2017 NSGIC Annual Conference Agenda

September 25 - 29, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island

 

Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  Meals & Breaks


Monday

9 - 11:30 am

Leadership Development Workshop (Renaissance) [Notes]

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 - 2 pm

Esri Workshop: Managing and Serving Large Amounts of Imagery (Grand) [Notes]

2 - 4:30 pm

State Caucus (Limited to Public Sector/Non-Federal) (Grand)

4:30 - 5:30 pm

New Attendee Orientation (Renaissance) [Notes]

5:30 - 7 pm

Dinner on Your Own

7 - 8 pm

Board Meeting (Renaissance)

8 - 9 pm

Platinum One-on-One Meetings (Salon 2)

9 pm

Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Merrick/Surdex Joint Venture (Noble Suite, Flr3)


Tuesday

7 - 8:30 am

Critical Connections for Non-Sponsoring Corporate Attendees  (Renaissance) [Notes]

8:30 - 9 am

Welcome (Grand)

9 - 9:30 am

Opening Speaker Holly St Clair - Chief Digital Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Integrating Data in Digital Services for State Government (Grand) [Notes]

9:30 - 10 am

Award Presentations (Grand)

Board Candidates Speak (Grand)

10 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 - 11 am

Harnessing the Power of a Hybrid GIS Ecosystem (Grand) [Notes]

11 am - 12 pm

Roll Call of States / Sponsors (Grand)

12 - 2 pm

Coastal Caucus Lunch (Garden Rm, Flr2) [Notes]

2 - 3:30 pm

Roll Call of States / Sponsors (cont.) (Grand)

3:30 - 4 pm

Break

4 - 5:30 pm

Imagery Drives the Nation (Grand) [Notes]

5:30 - 6 pm

Carpe Geo and Parvus Momentum (Grand) [Notes]

6 - 8 pm

Corporate Sponsor Reception and Buffet (Garden Rm, Flr2)

8 - 9 pm

Evening Meeting: Geospatial Preparedness (Renaissance) [Notes]

9 pm

Hospitality Suite Sponsored by 1Spatial (Noble Suite, Flr3)


Wednesday

7 - 8:30 am

Corporate Leadership Committee Meeting (Renaissance) [Notes]

8:30 - 9:30 am

Business Meeting (Part 1) (Grand) [Notes]

9:30 - 10 am

NSGIC Live Feedback Session (Grand)

10 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am - 12 pm

NextGen 9-1-1 (Grand) [Notes]

12 - 2 pm

Speed Networking Lunch for States and Sponsors (LAP 18 & Salon 6)

2 - 3:30 pm

Empowering Spatial Data Infrastructures (Grand) [Notes]

3:30 - 4 pm

Break

4 - 6 pm

Addresses and Addressing (Grand) [Notes]

6 - 9 pm

Off-Site Social Event: Providence Union Station (Union Station Brewery)

9 pm

Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Esri (Noble Suite, Flr3)


Thursday

7 - 8:30 am

NG 9-1-1 Committee Meeting (LAP 17) [Notes]

8:30 - 10 am

It's Time to Get Things Elevated (Grand) [Notes]

10 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am - 12 pm

Geospatial Potpourri (Grand) [Notes]

12 - 2 pm

Speed Networking for States and Sponsors (LAP 18 & Salon 6)

2 - 3:30 pm

Let's Get Counted: Census Updates (Grand) [Notes]

3:30 - 4 pm

Break

4 - 5:30 pm

Rainbows, Butterflies and Dragons (Grand) [Notes]

5:30 - 6 pm

Business Meeting (Part 2) (Grand) [Notes]

6 - 9 pm

GeoWomen Meeting or Dinner on Your Own (GeoWomen: McCormick & Schmick; Notes)

9 -9:30 pm

Evening Meeting: GIS Inventory (Renaissance) [Notes]

9:30 pm

Hospitality Suite (Noble Suite, Flr3)


Friday

 7 - 8:30 am

Address and Transportation Committee Meeting (Renaissance) [Notes]

8:30 - 10 am

Protecting the Land (Grand) [Notes]

10 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am - 12 pm

State Caucus (Limited to Public Sector/Non-Federal) (Garden Rm, Flr2)

12 - 1 pm

Board Meeting (Garden Rm, Flr2)



Monday

9 - 11:30 am
Leadership Development Workshop
Facilitators: Molly Schar, Executive Director - NSGIC, Susan Fox, Project Manager and Training Specialist - NOAA

Roll up your sleeves and dive into three key leadership areas during this participatory workshop led by NSGIC Executive Director Molly Schar. The workshop will cover mentoring and coaching, communicating risk, and change management. Appropriate for emerging leaders, as well as seasoned professionals who would like to explore ways to sharpen their skills, this workshop will both inspire and provide practical tools for leadership growth.


11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch on Your Own

Enjoy lunch in one of Providence's many dining establishments, but hurry back for a 12:30 start.


12:30 - 2 pm
Esri Workshop: Managing and Serving Large Amounts of Imagery
Nathalie Smith, Account Manager and Dan Haag, Solution Engineer Manager - Esri

The ability to work with large amounts of imagery and LIDAR is a fundamental part of the ArcGIS Platform.  Governments at all levels can take full advantage of new content management and analytical tools that maximize the use of remotely sensed information. We will share with you the patterns to make your imagery and LiDAR holdings accessible and valuable to a wide range of users whether served on premises or in the cloud. We will provide an update on cloud hosting solutions with the new NASPO Value Point contract and discuss some of the lessons learned and best practices from engagements with State customers. 


2 - 4:30 pm
State Caucus (State Reps Only)
Moderator: Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

This is the first of two State Caucuses where state and local government members will meet in private to further refine NSGIC’s position on important issues. The state representatives will be briefed on and discuss current NSGIC initiatives to incorporate their thoughts as we plan for future activities. The states will also discuss and receive briefings on current “hot topics” that are of general interest.  The caucus will also feature a high level overview of our new strategic goals for the organization including specific steps on our advocacy strategies for the National Geospatial Data Act of 2015.  This is a closed session that is only open to representatives of state and local government. At the end of the  State Caucus (~5:15 pm) our Gold and Platinum sponsors will be asked to introduce their attendees and offer a few words about their goals for this conference.


4:30 - 5:30 pm
New Attendee Orientation

Moderator:  Chris Diller, NSGIC Past President - Wisconsin

New members to NSGIC as well as those who have not attended an Annual Conference before are encouraged to attend.  The session will provide an overview of NSGIC, its activities, and how it is structured.  There will be time for questions and discussion so that everyone will learn how to take full advantage of the conference and their membership in NSGIC.


5:30 - 7 pm
Dinner On Your Own

Providence is a foodie's dream destination, and offers scores of options for your next great meal.  The heart of the city, downtown Providence is compact and walkable, with most restaurants, nightlife, attractions, and shopping located within easy walking distance of area hotels. Three rivers flow through the downtown area, providing lovely walking paths. Providence's downtown is a model for the adaptive reuse of buildings, having preserved much of the stunning architecture of bygone eras.


7 - 8 pm 
Board Meeting

Moderator: Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

The NSGIC board of directors conducts monthly meetings to attend to the routine business of the organization, receive reports from Committee Chairs, and to coordinate activities across the organization. Board members meet in-person at each of the conferences to conduct NSGIC business. They also address special requirements at the Annual Conference including appointments for all committee chairs and the positions of secretary and treasurer.  NSGIC board meetings are open to all NSGIC members that wish to attend.


8 - 9 pm
Platinum One-on-One with Board
Moderator: Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

Platinum Level sponsors each meet for 30 minutes with the NSGIC board of directors and leaders to discuss matters of mutual interest. Platinum sponsors for 2017 are: 1Spatial (8) and Esri (8:30 p.m.). (By invitation only.)


9 pm
NSGIC Hospitality Suite
Sponsored by: Merrick/Surdex Joint Venture

Tuesday

7 - 8:30 am
Critical Connections for Non-Sponsoring Corporate Attendees
Moderator: Chris Diller, NSGIC Past President and Sponsorship Committee Chair - Wisconsin 

NSGIC Executive Director Molly Schar will provide an overview of NSGIC, how we are organized and how businesses can work through NSGIC to build relationships with key state GIS decision-makers. Corporate Leadership Council Chair Duncan Guthrie (1Spatial) will share his experience as a NSGIC sponsor. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with NSGIC leaders during this session in an abbreviated version of the popular major sponsor "speed networking" activity.


8:30 - 9 am
Welcome
Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

Tony Spicci, NSGIC Conference Chair - Missouri 

NSGIC President Granberg welcomes you to Providence, RI! This session will provide you with a quick overview of the conference logistics, opening remarks from the NSGIC president.


9 - 9:30 am
Integrating Data in Digital Services for State Government
Holly St. Clair, Chief Digital Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In ‘Integrating Data in Digital Services for State Government,’ St. Clair will explore the challenge of improving digital government services for constituents. “Ensuring that constituents have friction-free access to services and related information is essential to effective government,” says St. Clair. “How can we use data and analytics to improve the constituent experience? - how do we make every interaction with Massachusetts government simpler, faster, more meaningful, and wicked awesome?”

Holly St. Clair is the Chief Digital Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and leads its Digital Services office, where she currently manages the reimagining and overhaul of the State’s website. The Digital Services’ office’s mission is to leverage the best technology and information to ensure every interaction with our government is faster, easier, more meaningful, and wicked awesome. Ms. St. Clair has a proven history of using data and technology in innovate ways that help people and their government interact to achieve better outcomes. She initially joined the Commonwealth to create Massachusetts’s first Data Office. Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. St. Clair served as the Director of Data Services at the Boston-region Metropolitan Area Planning Council, overseeing the agency’s activities in the fields of data management, data analysis, research, and public access to data. Ms. St. Clair pioneered the use of advanced decision support tools in metropolitan Boston, managing a variety of projects that use scenarios modeling, 3-D environments, community indicators, and innovative meeting formats to engage stakeholders in dialogue about policy choices.


9:30 - 10 am
NSGIC  Award Presentations
Moderator: Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

Come join us in recognizing these deserving members of our community.

NSGIC Board Candidates Speak
Moderator: Tony Spicci - Missouri

Each candidate for the board and president-elect will have an opportunity to speak.


10:30 - 11 am
Harnessing the Power of a Hybrid GIS Ecosystem
Anthony Calamito, VP of Product - Boundless

Open source adoption is taking place at an unprecedented rate by modern enterprises who want to drive competitive advantage and innovation within their industries. This is especially pertinent in the geographic information systems (GIS) community, where organizations need open source software to make the most of their location-based data. Oftentimes, proprietary software architectures prevent all levels of government from reaching their full potential due to high costs and inability to scale. The Boundless Ecosystem offers a complete GIS platform for managing data and building maps and applications across web browsers, desktops, and mobile devices. It is constructed on leading open source geospatial software, with a flexible architecture that enables organizations to reliably manage and publish location data. The Boundless open source framework can be integrated as part of a hybrid architecture, eliminating the need to “rip and replace” existing proprietary systems. This talk will cover the benefits of open source vs. proprietary GIS software and how to ease the transition by implementing a hybrid architecture supported by the Boundless ecosystem.


11 am - 12 pm
Roll Call of States / Sponsors

One of the traditional sessions at the Annual Conference is the Roll Call of States and Sponsors.  Each state and corporate sponsor will have approximately two minutes to introduce its delegates and give highlights of key activities. States are encouraged to discuss their top three accomplishments, top three new activities and top three challenges. Sharing this information will allow you to know which other states are having similar experiences and to meet with them during the conference.


12 - 2 pm
Coastal Caucus Lunch
Moderator: Molly Schar, Executive Director - NSGIC

NSGIC established the Coastal Caucus to provide an opportunity for coastal states to focus on their unique issues. During this meeting, we will discuss topics submitted by the coastal state reps, provide a few policy updates, see results of Digital Coast high resolution land cover pilots, learn about communication resources and resilience grant opportunities available to NSGIC. You should plan to attend this meeting if you have an interest in the geospatial issues that are unique to coastal managers.


2 - 3:30 pm
Roll Call of States / Sponsors (continued)

One of the traditional sessions at the Annual Conference is the Roll Call of States and Sponsors  Each State and Corporate Sponsor will have approximately two minutes to introduce its delegates and give highlights of key activities.  States are encouraged to discuss their top three accomplishments, top three new activities and top three challenges.  Sharing this information will allow you to know which other states are having similar experiences and to meet with them during the conference.


4 - 5:30 pm


Imagery Drives The Nation
Moderator: Tony Spicci, NSGIC Conference Chair - Missouri

Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP)
Tammy Peterson,  Director, Sales Strategy & Support and Randy Mayden, Business Development Manager - North West Geomatics/Valtus Imagery Services

In its fourth year of acquisition and going strong, the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP), providing immediate access to professional, high-quality airborne imagery through download or streaming, continues to reach major milestones. In the past year, the HxIP has now completed full coverage of 49 states in the U.S., including several territories, and great portions of Europe. In this presentation, Tammy Peterson and Randy Mayden of Hexagon will share the latest content updates to the HxIP, such as 15-cm resolution coverage of major national urban centers, and future plans for program coverage. Further, a special portion will be dedicated to the upcoming addition of elevation data to the program, collected with Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) capability. The release of the Leica SPL100 airborne sensor earlier this year enables data capture at  6 million points per second in leaf-on or leaf-off conditions, significantly increasing efficiency compared to traditional methods. Don't miss your chance to receive the latest information on these innovative services using leading airborne reality capture technology.    

Catching up with Google

Kyle Campbell, Maps/Data Sales Lead - US Public Sector - Google

During this session Kyle Campbell will provide an update to all things GIS at Google. New advancements in Google Maps API's and flexibility in terms of service, Street View, continued machine learning advances and an update on the aerial imagery program, which now has seven statewide customers and growing!

Emergency Response Imagery - Meramec River Flood
Tim Donze, VP Business Development - Surdex

Surdex Corporation has responded to several natural disasters with aerial data acquisition missions over the last decade. We discuss a recent response to the Meramec River record-setting flood during May 2017 in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a case study.


5:30 - 6 pm
Carpe Geo and Parvus Momentum 
Bill Johnson, GIS Director - Universal Service Administrative Company

This will be a very personal presentation on what Bill thinks makes GIS such a great career. The first half will cover the theme he wrote about in his 6/2/17 NSGIC blog post, "Latin for GIS Professionals," while the second half will cover the “small moments” (parvus momentum) that have made it worthwhile for him.  


6 - 8 pm
Corporate Sponsor Reception and Buffet 

Mergers, acquisitions, regulations, emerging technologies ... Wall Street?  No, it's today's GIS landscape. This will be your prime opportunity to meet with all of our sponsors, ask important questions, get “one-on-one” time, network, discuss the  “latest and greatest” technologies or just catch up over a beverage.


8 - 9 pm
Geospatial Preparedness Committee Meeting
Moderator: Jon Paoli - Iowa

The GP Committee promotes the effective use of geospatial data, coordination and support within state emergency management, homeland security, and military affairs offices. This face-to-face meeting with committee members occurs twice a year; a departure from our monthly meetings that are held online. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to work in the emergency management or homeland security fields or be a GP committee member to attend.


9 pm
NSGIC Hospitality Suite Sponsored by 1Spatial

Wednesday

7 - 8:30 am
Corporate Leadership Committee 
Moderators:  Duncan Guthrie - 1Spatial and Chris Diller, NSGIC Past President - Wisconsin

The Corporate Leadership Committee is composed of the highest levels of NSGIC’s corporate sponsors — platinum and gold level sponsors. This meeting provides an opportunity to meet with the NSGIC board as a group. Discussion items include updating the CLC charter, sponsorship benefits, review of the past year, and ideas for the coming year. An election is held for next year’s CLC chair. Open to CLC and board members only.


8:30 - 9:30 am
Business Meeting (Part 1)
Moderator: Bert Granberg, NSGIC President - Utah

The business meeting follows a format prescribed in NSGIC’s bylaws, including the call to order, roll call of member states, approval of minutes of the previous meeting, reports of officers, reports of standing and special committees, unfinished business, new business including resolutions, and adjournment.


9:30 - 10 am
NSGIC Live Feedback Session (Episode 1, Utah)
Bert Granberg and Matt Peters - Utah

This very well might be a NSGIC first, and possibly a NSGIC last. In 15 minutes, Bert and Matt will present approximately 10 new AGRC and Utah initiatives that may be of use to you in your states. This will include, but will not be limited to: a system for tracking tasks and deadlines, a branding exercise, legislated performance goals, a seemingly important geospatial data study, some apps, and even a good ol' fashion GIS project or two. And here's the catch, they will be taking live feedback from anyone in the room who can work a browser. For each item: is this worth our time? worth your time? and any other comments or advice you might want to pound into your keyboard.


10 - 10:30 am

Break


10:30 am - 12 pm 
Next Generation 9-1-1
Moderator:  Cheryl Benjamin - New York

Merging 9-1-1 and DOT Data

Ken Nelson, Geographic Information Officer - Kansas and Patrick Melancon, Product Manager - GeoComm

The Kansas Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) GIS Program worked with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Councils on their efforts to move the state to an NG9-1-1 system and update the KDOT road network by aggregating it into a statewide, seamless database and conflating the KDOT Linear Referencing System key onto this network. KDOT is leveraging their GIS information as the basis for the road GIS/ Linear Referencing System (LRS) management in the state to meet MAP-21 All Road Network of Linear Referenced Data (ARNOLD)/Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) requirements. By combining the GIS layers, KDOT and the 911 Coordinating Council are supporting the goals of the Kansas One Map Act and gaining efficiencies through data sharing. To accomplish their goal, the Kansas agencies partnered with GeoComm to aggregate the GIS datasets currently available at the local and state level for the 105 counties into a single statewide GIS dataset. KDOT now regularly receives geometric updates through the Kansas NG9-1-1 program and plans to integrate the data into their statewide LRS database.

An Extended Data Model for NextGen 9-1-1

Christian Jacqz, Consultant / Volunteer - MassGIS

For sites that are maintaining the mandatory NENA GIS data model layers, such as road centerlines, as well as additional layers such as address points, parcels, building footprints or classified imagery, there are many opportunities to exploit the synergy between all these datasets. This presentation describes the spatial as well as the traditional tabular kinds of relationships that can be leveraged to improve data quality and provide additional value to the 911 system. 

So How Does My GIS Data Get Used in a NG9-1-1 Call?

Cheryl Benjamin, GIS Program Manager, Streets and Address Maintenance - New York State GIS Program Office

This presentation will identify and show where the required, strongly recommended, and recommended GIS data layers are used in a NG9-1-1 system and what happens with the GIS data before a 9-1-1 call is ever made. This will be followed by a discussion of the basic 9-1-1 call flow in a NG9-1-1 system and how the GIS data is used during the call flow.

PSAP Borders and Emergency Services Delivery: A Spatial View Pre-NG9-1-1 & Post NG9-1-1
Ian Von Essen - Spokane County GIS Manager, WAGIC / Spokane County

This smolder/ignite presentation will discuss how moving from MSAG (master street address guide) call routing to a GIS-based (NG9-1-1) call routing methodology will affect emergency service delivery for problematic addresses and roads along a PSAPs (public safety answering point) boundary with neighboring PSAPs. A GIS-based story map is being used to document and resolve potential emergency services problems with local fire and law emergency services providers.


12 - 2 pm

Speed Networking Lunch for States and Sponsors

The speed networking lunch is an opportunity for NSGIC state representatives to spend the lunch break with our corporate sponsor members to discuss geospatial issues. State reps will be split into groups and each group will sit at a table. Each state is invited to bring up to two representatives to the session (including USGS liaisons). Sponsor members will rotate tables allowing each state to discuss issues with sponsor members. All  state representatives are asked to participate in this event. 


2- 2:30 pm

Empowering Spatial Data Infrastructures 
Moderator:  Tammy Peterson - North West Geomatics/Valtus Imagery Services

Meeting the Data Challenges of Establishing a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)
Sheila Steffenson, CEO, US Operations - 1Spatial

Meeting the data requirements of new/changing government regulations (e.g. NG9-1-1, HPMS) and/or initiatives such as establishing an SDI can prove quite challenging, often requiring many hours of manual data manipulation to deal with misalignment, topological errors, and errors in attribution, to name just a few of the issues that can arise. Critical layers such as transportation and boundaries (e.g. parcels, PSAPs) can prove especially difficult with misalignments, improper attribution and the need for change detection between vintages. This presentation will cover how organizations such as the US Census Bureau, Arizona DOT, State of Nebraska, Colin County TX and many other public and private organizations are successfully meeting these challenges by implementing a rules-based approach to deliver enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. Learn how they are automating such data management processes as validation, fixups, change detection and conflation for both linear and boundary geometries and attribution to create clean, seamless databases (e.g. statewide road networks, parcel bases and PSAP boundaries); as well as implementing automated edge matching and feature generalization. Further, the validation and repair rules have become an automated repeatable process that cleans and corrects newly acquired data prior to its addition to the database ensuring its ongoing quality.


2:30 - 3:30 pm
NSGIC’s 2017 GIS Inventory: Supporting States, SDIs and NSGIC’s "For The Nation" Initiatives
Panel: Richard Butgereit - Florida, Bruce Oswald, Jill Saligoe-Simmel and Bo Guo - NSGIC

NSGIC's GIS Inventory (GISI) is a unique national information asset. Simply put, it is the only comprehensive nationwide effort to inventory U.S. local, state and tribal authoritative geospatial data, irrespective of software platform. In 2017, the system was completely rebuilt based on input from the NSGIC membership and GISI steering committee (funded by DHS Geospatial Management Office and DHS Science & Technology Directorate). This session unveils the next generation GISI and the tools it is cultivating that support the NSGIC member states, development of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs), and NSGIC’s "For The Nation" initiatives.


3:30 - 4

Break


4 - 6 pm

Addresses and Addressing

The Concept of Place
Christian Jacqz, Consultant - MassGIS (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)  

The combination of street number, street name and place name is what makes an ordinary civic address unique. But current addressing standards allow for several kinds of place name in an address record, in addition to the postal place most people are familiar with. The resulting confusion can seriously impact 911 service deliveries – what’s the best way to deal?

FGDC Address Subcommittee and National Address Database Updates
Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program at US Department of Transportation, Lynda Liptrap, Chief, Federal Geographic Coordination Branch, Geography Division, US Census Bureau and Matt Zimolzak, Address Dataset Manager, Geography Division, US Census Bureau

This presentation will highlight the progress of the National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) address theme, address subcommittee activities, including subgroup formation and progress, as well as progress on the building and publication of the National Address Database (NAD), including current Department of Transportation (DOT) contracted service activities. The US Census Bureau and DOT have made progress on establishing the foundation for the address theme and are planning strategies for continued development.  Additionally, DOT has awarded a contract to perform the processes to add additional statewide address datasets to the NAD, expanding the coverage of this emerging resource. These activities are critical to building and managing the nation’s geospatial infrastructure for addresses.

Address Data Collaboration Platform in Arizona
Curtis Pulford, Arizona State Cartographer - State Land Department

EMAP (EMergency Address Portal) is a web platform for the Arizona public safety community to improve their state-wide address data for emergency response through collaboration in a crowd-sourcing style. The presenters will discuss EMAP’s architecture and features supporting many important business requirements; such as data sharing without compromising ownership, diverse participation with accountability, system adaptability and sustainability in the face of ever-changing requirements.

Statewide Address Programs: Approaches, Partnerships, Lessons Learned
Cheryl Benjamin - New York, Shelby Johnson, Jonathan Duran - Arkansas and Dan Ross - Minnesota

In recent years, states have developed enterprise-caliber address initiatives based to support high profile initiatives such as Next Generation 9-1-1 and broadband. Panelists will share perspectives and lessons learned in forging partnerships, developing policy, technical implementation, and future directions in their respective states followed by discussion.


6 - 9 pm
Off Site Social Event: An Evening at Union Station Brewery – Providence

A gem in the heart of Providence’s downtown district, this former train station-turned-brewery is the perfect change of pace. NSGIC members can sample one (or several) of the award-winning craft beers, brewed right here, paired with uncommonly good classic pub fare.


9 pm
NSGIC Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Esri

Thursday


7 - 8:30 am
NG 9-1-1 Breakfast Meeting

The NSGIC NG9-1-1 committee covers policy issues, technical and best practices topics, and engagement with external organizations on the range of geospatial NG9-1-1 topics. This committee meeting will be a working session for identified priorities for the committee work plan for the coming year. The committee meeting is open to current and prospective committee members.


8:30 - 10 am
It's Time to Get Things Elevated

Moderator: Gene Trobia - Arizona

Benefits of Large Volume Production of High Density Airborne LIDAR using Geiger Mode Technology
Anthony Palizzi, Major Accounts Manager - Harris Corporation

The demand for airborne LIDAR elevation data and derived products across diverse business sectors has grown significantly over the past two decades. To meet this increasing need in a cost-effective manner, sensor developers, data collectors, and production sources are always looking to improve the efficiency of their operations. As a proven technology, Geiger-mode LiDAR is providing significant efficiency gains for airborne mapping and delivering enhanced value to multiple markets. With increased collection rates, higher densities and increased accuracies, customers are now able to perform multiple solutions with one collection. This presentation will describe the processes and technologies developed over the past 16 years for efficiently and cost effectively collecting and producing high density LiDAR data and derived products using Geiger-mode LiDAR. Topics to be covered include: 1) Geiger overview 2) Collection strategies, 3) High density applications / solutions 4) Cross agency benefits and increased ROIs and 5) Stakeholder collaboration.

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) – Building the National Acquisition Plan

Diane Eldridge, USGS, 3DEP National Data Acquisition Coordinator, Allyson Jason, USGS, 3DEP Analytics and Phil Worrall, Executive Director IGIC, NSGIC liaison to 3DEP WG

3DEP aspires to systematically collect elevation data in the form of LiDAR data over the continental United States, Hawaii and the  U.S territories and ifsar data over Alaska.  3DEP is a collaborative program which relies on funding from Federal Agencies, State, Tribal and Local governments, and non-profit agencies. Private sector firms under contract to the government collect the data and provide essential technology solutions to manage and deliver 3DEP products and services. To reach the goal of national coverage, 3DEP is building a national acquisition plan; state input is essential to the success of the program. This presentation will lay out the framework to achieve national 3DEP coverage and will define opportunities, roles and responsibilities for NSGIC and individual state governments to help achieve the goal of national coverage.

3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study

Ashley Chappell, NOAA and Allyson Jason, USGS

NOAA and USGS are sponsoring a study to design a 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study. This study will be a follow-on to the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) and will update the NEEA study and collect requirements and benefits from users of coastal/nearshore and offshore bathymetry.  The 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Study will take into account new technologies for elevation data collection as well as new uses of the elevation data.  It will also take into account the refresh requirements for different activities and geographies, to include coastal areas. This presentation will include an overview of the plan for collecting user requirements and benefits as well as the study timeline.  Study considerations will include target study participants, what activities they are currently engaged in, their geographic area of interest, their data requirements for an integrated national elevation dataset, and the future benefits they could expect to realize if their stated requirements for elevation data were met.

USGS National Hydrography Mapping: Current and Future Direction of Datasets, Services and Systems
Stephen S Aichele, Geographer, USGS National Geospatial Program

This presentation will cover the current and future direction of datasets, services, and systems of USGS national hydrography mapping. The USGS is responsible for the management of federal national hydrography mapping for the inland waters of the United States, including the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR), and the Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). To support improved hydrography mapping into the future, the USGS is moving toward an open and interoperable system-based approach that will include a nationwide NHDPlus HR framework, enhanced web-based map services and tools, and an improved ability to link and discover data referenced to the framework that will encourage externally created applications using the system, tools, and data. Additionally, this presentation will address current research into the future of hydrography datasets being developed from 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) data through two pilot projects, and the needs of users and partners as determined in the Hydrography Requirements and Benefits Study (HRBS).


10 - 10:30 am

Break


10:30 am - 12 pm

Geospatial Potpourri
Moderator:  Kent Park - Woolpert
The Migration of Rhode Island GIS Data Distribution to the Esri ArcGIS Open Data Platform

Greg Bonynge, Geospatial Extension Specialist - University of Rhode Island

The Rhode Island GIS consortium (RIGIS) recently transitioned to the Esri ArcGIS open data platform as its primary means for distributing data and connecting visitors with useful online maps.  After a brief tour of this new website’s main features, this presentation will focus on how RIGIS migrated to this new platform, and share the tips and tricks we learned along the way.

Florida Statewide LiDAR Assessment

Richard Butgereit, Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM)

In January 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection contracted with Dewberry to perform the Florida Statewide LiDAR Assessment as a follow-on to the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) that Dewberry conducted in 2011-2012, which led directly to USGS’ 3D Elevation Program. This is based on nationwide QL2 topographic LiDAR with an 8-year update frequency, but to include Florida’s updated requirements for both topographic and bathymetric LiDAR to address future needs.

Identifying Characteristics of Successful Governance Councils

Moderator:  Neil MacGaffey, Director – MassGIS
Panelists:  Bert Granberg - Utah, Tim Johnson - North Carolina and Cy Smith - Oregon

Many states have stakeholder groups providing oversight or advice on their statewide GIS. Not all these groups are successful. The panelists will respond to a set of questions intended to help with identifying the characteristics of a successful state GIS council.

Did You Know? Ten takeaways from the 2017 Esri UC Conference for State GIOs
Chris Nickola, Manager, State Government Practice - Esri

Whether you were unable to make it to the UC this year or you were spread too thin by all the other concurrent events and technical workshops, we will highlight ten takeaways relevant to state GIOs.


12 - 2 pm
Speed Networking Lunch for States and Sponsors

The speed networking lunch is an opportunity for NSGIC state representatives to spend the lunch break with our corporate sponsor members discussing geospatial issues. State reps will be split into groups and each group will sit at a table. Each state is invited to bring up two representatives to the session (including USGS liaisons). Sponsor members will rotate tables allowing each state to discuss issues with sponsor representatives. All state representatives are asked to participate in this event. 


2 - 3:30 pm

Let's Get Counted:  Census Updates
Moderator: Nathalie Smith - Esri

Update on 2018 End-to-End Census Test in Providence, RI
Sara Cassidy, GISP, Geographer, Geography Division, Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch, and Gregory F. Hanks, Jr. Deputy Chief, Geography Division, US Census Bureau

This presentation will highlight the plan for the 2018 End-to-End Census Test taking place in Providence, RI, including field operations being tested for the 2020 Census as well and the expanded role of the United States Postal Service (USPS). In addition, we will provide the status of some key 2020 Census design decisions.

The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) 
William Curry, Geographer, Atlanta Regional Office and Nathan Jones, Supervisory Geographer, Geography Division, Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch, US Census Bureau

This presentation will provide a status and next steps on the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA).  LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. This session will include strategies for motivating local governments to participate in LUCA.

U.S. Census Bureau Boundary Workflows from Processing to Certification
Nathan Jones, Supervisory Geographer, Geography Division, Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch, US Census Bureau

Understanding US Census Bureau boundary workflows can help ensure that the right state officials get the right information at the right time. The Census Bureau relies on coordination with state officials to acquire the most current and accurate boundary data. These authoritative local data complete the Census Bureau’s geographic framework for data collection, tabulation, and dissemination, and are vital to the success of the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and many other censuses and surveys. This presentation will highlight some examples of coordination between the Census Bureau and States in support of the Boundary and Annexation Survey, State Certification Program, and Boundary Quality Assessment and Reconciliation Project.

Using US Census Bureau Partnership Agreements for Increased Communications
Sara Cassidy, GISP, Geographer, Geography Division, Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch, US Census Bureau

The US Census Bureau recently established a new tri-party agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and many of the federally recognized tribes in the state of Minnesota. This exciting new partnership opportunity bridges the gap and promotes engagement between tribal, federal, and state governments in support of the Boundary and Annexation Survey. This presentation will highlight the benefits of partnership engagement across many levels of government. 


3:30 - 4 pm

Break


4 - 5:30 pm
Rainbows, Butterflies and Dragons
Moderator: Mark Yacucci – Illinois
Speakers:  Scott Bennett, Director, Ground & Geospatial Solutions - Harris Corporation, Anne Johnson - Alaska, Tony LaVoi - NOAA Geospatial Information Officer and Division Chief, Curtis Pulford, State Cartographer - Arizona State Cartographer's Office and Dan Ross - Minnesota

The UAS industry is rapidly evolving. Applications range from emergency management and national security to crop assessment and the delivery of packages. The technology is changing faster than many organizations have time and resources to track. From a geospatial perspective, there are key considerations and challenges when applying UAS for mapping applications. This panel session will focus on stories and lessons learned from across the NSGIC membership. 


5:30 - 6
Business Meeting Part 2

Moderator: Andy Rowan - NSGIC President - New Jersey 

The business meeting follows a format prescribed in NSGIC’s bylaws, including the call to order, roll call of member states, approval of minutes of the previous meeting, reports of officers, reports of standing and special committees, unfinished business, new business including resolutions, and adjournment. This session will address any unfinished business from the first business meeting. If all business was concluded during the first part, this session may be cancelled and an announcement will be made.


6 - 8 pm
GeoWomen Meeting
Moderator:  Molly Schar, Executive Director - NSGIC

GeoWomen was organized to promote women's leadership in GIS, attract more women into GIS careers, and encourage greater NSGIC involvement by women. All who support women's leadership in GIS are invited to participate. Following a successful launch event during the last midyear meeting, this session will focus on identifying key activities for GeoWomen in 2018.


6-9 pm
Dinner on Your Own

Providence is a foodie's dream destination, and offers scores of options for your next great meal. The heart of the city, downtown Providence, is compact and walkable, with most restaurants, nightlife, attractions, and shopping located within easy walking distance of area hotels. Three rivers flow through the downtown area, providing lovely walking paths. Providence's downtown is a model for the adaptive reuse of buildings, having preserved much of the stunning architecture of bygone eras.


9 - 9:30 pm
GIS Inventory Steering Committee
Moderator:  Richard Butgereit, Committee Chair - Florida

Discuss new and future features, increasing participation and quality of existing records, and funding for the NSGIC GIS Inventory. The GIS Inventory committee provides guidance and advice to the GIS Inventory management team to promote effective coordination and use of geospatial data through a national spatial data inventory; directory of state and local geospatial professionals; and enhance search, discovery and access to authoritative state and local government geospatial data.


9:30 pm
Hospitality Suite

Friday


7 - 8:30 am
Address & Transportation Committee Meeting

Moderators: Jonathan Duran - Arkansas, Dan Ross - Minnesota and Gene Trobia -Arizona 

The Address & Transportation Committee will provide its members with updates on activities since the 2017 Midyear Meeting; discuss key issues, such as the development of the National Address Database, ARNOLD minimum content, and participation in LUCA; present the committee work plan; and communicate priorities for 2018.


8:30 - 10 am

Protecting the Land
Moderator: Julia Fischer - Maryland

UN Sustainable Development Goals and Potential Impacts on State Geospatial Programs
Tim Trainor, Chief Geospatial Scientist - US Census Bureau

There are 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 196 targets and 232 indicators to help countries including the U.S. measure and monitor progress on factors affecting people, economies, and the environment.  State, local and American Indian Area geospatial information is critical and the impact to State geospatial programs could be significant.  This presentation provides general background and suggestions on how to be prepared. 

What is the Protected Areas Database of the U.S. (PAD-US) and How Can States get Involved?
Lisa Johnson, Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) Coordinator, USGS Gap Analysis Program - Boise State University Cooperator, Federal Lands Working Group co-lead, Laura L. Waggoner, Assistant Division Chief, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau, National Boundary Group co-lead, Robert R. Pierce, PhD. Product Lead, National Geospatial Program, USGS, National Boundary Group co-lead and Douglas M. Schleifer, Manager Office of Geographic Information Systems New Jersey Office of Information Technology

The Protected Areas Database of the US (PAD-US) is a GIS data inventory of federal, state, local government and nonprofit land holdings. PAD-US is the official national inventory of these lands and is a National Geospatial Data Asset. Developed by the US Geological Survey, it is the best available representation of federal land ownership and management designations compiled from authoritative data through the FGDC National Boundary Group Federal Lands Working Group. It also includes most state lands, submitted through a network of state based partners (governments, universities, nonprofits). About half of the local government and nonprofit data are available, with initiatives underway to complete the inventory by 2020. This presentation and demonstration will inform you about the how PAD-US works and what you can do with it. In addition, we will get New Jersey's perspective on participation in the PAD-US State Data Steward Network.

Evolution of HIFLD - Leveraging the Power of Partnerships to Support National Unity of Action
Travis Hardy, Contract Support to the HIFLD Executive Secretariat - DHS Geospatial Management Office

This session will provide attendees an update on the ongoing common operating data (COD) enhancements to both HIFLD Open & HIFLD Secure environments. It will include an overview of HIFLD Open's recent migration to the GeoPlatform along with the new features/functions available within this new Open Data portal. Lastly, attendees will be given the latest information possible to simplify understanding of a revised HIFLD data use agreement (DUA) to expand access to state/local/tribal stakeholders for certain licensed commodity data sets coming to the HIFLD ecosystem.


10 - 10:30 am

Break


10:30 am - 12 pm
State Caucus - (State Reps only)
Moderator:  Andy Rowan, NSGIC President - New Jersey

This is the final of two State Caucuses where state and local government members will meet to further refine NSGIC’s position on important issues. The briefings will discuss current NSGIC initiatives to incorporate the thoughts of member states as we plan for future activities. The states will also discuss and receive briefings on current “hot topics” that are of general interest. This is a closed session that is only open to representatives of state and local government.


12 - 1 pm
Board Meeting
Andy Rowan, NSGIC President - New Jersey

The NSGIC Board of Directors conducts monthly meetings to attend to the routine business of the organization, receive reports from committee chairs, and to coordinate activities across the organization. Board members meet in-person at each of the conferences to conduct NSGIC business. They also address special requirements at the Annual Conference including appointments for all committee chairs and the positions of secretary and treasurer.  NSGIC board meetings are open to all NSGIC members that wish to attend.


Meals & Breaks

Monday
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch on Your Own
  • 5:30 - 7 pm: Dinner on Your Own
  • 9 pm: Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Merrick/Surdex Joint Venture
Tuesday
  • 7 - 8:30 am: Breakfast Provided
  • 10 - 10:30 am: Break
  • 12 - 2 pm: Lunch Provided
  • 3:30 - 4 pm: Break
  • 6 - 8 pm: Corporate Sponsor Reception and Buffet
  • 9 pm: Hospitality Suite Sponsored by 1Spatial
Wednesday
  • 7 - 8:30 am: Breakfast Provided
  • 10 - 10:30 am: Break
  • 12 - 2 pm: Lunch Provided
  • 3:30 - 4 pm: Break
  • 6 - 9 pm: Off-Site Social Event at Providence Union Station
  • 9 pm: Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Esri
Thursday
  • 7 - 8:30 am: Breakfast Provided
  • 10 - 10:30: Break
  • 12 - 2 pm: Lunch Provided
  • 3:30 - 4 pm: Break
  • 6 - 9 pm: GeoWomen Meeting or Dinner on Your Own
  • 9:30 pm: Hospitality Suite
Friday
  • 7 - 8:30 am: Breakfast Provided
  • 10 - 10:30 am: Break