystem and land management assessment and planning process. The US Forest Service’s Northern Region Vegetation Mapping Program (VMap) helps to meet this information need by providing the US Forest Service’s Northern Region with a geospatial database of existing vegetation condition that is produced following consistent protocols that utilize the most current tools and technology available. VMap is a remote sensing derived product. As such, it uses a combination of satellite imagery and airborne acquired imagery. The image data (i.e., pixels) are put through a process of aggregation to derive spatially cohesive units (i.e., polygons). These polygons better reflect homogenous patches of vegetation rather than single pixels, providing land managers with a better inherent understanding of the spatial nature of the classification. A small proportion of these polygons are then sampled to determine their composition and are used to develop spatial models that are then applied to the remaining area to derive probability based estimates of vegetation composition An independent accuracy assessment is conducted to provide a validation of the data, giving an indication of reliability of the map products, so that managers are fully informed throughout the decision making process. VMap is used for a variety of applications including vegetation analysis, wildlife habitat mapping, and others to support Land and Resource Management Plans and project planning and analysis. The VMap database is designed to be used for Forest and Landscape level analysis. However, the database is constructed so that it can be used at the project level with minimal additional work done by leveraging the local knowledge of Forest and District specialists. This presentation will illustrate the process that is undertaken to produce the VMap database across the Northern Region including: image selection and preparation, polygon derivation, field data collection, image classification, model verification, and examples of how the data is used to help support analysis and decision making with the Northern Region.

Moderators
Speakers
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Steve Brown

Regional Remote Sensing Program Lead USDA Forest Service Northern Region


Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:50am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow State Winner Presentation
Students will present their project for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition. The project involves using STEM to solve a problem in the community. They are the state winners and have submitted a video for the national competition.

Moderators
avatar for Leslie Zolman

Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →

Speakers
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Suzie Flentie

8th grade science teacher at Lewistown Junior High School in Lewistown, MT GIS club instructor


Wednesday April 6, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

Public Involvement and Outreach
No longer are PowerPoint presentations and public hearings enough to truly outreach and engage the public. As our audience becomes more technologically savvy, so too must our outreach efforts. This session will include a review and interactive presentation of GIS-based public involvement and outreach tools. The discussion will include online commenting platforms, presentation methods, open houses, and other methods to engage and outreach to the public.

Moderators
Speakers
SR

Scott Randall

Scott Randall, PE, is a Senior Transportation Engineer with Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA) in Helena. He has over 12 years of experience in the transportation industry focused on Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, and GIS implementation. He has previously served as... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

Crow Genesis - A Geographic History
This presentation will utilize Apsa'alooke(Crow) oral histories to illustrate Crow Geography. The origins of the Crow will be told starting with the Creation Story & mapping the Crow Migration Story. Crow place names & the stories behind them, will further illustrate the Crow connection to a landscape intimately known as the Apsa'alooke homeland.

Moderators
Speakers
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Jackson Old Horn

Jack Old Horn is an enrolled Crow Tribal Member. He has worked for the Federal Government for 32 years. He served four years as a National Park Service Ranger at the Little Big Horn Monument, two years as a temporary employee in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Land Services and 26 years... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

Working Partnerships between Government Agencies and High School Students: a good way to get some extra work done and greatly benefit the education of the upcoming generation.
Bigfork students are not taught GIS by traditional methods in which they develop skills they will later use on a project. They start with a project and then develop the skills they need. Furthermore, most student projects are conducted in partnership with a local agency or organization such as the US Forest Service or National Park Service. Often times the project tackles a task the agency doesn’t have budget or staff to undertake. These projects provide the partnering agency with data and analysis that will help them make decisions to better manage natural resources. Students are highly motivated by this approach in which they are actually doing something "real". Students will present a few past and ongoing projects and the wonders, and challenges of the program and its unusual approach will be discussed.

Moderators
avatar for Leslie Zolman

Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →

Speakers
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Hans Bodenhamer

Hans Bodenhamer teaches science and GIS at Bigfork High School. GIS has been offered at Bigfork for 9 years. Four of Hans' students will co-present. For more information on Bigfork's GIS program Google search "Bigfork High School GIS".


Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

Leveraging ArcGIS Online to Support Local Governments
This presentation will explore how ArcGIS Online has been used to support several local government and conservation projects throughout the State of Montana including the City of Billings 2014-15 Long Range Growth Policy Update and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation land's access prioritization. Mr. Balke will also discuss some of the strengths as well as challenges to implementing real-world projects in ArcGIS Online.

Moderators
Speakers
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Kyle Balke

Kyle Balke (GISP) is a Senior GIS Analyst with Geodata Services, Inc. and has 12 years of applied GIS experience working with local and state governments, engineering firms, conservation groups, and telecommunications companies. He has extensive experience in web mapping, GIS solutions... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

A comparison of NAIP/DEM and LiDAR based modeling of Forest Characteristics in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA
In recent years Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) has received a great deal of attention in the geospatial and natural resource disciplines. To date, analysts have successfully used LiDAR to measure multiple objects heights and are now learning to relate those heights to forest characteristics such as canopy dimensions, tree basal area, number of trees, and tree diameters. While LiDAR has shown promise in measuring forest characteristics, similar achievements have also been documented using National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) digital aerial imagery in combination with the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Few comparisons, however, have been made between LiDAR based and image and elevation based relationships to estimated forest characteristics. In this study we compare LiDAR, NAIP, and NAIP assisted NED, with respect to their ability to estimate forest characteristic. We use a nested modeling approach, and Akaike’s information criterion (AIC) to evaluate the relative strengths of the comparison datasets. Our finding suggest that there is a high degree of similarity in model fit and the ability to estimate forest characteristic when using LiDAR or NAIP and NAIP with NED.

Moderators
Speakers
RA

Robert Ahl

Robert Ahl, PhD Remote Sensing Analyst RedCastle Resources / USFS Geospatial Group John Hogland Biological Scientist USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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John Hogland

John Hogland is a biological scientist working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests revolve around quantitative methods within geographic information systems (GIS) and understanding the relationships between landscape patterns and forested ecosystems processes... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

Navigating Land Ownership Mapping on the Reservation
The Flathead Reservation recently received federal money towards the Fractionated Interest Buy-back program. CSKT and BIA land ownership records used in part, as justification for the grant. GIS was used as part of that application. CSKT land records, BIA land records, and the State of Montana cadastral layer were all reviewed in GIS as part of the assessment. This presentation will focus on some of the issues of mapping land ownership unique to the Flathead and possibly other Reservations, based on multi-jurisdictional land records.

Moderators
Speakers
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Peter Gillard

Pete has been the GIS Program manager in Natural Resources on the Flathead Indian Reservation for the last 15 years. He has a master’s degree in geography from the University of Wyoming and has been working with GIS in natural resources for the last 23 years. Pete has developed... Read More →
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Martin Zobel

Cartographer at CSKT Natural Resources GIS Program working on a variety of projects in support of Tribal programs and departments. He looks forward to upcoming GIS Portal implementation at CSKT and recently participated in the Tribes' Climate Change Oversight Committee.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

11:30am MDT

Lunch
Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm MDT
Convention Area

12:00pm MDT

Keynote Abstract: Why GIS? Five Converging Trends
Five converging global trends – geo-awareness, geo-enablement, geotechnologies, citizen science, and storytelling– have the potential to offer GIS a world audience that may be unprecedented in the history of the discipline. Issues central to GIS professionals are now part of the global consciousness. Everyday objects are rapidly becoming locatable, and thus able to be monitored and mapped.  Tools and data that were formerly used and examined only by GIS professionals and earth and environmental scientists are now in the hands of the general public.  Citizens are becoming involved in contributing data to the scientific community.  Multimedia and cloud-based GIS have greatly multiplied the attraction that maps have had for centuries to tell stories. But despite these trends bringing opportunity to the GIS profession, is geoliteracy becoming increasingly valued? How can GIS practitioners seize the opportunity that these trends seem to present to actively promote geospatial content knowledge, skills, and perspectives throughout education and society?

Speakers
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Joseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
TBA

1:30pm MDT

The Ultimate Underground Experience: Cave Monitoring and Management with GIS and High School Students
Members if the Bigfork High School Cave Club will present several examples of their GIS cave monitoring work. The presentation will explain field and related class room activities and demo maps that inventory biological, cultural, and mineralogical resources. They will show how GIS is used to track changes in the resources and suggest management activities to help conserve caves. For more background Google Search "Bigfork High School Cave Club"

Moderators
Speakers
HB

Hans Bodenhamer

Hans Bodenhamer teaches science and GIS at Bigfork High School. GIS has been offered at Bigfork for 9 years. Four of Hans' students will co-present. For more information on Bigfork's GIS program Google search "Bigfork High School GIS".


Wednesday April 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

Ksanka fly-through
Preserving place and language. A potential project utilizing native language audio incorporated with reservation/homelands fly-through.

Moderators
Speakers
MZ

Martin Zobel

Cartographer at CSKT Natural Resources GIS Program working on a variety of projects in support of Tribal programs and departments. He looks forward to upcoming GIS Portal implementation at CSKT and recently participated in the Tribes' Climate Change Oversight Committee.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

Open Data Strategies Round Table
Discuss the main issues and ideas for the open data concept in Montana. Including data organization, data maintenance, metadata, available tools, data downloads, tabular vs. spatial, server loads, ArcGIS Online, State Investments and clearinghouses.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Andersen

Brian Andersen

Planning Supervisor, Montana Department of Transportation
Brian Andersen is the Geospatial Information Supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been in the GIS field for almost 20 years working with GIS applications, cartography, database administration, project management, mobile data collection and spatial analysis... Read More →
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Gerry Daumiller

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years. He has... Read More →
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Adam Messer

Adam Messer is a GIS Analyst and Lydia Bailey is the GIS Manager with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:40pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

Asset Management Using GIS
The City of Bozeman employs a wide range of systems and technology to coordinate infrastructure improvements across all asset classes. This presentation will focus on the major components of a citywide asset management program including data collection techniques, work order management, risk modeling, performance analysis, and communication tools. Examples will demonstrate an effective means of extending the lifecycle of assets for both small and large communities alike.

Moderators
JH

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson (GIS Manager), Tara Preston (GIS Analyst), and Jamie Merrill (GIS Technician) work for the City of Bozeman Public Works Department to support a wide variety of systems used to manage assets across the city. With over 25 years of combined experience, this team brings... Read More →

Speakers

Wednesday April 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:40pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Modeling the Cost of Pipeline Oil Spills using GIS
Over 5,500 significant pipeline accidents have occurred in the United States over the last 20 years, costing an estimated seven billion dollars (PHMSA). Pipeline operators actively manage their assets to reduce the likelihood and consequences of accidents. The ability to predict the consequences of pipeline accidents before they occur greatly aids operators in protecting their sensitive sections of pipe as well as the surrounding cultural and environmental resources. The goal of this study provides quantitative damage forecasting by automating and testing one damage estimation model. The Basic Oil Spill Cost Estimation Model (BOSCEM) was created in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency to provide a methodology for estimating oil spill costs. It breaks costs down into environmental, sociocultural and response categories and considers a number of factors which influence each. Many of the factors can be estimated using Geographic Information Systems. A workflow using publicly available datasets as well as pipeline rupture simulation outputs as inputs has been established. Python, a programming language, will be used along with ArcGIS to automate this process creating a consistent and repeatable tool. This is important for the pipeline industry because these features require many simulations along their entire lengths to be reliable. Finally, historic spills will be compared with the output of the tool to validate the methodology for forecasting oil spill costs. This project will contribute to pipeline GIS by providing one way to quantitatively model hazards associated with pipeline operation. It will also provide validation of the model by determining if it produces reasonable estimates for incidents of known cost.

Moderators
Speakers
SR

Scott Raznoff

Scott Raznoff is a GIS Analyst at Integrity Plus, a consulting organization for the Oil and Gas Pipeline Industry. He is based out of Helena, Montana. He is currently pursuing a MGIS degree through Penn State University's World Campus.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Using GIS Mapping for Montana Water Rights
The Montana Water Court is tasked with decreeing all water rights for the State of Montana. Prior to 1973, all water was used on a first come, first served basis. With the rising population there was a rise in disputes. Montana passed a law in 1979 to move the state into a permit system. All water users had a deadline to file their historical water rights with the state.
The Montana Water Court was created to review and decree all claims into law. Claimants were instructed to over claim because it was easier to reduce a claim rather than increase. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is tasked to protect the trust interest for the reservations of the federally recognized tribes. The Water Court split the state up by water basin and systematically issues a preliminary decree for each basin one by one. The BIA reviews every single claim that may impact a tribe's reservation or interest. If the BIA objects, it has essentially entered into a court case with the claimant. Evidence has to be gathered to present to the court and disprove the water uses claim. The common items that are disputed are: ownership of the land, acres irrigated, priority dates, feasibility to irrigate, abandonment, etc.
With the use of ArcMap, the BIA can use aerial photos, measure current and historic areas of irrigation, upload Tribal Allotment information, overlay township-range-section data and upload ownership cadastrals to produce maps for the water court. These maps are a key piece of evidence in proving the BIA's case for objections. The Presenter, Kevin Bradley, will go through some examples to illustrate how the BIA uses ArcMap in court cases.

Moderators
Speakers
KB

Kevin Bradley

Water Resource Engineer, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region, Water Resources Department


Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

2:40pm MDT

Break
Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:40pm - 3:10pm MDT
Convention Area

3:10pm MDT

The Status of the CadNSDI in Montana
Since November 2013, the Montana State Library Geographic Information Program has assumed custodianship of the CadNSDI, and in July 2014, published the first adjusted version of the MT CadNSDI. Since that time, we have published three more iterations. This presentation will cover the latest status of the CadNSDI, future areas of adjustment, and discuss how we’re collaborating with various stakeholders to improve the CadNSDI in Montana and surrounding states.

Moderators
Speakers
MD

Maya Daurio

Maya Daurio is a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library and works with both cadastral and hydrography data as part of her job. She has done a little volunteering in humanitarian GIS and is interested in how crowdsourcing tehcnologies can benefit humanitarian efforts.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

3:10pm MDT

A federal and state collaborative effort to produce monthly statewide and basin-specific maps of Montana’s snow and water supply conditions
For well over a decade (approx. 2002), the Montana State Library and the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service have collaborated to produce maps illustrating snow and water supply conditions across Montana. In 2016 maps were revised and new products created, and now seven statewide maps and 42 basin-specific maps are produced the first of each month and made available via the MSL Water Information web environment. This presentation will highlight the new products that are available, the federal and state partnership, the distributed work process, and how so many maps are produced in just a few hours using ArcMap data driven pages and scriptin. Snow and water supply maps are available at: http://mslapps.mt.gov/Geographic_Information/Maps/watersupply

Moderators
CM

Catherine Maynard

Catherine Maynard is the State Geospatial Analyst for the USDA-NRCS in Montana. She currently specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions. She has worked closely with the staff at... Read More →

Speakers
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Troy Blandford

Troy Blandford is a GIS Analyst and the Water Information System Manager at the Montana State Library. He holds an M.S degree in Geography specializing in GIS and remote sensing and a B.S. in Environmental Science specializing in hydrology. He previously worked for the Montana Department... Read More →
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Meghan Burns

Meghan Burns is currently a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library (MSL). Formerly she was the GIS Manager for the Montana Department of Military Affairs in the Construction and Facility Management (CMFO). She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Geographic Information Science... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

3:10pm MDT

GIS and Map Applications for the River's Edge Trail
This presentation will include a brief summary of the ongoing and future plans for keeping the River's Edge Trail the most excellent recreational trail system in Montana. Two GIS applications are currently being worked on to improve the trail. First is a tracking system to catalog and better maintain the trail through an active web based application that allows Trail managers real time access to Trail assets. Second is an interactive mapping application that will allow trail users to better navigate the system using hand held navigation devices.

Moderators
JH

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson (GIS Manager), Tara Preston (GIS Analyst), and Jamie Merrill (GIS Technician) work for the City of Bozeman Public Works Department to support a wide variety of systems used to manage assets across the city. With over 25 years of combined experience, this team brings... Read More →

Speakers
JJ

John Juras

John Juras, P.E. – John is an old school civil engineer at TD&H Engineering and long time advocate for bicycling and trails. He combines his passion for cycling with his professional engineering connections to help develop, promote, and maintain the River’s Edge Trail. As President... Read More →
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Curt Swets

Curt began working for TD&H Engineering as a surveyor in May of 2013. However, his main focus has been on drafting and the integration of GIS data and techniques into existing drafting processes and providing GIS data services throughout our firm and to various clients. He has a degree... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

3:10pm MDT

Tribal Access To Information On Montana's Animals, Plants, and Biological Communities Through The Montana Natural Heritage Program's Web Applications
The Montana Natural Heritage Program (MTNHP) was established by the Montana State Legislature in 1983 and charged with statutory responsibility for acquisition, storage, and retrieval of information documenting Montana’s flora, fauna and biological communities (Montana Code Annotated 90-15). Information managed by MTNHP includes taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation status information for nearly 8,000 plant and animal species and nearly 150 terrestrial and aquatic communities, nearly 1.7 million animal observation records, over 182,000 locations where a formal structured animal survey protocol has been followed, predictive distribution models for animal and plant species, species occurrence and wetland and riparian mapping polygons that are used in environmental reviews, land cover mapping, and land management information. We deliver this information via staff facilitated requests and web applications that include the Montana Animal and Plant Species of Concern reports, the Montana Field Guide, the Natural Heritage MapViewer, and the Species Snapshot. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of how tribal biologists and natural resource managers can access information via our websites. We will also spend some focused time on recent updates to our Species Snapshot and Montana Field Guide applications that allow users to create custom species summaries and field guides using spatial, taxonomy, and conservation status filters.

Moderators
Speakers
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Bryce Maxell

Bryce completed his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana in 2009 where he completed a state-wide status assessment of, and constructed predicted habitat suitability models for, Montana's amphibian and reptile species and examined... Read More →
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Linda Vance

Linda Vance is Senior Ecologist and Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab at the Montana Natural Heritage Program. She holds a Ph.D in Conservation Ecology from the University of California at Davis. She and her team of GIS Specialists produce and steward the Wetlands and Land Cover/Land... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:10pm - 5:00pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

3:50pm MDT

CANCELLED: Glacier National Park: A study of Snow Cover Change over a 20 Year Span
DUE TO WEATHER BACK EAST, THE PRESENTER IS UNABLE TO TRAVEL TO MONTANA, THUS THIS PRESENTATION IS CANCELLED

This study quantified and provided visibility to changes in snow cover in the month of April in Glacier National Park over a 20 year time period from 1995-2015. Satellite imagery of Glacier National Park was obtained from the USGS (EarthExplorer) Landsat TM and Landsat OLI images along path 41 and row 26 for selected dates in the month of April. A false color composite was created using Green, NIR, and SWIR and further analyzed using a snow cover index to distinguish snow coverage from cloud cover. Histogram analysis and cross tabulation of images was used to compare snow coverage between each of the 3 years. Image differencing, standard differencing, as well as standard class classification were employed using IDRISI/Terrset to analyze the change in snow coverage. Results found that that the snow cover increased by about 3,000 km2 from 1995-2004 and had an overall decrease of about 7,000 km2 over the entire 20 year study. If the snow continues to melt at the rate it did from 1995-2015 without any strong snowfall winters (as seen in April 2004), there is potential that glaciers will be completely melted by the month of April within the next 9 years. There has been change in snow cover over the past 20 years, serving as a base study for future research looking at the effects of the change in snow cover on the local economy and ecology.

Moderators
CM

Catherine Maynard

Catherine Maynard is the State Geospatial Analyst for the USDA-NRCS in Montana. She currently specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions. She has worked closely with the staff at... Read More →

Speakers
AM

Ahna Miller

Ahna Miller is currently a student in the Geographic information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University. She has a background in aquatic biology and is applying this interest conducting spatial statistics research examining the distribution of damselfish post... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:50pm - 4:20pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

3:50pm MDT

Getting Started with Asset Management for Medium to Micro Sized Localities
Efficiently managing public infrastructure isn’t limited to localities with larger populations and larger budgets. This session provides tools and best business methodology on how to get started with Asset Management at an organization of any size. The session will focus on asset management for streets, traffic signs, street lights, storm water, water and wastewater infrastructure. Topics will include tips on inventory collection, reactive and preventative maintenance, work and resource management, condition analysis and rating of assets and processing citizen service requests. • What is Asset Management and how do organizations benefit from it? • Case Studies • How to get started • Cost • Questions

Moderators
JH

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson (GIS Manager), Tara Preston (GIS Analyst), and Jamie Merrill (GIS Technician) work for the City of Bozeman Public Works Department to support a wide variety of systems used to manage assets across the city. With over 25 years of combined experience, this team brings... Read More →

Speakers
SR

Skyler Ryser

Skyler has been with Azteca Cityworks since 2011 fulfilling roles in documentation, client support, product analysis, and Account Mangement. His primary focus has been helping local governments achieve greater coordination, accountability and efficiency through implementing Cityworks... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:50pm - 4:20pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

3:50pm MDT

Coordinating Zip Code Boundary Lines Roundtable
The roundtable discussion will include professionals from multiple local governments to share their experiences with referencing and/or maintaining zip code (postal zone) boundaries. Consistent boundaries are vital in the creation of addresses and reference for mailing addresses. GIS zip code data and/or web services can be found at multiple resources, but each may represent disparate information. Without referencing a definitive source, governments may be utilizing arbitrary boundaries and providing inaccurate address and mailing address information. Presenters will share their own experiences within his/her local government, and discuss potential solutions.

Moderators
Speakers
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →
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Jason Danielson

Jason Danielson is the GIS Database Analyst and Address Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County/City of Helena GIS Services. His duties include the assignment and/or re-assignment of roads and addresses within Lewis and Clark County, the creation and maintenance of our enterprise geospatial... Read More →
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Henry Hansen

Henry’s technical expertise comes from both the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental sectors. Some of his previous positions included working for the United States Geological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service... Read More →
JH

Jeff Hedstrom

Jeff Hedstrom graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Earth Sciences, with a GIS emphasis. Jeff has been a MAGIP member for the past six years and is active involved in the Great Falls GIS community. He currently is the GIS Coordinator for... Read More →
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Janelle Luppen

Janelle Luppen, GIS Project Coordinator and Address Coordinator for Yellowstone County GIS. Janelle Luppen is the Address Coordinator for Yellowstone County and primarily works on public safety-related data and app's. She's a 1999 graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver... Read More →
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Alan Serfoss

Alan Serfoss works for the U.S. Postal Service, he is the Postmaster for the Great Falls Office.


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:50pm - 5:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

4:30pm MDT

Downloading weather station data using the Mesowest Application Programming Interface

MesoWest has been a critical source of North American weather information since 1996. The MesoWest weather database functions as a data aggregator and relies on weather observing networks that are managed by government agencies, private firms, and educational institutions. In 2015, researchers and programmers at Mesowest released an API web service using cloud computing resources to provide greatly improved automated access to real-time and archived weather data. This powerful tool has opened the door to relatively straightforward access to vast quantities of reliable data for researchers, application developers, agency personnel, and commercial users. There are no costs to users to access the open-source data streams available from MesoWest.

This presentation will cover options for accessing Mesowest data, including brief look at legacy web-based data acquisition and an overview of the new API. An example of how the Montana Natural Heritage Program has downloaded and organized statewide weather data in a local spatial database will be shown, along with preliminary results relating those data to current research on bat ecology and management across the state.


Moderators
CM

Catherine Maynard

Catherine Maynard is the State Geospatial Analyst for the USDA-NRCS in Montana. She currently specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions. She has worked closely with the staff at... Read More →

Speakers
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Braden Burkholder

Braden Burkholder is a Biological Data Analyst with the Montana Natural Heritage Program. He started his career chasing wildlife for various research projects across the U.S. and completed a Master’s in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 2012. Over the... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

4:30pm MDT

Mobile Resource Management in Today's Society
As proven leaders in Mobile Resource Management solutions we offer both real-time GPS tracking mirrored with robust, enterprise level fleet management functionality. Leveraging a 20+ year Esri partnership to allow your current mapping investment to be a contiguous tool for information based decisions. Adding value to simultaneous operational cost reductions through current tracking of decreased response times, overtime minimizations, route optimization, and engine monitoring. Providing an instant improvement of safety and exposure to liability with managed accountably and increasing overall customer service with snapshot views of Asset Management. Information at your fingertips with an experienced 7th generation software platform for various applications and multiple viewer abilities. Encompassing the knowledge and the ability to track multiple phones, tablets, laptops, various vehicles, and Motorola radios.

Moderators
JH

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson (GIS Manager), Tara Preston (GIS Analyst), and Jamie Merrill (GIS Technician) work for the City of Bozeman Public Works Department to support a wide variety of systems used to manage assets across the city. With over 25 years of combined experience, this team brings... Read More →

Speakers
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Ken Winward

Ken Winward is the Western US Sales Manager at CompassCom, a division of Compass Holdings based in Centennial, Colorado. CompassCom is a proven leader in Mobile Resource Management and GPS Solutions. Along with a gold partner and 20 year plus relationship with Esri, they are also... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

5:30pm MDT

Awards Banquet
Wednesday April 6, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm MDT
Convention Area
 
Thursday, April 7
 

8:00am MDT

SituationAnalyst from a GIS perspective
SituationAnalyst (SA) is a web-based, spatial decision support tool that provides a common operating picture of active all-hazard incidents in Montana. The system is designed to support Incident Command System (ICS) functions including operations, plans and public information. This presentation will provide an overview of SA with emphasis on the “back end” GIS components of the system. A demonstration of how map layers from ArcGIS Online can be brought into SA to support incident management will be provided. Also demonstrated will be SA specific field data collection tools to assist fire operations and home risk and damage assessments.

Moderators
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →

Speakers
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Tom Kohley

Tom Kohley is the Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator, Fire Warden and GIS Coordinator for Carbon County. He is a lieutenant with Red Lodge Fire Rescue and is a member of the County Assist and Southern Montana Incident management teams. Tom likes wildland fires.


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Routing with Purpose- Bridge Permitting for Oversized Vehicles
The Montana Department of Transportation permits tens of thousands of commercial motor vehicle each year to travel our roadways. When weights exceed those allowed by the Motor Carrier Department, permits are forwarded to the Bridge Department for review. In 2001, 302 permits needed Bridge approval, while 3,000 permits in 2012 needed bridge approval. The exponential increase over the last decade is mainly due to oil exploration. Much of the time spent in bridge analysis was using manual methods to determine which bridges a truck crosses on a given route. The most recent bridge inspection notes and load ratings all needed documenting prior to actual bridge analysis for capacity under an overweight permit. This was a manual process involving old platted maps, and PDF maps when Dave took over. Road inventory names and mileposts were entered in a 20 year old Oracle query, one road at a time. Miles and Dave collaborated and MDT Engineering and Information Services partnered to develop an application using the AGILE methodology. The resulting tool is as easy to use as the commonly understood google maps direction tool we all know so well. On the back end our tool performs a geospatial query finding all bridge locations within 200 meters of the requested route of travel. Workloads were cut by 10 to 100 times from previous methods. The application automates the routing process, thereby significantly increasing the productivity of the permit Engineers. Using the Google Maps API to generate the routes, MDT coupled ArcGIS Server Geoprocessing Services within a Spring-MVC application to analyze routes, track bridges, permits, query and compare bridge conditions, and help the process run more efficiently. The programs cousin is being developed which will do over height checks for clearances under bridges.

Moderators
RA

Robert Ahl

Robert Ahl, PhD Remote Sensing Analyst RedCastle Resources / USFS Geospatial Group John Hogland Biological Scientist USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Speakers
MW

Miles Wacker

Miles Wacker is a Geospatial Systems Analyst for the Montana Department of Transportation. Miles has over 10 years of GIS experience and recently renewed his GISP. Miles is primarily responsible for application development and enterprise architecture, with experience in database management... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

MARLS
Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors (MARLS) is a statewide organization representing the majority of professional land surveyors licensed to practice in Montana. The true merit of a profession is determined by the value of its services to society. The Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors dedicates itself to the promotion and the betterment of the profession of land surveying as a social and economic element vital to the welfare of society. 

MARLS MISSION STATEMENT:
MARLS was founded in 1963 as an organization dedicated to the objectives:
  • To promote the common good and welfare of its members and the public in the profession of land surveying.
  • To advance the study of land surveying and the education of land surveyors. 
  • To promote public knowledge, faith, and reliance in licensed professional land surveyors and their work.
  • To foster and maintain high standards of professional ethics in the practice of land surveying. 
  • To foster and support legislation generally beneficial to the profession and to the citizens of the state of Montana. 
  • To promote closer relations, understanding, and cooperation within the profession. 
  • To establish better relations between the land surveyor and other professions interested in land surveying. 
  • To aid and encourage the interest of associate and student members of the association.

Moderators
DS

Dan Stahly

Dan Stahly serves as a principal and Survey Department Manager for Stahly Engineering with his focus on land surveying, mapping, and planning. He has over 20 years' experience in performing and overseeing "field to finish" land surveying and design projects. He also leads staff in... Read More →

Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

8:00am MDT

Web application development: A closer look into geoprocessing widgets
Taking a look at Feature Sets and how users can use geoprocessing tools to predict an event. Journeying through the “Fiber to the Home” project as an example. From model creation, incorporating a feature set, to publishing a geoprocessing service. The examination of Web AppBuilder, Developer, and a little bit on JavaScript. All to help GIS professionals use predictive models on web applications by demonstrating a step-by-step process.

Moderators
Speakers
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Giovan Alcala

My name is Giovan Alcala, I’m the GIS Analyst for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. I working on various GIS projects from creation of maps to geoprocessing and web development. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the California State University of San Bernardino in Anthropology with a minor... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Preparing GIS Data for Next Generation 9-1-1
Next Generation 9-1-1 will fundamentally change how GIS data are used in 9-1-1 communications. While much remains to be decided about how Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) will be implemented in Montana, that doesn’t mean local governments and those responsible for maintaining 9-1-1 GIS data can’t start to prepare for NG9-1-1 today. This talk will focus on the GIS datasets needed for NG9-1-1 and recommendations for steps that can be taken now to get local government GIS data ready for NG9-1-1.

Moderators
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Fashoway

Michael is a GIS Analyst and the Land Information Lead at the Montana State Library. Since 2007, Michael has been building and maintaining a statewide database of structure and address points based on local, state, and federal government datasets.


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Coordinate Systems: Grid To Ground and Why It Matters
As creators and consumers of GIS data, most individuals in the field of GIS recognize the need to understand the basics of coordinate systems and how to transform data among the many available options. This presentation will look into the differences between “grid” coordinates and “ground” coordinates, why they matter, why it is essential to ensure a correct transformation and what can go wrong when done incorrectly. _x000D_
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We will look into the fundamental relationship between the two coordinate systems and how they differ. By understanding the relation ship between them and how they differ “in the real world”, we can ensure we are producing the best possible product for ourselves and our clients. We will explore some of the methods and tools used to convert one system to the other – and back again for additional data usability. Finally, we will look at potential error that could be introduced into our projects by an improper use or understanding of the two systems. _x000D_
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Understanding the differences between these two coordinate systems is key to minimizing error and lost time on projects that require data to be moved between systems. By understanding the ways they relate to each other for our region and how to manipulate information between the two systems we hope to save time and eliminate potentially costly errors.

Moderators
DS

Dan Stahly

Dan Stahly serves as a principal and Survey Department Manager for Stahly Engineering with his focus on land surveying, mapping, and planning. He has over 20 years' experience in performing and overseeing "field to finish" land surveying and design projects. He also leads staff in... Read More →

Speakers
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Curt Swets

Curt began working for TD&H Engineering as a surveyor in May of 2013. However, his main focus has been on drafting and the integration of GIS data and techniques into existing drafting processes and providing GIS data services throughout our firm and to various clients. He has a degree... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

Portal for ArcGIS: A Tribal Perspective
Cloud computing seems to be the wave of the future, but for many Tribal governments, giving up physical control of their data is difficult or impossible due to Tribal policy constraints. ESRI’s ArcGIS Online is a great way to create, organize and host an organization’s web maps, but it is a cloud based system and, therefore, may not be suitable for all organizations. ESRI’s Portal for ArcGIS is a way to have all of the advantages of ArcGIS Online and retain that “physical” hosting of both data and web applications. Berne Jackson, Senior GIS Analyst and GIS System Manager for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will discuss the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s experience of installing, setting up and using Portal for ArcGIS.

Moderators
Speakers
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Berne Jackson

Berne Jackson is the Senior GIS Analyst/GIS System manager for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in North Idaho. Mr. Jackson has over 20 years’ experience with GIS, most of which was spent working for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. He has extensive experience in geographic analysis and cartographic... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:40am - 9:10am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

8:40am MDT

DEQ Mobile - A DEQ GIS integrated solution
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) charged its GIS Program to provide a solution to implement field inspection workflows and collection forms specific to each DEQ Program while using a common platform to increase the ease of implementation and knowledge transfer for everyone involved. Based on previous coordinated efforts across the Agency using a variety of field and data management tools, DEQ Mobile was developed to alleviate many pain points of the field staff in data collection as well as data management and synchronization to DEQ’s GIS when back in the office. DEQ Mobile is an in-house developed solution with the ability to collect, collaborate, and verify spatially attributed data using a wide variety of mobile devices while synchronizing across all systems, field and office, in a transparent process to the user. It was determined that a combination of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings integrated with DEQ’s GIS at the core would be used to meet the three primary components of DEQ Mobile; the Mobile Data Collector, the Mobile Project Manager, and the Spatial Data Reviewer. The Mobile Data Collector and Mobile Project Manager components were developed within AmigoCloud due to their open API framework, wide variety of supported mobile devices, and easily customizable data collection forms that could synchronize with DEQ’s GIS, an ESRI ArcGIS Geodatabase based system. The Spatial Data Reviewer component was developed with ESRI ArcGIS Online managed web mapping applications against DEQ GIS sourced web services to provide field staff and data quality technicians easy web based tools to view and flag spatial data for further review or approval. Once approved, the collected data is promoted to DEQ’s Production Geodatabase for use by internal GIS Analysts as well as updates to other business managed and reporting systems. Providing a customizable mobile app and platform that could be effortlessly synchronized with DEQ’s GIS has resulted in a very efficient development and deployment solution that can be managed by DEQ’s GIS Program limited staff as well as increased acceptance and integration with those that use it in the field and back in the office.

Moderators
RA

Robert Ahl

Robert Ahl, PhD Remote Sensing Analyst RedCastle Resources / USFS Geospatial Group John Hogland Biological Scientist USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Speakers
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Nat Carter

Nat Carter has been serving Montana DEQ for 8 years as its GIS Coordinator performing needs assessments, consultation, and solution implementation at an Agency and individual Program level. By working closely with staff from the users to upper management he has helped coordinate and... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:40am - 9:50am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

9:20am MDT

Identifying Errors in Dispatch-Dependent Datasets, and Other Tricks to Help with Accurate Geo-location Processes
Tips and tricks will be presented to help identify errors in addresses, address ranges, zipcode and emergency service zone data that can stymie efficient dispatch operations. This information can benefit users regardless of where they are in their data development cycle, and is especially useful for counties who do not have the luxury of assigning addresses via the frontage-interval method. There will be particular focus on MSAG and phone customer database reviews, and how to get corrections to phone service providers and into your MSAG.

Moderators
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →

Speakers
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Janelle Luppen

Janelle Luppen, GIS Project Coordinator and Address Coordinator for Yellowstone County GIS. Janelle Luppen is the Address Coordinator for Yellowstone County and primarily works on public safety-related data and app's. She's a 1999 graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:20am - 9:50am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

9:20am MDT

A Brief History of Land Surveying and the Public Land Survey System
This session is designed to offer an informative discussion on the practice of land surveying and the history and the development of the Public Land Survey System utilized throughout the Western United States of America. A brief discussion on the history of land boundary surveying will provide the basis for the discussion on the development of the Public Land Survey System, this history will include a discussion on metes and bounds descriptions created prior to the Public Land Survey System. The PLSS (rectangular system) will be discussed including the following principle elements of the system; initial points, guide meridians, standard parallels, quadrangles, fractional townships, and sections. Case examples will be utilized to discuss the subdivision of townships and sections, including discussion on fractional sections, government lots, meander lines, and land grants. The course will focus on defining the elements of the Public Land Survey System with an emphasis on the legal description and subdivision of lands within the public land survey system.

Moderators
DS

Dan Stahly

Dan Stahly serves as a principal and Survey Department Manager for Stahly Engineering with his focus on land surveying, mapping, and planning. He has over 20 years' experience in performing and overseeing "field to finish" land surveying and design projects. He also leads staff in... Read More →

Speakers
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Matthew D. Morris

Matthew D. Morris, a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering with both a Business Administration Minor and course work in Land Surveying from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Morris began his surveying career while... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:20am - 9:50am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

9:20am MDT

Creating an Atlas using Data Driven Pages
Creating an Atlas using Data Driven Pages Tribal police or the fire crew is dispatched to resolve an issue in a certain area of the reservation that is not very familiar to them. Plus, they need to communicate with dispatch. A handy reference atlas can help a lot. Instead of producing every individual map separately, which can take forever, ArcMap’s Data-Driven Pages allow you to quickly and easily create a series of layout pages from a single map document. This significantly improves the efficiency of such a task. Using examples, we will discuss the different types of map books and how to set up the index layer and basic elements for a simple atlas. We will demonstrate additional useful tools and settings to improve the map, like a locator map insert, labeling adjacent pages, and adding dynamic text.

Moderators
Speakers
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Sabine Krier

Sabine has been a GIS Technician for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Northern Idaho since 2010. In addition to creating a great variety of maps and managing GIS data, she assists other Tribal departments with their geo-spatial analysis and presentation projects. She also helps other... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:20am - 9:50am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

9:50am MDT

Break
Thursday April 7, 2016 9:50am - 10:20am MDT
Convention Area

10:00am MDT

GISP Doctor Office

Are you currently working on your GISP application? Thinking about applying for your GISP? Or do you just want more info about what a GISP is? Then come to the Doctor Office and have a certified GISP answer your questions, help with your application, talk about the new test or review your completed application.

Drop by with your questions anytime Thursday between 10:00 and 12:00. Or, make an appointment to review your application or to speak one-on-one about GISP by emailing Leslie Zolman at lzolman@mt.gov.


Speakers
RA

Robert Ahl

Robert Ahl, PhD Remote Sensing Analyst RedCastle Resources / USFS Geospatial Group John Hogland Biological Scientist USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Curtis DeVault

GIS Specialist, Pioneer Technical Services, Inc.
Curtis is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman. He received his degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in GIS/Planning in 2014 and is currently a GIS Specialist with Pioneer Technical Services in Bozeman.
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Corey Richardson

Corey Richardson is a GIS Analyst at the Montana Department of Transportation where he is currently the geodatabase administrator for MDT's SDE spatial data. He also publishes services through ArcGIS for Server and manages GIS projects for MDT's maintenance, Environmental, and Pavement... Read More →
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Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Lewis/Clark Room

10:20am MDT

Geocoding a public health surveillance system: the Montana Central Tumor Registry experience
Background: Public health has recently discovered the importance of including “place” as a data element in surveillance systems. As of late, central cancer registries throughout North America have begun to geocode patient-level data using a standardized geocoding tool. Montana, a frontier state, has had trepidations about geocoding personal health information for security and utility concerns. The aim of this study was to describe the quality of geocode results and to describe the utility of reporting cancer incidence by Census tract in Montana. Methods: Montana Central Tumor Registry cases diagnosed in 2008-2013 were geocoded using the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries’ geocoder, housed at Texas A&M University, in September 2015 to assign Census tract, county, latitude and longitude. Certainty codes were assigned based on quality of Census tract and GIS coordinate assignments. Results: Geocode results were produced for 99.9% of cases (39,048/39,094). 79.6% of cases were geocoded based on street address while 15.5% of cases were geocoded based on PO Box ZIP codes. Geocoded county did not match reported county for 342 cases (0.9%). For all analyses, geocoded county derived from street address was used rather than reported county. County reconciliation resulted in a case count percent change that ranged from +22.5% to -5.7%; this did not result in a statistical change for all-site age-adjusted incidence rate for any county. Reporting of 5-year all-site incidence data by Census tract would allow for 95.9% of tracts to report an age-adjusted rate and suppress 1.5% of tracts due to small numbers (

Moderators
Speakers
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Laura L Williamson

Laura Williamson is an epidemiologist and program manager for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Ms. Williamson has worked on a variety of chronic disease and health behavior issues, including: cancer control, tobacco control, and physical inactivity. Presently... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

Integrating ArcGIS Collector into Field Work Workflows: Annual Field Inventory of Roads
This presentation will highlight the process of integrating new mobile technologies that utilize ArcGIS Online disconnected editing for collection of Montana road data. MDT utilized ArcGIS Collector on tablet/iPad devices to successful complete their annual Field Inventory. The presentation will detail the setup, actual collection, QA/QC, and the integration of data. We will also offer recommendations for usage and the lessons learned through the process.

Moderators
MC

Michael Clancy

Michael Clancy is a sales and business development specialist with Electronic Data Solutions where he has worked for the last 3 Years. Michael received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and his GIS certification in 2008. Michael has been working in the GIS... Read More →

Speakers
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Erin Fashoway

For the past 10 years Erin Fashoway has worked for the state of Montana. Currently, she is a GIS Analyst for the Road Inventory and Mapping Section of the Montana Department of Transportation. Her previous roles with the State include the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure Boundaries... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

CANCELLED: GIS, Remote Sensing and Respecting Indigenous Participatory Spatial Sovereignty
Geospatial sciences and technologies have the potential to empower Tribal Nations. At the same time they can also be used to aid in the "extraction" of precious resources including intellectual property and physical resources. This presentation will offer a theoretical framework and real world examples of how Indigenizing geospatial sciences maximizes benefit to indigenous communities and allows them to be full participants in the world of GIS and Remote Sensing.

Moderators
Speakers
LL

Lisa Lone Fight

Lisa Lone Fight (enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara [MHA] Nation, Dripping Dirt Clan) serves as the Senior Science Advisor for the MHA Nation (Fort Berthold Reservation). She is an Indigenous and Geospatial scientist and her recent publications include, Keeping Native... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:20am - 10:50am MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

10:20am MDT

GIS data readiness for NG9-1-1
In the future GIS data will play a critical role in the deployment NG9-1-1 systems. By geospatially routing calls to the PSAP (Public Safety Answering Points), Police, Fire, and EMS can save valuable seconds and countless lives. This is why the requirements for GIS data quality are so extremely high. Today is the day to begin preparing GIS data for its key role in a successful NG9-1-1 system. This session will cover how to approach the NG9-1-1 transition in three steps: Assess, Improve, and Maintain. Attendees will learn why consistent GIS data across a jurisdiction, region, or state will be the key to a successful NG9-1-1 system, and the steps to take to assess NG9-1-1 GIS readiness. Once an initial assessment is complete, the session will cover how jurisdictions will begin to improve the GIS data for its mission critical role in an NG9-1-1 system. Finally, attendees will discuss maintenance plan implementation, a necessary step to ensuring the ongoing, quality, consistency, and integrity of local, regional, and statewide GIS datasets. There are many steps to consider and plan for and this session’s objectives will focus on what is needed to begin on the NG9-1-1 GIS data readiness path.

Moderators
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Hardesty

Chris Hardesty, MBA, ENP, has 15 years of experience in the public safety communications industry in both the public and private sectors with past roles as a GIS production team leader, software implementation and support team manager, regional account manager, wire-line and wireless... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:20am - 11:30am MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

Sub-County Assessment of Life Expectancy: Lessons from Montana
Life expectancy offers a single, universal, measure of health care. The Sub-County Assessment of Life Expectancy (SCALE) project was designed to look at life expectancy for small areas in large urban counties. Due to Montana’s relatively small population, SCALE was used to look at county level life expectancy in Montana. This presentation discusses the process of creating SCALE estimates for Montana, along with opportunities and challenges in representing life expectancy in Montana.

Moderators
Speakers
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Cody L Custis

Cody L. Custis is the Montana Hospital Discharge Data System Epidemiologist, and previously worked as the natality statistician at the Montana Office of Vital Statistics and an instructor in mathematics at UM-Helena and Carroll College. He received his BA in Mathematics and Economics... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn
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11:00am MDT

Troubleshooting iPads for Geologic Field Mapping Instruction
Field mapping instruction in geology has traditionally been by hand, but with the advent of powerful applications and ease of portable tablets professors have been experimenting with how to integrate digital mapping with traditional techniques. This presentation aims to provide the steps and troubleshooting involved with the FieldMove (Midland Valley) application in preparing iPads, in-field use, and post processing of data . The application has made in-field use simple, however the pre and post-processing has posed several obstacles. These include preparing multiple iPads, loading geo-referenced maps, and disseminating information from iPads that is beneficial to the student's work and can be reviewed by the professor.

Moderators
MC

Michael Clancy

Michael Clancy is a sales and business development specialist with Electronic Data Solutions where he has worked for the last 3 Years. Michael received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and his GIS certification in 2008. Michael has been working in the GIS... Read More →

Speakers
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Nicholas Fox

Nicholas Fox is a Master's of Earth Sciences candidate at Montana State University, Bozeman, where he works as a Teacher's Assistant in the GIS curriculum. Mr. Fox has 5 years experience in unconventional oil and gas and mitigation with Advanced Resources International and graduated... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

11:00am MDT

Spatial analysis methods and data collection to support Tribal natural resource field inventories
This presentation will provide examples of using raster and vector geospatial data such as the NED, SSURGO soils, climate data, hydrography, satellite imagery and landcover to conduct pre-mapping of natural resources on Tribal lands, and assist with designing efficient field data collection surveys. The importance of field inventory database design and consistent data collection methods will be discussed, with a focus on collecting, organizing and analyzing information critical for Tribal natural resource managers. The presentation will provide examples of how properly designed field inventory data can be combined with geospatial analysis and mapping outputs to answer a wide range of natural resource questions. A discussion period will follow the presentation to allow audience participants to share information and examples of Tribal field data collection needs, strategies, obstacles and recommendations.

Moderators
Speakers
CM

Catherine Maynard

Catherine Maynard is the State Geospatial Analyst for the USDA-NRCS in Montana. She currently specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate the extent and distribution of natural resource conditions. She has worked closely with the staff at... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:10pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

11:40am MDT

NWS Role in Wildland Fire Operations
National Weather Service (NWS) support to fire crews dates back over 60 years with support composed of spot forecast for prescribed burns and fire incidents, annual pre-season briefings to fire crews, fire weather watches and Red Flag warnings. In addition, most NWS offices have specially trained forecasters called Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) that can be deployed to Incident Command Posts. A close working relationship between NWS staff, deployed IMETs and fire crews allow for detailed and site-specific weather support that expands NWS support capabilities._x000D_
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A Type 1 IMET deploys with robust forecast support capabilities, which include but are not limited to a portable weather station and radiosonde equipment, satellite data link and laptop computers. While dispatched, IMETs work side-by-side with fire behavior analysts to predict weather and fire behavior effects on small spatial and temporal scales. High-resolution fire behavior models require detailed weather data to maximize accuracy as well as aid in decision-making for fire line operations and asset allocation._x000D_
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Because complex terrain and weather affects wildfire behavior, IMETs must have a solid understanding of GIS components such as topography, maps and high resolution hydrologic, wind and precipitation data. Shapefiles and KML files are used to measure and track burn areas, provide current fire status/location info and also to predict flash flood or debris flows. This presentation will discuss the role of IMETs and GIS utilization in wildland fire operations.

Moderators
JC

Jenny Connelley

Jenny Connelley has been with Gallatin County GIS for 8 years. Experience with, knowledge of and ability to research public records are the qualities that Jenny brought to the GIS Department. As Program Assistant, Jenny has had the opportunity to use her research skills for everything... Read More →

Speakers
BH

Bob Hoenisch

As an Incident Meteorologist, Bob has traveled across the western U.S. to provide on-site support to fire Incident Command Posts. Bob's passion for weather began as he was growing up in eastern Pennsylvania where he was exposed to various weather extremes from severe summer thunderstorms... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

11:40am MDT

Montana Tobacco Retailer Mapper
Big tobacco can’t advertise on T.V. Or billboards. Or newspapers. Or magazines. Instead, tobacco companies spend $7.8 billion in the retail environment. The Tobacco Use and Prevention Program of the Montana Department of Public Health developed the Montana Tobacco Retail Mapper story map to show what’s in store for the state’s youth. This interactive map explores retail point-of-sale issues relating to youth, demonstrates the relationship between tobacco retailers and K-12 schools, and exposes the density of tobacco sales in political jurisdictions. The map series story map includes a custom selector to choose and display any of the administrative units and a link to access customized PDF reports. A journal story map is embedded in the master tabbed story map and included additional spatial analysis to assist in understanding data attributes related to tobacco use.

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Speakers
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Lisa Schmidt

Lisa Schmidt is the epidemiologist/evaluator for the Montana Department of Public Health, Healthy Lifestyles Section. She monitors and analyzes data from multiple surveillance systems to help develop program goals and outcomes. Lisa has lived in Montana for four years and is originally... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

11:40am MDT

Automating the Export and Organization of Attachments from Collector
With the rise in use of Esri's Collector for ArcGIS we have been faced with the need to get our attachments out of the geodatabase where non-GIS users can use them. Our client required the staff in the field to take a specific number of photos, organize them, and rename them in a certain manner. The process I developed allows the staff in the field to take those photos in the set order but not have to spend hours in the office manually renaming and and reorganizing them for delivery to the client. I will discuss the process I developed that takes a geodatabase exported from ArcGIS Online and automatically creates the required folder structure, renames and numbers each photo, and places that photo in the correct folder.

Moderators
JH

Jeff Hedstrom

Jeff Hedstrom graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Earth Sciences, with a GIS emphasis. Jeff has been a MAGIP member for the past six years and is active involved in the Great Falls GIS community. He currently is the GIS Coordinator for... Read More →

Speakers
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Curtis DeVault

GIS Specialist, Pioneer Technical Services, Inc.
Curtis is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman. He received his degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in GIS/Planning in 2014 and is currently a GIS Specialist with Pioneer Technical Services in Bozeman.


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

12:10pm MDT

Lunch
Thursday April 7, 2016 12:10pm - 1:30pm MDT
Convention Area

1:30pm MDT

Using GIS to Plan and Monitor Snow Removal at Malmstrom Air Force Base
An interactive web mapping application has been developed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, to assist the 341st Civil Engineer Squadron's snow removal prioritization and status. Placing GIS editing capabilities in the hands of Pavements/Maintenance allows greater flexibility in planning snow removal priority zones by the Snow and Ice Control Committee, and offers a real-time status update of plowed/unplowed areas available via a web map to the base at large during winter snow events.

Moderators
JU

Jason Underwood

Jason Underwood has over 20 years experience with CACI - National Security Solutions as a GIS Analyst and has spent much of the last three years working as the GeoBase Analyst at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, providing services and consultation in GIS, Surveying, and Draftin... Read More →

Thursday April 7, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

Automated data management using python and custom metadata tags
Ensuring that spatial data flows seamlessly from source to end users can be a challenging task. This is especially true for large organizations with hundreds of data layers and many ways for users to access those data. We will show how Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff use python tools to generate accurate, standardized metadata with custom tags that direct the automation of various data management needs. This approach allows us to control layer specific workflow requirements, including downstream dependencies and intended migration destinations, ranging from regional network drives to our ArcGIS Online Open Data portal. In addition to reducing workload, internal staff and public users are getting quick access to well-documented and up-to-date data layers in a timely fashion.

Moderators
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Brian Andersen

Planning Supervisor, Montana Department of Transportation
Brian Andersen is the Geospatial Information Supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been in the GIS field for almost 20 years working with GIS applications, cartography, database administration, project management, mobile data collection and spatial analysis... Read More →

Speakers
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Adam Messer

Adam Messer is a GIS Analyst and Lydia Bailey is the GIS Manager with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

The Role of GIS in Long-Term Monitoring of the Clark Fork River at Milltown Dam Restoration Project
The Clark Fork River at Milltown Dam Restoration Project is located at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers, east of Missoula, Montana. In 1908 a flood of record occurred on the Clark Fork River that deposited tailings from upstream mining and smelting operations along 150 miles of river and resulted in the accumulation of six million cubic yards of contaminated sediments behind Milltown Dam. Between 2008 and 2012, the site underwent extensive remediation and restoration, including removal of the dam, excavation of contaminated sediments, and reconstruction of over three miles of river channel and 250 acres of floodplain. Spatial data and GIS analyses have been used extensively over the course of the project, from restoration design, through implementation, and in post-project monitoring and evaluation. This presentation will focus on the ways in which these data are currently being used to provide information on the condition of the restored site as long-term monitoring of the project continues. GIS data and analytical tools supplement field-based monitoring efforts, providing quantitative and qualitative assessments of site conditions. These data are used to identify ongoing site maintenance needs, and help determine whether geomorphological and revegetation restoration treatments are trending toward the project goal of restoring a natural, functioning riparian ecosystem at the site.

Moderators
Speakers
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Jesse Wallace

Jesse Wallace is a GIS Analyst with Geum Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Hamilton, MT. He has eight years of professional experience, specializing in ecological applications of spatial data analysis. His work includes habitat restoration suitability and feasibility analyses, channel... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

1:30pm MDT

Humanitarian GIS and Crowdsourcing Technology - A Case Study
Geospatial technologies, data management platforms, and social media are increasingly being used in combination with each other in disaster response efforts around the world. Volunteers, people on the ground, humanitarian organizations, and savvy tech folks can provide needed time, manpower, local knowledge, and skills to efficiently create, aggregate, and distribute relevant data to aid agencies to organize relief efforts where they are most critical. This highly organized and collaborative process is well illustrated by the coordinated response to the Nepal earthquake, which occurred in April, 2015. This presentation will talk about the innovative uses of crowdsourcing, social media, GIS, and volunteer efforts in humanitarian responses through the lens of the Nepal earthquake disaster response as well as provide information and resources regarding how people can contribute their skills when crises around the world arise. Through highlighting these processes and resources, it is hoped that energy, participation, and interest will be generated in applying lessons from global examples to local disaster response preparedness.

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Maya Daurio

Maya Daurio is a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library and works with both cadastral and hydrography data as part of her job. She has done a little volunteering in humanitarian GIS and is interested in how crowdsourcing tehcnologies can benefit humanitarian efforts.

Thursday April 7, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Environmental Analyses and Project Implementation in Conflict Zones – A Unique GIS/Military Solution from Afghanistan
Military conflicts often occur against a backdrop of existing, and often worsening, environmental conditions. During Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, military leaders and Afghan partners saw opportunities to pursue environmental improvement projects to positively engage local communities as a means of securing cooperation and fostering long term stability and environmental sustainability. Given the importance of agriculture and the prevalence of erosion, water resources were a primary concern. In order to positively engage communities, local military units, using the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP) and other funds attempted to address local leader requests for infrastructure improvements, with a military agenda for stability, building trust as a strategy for short term cooperation, and improving acceptance of central government. Eastern Afghanistan’s isolation has traditionally been attributed to poor roads, hostilities between rival groups, and banditry. Water availability and flood damage are high priorities among local populations, particularly during the peak years of this work due to drought and an historic flood in 2010. The central Afghan government, when it was functioning anywhere, never enjoyed a positive perception in most quarters in this region that has always been dominated by tribal communities and as a result, many federal efforts were insufficient to counteract a pervasive environmental degradation. Hence our local military units attempted to fill this gap. Environmental assessment (EA) protocols and project designs normally call for extensive on-site visits, field surveys, frequent community engagement, and competent contractors, and a time line sufficient to conduct this process. All of these are often an impossibility in military operations and the inherent difficulties of safe travel in the region. Though embedded civilians were able to provide some perspective, many other areas remained inaccessible and repeat visits were often impossible. Also inherent are highly compressed timeframes, few opportunities for secure community engagement, and limited local capacity to implement projects. Accordingly, early efforts to engage communities through water provision and erosion protection projects produced mixed results and failures, which often could be attributed to inadequate environmental planning and project designs. Limited opportunities for interactions among OEF personnel and communities, short military unit deployments, and a lack of design expertise germane to the Afghan environment also contributed to failure and consequently an erosion of trust among Afghan communities. These conditions led to the development and implementation of a streamlined environmental assessment process using GIS, remote sensing, and highly-leveraged ground information in close coordination with military leaders. It resulted in rapid implementation of meaningful projects compatible with the highly constrained timeframes and limited community interactions necessitated by ongoing military combat operations. My objective here is to summarize this novel GIS application. I will demonstrate how the EA and Project Design process worked in Afghanistan from 2008 – 2012, making an efficient use of remote sensing, spatial analysis, GIS, and limited ground truth. It was closely coordinated with military units on the ground, and resulted in significant success at a low cost.

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Jason Underwood

Jason Underwood has over 20 years experience with CACI - National Security Solutions as a GIS Analyst and has spent much of the last three years working as the GeoBase Analyst at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, providing services and consultation in GIS, Surveying, and Draftin... Read More →

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Henry Shovic

Henry Shovic, PhD is a resource geographer. He has 37 years experience in many applications, including environmental planning, project design, landscape modeling, GIS, wildland fire, and soil survey. He has worked in three countries, including Afghanistan. He has worked for the U... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Using Adobe products to enhance GIS
An introduction to using graphics programs and formats in your GIS needs. Products include thumbnail creation and how to create and use images.

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Brian Andersen

Planning Supervisor, Montana Department of Transportation
Brian Andersen is the Geospatial Information Supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been in the GIS field for almost 20 years working with GIS applications, cartography, database administration, project management, mobile data collection and spatial analysis... Read More →

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Rebecca Goodman

Currently a cartographer with the Montana Department of Transportation. But has been working in the field of GIS since 1992. Has a diverse GIS background including a variety of graphics based programs and CAD.


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Value-Added Attributes for Montana's Wetland Mapping
National Wetlands Inventory mapping was designed to provide biologists and managers with the information they needed to conserve the nation’s wetlands. Since the 1970s, when the NWI began, information needs have multiplied. Recognizing that many biologists and managers have neither the time nor expertise to run complex GIS analyses on wetlands, the Montana Natural Heritage Program has been developing a geodatabase that assigns a suite of extra value-added attributes to our NWI mapping. In addition to multiple locator attributes and management status, each wetland location has been intersected with our statewide conservation easement databases. We have also made an attempt to characterize the potential ecological significance of each wetland, focusing on rarity, complexity, known habitat value, connectedness, and integrity of the surrounding landscape, feeding these characterizations back into the geodatabase. Similarly, we have calculated a suite of threats that may affect wetlands, including oil and gas development, urban development, cropland conversion, and climate change. In this presentation, we will discuss the various features of the database, issues we encountered and address during its development, and how we see it being used in a variety of wetland management contexts.

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Linda Vance

Linda Vance is Senior Ecologist and Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab at the Montana Natural Heritage Program. She holds a Ph.D in Conservation Ecology from the University of California at Davis. She and her team of GIS Specialists produce and steward the Wetlands and Land Cover/Land... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

2:10pm MDT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and Global Disaster Aid
On October 26, 2015 a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) activated a day after the event to coordinate mapping projects throughout the impacted area. The region is incredibly remote, mountainous, and impacts of the quake were widespread making identification of key mapping projects vital to government agencies and disaster relief teams. This presentation will illustrate how HOT and its volunteers created various road networks and identified populated places in the region to support the response effort.

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Maya Daurio

Maya Daurio is a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library and works with both cadastral and hydrography data as part of her job. She has done a little volunteering in humanitarian GIS and is interested in how crowdsourcing tehcnologies can benefit humanitarian efforts.

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Michael Krueger

GIS Specialist HDR Engineering, Inc. Billings, MT


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:10pm - 2:40pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

2:50pm MDT

NASA RECOVER: Getting the most out of GIS for Wildfire Decision Support
RECOVER (Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery) is a site-specific decision support system (DSS) that automatically brings together in a single analysis environment the information necessary for wildfire decision-making. RECOVER is the result of a close collaboration between NASA's Applied Sciences Program, Idaho State University’s GIS Research and Training Center, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). RECOVER uses rapid resource allocation capabilities to automatically collect Earth observation data, derived decision products, and historic biophysical data so wildfire management agencies will have at hand a complete and ready-to-use dataset and GIS analysis environment customized for the target wildfire. RECOVER is transforming this information-intensive process by reducing from days to a matter of minutes the time required to assemble and deliver crucial wildfire-related data. This presentation describes numerous techniques developed to automate this process using ArcGIS for Server along with Python and Java.

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Keith Weber

Keith Weber is the GIS Director at Idaho State University (ISU) and has held this position since the inception of the GIS Training and Research Center (GIS TReC) in 1998. He has been involved in the Geotechnology industry since 1989, is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and recipient... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:50pm - 3:20pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

2:50pm MDT

Happening upon data in the Philippines - a volunteer experience
This presentation covers the successes and challenges of gathering and analyzing spatial data as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer for a source water feasibility study in San Miguel, Leyte, Philippines.

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Maya Daurio

Maya Daurio is a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library and works with both cadastral and hydrography data as part of her job. She has done a little volunteering in humanitarian GIS and is interested in how crowdsourcing tehcnologies can benefit humanitarian efforts.

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Kristy Fortman

Kristy Fortman recently started as the GIS Coordinator for the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program at the DNRC. For the last 7 and a half years she worked at the Montana DEQ as a senior water quality planner. She recently took a sabbatical to serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:50pm - 3:20pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

2:50pm MDT

The Future of the Past: Use of GIS/GPS in Cemetery Mapping
In Archaeology, GIS is transforming how archaeological surveys are performed as well as the types, quantities and quality of data obtained.  One primary aspect in studying the past and present is the concept of kinship; people considered family, which are not always blood relations.  In the United States, one method that expresses kinship is the creation, maintenance and use of cemeteries.  This presentation details the continuing evolution of the Nevada City Montana Cemetery Mapping Project that began in August 2014 and is led by the Extreme History Project. The Extreme History Project is a non-profit committed to educating the public in how the past has shaped our present and continues to mold our future by pursuing a balanced and honest discussion of the past. Beginning with traditional data acquisition, this volunteer project has developed into a combination of detailed GPS data, written and sketched information, and digital media resulting in an evolving data model as well as an ArcGIS Story Map.  Archaeologists can use the information to track the spatial placement of graves resulting from familial segregation, ethnicity, sex, epidemics and more. Subsequent spatial analysis could determine previously unseen trends stemming from changes in human culture and traditions over time. 

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Jason Underwood

Jason Underwood has over 20 years experience with CACI - National Security Solutions as a GIS Analyst and has spent much of the last three years working as the GeoBase Analyst at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, providing services and consultation in GIS, Surveying, and Draftin... Read More →

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John W. Olson

John W. Olson is a senior at Montana State University – Bozeman and is graduating this Spring with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology and a minor in GIS. He has volunteered for several years with the Extreme History Project in Bozeman and in currently... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:50pm - 3:20pm MDT
Canadian Room Heritage Inn

2:50pm MDT

ArcGIS Online Implementation Strategies Round Table
Round Table discussion on the main issues and implementation strategies for ArcGIS Online in Montana. Including basic concepts, Credits and costs, sharing information (Internally and Externally), User accounts, Managing Security, change management, field and public workflows, Web maps, Story Maps, App Builder, Embedding in webpages.

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Brian Andersen

Planning Supervisor, Montana Department of Transportation
Brian Andersen is the Geospatial Information Supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation. He has been in the GIS field for almost 20 years working with GIS applications, cartography, database administration, project management, mobile data collection and spatial analysis... Read More →

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Gerry Daumiller

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years. He has... Read More →
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Diane Papineau

Diane holds a BS degree in Communications (Ithaca College) and an MS degree in Earth Sciences (Montana State University-Bozeman) emphasizing GIS, remote sensing, historical and cultural geography, and GIS education. She currently works at the Montana State Library as a GIS Programmer/Analyst... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 2:50pm - 4:00pm MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

3:30pm MDT

National Geospatial Program Products and Services
The National Geospatial Program provides leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production, and service activities. The Program engages partners to develop standards and produce consistent and accurate data. This presentation will focus on the base map products and services available online through The National Map, highlighting the many varied uses of the data as well as plans for future enhancements.

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Steve Shivers

Steve Shivers – USGS Steve Shivers is a USGS National Map Liaison. Liaisons engage and support State, local, Tribal, regional, Federal and other partners in improving timeliness, quality and accessibility of geospatial data for the community. After graduating with a BS in Physical... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Britain Room Heritage Inn

3:30pm MDT

Using GIS for a Greater Good
Highlight some of the past projects I have worked on and provide information on GIS volunteer opportunities anyone can be a part of.

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Maya Daurio

Maya Daurio is a GIS Analyst with the Montana State Library and works with both cadastral and hydrography data as part of her job. She has done a little volunteering in humanitarian GIS and is interested in how crowdsourcing tehcnologies can benefit humanitarian efforts.

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Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

4:20pm MDT

Montana Summit
Join a facilitated discussion with your fellow Montana GIS professionals and the MAGIP Board of Directors and help us set some future goals and direction. Topics of discussion will include:
  • Intermountain Conference Schedule
  • MAGIP Membership Benefits
  • Non-Profit Status
  • Legislative Initiative
  • Website Changes

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avatar for Lee Macholz

Lee Macholz

GIS Manager, City of Missoula
Lee Macholz is the GIS Manager for the City of Missoula. Throughout her career she has worked with implementing GIS in Wildland Fire Management, Water Utilities, and Municipal Government. As the GIS Manager for Missoula, she is working to leverage GIS-based tools to connect data from... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 4:20pm - 5:00pm MDT
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